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July 02, 2009|By From Sun news services

Jackson's will leaves estate in trust; memorial is planned

Michael Jackson's 7-year-old will, dated July 7, 2002, was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust while making his mother the guardian of his children and cutting out his former wife, Debbie Rowe. Court documents estimated the current value of his estate at more than $500 million.

Also Wednesday, a Jackson family spokesman said a public memorial for Michael Jackson is in the works, but it won't be held at the late pop star's Neverland Ranch.

The will names his mother, Katherine Jackson, as a beneficiary of the trust and the guardian of Jackson's children, who are also named as beneficiaries. It also names entertainer Diana Ross as a successor guardian for the children and their estates if something happens to Katherine Jackson.

Jackson's longtime lawyer John Branca and John McClain, a music executive and a family friend, are named in the will as co-executors. The executors moved quickly to take control of all of Michael Jackson's property, going to court Wednesday to challenge a previous ruling by the judge that gave Katherine Jackson control of 2,000 items from Neverland. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Katherine Jackson will retain authority over the items until another hearing set for Monday.

A revival of 'Ragtime' set to return to Broadway

A revival of the musical Ragtime, adapted from E.L. Doctorow's epic novel of early 20th century America will open Nov. 15 on Broadway, producer Kevin McCollum announced Wednesday. Previews begin Oct. 23 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The $8 million production will be directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

Drea de Matteo joins ABC's 'Desperate Housewives'

Drea de Matteo is moving to Wisteria Lane. Aime Wolfe, the publicist for ABC's Desperate Housewives, confirmed she will join the cast for the sixth season. quoted sources as saying that De Matteo will portray an Italian matriarch.

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