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Well this is one thing Larry King and Simon Cowell have in common. Clearly, we don't want to think of the day when the 87-year-old star passes away, but when it comes to his own death, King has made some very concrete decisions. Cold concrete decisions... "I want to be frozen in the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back," he tells a table of celebrities on CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner With the Kings. The special, airing Sunday, takes place in the former talk-show host's dining room and features the faces of Russell Brand, Seth MacFarlane, Tyra Banks and Conan O'Brien, who were all a little taken back by King's »
When Larry King dies, he wants to be placed in a state of "suspendered" animation. "I want to be frozen on the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back," he tells a table of celebrities on CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings, airing Sunday from the former talk show host's dining room. The announcement by the 78-year-old King momentarily stuns his dinner companions who include Russell Brand, Seth MacFarlane, Tyra Banks and Conan O'Brien."This is big news," O'Brien says. "You would like to be frozen? This is news to me. »
- Mike Fleeman
Johnny Depp is urging U.S. authorities to continue searching for the real killers behind the 1993 murders of three Arkansas boy scouts - so the newly freed West Memphis Three can clear their name.
Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Damien Echols were tried and convicted of the murders as teenagers in 1994 and together they served 18 years in prison for the crime. The trio was set free in August after admitting guilt.
Now Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp is encouraging officials to continue their legal investigation into the killings.
During an interview with Larry King on CNN Presents, he says, "Admitting guilt (while) maintaining innocence, it's a really floppy piece of ground to stand on. I knew immediately when I first started to familiarise myself with the case, I knew instantly that they were innocent, that they were wrongfully accused. The more research I did, the more people I spoke to, it was absolutely apparent...
"It was ugly and a raw deal from the get-go back in '93... When you're thinking of these three kids, one, Damien Echols, on death row for 18 years, spent 10 years in isolation, for a crime that he did not commit."
And the actor is secretly holding out hope U.S. President Barack Obama will pardon the controversial West Memphis Three and clear each of their records.
He adds, "I mean, it would be wonderful if he did, but I think he's got a few other things on his mind at the moment... What I'm hoping is that the investigation will continue outside of the courthouse right now and that we will be able to prove the real killers."
Depp isn't the only celebrity fighting for justice for the West Memphis Three - rocker Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines have been close to the case for years and moviemaker Peter Jackson has been quietly funding a private investigation into the murders. »
With only a week and a half left until the final installment of "Harry Potter" hits theaters by way of "Deathly Hallows Part 2," it should come as no surprise that all eyes are on the young stars of the blockbuster franchise. Even Larry King's.
The longtime television and radio host has interviewed the cast and crew of the "Harry Potter" series for “CNN Presents: A Larry King Special – Harry Potter: The Final Chapter," which airs on July 10 at 8:00 Pm Est, and we've got an exclusive first look at King's interview with leading lady Emma Watson. In the clip, the young actress looks back at her own evolution over the course of the decade-spanning "Potter" films.
"People literally have watched me grow up onscreen, like go from a nine-year-old girl to a 21-year-old... I guess I'm a young woman now," Watson noted about going up in front of the camera. »
- Terri Schwartz
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Someday, Daniel Radcliffe would like to see a ton of little wizards running around his home. But the “Harry Potter” star isn’t ready to test drive parenthood just yet.
While conducting a special interview with CNN’s Larry King on behalf of the launch of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” Radcliffe said he’d like “lots” of children. But he’s ready to wait.
“Not just now. But I want kids and I want lots,” the 21-year-old actor said. “I’ve seen how happy fatherhood has made some of my best friends.
“I love kids, as well,” he continued. “I definitely want that.”
Radcliffe did say that he’s dating, but didn’t get into details.
“I’ve got a girlfriend at the moment, who I am very much in love with,” he said. “So, you know, we’ll see where that goes. »
- Sean O'Connell
Larry King's first special for CNN as an ex-host was announced on Monday. "CNN Presents: A Larry King Special -- Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic" is set to air Sunday, May 1st and will include interviews with an eclectic group of people whose lives have been touched by the disease: former First Lady Laura Bush; California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen and Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens; Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan. CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay »
- Dylan Stableford
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