[Entertainment wRap]: Jackson trial to end, Bon Jovi in Rio
MANILA, Philippines - Here are some entertainment stories from September 15 to 21.
Bon Jovi thrills crowd in 'Rock in Rio'
US rock group Bon Jovi wowed more than 90,000 fans during a stirring overnight performance at the Rock in Rio festival.
The New Jersey rockers, who are on a "Because We Can" Latin-American concert tour to promote their chart-topping new album "What About Now," were the star attraction on the 5th day of the week-long festival.
"Obrigado [thank you in Portuguese], Rio de Janeiro," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd.
The band launched into "You Give Love a Bad Name" and the entire crowd joined in as they belted out such classics as "Livin on a Prayer," "Dead or Alive," and "Always."
In the middle of a raucous "Who Says You Can't Go Home," Jon Bon Jovi dragged a female fan onto the stage and surprised her with a smooch on the mouth.
The band also paid tribute to the Rolling Stones with a rendition of "Start Me Up."
But Bon Jovi was without its famous drummer Tico Torres, who awaited bladder surgery and was replaced by Rich Scannella.
On September 11, 59-year-old Torres underwent emergency appendectomy surgery in Mexico City, forcing the band to postpone scheduled concerts in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile.
The festival, which features 127 bands and artists, opened with US pop diva Beyonce and French DJ David Guetta. Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer also took part in this festival.
Jackson trial heads toward climax
The trial pitting Michael Jackson's family against his last tour promoter is finally winding down after 5 months, with the jury expected to retire possibly within a week.
His mother Katherine has sued AEG Live for what she alleged as the promoter's negligent hiring of Conrad Murray and its failure to properly supervise the physician in the months before the pop icon's death in June, 2009.
The 83-year-old family matriarch has listened attentively to the proceedings from a front-row seat in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom, where the trial got underway in April.
She is seeking billions of dollars in damages - $1.5 billion in lost income and an unspecified amount for emotional loss and other damages - on behalf of Jackson's children Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and 11-year-old Blanket.
While it is tough to predict the jury's verdict, observers say her case appears difficult to prove. Earlier this month the judge dismissed her claims against two AEG Live bosses, leaving only AEG Live itself in the line of fire.
The self-proclaimed King of Pop died on June 25, 2009 at his rented Holmby Hills mansion outside Los Angeles, from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. He was 50 years old.
Murray, a cardiologist, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving the drug to the "Thriller" star - who suffered from chronic insomnia - to help him sleep. He was jailed for 4 years.
Highlights of the trial included the July testimony of Mrs. Jackson herself, when she broke down in tears recalling the day her son died, and lashed out at critics who described the star as a "freak."
A court spokesman said the trial was "winding down to the last few weeks," while the LA Times said the jury was expected to retire to consider its verdict in the coming week.
World watches American TV - not always legally
The massive success of US shows abroad highlights a clear problem - a huge proportion of viewers are watching their products illegally.
"People outside the US can download pirate copies of a new US show only minutes after it's aired in the US via various file sharing sites," said Tim Westcott, senior TV analyst at international media consultancy IHS Screen Digest.
Beth Braen of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) added: "Piracy is as big an issue for the TV industry as it is for their film counterparts."
American TV series have long been popular around the world. "Baywatch," "Starsky and Hutch," and "Dallas" were staples of television decades before the latest crop of hit shows.
"House of Cards," "Breaking Bad," and "Game of Thrones" are among those vying for glory - and increased riches boosted by awards success - at the Emmys on Sunday, September 22.
But they are popular way beyond America's shores. And the growth potential is enormous: global pay TV revenue last year jumped by nearly 30 percent to over $184 billion, according to a recent study cited by the Hollywood Reporter.
China, North Korea
In China, US television shows are hugely popular, even if there is little opportunity for viewers to watch them on the giant nation's state-controlled television stations.
HBO dramas are particularly a hit with Chinese viewers, and are available mainly through illicit online streaming, usually the day after they have been aired in the United States, with subtitled versions following soon after.
Even in North Korea - which has always derided "decadent" foreign culture and banned nearly all South Korean and US films and TV shows - technology has punched numerous holes in the once impenetrable information barrier around the country.
"Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives" are the hermit state's cult favorites.
In Latin America, illicit downloading or file sharing is rife, with the most popular shows including "The X-Factor," "Breaking Bad," "Glee," "Homeland" and "Modern Family." - With reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com