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Frank DiLeo - This Is Not IT!!!

Post by LizzieBee on Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:37 pm

Ready for another long post? Here it is. Smile sorry if this has been posted before. Couldn't find it though.

By John Soeder, The Plain Dealer
October 26, 2009, 12:30AM


Michael Jackson is ready to moonwalk back into the spotlight this week with the premiere of “This Is It.”
Is this really “it,” though?

Don’t count on it. The film, which captures Jackson rehearsing for a
comeback that he never got to make, is shaping up to be only the
beginning of a busy afterlife. He may be gone, but with plenty of
unreleased music and other projects to keep fans satisfied, potentially
for years to come, the King of Pop won’t be forgotten anytime soon.


When Jackson died in June, he left behind “a bundle of stuff,” said his longtime manager, Frank DiLeo.
“There will be other projects,” DiLeo said during a recent phone
interview. “We’re planning some things for next year, but we have to
sort through a lot of material first.”


In the meantime, the buzz around “This Is It” is building to a fever
pitch. Several Northeast Ohio theaters will host midnight screenings
Wednesday, when the film opens around the world for a two-week run.
(The Cinemark Valley View also will have an invitation-only preview at
9:30 p.m. Tuesday.)

A two-CD soundtrack comes out Tuesday. It features original
recordings of the Jackson hits that appear in the film, as well as
previously unreleased alternate takes of some tunes. The movie’s theme
song, a leftover collaboration between Jackson and Paul Anka from the
early 1980s, was released two weeks ago as a single, to mixed reviews.


Shot from April to June, the film documents Jackson’s
behind-the-scenes preparations for a series of 50 sold-out concerts in
London.


Ken Ehrlich, a Cleveland Heights native who produces the Grammy
Awards, was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for what turned out to
be Jackson’s final rehearsal.

(Okay. But Kenny said, and I quote, "...there was nobody in the arena while we were shooting it." and "11 dancers and a few crew members that were privileged to witness it."
Yet every week someone else is saying they witnessed one of MJ's "last" rehearsals. So either he lied, couldn't remember that there WAS someone else, or there really was no one else there when they were "shooting it." Smile Which would make me feel even more that this was meant to be a film. Get it?)

“Michael was still learning the show,” Ehrlich said.

“He would go back and forth, from singing out with confident dance
moves to other times when you could see he was just marking things, to
get them down.
"


“But there was one number — I don’t remember which one — where I
turned around to Randy Phillips [CEO of AEG Live, Jackson's concert
promoter] and said, ‘This is amazing!’ I hadn’t seen Michael do
anything like it for years.
I thought about the Justin Timberlakes and
the Chris Browns, all the people who Michael influenced. And now I was
seeing it again from the guy who created all of it.


I got goose bumps.”

The next day, Jackson was gone, killed by a lethal dose of the
anesthetic propofol. He was 50. A police investigation into his death,
ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner, is ongoing.

(Yup...on and on and on right??)

Before that last rehearsal, Ehrlich met with Jackson in his dressing
room. They went over plans for a Halloween television special built
around “Ghosts,” a short horror movie that Jackson made in the
mid-1990s with director Stan Winston.


Jackson “was in really good spirits,” Ehrlich said. “He was
extremely up and excited about the concerts and the Halloween show. . .but it was not to be.”

A backlog of other creative material by Jackson is just waiting to be salvaged, including a potential gold mine of music.
(Yeah, I heard people were going to attempt to get their
hands on some of Michael's music. Here's an article with more on that.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jul/16/michael-jackson-material)


“I wish I could say there are five albums’ worth or 20 albums or 30
albums, but I don’t really know how much,” said DiLeo, who managed
Jackson from 1984 until 1989. He was rehired by Jackson in March.

(Hmm...do we know why he was NOT MJ's manager for so long? and then he WAS again in March? Please inform me. Hehe.)

Jackson recorded between 40 and 50 songs for his 1987 album “Bad” alone, DiLeo said. Of those, only 11 songs made the final cut.

In the months leading up to his death, Jackson had been putting together new tunes, too.
“He was working on six or seven new songs,” DiLeo said. “I know he had the music done, and he was working on the lyrics.”

More performance-oriented films, either for the big screen or TV, are a distinct possibility down the line, too.
“From the day I started managing Michael, we always had a video crew
filming the actual concerts and behind the scenes,” DiLeo said. “We
have footage for the ‘Victory’ Tour [with the Jackson brothers in
1984], the ‘Bad’ Tour [ '87- '88] and anything he did afterwards.”

(So we're going to be seeing/hearing more. )

The sordid details of Jackson’s private life, including his
addiction to drugs, won’t diminish his posthumous earnings potential,

said Mark Roesler, a lawyer whose Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide
agency lines up licensing agreements and other business deals for the
estates of immortals such as James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.


“People like to uncover dirt,” Roesler said.
(Verrrry TRUE. Smile)

“It’s just part of the public fascination with celebrities. . . .
You’ll always find new allegations, new mysteries and new questions,
whether you’re talking about Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe or James
Dean.


“With true legends, though, time has a way of only building up their reputations and enhancing their legacies.

“And that’s what going to happen with Michael Jackson.”

(I think Michael will come back. But I KNOW it is going
to take some time. He won't come back so soon. That's okay though. I
can wait. Smile)


In death, could Jackson become even more successful than Presley,
who consistently tops Forbes magazine’s annual list of top-earning dead
celebrities?


“Without a doubt,” Roesler said. “You’re talking about somebody who touched a lot of people around the world.”

Still, it’s unlikely that Jackson’s old Neverland Ranch in Los
Olivos, Calif., will be turned into a tourist attraction along the
lines of Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, as some have
speculated.

“I don’t see it happening,” DiLeo said. “It’s off a two-lane dirt
road. You’re not going to get the zoning variances you would need to do
anything like that.”

( )

If fans want to flock anywhere for now, it should be to the nearest multiplex to catch “This Is It,” DiLeo said.
“When you see the movie and you see the potential of what Michael
was putting together, if you don’t come out of there thinking that this
could’ve been the greatest show on Earth, then you don’t have any
feelings,”
he said.


“If you’re a fan, you’re going to love it. And if you were on the
fence, you’re going to come away thinking Michael was a lot smarter
than you thought. . . . The guy was a genius.

(Yay for Michael!!!! )

“It’s a very compelling film. Obviously, it’s very sad for me to watch. I try not to let my mind go there, but it does.”


http://markroesler.com/press/?p=107

Keep the FAITH family. <3

With all my L.O.V.E.
Elizabeth
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Re: Frank DiLeo - This Is Not IT!!!

Post by YouAreMyLifeMJ on Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:33 pm

Well, we heard Jermaine say the same thing. THIS IS NOT IT! except Jermaine, (being the intelligent person he is) also had to add, This is not the final curtain call. It was on Larry King Live when the This Is It premiere came out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1cZ_aCGdKg&feature=related
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:54 pm

Lol. Yuppers. More material is going to be released. Smile Hmm...what do you guys think will come of this? New clues? More money for them. Haha. *sigh*
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Post by forevermine_mj on Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:10 pm

this is what jermaine said too n in the reality show MJ is set to make an appearance they say 'cause it was partially filmed even b4 25th june
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Post by forevermine_mj on Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:24 pm

this is what jermaine said too n in the reality show MJ is set to make an appearance they say 'cause it was partially filmed even b4 25th june
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Post by LizzieBee on Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:41 am

@forevermine_mj
Hmm...that will be interesting. Unfortunately I can't watch since I don't have cable right now. But I'm sure someone will post something on it. Thank you!! <3
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Post by Kirsche on Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:16 am

I'm sure we can see the show soon on youtube Wink
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Post by LizzieBee on Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:49 am

Kirsche wrote:I'm sure we can see the show soon on youtube Wink

That would be fantastic! <3
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Post by Skeletonjar on Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:01 am

Michael was doing a musical at the time.
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