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

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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.
Here's the ones in my own collection...

"Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson" - Joseph Vogel
"Michael Jackson: Conspiracy" - Aphrodite Jones
"Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story" - J. Randy Taraborrelli
"Moonwalk" - Michael Jackson
"My Friend Michael" - Frank Cascio
"You Are Not Alone: Michael Through A Brother's Eyes" - Jermaine Jackson
"Xscape Origins" - D@mien Shie!ds (the censor blocked his name for some reason)
 
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Here's the ones in my own collection...

"Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson" - Joseph Vogel
"Michael Jackson: Conspiracy" - Aphrodite Jones
"Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story" - J. Randy Taraborrelli
"Moonwalk" - Michael Jackson
"My Friend Michael" - Frank Cascio
"You Are Not Alone: Michael Through A Brother's Eyes" - Jermaine Jackson
"Xscape Origins" - D@mien Shie!ds (the censor blocked his name for some reason)

Magic and the Madness- seriously? It doesn't get trashier than that.
 

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Magic and the Madness- seriously? It doesn't get trashier than that.
How so? I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I've seen a lot of interviews with Taraborrelli...and he seems objective. I can't think of any author whose stance on anything (or anyone) is completely neutral. Everyone has an agenda; what matters is whether that agenda matches the truth. I originally bought JRT's book because Aphrodite Jones recommended it, at the end of her own.
 

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I'll always say this. His 91 book is great. It's straight from the Jacksons' books, interviews, court docs, millions of articles written about them from the beginning. He just rewrites everything like he was there. I recognize about 95% of it now from other sources.

I wouldn't bother with any updated versions because his later sources were just trashy tabloids and from what I've heard, he rewrote some of his original book.
 

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I know Taraborrelli gets a decent amount of flack through the years.. but I'll have to say that his book was one of the better reads.. I much prefer to read a neutral book that an anti or pro book.. Don't get me wrong, I could always enjoy an MJ glory piece, I dig them.. But when I am trying to learn about the man, I want an objective piece - so I can understand who HE was not who THE Michael Jackson was..

Do I think the book was 100% factual, no.. It could not be, he did not know michael personally on a deep level.. no book is 100% factual, not even "Michal Jackson: Moonwalk"..

When reading something I simply use my common sense and take specific areas with a grain of salt and others more so - dependent of how I personally understand the man and from my perspective.
 

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http://www.themortonreport.com/ente...view-michael-jackson-searching-for-neverland/

DVD Review: Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland

Lifetime has a reputation for having produced some pretty terrible music biopics, among them Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Whitney, and Britney Ever After. Let it be known here and now: Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland breaks the trend with an engrossing depiction of the final three years in the life of its subject. Director Dianne Houston and screenwriter Elizabeth Hunter have crafted a respectful, sympathetic, and tasteful portrait of Jackson and his three children living a nomadic lifestyle in wake of his acquittal (on all counts) of various unsavory charges. Don't expect recreations of Jackson's most famous moments—this isn't a 'life story,' but rather a snapshot of the man as a single dad trying to find a new permanent home following the abandoning of Neverland.

Now available on DVD via Lionsgate, is Searching for Neverland a great movie? No, it's a made-for-TV movie and the format comes with inherent limitations. The dialogue is sometimes blunt and inelegant, with occasionally heavy-handed foreshadowing. And the acting ranges from quite good—Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead as head of Jackson's personal security team Bill Whitfield—to perfunctory. As Jackson, professional impersonator Navi has the look and body language down cold. But his accent sounds like Bruce Lee struggling with a British accent. I kept waiting for him to say, "Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all of the heavenly glory." Honestly, the producers should've dubbed Navi with someone who could better evoke Jackson's speech patterns.

Searching for Neverland is based on the book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days by the aforementioned Whitfield and co-security guard Javon Beard (portrayed by Sam Adegoke, another standout performance). I've not read the book, so I've no idea how faithfully the film represents their account. But bear in mind, Searching is not the story of Jackson the lightning rod of controversy. In fact, it's just as much Whitfield and Beard's story as it is Jackson's. Throughout the film, Jackson is depicted as a man constantly searching for escape from the hounding of press and fans. There are moments of joy (a go kart race, the discovery of a perfect new home—quickly dubbed "Wonderland"—by Jackson that he and children Prince, Paris, and Blanket would never come to reside within), but mostly we see Jackson trapped.

Those who already despise Jackson for whatever reasons, perhaps choosing to believe the various charges (of which he was acquitted) and rumors, may dismiss his "struggle" as completely self-devised. Searching for Neverland may not register very deeply with that sector of the potential audience. The psycho MJ maniacs out there who believe the man walked on water will inevitably nitpick every detail. But for general audiences wishing to gain some insight into Jackson's final years, Searching is a non-sensationalized, sensitive account that is worth the time. A big surprise given Lifetime's track record.
 

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^ thanks for sharing.. that makes me wonder if it was one of the songs he submitted to Michael back in 06-08 whatever year it was when he submitted songs to him for Mike to record.
 

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^ the only thing is, how the heck would the people behind this movie have that song and know the story behind it.. but interesting thought for sure!!
 

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Does anyone know if the part MJ likes Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" is in original book as well?
 
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I've always associated that song to Michael and wished he sang it!! when that happened in the movie, I looked at my wife like.. Ohhhhh!!!! cuz she knows I always said that
 

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“MichaelJackson: Searching For Neverland premieres on Indian Television on 26th January, at 1 pm and 9 pm!”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">All hail the 'King of Pop!' A film which showcases the love and devotion a father has for his children.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MichaelJacksonSearchingForNeverland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MichaelJacksonSearchingForNeverland</a> premieres on Indian Television on 26th January, at 1 pm and 9 pm! How excited are you for this? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OpeningNights?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OpeningNights</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MichaelJackson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MichaelJackson</a> <a href="https://t.co/Jyo9noGMJ7">pic.twitter.com/Jyo9noGMJ7</a></p>&mdash; MN Plus | Gold Class (@mnplustv) <a href="https://twitter.com/mnplustv/status/1220281324243570690?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A doting father that he was, the 'King of Pop' ensured to spend ample time with his children. Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland premieres on Indian Television tomorrow, at 1 pm and 9 pm. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OpeningNights?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OpeningNights</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MichaelJacksonSearchingForNeverland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MichaelJacksonSearchingForNeverland</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/princemjjjaxon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@princemjjjaxon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ParisJackson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ParisJackson</a> <a href="https://t.co/QsQPzOXrLo">pic.twitter.com/QsQPzOXrLo</a></p>&mdash; MN Plus | Gold Class (@mnplustv) <a href="https://twitter.com/mnplustv/status/1220957343556329473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">25. Januar 2020</a></blockquote>
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I saw Searching for Neverland. It is good! In my opinion, i love it.

Now, i did buy Man in the Mirror be fore i even saw it. I had been disappointed at first...but, then i got to appreciate the artistic expression of the film and the cast members.
 

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i like this movie but navi voice did get a little irrating at times
 

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i like this movie but navi voice did get a little irrating at times

Yeah his accent started to creep through at several points, but I will gladly take this movie over that piece of shit biopic they made back in 2004 or whenever it was.
 

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Yeah his accent started to creep through at several points, but I will gladly take this movie over that piece of shit biopic they made back in 2004 or whenever it was.

I love the film and I honestly thought Navi made Michael sound like he has a Boston accent.
 

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Yeah his accent started to creep through at several points, but I will gladly take this movie over that piece of shit biopic they made back in 2004 or whenever it was.

agree
 

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i can watch it on my foxtel so i can watch it whenever i want
 
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