Jonathan Lee’s Entertainment Recap: July 6-10

Fans and celebrities all gathered at the Staples Center Tuesday to say their final goodbyes to the pop legend, Michael Jackson.  The service began with a private service at Forest Lawn that carried over to the Staples Center.  The past weeks have been “crazy” in terms of the legal issues surrounding Jackson.  A court ruled against Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, controlling Michael’s estate, giving it up to the executors in the will until an August 3rd hearing.

The city of Los Angeles spent $1.4 million dollars in security and clean up for Jackson’s memorial.  They are looking for third parties that can help support them financially.  So far fans have contributed $17,000.

Fans that missed out on Jackson’s memorial may have a chance to see it in theaters soon.  Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. holds the digital footage of the memorial service, and is expected to send it out to select theaters.  50 theaters in 20 states will be showing the memorial.  Among the cities are Atlanta; Las Vegas; Topeka, Kan.; Mobile, Ala.; Pensacola, Fla.; Lansing, Mich.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Utica, N.Y.

The new screening of Harry Potter premiered Tuesday for the stars of the movie. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and many other cast members were at the screening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which opens up for audiences July 15th.

Faye Treadwell, former manager of the famous group The Drifters, will be given the rights to millions of dollars from concert promoters who violated rights to the band’s trademark.  The ruling gives way for Treadwell to claim damages from New York City promoter Larry Marshak.

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismai, child star in the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire” has found a new home away from the slums.  Director Dan Boyle has been looking for homes for the child stars that played in the film.  The $50,000, one bedroom apartment is a vast upgrade from the metal shack Azhar and his family use to live in.

Film investors of the Paris Hilton movie “Pledge This!” are taking Hilton to court for not honoring her contract, and promoting the movie like she promised.  They are asking for $8 million.  The trial began Thursday.

Patricia Arquette, the star of the hit show “Medium” will remain married to husband Thomas Jane, after she was granted a dismissal for her divorce case on Tuesday.  They were married in May 2006.

Fredrik Gertten and his film company are being sued by Dole Foods on his film “Bananas!” for defamation.  Gertten decided to show the film at the Los Angeles film festival even after learning the film was based on fraud.  Attorney Juan J. Dominguez is facing federal prosecution for trying to extort billions from Dole.


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