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Michael Jackson's 56th birthday: Listen to 56 great Michael covers

Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour

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Michael Jackson is one of music's most covered artists. Listen to his music here.

It's late pop music legend Michael Jackson's 56th birthday, just over five years since he passed away. Listen below to 56 great covers of the King of Pop and share your own in the comments.

1. 98 Degrees — "She's Out Of My Life"

98 Degrees — "She's Out Of My Life" video

2. Pomplamoose — "Beat It"

Pomplamoose video

3. Rough Copy — "Remember The Time"

Rough Copy video

4. Duwende — "Rock With You"

Duwende video

5. Babyface & Stevie Wonder — "Gone Too Soon"

Babyface & Stevie Wonder video

6. Kurt Hugo Schneider — Michael Jackson medley

Kurt Hugo Schneider video

7. Blackstreet — "Billie Jean"

Blackstreet video

8. Michael Henry & Justin Robinett — "Man In The Mirror"

Man in the Mirror video

9. Boyce Avenue — "Will You Be There"

Boyce Avenue video


Jack Kirby: 6 things you might not know about the Marvel Comics legend

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Jack Kirby art from the Fantastic Four.

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The cover to Captain America #1.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Captain America #105.

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The cover to Fantastic Four #1.

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Jack Kirby art from a Silver Surfer graphic novel.

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The cover of Avengers #4.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Captain America #195.

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A photo taken by Suzy Skaar for "The Art of Jack Kirby" in his later years.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Forever People #1.

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The Jack Kirby cover to Hulk #1.

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A Jack Kirby spread from Kamandi #1.

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From Marc Evanier's book about Jack Kirby.

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The cover to New Gods #1.

Thursday would have been late comic book artist Jack Kirby's 97th birthday. He's the man who co-created classic Marvel Comics characters including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, as well as numerous influential characters for DC Comics. He drew in a kinetic style, from war action scenes informed by his own time serving in the military to universe-spanning cosmic vistas.

Here's a look at six lesser-known facts about Jack "King" Kirby, considered by many the greatest comic book artist of all time.

1. Kirby created the Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot

Groot became a big part of the emotional heart in this summer's blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy," but before he was a spacefaring hero, he was a 1960 monster created by Kirby for the comic "Tales to Astonish." That book's cover called him "The monster from Planet X!" Groot was also more verbose at the time, before his language was cut down to simply "I am Groot."


Emmys 2014: Everything you need for your viewing party — ballots, bingo, drinking games

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day - Red Carpet Rollout

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(L-R) Chairman & CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum, actor and television host Seth Meyers and executive producer Don Mischer roll out the red carpet at 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards press preview day held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles.

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day - Red Carpet Rollout

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Actor and television host Seth Meyers speaks to the press at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards press preview day held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles.

The 66th annual Emmy Awards is trading its traditional Sunday night timeslot for Monday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. PT on NBC, with hosting duties going to "Saturday Night Live" alum and late-night host, Seth Meyers. Be your own host on television’s biggest night with this party planning primer. From ballots to bingo to drinking games, here’s everything you need (and need to know) to throw your own award-worthy event.

Step one: anticipation

Award shows and video gags go together like salsa and seltzer, which means there's plenty of material to help build your attendees' anticipation. Start by sharing this wink/nudge promo featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus trying to pawn her Emmy to Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. 

Emmys promo video

Then, test your prescience with an Emmy ballot

Filling out an Emmy ballot presents a low-key opportunity to exhibit both your pop culture awareness and your academic superiority. Methodically choose your picks and let that competitive spirit shine in Prime Time.  


Nintendo responds to calls for Robin Williams to be in future 'Legend of Zelda' game

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Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda in a "Legend of Zelda" commercial.

A lot of fans didn't know it, but Robin Williams was a huge video game fan, even naming his daughter Zelda after the popular "Legend of Zelda" character. Efforts have gained steam to immortalize Williams as a character in both an upcoming Zelda game and in the "World of Warcraft" online game.

Nintendo responded to the online Zelda petition, which now has over 100,000 signatures, on Friday evening. They issued the following statement to video game site Polygon:

"Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo. Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've worked with multiple times.

"We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close."


Vince McMahon, Triple H take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ahead of Sunday's WWE SummerSlam

Vince McMahon takes part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

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WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon accepts Triple H's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Update Saturday, Aug. 16 1:07 p.m. Vince McMahon joins in

After being called out by his son-in law Triple H, Vince McMahon has joined in the fun by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He also is keeping it going with challenges to several celebrities who have previously been involved with WWE: Donald Trump, Maria Menounos and... Kermit the Frog.

Watch the video above, and watch the original challenge from Triple H below.

Previously: Triple H gets iced

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has encouraged people to pour buckets of ice over their heads while donating money to fight the disease, while also daring others to engage in the dare. It's all part of a viral effort to raise money to fight ALS, which the organization behind it says has been a huge success, raising millions more than they usually would. One of the latest celebrities to join up: World Wrestling Entertainment pro wrestler and company vice president Triple H.