- - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jermaine Jackson called Wednesday for an end to the public feud that has embroiled his family for more than a week, saying issues over the care of his mother and with late brother Michael’s estate should be handled privately.

Jermaine Jackson wrote in a statement first released to the Associated Press that he regrets the public turmoil that resulted from his mother Katherine’s 10-day trip to an Arizona spa. The trip sparked a missing person’s report and a driveway confrontation between relatives at the home of Katherine Jackson before a judge stripped her of guardianship duties.

“Mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides in a highly charged emotional environment,” Jermaine Jackson wrote. “It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing.”

The Jackson family is still raw from the death of the pop superstar three years ago, Jermaine Jackson wrote, and his mother has endured incredible stress and pressures since then.

He said he remains concerned about his brother’s estate but is dropping support for a letter leaked two weeks ago that called on executors of the estate to resign.

Jermaine Jackson said his statement was prompted after his son asked if he could no longer visit Katherine Jackson at her suburban Calabasas home.

“After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael’s words about love not war,” he wrote.

At the request of an attorney for TJ Jackson, temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s children, the estate has acknowledged it has blocked certain relatives from visiting the home. The family members were not named.

Attorneys are still trying to untangle some of the issues that the family dispute has created. Katherine Jackson’s attorney Perry Sanders Jr. said attorneys will return to court Thursday to present an agreement to restore his client as a guardian.

The agreement would also call for TJ Jackson to remain a co-guardian, with control over the staff and day-to-day operations of the home where Katherine Jackson and her grandchildren Prince, Paris and Blanket currently live. Mr. Sanders has said the arrangement will allow Katherine Jackson to focus on the children’s upbringing and not on other financial or logistics issues.

The co-guardianship arrangement would also allow either Katherine Jackson, 82, or TJ Jackson, 34, to serve as sole guardian if the other were no longer able to serve.

Jermaine Jackson’s statement offers a detailed account of why he, brother Randy and sisters Janet and Rebbie felt it was necessary to isolate their mother recently.

“We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother — and pressure was what a doctor said she didn’t need,” he wrote.

He said by the time of the driveway confrontation on July 23, “it was clear that mutual suspicions had allowed events to spiral out of control.” He said that he, Randy and Janet Jackson went to the Calabasas home to try to talk to the children.

“I regret that events were ever allowed to reach such a stage,” he wrote. “I regret any distress caused to Prince, Paris and Blanket. That was never, ever the intention of myself, Janet, Rebbie or Randy.”

Virginia again backdrop for Lincoln film

Central Virginia is again the backdrop for a film focusing on Abraham Lincoln.

Lighting and production trucks were lined up Tuesday along a section of a busy downtown street in Richmond for a National Geographic channel film. It’s called “Killing Lincoln,” and it’s based on the best-seller by Bill O’Reilly.

The film is a production of prolific filmmaking brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” was a summer blockbuster.

The film stars Billy Campbell, who is listed by the production company as a native of Charlottesville. He most recently was in AMC’s “The Killing.” The assassin John Wilkes Booth is played by Jesse Johnson, the son of actor Don Johnson.

Director Steven Spielberg’s movie about Lincoln that was filmed in Virginia is set to open in November.

Ferrell, Brand in Disney campaign

Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Jason Segel are hitchhiking ghosts, and Russell Brand is Captain Hook in two new portraits by Annie Leibovitz.

Disney Parks unveiled the images Wednesday as part of the Disney Dream Portrait series it commissioned featuring celebrities posing as Disney characters for the famed photographer.

Mr. Brand is shown wearing pirate attire and teetering atop the open mouth of a crocodile. Mr. Ferrell, Mr. Black and Mr. Segel appear as spirits looking for a lift to the Haunted Mansion.

The images will appear in fall issues of national magazines including Vanity Fair, People, GQ, Real Simple, Essence and InStyle.


River Phoenix’s last film to screen 20 years after his death

Nearly two decades after his much publicized death, actor River Phoenix’s last movie “Dark Blood” will premiere at a Dutch film festival.

” ‘Dark Blood’ by director George Sluizer will premiere on Thursday evening, Sept. 27, at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht,” according to the festival’s website.

The Dutch director had finished four-fifths of the movie when Phoenix, playing one of the three main roles, collapsed and died of a drug-induced heart failure outside a Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 31, 1993.

The 86-minute film was left unfinished until 80-year-old Sluizer’s deteriorating health prompted him to restart post-production two years ago, his daughter Anouk Sluizer said.

It was finished in January this year.

“My father is ill and he decided to resume the movie’s post-production after almost 20 years,” she said, adding “he had shot about 81 percent and there was enough material to make a suspenseful movie.”

Phoenix died at age 23 and at the time was regarded as one of the most promising rising young actors of his generation.

Paul Weller proud to be Wiggins inspiration


Musician Paul Weller says it feels “great” to have inspired an Olympian — cycling gold medalist Bradley Wiggins of Britain.

Mr. Wiggins, who took gold in the men’s time trial on Wednesday after winning the Tour de France last month, is both a champion athlete and a well-known mod, a follower of the sharp-suited music and fashion movement epitomized by Mr. Weller’s former band, The Jam.

Mr. Wiggins has cited Mr. Weller as a hero, and Mr. Weller — nicknamed the “Modfather” — says it feels great to have inspired “a fellow stylist.”

Mr. Weller told the AP just before Mr. Wiggins’ Olympic victory that “it’s just nice to see an Englishman win something. But he’s great, he’s at the top of his game, isn’t he?”

Compiled from wire reports.

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