Michael Jackson fans celebrate his birthday
Thousands of Michael Jackson fans danced the rain away in a Brooklyn park Saturday at a celebration hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee in New York.
The party marked what would have been the 51st birthday of the late pop star.
After a slow start amid heavy rain, a sizable crowd turned out at Brooklyn's Prospect Park to listen to a DJ spin Jackson's hits. Many showed up wearing fedoras and T-shirts with Jackson's image. A few wore white gloves.
Lee directed two music videos for Jackson in 1996. He told reporters, “I was just like everyone else. I loved his talent.” Associated Press
More tests planned on DJ AM
Authorities will need to conduct toxicology tests, expected to take weeks, to determine what killed celebrity disc jockey DJ AM, a medical examiner's office spokeswoman said Saturday. An autopsy Saturday of the 36-year-old was inconclusive.
A law enforcement official said police found a crack pipe and prescription pills in the apartment where they discovered DJ AM's body Friday.
DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, had openly discussed past use to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs.
Goldstein was critically hurt in a plane crash last September in Columbia that killed four people. He was flying in a Learjet after a performance with Travis Barker, a drummer for the pop-punk band Blink-182. Associated Press
Oasis member tells why he left
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher claims “verbal and violent intimidation” led to his decision to leave the Britpop band.
In a letter to fans posted to the band's Web site Saturday, Gallagher also apologizes for having to cancel European concerts.
The posting says “the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable.” Gallagher offers no details about what the intimidation was, and doesn't specify who was responsible.
Gallagher also doesn't directly write about his brother Liam, the band's frontman, who he earlier said had forced his decision to quit. That statement said Gallagher couldn't work with Liam “a day longer.” Associated Press
‘Office' and ‘Prada' stars engaged
“The Office” star John Krasinski and “The Devil Wears Prada” star Emily Blunt are engaged, according to his publicist, Liz Mahoney. Krasinski, 29, plays hapless Jim Halpert on NBC's “The Office.” Blunt, 26, has appeared in “Charlie Wilson's War,” “Sunshine Cleaning” and “The Great Buck Howard.” Associated Press
Daytime Emmys will air tonight
The Daytime Emmys are going retro-glam.
Singing, dancing, comedy and a touch of pathos set against the glitzy backdrop of a historic theater are on tap for the 36th annual Daytime Emmys in an attempt to lure an eroding audience for award shows.
Tonight's live broadcast has relocated to the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, leaving its recent home at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Opened in 1926, the venue has hosted everyone from Judy Garland and Jack Benny to Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder.
“It's a smaller venue, which has that real glamorous look,” executive producer David McKenzie said. Honoring everything from soaps to talk shows to game shows, the ceremony airs 8-10 p.m. on the CW, the first time the awards won't be on one of the major three networks.
PBS garnered the most network nominations with 56, followed by ABC with 50, syndicated programming with 49, CBS with 30 and NBC with 20. Associated Press
Country singer Kitty Wells, 90. Cartoonist R. Crumb, 66. Actress Peggy Lipton, 62. Comedian Lewis Black, 61. Actor David Paymer, 55. Jazz musician Gerald Albright, 52. Actor Michael Chiklis, 46. Actress Michael Michele, 43. Actress Cameron Diaz, 37. TV personality Lisa Ling, 36. Tennis player Andy Roddick, 27.
This day in history Aug. 30
1997: Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was Aug. 31 where the crash occurred.)