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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, pop music legend, dead at 50

Story Highlights
Michael Jackson suffers cardiac arrest at home in Los Angeles suburb
Singer was dominant in pop music for four decades with Jackson 5, solo
Jackson had many No. 1s; his "Thriller" is one of the best-selling albums of all time

Michael Jackson, the show-stopping singer whose best-selling albums -- including "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" -- and electrifying stage presence made him one of the most popular artists of all time, died Thursday, CNN has confirmed.
He was 50.
He collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center.
Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said an autopsy would probably be done on the singer Friday, with results expected that afternoon.
"Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of color," the Rev. Al Sharpton said. "To say an 'icon' would only give these young people in Harlem a fraction of what he was. He was a historic figure that people will measure music and the industry by."
Jackson's blazing rise to stardom -- and later fall from grace -- is among the most startling of show business tales. The son of a steelworker, he rose to fame as the lead singer of the Jackson 5, a band he formed with his brothers in the late 1960s. By the late '70s, as a solo artist, he was topping the charts with cuts from "Off the Wall," including "Rock With You" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Watch Jackson perform at a 1988 concert »
In 1982, he released "Thriller," an album that eventually produced seven hit singles. An appearance the next year on a Motown Records 25th-anniversary special cemented his status as the biggest star in the country. Timeline: The life of Michael Jackson »
For the rest of the 1980s, they came no bigger. "Thriller's" follow-up, 1987's "Bad," sold almost as many copies. A new Jackson album -- a new Jackson appearance -- was a pop culture event. iReport: Share your memories of Michael Jackson
The pop music landscape was changing, however, opening up for rap, hip-hop and what came to be called "alternative" -- and Jackson was seen as out of step.
His next release, 1991's "Dangerous," debuted at No. 1 but "only" produced one top-ranking single -- "Black or White" -- and that song earned criticism for its inexplicably violent ending, in which Jackson was seen smashing car windows and clutching his crotch.
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And then "Dangerous" was knocked out of its No. 1 spot on the album charts by Nirvana's "Nevermind," an occurrence noted for its symbolism by rock critics.
After that, more attention was paid to Jackson's private life than his music career, which faltered. A 1995 two-CD greatest hits, "HIStory," sold relatively poorly, given the huge expense of Jackson's recording contract: about 7 million copies, according to Recording Industry of America certifications.
A 2001 album of new material, "Invincible," did even worse.
In 2005, he went to trial on child-molestation charges. He was acquitted.
In July 2008, after three years away from the spotlight, Jackson announced a series of concerts at London's O2 Arena as his "curtain call." Some of the shows, initially scheduled to begin in July, were eventually postponed until 2010.
Rise to stardom
Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958, to Joe Jackson, a Gary, Indiana, steelworker, and his wife, Katherine. By the time he was 6, he had joined his brothers in a musical group organized by his father, and by the time he was 10, the group -- the Jackson 5 -- had been signed to Motown. Watch Michael Jackson's life in video
He made his first television appearance at age 11.
Jackson, a natural performer, soon became the group's front man. Music critic Langdon Winner, reviewing the group's first album, "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5," for Rolling Stone, praised Michael's versatile singing and added, "Who is this 'Diana Ross,' anyway?"
The group's first four singles -- "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" -- went to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart, the first time any group had pulled off that feat. There was even a Jackson 5 cartoon series on ABC.
In 1972, he hit No. 1 as a solo artist with the song "Ben."
The group's popularity waned as the '70s continued, and Michael eventually went solo full time. He played the Scarecrow in the 1978 movie version of "The Wiz," and released the album "Off the Wall" in 1979. Its success paved the way for "Thriller," which eventually became the best-selling album in history, with 50 million copies sold worldwide.
At that point, Michael Jackson became ubiquitous.
Seven of "Thriller's" nine cuts were released as singles; all made the Top Ten. The then-new cable channel MTV, criticized for its almost exclusively white playlist, finally started playing Jackson's videos. They aired incessantly, including a 14-minute minimovie of the title cut. ("Weird Al" Yankovic cemented his own stardom by lampooning Jackson's song "Beat It" with a letter-perfect parody video.)
On the Motown Records' 25th-anniversary special -- a May 1983 TV extravaganza with notable turns by the Temptations, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson -- it was Michael Jackson who stopped the show.
Already he was the most popular musician in America, riding high with "Thriller." But something about his electrifying performance of "Billie Jean," complete with the patented backward dance moves, boosted his stardom to a new level.
People copied his Jheri-curled hair and single-gloved, zippered-jacket look. Showbiz veterans such as Fred Astaire praised his chops. He posed for photos with Ronald and Nancy Reagan at the White House. Paul McCartney teamed with him on three duets, two of which -- "The Girl Is Mine" and "Say Say Say" -- became top five hits. Jackson became a Pepsi spokesman, and when his hair caught fire while making a commercial, it was worldwide news.
It all happened very fast -- within a couple years of the Motown special. But even at the time of the "Motown 25" moonwalk, fame was old hat to Michael Jackson. He hadn't even turned 25 himself, but he'd been a star for more than half his life. He was given the nickname the "King of Pop" -- a spin on Elvis Presley's status as "the King of Rock 'n' Roll" -- and few questioned the moniker.
Relentless attention
But, as the showbiz saying has it, when you're on top of the world, there's nowhere to go but down. The relentless attention given Jackson started focusing as much on his eccentricities -- some real, some rumored -- as his music.
As the Web site notes, he was rumored to sleep in a hyperbaric chamber and to have purchased the bones of John Merrick, the "Elephant Man." (Neither was true.) He did have a pet chimpanzee, Bubbles; underwent a series of increasingly drastic plastic surgeries; established an estate, Neverland, filled with zoo animals and amusement park rides; and managed to purchase the Beatles catalog from under Paul McCartney's nose, which displeased the ex-Beatle immensely.
In 1990s and 2000s, Jackson found himself pasted across the media for his short-lived marriages, the first to Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie; his 2002 claim that then Sony Records head Tommy Mottola was racist; his behavior and statements during a 2003 interview with British journalist Martin Bashir done for a documentary called "Living With Michael Jackson;" his changing physical appearance; and, above all, the accusations that he sexually molested young boys at Neverland.
The first such accusation, in 1993, resulted in a settlement to the 13-year-old accuser (rumored to be as high as $20 million), though no criminal charges were filed, notes.
He also fell deeply in debt and was forced to sell some of his assets. Neverland was one of many holdings that went on the block. However, an auction of material from Neverland, scheduled for April, was called off and all items returned to Jackson.
Interest in Jackson never faded, however, even if some of it was prurient. In 2008, when he announced 10 comeback shows in London, beginning in July 2009, the story made worldwide news. The number of concerts was later increased to 50.
Seventy-five thousand tickets sold in four hours when they went on sale in March.
However, when the shows were postponed until 2010, rumors swept the Internet that Jackson was not physically prepared and possibly suffering from skin cancer.
At the time, the president and CEO of AEG Live, Randy Phillips, said, "He's as healthy as can be -- no health problems whatsover."
Jackson held open auditions for dancers in April in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal,Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells are being starved.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to no urish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed attemperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life. 16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hollywood Movies - Releasing in June 2009

Land of the Lost
Release date June 5
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Studio Universal Pictures
Director Brad Silberling
Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Raymond Ochoa, Jorma Taccone, Mousa Kraish, Kristina Krofft, Amyrh Harris, Pollyanna McIntosh

My Life in Ruins
Release date June 5
Genre Comedy, Romance
Studio Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director Donald Petrie
Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Harland Williams, Rachel Dratch, Alexis Georgoulis

The Hangover
Release date June 5
Genre Comedy
Studio Warner Bros. Pictures
Director Todd Phillips
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Mitch Holleman, Andrew Astor, Casey Margolis

Release date June 5
Genre Drama
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
Director Aaron Woodley
Mariah Carey, Ethan Peck, Adam Rothenberg, Lance Reddick, Bill Sage, Michele Harris, Christopher Andrews

Downloading Nancy
Release date June 5
Genre Drama, Thriller
Studio Strand Releasing
Director Johan Renck
Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell, Amy Brenneman, Matthew Harrison, David Brown

Ball Don't Lie
Release date June 5
Genre Drama
Studio Night and Day Pictures
Director Brin Hill
Grayson Boucher, Dania Ramirez, Emilie de Ravin, Ricardo Chavira, Ludacris, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Hidalgo, James Pickens Jr., Harold Perrineau, Melissa Leo, Nick Cannon

Away We Go
Release date June 5
Genre Comedy, Drama
Studio Focus Features
Director Sam Mendes
John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Kevin J. O'Connor, Paul Schneider, Jim Gaffigan

I Come with the Rain
Release date June 6
Genre Thriller
Studio Morena Films
Director Tran Anh Hung
Josh Hartnett, Takuya Kimura, Tran Nu Yen-Khe, Lee Byung-hun, Shawn Yue, Elias Koteas, Simon Andreu

Release date June 11
Genre Drama
Studio American Zoetrope
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Maribel Verdu, Carmen Maura, Rodrigo De la Serna, Leticia Bredice, Mike Amigorena, Sofia Gala, Francesca De Sapio

Imagine That
Release date June 12
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Studio Paramount Pictures
Director Karey Kirkpatrick
Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi, Thomas Haden Church, Vanessa A. Williams, Nicole Ari Parker, DeRay Davis, Ronny Cox, James Patrick Stuart, Timm Sharp, Patricia Place, Zachary Gordon

The Taking of Pelham 123
Release date June 12
Genre Action, Thriller
Studio Columbia Pictures
Director Tony Scott
Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, James Gandolfini, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Victor Gojcaj, Ramon Rodriguez, Alex Kaluzhsky

The Last International Playboy
Release date June 12
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance
Studio Black Note Films
Director Steve Clark
Jason Behr, Krysten Ritter, Monet Mazur, Lucy Gordon, India Ennenga, Mike Landry, Lydia Hearst

Release date June 12
Genre Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
Director Duncan Jones
Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Matt Berry, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Malcolm Stewart, Dominique McElligott, Robin Chalk

Streets of Blood
Release date June 13
Genre Drama, Thriller
Studio Anchor Bay Entertainment
Director Charles Winkler
Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn, Brian Presley, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Katie Chonacas

The Proposal
Release date June 19
Genre Comedy, Romantic
Studio Touchstone Pictures
Director Anne Fletcher
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Denis O'Hare, Betty White

Year One
Release date June 19
Genre Comedy
Studio Columbia Pictures
Director Harold Ramis
Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Hank Azaria, Vinnie Jones, Bill Hader, Juno Temple, June Raphael

Irene in Time
Release date June 19
Genre Drama, Romance, Comedy
Studio Rainbow Releasing
Director Henry Jaglom
Tanna Frederick, David Proval, Victoria Tennant, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Black, Zack Norman, Lanre Idewu, Jack Maxwell, Kelly De Sarla

Release date June 19
Genre Animation, Comedy
Studio Regent Releasing
Director Tatia Rosenthal
Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Barry Otto, Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn, Leeanna Walsman

Whatever Works
Release date June 19
Genre Comedy, Romance
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
Director Woody Allen
Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Henry Cavill, Kristen Johnston, Patricia Clarkson, Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr.

44 Inch Chest
Release date June 19
Genre Drama
Studio Momentum Pictures
Director Malcolm Venville
Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, Joanne Whalley, Stephen Dillane, Steven Berkoff, Melvil Poupaud

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Release date June 24
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Studio DreamWorks SKG
Director Michael Bay
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Isabel Lucas, Rainn Wilson, Matthew Marsden, Ramon Rodriguez, Frank Welker

Bright Star
Release date June 25
Genre Drama, Romance
Studio Pathe
Director Jane Campion
Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jonathan Aris, Sebastian Armesto, Samuel Roukin

The Countess
Release date June 25
Genre Drama, Thriller
Studio Social Capital
Director Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Bruhl, Anamaria Marinca, Nikolai Kinski, Aleksia Landeau

My Sister's Keeper
Release date June 26
Genre Drama
Studio New Line Cinema
Director Nick Cassavetes
Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack, Thomas Dekker

Fireflies in the Garden
Release date June 26
Genre Drama
Studio Senator International
Director Dennis Lee
Julia Roberts, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson, Willem Dafoe, Hayden Panettiere, Shannon Lucio, Ioan Gruffudd, George Newbern

Release date June 26
Genre Thriller, Sci-Fi
Studio Magnet Releasing
Director Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Pell James, Ryan Simpkins, French Stewart, Kent Harper, Cheri Oteri, Kyle Briere

The Hurt Locker
Release date June 26
Genre Action, Drama
Studio Summit Entertainment
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, Evangeline Lilly, David Morse

Life Is Hot in Cracktown
Release date June 26
Genre Drama
Studio Lightning Media
Director Buddy Giovinazzo
Kerry Washington, Victor Rasuk, Evan Ross, Brandon Routh, Shannyn Sossamon, Vondie Curtis-Hall, RZA, Illeana Douglas, Lara Flynn Boyle, Carly Pope, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mark Webber, Tony Plana

Release date June 26
Genre Drama, Romance
Studio Miramax Films
Director Stephen Frears
Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones, Frances Tomelty, Anita Pallenberg, Harriet Walter, Iben Hjejle

Princess Protection Program
Release date June 26
Genre Family, Comedy
Studio Disney Channel
Director Allison Liddi
Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Tom Verica, Sully Diaz, Cristina Soler, Samantha Droke, Kevin G. Schmidt, Robert Adamson

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Release date June 26
Genre Drama, Comedy
Studio Elevation Filmworks
Director Rebecca Miller
Robin Wright Penn, Blake Lively, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Julianne Moore, Monica Bellucci, Alan Arkin, Maria Bello, Madeline McNulty