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Celebs Help Build Homes for Hurricane Victims; May-December Romances Flourish in Hollywood; "Get Smart" Co-Star Remembers Don Adams

Aired September 26, 2005 - 19:00:00   ET


KARYN BRYANT, CO-HOST: I`m Karyn Bryant.
A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: I`m A.J. Hammer. TV`s only live entertainment news show starts right now.


HAMMER (voice-over): On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, a remarkable effort to help hurricane victims. The stars come to New York`s Rockefeller Center as it`s turned into a construction site. Tonight the back breaking job in New York City that will change lives 1,000 miles away.

BRYANT (voice-over): The `60s pop group The Cowsills search for one of their own. First, a desperate phone message as Hurricane Katrina moves in. Then video on provides a clue. Tonight Bob Cowsill, live on the search for his brother, Barry.

HAMMER: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, did they really tie the knot? She`s 52; he`s only 27. And they`re not the only stars with the May- December thing going on. Tonight, Hollywood romance: does age really matter?

SELA WARD, ACTRESS: Hi. I`m Sela Ward. If it happened today, it`s on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BRYANT: Hello, I`m Karyn Bryant.

HAMMER: I`m A.J. Hammer. An extraordinary effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina from the ground up and right outside the studios of "The Today Show" in New York City.

BRYANT: It began this morning with big stars, a lot of hammers, nails, lumber and more than a little sweat and tears.

Our David Haffenreffer is live with the story in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT news room -- David.

DAVID HAFFENREFFER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Karyn and A.J., it`s been exactly one month since Katrina struck, and in time for that sad occasion, Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan has been renamed Humanity Plaza, courtesy of "The Today Show."

There, celebrities and regular volunteers are pitching in by hammering nails and building houses to help those along the Gulf Coast who have lost their homes.


KATIE COURIC, CO-HOST, "THE TODAY SHOW": Changing lives one house at a time. To help those left homeless, Rockefeller Center becomes Humanity Plaza.

HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): A New York City landmark is now a construction zone as America`s Gulf Coast rebuilds, thousands of miles away volunteers and celebrities are working tooth and nail to build homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there.

COURIC: I`ve got a tool belt. I`ve got my handy tape measure. I got some nails.

AL ROKER, CO-HOST, "THE TODAY SHOW": You don`t want to break a nail.

COURIC: And most importantly my powder and lip gloss.

HAFFENREFFER: At New York`s Rockefeller Plaza, a well equipped Katie Couric and "The Today Show" are co-sponsoring the home building drive with Habitat for Humanity and Warner Music Group.

This week on "The Today Show," we`re watching them build homes in a box that will be taken apart, trucked to the Gulf Coast and rebuilt. Celebrities are turning out to help out.

EDIE FALCO, ACTRESS: I heard about this watching "The Today Show," and it feels like the most tangible way to help out.

HAFFENREFFER: Edie Falco of "The Sopranos" told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT she was thrilled to pick up a hammer and join this construction job. Other celebs, such as Carson from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and Donald Trump sidekick George Ross from "The Apprentice" showed up as well. Edie told me that star involvement can bring attention to this noble effort.

FALCO: I`m never quite sure how it helps to be a celebrity hammering nails, because most anybody can do this, but I would love to think it does help.

HAFFENREFFER (on camera): You were doing it rather well a minute ago. We were spying on you. You didn`t hit your thumb once. Have you had any - - much experience in the building.

FALCO: Not my first barbecue, let`s say.

HAFFENREFFER: And celebrities aren`t just raising hammers to help build these houses. Some are also raising microphones, names like the Ryan Cabrera, the Goo Goo Dolls, Tracy Chapman and others.


HAFFENREFFER: During "The Today Show," Josh Groban sang an old Charlie Chaplin song, "Smile," to provide an inspirational message to the volunteers.


HAFFENREFFER: And later blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd showed up and played for the volunteers, who all appeared to be having a good time helping out a good cause.

(on camera) What`s your take as you look around at all the activity here today?

JOEDY ISERT, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: We`re having such a great time. This is just a super build. Things are moving along better than we expected.

HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): Their work is already having a touching effect. This morning, "The Today Show" profiled Jacquelyn Collins, a Louisiana mother who lost her home and was separated from much of her family after Hurricane Katrina.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m wearing down. I don`t know how much I`ve got left.

HAFFENREFFER: On live TV, "The Today Show" reunited Collins with her family, and Couric presented her with an even bigger surprise.

COURIC: In addition to my powder and lipstick that I keep in my tool belt, I`ve got something else, Jacquelyn, for you. This is a key, because this house is going to go back to Covington, Louisiana, right away, and you and your family can finally have a house. So let me give you this key. Congratulations. You guys are going to have a house.

HAFFENREFFER: An emotional scene which reminded celebrities and the volunteers of the true purpose behind this high profile effort.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right now it`s just a wall and we`re just building. But it`s so amazing to think that, like, we`re actually helping a person, to have an amazing end result.


HAFFENREFFER: Habitat for Humanity says it will keep Humanity Plaza up and running 24/7 until Friday evening, by which time it hopes to have shipped off about 60 homes to the Gulf Coast. There are two other sites working on this job as well, one in Jackson, Mississippi and the other in Los Angeles, California. All are seeking volunteers, celebrity and otherwise -- A.J.

HAMMER: So cool, David. And giving money is so good and important, but nothing beats getting in there and getting your hands dirty and doing something to help out firsthand. Thanks very much, David Haffenreffer.

Still ahead here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, we`ve got the story of a guitarist for the `60s pop group the Cowsills, who made a desperate phone call during Hurricane Katrina and his family hasn`t heard from him since. Barry Cowsill`s brother and sister will join us live. That`s a bit later in the show.

BRYANT: Tonight two of the biggest stars in Hollywood are apparently husband and wife. After a secret under the radar wedding, Demi Moore has reportedly traded "I dos" with Ashton Kutcher and it`s got everybody talking about older women who love their men, even if they are ages apart.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Brooke Anderson is live tonight in Hollywood with the very latest.

Hi, Brooke.


Well, women, listen up. It seems as long as you have common goals, numbers don`t mean a thing.

Ashton and Demi met two years ago through a mutual friend. The sparks flew immediately, and the rest, well, as they say, the rest is history.


ANDERSON (voice-over): There`s the happy couple. "People" magazine reports Demi and Ashton tied the knot Saturday night at their Beverly Hills mansion two years after they first started dating after meeting at a dinner party. Although there was still no confirmation this morning, it didn`t stop everyone from talking about it, including, of course, Regis and Kelly.

REGIS PHILBIN, CO-HOST, "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY": Ashton and Demi tied the knot. According to "Us" magazine and "People," allegedly tied the knot.


PHILBIN: It`s in every newspaper around the world.

RIPA: Again, we`d like to say...

PHILBIN: But we`re afraid if we don`t say allegedly, there could be a lawsuit.

RIPA: They`re going to sue us.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it`s great. Good for them.

ANDERSON: "People" tells us the couple exchanged vows in front of 100 close friends and family members, including Demi`s ex-husband, Bruce Willis.

JEFF CAGLE, SENIOR EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have actually become really a poster couple for how to conduct yourselves after a divorce.

He is very fond of Ashton. He remains very close to the kids. Ashton is very close to the kids. And Bruce appreciates that. I think that he`s thrilled that Demi didn`t, you know, find some lunkhead that he didn`t like.

ANDERSON: Ashton and Demi have gotten so much attention, in part because of their 15-year age difference. She`s 42. He`s only 27.

Their relationship blossomed right around the time that Demi was making her highly publicized return to big screen in "Charlie`s Angels: Full Throttle." The premier of that movie, seen here, was Ashton and Demi`s first public outing, and it happened with Bruce in tow.

When Bruce stopped by SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, he told us at first it`s hard to get over anger and resentment but he and Demi had their three kids to consider, and now they all get along.

BRUCE WILLIS, ACTOR: People marvel at this, as if it`s some new invention that Demi and I get along and that I get along with Ashton and, you know, we kind of hang out together and we go on vacations together. And I suppose it is.

ANDERSON: While Ashton is younger than Demi, they are certainly not the only May-December romance in Hollywood.

Take "Lost" star Naveen Andrews and actress Barbara Hershey, for example. She`s 57. He`s 36. Twenty-one years.

At 49 years old, Geena Davis is 15 years older than her husband, Reza Jarrahy, who`s 34.

Then of course there`s Cameron Diaz, who at 33 is nine years older than her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake.

Older women, younger men, does it make the relationship more difficult?

SARI LOCKER, RELATIONSHIP EXPERT: If an older woman falls in love with a younger man and he loves her just as much, they`re going to have a wonderful relationship. If it`s based on common values, if it`s based on common goals, then the age doesn`t really matter.

ANDERSON: Actress Fran Drescher dated a younger man for four years and told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT she`s not done yet.

FRAN DRESCHER, ACTRESS: I had a great time, and I continue to date, you know, younger men. I think that it works out in many different respects. I like, you know, a lot of very contemporary music. I lock going to rock concerts and things like that. So I tend to end up having more in common.

ANDERSON: One thing that Demi and Ashton have in common is Kabbalah, which apparently was a theme at their wedding.

CAGLE: It was basically a traditional Jewish wedding with orthodox touches like the men and women sat on opposite sides separate from each other.

LOCKER: Ashton and Demi are both involved in Kabbalah. That`s something that brings them closer and it`s something that gives them views and values and a moral system that they both share.

ANDERSON: And now it`s time to look at the future, with Ashton now the stepdad to Demi`s three girls, who call him MUD, short for "my other dad."


ANDERSON: This was Ashton`s first walk down the aisle and Demi`s third. Before Willis, she was married to rocker Freddy Moore in the early `80s.

And the AARP says one third of women in their 40s, 50s and 60s are dating younger men. One third.

Karyn, back to you.

BRYANT: Right on! I have to say from experience, it`s the way to go.

ANDERSON: More power to them!

BRYANT: Brooke Anderson, joining us live tonight in Hollywood.

And now we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Demi and Ashton, their marriage. Does age really matter? You can vote at You can send e-mail to us at We`ll read some of your thoughts later in the show.

HAMMER: Well, a couple with a 10-year age difference is making news tonight but they aren`t getting together. They`ve broken up. "Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn DiScala, who plays Tony Soprano`s daughter on the HBO series, and her husband/manager A.J. have reportedly split after two years of marriage.

The 24-year-old actress and here 34-year-old husband were married back in July of 2003. "The New York Daily News" reported the split. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT called Jamie-Lynn`s people. They had no comment.

HAMMER: Some sad news to report tonight. Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart on TV`s "Get Smart," has died. His sidekick, Agent 99 herself, Barbara Feldon joins us live next with memories of Maxwell.

HAMMER: Plus, Pam Anderson says her two sons and her mother are in danger, and she is taking action to protect them. So what`s she going to do? The answer in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Legal Lowdown."

BRYANT: Plus, Denise Richards live. She has got a hot new show and is living a Hollywood life that has her under the paparazzi microscope. Denise Richards is next. It`s the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Now tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." What did John Belushi`s Bluto character from 1978`s "Animal House" become, according to the closing credits? Was it a congressman, a senator, president of a corporation, or dean? We`ll be right back with the answer.


BRYANT: Once again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly Great American Pop Culture Quiz." What did John Belushi`s Bluto from 1978`s "Animal House" become, according to the closing credits? Is it a congressman, a senator, president of a corporation, or dean? Well, the answer is "b," a senator.

HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer.

Before there was "Austin Powers," there was another bumbling, good- hearted spy known as "Maxwell Smart." Well, today, sadly, we learned that Don Adams, the man who helped to create the spy spoof genre in the `60s television show "Get Smart," died last night of a lung infection at the age of 82.

Barbara Feldon co-starred with Adams on "Get Smart." She played, of course, Agent 99, and she joins me now live on the telephone.

Barbara, thanks for being with us. And first off, let me extend condolences to you and to all of Don Adams` friends and family.

BARBARA FELDON, ACTRESS: Well, this is a sad day for many of us. And it`s lovely he`s been celebrated the way he is today.

HAMMER: Well, as many people know fans of the show and you know that Maxwell Hart -- Smart had that famous catchphrase, "Would you believe?" In talking about Don`s life, can you finish that phrase with something we might not know about Don?

FELDON: Oh, would you believe that Don Adams wrote poetry? Would you believe that Don Adams was a history buff or would you believe that he was a very dear sentimental man? All of these things are outside the general outline of Maxwell Smart.

HAMMER: And you would always hear him described as being a funny guy and very gracious and very charming. What kind of person was Don to you, Barbara?

FELDON: Well, Don had so many sides. He was a whole person. I mean, he was -- he was certainly more than the parts of himself that he put into Maxwell smart. He was a very sensitive man and very intense. And quite quiet, actually. You know, yes, he could be very funny on the set, but a lot of the time he was very quiet and a very, very focused person.

HAMMER: And very accomplished in his career. Of course, most famous for playing Maxwell Smart. Now that`s a character he played, as you know - - you played alongside with him for five years -- and that was 40 years ago. Yet through the years that came after, he never shied away from his association with that character, did he?

FELDON: No, I think he valued it very much. I think all of us who had the good fortune to be on that show considered that to be a great stroke of good fortune in our lives. I know that he must have valued it, because his license plate was "Smart 86." So he wasn`t trying not to advertise it.

HAMMER: Well, Barbara, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and memories on Don Adams with is. Barbara Feldon joining us live on the phone. Thank you so much.

FELDON: Thank you.

BRYANT: Brooke Shields is opening up about the story that had everyone talking. You`ll remember that`s when Tom Cruise had criticized her for taking medication to battle her postpartum depression.

Well, she is returning to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to talk about that and to give an update on how she`s doing. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has your first look.


OPRAH WINFREY, TALK SHOW HOST: Brooke says she wants to get pregnant again.


WINFREY: You do.

SHIELDS: I`ve always wanted more than one child. That was never really a question. I just always -- and then when it was so difficult for me to have my first child and then everything that I went through, oddly enough, it didn`t deter me, because now I feel more -- I`m so much more informed.


BRYANT: The full interview with Brooke shields airs tomorrow on "Oprah."

Well, actress Denise Richards knows a thing or two about motherhood. She has two kids, including a 4-month-old girl. She`s also the star of the "Scary Movie" franchise and she`s the Bond girl in "The World is Not Enough."

She`s now starring in a new UPN TV series called "Sex, Love & Secrets" playing a pushy P.R. woman. Well, tonight show -- in a "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Sit-down," Denise Richards joins us live.

So, Denise, good to see you.

DENISE RICHARDS, ACTRESS: Thank you, you, too. She`s three months, by the way.

BRYANT: Three months? Oh, my gosh. They grow up so fast.

RICHARDS: They do.

BRYANT: Well, here`s the thing. You had that baby. You look fantastic. Were you getting made up in the delivery room to go back to work, because I swear that`s what it seemed like it?

RICHARDS: No, no, no. I mean, how could I not lose weight? I had a 1-year-old and a newborn. I was starting a TV show. You don`t sleep. You`re breast-feeding. So didn`t have time to eat.

BRYANT: That`s what all new mothers say. That`s what I`ve heard.

RICHARDS: It`s true. I found that I actually lost weight quicker the second time around. And once my doctor gave me the OK I was able to -- I have a fabulous trainer, Garrett Warren, and then my nutritionist, Carrie Wyatt (ph), so that doesn`t hurt either.

BRYANT: You bet it will. Well, we just ran this clip with Brooke Shields. I`m curious how you feel about that. You`ve been a mother twice now. Tom Cruise had criticized her for taking medicine for postpartum. A lot of people say he`s a guy, what does he know about it? What are your thoughts on that, because it`s still a hot topic.

RICHARDS: I was really lucky. I never had postpartum, so I couldn`t even put myself in Brooke`s shoes.

And you know, I`m happy for her that she`s being really honest. I imagine that it`s something that`s very difficult to talk about.

BRYANT: yes, it definitely is, and I`m sure people tomorrow will be tuned in to "Oprah."

I want to talk about your new television show. And you`re playing a pushy P.R. woman. In the business we`re in, the Hollywood business, we certainly know a lot of public relations ladies and gentlemen. Has anybody said to you, "Did you model this after me?" I`m curious.

RICHARDS: Not yet.

BRYANT: Not yet?

RICHARDS: Well, it starts airing tomorrow night.

BRYANT: Right.

RICHARDS: But I tried to, you know, model her after my publicist. But she`s too nice. So that didn`t go over well. But it`s such a great character. She`s so much fun to play and she`s hopefully the character that you love to hate.

BRYANT: But there`s something to that, certainly, the villainess on television.

RICHARDS: It`s fun. For me it`s fun. When you sign on to do a TV show, hopefully you`re going to be doing it for a long time and you want to like the character you`re playing. And she`s so much fun. They`ve written me great story lines.

BRYANT: Very nice. Speaking of P.R., Charlie Sheen was on David Letterman not too long ago. I remember watching it at home and thinking if this isn`t the greatest apology, the greatest act of contrition?

I mean, what did you make of that whole thing, because it seems that people really are rooting for you and people really want you to get back together. What did you think, though, when you saw him on Dave, just basically saying he was the biggest jerk in the world?

RICHARDS: I thought Charlie did a great job and he looked gorgeous. And it was very, very sweet.

BRYANT: And what about the fact that everybody wants you to get together?

RICHARDS: No, it`s lovely. I have to say, this whole year has been very difficult and painful. And you know, the details of it I really would prefer to keep it between myself and Charlie at this moment.

BRYANT: But certainly it does play out in the tabloids, in the paparazzi.

RICHARDS: It does.

BRYANT: How -- I`m surprised you`re not on the cover of one of these we have on the coffee table. How does that affect your life to see yourself splashed all over the magazines?

RICHARDS: I think the hard thing was I have never been through something like this and Charlie and I together. And once, you know -- we have two babies, so you get very protective and it`s very difficult. And I`ve gotten to the place where I don`t even read it anymore. It`s, you know, between he and I and our family, and we get very protective and want to keep it that way.

BRYANT: And certainly for him, though, knowing -- maybe he`s even got a better perspective, being in a show business family for so long, of how important it is to try to keep your family together.

RICHARDS: Absolutely.

BRYANT: I would imagine. Well, last quick question. Has working on television been better for you as a mom? I mean, because you hear women say, "I`ve go on a film, I`m gone for four months." How has it affected your life doing television?

RICHARDS: It`s so great. I get to work, you know, 15 minutes from my house. So I have a wonderful schedule. It`s an ensemble. I`m not in every scene or working every day. So I get to be a mom a lot of the time, which is nice.

BRYANT: Very nice. Well, we wish you good luck on it.

RICHARDS: Thank you.

BRYANT: Denise Richards. You can catch Denise`s new show "Sex, Love & Secrets." It premiers tomorrow on UPN.

HAMMER: Can Geena Davis get Condoleezza Rice to run for president? Some people think so. We`ll tell you how next.

BRYANT: Plus, Paul McCartney`s prescription for when you find yourselves in times of trouble, and it goes a little deeper than to just "Let it Be." That`s coming up in our in-depth interview with the former Beatle.

And the Cowsills, also music stars of the `60s. The heartbreaking story of Barry Cowsill, missing in the Katrina aftermath. His brother and sister join us live, coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: A woman is about to become president -- on TV, anyway -- and one group wants to actually make it a reality. An organization that`s trying to get Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to run for president in 2008 has bought an ad during tomorrow`s premiere of ABC`s "Commander-in- Chief."

Now, this drama stars Donald Sutherland and Geena Davis, who as vice president becomes president after the commander in chief gets sick. The group, Americans for Rice, thinks that the show will help their cause.

And make sure you`re with us tomorrow, because Geena Davis, the commander-in-chief herself, will be on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Jodie Foster piloted "Flightplan" to a No. 1 debut at the box office this weekend. In final numbers just out this afternoon, the thriller took in more than $24.5 million, continuing a September rally for Hollywood, which has seen its year-to-year receipts down six percent.

Tim Burton`s "Corpse Bride" opened in second with $19 million. Last week`s No. 1, "Just Like Heaven," dropped to third with $9.6 million. Rapper Bow-Wow`s roller-skating flick "Roll Bounce" bounced into the No. 4 slot with $7.5 million. And just behind, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose."

HAMMER: A troubled pop star from the popular `60s group The Cowsills is missing in the Katrina aftermath. His brother and sister join us live with their story next.

BRYANT: Plus, in times of trouble, Paul McCartney has always turned to just one thing. That`s ahead in an in-depth interview with Sir Paul.

HAMMER: And James Spader with secrets from the new season of "Boston Legal" in the interview you will only see right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It is 31 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer.

BRYANT: I`m Karyn Bryant. You`re watching TV`s only live entertainment news show.

HAMMER: Still to come the next 30 minutes, the Cowsills, a very famous and popular 60s pop group missing one of their own. Barry Cowsill has been missing since Hurricane Katrina. Susan and Bob, his brother and sister, believe they have a lead from a piece of video they saw on We`ll speak with Bob and Susan and get their story coming up in just a couple of minutes.

BRYANT: And James Spader, I have been a fan of this guy for so many years. He just won his second Emmy a week ago for his role on "Boston Legal," and he`s going to be on our show, live, to dish on that show and, hopefully, all kinds of other stuff. I think he`s terrific.

All of that and more still to come, but first let`s get tonight`s hot headlines. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`S Brooke Anderson joins us live from Hollywood.

Hi -- Brooke.


Well, tonight, one supermodel is defending another, even as she is accused of using drugs. Speaking out in support of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell says, quote, "It`s really like a vendetta against her friend." Campbell has battled drug use herself.

Moss recently lost three modeling contracts and is being investigated by London police after pictures of her allegedly snorting cocaine appeared in the British tabloid "Daily Mirror."

Tonight R&B singer D`Angelo is, quote, "home and doing well" after being injured in a car crash in Richmond, Virginia. The accident happened on September 19 when D`Angelo was thrown from an SUV after it hit a fence. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Now it isn`t clear if D`Angelo was driving.

Also tonight, a Bo Bice baby. The "American Idol" runner up and his wife, Caroline, are the proud parents of a baby boy. Aiden Bice was born Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee. Bo finished second, of course, to Carrie Underwood during this past season of "American Idol."

And Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are hitched, this according to "People" magazine. The couple got married this weekend in Beverly Hills, California. About 100 people attended. This is Kutcher`s first marriage, Demi`s third. She was previously married to Bruce Willis and Freddie Moore.

And those are the hot headlines. Karyn, back to you, in New York.

BRYANT: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`S Brooke Anderson, live in Hollywood, thanks very much.

So the Hollywood buzz on Ashton and Demi has got us asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Demi and Ashton Marriage: Does age really matter? You can keep voting at You can write us at and at 54 past the hour we`ll put your emails on the air.

HAMMER: Tonight the desperate search for a 1960s pop star missing after Hurricane Katrina. A search fueled by video that was seen on Barry Cowsill and his famous family were best known for the 1960s pop band The Cowsills, with such hits as "Indian Lake" and "Hair." The Cowsills were also the inspiration for the TV show "The Partridge Family."

Now, the last time anyone heard from Barry was when he called from New Orleans two days after Katrina hit and he left his sister an ominous voicemail message. Then the family heard about a piece of video that was seen on, a video that they are convinced shows Barry outside the New Orleans Convention Center.

Joining us live tonight from Washington, D.C., Barry Cowsill`s brother, Bob, and his sister Susan.

I want to thank you both for joining us.

A lot of people check out every day. Millions, in fact. But it still seems rather obscure that you were turned on to this particular video. How did you find out about the video at

BOB COWSILL, BROTHER OF BARRY COWSILL: We have a large fan base still after all these years, and we had heard through our Web site that someone had posted that they thought they saw Barry in a CNN video. It was kind of that vague.

And, of course, that sent everybody scurrying to, of course, and you have your videos in the "Modern Day Genocide" video at 3 minutes and 39 seconds. If you stop it right there -- you know, look, this goes back and forth. I think it`s him. His demeanor, it`s him. It doesn`t matter that that hat isn`t familiar to us. Who knows where he could get a hat after a hurricane like that. So we`re not concerned about the surroundings.

But there is a back and forth about that, but I thought it was him 1000 percent. I mean, I cried when I saw that thing.

HAMMER: I know you guys have a TV monitor there. Ellie, if we could bring up that still -- we were just looking at the video image that caught your attention at I want to show you this still picture that we took from the video. And, Susan -- are we able to get that up? Is the video coming up?

OK. There on the right -- on the left is a fairly recent picture of him and on the right, the picture that you saw.

Susan, I mean, are you fairly convinced that that is your brother?

SUSAN COWSILL, BROTHER OF BARRY COWSILL: You know, it certainly could be, it absolutely could be. I can`t be convinced of anything right now.

BOB COWSILL: There is a logical sequence that, if that is the Convention Center, where they allege that picture was taken, that picture was taken a day after the last day we heard from him, which was I think Thursday morning, at 1:30 in the morning.

SUSAN COWSILL: Right, right, right.

BOB COWSILL: And it would make sense logically that he would have gone to the Convention Center. He was holed up in the Warehouse District during the hurricane. He ended up in the French Quarter and --

SUSAN COWSILL: And he also knew that there were buses leaving from somewhere in town because one of his messages said he didn`t feel -- he wasn`t wanting to wait many, many days to get on a bus with the rest of the gang.

HAMMER: Now, he`s smoking a cigarette in this image. Bob, you said a lot of his mannerisms are that of your brother. Is your brother a smoker?

BOB COWSILL: Yes, we were glad -- you know, if that is him, we were thrilled to say that, I`m amazed to say, because, you know, a dehydrated person in search of water isn`t going to be doing what he is doing.

HAMMER: Tell me about the phone call that you got from Barry just after the hurricane. You got a voice mail message?

SUSAN COWSILL: Yeah, I got about I think three of them, although they came in all at once on Thursday morning, because we weren`t able to receive any phone calls coming in or out. It`s actually quite amazing that they even got through. So I didn`t get to speak with him, and they all came through at the same time to me at about 10:00 in the morning, and they basically ranged I think a couple of days back to Thursday at about 1:00 in the morning, and he basically was just pretty freaked out, asking for us to come get him. He was pretty panicky, pretty scared.

BOB COWSILL: Right. He said there was a lot of looting and shooting going on.

SUSAN COWSILL: He said there was a lot of looting and shooting and he really just wanted to have his people come get him. It was heartbreaking because I didn`t get those messages and then after that, I just sat by that phone like it was --

BOB COWSILL: We implemented a 24-hour plan as soon as we heard those messages, and we changed Susan`s outgoing message to tell him, hey, Barry, we got your message, give us your location, you`re home in 24 hours.

SUSAN COWSILL: But he never called back after that.

BOB COWSILL: And the call never came.

HAMMER: That has to be so impossibly difficult, having gotten the messages and not being there for the phone to answer.

I have to wrap it up, but real quickly, where can people go if they have any information on the whereabouts?


BOB COWSILL: We have a Web site.

SUSAN COWSILL: Or I have my own Web site. They can call "Entertainment Tonight." They can call ya`ll. They can call anybody and --

HAMMER: Terrific. Bob and Susan, we appreciate you joining us, Bob and Susan Cowsill. Best of luck in your search.

BOB COWSILL: Thank you.

SUSAN COWSILL: Thank you very much.

BRYANT: In times of crisis, music can be a wonderful and healing influence. Just ask Paul McCartney. We did. The former Beatle, who is out with a new album, talked with us about everything from aging to the death of his former band mate, George Harrison, to how music can really help in times of trouble.

Here is CNN`s Daryn Kagan with McCartney and his music for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


PAUL MCCARTNEY, MUSICIAN: Coming out with a tour, particularly after 9/11 and now after Katrina, you do feel like you`re coming in with some sort of healing influence, that people are seeing all of this tragedy on the TV and they`re just living that day in and day out, and they need a bit of a release. So often, if we`re lucky, we provide a little bit of a release. Hopefully the music will help them through their troubles. That`s what it is all about.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Speaking of loss, we are getting close to the anniversary of the death of George Harrison. You still think about him often? One of the interviews that I read said that one of the songs on the new album, you thought of him.

MCCARTNEY: Yes, there is one of the songs that, strangely, you know, I didn`t realize I was thinking of George. I was just writing a song, one of the songs on the new album, called "Friends To Go," and I started with "I`ll be waiting on the other side," thinking what am I writing about here. Is it the other side of life or just the other side of the street, you know.

And as I went on, I just got a feeling that it was a very George song. It wasn`t like I was channeling him. You know, this is the spin that gets put on it, but it wasn`t like that. It was just like, I suddenly thought this could be a George song.

KAGAN: The question I am sure you get asked many times, because you did turn 63, are you singing out there "When I Turn 64"?

MCCARTNEY: No, I`m not singing that yet, but I`ve got a nasty feeling I might be next year. My kids say to me, dad, you have got to disappear off the face of the planet --

KAGAN: For that one year?

MCCARTNEY: -- next year. Don`t be here. And I said, well, it`s either that or I`ll be right in the middle of it all. So I haven`t yet made a decision, but if you don`t see me next year, you`ll know why.

KAGAN: We heard it here first.

Anything left to do? Still many more songs in there?

MCCARTNEY: I don`t know. You know, I don`t count how many I`ve done. I just like doing it. I love what I do, and so that`s what is left to do.


BRYANT: That was CNN`s Daryn Kagan, reporting for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Coming up, James Spader spills secrets from the set of "Boston Legal." It`s an interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, live, next.


BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Karyn Bryant.

Tonight another showbiz sit down. This time it`s with James Spader. He is just off back-to-back Emmy wins for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He plays Alan Shore, the ethically-challenged attorney everyone loves to hate on ABC`s hit drama "Boston Legal."

On tomorrow`s season premier, Spader`s character defends the Black Widow, played by Heather Locklear. She is a woman who is accused of poisoning her rich and older husband.

James Spader joins me now, live. Good to see you.

JAMES SPADER, ACTOR: Good to see you.

BRYANT: I`ve been a fan of yours for years.

SPADER: This pillow is really something, isn`t it.

BRYANT: We can take it away.

SPADER: No, no, no. It`s just you`re sort of perched on the edge here like a girl at a cocktail party or somebody who doesn`t want anyone to look up her skirt.

BRYANT: It`s good for posture, though, yeah.

SPADER: It is.

BRYANT: It`s nice.

It was terrific to see you win an Emmy again. It`s your second one for the same role. You originated -- you set a precedent. The same character, two different shows.

SPADER: Strange, isn`t it? I was very surprised. I really thought - - especially when Bill Shatner won early in the evening, I thought -- I didn`t think it was possible that it would -- I thought for sure I could leave early then. And then all of the sudden, lo and behold, it happened again. I just didn`t think it would be -- I thought the odds were so far against us for two different shows playing the same guys, you know, really, it seemed crazy to me, but it worked out.

BRYANT: Still feels good, though, right?

SPADER: Yeah, fantastic. I`d prefer it to happen again and again.

BRYANT: I`m surprised, I mean, I don`t know, some people are really humble. I mean, I would want to carry it around just a little bit. It`s only been a week. Don`t you want to show it off a little bit?

SPADER: You should go on tour with it, probably.

BRYANT: We mentioned that Heather Locklear is going to be on the show with you tomorrow. She`s famous for playing television bad guys. You`ve got such a great character. Bill Shatner`s character, Denny, is so great. Did she just fit in right away? Was there any sort of --

SPADER: Well, you know, she had done a show years ago with Bill for quite a few years. They worked together when she was --

BRYANT: "T.J. Hooker."


BRYANT: That`s right.

SPADER: A cop show. And so they were, you know, they`ve been talking filthy with each other for years, so that was just like a reunion for them.

I couldn`t get a word in edgewise.

BRYANT: Is that what it`s like on the set of "Boston Legal?"

SPADER: Well, it was like that for that show. The majority of --I remember, she`s on for two episodes, and the second episode, I think I guess we actually start her trial in the first, but a lot of it, you know, was this trial, and you`d be sitting in the courtroom for days, and I`m up talking constantly during the trial, and Bill and she are back there just sort of whispering things in each others ears.

I tell you, I could not -- I would sit down and try to chat up Heather, I couldn`t get a word in. Bill completely monopolized her.

BRYANT: Just blocked you right there. That`s too bad. We`ll have to watch it play out on the show tomorrow, though.

Do you watch yourself on TV? Because you`re ubiquitous with movies on late night. I saw "Secretary" on television again late at night the other day. When you`re channel surfing by and you see your own show, do you watch?

SPADER: I`m not channel surfing a lot and I have a few stations that I sort of jump between. If nothing is interesting on any of them, then I turn it off. Or, I`m someone who watches things for about 10 minutes and then moves to something else, and then I`m sick of the entire process after about 45 minutes.

But for me, I`m never on a station where one of my films is going to be playing. I don`t get HBO or Showtime or any cable stations. The stations I generally watch are either PBS things or I go to CNN, see if something is happening in the news, or I watch a news program on PBS or something, or the Food Network I`ll go to as well.

BRYANT: So you like to cook?

SPADER: I like strange sort of public access stations, so I`ll watch the Japanese language. There is a great station, actually that sells -- it`s a Korean station in LA where they -- it`s one of those shopping network shows but it`s Korean and they`re selling certain Korean products. And I`ll tell you, there have been times when you can sit and watch the show for a good 10 or 15 minutes, watching the same product and not have any idea what it is, and they`re showing it and they`re actually showing you things it might do, and yet you still have no idea really what the thing is, it just looks like a jar with several handles and things coming out of it.

BRYANT: And, see, now, everybody is flipping to find that channel right now.

James, thank you for joining us. I think you`re terrific. You`ll still always be Steff (ph) from "Pretty In Pink" to me, but that`s just my little issue.

You can catch the season premier of "Boston Legal" tomorrow night on ABC.

HAMMER: I think I bought one of those things one night.

It is time now for the legal lowdown, a look at what is going on in the world of entertainment legal news. On the docket tonight, a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT exclusive. Alec Baldwin files a police report against ex-wife Kim Basinger. Plus, Pam Anderson`s scary stalker. She`s had problems like this before, but the actress says this particular guy is threatening her family. She has gone to court looking for protection.

Joining us live from Glendale, California, Harvey Levin, managing editor of the soon-to-be-launched entertainment news site

Let`s get right to it, Harvey. Exclusive news, you`ve got a scoop for us on Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. These guys have been apart, divorced, for almost four years now. So what`s going on here?

HARVEY LEVIN, TMZ.COM: Sadly, it is extremely acrimonious, and Alec Baldwin actually about 10 days ago went to court and filed papers and said, look, it is literally impossible for me to have the kind of contact that I want to have with my daughter because Kim is making it that difficult. He says she is still angry about the divorce and that it is like trying to jump through a moving train window trying to get phone calls to his daughter and trying to make the contact that he says he deserves.

Last week -- last weekend -- Alec Baldwin went to Kim Basinger`s home to pick up their daughter, Ireland, and she wasn`t there. Baldwin called the cops and apparently was very upset. Called the police and said she is in violation of this custody order. The police came, Kim was nowhere in sight, nor was the daughter. The police actually came back, we`re told, later on in the day to see if Kim Basinger was there. She still wasn`t, but Baldwin actually went as far as filing a police report in this case.

HAMMER: A little extreme, though, isn`t it, in something like this, where custody is involved, to actually call the police?

LEVIN: Well, it happens. I mean, if somebody does violate a custody order, you know, the police could theoretically get involved, if this child is not being delivered the way the child should, if it is in violation of the order.

This has gotten really bad. There is a hearing scheduled for next month and Baldwin wants issued clarified so he can have contact with his daughter, but he says Kim is doing everything she can to withhold that contact.

HAMMER: Well, as you mentioned, it`s almost legendary how acrimonious their situation has been in the past.

Let`s move on then to Pam Anderson. She is freaking out a bit. She has actually filed a temporary restraining order against a man who could possibly be a homeless man who approached her, her children and her mother.

Now when it comes to these orders of protection, how effective are these? Will they really protect her? Will they really protect Pam`s family?

LEVIN: You know, I mean, the problem with these orders is you are dealing with people who may have a screw loose and, you know, this is a guy, she says, who is homeless, who has been following them around to coffee shops, to the children`s schools in Malibu. And, you know, Malibu is kind of an interesting place. She lives in a gated community. So to that extent, she is somewhat protected. But Malibu is a very open city. There are these open shopping malls and easy access to where stars often congregate. So this guy has figured out her patterns and she is really worried.

Now, will the restraining order work? He`s supposed to stay 100 yards away from her but, you know, this does not sound like a guy, if what she is saying is true, it doesn`t sound like a guy who necessarily listens to reason, and the only recourse is waiting to see if he violates the order, and then they can toss him in jail.

HAMMER: And hopefully security is top notch in her gated community.

Harvey Levin, thanks for joining us tonight, live, from Glendale, California for the legal lowdown.

LEVIN: See you, A.J.

BRYANT: There is still time for you to sound off on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. 42-year-old Demi Moore and 27-year-old Ashton Kutcher reportedly got married this weekend, so we ask you, Demi and Ashton Marriage: Does age really matter? You can vote at or write us at We`ll read some of your emails live, next.


BRYANT: Throughout the show we`ve been asking you to vote in our online SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day, Demi and Ashton Marriage: Does age really matter? Well, you can take a look at the vote. Right now, 28 percent of you say yes, it does; 72 percent of you say no, it doesn`t.

We`ve gotten some emails. Susan, from Alaska, says she dates someone 22 years younger and she writes, "Whether you are male or female and both are of legal age, if you share common goals and interests, why not be happy?"

HAMMER: That`s right.

BRYANT: And Rebecca, from Georgia, says "Age doesn`t matter. When you love someone, you have to go for it for true love doesn`t come around too often."

You can keep voting at

HAMMER: You said you speak from experience there.


HAMMER: Four years.

BRYANT: Four years is not a huge age difference, but it matters sometimes.

HAMMER: I don`t think we`re talking about the same thing.

BRYANT: Well, we`re not, apparently, but, you know, whatever. I`m just trying to relate to the people, A.J.

HAMMER: That is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer.

BRYANT: And I`m Karyn Bryant. Stay tuned for the latest from CNN HEADLINE NEWS.


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