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Moviebound Muckracker Tackles MJ

I’ve got a soft spot for any writer turned TV/Film guy (since that mirrors my background.) And Ian Halperin works the celebrity circuit, arguably the trickiest part of the journalism beat (well, I guess except for war reporting.) His most famous scoop is declaring that Michael Jackson would have six months to live, predicting the singer’s demise almost to the day. With his book Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, he has become an authoritative voice on the MJ beat.

Halperin has now opened his notebook for his first film Gone Too Soon, a exploration in film form of many of the themes of Unmasked. MJ, while strange, never molested children; he had folks trying to extort him for financial gain, he had poor choices in advisors and doctors and his death was hastened by an unrealistic concert schedule. The film shows Halperin at his computer (in classic old time reporter set up) and on the beat with some vital interviews: Frank DiLeo (MJ’s longtime manager who rarely speaks on camera) and MJ’s chef and spiritual advisor. A worthy watch for MJ fans.

Gone Too Soon premieres tonight at 9/8c on TV Guide Network.


June 25, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. […] Guide Network: Gone Too Soon , see post earlier today. And also, Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty which profiles the members of his famous […]

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  2. Halperin is not a reliable source of information on Jackson.

    Comment by SWB | June 25, 2010 | Reply

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