May 29th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Gotta Watch: What you missed this weekend

A lot of you were distracted over Memorial Day weekend by sun, fun and good food, so we thought we'd wrangle some of our favorite videos from the last few days to ease you back into the work week. From a cool lip-dub proposal to dreams of pole dancing at the Olympics, you've Gotta Watch them all.

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Guy's 'lip dub' proposal goes viral

It was the ultimate public display of affection. A guy gets dozens of friends and family members to lip-sync and dance for one romantic marriage proposal.

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Pole dancing in the Olympics?

It may be the only Olympic event that could be done in heels, but the man who wants pole dancing in the Olympics says stilettos will have to stay home. Watch the video to hear his pitch and see the dancers in action.

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Homemade arcade makes kid famous

You may remember the story of Caine's Arcade. The filmmaker recently told CNN that the whole thing started with the need for a new car door handle. Watch the video to find out why.

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Dying grandma lives to see grandson born

A woman dying of cancer is days away from death, but she held on to see the birth of a grandchild. Watch the video to see Becky Moran meet the the baby for the first and only time.

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Olivia Newton-John still gets 'Physical'

We all know Olivia Newton-John as the iconic singer and actress from "Grease" and "Xanadu," but there was a time when she had completely different career aspirations. Watch the video to find out what she could have become.

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Filed under: Dance • Gotta Watch • Olympics • Strippers • Uncategorized
May 22nd, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Controversial Zuma painting defaced on-camera

The African National Congress wanted to go to court to force a South African gallery to remove a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The ANC got its wish, but it was two vandals, not a judge, who granted it.

Local station eNews Channel was at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg with cameras rolling when one man calmly approached the portrait, called "The Spear," and painted red crosses over the face and genitals.

Next came another man who smeared black paint over most of the image.

Watch the video above to see the vandals attack, see the violent arrest and hear the stunned reaction of the reporter as it all unfolds.

Opinions on "The Spear" are divided. CNN's "Open Mic" gave some South Africans a chance to vent. Watch below to hear what they're saying. Which side do you support?

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Filed under: Africa • Art • South Africa • Uncategorized • World
April 15th, 2012
02:34 PM ET

Boston Marathon officials issue heat warning

Monday's Boston Marathon may not be as crowded as some had anticipated with temperatures expected to approach 90 degrees.

The Boston Athletic Association is allowing runners to defer their entry into the race until the 2013 marathon as a way of discouraging some from taking on what could be dangerously hot weather.

Watch the video to see who race officials are doing to prepare for the heat and what advice they're giving to even the most seasoned marathoner who decides not to take the day off.

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March 15th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Abramoff to Blagojevich: 'Keep your head down'

On the day former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins a 14-year prison sentence on a corruption conviction, he's getting some advice on life behind bars from someone who knows firsthand how hard it can be: Jack Abramoff.

Abramoff, a former Republican lobbyist, was the central figure in a corruption scandal that ultimately led to charges against numerous lobbyists and public officials. He served four years of a six-year sentence in federal prison.

In a poignant interview on CNN's "Starting Point," Abramoff offered a strategy to Blagojevich for surviving his incarceration. Watch the video to hear Abramoff's advice and reflections on his big regret the day he surrendered to authorities.

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Gotta Watch: Performing presidents
President Obama is one of several commanders-in-chief who's proven he's got musical talent.
February 22nd, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Performing presidents

We now know President Obama can sing. President Clinton's a sax man. President George W. Bush? Well, we may not go as far as to call him a drummer, but we've seen him drum (He dances, too!).

Are we on the verge of seeing a presidential supergroup? Probably not. But after Obama took the mic at last night's celebration of blues music at the White House, we're turning the amps to 11 for this Gotta Watch featuring performing presidents.

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President Obama sings the blues

President Obama joins B.B. King, Mick Jagger and other blues and rock legends at a performance in the White House.

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2007: Bush shows off his moves

President George W. Bush dances and beats a drum at an Africa Malaria Day gathering at the White House on April 25, 2007.

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1993: Clinton plays the saxophone

With Clarence Clemons, President Clinton performs the classic, "Night Train," on the saxophone at his inaugural ball.

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Gotta Watch: Cool cars
Gotta Watch is along for the ride with vehicles that fold, fly and swim.
February 16th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Cool cars

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." So said Doc Brown at the end of "Back to the Future" just before he took off into the sky in his famed DeLorean.

The road less traveled or not traveled at all, in some very cool cars, has us talking today. The idea came to us after we saw a piece on a folding car that's perfect for the avid parallel parker. Adjust your mirrors and fasten your seat belts for today's Gotta Watch.

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Folding car

No, it's not a Transformer, but wouldn't it be cool if this electric car from the brains at MIT made that Transformer sound?

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Up, up and away!

Getting from here to there on the street? That's so five minutes ago. Check out this plane-car hybrid for the traveler who wants the best of both worlds.

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Dive and drive

If you prefer mermaids to meter maids, strap on your SCUBA gear for this underwater wonder, which caught our eye back in 2008.

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Filed under: Air travel • Automobiles • Aviation • Technology • Uncategorized
Gotta Watch: So you think you can sing?
President Obama, Warren Buffet and Hermain Cain showed off singing skills in recent days.
January 23rd, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Gotta Watch: So you think you can sing?

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is a singer, although some might dispute that label, given his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday's Patriots-Ravens game. In the last few days, we've heard from a few famous folks who do not have "singer" on their resume, yet they thought enough of themselves to give it a go. Today's Gotta Watch: So you think you can sing?

Amateur night at the Apollo - The White House liked President Obama's recent musical homage to the Rev. Al Green so much, they've made it into a ringtone.

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Gotta Watch: The end of 'Kate Plus 8'
TLC's "Kate Plus 8" series ended Monday night.
September 13th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Gotta Watch: The end of 'Kate Plus 8'

TLC's "Kate Plus 8" may not have been as epic as, say, "M*A*S*H" or "Seinfeld," but we certainly won't forget it. The six-year-old series, which was called "Jon and Kate Plus 8" until Kate Gosselin and her husband divorced and he was fired from the show, came to an end Monday night. Today, Gotta Watch looks back at Kate's advice to "Octomom" Nadia Suleman, the Gosselin's ugly custody war and Kate's short-lived stint on "Dancing With the Stars."

Advice to 'Octomom' – If you mention Kate Gosselin and Nadia Suleman in the same sentence nowadays, it may seem like a setup to a joke. But, not so long ago, we actually asked Gosselin what advice she'd give the so-called "Octomom" when Suleman's kids were born.

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Gotta Watch: Children coping with tragedy
CNN spoke to children who lost a loved one on 9/11 about their feelings and where they are now.
September 12th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Children coping with tragedy

It was an especially reflective weekend as the United States and much of the world looked back on the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. CNN had a chance to talk to several young people who lost a parent that day. In today's Gotta Watch, we present highlights from those interviews, and look back at how children caught in the middle of another national disaster - Hurricane Katrina - looked at their city two years later.

'Nobody else has lost a parent on national television' – Some of the children who lost a parent on 9/11 say they have little or no memory of that day. Watch here as they talk about life growing without a mother or father, the "nightmare" talk that daddy wasn't coming home and the scrutiny they face as "9/11 kids."

'The lost city' - In February 2007, CNN's Soledad O'Brien handed out video cameras to a group of students who lived through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Here, they spoke with director Spike Lee about feelings of being forgotten and what the world didn't see two years after the storm.

Gotta Watch: Location, location, location
A Florida city busted a dog owner who dyed her pooch's paws pink.
August 15th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Location, location, location

Money Magazine has released its 2011 list of America's 100 best places to live. In today's Gotta Watch, we're checking the map and looking at a few other cities you may - or may not - want to consider.

Buford, Wyoming's party of one – Whether it's about winning debates at town meetings, the length of his commute or how long it would take to meet the entire population, Don Sammons knows all the jokes. And he should. He's the sole resident of Wyoming's oldest town.

Lynwood, Washington's men in tights –  If safety is at the top of your list, you may want to consider Lynwood, Washington. The city's police force gets a little extra help from a merry band of crime fighters.

Jacksonville, Florida's pet peeve – If you want a city that supports all forms of creative expression, even when it involves the family pet, you may want to drive on past Jacksonville, Florida. Just ask this woman, who was busted for painting her pooch.

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Filed under: Animals • Art • Crime • Dogs • Florida • Gotta Watch • U.S. • Uncategorized • Washington state • Wyoming
Gotta Watch: Why jurors nixed Caylee drowning story
A Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her daughter, Caylee.
July 13th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Why jurors nixed Caylee drowning story

Even with testimony about duct tape and gas cans, Internet searches about chloroform and photos of a partying Casey Anthony, the jury charged with deciding her fate acquitted her of murdering her daughter, Caylee. The question on the minds of many observers: How could they?

Juror Jennifer Ford tells CNN's Gary Tuchman that since the verdict was read, she's received hate mail and threats and has been smothered by media who won't leave her alone. Still, Ford stands by her decision. Why? Ford says that while she may not think Anthony is completely innocent, there wasn't enough hard evidence to make the charges stick.

In today's Gotta Watch, Ford talks about the jury's verdict and the fact that they weren't swayed by defense arguments about molestation or drowning.

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Gotta Watch: May-December romances
Crystal Harris has called off her wedding to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner
June 15th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Gotta Watch: May-December romances

Perhaps Crystal Harris didn't want bridesmaids wearing bunny ears. Or perhaps she got tired of people suggesting her fiance was the "old" in "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Whatever the reason, it's official: Harris has called off her wedding to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Since much of the fascination about Hef and the Playboy Playmate centers around their 60-year age difference, today's Gotta Watch looks as some of our favorite May-December romances.

Harris makes "The RidicuList" – CNN's Anderson Cooper says he just doesn't get why Hefner's ex-fiancee would call off their big day.  He managed to put her on "The RidicuList" with references to dogs and hydrants, orthopedic shoes and penicillin.

'Til death do us part – What's the secret to a successful marriage?  Selflessly sharing the mic at a press junket? Polishing your spouse's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame without being asked? Here, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore say it's as simple as a Post-It note.

Donald and Melania – Before Donald Trump flirted with the idea of running for president, he was flirting with now-wife Melania. Here, she tells HLN's Joy Behar that she initially didn't want to give Trump her number. No, it wasn't because he wanted to see her birth certificate.

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Gotta Watch: Miley as Bieber; wedding dress; tornado
Miley Cyrus played Justin Bieber on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend.
March 7th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Miley as Bieber; wedding dress; tornado

Miley as Bieber - Miley Cyrus talking to herself got big laughs on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend. Well, it was Miley as Justin Bieber talking to Vanessa Bayer as Miley Cyrus, actually.

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Gotta Watch – Suicide bomb; Helen Thomas; Howard Stern; 'Conan' redux
At least 60 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck in Tikrit on Tuesday.
January 18th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Gotta Watch – Suicide bomb; Helen Thomas; Howard Stern; 'Conan' redux

After a suicide bomb – The video is graphic but shows something we rarely see: how a hospital scrambles to care for victims of suicide bombers in Iraq. It happened today in Tikrit. At least 60 people were killed when a bomber struck a police recruitment center in Tikrit.

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Gotta Watch: Witness to shooting; victim born on 9/11; suspect's online writings
Twenty people were shot outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, six of them fatally.
January 9th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Witness to shooting; victim born on 9/11; suspect's online writings

'Real, real hero' - Joe Zamudio rushed outside the Tucson, Arizona, grocery store when he heard the gunshots that took down 20 people, killing six of them.  Here, he tells CNN's Carol Costello about two people who helped subdue the gunman. One was an elderly woman. The other was a man who had been shot.

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Gotta Watch: Scanner-proof undies; Anderson reads Snooki; face blindness
Scanner-proof undergarments protect privacy
January 4th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Scanner-proof undies; Anderson reads Snooki; face blindness

Don't touch my junk! Or look at it - Instead of protesting the TSA's more intimate pat-down procedures, an Ohio man is trying to make a little coin off of them. His new line of undergarments for both men and women feature carefully placed patriotic emblems to cover your, well, you know.

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Gotta Watch: Holiday double-take; Haiti quake; $27B museum; 'Conan' redux
December 22nd, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Holiday double-take; Haiti quake; $27B museum; 'Conan' redux

Hang in there, guy – This video conjures up images from National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation." CNN affiliate WPRI shows us one guy's Christmas display that would make even Clark Griswold tremble.

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December 15th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

School board shooting: How it happened

Due to the graphic nature of this story, we feel it’s necessary to reveal up front that none of the gunman’s targets in this video were actually hit. The scene unfolded Tuesday at the Bay County School Board meeting in Panama City, Florida. The gunman has been identified as Clay Duke, who told board members he was upset over sales taxes and the apparent firing of his wife. During a drawn out back-and-forth dispute with school board members, he said someone was going to die. Ultimately that someone was Duke, wounded by a security guard’s bullet, but killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

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Mike Tyson on his drug addiction, that tattoo of his and ... pigeon racing
December 2nd, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Mike Tyson on his drug addiction, that tattoo of his and ... pigeon racing

Boxing champ Mike Tyson is Larry King’s special guest tonight. It’s a poignant and often funny conversation that touches on everything from Tyson’s fight with drug addiction to his affinity for pigeons. That’s right, I said pigeons. “Larry King Live” airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

The “tramp stamp”? Not his style. The dolphin on the ankle? Cliché. How about a nice Calvin and Hobbs on the bicep? No, boxing great Mike Tyson went for the oh-so-subtle tribal tattoo. Across the left side of his face. It hurts me just to type that. Did it hurt “Iron Mike”? Larry found out.

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November 30th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Day Lennon died, Google Street View, Tupac

On the scene the day Lennon died - One of the police officers who arrested Mark David Chapman after the fatal shooting of the legendary John Lennon says Chapman apologized for ruining their night. "You just ruined your whole life," the officer replied. It's part of the story some of the New York City cops who were first on the scene that day 30 years ago are telling CNN. Watch the video for a preview of "Losing Lennon," a CNN documentary airing next week.

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