Flash mob recreations of the "Thriller" video have broken out of wedding reception halls and Filipino prison yards in recent years to become something of a rite of Halloween passage. But try telling that to the fascist city officials of Boca Raton, who have shut down this year's planned "Thriller" extravaganza, and in doing so, made Halloween Jesus cry.
The manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray began today with Los Angeles District Attorneys laying out their argument that Murray—Michael Jackson's personal physician—is responsible for the pop singer's death. Among the exhibits (along with a photo of Jackson's body) was this recording, taken from Murray's iPhone, of a clearly messed-up Jackson talking about concert plans. The addled tragedy of Jackson's life is well-known at this point, but nothing's really hammered it home quite like this tape.
One of two jackets that Michael Jackson wore in his 'Thriller' video was sold at auction yesterday to a rich Texan named Milton Verret for $1.8 million(!). According to his blog, "Milton Verret is an avid car collector and a fan of hot rods, Corvettes, and other popular sports cars." And aside from the times when Verret wants to reenact 'Thriller' in his home, the jacket will go on tour:
On tonight's American Idol, the always dreaded group numbers were back! This time, our Top 13 took on Michael Jackson and performed a tribute to the late King of Pop via a medley of his songs. It wasn't good.
A capella group Duwende certainly does justice to a very difficult and iconic song with their version of "Thriller," recorded in real time without lip syncing. What wins your vote for favorite "Thriller" cover this week - this or Glee's?
Last night Fox tried to indoctrinate the half-drunk, post-Super Bowl audience with a random grab bag of jazz hands and pop confections called Glee. We hope they tuned in to have some of their questions about this phenomenon answered, but there is one question that Glee can't seem to answer these days: Why?