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Caught on Tape!; Videos of Girls Fighting

Aired November 24, 2006 - 23:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: "Caught on Tape," young women brutally beating each other while parents cheer them on.
I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: And chasing Angelina Jolie. An inside look at how paparazzi prey on A-list stars.

I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

A special edition of TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.


HAMMER (voice over): On this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape". Tonight, celebs doing and saying stupid things on camera. And we`ve got the tape to prove it.


HAMMER: Come on, do they really think that this stuff stays private?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates why the famous act so darn foolish in front of the camera.

And also tonight, the chase is on. The ultimate in reality television played out on the freeways of California. Tonight, the most memorable car chases, and why we can`t just stop watching.


ANDERSON: Welcome to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape".

I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

HAMMER: I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

And, you know, it`s gotten to the point that we here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT have got to ask, what were they thinking? Stars caught on taping doing really stupid things.

ANDERSON: And doing them, A.J., while they knew the cameras were rolling.

Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates the many tales of the tape.


ANDERSON (voice over): It`s a shocking new Britney Spears video, but unfortunately for Britney, it`s not a music video.


ANDERSON: This new home video featuring Britney in a private chat with her husband, Kevin Federline, has mysteriously appeared on Even though the music superstar seems fully aware she is on camera, she is apparently not afraid to be seen at less than her best.

SPEARS: You`re lying.

ANDERSON: If only we were, Britney.

On this "can`t look away" video, we see the former princess of pop commenting on a number of topics.

There is Britney, on the movies.

SPEARS: Listen.

KEVIN FEDERLINE, DANCER: You want to see the movie. Let`s go see it.

SPEARS: Well, what -- when is it be going to be playing? Oh, no. When did "Spawn" come out? I want to see that.

FEDERLINE: Then we`ll have to go buy it on DVD.

SPEARS: That`s like a new movie and stuff.

FEDERLINE: Baby, that movie is -- I watched it (EXPLETIVE DELETED) four months ago on DVD.

SPEARS: Where have I been?

FEDERLINE: Over here. You`re been on tour.

ANDERSON: That led to Britney`s take on life.

SPEARS: I`m confused, because I feel like I`ve been missing out.

FEDERLINE: Missing out on what?

SPEARS: On life.

ANDERSON: Britney also shares her theories on time travel.

SPEARS: Have you ever seen "Back to the Future"? Is that possible, to time travel space?


SPEARS: Yes, it is, Kevin.

FEDERLINE: OK, but not that we know of.

ANDERSON: And finally, there`s Britney`s take on table manners.

Britney becomes the latest in a long line of celebrities, from Paris to O.J., who had their less than proud moments caught on camera.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s good to be the king.


PAT LALAMA, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: Video cameras today are like the LEGO blocks of this generation. Everybody`s got one, everybody`s playing with one.

ANDERSON: Investigative journalist Pat Lalama tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that stars like Britney may find it impossible to be camera shy.

LALAMA: Celebrities are used to performing. They assume everyone loves everything they have to say, even if it`s unintelligible or, you know, stupid.

I think she also has the sense of invincibility as so many other stars do. That whatever they do will be loved and accepted and whatever they do is cool.

JOE DEROSA, COMEDIAN: They think, like, nobody will care, nobody will judge me, nobody will see this. Wrong. Everybody is going to see it. Everybody is going to judge you. And everybody is going to care because you look like an idiot right now.

ANDERSON: But when some stars get caught on camera, they call in their lawyers. O.J. Simpson reportedly is threatening legal action to stop a new Web site,, from showing footage of what it claims is another side of O.J. Simpson. This side of O.J. apparently enjoys lap dances.

And then there are the sex tapes. Paris Hilton, Scott Stapp, and Kid Rock and Colin Farrell have all been seen frolicking in the buff on video. And each one of them has taken legal action to block these videos.

So, again, if these celebs are so concerned about looking naughty on camera, why can`t they just keep their business, sexual and otherwise, off camera?

DEROSA: If you`re a celebrity, never have sex on camera ever.

ANDERSON: Of course, there is the inconvenient fact that being caught on tape in a weak moment can actually help a career. Exhibit A, Jessica Simpson.

On her old MTV reality show, "Newlyweds," with then husband, Nick Lachey, we were shocked at Jessica Simpson`s ignorance of lunchmeat.

JESSICA SIMPSON, SINGER: I know it`s tuna, but it says Chicken by (sic) the Sea.

ANDERSON: She had the last laugh. The show launched her into super stardom.

And there is Anna Nicole Smith.


ANDERSON: She is actually putting footage of herself on her Web site and charging for it. And it`s clear she is not afraid to share her unique way with the English language.

SMITH: I haven`t been taking TrimSpa now because I`m pregnated and I can`t.

ANDERSON: Did she say pregnated?

But really, how can this kind of think actually help a star`s career?

DEROSA: It`s great exposure. We`re doing a TV show about it, for god`s sakes. You know?

ANDERSON: But as reporter Pat Lalama notices, it`s only a certain caliber of celebrities we see in these candid camera moments.

LALAMA: You don`t see Meryl Streep with sex tapes. I mean, people who seem to have an ounce or two of intellectual capacity, they don`t need that kind of attention.

ANDERSON: So maybe we have stumbled upon a new Hollywood hierarchy: stars who manage to maintain their dignity on and off camera, and everybody else.


ANDERSON: As for the Britney Spears tape, it looks like it`s from a while ago, maybe an outtake from her canceled reality show, "Chaotic."

Now, later on this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape," we`ll show you the rest of the Britney Spears home video that`s causing controversy, and we`ll ask the tough question, can Britney make a comeback after all this?

HAMMER: Some of the most infamous, outrageous and shocking examples of stars caught on tape have been captured by the entertainment Web site

Joining us tonight is TMZ`s managing editor, Harvey Levin. Harvey`s with me from Glendale, California.

Hello, Harvey.


HAMMER: So, as I mentioned, TMZ has collected some pretty well known video. One of the most infamous is the tape you got of Paris Hilton and her friend, oil heir Brandon Davis, calling Lindsay Lohan a vulgar name, an extraordinary vulgar name over and over. So lewd, so repelling, so vulgar, I`m not going to say it on TV. But...

LEVIN: But we said it on TMZ.

HAMMER: Yes. And I`ll play a little snippet of what we can show you.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s an embarrassing name. Lindsay Lohan, she`s a (EXPLETIVE DELETED).


HAMMER: And that`s the tame part of it, Harvey. It really gets much worse. Tell us about this tape.

LEVIN: Well, I mean, this was clearly fueled by alcohol. He was just crazy out of his mind the night we shot this, and it took really 20 minutes.

I mean, he was on tape for 20 minutes -- we cut it down to three and a half -- on a rant over Lindsay Lohan. And all of the while, Paris Hilton was by his side laughing, giggling, holding a cell phone up so her friends could hear it, and kind of egging him on at one point. And it was so awful, it was just one of those tapes that just went absolutely everywhere.

HAMMER: And as would expect, Brandon absolutely vilified for the incident, a real P.R. disaster for him. In fact, he went into rehab for substance abuse.

But I was wondering -- there was certainly some fallout for Paris Hilton, but why wasn`t there more? It seems that there should have been.

LEVIN: Well, because Brandon is the one who said everything, and it was just so outrageous. I mean, when this, you know, grandson of a billionaire says, you know, "Lindsay Lohan is worth $7 million. She`s poor. It`s disgusting," I mean, when you hear something like that, you know, even Paris Hilton gets upstaged. But I have to tell you, she took a lot of heat for this.

HAMMER: Amazing.

Well, where Paris Hilton goes, the TMZ cameras will be.

Also caught on tape, as we move on, some more Paris. And in this case, Paris and her then boyfriend, Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, tried to escape a swarm of paparazzi. Stavros, as we see, rams his car into a truck. Not a good situation here.

It`s amazing to me, Harvey, that they would act like this knowing that photographers were everywhere and the cameras were rolling. I mean, this was reckless.

LEVIN: Well, it really was reckless. And, you know, we`re told that a lot of people were drinking inside, some of whom were underage. When they left, they actually fled the scene, which is a crime in California.

My cameraman actually caught up with them a few blocks later, where we caught Paris Hilton kind of blowing a kiss to the cops as they kind of let everybody go. So all in all, yes, they knew there were cameras there, yes, they didn`t care, and yes, nothing happened to them.

HAMMER: Well, they did try to make nice not only by blowing a kiss, at least Paris`s kiss to the cops, take a look at this other footage of Paris from the same night.


PARIS HILTON, ACTRESS: We love the police.


HAMMER: There she is blowing the kiss, but saying that she loves the cops. Clearly, it`s not going help her look good, but she did get off the hook.

LEVIN: She got off of the hook. Now, the cops tell me that they couldn`t really have done anything because they didn`t witness the accident or the group fleeing the scene. But no, I mean -- but she`s -- A.J., she has gotten away with some car accident problems other times as well. I mean, we caught her on a -- kind of a hit-and-run at a parking garage in Beverly Hills.

So Paris Hilton and cars have not been the greatest mix in the world.

HAMMER: Yes. And the amazing part, again, the fact that they will go on and continue with this outrageous behavior knowing that the cameras are there.

Finally, I want to talk about something that we rarely see, celebrities captured talking about their very personal lives, their intimate moments, but Denise Richards actually caught on tape by TMZ soon after she had broken up with her husband, Charlie Sheen, and then began dating her ex best friend Heather Locklear`s estranged husband, Richie Sambora. I think I got that right.

Take a look at this.


DENISE RICHARDS, ACTRESS: I`m sad that Heather has come out and portrayed it differently than it is, and Heather knows why and when her marriage ended with Richie, and she knows when and why my marriage ended with Charlie.


HAMMER: Really candid here.

Why do you think Denise opened up on tape about such a personal ordeal, Harvey?

LEVIN: Because she was really taking a beating in the press. I mean, she was -- it`s kind of like, you know, the girlfriend`s code, that you don`t date your ex`s boyfriend, or you don`t date your -- well, your friend`s boyfriend. And she did.

And she is saying, look, this -- you know, we got together after the fact. And she wanted to kind of explain, at least, that it wasn`t her, and that Heather Locklear knew the truth. She just felt like she needed to say it. And I think a lot of stars who kind of sit back and watch TV and hear this kind of public berating, they just feel at a point they`ve got to speak.

HAMMER: The cameras can work for them, the cameras can work against them.

Harvey Levin, from

Thanks, as always.

LEVIN: Bye, A.J.

ANDERSON: So, now we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Caught on tape: Do stars have the right to privacy when in public?

Vote at Send us an e-mail to this address,

HAMMER: Don`t forget, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can now be seen seven nights a week. You can also watch TV`s most provocative entertainment show every weekend, in addition to Monday through Friday.

So join us, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern. That is 8:00 Pacific.

Well, coming up on this special edition on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape," we`re going to show you the outrageous stuff that went down on a very popular TV show when a debate turned violent. It`s a video you`ll have to see to believe.

ANDERSON: Also, the shocking story of young women brutality punching each other while their parents actually cheer them on. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates girl fighting coming up. It`s unbelievable.

We`ll also have this...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A couple of the guys were doing the stakeout at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu, and apparently, Jolie is on the move.


HAMMER: Chasing Angelina. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT takes you along on a dramatic ride-a-long with the paparazzi as they try to catch up with Angelina Jolie and other A-listers.

ANDERSON: And now tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly" "Great American Pop Culture Quiz".

Each season seven strangers` every move are caught on tape for MTV`s "The Real World". Which city has not hosted MTV`s reality show "The Real World"? Chicago, Seattle, Nashville or Boston?

Think about it. We`ll be right back.


ANDERSON: So, again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly" "Great American Pop Culture Quiz". Which city has not hosted MTV`s reality show "The Real World"? Chicago, Seattle, Nashville or Boston?

Well, there have been 17 seasons of the show, but so far, it hasn`t taken place in Nashville. The answer is C.

HAMMER: Welcome back to the special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape".

I`m A.J. Hammer.

And it`s time now for a story that made us say, "That`s ridiculous!" And it comes to us from a cable access channel in Tampa, Florida, where a political debate show called "The Bleeping Truth" got, well, pretty bleeping ugly.

Two of the guests were apparently talking about Israel, but then one called the other a liar, and he said, "Oh, yeah? Well, you`re fat." And it just kind of devolved from there.

Now, take a look at this, but be sure to watch what happens after the guest walks off the set.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: About your politics.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You started being personal.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`re talking about my weight.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So obviously, you have a problem...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You called me a liar.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... about the fact...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You called me a liar. I`m not a liar.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... and you get very aggressive...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I called you fat. You are fat.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You are very aggressive, and it`s obvious that you want to hit me, but you haven`t done it yet. So we`re all waiting.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, you have lied on this program about the issues.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Hi, America. Good to see you. I lied about...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, you can get up and show them you`re fat.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, keep your hands off of me.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Folks, I am sorry that you had to see that.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s not -- it`s not right.



HAMMER: Let`s see that again in slow motion, shall we? Watch this now.

The chair comes flying in. What you don`t hear is the guest who`s sitting at the table who said, "That`s assault."

And "That`s ridiculous!"

ANDERSON: You could cut the tension with a knife.

All right. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT now with a warning about video that is creeping out on to the Web more and more. The video you are about to see is kind of hard to watch, girls going after each other, fighting in the streets.

Now, that`s disturbing enough, but what`s really scary is who is part of the crowd just watching it all play out.

Here is CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get her! Get her! Get her!

TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): This cell phone video of two girls fighting is hard to see, but it`s the audio that`s most disturbing. The father of one of the girls is not only watching the fight, but he can be heard coaching his daughter. The video was taken at a boys and girls club in Palm Springs, California.

This is another girl versus girl fight recorded in Fresno, California, again a parent in this case, a mother is watching. The video of this fight goes on for almost seven minutes. The mother of the other girl, who is clearly losing the fight, says she was horrified to find out that a parent was there and didn`t step in.

DIANE THROWER, MOTHER: I could not believe that the mother was actually there helping her daughter fight my daughter.

ROWLANDS: Roseland Wiseman who wrote the book "Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads," says you would be surprised at how many parents actually encourage their children to fight.

ROSELAND WISEMAN, AUTHOR: I know it sounds crazy, but they really feel that they`re teaching their children to stand up for themselves, that they`re protecting their child from something that has happened to them that`s not fair, that they think there`s -- you know, that people are out basically to get them.

ROWLANDS: Terry Paulson is a Los Angeles-area psychologist and author of "Can I Have the Keys to the Car?"

TERRY PAULSON, PSYCHOLOGIST/AUTHOR: We have become more concerned about being their friend than we are being a parent, where you provide the structure.

ROWLANDS: Females fighting, which years ago was usually only seen in B Hollywood movies or as comic relief, is now, some say, becoming part of mainstream culture. Some experts think this is making girls more open to fighting in the schoolyard.

In Chicago, where a 2003 high school hazing incident involving girls received national attention, more than 500 girls have been disciplined for fighting this school year alone, up 30 percent from last year.

JAMES GARBARINO, AUTHOR: In the past, you might have said to your girl, girls don`t hit, and be able to back that up with what you saw in the larger culture. Today that`s simply not true. It`s not true. Girls do hit, and they can see evidence of that, so that they are being given permission.

ROWLANDS: But not everyone agrees that female fighting has actually increased.

MIKE MALES, UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ: There`s very little statistical evidence that we`ve seen more violence among girls. In fact they seem to be safer and less violent today than in the past.

ROWLANDS: Whether it is on the rise or not, many experts do agree that the appetite to watch girls fighting is very real. DVDs like the "World`s Wildest Chick Fights" are available at video stores. Clips of girls fighting are also available on the Internet.

The Fresno video of the two girls fighting was posted on the popular teen Web site


ANDERSON: That was CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

These types of video are still very popular on teen Web sites.

We should also tell you that the mother on that video has been charged with misdemeanor battery, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment.

HAMMER: OK, I`m giving you fair warning here. Get ready for a very personal look into Anna Nicole Smith`s life.

Coming up, her very own video diary, and she is sharing it with all of us.

ANDERSON: Also, Britney`s bizarre behavior. The startling video that is now spreading around the world. What`s going on with Britney Spears?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks, is her career kaput or can Brit bounce back?

Plus, we`ll also have this...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s unbelievable! Look at that, he`s out of control! Oh, head on into a pickup truck!


HAMMER: Coming up, the most amazing car chases and why we just can`t stop watching.

This special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Caught on Tape," back after this.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape".

I`m Brooke Anderson.

So, earlier, we showed you how Anna Nicole Smith isn`t afraid to catch herself on tape. On her Web site,, she is even charging for it, if you can believe it, $4.99 a month to tune into riveting video about her life, including her pregnancy.

Take a look.


ANNA NICOLE SMITH, ACTRESS: Hi. It`s me, Anna Nicole, as you can see.

I have been hearing a lot of gossip in the papers. "Is Anna pregnant?" "She`s pregnant." She`s pregnant by some guy."

Well, let me stop all the rumors. Yes, I am pregnant. I am happy. I`m very, very happy about it.

Everything is going really, really good. And I`ll be checking in and out periodically on my Web, and, and I will let you see me as I am growing.

So, that`s all at this time.



ANDERSON: Oh, what`s with the dogs barking?

OK, give us a break, we didn`t say it was Emmy-winning stuff, people.

But coming up, we do have more Anna Nicole Smith. She`s in the kitchen arguing with a sandwich.

Ooh, fascinating.

HAMMER: Of course she is.

Coming up, Angelina Jolie. Chasing Angelina -- taking you on a dramatic ride along with the paparazzi as they try to catch up with her and other A-list celebrities.

We`ll also have this...


SPEARS: I`m ugly.


SPEARS: My jaw hurts.


ANDERSON: It`s Britney Spears like you have never seen her before. You`re not going to believe what she says. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks, is her career kaput or can Brit bounce back?

That`s next.

HAMMER: And it`s the ultimate in reality television. Coming up, the most amazing car chases and why we just can`t stop watching.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Caught on Tape" will be right back.


HAMMER: Welcome back to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "Caught on Tape." It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

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

HAMMER: Well, it`s the video that has now become a sensation around the world. It`s a Britney Spears video. No, it is not a music video. It`s a shocking home video that we could hardly believe ourselves the first time we saw it and showed it to you. But now it is raising the question: can Britney Spears ever make a comeback?


HAMMER (voice-over): It used to be that a new Britney Spears had everybody talking. But this new Britney Spears video has people laughing.

BRITNEY SPEARS, SINGER: Why are you looking through the peephole?

HAMMER: This at-home video clip of Britney Spears relaxing with then- boyfriend, now husband Kevin Federline, has become an Internet sensation around the world. It`s been viewed on almost half a million times by Web surfers who can`t stop marveling at the one-time pop princess`s feelings on life.

SPEARS: I feel like I`ve been missing out on life.

HAMMER: Propriety.


HAMMER: And the pursuit of alcohol.

SPEARS: Let`s go watch that movie and just drink at home.

HAMMER: And while some are taking this latest Britney sighting in stride...

KATE CAPERTON, "OK!" MAGAZINE: It really is not going to hurt her image at all. Her fans know that Britney Spears is just a pretty, you know, down-to-earth, simple, low-key girl. And this is exactly what she`s doing in the video. She`s hanging out, having some snacks, having fun. This really isn`t going to hurt her career at all.

HAMMER: Others got a look at Britney`s whacked-out theories on time travel...

SPEARS: Have you seen "Back to the Future."


SPEARS: Is that possible? To time travel space?


SPEARS: Yes, it is.

HAMMER: ...and they`re taking their shots at her.

ROBERT KELLY, HBO`S "TOURGASM": You know she just went out and bought a DeLoreon too. She`s put a Jack LaLanne juicer on the back of it. She`s sticking cabbage in it right now. It don`t work! Honey, it don`t work! Dude, you got it put lettuce in. I seen them use lettuce to do it. You sure? Yes.

HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is wondering: after months of tabloid coverage of her marriage to Kevin Federline, her missteps with her baby and now this clip, are people now laughing with Britney, or at her?

KELLY: How about music videos? Can we try that again? Maybe we can get back to the old singing routine?


HAMMER: Back when Britney was doing the old singing routine, beginning with "Hit Me Baby One More Time" (sic), Britney quickly became an iconic superstar. She`s sold more than 76 million records worldwide.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I live for Britney Spears.

HAMMER: She did it all, from commercials to perfume and even kissing Madonna.

KELLY: She made out with Madonna. You know, you have to be big to make out with Madonna, all right? Not only do you have to be a woman, but you have to be big.

She was the biggest thing for a minute. I mean, she was it. She was the next Madonna for a second. And then, you know...

HAMMER: What happened next was a string of incidents that tabloids could not get enough of, from her quickie marriage and split from a friend, Jason Alexander, to her courtship and marriage to backup dancer Kevin Federline, which she chronicled on a cringe-inducing reality show, "Chaotic."

SPEARS: Can you handle my truth?

HAMMER: And driving mishaps with her son, Sean Preston, made her a bit of a tabloid joke.

KELLY: Anything with her baby, you know? It ruined Michael Jackson and it ruined Britney, OK? You can`t have kids. But if you do have kids, adopt them, like Brad and Angelina.


HAMMER: It`s gotten to the point that she isn`t even the most distinguished alumnus of the old Disney "Mickey Mouse Club."

SPEARS: Britney!



HAMMER: Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera are riding the music charts.

But some say don`t count Britney out.

CAPERTON: You`re going to keep an eye on her. She`s really going to come into her own in the next few years. She`s gone back into the studio right now; she`s recording her album. So she certainly has plans after her next child to get back on the road, keep touring, put another album out.

So I think we`re just going to have wait and see what, you know, this next album produces to see what kind of star she`s going to become.

HAMMER: And no matter what you have to say about her video on YouTube, we`re still talking about it.

KELLY: Whenever a person did that, took that little video dumb clip, it worked, because we`re talking about her. We`re not talking about anybody else. We`re not talking about U2; we`re not talking about the Stones. We`re talking about Britney Spears. So, touch,, Britney. You did it. Good for you.



HAMMER: By the way, the best we can tell, that bizarre Britney video is actually an outtake from her no-longer-on-the-air reality show, "Chaotic."

ANDERSON: All right. The ultimate reality show plays out on the freeways of California almost daily. We`re talking about dangerous, high- speed car chases. People all over the world tune in to watch the bad guys run from the cops.

So why do these chases that sometimes have deadly endings get us all revved up and keep us glued to the television screen?

Here`s CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Unbelievable. Look at that. He`s out of control, head on into a pickup truck.


TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They play out on a daily basis in California and many times end up on TV.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, there`s four vehicles that he just ran into.


ROWLANDS: Police chases, which some consider the ultimate in reality television.



ROWLANDS: Judy Graffe, along with thousands of other viewers, love to watch people on the freeways and streets of California trying to get away from the police. Judy is such a fanatic that she actually subscribes to a service that alerts her with a phone call when a chase is under way.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa. Look at that, right between those two cars.


GRAFFE: No one single car chase is like another, I mean, anything from what neighborhoods they go, to the speeds they travel, to who it turns out they are.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There he goes. He`s out and he`s in the lanes of traffic.


ROWLANDS: Over the years, there have been some memorable California chases. There was the stolen tank in San Diego. There was the hijacked bus in Los Angeles, the driver careening through the streets like a real- life version of the movie "Speed," without the Hollywood ending.

GRAFFE: That one was absolutely fascinating, to imagine somebody hijacking a bus, and thinking they could get away.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s over 120 miles an hour here.


ROWLANDS: Police have chased practically everything on wheels, from motorcycles...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, look at this, a wheelie right through traffic.


ROWLANDS: ... to RVs. This chase lasted more than four hours, part of it off-road. Everyone seemed relieved when this ended.




ROWLANDS: 7-Up received some free advertising while police pursued this stolen truck.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look out. He`s spinning out.


ROWLANDS: There has even been a case of ambulance-chasing, literally. Sometimes, the suspect runs. Many times, they give up.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, it`s a foot chase, and we will see if the officers -- he runs out of steam.


ROWLANDS: This person decided to turn things around, putting the car into reverse.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very bizarre behavior.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It went through the interchange, continuing northbound on the 405.


ROWLANDS: And, of course, there was the ultimate celebrity pursuit, O.J., the slow-speed chase seen live around the world.

GRAFFE: Who knew where that was going to go? I mean, it was anybody`s guess. And, so, I think that sort of hooked me into car chases.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And we will take you back to regular programming now. Of course...


ROWLANDS: Interrupting programming to show chases started before O.J. It has been a part of Southern California life since the early 90s.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`ve been live with you now just about an hour here on Channel 9, following this.


OFFICER JOE ZIZI, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL: These people do not want to go to jail.

ROWLANDS: Joe Zizi is an officer with the California Highway Patrol who`s been in a number of chases. He says people may enjoy watching them on TV, but for officers involved, it is very dangerous.

ZIZI: Who knows? You could be -- you could be chasing after a "America`s Most Wanted" suspect.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, look at the smoke coming off his tires as he breaks. Oh! Oh, he hit that car! Hits that car. But he`s still in -- no, jumps out the window.


ZIZI: About 60 to 70 percent of people that flee are either driving a stolen vehicle or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are wanted by the police.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who knows what is going through this mind and what...


ROWLANDS: Some of these chases go on for hours. Some become standoffs, leaving television anchors to speculate about anything so they can fill time.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s probably so blotto -- you know, he`s just -- meaning he`s just belligerent as all get-out.


GRAFFE: I`m fascinated at how the anchors call the -- the car chase, and, you know, it`s a little bit like a play-by-play in a sports event.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s going off the road. He`s spinning out, spinning out. Whoa, he`s going down the hills. Spinning out, it`s rolling over. One, two, three.


ROWLANDS: Sometimes drives know they are on TV and play to the audience. This guy made the time to show everyone his softer side.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This just mooned them.


ROWLANDS: This woman made pursuit even stop to talk to bystanders who had come outside after watching the pursuit on TV.

ZIZI: We`ve had several citizens watch it on television, see that it`s approaching their house, and get outside to either try and cheer the suspect on, or try and get involved and stop the suspect`s vehicle.

ROWLANDS: In this chase, police got some help from a couple of truckers who saw the chase coming...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, it looks like these big rigs are doing it on purpose. This is great.


ROWLANDS...and sandwiched the suspect between them.





ROWLANDS: Police don`t encourage the general public to intervene; they have their own tactics to try to put breaks on chases.

GRAFFE: You`ve got the spike strip; you`ve got the Hit maneuver.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, they`re putting down another spike strip to blow out the rear tires.


ROWLANDS: The spike strip flattens tires but doesn`t stop cars cold like this driver, who continued for miles, until the SUV actually started to fall to pieces.

This is what`s called the Hit Maneuver, which is used to disable a vehicle.


ZIZI: We`re going to get up alongside that vehicle, bump it, push it, to its side, make it spin out, and hopefully incapacitate, stall out the engine.

ROWLANDS: But it`s not always an immediate success. The newest weapon for police is a satellite tracking device that can actually shoot on to a vehicle, which allows them back off a bit and keep officers out of danger.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, he`s getting out and he`s starting to run.


ROWLANDS: Many times the suspects are armed. When they are, the chase can have a violent ending.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s going to run. Oh, he just got shot. Oh my God.


ROWLANDS: As for the question of why so many chases here, many people think California is unique because there are more freeways and more cars.

But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton points to the people.

WILLIAM BRATTON, LOS ANGELES POLICE CHIEF: You got a lot of nuts here. That`s what makes it so unique that...


BRATTON: And, quite frankly...


ANDERSON: That was CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

By the way, that 1994 O.J. Simpson chase lasted 50 miles. We certainly won`t forget that one.

HAMMER: No. Hard to forget it.

Don`t forget that SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is now on seven nights a week. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show is available on your weekends. So just tune in to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. Eastern, 8 Pacific.

Well, coming up -- and please prepare yourself -- Anna Nicole Smith shows us how to cook. Yes, we`ve got the outrageous new video that you got to see to believe.

Plus, we`ve got this:


BEN, PHOTOGRAPHER, BAUER-GRIFFIN: The 405 is right here, the 10`s going to be right here, and she`s, like, right here on the 10.


ANDERSON: "Chasing Angelina": SHOWBIZ TONIGHT takes you on a dramatic ride with the paparazzi as they try to get pictures of Angelina Jolie and other A-listers.

Stay with us.


HAMMER: Welcome back to a special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "Caught on Tape." This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

Well, it`s time now for another story that made us say, "That`s Ridiculous!" Now we made you the promise; now we`re going to deliver.

Earlier, we showed you some absolutely ridiculous Anna Nicole Smith video -- video that she`s actually charging for on her Web site. Well, now, here`s some more: Anna Nicole Smith giving cooking lessons. As they say, do not adjust your TV.


SMITH: Kyle`s (ph) been taking TrimSpa because I`m pregnated and I can`t. So instead, I`m eating peanut butter, cheese, mayonnaise -- five sandwiches. And they`re damn good, too. I`m serious; they`re really good. I had, like, five people taste that them weren`t pregnated, and they`re good. They`re awesome. So it might be an Anna Banana.

Oh, and I`m -- and I`ll throw nanners on there, if I have them, but I don`t have nanners. You`ve just got to fry it first. Did I mention I was six months pregnant? Yes, I am six months pregnated. That`s why I`ve gained weight. We`re going to make this one of those commercial that was 30 seconds. And it`s, like, already fried, so I can eat it. Fried.


HAMMER: Word has it, the sandwich complied.

Anna Nicole Smith`s cooking video, particularly while she`s pregnated, now "That`s Ridiculous!"


ANDERSON: All right, catching celebrities on tape or film is a high- priced, high-stakes and sometimes dangerous cat-and-mouse game. Tonight, we`ve got a very special inside look at this obsession with the stars.

"CNN PRESENTS" takes us along for the wild ride as celebrity photographers chase Angelina Jolie.

Here`s CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BEN: A couple of the guys were doing the stake-out at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu. And apparently Jolie is on the move.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The hunt is on.

BEN: I`m going to get on the 405 and go 405 south. Are you still south PCH?

PHILLIPS: The prey: red-hot actress Angelina Jolie.

BEN: Copy that. Just keep me updated.

PHILLIPS: Ben, a 26-year-old photographer works for one of the biggest paparazzi agencies in Hollywood, Bauer-Griffin. He`s asked us not to use his last name.

BEN: Nothing. There`s absolutely nothing. I`m coming behind you. No cops anywhere.

The 405 is right here. The 10`s going to be right here. And she`s, like, right here on the 10 going this way.

I`m trying to catch up as fast as I can. Give me your location. Did you pass west channel yet? Copy that.

PHILLIPS: Ben is coordinating with two other paparazzi from his agency hot on Angelina`s tail. He finally catches up...

BEN: There she is. There she is.

PHILLIPS...but he`s on the wrong side of the freeway.

BEN: There`s other competition right there.

Copy that, I just saw you guys go by. That`s funny.

PHILLIPS: Paparazzi aren`t the only ones desperately seeking Angelina.

BONNIE FULLER, COLUMNIST, "STAR" MAGAZINE: She`s not fitting into her clothes?

BEN: She`s not fitting into her clothes.

FULLER: That happens.

BEN: She hates her body, she hates, you know, the hormones raging. She`s very uncomfortable.

PHILLIPS: "Star" magazine`s Bonnie Fuller is chasing down any salacious tidbit on the actress, her Hollywood hunk boyfriend, and the girl next door he left behind.

FULLER: I like this. Jennifer`s turning to hypnosis...

BEN: Yes.

FULLER: ... therapy to get over Brad?

BEN: Yes. We will be working on that.

FULLER: That`s fabulous.

I mean, how can you not be nosey about people that are fascinating to look at as a Jen, a Brad and an Angelina. How could you not?

PHILLIPS: And Mark Lisanti, the blogger behind the Internet gossip site is snarking about official word that Angelina is pregnant.

MARK LISANTI, BLOGGER, DEFAMER.COM: Once you get a publicist`s real name on something, you know, it then becomes reality and we can all rejoice and start knitting the baby booties.

PHILLIPS: Over at "People" magazine, managing editor Larry Hackett is thrilled about the prospect of getting exclusive pictures of Brad and Angelina`s new baby.

LARRY HACKETT, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: We were telephoned by officials from Getty on Friday, June 2 I guess it was, to be ready that weekend, that they thought it might be coming very soon. And then on Saturday afternoon, I was telephoned by one of the Getty executives to be on hand that evening at their offices in Lower Manhattan to have a viewing of the photographs and to make a bid. And it was very exciting.

PHILLIPS: The proud parents of baby Shiloh had been holed up in Namibia to avoid the paparazzi. But all the privacy in the world didn`t stop the press from battling over the first pictures of the most famous baby in the world.

In the end, "People" made the winning bid. The magazine won`t say how much it paid for the exclusive photos, but reports but the figure at more than $4 million. The enormous sum will go to charity.

HACKETT: If there was a war, we on. We paid a substantial amount of money. There`s no secret about that. I`m not going to divulge what we paid, because it doesn`t serve any purpose for me either right now or in the future to talk about the amount of money that gets spent on photographs.


PHILLIPS: The Brangelina saga is just one of the real-life soaps feeding the public`s growing obsession with celebrities.

TED CASABLANCA, COLUMNIST, E! ENTERTAINMENT: The personal lives of - - of Hollywood celebrities these days, it really is the best reality TV show out there.

MICHAEL LEVINE, PUBLICIST: It`s not a fascination. It`s long, long since past fascination. We are celebrity drenched and obsessed.

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: I wouldn`t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.

PHILLIPS: So obsessed that you can hardly change the channel without landing on one of the many entertainment news shows.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Paris Hilton`s on parade.

PHILLIPS: And the number of star-studded magazines has exploded.

There are at least six celebrity weeklies on the newsstands now, with a combined circulation of more than 8.5 million. And while traditional news magazines are losing readers, the circulation of celebrity magazines is soaring.

PETER CASTRO, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, PEOPLE MAGAZINE: That`s when I realized, this is a whole different game. And it`s a really ruthless one.

PHILLIPS: Add to that mix, a new media outlet: Internet gossip blogs.

ALLAN MAYER, DAMAGE CONTROL SPECIALIST, SITRICK AND COMPANY: Things happen faster. A piece of gossip gets out into -- into the world, and -- and within literally hours, it`s everywhere.

Is celebrity coverage spinning out of control?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gentlemen. Hey, hey, hey. Hey!

KEN SUNSHINE, PUBLICIST: We`ve never had so much media that it seems to be desirous of printing or covering every possible aspect of so-called celebrities` lives. I think the world`s gone a little crazy.

PHILLIPS: The HBO cult hit "Entourage" is capitalizing on the public`s fascination with celebrities` inner-most lives. The TV comedy features an aspiring young actor and a pack of friends and Hollywood power players surrounding him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The paparazzis are out tonight, right? Check on the tits on the girls from "EXTRA!"

DOUG ELLIN, "ENTOURAGE" CREATOR: Everything about all these characters in the show is sort of taken from somewhere in real life. So almost none of it is pure fiction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want to hug it out?

ELLIN: No, not really.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let`s hug it out, bitch. Let`s hug it out.

ELLIN: They are based on a lot of different people.

PHILLIPS: People like publicists and power brokers hired to control one of the most precious commodities in Hollywood: access to the stars.

PETER BART, EDITOR IN CHIEF, "VARIETY": They have to be protective, because everyone is out to exploit the stars they represent. So they`ll catch it from their clients, but they`ll also catch it from the media.

PHILLIPS: Just who are these image-makers guiding celebrities through the media mind fields? How much control do they have when their clients` private lives are exposed to the public? And what do they do when an A- list client like Tom Cruise appears to go off the deep end?


ANDERSON: That was CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: Now we are turning it over to you for our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." We`re asking, "Caught on Tape: Do stars have the right to privacy when in public?" Keep voting at, or e-mail us at

We`ll be back with this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "Caught on Tape."


HAMMER: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show has come to your weekends. So join us for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. Eastern, 8 Pacific.

This has been a special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "Caught on Tape." Thanks for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Glenn Beck is next, right after the latest headlines from CNN Headline News. Keep it right here.


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