Michael Jackson is top-earning dead celeb


Five years after his death, singer Michael Jackson is generating a fortune and is the top-earning dead celebrity, raking in an estimated $140 million (Rs 865.5 crore) in the past year for his estate, Forbes said on Wednesday.

He earned more than twice as much as singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 and came in second with $55 million (Rs 340 crore), and three times more than cartoonist and Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz, who took third place with $40 million (Rs 247.3 crore).

“Few celebrities prove the point that there is (financial) life after death better than Michael Jackson,” according to Forbes.

It is Jackson’s second straight year atop the list. He regained the title in 2013, a year after being pushed into second place by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Jackson’s second album released after his death, Xscape debuted at No. 2 on the pop charts in the past year and the singer also appeared as a hologram at the Billboard Music Awards.

The 13 deceased celebrities included on the list earned a total of $363.5 million (Rs 2,247.7 crore). -philly.com

Neil to host 2015 Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Oscars, which will be held February 22.

While this will be the versatile performer’s first stint as the Academy Awards show emcee, he is an established fixture when it comes to hosting awards shows.

He has hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times, winning four Emmys for his Tony shows. He also has performed on the Oscar show.

Harris will also have a rooting interest in one of this year’s awards hopefuls, since he is currently appearing in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. —hollywoodreporter.com

Mind-reading fluid

Russian artist Dmitry Morozov turns neural activity into art. His latest creation called Solaris outfits observers with a electro-encephalography headset and places them in front of a curvy, chrome tank filled with a glowing, UV-sensitive liquid.

When viewers communicate with an inert object, the headset picks up the resulting brainwaves and activates a magnet hidden under the placid pool’s surface.

Magnetic pulses linked to the viewer’s brainwave then stimulate an inky ferrofluid which reacts to emotions and thoughts. —wired.com


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