Dawn Brancheau, 40, was killed by orca Tilikum during a show with the mammal at the city's SeaWorld aquarium.
Animal rights campaigners at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have teamed up with U.S. showbiz veteran Bob Barker to write to SeaWorld owners The Blackstone Group and appeal for the closure of the complex.
In his letter to Blackstone boss Hamilton James, Barker wrote, "The death of (the) trainer at SeaWorld did not have to happen, and I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again. I urge you to make (a) humane move now and to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries.
"This is not the first time that a trainer has been seized, thrown against the walls of the tank, and held down to drown. I cannot imagine what the sight of such a hideous event would do to a child in the audience...The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for animals held there."
Damon has now voiced his shock at the trainer's "horrible" death, insisting all marine mammal parks like SeaWorld should be "shut down" altogether.
He tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "I think they should just shut them all down. I've never been a fan of places like that."
Dawn Brancheau, 40, was killed by orca Tilikum during a show with him at the city's SeaWorld complex.
The incident has prompted retired game show host Barker to write to SeaWorld owners The Blackstone Group, on behalf of animal rights campaigners People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Barker and PETA want the executives to close its marine-mammal exhibits and stop the breeding of dolphins, whales and seals for entertainment purposes.
In his letter to Blackstone boss Hamilton James, Barker writes, "The death of (the) trainer at SeaWorld did not have to happen, and I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again. I urge you to make (a) humane move now and to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries.
"This is not the first time that a trainer has been seized, thrown against the walls of the tank, and held down to drown. I cannot imagine what the sight of such a hideous event would do to a child in the audience.
"The intelligent, social, ocean animals kept in the most pitifully small tanks at SeaWorld are denied everything that is natural and important to them. In the wild, they swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean, but captured dolphins are confined to small tanks where the reverberations from their own sonar bounce off the walls, driving some of them insane. Some of these animals were violently captured from their homes, many are forced to learn circus-style tricks, and according to whistleblower tips from trainers, withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform are common training methods. The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for animals held there."
Moakler stepped down from her position in May (09) after Prejean was allowed to keep her Miss California crown despite allegations she was violating her contractual obligations by failing to make public appearances.
The former wife of rocker Travis Barker then felt vindicated when pageant boss Donald Trump decided to strip Prejean of her title the following month (Jun09).
Now Moakler, who was crowned Miss USA in 1995, is returning to her roots - because she believes in the values pageantry teaches young women.
She explains, "I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for pageants. And the reason I got involved is because I wanted to give back to girls, and I really believe that girls that are involved in pageants are ambitious, driven women who are trying to set themselves apart from the pack."
Moakler insists she was able to overlook Prejean's headline-making controversy - after she went public with her opposition to gay marriage and then appeared in a set of provocative beach photos - but she was insulted when the blonde allegedly ignored her duties.
She adds, "It was never about her (Prejean's) opinion... We have tons of religious, conservative beauty queens around the country; there has never been a beauty queen that has been dethroned because of her religious views. But, there have been many that have had their crowns taken away for breaching their contract."
Prejean is still facing controversy - a racy sex tape she recorded for a boyfriend when she was 17 leaked onto the internet earlier this month (Nov09).
Tonight Show sidekick Andy Richter recently had some choice words for New York magazine's Vulture blog on the subject of NBC and TV comedy in general.
The chat coincided with the DVD release of Andy Barker, P.I., created by Conan O'Brien and Jonathan Groff and starring Richter.
Regarding any future projects, Richter told Vulture, "Well, you know, I'm the announcer on The Tonight Show. That's enough for a while. Who knows what's gonna happen. Good God, with the network, and what's happening. I feel like there's storms brewing and we're just clinging to our little Tonight Show buoy trying to put on a funny show and trying to see how it all shakes down. But there's so much with the network getting sold and ratings turmoil. We just keep doing it, and until that calms down, I'm not going to be thinking about game shows I can be producing."
With a deal expected between Comcast and GE that would see the former take a 51% ownership stake in NBC Universal, Richter spoke of certain concerns. "The direction that the network is in right now, and the choices that they've made, have been made by a current regime. And if the network is sold and you have brand-new owners, you don't know whether that regime is the same. You don't know anything...It's not necessarily insecure, but everything's a variable."
He does allow, "If it's for the better, then great," then adds, "Because things at the network are not in good shape."
On his choice to go back to work with O'Brien, Richter notes "how shitty it is just trying to develop comedy right now. How dumb ideas are seeming to be rewarded. How a lot of the networks seem to have basically thrown in the towel on comedy and said 'We just basically don't know what we're doing or what works.'"
Miller and the disc-spinner, real name George Barker, reportedly split last month (Oct09) because of the actress' work commitments in the U.S.
The pair had been dating since July (09) but Miller recently moved over to New York for her turn in Broadway production After Miss Julie, sparking rumours the relationship ended when she quit Britain.
But the couple is reportedly giving love another shot after they were spotted enjoying a romantic stroll together in New York's trendy SoHo district on Tuesday (03Nov09).
A source tells the New York Post, "They seemed very much a couple. George was talking about how he was excited about their plans for the night."
The actress had been dating the beatmaker - real name George Barker - since July (09) but recently moved over to New York for her turn in Broadway production After Miss Julie.
And it seems the pair was unable to maintain their romance with the distance of the Atlantic between them, according to Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper.
A source tells the publication, "We had all hoped Sienna and George would be a long-term relationship. They always looked so happy together.
"But they realised it wasn't going to last the distance with Sienna being out in New York with the play for the foreseeable future, so they agreed to part ways.
"Long-distance love isn't something they were prepared to do and it was a mutual thing that they decided to part. They'll remain pals and who knows what the future will bring?"
Police broke into Goldstein's home on Lafayette Street in Lower Manhattan at 5.20pm on Friday evening (28Aug09). Initial reports suggested police were alerted by a concerned friend who had been unable to reach him for several days.
According to the New York Daily News, Burns - best known for his role in 2004 film Garden State - showed up to meet the star at his apartment before the pair's flight to Las Vegas, where Goldstein was due to play at The Palms Casino Resort on Friday.
Burns reportedly alerted the building's superintendent to unlatch the door after Goldstein failed to answer, prompting the emergency call.
The cause of Goldstein's death remains inconclusive after officials completed an initial autopsy on Saturday (29Aug09). Additional toxicology tests, which are expected to take weeks, are needed to determine what killed the beatmaker.
The medical examiner is cooperating with the New York City Police Department in an official investigation, amid reports Goldstein, 36, was found with drug paraphernalia in his home.
His death comes just a year after he survived a plane crash with friend and collaborator Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink-182.
A fifth installment in Sylvester Stallone's Rambo franchise has received a green light from Nu Image/Millennium Films.
Stallone will star and direct as he did in 2008's Rambo, which grossed $42 million domestically and $113 million overseas.
Variety reports that the new project sees the eponymous character fight his way through human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the US-Mexico border. Production will start in the spring.
Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton and John Thompson are producing. Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson will exec produce.
Nu Image/Millennium is in post-production on Stallone's Expendables, which will have its release on April 23 through Lionsgate.
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MORE NEWS: Barker Honors 'Fallen Brother' DJ AM
Travis Barker paid tribute to Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein onstage and in heartfelt Internet messages on Saturday -- a day after his friend was found dead from a suspected drug overdose.
Grieving Barker dedicated his concert with Blink-182 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Goldstein, his partner in hip-hop-rock duo TRV$DJAM and his fellow survivor of a harrowing plane crash last year.
Before taking the stage at the Comcast Theatre, the drummer wrote on his Twitter page, "Don't know how i am gonna play 2night but i am for AM.
"My brother is gone. i love u (sic) and miss u, i'll never forget all the good times we had."
He later added, "I'll never forget everything we've been thru (sic) and every time i play the drums i'll think of you. U (sic) were an amazing friend/DJ/human being... Rest In Peace my brother, this really f**ks me up."
Barker skipped his usual drum solo during Blink-182's encore and instead bassist Mark Hoppus asked for the arena's house lights to be turned off and for a moment of silence for their friend, before launching into an emotional rendition of their song "Down."
Hoppus fought back tears as he told the audience, "We truly hope that you're all having a good time tonight. But this night's really hard for the three of us up here onstage and for a lot of our crew as well because we lost a really dear friend yesterday. His name is Adam Goldstein.
"He was an innovator and he was a genius and he loved music more than any other person on this planet and above all, he was an amazing friend. So we're doing as best we can to get through tonight but right now I'd like to take down the lights and have a moment of silence for our friend Adam. Thank you all very much."
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