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Saddam Hussein Trial to be Televised Worldwide; Caretaker Questioned by Police in Murder of Lawyer`s Wife; Woody Harrelson to Play Lawyer in New Film
Aired October 18, 2005 - 19:00 ET
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A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: I`m A.J. Hammer.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: And I`m Brooke Anderson. TV`s only live entertainment news show starts right now.
HAMMER (voice-over): On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, if O.J. was the trial of the century, this is the trial of the millennium. Saddam Hussein, about to go on trial, and the worldwide TV cameras will be there. Tonight, hear the super secret details as Saddam stands trial.
The famous TV attorney. His murdered wife. Tonight, new details about why Daniel Horowitz feared for his life and that of his wife. Plus, what`s now coming to light. A restraining order that could give the cops clues.
Hello, Dolly. The one and only Dolly Parton waxes poetic on her big birthday, her big city experience and could there be a big future in politics?
DOLLY PARTON, MUSICIAN: We`ve had enough boobs in the White House.
HAMMER: Tonight, Dolly Parton in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
PARTON: Hi, I`m Dolly Parton. And if it happened today, it`s on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
ANDERSON: Good evening. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.
HAMMER: And I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
Tonight, the headline that will soon be seen all over the world: Saddam Hussein stands trial. The former Iraqi leader goes on trial in just a couple of hours, in Baghdad. And almost every TV network around the world will be inside the courtroom, recording the trial frame by frame.
David Haffenreffer is in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom with more.
DAVID HAFFENREFFER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A.J., in just a few hours, all eyes will be on a secret Iraqi courtroom. The former Iraqi leader and seven others are not on trial for war crimes, but for arrests, tortures, and executions that took place back in 1982.
Still, if the Iraqi tribunal finds Hussein guilty, he could be executed. And even though the trial is scheduled to begin very early Wednesday morning, you can expect it to be the top story all over the world throughout the day.
(voice-over) It may or may not be the trial of the century, but Saddam Hussein`s trial is definitely the international story of the week.
OCTAVIA NASR, CNN SENIOR EDITOR, ARAB AFFAIRS: This is not just any man. This is Saddam Hussein. To see him face a judge, a courtroom, witnesses, the prosecution, that`s going to be very interesting. And people are going to be watching with great, great interest, especially in the Arab world.
HAFFENREFFER: This is the Iraqi courtroom that`ll be shown on TV screens worldwide when trial coverage begins Wednesday between 2 and 4 a.m. Eastern Time. The courtroom is somewhere in Baghdad. The exact location is being kept a secret for now. Given the violence still raging in Iraq, the reasons for the tight security at Hussein`s trial are disturbingly obvious.
NASR: You have to understand that many groups within Iraq do not want this trial to proceed. Many groups are calling for violence around the time the trial opens.
HAFFENREFFER: When the trial begins, cameras will be there capturing everything for the world to see. It will be broadcast on a 20-minute delay. Journalists from CNN and other American networks will be there, observing the proceedings from behind a bullet proof glass. They will not be allowed to carry phones or any other electronic equipment, and they`ll have to file their stories from a separate room.
The Saddam Hussein trial will be the latest of many iconic images of the Iraqi leader flashed on TV screens over the years. He was once the impeccably dressed Iraqi leader with an iron grip on his nation and on the world stage. But that image vanished along with Hussein himself after U.S. forces invaded Iraq in 2003.
We saw a much different image of the Iraqi leader when on camera, U.S. soldiers finally plucked him out of a spider hole after he`d spent months in hiding.
PAUL BREMER, FORMER HEAD, COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY: Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.
HAFFENREFFER: From there, he went from Saddam Hussein, the world leader, to Saddam Hussein, the prisoner. And just a few months ago, shocking prison photos of Hussein in his underwear were splashed across newspapers in the U.S. and Britain.
Now he`s Saddam Hussein, the defendant. And the world will be watching Wednesday to see how his trial unfolds.
NASR: No one expects Saddam Hussein to be sort of friendly in that courtroom. They expect him to challenge to legitimacy of this courtroom and the judges and so forth. So basically this is when you expect drama. And drama is what the Iraqis right now are trying to avoid.
HAFFENREFFER: If you tune into the trial, don`t expect any legal fireworks, at least right away. Wednesday`s session is expected to be very formal. The prosecutor will make a short presentation. The defense will put forth motions, and there`s a chance we may even hear from Hussein himself.
NASR: It will be up to the judge to allow Saddam Hussein to speak tomorrow or any other day during this trial. Most experts tell us that all the efforts will be made to keep Saddam Hussein quiet, because they feel that as soon as he opens his mouth, he`s going to be creating drama.
HAFFENREFFER: But the scene will be dramatic regardless whether Saddam Hussein says anything. Even after his capture, Saddam Hussein remains the face of the Iraq that brought the U.S. to war, a war in which American troops are still fighting and dying. And to see that face on TV, on trial for his life, will be a very powerful moment and a very symbolic chapter in an ongoing and costly war.
(on camera) And some other programming notes for the Saddam Hussein trial. It`ll be conducted in Arabic, but U.S. networks, of course, are providing English translations.
One thing you should not expect is a quick ending. After tomorrow`s proceedings, the trial may be adjourned for weeks or even months while the tribunal reviews motions. So Wednesday`s court action may end with a "to be continued" -- Brooke.
ANDERSON: David, thank you so much. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s David Haffenreffer.
And of course, we will be watching and monitoring here to see what happens.
And now we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Saddam`s trial on TV: will you watch? Vote at CNN.com/ShowbizTonight. Send us an e-mail: ShowbizTonight@CNN.com. We`ll read some of your thoughts later in the show.
HAMMER: Tonight, big new developments in the mystery surrounding the murder of the wife of TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz. We are hearing for the first time from a man who many are saying could become a suspect.
Daniel Horowitz`s wife, Pamela Vitale, was brutally murdered at the couple`s San Francisco area estate over the weekend. She was bludgeoned to death. There is a lot of talk today about a man named Joseph Lynch, a caretaker on the couple`s property.
Now police have spoken with Lynch. Horowitz actually had petitioned four months ago for a restraining order against him, saying that he was dangerous, that he feared for his wife`s health and safety.
Harvey Levin, the managing editor for the soon-to-be-launched entertainment news site TMZ.com, spoke with Joseph Lynch earlier today. Harvey joining us live from Hollywood right now.
All right, Harvey. We want to know what this guy was saying, because a lot of fingers are being pointed in his direction. What did he have to say about all this attention he`s getting?
HARVEY LEVIN, MANAGING EDITOR, TMZ.COM: Well, A.J., for starters, he said he did not do it. His words, "I guarantee you, it wasn`t me."
At one point I asked him. I said, "Look," I said, "Have you hired a lawyer?"
And he said, "Why would I hire a lawyer? I didn`t do anything." He was absolutely adamant. He said the police have visited him several times. He said he voluntarily gave him them DNA, a hair sample. He`s willing to give them more if they want it.
I asked him about -- you know, because of his restraining order, obviously, or the application, where Daniel Horowitz had said he feared that this man would do violence on himself and his wife. I asked him. I said, "Well, what about Daniel Horowitz? Any animosity there?"
And his words, and this is a quote. He said, "I`m not going to go into reasons I should have animosity."
And I said, "Well, should you have animosity? Is that what you`re saying?"
And he said, and this is, again, a quote, "A lot of people get pissed off if they get an eviction notice."
Because Daniel Horowitz did try to evict him from the property that he was a caretaker on. This is Daniel Horowitz`s property.
So he said a lot of people would be, as he put it, pissed off, but he said, he was not. He said Daniel Horowitz was good to him, actually helped him get into a rehab program. Horowitz said in his application for the retraining order that this guy was a methamphetamine addict, an alcoholic. But this Joseph Lynch tells me that Horowitz actually got him into a V.A. rehabilitation program. So he doesn`t have any bad feelings for him. He just flat out denied everything, A.J.
HAMMER: So it sounds like there might have even been a decent relation there. Did you get a sense that Joseph Lynch at least understands, you know, why he is becoming, you know, so focused upon?
LEVIN: He said to me, again, a quote. He said when the police came out, they told them, "We will find the person who did this." And at one point he said, quote, "Of course I`m a suspect. Of course Dan is a suspect."
Now I should be quick to mention the police have said officially no one is a suspect. But those were the words that he volunteered to me. I mean, he obviously knows that there have been problems, not just with Daniel Horowitz, but with other people on that property and this Joseph Lynch fellow.
HAMMER: Can you give me any specifics on the actual questions that the police asked Joseph Lynch? As I mentioned, they did question him.
LEVIN: No, he wouldn`t -- it was an odd discussion I had with him by phone, because at times he said, "Look, I don`t want to say anything." And then he would start volunteering things. And then I would ask him questions about what he would volunteer. He would sometimes just abruptly stop and say that he didn`t want to say anything.
He did say that the cops have interviewed other people on that property. And at one point he started saying to me, you know, there`s another neighbor there who the police, you know, really should be focusing on. And then he said, "Look, I don`t want to start smearing somebody so I`m not going to say what it is."
HAMMER: That makes perfect sense.
LEVIN: So he started insinuating something and then again stopped.
HAMMER: Harvey, I`ve got to wrap it up here. But real quickly, you`ve spent some time yourself working in this arena. What`s your take on this guy?
LEVIN: You know, A.J., I don`t know. I mean, you know, the guy clearly has problems. He even admitted to me at one point he has had, quote, "erratic violent behavior in the past." So clearly this is somebody the cops are looking at.
It does seem a little odd to me that he is this confident that he says the DNA sample should clear him. And that is kind of interesting. But honestly, you just never know at this point.
HAMMER: Harvey Levin in Hollywood. Thanks very much. We`ll see you a bit later in the show. Harvey is going to be back with us to talk about what`s next for Daniel Horowitz. Plus, he`ll have some entertainment legal news on Nicole Kidman.
ANDERSON: There are some spooky things happening to the cast of the hit show "Lost." First, we reported that Josh Holloway was robbed at gunpoint in his home. Well, today SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has learned that something out-of-the-ordinary reportedly happened to Harold Perrineau that same day.
His wife says Perrineau was driving to co-star Daniel Day Kim`s house in Honolulu, when he was followed for 20 minutes by two men in a car. Perrineau called Kim and told him to stay inside. Then the car following him turned around and sped away.
HAMMER: Well, you can certainly train man`s best friend. But what about man himself? It`s obedience training, for husbands. Stay, because that`s coming up.
ANDERSON: Plus, superheroes are locked in an epic struggle over your DVD player. We`ll explain, next in the "SHOWBIZ Guide."
HAMMER: And, Woody Harrelson, as the coal miner`s lawyer. His new movie already has Oscar buzz. We`re going to get Woody`s predictions, coming up in the interview you will see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
ANDERSON: Now for tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." What future rock star auditioned to join the Monkees but didn`t make the cut? Was it Jim Morrison, Stephen Stills, Neil Diamond or Paul Simon? We`ll be right back with your answer.
ANDERSON: So again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." Which future rock star auditioned to join the Monkees but didn`t make the cut? Jim Morrison, Stephen Stills, Neil Diamond or Paul Simon? The answer is, B, Stephen Stills, who of course, went on to join a little band called Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
HAMMER: Just a little band. And speaking of little bands, welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Rolling Stones. Yes, you heard right. The Stones debuted their new music video today, on the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives." My, how times have changed. The song is called "Streets of Love." Here`s a little peek.
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HAMMER: So why the heck did they do this? The stones picked "Days of Our Lives" for the premiere because the soap has been on the air as long as the band has been together. Makes perfect sense. "Streets of Love" will be played in the background during scenes on the show, over the next month.
ANDERSON: Superman versus Batman. Who wins? Kids all across America always ask that question. Tonight, both superheroes have DVDs out. And we`re taking a look in the showbiz guide. Helping us, live, with this rivalry, our own super-critic, Neil Rosen, who is the entertainment critic for cable news station New York One.
Neil, thank you for being here.
NEIL ROSEN, ENTERTAINMENT CRITIC, NEW YORK ONE: Thank you, Brooke.
ANDERSON; All right, we`ve got a lot of ground to cover. I want to begin with "The Adventures of Superman" TV show. The entire first season is out now. Many people think George Reeves was Superman. What do you think?
ROSEN: Well, for my generation, George Reeves was Superman. I mean, I grew up on this thing. It was on, like, every day here on Channel 11 in New York at, like, 5:30. You`d come home from school; you`d watch this thing. So it`s very nostalgic.
If you watch it now in retrospect, I mean, it`s cheesy special effects and everything. I mean, the cape is, you know, they have a fan on the cape to make it fly. He was obviously on strings. It`s really cheesy, but George Reeves -- there it is -- but to me George Reeves was Superman, and he always will be.
I mean, for a later generation obviously Christopher Reeve and for many other reasons, you know, the tragedy that befell him. But to me, George Reeves, you know, it`s what you grew up with, what you were used to when you were a kid. And that`s when I grew of.
ANDERSON: Kind of brings back memories.
ROSEN: Lots of memories.
ANDERSON: And next, "Batman," the complete 1943 movie serial collection. Now, we`re talking 1943, when Batman really began. Why put something from 1943 on DVD now?
ROSEN: Well, obviously the answer to that is to make money. Because this is not very good at all. I mean, if you look at this. I mean, look at the costume, it`s just terrible. I mean, the bat -- the ears are to big.
This was made -- Saturday morning serials, you know, before television. They -- people would go to the movies. They`d see a short, a cartoon, a serial to get you back in there every week and a couple of movies.
And it`s interesting because in -- the late 1960s when the popularity of the Batman TV series with Adam West they released this on television in syndication. So now with the success of "Batman" on DVD they`re obviously putting this out again. There`s really no reason other than a mild curiosity to actually buy this, to answer your question.
ANDERSON: And the bottom line. And very quickly, about 15 seconds. "Batman Begins," the movie starring Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, was a block bluster. It has made $350 million -- more than that, $350 million worldwide, released in June. Why release on DVD so soon? I would think the holidays would be a good time for this.
ROSEN: Well, DVD has exceeded the box office in a lot of films. And there`s a lot of money to be made. And maybe it wouldn`t really matter with "Batman Begins" if you released it now or if you released it at Christmas because the price point on the thing is so affordable that -- and there`s so many Batman fans that you`ll have a built-in audience. And I think you`ll make just as much money now releasing it as you would if you released it, you know, around Thanksgiving time for the holidays.
ANDERSON: All right. Now who wins, Superman or Batman?
ROSEN: For my money, I`m a Superman guy. Batman has got more movies right now, but they`re making a new Superman film. So the jury`s still out.
ANDERSON: We`ll go with Superman. OK. Neil Rosen, entertainment critic for cable news station New York One. We thank you.
ROSEN: Thank you, Brooke.
HAMMER: Woody Harrelson stars in the new film "North Country." It`s about the very first sexual harassment class action lawsuit.
Woody stopped by the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT studios here in New York City. I talked with him about his new role, starring alongside Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron. We talked about his passion for the environment and the question of whether he`ll ever return to TV series.
CHARLIZE THERON, ACTRESS: I`m saying I want to hire you.
HAMMER (voice-over): In "North Country," Woody Harrelson plays a local lawyer who takes on a female coal miner`s case of sexual harassment and breaks ground by filing the first class action lawsuit of its kind. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron plays Josey, a single mother who was harassed by her male co-workers.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want a nice body. No fatties.
HAMMER (on camera): It`s such a compelling story. The story of sexual harassment in the coal mines of northern Minnesota is not a story people have really heard. When they think about the history of sexual harassment, first thing that comes to mind is Anita Hill, and we see some of what happened with Anita Hill in your movie. But this is really an important story to get out there, isn`t it?
WOODY HARRELSON, ACTOR: Well, it really is, because it was the first sexual harassment class action lawsuit. And it ultimately, when they won it, after many, many, many years of litigating, it changed the way people behaved in the workplace. Or at least it changed the standard.
HAMMER (voice-over): Woody told me Charlize`s performance in this movie may very well mean more Oscar gold.
THERON: You all know what`s been done.
HARRELSON: It`s one of the great performances I`ve ever seen on film. And I remember when we were shooting it, the depth of her concentration. In between every take, you know, she would just stay in character, stay focused, stay in that, you know, vulnerable area. And what a performance, you know?
HAMMER: Woody`s own performance in the film is a marked return to the more serious roles he already has under his belt.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Larry Flynt?
HAMMER: His own career has already garnered Oscar`s attention. He was nominated for portraying the controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in "The People Versus Larry Flynt."
But serious roles aside, Woody likes to mix things up a bit in his career. He tells me his departure from acting was to work on one of his passions.
HARRELSON: In the time that I took off, I did this bike tour from Seattle to Santa Barbara, 1,500 miles. And we documented it, talked to people about what we`re passionate about and made a wonderful, funny documentary called "Go Further."
HAMMER: Woody is a committed environmentalist. On his web site, VoiceYourself.com, Woody, along with his wife, Laura Louie, writes inspirational stories and messages. And key in Woody`s life is spending time with his family. He recently announced on the David letterman show that he and his wife are having another baby.
HARRELSON: We are going to have a third member of the family I`d like to announce right now.
HAMMER: As for returning to the smaller screen, television, Woody told me he doesn`t see it in his immediate future.
(on camera) So a couple of years ago you did get to go back to a regular job, so to speak, on television. We got to see you doing a recurring role on "Will and Grace." So you went from TV to film back to episodic TV.
Do you see yourself ever getting in that? Do you strictly say no or if the right television product were to land on your desk, would you do sitcoms again?
HARRELSON: I`ll be honest with you.
HAMMER: Please be honest with me.
HARRELSON: I`m a good worker. I`m a hard worker. But I am a world class vacationer. And I am not sure that I`m cut out to just do a job that I`ve got to do every day.
HAMMER: Woody`s new movie, "North Country," is in theaters on Friday.
ANDERSON: Dolly Parton takes a walk down memory lane, all the way back to the time she was mistaken for a hooker. That`s coming up, in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
HAMMER: Plus, this just in. Kirsten Dunst finds the perfect pair of jeans. We`re going to find out her style secrets, next in "Tuesday InStyle."
And, which do you think is harder to train: a dog, or an adult male? A television show that dared to ask that question. Coming up.
ANDERSON: Time now for Tuesday "InStyle." Tonight, "Elizabethtown" star Kirsten Dunst graces the cover of InStyle`s newest issue, and she`s wearing all the latest must-have fashions.
POLLY BLITZER, "INSTYLE" MAGAZINE: InStyle chose Kirsten Dunst as our cover celebrity for the November issue because she is going to be debuting in this incredible film, "Elizabethtown."
Kirsten`s wearing a navy blue silk very demure dress from Lanvin on the cover, which is probably more ka-ching on steroids than any of us could afford. A more affordable version of Kirsten`s cover look is by Cory Lynn Calter. It`s a blue silk and polyester blend dress. And it`s just $426.
Kirsten is ever so playful in this month`s cover story. And you can see that the hills are alive with the sound of Alexandra McQueen when she sports the green grown and the Manolo Blahnik flats.
One of the things that Kirsten does best is accessorize. And as you can see on the opening spread of our story, she wears a red silk Beautelivier (ph) dress, red Sigerson Morrison shoes, and they`re flats, and she can sport it with a dress and even matches the hose that she`s shooting water out of.
Kirsten showed up to the shoot wearing Japanese made Phoebe (ph) jeans, which she said fit better than any American designers because they totally fit her in the rear. So she actually wore them in our cover story. And you can see them when she`s wearing this kind of like bohemian-looking white top.
She is a Hollywood veteran at the age of 23, if you can believe it. She started out in a Kix commercial at the age of 3 and just has kept on going.
ANDERSON: She certainly has. And if you want to read more about Kirsten Dunst`s hot fashion sense, just pick up a copy of November`s "InStyle" magazine, on newsstands Friday.
HAMMER: Kind of seems like an unlikely match. Dolly Parton covering a Bob Dylan song? Is this the dawn of a whole new Dolly? That`s coming up in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
Plus, it`s a new kind of a twist on a country song. Call it stand by your man with a leash. Is the man of your dreams as easy to train as a golden retriever? We`ll have a real treat for you coming up.
SUSAN HENDRICKS, CNN HEADLINE NEWS ANCHOR: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT continues in one minute. I`m Susan Hendricks with your "Headline Prime Newsbreak."
About 2,000 people have evacuated Taunton, Massachusetts, where a leaking dam threatens to give way and flood the town. Authorities say so far the timber dam is holding but it could send six feet of water rushing into downtown.
Federal agents are questioning several suspects in Baltimore following a terror threat which forced the city to close a tunnel running under its harbor. Sources tell CNN officials feared terrorists would drive a car bomb into the tunnel which has since reopened.
Hurricane Wilma is soaking the western Caribbean with winds of about 80 miles an hour. Forecasts show it could be headed for western Florida.
And it looks like tomorrow`s Powerball drawing could produce the largest jackpot ever. It`s now around $340 million, a good $25 million above the previous record. The odds of winning are 1 in 146 million.
That`s the news for now. I`m Susan Hendricks. Now back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It is 31 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. You are watching TV`s only live entertainment news show.
Well, tonight, A.J., some women are trying to curb their husband`s bad habits by using the same training techniques also used on dogs, if you can believe it. It`s the subject of a British reality show that some people love and some people are up in arms about. You know, drawing the analogy between men and dogs doesn`t sit too well with them.
But in a few minutes, we`ll let CNN`s Jeanne Moos take us inside this unique way of keeping your significant other on a leash, so to speak.
HAMMER: Brooke, I understand you`ll be taking notes while that`s happening.
Also, Dolly Parton. We have a little hang time with Dolly. Of course, we know that she is the consummate entertainer. We know she was working 9:00 to 5:00. But can you believe Dolly Parton was mistaken as a working girl, if you know what I`m saying?
HAMMER: We`ll get the scoop from Dolly herself in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. That`s coming up, as well.
ANDERSON: All right, A.J. But first, here are tonight`s "Hot Headlines."
One straight out of the "art imitating life" file. "Daily Variety" reports that Ashton Kutcher is producing a TV sitcom pilot about a guy who marries an older woman. Well, in case that sounds familiar, in real life, Ashton`s wife is Demi Moore, who is about 15 years older than the "That `70s Show" star.
Tonight, after Katrina, MTV isn`t taking any chances with Wilma. The music network said today it will move up its Latin Video Music Awards to tomorrow from Thursday. The ceremony is being held in the Mexican town of Playa del Carmen and Hurricane Wilma is expected to pass by later this week.
You may remember, in August, in Miami, Hurricane Katrina disrupted pre-show festivities at the VMAs.
And tonight, media all over the world gets set for what could be the biggest trial of all time. Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will be in a secret Baghdad courtroom tomorrow facing possible execution for arrests, tortures, and executions that took place in 1982. Journalists from around the globe will watch from behind bullet-proof glass.
And those are tonight`s "Hot Headlines." A.J., back to you.
HAMMER: Thanks very much, Brooke. It is extraordinary the lengths and the measures that they will have to go through for the coverage to actually happen, which leads us to tonight`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Saddam`s trial on TV: Will you be watching?
You can vote at CNN.com/showbiztonight. You can also write to us with more of your thoughts, showbiztonight@CNN.com. Your e-mails are on the way at 55 past the hour.
ANDERSON: Tonight, the stars are coming together for Come Together Now. That`s the title of a new song benefiting Hurricane Katrina victims co-written by Sharon Stone. It features Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Ruben Studdard, Joss Stone, and many, many others. Take a listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (singing): This is what we got to do.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (singing): Come together. Now`s the time to lend a hand.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (singing): Come together.
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ANDERSON: Sounds pretty good. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there in Hollywood last night as Sharon Stone came out to get the word out.
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SHARON STONE, ACTRESS: What we tried to do was demonstrate by this song that you can see in the video that it`s just a call to action, that you can be there for your neighbor, if you`re in the position to help with Katrina, if you`re in the position to just help your neighbor down the street. But it`s a one to one thing, that service is a one-to-one call to action.
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ANDERSON: You can download "Come Together Now" today on iTunes and Rhapsody. And you can also download another star-studded single that benefits hurricane victims. Sharon Osbourne is releasing a remake of Eric Clapton`s "Tears in Heaven," featuring Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Phil Collins, and more. By the way, it`s on iTunes, too.
HAMMER: Time for a "Showbiz Sitdown." Tonight, in an interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, country music legend Dolly Parton. Her new album, "Those were the Days," includes some of the most famous `60s and `70s peace songs, like John Lennon`s "Imagine" and Bob Dylan`s "Blowing in the Wind."
So is Dolly dishing out the politics on this new CD? I chatted with her about war, peace, and an embarrassing case of mistaken identity on her very first visit to New York City.
HAMMER: Now, the last time you and I chatted, we had a little conversation about your regimen, as far as getting ready to go out. And you said something to the effect of, "Well, you know, it takes a long time to look this trashy."
DOLLY PARTON, MUSICIAN: No, I said it costs a lot to make a person look this cheap, and it still does.
HAMMER: All right, all right.
PARTON: But it takes a long time to make a woman look this trashy, too.
HAMMER: Don`t want to misquote there, Ms. Parton.
PARTON: No, but that`s good. I like yours, too. I`ll combine them.
HAMMER: Well, it brought to mind a question that I`ve wondered -- a story that`s been floating around, and I wonder if there`s any truth to it, about the first time that you were in New York City and perhaps mistaken for someone of a different profession.
Am I onto something here?
PARTON: Yes, you are. That was years ago. That was back in the late `60s, when -- the first time I came to New York. I guess it`s the one you`re talking about. I`ve always looked trashy, because that`s just my look. I pattern my look after the town tramp, and I never change much.
But at that time, my girlfriend and I were straight from the mountains. We`d come up here. And we checked in this Americana, I think it was called, hotel. And we only had enough money for one room.
And because we both looked so cheap and trashy and country-fied, they thought we were whores, or prostitutes, I guess, is a better way...
HAMMER: Working women.
PARTON: ... working women. And so they thought we were turning tricks in the room. And we went out sight-seeing, and they locked us out of our room. And these guys were trying to pick us up, and it was just so scary. And I hated New York for years. It was only, like, years later that I`ve learned to love it and now I`ve had a place here for about 25 years.
HAMMER: This CD is really, really cool.
PARTON: Thank you.
HAMMER: "Those were the Days," songs that were all created during a real time of strife, and times of war and difficulty in our country. You have songs on there like "Blowing in the Wind," and "Imagine," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" But I`ve heard you say you`re not really a political person. And a lot of people writing about this CD have said, "Well, she`s making a political statement." But that`s not really what`s going on here, is it?
PARTON: Well, of course, there are those songs, like "Blowing in the Wind," that really fit the times. And I thought those songs would be perfect. But I`m very patriotic, but I`m not that political. And the truth is, we are at war, so it`s just really like a way of expressing what we feel.
HAMMER: This is a difficult time in our country. And there was a lot of confusion when the war first happened about, well, how can you possibly be against the war but support our troops? What`s your take on that?
PARTON: Well, you know what? The truth is, we are at war. We are Americans. We have to support our troops. We have to pray for and support our president.
I`m sure that that`s not an easy job, either. No matter who our president may be at the time of war. And there`s going to always be problems. And we have to do what we have to do.
HAMMER: I am sure somewhere in the course of your career somebody has suggested that you run for president.
HAMMER: Because based on popularity -- no, seriously, hasn`t somebody along the way said, "Dolly, why don`t you run for that White House?"
PARTON: Yes, but you know what I say? "We`ve had enough boobs in the White House."
They don`t need me.
HAMMER: Well, on that subject, what about another woman? That`s been a lot of buzz right now, particularly with Geena Davis, "Commander-in- Chief" on television.
PARTON: Yes, that`s a good show, by the way. Well, I think that`s probably going to happen one of these days. I think a woman would make a fine president. And I think it`s all about who can do the job.
HAMMER: You`ve always been active with charitable causes. How long have you been involved with charity?
PARTON: Well, since I first started in show business. We`ve started what we call the Imagination Library. We sent out over 2 million books last year, donated 100,000 books or so to the Katrina little kids in the shelters so they`d have something to do.
HAMMER: But how do you feel now, when, you know, people are having success, and getting fame and fortune? Do you feel there is a responsibility?
PARTON: Yes, I do. I think it`s only right for you to give back, if you can. And if you`re in a position to help, you by all means should help.
Actually, I`m going to be working in Louisiana in December. And I`m going to be donating the money that I make from those shows to the Humane Society, for all the little pets and the animals and stuff. They`ve all kind of...
HAMMER: Such an important part of the story.
PARTON: Yes, but all of it -- you know, so I just like it. It makes you feel good to do it.
PARTON: And I think most celebrities do want to do it and should.
HAMMER: You have a big birthday on the way.
PARTON: I do?
HAMMER: May I be the first to tell you? I believe you`re turning 60?
PARTON: I am. But I`ve lived a good 60 years.
HAMMER: Sixty months.
PARTON: It`s like -- and I look at the number, and I think, "Who`s turning 60? I can`t be 60."
Because I really feel like I just started out in the business. And they say, "You never know when you`re getting older," and I believe that`s true, because I really feel just as young, and as alive, and as inspired, and as excited about life as I ever did. I hope to work until I fall dead right in the middle of a song, one of my own.
HAMMER: Or an interview. I`m thinking another 60 years personally.
PARTON: Well, it may be.
HAMMER: It`s all about the mental attitude, as well.
PARTON: Oh, I think so, too. And I have a good attitude. I`ve enjoyed every year of my life. I`ve had my sorrows and my heartaches, but I`ve had my joys, you know, and my rewards. So that`s what it takes to make a life.
HAMMER: There are few people that is more fun to sit down with than Dolly Parton.
Well, tomorrow night on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, part two of my interview with Dolly. She`s going to tell me all about being a country music legend, dealing with the paparazzi, and what she`s got cooking in her kitchen at home.
ANDERSON: New developments in the case involving the murder of a TV lawyer`s wife. And something that was bugging Nicole Kidman could be bugging her even more. That and more, coming up in the "Legal Lowdown."
HAMMER: Plus, speaking about bugging, does your husband do things that really get on your nerves? Well, maybe you should send him to the doghouse, literally. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT shows you how to put a leash on your spouse`s sick habits. That`s next.
ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson.
Time now for the "Legal Lowdown," a look at what`s going on in the world of entertainment legal news. On the docket tonight, famed criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, whose wife was found beaten to death at their home, is going public. And his neighbor says, "I`m not involved."
And a photographer accused of planting a listening device outside of Nicole Kidman`s home in Australia scores a big legal victory.
Joining us live again from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom in Hollywood, Harvey Levin, the managing editor of the soon-to-be launched entertainment news site, TMZ.com.
Welcome back, Harvey.
HARVEY LEVIN, MANAGING EDITOR, TMZ.COM: Hi, Brooke.
ANDERSON: Hi there. Now, let`s start with the Daniel Horowitz case. Of course, he`s the TV legal commentator whose wife was killed.
Harvey, today you spoke with the man, Joseph Lynch, who some say holds clues in this investigation. What`s interesting to me is Horowitz and his wife actually sought a restraining order against this guy in the summer. They later dropped it, but they thought he was dangerous, a tenant on the property, right?
LEVIN: A tenant on the property, and they tried to evict him. This was a chilling application for a restraining order that Daniel Horowitz filed.
He said that this guy, Joseph Lynch, was a methamphetamine addict, an alcoholic. They said that he has borderlined on committing terrible violence and felt it was just a matter of time before it happened.
At a point, he even said in this application that he feared especially for his wife and then worried that Joseph Lynch might even read this application that he had filed.
Now, I was told today that one of the reasons that Daniel Lynch did not go to court and press this restraining order is because that Lynch agreed to go into a rehab program at the V.A., a rehab program that Daniel Horowitz helped him get in.
So what Lynch was telling me today was, "Look, I have been violent in the past. But I turned my life around. I`m now clean and sober. And I absolutely did not kill this woman," so he says.
ANDERSON: So he said he had nothing to do with this?
LEVIN: He said -- not only did he say he had nothing to do with it, he told me that he gave the police a DNA hair sample, is willing to give them more DNA if they want. He is willing to do, he says, anything, and started suggesting even that maybe they ought to look at another neighbor, though he would not get specific as to why.
ANDERSON: Well, interesting. And Daniel Horowitz on NANCY GRACE tonight.
LEVIN: And you know...
ANDERSON: I`m sorry.
LEVIN: There was one other really interesting thing he said. At one point -- this was bizarre -- he said, "You know, I wish I was up there, because I would gladly take her place," meaning Pam`s place. And I said, "Why would you want to be dead now, instead of what happened?" And he said, "I don`t mind getting crappy with a man, but I will not tolerate violence or even verbal abuse toward women."
ANDERSON: Interesting, Harvey.
LEVIN: So it was just kind of a bizarre comment.
ANDERSON: Very bizarre comments from this man.
And we`ve got to move on. Nicole Kidman has been waging a war with the paparazzi who police say planted a listening device outside her home in Sydney. Now, they`ve been trying to collect a DNA sample from this guy. But today, he won a huge court appeal, doesn`t have to get it. Seems like a script out of "CSI."
Do they need this? Is it the end of it?
LEVIN: It`s the end of it, Brooke. What happened was, the judge said, "Look, there`s no crime if you didn`t actually record on that listening device. There was no recording, therefore no crime." The judge said no DNA sample, and the case was thrown out.
ANDERSON: All right, done deal. Harvey Levin of the soon-to-be launched TMZ.com. Thank you so much for joining us.
LEVIN: My pleasure, Brooke.
HAMMER: Well, if you thought you`ve heard about every reality show possible, you are wrong. There`s a new show coming from England that`s all the rage. And it`s coming here.
The selling point on the show: It helps you reign in your husband like a dog. Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Does your man burp like a bulldog? Is he always poking his nose where it doesn`t belong? Do you and your husband end up at each other`s throats?
ANNIE CLAYTON, HOST, "BRING YOUR HUSBAND TO HEEL": Let`s go husband training.
MOOS: "Bring your Husband to Heel" is one of those British reality shows that got good ratings, even if drawing analogies between men and dogs is anything but politically correct.
CLAYTON: Don`t mind a good old scratch in public.
MOOS: Every episode canine behaviorist Annie Clayton helps a couple, like Michelle and David. Michelle`s big gripe is that David is obsessed with his computer, always ignoring her.
The expert then teaches Michelle dog-training techniques.
MICHELLE WELLS, "BRING YOUR HUSBAND TO HEEL": Come, John-o.
CLAYTON: Forgive me, but you`re boring. You have to make it interesting for the dog.
MOOS: The most effective techniques were praise and treats, especially tasty streets, like shrimp.
CLAYTON: The more rewards David gets, the more he`s helping her.
DR. ELIZABETH GETTER, PSYCHIATRIST: Gentle kisses? Give mommy kisses. Thank you.
MOOS (on-screen): What`s an ungentle kiss?
(voice-over): Elizabeth Getter is a New York psychiatrist who thinks dog-training your man isn`t so farfetched.
GETTER: Doesn`t life really boil down to positive and negative reinforcement? I mean, you can train a rat with Rice Krispies.
MOOS: And if you can train a dog to use a litter box...
GETTER: Go potty.
MOOS: ... you ought to be able to train a man to put down the seat.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Men have very basic needs. You just keep them happy and then they`ll do what you ask.
MOOS: Hand-feed them grapes and you`ll have them eating out of your hand?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is good.
MOOS: "Bring your Husband to Heel" follows in the paw prints of a humor book entitled, "How to Make your Man Behave in 21 days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers," secrets like, if your dog is running away from you, the worst thing you can do is chase after him. He`ll only run faster.
David, by the way, didn`t know about the dog-training angle. He thought he was part of a project on relationships.
DAVID WELLS, "BRING YOUR HUSBAND TO HEEL": Michelle has been a lot nicer.
MOOS: But the BBC got some 200 complaints about sexism and had to apologize. The show was in reruns. It`s not known if it will be renewed. But the relationships seemed renewed.
M. WELLS: It`s a miracle.
MOOS: Our psychiatrist had another dog tip for misbehaving men.
GETTER: And not look at them. And that`s practically unbearable for a dog is to not be looked at.
MOOS: At the end of the show, they broke the news to David.
CLAYTON: What nobody`s told you is that I am an experienced dog trainer and Michelle`s been using dog-training techniques to try to make you a good boy.
MOOS: Maybe you can`t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach your old man dog tricks.
CLAYTON: So you both get my vote for best in show. Well done!
HAMMER: CNN`s Jeanne Moos reporting for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Now, that was rough.
ANDERSON: That was rough. Giving the dog -- I mean, giving the husband treats like shrimp? It`s bribery. There`s got to be a better way.
All right, it`s time now for "Laughter Dark," from the best from late- night TV. Well, as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. And when it pours, you can expect "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is watching how the media covers the storm.
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JON STEWART, HOST, "THE DAILY SHOW": There have been eight straight days of rain here on the East Coast, the New York area recently. It`s been a little difficult. Maybe it hasn`t packed the emotional punch of a Katrina or a Rita. That hasn`t made the media`s job any easier.
MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CORRESPONDENT, NBC NEWS: Good morning. Well, obviously, we`re getting a nice break from the rain but not the flooding. This is essentially now a part of the Passaic River in this neighborhood. It rushed in yesterday through the streams.
STEWART: What? That was "The Today Show`s" Michelle Kosinski. And, you know, it`s very interesting. Very rarely when a news organization gives you in-depth coverage do you know the exact amount of inches of depth that coverage is. In this case, that depth is ankle-deep.
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ANDERSON: She didn`t know how high the water would rise, I guess. All right. Stay with us. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT will be right back.
ANDERSON: Reverend Run of Run-DMC has a lot to celebrate today, good ratings for his new reality show and a brand new album. In ratings out today, 3.3 million people tuned into the debut of "Run`s House" on MTV last Thursday. Now, the show chronicles the reverend`s home life with his wife and kids.
Reverend Run`s new album, "Distortion," dropped today and is in stores now. "Distortion" is a solo album. His last album featured appearances by Kid Rock and Sugar Ray.
HAMMER: Throughout the show tonight, we`ve been asking you to vote online on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Saddam`s trial on TV: Will you watch?
Here`s how the vote`s been going tonight: 29 percent of you say, yes, you`re going to watch; 71 percent of you say no. I`m a little surprised by that.
Among the e-mails we`ve received, one from Norma, who writes, "I will be watching CNN`s synopsis of the day`s events surrounding the trial of Mr. Hussein."
That`s a pretty good idea, Norma.
We also heard from Kathy in Montana who writes, "You mean, watch the same kind of trial he gave to thousands before their deaths?"
If you`d like, you can continue to vote by going to CNN.com/showbiztonight.
ANDERSON: Time now to see what`s playing on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT tomorrow. Let`s take a look at the "Showbiz Marquee."
Marquee Guy, I didn`t get to tell you this yesterday. I have missed you. Welcome back. And take it away.
MARQUEE GUY: Thanks, Brooke.
And tomorrow, Rod Stewart. Some guys have all the luck. And some TV shows, like us, get all the stars. Rod Stewart, he`s belting out the classics for the fourth time, but will it be the last time? Find out. Rod Stewart, tomorrow on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
Also tomorrow, if you want to sing for Simon, get hired by the Donald, or be the next bachelor. We steal the secrets. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals how you can get on reality shows, tomorrow.
This is the Marquee Guy taking a reality check and dreaming of the day that I can be A.J. Hammer`s apprentice.
HAMMER: Never going to happen.
ANDERSON: You got that, A.J.?
HAMMER: Also tomorrow night -- yes -- part two of my interview with Dolly Parton. We`re going to find out about life on the road.
And that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer.
ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson. Please stay tuned from the latest from CNN Headline News.