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Twitter Mourns Roger Ebert

By Anne Cohen

Roger Ebert, America’s most famous film critic, died yesterday at the age of 70. Every celebrity he had ever lauded with praise or declared inapt — cough Rob Schneider —rushed to give his life a thumbs up. Ebert, an avid tweeter himself, would have been proud.

For the first time ever, Joan Rivers wasn’t snarky:

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When Larry King And Katie Couric Dated

By Anne Cohen

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Larry King

Back in February, Katie Couric went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and told the world about the time her leather skirt inspired Larry King to ask her out in the 1980s.

It turned out to be a doozy of a date.

“We’re driving home and I see we’re going over Memorial Bridge and that’s not the way back to my apartment,” she told Kimmel. “So I said, ‘Larry, where are we going?’ He goes, ‘My place.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, mother of God. Oh God.’”

“He lunged!” Couric added, describing King’s attempt to kiss her.

Not one to take things lying down, the 79-year-old newsman surprised Couric on her hit talk-show, “Katie,” to tell his side of the story.

“I had no idea Larry was here!” Couric said, seeing King. “Hi Larry, are you mad at me?”

“Nice to hold you again,” King replied, grinning.

The surprise interview was organized by “Katie” guest Wendy Walker, a former “Larry King Live” producer, the New York Daily News reported.

Check it out the full video here:

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Larry King Plans To Freeze Himself

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Alive and Well: Larry King at the 2011 Friars Club Testimonial dinner gala in November

For some of us, it is difficult to discuss, even with those closest to us, our own mortality. But Larry King isn’t afraid to talk about death — and about what he wants to happen to his body after he’s gone.

Sunday night, King and his wife, Shawn, were seen on “CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings” hosting Conan O’Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O’Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones and Russell Brand for a Wofgang Puck-catered dinner and a no-holds-barred conversation on a variety of subjects. On the menu for genial banter were topics like friendship, insecurities, success, and personal worries. Among those personal worries, death inevitably came up.

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Larry King Headlines Chabad’s Telethon

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Larry King just can’t pass up an opportunity to connect with television audiences. Although he stepped down from hosting “Larry King Live” on CNN last December, King was back on camera a few days before Rosh Hashanah this year to host the 31st annual Chabad “Lechaim To Life” telethon. King’s return engagement netted $4.2 million to support Chabad’s broad network of centers and programs.

When asked why King agreed to return to the spotlight on Chabad’s behalf, he said, “We all have friends and family who’ve fallen upon bitter times, and this Rosh Hashanah it will take more than just ‘an apple in honey’ to bring them a sweet year. So I’m joining to help the thousands of people from all faiths and backgrounds who’ve turned to Chabad in dire need.”

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See Larry King and Edward Zwick in JPEF’s Promo

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Well, it’s not quite in the same vein or of the same tone as Judd Apatow’s public service announcement for the American Jewish World Service, but it does feature a few celebrities.

The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation’s brand new PSA has Liev Schreiber, Larry King and Edward Zwick — along with a former partisan and her granddaughter — inviting the public to JPEF’s tribute dinner scheduled for November 7 in New York. In particular, these celebrities are asking the public to spread the word about the tribute to any partisans who are still alive and to their families and friends. JPEF hopes to have as many former partisans as possible attend the dinner to be honored, along with all partisans who fought the Nazis and their collaborators in WWII.

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