May 26, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 08:05 PM ET

Tonight on LKL


He’s half the man he was – after losing 264 pounds and 50% of his body weight!

Michael Ventrella is here to tell us why he did it.  Plus the competitors who found love while shedding pounds…and she was once the heaviest female contestant in the show’s history – but look at her now!

Plus –

A desperate attempt to stop the oil leak in the Gulf.  BP begins it’s “top kill” – but will it work?  The latest on the spill tonight…

And we want to know –


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Filed under: BP Gulf Oil Spill • The Biggest Loser

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Deadliest Catch Captain: Spill Impact Could Be "Tenfold" Worse Than Valdez

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Captain Keith Colburn is best know as captain of the Wizard on the Discovery Channel's hugely successful series, "Deadliest Catch."  He's been a commercial fisherman for 25 years, and he's even participated in an oil spill cleanup in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  Colburn also testified before Congress against off-shore drilling in Bristol Bay.  Captain Keith spoke with the LKL Blog and gave a unique, fisherman's perspective on the oil spill.

LKL Blog: You're a fisherman.  How have you reacted to the Gulf oil spill?

Colburn: Being an Alaska fisherman, there is grave concern about what is exactly going to happen to the food chain in the Gulf.  The fish inside the Gulf, and also a lot of the predator fish outside, are all going to be impacted dramatically.  Especially the oil down in the water column, down in the bottom where these species live.   As a fisherman it's pretty dramatic, and it could have widespread implications.

When the Exxon Valdez hit the rocks in Prince William Sound, the biggest thing that impacted us in the Bearing Sea, and there wasn't a drop of oil in the Bearing Sea, was the public perception of anything Alaskan that was seafood.  That dramatically impacted our pricing, and impacted all fisherman in the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The perception from the public was that all seafood coming out of Alaska was tainted, which was not the case.

Unfortunately, what I think we're starting to see now is consumers are concerned that anything coming out of the Gulf States is tainted seafood products.  So it's unfairly hurting these fisherman in advance of their fishing grounds being tainted by oil.  That could have lasting effects on the shellfish and the fishing industry throughout the US.

As an Alaska fisherman, I'm not concerned about my resource because it won't be impacted environmentally, but, especially the fisherman down there in the gulf - Florida, Texas, Mississippi - they're all going to be impacted because of the consumer misconception that it's all tainted seafood.  Hopefully by the end of the day there will still be fishing grounds that will be open, productive, and able to sustain at least some of the resource that has been harvested previously, but we'll have to wait and see.

LKL Blog: Do we know yet how much the overall catch will be affected?

Colburn: My concern is some of the Gulf fisherman I've talked to think this may affect them one, two, three years.  They need to realize that this could dramatically impact and affect their way of life permanently.

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Filed under: BP Gulf Oil Spill • Deadliest Catch • LKL Web Exclusive

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Broadcasting Legend Art Linkletter dead at 97

Posted: 05:26 PM ET

Art Linkletter passed away today at the age of 97 – over the years, Art was a regular guest on 'Larry King Live' – here's a clip of him on the show a few years ago:

Filed under: Hollywood • Larry King Live

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ICYMI: Carville Blasts BP

Posted: 02:38 PM ET
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Blanket, Prince, Paris first autographs up for sale

Posted: 01:27 PM ET

(CNN) - Michael Jackson's three children did something recently they've never before done: signing their autographs on something to be sold.

Blanket, Paris and Prince Jackson put their names on a designer belt produced as a tribute to their late father and to raise money for the Jackson family museum planned for Gary, Indiana.

The merchandising deal for the crystal-encrusted belt is also a first - the trustees of the Michael Jackson estate authorizing the Jackson family to produce and sell memorabilia in the pop star's name.

Katherine Jackson dropped her challenge for control of her son's estate last October, but her husband still has a legal objection pending in probate court.
"This is a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity," said Jerry Olivarez, the Jackson family friend who brought the deal together. "I know of no other item that has ever been made available to the public that has been signed by both the parents and children of Michael Jackson."


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Bristol Palin: Levi Johnston is 'a stranger to me'

Posted: 11:52 AM ET

by Suzanne Zuckerman

As a single mom to baby Tripp and the new owner of her own Anchorage condo, Bristol Palin has become domestic. But when the 19-year-old mentions "dirty laundry," what she's referring to is her past with Tripp's father, Levi Johnston.

"He is a stranger to me," Palin tells Harper's Bazaar for its June/July issue about her former fiancé – whose public behavior, including posing for Playgirl, she claims to ignore.

For now, there is only one man in Palin's life: 17-month-old Tripp. Still, the young mom does express hope about finding a partner, saying, "One day I will find a nice guy."

Recalling the painful confession about her condition to her parents in the middle of the 2008 presidential campaign, the teen says, "I remember sitting on the couch with one of my best friends and Levi, and I just couldn't spit it out. I was like, 'Mom, Mom.' I was bawling my eyes out. She was like, 'What’s wrong?' And I was like, 'I'm pregnant.' And she was like … Oh my God. Holy crap."


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Ellen DeGeneres starts record label

Posted: 11:34 AM ET

by Tim Nudd

The talk-show host, 52, who's just wrapping up her first season as an American Idol judge, has now started her own record label – inspired by 12-year-old phenom Greyson Chance, whom she discovered and has now signed as her first artist.

"Greyson ... inspired me to start a record label called eleveneleven. He is my first artist, and we are making a record together," DeGeneres says.

Chance, just 12 years old, has rocketed to fame thanks to his performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi," posted to YouTube, from a talent show in his Oklahoma hometown. DeGeneres happened upon the clip when it had about 10,000 views and invited him on her show earlier this month. The video, including reposts, now has more than 30 million views.

Returning to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Chance says he's overwhelmed by what's happened. "It's crazy thinking about 30 million people," he says. "It just makes me happy. It really just hasn't sunken in yet. It has been two weeks, and it still hasn't sunken in yet. It's awesome."


Filed under: Ellen DeGeneres • Entertainment • Music

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'American Idol' finale – who do you think will win?

Posted: 07:58 AM ET

from E!Online:

Tuesday's showdown between Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze for all the American Idol marbles was, as usual, part retread and part final audition for 19 Entertainment glory.

Each finalist had three chances to charm the judges and impress America into picking up the phone for them, the first round a chance to resing their favorite song from weeks past and the second round devoted to songs picked by Idol creator Simon Fuller.

Finally, the third round was for trotting out the tune that will be the winner's first single. And guess what?! It wasn't some corny "My Destiny" nonsense this year. Lee had to tackle U2 and Crystal was saddled with a song already recorded by both Kelly Clarkson and Susan Boyle.

So, for all intents and purposes, who already won?

(read more from E! Online)

Filed under: American Idol • Entertainment • Hollywood

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