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Larry King rocks those boogie shoes in 'Dance 4 Your Life' PSA [Video]

Larry King has been spotted recently getting his dance on -- to promote heart health in people of all ages through a new public service campaign, "Dance 4 Your Life!"

After being interviewed by Angelina Ballerina, the suspenders-clad King and Nigel Lythgoe demonstrate that, well, just about any kind of dance will do when it comes to staying active. Rumor has it there are rather fabulous outtakes floating around from the PSA shoot, though a vast media conspiracy appears to be keeping King's best moves under wraps.

"Dance is an activity that is universally recognized and accessible across all socioeconomic levels, making it an ideal approach to promoting heart health," King, 77, said on his cardiac foundation's website, pointing out that it had partnered with the Dizzy Feet Foundation folks (Katie Holmes, Carrie Ann Inaba, Adam Shankman and Lythgoe, who appears willing to dance with just about anyone) "to address Americans' increasingly sedentary lifestyles and the resulting health issues."

"So You Think You Can Dance" judge Shankman, incidentally, is the director and choreographer on "Rock of Ages," currently filming in Miami and starring Holmes' husband, Tom Cruise.

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which funds heart surgery in patients who otherwise could not afford care, came about after the longtime CNN host recovered from a 1987 quintuple bypass.

"Dance 4 Your Life!" expands on Lythgoe's National Dance Day to keep folks' feet moving all year round. HIT Entertainment produced the PSA, hosted by its Angelina Ballerina.

Sunshine arms, everyone, sunshine arms.

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Larry King remembers Elizabeth Taylor, teases Sean Hannity about a cable host's inevitable fate

Larry King sat down via satellite with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night to share memories of his friend Elizabeth Taylor -- and to remind Hannity that one day he too would air the final installment of a long-running show bearing his name.

"She wrote her own chapter in a book that's hers," King said of Taylor, whose funeral was Thursday, the day after her death at 79 from congestive heart failure.

One thing he loved about interviewing Elizabeth? "She didn't have a line-cut between brain and mouth," King said.

"You asked her a question, she answered it. She was not fearful of what public opinion thought of her," he said, especially with regard to her early activism in the battle against AIDS, when "there were Hollywood stars who wouldn't talk to her, wouldn't go to any of her rallies ... because of fear of being associated with it."

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Larry King marks his final 'Larry King Live' with a party at Spago in Beverly Hills

Larry King at Spago in Beverly Hills Larry King and friends celebrated the end of an era on CNN with a party at Spago in Beverly Hills after the last broadcast of "Larry King Live" on Thursday.

King was accompanied by wife Shawn and sons Chance and Cannon. The clan had appeared on the final show together -- this after King had said, in announcing his daily-TV retirement, that he wanted to spend more time with them. 

Lu Parker and Antonio Villaraigosa at Larry King's final show party

After Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared it "Larry King Day" in California, the host had Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as a party guest, broadcaster Lu Parker on his arm. Click the pic of the mayor and his date, above, to see more pictures from the red carpet.

Among the other guests: Natalie Cole, Jane Seymour, Jane Fonda, Debi Mazar, Cheryl Hines, Barbara Davis, Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel, and George Maloof Jr. and his wife, Adrienne.  TV hosts Wendy Williams, Leeza Gibbons, Mary Hart and Shaun Robinson made the scene, as did Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family," and Dr. Drew Pinsky.

King will be back with specials on CNN. Piers Morgan takes over the 9 p.m. spot starting in January.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Larry King, top, arrives at Spago after his final "Larry King Live" broadcast on Dec. 16, 2010. At right, Lu Parker and Mayor Antonio Villaragosa at the Beverly Hills party. Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


On Larry King's last show, Katie Couric's poem leaves a mark

Larry King and Katie Couric

This is an updated version of a previous post. See details in the note at the bottom.

Larry King's last "Larry King Live" show was a nonstop promenade of high-profile names and faces Thursday, including a current and a former president, a gaggle of news anchors and the like, King's wife and kids, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declaring it "Larry King Day." Tony Bennett serenaded the host with "The Best Is Yet to Come." King himself even thanked "the suits at the top."

But the standout, perhaps, was Katie Couric. Who wrote a poem. For Larry.

And read it, out loud.

All of it.

On purpose.

The text of the poem -- "filled with love" from Couric and senior "LKL" producer Wendy Walker, and delivered after President Obama's appearance and before former President Clinton's adieu and policy speech -- follows. Let's just say, Clement Clark Moore and Dr. Seuss needn't worry.

What are we to do without our top talker? Here's an ode filled with love from me and Miss Walker. As you hang up your suspenders on your dressing room door, I speak for us all when I say we want more. More of the show that we instantly loved, for 25 years couldn't get enough of.

Your unique take on politics, culture and crime, never cutting off guests -- except for Barbara [Walters] -- always giving them time. You made NAFTA exciting, and that's hard to do. And you scored Paris Hilton's post-jail interview.

Sinatra, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Bacall. So many stars, I just can't name them all. From Heather Mills' leg to Ross Perot's twang, you always cajole, not harass or harangue.

But there were moments when your guests had a cow. Seinfeld wasn't canceled, Larry, but I guess you know that by now. Mike Tyson KO'd without throwing a punch. And you got Miss California's sash in a bunch.

You went gaga for Gaga, Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson. Alas, it was Brando who gave you some action. Eight presidents joined you, from Nixon to Obama, and you brought us each moment of O.J.'s long drama.

Some startling shows I'll never forget. Tammy Faye's eyes, Ted Haggart's regret. Your guests made us cry, made us laugh, made us think. Wynonna Judd told you about a God wink.

I hadn't heard that before, so I looked the phrase up. It's a miracle, blessing, an overfilled cup. That's what you are. And as old blue eyes might say, the best is yet to come, Larry. You did it your way.

Congratulations, Larry.

Fortunately, Dr. Phil stopped by after the poem, just in case emotional counseling was needed.

Go nuts and share your favorite -- and least favorite -- moments from the last "Larry King Live," in comments.

For the record, 11:45 a.m.: In an earlier version of this post, Couric's poem mentioned "Barbra," the first name of Barbra Streisand. Couric was in fact referring to King having cut off Barbara Walters.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Left photo: Katie Couric on Dec. 7. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters

Right photo: Larry King on Feb. 11, 2009. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press



Larry King's last show: Who do you want to see as a guest? [poll]

Larry King last show Larry King Live The last Larry King show is Thursday night, with Ryan Seacrest and Bill Maher named as guests, along with an "all-star" lineup to be revealed "later."

But names are leaking out, among them Donald Trump, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.

Piers Morgan, of "Britain's Got Talent" and News of the World tabloid fame, will take over CNN's 9 p.m. slot in January. (Morgan has had a chat show in Britain for a while now, and also won Trump's " celebrity version of "The Apprentice.")

Through the years King has had some gaffes -- see them here -- with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Marlon Brando, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. He's also had folks walk off the show, or simply decide he's "not appropriate" (think Usher, Carrie Prejean, Kanye West's mom's surgeon).

Who would you like to see Thursday night as the final "Larry King Live" guests? Tell us who you want to see -- and for the love of all things holy, why you want to see them!! -- in comments.

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Photo: Larry King at the Grove in L.A. on Nov. 9. Credit: Toby Canham / Getty Images



Wesley Snipes tells Larry King why he shouldn't go to prison

Wesley Snipes Due to report to prison Thursday for failure to file tax returns, actor Wesley Snipes pulled out the big guns Tuesday night: He went on "Larry King Live."

"I want us to try the case in the court, and not in the media," his attorney Daniel R. Meacham said on the show. Snipes' appeal of his three-year sentence was rejected in July, and his request for a retrial was rejected in November.

"It's been presented as though I'm worthy of this punishment," Snipes told King. "I've been a law-abiding citizen ever since I grew up in the Bronx, New York."

Sounding like another celeb who's had trouble coming to terms with a court's decision, Snipes said he believed he was "fully compliant" in paying what he owed -- reportedly about $17 million, though that number didn't come from him.  

"They claimed that there was a certain number that was owed and that number has been all over the place," Snipes said. "The press has escalated it and changed it a number of times. But we think we are fully compliant with what was owed. Not only did I pay but my position is that I always paid."

The "Blade" star was convicted in 2008 of failing to file tax returns in the years 1999, 2000 and 2001, when he earned $40 million. He was acquitted on federal felony tax fraud and conspiracy charges.

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Oksana Grigorieva tells Larry King: No boozing, yes begging from Mel Gibson

Oksana Grigorieva With Oksana Grigorieva's "Larry King Live" interview set to air Wednesday night, we have a few teaser excerpts from her first sit-down since those infamous tapes hit the Hollywood fan. Get ready for the Russian singer to describe ex-boyfriend Mel Gibson choking her and hitting her and brandishing a gun at her in front of her son Sasha, while she held their daughter Lucia, "like a mother protecting her cubs."

So, why did she go back to him after the Jan. 6 fight?  "He begged. He cried," Grigorieva says. "He cried on his knees. What am I supposed to do?"

There was no report, she said, because she was covering up for him.

Also, Larry King really wants to know, "Did liquor usually set it off?"

No, she says. "There was no liquor, not once. He never drank. One time he drank when he was away. That's the only time he drank. I've never ever seen him drinking."

At another point in the chat, after prompting Grigorieva through her story of the fight, King asks again, "Was he drunk?"

"No, he wasn't. He wasn't drunk."

This should be interesting.

Gibson, meanwhile, was spotted silently exiting the Premiere Supper Club on Tuesday in Hollywood, where his son Milo's 21st birthday celebration was going on. Robyn Gibson, whose divorce from Mel is not yet final, was also at the event.

Also, the social service agency Peace Over Violence has disavowed any relationship with Grigorieva after her attorney Dan Horowitz told TMZ on Sunday that she'd be working with that group and another — yes, the other is happening — to help craft legislation to help battered women. (Horowitz would be one of the 42 lawyers who have pitched a tent at Camp Oksana in recent months. You know, the folks who've billed at least a million bucks so far, according to TMZ.)

"We have no connection with Grigorieva, nor do we plan to," the group said Monday on its website.

"I'm guessing it didn't get approved," Horowitz told TMZ on Monday.

Guess not.

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Photo: Oksana Grigorieva at an L.A. event in L.A. on March 4. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images


Bill Maher drops N-word to Larry King; nobody notices [poll]

Bill Maher and Larry King Bill Maher dropped the N-word during an interview Larry King's show Tuesday, the same day he picked up his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

No, we didn't notice either.

The "Real Time With Bill Maher" host, who'd thanked George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and the pope for his star earlier in the day, said he couldn't wait to see the GOP debates before the 2012 presidential election.

"How are they going to out fire-breathe each other? I mean where this rhetoric has gone to at this point? It's only 2010. And we're having Newt Gingrich, as we were talking about before, calling [the president] an anti-colonial Luo tribesman. Luo tribesman," Maher said.

"That's the new Kenyan, Larry. And Kenyan, of course, was code for [the N-word]. But that's where they are. They can't say it out loud. But that's where this whole campaign is going to be."

According to the CNN transcript, King did not react specifically to Maher's choice of words.

Dr. Laura, are you listening?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bill Maher, left, with Larry King in Hollywood on Tuesday. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images

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Bill Maher gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, doesn't thank God

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Bill-maher-star2 Bill Maher was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Tuesday, with Larry King and Seth MacFarlane doing the introductory honors.

The stand-up comic, author and talk-show host thanked "George Bush, Sarah Palin and the pope" in presenting one of his "26 unused Emmy speeches," referring to his record number of nominations without a win (the atheist has contended that religion has played a part in the shutout).

Maher's name is on star No. 2,417, outside the W Hotel at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

Also on scene: demi-celebs "Downtown" Julie Brown and Kato Kaelin.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Upper photo: Seth MacFarlane, left, and Larry King, right, with Bill Maher at his star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA

Lower photo: Comedian and television host Bill Maher poses with star No. 2,417. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images

Hollywood Star Walk

A new Times database puts readers on the sidewalks of Hollywood, using more than a century of archives to track the lives of the stars, including Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Russell Crowe and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Check out who else has been honored recently on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Larry King and Ryan Seacrest brutalize Lady Gaga

Something very, very wrong is going on in this exchange between Ryan Seacrest and Larry King, taped during Seacrest's Thursday broadcast.

Unfortunately, Lady Gaga is the victim of the wrongdoing.

We apologize in advance for any trauma this video may cause.

— Christie D'Zurilla


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