TV se­ries to fo­cus on Jack­son’s last days

Foot­baller among stars try­ing to sway vote

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

For­mer Eng­land foot­ball cap­tain David Beck­ham is the lat­est celebrity to re­veal how he plans to vote in the loom­ing ref­er­en­dum on whether the UK should re­main in the Euro­pean Union (EU).

The 41-year-old, who started his ca­reer at Manch­ester United, wants Bri­tain to re­main in Europe and wrote on Face­book “we were a bet­ter and more suc­cess­ful team” be­cause of the play­ers from out­side Bri­tain in the squad.

Beck­ham also played for Real Madrid, AC Mi­lan and Paris Saint-Ger­main.

He said “those great Euro­pean cities and their pas­sion­ate fans wel­comed me and my fam­ily and gave us the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy their unique and in­spir­ing cul­tures and peo­ple. We live in a vi­brant and con­nected world where to­gether as a peo­ple we are strong”.

Beck­ham added “we should be fac­ing the prob­lems of the world to­gether and not alone. For these rea­sons I am vot­ing to Re­main”. Among the other VIPs who have tried to sway how peo­ple will vote on Thurs­day are bil­lion­aire cur­rency trader Ge­orge Soros and Harry Pot­ter au­thor JK Rowl­ing. Soros warned a vote for Bri­tain to leave will trig­ger a plunge in the pound - with­out ben­e­fits that can come with a de­val­ued cur­rency. In an op-ed piece in yes­ter­day’s Guardian news­pa­per, Soros pre­dicted the drop will be more dra­matic than when Bri­tain crashed out of the Euro­pean Ex­change Rate Mech­a­nism in Septem­ber 1992. Mean­while, Rowl­ing says she knows some­thing about cre­at­ing fic­tional mon­sters and vil­lains - and sees both sides in the cam­paign con­jur­ing “mon­sters cal­cu­lated to stir up our deep­est fears”. In a blog post, Rowl­ing said “the tales we have been told dur­ing this ref­er­en­dum have been uglier than any I can re­mem­ber in my life­time”. But she favours re­main­ing in the 28-bloc union, ac­cus­ing the “leave” cam­paign­ers of fan­ning a racist brand of na­tion­al­ism and dis­tort­ing the truth. Film­maker JJ Abrams is adapt­ing a new book about Michael Jack­son for tele­vi­sion with Tavis Smi­ley, coau­thor of the book. Smi­ley’s com­pany Warner Bros Tele­vi­sion is on board the project with Smi­ley and Abrams. The book, Be­fore You Judge Me: The Tri­umph and Tragedy of Michael Jack­son’s Last Days, was due to be pub­lished yes­ter­day. Writ­ten by Smi­ley and David Ritz, it’s de­scribed as a nov­el­is­tic take on the pop star’s fi­nal months. Jack­son died in June 2009 from an over­dose of seda­tives. Abrams and Smi­ley will be ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers on the TV se­ries.

IN: Beck­ham and Rowl­ing favour stay­ing in the EU

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