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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Details of Michael Jackson's will began to emerge on Wednesday with all of his multimillion-dollar estate being placed in a family trust, even as plans for his highly anticipated funeral remained sketchy.

The will, signed in 2002, estimates his estate at that time to be worth in excess of $500 million and was filed with a Los Angeles Court.

In it, Jackson leaves his entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust, which ultimately benefits his three children, mother and unnamed charities.

O'Neal leads mourners at Farrah Fawcett funeral LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Ryan O'Neal led friends and family in a private funeral service on Tuesday for actress Farrah Fawcett, who died last week aged 62 after a long and public battle with cancer.

O'Neal, the long-time companion of the "Charlie's Angels" star, was one of the pall-bearers and gave a reading at the service at Los Angeles Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

U2 open world tour with a bang in Barcelona BARCELONA (Reuters) - U2 kicked off their first tour in three years on Tuesday, rocking a raucous Barcelona crowd of around 90,000 and reaching for the stars with a live link-up to the International Space Station.

Featuring one of the biggest concert stages ever built, the U2 360 Tour will visit 31 cities across Europe and North America and entertain an estimated three million people.

More dates are expected to be announced in 2010.

Viral video a stealth promo for "Robot Chicken" LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A viral video billed as "Breckin Meyer Responds to Perez Hilton" plays like a parody of Hilton's video statement about his recent run-in with the Black Eyed Peas in Toronto.

But in fact it's a stealth promo for an upcoming "Robot Chicken" DVD release.

Since being released Wednesday on FunnyOrDie.com (http://www.FunnyOrDie.com) and later on AdultSwim.com (http://www.AdultSwim.com), the clip of actor/writer Meyer, which features Zac Efron, has nabbed about 370,000 views.

Michael Jackson "Suit of Lights" glove up for sale LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He was famously called "The Gloved One," and now anyone can slip their hand into one of only two Michael Jackson electric-white gloves that could sell in the six figures, an auctioneer said on Tuesday.

Joseph Maddalena, who heads auction house Profiles in History, said the item was consigned by glove designer Ted Shell and worn by the singer on the Jacksons' 1984 Victory Tour.

ABC goes old-media to promote "Castle" LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - As television networks brainstorm dizzying high-tech ways to promote shows online and via social networks, ABC is adopting a decidedly retro medium to excite viewers for the upcoming second season of "Castle": a book.

Because the show's protagonist, Richard Castle, is a best-selling author of mysteries, what more appropriate tie-in than to publish a mystery novel credited to the character? Aerosmith drummer writes of "Hitting Rock Bottom" DETROIT (Billboard) - Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says he wrote his new book, "Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top," in order "to be entertaining, but at the same to ...

help people." Kramer tells Billboard.com that "Hit Hard," which was published Tuesday (June 30), is the result of a four-year process with writers William Patrick and Keith Garde.

The book, which includes a forward by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, chronicles the drummer's substance abuse problems, his psychologically scarring relationship with his father and a similarly tumultuous, "co-dependent" battle with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

Kramer hopes that the book will shed some light for those dealing with the same issues in their lives.

Family discussing Jackson tribute show: promoter LONDON (Reuters) - The promoter of Michael Jackson's planned run of 50 concerts in London wants his family to stage an all-star show in his memory and said on Tuesday he had discussed the idea with them.

Randy Phillips, chief executive of AEG Live, also said Jackson appeared to be fit and ready to perform the day before he died last Thursday, aged 50, after suffering cardiac arrest.

"Gravity" takes off as ABC series LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC is "Defying Gravity." The network has picked up the 13-episode adventure drama starring Ron Livingston.

"Gravity," whose cast includes Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba and Florentine Lahme, is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who undertake a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system.

"Hung" starts big for HBO LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The premiere of HBO's newest comedy, "Hung," was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series debut in two years.

"Hung," about a well-endowed man (Thomas Jane) who becomes a hustler, was the strongest premiere for the network since "John From Cincinnati," which aired after the series finale of "The Sopranos" in June 2007.



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