January 20, 2009
Posted: 11:06 PM ET
Our Blog correspondent, David Theall, is live-blogging tonight from the Feeding America /RIAA Presidential Inauguration Charity Ball in Washington, D.C.! Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna headlines the event and David Arquette and Courteney Cox will be there too! Ben Affleck and others may be attending also. We'll update you on all we see tonight during our live blog session AND with live reports on "Larry King Live," airing tonight at MIDNIGHT, Eastern. It's a special Inaugural edition of "Larry King Live" and Larry's blog!
Tonight Geoff Doner, also with "Larry King Live," manages to get out of the office and travel to the ball with David and he'll help with the live blogging!
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11:09p.m. EASTERN: Hi folks! Geoff here, typing ... while David gets the latest scoop.
11:10p.m.: Shakira is here! CNN got the interview as she exited the red carpet. She's as gorgeous in real life as she is in pictures!! Her hips ain't lying ... just sayin'.
11:12p.m.: Rihanna is 12 feet tall!! Okay, not 12 feet ... but seriously, she LOOKS 12 feet tall in the heels she is wearing. She's headlining the Charity Ball later. Boy, is she beautiful!
11:15p.m.: AC360's Kay Jones producer extraordinaire is sharing our interview space with us. Kay's based in N.Y. but in D.C. for the inaugural events.
11:17p.m.: Josh Groban JUST hit the red carpet. Paparazzi getting their shots. We expect him shortly in CNN's exclusive interview room-where we've stolen a couch on which we're live blogging.
11:22p.m.: Groban just entered our hub. He's in a peaked lapel tuxedo with the shiniest shoes we've seen yet!
11:23p.m.: Shhh ... ABC's Deborah Roberts just sat down on our couch. We'll tell you if she tries to sneak a peak at the screen to see what we are doing.
11:27p.m.: STANDBY FOLKS! This just in ... this place just may be wall-to-wall CE-LE-BRITY. If the names we are hearing actually make it through D.C.'s gridlocked traffic, then this will DEFINITELY be the celebrity hotspot of the inaugural parties!
11:34p.m.: Russell Simmons just snuck in from the red carpet and is quickly making his way towards the main floor.
11:41p.m.: The "King of the World" Leo DiCaprio just made an unassuming entrance and quick exit into a V.I.P. area. If Leo is here ... what other A-list celebs could be lurking?
11:43p.m.: Brandon, that Superman guy just walked in. He's taller than we expected. (Sorry, Brandon Superman dude – we're going to look up your last name. )
11:45p.m.: Brandon Routh.
11:46p.m: By the way, for our Leo update ... we forgot to mention that Josh Groban was quietly walking behind Leo and exited into the same VIP area.
11:47p.m.: We're moving the blog operation to the red carpet - just to change things up! (Shhh... we have to ask Deborah Roberts who is sitting on our power cord, on our couch ... to get up! Wish us luck.)
11:53p.m.: Made the switch successfully - we're blogging from the red carpet! While we're happy we made the switch, we are not so thrilled about the 20 degree drop in temperature.
11:57p.m.: CHER sighting! 'Nough said. Cher is a good friend of Larry King Live and has been on many times before.
12:11a.m.: Welcome to the live show! Larry's broadcasting from the CNN bureau in Washington, D.C. for a special inaugural edition of Larry King Live.
12:12a.m.: Back to Cher! She lingered on the red carpet giving the gathered media what they wanted. She talked about the inauguration and her hope for the Obama administration and she also made a few cutting remarks about Republicans.
12:15a.m.: We don't know who VH1 has on the red carpet, but we are thinking she is not from D.C. Why? Because we've never seen anyone dressed quite like her IN D.C. But we are sure she is a very nice lady and warmer than us. Just sayin'.
12:27a.m.: David's preparing to go live with the blog!
12:38a.m.: David's chatting with David Arquette - you'll see them on air shortly!
12:48a.m.: David and Courteney Cox Arquette are about to speak with Larry any second! They are back on the red carpet for us!
12:50a.m.: The Arquettes look lovely together. David is chairman of Feeding America's Entertainment Council. To learn more about "Feeding America" check out the link above.
12:52a.m.: Speaking of the inauguration and President Obama, the Arquettes are sensing a "change of consciousness" in Americans.
12:55a.m.: Kanye West rolled in on the red carpet with the largest entourage we've seen this inauguration and also sported white shades.
12:58a.m.: Chic's "Good Times" remix is blasting from the crowded dance floor inside the event and the D.J. is a fan of scratches. He's old schooling it!
1:00a.m.: Larry's live show is over. Folks, thanks for joining us at the star-studded Feeding America/RIAA Charity Ball. This is Geoff and David signing out!
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