- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009

M.J. rehearsal on DVD?

Michael Jackson’s final rehearsal for his London concert tour was recorded in high definition video and audio on the eve of his death — and could be released as the King of Pop’s final album, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

The rehearsals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles were taped by concert promotion company AEG Live to produce an album and DVD of what Mr. Jackson had billed as his “final performance” tour called This Is It, according to Sharon Waxman of the Hollywood blog TheWrap.com.

One AEG official boasted to a colleague this weekend, “We have a live album in the can,” Miss Waxman writes.

According to published reports, Mr. Jackson had failed to appear at many of the scheduled rehearsals in Los Angeles during the past two months, but he was there for an “electric” full rehearsal on the night before his death.

The rehearsal, which went on for several hours, included dancers, musicians and aerial performers. Three people close to the production said that it had been captured by multiple cameras and that the audio was digitally recorded in a manner that could be used to produce surround-sound DVD and audio products.

Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, the nation’s second-largest concert promoter, e-mailed that he would not comment for the story. The spectacular 50-concert series at London’s 02 arena was set to begin in July.

More Jackson fallout

A tasteless scene from the upcoming fashion comedy “Bruno” has been cut following Michael Jackson’s death, says Denverpost.com, citing a report from radaronline.

The studio in charge of the movie, which stars Sacha Baron Cohen in the title role, made a last-minute edit in time for its Hollywood premiere Thursday night, just hours after Mr. Jackson’s death, according to radaronline.

“Bruno,” opening nationwide July 10, follows the adventures of Mr. Cohen playing a gay Austrian fashion reporter on a journey around North America.

The excised scene featured Bruno interviewing Mr. Jackson’s sister, La Toya Jackson, in his chic Los Angeles apartment after getting her to sit on his “chairs” — which are Mexican workers bending over, who then serve her sushi on the body of a hairy naked man.

From there, Bruno proceeds to steal her cell phone so that he can copy Michael Jackson’s number, the Web site reports.

The original version of the film has already premiered in London, Paris and Berlin.

Eddie Van Halen weds

Guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen is no longer a solo act: On Saturday, he married Janie Liszewski, 39, his girlfriend of three years, People.com reports.

The ceremony took place in the garden of his seven-acre estate in the hills above Studio City, Calif., starting at 7 p.m., when Miss Liszewski walked down the aisle to Mr. Van Halen’s “When It’s Love,” performed by the Sonus Quartet.

The 54-year-old groom’s 18-year-old son, Wolfgang, served as best man, while brother Alex Van Halen, an ordained minister, officiated at the 20-minute, nondenominational service. Among the 100 guests: Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife, Valerie Bertinelli. (They divorced in 2006, after 25 years of marriage.)

This is Miss Liszewski’s first marriage and Mr. Van Halen’s second.

Nuptials off

There will be no wedding bells for Rachel Hunter. The supermodel and her hockey player fiance Jarret Stoll have called off their wedding, People.com reports.

In May, Miss Hunter, 39, told People magazine that she and Mr. Stoll, 27, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings, would tie the knot in Northern California in mid-August — but she also noted they were weighing other locations for the ceremony. “I need to be given less time than a year to plan because I change my mind so often,” Miss Hunter said at the time. “It was going to be in Mexico, but we decided otherwise. I’ve made seven changes to the location.”

Miss Hunter — previously married to rocker Rod Stewart — and Mr. Stoll became engaged in August after dating for about two years. The two lived together in Los Angeles with Miss Hunter’s teenage children by Mr. Stewart, Renee and Liam, People said.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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