June 29, 2009 |
A planned stage adaptation of Michael Jackson's 1983 "Thriller" music video is in limbo after the pop star's untimely death. In January, The Times reported that the Nederlander Organization acquired the rights to produce a musical version of "Thriller" with the intention of involving Jackson in "every aspect of the creative process." The stage adaptation was to include songs from two of his albums, 1982's "Thriller" and 1979's "Off the Wall." Now plans for the show appear to be up in the air. "We just don't know what's going to happen, and that's all we're saying for now," said a spokesman for Nederlander in New York.
August 20, 2008 |
BEIJING -- It sounds so simple. The Big Man hambones the final 20 meters in Saturday's Olympic 100-meter final and still covers the distance in 9.69 seconds, breaking the world record he set this season. The Big Man began running the 100 only this year and has much more experience in -- and a greater passion for -- the 200. So the Big Man will take down the record in the long sprint, the 19.32 that remains otherworldly 12 years after Michael Johnson set it in the 1996 Olympic final.
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December 6, 2006 |
Debra Johnson was poor, skinny, asthmatic, addicted to crack cocaine and spent her days pushing a shopping cart. She had a record of petty, narcotic-related crimes. In short, she wasn't the type of person usually associated with heroism. But when Johnson was asked to risk her life for a civic duty, she did what most witnesses of gang homicides in South Los Angeles don't: She testified. She did so even though the killers had done their best to silence her.
July 16, 2006 |
Kerri Strug was the courageous gymnast with the golden vault. Michael Johnson was the record-breaking sprinter with the golden shoes. Ten years ago, they were among the most celebrated U.S. athletes of the Atlanta Olympics, their glory captured on magazine covers, Wheaties boxes and newscasts. "Often times it seems like another life," Strug said. "At the same time it seems like only yesterday." Much can change in a decade. Strug now works for the Department of Justice in Washington.
September 11, 2005 |
EVERY bride-to-be needs someone to turn to for sage counsel as the big day nears. But only in "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" could that traditional movie role be played by a maggot that lives in one of the bride's eyes. And only in stop-motion animation could the slimy creature be portrayed by a handmade puppet whose innards are actually filled with Swiss-watch-quality gears.
July 22, 2005 |
As aspiring filmmaker Michael Johnson began shooting his first film, "The Black-Hooded Ninja," he hit a production snag. He didn't own anything with a black hood. The movie's title would have to be changed to "The Blue-Hooded Ninja." But Michael plugged on, directing choreographed fight scenes with his sister and a friend, and using ketchup to imitate bloodstains on his T-shirt while his father caught the action on the home video camera.