September 30, 2010

Movie star Tony Curtis dead at 85

Posted: 10:38 AM ET

(CNN) - Screen legend Tony Curtis died Thursday, his family said. He was 85.

"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages," actress Jamie Lee Curtis said in a statement. "He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed."

Curtis starred in more than 140 major motion pictures and was nominated as for an Oscar for his performance in 1958's "The Defiant Ones" with Sidney Poitier, according to his official website.

Curtis also is known for his roles in the 1959 movie "Some Like it Hot" with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon and "Spartacus" in 1960 with Kirk Douglas. He also played the lead role in "The Boston Strangler," released in 1968.

Born in New York City in 1925 as Bernard Schwartz, Curtis grew up poor in the Bronx as his family struggled through the Great Depression. He took the name Tony Curtis in 1949 when he started his film career.

He was married six times, most notably to film star Janet Leigh.


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May 25, 2010

Here's an explanation of what 'top kill' means

Posted: 02:12 PM ET

As BP gets ready to attempt to cap off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, here's an explanation of what 'top kill' means:

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May 17, 2010

The tragic face of ‘drill, baby, drill’

Posted: 05:26 PM ET

Commentary by Philippe Cousteau, special to LKL Blog

Editor's note:  Philippe Cousteau is the son and grandson of famed ocean explorers and filmmakers, Philippe Sr., and Jacques Cousteau. He is also the Chief Ocean Correspondent for Planet Green. 

The sun was blazing down as I walked up to the door of the little shop we had come to visit on Dauphin Island, just south of Mobile, Alabama. 

This was my last day visiting the Gulf region after the devastating oil spill of only a few weeks earlier.  The trip had started out earlier in the week with a briefing by scientists and field staff of the Ocean Conservancy, one of the leading ocean conservation organizations in the United States, who have been on the ground since day one of the disaster.  That briefing had also included a helicopter trip to survey the damage from above to get an overall picture of the scale of the disaster.

Joined by members of the Ocean Conservancy, my team and I had driven three hours from New Orleans along the coast.  This trip was not only to survey the environmental damage, but also to spend time with the individuals who live along the coast and whose lives are being forever changed by this catastrophe. 

All I have heard about on the news for the last few weeks was how much the environment was being affected; and while that is a very real crisis, I was also curious about the human face of this tragedy.  While there has been some talk of how the oil spill is affecting people, it has concentrated on folks like shrimpers and fisherman who are being directly affected.  But what of the mom and pop grocery stores, souvenir shops, hotels, restaurants and other small businesses who rely on the tourism that usually thrives at this time of year?

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May 3, 2010

Tonight on Larry King!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Who's behind the Times Square bomb scare?

Was the car bomb planted in Times Square an international terrorist plot? NY Gov. David Paterson with the latest in the investigation!


Residents still reeling from Katrina’s devastation now face another disaster – an oil spill that threatens wildlife, the food supply and jobs! Jack Hanna and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. on how the
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Interactive: Tracking the oil spill

Posted: 04:56 PM ET

Watch Larry King Live tonight to get the latest on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that threatens to destroy wildlife and wetlands!

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April 14, 2010

Cousteau: The Looming Water Crisis

Posted: 03:28 PM ET

Alexandra Cousteau is founder of Blue Legacy, an organization dedicated to bringing attention to the global water crisis.  She is also the granddaughter of renowned environmentalist and explorer Jaques Cousteau, and daughter of Phillipe Cousteau.  Phillipe blogged for us last week.  CLICK HERE to check it out.  Alexandra's commentary is an LKL Web Exclusive.

From outer space it looks like we live on a blue planet.  And we do – 70 percent of Earth is covered by water.  But only a tiny percentage of that water is fit for human consumption.  If you could fit all the water in the world into a gallon jug, less than a teaspoon of that would be available for our use. And as glaciers on all continents retreat, that teaspoon is shrinking.

Nearly every system that shapes the availability and quality of water on our planet is dramatically and historically out of balance.  The past century of progress has largely ignored the simple principles of basic grade-school science: We share a single interconnected hydrosphere, one that puts us directly downstream from one another.

The consequences of our quest for progress and its impact on the rivers and everything that depends upon them – from rainfall patterns to wildlife to agriculture – will be disastrous. Ecosystems will collapse.  Hundreds of millions of people will be displaced. And the steady rivers that once shaped the course of society and the soul of cultures will shift seasonally, delivering floods and landslides to some, and unimaginable drought to others.

This is “will,” not “might,” because this is not theory.  It’s not opinion.  It’s fact.  Unless we do something, in less than a generation all of this will come to pass.

That’s why I’m so excited to be a part of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water.  This event will bring people together around the world, raising awareness about the sources and consequences of the water crisis, locally and globally.  It captures perfectly the interconnectedness of life on our water planet.

And it drives home the message that I hope each of you will take to heart: our water crisis is a global issue.  A human issue.  It isn’t going to be fixed by scientists or policymakers alone.  It’s up to each us… to all of us.

In the end, our shared humanity and our shared history are written in water.  And how the story ends is entirely up to us.

To learn more or how to participate in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water please visit

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April 8, 2010

LKL Exclusive: Philippe Cousteau on finding a solution to an old problem

Posted: 06:00 AM ET

By Philippe Cousteau – his commentary is a Larry King Live web exclusive and his thoughts are his own.

My grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, was an eternal optimist and believed in the ability of humanity to find solutions to the world’s problems.

Now more than a decade after his death and on the eve of his 100th birthday, I am concerned that we are still struggling with the same challenges that he faced throughout his lifetime. Daily onslaughts against the environment such as the new proclamation to open up offshore drilling, while not as bad as it could have been, are still a worrisome sign.

We are a society that still too often treats the environment as somewhat of a nuisance…to be cared for only when it suits our needs. As one of the fathers of the modern environmental movement, my grandfather was a pioneer of ocean exploration. As my father Philippe Cousteau Sr. got involved, together they began to explore the human connection to the environment and our critical role as a part of the global system.

Now, as a member of the 3rd generation, my work is to issue a call to action. Awareness is no longer the name of the game…action must be our goal. ‘Sounds good’ you might be thinking, but how do we make it happen? I have spent many years working in education and media, from hosting documentaries, to being a spokesperson for Discovery Education to revolutionizing youth service through my non-profit EarthEcho International.

Surprisingly, I believe that the solution might just come from an unexpected place…video games. Games are an amazing educational tool and finally the technology is available to really make them a useful part of the environmental movement.

This April, my company Azure Worldwide has partnered with the University of Virginia to launch what we are calling an educational “life” game that simulates an environment, in this case the Chesapeake Bay, and allows players to take on roles that represent the more than 16 million people who live on, and make their livelihoods from the resources of the Bay.

From watermen and farmers to developers and policymakers, as the game is played, every decision has an impact on the health of the Bay and the wellbeing of the stakeholders each player represents.. Inspired by the Sim games that have been so popular over the years, The U. Va. Bay Game is a pioneering step forward and allows people to finally understand that if we are to solve the environmental crisis we face and build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous society we must begin to recognize our collaborative role with the world around us, both human and natural.

On April 8th we are celebrating The U. Va Bay Game at an event at the University of Virginia. This is just the beginning of the Game’s journey; already we are working to develop a version for the K-12 educational audience and because the Game is built as a flexible system it can be applied to any watershed throughout the world.

Thus, the Game becomes a tool that can challenge players to build healthy environments not only in the virtual world, but also in the real one. My grandfather would certainly think this is a exciting project and that he would believe, as I do, that saving our world is one game we can’t afford to lose.

- Philippe Cousteau is the co-founder of Azure Worldwide and EarthEcho International. He is the grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.  To find out more about the U. Va. game, click HERE

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