MJ's New Album Sparks Civilized War
11/16/2010 5:00 PM PST by TMZ Staff
Akon and Will.i.am are going toe-to-toe over Michael Jackson's new album -- and this battle is going to be an all out ... sensible discussion? We'll see about that.
Check out TMZ on TV -- click here to see your local listings!http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/16/michael-j ... tmz-on-tv/MJ 'Hold My Hand' Video - Starring No-Handed Person
11/17/2010 12:20 AM PST by TMZ Staff
It's the most bizarre casting call we've ever seen -- the people behind Michael Jackson's new music video for "Hold My Hand" are in the market for some incredibly ironic talent ... a person with no hands.
The listing was posted yesterday on an LA casting network -- billed as a "low budget" project -- and among the available roles ... 10 dancers, several real-life couples, a mother and child for a baptism ... and "a disabled person with no hands."
The director Mark Pellington tells TMZ, "The video is a spiritual collage of MJ's legacy told through a visual mosaic exploring the themes of life" -- but based on the name of the song, we can only guess why they'd need someone without the requisite appendages.
We're told they shot Akon's part Monday night -- and according to sources close to the production, a green screen came in mighty handy.http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/16/michael-j ... ting-call/Randy Jackson Goes Nuts Over Michael's Album
11/18/2010 4:30 AM PST by TMZ Staff
Randy Jackson went on a tear on Twitter Wednesday night, swearing some of the songs on Sony's upcoming Michael Jackson album are fake.
Jackson tweeted, "Some of the songs are him, and some aren't. I would be [sic] my life on that ... I know this may seem harsh, but this is the truth, as I know it..."
Pretty much every expert who has analyzed the tracks says the voice is MJ's, but Randy is undeterred.
And he gets conspiratorial: "But what's worse then [sic] harsh is that my brother isn't here, and ll these people are more concerned about making money off his death...They could care less about why and how he died, or maybe they already know."
Randy also claims co-executor John McClain "didn't care about the quality or how complete the vocals were."http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/17/randy-jac ... n-mcclain/Dancers Allege Discrimination in MJ Video Shoot
11/19/2010 12:50 AM PST by TMZ Staff
The people casting the new MJ music video have made it clear they won't hire anyone belonging to a union-esque group called "Dancers Alliance" -- but TMZ has learned the DA is claiming it's pure "discrimination."
The casting notice for the "Hold My Hand" video calls for 10 professional dancers (ages 15-25) ... but specifically states that they won't hire anyone from the "Dancer's Alliance" ... a group dedicated to protecting dancer's wages and working conditions.
TMZ spoke with a rep from the group who tells us that cutting out D.A. dancers "suggests that the production is discriminating against dancers who are educated and support both their community and their agents."
The rep tells us that as long as a company offers "equitable rates" and the project has been cleared with the agents -- then the D.A. has no issues with allowing their members to dance.
Calls to the music video producers have not been returned. http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/18/michael-j ... ting-call/Bahrain Company Didn't Get Memo On MJ's Death
11/19/2010 11:36 AM PST by TMZ Staff
Not that we're trying to flatter ourselves, but don't people in Bahrain get TMZ?
AQ Business Consultants has filed a petition in the Michael Jackson Estate case, asking the judge for permission to belatedly file a creditor's claim, on grounds it didn't know there was a time limit in asking for money.
AQ claims it helped Michael refinance $320,000,000 in loans, for which it was entitled to a $3.2 million fee. AQ claims it's still owed $1.2 mil.
The deadline for filing a claim has passed, but AQ claims it didn't get proper notice.
Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Estate, tells TMZ, "I don't believe the claim has any merit but they're late in filing regardless."
But here's the thing ... TMZ is big in Bahrain, so what's the deal?http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/19/michael-j ... pany-loan/