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Michael Jackson Memorial Today

July 7, 2009

Unless you are a fan of the late Michael Jackson, you might want to avoid downtown Los Angeles today. The public memorial service for Jackson will take place at the  Staples Center today and fans have been lining up since early this morning.

The “King of Pop” died on June 25 at the age of 50 after going into sudden cardiac arrest.

From the New York Times:

Michael Jackson’s body will be taken to the Staples Center this morning for a memorial service that is expected to be watched by millions on live television, the Los Angeles police chief said Tuesday morning.

Chief William J. Bratton said on KNX radio in Los Angeles that the police were prepared for huge throngs of people to make their way to the arena and the surrounding area when Mr. Jackson’s body is transported there. In an interview on CNN on Tuesday morning, Chief Bratton said the gathering expected for the memorial service could rival the crowds at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Early this morning, several vehicles were seen coming and going from the Jackson family compound in Encino, and large numbers of police vehicles had gathered at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, a San Fernando Valley cemetery studded with celebrity graves, where Mr. Jackson’s private burial service is expected.

Late Monday night, local television broadcast live images of Jackson family members and others arriving and departing from the Forest Lawn cemetery. A hearse was seen driving from one building to another, backing nearly into it through a large entrance way where men then removed a coffin covered by a dark cloth.

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Will Ferrell Returns to Saturday Night Live

October 25, 2008

Appearing as President Bush on the prime-time edition of “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell offered his political “strategery” to Tina Fey who was once again playing Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Ferrell reprised his famed impression of President Bush on the live “Weekend Update” special last night where he gave an impromptu evening address to the nation and his endorsement to John McCain, played by Darrell Hammond.

From the Associated Press:

He spoke about the election between John McCain and Barack Obama — both candidates, he said, that are “heavily patriotized” and “display much characterization.”

He then gave his endorsement to McCain and Palin, something that they apparently didn’t want. Ferrell said he was unaware that his approval ratings were low because he had several months ago declared the Oval Office a “bummer free zone.”

Speaking to Fey again appearing as Palin, Ferrell informed her that her role as vice president was “the most important in the land” and that the “president can do nothing without checking with the vice president.” Fey corrected him that he had it backward.

Eventually Darrell Hammond as McCain turned up to reluctantly receive the endorsement.

The sketch between Ferrell and Fey was the meeting of two of the most popular political impressions in the show’s history. It might have been complete only if Chevy Chase stopped by as Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey appeared as H.W. Bush and Amy Poehler joined as Hillary Rodham Clinton.

An alum to the NBC comedy show, Ferrell was the latest guest star to make an appearance on “SNL,” which has seen its ratings soar this election season. Fey has become a virtual cast member again, thanks to the popularity of her Palin impression, while other surprise guests have included Chris Parnell, Bill Murray, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Queen Latifah.

Tina Fey Returns To SNL For Sarah Palin, Joe Biden Debate

October 6, 2008

Tina Fey once again returned to “Saturday Night Live” last night to play Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Queen Latifah dropped by to portray Thursday’s debate moderator, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, and cast member Jason Sudeikis stepped into the role of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden.