A Week of Events Humbled by Jackson’s Death

As news broke that the King of Pop had passed away on Thursday, poor Bruno was squeezing into an army-inspired outfit consisting mostly of hot pants for the premiere of his “documentary.”


Not just a bad time, but also a bad place — the event was held at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, which happens to be the site of Michael Jackson’s star. This of course left several fans confused about where to lay their flowers, which resulted in a big uptick in visitors to a radio personality’s star who happens to bear the same name.


But a brave Sacha Baron Cohen soldiered on nonetheless, arriving by mounting a canon atop a bedazzled tank for a crowd that included Christina Ricci, Ed Helms, wife Isla Fisher, Jay Roach, Jonah Hill, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Chalke, and "Borat’s" oh-so-memorable Ken Davitian.

By the time Friday rolled around, fans — and vendors — located MJ’s star, and the town began to pay tribute to the man behind the moonwalk. At the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel, industry heavyweights, including Berry Gordy, honorees Smokey Robinson and Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Smokey Robinson, and Timbaland all joined in a moment of silence to honor Jackson…

And on Saturday, Sean “Diddy” Combs paid his respects on the dance floor at a soiree to celebrate his upcoming album “Last Train to Paris.” “Let’s celebrate his life!” he urged partygoers, including Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Macy Gray, Wesley Snipes, and Jessica Alba as the DJ played a 45-minute set of Jackson’s greatest hits. Earlier in the night, Foxx and Alba hobnobbed with BET head honcho Debra Lee at her party at Drago Centro downtown. Guessing Foxx didn’t need much beauty sleep — or moonwalkin’ practice — before his hosting gig at the BET Awards the next day…


On Sunday, celebs, including Courteney & David Arquette, James Marsden, Brooke Shields, Sheryl Crow, Tori Spelling, and Jason Bateman engaged in some guilt-free shopping at the Malibu Lumber Yard to benefit the EB Medical Research Foundation.