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Why is it that peoples portrayal of other famous people can be so far off and we rave how good a movie was but when it's Michael and someone does put in the work we only pick out the flaws? I don't see it as 'low expectations' its a matter of being realistic.. If you all are waiting for a perfect person to come out to play a Michael Jackson of the later years and pull it off on an extreme level.. you'll have to keep waiting..

That person would have to
* Resemble Michael Jackson A lotttt
* have great acting skills
* would have to be able to be TRUSTED with good intentions
* perfect timing and gesturing as Michael did
* have studied Michael a lot
* Sound like Michael
* Speak like Michael

We're talking about a guy who calls himself the 'number one Michael Jackson impersonator' so the things mentioned above are EXACTLY what one would expect from a 'number one' and expecting anything less is definitely lowering our standards. When it comes to Michael there is no way I would do that.
 
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Respect, I did not read the book.. from what I've seen is people have said they are very similar.. and that is why I stated what I did as a question. "thank your complaint should be with the book!?"

Dutchie - We've all seen Navi on stage, we know he's not the greatest.. You know how many impersonators call themselves the "#ONE", the main reason why Navi has used that term for promotion is because his bookings.. #1 does not always mean quality as you know.. You book 10 gigs and I book 2.. You're #1! I've brought up E'cas often in this thread.. I would have personally loved to see him do it! why he was not considered I don't know.. but the fact he wasn't, my default choice after - I don't know of anyone else that would have done a better job.. when I consider all of the above.. There are some that can do this or that better.. but to put it all together is another feat!
 
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Respect, I did not read the book.. from what I've seen is people have said they are very similar.. and that is why I stated what I did as a question. "thank your complaint should be with the book!?"

Dutchie - We've all seen Navi on stage, we know he's not the greatest.. You know how many impersonators call themselves the "#ONE", the main reason why Navi has used that term for promotion is because his bookings.. #1 does not always mean quality as you know.. You book 10 gigs and I book 2.. You're #1! I've brought up E'cas often in this thread.. I would have personally loved to see him do it! why he was not considered I don't know.. but the fact he wasn't, my default choice after - I don't know of anyone else that would have done a better job.. when I consider all of the above.. There are some that can do this or that better.. but to put it all together is another feat!

Hm. Maybe you're right but then it's still a very arrogant thing to do to call oneself the number one when you KNOW you're simply not as good as many others out there. Maybe he should have been humble enough to say there's impersonators who could have done a better job. But Navi is Navi and I guess the fame and money was more important to him than making sure Michael was portrayed accurately and fairly.

I don't understand why others weren't considered either. For me personally Earnest Valentino would have been perfect for the job but I guess we just think differently on that one. And that's okay. :)
 

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I have the book but couldn't finish it because it was too sad. I watched the movie with an open mined. I actually liked most of it. I liked for example the fact that the movie showed how the children only had the masks when MJ was with them. There where somethings that i didn't believe and things that could be explained better but overall the movie was well done! JMO
 

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I watched this a few weeks back around the anniversary but I haven't got round to commenting yet. My overall view of it was that it was enjoyable and I liked a lot of it. I thought Navi was convincing at times (not his speaking so much, but mannerisms etc. I could even pinpoint interviews and clips that he was channeling at times with his speaking which felt weird, not a criticism at all. Like when he said Blanket! Blanket! He sounded exactly like MJ in the Bashir doc lol)

The only thing that bothered me is they portrayed Michael as naive, unrealistic and a bit demanding at times. It wasn't in the same vein as the book as the bodyguards didn't write it in that way, they were much more affectionate and understanding towards him. It got lost in translation sometimes imo. An example of this is when he was paying at the toy store and he was asking if they could just come back and pay tomorrow. Yes, that's what was written in the book but what was missing was the love of the portrayal. That's hard to get across I suppose, and I'm not even sure it's clear what I mean by how I'm writing this.

Overall not terrible, not great, somewhere in the middle. It was good at getting across how he was just a man, living in extraordinary circumstances just craving normality. A man who was very much under the control of so many different people with their own interests, rarely acting in his interest. Man I hate how it went down for MJ...
 

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This might be a long shot but.. does anyone know the name of the song that played when they went Go Karting?
It's been stuck in my head for ages. I have no idea who is singing, but they're trying so hard to be Mike but comes across like a bad Ne-Yo impersonator.
 

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^ I tried googleing lyrics and tried to get creative on finding it with no luck.. Have you tried playing the movie and shazaming it? I wanted to try it but I'm at work.. playing the video out loud would get some attention lol!

It is a catchy song though!!
 

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^ I tried googleing lyrics and tried to get creative on finding it with no luck.. Have you tried playing the movie and shazaming it? I wanted to try it but I'm at work.. playing the video out loud would get some attention lol!

It is a catchy song though!!

Same!! :rofl: I tried to google the lyrics with no luck and shazaming didn't work unfortunately

If you find out please tell us
 

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^ There is a chance that it was made specifically for the movie! fairly suitable for an MJ theme.. "i'm not like other guys" I think I heard! and a few MJ'esk 'hiccups' lol
 

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Here's the review I wrote, for my Facebook page...

I just finished watching the Lifetime movie online, "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland". Beforehand, I was very suspicious; too much trash has been made since Michael's death. Thankfully, this wasn't one of them; instead, it shows the kind of man Michael wanted to be during his time away from the stage. Seen through the eyes of loyal bodyguards Bill Whitfield & Javon Beard, this movie was based on a book written by them...which makes me want to read it very soon. If even half of the events portrayed are true, then there's a completely different side to Michael very few ever knew about...and I can't imagine what they sacrificed to be in his world for those last two years.


As portrayed by professional impersonator Navi, the film's version of Michael reminded me very much, of what I'd read in Frank Cascio's book and seen in the rebuttal video to Martin Bashir's horrible trash-piece. I can't say Navi completely matches Michael (after all, who could?), but its very close, and respectful to boot. Holly Robinson-Peete appears as Michael's former publicist Raymone Bain...who in this, comes across very selfish and almost backstabbing. I haven't met or seen much footage of Mrs. Bain, so I can't comment on accuracy...but Mrs. Peete played the role with an almost disturbing sense of conviction.


Starletta DuPois appears in a few memorable scenes as Michael's mother Katherine, while Kristofer Gordon plays youngest brother Randy Jackson (not the talent-show judge). Richard Lawson has a few scenes as patriarch Joseph Jackson...but for some reason, his scenes mostly felt "off" somehow. I think it might have been his age; there's 20 years between him and Joseph in reality. Even accounting for the time setting (mostly 2007), I still felt a disconnection while watching Mr. Lawson's portrayal...but I can't place my finger on why.


All in all, its a very good film, examining events the mainstream American press rarely (if ever) objectively reported on...and I was emotionally moved by the end of it. Major respect to all involved; I'd prefer to think Michael would've liked it as well.
 
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http://www.antimusic.com/news/17/Au...-_Searching_for_Neverland_Coming_To_DVD.shtml

Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland Coming To DVD

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Lionsgate have announced that they will be releasing the film "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" on the DVD format on October 10th. They sent over the following details:

The scripted film is based on the best-selling book written by the late Michael Jackson's most trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby.

Featuring the acting debut of Navi, a Michael Jackson tribute artist who worked closely with the pop legend as his body double for many years, the Lifetime Original Movie gives an intimate view of The King of Pop both as a caring father and as a man enduring untold hardships during the last years of his life.

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A behind-the-scenes perspective from those closest to the music icon, the Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
 

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I figured it would have a release.. but would like some special features! :/
 

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I figured it would have a release.. but would like some special features! :/

If there are any they'll probably reveal them when it gets closer to release. I'd like to see some as well, since it sounds like there were deleted scenes.
 

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Correct me if I am wrong but I don't recall any of the lifetime biopic movies on musical artists having special features.. I know I've looked on the back of some but it was a while back.
 

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http://www.antimusic.com/news/17/Au...-_Searching_for_Neverland_Coming_To_DVD.shtml

Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland Coming To DVD

MichaelJackson.jpg


Lionsgate have announced that they will be releasing the film "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" on the DVD format on October 10th. They sent over the following details:

The scripted film is based on the best-selling book written by the late Michael Jackson's most trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby.

Featuring the acting debut of Navi, a Michael Jackson tribute artist who worked closely with the pop legend as his body double for many years, the Lifetime Original Movie gives an intimate view of The King of Pop both as a caring father and as a man enduring untold hardships during the last years of his life.

2908EA45E-98EE-DAD5-EACA344B9C5143C3.jpg


A behind-the-scenes perspective from those closest to the music icon, the Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.




Yayyyyyyyyyyy is this an online purchased?
 
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Even if if I liked the movie I wouldn't want to add it to my collection, it has pretty average and bad pad parts. Whatever floats your boat, guys .
 

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I watched it and it was ok but I agree that I don't think anyone can do justice playing Michael, I much prefer watching his home vids and documentaries of the actual person. I like to see him smiling and happy.

I know its not the real world and we all have bad times but I hate to think of Michael being sad. The parts where it shows his kids birthday parties with no one there but the staff and when he says he lonely. Also the parts where the new security start to take over and wont let anyone see micheal, it makes me want to scream at the tv and tell Bill to push his way through to see him. I loved the relationship it showed they had and I hope it was like that as it seems he really did see Michael as a friend and wanted to protect him from the people that weren't there for him and were only out for what they can get.
 

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I haven't seen the film yet. I have read the book though. I enjoyed it but found it very sad at the same time.
 

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I haven't seen the film yet. I have read the book though. I enjoyed it but found it very sad at the same time.

It definitely had me shedding a few tears. You should watch it and if you've read the book you know how it goes but I bet youll be blubbering at the end like me :cry:

I watched a film on you tube the other day about their whole life and how it started, I really enjoyed that It was called 'The Jacksons an American dream', have you seen that?
 

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It definitely had me shedding a few tears. You should watch it and if you've read the book you know how it goes but I bet youll be blubbering at the end like me :cry:

I watched a film on you tube the other day about their whole life and how it started, I really enjoyed that It was called 'The Jacksons an American dream', have you seen that?
Years ago that was on tv and I saw some of it. Would defo like to rewatch it.
 

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I haven't read the book yet, but I liked the film. It was mostly objective, which I appreciated as a fan.
Can you recommend any good books about Michael. I don't want to read trashy ones so want to make sure I can get the good ones.
 

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