June 8th, 2009
08:45 PM ET

Families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee speak

Alanna Zahn, the spokesperson for the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee just released the following statement:

"The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are shocked and devastated by the outcome their trial. Laura and Euna are journalists who went to the China-North Korea border to do a job. We don’t know what really happened on March 17, but if they wandered across the border without permission, we apologize on their behalf and we are certain that they have also apologized. We are very concerned about their mental state and wellbeing. Laura has a serious medical condition that is sure to be exacerbated by the drastic sentence. Euna has a 4-year-old daughter who is displaying signs of anguish over the absence of her mother. We believe that the three months they have already spent under arrest with little communication with their families is long enough. We ask the Government of North Korea to show compassion and grant Laura and Euna clemency and allow them to return home to their families. We remain hopeful that the governments of the United States and North Korea can come to an agreement that will result in the release of the girls."

For all of the latest developments in this fast breaking story tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

June 8th, 2009
06:54 PM ET

'Jon and Kate' turn 100!

Tonight marks the 100th episode of Jon and Kate Plus Eight.  Believe it or not, I’ve seen almost every episode! What originally attracted me to the show was how relatable the family was. During a time when the airwaves were filled with “Reality TV” drivel, this was a show about real people with real problems. By now all of you know the story: Jon and Kate Gosselin fell in love, got married and ended up with 8 kids in 4 years.

In the beginning it was interesting to watch Jon and Kate figure out how to do simple everyday things with all of the kids.  How do you get 8 kids up, dressed, and fed? How do you go food shopping for a family of ten or take a family of ten on vacation on a budget? It was refreshing.

Then things started to change.  The show that had been so reality based seemed to shift- subtly at first and then in more obvious ways.  I remember thinking it was odd that they could suddenly afford trips that they hadn’t been able to in the past.  But then I noticed the lingering camera shots of entrances of  hotels, began listening to Kate rave about her favorite spa as we saw her being pampered and watched Jon and Kate get matching teeth whitening services.  I felt like the show I had loved was slipping away and being replaced with one long commercial with really cute kids thrown in.  The penultimate episode that was the special where Jon and Kate renewed their vows.  What should have been a touching celebration was awkwardly punctuated by extreme product placement. 

There has been a lot of speculation that the problems that Jon and Kate are facing have to do with their instant fame.  Jon himself has admitted that he is uncomfortable with it.  But then one has to wonder, why not walk away?

June 8th, 2009
12:05 PM ET

Carradine: The painful aftermath

It must suck to be Annie Bierman.

Who?

Bierman is the fifth and last wife of David Carradine.

I often drive past their house in Tarzana, California. Annie, along with their children and dogs, lives on a quiet, narrow street in this unassuming town. It’s the kind of place where neighbors know each other.

Since Friday a guard has been posted in the driveway after paparazzi swarmed the gate in front of their house upon the news of Carradine's mysterious death. On Saturday there was a sedan parked opposite the entry and a guy with a video camera taping nothing going on; trying to get a glimpse of Annie or Carradine’s famous family members, trying to catch the goings-on inside the horror which must be their lives right now. A guy trying to make a buck off of their anguish.

It’s difficult enough to lose your spouse, but now Annie Bierman has lost two husbands within the last decade. Her mate before Carradine died of cancer.

In addition to surviving David’s sudden death she has to live with this …

He was found dead in a Bangkok hotel.

He was found dead in a Bangkok hotel, hanging in a closet.

He was found dead in a Bangkok hotel, hanging in a closet, naked.

He was found dead in a Bangkok hotel hanging in a closet, naked, with a yellow nylon cord around his neck and a black rope around his genitals.

On Friday, divorce papers surfaced on the Internet regarding Marina Anderson, Carradine’s fourth wife, who accused the actor of "deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly." She also claimed that Carradine participated in an "incestuous relationship with a very close family member."

Then over the weekend, a Thai newspaper published a forensic photo of Carradine, dead, hanging from a clothes bar in a closet, hands bound above his head.

The horror.

June 8th, 2009
09:30 AM ET

Hollywood's next A-lister?

Sometimes it's hard to determine what makes an actor go from playing the third extra at McDonald's in that terrible, straight-to-DVD movie to playing the leading man in next year's top romantic comedy. But with Bradley Cooper it's easy for me to see why he's (almost) risen to the Hollywood A-list.

Cooper is one of the stars of this weekend's comedy "The Hangover." You've seen him before - he played the jerk boyfriend of Rachel McAdams in "Wedding Crashers," the wing man of Matthew McConaughey in "Failure to Launch" and the cheating (with Scarlett Johansson... um, can you blame him?!) husband in "He's Just Not That Into You."

CNN's David Daniel has more on Cooper's career in this video:

When I first saw Cooper in "Wedding Crashers," I was immediately drawn to him. Despite the fact that I hated his egotistical character, I loved his comedic timing. Of course, it didn't hurt that he's not at all bad looking! Since then, Cooper has impressed me in film after film. His role in "The Hangover" is absolutely hysterical. I want to believe he's headed for the top, but what do you think? Is Cooper our next Brad Pitt? Matthew McConaughey? Or is he destined to be a forever sidekick in Americans' hearts?

June 8th, 2009
08:40 AM ET

Will Ferrell on 'Land of the Lost'

Convincing Will Ferrell to lend his sense of humor to an adaptation of the '70s hit TV show "Land of the Lost" wasn't hard because it gave the comedic megastar a career first. CNN's JD Cargill tells us what in today's Movie Pass:


Filed under: movies • Will Ferrell
June 8th, 2009
08:37 AM ET

'Star Trek' actor is 'Unstoppable'

Chris Pine, known to us now as James T. Kirk from "Star Trek," will be playing opposite Denzel Washington in an upcoming film titled "Unstoppable." And country singer Kenny Chesney kicks off his American Saturday Night tour soon. Plus rock band Jane's Addiction is teaming up with Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor to raise money for a good cause.

Find out more about these Hollywood tidbits in today's buzz:


Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Music
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