— After months of struggling to come to terms with the death of their father, Michael Jackson’s three children are said to be putting their pain behind them and learning to just be kids again.
The “King of Pop’s” older brother, Jermaine Jackson, spoke to Britain’s “Live From Studio Five” Monday and insisted Prince Michael, 12, Paris Michael, 11, and Prince Michael II, also known as “Blanket,” 7, are coping with their loss and moving on in a way that only kids can.
“It’s just the children being children now,” Jermaine Jackson explained. “It was tough for them at first, but they’re playing with my two kids, my brothers’ kids’ kids and they’re having a wonderful time.”
While remembering his brother, Jermaine Jackson credited his nephews and niece with bringing wonderful times to Michael Jackson’s life, too, as he stated, “I believe he was happy when he was around his kids.”
‘Transformers’ feud expands
The increasingly bizarre “Transformers” feud between Megan Fox and director Michael Bay recently expanded to include three unnamed crewmembers. In an letter briefly posted to Bay’s blog, the anti-Fox insiders bashed the star for daring to speak out against their boss.
Apparently the problem for the anonymous members of Team Bay started when Fox took her latest swipe in the September-October issue of Wonderland magazine.
“(Michael’s) like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation,” the always outspoken actress remarked. “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.”
In their response, the crewmembers praised a much kinder Bay for having found “this shy, inexperienced girl, (plucking) her out of total obscurity thus giving her the biggest shot of any young actress’s life,” which was more than they felt “the dumb-as-a-rock Megan Fox” deserved.
Bay has since removed the commentary from his official site, replacing with it what almost sounds like a feud-stalling olive branch. Almost.
“I don’t condone the crew letter to Megan,” he wrote. “And I don’t condone Megan’s outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter I still love working with her, and I know we still get along. I even expect more crazy quotes from her on ‘Transformers 3.’”
Dish on the fly
The big 4-0 brought with it a phobia for the now germ-fearing Jason Bateman. “Forty’s OK; it’s a little bit different,” the “State of Play” actor explained in a quote posted to Female First. “I mean, I feel young and I look young, but I’m becoming very afraid of my mortality because I’m pretty much halfway to death.” Which is why tasks that never posed a problem for him before, including removing his shoes for airport security, now seem insufferable. “I can’t do it anymore,” Bateman said. “I smell the thousands of people who had gone before me. I made the mistake of looking down on the floor and seeing the condensation footsteps.” … When it comes to his success in showbiz, Ashton Kutcher’s the first to admit, it’s all about who he knows. “I’m not a great actor,” Kutcher told New York magazine. “I don’t fool myself to think that I am. Most of the work that I get is through having really good relationships with people and being dependable.”