VH1 to debut movie about Jackson's story
VH1 to debut movieabout Jackson's story
NEW YORK -- Going behind the music isn't enough when it comes to Michael Jackson -- an entire film is needed.
On Friday, VH1 will debut an original movie on the King of Pop, "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story," the cable network said Monday.
The film traces the trials and tribulations of Jackson's life from his Motown days to his present legal woes. Flex Alexander, who plays Jackson, performed all the dance moves in the movie. Alexander stars in UPN's "One on One."
Though Jackson still awaits trial, the movie concludes in January of this year when the singer appeared in court to plead innocent to child molestation charges.
The final scene shows Jackson after that plea, when fans clogged the Santa Maria, Calif., streets and cheered him as he hopped on top of a sport utility vehicle and entertained them with a few dance steps.
Longtime head of MPAAto resign after 38 years
LOS ANGELES -- Jack Valenti created the movie-ratings system. He's been Hollywood's ambassador to Washington since 1966. He's become a vigilant policeman on film piracy.
Yet what was his greatest achievement as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, a job he is leaving after 38 years?
"I survived," Valenti, 82, wrote in an opinion column in Monday's Los Angeles Times.
"To endure in a volatile, unpredictable arena populated by egos the size of small planets is not an inconsiderable achievement," Valenti wrote.
Valenti noted the vast changes in Hollywood during his tenure: the decline of studios run by pioneering movie moguls in favor of corporate-owned production shops; huge increases in production and marketing costs; reliance on make-or-break opening weekends; the growth in the international box office; the explosion of the DVD market; and the piracy risk digital cinema presents.
"Yet one thing has not changed," Valenti wrote. "A moviemaker's single indispensable asset -- as elementally essential now as it was in the Golden Years -- is the Story. And that means studio executives of this era must share the same DNA as industry pioneers in at least one particular -- the ability to find a narrative with heart and heat."
Dan Glickman, former U.S. agriculture secretary under President Clinton, takes over as MPAA head Sept. 1. Valenti will continue to oversee the movie-ratings system.
Hilton, Hawk, others joinas MTV beefs up lineup
NEW YORK -- MTV continues to add celebrities to the 2004 Video Music Awards. The newest additions read like a veritable list of who's funny, who's in the tabloids and who can flip around two and a half times in midair on a skateboard.
Dave Chappelle, Paris Hilton, Tony Hawk, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Jon Stewart, Ashlee Simpson and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will appear, MTV said Monday.
MTV also announced that hip-hop artists Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo, the Ying Yang Twins and Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe will perform. Already slated to perform are Usher, Kanye West, Yellowcard, Jet, Hoobastank and Jessica Simpson.
The 21st annual awards show will air live Aug. 29 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Jay-Z's jarring video for "99 Problems," which depicts his own murder as a metaphor for his retirement from rapping, leads with six nominations. Beyonc & eacute;, No Doubt and OutKast received five nominations each.
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