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Showbiz Tonight for July 7, 2005, CNNHN

Aired July 7, 2005 - 19:00   ET


KARYN BRYANT, CO-HOST: I`m Karyn Bryant.
JASON CARROLL, CO-HOST: And I`m Jason Carroll. TV`s only live entertainment news show starts right now.


CARROLL (voice-over): Tonight on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, waking up to horror.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In London, there has been an incident.

CARROLL: Attack on London, how the sickening drama played out on television, the Internet, and the startling video shot on a cell phone.

BRYANT (voice-over): Tonight, from Hollywood to New York, the entertainment world reacts. Will the bombing shut down movie and TV production? Has all the work that went into Live 8 been damaged?

Plus, Sharon Stone speaks out as SHOWBIZ TONIGHT covers the attack on London.

CARROLL: Also tonight, one of the most patriotic people out there. You knew him as the wrestler taking on the world, now he`s grappling with a new reality. Hulk Hogan tells us what he`s wrestling with when he stops by with the whole family, live on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

JESSICA ALBA, ACTRESS: Hi, I`m Jessica Alba. And if it happened today, it`s on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BRYANT: Hello, I`m Karyn Bryant.

CARROLL: And I`m Jason Carroll.

Tonight, the terror attack on London. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT brings you a window on the world a world that anxiously watched dramatic video like this on TV and on the Internet.

BRYANT: It`s the story the whole world is talking about today. We have complete coverage of today`s terror bombings which killed dozens of people and left hundreds injured. And we also have stories on how the aftershocks are being felt in the entertainment capitals of the world.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson is live tonight in Hollywood. And our David Haffenreffer, also live. He`s at Penn Station in the heart of New York City. Tonight David, we begin with you.

DAVID HAFFENREFFER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Karyn, you know, Penn Station is one of the major transportation hubs here in New York City. Literally thousands of people come through here every day on their way to work, normally not thinking a whole lot about their routine commute on a day-to-day basis.

But today, today was different. Because today, people woke up to hear of the terror attacks on London, bringing back all too fresh memories of 9/11, of course, especially for New Yorkers. That was a day four years ago that was watched, like today, entirely on TV.


MILES O`BRIEN, CO-HOST, "AMERICAN MORNING": Bear with us, because a lot of these little facts we`re giving you are going to change as the story unfolds.

HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): Once again, Americans awoke this morning to shocking images of death and destruction. Bombings at three subway stations and on a bus during London`s rush hour killed more than 30 people and drove an entire day of heavy news coverage that riveted and horrified the world.

FRANK SESNO, CNN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: This is what terrorists want. They want to conduct operations that will then be conveyed through the media and that will be direct and threatening and terrorizing, quite literally, to not just the people where the incident takes place, but to as broad an audience as possible.

HAFFENREFFER: Frank Sesno spent 17 years reporting for CNN and is now a professor at George Mason University in Virginia. He tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that it`s not just the terror attacks themselves, but where the terrorists struck that had Americans glued to their TVs today.

SESNO: Americans relate to London. Americans relate to the British. They speak English. They are our cousins in Europe. And so this attack and the media coverage of it sort of reinforces this notion that this is something people are going to relate to in this country very directly.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: London has been long been an area of recruitment for Islamic groups.

HAFFENREFFER: The big three network morning shows were all over the story. Breaking in at 5:37 a.m. Eastern Time, ABC was the first of the big three networks to go to air with early word of the bombing. They went so heavy with the coverage, Regis and Kelly had to wait an extra hour to get their talk show underway.

KELLY RIPA, CO-HOST, "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY": It`s a terrible way to wake up in the morning.

REGIS PHILBIN, CO-HOST, "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY": Oh, boy. Isn`t it something? Yes.

HAFFENREFFER: While over at NBC, the day started at 5:48 Eastern Time.

KATIE COURIC, CO-HOST, "THE TODAY SHOW": Good morning. Breaking news. Multiple explosions in downtown London this morning.

HAFFENREFFER: It was an especially long day for "The Today Show`s" veteran early riser Katie Couric. She and Lester Holt, who was filling in for Matt Lauer, were on the air until 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

CBS went on the air at 5:59 a.m. with news of the bombing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you know that our kid is already becoming an adult?

HAFFENREFFER: By midday, it was mostly business as usual for the big broadcast networks. They went back to showing soaps with the occasional news break. That left the wall to wall coverage to cable.

O`BRIEN: A horrific scene all throughout the city of London.

HAFFENREFFER: As we`ve learned in previous terror attacks like 9/11, heavy media coverage, while needed to keep the public informed, is also a crucial part of terrorism.

SESNO: Terrorists use the media deliberately. They depend upon the magnifying glass to convey to their followers that they have struck, to convey to the public that they`re capable of inflicting terror, to convey to other governments that they`re still around and are meant to be dealt with.

HAFFENREFFER: We`re going to be seeing much more of this story. Tonight, ABC is devoting special editions of "Primetime Live" and "Nightline" to the attacks, and CBS tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that "Early Show" anchor Harry Smith is on his way to London right now. He`ll anchor the show from there tomorrow.

And it appears likely that, long after the wreckage in London has been cleared away, today`s explosions will have aftershocks that will be felt for a long time in the media.

SESNO: This is a very significant terrorist attack. It`s relevant, and the news media will respond accordingly.


HAFFENREFFER: And as we saw, TV cameras were all over London today, covering the horrible events that took place there. And ironically, it could be television cameras that help to apprehend those who are responsible. British authorities say that they`re going to rely on roughly 8,000 closed circuit cameras around the city of London to help in their effort to find the suspects.

Jason, back to you.

CARROLL: And David, thanks very much for that.

Now we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. London attack coverage: are the media doing a good job? Vote at And send us an e-mail at We`ll read some of your thoughts later in the show.

BRYANT: Tonight, terror jitters are spreading throughout the world. And just like everyone else, the entertainment community is reacting in horror. Some shows were cancelled, but for others, the show will go on.

Our coverage of the attack on London continues now, with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson, live in Hollywood.

BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Karyn, yesterday, the city of London was celebrating the victory of hosting the 2012 Olympics, but today, the mood was drastically different. The lights went dark on many entertainment attractions, but some in the industry say the show must go on.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT went straight to celebrities and industry insiders to find out how today`s tragic events have impacted the entertainment world.


ANDERSON (voice-over): London is known as one of the world`s entertainment, theater and celebrity capitals. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reached out to the stars for reaction.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Kate Winslet, Elton John, Ewan McGreggor, Jude Law, all have homes in England. Actress Sharon Stone, in London now shooting "Basic Instinct 2," told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT in a statement, quote, "We who love our countries, fellow man and our families with integrity in our hearts are only drawn closer together, more loyal and brave when these acts of senseless cruelty occur. We will not surrender our patriotism or our personal dignity. We have not shut down production. God bless you."

Also not shutting down production, the Miramax film "Breaking and Entering" starring Jude Law. They told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT they will continue filming in and around London saying, quote, "We will continue to monitor the situation. The safety of everyone associated with the production is our top priority."

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has also learned that "The Da Vinci Code," starring Tom Hanks, which will shoot at the Temple Church in central London, will stay on schedule.

Brooke Shields, who has been appearing in London`s "Chicago" won`t be tonight. That show was cancelled, along with "Mama Mia," "The Producers," "Guys and Dolls" and concerts like Sum 41.

Many movie theaters, considered a refuge for people to escape the real life drama, are closed in London.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT went straight to Pat Kaufman of the Association of Film Commissioners International for what this all means for the movie industry, which gets a lot of money from abroad.

PAT KAUFMAN, ASSOCIATION OF FILM COMMISSIONERS INTERNATIONAL: London is going to go on with business as usual, which is exactly what the other commissions that have experienced this sort of thing have also done very quickly, which was to reassure the industry that they are prepared and ready and that they should go on.

ANDERSON: What about here at home? With a heightened alert in New York and Hollywood, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT went to the top studios to hear their plans. Universal, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Newline Cinema, all tell us no productions have been halted.

Disney`s theme parks tell SHOWBIZ TONIGHT they are taking precautions, saying they, quote, "will take the necessary measures to assure the safety of our cast and guests. Security will be enhanced as circumstances require."

What about the fans? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT took to the streets of New York and Los Angeles to get reaction from entertainment fans.

In Los Angeles, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You just kind of get on with it, you know?

ANDERSON: In New York, in the heart of the theater district...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was pretty shocked. They hadn`t had a terrorist event like that in London in a long time. But I would have picked London to be the place.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think life has to go on.

ANDERSON: And entertainment analyst Anthony DiClemente told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, bad news doesn`t always mean bad news for the entertainment industry.

ANTHONY DICLEMENTE, ENTERTAINMENT ANALYST: I think that if the entertainment industry is affected in a measurable way, it could be a good thing. What we`ve seen is that the box office for consumers tends to be an escape vehicle.


ANDERSON: I want to go back to Brooke Shields for just a moment. She could be back on stage in the next 24 hours. Although "Chicago" was cancelled for today, the publicist for that musical told us in all likelihood, they do expect to open their doors for the public again tomorrow -- Karyn.

BRYANT: Thank you, Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

CARROLL: More reaction tonight from more celebrities on this morning`s attacks in London. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT caught up with former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow and Jesse Bradford this afternoon as they plugged their new movie in Los Angeles. They spoke about the blasts as well as their attempts to contact friends and loved ones.


JESSE BRADFORD, ACTOR: Well, my reaction is it`s horrible and let`s not talk about it. What can you say? It`s horrible, you know? It`s the world we live in right now, and hopefully, it will go away some day.

LISA KUDROW, ACTRESS: It felt, like, inevitable and, OK, it happened. That`s sort of how I felt. OK, it happened.

BRADFORD: Yes. That`s a good way to put it. Somewhat of an inevitability to it in a way, which is sad, but true. Not London in particular and not subways in particular, but just I think, you know, that`s what the news has been telling us. It`s inevitable. More will happen. More will happen. And it`s sad and scary.

KUDROW: Yes. The phone lines are down. Just saw it on CNN, that all the phone lines are down and the cell phones aren`t working so, yes, I`ll just sit tight and wait.


CARROLL: Kudrow was referring to the trouble she had trying to contact "Friends" co-star David Schwimmer, who`s in London right now performing in a play.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT talked with some more stars today for their reaction. And we`ll have that a little later in the show.

BRYANT: Today`s horrific events brought new meaning to the words "eyewitness news." How everyday people became instant reporters with the help of cell phones and the Internet. That`s next.

CARROLL: Also, what did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pick up in person 10,000 miles away? And why a major celebrity tabloid magazine tonight is changing its story about Pitt and Jolie.

BRYANT: And, Hulkamania went wild in the `80s. Now, former superstar wrestler Hulk Hogan tries to tame his family. Hulk, his wife and his kids are all live here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. That`s coming up.


BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Karyn Bryant. Our coverage of today`s terror attacks on London continues now.

And what`s remarkable about today is how fast the world got to see what happened, and how they got to see it. Nowadays, even cell phones are making us an eyewitness to history, as seen today as the terror spread minute by minute.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I honestly thought I was going to die. I`m just grateful to be alive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Smoke. People panicking. And then people started to calm down. They wanted to get to the back of the train, away from the danger area. There was nowhere for them to go.

BRYANT (voice-over): Scores of emotional eyewitness accounts of four blasts that ripped through London today, targeting the city`s busses and trains. Accounts told not just through word of mouth, but video like this chilling scene taken by a passenger on the subway as a bomb went off. It was taken with a cell phone, and transmitted around the world within minutes.

XENI JARDIN, BOINGBOING.NET: There`s something a little bit different about footage, images, video, sound that`s captured by someone who`s just there, who just happens to be in a certain place at a certain time, living their life.

The proliferation of these devices is definitely changing the way that we relate to each other, and it`s changing the way that we experience, as a world, events like what happened today in London.

BRYANT: It was the same in April as millions gathered at the Vatican to pay their respects to the pope. Witnessing the historical occasion and documenting it, cell phone in hand.

LEWIS DWORKIN, AOL NEWS: Basically today with cell phones, everybody is a videographer or a photographer. It`s really truly eyewitness photography.

BRYANT: Eyewitness indeed. Thousands of photos of today`s bombing taken with cell phones and uploaded onto blogs like these. And it`s not just cell phones. On the Internet, an influx of blogs, people around the world grieving over today`s events and letting friends and family members know they`re safe.

JARDIN: The Internet really does make the world a smaller place. Some of the group blogs in London were posting messages saying, "Hey, that train that was attacked, that bus that was bombed, that`s the one I take to work every day on my daily commute."

The interesting thing about blogs is that they seem to have spurred a greater demand for speed of information.

BRYANT: Despite news websites providing streaming video of their coverage of the London attacks, some want more. One blogger wrote how mad he was over the fact that the streaming video wasn`t live, saying the clips were stale the moment they were up.

DWORKIN: We are a society that wants information when we want it. We want it very quickly. So what we are seeing now is a convergence of all forms of media on the Internet, and the main thing it allows people to do is get to what they want on demand.


BRYANT: Some of the reporters covering the story are also keeping blogs. They`ve been writing and filing from wifi laptops, publishing from street corners in London.

CARROLL: Zsa-Zsa Gabor is in the hospital in Los Angeles tonight, after suffering from a stroke. Her publicist confirms that the 89-year- old actress had a stroke yesterday evening at her home, and was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center. There, she had surgery and is now in stable condition in the intensive care unit.

BRYANT: Tonight, Angelina Jolie has a new daughter. She picked up the baby girl she`s adopting today, and she wasn`t alone. Her "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star, Brad Pitt was reportedly with Angelina in Ethiopia today, although she is adopting and raising the 5-month-old orphan on her own.

That story differs from the one "Us Weekly" reported in some early editions of its new issue just sent out. And the magazine is owning up to its mistake. On its web site, the magazine reports, "`Us Weekly` inaccurately reported that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were adopting a baby boy together. Her new daughter is, in fact, a girl, and while Pitt was present when Jolie signed the adoption papers, he himself was not a party to the adoption."

CARROLL: Tonight, actress Jennifer Tilly is showing her hand. She says she wants to focus on playing poker so much, she`s thinking about cutting back on making movies. Last week, Tilly won the World Series of Poker`s Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold-em Event. She tells "USA Today," quote, "The movies are annoying because they get in the way of me playing poker."

Tilly was on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT after her big win. And she said she learned the game because of her boyfriend, poker player Phil Laak.


JENNIFER TILLY, ACTRESS/POKER CHAMPION: When you`re dating a professional poker player, you actually have to learn the lingo, get good, because he lives, eats, and breathes poker. He talks poker 24 hours a day. Like, he`ll wake up in the morning and he`ll go, "Oh, my God, honey, it was so beautiful: double gut shot, inside strait." And I`ll be like, "OK, honey."

A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: We should point...


CARROLL: Tilly says she`s financially secure, so mostly she wants to be with her boyfriend and play in tournaments.

BRYANT: Coming up, why it might take a take two to get Live 8 right.

CARROLL: Plus, Bobby Brown lives in London for his new reality show, and we`ll talk with him about the reality of seeing what happened there today. And we`ll ask him if he thinks wife Whitney Houston was better off before they hooked up.

BRYANT: And still to come, more celebrity reaction to the attacks in London, including Tom Arnold as the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT coverage continues.

CARROLL: Now, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." In which film did rapper Ice Cube make his big screen debut? "Friday," "Higher Learning," "Boyz N` the Hood," or "Anaconda"? We`ll be right back with the answer.


CARROLL: So again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." In which film did rapper Ice Cube make his big screen debut? "Friday," "Higher Learning," "Boyz N` the Hood" or "Anaconda"? Along with Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Angela Bassett, Cube starred in this movie about life in South Central Los Angeles, C, "Boyz N` the Hood."

BRYANT: Tonight, a "Showbiz Sitdown" with Bobby Brown. Seventeen years ago, he was at the height of his R&B career. Since then, though, you might say Bobby Brown has become a bit more infamous than famous, thanks to several run-ins with the law and the tabloids.

But now, Brown is back in the spotlight. He and his wife, Whitney Houston, have their own reality show, called "Being Bobby Brown." And Bobby joins us now from our Los Angeles studios.

Bobby, thanks for joining us.

BOBBY BROWN, SINGER: Thanks to you. Thank for having me.

BRYANT: Not a problem. And you know, in this episode tonight, you take a trip to London.


BRYANT: And in light of the attacks there today, I`m just curious what your reaction is.

BROWN: I just saw it on television. I`ve been working all day, so I haven`t got a chance to watch TV. My heart is out with all the people out there, all the families, and I wish you all the -- all the love in the world. And you know, things happen. And unfortunately, it has to happen this way.

BRYANT: Right. Now over the course of your show, it`s a six-month period. The cameras are following you around. We see the trials and tribulations of you with your family, getting back on track. Is it hard being Bobby Brown? You know, what kind of guy are you?

BROWN: I don`t think it`s hard being me because I`m just being me. I`m not going to change for anyone.

And as far as my family, we`re doing really well. I`m very proud of my wife and my kids. And you know, I`m just -- I`m a happy person right now. So you know, I just hope that people enjoy the shows and, you know, just stick by the TV, because it`s going to be some fun.

BRYANT: Now, what were you reasons for doing this? I personally don`t know that I`d want a camera with me 24 hours a day. Some people might be asking is this an attempt for you to try to rehabilitate your reputation?

BROWN: Well, rehabilitate my reputation? I`m not one to, you know, bite my tongue about anything. Like I said, I`m always going to be Bobby. So I`m not trying to -- I`m not trying to sell myself again to people. I`m just -- I`m just trying to be me.

My kids came up with the idea. They felt that their dad was getting a bad rap. And so that`s what I -- that`s what I did.

BRYANT: How did Whitney feel about this? Because certainly, she is part of your family, and the cameras are following her actions, as well.

BROWN: My wife, she -- the only reason -- the only reason why she came out with me is because she saw me having fun. She saw me having a lot of fun, so...

BRYANT: She didn`t want you to have all of it?

BROWN: Yes. She didn`t want to see me, you know, having all the fun and then coming home to her and being tired. So she figured she`ll -- she`ll get -- she`ll get out there with me and we`ll have some fun together, and then we can come home and do what we got to do.

BRYANT: And how do you feel about the idea, though, that some people say that Whitney was doing better before she got with you and you guys have gotten into some sticky situations together and that, you know, that together sometimes you cause more trouble for each other?

BROWN: Well, if we`re going to say that Whitney was doing better before she was with me, you`d have to say that I was doing better before I was with her also.


BROWN: But we`re doing -- we`re doing even better together. Just because people don`t see it, that doesn`t mean that we`re not -- we`re not good for each other. We`re great for each other, and we`re enjoying life. We`re going on 14 -- 14 marvelous years of marriage. So you know, that`s -- that`s unheard of in the Hollywood circle.

BRYANT: Well, absolutely. A lot longer than many people.

Well, Bobby, good luck to you, and thank you for joining us here.

BROWN: Thank you so much. Thank you.

BRYANT: And you can check out "Being Bobby Brown" on Bravo tonight.

BROWN: Tonight. Yes.

CARROLL: All right. When it comes to professional wrestling, Hogan knows best, as in Hulk Hogan. Now Hogan knows best again, but this time, he`s not slamming anybody. Well, physically, anyway. Hulk Hogan and his whole family stop by to tell us what they are up to, live.

And what impact will today`s bombing have on Live 8`s message? Will it still be on the minds of world leaders at the G-8 summit? We`ll find out next.


THOMAS ROBERTS, CNN HEADLINE NEWS ANCHOR: Hi, everybody. I`m Thomas Roberts. And this is your "Headline Prime Newsbreak."

Tony Blair says his nation will not be terrorized, that after four explosions ripped through the London subway and a bus packed with passengers. The British prime minister is now back in Scotland with other G-8 leaders. He rushed back to London this morning after the coordinated attacks. At least 37 people were killed in the explosions and 700 injured. A previously unknown group claiming links to Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the attacks.

And here in the U.S., a code orange commute on rails and buses. Officials stress they have no specific or credible intelligence pointing to a planned attack on U.S. commuters, and they`re not asking people to avoid public transportation.

And tourists in the Florida Keys have been ordered to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Dennis. Dennis is now a category-three hurricane with winds near 115 miles-per-hour and forecasters believe that it could get stronger.

That is the news for now. Thanks so much for joining us. I`m Thomas Roberts. We take you back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

BRYANT: Attack on London. CNN`s Richard Quest tells us what it was like to be right there covering the story on this tragic day in the British capital.

CARROLL: More reaction from the stars tonight. What celebrities are telling us about the attacks. And you`ll see it right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s only live entertainment news show. It`s 31 minutes past the hour. I`m Jason Carroll, filling in for A.J. Hammer.

BRYANT: And I`m Karyn Bryant. Here are tonight`s "Hot Headlines."

CARROLL: At least 37 people are dead from today`s bombings on subways and a bus in London during the morning rush hour. Seven hundred people were hurt. A group calling itself the group of Al Qaeda of Jihad Organization in Europe claimed responsibility for the attacks on an Islamist Web site. But that has not been confirmed.

BRYANT: Many theaters in London are closed tonight, including performances of "Chicago" starring Brooke Shields, "Mama Mia," "The Producers," and "Guys and Dolls." Concerts have also been postponed, including Sum 41`s, and many movie theaters are closed in London, as well.

CARROLL: We`ve been asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." London attack coverage: Are the media doing a good job? Keep voting at and write us at Your e-mails are coming up at 54 past the hour.

BRYANT: Well, from everyday folks to big movie stars, it seems no one could stop talking about the London attack today. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT spoke with several stars this afternoon, including Tom Arnold and Jason Ritter. They were at an interview for their new movie. They shared some of the feelings they had on the attack and the resilient people of the people of London.


TOM ARNOLD, ACTOR: They will deal with this. It`s sad, and it`s tragic, but boy, you know, they`re tough. And you know, it`s, you know, it`s terrible.

JASON RITTER, ACTOR: You know, I haven`t been able to get in touch with anyone. My girlfriend`s from Glasgow. And so, you know, I`ve been over to the U.K. a lot over the past five-and-a-half years. And I just, you know, what can you say?

ARNOLD: If you think about World War II, every night was like 9/11 for them. I mean, every night, there would be a bomb in the city. And they`d just -- they went to work. They lived their lives. I mean, these people are incredibly resilient and strong.


BRYANT: Arnold and Ritter`s new film, "Happy Ending," also stars Lisa Kudrow who told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that when she heard what happened, she tried to contact her former "Friends" co-star David Schwimmer who is in London performing on-stage, but she could not get in touch with him since the phone lines were down.

CARROLL: For any reporter, getting the word that something major has happened and not knowing how bad it could be really gets your adrenaline rushing. You race out into the field with whatever tools you have, all this to tell the world a story as best and as fast as you can.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s man in London, CNN`s Richard Quest, got that call. He`s been on the air all day from where it happened. Tonight, his reporter`s notebook.


RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is Aldgate East Station, where one of the first explosions went off. Now, I got here, I`d say, about an hour-and-a-half after the blast.

The whole area was cordoned off. There was a massive security operation, obviously, police, fire, ambulance. In fact, one of the reasons it took me so long to get here was we had to carry the equipment the last mile or so because we just simply couldn`t get any closer, except on foot.

It`s difficult to express what one feels, what I felt, when you know these explosions had happened in your home town. Let me show you why and to put it into perhaps some perspective. This is the Baker Street area where I happen to live. The explosions took place right around Russell, Houston Square (ph), Liverpool Street, Aldgate, and Aldgate East. And even though that actually looks quite a long way on the map, these are the places that we go to every day.

Once I got here was in the middle of this melee, it was quite like a different time. The mobile phones didn`t work. I actually had to go to a news agency up the road and beg and borrow their phone and make a call. The mobile phones didn`t work. The BlackBerries didn`t work.

It was just as if one was reporting back in the first days of my career. And there will be many more moments over the next few days when one will pause and reflect on what has taken place, and perhaps there`s a slightly personal aspect in all of this. After all, this is the city where I live and where I work.

Richard Quest, CNN, London.


BRYANT: Well, the attack on London today has left so many unanswered questions. Among them, what impact might it have on the lasting impression of Live 8? Bob Geldof`s musical campaign to draw attention to the G-8 summit of world leaders, which is now going on, ended last night in Edinburgh, as 50,000 people attended the last of the Live 8 concerts.

But now that British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the other world leaders at G-8 are focusing on the terror attacks, we wonder, has the momentum been lost? Have Live 8`s efforts to raise consciousness about Africa been hurt?

Joining us live here in New York City to talk about it, Joe Levy from "Rolling Stone" magazine and editor Barry Jeckell.

So, Joe, I`ll start with you. Has the momentum been hurt?

JOE LEVY, "ROLLING STONE" MAGAZINE: Has some momentum been lost? Unquestionably yes. But some momentum for everything all over the world has been lost today as a result of these attacks.

I don`t think anyone can talk about anything else. It`s shocking. And it`s devastating. People have been wounded. They`ve been killed. So, yes, some momentum for Live 8 has been lost. At the same time, both Tony Blair and George Bush, when addressing this crisis in London, really brought up the agenda of Live 8.

They contrasted these terror attacks with what was going on at the G-8, and they said part of G-8 was to address the problems of poverty and AIDS in Africa. Now, would they have said that without Bob Geldof`s efforts? I`m not sure.

BRYANT: Right. Barry?

BARRY JECKELL, BILLBOARD.COM: Absolutely. I mean, things are going to continue. Things don`t stop just because of this. The G-8 summit had an agenda. Poverty was part of it. And it`s still going to be part of it.

They really attacked it early on. They had Bob Geldof and Bono come in and meet with different world leaders. And that was part of the beginning. And I think that`s going to roll through it.

Poverty and AIDS in Africa were not the only things on the agenda. Terrorism -- obviously, you get these eight men together -- was there.

BRYANT: But certainly, so much of it was about helping Africa. And it`s one of things now, you just do wonder if focus has been pulled away. And how can we keep that message of Live 8 alive, Barry?

JECKELL: Well, part of it will be MTV is going to rerun a lot of the footage that they`ve already run of the concerts coming up. I don`t think they`ve announced an exact date. So there`s going to be that continuing message. There`s the Web site. AOL Music is streaming all of this stuff on demand.

You can watch all these things. The message is going to be pounded in again and again. If we know Bono, if we know Bob Geldof, this type of thing doesn`t go away quickly for them.

BRYANT: Right. Now, I do want to touch on that, Joe. As he mentioned, MTV got a lot of flack for their coverage of Live 8. Many people said they cut away to too many commercials, really didn`t get much love for that. And they may rebroadcast it. Is this a blessing in disguise?

LEVY: Well, it`s a chance for them to do a better job, not cut away in the middle of performances. Is it a blessing in disguise? I don`t know if I`d describe it that way. It is certainly an opportunity for us to go back to this message and for a moment to get away from discussing the terrorist attack today. Yes.

BRYANT: Maybe regain some momentum that may have been lost?

LEVY: Yes. And you know, let`s watch what happens in the next few days. Let`s see how the music community addresses these attacks, as they did after 9/11. You know, the music community, certainly in the U.K., I think is going to rally to this specific cause, to the cause of the people who lost loved ones today, who were injured today, and this`ll be an opportunity to get a broad, humanist message across like that of Live 8.

BRYANT: Yes, would you say this does help or hinder the cause? I mean, like you say, now there is sort of another cause to mix in with it.

LEVY: I`d say it probably -- it helps and hinders at the same time. It`s a horrendous, horrendous thing that happened today, and you can never take that away. But at the same time, these things are going to be aware. Musicians are being mobilized this past week, and they`re going to be mobilized again.

BRYANT: All right, Barry Jeckell, Joe Levy, thanks for joining us here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

CARROLL: And as you just heard Karyn told about with Joe and Barry, MTV is planning to re-air it`s Live 8 broadcast. This is because critics and regular viewers pounded the music network for its coverage of the worldwide event this past Saturday saying there was too much talking by the hosts, too little music, and too many commercials.

Today, MTV`s executive vice president, Van Toffler, told the "Los Angeles Times" he might rework the broadcast and show it again. Toffler also said, if he had to do it all over, he`d probably cut out the commercials. No word on when MTV might rerun its Live 8 coverage. About 2 million people tuned into MTV`s broadcast. More than 5 million watched it on AOL.

BRYANT: "That 70s Show`s" Wilmer Valderrama gets an etiquette lesson. That is coming up in "Laughter Dark."

CARROLL: Plus, what do you think it`s like to be a teenager bringing your boyfriends home to meet dear old dad, and it`s Hulk Hogan? We`ll find out about that and much more when Hulk Hogan and his family join us live, coming up.


CARROLL: And welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Jason Carroll.

It`s time now for another "Showbiz Sitdown," this time with Hulk Hogan and his family. He`s the legendary champion of pro-wrestling. For years, we`ve seen him flex his trademark 24-inch biceps, tear apart his t-shirt, and drive his Hulkamaniacs into a frenzy.

But today, the Hulkster exposes a side we`ve never seen before as he takes us into his home on his new VH1 reality show "Hogan Knows Best." Joining us live in the studio is the entire Hogan clan, Hulk Hogan, and his wife, Linda, daughter, Brooke, and son, Nick.

Welcome all of you. Thanks so much for being with us.


BROOKE HOGAN, DAUGHTER OF HULK HOGAN: Thank you for having us.

CARROLL: Well, thank you. I`m going to start with you, Hulk. I read an article just recently saying that you -- in this post-9/11 world -- are an overprotective parent. And I`m just wondering, in light of what happened today, what do you say to your children, both of whom are old enough to know what`s going on? How do you talk to your family about what happened?

H. HOGAN: Well, it`s tough, you know? Because 9/11 changed the world. And with all the destruction, the death, and the devastation, the world is ready for a change. You know, we`re overprotective to a fault.

Now, if any time we need to stand behind our country, the whole free world, especially President Bush and the war that`s going on. There`s been so many hints of Al Qaeda going down with this London thing today that there`s nowhere safe in the world.

So it`s time to put and end to this. Whatever needs to be we need to unite together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families, but this has to end. I mean, there`s nowhere safe anywhere in the free world. So we need to put an end to this, so we`re behind the president and the troops. Our whole family, you know, feels the same way.

CARROLL: Well said. Let`s also talk about your new TV reality show.

H. HOGAN: Oh, my gosh.

CARROLL: Four years ago, everyone came to you and said, "We want you to do the show." You said no. This time you said yes. What`s the difference?

H. HOGAN: Oh, wow. Well, four years ago, you know, the Osbourne thing just took off. And then they approached me, the networks did, about a show. And I wanted to save the privacy, and the security, and the safety of the family.

Then Brooke started in the music business about that same time. And after fighting an uphill battle, we couldn`t get to where we needed to be. And then the TV platform, that like the Simpsons have, and the big screen that Lohan and Hillary Duff has, gives a tremendous launching pad for these kids.

So we`ve talked about it. I did some business with VH1, did a one- hour special, did a really good number for them, and they re-approached us about doing the series. My wife, Linda, and the kids wanted to do the show. And it really gives Brooke an even starting ground with all these other kid stars in the music business. So that`s the basic thought process behind the reasoning.

CARROLL: Kind of a catalyst there.

Let`s also talk about some of the similarities between your family and the Osbournes. You`ve got Kelly Osbourne, pop star. You`ve got Brooke, who wants to be a pop star. You`ve got Ozzie, who is the notable one in the family. You are as well. What are some of the differences that we`re going to see between that family and yours?

H. HOGAN: Well, the differences are, we don`t have the drug issues in my family. You know, the similarities are the love and support like the Osbournes we have in our family. We`re a little bit crazier and wilder than them.

I mean, Nick plays drums, also. He works on cars. And he`s getting ready to start his second movie. Linda, without a doubt, is the boss of the house. She`s the one that rules with an iron fist.

And the reason these kids are so cool, you know, and just great human beings is because Linda honestly made sure that they grew up straight instead of crooked, because I was out working my rear-end off at the time.

CARROLL: I`m sure. I want to bring Brooke in here for a moment, because I saw one of the clips between you and your dad and a dating situation there. And I saw that a GPS system was on someone`s car when you were out on a date. And I was thinking, "What the heck`s going on?" What`s that all about?

B. HOGAN: Well, you know, he is very overprotective. And the first time that I had heard about a GPS system was when I watched the actual episode. And I was furious. You know, because I had just turned 16, and I was spreading my wings. And I wanted to be my own person. And you know, I think it was a good excuse to actually leave one in my car, because it`s still there.

CARROLL: Well, you`re 17 now. And I just want to turn to mom here for a moment. How do you feel about your kids being on TV? Because when you look at what happened with the Osbournes after their kids were on TV, got all that exposure, they ran into a little bit trouble. Were there concerns on your part as a mother?

LINDA HOGAN, WIFE OF HULK HOGAN: Not really, you know? If you don`t have the homework done by now, it`s already too late. So as they were growing up, I was pretty strict with them, you know? I really have a good handle on what`s going on with their lives and their friends. I try to keep them as grounded as I could. And I don`t hesitate to haul out the switch if they need it.

CARROLL: You`re kidding. On these two, you`re going to bust out the switch?

H. HOGAN: No, not me.

L. HOGAN: Well, they`re too big for my hand anymore, so...

CARROLL: All right. Nick, let me bring you in here for a moment. What was it like having all those cameras around constantly in your face the whole time? You`ve got Mom on your back, Dad on your back. Was that a lot of pressure?

NICK HOGAN, SON OF HULK HOGAN: It was easy for me.

CARROLL: You`re kidding.

N. HOGAN: I don`t know about them. I mean, I know they adjusted, but for me, at first, I mean, I love the camera. I`m starting my second movie. And now with the cameras from the reality show being there for five months, they were so friendly, the crew, everyone. Twelve people showed up at our house. It was a 12-person crew, and all of them were friendly.

They gave us all our own cameramen. And what they did is they kind of matched our personalities to the camera people and the actual crew who would be involved and work with us. And you start to forget they`re there. You befriend them. And you start to think, oh, you know, they`re there as your friend instead of, you know, as there of the reality show. It`s, you know...

CARROLL: Well, you know, the thing is -- and this is open to any of you -- there are so many reality shows that are out there right now. What is it about this show, you know, is the reason that people should be tuning in and watching?

H. HOGAN: Well, that question`s been thrown at us several times. And you know, after thinking it through, the Osbournes broke ground. Then the market got oversaturated. You need to win a prize, you need to win money, you need to get somewhere that you haven`t been before, you need to change yourself into something that you`re not.

Everything was about a contest. Now it`s come full circle back to us. And you know, if we`re dysfunctional, we`re a normal dysfunctional family, where we have problems with the kids` homework, we have problems with their curfew, the neighbors, you know, everything.

And so it`s kind of like, even though a lot of people think the stereotypical Hulk Hogan is, "Hey, brother, let me tell you something, I`m crazy"...

CARROLL: Yes, because that`s how I think of you.

H. HOGAN: Yes, and, "All I do is wrestle." When we come home, man, that red and yellow Hulkamania stuff is left at the door. We are a normal family with normal problems. And I think that people are going to be, you know -- the inquiring minds want to know. They`re going to want to see what really happens. But we`re normal.

CARROLL: But also inquiring minds want to know, are you going to get back in the ring?

H. HOGAN: I`m back in. I wrestled Monday night in Sacramento. And I`ve got a battle plan. And my best friend, Sean Michaels, turned on me, so I`m getting ready for "Summer Slam."

CARROLL: All right, we`re going to look for that.

Thanks so very much, the whole family. Hulk Hogan, Linda, Brooke, Nick, thank you, all of you. You can now catch "Hogan Knows Best" starting this Sunday on VH1. So everyone`s going to have to look for that.

It`s time now to get your laugh on in "Laughter Dark." As we do every night, we bring you the late-night laughs you may have missed. On the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," a parrot named Einstein proves he can do more than just say "Polly Want a Cracker."


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All right, well, let`s say hi to everybody. Can you say hi? Can you say hi?

PARROT: Hello.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you be polite?

PARROT: Hi, sweetheart.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That`s nice. She has a special hi she likes to say back to all her friends in Tennessee.

PARROT: Yee-hah!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, can you do a dog`s bark?

PARROT: (barks)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What about a little cat? Can you do a cat?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you do a pig?

PARROT: Oink oink oink.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How about one that needs to go on a diet?

PARROT: (slurps)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can you do a laser? A little laser?

PARROT: (laser sound)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There you go. Can you fall down?

PARROT: (whistles)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you hear the splat at the end?

JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW": Oh, I did here the splat at the end.


PARROT: Ow, ow, ow.


CARROLL: Not bad. Tonight, Jay`s guests include Jessica Alba and Magic Johnson.

BRYANT: Oh, what a great bird. And on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy`s cousin, Sal, poses as a newsstand clerk and has a famous customer who doesn`t know he`s part of Jimmy`s hidden camera gag.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sir, this is not a public library.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s not a public library.

VALDERRAMA: Why do you have to be such a smart ass?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you mean?

VALDERRAMA: (INAUDIBLE) trying to be a smart ass about it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m just letting you know it`s not a public library.

VALDERRAMA: There`s a better way to say that because, when you say it to me like this, "It`s not a public library," (INAUDIBLE) you`re being disrespectful.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What would you say?

VALDERRAMA: What would I say?


VALDERRAMA: I would say, "We don`t allow people to read that stuff, you know, read before purchasing."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I like "This is not a public library" better. It`s a little zing you get in there.

VALDERRAMA: Are you serious, man?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. I`m just letting you know it`s not a public library.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sorry, dude, this isn`t the `70s.


BRYANT: Tonight on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jeremy Piven and Morgan Spurlock.

Still ahead on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, we`ll read some of your e-mails on our "Question of the Day." That`s next.


BRYANT: We`ve been asking you to vote online on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." London attack coverage: Are the media doing a good job? Your vote so far: 72 percent say yes, the media are doing a good job. Only 28 percent of you say no, they aren`t.

We`ve gotten some e-mails. Karen from Illinois writes, "The media is doing an excellent job. We have a duty and responsibility to know what`s going on."

But Tyler from Washington disagrees. He says, "The media is eating this attack up and using it to its advantage. Just tell us the facts and move on."

John from South Carolina also piping in. He says, "The media has done their job with the coverage, but they should report the story and go on with other stories."

You can keep voting, of course, at

CARROLL: And that`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Jason Carroll.

BRYANT: You heading out to the gym?



BRYANT: How to feel inadequate in the (INAUDIBLE) over there.

Well, anyway, I`m Karyn Bryant. Thanks for joining us. And stay tuned for the latest from CNN Headline News.



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