Award-winning TV and radio host Larry King died Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the age of 87.
King was known for hosting the longest-running CNN show, “Larry King Live”.
Announced on his Twitter (@kingthings) early January 23 via his streaming company Ora TV. “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.”
The statement continued, “For 63 years, and across the platforms of radio, television, and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his program, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.”
Over his broadcasting years for both CNN and Ora TV; guests on his show included current or former U.S. presidents, foreign leaders, celebrities, and everyday people. One thing that remained consistent throughout Larry’s interviews is his short and direct questions, as they provided the best answers, and he was right.
Larry King was born in Brooklyn in 1933. He started his career in 1957 as a radio station manager for WAHR in Miami Beach; In addition to being a station manager, he worked as a Disc Jockey; hosting a show from 9 am-noon and then afternoon newscasts and sportscast. King continued to expand his career and launched the “Larry King Show,” which ran from 1978 to 1994. Larry continued to excel in his career by launching his hit TV show “Larry King Live”; which began airing on CNN in 1985 while simultaneously hosting the Larry King Show.
King won two Peabody Awards for his work and inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Broadcasters Hall of Game. Besides hosting his own programs and conducting interviews, he made guest appearances on several TV shows and movies by playing himself. Guest appearances included: 30 Rock, American Crime Story, Bee Movie, Fraiser, Ghostbusters, Law and Order, Primary Colors, and The Closer, to name a few
Celebrities like Ryan Seacrest mourned the loss of the legendary TV and Radio host. Taking to Twitter sharing a photo of King with the caption “I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure. Rest in peace, Larry King.”
And rapper 50 cent shared a photo of him and the late Radio and TV host on Twitter with the tweet “R.i.P To the legend Larry king God bless him.
Larry King had a history of health issues beginning with his first heart attack in 1987. Larry married eight times, with his most recent marriage ending in 2019 from Shawn King. He is survived by his five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
From nostalgic family-friendly programming to competition shows and documentaries. Here’s what I’ve been watching during the quarantine.
Like everyone else, the KCR Staff has been self-quarantining, hunkered down in our respective living spaces, carefully planning grocery store trips, and six feet physical distancing self workouts in our neighborhood. And like everyone else, I’ve been watching a lot of shows during my downtime to distract, pass the time, or simply unwind. Now that the fall semester has wrapped now’s the perfect time for some new shows. Think of this as your guide to your next binge-watching session.
Jack Ryan [Action] (Amazon Prime)
In this Action Spy Thriller, Jack Ryan (played by John Krasinki), based on the character of Tom Clancy, follows a C.I.A. analyst. In the first season, we are introduced to Jack Ryan as he is moved from his desk job to fieldwork after uncovering suspicious bank transfers. The bank transfers turn out to be carried by Islamic extremists. The second season takes a different turn and sees Jack in Venezuela’s corrupt political war, which involves nuclear weapons. This show is action-packed and guaranteed to have you hooked. Jack Ryan takes you to various countries around the world without leaving the comfort of your home. Both seasons are currently on Amazon Prime for streaming. Amazon announced in April 2019; the show renewal for season 3, which is on the way.
Perry Mason [Mystery] (HBO)
This series closes in on the story of defense lawyer Perry Mason, which is based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels. Mr. Mason is not your typical lawyer making hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Mason lives paycheck to paycheck as a low priced private investigator. He is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from time served in the war and troubled marriage. Set in 1932, Los Angeles is booming, but the rest of the United States is still recovering from the Great Depression. A kidnapping gone wrong has Mason searching and exposing a damaged city while uncovering the truth of a horrific crime. Matthew Rhys plays Perry Mason and features fellow cast members Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, and Juliet Rylance. The first episode of the first season is available for free on HBO Max along with all of season 1. (HBO subscription required). Before the season 1 finale, HBO renewed Perry Mason for a second season, coming in 2021.
The Challenge: Total Madness [Competition] (MTV)
The Challenge is one show that keeps on going and let me tell you; there is no stopping this show any time soon. In its thirty-fifth season of the MTV reality competition series. The Challenge: Total Madness brings alum from The Real World, Are You the One?, Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother UK, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Georgie Shore, Ex on the Beach (U.S. & U.K. version), Shipwrecked, and Survival of the Fittest to compete for their chance at $1 million. Locked inside a bunker, each week, contestants compete in groups or individually to avoid elimination. Challenges this season included dropping an explosion of items, drifting in cars to knock down as many things as possible, extreme swimming challenges, and endurance competitions. The Challenge will have you shouting at your T.V., cheering your favorite players each episode. You can stream the entire season of The Challenge: Total Madness at MTV.com or the MTV App from the App Store or Google Play Store (Cable login required for streaming).
Down to Earth with Zac Efron [Documentary] (Netflix)
In this eight-episode web-based documentary, viewers are taken around the world with heartthrob Zac Efron. Efron and Darin Olien, who is also Executive Producer of the series, travel to various countries such as France, Puerto Rico, London, Iceland, Costa Rica, Pery, and Sardina. During each episode, they focus on the theme of travel, life experiences, green energy, nature, and sustainable living practices. You can watch all eight episodes of this informative documentary on Netflix now (Subscription Required). You can also visit the official Down to Earth with Zac Efron website for more resources and information from the first season.
White Collar [Drama] (Hulu)
In this riveting procedural drama, forger, thief, and con artist Neal Caffery (Matt Bomer) is captured during a three year game of capture the criminal with F.B.I. Special Agent Peter Burke (Tim Dekay). Caffery has three months left of a four-year sentence decides to break out of prison to pursue his girlfriend, Kate Monroe. Special agent Burke captures Caffery again and puts him back in jail. Only this time around, Caffery strikes a deal to assist agent Burke in the apprehension of other White Collar criminals sought by the F.B.I. as a part of a new work-release program. White Collar is the perfect show to unplug to after a long day, while it is an F.B.I. show that is more on the lighter side. White Collar originally ran from 2009 – 2014 for a total of 6 seasons (81 episodes). You can watch the entire series of White Collar on Hulu* at the Hulu website or download the Hulu app for iPhone or Android. *Hulu subscription required for viewing.
Chrisley Knows Best [Reality] (USA Network/Peacock)
This hilarious reality show follows the life of southern Multimillionaire real estate mogul and entrepreneur Todd Chrisley and his family living an over-the-top lifestyle. Still, like any other family, there are problems and, of course, drama. Todd treats life like he does business with no B.S. and doesn’t care who he gets upset with. Todd is known for micromanaging his family and the money they spend; nothing is out of order in the Chrisley household, at least to Todd’s belief. Unlike other reality shows, this one feels more organic as you see everything the family is going through; Simultaneously, it is a lot more positive., there is always enough drama to leave you satisfied because what is reality T.V. without the drama? You can stream all previous episodes of Christley Knows Best on the N.B.C. Universal streaming service Peacock and catch new episodes on U.S.A. Network.
Defending Jacob [Psychological Thriller] (Apple TV+)
Apple TV+ launched a year ago, and I was skeptical because I thought to myself, what could Apple bring to the entertainment industry? They are known for electronics, after all. Well, they delivered and brought some solid entertainment. Defending Jacob is one of those shows that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This miniseries is about the barber family, whose lives are interrupted when their son is accused of murdering a classmate. The miniseries stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, and Jaeden Martell. Based on the book from William Landay’s novel “Defending Jacob.” You can stream* the entire miniseries on AppleTV+ on your all apple products and on the Apple TV+ app through select smart T.V.s. Free trial new subscribers available. *Subscription to Apple TV+ Required
MTV Unplugged (Music/Special) [MTV]
While I have listed some great T.V. shows to check out and still have a few more to tell you, I wanted to mention MTV Unplugged. While this is more of a music special that does not have a set number of episodes released every week throughout the year, this is one of those shows that comes out as artists decide to open up to their fans. One thing that has helped me personally through quarantine is music. We cannot attend concerts in persona and probably won’t be able to for the next little while, but thankful for the recorded shows and Instagram lives that some artists are hosting, but most of all, I am grateful for MTV Unplugged. For those who don’t know, MTV Unplugged is a music series that showcases artists and artists on the rise in the music industry performing acoustic versions of their songs. Some of my favorite episodes include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Shawn Mendes, Alicia Keys, and Rod Stewart. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, MTV organized an MTV Unplugged at Home special consisting of 15 episodes. You can watch these episodes on the MTV app for iPhone and Android and MTV.com.
One Tree Hill (Drama) [Hulu]
This scripted drama follows the lives of young adults work, going to school, and starting their own lives in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina. The most important thing in town is the Basketball Team, where we are introduced to half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott. They start as rivals but eventually repair the wedge their biological father, Dan Scott, has placed between them. Along with improving their relationship, brothers are trying to balance their work and social life. One Tree Hill originally ran from 2003 – 2012 for 187 episodes, which ran over 9 seasons. You can watch the entire series of One Tree Hill on Hulu* at the Hulu website or download the Hulu app for iPhone or Android. *Hulu subscription required for viewing. *Hulu subscription required for viewing.
Siesta Key (Docu-Soap) [MTV & CBS All Access]
From the producers of the 2004 hit Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Siesta Key follows a group of young adults addressing problems of betrayal, love, friendship, family, and adulthood as they spend their summer in their home town of Siesta Key, Florida. MTV cameras get full access to this group as they figure where they want to go in life and, more importantly, who they are. This show will keep your eyes glued to your screens as there is no shortage of drama. You can binge all seasons of Siesta Key on MTV.com. CBS. All access, or on the MTV app for iPhone and Android
Let me know on socials which shows you check out and end up binging by hitting me up on Twitter or Instagram @MikeStarkCA
Can you believe December is here? As we enter the final month of 2020, Netflix announced which TV Shows and movies will be removed from the streaming service at the end of next month. All of the “Oceans” films, along with my favorite TV series “The West Wing,” all seven seasons. The good news is that the show could move to the new streaming service, HBO Max. Take a look at the list below and catch these titles before they’re removed from the streaming service.
Bad News Bears (2005)
Cheapest Weddings (Season 1)
Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)
Gridiron Gang (2006)
National Security (2003)
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Merlí (Season 1) Netflix Original
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)
The Bachelor (Season 13)
The Jaime Maussan Show (Season 1)
The Poetist (Season 1)
The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)
West Side Story (1961)
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)
Borderline (Season 1)
Pacific Heat (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
Four Seasons in Havana (2016) [Netflix Original]
Sin senos sí hay paraíso (2018)
Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet(2018)
Bad Education (Seasons 1-3)
Chasing Monsters (Season 1)
Emogenius (Season 1)
Hart of Dixie (Seasons 1-4)
Idiotest (Season 1)
Minute to Win It (Season 1)
Reggie Yates’ Extreme (Season 1)
Shtisel (Seasons 1-2)
Sym-Bionic Titan (Season 1)
Winsanity (Season 1)
Sensitive Skin (Season 1)
Removal Date TBA:
The West Wing (Seasons 1-7)
Now that we know what’s schedule to leave the service what show or movie will you be watching before it’s off the streaming service? Let me know on Instagram or Twitter @MikeStarkCA I am thinking a “The West Wing” re-watch is in order for me and checking out all the Oceans movies.
Feature Photo Credit: Screenshot of Ocean 11 Cast from Warner Home Video
As various reports indicate that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire will join Tom Holland for the third Spider-Man film, Sony finally comments on the rumors surrounding this highly anticipated release.
The Hollywood Reporter has recently stated that both Jamie Foxx and Benedict Cumberbatch were reprising their respective roles as Electro and Doctor Strange for the upcoming Marvel movie. News of this sent fans into a frenzy, pointing towards the possibility of tie-ins with previous Spider-Man installments.
Shortly after, other sources claimed that Garfield and Maguire were in talks with Sony and Marvel to also make reappearances. This would unite three live-action renditions of the character, connecting parallel universes similar to Sony’s 2018 animated film Into the Spider-Verse. Maguire, who first starred as Spidey in the mid-2000 Sam Raimi films, would join forces with Garfield, who took over the reboot in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Pairing these two with the current web-slinging hero Holland is surely something to attract nostalgic viewers and new fans alike.
A potential storyline revolving around a multiverse of Peter Parkers would definitely serve as an interesting plot, but fans might not want to get their hopes up too soon. A representative from Sony released a statement to Entertainment Tonight Canada saying, “These rumoured castings are not confirmed.”
As straightforward as that might sound, the statement doesn’t entirely deny the casting buzz. It could mean that the roles are still being figured out, which would technically make the statement true–the rumored castings are not confirmed…yet. Many have speculated that both studios are simply trying to keep information confidential until closer to the film’s release, slated for December 2021. Considering that news of Jamie Foxx’s return was reportedly leaked, it would make sense for Sony and Marvel to restrict what they say in order to avoid any more spoilers. While these rumors are yet to be 100% verified, it would be exciting for all of these worlds to collide in one cinematic universe.
Written by: Nathalie Lum, @nathalielumm on Instagram
Featured Photo Source: Comingsoon.net
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