July 17, 2009 in Features

Spreading online like wildfire

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Us Weekly has obtained never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson’s head catching on fire during filming of his 1984 Pepsi commercial.

The new video on the magazine’s Web site shows the moment Jackson’s hair caught on fire and the top of his head became engulfed in flames.

He keeps dancing as his hair burns. People on the set tackle him to extinguish the fire, and when he emerges, the top of his head is bald and red.

The accident, witnessed by thousands of stunned fans at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, came at the height of Jackson’s fame, about a year after the release of his best-selling “Thriller” album.

It marked what would be the beginning of serious, lifelong pain for Jackson, who has been described by relatives and friends as being hooked on pain medication at the time of his death last month at age 50.

The Civil union dissolves

Amy Winehouse’s tempestuous marriage ended Thursday when the singer and Blake Fielder-Civil were granted a divorce by a judge in London.

Winehouse, 25, married Fielder-Civil, 27, in 2007, but he was arrested six months later for assault and sent to jail.

He filed for divorce earlier this year on grounds of infidelity, saying he found living with Winehouse “intolerable.”

Putting the ‘pot’ in ‘Potter’

A teenage cast member of the “Harry Potter” movies has admitted to growing marijuana.

Jamie Waylett, 19, who plays school bully Vincent Crabbe in all six installments of the film franchise, pleaded guilty Thursday after British police found eight bags of cannabis and a knife in a car he was riding in.

The birthday bunch

TV personality Art Linkletter is 97. Comedian Phyllis Diller is 92. Actor Donald Sutherland is 74. Actress-singer Diahann Carroll is 74. Actress Lucie Arnaz is 58. Actor David Hasselhoff is 57. Singer Phoebe Snow is 57. Singer Regina Belle is 46. Actor Andre Royo (“The Wire”) is 41. Actress Bitty Schram is 41. Country singer Luke Bryan is 33.


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