Entertainment behind the scenes
During a court hearing on Monday to deal with issues surrounding the guardianship of Michael Jackson’s children and the administration of his estate, one episode stood out from a morass of legal maneuverings, when an attorney representing Jackson’s dermatologist asked to be heard.
Ears pricked up in the courtroom and the level of tension rose, as attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan made his case for why Dr. Arnold Klein deserves a say in health, education and welfare issues related to Jackson’s children.
Klein has been the subject of unconfirmed rumors that he was the sperm donor for Jackson’s two children with nurse Debbie Rowe, who was married to Jackson from 1996 to 1999. The children are Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, while a third child nicknamed Blanket, 7, was carried by a surrogate mother who has never been identified.
But Kaplan did not confirm those rumors, at least not within earshot of the dozens of reporters covering the proceedings. “Legally, your honor, he’s not a presumed parent,” Kaplan told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff
Jacko said in his will that he wanted his Mom Katherine (pictured right) to look after them (with his good Motown friend, singer Diana Ross, as second choice).
U.S. pop star Madonna has won a bid to move her children to the United States from Britain, ending a battle in her brutal divorce with British director Guy Ritchie, London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported on Friday.
The paper reported that Ritchie had wanted the couple’s biological son Rocco, 8, to be educated in Britain, but that Madonna’s lawyers argued he should not be split up from his siblings, Lourdes, 12, Madonna’s daughter from a previous relationship, and David, 3, who was adopted from an orphanage in Malawi.
Pierce Brosnan, who played the world’s best known spy James Bond in four movies, has taken on a new role — the narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine. Brosnan, 55, follows in the footsteps of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and U.S. actor Alec Baldwin who previously narrated the children’s TV show. The Irish star makes his debut in the movie “Thomas and Friends: The Great Discovery,” a DVD being released on Sept. 9 by HIT Entertainment Ltd. and Lionsgate.
The creation of Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry, Thomas the Tank Engine made his first appearance in the 1945 children’s book “The Three Railway Engines”. The TV series was first broadcast in 1984 and has since been seen in 140 countries and 25 languages.