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k. david kerley, abc news, washington. now to south korea where that country's president is sending north korea a pretty tough message. in a speech this morning lee myung-bak promised to improve south korea's defenses and hit back hard if attacked by the north again. he also opened the door for possible peace talks with the north because such talks could eventually lead to economic aid to the north. israel's prime minister is proposing a new plan to jump start peace talks with the palestinians. benjamin netanyahu says he is willing to sit down with palestinian president mahmoud abbas for nonstop one on one talks until the two sides can finally reach a deal. abbas says talks cannot resume until israel stops all settlement construction on occupied lands claimed by the palestinians. a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has rocked southern chile. the initial shaking sparked fears of a tsunami, sending thousands of folks there in search of higher ground. so far, though, there have been no reports of any deaths, injuries or even damage. there's no threat of a tsunami. but there are some scattered power outages. actor and activist george
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clooney has been very vocal about his distaste for the paparazzi. but now along with hollywood pals brad pitt and matt damon, clooney is taking a page from the paparazzi for his new project. as nick schifrin explains, the idea is to use satellite cameras to hound mass murders. >> reporter: actor george clooney is trying to prevent mass murder. using satellites as a threat to expose fresh attacks on ethnic minorities in sudan. clooney calls the satellites anti-genocide paparazzi. >> we felt like this was a chance to be able to stop finally, stop a war before it starts. >> reporter: they're looking for troops massing or populations fleeing. next week, people in southern sudan are expected to vote to secede and are afraid they won't be allowed to by the government in the north. >> we need protection. >> they will come by force. >> reporter: the u.s. is worried any violence could extend for months until the vote is finalized. making satellite images from a war zone public almost instantly has never been done before.
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but the question is, if the international community knows about human rights violations, will it actually do anything to stop them? the world knew about rwanda but stood by as 800,000 died. the world knew about darfur and didn't do enough. >> it's unlikely that this sort of satellite project is going to come up with the detailed photographs of actual atrocities that would really orchestrate international outrage. >> reporter: clooney and his team argue genocide often occurs because it's hidden. >> these things have been happening in the dark for a long time. we're going to be able to show it not afterwards but show it beforehand. >> reporter: and therefore prevent crimes against humanity and prevent the international community from once again turning a blind eye. nick schifrin, abc news, london. in sports news this morning, future hall of fame quarterback brett favre says he is done with football again. favre didn't even suit up for what turned out to be the vikings' season-ending loss to
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the lions yesterday. he says the lingering effects of a concussion helped him reach the decision to hang up those cleats for good. of course skeptics point out favre has retired twice before and come back both times. >> he said it's time, i know it's time, i'm done. but like you said, we've heard that. >> don't hold your breath. here's a look at your monday forecast. up to 15 degrees below normal in the southwest. rain in southern california and up to half a foot of snow in the mountains around los angeles. that mountain snow also stretches into the southern rockies and colder with flurries in the upper midwest. >> just 5 degrees out in fargo. 18 in the twin cities. 32 in detroit. 36 here in new york. 51 in atlanta. a sunny 77 in miami. 30s meanwhile in the pacific northwest. 52 in sacramento. well, a michigan couple is pulling out all the stops to expand their family. >> the only thing missing from josh and wendy rugo's nursery
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is, well, the baby. when their adoption agency told them it could take years to bring home a child, they decided to speed up the process a little bit. so the couple is now shelling out 2,000 bucks a month for a billboard advertising their desire to adopt. >> so far, they say they have only received calls of support but they're still hoping they will hear from a willing birth mother. they say it wasn't immediate that they went to the billboard. they initially did business cards, t-shirts and flyers so it was gradual getting there. >> we wish them luck. more "world news now" coming up right after this. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] tide with acti-lift technology helps remove many dry stains as if they were fresh. dad may try to ruin your style but dry stains won't. / ♪ ♪
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welcome back, everybody. 2011 got off to a pretty bad start for some iphone users. more specifically, the owners out there who were counting on the phone's alarm clock feature to wake them up. >> so many people use that alarm clock. for so many people it never went off. that made some people late for work and cursing their iphones. ryan owens looks into the glitch. >> reporter: it is the sound we dread most in the morning. and courtesy of apple, millions of americans didn't have to hear it this weekend. just in time for the new year, a
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software glitch in the iphone 4 turned the alarm clock function off. i talked to our technology contributor becky worley about it, with, what else, an iphone. so again, apple's pretty lucky this was on a holiday weekend, huh? >> yeah, if this had been on a monday morning it might have been oversleeping armageddon. >> reporter: it wasn't that, but studies show half of smartphone users rely on their phone as their primary alarm. >> everybody's having a problem with it. and in fact, employees have been late to work here because of it. >> reporter: they might have been late for work, but found plenty of time to post on twitter. "stupid iphone let me down this morning." "woke up so late, accidentally of course, i won't blame an iphone glitch, but i will." apple promises it will be fixed so no excuses to be late for the work week. >> an unexpected sleep-in courtesy of steve jobs. i mean, come on. when you can blame it on the
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iphone, isn't it great? >> reporter: maybe, but this new year's glitch does hearken back to y2k. 11 years ago, we weren't sure anyone would wake up on new year's day. this year, if you had an iphone, you probably didn't. ryan owens, abc news, los angeles. >> there really is nothing quite as jarring, especially when you're trying to relax. >> it is the worst sound. >> to hear an alarm. >> it ruins your entire peace of mind. >> it can be cloying. it can get louder and louder and louder. >> oh. back to two hours ago when we woke up. >> wish we had a glitch over here. coming up, making sure you're served the best food for your money. >> the dining guide well known overseas that could stir up the american restaurant business. you're watching "world news now."
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for decades many americans have relied on one popular source for restaurant advice. depending on where you live, it's either zagat or zagat. >> tomato, tomato, let's just eat. another group of food critics has been lurking in the shadows for a century. not as well known as zagat's but it's very influential overseas. the infamous michelin guide. >> reporter: in some glorious-smelling kitchen, in some buzz-worthy restaurant, in some bustling city tonight, a chef wonders. is it the guy having tartare at table five? or the woman in the corner? which of my diners has the power to change my life? who is the michelin inspector? well, if the last 100 years and this interview are any indication, that chef will never
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know. what should i call you? >> "m" will work. >> "m." that's fantastic, like interviewing a spy. >> we say it's a little like the cia. my whole life is using fake names, trying to sneak in and out of restaurants unnoticed. >> reporter: it's hard to overstate the influence "m" and her 89 anonymous colleagues have over the world of fine dining. because they are the incorruptible keepers of the michelin stars. and with their boss, jean luc nore -- >> you really deserve a big round of applause. >> reporter: they decide which
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restaurants will win the culinary equivalent of the oscar, nobel, and megabucks jackpot all wrapped up in one. >> is there any estimation of your inspectors, a piece of fish either cooked properly or it isn't? >> absolutely. very simple. >> there's only two types. the good one and the bad one. we only recommend the good one. >> reporter: what qualifies you to wield this enormous power over the restaurant industry? >> all of the michelin inspectors have gone to some sort of culinary school or perhaps hospitality school. all of them have worked in a restaurant as a professional chef or in a hotel, in food and beverage. and most importantly, all of them are obsessive foodies. >> reporter: "m" tells me she eats out around nine times a week. since she would cause suspicion by taking notes she spends two to three hours after each meal writing extensive reports from memory. do you taste food differently than the rest of us? >> we have eaten thousands of the same thing over and over and over again which gives you a bit of a measurement. >> i was trying to think of an analogy coming over here and it occurred to me -- this may be clunky, but like the westminster kennel club show, right? those judges know what the perfect poodle should look like.
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and you know how the perfect piece of fish should taste? >> it's a great analogy, it's the best in show. that's what we're looking for. >> reporter: it all began in france way back in 1900 as a marketing gimmick to sell tires. the michelin brothers figured their customers would literally burn rubber if given a list of hotels and restaurants to explore. and to this day, a two-star rating is worth a detour. three stars, the highest, worth a special journey. today the guide covers more than 23 countries. out of 45,000 rated restaurants, less than 100 have the top rating. only nine american restaurants carry three stars. critics question the consistency of the rating system. some say in an effort to sell more books and tires, the guide has expanded too far, too fast. case in point, japan. shortly after the michelin guide arrived there, tokyo now has more three-star restaurants than paris. some would say you're too generous giving the japanese stars, that it's an effort to sell more michelin guides into a new market. >> not true. but you have to compare apple with apple. there's only 15,000 restaurants in paris, there's 150,000 restaurants in tokyo. obviously, more restaurants,
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more michelin stars. >> reporter: "m" insists all michelin stars are consistent, whether given to places with placemats or white linen. and if you're thinking that she might just have the greatest job in the world? think again. do you get to bring friends, family, when you go out? >> most of the time we dine alone. it gives us the ability to really focus on the food and the ambiance and capture the entire experience. of course, if we're going somewhere where it would be very strange or obvious to see someone dining alone we'll tag along with another inspector and write two papers instead of one. >> table for one. saddest words. that's your life. >> it's actually okay. you know, when you're really, really into food, everything else that's going on around you isn't so important. >> they do have a lot of power. they say the difference between two and three stars can be a 30% difference in business. these are powerful eaters of the world. >> especially here in new york, a city like this where people love to come and eat, and vegas. you see a lot of people follow them.
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and welcome back, everybody. time for our first "insomniac theater" of 2011. two very, very different movies for sure. this time around i saw the more serious of the two films, "blue valentine" with michelle williams and ryan gosling. i didn't know what to expect walking into it. this is not a movie to go see if you've just broken up or going through a divorce. kind of a dark movie but very realistic. ups and downs of this married couple, they're raising a child together, basically it's -- sort of feels like a documentary. what it is to kind of fall in and then fall out of love. it's extremely well acted here and very raw, very real.
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a point a lot of people can relate to from a bad relationship on are what have you. a very relatable movie. well written, well acted, well directed. take a listen. >> hm? i got -- well, i got us the song. i got a song that will just be for you and me. because everybody's got songs but they're lame. and they don't share them. you know? discuss things. not us. we have our own song. >> we have our own. >> it's so real you felt at times you were watching a documentary. i gave it 3 1/2 kernels. the acting is so good, the writing is good, is just a very, very real portrayal. i see why it's getting so much buzz. >> it's only in limited release so far so it's coming hopefully. well, i went and saw "gulliver's travels" which is of course the
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adaptation of that classic book by jonathan swift. it has jack black, you can see him there with all his physical comedy. he's basically a travel writer named gulliver. he ends up on the island of lilliput where true to the story he is enormous compared to all the tiny people there. he takes some liberties in telling them who he is. >> i'm from the island of manhattan. between the islands of staten and long. >> were you the president? >> well of course he was, mother. >> no, no, it's a common mistake to not think i was president. >> were you the victorious president? >> yeah, i was pretty victorious. >> noble as well? >> yeah. i was super noble. i was actually known as president the awesome. >> no. it's not good. 2 of 5 kernels. is it true to the story? apparently they leave out the third and fourth sections of the book altogether.
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ed to a military commander. the controversy and the navy's investigation. era ends. arnold schwarzenegger says good-bye to the california governor's mansion. a look back at his politics. and, tinseltown trend. hollywood's real-life financial drama. >> we had the lowest attendance summer in over a decade. >> it's monday, january 3rd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i just saw a 3d movie this weekend and two tickets were $34. so i have to say -- >> that's insane. >> if imax and 3d is the trend, i can't afford it. >> no kidding. even hollywood, feeling the pinch. it's tough times out there. so even the escapism is kind of taking a hit.
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so interesting stuff. >> we'll have much more on that. good morning and thanks for being with us on this first show for us in 2011. >> i know, brand new year. >> i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. when the "uss enterprise" deploys for the middle east in just a few weeks its current commander may not be on board. >> the navy is now investigating captain owen honors after lewd videos filled with homophobic and sexual humor have surfaced. david kerley has the details. >> reporter: laced with profanity -- >> [ bleep ] i just [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: anti-gay slurs -- >> let's get to my favorite topic and something foreign to the gay kid over there, chicks in the shower. >> reporter: pictures of women in showers together, as well as men. on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the "uss enterprise." all obtained by the "virginian pilot" newspaper. the navy confirms the videos were made in 2006 and '07. the skits shown on the ship's internal system when captain owen honors was the number two officer on board. >> he is done and i think that he ought to be consulting somebody to get some advice on the next chapter of his life. >> reporter: with the "enterprise" tied up in norfolk the navy won't go that far. saying owens' status has not changed.
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the navy does say the videos are clearly inappropriate, that officers are accountable for setting the proper tone and upholding the standards of honor, courage and commitment, and that the navy has initiated an investigation. >> as usual, the admiral and the captain have no idea about the contents of the video. >> reporter: throughout the clips honors claims his superiors are unaware of what he admits are offensive comments and jokes. >> the question is whether they should have known. because the naval commander is expected not only to take care of the things that come to his or her attention, but also to run literally a tight ship. >> reporter: the navy says when the admiral of the "enterprise" group learned of the videos in 2007 he ordered them stopped. but their very existence raises even more questions. >> i think the sort of insensitive, inappropriate
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behavior that the administration was looking to change when they repealed don't ask, don't tell. and this will sort of be a test for not only the navy but for the armed services as a whole. >> reporter: david kerley, abc news, washington. the new congress will be sworn in wednesday with republicans taking control of the house. slashing government spending is among the top priorities among the newly empowered gop lawmakers. some republicans oppose raising the ceiling on the nation's debt which congress is expected to consider within months. that drew a sharp warning from the president's top economic advisor. >> raising the debt ceiling to me is absolutely irresponsible. we've been spending money so long that we don't have and say, it's okay, we'll raise taxes, we'll find it somewhere. >> if we get to the point where you damage the full faith and credit of the united states, that would be the first default in history caused purely by insanity. >> republican senator lindsey
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graham said he would vote against raising the ceiling unless there was a plan to deal with long-term financial obligations such as social security. the republicans are under intense pressure from the newly elected tea party members. that's likely going to have a pretty dramatic effect on the new congress. here's our senior washington editor rick klein. >> forget about bipartisanship for the foreseeable future. these new republicans who are taking over control in washington have no incentives to work with president obama, and the tea partyers who are joining them are only going to push them toward more confrontation. the only way to get them to the table is if president obama gives significant concessions. look to the state of the union address for him to start to outline some things on spending. it's not going to be for a while. this is going to be a tea party celebration in washington. both symbolic like the reading of the constitution as well as the substantive like new house rules that are essentially written by tea partyers. really, this is more about the establishment isn't just trying to show love for the tea partyers. they know they're going to need
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their votes on tough issues like raising the debt limit. they have to show respect and welcome for these new members of congress before you get to that point. >> that again, abc's rick klein. the last time congress could not reach an agreement on spending and the debt ceiling, a large part of the federal government shut down. that was back in 1995 under president clinton and many republicans would rather not see a repeat. one last bit of business from the lame duck session is wrapped up. president obama has signed a bill that provides more than $4 billion in help to 9/11 survivors and first responders. health care benefits and compensation should be available to the ground zero survivors on july 1st. a special master will be appointed to oversee the funds. after seven years as governor of california, arnold schwarzenegger will leave office today. he'll be replaced by democrat jerry brown. the popularity that swept schwarzenegger into office is now among the lowest of any of his predecessors. rajesh mirchandani of the bbc reports now from los angeles. >> i, arnold schwarzenegger -- >> reporter: even hollywood couldn't make this up. the eighth-largest economy on
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earth led by the governator. republican governor arnold schwarzenegger brought showbiz glamour into politics. >> this is like winning an oscar. >> reporter: on this stage he met his match. he frequently battled with state politicians late into the night over budgets. >> we will not let -- we will not give up until there's a budget done. that's the bottom line. >> reporter: only in his last weeks in office did he manage to reform this unwieldy process. california now faces a $25 billion budget shortfall. some of the highest rates of foreclosure and unemployment. the state is worse off now than when schwarzenegger took office. is it his fault? >> he has been a victim of the economic slowdown. there's no getting around that. but the worst of it happened on his watch. he ran on the promise to cut the state's credit card, to balance the budget, to ratchet down spending. he didn't do that.
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>> reporter: arnold schwarzenegger came into office a true hollywood superstar. he leaves still famous though with far fewer fans. in fact, opinion polls show that less than one-quarter of californians would applaud his performance as governor. it hasn't all been bad. he showed off his eco credentials by swapping his gas guzzler for a green version. >> arnold, what do you think? >> love it. >> reporter: he successfully championed california as an environmental leader. many believe his next role will build on that vision. >> we must wait -- >> reporter: then again this action film appearance last year shows he can't quit the limelight. when he said "i'll be back," somehow or another, he meant it. rajesh mirchandani, bbc news, los angeles. people in southern california are bracing for another day of unusual winter weather. snow fell just 30 miles north of downtown los angeles yesterday.
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parts of interstate 5 were shut down in both directions after cars started sliding across the road. there were a number of fender-benders but no serious crashes. here in new york, sanitation workers are finally getting back to work picking up the trash. garbage collection resumes for the first time since two feet of snow fell on the city one week ago. sanitation crews focused on snow removal. mountains of trash have been piling up along city streets. i've seen people have started sticking their trees in the snow to make it look like it's a real tree growing out of the snow. it's kind of funny. >> i can't wait until those guys get back to work, absolutely. here's a look at your monday weather around the country. another chillier than normal day in the southwest. look for some heavy rain in southern california with up to 6 inches of snow in the mountains around l.a. meanwhile, some mountain snow also from nevada to colorado. cold with flurries around minneapolis, milwaukee and madison. >> 30s in detroit, chicago and
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kansas city. 50s from dallas to atlanta. nearly 40 in boston. 25 in boise. 30 in salt lake city. 40 in albuquerque. more than 2,000 bakers gathered in mexico city, hoping to create the world's largest rosca de reyes, a pastry traditionally eaten to mark the end of the christmas holiday. >> and this is undoubtedly a huge rosca. it weighed in at nearly 20,000 pounds and spanned about 2,400 feet. >> wow. it took 21,000 man hours to make it. the cost, $128,000. no word yet if this year's rosca broke any records but certainly a sweet treat for that long line of folks. >> great way to celebrate the holidays. we'll be right back. [ all sniffing ] [ female announcer ] ever notice after a while you stop smelling your pluggable air freshener? there's a better way to get long lasting freshness. pull the plug on your old one and trade up to a free febreze noticeables. it's long lasting freshness in the febreze you plug right in. for freshness
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it's about one of the strongest fighters for women's rights. >> she is just a 9-year-old little girl and she stands 4 feet tall. but her story is amazingly powerful. martha raddatz reports now from yemen. >> reporter: she is so tiny, so young. but the story she tells is a remarkable tale of courage and resilience. nujood ali was a child bride. you were married when you're 9. tell me about that. how that happened. >> translator: i came back from school. i was playing outside with kids. and my father called me and told me i was getting married. >> reporter: getting married to a delivery man 20 years her senior. that night she was introduced to him the first time at his family home, not knowing what would come next. >> translator: there was a party
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there. by the end of the night, everybody started going home. and i told them i would like to go home. and they said no. your father has gotten you married, you cannot go to your house again. >> reporter: nor was she allowed to return to her second grade class. but that wasn't the worst of it. >> translator: i used to cry and weep. but no one would help me. not even his mother. and his sisters. whenever i wanted to go out, they sent me back to the house and sometimes beat me up. >> reporter: so did her husband. even though he had promised nujood's father not to touch her in any way until a year after puberty. did your husband make you sleep with him? >> translator: yes. >> reporter: nujood's story is sadly not unique. 50% of the girls here in yemen are married before their 18th birthday.
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35% before they turn 15. >> translator: some of the girls, they die in pregnancy. the fathers, they don't know the risks of giving birth. it has to do with poverty, illiteracy, and lack of education. >> reporter: ahmed al kureshi has been doing his best to help the young girls here, pushing legislation that would outlaw marriage before age 17. but the greatest help and inspiration has come from young nujood. she finally escaped her husband's home, running straight to a local courthouse. >> translator: a woman asked me, what do you want? and i said, i would like to see the judge. >> reporter: nujood wanted divorce. now 12, she has since returned to her parents' home, to her siblings, and to school. her father does not talk about the marriage. but nujood's willingness to share her story has inspired other young girls to escape their marriages, which is exactly what nujood wanted to happen. martha raddatz, abc news, sanaa, yemen. >> amazing story. she apparently is back in
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school. she wants to help -- her professional goal is to become a lawyer, to follow in the footsteps of the woman that helped free her. >> she went on to write a book, "i am nujood, age 10, divorced." they say it's going to be picked up in 18 other languages. the cool thing to me is she said, the only language that matters to me is arabic. because i want women who have been through the same things to be able to read about this. such an inspiring story. >> amazing little girl. coming up next, lighten the mood a little bit. troubling news about a hollywood icon's health. >> and a star who's starring next -- starting the next year in rehab, rather. it's next t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t
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ut zsa zsa gabor. we're now hearing and her spokesman is confirming she's going to have half of her leg amputated. they basically say what happened is there was a cancerous lesion that started appearing on one of her legs and they think that gangrene is imminent. so her leg will be essentially amputated below the knee. her husband is with her. he says doctors advised him before the holidays to take her in and have the surgery done but she refused because she said she wanted to be home for what could
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essentially be her last holiday. so they're apparently in the hospital together. both of them right now. keep in mind, she's 93 years old. as we reported on this show, she had asked for her last rites back in august. she had broken her hip in july and she's been hospitalized several times since. so many prayers with her. just a legendary actress. to see all this playing out so slowly for her in some ways. >> amazing at 93, she's withstood all she's already withstood. thoughts and prayers for her. another difficult operation. particularly at that age. more difficult hollywood news to hear. we talked about this several times last year, 2010. the david arquette/courteney cox situation. it's taken another messy turn. his rep has confirmed to "people" magazine he is now officially in rehab. according to a source, according to the magazine, it says he's in there for drinking and depression, not hard drugs. rehab was inevitable.
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he was dealing with a broken heart. he can't handle all the changes in his life, all his inner demons came out. and a few weeks ago he was "the howard stern show" as well and said at the time his psychologist thought he was having a nervous breakdown, he admitted he'd been drinking a lot, and just said when i drink i become a maniac. this is on the heels of his split with courteney cox. it's just kind of a tough situation. hopefully he'll get the help that he needs. sounds like he really had a downward spiral after those two split. >> it's interesting also to see that she has remained so silent throughout all of this, and you see him everywhere. he's on every tabloid. he's giving plenty of sound. maybe it's time for him to not do howard stern, not do tmz, not talk so much anymore. >> get the help and stay quiet. >> i wish i could change the mood of things in today's "skinny." >> i know. >> one other sad one to tell you about. if you're a fan of chuck berry, the guy who sings "johnny b. goode." ♪ go johnny go ♪ >> that's the one. he collapsed during a concert in chicago. they're saying he had performed two shows in new york the night before.
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he was basically collapsed 15 minutes into the set. someone who was at the concert says in the midst of playing the piano he stopped and appeared to basically collapse over the keyboard. he said a little bit later he picked up his guitar but then immediately people came onto the stage and escorted him off the stage. basically he went backstage for 20 minutes then he returned to just explain to the crowd what happened. there was a registered doctor who stood nearby the whole time. keep in mind he's 84 years old. so he's obviously performing a great amount. and exhaustion they now say is the cause of the collapse. >> good it wasn't anything more serious, though. chuck berry, a rock 'n' roll icon for sure. happy news, shall we? >> please, please. >> a hollywood marriage to tell you about. those of you who remember the sitcom, what was it, "one day at a time." valerie bertinelli. well, guess what. she had a very nice holiday. she tied the knot, said the i dos with her fiance, tom vitale, got married on saturday in malibu, a very private ceremony. her ex-husband, eddie van halen, and their son, who's now 19, were there at the time.
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they actually got engaged -- they met in 2004 and got engaged last march while vacationing in italy. >> the other one there, shania twain and her husband soon to be, frederic thiebaud.
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here some are stories to watch today on abc news. researchers plan to unveil their plans to study a new blood test that might change the way cancer is detected and treated. the test can pinpoint a single cancer cell in a patient's sample. johnson & johnson hopes to market the test. facebook is now a $50 billion company according to this morning's "new york times." the report says facebook raised $500 million from goldman sachs and a russian investor. lindsay lohan is scheduled to be released from a rehab center today. the actress has had numerous legal challenges after a drunk driving arrest three years ago. she's due back in court next month. >> the story that won't go away. finally, during the economic roller coaster the past few years, hollywood was one industry that seemed to stay strong. >> over that time many americans looking to forget their hardships turned to movies for an escape. so 2010 must have been another
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blockbuster year, right? here's ryan owens. >> reporter: for hollywood, 2010 didn't quite follow the script. >> the lowest attendance summer in over a decade. we had a holiday season that was down 20%. >> reporter: overall ticket sales are off more than 5% from 2009. don't go shedding any tears for hollywood executives. while it's true fewer and fewer americans are going to the theater, the price they're paying for a ticket keeps going up. as a result, the industry is projected to bring in $10.5 billion. >> it's a miracle! >> reporter: "toy story 3" grossed the most this year. >> as you can see, we're still having tea. >> reporter: "alice in wonderland" was next. both movies were made by disney, the parent company of abc. both were also in 3d. which is another way the studios managed to make money with fewer
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customers. 3d tickets come with an upcharge of 3 or 4 bucks a ticket. this year's other blockbusters -- "iron man 2," "twilight eclipse," and "inception," were all two-dimensional. which has some industry-watchers wondering if 3d is a dud. >> 3d doesn't help a bad movie. it only makes a bad movie worse. >> reporter: more 3d is on the way in 2011. including the final harry potter movie. so while studio executives are happy to close the curtain on 2010, industry observers predict this new year will be a blockbuster. with more than $11 billion in ticket sales for the first time ever. ryan owens, abc news, hollywood. >> good point, 3d doesn't necessarily make a movie better. more expensive to go to but not necessarily something people would want to flock to the theaters to see. >> i have to also say a lot of times it's unnecessary. you go pay the 3d and nothing even zooms in your face. it's interesting to think how this could affect actors in the long-term. nowadays you hear more and more about actors saying, don't give me a paycheck, i'll take some of the profits. profits are down, where do those salaries go?
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