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The Story Of Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, And Liz Taylor’s 9/11 Cross Country Road Trip

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It sounds like an elevator pitch for some weird independent film. But folks, truth is stranger (and funnier) than fiction. One early September morning years ago, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando allegedly rented a car and took off on an impromptu road trip. What prompted them, what happened, and exactly how weird did it get?

Not Necessarily The Celebration Michael Envisioned

In early September of 2001, Michael Jackson had been performing in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in honor of his 30 years as a solo artist. In attendance were only the most famous people in the world, including Eminem and Britney Spears. Among the illustrious audience members were close friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. Then, that Tuesday, tragedy struck.

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Escape For Their Lives

September 11, 2001, is stained in our memories as the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Keep in mind that no one in New York City realized that the attacks would cease when the second plane dove into the Twin Towers— and neither did Michael Jackson. So, he decided to take matters into his own gloved hand and save his friends.

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New York, I Love You… But You’re Bringing Me Down

With the sky literally falling, Michael Jackson knew he had to get out of New York City and fast. But, as with all overcrowded metropolis nightmares, public transportation services shut down and people were in a panic. So, Jackson reportedly rented a modest sedan, phoned his besties, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando, and went ’round to pick them up.

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Go West, Old Famous People!

The trio decided to head for Hollywood, of course. According to one reputed source, all three switched driving duties and made it as far as Ohio. We don’t know why they decided to end the epic road trip there, but maybe it was just too long a haul for the aging stars.

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The Stuff Of Comedy Gold

Perhaps Michael Jackson had the film rights in mind when he organized this mythic road trip. But, because all three stars are no longer around to cash in on comedy gold, Sky Arts was free to incorporate this strange tale into their Urban Myths comedy series. Watch a trailer for the series here:

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She Went From Trapped In Her Own Body To Dancing With The Stars

Victoria Arlen was born just before her triplet brothers. As such, the young girl was always an ambitious and energetic trailblazer. Always active, she took an interest in sports – particularly swimming and dancing – from a young age. She dreamed of winning gold medals and dancing with stars. Then, at age 11, disaster struck. Out of nowhere, Victoria became a prisoner, trapped inside her own body, in a nightmare that seemed to never end. She could see and hear, but didn’t have control over anything else. Victoria worked tirelessly to escape from her nightmare against all odds, and went on to grab headlines and inspire lives everywhere. Was she able to overcome her dismal condition? Read on to find out.

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These Celebrity Doppelgangers From The Past Have Us Seeing Double

Time travel is a mystifying concept. Much like the idea of extraterrestrial life, it has captured the human imagination for as long as we have existed. Today, it’s at the forefront of famous movie plots, most famously ‘Back to the Future,’ and pops up in late-night conversations about the universe and meaning of life. As of now, scientists have not been able to confirm whether traveling through time is possible, and though there isn’t any kind of hard evidence that proves human beings can time travel, these photos of celebrities alongside what appear to be them in other time periods will sure make you wonder.

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Is It Even Christmas If You Haven’t Seen Die Hard Yet?

The Holiday Season is upon us and you know what that means – time to watch Die Hard! Your televisions and movie theaters are probably already flooded with cheesy Christmas movies, and the radio is just Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas Is You,” but there’s one thing that we can all agree on, Die Hard is a perfect piece of holiday cheer. We know the debate has raged on for nearly 30 years: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? We’ve done the leg work (watched Die Hard so many times we’ve lost count) and we have the definitive answer. Yippee ki-yay it’s Die Hard season!

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