February 22, 2009
Posted: 10:42 AM ET
It was a night for neon pink bow ties and words like "disaster" and "monstrosity." It was not the night, however, to be Paris Hilton, Mike Myers or Uwe Boll.
The 29th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards honored the worst film achievements of the year in a small theater in Hollywood on February 21. The night opened with a parody of the "Mamma Mia" song, "Dancing Queen," and ended with "Love Guru" being named worst picture.
"It wasn't just the economy that tanked, so did the qualities of the movies being offered," Razzie founder John Wilson told CNN several weeks before the show. "I would suggest putting away all sharp [instruments] before putting the DVDs in your machine."
Paris Hilton and Mike Myers came out on top - or bottom - for the awards. Hilton earned both the worst actress and worst supporting actress awards for her roles in "Hottie & the Nottie" and "Repo: The Genetic Opera." She was also awarded worst screen couple for her on-screen time with her co-stars Christine Lakin and Joel David Moore.
Posted: 09:39 AM ET
by NY Times columnist Frank Rich
AND so on the 29th day of his presidency, Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill. But the earth did not move. The Dow Jones fell almost 300 points. G.M. and Chrysler together asked taxpayers for another $21.6 billion and announced another 50,000 layoffs. The latest alleged mini-Madoff, R. Allen Stanford, was accused of an $8 billion fraud with 50,000 victims.
“I don’t want to pretend that today marks the end of our economic problems,” the president said on Tuesday at the signing ceremony in Denver. He added, hopefully: “But today does mark the beginning of the end.”
No one knows, of course, but a bigger question may be whether we really want to know. One of the most persistent cultural tics of the early 21st century is Americans’ reluctance to absorb, let alone prepare for, bad news. We are plugged into more information sources than anyone could have imagined even 15 years ago. The cruel ambush of 9/11 supposedly “changed everything,” slapping us back to reality. Yet we are constantly shocked, shocked by the foreseeable. Obama’s toughest political problem may not be coping with the increasingly marginalized G.O.P. but with an America-in-denial that must hear warning signs repeatedly, for months and sometimes years, before believing the wolf is actually at the door.
Filed under: Uncategorized
February 21, 2009
Posted: 06:25 PM ET
Dolly Parton joins Larry and speaks out on Jessica Simpson's weight controversy, her thoughts on President Obama's economic plan and on her new title: Ambassador! Dolly never disappoints!
Here's a video preview: Dolly reacts to critics of Jessica Simpson on LKL!
Plus, Hollywood money maker Tyler Perry! The actor, producer, director, writer is a modern-day Renaissance man! See what makes him tick!
Check out Dolly Parton's Exclusive LKL Blog Commentary on her new role as Ambassador and her Smokey Mountain memories HERE!
Posted: 03:33 PM ET
**BREAKING NEWS TODAY**
Washington police told the mother of murder victim Chandra Levy that there has been headway in the infamous 8-year-old case, and an arrest was imminent, Susan Levy told CNN on Saturday.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department did not reveal the suspect's name when she contacted the parents on Friday, Levy said.
WRC-TV in Washington reported that police were pursuing an arrest warrant for a prison inmate named Ingmar Guandique.
Guandique is being held at the Federal Correctional Institution-Victorville, a medium-security facility north of San Bernardino, California, an official there confirmed to CNN on Saturday.
Filed under: Breaking News
February 20, 2009
Posted: 11:49 PM ET
By COURTNEY CAIRNS PASTOR
Florida – The Hillel School raised more than $10,000 for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which funds heart treatments for patients without adequate health insurance. Since the beginning of the school year, students stashed spare change in piggybanks, got pledges for a race they ran, and sold crafts, used books and baked goods.
Amy Wasser, head of school at the private Jewish education center, thought the $10,000 goal was out of reach. But families embraced it.
"With everyone coming together, we easily did it," she said. "I think it's an amazing message we taught these kids."
The payoff came in a chance to meet King, who has three grandchildren at Hillel, and see for themselves the difference they made. The cardiac foundation differs from other charities by linking donors with the people they help.
King said the personal connection is the most important one to him.
"It's so heartwarming," he said. "The whole concept of helping people is the best thing I do."
He brought his 10-year-old son, Chance, with him to Hillel because Chance hopes to inspire his Beverly Hills elementary school to hold a similar fundraiser. The foundation already is a family affair. His son Larry King Jr. is president and his wife, Shawn Southwick-King, is chairwoman.
Larry King Jr.'s three children attend Hillel, prompting the connection with the foundation. The senior King and Douchet toured the school before talking to students in an assembly, pausing in 5-year-old Stella King's kindergarten class to record a 30-second podcast to send to parents.
"I hope you all have a great day," King said on the podcast, "and I hope you take care of your hearts. Right, Stella?"
"Yeah," said Stella, who wore red suspenders as a nod to her famous relative's trademark fashion in a color that referred to his pet cause.
Larry King established his cardiac foundation in 1988 after surviving a quintuple bypass surgery the previous year. Someone had asked him the cost, which he hadn't thought about. When he researched it, he realized how unattainable the life-saving surgery would be without health insurance.
Filed under: Larry King Live
Posted: 10:45 AM ET
From whence sprang Octomom...
The father of octuplet spawner Nadya Suleman questioned his own daughter's sanity and agreed that she needs major help—financially, at least—during a recent sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.
"That's a very good question," responded Ed Doud, Suleman's dad and a grandfather of 14, when the queen of daytime asked whether his daughter is mentally stable.
"Now I'm no psychiatrist, but I question her mental situation," he said, adding that both his daughter and her fertility doctor were "absolutely irresponsible" to allow her to become that pregnant.
Suleman, 33, who already had six children (three of whom have special needs), gave birth to octuplets Jan. 26 in Bellflower, Calif., after undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Posted: 09:25 AM ET
Los Angeles police have launched an internal investigation to determine who leaked a picture of a bruised and battered Rihanna to the media.
The close-up photo of the R&B singer - with contusions on her forehead and below her eyes, and cuts on her lip - was published on the entertainment Web site TMZ on Thursday. SEE THE PICTURE HERE
Rihanna, 21, was allegedly attacked by her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, on a Los Angeles street before the two were to perform at the Grammy Awards on February 8.
"The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation," an L.A. police spokesman said in a statement. "The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence. A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination."
Posted: 08:15 AM ET
By conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh
Dear President Obama:
I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as "local content," "diversity of ownership," and "public interest" rules - all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band?
You have singled me out directly, admonishing members of Congress not to listen to my show. Bill Clinton has since chimed in, complaining about the lack of balance on radio. And a number of members of your party, in and out of Congress, are forming a chorus of advocates for government control over radio content. This is both chilling and ominous.
As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech - which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police.
Posted: 08:07 AM ET
Dr. Jane Miller remembers the first - and the last - time she implanted four embryos into a patient getting in-vitro fertilization.
"It was 1999, and we got triplets, and I said, 'My God, never again,' " remembers the fertility expert in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. "The human uterus is meant to carry only one at a time."
Since then, Miller says, she implants only one or two embryos; on "very, very rare" occasions she'll implant three. When she heard Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets in California, say her doctor had implanted six embryos, she was outraged.
Miller is not alone. Fertility experts around the country say there's never a reason to implant six embryos. It's risky, and it's way outside the scope of normal practice: Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that on average, fertility doctors implant 2.3 embryos into women under age 35.
Why, then, did Suleman's doctor implant so many embryos? READ MORE HERE
Filed under: Octuplets
Posted: 12:40 AM ET
Tonight on "Larry King Live," Joy Behar fills-in for Larry as guest host and welcomes Ann Coulter to the set! We're pretty sure they'll have PLENTY to talk about! Then, as the controversy surrounding the "Octomom" continues, we'll hear from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar - and their 18 children! They're the stars of TLC's "17 Kids and Counting." Michelle just delivered baby number 18 and she and Jim Bob will offer their take on the controversial "Octomom" case. By the way, the Duggar's have 18 children AND they say they're DEBT FREE!
To read Ann Coulter's commentary, "Why we don't celebrate 'Historian's Day"" and your comments about it, CLICK HERE!
And, check out our Exclusive Blog 'Extra' from the Duggar's on how to save money raising children HERE!
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