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Neverland Ranch May Turn Into Music School For Teens

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This is so rad!

Owners of Michael Jackson's former home, Neverland Ranch, are considering turning the estate into a music school for teens. Much like NYC's Julliard, the school would focus on teaching kids, rich and poor, to write and perform music.

The only two things that are getting in the way is whether or not Santa Barbara County will sign off on the project and whether the owners, Colony Capital, will be able to use Michael's name to promote the property.

The good news is that sources from the Michael Jackson estate have expressed interest, saying, "it's an interesting idea and we'd be open to it."

So neat! What do U think? Good or bad idea?

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Disney Sells Miramax For $660 MILLION!

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It's a done deal!

Disney announced yesterday that they have sold Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings LLC - and its partners Ron Tutor and Tom Barrack - for a whopping $660 million!

The deal should go through sometime between September and January of 2011.

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger says:

"Although we are very proud of Miramax's many accomplishments, our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands. We are delighted that we have found a home for the Miramax brand and Miramax's very highly regarded motion picture library.”

And Ron Tutor elaborates:

“I am delighted and honored to acquire the Miramax library. On behalf of my partners Tom Barrack and Colony Capital, we look forward to sharing this high quality content with the world in every form of media for many years to come.”

Big switch up! We wonder what this will mean for Miramax and its current employees!

What do U think??

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Annie Leibovitz Sued! Again!

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Annie Leibovitz is being sued for not paying her bills.

Is anyone really surprised?

The latest lawsuit filed by Brunswick Capital Partners LP claims the celebrity photographer owes more than $800,000 in fees for arranging the deal with Colony Capital LLC that would clear her $24 million debt without selling her artwork.

What's another $800K?

Both Annie's rep and Colony declined comment.

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Saved! Annie Leibovitz Gets Help To Clear Her $24 Million Debt

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Annie Leibovitz can breathe a sigh of relief now.

The celebrity photographer has inked a deal with private equity firm Colony Capital to help clear her debts, without selling the right to her pictures.

Annie says of the new deal "We will be working on new projects and I will have the support and freedom necessary for nurturing my work and preserving my archive."

In other words, they're finding out ways to dig her out of that $24 million dollar hole she's in, which includes a traveling exhibition of the photog's pictures as well as a book series to showcase her work.

Lucky break, Annie!

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