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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 5, 2002

He just wants to direct

With his music career stagnating, Michael Jackson is moving to the movies. He wants to make an adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's book They Cage the Animals at Night, the Hollywood Reporter says. The book is about the author's life in an orphanage and his struggles to adapt to life in foster homes.

Jackson plans to co-direct with Bryan Michael Stoller, who says the singer was drawn to the project because he's a big kid at heart and living with the pain of a troubled childhood.

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A judge revoked the $2-million bond for rapper C-Murder after prosecutors said he tried to have friends harm witnesses in his second-degree murder trial. C-Murder, whose real name is Corey Miller, is accused of killing Steve Thomas, 16, after an argument at a Harvey, La., nightclub Jan. 12. Judge Martha Sassone revoked Miller's bond last week after prosecutor Doug Freese told her Miller used a cell phone smuggled into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center to call friends and have them "harm or influence witnesses." Defense lawyer Ronald Rakosky said he has not seen evidence Miller made calls from the jail. . . . Lawyers for Grammy winner R. Kelly said they will fight a third civil lawsuit that claims the R&B star had sex with an underage girl. They said they settled two previous civil suits that claimed the singer had sex with teenagers but that "the cash machine is closed." Attorney Gerry Margolis says Kelly, 33, whose first name is Robert, has denied any wrongdoing. Attorney Susan Loggans, who represents the women in all three suits, said she is disturbed by the "cash machine" attitude toward the suits.

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