Michael Jackson April Name Dropping: Bubbles, ‘Goonies,’ ‘Goldbergs,’ Hepburn, And More

Dedicated Michael Jackson fans who search for news about him daily will notice more than a few interviews popping up where celebrities remember Michael Jackson. Adding to that, name-dropping Michael Jackson has also been associated with a soccer champ with moves that makes you wonder if he is Michael Jackson incarnate!

Although some headlines over the month of April focus on yet another Michael Jackson sex abuse scandal, the truth is that these charges are unlikely to see their day in court — and this is due to Michael Jackson’s acquittal of these types of charges in 2005.

Otherwise, Michael Jackson trivia is hot this week with a new sports-related entry. If anyone ever asks you who does the best Michael Jackson impression, Jordan Ibe might be the right answer. A U.K. soccer champ, the player showed fans and friends at a Liverpool, England, gym that has moves as smooth as Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson memories have been popping up lately, with a Katherine Hepburn interview about him being published on April 16. There is also the conversation related to Michael Jackson and Guns N’ Roses and rumors that MJ caused them to break up — or not. Debbie Gibson, former teen pop star from the early 90s, told Us Magazine her memories of Michael Jackson and stated the following.

“When I met him, he was like, ‘I was just watching your Disney special last night.’… And I’m like, Michael Jackson is sitting home watching me on TV?!!!! So that was amazing.”

Other memory lane headlines that name drop Michael Jackson come from Russell Crowe. The Guardian reports that Michael Jackson called Crowe for years on the phone as a practical joke — and this is despite not really knowing him in person. Similar to a Facebook poke from a pen pal, Russell Crowe says the following about Michael Jackson.

“I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”

Speaking of interesting memories of Michael Jackson, a talk led by Jeffrey Deitch at the New York Public Library around April 1 revealed he once tried to sell Michael Jackson art that was about Michael Jackson.

Art News stated, “Deitch made an $11-million commitment to Jeff Koons’ ‘Celebration’ series and nearly went bankrupt in the process… He recounted the time he tried to sell Koons’s sculpture of Michael Jackson and his monkey, Bubbles, to the pop star himself by bribing the doorman at Trump Towers and leaving a Koons catalogue with a note at his door. It didn’t work.”

Michael Jackson trivia got two new entries in April starting with the television show The Goldbergs. Cinema Blend reports that the Michael Jackson estate added The Goldbergs to a long list of media productions that were not given the rights to re-make “Thriller” — unless they paid the $100,000 for the choreography rights.

The other trivia tidbit related to Michael Jackson is that Movies.com found evidence that he visited a lot of movie sets — and video was recorded of Michael Jackson. Considered “extremely rare” by Slash Video, three videos on YouTube were published with Michael Jackson visiting actors in The Goonies, Home Alone 2, and The Red Dragon.

Speaking of Michael Jackson trivia in the “to be continued category,” as previously reported by this author for the Inquisitr, Michael Jackson still has two songs he did with Freddie Mercury that still have not been released. Sadly, the release of those two unpublished duets is one for future Michael Jackson trivia entries.

What is up next for Michael Jackson fans? Do not forget that the One Rose for Michael Jackson event began on March 8, and will conclude with a bed of roses over his grave on his death date of June 25.

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