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Quincy Jones Readies ‘Asian Grammys’

Just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Matthew Garrahan, west coast correspondent for the Financial Times, has put together a rousing profile of a man who is the very embodiment of the dream King once famously spoke of.

Garrahan chatted for three hours with Quincy Jones at the mogul’s expansive Bel Air home, which he makes good use of to frame the article. In the piece, he touches on Jones’ humble Chicago beginnings, brief dalliance with heroin, stories of working with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and much more. There are also details about Jones’ increasing ties to China and the rest of Asia, cemented by his role as artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics:

The main Asian push begins in March: in addition to being its [new] chairman, Jones is now executive producer of the [Singapore based] Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences’ inaugural awards show, envisaged as a kind of Asian Grammys.

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New Grauman’s Owners Busy Cementing Their Own Sidewalk Tradition

Purists will no doubt assail the new owners of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for allowing three guys in Chipmunk costumes and French DJ David Guetta to joint the handprint and footprint parade this year. But get used to it.

Although co-owner Donald Kushner is upfront in an an LA Times article by Amy Kaufman about the fact that the Alvin and another, similar Smurfs ceremony in 2011 was “mock,” with the cartoon star slabs slated to be housed in a secondary location, he and partner Elie Samaha are looking to add many more people to the cement:

Kushner revealed that Grauman’s is in preliminary talks with boxer Muhammad Ali and is also speaking with the family of Michael Jackson about a square that could use the imprints of a shoe and glove the pop star donned in some of his music videos.

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Music Executive Dies After Hollywood Shooting

Music executive John Atterberry died Monday from injuries suffered during last Friday’s Sunset and Vine shooting.

Atterberry, 40, was shot three times in the face and neck with a .40-caliber handgun by 26-year-old Tyler Brehm.

The founder of Infusion Music Group and former vice president of Death Row Records, Atterberry previously worked on albums for Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, and Brandy.

Brehm was later shot and killed by LAPD officers after reportedly firing 20 rounds. According to his Facebook page, he had broken up with his girlfriend days prior to the shooting.

Kennedy Collector is Friends with Lee Harvey Oswald’s Widow

Last night, syndicated radio show host George Noory devoted his entire “Coast to Coast” program to the anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Among his guests were author Mark Lane, who points to a mountain of evidence to support his argument that it was the CIA that conspired to kill the President.

Today, it is the turn of LA based CNN entertainment reporter Alan Duke to chime in with some unique anniversary spin. He profiles Keya Morgan, the largest private collector of JFK photos, for an assignment that led to a very rare secondary source:

Although she rarely gives interviews, Marina Oswald felt strongly enough about her friendship with Morgan that she agreed to speak with CNN by phone from her Texas home. “Keya is a good kid. Let’s put it that way,” Oswald said. “He has a good heart, and he’s compassionate and puts all his 150% in it.”

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Rare Copy of Michael Jackson Film Surfaces

Hard to believe both the timing and geographical reporting lineage of this one, at the end of an LA week dominated by coverage of the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial. But lo and behold, courtesy of a report by Mike Luehring on Oregon website Salem-News.com, comes news of a startling discovery:

A rare copy of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker film featuring the iconic dance sequence of ‘Smooth Criminal’ was located this week in Studio City, California.

Amy Redman, a raw stock broker who worked with Moonwalker’s live action director, Colin Chilvers for a number of years, came forward Tuesday with three reels of film that contain over 30 minutes of footage.

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Watch the Conrad Murray Trial on Your Mobile Device

If you’re home during the day like myself, you’ve probably noticed the local TV coverage of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial, which got underway on Tuesday.

For those of you on the run (or the population that’s obsessed with all things Michael Jackson), you can watch the proceedings thanks to the Michael Jackson Doctor Trial App from Fox Television Stations.

For 99 cents, iPhone, iPad and Android users get access to live coverage of the trial along with recorded local news segments, photo galleries and biographies of all the key people involved in the case.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the app is No. 1 among for-pay news apps.

Oh, America.

Katy Perry Makes Billboard History, Scores Tie with Michael Jackson

Los Feliz resident Katy Perry has become the first female artist, and only the second musician in Billboard history, to produce five Hot 100 Number 1 singles off the same album. The first artist to score these numbers was the king of pop himself, from 1987′s “Bad.”

Perry’s hits came from her 2010 release “Teenage Dream,” and consist of the title track, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),”  “California Gurls,” “E.T.,” and “Firework.”

We’re listening to the songs right now, in case there’s something we missed the first 47 times around. Nope. Still pretty standard pop fare. However, the pure eye candy of the “California Gurls” video will likely stand the test of time.  Included after the jump; sound optional.

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WBLS, WKTU, and WRKS with Michael Jackson Memories to Mark Second Anniversary of Death

Unfortunately, sad occasions are used to mark time.

This weekend, the music world remembers Michael Jackson, two years after his passing, and some New York radio stations are planning special coverage.

WBLS/107.5 is paying tribute throughout the weekend with Jackson’s music, interviews from the station’s extensive archives, and listener tributes.

Program director Skip Dillard tells FishbowlNY that WBLS listeners will also hear celebrity comments, recorded concert audio, and special Jackson Mastermixes.

But WBLS isn’t the only station honoring the fallen superstar.

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Perez Hilton in the Year’s Worst Trailer

Even though French filmmaker Christophe Lenoir‘s A * Is Killed is aiming for factually inspired thriller territory, the English language trailer recently posted to YouTube in no way makes that clear. From the bizarre, Perez Hilton talking-head cameo opener to a pair of hilariously phony TV newscasters, it’s got early commenters emphatically asking WTF?

Indian actor Himesh Reshammiya plays a musician obsessed with the death of a Michael Jackson-like pop superstar. The Bollywood performer also supplied soundtrack music:

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Up for Bid: Marlon Brando’s Personal Phone Book

According to the old adage, Hollywood’s greatest actors are ones who can triumph even if the script is a phone book. In Marlon Brando‘s case, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills has the next best thing this weekend – the late actor’s actual personal phone book.

The starting bid for this item is $500, and while many of the numbers may no longer be in service, it’s still a great dinner party conversation starter:

A burgundy leather three-ring binder telephone book circa 2003 containing hundreds of Brando’s personal friends and business contacts worldwide. Some names include Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin, Johnnie Cochran, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Jane Goodall, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand as well as noted scientists in various fields of study, press contacts and the United Nations and many other noteable entries.

If that’s not good enough, you can also bid this weekend on a Golden Globe the actor refused to accept for his portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather.

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