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tonight on "nightline" -- the real modern family. two dads, three baby triplets, one egg donor and one surrogate. how does that all add up? we've got the inside story of how to make a very modern family. titan of terror. director wes craven's fiendish imagination generates hits like scream and nightmare on elm street. why does he consider scaring people to be a public service? we'll find out. and is it live? a beauty crown awarded to the wrong top model only to be taken back. >> i'm so sorry, it's amanda. >> is it the most disastrous tv blooper snefr you be the judge
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with our guide to best of the worst of live tv. good evening. we're going to begin with the changing face of the modern family. he and his partner are expecting twins by a surrogate mother. to the new hit sitcom called appropriately "modern family" which maybe you saw earlier tonight on abc. what we've got is a look inside this brave new world of love marriage and procreation. here's chris connelly. >> reporter: for this director of such hit sitcoms of "30 rock" and his partner, the prospect of
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raising children was a conversation they began to have on their first date. >> i hadn't thought about having kids. i mean, his clock was ticking. i mean, seriously. classic male response of, oh, that's so much responsibility. >> reporter: legally married in california in 2008, they already decided to become parents by coming here to the surrogacy agency growing generations. and its ceo stuart miller. what percentage of your clientele is a same sex male company? >> about 75% are gay couples. we initially started the company to specifically help members of the gay and lesbian community. it's a complex process that involves attorneys, doctors, psychologists, insurance. >> it's also an expensive one. couples can spend from $125,000 to $200,000. and along the way put an up to the minute spin on definitions of parenthood. all in pursuit of a traditional
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ideal, a family. at least according to miller might otherwise be out of their reach. >> why don't you adopt? i hear that a lot. it's a fallacy that there are infants not being adopted. every single healthy infant born in the united states, there is a line of families that want that child. so gay couples may end up at the bottom of that list. >> the growing generation's process is a curious mixture of courtship and shopping online. >> it's like the sears christmas catalog. this sort of miss america what are hopes and dreams, what do you hope to do when you grow up? >> first, prospective parents pick an egg donor. next, they search for a surrogate. a different woman who will carry the egg or eggs fertilized with the couple's sperm. why is it important that the egg donor and the surrogate be different people? >> it does make the process emotionally easier for the surrogate and i think the family, the intended parents,
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that she's not biologically connected to the child she's carrying. >> growing generations require the surrogates to have already born a child. >> we want to make sure she understands what it's like to go through a pregnancy. >> how do you test or counsel someone to be prepared for that? >> we work with the psychologist and she has screened and evaluated probably over 1,000 surrogates. we've never had a case where a surrogate has ever tried to assert parental rights. >> and that's out of how many births you've been able to create? >> about 850 thousand. >> what we're talking about here is completely rewriting the script. not the american script, the western civilization script but the human script of family. >> focus on the family is one of the groups that opposes gay marriage as well as surrogacy for gay couples. >> now we're saying that parenting is not about male and
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female about newany grouping of adults who have the good hearts and the love towards the child and that is a humanly radical statement. >> but they say they're not trying to radically change anything, just build a family for themselves, and they learned just how daunting that can be after going through four egg donors, two surrogates and more than four years of disappointment. >> our second attempt, we actually were told we were pregnant. and so i happened to be at work shooting a show. and we told the actors, the cast, very excited. then seven weeks later went to the first ultrasound and found we had a birth sack but there was no embryo in it. it was heartbreaking. >> they felt their luck change when they met this woman, school teacher krichty, christy, a married mother of three. surrogates like christy can earn $30,000 for carrying embryos to term. >> i love being a mom myself. and to be able to give something like that to another couple, it
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seemed like, you know just something i would love to do. >> there was joy but also a grave dilemma. when word reached scott and todd that christy was carrying three viable embryos. one more than their health insurance was willing to cover. >> they called us, you know, and said, well, we're -- congratulations on your pregnancy and we'll be happy to to -- insurance when you reduce. >> reduction means terminating one of the embryos in utero. >> i was, like, we can't proceed without insurance, this could destroy us. but i tried for four years to get a heart beat. you finally realize that this is a life. i mean, i changed my whole point of view about abortion, about everything. >> luckily, it was a decision they didn't have to make. christy got them on her personal health care plan which covered multiple births. when it came time to deliver by
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caesarian section, scotch and todd were at the hospital right alongside christy and her husband eric. >> it was fast, man. they said, we're starting in five minutes and it was like boom, we got the first one. and it was 9:40, 9:41, 9:42, bam, bam, bam. >> while you process your first daughter, your second one's coming in. before you can fully digest that -- >> you hear a nurse yell. >> days later, the babies came home. to their family. >> and do you know whose biological father is whose? >> it's kind of obvious. i'm mixed but we haven't produced a blonde baby on my side of the family for some time. >> critics say this new vision of a modern family defies age old verities. >> are we really saying because we live in 2010, 2011 that mothers and fathers are no longer essential for the family?
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>> todd, you know many of the people for whom you've created quality entertainment on television are thinking, oh, this is appalling. this is just appalling what these people have done. this isn't the way babies were supposed to be made. >> i'm sure they are. you can look at us and choose to see differences and that's easy. that's an easy choice. you can look at us and choose to see commonalties to your life and your family and that's a choice. we're now a same sex -- a married same sex couple who chose to do what straight people have been doing as long as the technology, you know, has allowed them to. >> if they truly believe we shouldn't have children, this way or any other way, than they're denying my father the chance to be a grandfather or my brothers and sisters to be uncle and aunts. trying to answer every single adverse reaction is awfuling. like any other parent, the most important thing is our children. >> it isn't what's important to
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you in defining community, i have nothing to say to you. >> meanwhile, this family grapples with more traditional issues like sleep deprivation and feedings. coursy of their surrogate christy. >> not only has she given us three kids, she's pumping breast milk, storing it and shipping it to us. >> what would you want them to know about the women who brought them into the world? >> they'll know everything about christy. she's going to grow up with them. >> she and her family are part of our family and they will be forever. >> for "nightline," i'm chris connelly in los angeles. >> modern family. thanks to chris connelly for that report. when we come back, why the director of scream and a nightmare on elm street wants to do you a favor by scaring you silly. when i had my heart attack, i couldn't believe it. it was a real shock. i remember being at the hospital thinking, "i should have done more to take care of myself." you should've. that's
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%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% for four decades now wes craven has made it his mission to make you skirmquirm and hopefully scream in your movie theater seat. if he's done his job right, no one in the audience sleeps well at night. so what makes this director tick? is he really out to haunt the american public? for john berman, there was only one way to find out. >> reporter: this looks like such a nice suburban michigan home. a lot of bad things are happening inside. bad like this on elm street. bad like this in woodboro.
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and bad like this. this house on the left. yes, bad things tend to happen when director wes craven is around. we were behind the scenes with craven on the set of "scream 4." you ever try to calculate your attrition rate in your films? >> no but i think this one probably has the highest mortality rate of any of the "screams" by two or three. count it out you know. >> reporter: this is a guy who orders blood by the gallon. it's all part of his job. which is what exactly? what would you say it is you do? >> what do i do? i don't know. i scare people. sometimes i scare the dickens out of people i think, to put it politely. >> reporter: you seem like a pretty happy guy.
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>> i am happy, extraordinarily happy. >> reporter: very happy. >> i am and i'm funny too. >> reporter: the creator of the horrifying freddy krueger. >> this is god. >> reporter: the director of the terrifying "scream" series. he may be responsible for more nightmares than any person on the planet. but all, he says for a good cause. >> you're talking about the beasts in the forest that come after you during the day time or in the night but in a way that's under control. in a sense, you can own the beast. >> reporter: so you're helping people? >> i think i am in a weird way. i have people come up to me my whole career, signings or something, say thank you, you scared the blank out of me. and there's a big grin on their face. >> reporter: strange? maybe. even stranger, given where he came from. if someone said to 16-year-old wes craven you're going to
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direct some of the scariest movies ever, what would you have said as a 16-year-old? >> i would have said impossible, i'm not even allowed to go see movies. i was raised in a baptist church that forbid you to see movies. >> reporter: in 1972, he wrote and directed his first feature. "last house on the left." >> i'm going to start screaming. >> reporter: a raw, ground-breaking film about rape and revenge. >> for years people forbade me to be alone with their children and kept me away from their dogs. all the polite people i knew, the people from my academic background that i still knew when i made that film took big steps back. >> reporter: that's interesting. >> yeah. i think it's a way of distancing yourself from somebody who has proclaimed i can imagine such things. because nobody wants to admit those sorts of thoughts pass through our heads. they're perhaps even inside of us homicidal maniacs that could
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be released. >> reporter: you really think there's a homicidal maniac inside of you? >> i think there's in all of us, everybody in this room. >> reporter: how do you know what's scary? >> intuition but it's based on things i've experienced in my life in one form or another. schoolyard bully is as frightening as freddy krueger. my father died when i was 4. i didn't have anybody really to protect me. >> reporter: his latest film "my soul to take" out last week deals with a young man who lost his father. well, that and a monster who terrorizes all the kids in town. it is really you would say your most auto biographical? >> more of a family film. it's about searching for who is buried within us and what has been done in the past that's going to affect us. >> reporter: it also has a lot of birds. >> the california conder. >> reporter: it turns out craven is an avid bird watcher. >> oh, look at this. abandoned bird house. >> reporter: even if his quiet peaceful hobby, there's a bit of
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terror. do you have a favorite bird? >> well, i like raptors. i like all the hawks. and also -- >> reporter: predators. someone could read something into that. >> top of the food chain. we had a red tail hawk land on our deck in los angeles. took a close-up of his talons, you know? i said, my god, that's presentedypresentedfreddy krueger. >> reporter: for such gloomy subject matter his sets are surprisingly joyous. does everyone here like you? >> there was one guy that liked me. >> reporter: so far you tell me that you help people, that people thank you and working with you is the most fun anyone's ever had. >> yeah. >> reporter: you're in the -- >> i have done a public service and i wish this would be recognized.
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>> reporter: at the age of 71 and after quadruple bypass surgery which, by the way, craven says didn't scare him, craven has no plans to slow down. he also has no plans to branch out beyond horror films. the last full-length nonhorror film he directed was "music from the heart" in 1999 which earned meryl streep an oscar nomination. is that out of your system now? you don't seem to care anymore about doing other things. >> i think i reached a peace with it, you know? sometimes you fight what you are, what you're doing. and say, i'm going to do this instead. and at a certain point you say, i'm really good at this and people really seem to enjoy what i do and i've definitely left a mark on american cinema of some sorts off another. >> reporter: a claw mark. >> maybe a claw mark. >> reporter: i'm john berman for "nightline" in an inashern arbor, michigan. >> "my soul to take" opens
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%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% live television is an unforgiving form, as i've demonstrated a little tonight. at its best is full of exciting spontaneity and attist its worst, it's difficult to put into words. an australian top model contest
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provides the latest graphic reminder of what can go wrong. but that is just the tip of the iceberg. for nick watt, it's all a "sign of the times." >> australia's next top model for 2010 is -- >> ooh, the tension. i think i'm going to wee myself. someone saying something in here ear. it must be the winner's name. >> it's you, kelsey. >> i want to thank the crew and the judges. >> hold on. there's been a terrible mistake. >> oh, my god. i don't know what to say right now. i'm so sorry about this. oh, my god. this is not -- this is a complete manda. i'm so sorry. >> kelsey had victory snatched from her delicate alabaster fingers. >> it's okay. it's an honest mistake. it's fine.
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>> in the end, they gave both girls a cash prize and a trip to new york. so everything's okay. but live tv is a minefield. any moment now, someone could walk behind me dragging a vacuum cleaner. things do go wrong. here's a quick world tour of some of the worst mistakes. and we'll begin our tour south africa. did you hear that crack? he keeps talking. looks like he's clenching. britain. >> so what does this all mean for the industry and music online? this is the editor of the website. >> no, he's not. >> pleasure to see, to come -- >> sure was. he's just some guy who was waiting in the bbc lobby for a job interview when we was collared by a frazzled producer.
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he does very well. iraq. wind, combover, bad combo. usa. >> recent polls have shown photographth of americans can't locate of u.s. on a world map. >> for the title of miss teen usa 2007 -- >> i believe that we as americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have that. >> iraq. britain. >> bbc news -- >> and john joins us now. >> iraq. indonesia. that's me, by the way. romania. smiling politician on a chat show. keep smiling. kashmir kashmir. rage on the streets.
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oopsy daisy. sweden. meatballs for lunch? and come on. australia. just one more time. >> this is what happens when you have live tv, folks, i'm so sorry. >> i'm nick watt for "nightline" in london. >> it happens. thanks to nick watt for that report. when we come back, the new modern family. that's the subject of tonight's "closing argument." first, here's jimmy. >> tonight, joel mchale, busy phillips and music from sharon jones and the
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