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Madonna`s Adoption Mess; Legal Lowdown

Aired October 23, 2006 - 19:00:00   ET


JASON CARROLL, CNN CO-HOST: A lawyer tries to get answers from Anna Nicole Smith about who`s the father of her baby. I`m Jason Carroll in New York. A.J. Hammer has the night off.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN CO-HOST: And a new twist in Country Star Sara Evans` divorce. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Madonna`s adoption mess gets even messier. He gave up his son to Madonna. Now he says he didn`t realize he was signing away custody for good. Is it a language barrier? A misunderstanding?

Plus, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks the toughest question -- should Madonna give the baby back?

Keith Urban in rehab. With his wife, Nicole Kidman, by his side, Country Music Star Keith Urban checks into rehab.

Tonight -- stars and substance abuse. What does it mean for their marriage? Can the marriage survive addiction? The SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special series, "Prescription for Rehab," continues.

CARROLL: Hello, I`m Jason Carroll in New York. A.J. Hammer has the night off.

ANDERSON: It is great to have you with us tonight, Jason. And it`s great to have all of you. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

Tonight, a stunning development in Madonna`s adoption mess. The father of the little boy she is trying to adopt is now saying he didn`t mean to give up his son for adoption.

CARROLL: This story cannot get any more unbelievable. Madonna has taken all kinds of heat for this adoption, and this adoption has become one big mess. It is getting even messier. And with the father`s bombshell statement, the heat has been turned up even more.


CARROLL (voice-over): It really was a hard knock life for Annie, the classic Broadway heroin, who used to sing about life in an orphanage before realizing her dream of being adopted.

But as Madonna tries to play Mommy Warbucks to a not quite orphaned real child, she is finding she has something in common with Annie`s hard knock life -- she is getting knocked around a bit herself.

Madonna is getting kicked in the headlines again. Yohane Banda, the father of the little boy Madonna is trying to adopt is now telling the media he didn`t know that adoption really meant adoption. Check out what he is telling reporters now.

YOHANE BANDA, FATHER OF DAVID BANDA (through translator): Had they told us that Madonna wanted to adopt my son, we would not have agreed to let him go forever.

CARROLL: What`s going on here?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is going around the world to bring you the latest on Madonna`s adoption nightmare and to ask, does all this mean David is going back to Malawi?

J.D. HEYMAN, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: It`s been a very confusing and complicated time for both Madonna and the biological father of her adoptive son, David.

CARROLL: It really is a sad story of poverty and desperation. Yohane Banda left his son at an orphanage soon after the boy`s mother died. He signed adoption papers earlier this month. A short time later, Madonna, during a visit to the impoverished country, began steps to adopt the boy, all with the elder Banda`s blessing.

BANDA (through translator): I`m not aware of Madonna. I don`t know who she is. All I know is that she will give my son a good life.

CARROLL: That was then. Now in an interview in his native language, Banda, who can`t read or write, says he didn`t understand the papers he signed. He says he didn`t mean to give his son away for good. He just wanted the boy cared for and then returned.

BANDA (through translator): At the orphanage we were told that the child would be raised and educated, and that when he reaches a certain age, he will be back to us.

So the same agreement that we had with the orphanage applies to Madonna, that when he completes his education and he is an adult ready to stand on his own, then he will be brought back to the village.

CARROLL: This development will no doubt fire up the critics, who accuse Madonna of everything from baby buying to bending Malawi`s rules in her speedier than normal adoption.

HEYMAN: There are lots of theories as to why somebody would backtrack so publicly.

CARROLL: "People" magazine`s J.D. Heyman has been covering this from the beginning. He tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT he can only guess why Banda is making this about-face.

HEYMAN: Perhaps some members of Mr. Banda`s family objected to this process. It is not very common statistically to adopt children from Malawi. I don`t think any adoption expert or any parent, adoptive or not, would have recommended this be played out so publicly.

CARROLL: J.D. may have a point. So SHOWBIZ TONIGHT contacted a real adoption expert.

JANICE GOLDWATER, ADOPTIONS TOGETHER: When I see people get in trouble doing international adoptions and domestic adoptions, that is, also, it is when they don`t -- when they don`t follow the regulations as they are set forth.

CARROLL: Janice Goldwater, of Adoptions Together, says Madonna could have learned something from Angelina Jolie, whose adoption of a Cambodian boy and Ethiopian girl went off without a hitch.

GOLDWATER: I think it really speaks to how important it is to do things slowly and carefully and by the letter of the law.

CARROLL: Madonna has said she did act lawfully. She and her husband, Guy Ritchie, have been granted an interim adoption, ad little David has been brought to London where, presumably, he is with the famous couple now.

Banda is telling reporters he doesn`t want his son returned to the orphanage and that he is grateful to Madonna. But with all this negative attention, should Madonna give him back anyway? For now, not many people seem to be calling for that.

HEYMAN: I certainly think that, and for David`s sake, I hope that it doesn`t take a public give back or any kind of more trauma or transition for this child, who has had an awful lot happen to him over several days.

GOLDWATER: If the birth father was saying, I was intentionally misled and I don`t want my child adopted, it might be a different story. But I don`t hear that statement coming out. And I think that something should be learned from this situation.

CARROLL: No one knows how this latest news will affect the adoption, but all that`s certain is, rightly or wrongly, Madonna`s attempt to rescue a little boy is now tainted.

GOLDWATER: I think it`s really sad.


CARROLL (on camera): And those dying to hear Madonna`s side of the story will soon get their chance. Oprah Winfrey plans to interview the pop star tomorrow. That interview will air on Wednesday.

Now we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Madonna Adoption Mess: Should she return the baby? Vote at and send us an e-mail at

And remember, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is the only entertainment news show that lets you express your opinion on video. Just look into your video camera or webcam and send us a piece of your mind via video e-mail, of course. It`s really easy. Head to our Web site, to learn how to do it. All you have to do is click, attach and send. Remember, your video has got to be 30 seconds or less. Watch your video e-mails only on HOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ANDERSON: Tonight, Anna Nicole Smith reportedly skips her deposition with her ex-boyfriend`s attorney. Her ex, Larry Birkhead, is trying to force Smith to submit her baby girl for a paternity test because he says he is the baby`s father. Smith`s attorney and lover, Howard K. Stern, said that`s not the case. Birkhead is wrong and it is he who is the father.

Joining me in New York, "COURT TV" News Anchor Ashleigh Banfield.

Hi there, Ashley.


ANDERSON: All right, so Anna Nicole didn`t show up. What`s the matter with her? I mean, if you`re being deposed in a paternity case, shouldn`t you be there? If I were served court papers, demanding my presence somewhere, Ashleigh, I can`t just ignore that, right?

BANFIELD: You`re a smart lady. That might be the difference. I hate to say it.

ANDERSON: Maybe so.

BANFIELD: You`re right, though. You can skip a deposition if you have a valid reason. If you`re ill, if you have a child who is ill. But you have to communicate these things. Otherwise, Brooke, you could be slapped with contempt of court. And that can carry with it some jail time. So it is very serious.

ANDERSON: She does have other things going on, right? You know some news that just broke recently.

BANFIELD: Yes. "People" magazine is reporting that she has just been slapped with an eviction notice from her Bahamas home. All this while I thought she owned the home, Brooke. But it turns out she says it was a gift from her friend, who is a Myrtle Beach developer. You probably heard the name Ben Thompson. She says that was a gift, that home.

Well, I don`t think Mr. Thompson agrees it was a gift. He says -- or at least the papers that she`s been served with say she has refused to sign a mortgage document. I think you should TBA on this one.

BANFIELD: If it`s not one thing, it`s another, Ashleigh.

As if it couldn`t get worse, Donna Hogan, Anna Nicole`s estranged half sister, reportedly told the "New York Daily News" quote -- and I couldn`t believe my eyes when I read this -- "What a freaking waste of a human being, my sister is." And it just continues. Not only that, her estranged half sister suggests, Anna Nicole`s baby could be that of her late husband, millionaire J. Howard Marshall, because Anna Nicole always talked of freezing his sperm. Can the drama get any crazier?

BANFIELD: No, it can`t. At this point, all I can tell you is that she is apparently refusing the paternity test, so I`m not sure which of the boyfriends or ex-lovers this child might belong to. The sister went as far as also saying she doesn`t know who the daddy of any of her kids is. So it`s a little embarrassing. But it`s also troublesome to think that this child has been born into a situation like this.

ANDERSON: Absolutely. Very worrisome. And just unbelievable what we`re hearing and what we`re seeing.

And I want to talk a little bit now about Anna Nicole`s deceased son, Daniel. This week, Bahamian officials are supposed to decide if a formal inquest into his death would be necessary.

Now, Daniel has finally been laid to rest. Do you really see an inquest coming here?

BANFIELD: You know, your guess is really as good as mine on this. They still haven`t made public the official toxicology reports, although private toxicology reports suggested what the lethal combination of drugs in his system were all about. But at this point, I think we just really have to wait on this one. You know, it`s also a public relations issue for that country. So, again, TBA.

ANDERSON: TBA. Well, what`s next with Anna Nicole in terms of a deposition?

BANFIELD: Well, I`d be interested to find out what she says is her reason for skipping this deposition. She is challenging the California jurisdiction of this paternity suit. I`m not sure whether her skipping the deposition is going to have an affect on that. Again, she has to have that valid reason. Maybe within the next 48 hours or so we will have more news to tell you about what that reason was.

ANDERSON: That`s right. And we will keep everyone updated on that.

I want to move now to Wesley Snipes. A federal warrant out for this guy`s arrest in regards to tax fraud charges. He is accused of trying to cheat the government out of nearly $12 million in taxes, allegedly didn`t file taxes for six years. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT finds out he`s in Namibia, filming a movie until December. What`s going on here?

BANFIELD: Namibia again?

ANDERSON: I know. Here we go again.


BANFIELD: Well, it turns out that the justice minister of Namibia has said that that country hasn`t received any extradition orders from the United States regarding the indictment of Mr. Snipes. He is there filming.

But, at the same time, even if that country had received the official order, we don`t have an extradition agreement with Namibia. So I don`t think much would happen there.

Now, does it matter that he is just sticking it out and doing his work there regardless of what happens over here and sort of flouting American justice? Maybe, maybe not. It speaks to his character. It doesn`t legally speak to the case. But you know what else, Brooke? He might need the money. He could very well say in court that legally he has to stay there, finish this movie, make the money so that he might be able to pay it back still.

ANDERSON: Yes, and I`m sure he is in no hurry to face all these charges.

OK, "COURT TV" News Anchor Ashleigh Banfield, as always, thanks for your insight. We appreciate it.

BANFIELD: Nice to see you.

ANDERSON: You, too.

CARROLL: An R&B singer who walked away from a deal after a record label told her no one wants to hear a fat girl sing. Kelly Price is here with her amazing story next.

ANDERSON: Plus, Keith Urban goes to rehab with his wife, Nicole Kidman, by his side. Can marriage survive addiction? Our series, "Prescription for Rehab" continues, coming up.

We`re also going to have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Someone yelled at me to take it off immediately. To take that off right now, that`s offensive. You know, who the hell do you think you are?


CARROLL: A t-shirt that looks like dynamite is strapped to your chest. Not everyone thinks it`s a bomb, so to speak. We`re talking to the man behind the terror t-shirts, coming up.


CARROLL: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Jason Carroll, in for -- in New York, in for A.J. Hammer, who, of course, has the night off.

Time now for a story that made us say, "that`s ridiculous!" You`ve heard of snakes on a plane. Now we have snakes in the library. In Massachusetts, a black python got out of his cage at a museum that shares the same building as a library. The three-foot long python hasn`t been seen for more than a week. Animal control officials say it could stay hidden for about a month until it gets hungry again, but that it poses no threat to humans. Still, snakes in the library, now "that`s ridiculous!"

ANDERSON: Harrison Ford says even though he`s in his 60s, he`s ready to play action hero Indiana Jones again. At the Rome film festival, the 64-year-old actor said he is delighted to team up with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for "Indiana Jones 4." The movie has been in the works for over a decade now. Lucas says he and Spielberg are now working on a script. Ford first played Indiana Jones 25 years ago in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

CARROLL: Kelly Price was once a backup singer for Mariah Carey, but now on her own, she`s a platinum-selling artist. Even though Elton John called her the greatest black singer since Aretha Franklin, her road to stardom wasn`t always a sure thing. Once 315 pounds, Kelly Price dropped 100 pounds. But that still it wasn`t enough for some record executives. She walked away from a $1 million dollar contract -- walked away from it, that`s right, after being told that, quote, "no one wan wants to listen to a fat girl sing."

Well, Kelly has a brand new album called, "This is Who I am." It hits stores tomorrow. Kelly Price is with me here right now in New York.

You dropped 108 pounds actually, right? You went from a size 32 to a size 14.


CARROLL: I think a lot of women out there, a lot of men too, want to know, how did you do it?

PRICE: A lot of hard work. Literally, a lot of hard work. I kind of got a wake-up call actually. My mother and my mother-in-law were both diagnosed with breast cancer within two months of each other. And dealing with that in such an intimate way, really kind of gave me a wake-up call to wanting to live life better and live life more healthy.

I really, literally, put myself on the most vigorous workout plan. And this sounds funny. People laugh at me when I say it, but I love Denise Austin. I love Denise Austin. She had this one workout tape, and it`s the only that I work out to. It`s one of her exercise partners was named Kelly. So I psyched myself out. And I`m like, OK, it`s me and its Denise. And I literally would get up every morning and I would do a 45 workout with the Denise Austin -- 45 minute workout with the Denise Austin tape, and then go in the gym and just run on a treadmill. And so for about a year straight, I did a 90-minute workout every single day. I was so disciplined, I was more disciplined then than I am even now. I would hit the floor every morning at 7:00 a.m., and it didn`t matter how much or how little sleep I had.

CARROLL: Well, Kelly, I want to get to what this record executive said. Now this was a record executive, not at your label, but another label, if I`m understanding it?


CARROLL: He was representing a, shall we say, a thinner singer?


CARROLL: What exactly happened there? I mean, he said, no one wants to hear a fat girl sing?

PRICE: No one wants to hear a fat girl signing. Ironically enough, I had already been signed. I was already working on my project, and there was another artist, she was a new artist also that was coming out -- beautiful -- and she was thin. And he was very, very vocal about what he thought in terms of them signing -- the label that did sign me, signing a big girl. You guys are taking a huge risk. You`re going to lose a whole lot of money. And my executive representative said, the girl is phenomenal, she can sing. And his comment was, I`ll bet you any amount of money that my thin beautiful girl that doesn`t sing as well as your fat girl that really, really can sing shall outlast her and she`ll outsell her any day.

CARROLL: Still, when you hear something like that -- I don`t care how big of a celebrity you get, that`s got to be hurtful.

PRICE: It is hurtful. It`s hurtful because music is such a big part of my life. And even prior to ever wanting to be an artist, I just loved to sing. And so when I came into the business, it didn`t make good sense to me that somebody that really could sing wouldn`t have a shot at making it in the business.

CARROLL: Well, obviously this record executive was wrong. I mean, look what happened. You made videos, you win awards, your music sells well. I mean, what does that say about the industry, then?

PRICE: Well, it says to me that, I think that the industry is too bent on what it is they can push in terms of marketing. I think people know what they love. People know what they like. And I think that if you give people something that`s relevant to them, they will support it. And that`s all I`ve ever done. I`ve written music that comes straight from my heart that touch people`s very real situations every day. And that becomes undeniable.

CARROLL: And also we`ve got the CD here, it`s called, "This is Who I am." Are you saying something there? I mean, this is who I am?

PRICE: I am.

CARROLL: This is what my body is like, take it or leave it?

PRICE: Yes, "This is Who I am," is just one statement that says that I am, right now, at 33 years old, in an industry where 33 is too old, 215 pounds is too big, not wanting to be classified in any one genre of music because I love everything from rock to hip-hop, and I want to put all of that on one project -- this is who I am, and take me or leave me, but I`m going to keep doing Kelly. I have to be Kelly.

CARROLL: Well, I definitely think a lot of people are going to be taking. The CD is, "This is Who I am." It comes out tomorrow.

PRICE: Tomorrow.

CARROLL: I heard a few cuts from it. The music is slamming.

PRICE: Thank you.

CARROLL: It`s really, really good.

PRICE: I`m excited about it.

CARROLL: Well, we`re excited for you. We wish you the best of luck. Once again, the CD, it`s called, "This is Who I am," and it hits stores tomorrow. We have to go and check it out.

Thanks, Kelly.

PRICE: Thank you.

ANDERSON: It`s Harry Potter like you`ve never seen him before. Daniel Radcliffe, the 17-year-old star of the Harry Potter movie, is taking it all off on stage.

Next summer, Radcliffe will play a part in the Tony award-winning play "Eclisse" on a London stage and will perform nude during one scene.

Radcliffe tells "Newsweek" magazine that part of him wants to shake up people`s perception of him.

Hmm, performing nude on stage on to do the trick, Daniel.

CARROLL: Get this -- a guy is selling t-shirts that make it look like you`re a suicide bomber. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. We`ll hear both sides, coming up.

ANDERSON: Plus, Keith Urban goes to rehab with his wife, Nicole Kidman, by his side. Can marriage survive addiction? Our series, "Prescription for Rehab," continues, coming up.

We`ll also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are a lot easier ways to get publicity than to travel to a developing country and involve yourself in the lives of people in that country.


CARROLL: Famous people doing good deeds. Some may say it`s all for the publicity. But now, more than ever, stars are stepping up to make the world a better place. A closer look at celebrity causes, coming up.


ANDERSON: Annette Bening says she has her good days and bad days, but describes herself as, in her words, an avid mother. Bening, who has four children with Warren Beatty, stars as a manic depressive mother in the new movie, "Running with Scissors."

In an interview with Reuters, Bening said she and Beatty try to protect their kids` privacy as much as possible and respect their right to have a private life. The children are 6, 9, 12 and 14. And she said the dynamic starts to change as they get older, quote, "You`re the one that`s doing the learning and they are teaching you. You thought you were supposed to be the one who knew, and that`s turned all around. Now they are teaching me every day about life."

CARROLL: From Madonna to Bono to Angelina Jolie, now more than ever, the stars are putting their money and their fame into charity. A closer look at stars and causes, coming up.

ANDERSON: Plus, Keith Urban goes to rehab with his wife, Nicole Kidman, by his side. But can marriage survive addiction? Our series, "Prescription for Rehab" continues, coming up.

We`ll also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Someone yelled at me to take it off immediately. Take that off right now, that`s offensive. You know, who the hell do you think you are?


CARROLL: A t-shirt that looks like dynamite is strapped to your chest. Not everyone thinks it`s the bomb, so to speak. We`re talking to the man behind the terror t-shirt, coming up.



CARROLL: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It`s 30 minutes past the hour. I`m Jason Carroll, in for A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

Jason, celebrities have really raised the bar when it comes to charitable and humanitarian efforts. Angelina Jolie, Bono, George Clooney to name just a few. Coming up, we`re going to take a closer look at celebrities and their causes.

CARROLL: All right. But first, just days after country star Keith Urban admitted he is basically addiction once again, Urban has pulled out of the upcoming Country Music Association Awards.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT told you on Friday that the country star had checked into rehab for alcohol abuse, his wife Nicole Kidman by his side. His label, Capitol Records, now says Urban won`t be at the 40th Annual Awards on November 6. He`s up for four, including Entertainer of the Year. Urban has also scrapped promotional appearances for the album, which will still be released early next month.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban got married this past June.

ANDERSON: Rehab isn`t something new for Keith Urban. So despite how difficult a time this is, what makes Nicole Kidman want to stand by her man?

Tonight, "Prescription for Rehab," an ongoing special SHOWBIZ TONIGHT look at stars` rehabbing their image as they rehab from substance abuse.

So what does this mean for celebrity relationships? Can a marriage survive addiction?

Cooper Lawrence is a development psychologist, and she wrote a book called - listen to this - "Been There, Done That, Kept the Jewelry," and she`s with me now from New York.

Hi there, Cooper.


ANDERSON: Doing well. Thank you.

Now I want to get right to it. Nicole, well aware of Keith`s past battles with substance abuse, Cooper - he admitted to being a heavy cocaine user - why would anyone, let alone Nicole, get involved in a marriage when there`s that much baggage already going into it?

LAWRENCE: See, now you`re looking at this the wrong way.

The idea is that he`s vulnerable. She knows exactly what`s going on right from the very beginning. And a lot of the problems that happens in marriage are the secrets and things that we don`t know about each other and that we found out later on. Well, she`s knows right from the very beginning what`s going on with him. So she`s able to deal with it right from the start, rather than years later, find out that he may have been doing this behind her back.

ANDERSON: So all the secrets out there on the table. No deception here.

LAWRENCE: Absolutely.

ANDERSON: Well, celebrities marry other celebrities because they relate so well. In - in many cases, this is why they do it.

But does that just compound the issues one already has with addiction? I mean, it`s hard enough for celebrities to make it to a movie theater, let alone have a successful relationship involving rehabilitation of some sort. Everything is magnified in the spotlight - even more so when there are two celebrities in a marriage, right?

LAWRENCE: Absolutely. That`s - that`s very, very true.

But you have to look at it this way: you - in any relationship you get into, there - there`s positives and there`s negatives. You have to weigh ahead of time what`s going to work for you and what`s not. Well, with a celebrity, it`s hard enough being with somebody who can relate to what you`re going through. So if - if all she has with him is this addiction, and she feels that she`s strong enough to help him get through it, then this doesn`t seem as big an issue to her as it does to us.

ANDERSON: Nicole has always seemed like a very strong, smart woman.

LAWRENCE: Oh, she`s an alpha wolf. Yes, no - no question.

ANDERSON: Exactly.

Now, Cooper, some doctors would say that when somebody`s addicted, it never ends. Look at all the celebrities where rehab has been like a revolving door: Robert Downey Jr. in and out of rehab; Robin Williams recently went back to rehab; Mel Gibson recently a treatment program.

No matter what, in - in many cases, their wives stick with them. Is it a love-conquers-all kind of thing?

LAWRENCE: Well, no. It`s not love conquers all. I mean, you wish it to be, and that`s the romantic side of it.

The truth is, with addiction, there`s a lot of reasons why people are addicted. Ten alcoholics have 10 different reasons why they`re alcoholics. But you can`t not love them anymore; you have to hope that you`re going to go through it with them and they`re going to come out of it eventually.

But most rehab programs they have built into it that you`re going to relapse. So it`s the idea that, what do you do? Stop loving the person? You can`t stop loving them; they`re still part of your life, and you still love them. You have to hope that - that you giving them the support maybe they didn`t have and the things that drove them to self-medicate in the first place, that your love is going to mitigate that in - on some level.

ANDERSON: Great point.

Even when you`re not famous, people go through this all the time, unfortunately. What can people watching at home, struggling with this same type of situation, learn from the celebrity examples - the celebrities going through this sort of thing in public?


The thing you have to learn about any rehab program or any addiction - two things: one is that you have to make sure the person who`s addicted is ready to deal with the addiction. If - you cannot - you can`t force on them just because you`re ready. They have to be ready; otherwise, it`s really not going to work.

And the second thing is, you have to realize that - that there`s a - there`s a root to all these problems, and for everybody, it`s different. Which is why for a lot of people, the 12-step programs don`t work, because it`s a very one-step - one-size-fits-all situation. Whereas, we`re such individuals, and the reasons why each person has an addiction is so individual.

So you have to get them into the right treatment so that they can get to the root of what it is for them, why they`re addicted.

ANDERSON: Mmm. We wish them well, no matter what type of treatment. We hope they have successful rehabilitations all over.


ANDERSON: Cooper Lawrence, thanks as always for your perspective. We appreciate it.

LAWRENCE: Great. Thank you.

CARROLL: The nanny who has been denying that she had an affair with country star Sara Evans` husband now says, I`ve got proof. Attorneys for Alison Clinton say she passed a lie-detector test with - quote - "flying colors." Evans shocked us all when she filed for divorce a little more than a week ago. She accused her husband, Craig Schelske, of - of abuse, having an affair with her kids` nanny, and keeping tons of porn pictures of himself and with other women on his computer.

But Schelske has fought back, saying it`s all nonsense, and that it`s Evans who`s having the affairs.

We`ll actually go one-on-one with Alison Clinton, the woman accused of having an affair with Sara Evans` husband. That`s sure to be a provocative interview tomorrow, right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ANDERSON: A bunch of celebrities got together over the weekend to say, Not in my backyard. And they may have had their hands on their hips like I do.

Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Pierce Brosnan and Dick Van Dyke were among those that are outraged over proposed natural-gas facilities off the California coast. So they got together this weekend to protest them. The stars think they`re bad for the environment and could become a target for terrorists. The gas company says we`ll get cheap energy out of it.

The Governator, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, could veto the proposal. And to make sure he got the message, the stars made signs that said, "Terminated."

CARROLL: In tonight`s "SHOWBIZ Showcase," "The Good German," starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. It takes place in Berlin, Germany, just after World War II. Clooney plays an American reporter who`s trying to find his former mistress. But along the way he gets tangled up in a murder mystery.

And don`t adjust your set; the movie is shot in black and white.

Here`s your first look.


ANNOUNCER: Berlin, 1945. The war is over.

A military journalist sent to cover the peace is about to become part of the story.

If war is hell, what comes after?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: An American serviceman turns up dead on the eve of the peace conference?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Russians want this to go away. We want it go away, too.

GEORGE CLOONEY, ACTOR: Whoever wanted him dead had access to the delegation. That means somebody pretty high up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What`s your angle?

CLOONEY: Why do I have to have an angle?

(INAUDIBLE) for a kid named Tully (ph). The Americans are looking for him, and the Russians. Why?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How`d you get the bruises on your face? It wasn`t over a girl, was it?

CLOONEY: I show up in Berlin, and the driver assigned to me is running around with my old girlfriend?

CATE BLANCHETT, ACTRESS: I`ll get you out of here. You watch.

CLOONEY: That`s a coincidence.

BLANCHETT: You should never have come back to Berlin.

CLOONEY: If I can find you, Sophie May (ph), what is it you`re not telling me?

I would have (INAUDIBLE). I just didn`t want.

BLANCHETT: You can never really (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`ve seen what one (INAUDIBLE). That`s the future. The future of mankind in your hands.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She`s playing you, Jake. You have no idea what you`re dealing with.

CLOONEY: Who got to you. I want to know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you find that girl, we`d like to talk to her. (INAUDIBLE) before you get hurt.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let`s not forget that we are fighting for peace and for the welfare of mankind.


CARROLL: "The Good German" opens in theaters this December.

ANDERSON: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is the only entertainment news show that lets you express your opinion on video. So just look into your video camera or webcam and send us a piece of mind via video e-mail. It`s really easy. Head to our Web site,, to learn how to do it. All you have to do is click, attach and send. Remember your videos have got to be 30 seconds or less. So keep them short, and watch your video e-mails only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

CARROLL: Up next, a very emotional plea by Michael J. Fox. How he`s taking his battle with Parkinson`s Disease on the campaign trail.

ANDERSON: Also, a really outrageous idea: a guy that`s trying to make a buck by selling T-shirts that look like a bomb. Like what a suicide bomber would use. "That`s Ridiculous!," and that`s next.

Plus, we`ve also got this:


JD HEYMAN, SENIOR EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: There are a lot easier ways to get publicity than to travel to a developing country and involve yourself in the lives of people in that country.


CARROLL: Stars speaking out for their favorite causes. Coming up, a special SHOWBIZ TONIGHT look at celebrities who travel all over the world to use their fame for good. That`s next.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

Time now for another story that made us say, "That`s Ridiculous!"

OK, we`re all for free speech, First Amendment, all that stuff. But when we heard about the guy selling a T-shirt that looks like a strapped-on bomb like a suicide bomb, that`s just terrible taste.

Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It`s ironic that the creator of a suicide bomber T-shirt would end up getting death threats.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, wow. Why do you have that on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh. That`s bad taste.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wouldn`t be funny if it was real.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So if you push the button, what happens?

MOOS: Not this. The only blast the terror T-shirt causes is an explosion of laughter or outrage.

BRIAN: Someone yelled at me to take it off immediately. Take that off right now, that`s offensive. You know, who the hell do you think you are?

MOOS: He is Brian. He asked that we not use his last name. Real suicide bombings gave him the idea to make a T-shirt modeled after the old tuxedo T-shirt.

BRIAN: I`m just a big believer in -- in humor. I - I am not trying to make a political statement; I`m not trying to hurt anybody`s feelings.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ah -- I don`t like it. It`s like killing puppies or seals or something.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s all right. I like it.

MOOS: Brian says he`s sold almost 4,000 T-shirts in a couple of weeks, sold him on his terror T-shirt Web site, which features only one product that comes in only one color.

BRIAN: Looking for a graphic designer was a nightmare. They didn`t want to touch it with a 10-foot pole.

MOOS: But this guy did.


BRIAN: Yes, put it on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m going to put it right on now.

BRIAN: Do you like it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Would you wear one?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I certainly would not. I`ll leave it all up to him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would wear it. I really don`t care what people say.

MOOS (on camera): Obviously.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I like to be stirred up.

MOOS (voice-over): After all, she`s wearing a "Do I Look Like a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) People Person?" T-shirt.

Brian says he wanted his shirt to look cartoonish, not like a real suicide bomber.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it`s disturbing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At first I thought it was real from a distance.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t think it`s funny and I think it`s disturbing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It looked a little real.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She just said, look, that guy has dynamite strapped on (inaudible).

MOOS: Where not to wear the terror t-shirt? The airport, for one. At JFK, this anti-war activist had to cover up his T-shirt just because it said in Arabic, "we will not be silent."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was told by one of the officials that wearing a T-shirt with Arabic script in an airport now is like going to a bank with a T-shirt that reads, "I am a robber."

MOOS: That spawned the "I Am Not a Terrorist" T-shirt. And now for $20, this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Might be a little tasteless. Well, you don`t run into plates screaming; it`s not that bad.

MOOS: This isn`t just a T-shirt. It`s a TNT-shirt.


ANDERSON: Oh, what people will do for attention. That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

CARROLL: Michael J. Fox is speaking out about his debilitating disease, Parkinson`s, and creating some political controversy in the process. He shot an ad for Claire McCaskill. She`s a Democrat republic - a Democrat running to defeat a Republican incumbent in a very tight Missouri senator`s race.

In the ad, Fox wants people to vote for McCaskill, who supports stem-cell research.

Here`s a look at the ad.


MICHAEL J. FOX, ACTOR: As you might know, I care deeply about stem- cell research. In Missouri, you can elect Claire McCaskill, who shares my hope for cures. Unfortunately, Senator Jim Talent opposes expanding stem- cell research. Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us the chance for hope.

They say all politics is local, but it`s not always the case. What you do in Missouri matters to millions of Americans - Americans like me.


CARROLL: Difficult to watch Michael there.

There`s a lot of debate over this stem-cell issue. President Bush has vetoed a law passed by Congress that would give more federal money to embryonic stem-cell research.

ANDERSON: Michael J. Fox is just one of the many, many celebrities to get behind a very worthy cause. In fact, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you celebrities have raised the bar when it comes to fame and philanthropy. Stars like Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and even Madonna are rolling up their sleeves for causes, using their worldwide fame to bring attention to the poorest countries in the world.

And for these celebrities, it`s very personal.


ANDERSON (voice-over): Oprah and Bono band together to fight poverty and disease with their Red campaign.

BONO, SINGER: A hundred and fifty thousand Africans die of a preventable, curable disease every month. They don`t have to, and we think the Oprah kind of people will just not have it. They`ll do the red thing.

OPRAH WINFREY, TALK SHOW HOST: We`re not going to have it. We`re going to do the red thing.

ANDERSON: Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman tours Kosovo as a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

NICOLE KIDMAN, ACTRESS: I`m here as a goodwill ambassador to learn so that I can help your country.

ANDERSON: And Madonna makes a personal mission to Malawi to adopt a child and pledge $3 million to publicize the plight of almost a million orphans in the nation.

Being a global celebrity is hard work, and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you these days, it`s all about fame mixing with philanthropy.

HEYMAN: I think celebrities have always had causes and charities that they`ve been involved with. And I think now, they`re a lot savvier about how they commit themselves to help others.

ANDERSON: Indeed, celebrities have been involved in charities. And here`s how it all began: 1985, famine in Ethiopia. Pop superstar Michael Jackson appealed to the world with his song "We Are the World," recording it with the biggest musical acts.

And in that same year, the world`s biggest rock stars came together for Live Aid, a multi-city ride rock concert seen by an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world.

But that was 20 years ago. Today, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that celebrities are taking philanthropy to a higher level, one that`s more personal.

Let`s take Oscar-winning actor George Clooney for starters.

LACEY ROSE, FORBES.COM: I think George Clooney is a tremendous example of someone who has turned around and used his celebrity for, you know, a cause that he truly believes deserves attention. He traveled with his father to Darfur earlier this year.

ANDERSON: Darfur - hundreds of thousands have been killed there, and Clooney`s cause is making sure no one turns a blind eye, including Hollywood celebrities, who tell SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Clooney helped open their eyes.

CINDY CRAWFORD, SUPERMODEL: When he went on Oprah about Darfur, I - that was powerful. You know, it made me - I mean, I knew what was going on a little bit from talking to George. But seeing Oprah do a whole piece on it with George, you want to get involved; you want to help.

NOAH WYLE, ACTOR: The social responsibility is - is as great as his talent onscreen and behind the camera. No, I think he`s - he`s one of those rare, rare breeds.

ANDERSON: And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you, Clooney isn`t such a rare breed after all. It`s not enough to just get behind a cause; celebrities are now expected to be front and center with their support.

ROSE: I think on one level, I think that anything that a Madonna or an Angelina Jolie does is going to, you know, get attention. I think that there is no personal act - there`s no privacy anymore for these characters. So I think, you know, they`re talking the talk with all these causes. And then they`re turning around and - and walking the walk.

ANDERSON: For Madonna and Angelina, walking the walk seems to have hit them even closer to home. They both adopted children from the same poor countries they have committed themselves to helping.

And despite Madonna`s critics questioning her adoption, she`s still donating $3 million to an orphanage in Malawi. A lot of money for a people in need.

HEYMAN: You know, they said, What - what does Madonna know about Malawi? What`s she doing? Is this some kind of publicity stunt?

You know, there are a lot easier ways to get publicity than to travel to a developing country and involve yourself in the lives of people in that country, and - and really try and help.

ANDERSON: And helping is just what Angelina Jolie set out to do. She immersed herself in the cultures of Cambodia, where she adopted her son, Maddox, and again in Ethiopia where she adopted her daughter Zahara.

But that wasn`t all.

The world media was right there with Jolie highlighting impoverished Haiti when she adopted her pregnancy with baby Shiloh. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there when Jolie brought attention once again to another underprivileged part of the world, when she gave birth to Shiloh in Namibia.

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: I`m just thrilled to have this opportunity, and I think everybody who (INAUDIBLE) to - to help us to bring - to bring this to - to the forefront of people`s minds this week, and - and. So I - and - a rare occasion. I am really thanking the press.

ROSE: I think there is going to be, you know, a degree of skepticism for whatever these, you know, celebrities are champion - championing. And the truth is, at the end of the day, if the end result is to shed light on a topic that`s, you know, in - in these case really do deserve that kind of attention, then I think it`s - it`s a good thing.


ANDERSON: It certainly is a good thing. We at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT couldn`t agree more. It`s no longer about just being famous.

And if you want to support the red campaign, you can log on to

Stick around. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is coming right back.


CARROLL: We`ve been asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Now, the father of the African baby Madonna is trying to adopt says he didn`t realize when he agreed it would be so permanent.

So, "Madonna Adoption Mess: Should she return the baby?" Keep voting at And write us at We`ll read some of your e-mails tomorrow.

ANDERSON: Time to see what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Ali (ph), give us that "SHOWBIZ Marquee."

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy`s wife, is here, and she`s going to reveal her stunning, very dramatic decision. Listen to this: she`s reversing the surgery she had to help her lose weight because she thinks it will actually help her keep off the pounds. That`s tomorrow on the "SHOWBIZ Weight Watch," right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Thank you so much for watching, everyone. Jason, it was great to have you tonight.

CARROLL: Thank you for having me.

ANDERSON: That is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Have a great night. I am Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

CARROLL: And once again, I`m Jason Carroll in for A.J. Hammer right here in New York.

Glenn Beck is next, right after the latest headlines from CNN Headline News.


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