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investigation into the mysterious death of actress natalie wood. did she accidentally drown during a boating trip three decades ago, or was is something more sinister. this morning, the man who was capta captaining that ship joins us for an exclusive live interview. new school, new scandal. an assistant basketball coach at syracuse administrator placed on administrative leave after being accused of molesting two former ball boys for years. as more men come forward in the penn state case. we'll talk to the attorney representing two of the victims. and it's over. demi moore says she is ending her six year marriage to ashton kutcher, which could be worth more than $200 million. today, november 18th, 2011. from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer, and from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer, and ann curry.
captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome to "today," i'm ann curry. >> i'm david gregory here on a very busy morning. natalie wood's death remains one of hollywood's mysteries. >> that's right, she was boating on catalina island with christopher walken, officially ruled an accidental drowning. but now 30 years later, the los angeles county sheriff's department is going to take another look at this case. they say it's based on new information from people who have contacted police, david. >> yeah, some of that new information is believed to be coming from the yacht captain who was on board that night. we are going to talk to him exclusively in just a moment. but we begin on all of this with nbc's george lewis. he is in los angeles with details this morning. george, good morning to you. >> good morning, david. natalie wood's death has been
filled with speculation that her drowning was no accident. ♪ i feel pretty oh so pretty ♪ >> reporter: pretty and talented and at the top of her career, as maria in "west side story." natalie wood's death at age 43 in november of 1981 from drowning shocked the world. a who's who of hollywood among the mourners at her funeral. to some friends, the tragedy didn't quite add up, because natalie wood said she had always been afraid of water. >> i've always been terrified, still am, of water, dark water, sea water. >> reporter: she had been boating with her husband, actor robert wagner, and with christopher walken, the co star of her last film. they were anchored off catalina island in wagner's boat, "the splendor." wagner, three years ago. >> we came to the conclusion that she had slipped on the swim step on the aft end of the boat and hit her head and rolled into the water. tragic, tragic night.
>> reporter: the coroner said she had been drinking several glasses of wine and may have lost her balance. >> cause of death will be certified as accidental drowning. >> reporter: right after her death, her lawyer tried to dampen speculation there had been some sort of foul play. >> the facts are clear, they're uncontradicted. the important facts, and the rest, is just ghoulish nonsense. >> reporter: but there were hints of a possible love triangle. a possible argument on-board the boat between the two men. and in a tell-all book published last year, the captain "the splendor," dennis davern said he saw wagner arguing with natalie wood on the deck of the boat. now the los angeles county sheriff's office says it is reopening the investigation. releasing a statement saying, "recently, sheriffs homicide investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the natalie wood/wagner drowning." a statement from robert wagner's
publicist says the wagner family fully supports the sheriff's investigation. the family added they hope this isn't a case of someone trying to make a profit off the 30th anniversary of natalie wood's drowning. there has been no reaction from christopher walken. david? >> george lewis in los angeles for us. thank you very much. dennis davern is with us, along with marti ruli who worked on the book "goodbye natalie, goodbye splendisplendor." why now after 30 years? what is the new information that investigators are zeroing in on? >> well, you say why now? why now is because i've been trying to tell information about this for many, many years. and there wasn't really anyone listening until now. >> okay. well, what is the information you're relaying now? >> the information i'm relaying now is, i just want a thorough
investigation. and that information will be brought out by the investigators. >> well, again, the question stands, why now? what is information? what has changed? what has come to light that you have brought to light some 30 years later that would lead the shiff's office to reopen an investigation? >> i think right now this point in time, someone has actually listened. i've been trying to get somebody to listen for a long time. and now somebody is listening, and they're going to carry on with this investigation. >> i'd like to try one more time. what is it that they're listening to? what is it that you are saying now that's different than what has been brought to light before? >> i'm not saying anything different. all the information that i reveal in the past, it's all in that book. and now it's just something for the investigators to do an investigation. >> well, you've talked to investigators.
what's the bottom line here? you write in the book about an argument between natalie wood and her husband, robert wagner. do you think that was the pivotal moment? that after that argument is what led to her death? >> all i can say is, i made some terrible decisions, mistakes. and it's just going to have to be left up to the investigators. >> sir, my question is, what happened? that led to her death that we didn't know before? >> i can't answer that question right now. >> and why not? you're referring to mistakes you made. have you changed your story from when you spoke to investigators years ago? >> i did lie on a report years ago. >> and what did you lie about then?
>> it was just -- i made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report. >> well, just be specific. i mean, we've talked about the broad outlines of the story. what is it that you were untruthful about? >> just everything that took place that weekend. >> was the fight between natalie wood and her husband, robert wagner, what ultimately led to her death? >> yes. >> how so? >> like i said, that's going to be up to the investigators to decide. >> the point you're making is that it's because of information in the book, information that you're bringing to them, that they would be reopening this investigation. is it your charge that, in fact, robert wagner essentially tried to make this a low-profile investigation, did not do
everything he could to try to find her once she went missing after their argument? >> yes, it was. it was to be kept a low-profile investigation. >> so you're saying that wagner did not do everything he should have done to look for her after she went missing. >> exactly. >> was he responsible for her death in some way? >> well, like i said, i think we all made mistakes that night. and -- >> mr. davern, that wasn't my question. was he responsible for her death? i'm not asking about your story. >> yes, i would say so. yes. >> how so? >> i really don't want to get involved -- >> well how can you come on national television, sir, and accuse him of something like that but not back it up? >> well, that's up to the investigators. i don't want to speak for -- >> well, you're speaking to investigators. are they not reopening this investigation, based on information that you've provided
them? >> yes, they are. >> okay. so what is that information that backs up your charge? >> that will be up to the investigators to say. >> this is a statement from robert wagner that george lewis referred to. although no one in the wagner family has heard from the l.a. county sheriff's department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the l.a. county sheriff's department and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of natalie wagner is valid and that it comes from a credible source other than those sources trying to profit from the 30-year anniversary of her tragic death. sir, the implication here is that you may be an tunist trying to do just that. you're saying robert wagner is responsible for her death but not saying how. not shedding light on why it is after 30 years they would reopen an investigation when that's a very unusual step for any investigative body to do. >> i'm not really an investigator here. and i'm far away from even thinking about profiting over a 30-year anniversary.
i have known this information for many, many years. and my book has been out for two years. i'm not in it for any kind of profit. i'm in it for the justice of the whole situation. >> marti ruli, you helped mr. davern with this book. >> yes. >> i'll ask you the direct question. what happened, and what do we know now that we didn't know then? >> well, there was a fight aboard "the splendor" the night natalie died, a terrible argument. that was never relayed to the original investigators. and none of the survivors, walken, wagner or dennis, were forthcoming with the investigators. and it was probably in 1983 when the information about the bottle smashing came out. >> this was in an argument between wagner and wood. >> yes. now, everyone was present for the bottle-smashing. that was after the party of four
left doug's harbor reef for dinner. they returned to "the splendor," were in the main salon. robert wagner, after natalie and christopher were chatting, picked up a wine bottle and smashed it hard down on the coffee table. and it shattered. everyone protected themselves from the glass flying everywhere. walken went to his cabin, never came out for the rest of the night. >> right. he goes to sleep. so then what -- what happens? i mean, i've just heard mr. davern say he thinks wagner is responsible for his wife's death. what happened? >> natalie was mortified, went to her state room. wagner followed. a terrible argument transpired that broke out to the back deck. dennis overheard the arguing, he did make an attempt to stop it, was told to go away by robert wagner. and then minutes later, natalie
was missing. dennis was asked to search the boat. he did, he couldn't find natalie. he met up with wagner in the wheel house. dennis wanted to do everything. make a phone call, turn on the search light. his instincts told him something was terribly wrong. and robert wagner asked him not to. >> i want to stop at that point. mr. davern, wagner said not to. not to take direct steps that could help identify where natalie wood was. had she fallen off the boat. that's what you're saying. >> yes. we didn't take any steps to see if we could locate her. >> do you have any evidence, any information to say that there was foul play, that this was murder, that he was responsible for her being pushed off the boat? or was it a matter of him simply saying, "we're not going to look
too hard." >> i think it was a matter of we're not going to look too hard. we're not going to turn on the search light, we're not going to notify anybody right at the moment. >> you never told the police that at the time, did you? >> no. >> why not? >> well, because we all had -- we all had our story to tell the homicide detectives at the time. and that's the story i told. >> so you agreed with robert wagner to tell a story he wanted you to tell, and not the truth. >> yes. >> why should anyone believe you now, when you didn't tell the truth then? >> well, at that time, my life was just totally, totally crazy at that time. and you know, i don't think there was a time where i was even able to even think straight.
>> any message you have for robert wagner this morning? >> no. >> we're going to leave it there. dennis davern, thank you very much. marti ruli, thank you. >> thank you. here's ann. >> thanks. another prestigious college sports program is being hit with allegations of abuse by one of its long-time coaches. this while more victims are coming forward claiming they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a former penn state assistant coach named jerry sandusky. nbc's peter alexander is in state college with the latest on this story. peter, good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning to you. police in syracuse, new york are investigating whether the men's assistant basketball coach there molested a boy, beginning in the mid 1980s, for more than 12 years. we'll have more details on that in just a moment. but here at penn state university, the man initially named acting president has now officially taken over that title. his name is rodney erickson. and today we're learning new details about the case here, and
about a federal investigation, as well. several lawyers tell nbc news that more young men are coming forward to say they're victims of jerry sandusky. many of them empowered the lawyers, say, to begin sharing their stories of abuse in the face of sandusky's denials. with bob costas on monday night. >> i say that i am innocent of those charges. >> there's comfort in numbers. and i think that they now understand that we're not alone. >> reporter: ben and riazi represents at least two alleged victims, one of them not included among the eight listed in the grand jury report. and riazi says that man was told by authorities he is victim number 11. and he's claiming there was yet another sexual assault on campus. >> my client was sexually assaulted by mr. sandusky in the early '90s. and he was sexually assaulted on the grounds of penn state university. >> reporter: and federal investigators are now examining the sandusky case. nbc news' national investigative
kpobl correspondent michael isikoff. >> reporter: federal prosecutors and fbi agents are looking hard at whether to open up their own investigation because of allegations that jerry sandusky crossed state lines to commit child abuse. one of the pennsylvania state charges against sandusky alleges that he flew one boy, victim number four, to the outback bowl in tampa in 1998. and then again to the alamo bowl in san antonio in 1999. starting when the boy was about 13 years old, sandusky is charged with repeatedly abusing him, including at the bowl games. the feds are also trying to determine whether sandusky used the internet to recruit alleged victims, also grounds for the fbi to become involved. and the new york-based charity, the fresh air fund, confirmed this week that it sent a half dozen children across state lines to live with sandusky. one high-level official said it would be inconceivable that we couldn't find grounds to make this a federal case. >> reporter: penn state's board of trustees has hired a large
pittsburgh-based law firm to advise it during this sex abuse scandal. two penn state administrators already face charges they lied to a grand jury, and didn't alert authorities when given a report of suspected abuse. they deny the charges. and with a new wave of heightened awareness on college campuses late thursday, syracuse university announced it had placed assistant men's basketball coach, bernie fine, on administrative leave. after a former ball boy told the media fine molested him, beginning in the 1980s. fine denies the allegations, and the university says it investigated the complaint in 2005 and immediately alerted police, who found no evidence to support the claims and no charges were ever filed. and back here at penn state, obviously, this entire community has been affected by the allegations here. the allegations that jerry sandusky molested and abused, assaulting as many as eight if not more boys. so students and alumni have
launched a fund-raising effort here, ann, trying to show their support for the victims of child abuse, already raising more than $420,000. >> well, that at least is a little bit of good news in what is really i tragic story. peter alexander, thank you so much. ben riazi is an attorney representing two of sandusky's alleged victims. good morning to you. >> good morning, ann. >> to what degree did the interview with bob costas play a role in now in new client for you, the second client, coming forward for the first time, ben? >> i think it played a major role in the second client coming forward. i think that the client had buried some of these thoughts deep down inside himself, and decided he needed to make a stance and support the other young men who had come forward. >> what can you tell us about this young man and the case he is making against jerry sandusky? >> the only thing i can tell you at this point in time, ann, is that he was not identified in the grand jury presentment.
i can tell you that he was sexually assaulted in the early '90s. i can tell you the assault happened on the grounds at penn state university. and i can tell you that he believes there are at least 11 victims who have been identified. i don't want to get into the specifics about what happened to him and the specific abuse allegations, so as not to step on the toes of the prosecutors. >> but you use the word "assault." does that mean one assault, or can you tell us whether he's talking about multiple assaults? >> i'll be in a position to release more information to the public after the prosecutors have released more information, and identified some of the allegations, so i'll punt on that question for the time being, until we're able to let the prosecutors discuss the new people who have come forward in this case. >> as we just heard in peter's report, he is not alone. this new client for you is not the only one who has come forward over and above those who have been indicated in the indictment. so the question i need to ask you, as the attorney talking to
these young people, how do you determine -- specifically how do you determine whether a claim is legitimate or if it's coming from someone who is actually looking for a payday? >> that's a good question, ann. through the course of the last several years, i've had the opportunity to meet with several assault victims in a multitude of different cases. and through the course of experience, i think i've really got my finger on the pulse of sexual assault victims. and i can tell, you know, when there's somebody who i believe has a credible claim. and i think it's important to note, ann, that not every victim that comes forward in this case has a -- has a civil claim. there is a statute of limitations in the state of pennsylvania. right now, only victims who are below the age of 30 are able to bring civil cases in the state of pennsylvania. so i don't think that this case is about money. i think it's about coming forward and doing what's right. >> ben, thank you so much for talking to us this morning. we look forward to speaking to you more again as obviously this story has a long way still to
go. it is now 7:12. let's get a check of the weather. >> good idea. mr. roker, mr. roker, good to see you. >> thank you. good to see you. unfortunately, our friends in the northwest has a strong pressure making its way in. so we're talking the cascades, anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow, and rain along the coast and that snow, it extends down into the sierra and will move into the rockies over the next 24 hours. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> golden sunlight under a blue sky. cold temperatures on this friday morning. i am tom kierein in storm center 4. it's below freezing throughout just the entire region except right near the waters. and we will warm into the 40s by noontime, upper 40s by early to mid-afternoon. another cold night tonight under
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it's 7:26 on this friday, november 18th. i am joe krebs. it's cold out there. let's see if it's causing problems with the commute. here is danella. >> it's making us annoyed that it's so cold. 19th street at virginia avenue, this is in northwest, a crash involving a metro bus so use caution in that area. and then robinson terminal, very slow. from the interchange to the dulles toll road, at 38 miles per hour, and 20 minutes to make that trip. outer loop in maryland,
clear and cold in the20s throughout most of the region this morning. later today into the 40s. sunny, and sunny saturday, cold in the morning lows in the 40s. and it's clouding up monday into tuesday a chance fr showers, and then drying out wednesday afternoon and should be sunny for thanksgiving day. joe? >>
morning, the 18th of november, 2011. and it's one of the coldest mornings of the season here in the northeast so far this year. meantime, inside studio 1-a, i'm ann curry alongside david gregory who is filling in for matt this morning. >> good to be here. >> just ahead, a heartbreaking story. a fifth grade honor student just 10 years old who took her own life last week and her family believes teasing and bullying by classmates drove her to kill herself. so this mortganing, the girl's mother speaks out in an exclusive live interview about what happened. plus, we're going to catch up with a family that we have been following for two years now. carolyn and sean savage gave birth to another woman's baby, you remember, after a fertility clinic mix-up. well now happy to say they are proud parents of twins and they are there. we're going to meet them in a couple moments. a reason to smile this morning. >> i know. and i've got another reason to
smile, because guess what, on monday on "today," meredith is returning to study joe 1-a, back here with an exclusive first look at charla nash's new face, the connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee and who received a ground breaking face transplant earlier this year. it's a story meredith has been following from the beginning. so she'll share the latest with us monday here on "today." we're excited that she'll be coming back to hang out with us. we may have to keep her. we're going to begin this half hour, however, with the end of ashton kutcher and memoey moore's marriage. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. the split wasn't a surprise to many here in hollywood. it's played out in the tabloids and on twitter. but now demi moore is confirming the end of their marriage and the beginning of what is likely to be a high-dollar divorce. after all the widespread speculation about ashton kutcher and demi moore's marriage, moore's statement was short. it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that i have decided to end my six-year marriage to
ashton. as a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that i hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that i have chosen to move forward with my life. moore then asked for privacy, something the celebrity pair may have trouble finding. for months, kutcher and moore have been front and center in the tabloids. the couple who once captured imaginations with their stunning looks and 16-year age difference instead faced allegations that kutcher had a one-night stand with this woman, sarah leal, on the eve of his sixth wedding anniversary. >> a woman came out, seemed pretty credible, gave very specific details. the timing, i'm sure, is no coincidence that this was sort of the final straw. >> reporter: after the alleged affair, moore and cukutcher wer seen camping together. but the couple who were well-known for tweeting love notes and pictures began using social media to offer clues about their split. >> i don't think you're going to see a lot of interviews happening with these two. i think you'll probably see them more using their twitter accounts, facebook, to say what
they would like to say. >> reporter: on thursday, the "two and a half men" star tweeted, i will forever cherish the time i spent with demi. marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world, and unfortunately, sometimes they fail. and in this case, failure could mean a mega buck split. their combined worth is estimated at more than $200 million. >> this is going to be a disillusion of marriage that is more a function of mathematics than an opportunity for retribution, and i think the parties will be able to move on fairly quickly and precisely. >> but divorce proceedings unlikely to end the fascination with these two. we did reach out to reps for both, and they had no further comment, ann. >> all right, kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. it is now 7:33. now here's david. ann, thanks. imagine being trapped in an elevator shaft as the elevator started coming down on you. that's exactly what happened to three students, three young women, at an oklahoma city school. and now officials have released the girls' frantic calls to 911.
nbc's thuan truong is in oklahoma city this morning with this amazing story. good morning. >> reporter: david, good morning to you. the three girls thought they were stepping into the elevator at school, but that's not what happened. instead, they found themselves inside the elevator shaft, and the elevator quickly coming down on top of them, with nowhere to run. they managed to call 911, and now they're able to talk about the frightening ordeal. >> it's when the elevator was coming down, i thought i was really going to die. >> reporter: ambry tygard and her two friends still can't believe what happened at school on friday. >> it was terrifying. >> reporter: the girls, ages 12 and 13, say they were at lunch when a classmate said there was something interesting to see near the elevator. so the girls went to check it out. they stepped inside the elevator and soon realized they were in trouble. >> i looked up, and realized it wasn't the elevator, that the elevator was actually way above us. we looked at the door, and we
tried to open it and it was locked. >> it was locked. >> so we were locked in. >> reporter: then the actual elevator started coming down, right on top of them. the terrified students got down on the ground. >> i was laying flat on my back and still trying to push up when it was coming down on me. and then, like, it squished me like down. >> right when it was coming down, i knew that after we tried to push it back up and it didn't stop automatically that i should just call 911. >> please lift it up! lift it up! oh, my god! >> hello? >> we're trapped under an elevator at classen sas high school. >> at the what? >> at the sas high school. >> okay. >> we're trapped under an elevator. >> okay. >> please help us now! >> reporter: the girls waited 40 minutes for help to it arrive. one of the things that may have saved them, savannah gable's boot. it was lodged between the elevator and the wall. >> the elevator was pressing down on this, and my foot was like this. and so my toes are really kind
of crushed. >> reporter: as rescuers worked frantically to get them out, the girls tried to keep each other calm. >> savannah kept saying, "we're going to live, liz, we're going to be okay." >> reporter: when it was all over, the three best friends were taken to the hospital. now investigators are trying to figure out why the elevator door, which was normally locked, was open. as for the girls, they're shaking it off as best they can. >> i still ride them. i'm not afraid to be inside them. i'm just afraid to be underneath them. >> reporter: and all three girls are now out of the hospital. ambry got it the worst with injuries to her leg, hip and back. records show that the elevator hasn't been inspected since 2009. the district is looking into that, and also, david, why that door was open. >> yeah. thuan truong, thanks very much. glad they're okay this morning. now let's get a check of the weather from al. today's weather is brought to you by chico's.
live for the present at chicos.com. >> good morning. we have twice as much, twice as nice. twins, what's your name? >> jenna and ally. >> and you're turning 20 today. no, you're each 10. happy birthday. very polite young ladies. we'll show you we have some lake-effect snow firing up across the tughill plateau. com plateau. and there will be another three to six inches of snow in that area. the rest of the country, we expect to see sunshine along the eastern seaboard. a little on the chilly side. 53 in atlanta today. and a real mess out west. high surf advisories in the pacific southwest. we are looking at sunshine in the gulf coast and into texas and the southwest, and we have our friends from bloomingdales
here. including an ornament that i designed. >> go to bloomingdales.com. >> thank you so much. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> i am meteorologist, tom kierein, in storm center 4. we have a beautiful blue sky and the bright sun illuminating. color showing up with a few trees in washington. the winds are down thankfully, and so are the temperatures down in the low to mid-20s throughout much of virginia and maryland, and closer to washington and around the beltway, in the upper 20s to 30s. and 40s later and as we head into the weekend, of course, you know that means it's the best night of the week. because it's sunday night, football night, in america. it's the second week in a row we're going to be at giant stadium. the eagles will fly in. will the giants swat them away? at metlife stadium, we'll have
to find out, because it's going to be partly cloudy, mild, 51 to 55. will michael vick play? will we find out on sunday night football night in america? you bet we will. david. >> bring it, al. the wild nfc east. al, thank you. still ahead, the ohio couple involved in a bizarre embryo mix-up show off their newest bundles of joy. there they are. but first, these messages.
♪ yes. [grunting noise] the target 2-day sale starts next friday morning at midnight. are you ready? we are back now. almost 7:43 with a very difficult story. the tragic story out of illinois. a young girl just 10 years old took her own life. and her family believes that bullying in had school is to blame. we're going to talk to that girl's mother in just a moment. but first, here's nbc's janet shamlian. she is in ridge farm, illinois. she has got details this morning. janet, good morning to you. >> reporter: david, good morning. you know we have seen so many of these bullying cases lately. but they tend to be teenagers in
high school, kids 14, 15, 16 years old. and occasionally it happens younger. in middle school. but what happened here in rural illinois, a small town of just 900 people s almost beyond belief. a 10-year-old girl, a fifth grader here in this elementary school has take her own life. and her family believes it is because of bullying. a colorful tribute amid blue skies, one that can only be described as a gray day. as balloons are launched from the grave site of 10-year-old ash lynn conner. a fifth grade honor student described as an all-american girl, who loved cheerleading, and her dreams of being a veterinarian. her untimely death, her family says, was a result of bullying in an elementary school. >> her last words to me were -- "mommy, i love you." and she hugged me. i told her i loved her too. >> reporter: her family is
grief-stricken. so too is this small town among the corn fields. 300 of its 900 residents turned out to say goodbye. >> no one should have to feel like they have to take their own life because of bullying. it needs to stop, now. >> reporter: according to her mom, ashlynn has complained of being tore meblted by classmates since the third grade. >> some girls at school called her a slut, and she is like i don't know what that is. i didn't explain it to her, because 10 years old, she is too young to know that stuff. >> reporter: but what would have driven a 10-year-old girl to take her own life? conner says her daughter was in tears last thursday after school, saying she had been harassed on the playground, and asking that she start being home schooled. the next evening, the unimaginable. ashlynn's 14-year-old sister found ashlynn hanging from a scarf in her bedroom closet. conner says ashlynn tried to talk to her teachers about being
bullied. >> she went to three different teachers, and they told her, "ashlynn, you need to go sit down and stop tattling." >> reporter: school officials would not comment but the district released this statement. we know there is a great deal of discussion about what role bullying may have played in this tragedy. we are confident that the police will shed light on this matter. authorities say they're treating the case as a suicide and are investigating the bullying reports. at ashlynn's funeral, friends, children who had seemed to be too young to be dealing with the suicide of a classmate, struggled with what had happened. >> i think it's sad. and i don't know. >> it's a lesson to other kids that death is forever. and you can't just die and come back. >> reporter: ashlynn's death has devastated this community, and here at her elementary school, the fact that she is not coming back is a concept many of these children are too young to even understand.
such a tragic story. david? >> janet shamlian in illinois for us this morning. thank you. stacy conner is with us exclusively this morning, along with ashlynn's aunt, kim wright. gail saltz is also here, a psychiatrist, and "today" contributor. ladies, good morning to all of you. stacy, i don't think i've got the right words as a dad of young kids how sorry i am we're having this conversation. i just hope that talking about it publicly does some good. and i know that's why you're here. did you have any impression that your daughter was so hurt, was in such a horrible place, that she would actually take her own life? >> no. sorry. >> don't be sorry. i don't think anybody expects you to get through this without -- without crying. you knew she was hurting. you knew it was bad. but ever to this extent? >> not to this extent. she never talked about killing herself. or hurting herself.
>> that part of it was just a surprise to you. >> it was. >> she wanted to live. she was talking that day about how she was in the thanksgiving mood. and how she asked her mom if -- how much snow we would get this winter, and she thought it would be a lot. >> so what was it? what happened that would make her snap like that? >> i really don't know for sure. i just know that that night before it happened she had gotten a phone call from a friend. i overheard her phone call. she was explaining to this friend that she had talked to me, and she was telling me about the three girls that had been picking on her at school that day. and she told this friend -- i asked my mom if i could be homeschooled and my mom said no. and after that, i quit listening in on the conversation, but she sounded like she was almost fine with it. >> right.
>> because she wasn't upset when she was talking to this friend. >> you did go and talk to the principal. you talked to principals at school. did you do that right away? >> before, in the past? not right away. i would give her advice and guidance as to how i thought she should be able -- as to how i thought she would be able to handle bullying. >> right. as we all tell our kids. tell the person, you know, that you don't like it. maybe tell an adult. do you feel like the school did an adequate job dealing with it? >> in the past, yes. because if i had any problems after talking to her, anymore problems after talking to her about it before, she would come and tell me. and then i would go and talk to the principal. and you know, it was taken care. >> but more recently? >> no. >> kim, you're shaking your head, too. you don't think it was dealt with right? >> we have to back up a little bit, though, because, you know,
the last couple weeks how things have happened, it's kind of sporadic. and she would come to stacy. stacy would talk to her. and then thursday was when she come home said and she wanted to be home schooled and stacy said no, we'll go to the principal on monday. and we'll get this worked out. and, of course, monday didn't come. and they didn't have school friday. so -- but the school has a policy where they say that they -- three things are to happen. the first thing is that the child is to tell the kids no. stop. tell a bully no. second one, they are to walk away. the third one is that they're to tell the teacher. ashlynn did all three of those things. >> gail, very quickly. what's the cautionary tale here? what do parents take away, in just a few seconds? >> if your child is extremely upset, it's okay to ask them if they're having thoughts about killing themselves. parents are often afraid to do that. they don't want to bring it up. they don't want to think about it. and they think they might
suggest something to a child who hasn't thought of it already. but that's really a myth. and if your child expresses thoughts of hurting themselves, you need to get them, you know, immediate help, immediate evaluation. because children, unlike adults, can look depressed one moment and happy and okay the next. so it's hard to detect when they are actually depressed and they can be impulsive and act on something too soon. >> our deepest sympathies. we'll pray for you and pray for ashlynn. thank you for being here. thank you for talking about it. it can do a lot of good, i think, to parents listening to this. thank you all very much. we'll be right back. i'd race down that hill without a helmet. i took some steep risks in my teens. i'd never ride without one now. and since my doctor prescribed lipitor, i won't go without it for my high cholesterol and my risk of heart attack. why kid myself? diet and exercise weren't lowering my cholesterol enough. now i'm eating healthier, exercising more, taking lipitor.
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♪ 8:00 now on this friday morning. it's november 18th, 2011. of course, that is justin bieber, one of the biggest stars on our planet. he will be here next wednesday performing live on our plaza. >> can i just say i love that song. and to watch my kids do the whole -- it's great. and you probably join them. >> i do. >> we also have rascal flats and special guest natasha beddenfield and carol king will also be here. so it's going to be a great big week. a great big morning, as well. because joining us on our plaza, ann curry, david gregory and al roker. >> sorry to interrupt, get in the way of the full complement of entertainment. but i got excited when i heard that song. >> we'll survive. what else is coming up? >> we're talking about that
weird story of the mix-up with the fertility clinic that affected that couple. they have worked through all of this, and now have a new brood of their own, and they're going to show them off to us this week. a really happy story to talk about this morning, which we're happy to have. then we're going to meet five women who each dropped between 100 and 200 pounds. >> wow. that's amazing. >> bless them. >> and how do you dress after such an incredible weight loss? well, we're going to give them and you some pointers. >> okay. that sounds good. before we get to that, let's get a check of the news and we have savannah guthrie in this morning. good morning. a bombshell this morning from the captain of the yacht involved in the 1981 drowning of actress natalie wood. dennis davern whose tell-all book was published last year told david gregory he feels wood's husband, actor robert wagner, was responsible for her death. he also said there had been a loud argument aboard the yacht
where actor christopher walken was also present. when pressed, however, captain davern did not elaborate. on thursday, the los angeles sheriffs department said investigators were reopening the case after they were contacted by people who said they had information. a statement from robert wagner's family says they fully welcome the investigation but hope this is not the case of somebody trying to profit off the 30th anniversary of wood's death. fallout from the child sex abuse scandal at penn state where a front window at the home of jerry sandusky was smashed this morning. he is, of course, the former assistant coach at the center of those accusations. meantime, two weeks after the scandal rocked penn state, police are now investigating child sex abuse allegations at syracuse university. two men told espn that long-time assistant basketball coach bernie fine molested them for years, saying -- when -- it started when they were teen ball boys. the school placed him on leave thursday and says it conducted its own investigation years ago, but could not find witnesses to
back up the men's claims. the coach denied the allegations. occupy wall street protesters marked the two-month point of their movement with a day of action across the country. mara schiavocampo is in lower manhattan where police arrested hundreds of demonstrators. mara, good morning to you. savannah, good morning. yesterday the occupy wall street movement did just that, with hundreds marching to wall street in an effort to disrupt business at the new york stock exchange. protests continued here in new york throughout the day, ending with a massive show of force in the evening. thousands of protesters joined by labor unions marching across the brooklyn bridge. throughout the day, there were several heated clashes with police, resulting in about 250 arrests. those demonstrations took place in cities all across the country as part of this national day of action. and today after that two-month anniversary, questions about where the movement goes from here, especially given the fact that over the course of this week and the last few weeks, several of those makeshift occupy camps have been dismantled and taken down,
including here in new york, where earlier this week, police evicted protesters and tore down camps in a surprise midnight raid here at zu catty park, the birthplace of this movement. now protesters are trying to answer questions of what they do next and where they go from here. savannah? >> all right, mara schiavocampo in lower manhattan, thank you. hillary clinton is in bali, indonesia this morning, and chuck todd spoke to her about, among other things, the race for the 2012 white house. >> any of these republican presidential candidates ready to answer the 3:00 a.m. phone call? >> i'm out of politics, happy to be out of politics. but i am very proud of the leadership that president obama has shown. he's demonstrated unequivocally that he's ready, willing and able to do whatever is necessary for our country. >> reporter: i've got to ask about my new colleague. >> yes. >> reporter: what did you think when she said i want to become a member of the fourth estate, this side of the line here?
>> well, i was a little surprised. but, you know, she -- she decided to go for it, and i'm very excited for her. >> just moments before talking to nbc, president obama announced that secretary clinton will make a historic visit to myanmar, the first trip of its kind in 50 years. now for a look at what's trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. veteran tweeters, demi moore and ashton kutcher are the talk of twitter this morning, after demi moira announced thursday she is ending her six-year marriage to ashton kutcher. moore will no doubt have to rethink her twitter name, which is mrs. kutcher. complaints about "people" magazine's choice of bradley cooper as the sexiest man alive are building online and on the streets, too. ryan gosling supporters organized this tongue in cheek occupy people protest outside new york offices. and this is going viral on youtube. [ laughter ]
>> no wonder the clip is called "my daughter chooses the dark side." today she destroys a toy car. tomorrow, who knows? it's 8:06. now back to al with the check of the weather. i like that cackle. >> we've got our friends here. i can't spell. what does it say? >> long wood, kansas! >> all right. let's check your wea spell. what does it say? >> longwood, kansas. >> columbia, south carolina. sunny, cool, 54 degrees. and then we have a big system coming into the pacific northwest. it's looking like the brisk side there. we have lake-effect snow showers in the plateau, and sunny and cool through the gulf coast, and
frigid weather continued throughout alaska, temperatures way below zero throughout interior sections of that state. what is your name? >> matty. >> happy birthday. it's your 9th birthday. and another sweet 16. all right! that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. a royal blue sky and golden sunlight, and, yes, it's cold on this friday morning. temperatures are in the 20s to near 30 degrees throughout much of the region. we will continue to climb as the sunshine works it's ms magic. and that's your latest weather. david? >> al, thank you very much. and coming up, a new beginning for a family involved in a tragic embryo mix-up. we're going to catch up with them and their happy story, right after this.
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back now at 8:12 with today's update. carolyn savage gave birth to another woman's baby after an embryo implant mistake. but she and her husband never gave up on their dream of having more children. in a moment, we'll meet the newest members of the savage family. one, of course, is very nervous here. but first, their remarkable journey. from the moment they got married, carolyn and sean savage had big dreams of little bundles. >> we knew that we would start our family right away, after we got married. because we wanted kids and lots of them. that was our plan. >> although blessed with two sons, growing their family of four proved difficult, and the
savages looked to in vitro fertilization for help. in 2008, their daughter mary kate was born. >> and it was just such a miracle. a huge accomplishment for us. >> a miracle they hoped to repeat in february, 2009. carolyn returned to the same clinic to have some of other remaining embryos implanted. the procedure successful, the news devastating. carolyn was pregnant with another couple's child. >> they transferred the wrong embryos. >> it was just a stunning, stunning moment. >> despite their heartbreak and confusion, the savages were certain about one thing. >> we knew that we had somebody's very, very wanted child. we can't terminate this pregnancy. >> even with risks to her own health, carolyn gave birth to a healthy baby boy named logan that september. the parents forever grateful. >> there is no way we could possibly repay them for what they have done for us.
>> how do you do that? >> you can't. because you can't put a price on a human life. it's priceless. >> but the savages' journey was not yet complete. they looked to modern medicine once again for help in fulfilling their long-held dream. this time through surrogacy using their embryos. after years of pain and struggle, a pregnancy success beyond their wildest imagination. the savages and their surrogate announced their exciting news on "today" last spring. >> we hit the jackpot. >> and i want you to break the news to the audience. you really did hit the jackpot. >> we did. we are expecting twins. >> on august 11th, isabella and reagan savage were born. their big family dream finally come true. the savage family is with us now, exclusively. we've got carolyn, sean, drew, ryan, mary kate and the newest additions, bella and reagan. their surrogate jennifer o nash, as well. good morning to all of you. welcome and congratulations.
>> thank you. >> you want to introduce us to your girls? >> sure. this is reagan. >> and this is isabella. >> and clearly, this is their first moment on live television. what does it mean to you after having given up a child, that you thought was yours to now be a mother again? >> you know, i can't even really find the right words to express our gratitude for what jennifer has done for our family. i think every time we look at them, even in moments like this where we're a little cranky, i think we have tremendous perspective, in some of the more chaotic moments of our lives. and we're just overwhelmed with gratitude. >> are there moments in these chaotic moments you're thinking, be careful what you wish for? twins, really? >> it can be a little overwhelming, but, i mean, at the same time, we feel like our journey has come to this point, which we're -- we never gave up on. it's a dream come true. >> no kidding. but jennifer, for that dream to
come true, you actually had to go through a lot of ivf attempts. also i understand a miscarriage. what made you decide to help this family? >> after hearing their story, i knew, my heart just went out to them. i knew i had to do it. >> really? and you were found online. had you ever been a sewer got mother before? >> yes, i have. >> you knew what it would take. >> yes. >> is this the first time you have met the girls? >> since i left indiana. >> how do you feel this morning? >> it's great to see how big they are. >> what about you boys? what about you, mary kate? are you good at changing diapers? is. >> yes! >> have you gotten good? >> yeah. >> are you good at changing diapers? i is. >> yes. >> i don't know, what about you, drew? you're the oldest. >> yeah, it's been an adjustment. but i mean, i've gotten used to it, and they're great. >> so, you know, really what you are is -- are a family, a family that's grown.
because you didn't give up. >> right. >> right? >> right. i think everybody faces challenges in life, right? and i think we held on to our faith, but we also put our faith into action. and we knew what we needed to do to make our dreams come true. and in the same way that we're grateful to jennifer for what she has done for our family, we're also very grateful to the more relies, because we've gotten to be -- gotten to see logan quite a bit over the last six months. and every time we see him, and how loved and adored he is by his mom and dad and his big sisters, that's equally as rewarding. and so i think we were here two years ago, and i remember giving the interview and thinking our biggest fear is that we just didn't know how this was going to turn out. and if someone had -- if we could have had a little glimpse into where we were going to be now, we're just so lucky. and we realize it. and we aren't going to take one second for granted. >> wow. it has been a great pleasure for
us to hear this story. after listening to your wife, i can see there are tears in your eyes. and thank you so much. and good luck to your family and to your little precious new bundles of joy. >> thank you. >> you canind more of the savages' story in their book, "inconceivable." and we're back after this. two medium cappuccinos! let's show 'em what a breakfast with wholegrain fiber can do. one coffee with room, one large mocha latte. medium macchiato, light hot chocolate hold the whip, and two espressos, make one a double. she's full and focused! [ barista ] i have two cappuccinos, one coffee with room, one large mocha latte, a medium macchiato, a light hot chocolate, hold the whip
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and be himself. >> but with the advent of technology and creativity, that sanctuary has in many cases turned from male serenity to fantasy land. from books to tv commercials. to the big screen. >> this is the man cave! >> there's even a tv series on the diy network called "man caves." >> we brought it to another level, where it's now more recognizable and it's more in the mainstream. >> the concept of the show is a simple one. find a man in need of some solace and help him make a dream come true. >> oh -- my -- i can't even breathe. >> it's a cave, but not like any cave i've ever seen in my life. >> in this house, the bar, mirrored tvs, a working fireplace, a poker table and a wine cellar. this guy wanted a space ship cave. the man cave mantra is simple.
if you can think it, you can build it. but don't let the name fool you. these days, man caves are open to others, as well. >> we have a lot of nonman parties here, where there are boys and girls together. >> mixers. >> if you will, yes. >> doug ack brose, his wife kelly and their two children live in a small town in connecticut. >> there have been nights where a couple people knocked on the door and they're like rooftop open and they come. it's fun. >> it's hard to argue there. just look around this place. >> this is a table shuffle board. we've got the racks, the tv, some shots. >> whoa! there's got to be 46,000 remote controls in here. >> this is the wine closet. >> you can fit in here, right? can i get you something? >> this is the theater. >> we put something -- i don't know, kind of fun on tv. something that makes us feel like oh, we're just in the middle of it! in the middle of all this fun testosterone. you tell 'em, judy! i love when she gets like that.
so i only got through about ten minutes of "judge judy" before 25 of doug's closest friends showed up. or, in other words, a regular night he at the ambrose man cave. and yes, that's a keg. whether the space is used as a think tank or a playroom, an escape or a party, it's quickly becoming the most coveted room in the home. but at the end of the day, they may act like men in caves. but in reality -- >> amateurs. >> they're still just a bunch of boys. >> unfortunately, we ran out of time to show you that we actually stopped by david gregory's house and he took his little basement and turned it into -- a shameless "meet the press" man cave. >> yeah, exactly. >> so embarrassing. >> jenna, thank you.
8:26 is your time now. 36 degrees out there. it's cold. it's friday, november 18th, 2011. good morning to you. i am eun yang. feels like winter is just around the corner. and meteorologist, tom kierein, is inside the weather center. >> we have a bright blue sky. it's getting above freezing throughout much of the region, and later we will be in the 40s, and lots of sun. tomorrow, highs
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♪ 8:30 now on a friday morning. it's the 18th of november, 2011. the holiday season is upon us. and in case you haven't heard, we have some early presents for you in the form of some music. because on monday, we've got rascal flatts along with a special guest, natasha bedingfield. and carole king tuesday. and wednesday, justin bieber live on our plaza. i think a few people might arrive for that. if you've lost weight, we've got some inspiration for you this morning. >> yeah, it's really amazing, five women each who lost between 100 and 200 pounds, what an incredible accomplishment. the before and after pictures are tremendous. and we'll show off their new looks. >> they look fantastic. and two-time oscar winner jeremy
renner is here, talking about ghost protocol. >> we love this man. good. >> and i love being book ended by land of the giants. >> i'm only a giant because i have heels. i am down here with you, actually. >> there you go. we missed that whole visual joke. okay. oscar drums are beating for the artist of black and white silent film. i've got to tell you, we'll be meeting two of the stars coming up. >> that's right. i saw it. the movie is called "the artist," a silent film, you can only sort of hear music and once in a while a natural sound. but this movie is riveting. >> it's the writing. >> it's one of the best movies i have seen in years. in fact, i would go so far as to say i would be surprised if it doesn't get a nomination. >> wow. >> ann curry. i'm going to tweet that out right now. >> i'm throwing it down. anyway, let's get to your weather. >> that's right. we want to thank everybody wow .
and let's get to your weather. >> yeah, we want to thank everybody that came by our book signing yesterday and today. 60 years in the making. >> we're still here. >> yeah, and we're having a great time there at barnes & noble. >> look, there are like five people in line. >> and our weather, let's show you what is happening as far as your weekend is concerned. saturday, looking at snow in the great lakes, and sunshine up and dount seaboard, and snow showers in the pacific northwest, and sunday, sunday, we have more rain through the mississippi river valley and showers in the pacific northwest. look for sunny skies up and doudown the eastern seaboard. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> it has been subfreezing for the last two or three hours and now getting above freezing throughout the area in the low
and mid-30s. we will continue to climb into the mid-and upper 40s and lots of sun. a cold start and that's your latest weather. now let's head on down to washington, d.c. and say hello to uncle willard scott. >> okay, boys and girls, it's birthday time in the music hall. check if you will and see -- and anniversary time. okay. emory ross of teague, texas, 102. loves to watch, guess what, the texas rangers on television. and if he can, loves to go to a game. how about that? mary wigent, i knew i would do it right, of niles, michigan. 104. and all sorts of activities, including competing in bridge contests. that's a lot of brain power, playing bridge.
miriam brower of arnold, nebraska, 105. active player in all sorts of scrabble games. loves to eat. has her french fries with vanilla ice cream. that i must say i've never heard. but why not? everything new. estelle olsen, yeah, you betcha from millsboro, nevada, 105, attributes her longevity to drinking two glasses of red wine every day. how about that? sure enough. elmer breedlove. of stuart, florida. what a nice town. 100 years old today. happily married to his wife of 77 years. they should be on the marriage list. well, they are. and they love each other very, very much. how about that? always good to hear that. that's sweet. and we have earl and artys rouel. and they're from tempe, arizona. 75 years they've been married. truly some of the best mexican
food in the world in tempe. and they live independently, and they love each other very, very much. that's always good to hear. isn't it? that's it. that's all. now back to that wonderful city on the hudson. >> all right, willard, thank you so much. coming up next, we've got style makeovers for women who have lost more than 100 pounds. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
♪ this morning on today's woman, five women who each lost at least 100 pounds. so what do you wear when your closet is filled with clothes 20 sizes too big? that's a good problem to have. "o" magazine contributor penny is here to help them show off their new looks. >> good morning. you're going to love these women. >> all right. let's get to our first gal. this is brenna.
we want to show her before. she was a size 28. tell us about her new look as you walk on out here. hi, brenna? >> brenna is celebrating ten years of having lost 170 pounds. and can you believe this is a woman who once shopped in the men's department at the gap? >> i cannot. >> so we wanted to put her in a slimming black number. it's great because it's black. we also love the v-neck, shows off her great neckline. and she wouldn't be caught dead in a skirt before. >> hey, brenna, how did you do it? for ten years you've kept it off. >> just hard work. hard work. >> no secret about that. thank you so much. it's great to see you. you look fantastic. >> thank you. >> our next model is dareese, 269 pounds before. let's show her. boy, you're not going to recognize her now. you are hot. come on out. >> dareese is now at half her weight. you would see her at the airport in her security officer uniform. so we wanted to give her a glam upgrade with this nicole miller dress.
makes her look longer and leaner. >> and i know you had weight loss surgery, but you say it is not an easy option. >> it is not an easy option. a lot of people think it's an easy way out. and it's a lot of hard work. >> it is. but it has paid off for you. thank you so much. let's get to susan. she before was 266 pounds. she's a publicist out in the public eye all of the time. and she wanted to wear, what, a specific look. come on out. >> susan, she is wearing her red carpet look. this is a sexy vantage dress, working in the right ways on susan. she celebrated her birthday this weekend and we glammed it up with michael kors pumps. >> and you say it's small steps. >> yes, anybody can do this. >> there is no place to hide in that dress. >> no, there is not. >> thank you so much. you look fantastic. we have item tammy next, 287 pounds, and she lost 110 pounds. we're showing before tammy.
come out and show off your great look. >> here is tammy, rocking the tuxedo look. it's so hot right now for the holidays. it's all over the current issue of "o" magazine and we paired the jacket with a cobalt dress, the it color of the season. >> tammy, i know you had lap band surgery. how do you keep the weight off? >> like they said. it's all about hard work and you just have to keep working at it. that's all. >> okay. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> and our last gal, ashley, a recent college grad, 290 pounds. and come on out here, ashley. wait until you see her now, looking fantastically red. >> she is so young and darling. we wanted to give her a darling look. this is a mod '60s inspired dress we found at ann taylor. and we love it because at "o" magazine, we tell women to play one asset and here we're playing her long legs. >> ashley, what's your secret? >> hard work, perseverance and is support. >> i think i'm detecting a theme here. why don't you all come out so we can get one look at you. what an amazing accomplishment.
they all look fantastic. thank you so much. and penny, we can read about the story in "o" magazine. >> absolutely. thank you. coming up next, we're going to catch up with oscar nominated actor jeremy renner. but first, this is "today" on ♪ ♪ if i should fall from grace with god ♪ ♪ where no doctor can relieve me ♪ ♪ if i'm buried 'neath the sod ♪ but the angels won't receive me ♪ ♪ let me go, boys, let me go, boys ♪ ♪ let me go down in the mud where the rivers... ♪ [ female announcer ] when you're responsible for this much of the team, you need a car you can count on. ♪
it has been a busy couple of years for actor jeremy renner. in had 2009, he portrayed a american staff sergeant in iraq in the film "the hurt locker." and played a bank robber in the 2010 film called "the town" earning oscar nominations for both roles. now he has chosen to accept the mission of starring alongside tom cruise in "mission impossible: ghost protocol." take a look. >> so you're sure about this suit, right? >> pretty sure. >> pretty sure? >> jump. >> o god.
>> jump. jump! >> oh. come here, renner. good morning to you. pretty sure? >> yeah. exactly. >> what is it about you? this is a crazy thing. you've done a lot of crazy things for this movie. >> yes. >> what is it about you that kind of seeks this impossible physical challenges that kind of death defying stuff? >> i don't know -- i don't know if i enjoy it, but come on, it's a big fun action movie. you get the opportunity to do those sorts of things, hang out with tom and stuff. that's amazing. >> yeah, let's take a look at that. that clip is getting a lot of play, the one with tom cruise, hanging off the world's tallest building. it is insane. i mean, you actually -- this is not made with graphics. this really happened. >> yeah, yeah. >> and i mean, you had to be frightened. you had to be scared. because you were actually hanging by, what, a wire? >> yeah, yeah. tom was on a couple wires. a rigging and is doing this sort of thing is crazy.
>> yeah. >> but all i was, i had a little teeny little thing on my belt. >> no redundancy, just one wire? >> yeah, it was strong. they keep me safe. but it just didn't feel safe when you just have this wire hanging off your belt loop, essentially and you're hanging out and about a mile and something in the air. and i almost vomited. >> okay. thanks a lot for that, having our breakfast. no, but that's how scared you were. >> i did -- i said, tom, i might throw something down on you. i'm going to grab on to anything i can, so be prepared. >> but you know what, at any point, how long did that last? was there any point where you actually could enjoy the movie? >> yeah, 30 seconds, after i felt like i wasn't going to -- my pants weren't going to come off or anything or fall out. >> yeah, that's another reason -- >> i felt good. it was like, all right, this is quite beautiful. everything looked like little lego land down below. and i figured if i fell, i could at least make a few phone calls on the way down and say hey, mom, not making it home. pop, what's up? >> no, because it's that far down. i know.
you play agent william brandt, and i'm not really quite sure we know very much about this character. of course, ethan hunt is running away, because he's now having to -- he's being blamed for a terrorist bombing and so now he has been disavowed so now has to reinstate himself. and somehow you're involved, your character. >> i can't tell you a whole lot, except we're a band of, you know, rogue -- either agents, or i was an analyst for the secretary. that's actually revealed for the first time in this film. and things go awry. we all have to come together and overcome great obstacles. and the allegiance is -- we're not sure where things are. >> you've got a bunch of other movies "hansel and gretel" "the avenger". i know you've got your notes in your pocket. you once survived on 20 -- what, two for 29-cent burgers from mcdonalds.
you once waited tables. >> of course. >> think about that. that was not so long ago, five-something years ago, maybe? >> yeah, ten years ago. >> ten years ago? and looking where you are -- people sometimes forget to pinch themselves. do you? >> oh, no, about every five minutes. every five minutes, absolutely. yeah. >> well, we are lucky to see your work. thank you so much. >> o come on. >> no, come on! oscar nominee. jeremy renner, thank you so much. the movie is called "mission impossible:ghost protocol". coming up next, jenna bush hager with a story of a cancer survivor who battled his way to the nfl.
this morning on "today's" extra yard, the inspirational story of new york giants' rookie mark herzlich. correspondent -- people are pushing me around here. jenna bush hager is here with more on this on the football beat. jenna, good morning. >> morning, guys. yeah, he's young, only 24 years old, but herzlich has lived a lifetime over the last two years battling cancer on the way to the nfl. a journey that's changed his perspective on life. >> my dream as a little kid was to play in the nfl. >> he liked the jacksonville jaguars.
>> football became something i really fell in love with in high school. >> he started getting interested in colleges. >> reporter: it's no secret that making the nfl is tough. only about one out of every two,000 children who ever play the game will take the field as a pro. mark herzlich wanted to be that one. a high school standout, he played at boston college, and as a junior was named acc defensive player of the year. with that became buzz he would be a first-round pick in the nfl draft. and then, an unexpected detour nearly robbed him of his dream. >> i couldn't sleep at night, because there was sharp pain going through my leg, through my lower back. i would wake up in the middle of the night screaming. i said to myself, if the doctors can't find anything wrong with it, then it must be in my head. >> reporter: unfortunately, it wasn't. it was cancer in herzlich's bones. doctors diagnosed the then 21-year-old with ewing sarcomaa and told him he would never run again. >> you walk out of that appointment, life is never the same. never the same after that one
moment. >> i was sad. i was upset. i was angry. and something in me said, if you sit here and feel sorry for yourself, this cancer is going to beat you. and i made up my mind, i'm going to be fine. and i'm going to play football again. >> reporter: herzlich pushed through six months of chemo and 50 rounds of radiation, never losing sight of his goal, running on to the field with his boston college teammates. >> we didn't know whether he was going to play or what. and i went to practice friday night and said they've got him running with the ones. i think he's starting. >> it was emotional. i realized the fact that i was told i was never going to play. i'm running out on the field. i'm going to do this. >> reporter: once a top pick, nfl teams passed over herzlich in the draft. but eventually the giants, his dad's favorite team, invited him to training camp. >> he got his chance back. >> reporter: maybe one or two undrafted players make the nfl
each season. herzlich was one of them, earning a spot on big blue's roster. in some ways, is it nice just to be one of the rookies? >> yeah. it's nice to be, you know, one of the guys. >> reporter: for halloween, herzlich and the other giants' rookies dressed in costume and visited the children's cancer wing of hackensack university medical center, drinking treats and a distraction to children battling the disease. what's it like being back? >> this is the silver lining, the point where i can give back and help and see the smiles on the kids' faces and that makes everything worth it. >> reporter: herzlich sat with justin cortez, a 17-year-old high school senior, a football player recently diagnosed with t-cell lymphoma. >> what position do you play? >> i play d-nose and right guard. >> don't ever be ashamed of or feel bad that you are sick. because you're fighting and you're a survivor. and you need to be proud of that fact. >> reporter: so in some ways
this battle with cancer has broadened your life. >> it has. it's definitely broadened my life. i was very, you know, blinded. and if i can do anything now, to go to a hospital and talk to a guy who plays football, who has cancer, and just put a smile on his face, a little glint of hope in his eye, that might be more important than, you know, a lot of touchdowns. >> reporter: the odds of herzlich's cancer returning are low. >> some people ask me whether i want the cancer survivor crossed out next to my name and just have football player. and that is never something i want. you know, as long as wikipedia is around, i want it to say "mark herzlich, cancer survivor, nfl football player." >> and you really can't help but be inspired by him. you can tele appreciates the
opportunity to be with kids who go through this battle. he even wore this bracelet that justin gave him during his game with the patriots a few weeks ago. a shottout to the battle he's sadly all too familiar with. but he's an awesome guy which i guess leads us to -- >> that's right, we want to toast him. >> let's toast him. >> it's a really wonderful story. let's mention, you can see mark and the new york giants take on the philadelphia eagles this sunday night here on nbc. the coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern on, what, al? >> on saturday night football. i'm thinking about the wine already. saturday night football night in america. >> that's right. okay. but speaking of that glass, walmart apparently is going to copy, i guess, what happened -- >> check by check. >> or trader joe's -- >> we have a tasting. >> this is $2 -- >> this is a merlot. >> under $3. >> should we swirl it? >> yeah, swirl it -- >> sip it. >> it's a little strange to drink wine this early. >> oh, you've never been with
kathie lee and hoda. >> a little sweet for me. >> i find this to be fruit forward, chocolate -- owe. >> do you want to spit it out -- >> a little bit of earth in it. and also pizza. >> this is sort of vanilla. >> can i just say, do you know what goes great with wine and football? >> what would that be, david? >> a little birthday cake. >> yay! >> ann curry's birthday is tomorrow and here is hoda. >> are we going to sing? >> yeah! >> we can't sing -- >> we have to pay for the happy birthday -- >> okay, but you know what, he has a dance. he has a dance! you said you had a dance for her birthday. dance! dance dance dance! >> i need more walmart wine. >> yeah! >> happy birthday, ann. i toast you with walmart wine. >> so nice. >> you think that smells good, why don't you smell that cake?
>> hey, al, this isn't my first rodeo. >> honestly, i was surprised by this. thank you so much. >> happy birthday! >> thank you. we'll be right back. 8:56 is your time now on this friday, november 17th -- 18th, rather, 2011. i am eun yang, and gelet's get look at the forecast. >> we look at this live picture, and a lot of leaves are off the trees now and filling the streets and sidewalks. temperatures are beginning to climb now. we are generally above freezing in most areas to near 40 now and later today we should make it in the mid and upper 40s. and a cold start for
"today" on this friday morning. it's the 18th day of november, 2011. it is going to be a sunny, but cold day out here in rockefeller plaza. but we're so glad these people decided to kick off the weekend with us. it is only 36 degrees out here, so people are waiting and trying to stay warm. in the meantime, i'm ann curry alongside david gregory and al roker. and this morning -- by the way, matt has got the morning off. this morning, we're going to be talking about a story that really kind of broke last night about natalie wood, how she might have really died. homicide detectives have actually reopened the case, the investigation into her death. she was believed to have accidentally drown during a boating trip 30 years ago this month. this morning, the man who was the captain of that boat that fatal night has made a bombshell claim. we'll have an exclusive interview on that coming up. also the inside scoop, more hollywood news this morning, the official divorce now of demi
moore and ashton kutcher. they have officially split up. it is a divorce, by the way, that could involve millions of dollars. there will be a lot of eyes on that. and we'll get into that in a few minutes. >> and on a lighter note, time for seasons eatings. of course we're going to be going to a lot of parties, a lot of great food. that's right. and, of course, there's stress during the holiday season, as well. we want to make sure we give you some tips to help you manage stress and take control so you don't overeat and then regret things come january. >> that's good. timing is just right for that kind of advice. it's also time now for the news and natalie has the morning off. she is on assignment so we have savannah guthrie at the news desk. hey, savannah. >> good morning, everybody. a front window at the home of jerry sandusky was smashed this morning. he is, of course, the former assistant coach at the center of the penn state sex abuse scandal. mean twim, two weeks after that scandal rocked the penn state football program, police are investigating child sex abuse allegations at syracuse university now. two men told espn that long-time
assistant basketball coach, bernie fine, plo molested them for years, starting when they were teen ball boys. the school placed fine on leave on thursday. coach fine has denied those allegations. a 21-year-old idaho man is facing charges of attempting to assassinate the president after he allegedly fired nine rounds at the white house last friday. president obama and his family were not in washington at the time. according to court documents, oscar ramiro ortega hernandez believes he is jesus. if convicted faces life in prison. president obama is highlighting economic and diplomatic progress on his asian tour. in indonesia this morning, the president announced secretary of state hillary clinton will be the first secretary of state in a half century to visit myanmar, where a new civilian government is making reforms after decades of military rule. the president also welcomed an agreement by indonesia's largest domestic airline to buy a record
$22 billion worth of boeing jets. and after nearly three decades as the friendly face of morning television, today is regis philbin's last day at "live with regis and kelly." late night surprised him with a red vespa. perfect so he could ride off into the sunset. >> regis! are you ready, my friend? >> i'm on it! i'm ready to go, first ever. >> for the love of god, be careful. thank you. god speed. regis philbin. there he goes. >> i made it! i'm fine. >> of course regis can't resist getting one last laugh in, even after some 17,000 hours spent on television. that's more than anyone else ever. congratulations to him. it is now 9:04. back to ann. >> well, actually, i'll take it, savannah. and there will never be another guy like regis philbin out
there. and -- i'm not going away. i'm not retiring. i'm just hanging out. so we love the reg. we love him. 62 today. what's your name? >> earnest baker. >> and which is this your lovely -- >> lovely wife. >> where are you from? >> maryland. >> she always fills everything in for you. >> there you go. >> very nice. a perfect partnership. happy birthday. everything in you. there you go. perfect partner. happy birthday. let's check your weather. as regis would say, i'm only one man. and we have a couple disturbances, and cold air from canada. 12 to 18 inches of snow in the cascades. the moisture will make its way as far south as the sierra and along the coast of california we're looking at rain, and heavier snow in some sections, and then they make their way in the rockies and the wasatch mountains as well. that's what's going on around
the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> golden sunlight streaming through the trees, and at mid morning our temperatures are above freezing, and it's in the mid and upper 30s. lots of sunshine and another cold night tonight under a clear sky. 30s for the evening, and 20s by dawn on saturday. and on sunday highs reaching near 60. and that's your latest weather. david? >> al, thanks very much. now to one of hollywood's enduring mysteries, the death of actress natalie wood 30 years ago this month in the waters off southern california. her death was ruled an accidental drowning, but now authorities have reopened the case. we'll hear from the captain who was on board in just a moment. but first, nbc's george lewis is in los angeles with more. good morning, george. >> reporter: good morning, david. the sheriff's department says it's been contacted by people with new information about the case. how natalie wood died has been the subject of a three decades old hollywood mystery filled with rumor and suspicion that
her drowning was no accident. ♪ i feel pretty oh so pretty ♪ >> reporter: pretty and talented and at the top of her career, as maria in "west side story." natalie wood's death at age 43 in november of 1981 from drowning shocked the world. a who's who of hollywood among the mourners at her funeral. to some friends, the tragedy didn't quite add up, because natalie wood said she had always been afraid of water. >> i've always been terrified, still am, of water. dark water, sea water. >> reporter: she had been boating with her husband, actor robert wagner, and with countri christopher walken, the co star of her last film. they were anchored off catalina island in wagner's boat, "the splendor." >> she had slipped on the swim seat step on the aft end of the boat. tragic, tragic night.
>> reporter: the coroner said she had been drinking several glasses of wine and may have lost her balance. >> cause of death will be certified as accidental drowning. >> reporter: right after her death, her lawyer tried to dampen speculation that there had been some sort of foul play. >> the facts are clear, they're uncontradicted. the important facts. and the rest is just ghoulish nonsense. >> reporter: but there were hints of a possible love triangle. a possible argument on-board the boat between the two men. and in a tell-all book published last year, the captain "the splendor," dennis davern said he saw wagner arguing with natalie wood on the deck of the boat. now the los angeles county sheriff's office says it is reopening the investigation. releasing a statement saying, "recently sheriff's homicide investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the natalie wood/wagner drowning." a statement from robert wagner's publicist says the wagner family
fully supports the sheriff's investigation. the statement also says it hopes that the sheriff's department is not acting on information from people who are trying to profit off the 30th anniversary of the drowning. there has been no reaction from christopher walken. david? >> george lewis in los angeles this morning. thank you very much. earlier this morning, i spoke exclusively with dennis davern, along with martir rulli. i began by asking what the information was that investigators are now zeroing in on. >> i can't answer that question right now. >> and why not? you're referring to mistakes you made. have you changed your story from when you spoke to investigators years ago? >> i did lie on a report years ago. >> and what did you lie about then? >> it was just a miss -- i made mistakes by not telling the honest truth. >> is it your charge that, in fact, robert wagner essentially
tried to make this a low-profile investigation, did not do everything he could to try to find her, once she went missing after their argument? >> yes, it was. it was to be kept a low-profile investigation. >> so you're saying that wagner did not do everything he should have done to look for her after she went missing. >> exactly. >> was she -- was he responsible for her death in some way? >> well, like i said, i think we all made mistakes that night. and -- >> mr. davern, that wasn't my question. was he responsible for her death? i'm not asking about your story. >> yes, i would say so. yes. >> how so? >> i really don't want to get involved in anything -- >> how can you come on national television, sir, and accuse him of something like that but not back it up? >> well, that's up to the investigators. i don't want to speak for -- >> well, you're speaking to
investigators. are they not reopening this investigation based on information that you have provided them? >> yes, they are. >> you may be an opportunist. you're saying that robert wagner was responsible for her death, but not saying how. not shedding light on why it is after 30 years they would reopen an investigation when that's a very unusual step for any investigative body to do. >> far away from even thinking about profiting over a 30-year anniversary. i've known this information for many, many years. and my book has been out for two years. i'm not in it for any kind of profit. i'm in it for the justice of the whole situation. >> marti rulli, you helped mr. davern with this book. i'll ask you the question. what do we know now that we didn't know then? >> well, there was a fight aburiboard "the splendor" the night natalie died, a terrible argument. that was never relayed to the original investigators.
and none of the survivors, walken, wagner or dennis, were forthcoming with the investigators. >> so then what happens? i mean, i've just heard mr. davern say he thinks wagner was responsible for his wife's death. what happened? >> natalie was mortified, went to her state room, wagner followed. and a terrible argument transpired that broke out to the back deck. dennis overheard the arguing. he did make an attempt to stop it. was told to go away by robert wagner. and then minutes later, natalie was missing. dennis was asked to search the boat. he did. he couldn't find natalie. he met up with wagner in the wheel house. dennis wanted to do everything, make a phone call, turn on the search light. his instincts told him something was terribly wrong.
and robert wagner asked him not to. >> i want to stop at that point. mr. davern, wagner said not to. not to take direct steps that could help identify where natalie wood was. had she fallen off the boat. that's what you're saying. >> yes, we didn't take any steps to see if we could locate her. >> do you have any evidence, any information to say that there was foul play, that this was murder, that he was responsible for her being pushed off the boat? or was it a matter of him simply saying we're not going to look too hard? >> i think it was a matter of we're not going to look too hard. we're not going to turn on the search light, we're not going to notify anybody right at the moment. >> you never told the police that at the time, did you? >> no. >> why not? >> well, because we all had --
we all had our story to tell the homicide detectives at the time. and that's the story i told. >> so you agreed with robert wagner to tell a story he wanted you to tell and not the truth. >> yes. >> why should anyone believe you now, when you didn't tell the truth then? >> well, that time, my life was just totally, totally crazy at that time. and you know, i don't think there was a time where i was even able to even think straight. >> any message you have for robert wagner this morning? >> no. my interview earlier this morning with dennis davern and marti rulli. come up next, the story behind the split of demi moore and ashton kutcher. next. i'd never ride without one now.
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kate, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> boy, i thought demi moore's statement kind of hinted at this idea of infidelity. is that what we think ultimately broke this marriage apart? >> it more than hinted at it. while the split itself wasn't unexpected, per se, the fact that the statement was released came solely from demi and made such a pointed reference to the fact that she is ending this, she is walking away. >> she said her vows mean something. >> her vows, as a woman, a wife and a mother. there are vows and values that she holds sacred, and it is in that spirit that she is moving on. this is an opening salvo. this is not a subtle standard, joint statement, with all of the usual, we have the greatest respect, we'll remain friends. that's not what's happening here. >> well, does that -- do you signal that this is going to be an acrimonious divorce? >> it's not going to be acrimonious, per se. there's not a whole lot to fight over. they don't have children together. they each have their own considerable wealth. so we're not necessarily expecting a messy court battle in terms of that.
but clearly, emotions are running very high. she is hurt, and she is letting people know that she is hurt. >> a lot of people looked at this marriage up until this point saying, well, this is an example of the may-september romance, where the woman is quite a bit older than the man, and is hey, it seems to be working. and she, needless to say, is drop-dead gorgeous. do you think that people are watching this and disappointed because they think, oh, gosh, i guess it didn't work out after all. >> well, there is some disappointment. it is still a hollywood couple. and those rarely make it long-term. but there's also a lot of problems with their relationship that have nothing to do with the age difference. so you don't necessarily need to look at this and think well, it's because she is 49 and he's 33. that's why they were doomed. >> i know, you made a point about their differing levels of success. that kutcher all of a sudden is on top of the world in terms of a new show and really making a come-back. and she may be in the waiting days of her career, hasn't had that big hit recently. do you think that fed into it? >> it's been a long time since
demi moore has been the highest bade actress in hollywood. and ashton is the number-one store in the number-one show on television. and that has to have taken a toll. it would take a toll on a couple in the best of circumstances, which theirs were not. >> all right. well kate coin, thank you so much. appreciate your time. and still to come, are you a stress eater? we're going to help you get a handle on the holidays so you don't pack on the pounds. but first, these messages. [ bells dinging ] ♪ hark how the bells, sweet silver bells ♪
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we want to say hello to two stars of a film that's getting a lot of loud buzz. it's called "the artist" but it's a silent black and white film. and apparently we're black and white but not silent. never silent. >> joining us, they won the best actor award. welcome. >> thank you. >> first of all, how different was it or how difficult was it when you don't have to study for a script in a sense, but you have to convey all this by just looks, actions, gestures?
>> it's not really different, because for you, it's a silent movie. for us, it's a talking movie. because we had lines, we spoke in english. sometimes in french, sometimes in gibberish. but it's. >> it's -- the approach is kind of the same. you just have to find a character and embody the character and you have a script and you have costume, haircut, makeup. everything together makes it happen. >> it's all in your expressions so much, isn't it? and john, you were at cannes, i believe you won best actor? >> yes. >> how does that feel? >> very well. it was amazing. from robert di nero. it was very new for me. >> and you both got to do a lot of dancing in this. >> five months. every day. it was great. a lot of work. like, really hard. but it was such a pleasure, you
know, to do just one take and to be there and just give it to you. >> 17 takes. >> they kept the 11th or 12th. >> are you surprised how much people have loved the film, given how unusual it is to do a silent film? >> well, you know, you never can expect such a big response. you hope people will respond, but you don't know. >> well, you obviously are. "the artist" hits theatres november 25th. >> coming up next, your local news and weather. [ female announcer ] there's a fiber that goes with everything.
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9:26 is your time now on this friday, november 18th, 2011. good morning. i am eun yang. let's check with our meteorologist, tom kierein, for a look at the weather. >> it was below freezing for most of the region, and now with the sunup it's beginning to warm up throughout the region. today climbing into the upper 40s this afternoon with lots of fun. tomorrow, cold in the morning and afternoon highs in the 50s. and increasing clouds on sunday, and highs near 60.qi with us.
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bundles. you really look fantasti fantastic,charlie. >> thank you. >> you really do. how are you feeling? >> that, meredith vieira, with a remarkable woman whose progress she has been following for years. charla nash. you remember, she was attacked and nearly killed by a chimpanzee. now she has had a full face transplant and meredith will be here with her exclusive glimpse at how charla nash looks now. that will be monday on "today." a very, very moving moment. >> amazing to see her progress and her courage. and we're excited to have meredith back, too. that's monday. in the meantime, coming up today, staying healthy through the holidays. of course it's a stressful time for a lot of folks. and sometimes that stress causes us to overeat or mindlessly nibble and sometimes the food looks really good. we have some tips to help you keep your diet on track, even during the holidays. and of course, we all remember annie hall, right, especially the outfits? the men's wear look is back, trendier than ever. we will show you how you can pull off the latest styles. >> not to be confused with the
andy hall look. wearing women's clothing. then in today's kitchen, spicing up your dinner with a new take on steak. using a sword fish steak. we're going to show you how easy it is to do at home. but first jenna wolfe has a preview of this weekend. >> yeah, we're talking about the big penn state scandal. the investigation is growing with new questions about the alleged sex abuse and the shocking cover-up charges that have stunned the country. we'll have the latest on that. and then up and away. we're going to take you to the macy's studio, where the thanksgiving-day parade floats and balloons come to life. it's really an amazing place. i even had a chance to go inside one of the balloons. >> wow. >> one word, helium! >> very good. nice. >> that's the word. and speaking of turkey day, we'll announce the winners of our stuffing contest. all that and more this weekend on "today." >> i love stuffing. >> right? >> it's the best.
and then we have a contest. that's all this weekend on "today." >> we better get to the holiday stress eating segment fast. >> let's see what is happening to the weekend for saturday. sunshine up and down the east coast. chilly in northern new england. showers in the upper great lakes. and sunshine along the gulf coast. sunday, sunday, milder conditions along the western seaboard. and then more rain in central and southern -- make that northern california. showers move into the pacific northwest, and also through the lower gulf. that's what's going on around the country, and here's what's going on in your neck of the woods. >> crisp and chilly on this friday morning. mid morning, we're in the upper 30s and then late krur today climbing into the upper 40s. lots of sunshine this afternoon. clear and cold tonight. bottom in the 20s tomorrow morning, and then highs in the low 50s. and then monday, cloudy and might get a shower.
highs in the upper 50s. upper 50s near 60 with occasional showers oncourse, we like to think about sunday on friday morning. because sunday night is the best night of the week, because that's sunday night, football night, in america. we are going to be heading down to metlife stadium, as those eagles spread their wings. michael vick, fighting off two broken ribs? i don't know. will he play? i feel like some ribs right now. partly cloudy, mild, temperatures in the low to mid 50s. but enough about my dinner. you think about sunday night, football night, in america. >> sounds delicious, al. thank you. coming up next, seasons eating. how to avoid stress eating during the holidays. that's right after this. quicken loans, we understand that when you live in the fast lane, you need a mortgage lender who's just as fast and responsive. [ rob ] hi, i'm rob jones, and i'm a professional race car driver. as a former fighter pilot, i like the fact that quicken loans offers va loans.
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it's not just to fuel ourselves and when we feel stressed, we turn to food, because let's face it, it's soothing and tastes good and for the moment, it's really validating and very reinforcing but masking a lot of things going on. this hand-to-mouth activity, all this nervous anxiety. this is fueled by food. and then the problem is the more stress we get, the more we start to eat mindlessly. but the good news, you have learned this and you can unlearn it. >> so gail, you say one of the things people have to start thinking about as we go into the holidays is about your expectations and managing those. >> right. because the reason, it's harder around the holidays is exactly that. because we envision all of the families should get along beautifully, we should make this incredible perfect meal so we appear to be the super-duper mom and most competitive. and when you set yourself up that way, of course it's going to be incredibly stressful. so to some degree, bringing expectations back into line and saying, look, if it's going to be so much work and i'm going to be stressed out, having a pot luck thanksgiving will really offload me and it's not going to make me not a great mom, not a
great hostess, et cetera. you have to realize that you can bring people together, but you can't make them adore one another and get along in every moment. so there are going to be things that are going to happen that are really not in your control and that's okay. >> and trying to keep control, madeline. one of the things you need to do, keep track of your eating. >> you want to stay in control, because the issue is what triggers you to eat? it's not just the foods, it's also the situation, like gail was saying. it's really less about what you're eating and more about managing stress. so you have this think about things, be a mindful eater and go what things cause me to overeat, certain foods, healthy or not healthy, that don't satisfy you, but cause you to overeat. but the situations are more important. you go to your in-laws house, very stressful. you have to have ways of managing who am i going to talk to, let me mine myself what i'm doing and think about the situation and food. >> so does that play into self-talking to yourself? >> self-talk is huge and can make a really, really big difference. you almost have to have like a preloaded tape of things that you can say to yourself in those
stressful moments. so, for instance, a really good one that i often tell patients to say is something to the effect of, i can only bring the family together. i can't make them get along. >> so a mantra. >> a mantra. i can only serve a lovely meal. i can't make a perfect holiday. sometimes it helps to write them out. what the line is to yourself that creates a reasonable expectation that destresses you in the moment. >> and when you're at your own home, you can kind of control the meal, you can control the menu. but when you go out, madeline, you say one of the things you do, and i took this from you, because i do this now a lot. i pre-eat before i go to a party. of. >> that's a good thing. that's not overeating, it's eating before you go someplace. you're going to have some soup, some crunchy vegetables, you can have some yogurt, maybe a few slices of turkey. so when you get there, you don't feel vulnerable to all of the things that are there, whether you like them or not. and the worst thing, when you're in an environment you don't like and start to gobble up food because you're nervous. preeating takes the pressure
off. you know you've eaten and had something to drink and you can detach from the whole situation. >> we have a long -- >> long holiday season. >> and stress cooking skills and the eating techniques will really serve you well. >> gail saltz, madeline, thank you so much. up next, men's wear inspired looks for women of all ages. right after these messages. so you earn 50% more cash. according to research, everybody likes more cash. well, almost everybody... ♪ would you like 50% more cash? no! but it's more money. [ male announcer ] the new capital one cash rewards card. the card for people who want 50% more cash. what's in your wallet? woah! [ giggles ] ♪happy birthday to you. happy birthday to you.♪ ♪happy birthday, happy birthday. ♪happy birthday to you.
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from the vest and blazer to the grandpa cardigan and bow tie, men's wear inspired fashion for women is all the rage this season. isabelle gonzalez whitacre is the fashion feature's editor for "in style" magazine. good morning to you. >> thank you. >> this is not just annie hall, this is a trend. >> it has been for a few seasons, seen it on the runways. really the key, you want to take one or two elements and incorporate it into your wardrobe, unless you want to do something dramatic and wear it head to toe. but really it's about taking key men's wear inspired elements and working with what you have in your closet. >> and still looking feminine. we're going to show our models and show off the looks. let's start with melinda, showing us a look it with the vest. >> this is a men's suit vest, essentially. really the key, you don't want to actually use a men's vest. it could look a little boxy. so this is fitted. this is from h & m. and what's nice, too, to your point, it plays with the femininity of this floral, flowy dress and creates a nice
silhouette. and this works with every shape, because when you wear it open, it creates a nice vertical column that creates a nice lengthening effect. >> yeah, it's actually very flattering. thank you so much. the other trend, the blazer. blazers are always in. but is there something about these? >> this blazer particularly kind of has a prep school look to it. it's fitted, it's more tailored. and actually, this has the buttons down both sides, so it really is men's style. we paired it with a pair of shorts, sort of for a fun update foramen's suit. what's nice, too, with a jacket like this, if approximate you have one with wool it has innate structure so projects polish. >> but once begagain, this not actual men's blazer. >> it's necessary objects and the idea is you've got this tailored, polished structure. and in navy, which is also kind of a typical man's color. >> all right, victoria, thank you so far. let's bring out our next look. this is jennifer, showing us the plaid coat. that's cute. >> i know, it's a great coat.
the idea behind plaid, you think about men's suiting, whether a houndstooth print or chevron, you don't have to do much else if you're going to wear a bold coat like this. and also plays well with embellishmen embellishments. to play up the femininity, we added this beautiful top with sparkle from banana republic. >> so you still feel like a chick. thank you so much. let's move on to our next one. grandpa cardigan. let's see it. >> grandpa cardigan is defined by something that's cozy, a thicker knit and can very easily veer into slouchy territory. >> i was going to say, how do you do this without making it look sloppy? >> exactly. pair it with slimming prints, slimming silhouettes and also vibrant structures, vibrant prints, rather, to modernize it. so this great slimming tunic, a wonderful print, nice dark brown leggings that again add to the lengthening of her silhouette. and modernized with this oversized statement scarf. >> and the grandpa aspect is
it's long? >> it's long, a little bit slouchy, as you said, but you don't want to veer into sloppy territory. >> okay. caramela, you look great. let's do our last week. this is on marie, the neck tie. this is always so cute, but it's hard to pull off. >> well, i don't think it's as hard as you think it is. this is a clip-on, first of all, so no work required. and think about it as something interchangable with your necklaces. this is a fun look, crisp, the key is to wear it with a polished button-down, and pair it with a flirty skirt as we have here. a full pleat. >> kind of have her in this whole school girl look here. very cute. >> it is cute and actually i think quite practical too. >> all right. let's bring out all of our models and give them one last week and thank them. this is really cute ideas. men's wear. i think the theme here is match it with some girly pieces. >> that's right. to find some balance. >> thanks so much, ladies. thank you. and come up next, spicing up your fish dinner with a new take on an old favorite. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
♪ all right this morning on "today's kitchen," not steak but sword fish. >> that's right, russell brown is the executive chef of o'leary seafood restaurant in annapolis, maryland. he has got a sword fish simple enough for anyone to cook. good to see you. >> thanks, al. >> this is a take -- usual leer we're doing this with steak. >> you can definitely do this with steak. that's what a typical preparation is. of course, we do it different here at our seafood restaurant, don't serve a lot of steak there. >> so what do you do, dip it in pepper. >> press it into the pepper corn. this is like a cracked black pepper, kind of a rough cut.
>> so you've got to like pepper. >> pepper. if you don't like pepper, forget it. >> and a little salt. >> you can always do it that way. >> first saute it. >> yes, sear on a nice high heat in olive oil. >> how long each side? >> about a minute. >> how many ounces? >> about 7 or 8 ounces. just a tad bigger. you guys like to eat. >> we like big. go big or go home. >> so you sear it off but don't finish it. >> you don't finish it here. you finish it off in the oven, the reason you want to keep it at a lower temperature. you don't want to overcook the sword fish. that's the most important thing. >> okay. great. what do we have here? >> it takes another five minutes in the oven. >> okay. >> and then our sauce, we start with some olive oil and add some julianned leaks. >> and pepper. that's good. >> i kind of enjoyed it. so some leeks in there. >> sliced leeks. wild mix mushrooms, any variety you like. we have shitakes, chantarels,
oyster and primini. >> russell, is that alcohol i see over there? >> boy, you just couldn't wait -- >> no, i'm just saying. >> there's butter and cream, as well. you didn't go there! >> it's friday. >> we're going to add some chopped tomatoes. and some shrimp. >> wow. >> you didn't notice the shrimp. >> no, i'm sorry. >> and there's no pepper corn on the shrimp. we're going to cook that a little bit, the shrimp start to turn pink. and we'll add some brandy. could you do that, al. >> absolutely. >> oh, now, you want to -- >> just get -- oh, okay, into the pan. just checking. >> wherever you like. >> and let that reduce down a little bit. and we'll add some heavy cream. >> yes. >> all right. >> and bring it up to a nice boil and simmer and reduce to a sauce. a little salt and pepper.
grab some salt there. >> sure can. >> and reduce three or four minutes and finish off with whole butter. >> all right. >> and then over here we have our finished sword fish. >> you have a swiss chard going here. so sauteed some onions and then what? >> onions, garlic, add some swiss chard. >> and notice you have some pancetta. >> finish off with some nice, crispy pancetta. >> what's that? >> that is for you. >> it's bacon. >> a nice white wine. >> i knew it! >> ding ding ding! >> beautiful. and this is with sweet potatoes, it looks like. >> we have a mashed sweet potato. and what we have done, a little bit of sweet potatoes on the plate. some red swiss kale. >> fantastic. >> beautiful meal. >> thank you so much. the recipe, of course, is on our website. we want to salute our good friend, regis philbin, saying
> it is chilly out there. clear skies, and we'll check the weather in just a second. good morning. 9:57, november 18th, 2011. meteorologist, tom kierein, has the forecast. >> we had a subfreezing start, but now we're in the upper 40s. sunny again tomorrow and in the low 50s. increasing clouds on sunday and then into thanksgiving, clouds around monday, tuesday and wednesday and might have passing showers, but right now thanksgiving day is sunny with afternoon high of the low 50s. and new hampshire avenue,
"today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hey, everybody. it's friday, november 18th. kathie lee is not here at this moment. she was giving regis a big good-bye kiss because today was his last show after 28 years. she's allegedly on the way back in a car, but before we go to kathie, let's look at regis and kelly's last day. >> this is our last journey. every morning i'll think about this. this was the highlight of the day, i think. >> it was. i can come over and walk you down the hallway. >> that will be nice. my gosh. >> one more thing, i see.
>> i love you. >> i love you, too. >> let's do it. >> we're going to do it one more time for the last time. >> "live with regis and kelly." here are regis philbin and kelly ripa. >> oh, my gosh. hello. look at this crowd. everybody we know is here. thank you. >> the audience was filled with big names. among the biggest were kathie lee and frank. kathy, you are on the way back in the car. are you there? >> i'm right here, hoda woman. it was a very special hour. >> tell us about it. >> i had a box of kleenex sitting on my lap just in case. nobody else came prepared either because somebody gave me that box of kleenex. everybody was coming over and taking -- expecting to fall
apart. i didn't cry. i didn't cry until the cast from "rent" started singing that song but changed the lyrics for regis and made it very personal for him. that's when kelly lost it. i saw her losing it. i think a sweet moment for regis. 28 years making people smile and making people laugh. look at the situation in a different way. maybe things aren't as bad as i thought they were. always good for a chuckle especially in hard times and we've been through hard times. we need to see the world shinier and brighter. he did that every morning. >> such a cool crowd. you were sitting next to frank and next to donald trump and then tony danza.
who else was in the crowd? >> meredith was there. joan london was there. who else did i see there? let's see. dine sawyer was there. i think there's a little something going on there. >> can i ask you a question? where are you? >> i am now -- we're on broadway and 48th street. we're coming. we're going to make a turn on 48th. i'll be there in about a minute. >> that's a long block. all right. should i head out and meet you. do you need a welcoming committee? >> not yet. you can sit tight. you know what else was really sweet, hoda, looking at regis's
family was there today and looking at the girls. his daughters when they were little. that's when i first met regis. they were that little. now they're grown, beautiful women. j.j. has two children. regis and joy are grandparents now. that's when it always gets to me. i was thinking about, you know, when i announced my pregnancies it was on regis's show with him. and when i lost two babies, that's where we shared the news with our audience and then the day my kids were born. so much of my history is wrapped up in regis's life. now i'm just sort of a mess. >> i have something waiting for you. can you hear it. can you hear it? >> oh, sure. that's the clinking of glasses waiting for you to get here. >> i know that sound.
>> tell me where you are. i'm going to bring them out to you. where are you right now? >> 48th street coming up to 6th avenue. we're about a block and a half away. >> i'm coming. >> bring me a sip of something. >> i have to go outside. hold on. hold on. she's out there somewhere. i don't have a coat. this is what i do for my co-host. which way? this way? we have a lot to talk about. i know. i'm coming. i'm coming. i'm coming. oh, my gosh. is there a party out here? hey, guys. all right. hey. kathie lee is on the way, i've heard. where are you? where are you?
can you hear me? can you hear me? where are you? >> this is never going to be over. >> where are you exactly? >> i'm being made into a saint. is the pope coming out? that's what it felt like. >> you need to get out of the car. >> we are on the block between 6th avenue and 5th avenue. here we come. getting out of my seat belt. >> get out of your car. >> i don't hear anybody. >> come on. we need you to come out and run. show us the love. i'm in the street. maybe she's in this cab. can you come with me? >> i'm going to get out for a walk. >> you need to run. all right. we're looking.
we're looking. i'm waiting. i'm standing in the street. hang on. let me see. hang on. is kathie lee gifford in this car? no. she's not there. we're waiting. we're waiting patiently. start chanting for her. are you ready? on three. kathie lee! kathie lee! you can do better than that. come on. is she coming? she's on the sidewalk. come on, girls. what side? this side. this is one of those experiments. is she coming? have you seen kathie lee gifford? have you seen kathie lee gifford anywhere? have you seen kathie lee gifford? all right. come on. come on now.
bye guys. we're going to continue the show. >> here we go. just where we started. >> one more time. come on. i'm not sure in that experience worked or not. let's go in. we're going in. >> this is the first time i worked with regis. >> careful. >> i ran up the street. are we still on the air? >> we're still on tv. i think we made it. that was not easy. who thought this was going to work? >> this was the stupidest idea ever. >> someone thought that would work. that was me. i thought it would work. good try. take a breath. we will take a breath and while you're breathing -- >> breathing is good. >> we were at barnes & noble yesterday. it was a meet and greet. there were a couple photos of the gang out there.
natalie couldn't come because she's in london. there's our boy. he said that would be a screen saver. we'll have to see if that's really the case. >> my arm looks flabby. i don't want him to use that one. >> you looked really pretty. >> it was all about regis today. it was a fun day. did he cry? i couldn't tell. >> i thought he teared up when the cast of "rent" started singing. who knows what he's really thinking. approximate brought back a million memories of the day that i left. so much of it retrospectives are the same. kelly is the one that was having problems. she was a mess. she was a mess. she's the one coming back on monday and it will be a new world for her. she's going to miss him more on monday. believe me. she'll be good. >> we should bring in our girl. come on in.
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the couple that gave the ultimate gift to another family. >> they learned that the embryo growing inside carolyn was not their child and saw the pregnancy through to fulfill another another family's dream. the entire family will be with us exclusively. let's look at their remarkable journey. >> from the moment they got married, carolyn and sean savage had big dreams of little bundles. >> we knew that we would start a family right away after we got married because we wanted kids and lots of them. that was our plan. >> blessed with two sons, growing their family of four proved difficult and they loo d ed to in vitro fertilization. carolyn returned to the same clinic to have some remaining embryos implanted. the procedure successful.
the news devastating. carolyn was pregnant with another couple's child. >> they transferred the wrong embryos. >> it was just a stunning, stunning moment. >> despite their heartbreak and confusion, the savages were certain about one thing. >> we can't terminate this pregnancy. >> even with risks to her own health, carolyn gave birth to a healthy boy, logan. his parents forever grateful. >> there's no way we would possibly repay them for what they've done for us. >> the savages' journey was not yet complete. they looked to modern medicine once again for help in fulfilling their long held dream using su usi usining surcy. >> we're expecting twins. >> on august 11th the twins were
born. carolyn and sean's big family dream finally came true. >> the savages are all here with us. nice to see all of you. i'm crying more now than i did this morning. amazing story. >> what i love about what you tweeted. you tweeted for a peaceful "today" show because of mary-kate who kind of likes to have fun. >> are you a wild card? >> you're a wild card today. these two babies, how beautiful are these children. are their personalities completely different? >> totally different. reagan was born first and they exactly the way they were before they were born. a spunky kicker. isabelle is more laid back and quiet. it's amazing that you can tell the difference right away.
>> it's incredible what happened to you guys. since you were on the show, we all thought that you had incredible generosity when you had the baby and gave it back to that family. i didn't know if you ever felt -- how you felt toward that family at that point because you were so generous and kind but i guess now with your two new additions, life is calmer. >> we're just so thankful. we're so thankful for jennifer and her gift and we're thankful to paul and shannon. we've seen logan quite a number of times this year. we celebrated his birthday with him. his 2-year birthday. >> incredible story. >> it's thanksgiving time. we're very thankful. our family is thankful. we're thankful for our family. >> are you feeling edged out. feeling inadvisable up there. >> i think the girls are taking over in our house. >> jennifer, you've given this family an incredible gift. you seem just sort of like part of their family as you hold onto that one. tell us what the experience was
like for you? >> it was awesome. more than i could have imagined it. it feels really good. >> how comes it makes you feel emotional? it just feels really good to help somebody's dreams come true. >> really. >> you feel a bond with jennifer, too, i would imagine. >> i think the grace in which she did what she did for us has helped us better understand what we did. not only did she give us the gift of babies, but she gave us the gift of that insight. the first time they were placed in our arms, i think of shannon and what that was like to receive logan. we understood what we were doing but until that moment happened, we didn't get it. >> what do you hear from people around the country? what's the theme of most of the letters to you? >> i think it touches people because even though they're reading about our family, i think they see a little bit of their family in it.
they just see the hope of what humanity can do. if anything, we want to be somebody that folks can look to and say what's possible. >> you guys have a large family. are you done? are you thinking about more kids or what do you think? >> if this is our family as it stands right now, it will be perfect. you won't see us announcing our 20th pregnancy any time soon. >> you are a terrific family. great kids. mary kate, you did well today. great. you can find out more about the savages' story in their book "inconceivable." still to come, the ambush makeovers and the young woman that had "twilight" lovers up all night. [ female announcer ] it's nine pm.
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still to come, donny deutsch is here to hand out advice for the ladies. >> ambush makeovers come back home and louis and jill are ready to show off their newest masterpiece. >> guess who is here? newlywed nikki reed. we'll talk highlight with her after your local news. great prices. i just wish you could guarantee me they won't be beat. oh, actually... then i'd be like, you rule! and my kids would be like, you rule! i'd be like, yes, i do rule! ohh! that rules! oh, load up the sleigh; this is going to be a great christmas. yeah. ring dinga-ding, ring dinga-ding, ring, ring, ring me up.
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makeovers where we pick two unsuspecting viewers with a new look. >> welcome. >> it was chilly out. you still had eager beavers. >> more than a few. a great day. plenty of ladies to pick from. >> all right. let's get started. our first lucky lady is someone named sharon stone. she's 55 years old. karen. her name is karen. sorry. she's from arizona. all right. her daily beauty routine consists of brushing her hair. she was exciteded to get a new look. lisa listen to her story. >> this is sweet. you want this for your wife.
tell me why. >> she's my wife. i love her very much. we came to new york and our dreams came true. >> and for you we have a big surprise for your daughter. tell me about it. >> she's a rockette. she's going to be thrilled to have something like this happen. i just can't wait. >> we're going to get you dressed and ready to go. are you ready to be pampered for three hours? >> absolutely. absolutely. >> it's almost time. karen is about to step out. jerry, keep your blindfold on until i give you the greenlight. here's karen stone before. okay. let's see the new you. you can take off your blindfold. >> my god. she's gorgeous. >> are you ready to see yourself? come right here. >> my gosh.
>> that looks great. look at your hair. sassy. >> jerry, control yourself. that hair looks awesome. >> what we did is karen has not cut her hair for two years. she wanted to grow it long. instead of looking prettier and younger, it just dragged her down. we did a haircut which sets it up. made the hair color warmer and more natural and brightened her look. you are a movie star. >> jerry, down boy. >> perfect. >> you're going to radio city after this to surprise their daughter. >> we want to give her hot boots
for her daughter. >> a big round of applause. you can join your husband right over there. jerry, please. our next lady is mary lynn young. she's 50 from michigan. hasn't cut her hair in over five years. she begged for a new style that she's going to love. let's listen to her story. >> i think you guys win the prize for the most signs ever for an ambush makeover. >> this one is for my mom to hold. she has to hold two. i got this one and my dad has got this one. >> it's only an hour show we'll get it the reason you're here. why do you want this for your mom? >> this is my mom's 50th birthday. this would be a dream come true. she lost her job two years ago and she needs something to get her going and get her back on her feet and she always puts herself in front of everyone else and it's her time to shine. >> i know you are emotional. are you ready to go? >> i'm so ready.
>> do it. >> i'm so sick of crying today. all righty. she's here with her husband, rodney and her daughter, melissa. let's take one last look at mary lynn before and now bring out of the new mary lynn young. >> wow. now you can take them off. >> okay. turn around, darling. hard to believe, huh? you look gorgeous. >> it's the first step to r re-entering the job market. your hiring status went up by ten points. this is a haircut keeping the length and reshaped it.
i like it because it was too dense for her and then of course the delicate natural makeup which is tip to not making wrinkles look stronger. >> do you love it? >> i love you, honey. you look beautiful. thank you so much. >> all right. >> looking hot from macy's. the jeans hug perfectly. >> let's bring karen back out. good job guys. thank you so much. great job. up next, rosalie the vampire. [ female announcer ] it's nine pm.
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dawn" sold out 3,500 shows before it even opened. one woman that was awaiting the movie debut was nikki reed. how are you? >> i'm all right. >> now we saw the movie about ten days ago or something. we saw the incredible wedding that everybody is talking about. what was it like to be there when it was being shot? >> it was very cold. you don't see that on screen. it looks magical on screen but it was freezing and raining. the location without the wedding decor was spectacular. >> was it emotional because it was the end and that you were shooting the last of these. was it tough? >> i feel like if we were on a tv show that got canceled it would be a different kind of -- we now how many books there were. we were lucky to make it to a
second and then fourth one got made into two so we got a bonus. such a positive experience it's not right to feel sad about it being over. >> who didn't you like on the cast? it's all over now. we can talk about it. >> who got on your nerves? >> the mechanical baby. >> now, you recently got married speaking of weddings. how is married life? >> it's nice. i've been on tour. he was on tour over the summer. he's a musician. i went to 28 cities with him and then we got married and three days later we left to start "breaking dawn" tour. >> you guys are working together musically. i didn't know there was a musical side to you. >> i didn't really know that either. it's amazing what people can bring out in you.
♪ >> cool. >> do you like it? >> i'm trying to think of whose voice it reminds me of. >> we wrote it together. we were trying to see if we could write together because i like a lot and obviously he does as well. he convinced me to sing harmonies and stuff. >> it's fun. >> it is fun. that's what it was. it was fun. >> what's next now? >> they are playing it on the radio? >> it is playing. >> you feel vulnerable when you hear a song on the radio. >> my mom called me and was driving home from my house. it's on the radio. i had to pull over because i thought i was going to get into an accident. >> we wish you good luck. >> all the best. >> the movie is out. just try to get a seat. >> coming up next, donny is here with the other view. >> and it's frank gifford and
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>> if you have trouble understanding how men think, you're going to want to sit for a minute or two and take some notes. >> our pal donny deut donny deue to answer a bunch of your questions. this is from ashley. what does a man find sexy in a woman? >> there is no one thing. i don't think i can answer that on behalf of everyone. one thing that men overall find is upness. it's different. there's no one answer. a woman has to be herself. >> confidence. same as a man. >> you don't have a type? >> i do have a type. >> frank gifford, do you have a type? >> type of what? >> women. >> i have such a man crush on
your husband. this is the coolest man in america. >> on the planet. >> no doubt about it. >> i do have a type. >> what is it? >> you. >> that's the answer. >> very smart. >> he's the absolute best. >> she was helping with his collar. the cutest deal. >> okay. here's another one. is the first date too soon to ask a guy what they're looking for in a relationship? >> yes. first of all, never ask a guy what he's looking for. let it happen. you definitely do not. first date don't do anything about you as a couple. just talk and enjoy and be fun. >> that's what you are looking for in life. >> it's important. >> get to know each other. that's ridiculous. >> you know what a man loves to hear? tell me about you. >> yeah, everything. >> a man likes to hear, wow. >> all right. here's one.
typical. do you think long distance relationships can really work? >> absolutely. they have done a study that when you're apart, you travel, don't you appreciate frank that much more when you come back? time apart with a couple is very, very healthy. >> no. >> frank? >> sometimes he doesn't remember that i've been gone. let's be honest. >> repeat after me. >> we're going to answer together. let's go. >> get the good side. >> my nose is broken. >> how do you get a guy to be more romantic. let frank go. frank, you tell us. i'm not a guy. >> if you really care about somebody, you care about somebody that way, it's very easy to be romantic. they see it in your eyes and smile and the way you breathe
faster. exactly. >> that's a great answer. you can tell. >> women like guys that are shy. a woman can figure out much quicker than you can. you really don't have to do anything. be yourself. >> don't play games. >> i'm advocating my chair. you can't make somebody be romantic. they either are or aren't. we don't know a lot of stuff. it's okay to say, hey, i like flowers and certain things. we need to be told. it's okay. >> how do you get your husband to pick up after himself? another question, frank. how do you get your husband to pick up after themselves? >> that's very difficult. it goes back to how they were raised. >> too late now. thank you, gentlemen. i mean it. >> coming up, we're going to throw a tailgate party. >> that's what we do. >> this is "today" on nbc.
>> just because you may not have tickets to the game this weekend, doesn't mean you can't tailgate. >> how to tailgate at home. love this idea. what do we have here? >> tailgating is an event. >> it's a religion. >> so you want to start with an invitation. this is one that is covered in astroturf in the back. isn't that cute? it's a great way to kick it off. >> you have to dress the part. >> you have to dress the part. tailgating style has moved beyond the sweatshirt. this is amazing. wear your team colors. there are great companies that are making clothing in university colors which is a great way to show support in style. >> making somebody very, very
rich. >> also you want to decorate. my colors are red and blue. i want to pull out plates i have in red and blue and mix them together. these are plastic. they look like nice plates. >> that's really good. >> then cover your table with astroturf. >> it's so attractive. but fun. >> it's in the spirit. maybe these paper banners. we made one for you, hoda, in the front. and one in honor of frank. and i just cut these out and blud them glued them on. so nice and simple. you want to serve food that represents the teams and honors teams that are playing. we did peanuts for virginia tech and when we thought of giants we thought of the big apple. we're serving a grilled apple salad and you can do grilled apples if you are going to the game and tailgating on the
portable grill. >> chic for a tailgate. every good party deserves a signature drink. >> if you are winning, you do. >> either way. so you can taste these. this is a lemonade that we made. >> thank you so much. >> we have a shout out, don't we, to people in our audience? >> wave to the camera right there. thank you for coming. >> and we have some games here. >> let's keep walking. this game, frank, i saw you practicing earlier. you were awesome. you want to get it in the hole. >> three for three. >> this one is for you hoda. >> get it in there. >> nice. >> do it again. come on, frank.