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Aired July 14, 2005 - 19:00 ET
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A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: I`m A.J. Hammer.
KARYN BRYANT, CO-HOST: I`m Karyn Bryant. TV`s only live entertainment news show starts right now.
BRYANT (voice-over): Tonight, get set for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Emmy Central. Today`s nomination: the biggest disses, the biggest shockers. Plus, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT goes one-on-one with the nominees, including "Desperate Housewives`" Terri Hatcher and Marcia Cross, "Boston Legal`s" William Shatner and an "Everybody Loves Raymond" surprise.
HAMMER (voice-over): Vince Vaughn live. The "Wedding Crashers" star on the thrill of the pickup, the agony of the escape.
VINCE VAUGHN, ACTOR: I`ve got to get out of here pronto. I`ve got a stage five clinger.
HAMMER: Hide your bridesmaids. Vince Vaughn is here live on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
BRYANT: Plus, she built a city on rock `n` roll. Tonight Grace Slick is center stage in our special "Showbiz Flashback" series. Way back when, she told us to go ask Alice. We`ll find out what she`s been up to since Jefferson Starship, when Grace joins us live tonight.
ERIC MCCORMACK, ACTOR: Hey, I`m Eric McCormack, and if it happened today, it`s on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
HAMMER: Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer.
BRYANT: I`m Karyn Bryant.
Tonight the stage is set for television`s biggest night, and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is Emmy Central.
HAMMER: The Emmy nominations were announced today, and all day long we have been working hard coast to coast to bring you the biggest and the best live coverage on television.
BRYANT: No one else will bring you the stars of "Desperate Housewives", "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The West Wing" and more. They`ll be here and live.
Our coverage begins tonight in Hollywood with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson.
Brooke, get us going.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, Karyn, A.J.
Well, with varsity players like "Friends," "Frasier" and "Sex in the City" having already graduated, TV`s top honors let a few benchers and even more freshman players into this year`s primetime Emmy game.
Michael Imperioli and Jamie Gertz were up bright and early this morning to make the announcement.
MICHAEL IMPERIOLI, ACTOR: The nominees for lead actress in a comedy series are...
ANDERSON (voice-over): The ladies of Wisteria Lane were the belles of the ball at the 57th annual primetime Emmy nominations. "Desperate Housewives" was tapped 15 times in all, including outstanding lead comedy actress nominations for Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and this year`s Golden Globe winner, Teri Hatcher.
TERI HATCHER, ACTRESS: Really?
ANDERSON: Also in the mix was "Malcolm in the Middle" star Jane Kaczmarek and two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton. And her "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star Ray Romano was also nominated for outstanding actor in a comedy series. He`ll compete with Jason Bateman from "Arrested Development," "Scrubs" star Zach Braff, "Monk`s" Tony Shalhoub, and Erick McCormack from "Will & Grace." That series was also nominated 15 times.
McCormack told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT he was catching some Z`s when the good news was announced.
MCCORMACK: I was in Vegas, slumped over, playing blackjack. NO, I wasn`t. I was in bed. I was in bed. I was asleep. You know, I forgot this was on. I did. I forgot today was the day.
ANDERSON: "Will & Grace" will duke it out for outstanding comedy series with last year`s winner in the category, "Arrested Development," as well as "Scrubs" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" and, no surprise, "Desperate Housewives."
"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT the sun is shining on Wisteria Lane.
MARC CHERRY, CREATOR, "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES": I thought we would get a few nominations. I didn`t know how many it would be. And I was mostly just relieved, you know. When the show got nominated I was like "Yes."
ANDERSON: Certainly not lost in the Emmy roundup was the ensemble cast of ABC`s surprise hit, "Lost," which grabbed an impressive 12 nominations. Its outstanding drama series competition comes from NBC`s "West Wing," FOX`s real-time drama "24" and two HBO hits, "Six Feet Under" and "Deadwood."
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ANDERSON: The foul-mouthed western also saw headline Ian McShane receive a nod for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. He`ll duel with "24`s" Kiefer Sutherland, "House`s" Hugh Laurie, "Boston Legal`s" James Spader and the dark house nominee of the group, "Huff`s" Hank Azaria.
We caught up with Hank Azaria just minutes after he heard the news.
HANK AZARIA, ACTOR: This is actually lead actor in a drama series. That`s kind of a -- kind of a big deal, you know, if you want to sit around and be impressed with yourself, which I do. That`s why I got into show biz.
ANDERSON: It`s going to be a tough race. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT spoke with Azaria`s competition, Hugh Laurie.
HUGH LAURIE, ACTOR: By tomorrow I`ll be swanking around the place as if it was all predicted and, you know, I knew it was going to happen. But right now I`m still sort of reeling from the whole thing.
PATRICIA ARQUETTE, ACTRESS: Pardon me?
ANDERSON: A surprise nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama series went to freshman player Patricia Arquette from "Medium." Her race is against "The Shield`s" Glenn Close, who knows a few things about winning awards, as does "Six Feet Under" star Frances Conroy. Rounding out the pack, Mariska Hargitay from "Law & Order: SVU" and the newlywed Mrs. Ben Affleck and soon to be mom, Jennifer Garner from "Alias."
ANDERSON: Well, it does seem to be the year of the newcomer, with "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "House" and "Huff" among the series receiving recognition for their first season.
And in that lead actress in a comedy category, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman are all first timers in the Emmy race. The awards will be handed out September 18 -- A.J.
HAMMER: Very exciting day in the world of television. Thanks very much, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson, live in Hollywood.
BRYANT: As Brooke just reported, this was a big day for "Desperate Housewives." A little later we`ll be speaking with "Housewives" star and Emmy nominee Marcia Cross, but first that other "Housewives" nominee, Teri Hatcher. Our live Emmy Central coverage continues in Hollywood now with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Sibila Vargas, who caught up with Hatcher late today.
SIBILA VARGAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Karyn, not too desperate here. I sat down with Teri. And she was practically jumping out of her seat. She`s just thrilled with the success of "Desperate Housewives," but at the same time, she remembers how different her life was just a little over a year ago when she dropped -- when she was dropped off Hollywood`s radar.
VARGAS: First day back and you get this phenomenal news.
HATCHER: Yes. It`s crazy. Very early in the morning.
VARGAS: Who was the first person that you shared this news with?
HATCHER: I don`t know that I`ve actually told anybody.
VARGAS: What about your daughter? I know you`re really close to her.
HATCHER: Yes. She is, you know, out and about today. And we haven`t spoken today about it.
But last night it was funny. Last night a lot of phone calls were coming in, trying to potentially set up interviews and whatever. And it felt very odd to me, you know, to feel like you were thinking about it before the nominations happened. And so I was kind of dealing with that on the phone. It was just her and I. And she sort of sensed something was going on. And she said, "What`s going on?"
And I said, "Well, there`s just this big nomination tomorrow, you know, for the people who work on TV."
And she said, "Oh, Mommy, you`ll win."
But I didn`t tell her that I got nominated. We haven`t talked about it yet.
VARGAS: Fast forward two months from now. You`re at the Emmys. Can you see it? Can you feel it? And what goes through your mind?
HATCHER: It really is just exciting to be nominated. And I think when you get in a group of five people that are so talented that you respect so much, as I do, you know, you really don`t care if you`re going to win. And when I won the Golden Globe I was totally shocked.
Last year going to the Emmys was really the first -- it was almost like what do they call it, the coming out ball sort of a thing? I had been, basically, off Hollywood`s map for years, raising my daughter, and going to the Emmys was my first sort of presence back into, you know, being a part of this.
And I`ve said it a lot this year, that you know, my life in the last year is just the poster for you cannot know what could happen to you and what could be around the corner. Because I just -- I wouldn`t have bet one dollar that the last year of my life would have been the year of my life.
VARGAS: Teri also tells me that her co-star Nicollette Sheridan was the first person to call her earlier today to congratulate her. And she says all the gals on Wisteria Lane have been having a great time and are very supportive of each other. So none of those cat fights -- Karyn.
BRYANT: Thanks very much, Sibila Vargas. And as a reminder, a little later on, we`ll talk to Teri`s fellow nominee from "Desperate Housewives," Marcia Cross.
HAMMER: Well, William Shatner has been down this Emmy road before. He won last year for his role as Denny Crane on "The Practice." And he`s been nominated once again for the same role, this time on "Boston Legal" in the outstanding supporting actor in a drama category.
William Shatner joins us live from Hollywood.
Bill, congratulations and welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Nice to see you.
WILLIAM SHATNER, ACTOR: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
HAMMER: We heard Teri Hatcher a moment ago say it`s great just to be nominated.
HAMMER: But speaking from experience, it really is better to win, isn`t it?
SHATNER: A.J., you speak the truth. There is -- there is -- it`s a great deal to be nominated. I mean, to be nominated is really everything. Except now the tension of wondering whether you`re going to be nominated is replaced with the anxiety of will I win, could I win, is it possible? These great people that are in opposition, will they? They`re so much better. A lot of anxiety.
HAMMER: You had the taste, though. So who knows?
SHATNER: I did.
HAMMER: We`ll have to wait until September to find out.
HAMMER: Denny Crane. By the way, did I do that OK before? "Denny Crane"?
SHATNER: Yes, but under other circumstances, other readings, you know.
HAMMER: Yes, absolutely. It`s appropriate for the character, who`s a very complex man. He`s this loveable buffoon who at times almost seems unbelievable, but you make him believable and really bring a lot of heart to this kind of nutsy guy. It has to be a character you love playing.
SHATNER: I do. It`s very complex. Because how nutty and how out of it is he? Because you can`t play that all the time. So it is a complex character. I`m having wonderful fun trying to solve and play the different levels. And the writers are having equally as much fun. So we`re all working together in a kind of fascinating artistic enterprise.
HAMMER: "Enterprise," so to speak. We just heard from Teri Hatcher, also, "Desperate Housewives." They`re back on their set. You guys are back on set for "Boston Legal." Were you there today, by the way?
SHATNER: I was there last night until 9 p.m. I thought that was enough.
HAMMER: And the vibe on the set this week as you guys are getting back into it?
SHATNER: The vibe? The vibe is like in the key of C. It`s incredible. James Spader, of course, has been nominated, as well. So there are two of us, as we were last year, two nominees, and our show, "Boston Legal," is on a new time slot, as you may know, Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC.
HAMMER: That`s right.
SHATNER: So I hope people will listen in.
HAMMER: Well, Bill, congratulations on the nomination. Great to see you, as always. And thanks for joining us again here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
SHATNER: Thank you for having me. A pleasure.
BRYANT: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Emmy Center will continue with the big surprises and the big "oops they didn`t get nominated." Two people who know this stuff inside and out reveal what everyone is really buzzing about.
HAMMER: Plus, first he was a "Swinger." Now he`s a "Wedding Crasher." And for some odd reason, seems to be a lot of women hanging around our green room here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I wonder what that`s all about. Oh, Vince Vaughn is here, and he`s joining us live on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, coming up.
BRYANT: And why has `60s music icon Grace Slick traded in Woodstock for card stock? Well, we`ll find out when she joins us live in our "Showbiz Flashback" series.
HAMMER: First, time for tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." On the first season of "Lost," how many days are depicted on the island? A, 100; B, 80; C, 60 or D, 40? Think about it. We`re coming right back with the answer.
HAMMER: So again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz. The first season of "Lost" depicts how many days on that island? Was it 100, 80, 60 or 40? Season one depicts the first 40 days on the island, so the answer is D.
BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Karyn Bryant.
You are back at Emmy Central as we bring you TV`s best and biggest live coverage of today`s Emmy nominations. Right now, we`re going to talk about the surprises, both positive and negative, and the sure things.
And joining us here live, Michael Ausiello of "TV Guide" and Ari Karpel of "Entertainment Weekly." Thanks for joining us, guys. Michael, I want to get right to it. Let`s talk about these surprise nominations today.
MICHAEL AUSIELLO, "TV GUIDE": The big surprise for me, pleasant surprise, was "Scrubs." After four years this show has finally broken into the best comedy category. And Zach Braff, one of the funniest guys on television, finally made it into the best actor comedy category. So that was a real pleasant surprise.
On the downside "Will & Grace`s" 15 nominations. I don`t know what "Will & Grace" the Emmy voters are watching, but the one I`m watching isn`t very good and needs to be cancelled.
BRYANT: OK. Ari, what do you think? I, too, am a huge "Scrubs" fan. I was pleasantly surprised with that, but what are your surprises today?
ARI KARPEL, "ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY": I agree with Michael on both counts. I think "Scrubs" really deserves it. And "Will & Grace," who`s even watching that show any more?
But what -- the "Huff." "Huff" is the show on Showtime that has so little awareness and yet it got seven nominations. It`s just completely out of left field. I was really surprised by that.
BRYANT: Well, it might have to do with the fact that Hank Azaria on Broadway in "Spamalot," getting a lot of recognition and also for Zach Braff being in "Garden State." I think it brought a lot of new eyeballs to their shows.
All right. Well, let`s move on to the people who were not nominated. Michael, surprises there? Who do you think, you know, should have been nominated who wasn`t?
AUSIELLO: Yes. The most shocking snub was Lauren Graham from "Gilmore Girls." Think about Hilary Swank not getting nominated for "Million Dollar Baby" and you get a sense of how egregious this snub is. We`re talking about possibly the finest actress working on television today cannot even score an Emmy nomination. The Emmy voters should be ashamed of themselves.
BRYANT: Go ahead, Ari. You seem a little surprised by that.
KARPEL: I love "The Gilmore Girls" and I love Lauren Graham, but my God, she`s not a Shakespearean actress.
I have -- I have two words for you in terms of disses, or two letters, rather: FX.
KARPEL: "The Shield" -- "The Shield" got a couple of nominees for women, which is great. And that show`s been recognized before. But "Nip/Tuck" is the most creative show on television and absolutely deserves to be nominated. And "Rescue Me," Dennis Leary`s show, is terrific. It absolutely should be recognized. And the Emmy voters just forgot about them.
BRYANT: Yes, I agree with you. I`m a huge fan of both of those shows. In fact, you know, they get the season pass on the recorder, both FX shows.
All right. Well, I want to then move on to the sure things. We mentioned "The Shield." Glenn Close this year played the police captain. Michael, what do you think are her chances? Is she a sure bet.
AUSIELLO: First, let me say I think Lauren Graham would be fantastic in Shakespeare. But anyway, moving on, Glenn Close in "The Shield," if you compare these five women, you know, show for show, Glenn Close gave the best performance of any of these women. She is a shoe-in, the same way Edie Falco was a shoe-in for "The Sopranos" for the last two years.
BRYANT: I think CCH Pounder is very good on "The Shield," as well. But Ari, last word. Who do you think is a sure bet this year?
KARPEL: "Desperate Housewives." Despite the fact that they cheated their way to a comedy series nomination. Is that show a comedy? Does anyone think it`s a comedy? No. But they recognized very smartly that there was an opening in the comedy series category, more so than in drama. And they got a lot of nominations, 15, and I think they`re a lock for comedy series.
BRYANT: All right. Well, we`ll have to see what happens in Septembers. Michael and Ari, thank you for joining us.
AUSIELLO: Thank you.
BRYANT: And our Emmy Central coverage continues in just a bit with "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross. Maybe she`ll address the drama/comedy thing. "Everybody Loves Raymond`s" Peter Boyle is also going to be joining us, and "The West Wing`s" Alan Alda.
So now that brings us to our question of the night. We`re going to brief you later on on who didn`t get nominated and all that. We want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day: The nominations, did they get it right? You can vote at CNN.com/ShowbizTonight. You can also send e-mails to us, ShowbizTonight@CNN.com. And we`ll read some of your thoughts later in the show.
HAMMER: It is time now for a live "Showbiz Sitdown" with Vince Vaughn, who`s starring with Owen Wilson in the new movie "Wedding Crashers," which is in theaters tomorrow. Fans who know him and love him from his roles in "Swingers," and "Old School" and "Dodgeball" are going to love him in this film. I`m speaking from experience, having seen it.
Vince Vaughn, thanks for joining us on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
VAUGHN: How are you doing?
HAMMER: Nice to see you. I noticed you were a little concerned when we were talking about the "Desperate Housewives" not all being nominated.
VAUGHN: I don`t know. I would imagine on those shows that sometimes some people get recognized and some people don`t maybe it causes a cancer and things that happen with the show. But I`m sure they`ll get along and there won`t be any problems.
HAMMER: They`ll work it out.
VAUGHN: Just teasing. They`ll have to work. They`ll get stronger through that history. They`ll grow together. Those girls are made of character and fire, and they`re only going to get tighter. That`s how it works on the "Desperate Housewives" set.
HAMMER: That`s how it`s going to go?
VAUGHN: I think that`s how it`s going to happen. Fabro`s (ph) show, and my friend, Peter Billingsly, did it for five, got nominated. So I just want to say congratulations to Fabro (ph).
HAMMER: That`s right. And the wife of our director, Ellie Lazar (ph), who works on that program, also got an Emmy nomination.
VAUGHN: That`s great, yes. That`s terrific. Yes. So wish them luck.
HAMMER: We shall.
So you`re looking well. I know this is like a crazy busy weekend. The big party last night here in New York City for the big premiere, and I know you`re doing all this press and everything. There has to be pressure, a lot of tension. And you recently quit smoking. Is that holding up through all of this?
VAUGHN: Yes. Yes, I quit smoking about five months ago. And I just kind of chew everything, like bottle caps and stuff. But I`m happy not to be smoking although I`ve put on weight since I quit smoking. I probably would have put on weight any way, so it was a good excuse to quit smoking.
HAMMER: A lot of people use that.
VAUGHN: I use that reason for it. Yes. But I feel better. It`s a good thing if you`re able to do it. It`s a hard thing to quit. You have to be ready for it. But I do feel better now that I`ve quit smoking.
HAMMER: Well, like it of not, you can be a role model and an inspiration for smokers everywhere.
VAUGHN: There it is.
HAMMER: If you can do it, I imagine.
VAUGHN: There it is.
HAMMER: An addictive personality?
VAUGHN: That is true. That is true. If I can quit because I was up to smoking quite a bit. So definitely.
HAMMER: Let`s talk about "The Wedding Crashers," a funny, funny movie. And want to take a look at a clip from it in which you and Owen Wilson`s character very excited about the arrival of your favorite season. Let`s take a look at this.
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VAUGHN: Wedding season, kid.
OWEN WILSON, ACTOR: Sandbagging son of a (expletive deleted).
VAUGHN: I got us down for 17 already.
OWEN: OK. How many of them have cash bars?
VAUGHN: Great question. Love where your head`s at. Two of them actually are. But I got us covered. Purple Hearts.
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HAMMER: Now Purple Hearts just among the many little helpful things that people can use to crash a wedding. In fact, there`s a whole handbook of suggestions. You know, people are going to go to this movie this weekend and walk away with the wealth of knowledge of things they could potentially use.
Of all the little tricks that you guys employed in "Wedding Crashers" for successfully crashing a party what do you think would actually work?
VAUGHN: Well, the best one, I think, is sort of -- the best one, I think, is sort of blend in by sticking out. If you go and you`re kind of acting bashful and you don`t belong, I think people can spot that on you. But if you go and you`re kind of saying "hi" to everyone and kind of dancing and being maybe a little bit of an idiot people will go, "God, that guy is such a goofball. He must know someone here. Because no one else would ever go and dance and do that stuff unless they knew somebody."
HAMMER: Because that`s the thing. You guys not only crash the weddings; you actually bring the party. You guys are the biggest party animals at these things. And there`s always that sort of tension, as you`re watching, "Gee, are they going to get found out or thrown out?"
Are you that guy? Are you the guy who goes to a wedding and dances with the 90-year-old grandma?
VAUGHN: You know, I haven`t been to a lot of weddings in my adult life. As a kid I went to a bunch of weddings. But I think the thing that makes the movie works in a way is that the characters really have a love of life. They love to dance, they love to eat. True, they`re going to meet girls, but they do kind of, like you said, make the weddings more interesting. They kind of, you know, elevate the party, and everyone has a good time.
HAMMER: If you were to go out and have a wild time with anybody at all...
HAMMER: ... who would that person be? Who would you love to go out and just knock the town down with?
VAUGHN: Wow, I don`t know. Maybe Ava Gardner would have been someone who would have been fun to go knocking the town down with. Or maybe just you could stay at home and knock the town down.
HAMMER: Do have you a favorite Hollywood wing man now?
VAUGHN: Not really, no. I mean, not really wing man. I mean, the key to any wing man is to know at a certain point you are going to have to peel off from each other. If things go well, you will say good night, and you will see each other down the road.
HAMMER: All right. Well, it`s a pleasure to see you, Vince.
VAUGHN: Always a pleasure.
HAMMER: Appreciate you stopping by here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
VAUGHN: Thanks for having me.
HAMMER: And of course, "Wedding Crashers" once again, in theaters tomorrow -- Karyn.
BRYANT: Up next, the star of TV`s "Alias," Michael Vartan, is psyched. We`re going to tell you why.
HAMMER: Plus, we have more from SHOWBIZ Emmy Central as "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Peter Boyle stops by to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT to celebrate his nomination today.
BRYANT: Also live, Grace Slick, a rock icon and one of the first front women in rock and roll. Where has she been? Well, we will find out as our "Showbiz Flashback" series continues.
BRYANT: The worlds of sports and Hollywood collided in Los Angeles as the stars came out for the 13th annual Espy Awards.
"Friends" star Matthew Perry hosted the show. He was once a nationally-ranked Canadian junior tennis player. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were there presenting. Mark Wahlberg and Outkast`s Andre 3000 also showed up. Those two are starring in the upcoming movie "Four Brothers."
Now "Alias" star Michael Vartan is a major sports fan, huge Mets fan. He said that, even though he`s been down many red carpets, the Espy Awards made him giddy.
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MICHAEL VARTAN, ACTOR: Completely different world. Never been more nervous, more excited. You know, when you go to the Emmys or the Golden Globes, I mean, it`s fun because it`s, you know, part of your industry or whatever you want to call it, but this is -- this is where I want to be. This is really exciting. There`s so many faces I recognize and people I just want to go up and say, "I love you, man." You know, and get their autograph. But I can`t because, you know, I`m too shy.
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BRYANT: Lance Armstrong won male athlete of the year. He accepted via satellite from France, where he`s trying to win his seventh Tour De France. And golfer Annika Sorenstam won female athlete of the year.
HAMMER: Cameron Diaz`s topless photos, Christian Slater`s big decision, both in courtrooms today on separate coasts. Find out why, coming up in the "Legal Lowdown."
Plus, when you`re a rock icon, what do you listen to when you`re just hanging around at home? We`re going to find out when former Jefferson Starship singer Grace Slick joins us live in our "Showbiz Flashback" series.
Plus, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Emmy Central coverage continues with "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross, telling us how she plans to celebrate her nomination, coming up.
SOPHIA CHOI, CNN HEADLINE NEWS ANCHOR: Hello. I`m Sophia Choi. And here`s your "Headline Prime Newsbreak."
British police have released pictures of a man suspected in one of the London bomb attacks. They show 18-year-old Hasib Hussain, who`s believed to be the suicide bomber on board the double-decker bus. The surveillance image on the left shows him wearing a backpack the morning of the attack.
Well, five people, including a 7-month-old girl, were hurt when a building collapsed onto a Manhattan street today. They are all in stable condition now. Workers were in the process of tearing down the building when it collapsed.
And Hurricane Emily has now reached Category 3 status with winds topping 110 miles an hour. It`s expected to reach Mexico`s Yucatan Peninsula in about three days. Forecasters say its current path does not threaten the U.S. gulf coast, but they warn a change in direction is still possible. Mother Nature at work.
That`s the news for now. I`m Sophia Choi. Now back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
HAMMER: On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, it`s "Showbiz Emmy Central." The nominations are in, and we`re all over TV`s big day with your favorite stars, from "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The West Wing," and "Desperate Housewives."
BRYANT: And Grace Slick, live. She built counterculture in the `60s and built cities in the `80s. Our "Showbiz Flashback Week" continues with the Jefferson Airplane singer.
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MICHAEL VARTAN, ACTOR, "ALIAS": Hi, I`m Michael Vartan. And if it happened today, it`s on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
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BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s only live entertainment news show. It is 31 minutes past the hour. I`m Karyn Bryant.
HAMMER: I`m A.J. Hammer. Here are tonight`s "Hot Headlines."
BRYANT: Just a short time ago, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT learned that Eminem`s Anger Management Tour will go on as scheduled. A tour bus crashed Wednesday while heading from Chicago to Denver. Most of those injured were treated and released. Eminem was not on the bus.
HAMMER: Brad Pitt is back home tonight. The actor was released from a Los Angeles hospital after being treated for viral meningitis. His publicist says he`s, quote, "doing well." Pitt checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after complaining of flu-like symptoms on Monday, after returning from Africa with Angelina Jolie. She was there to pick up an adopted baby girl.
And the nominees are! The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations were handed out this morning in Los Angeles. And it was the "Desperate Housewives" who really cleaned up. The ABC show got 15 nods. CBS`s "Everybody Loves Raymond," which wrapped its final season back in May, got 13 nominations. HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, just like us, topped all networks with a total of 93.
BRYANT: We have been bringing you the biggest and best live coverage of the Emmy nominations on TV tonight. And we are not even done yet. You are at "Showbiz Emmy Central."
As we just told you, the ladies of Wisteria Lane were among the leaders at today`s nominations. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson is back with us, live from Hollywood. She caught up with "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross, who`s up for outstanding lead actress.
Brooke, take it away.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Karyn. Historically, primetime TV soap operas rarely bring home Emmys, but "Desperate Housewives," the ABC satire about life in suburbia, may be the exception. Like you said, the freshman hit cleaned up today with 15 Emmy nominations. In fact, three of the housewives got nods for outstanding lead actress in a comedy, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross.
I spoke with Marcia earlier today, and she told me just how happy she was to get that phone call this morning.
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MARCIA CROSS, ACTRESS, "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES": It`s gravy. It`s just gravy. I mean, whether I was nominated or not, I mean, my life is wonderful. I`m healthy. My family`s healthy. I have such amazing support and friends.
I have a job that I love. You know, so this is like, are you kidding me? More? I don`t even know what to do with it. I don`t know where I put all of this -- you know, all these gifts and all this joy. So I`m just, you know, still in shock.
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ANDERSON: Missing from the Emmy nominations, Marcia`s co-star Eva Longoria. But Marcia told me she`s not worried about Eva, who, believe it or not, is a good ten years younger than the rest of the cast.
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CROSS: I think that Eva is on her way to an enormous career. She`s shooting a movie with Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas. And I think we`ve all -- we`re kind of like over the hill.
And I think she`s on just a really fantastic rise to an amazing career. So although I`m sad for her today, she is going leave us in the dust. That`s how I feel in the long run.
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ANDERSON: I don`t think any of them are over the hill, right? Marcia told me she`s going to celebrate by going out for frozen yogurt with her boyfriend. She wouldn`t divulge his name.
We also heard from Marcia`s co-star, Felicity Huffman. Felicity plays Lynette on "Desperate Housewives," and is also up for outstanding lead actress. In a statement, Felicity tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT how she plans to celebrate.
Quote, "I get to act with Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, and I get nominated for an Emmy? What could be better than that? I`m thrilled and honored. Bill and I are going to get a babysitter. We`re going to dance. I`m going to take a shower, and Bill`s going to wear makeup."
Bill, of course, her husband, William H. Macy.
Karyn, I`m sure it will be a fantastic celebratory date.
BRYANT: That sounds good to me. Take a shower, put on some makeup.
BRYANT: Brooke Anderson, live in Hollywood.
Now, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has got you covered on today`s Emmy nominations. We`ve got more "Showbiz Emmy Central" coverage in a few minutes, reaction from "West Wing" nominee Alan Alda, and a live interview with "Everybody Loves Raymond`s" Peter Boyle.
So what do you think? We`ve been asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Emmy nominations: Did they get it right? You can keep voting at CNN.com/showbiztonight. You can write to us at email@example.com. Your e-mails are coming up at 54 past the hour.
HAMMER: It`s time now for "Showbiz Flashback." All this week, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is brining you live some of your favorite music icons. We are hearing great memories from the past. We`re checking in on what people are up to today. We`re just plain having some good old fun.
Live tonight, Jefferson Airplane`s Grace Slick joining us from Hollywood.
GRACE SLICK, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Hi.
HAMMER: Thank you for being with us. Hang in there. We`re going to get into it in just a moment. But first, let`s flashback.
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HAMMER (voice-over): It was the late 60`s, and the San Francisco rock scene grew to the Jefferson Airplane. With singer Grace Slick on vocals, they pumped out two top-five hits in 1967.
In 1969, the antiestablishment Airplane landed at Woodstock. Six years later, Jefferson Airplane became Jefferson Starship.
Grace Slick left, but returned in the `80s. And the band had three number-one tracks.
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HAMMER: Rock `n` Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Spanning their career, Airplane and Starship have five million-selling albums and one multi- million seller. And joining us, as I said, live from Hollywood, Grace Slick.
So, Grace, exactly one month from right now, it is the 40th anniversary of the first time Jefferson Airplane ever took the stage at a club called the Matrix in San Francisco. You, of course, joined just over a year later.
Do you remember the first time you went on stage with the band? And can you share a memory from that night?
SLICK: Yes, I was hideous, because I knew the songs, but in those days -- and this is how old I am -- they did not have monitor speakers for the singers. So to get up and sing with a band that`s that loud, you can`t hear yourself. So I have no idea what notes I was singing. Not a clue.
HAMMER: So did you walk off the stage and just feel awful about how the night went, and you`re like, "Oh, I don`t know if this is going to would work out"?
SLICK: No, I just figured -- you know, it was local, San Francisco, it`s rock `n` roll.
HAMMER: "What the heck?"
SLICK: It wasn`t a big production with exploding chickens and everything the way it is now.
HAMMER: Right. Yes, there are plenty of exploding chickens and other things out there now, on tours that include some people who were out there doing it when you guys first started. Of course, when the Airplane was first getting into it in the `60s, at the beginning of the counterculture and everything, the Rolling Stones doing their part over in the U.K.
Those guys, 40 years later, still out on tour. Paul McCartney still out on tour. And these guys are having some of the biggest concert tours ever. What do you think about that?
SLICK: I think it`s fairly painful. And that`s just for me. I don`t like watching old people leap around doing rock `n` roll. There`s something odd about it.
But that doesn`t mean it`s right or wrong. It just means it makes me feel uncomfortable to watch it. But you know, I learned a lot from Jagger, and that is, you get on the stage and own it, otherwise you`re out of here.
HAMMER: Yes. Good words to live by when you`re a performer. And you`ve made it clear, or you did some time ago, that you`re not ever planning to tour again. Has there been any change to that thinking?
SLICK: No. I`ve been a painter for about the last eight years. And that`s a professional thing that I do. That is how I support myself. And if you would care, www.areaarts.com is where you can see a bad reproduction of some of this stuff. But...
HAMMER: Well, we`re looking at some nice pictures of what you`ve done on the monitor right now. And that piano, by the way, I know is a reproduction of the piano that you actually composed "White Rabbit" on.
HAMMER: Do you still own that piano?
SLICK: No. That thing was old when I bought it. And it only had about -- it had about eight keys that were entirely missing. But I`m not this big musician. I`m mainly a screw-off who got lucky, so, you know.
HAMMER: And real quickly -- first of all, do you own an iPod or a digital music player of any kind?
SLICK: No. I have, you know, a DVD and have CDs in the car and stuff like that. But I don`t walk around being plugged into music. I didn`t even when I was in the music business. I don`t like...
HAMMER: Name one artist you love listening to these days, before we wrap up here.
SLICK: Oh, Eminem, by far.
HAMMER: You`re a big fan of him?
SLICK: Love Eminem.
HAMMER: Well, the tour is still on, Grace, so maybe you can go out and check him out.
HAMMER: We really appreciate you dropping by and flashing back with us tonight.
SLICK: All right.
HAMMER: For more on Grace Slick`s artwork, as we said, you can checkout areaarts.com. And tomorrow, we`re going to wrap up our "Showbiz Flashback Week" with the Donny part of Donny and Marie. She was a little bit country, of course he a little bit rock `n` roll. Donny Osmond, tomorrow on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
BRYANT: Up next, Cameron Diaz shows up in court tonight because of some nude pictures. And we will tell you what happened.
Plus, "Showbiz Emmy Central" still open for business with nominee and "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Peter Boyle. He`s going to join us live.
HAMMER: Plus, an eye on fashion. We`ll find out about some of the hottest trends on the red carpet, coming up in Thursday`s "In-style."
BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Karyn Bryant.
It is time now for the "Legal Lowdown." Cameron Diaz testifies and isn`t shy about it. In a Los Angeles court today, the actress says she was excited to pose topless in a 1992 photo shoot, but Diaz says she didn`t sign a model release giving the photographer the rights to the pictures. That photographer is on trial for allegedly trying to blackmail the "Charlie`s Angels" star for millions of dollars.
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT contacted Diaz publicists today. And he said, quote, "We do not wish to comment at this time."
Also tonight, Christian Slater says no way to a plea. The actor turned down a plea bargain deal from prosecutors in a New York court today. He is charged with allegedly groping a woman in the Big Apple in May. Slater`s lawyer says the case should be dismissed. Prosecutors offered up three days of community service. He could face up to one year in prison if convicted.
HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is Emmy central. Our comprehensive coverage of today`s nominations continues now with actor Alan Alda. He scored a hat-trick this morning when the Emmy nominations were announced.
That`s because Alda was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series for his role in NBC`s "The West Wing," on the heels of two others this year. He got an Oscar nod for his role in "The Aviator," of course, and a Tony nod for his part in the Broadway show "Glengarry Glen Ross."
Well, he told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s David Haffenreffer the call he got this morning really got him going.
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ALAN ALDA, ACTOR, "THE WEST WING": What`s most interesting for me about going to work now is that it`s a chance for me to get better at what I do. And there`s a lot more I can learn.
You know, I`m 69, but I still have time to learn and get better at what I do. So if I get in an award like this, that means that I`m on the right track. And I really do -- it sounds like a joke -- but I really do thrive on the encouragement.
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HAMMER: This is Alda`s 31st Emmy nomination. He`s got five Emmy statues at home.
BRYANT: We continue our "Showbiz Emmy Central" coverage now with another nominee, Peter Boyle. He is up for best supporting actor in a comedy series. He`s joining me live here in our studio, of course, from "Everybody Loves Raymond," Peter Boyle.
So congratulations to you. Did you get the call early? Were you expecting it? How did you find out?
PETER BOYLE, ACTOR, "EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND": I was asleep. I was in the middle of a wonderful dream. And then my wife said, "Are you getting up? Congratulations you`ve been nominated. Should I put on the coffee?"
BRYANT: Right, and take out the garbage.
BOYLE: And I went, "Groan." And I had a cup of decaf to celebrate and a bagel.
BRYANT: Nice. With a shmear or...
BOYLE: A shmear of Tofutti.
BRYANT: That stuff`s pretty good. A.J. is a big fan of the tofu, as well.
So it`s got to feel good. Now, you`ve actually won an Emmy before for an appearance on the "X-Files."
BOYLE: That`s true. That`s true, but not for "Raymond."
BRYANT: And how would it feel to win for "Raymond"? How would that differ?
BOYLE: It would mean so much to me. It would mean that all these years have been worthwhile, that I measure up, that I`m as good as the rest of them.
BRYANT: Well, your entire cast has been nominated. Certainly...
BOYLE: They`ve all won!
BRYANT: Are the only one who hasn`t won yet?
BOYLE: Yes, that`s right.
BRYANT: Oh, goodness.
BOYLE: That`s not fair, is it?
BRYANT: No. I think, as the show goes, and as you are the elder statesman, it is your right.
BRYANT: Are you going to be competitive? Because, obviously, Brad Garrett is up for it again this year, too, and he has won.
BOYLE: Brad Garrett, why I -- he`s got such a height advantage, it`s unfair.
BOYLE: Plus, he`s really funny and I like him.
BRYANT: He is very funny. Well, either way, I think the show is such a winner. It`s been such a great thing.
BOYLE: It`s truly an honor to be nominated. And that`s the way I look at it. And I`ve had nine great years with these people. We`ll get to see each other at the Emmys, and I`ll be clean, and clean-shaven, and showered, and wearing a tuxedo.
And we`ll all hug. And I miss them all already after the show wound down, so I can`t lose.
BRYANT: Right, right. Anybody that you`re rooting for in other categories, other nominees, that you`re going to be rooting for?
BOYLE: No, just that I think they should have a documentary category, or also the best World War II documentary.
BRYANT: You are a big fan of those?
BOYLE: Yes, I love them.
BRYANT: Can`t get enough, huh?
All right, well, congratulations to you on your nomination.
BRYANT: And we wish you luck. And you know, "Ray" was a great show. So congratulations on all of those seasons.
BOYLE: Well, thank you. Thank you.
BRYANT: Peter Boyle, joining us here live for "Emmy Central" -- A.J.?
HAMMER: All right, go get some more Tofutti, Peter.
It is time now for Thursday "In-style." Tonight, we`ve got the look, as "In-style" magazine`s fashion director takes us through this month`s hottest trends on the red carpet.
CINDY WEBBER-CLEARY, "IN STYLE" FASHION DIRECTOR: In the August issue and the look, we show celebrities wearing some of the most up-and-coming trends for fall, including the blouse, romantic blouse, which is back, the big dramatic evening dress, and the big bead necklace.
The big bead necklace are really big, like golf ball-sized beads. And that started with, I think, in the spring with Lanvin`s collection. He did these beautiful bead necklaces on a piece of fabric that tied in a bow in the back. You see them everywhere now.
Blouses haven`t been back since the `70s. And for years, they were kind of a joke, when you thought of the dress-for-success woman with her little bow blouse. It was a bit of a cliche. Now, the bow blouses are back, but they`re not the same.
I think the thing that really looks new are the feminine details, whether it`s pleats, little pleats down the front, or ruffles, or a high collar with a bow.
The opera dress is an entrance-maker. Most of us don`t have that much opportunity to wear this kind of dress in our normal lives, but if you are the star of the show for one night, get ready. They`re usually big, lots of volume, dramatic, very glitzy details, like the dress Teri Hatcher is wearing with a beaded front and a trumpet skirt. You`ll definitely get noticed.
I would say the best dress this month has got to be Naomi Watts wearing that Roly Mare (ph) dress with the square neckline, form-fitting, and a beautiful sort of teal blue.
That square neckline is amazing flattering for lots of women. It balances out your hips. It makes your waist look smaller in comparison. It really can do a lot. And it has a subtle sexiness. It`s not too much skin. It`s just that sort of low-but-not-too-naughty neckline. It`s very subtly sexy.
HAMMER: And if you want to read more about this month`s best looks, just pick up a copy of August`s "In-style" magazine. It hits newsstands tomorrow.
BRYANT: It is time to get your laugh on in "Laughter Dark." In case you missed last night`s late-night laughs, we`ve got them for you. On "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" star Johnny Depp admits one of his deepest fears. But fortunately, Jay helps him find the way to face the music.
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JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW": Now, you dance in this film, as well. I never thought of you as a dancer.
Are you a good dancer?
JOHNNY DEPP, ACTOR, "CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY": I`m really not.
DEPP: No, once again, I think it`s one of those things that Tim did to torture me. Yes, because he knows that that`s one of the things that I fear most in life, is dancing.
LENO: Really? It`s dancing?
DEPP: Oh, yes. It`s just not my thing.
LENO: Now, would you ever confront your fears? Let`s say they say, "We`re going to do `Chicago 2.` Johnny, we want you." To you as an actor, the ultimate challenge. Could you learn to dance for that film, if you had to?
DEPP: If I could play the girl part.
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BRYANT: Tonight, Jay welcomes "Dark Water" star Jennifer Connolly.
HAMMER: Still some time for you to sound off on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day," which is: Emmy nominations: Did they get it right? You can vote by going to CNN.com/showbiztonight. You can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of your e-mails live, next.
BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Emmy Central."
Throughout the show, we have been asking you to vote online on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." The Emmy nominations: Did they get it right? Let`s take a look at how the vote is going so far.
Twenty-five percent of you said yes, they did get it right. That means three-quarters of you saying no, they didn`t. We have gotten e- mails.
Brita (ph) from California writes, "I wonder what the reason is that Eva Longoria would get shunned and her colleagues get all the glory."
And Danielle from Maryland says, "I`m just wondering why `Veronica Mars` wasn`t nominated. It`s the best show on TV."
Well, you can keep voting at CNN.com -- where`s our web page?
HAMMER: I don`t know, Karyn.
HAMMER: I think Vince Vaughn may have been right. People are little up in arms about the "Desperate Housewives" shutout.
BRYANT: I think so.
HAMMER: But Eva Longoria, just to be clear, has been acting the shortest amount of time of all of them.
BRYANT: Yes, she`s got time.
HAMMER: Anyway, Karyn, it is time now to see what`s playing on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT tomorrow.
BRYANT: ... tomorrow. Let`s take a look at the "Showbiz Marquee."
Take it away, Marquee Guy.
MARQUEE GUY: Tomorrow, we`ve got a very "Harry" situation. The new "Harry Potter" book is about to hit shelves, and we`re hitting the streets, from New York to London. Remember, nobody beats SHOWBIZ TONIGHT when it comes to the show-wiz, tomorrow.
Also tomorrow, Donny and Marie Osmond. They made us feel all warm and cozy in the `70s. Tomorrow, we`ll don our polyester shirts and platform shoes and cozy up with Donny. Our "Showbiz Flashback" series wraps up tomorrow on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
This is the Marquee Guy, and I, too, was once a teen idol. Now they just call me the "Showbiz Idol."
HAMMER: Can you feel the puppy love?
BRYANT: Yes, did you watch -- I used to watch "Donny and Marie" all of the time.
HAMMER: Can`t say I did.
BRYANT: Oh, my gosh. It`s the one thing that I used to do that you didn`t. Anyway, that`s it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Karyn Bryant.
HAMMER: I`m A.J. Hammer. Stay tuned for the latest from CNN Headline News.
SOPHIA CHOI, CNN HEADLINE NEWS ANCHOR: Hi there. I`m Sophia Choi. Let`s get to your "Headline Prime Newsbreak."
Well, NASA says Space Shuttle Discovery will probably sit on its launch pad until next week. The agency had been hoping for a weekend launch, but engineers now say that`s very unlikely since they`ll need to do more troubleshooting. Yesterday`s liftoff was scrubbed over a faulty fuel sensor.
Chief Justice William Rehnquist is out of the hospital. He was admitted two days ago with a fever. The 80-year-old has thyroid cancer and has been receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Rehnquist`s spokeswoman would not comment on his condition.
And Delta Airlines say high fuel costs have prompted the carrier to raise the cap on its most expensive fares by $100. United and Continental have followed suit, and other airlines are considering it. An industry analyst says travelers can expect a steady rise in fares in the coming months because of rising jet fuel prices.
That`s the news for now. I`m Sophia Choi.