CONCERT NOTES Michael Jackson will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with a huge tribute concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jackson’s publicist Cheri Fine announced Monday that the king of pop will perform at an all star concert Sept. 7. Among the artists scheduled to appear are Jill Scott, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Marc Anthony, and Shaggy. According to the Associated Press, the concert will also feature an onstage reunion for the Jackson Five, marking the first time all of the brothers have performed together since the 1980s.
In a statement, Jackson, 42, said: ”I am very excited to celebrate my 30th anniversary as a solo artist with such a distinguished array of talent, friends, and fans. I look forward to performing live and reuniting with my brothers on this special night.” Last month, Jackson became the youngest solo artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; he is still the youngest person to get inducted as a member of a group, for the Jackson Five. The September concert will be Jackson’s first U.S. performance since his ”Bad” tour in the late 1980s. Jackson is currenlty working on a new album, which will debut this fall. Fine said Jackson will perform some of his new material at the show, which will be taped for TV broadcast.
HONORED Arnold Schwarzenegger will receive the first Taurus Honorary Award at the inaugural World Stunt Awards, honoring the Hollywood’s stunt professionals. The awards, which will be presented May 20 at a Santa Monica aiport hangar, will be broadcast June 16 on ABC. The ceremony will include awards in 11 categories, including best fight, best driving, and best specialty stunt. The more than 800 members of the World Stunt Academy select the nominees and winners. Ah-nuld released a statement saying he has ”the utmost respect for the stunt community and the professionals I have worked with over the years who made even the most incredible action scenes believable.” The Terminator’s stunt packed action films include ”True Lies,” ”Total Recall,” and ”Predator,” and just about everything else he’s done excepting ”Twins” and ”Junior.”
BOYCOTT Steven Spielberg announced Monday that he’s resigning as an advisory board member of the Scouts of America, because he believes they engage in ”discrimination.” Apparently referring to the organization’s policy against ”avowed homosexuals,” Spielberg said in a statement: ”The last few years in scouting have deeply saddened me to see the Boy Scouts of America actively and publicly participating in discrimination. It’s a real shame.” Spielberg’s spokesman Martin levy said the director opposes excluding any group, including homosexuals, from scouting. ”I thought the Boy Scouts stood for equal opportunity and I have consistently spoken out publicly and privately against intolerance ,” Spielberg said. Joey Robinson, spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ Los Angeles council, said he hadn’t been notified of Spielberg’s departure. He added that Spielberg had helped develop the requirements for the ”Cinematography” merit badge and had donated funds for a youth camp.
REEL DEAL ”The Cider House Rules” director Lasse Hallström and writer John Irving are reteaming for Miramax. Hallström will direct Irving’s adaptation of his upcoming novel ”The Fourth Hand,” about a womanizing TV reporter whose hand is bitten off by a lion during a live segment. According to Variety, George Clooney is already being talked up as the possible lead. ”As long as you trust your partners, you have to be willing to let the book go,” Irving told Variety of his relationship with Hallström and Miramax.
CASTING Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal has signed on for her first starring role in more than 10 years. O’Neal joins Tim Curry, Julian Sands (”A Room with a View”) and Lacey Chabert (”Party of Five”) in the indie war drama ”The Scoundrel’s Wife.” Set in Louisiana in 1942, the film follows a Louisiana town whererumors are speculating that a local is helping the Germans. Glen Pitre (”Belizaire the Cajun”) will direct from a script he wrote with Michelle Benoit.
TUBE NEWS NBC’s newest game show ”The Weakest Link” will soon feature a group of contestants who know how to vote people off: castaways from the original ”Survivor.” Reuters reports that Richard Hatch, Susan Hawk, Ramona Gray, Gretchen Cordy and Joel Klug will face stern hostess Anne Robinson (a cross between Cruella DeVil and Alex Trebek) in a May sweeps episode of the show. A CBS spokeswoman told Reuters NBC will be prohibited from using the ”Survivor” name throughout the game show, but that the Palau Tiga crew is free to enjoy their celebrity stardom as they wish.
COLLABORATION The Dave Matthews Band is working with Planned Parenthood to allow the organization to distribute its new condom at this Saturday’s packed concert at the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium. Planned Parenthood announced Monday that volunteers will hand out thousands of free condoms at the band’s upcoming Charlotesville concert, which is expected to draw more than 50,000 ticket holders. The condom’s wrapper features a toll free phone number (1-800-230-PLAN) that will connect callers with the nearest Planned Parenthood center. According to AP, Planned Parenthood plans to distribute more than 25 million free condoms in the next year.