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Angelina Jolie Pushes Education in Poor Countries; Tony Snow Named New White House Press Secretary

Aired April 26, 2006 - 19:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: The 100 most beautiful people? We`ll tell you who. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: And why Ivana Trump is hooking up older women with younger men. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s only live entertainment news show starts right now.


HAMMER (voice-over): On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Angelina Jolie, out of hiding and speaking out to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Why Angelina came out of hiding with Brad Pitt, why she posed for these pictures, and what she told us including why she`s thanking the press. Wait a second. Did we just say Angelina thanking the press?

Tonight, a snowstorm of controversy over Tony Snow. The FOX News man picked by President Bush to be his mouthpiece.

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Tony already knows most of you, and he`s agreed to take the job anyway.

HAMMER: Tonight, Scott McClellan is out, Tony Snow is in. And the heated debate is on as the fireworks explode tonight on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: Hello, I`m A.J. Hammer live in New York City.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson live in Hollywood.

A.J., Angelina Jolie is clearly on a mission. And you got to talk with her about it today.

HAMMER: Yes, you could call it long, long distance, Brooke. Jolie not exactly out of Africa but speaking from Africa today.

Of course everybody has been obsessed with the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt baby watch. Jolie and Pitt have been in Namibia as they await the birth of their child together.

But today it was other children that Jolie wanted to talk about: the children around the world who need to be educated.


ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: And I`m really thanking the press.

HAMMER: In a phone call from her secluded hiding spot in Namibia, Angelina Jolie told me she was thanking the press for shining a light on the dark plight of disadvantaged children of the world.

We`ve seen her crisscross the globe -- Haiti, Kenya, Thailand -- lending her name, her efforts, her money.

JOLIE: I`m Angie.

HAMMER: Helping the world`s poorest people. Today U.N. goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie is taking time away from her family, who are staying in Africa before the new baby arrives, to bring attention to children`s education. These are brand new pictures of the Pitt/Jolie clan from "People" magazine where Jolie made the "100 Most Beautiful" cover.

GALINA ESPINOZA, SENIOR EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: I think that Angelina`s humanitarian work is really personal for her. She`s got two adopted kids who she has brought into her home from disadvantaged parts of the world.

Her daughter Zahara, for example, was orphaned by AIDS. And Angelina says that every time she looks into Zahara`s face she`s reminded of what it is that she`s trying to do.

HAMMER: The pictures are beautiful. They show Jolie pregnant and happy in the desert in Namibia. She`s heading a plan aimed at giving 100 million kids in poor countries the chance to go to school. And now Jolie is helping children again, breaking her silence to me. I spoke with Jolie by telephone today. It`s one of her first interviews since retreating to Africa.

You have focused a lot of your energy on the poor in Africa. You and Brad are essentially living there at the moment. What has shocked you the most that people really need to know about?

JOLIE: Well, I am in Africa, you`re right, it is a constant that`s important to me, and I`ve spent a lot of time. But also Asia. That`s where my son is from.

For me when I`ve seen kids who are affected by trauma and war. And I see them kind of getting back together and being able to go to a school, talk to each other, play with each other, learn about each other, it`s our future.

HAMMER: The statistics are staggering. Today more than 100 million children around the world do not attend school. Another 150 million will drop out before they finish their primary education.

The issue is personal for Jolie, whose two adopted children, Zahara and Maddox, come from developing countries. She`s asking that nations lend financial support. She says much more money is needed to train teachers and equip schools.

JOLIE: I`m just thrilled to have this opportunity and I thank everybody who is trying to help us to help us to bring -- to bring this to the forefront of people`s minds this week. And so in a rare occasion, I`m really thanking the press.

HAMMER: Jolie is right. She usually doesn`t thank the media. In fact, just recently she and Brad Pitt pleaded with the press in Africa, asking that their privacy be respected as they await the birth of their baby.

The couple knows they are prey for the paparazzi. Getting photos of them together is a high priced high stakes game. It`s something a lot of people spend a lot of time on. Ben is one of those people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A couple of the guys were doing the stake out at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu. And apparently, Jolie is on the move.

HAMMER: He works for one of the biggest paparazzi agencies in the world. CNN cameras followed him around California as he tried to get that coveted picture.

ESPINOZA: Angelina and Brad are simply two of the most beautiful people in the world. The combination of their glamour, their good looks, their vitality and their love for each other.

HAMMER: All of this adding fuel to the burning fire that is our obsession with celebrities.

TED CASABLANCA, GOSSIP COLUMNIST, E! ENTERTAINMENT: The personal lives of Hollywood celebrities these days, it really is the best reality TV show out there.


HAMMER: It seems everyone wants to know Jolie`s due date. Many of the star-studded magazines were saying that she`s due any day now. But Angelina actually says no. She recently told Ann Curry of NBC News that she`s just about eight months along at this point. And that means all the paparazzi who are waiting to get the new picture of the new Jolie-Pitt baby are just going to have to be patient.

You can hear more of my interview with Angelina Jolie coming up a bit later on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ANDERSON: We will look forward to that.

Another Hollywood superstar, George Clooney, has put his life on the line to spotlight the genocide in the Sudan. Today on "Oprah", he shared the shocking first-hand stories of the savagery he witnessed in the African country.

Headlines of the crisis in Darfur inspired Clooney to take action. He called his anchorman father, Nick, and the two took a trip to the war-torn region to document the atrocities going on there. Clooney said he wanted to use his success for the greater good.


GEORGE CLOONEY, ACTOR/DIRECTOR: I`d had a fairly decent year. And I thought, you know, I should cash in some of that capital on bringing some attention to things that concern me. And this one concerned me. My father`s a news man. So I called him up and I said I think maybe we should go there. And he said, "I`ll come with you."


ANDERSON: Now Clooney is calling for action on a wider scale. He wants the president, the United Nations and everyday citizens to take a stand against the genocide in Darfur. Clooney plans to detail the trip at a press conference tomorrow in Washington, D.C. You can be sure SHOWBIZ TONIGHT will be right there, and we will bring you the details.

HAMMER: Well, the president did something today that is definitely going to change what is often one of the most entertaining shows on television. The show: the daily White House press briefing. That is where the White House press secretary goes head to head and toe to toe with some of the toughest reporters out there, asking the difficult questions.

And get this: President Bush named FOX News commentator Tony Snow at his new press secretary, replacing Scott McClellan. Buckle your seat belts, folks, because the best shows are yet to come.

Joining me live from Washington tonight, Ben Ferguson, talk show host for radio station WOAI, and live from Chicago, Roland Martin, talk show host for radio station WVON.

Gentlemen, good to see you both.



HAMMER: Let`s fire this up. Roland, is this show we`re talking about to get a whole lot better?

MARTIN: Well, of course. Frankly, FOX News has been the outpost for the Bush administration for the last five years. And so frankly, Tony Snow has been unofficially been a part of the Bush payroll. So now he`s officially joined the ranks. And so what the heck? He`s been practicing for the last five years.

HAMMER: Ben what do you think? Because Scott McClellan, he was certainly good as his job, according to a lot of people. But he was very sort of even tempered and really sort of, you know, almost unemotional at times.

FERGUSON: Well, you know, I think Tony`s going to fill a big void that the White House needed to fill. And that was they needed someone that understood news. They needed someone that understood these people that go to the White House every day to get the news to the people need to be told what`s really going on at the White House.

I think where you`re going to see Tony Snow do a great job is if something happened like, for example, when the vice president had the shooting accident. He probably would have said, "Look, as a talk show host, as a guy in the news, if you wait on this story, I`m going to kill you in the press the next day."

And I think that`s where he`s going to be valuable, because he`s played the other side. And he`s gotten feedback every single day from American people on the radio show. So he`s going to be able to come in and say, "Look, you`ve got to talk about this. You`ve got to talk about this more. You`ve got to give them more access to you." And I think that`s where he`s going to be valuable.

I don`t think it really matters that he`s coming from FOX. This guy was a policy guy with Bush 41. He was a speech writer. He worked for "The Washington Times" and "USA Today". He`s been around the block outside of the FOX Newsroom. And I think that`s why so many people in the press corps are going to respect him.

HAMMER: He really does...

MARTIN: A.J., A.J....

HAMMER: Go ahead, Roland.

MARTIN: A.J., here`s the problem though. The issue really is not whether Scott McClellan, Ari Fleischer or Tony Snow is going to be representing the president. The issue has to be with the president`s policies.

Now Tony Snow is going to be a little different, because typically a press secretary needs to have some kind of buffer zone between -- between the president and the policies. Snow has made it clear that he wants to be a part of these debates. That`s a whole different kind of role.

But again, it`s the president`s policies that will dictate how the public responds, not necessarily who is doing the talking in front of the microphones.

HAMMER: Well, hold on a second. Let`s talk about this for a second. And to be perfectly honest here, if President Bush`s approval ratings, which as we know, are hovering somewhere around 30 percent, lowest as they`ve ever been. If those ratings were a Nielsen rating and he were a TV show, he would have been cancelled by now. We all know that.

So Ben -- so Ben, what does Tony Snow need to do to make the president look better? Because somebody`s got to do it if his ratings are going to go up?

FERGUSON: Well, I think he`s got to give access. And I think he`s a TV guy. He knows how to talk to the press. He knows what they want. He`s probably going to be very entertaining.

But I think the other thing is you look at his career. He had nothing to prove by going to the White House. He took a huge pay cut by going to the White House. I think he had a big fight with cancer and he won that. I think he wants to go and show this White House and many people how media has evolved.

You and I both know this. In the White House press room the cameras weren`t there until the Monica Lewinsky story broke. It changed the whole dynamic. And he`s going to know that dynamic is going to play best to the president and give people better access to this White House, which many people have complained about.

And I think that`s why they picked him. Because you know, he`s going to go in there and he`s going to probably have fun with it, whereas most people come in, "Oh, gosh, this is a big step up" for him. For him I think this is the icing on the cake. He`ll probably sit back and enjoy it after everything he`s gone through.

HAMMER: One thing for sure about him. He`s a guy...


HAMMER: Roland, let me just ask you this, because here`s a guy...

MARTIN: Go ahead. Go ahead.

HAMMER: He knows how to give as good as he gets. So I`m wondering if the press corps is in for a real reality check here. Is this going to be like a big White House smack-down going on?

MARTIN: First of all -- first of all, I thought it was a little cute how Ben tried to segue Monica Lewinsky. And you know, any time a Republican gets on TV they`ve got to through her in there.

FERGUSON: It was reality.

HAMMER: Moving right along. Moving right along.

MARTIN: Now, A.J. -- but A.J., look, the reality is it is going to be a -- sort of this cat and mouse game back and forth. But also, remember Tony has not been in the position where he has had to face those kinds of questions. It`s a whole different ball game when you`re the host. You`re in control.


MARTIN: You can press the button or you can go to commercial break. This is a whole different ball game.

FERGUSON: But you also know -- but also know what they`re looking for.

HAMMER: I`m going to press the button right now as the host of this program. Set your TiVos and DVRs. It is going to be interesting in the press briefings to come. Ben Ferguson, Roland Martin, thanks for joining us tonight.

FERGUSON: Thanks for having us.

MARTIN: Glad to be here.

ANDERSON: OK. In a town full of beautiful people, who are the most beautiful? Well, the mind boggles. And we`ll get the scoop on "People" magazine`s annual "Most Beautiful" issue to see who made the cut. That`s coming up.

HAMMER: Plus, why is Teri Hatcher wearing an eye patch? Not a new role as a pirate, I don`t think. We`re going to tell you about the on-set accident that sent Teri to the doctor. That`s coming up.

Also ahead...


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m with David Copperfield. He was one of the people who just got robbed, and they took his passport.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. It`s David Copperfield that just got robbed.


ANDERSON: A master of illusion does a major sleight-of-hand that keeps his valuables away from criminals. We`ll tell you about David Copperfield`s reverse pickpocket maneuver. Interesting. That`s coming up.

But first, tonight`s "`Entertainment Weekly` Great American Pop Culture Quiz." What`s the correct name of the character played by Peter Graves in the original television series "Mission: Impossible"? James Phelps, Captain Oveur, Ethan Hunt or Rollin Hand? Think about it. We`ll be right back with your answer.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And fade up on 15. Coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "People" magazine`s "Most Beautiful People". Stand by for dissolve. Go.

ANDERSON: So again, tonight`s "`Entertainment Weekly` Great American Pop Culture Quiz." What`s the correct name of the character played by Peter Graves in the original television series "Mission: Impossible"? James Phelps, Captain Oveur, or Ethan Hunt or Rollin Hand? Well, this may jog your memory: "Good evening Mr. Phelps. Your mission, should you decide to accept it." The answer is A.

HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. TV`s only live entertainment news show. I`m A.J. Hammer.

And it`s time now for the little story today that made us say, "That`s ridiculous!" And this one comes from Reno, Nevada. Let me just set the scene for you.

Hey, middle school kids. You just worked hard to get good grades. What are you going to do next? You`re going to go spend four hours on a bus to nowhere.


HAMMER: That`s right. Students from the O`Brien Middle School were rewarded with a trip to Six Flags Marine World in California. Only problem was, nobody bothered to check the park`s schedule. When they got there, the park was closed. Kind of like Wally World, Brooke.

The tour company did -- there was a tour company behind this that had arranged the whole trip. They say they`re going to pay for the kids to go back. But we have to still say, "That`s ridiculous!" How many times can you sing 100 bolts of beer on the wall?

ANDERSON: How disappointed? Hopefully, they weren`t doing that. Hopefully, they were studying, A.J., on the eight-hour round trip.

HAMMER: I`m sure they were.

ANDERSON: I know. You`ve got to check the schedule.

OK, A.J., it is that time of year when beauty takes center stage and "People" magazine reveals its "100 Most Beautiful" issue. Now, it`s no surprise that "People" chose the gorgeous goodwill ambassador and very pregnant Angelina Jolie to grace the cover. But let`s see who joins this cover girl as the world`s most beautiful.


ANDERSON (voice-over): From Heather to Julia to Marcia. They`re all better than ever, according to "People" magazine.

Heather Locklear may be on the road to divorce from Richie Sambora. But that didn`t stop "People" from saying she just keeps getting better. So is Julia Roberts, now starring on Broadway in "Three Days of Rain."

And Marcia Cross is anything but desperate, as well as the ever- shrinking Kirstie Alley.

ESPINOZA: I think that these are women we really identify with strongly, we really care about and we`ve seen evolve and change.

ANDERSON: "People" also points out the best mother and daughter combos. These mommy and me pictures are always worth a thousand words. And maybe even a million when you have women like the age-defying 52-year- old Christie Brinkley, the regal 59-year-old Glenn Close, and the stunning 43-year-old Vanessa Williams in your corner.

ESPINOZA: Hollywood celebrities, just like they do in all other aspects, really set the standard for looking good during pregnancy.

ANDERSON: Then there are the beautiful people with the special mommy to be glow. Those who have babies on the way like "CSI`s" (sic) Mariska Hargitay and ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

You know you`ve made it when you end up on "People`s" most beautiful newcomer list. Enter the lovely, long-legged Stacy Keibler. She two- stepped her way into our hearts on "Dancing with the Stars".

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let`s see what the judges thought.

ANDERSON: And we`ll see if 26-year-old Brandon Routh can do the same, filling Superman`s shoes when "Superman Returns" hits the big screen in June.

ESPINOZA: He is poised to become one of the hottest actors of his generation. He`s young. He`s good looking. He looks great in those tights. He`s a name that soon everyone is going to be talking about.

ANDERSON: And then there are those who are just, well, beautiful. Eva Longoria, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson and "Thank You for Smoking Star" Aaron Eckhart.


ANDERSON: And joining us live now to talk about this issue, "People" magazine`s Julie Jordan. She joins us from New York.

Hi, Julie.


ANDERSON: I want to talk about your cover girl first. Of course, we know Angelina is physically beautiful. But earlier in the show we were talking about the humanitarian work she does.

My co-host, A.J., talked to her this morning about the work she`s doing to educate children around the world. Now this is the fourth time -- am I right? -- that she`s made this list. But is it now more about what she`s doing to help other people, rather than just her physical appearance?

JORDAN: Well, I think you definitely have to, you know, take the notion that beauty comes from the inside. Angelina, like we said, is so physically, stunningly beautiful. You know, but she goes out in the field and she doesn`t wear make-up. She doesn`t take a hair brush. She sometimes doesn`t take a toothbrush. It`s all about the humanitarian effort and the relief effort. For her that`s what`s most important.

Of course, now she`s pregnant, too. So we love watching that ever- increasing bump. But she`s seriously the most gorgeous pregnant woman you`ve ever seen. It`s stunning.

ANDERSON: She just is glowing, like you say, from the inside. But I want to know how it works. Do the editors at people, do you guys submit lists and then everybody votes? Do you sit around a table and discuss potential candidates? Give us the dirt on what you do.

JORDAN: Well, we definitely have our favorites, and there`s a lot to choose from. This year we have 100 beauties. Usually, in the past we`ve gone with 50, but there were just so many to choose from.

So of course, narrowing it down is a little difficult. It`s kind of a coveted list, though, you know. A lot of celebrities want to be in this issue. It`s kind of who`s been out there this year, who`s had buzz at the moment. Of course, they`re all beautiful in their own right. But, you know, the 100`s good.

ANDERSON: A hundred is great. And speaking of people who are out there, who have buzz at the moment. Everywhere we go, we seem to see Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

JORDAN: Right.

ANDERSON: They`re always making a splash on the red carpet. The paparazzi seem to love them. But they didn`t make your list. Why?

JORDAN: They`re not in this issue, no. But you know, we have -- young Hollywood is represented. We`ve got Lindsay Lohan. We have Jessica Simpson. We have Rachel Bilson. We don`t have room for everybody. But we try to get a good sampling.

ANDERSON: You had room for Kirstie Alley and Heather Locklear. I love this. They`re proof that you don`t have to be a teenager or around that age...


ANDERSON: ... to be quote, unquote, hot in Hollywood, right?

JORDAN: We look at them as better than ever. Kirstie Alley, she`s lost 65 pounds. She looks so beautiful. She feels so good about herself, you know. And that`s really what we`re admiring.

You know, people like Marcia Cross, Heather Locklear, Julia Roberts, they`ve been around for so long. But at the same time, every year they just get more and more beautiful.

ANDERSON: It is what is on the inside that counts.


ANDERSON: All right. Julie Jordan. As always, really fun to talk to you about this issue.

JORDAN: Thanks, Brooke.

ANDERSON: "People`s" "100 Most Beautiful" issue hits newsstands on Friday.

HAMMER: And of course, beautiful celebrities get lots of perks just for being famous. But are the looks a big part of it, too? Well, that leads us to our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Tonight we`re asking for your answer to beautiful people, do they have it easier? You can vote at or send us e-mails at We`ll read some of your e-mails a little later in the show.

ANDERSON: Many people would agree that Kevin Costner is one of the most beautiful people. But tonight, there are some very ugly accusations against him. That`s coming up.

Also ahead...


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m with David Copperfield. He was one of the people who just got robbed and they took his passport.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. It`s David Copperfield that just got robbed.


HAMMER: Thugs, you better think twice before you try to rob a master of illusion. We`re going to tell you how David Copperfield pulled a fast one on some criminals. Dramatic 911 tapes coming up.

ANDERSON: And older women, younger men. How do they find each other? Well, enter Ivana Trump. She`s here live to tell us about her new reality show. That`s coming up. It`s in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Hang out with us and stay right there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fade music up. Stand by master. And roll to break. Roll master.


HAMMER: Tomorrow older women, younger men. It`s not just Demi and Ashton anymore. It`s a trend in Hollywood and beyond. They are not called cradle robbers. They`re called cougars. That`s right. You know it`s a phenomenon when the slang starts. We`re going to look into the cougar craze tomorrow on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ANDERSON: Cougar craze.

OK. Through the magic of television, Elvis Presley is alive and well. And now, he`s appearing with Dolly Parton in the new TV ad promoting Tennessee tourism. Both Parton and the king have roots in Tennessee, but their digital partnership is generating buzz beyond the Great Smoky Mountains. You`ve got to check it out.


DOLLY PARTON, MUSICIAN: I`ve played a lot of stages over the years. But there`s one I never get tired of that`s set for a great time, day or night. Tennessee.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s no end to the beauty, music and adventure starring in Tennessee. For an unforgettable vacation or a weekend getaway any time of the year, we`ve got the perfect stage for you.

PARTON: Let`s pick it up a little bit, honey. There`s all kinds of things to do in Tennessee. But next time, let`s take the pink Cadillac.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Call or click for your free Tennessee vacation guide.


ANDERSON: The ad is a digital remake of Elvis`s 1967 film, "Clam Bake".

HAMMER: So why is Teri Hatcher wearing an eye patch? We`re going to tell you about the on-set accident that sent Teri to the doctor. That`s coming up.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m with David Copperfield. He was one of the people who just got robbed, and they took his passport.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. It`s David Copperfield that just got robbed.


ANDERSON: A master of illusion does a major sleight-of-hand that keeps his valuables away from criminals. We will tell you about David Copperfield`s reverse pick-pocket maneuver and play the dramatic 911 tapes, coming up.

HAMMER: And one of my favorite actors, Tom Selleck, at the premiere of a controversial movie about 9/11. He was one of the first to see "United 93." We`ll get his take on it, coming up.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT will be right back.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for a Wednesday night. It`s 31 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. And you`re watching TV`s only live entertainment news show.

HAMMER: Brooke, there are lots of critics out there. People always have something bad to say about this actor or that actor. But I don`t think I`ve ever heard a bad word uttered about Tom Selleck.

ANDERSON: Nice guy.

HAMMER: Everybody loves Tom Selleck. He`s somebody that we`ve known for a long time, and he`s got a great new movie out on CBS this coming weekend. Plus, he was also at the premiere of a very controversial film about 9/11 last night. I want to get his take on his new movie and that movie. We`ll talk to Tom Selleck, the beloved Tom Selleck, in just a minute.

ANDERSON: The beloved. My brother and I used to watch him on "Magnum P.I." all the time. Love that guy.

Also, A.J., Ivana Trump will join us live. She`s got a new reality show appropriately titled "Ivana Young Man." She`s helping older women catch those younger guys. She will share her dating tips, and that`s coming up in just a few minutes.

HAMMER: Where do you think she came up with the title? We`ll find out.

But first tonight, illusionist David Copperfield is no stranger to getting himself out of some very tight places, as we know. Well, tonight, how he used those skills to escape a very scary robbery. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has the frightening 911 tapes of what went down.

Police say that a group of armed teenagers tried to rob Copperfield after a show in West Palm Beach, Florida. Kind of scary. Well, when they demanded his stuff, Copperfield used some sort of magic and showed them that his pockets were empty, but, in fact, somewhere in there he was actually carrying his cell phone, and his passport, and his wallet.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT got a hold of the 911 call his assistant made just moments after the alleged robbery.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m with David Copperfield. He was one of the people who just got robbed, and they took his passport.

DISPATCHER: OK, it`s David Copperfield that just got robbed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just got robbed on the street at gunpoint.

DISPATCHER: OK, where did this happen?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It just happened just now by the Kravis Center.

DISPATCHER: OK, you have to talk to me. I`m going to send you the help. How many people?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There were three -- there were four people in the car. Two people with guns got out.


HAMMER: The bad guys couldn`t escape the escape artist, though. Copperfield got the license plate of their getaway car and, tonight, those guys are behind bars.

ANDERSON: Don`t mess with David Copperfield.

OK, the 9/11 movie that everybody is talking about premiered in New York. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there as "United 93" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival just last night.

Many family members of people who died on the flight, which was hijacked on 9/11 and crashed in Pennsylvania, attended the premiere. They said they were grateful to director Paul Greengrass, who asked for their input, and that he handled their family members` stories gracefully.

Many said that the time is right to relive the day everyone would like to forget.


JENNIFER GREEN, MOTHER WANDA WAS ON FLIGHT 93: After five years, that no matter what you do, it`s going to be too soon or, you know, too late and that sort of thing. I mean, it`s come out. I think they did a great job of involving the families. And I think it`s definitely the time.

CAROLE O`HARE, MOTHER HILDA WAS ON FLIGHT 93: I thought that it was a film of historic significance, and I`m just really proud of the way it turned out.

TIFFNEY MILLER, SISTER NICOLE WAS ON FLIGHT 93: We live with this every single day, so this, for us, is a good thing. It helps us to be able to show who our loved ones were to other people and the sacrifices that they made for our country.


ANDERSON: "United 93" is in theaters nationwide this Friday.

HAMMER: Well, one of the people who was there at the "United 93" premiere last night, TV and film veteran Tom Selleck. He is starring in the new CBS television movie "Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise," and that will air on Sunday.

Tom Selleck, it is a pleasure to welcome you to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: "United 93" last night. Of course, a really big event opening here in New York. Obviously, it opened not far from Ground Zero. I saw the movie last week. I want to talk to you about it, if you don`t mind, for a second...

SELLECK: No, I don`t mind.

HAMMER: ... because it`s something that really stays with you, and I wanted to get your reaction.

SELLECK: Well, I didn`t know what to think. I went because I thought I should, and that was a personal decision I think a lot of people in this country are going to make.

It was a pretty emotional experience. What was really stunning was the families were there. And, you know, the media keeps running with this idea, is it too soon, I guess, because somebody shouted that out in a trailer.

But those families, all of them who came, sat through that movie again. And what it said to me is: They think this is important. And, to me, I`m glad I saw it; I think people should see it.

It`s not a bad idea to remember the kind of people who do something like that and also, more importantly, the kind of people who try and do something about it.

I don`t know, I get emotional talking about it. But it`s, you know, a great problem of the 21st century. And what I think the movie brings back, for all the problems it shows, basically, at that time, as a country before the politics, before the arguing, before everything else, we were united as a people. And I think it`s important we remember who the bad guys are.

HAMMER: I see you`re getting emotional here, and I sat, probably like you, in a lot of pain watching the movie.


HAMMER: I was a New Yorker who went through it. And I was...

SELLECK: Me, too. I was doing a Broadway play at 9/11, so...

HAMMER: And not so much for me was it a question of, is it to soon for Hollywood to do a movie? But I was personally apprehensive for selfish reasons. Was I prepared to put myself through it again? I had to go see the film.

It was difficult for me to do. And now that I`ve had a little of space, my reaction, like you -- it`s important to remember, not only the heroics of these people, but what happened on that day. Because, look, it`s human nature. We become complacent.

SELLECK: I think we do. I think, you know, we can stick our head in the sand, but we`re going to be dealing with this problem for a long time. I really think it is the big problem of the 21st century, and it ain`t going away. So there`s every reason in the world I think to see that movie, and I hope people do.

HAMMER: Yes, I`m strongly encouraging everybody I know, even if they`re really anxiety-ridden about it, to get out there and see it. And I appreciate you talking about that.

SELLECK: Well, you know, you should have seen the families, and they went through it, so...

HAMMER: And I`ve spoken with many of the family members. And, as you know, every single family member associated with a victim of that flight signed off on this project. It was a story...

SELLECK: No, it`s a very well-done film. And the difference is the emotion coming out from behind me where the families were was real, gut- wrenching grief, not somebody crying in a movie they happened to like. And it was an interesting evening.

HAMMER: Well, let`s shift gears.


HAMMER: Let`s talk about what you have going on. "Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise," something entirely different. This is now -- this is the third in the Jesse Stone series of films?

SELLECK: It`s the third. I`m thrilled; I love this character.

HAMMER: Why is that?

SELLECK: He`s a mess, you know?

HAMMER: For people who don`t know it, this is a small-town police chief. And, in this particular film in the series, he is in pursuit of who murdered a young girl, trying to get to the bottom of it, but he`s riddled with all kinds of his own stuff.

SELLECK: He`s just got a lot of -- he`s an emotional mess, and a very good cop, and that`s probably why he is an emotional mess.

What thrills me is I love playing the guy. And people, the audience seems to love seeing him. We did real well on the first two. I hope to do well on this one, because I want to do about 50 of these if I can.

He`s the most interesting character that I`ve been able to play on a continuing basis probably since "Magnum," so I like Jesse. The audience seems to like him. You don`t need to have seen the other two movies to get this. Those who did will get a little bonus.

But, in this movie, he gets -- he always gets involved. And he kind of falls in love in a paternal way with a 12-year-old victim who he finds floating in a lake, who, no matter how hard he tries, he can`t bring her back to life.

So the way he works, he has to do something about it.

HAMMER: Interesting to hear that you`re so compelled by this guy, and the most compelling character for you since "Magnum." Hey, that`s a pretty big statement coming from Tom Selleck.

SELLECK: Well, I`ve played a lot of guys that I really like playing, but to examine a guy over a long term, they got to be complex, they got to have flaws, they got to make mistakes. And Jesse does that in spades. And because of that, I think he has a potential long life for people to want to see.

HAMMER: Excellent, so he`ll be around, just like "Magnum" was. And to this day...

SELLECK: We were around for a while.

HAMMER: ... if I`m flipping the channels and I see a red Ferrari...

SELLECK: Me, too.

HAMMER: ... buzzing around Hawaii, I will start -- do you stop and watch the show?

SELLECK: I do, but I`m doomed to watch the ones I don`t like. You know, I never catch one of my favorites, you know, like when Magnum was floating in the water and stranded. That was one of my favorite shows. That`s not him floating in the water and being stranded. That`s him with a Doberman.

HAMMER: Best part of playing this guy?

SELLECK: I think his sense of humor; I think it`s a common denominator with Jesse, because Jesse takes things very seriously, but he has a sense of humor, thank god, or you don`t root for him. And I think that`s why audiences do root for him.

He tends to brood, but he`ll make fun of himself at the same time. So, I don`t know, I love him. I`m proud of this movie. I think it`s as good or better than is the first two, so...

HAMMER: Well, we will encourage people to tune in. Tom Selleck, thank you for talking with us.

SELLECK: Thank you. Thanks, A.J.

HAMMER: I really appreciate having you here.

You can catch Tom in "Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise" this Sunday night on CBS.

ANDERSON: Coming up, Kevin Costner versus the massage therapist. The shocking accusations that the film star took the session too far.

HAMMER: Also, Teri Hatcher`s on-the-set injury. What happened during the filming of "Desperate Housewives" that sent the star to the doctor? We`ll tell you.

ANDERSON: And Ivana Trump plays matchmaker with young men and older women. We`ll talk to her about her new show, coming up. It`s the interview you will see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

But don`t forget to vote on the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." And it is this: Beautiful people: Do they have it easier? Keep voting,, or write to us, Your e- mails are coming up in a bit.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood, and you`re watching TV`s only live entertainment news show.

Well, Teri Hatcher has a new item in her wardrobe, not a new pair of shoes or a new dress, but an eye patch. A light bulb exploded yesterday on the set of "Desperate Housewives" sending shards of glass into Teri`s right eye. Teri tells "People" magazine she was rushed to a doctor, who found that her cornea was scratched.

She`s going to have to miss a few days of work, but Teri said she should be recovered in time for the publication of her autobiography. It`s due out next month, and it`s called "Burnt Toast: Other Philosophies of Life."

According to a preview in today`s "New York Daily News," Teri squashes rumors that she has an eating disorder, saying, quote, "I am not, nor have I ever been, anorexic."

She says being sexually molested as a girl led to a string of bad relationships. One marriage lasted only eight months; another was sexless.

Teri also says that, despite being one of the hot mamas of Wisteria Lane, in real life she`s desperate for love and passion. Teri complains she never imagined she`d be over 40 and, quote, "have no one to go to dinner with, nor someone who loves me."

HAMMER: Well, I certainly know someone who could certainly give Teri Hatcher a little bit of advice, Ivana Trump. Her new reality show on Oxygen called "Ivana Young Man" is all about her finding a young lover for a 40-year-old woman. It`s called "Ivana Young Man," and it`s a good thing that I have Ivana Trump with me live in New York to help us sort through a couple of things and tell us about her show.

You look stunning, if I may say so.

IVANA TRUMP, HOST, "IVANA YOUNG MAN": It takes me longer and longer every morning.

HAMMER: Oh, I don`t believe it.


HAMMER: Let me ask you, Teri Hatcher was just saying she can`t believe that she now is over 40, has no one to go to dinner with, and that`s her life. Do you have some love advice for women looking for love in that age range?

TRUMP: You know, she`s beautiful and she`s in the right age. She`s also -- she can be quite threatening to a lot of men, you know, because she has everything. She has a beauty and she has brains, and she is very (INAUDIBLE) she has confidence. And that can be really tough (INAUDIBLE) so I know the feel. But don`t be desperate wife.

HAMMER: But she`s also a television star. What about for somebody out there who may be as newly single and over 40?

TRUMP: Well, you know, again, you know, if she has a great career, and she`s on her own, and successful on her own, sometimes men don`t like it. You know, they like to be bosses in the household and it can be threatening. So she needs to find somebody who is maybe her age, maybe younger, maybe older, but which is secure with himself. That`s really a key in the marriage and in the partnership.

HAMMER: Well, one of the things you`re doing with your show is looking for a younger man for an older woman. What is the deal, though, with older men and younger women? That has long been very accepted, as you well know. And it`s kind of a double-standard other way around. Why is that?

TRUMP: I think it`s changing now; it`s changing dramatically. You can see a lot of older women. It`s not for everybody. Usually, the woman which goes with the younger guy is a woman which already has their children, been married.

She doesn`t want to start a family. She`s usually very confident. She`s usually has a great career and money. She doesn`t need to depend financially on a man, and she`s just looking for a companion to having the fun with. And this is the scenario I see with older women seeing the younger man.

Younger man learns a lot from the older woman, and, you know, it just works for me. And in my stage of my life, I have tremendous energy, and I can`t stop from moving around the globe. I love sports. And for me to be with older men -- and I have done it, I have been married to two older men, and I have dated two younger men -- the older men just somehow cannot really keep up with me anymore.


HAMMER: So would you say one is better than the other for you?

TRUMP: For me, for me. But like I said, it`s not...

HAMMER: So which are you saying is better, the younger man for you?

TRUMP: Yes, the younger man is definitely for me better, because, you know, if he dies, he dies, right?


HAMMER: I guess so. You heard it from Ivana Trump. If he dies, he dies. That is going to be perhaps the quote of the week.

Well, then let`s move onto your show, which is called "Ivana Young Man." First of all, the title`s fantastic.

TRUMP: Thank you.

HAMMER: Did you come up -- how in the world did you ever come up with that title?

TRUMP: Well, what happened, I was in London, and I was giving interview to "Daily Mail," and they asked me about my boyfriend. And we spoke about it. And they said, Ivana, why are you dating the younger man?

And I said, "I`d rather be a baby sitter than a nurse maid." And the quote went around the globe.

HAMMER: I`m sure.

TRUMP: And producers in Los Angeles, they picked up on it. And they came and said, you know, there is this trend which is happening with older women dating younger man, and it`s becoming more and more acceptable.

And why we don`t go and try to go and get one girl which we have now, our show, "Ivana Young Man," we have a young woman which is about 40 years old. She`s self-made millionairess. She was married to an old guy, wealthy guy, two children, horrible divorce.

She make the money on her own. She doesn`t need to be secure, and she doesn`t need to be financially supported by anybody. She has children. She just wants to have fun. She has plenty of money for both of them, younger man. And she`s very sporty; she just wants to have a ball.

HAMMER: So you`re playing matchmaker. What are you looking for? What`s the age that you`re looking for, for her, in terms of the range?

TRUMP: Well, we have guys, we have six guys. And some of them are nice; some of them are not as nice; some of them are really jerks; some of them are over the top, but that`s what you want.

And what we were looking for is the guy which really -- for companionship. It is matchmaking, with one person, you know, woman with the man having a ball, having a good time.

HAMMER: And hopefully...

TRUMP: They`re not going to get married, but maybe they will.

HAMMER: Yes, hopefully not a gold digger situation. Sounds like it`s going to be a lot of fun to watch. And, Ivana, thank you for talking with us about it today.

TRUMP: Thank you so much. Love you. Ciao.

HAMMER: You can catch the show -- and I just love saying it -- "Ivana Young Man." Except now that`s going to get pulled out of context, I believe. That`s the name of the program. It`s this Saturday on the Oxygen Network.

ANDERSON: Oh, but you do say it so well, A.J.

OK, time now for tonight`s "Hot Headlines." SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Sibila Vargas joins us live from Hollywood.

Hi, Sibila.


Well, Angelina Jolie breaks her silence for a cause. The pregnant actress, who we told you earlier was just named "People" magazine`s most beautiful woman, spoke from the African hideaway where she`s been staying with Brad Pitt and their children. Topic of the day: education.

In a phone call with reporters, Angelina told our own A.J. Hammer how her adopted daughter, Zahara, inspired her to get involved.


ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: On a personal note, my daughter from Ethiopia, and that`s a country where in the last decade, the amount of children going to school has doubled, and they`ve worked a lot.

But that being said, six million children are still out of school every year in that country alone. And I see my daughter, and I see her learning things now, and getting ready to start to, you know, expand her mind and get ready for school, knowing that she`s a really bright kid and she would have no chance for that. So there are many things that make it very personal to me.


VARGAS: Angie is asking wealthy nations to spend $10 billion on education.

Well, Kevin Costner is being accused of some rude behavior. A Scottish hotel worker says Costner performed a lewd act while she gave him a massage. The worker was fired after she complained about the alleged sex act. Costner`s spokesperson tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT it`s all just an old dispute between the hotel and its former employee.

Well, one of the stars of the hit TV "Lost" has a new role: inmate. This is not Michelle Rodriguez`s publicity shot -- no, no, no -- but a shot of her when she was arrested back in December for drunken driving.

Rodriguez, who plays a cop on the TV show, was in court in Hawaii to hear her sentence. She had the option of doing community service, but chose five days in jail instead.

And those are tonight`s "Hot Headlines."

Jail time or community service, that`s a little tough.

ANDERSON: Interesting decision.

VARGAS: What would you do?

ANDERSON: OK, Sibila -- I don`t think it would have been that decision. But thanks so much, Sibila Vargas.

HAMMER: Well, throughout the show tonight, we`ve been asking you to vote online on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day," which is: Beautiful people: Do they have it easier?

Let`s see how the vote`s going tonight. Look at that, really one- sided: 90 percent of you say yes; 10 percent of you say no.

Got a bunch of e-mails on the subject, too, very passionate. We heard from Scott in California. He writes, "Beauty does make it easier, but it can also make for higher expectations."

Kristi also wrote to us from Iowa. She says, "Whether it`s easier or not, who wouldn`t rather be beautiful than the alternative?"

If you`d like, please continue to vote online at And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is coming right back.


ANDERSON: It is time now for a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT birthday shout-out, and this is where we give fans a chance to wish their favorite stars a happy birthday. Tonight, we`re sending one out to action star Jet Li. He`s celebrating his 43rd birthday today.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just wanted to wish Jet Li a happy birthday.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We love all the movies he`s done.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And happy birthday.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Again, happy birthday.


HAMMER: Time now to see what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Here`s your "Showbiz Marquee."

Coming up tomorrow, we`ll be dealing with older women seeking out younger men. We`re going to take a deeper look at the controversial trend and how these women earned the nickname "cougars."

Also tomorrow, the lovely Loni Anderson is going to join us live in studio. She`ll be telling us about her latest gig starring as Tori Spelling`s mother on VH-1`s "So Notorious," an interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

And that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thanks a lot for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Have a great night everybody. Stay tuned for more from CNN Headline News.


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