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December 18, 2008

Top 10: Larry Was Tempted

Posted: 08:33 PM ET

LARRY'S REFLECTIONS ON THE BATHTUB SCENE WITH JIM CARREY FEATURED IN LETTERMAN'S TOP 10.   IT WAS NUMBER 1:1jimcarrey

The tub was slippery.  The scene was romantic...so romantic that I almost - almost, lost my heterosexuality.  And to tell you the truth, I think Jim felt the same way.  The lighting was perfect.  The Champagne wasn't bad either.  The bubbles were very...bubbly.  All it lacked was music.  Sinatra would have been nice.

The scene was somewhat hampered by having a crew standing around with cameras, and lights, and sound equipment.  Jim did wear a bathing suit.  I wore a shirt, suspenders, and a tie, which was a good stunt, but wasn't the most comfortable thing in the world.  Try swimming in a tie and suspenders when the suspenders aren't attached to anything.

We both were wondering if this was a career-maker.  Were any talent scouts watching? After we were dry and ready to leave, someone from the Letterman staff said "do you want to get back in the tub for some bump shots?"  The answer was a rousing "no thanks."  I just couldn't handle the temptation again.

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Transplant Surgeon: Giving People Hope

Posted: 06:09 PM ET

Dr. Maria Siemionow is the head of plastic surgery research at the Cleveland Clinic.  She headed the surgical team that successfully performed America's first face transplant.1clevedrs

DR. SIEMIONOW'S COMMENTARY IS EXCLUSIVE TO THE LKL BLOG.

Four years ago, Cleveland Clinic was the first hospital to gain IRB approval for facial tissue transplantation. It was at that time I came to the realization that my hope to help people with severe facial trauma would one day become a reality. What many of you don’t know is that this idea came to me 20 years ago while working with children. Many of those children suffered from severe facial trauma mostly caused by burns, I was there to perform surgery on their hands, but hoped one day I could help restore their faces and I am proud to say that this team has helped me accomplish that goal.

This surgery took years of planning, hard work and dedication. It also took time to educate society about why this is important. Thousands of people who suffer from severe facial trauma live amongst us everyday…but we don’t see them because they are afraid society won’t accept them. This surgery gives hope to those people.

Once it was announced that we had IRB approval everybody wanted to know when this was going to happen. I was very honest in my response: we weren’t striving to be first; rather we were striving to do this right. The screening process took years, we said from the beginning we would only consider patients who have exhausted all means of conventional surgery, and this surgery was only for those who were out of options. This particular patient had many prior reconstructive procedures- which were successful BUT because of the trauma she suffered– a face transplant was the only way to restore facial function.

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December 16, 2008

King's Things: It's My Two Cents

Posted: 09:00 PM ET

REMEMBER MY OLD USA TODAY COLUMN? IT’S BACK EXCLUSIVELY ON THE LKL BLOG!!!!!larryking

FROM THE DESK OF LARRY KING:

THE TRAGEDY OF OUR TIMES IS THE DWINDLING NEWSPAPER.  I BELONG TO A CULTURE OF PAPER.  I WAS RAISED ON NEWSPAPERS.  I WROTE NEWSPAPER COLUMNS FOR OVER 25 YEARS.   I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE THRILL OF OPENING THE DOOR AND SEEING THE MORNING PAPER.   THE FEEL...THE TOUCH.  I COULDN'T STAND READING A PAPER ON A COMPUTER.  THAT'S NOT READING A PAPER.  I KNOW THEY'RE GOING THE WAY OF DINOSAURS, BUT I'LL BE RIDING ALONG WITH THEM HAPPILY INTO THE SUNSET, WAVING MY SPORTS SECTION AS I GO.

SOME OTHER THOUGHTS:

FRANK LANGELLA CAPTURES RICHARD NIXON SO ACCURATELY IN THE MOVIE “FROST – NIXON” – I THOUGHT I WAS WATCHING THE FORMER PRESIDENT...

THE GROUP NOT AT FAULT IN THE BAILOUT TALKS...THE EMPLOYEES WHO DID NOTHING WRONG…

THE DODGERS WILL MAKE A GRAVE MISTAKE IF THEY DON’T WIN THE BIDDING FOR MANNY RAMIREZ…

MICKEY ROURKE’S PERFORMANCE IN “THE WRESTLER” WAS SO INTENSE AS TO ALMOST NOT BE BELIEVED… 

I EAT BLUEBERRIES EVERYDAY AND I AM BETTER OFF FOR IT…

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH OF IT…

IS THERE ANYTHING IN BROADCASTING THAT RYAN SEACREST DOES NOT DO… AND DO WELL…

I DON’T CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE ANYMORE…

THE PRETTIEST CITY IN AMERICA DURING THE HOLIDAYS IS STILL NY… KRISTEN WIIG GETS FUNNIER EVERY WEEK ON SNL… I’VE NEVER MADE A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION…

ALEX OVECHKIN OF THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS IS THE BEST OFFENSIVE HOCKEY PLAYER I’VE SEEN IN MANY A MOON…

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS THIS YEAR…

I KNOW IT’S A DIGITAL WORLD, BUT I CAN’T STAND DIGITAL WATCHES...

MY FAVORITE ALL TIME FOOTBALL COACH IS STILL DON SHULA…

WHEN I WAS A KID, I SURE LOVED SNOW, BUT IF I NEVER SEE IT AGAIN IT WOULD NOT BOTHER ME…

ONE OF MY FAVORITE COUPLES IS JENNY MCCARTHY & JIM CARREY, AND I’D LOVE TO BE A SHADOW ON THE WALL ANYWHERE THEY ARE…

JOHN KING IS A GREAT CHOICE TO SUCCEED WOLF BLITZER ON “LATE EDITION”...

I AM A BIG SUPPORTER OF VITAMINS AND OMEGA 3 IS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST…

I LOVE ICE HOCKEY, BUT IT’S HARD TO REMEMBER ANY OF THE ACTION THE NEXT DAY…

JAY LENO IS GREAT! I AM GLAD THEY WORKED IT OUT…

I CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW A SUNDIAL WORKS, BUT THEN AGAIN I FAILED SCIENCE…

I THINK THE METS GOT A BARGAIN WHEN THEY SIGNED K-ROD FOR ABOUT $10 MILLION PER…

"BOSTON LEGAL" WILL BE SORELY MISSED BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEST WRITTEN SHOW IN ALL OF TELEVISION…

WHEN JAMES PATTERSON DOESN’T HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT, THAT’S BIG NEWS...

I’D BUY BRITNEY SPEARS’ NEW ALBUM, BUT THE STORE WAS CLOSED…

WHEN YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT, BASEBALL IS A PERFECT GAME…

I KNOW THERE’S A RECESSION, BUT EVERYWHERE I LOOK PEOPLE ARE OUT SHOPPING…

QUICK!  WHO’S THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE…

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Goodie Box Day!!

Posted: 08:35 AM ET

Like the Starbucks posters say about Christmas Blend, "it happens once a year."  It's a day all the LKL staff look forward to with our taste buds, and dread for our waist-lines.  It's Goodie Box Day.

LKL Sr. Editorial Producer Carol Buckland is quite the chef, and every year around the holidays she gives the staff, all of us, a box of baked goods that is unrivaled in the broadcast industry.  Brownies, sugar cookies with a lemon twist, chocolate chip cookies, chex mix, macaroons....you get the idea.

The boxes arrived today.  Carol has promised she'll be adding recipes to this blog - so stay tuned,  and if you see someone waddling around the streets of DC, odds are it's an LKL staffer who over indulged.

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December 10, 2008

Anthonys: We Won't Turn Our Back on Caylee

Posted: 02:58 PM ET

**UPDATE: CINDY AND GEORGE ANTHONY WILL BE BACK ON LARRY KING LIVE FRIDAY NIGHT TO RESPOND TO TODAY'S BREAKING NEWS**

**BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The remains of a young child were located in east Orange County Thursday morning, less than a half-mile from Casey Anthony's parents' home, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. (Read Here)

Cindy and George Anthony are the granparents of Caylee Anthony, who has been missing since June. Their daughter, Casey Anthony, is currently being held in Florida and has been charged with murder in the case.

Cindy and George Anthony's commentary is an LKL Blog Exclusive.

WOULD YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR CHILD? THEN WHY ASK US TO TURN OUR BACK ON CAYLEE MARIE…artclosecaylee2

So many people want to put their theories out there for public speculation and opinion. There is only one true fact that has been ringing true since the beginning of this case, that being that there is a missing child.

Caylee Marie Anthony is a beautiful 3 year old child who has just recently captured the hearts of so many; but please do not forget that she had already captured the hearts of her family from the very moment that she was born.

So many want to see an end in this case, but how can that be until every effort has been made to follow up on every lead. Just ask any family member of a missing person if it is ever over for them, as long as the one they love has not found.

Many are quick to judge and criticize our actions, to those there is only one appropriate response, until you've walked in our shoes...then tell us that you would turn your back on your beautiful child.

– Cindy and George Anthony

For more information go to: http://www.helpfindcaylee.com/

Filed under: Caylee Anthony • Larry King Live


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December 8, 2008

Suze Orman: How To Be Smarter Than The CEOs

Posted: 11:11 PM ET
She is a well-known personal finance expert, and host of The Suze Orman Show on CNBC.
Suze's commentary is a Larry King Live Blog exclusive.

Last week I watched the CEOs of the big three automakers testify before Congress. Testify is being kind, as what they really seemed to be doing was begging for money. All because their companies refused to invest in what they had to know was true, for more than 20 years.artsuzeorman

Those supposedly smart CEOs that you are programmed to believe are smarter than you, didn't follow the simple law of making choices that are based on fact, on what is known. We have known for years that oil is a limited commodity, yet Detroit did not aggressively pursue higher fuel efficiency (and don't get me started on the fact that Congress didn't exactly push them in that direction). They saw their competitive edge erode to foreign car manufacturers, yet they didn't manage their business to adapt to that competition. And in the process they turned off their main client: Americans, who refused to support products that they now judge to be of inferior quality.

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December 3, 2008

QUESTION OF THE DAY...(LARRY KING DISCUSSION THREAD)

Posted: 04:35 PM ET

Do you support a tax-payer funded bailout of the big 3 automakers?

This is always a hot topic, and we want to hear what you have to say.  Please let us know your thoughts.  And tune in tonight at 9PM when we talk about this with Michigan native Michael Moore.  Your comments might be used on the show!

As always, remember:
1) Stay on topic.
2) Keep it short
3) No curse words
4) Use a name (no initials or screen names) and a location (city, state or country)

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December 2, 2008

Dean Cain: "Eyes on Kenya"

Posted: 03:37 PM ET

On a recent trip to Africa, Dean Cain visited with families devastated by the AIDS crisis. He shares his observations and touching recollections exclusively with the LKL Blog about a once in a lifetime journey he'll never forget.

Click on image to see a slide show of images from Dean Cain's Kenya trip

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One of the advantages to having achieved a certain amount of fame, is the ability to spotlight causes and bring certain situations to light. I was given this opportunity when I traveled to Kenya earlier this year to film a documentary called “Eyes on Kenya” which airs Wednesday, December 3rd on My Network. A group of 6 film and television actors visited Nairobi and its slums, and then went on safari in the legendary Masai Mara. This program documents our experiences. Being a devoted father to an eight year-old boy, I knew I would be in for a heart-wrenching but very rewarding experience.

My job was to visit a family devastated by AIDS. This is ground zero of the AIDS pandemic. The father long since gone, the mother in the hospital with full-blown AIDS, and the three children, aged 9, 7, and 2, left to fend for themselves. The children were also HIV-positive, though completely unaware. I visited them in their home, no larger than my closet, talked with them and observed their living-conditions. Unimaginable. I gave the children food and clothing, and took them out of the slums for the first time in their lives. It is one thing to see these conditions on television, but truly horrifying when you see and smell it with your own senses. It is also different when you look a child in the eye.

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December 1, 2008

My Two Cents: From the Desk of Larry King

Posted: 01:56 PM ET
  • Jimmy Kimmel is a now a force to reckoned with in Late Night television...
  • People who sing the National Anthem before sporting events should NEVER go over 2 minutes with their rendition...
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a great film with performances that are totally compelling...
  • Even with instant replay, NFL officials still get some calls wrong...
  • Tina Fey deserves the front cover of Vanity Fair...
  • I am looking forward to Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie"
  • Why don't we just bail out EVERYBODY and get on with it...
  • If you see Dick Cheney, ask him to call, because his sandwiches are spoiling...
  • I would change our National Anthem from the tone poem it is now, to "America the Beautiful."
  • Does anybody not like Robert Gates?
  • If you pin me down, my favorite color is orange...
  • If you're going to the inaugural, don't count on good weather...
  • I've gotten everything in my life I've ever wanted, except having fortune cookies with items from this column...
  • With modern technology, and everything they can do, why can't they make a healthy NY Cheesecake...
  • The one country I haven't seen that I'd love to go to is Australia... (And I am not talking about the movie...)
  • Primetime television must be slipping... because I am on an upcoming edition of "30 Rock"

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