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The Jackson family pays private tribute to Michael, Miley’s all grown up, office politics take a strange turn and more
1. Michael Jackson‘s family gathered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in L.A. last night to say a private farewell to Michael Jackson. The King of Pop’s daughter, Paris, 11, was seen arriving with her aunt Janet, and Michael’s siblings Randy and LaToya were also spotted. It’s believed his family and close friends will return to Forest Lawn this morning for a memorial service before Michael’s closed casket is taken to the Staples Center for the public tribute that begins later this morning.
While stars including Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey are expected to attend the event, Michael’s close friend Elizabeth Taylor, who was invited to speak at the memorial, said she felt that Michael wouldn’t want her to share her grief with millions of others, admitting that she couldn’t guarantee that she “would be coherent to say a word” in any case.
Betty Confidential’s Carrie Seim will be attending the tribute, check back here for live behind-the-scenes updates. (Radar Online)
2. OK, we get it, Miley Cyrus, you’re not a kid anymore. But someone should tell the 16-year-old that she’s not quite a woman either. The precocious teen has posed for the cover of Elle magazine, displaying what some might deem more than a little cleavage and is featured in one of the shots wearing thigh-high boots while reclining on a table top. Considering the nuclear fallout after Miley was featured draped in only a sheet in Vanity Fair last year, I guess we should count ourselves lucky that this time she’s at least wearing clothes. (Elle)
3. We here at BettyConfidential.com firmly believe in working together in harmony, but when we heard about a group of employees being asked to ditch their clothes in order to build team spirit, well, we laughed. And then those of us who work from home breathed a huge sigh of relief. Cause when it comes to naked bodies, we know which ones we’d like to look at, and they don’t belong to our colleagues.
Some very trusting staff at a British design and marketing company ditched their clothes and spent a day working together in the nude after a psychologist told them it would boost office morale.
David Taylor was called in to help the firm after six staff members were laid off. He told the employees that by stripping off their clothes they would also shed their inhibitions and communicate more openly.
In the end nearly all of them followed his advice, except for one man who wore a pouch and two women who retained their black underwear. Sam Jackson, who suffers from cerebral palsy and was the only woman to go nude, says, “It was brilliant. Now that we’ve seen each other naked, there are no barriers… The company has improved massively.” The experiment was filmed for a TV special, Naked Office, screening this week on British TV.
Tell us, how would you feel about seeing your co-workers naked? (London Daily Telegraph)
4. Crime doesn’t pay, but comedy obviously does! Dane Cook‘s half-brother was indicted yesterday on charges that he stole more than $11 million from the funnyman.
Darryl McCauley served as the comedian’s business manager from the early 1990s till December 2008 and allegedly wrote checks to himself and transferred funds into his personal bank accounts while being paid $12,500 a month to work for Dane’s company.
McCauley’s wife, Erika, was also charged in the case. They both pled not guilty and are each being held on $1 million bail. (AP)
5. Actor Kal Penn, best known for his roles in the Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and TV’s House began his new career at the White House this week. The 32-year-old landed the gig of associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement after working on President Obama’s election campaign.
Kal, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, will serve as a liaison to Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as the arts community. He acknowledged that his new job “is very different.” And added, “I consider it the greatest honor to be doing this.” His change of career has put plans on hold for a third Harold and Kumar film, but Kal doesn’t rule out a return to acting in the future. (NY Daily News)