Exclusive: Michael Jackson TV Movie 'Searching for Neverland' from Emmy Winning Motown Veteran

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^ yeah I was highly doubting lifetime paid for any rights for music etc. most lifetime movies of artists don't have the music..
 

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Some footage from the Premiere at the Avalon theatre- VIPs, guests and entertainment with Navi and young impersonators (Thank you Jonathan Moffett, for posting on Youtube):




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqoeVZLF0TE
 
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I've been there yesterday. I couldn't care less about the movie, I went there to talk with Suzanne de Passe.
Having no expectations whatsoever, I was very pleasantly surprised. The film is very well done, and definitely the best we have on Michael in this genre.

It does a great job humanizing him. A LOT of good humor, it doesn't scream low-budget at all like most TV movies tend to do... Very accurate portrayal of a number of situations we have footage of or read about in detail. I think we have Navi's obsessive fandom to thank for that.

I think he looks good in the movie and the portrayal is tactful. His accent falls away here and there, but overall he sounds pretty close to Michael in This Is It. A slight lisp included.

I'm glad this was made and IMO it will benefit the public perception of Michael.
 

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^ Thanks for that, I was wondering thoughts of the film.. As you can see with 16 pages of notes here - there is intrigue for sure
 

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I haven't been bothered by any previews I've seen so far and probably have Suzanne to thank. I'm still apprehensive until I see it. That was a pretty good review above.
 

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I haven't been bothered by any previews I've seen so far and probably have Suzanne to thank. I'm still apprehensive until I see it. That was a pretty good review above.

I'm sure there will be many fans who won't like it, but I also believe many will recognize considerable effort went into this. Is it a perfect, Oscar-worthy movie? Of course not...

But it's definitely not tacky or cringe worthy like so many of the other TV movies we've seen over the years. The make-up and costumes are quite good IMO. They spent a lot of money filming on location... so mansions are actually mansions (and not tiny rooms in a studio with fake expensive furniture)... airplanes are actually airplanes (shown outside and inside). They don't really cut corners showing things. When Michael's kids get Kenya, the dog, it's just like in the home video we've seen. When Michael is doing the photoshoots for Vogue, it's just like the footage we've seen from the documentary that never came out. They get his sense of humor -- I loved that. And many people laughed along, most in the audience not being MJ fans.

The script is really cool and works. I think the story of Michael the single father and regular person, rather than an eccentric pop star, is something that has never been seen before. It's perfect, because they don't have to pretend to recreate concert tours or recording sessions. Or try to portray his creative process. It's just him, broken after the trial, trying to live his life. Very human. And fascinating. I don't think many people expect to see Michael Jackson like that...

NEVER once has Michael been portrayed like that in the mainstream. Audiences will appreciate it and come to see him as much more normal than he was.

I seriously didn't expect to like it, but it's really decent.
 

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Positive review from the 'Bay Area Reporter'. (Though I disagree with the last line...it was never MJ's 'talent' that destroyed him; only the greed of many of those around him). Also a pity that they cannot get the drama-doc title right. (and the language /grammar is a bit 'off' , eg. things don't 'denigrate into...' I guess I'm being pedantic but the meaning of words should matter in journalism- especially if the writer expects their opinions to be viewed as authoritative).


Lifetime's new biopic about the final two years in the life of pop superstar Michael Jackson tells a sad and reflective story about a man who may have regretted achieving the extreme heights to which he had risen. Based on a memoir by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, who were Jackson's bodyguards for most of those final two years, "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" premieres on Lifetime on May 29 at 8 p.m.

As the film begins, we see Jackson (Navi) returning to the United States after his self-imposed exile in Bahrain, where he had gone to escape the harsh lights of the paparazzi following his 2005 acquittal of child molestation charges. Though found not guilty by the courts, the King of Pop was hung in the court of public opinion.

The Jackson who returns to the USA in Lifetime's film is a sad, weary man who has grown to despise the spotlight. He's a single dad, and his three kids love him – those children are Jackson's only source of joy. The singer had abandoned Neverland Ranch, his beloved private playground where his life unraveled. Now he has but one dream: to perform a final series of concerts that will give him the financial capital he needs to buy a hideaway where he can live in peace with his children and disappear from the public eye.

Much has written about Jackson, both during his lifetime and since his shocking and unexpected passing. Even while acknowledging his incredible talent as a singer and dancer, the press and others have derided the star for his "mental illness" and his "perversions." These statements were made by people who never knew Jackson. With "Michael Jackson: Waiting for Neverland," Lifetime offers a peak inside Jackson's life from two men who were actually there.

So much of the film induces tears. In one particularly memorable scene, Jackson allows youngest child Blanket (Michael Mourra) to play in the park with his bodyguards. Jackson watches jealously from behind a closed window, unable to join Blanket because of the commotion his presence would cause.

Character actress Starletta DuPois shines in her two scenes as Katherine Jackson, the pop icon's mom. Mrs. Jackson reaches out to her son and tries to save him from himself, but it's too late. The damage has been done. Chad L. Coleman and Sam Adegoke also offer fine work as the bodyguards who become Jackson's only real friends as his life draws to a close.

But it's the single-named Navi, a newcomer to acting, who commands the screen. Navi looks and sounds amazingly like Jackson, yet his portrayal never denigrates into caricature. Navi beautifully captures the enormous tragedy of a man who was given a glorious talent that ultimately destroyed him.

It may be time for those who have judged Jackson to rethink their views regarding his life.


http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=television&article=282
 
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Wow. Good review. I've been especially worried about Navi, although the scenes I've seen and his makeup job are definitely not caricature.
I agree that it wasn't talent that destroyed him, but jealousy, greed and racism. I've never seen anyone brought down so viciously, but then I've never seen anyone hit the fame height that Michael did. It astounded me at the time and frankly, it was scary to me.

I'd like to know what Jonathan thought of the movie.
 

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I'm sure there will be many fans who won't like it, but I also believe many will recognize considerable effort went into this. Is it a perfect, Oscar-worthy movie? Of course not...

But it's definitely not tacky or cringe worthy like so many of the other TV movies we've seen over the years. The make-up and costumes are quite good IMO. They spent a lot of money filming on location... so mansions are actually mansions (and not tiny rooms in a studio with fake expensive furniture)... airplanes are actually airplanes (shown outside and inside). They don't really cut corners showing things. When Michael's kids get Kenya, the dog, it's just like in the home video we've seen. When Michael is doing the photoshoots for Vogue, it's just like the footage we've seen from the documentary that never came out. They get his sense of humor -- I loved that. And many people laughed along, most in the audience not being MJ fans.

The script is really cool and works. I think the story of Michael the single father and regular person, rather than an eccentric pop star, is something that has never been seen before. It's perfect, because they don't have to pretend to recreate concert tours or recording sessions. Or try to portray his creative process. It's just him, broken after the trial, trying to live his life. Very human. And fascinating. I don't think many people expect to see Michael Jackson like that...

NEVER once has Michael been portrayed like that in the mainstream. Audiences will appreciate it and come to see him as much more normal than he was.

I seriously didn't expect to like it, but it's really decent.
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Thanks for telling us what it was like.
I'll admit, I'm shocked at the bolded (mainly because it's a lifetime movie/biopic), but overall I feel a lot better after reading this.
 

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Interesting... I might take a look at this whenever it comes online then.
 

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So Katherine and Jermaine saw the film ha? and it was an 'emotional experience'! Good to know
 

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Saw some tweets. It seems Suzanne de Paaze may have censored the book and gave the family a wonderfull role in Michaels live. That wasn`t part of the book.
So I don`t expect the episode with Randy gets a mention in the film.
 

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I just read another review(good) that implied family shows up wanting money or pressure to do shows. So it sounds like it's in there.
Amir Williams and Raymone sound like villains in the piece.
 

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I just read another review(good) that implied family shows up wanting money or pressure to do shows. So it sounds like it's in there.
Amir Williams and Raymone sound like villains in the piece.

and this is why this movie will be the train wreck because his family has been trashed for decades when they are not the root of the problem......

how were they pressuring Michael to do shows when Michael Jackson himself wanted to book more shows at that 02 arena for a concert series than any performer who preceded him.....he wanted that distinction, and thus the 50 shows were booked.......

and for a person of mexican descent to portray a man who was black shows just far how things got way outta hand and fast........
 

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and this is why this movie will be the train wreck because his family has been trashed for decades when they are not the root of the problem......

how were they pressuring Michael to do shows when Michael Jackson himself wanted to book more shows at that 02 arena for a concert series than any performer who preceded him.....he wanted that distinction, and thus the 50 shows were booked.......

and for a person of mexican descent to portray a man who was black shows just far how things got way outta hand and fast........
I can't tell you because I haven't read the book or seen the movie yet. I personally don't have a problem with navi being Mexican. I will have a problem with it, if it's in any way pitiful acting or reduced to caricature and parody.
 
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The bodyguards' book wasn't the only account telling the Jacksons were pressuring Michael with money and doing shows,business associates in 2006-2008 stated that there wasn't anything wrong or odd with him, they were the ones putting the oddness and tension in the room bothering Michael and pressuring him. Some fans of the family not wanting to accept the facts, that's another story.
 

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The bodyguards' book wasn't the only account telling the Jacksons were pressuring Michael with money and doing shows,business associates in 2006-2008 stated that there wasn't anything wrong or odd with him, they were the ones putting the oddness and tension in the room bothering Michael and pressuring him. Some fans of the family not wanting to accept the facts, that's another story.

Bloop.
You said what you said and you were right.
I just can't with some "MJ fans" defending people that talked trash about Michael and/or did him wrong.
Nope, I ain't picking and choosing people to defend.
Nobody gets cut cards from me (even his family).
If I'm nice about someone that talked trash about Michael and/or did him wrong it's because I don't know about what they did/said.

"MJ fans" being just as big a fan of (or a bigger fan of) people connected to Michael (mainly women and family) then they are of Michael himself is a pretty big cause of division/contention amongst the MJ fandom.

Just facts.
 
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