Well…this is bound to be controversial, to say the least. Since musician biopics continue to be all the rage, there’s now a Michel Jackson biopic in the works from Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King. While a biopic of Jackson isn’t a bad idea on its own, this one comes with a pretty major caveat: it has the approval of Jackson’s estate.
That means two things: one is that the movie will be able to use Jackson’s songs. The other is that you can all but guarantee the film will sidestep the many controversies surrounding the late King of Pop’s life and career.
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The Simpsons made headlines at the end of last week when the show’s creative team, including co-creator James L. Brooks, decided to pull the third season episode “Stark Raving Dad” featuring guest star Michael Jackson off the air. The decision came after many people on The Simpsons staff saw the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which brings to light many more disturbing details about alleged sexual abuse of young boys by the late international pop superstar.
Now, showrunner Al Jean has explained a little more about their decision to have The Simpsons Michael Jackson episode pulled from circulation, and it comes with an unsettling perspective. Read More »
The Simpsons is pulling one of its episodes from circulation following the airing of HBO’s eye-opening documentary Leaving Neverland. The 1991 The Simpsons Michael Jackson episode “Stark Raving Dad” was considered a landmark achievement for the show as it cemented its place as a staple of the American comedy scene. The episode featured the voice of Michael Jackson, who anonymously voiced the good-natured New Jersey bricklayer Leon Kompowsky, a character who suffered from the delusion that he was the pop legend.
But amid the fallout of Leaving Neverland, the show’s producers have announced that they’re removing the episode entirely.
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When Oprah Winfrey was still hosting her daytime talk show, she had the respect and admiration of millions of viewers. That’s because she always shined a light on controversial and sensitive subjects and came away with powerful revelations, moving stories, and challenging perspectives. And she’ll be doing the same with a new TV special that will follow the premiere of the Michael Jackson sexual abuse documentary Leaving Neverland.
Following the premiere of the two-part documentary Leaving Neverland on March 3 and March 4, HBO and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) will air Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland, a conversation with documentary subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as well as director Dan Reed. Making this conversation even more harrowing is that it was recorded with an audience of sexual abuse survivors and those who have been impacted by it. Read More »
Leaving Neverland caused a minor uproar when it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now the controversial Michael Jackson documentary is primed to air on HBO. The four-hour doc presents the stories of two men who allege the King of Pop sexually abused them over a period of years. Through graphic, heartbreaking testimony, each man paints a vivid, haunting portrait of innocence not just lost, but stolen. Watch the Finding Neverland trailer below.
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The 4-hour Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland caused a stir at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The troubling film chronicles the stories of two men who claim they were both sexually abused as children over long periods of time by the world-famous Jackson. Fans of the late King of Pop were angry, claiming (without seeing the film) that Leaving Neverland was a smear campaign. While the threatened protests never arose, the experience of watching Leaving Neverland left Sundance audiences stunned, with many critics proclaiming the film to be extremely difficult to watch due to its shocking subject matter. Now, the doc will head to HBO next month. See the Leaving Neverland premiere date below.
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Leaving Neverland, the documentary investigating Michael Jackson’s years of sexual abuse allegations, premiered at Sundance Friday. The four-hour documentary directed by Dan Reed chronicles the King of Pop’s long-running relationships with two boys, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, during the 1990s. “Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later,” the film’s official synopsis reads.
The documentary premiered amid backlash against the film’s contents and “direct threats” against Reed’s life, causing Park City police to raise security around the Friday screening. However, the protesters reportedly didn’t appear, and Leaving Neverland was shown to a packed audience that gave the documentary and its subjects Safechuck and Robson a standing ovation. Critics who left the screening called it “disturbing,” “exhaustive,” “a devastating, deeply credible piece of filmmaking.”
Read on to see the rest of the Leaving Neverland early buzz.
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The 2019 Sundance Film Festival recently announced a last minute addition to the slate of movies premiering in Park City, Utah later this month, and it’s bound to stir up some controversy, albeit with a familiar story.
Leaving Neverland is a new documentary that will focus on sexual abuse allegations made against Michael Jackson by a pair of young boys who were befriended by the international recording superstar. The documentary has extensive interviews with the adult men who have claimed Michael Jackson manipulated and abused them, enough to span a nearly four-hour runtime comprised of two feature length episodes. Read More »
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In the early days of The Simpsons, one of the most highly publicized episodes was “Stark Raving Dad,” featuring a mental patient character named Leon Kompowsky. That’s because the character, who thought he was Michael Jackson, was supposedly voiced by the King of Pop himself. But for years, fans of The Simpsons weren’t sure if Michael Jackson really voiced the character or if it was all some kind of prank. Now we have our answer. Read More »