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George Michael News from September 2007

September 30, 2007
Drug Is a Problem, Michael Admits

Drug Is a Problem, Michael Admits has the most comprehensive information on George Michael's interview with Radio 4. The interview aired on Sunday, and is repeated on Friday at 0902 BST.

Drug is a problem, Michael says is a brief clip of the interview.

George Michael: Why I Was on Self Destruct

George Michael: Why I Was on Self Destruct

The singer says on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, on which he is the guest castaway today, that, as the youngest son in his "patriarchal" family, he was indulged and could "do what he liked".

He told presenter Kirsty Young: "I grew up with this terrible feeling of guilt, knowing that I was always the one who would get the easy ride.

"I finally realised that one reason why my life... has felt so self-destructive is that I never had any feeling my talent was going to let me down."

George Michael Says Trying to Smoke Less Marijuana

George Michael Says Trying to Smoke Less Marijuana:

Michael revealed in Sunday's interview he has completed 50 hours of his sentence, helping people with mental health problems as well as drug addiction.

"I've also scrubbed down some very dirty rooms," added Michael, "and make chicken fajitas for some homeless people. I was quite good apparently."

Michael ended years of speculation about his sexuality by announcing he was gay after he was arrested in 1998 for engaging in a "lewd act" in a Los Angeles public toilet.

"In a strange way I've spent the last 15 to 20 years trying to derail my own career, but it never seems to suffer," said Michael, who completed a 25th anniversary tour earlier this year.

"I suffer like crazy. I've suffered bereavements and public humiliations, but my career always seems to right itself like a plastic duck in the bath. In some ways I resent that."

George Michael Admits Cannabis "Problem"

"George Michael Admits Cannabis 'Problem'" has a news video with footage from George Michael outside of the court house and summarizes the recent interview.

September 29, 2007
Drugs Aren't a Problem, Says George Michael

Drugs Aren't a Problem, Says George Michael:

George Michael will speak about drugs, his recent community service order and his driving ban on this morning's Desert Island Discs on Radio 4. The singer talks about his heavy use of marijuana, but says he is lucky enough to have the income to support the habit: 'Do I wish I could use it less? Sure, but is it a problem in my life? No,' he tells Kirsty Young.

In June, 44-year-old Michael was convicted of driving under the influence of prescription drugs and ordered to do 100 hours community service. He says he believes his childhood in north London as a favoured son in a traditional Greek family led to feelings of guilt about his easy passage through childhood. Despite his own attempts to sabotage his future, he says it always rights itself 'like a plastic duck in a bath'. Amy Winehouse and Kanye West are two of his choices on the show.

September 28, 2007
George Michael Plea

Klair sends us George Michael Plea:

George Michael has voiced his support for troubled star Amy Winehouse.

George, 44, calls Winehouse “the best female vocalist I’ve heard in my entire career.”

He hopes she will get all the support she needs in her battle with drugs and says: “She is a fantastic talent and we should support her.”

The former Wham! Frontman, who has sold more than 85 million records, will be appearing on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 on Sunday at 11.15am and again on Friday at 9.02am.

He tells presenter Kirsty Young: "This is the best female vocalist I've heard in my entire career and one of the best writers, so all I can say (to Amy) is, 'Please, please understand how brilliant you are', and I wish her every success in the future.”

George also tells Kirsty he believes a bang on the head when he was a young boy changed his life.

"I had been obsessed with insects and creepy crawlies, I used to get up at five o'clock in the morning and go out into this field behind our garden and collect insects before everyone else got up and, suddenly, all I wanted to know about was music, it just seemed a very, very strange thing.

"I have a theory that maybe it was something to do with this accident, this whole left-brain right-brain thing.

"Nobody in my family seemed to notice but I became absolutely obsessed with music and everything changed after that."

Best George Michael Song?

Yahoo! Answers is asking what is the best George Michael song?

September 25, 2007
Singer Pokes Fun at Himself in Ricky Gervais Comedy

Singer Pokes Fun at Himself in Ricky Gervais Comedy:

George Michael is to star in a special Christmas episode of Extras.

And as usual comedy writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have pulled out all the stops to make it as embarrassing as possible.

The one-off show will see the 40-year-old ex-Wham star mock his own antics by cruising for gay sex on London's Hampstead Heath while smoking a joint and tucking into a juicy kebab.

September 22, 2007
2008 George Michael Calendar

Amazon now has the Official George Michael A3 Calendar 2008 available for pre-ordering. This item will be released on October 1, 2007.

Eli Stone

Fox Announces Deal with iTunes for its Season Premieres:

Others who jumped into the download bandwagon include ABC, who just struck a deal with AOL to make full-length episodes available for free a week after they initially air, via a co-branded version of’s broadband player on AOL video. Under the deal, four episodes per series of shows such as: "The Bachelor," "Big Shots," "Brothers & Sisters," "Carpoolers," "Cavemen," "Dancing with the Stars," "Desperate Housewives," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Men In Trees," "October Road," "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty" will be available at any given time. The agreement marks the first time that ABC's prime-time programming has been made available on a major online portal and is also the first time a major online portal has offered a full feature version of a broadcast network's online video player.

September 21, 2007
Yahoo! Answers

Yahoo! Answers is accepting answers to the following question:

Would you prefer to be stuck on a deserted island with Ricky Martin or George Michael? (Thanks to everyone who voted for George Michael after I posted this. Voting is now closed.)

September 20, 2007
George Michael Cuts HIV Interview

George Michael Cuts HIV Interview:

Pop star George Michael has asked for an interview in which he discusses his fears of having HIV to be removed from a forthcoming BBC programme.

The BBC has confirmed the interview will no longer feature in the documentary, Stephen Fry: HIV and Me.

Michael's former partner, Anselmo Feleppa, died of an Aids-related illness in 1995.

"On reflection, he felt it was too close and too personal a journey," said a spokesman for the singer, 44.

He added: "It was too personal for Anselmo's family to revisit."

September 19, 2007
"Freedom 90" in Bee Movie Trailer

Soufiane tells us that "Freedom 90" is used in two movie trailers for the upcoming animated Jerry Seinfeld's Bee movie (trailers 3 and 4).

September 17, 2007
A Very British Affair

A Very British Affair:

Tracey Emin, enfant terrible of Brit art, made her first trip to Dallas last week for the closing of her show at the Goss-Michael Foundation, formerly Goss Gallery. (Owner Kenny Goss and his partner, singer George Michael, have changed it to a private art space.)

Accompanied by her boyfriend, photographer Scott Douglas, Ms. Emin was applauded at a Thursday dinner at Goss-Michael where Dallas Museum of Art director Jack Lane spoke about her importance in the art world. The British Council chose Ms. Emin to produce a show of new work for the British Pavilion at this year's 52nd Venice Biennale.

Other guests at the dinner included composer David Austin (George Michael's lifelong friend), Michael Lippman (George's longtime manager) and Goss- Michael Foundation curator Filippo Tattoni-Marcozzi.

September 13, 2007
Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) is one of the duets available on Aretha Franklin's new CD, Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen, which will be release November 13, 2007.

September 12, 2007
Disney-ABC, Warner Bros Ink Digital Dist. Deal

Disney-ABC, Warner Bros Ink Digital Dist. Deal

In addition, new episodes of returning series The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, October Road and Ugly Betty, as well as episodes of the new series Carpoolers, Cavemen, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Private Practice and Samantha Who? will be offered free to consumers on ABC's website the day after their broadcast premieres. Generally, four episodes per series will be available at any given time.

September 10, 2007
Alicia Keys Sings GM's Freedom '90 at MTV's 2007 Music Awards

Charlotte and Superfans de George Michael tell us that Alicia Keys sang "Freedom 90 at the MTV Awards: Alicia Keys Sings GM's Freedom '90 at MTV's 2007 Music Awards

September 9, 2007
Eli Stone: TV writer-producer Greg Berlanti is ABC's golden boy

TV writer-producer Greg Berlanti is ABC's golden boy:

So far, the only madness surrounding Berlanti's pet project, "Eli Stone," has been landing pop star George Michael as a recurring guest star.

Yes, you read that right.

The former Wham! frontman appears as a sort of guardian angel to the title character (Jonny Lee Miller), a lawyer having larger-than-life visions.

"If Eli's having a spiritual epiphany, George is very much the herald," says Berlanti.

After Berlanti wrote the pilot with partner Marc Guggenheim, he was told there was no way they'd land the singer to play himself. They wrote a few drafts featuring other artists, but none seemed quite right.

But Michael loved the script and asked Berlanti to meet him at his Dallas home. That meeting went so well, Berlanti was off to London to oversee the shooting of Michael's first scenes. (He's headed to L.A. this month for more installments.

He sings in the episodes, too, titled after tunes like "Faith" and "Freedom."

"When George said yes, we sort of saw that as a sign that we were on the right track with the show," says Berlanti.

September 8, 2007
TwentyFive Review

While this review starts out sounding negative, it ends with "From the way-back-in-time Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go to the irresistible Fastlove, it encompasses much of what was good about 1980s music and how it laid the foundation for the big club hits of today. For this, and more — oh, so much more — Michael is definitely a shoe-in for pop’s all-time hall of fame."

September 5, 2007
Rye's Greg Berlanti is ABC's Super Producer

Rye's Greg Berlanti is ABC's Super Producer:

His mid-season show, “Eli Stone,” is about a ruthless attorney who starts having visions of George Michael.

(Yes, that George Michael … from Wham!)

Anyway, everyone told Greg and his partner, Marc Guggenheim, that they’d never get the singer to play himself. Turns out Mr. Michael is an avid TV watcher, and he loved the show’s pilot script.

Here’s Greg talking about the process of getting George on board. (And who knew the very British pop star was a part-time Texas resident?)

September 3, 2007
Belfast Tour Photos

Lorraine has contributed some photos from the concert in Belfast.

September 2, 2007
George Michael to Write Spice Girls Hit?

George Michael to Write Spice Girls Hit?

George Michael has been approached to write a Christmas single for the Spice Girls, according to a report.

An insider told the News of the World: "The girls are thrilled to be in talks with George. He's one of the most talented songwriters around and it will make their comeback bigger and better than ever."

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