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Tara Conner And Lindsey Lohan Out of Rehab; Paris Hilton Gear Online

Aired January 26, 2007 - 19:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: The actor who gained 67 pounds to play John Lennon`s killer. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
BROOKE ANDERSON, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: Justin Timberlake`s match made in heaven. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

HAMMER: On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Miss USA out of rehab, going from trashy nights to Teddy bears. The first photos of Miss USA Tara Conner after leaving rehab. Oh yes, why did she go in the first place again?


TARA CONNER, MISS USA: I wouldn`t say that I`m an alcoholic.


HAMMER: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who`s the most innocent Miss USA of all? Tonight, the bizarre photos. Plus, is this really a whole new Miss USA?

Let the sleaze begin. Paris Hilton`s sex tapes, medical records, all up for grabs online. Tonight, the list of creepy Paris private items now on sale. Why Paris is peeved and why she is getting help from, of all people, that Girls Gone Wild guy. Yuck.

Welcome to the weekend. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Tonight, they`re out of rehab and back to work. Lindsay Lohan and Miss USA Tara Conner both out of treatment and back to the daily grind. We`re going to let you know what Lindsey`s up to in just a moment.

HAMMER: But first tonight, when the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT news room got the brand new pictures of Miss USA, with her new demeanor after her 28 days in treatment, all we could say was, oh boy.

ANDERSON: Yes, A.J. These are very different than the photos snapped up when Tara was in party mode. Just think Teddy bears and pretty flowers. OK, the pictures tell us one thing, but did rehab really change Miss USA?


ANDERSON: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s got the very first pictures of the new and improved and now rehabilitated Miss USA. Sporting a new do, but no crown, and holding a Teddy bear, of all things, 21-year-old Tara Conner poses for the first time since her hard partying ways forced her into rehab.

HARVEY LEVIN, TMZ.COM: It`s most ridiculous thing I`ve seen all week long. I can`t believe, these are people who so carefully crafted this great PR move with Tara Conner and they blew it. I mean, she looks like she`s wearing a Babushka, holding this ridiculously stuffed Teddy bear.

ANDERSON: Oh Harvey, it doesn`t end with the Teddy bear. There`s also Tara clutching a Cala-lily (ph), Tara gazing into a mirror. Mind you, all of these pictures were released by NBC and Miss USA, far different poses than this one SHOWBIZ TONIGHT obtained of Tara partying hardy at a nightclub. And we`re pretty sure Tara and her people wanted it that way.

LEVIN: I literally can hear the conversations, we need to show that she`s reformed, she`s not a party girl. There are pictures of her looking too sexy before, so we`re going the other way. I mean, it`s just so obvious. This is just, I think, a bad PR move. And it took something really interesting and made it boring.

ANDERSON: You probably remember the drama in December. I was there when Miss USA came this close to losing her crown after reports surfaced chronicling her underage hard partying ways.

But before her image went completely south, her boss, Donald Trump, stepped in, orchestrating a press conference with Conner in a conservative black suit. It was here that the Donald let the world know, Miss USA would get a second chance, and a free ride to rehab.

DONALD TRUMP, "THE APPRENTICE": She`s agreed to go into rehab. She knows that if she makes even the slightest mistake from here on, she will be immediately replaced.

ANDERSON: The thing is when Tara got up to speak, well, let`s just say she had a little issue with step one of the famous 12 steps, admit you have a problem.

CONNER: I wouldn`t say that I`m an alcoholic. I think that would be pushing the envelope just a little. I mean, anytime that anyone gives you free anything, let`s talk about therapy or let`s talk about any kind of rehab.

ANDERSON: Tara`s handlers quickly took back the mic, but Tara`s telling little moment of honesty indicated that her entry into therapy demonstrated less of a personal commitment to change and more of a business commitment to saving her crown.

JOE LEVY, "ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE": She doesn`t feel that she has a problem. She feels that she got caught doing something she was contractually barred from doing. She`s not going to get over her problem that way.

ANDERSON: But what about her image problem? If one picture speaks a thousand words, these speak volumes.

LEVIN: Looks look a Norman Rockwell painting and you`re pushing a beauty queen just who got out of rehab. It makes no sense. She`s, you know, a beauty queen. They should have put her in Victoria`s Secret and not been ashamed of what it`s all about. I think they blew it.


ANDERSON: We will all get to hear how rehab changed Miss USA. She`s gearing up for the talk show circuit. It was only a matter of time, right? She has already given NBC`s Matt Lauer her first post-treatment interview, which airs next Thursday on "The Today Show."

HAMMER: And now we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Here what happens we`re asking; 28 days in rehab, will Miss USA change her ways? What do you think? You can vote at You can e-mail us if you have more to say, You can also send us a video e-mail. We`re the only entertainment news show letting you express your opinion on video. To send us video e-mail, go to the website

ANDERSON: Lindsey Lohan is also fresh out of rehab, but unlike Miss USA, she stayed far fewer than 28 days. Lohan checked herself into rehab in Los Angeles on January 17th, but her rep tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT she`s already back to work. She`s shooting her latest movie, a thriller called "I Know Who Killed Me," and she`s reportedly back to a full workload, 13 to 14 hours a day.

Another movie Lindsey has in the pipeline, "Chapter 27," about John Lennon`s assassination. Now I caught up with her co-star Jared Leto at Sundance. Listen to this, he gained 67 pounds to play Mark David Chapman. We`ll talk to him about the controversial role coming up at 15 past the hour, right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: Paris Hilton exposed online. Yes, this happens, and I`m not talking deja vu here. I`m talking about a secret stash of Paris` private parts, thing likes prescriptions, passports, pictures and of course video. All of that stuff has found its way online and for sale. Now, this all starred when Paris didn`t pay a storage facility bill and now it`s turned into a big problem. Paris is pretty peeved about it.

Joining me now from Court TV world headquarters in New York, is Hollywood Heat anchor Ashleigh Banfield, good to see you Ashleigh.


HAMMER: It`s always very exciting when we get to talk about Paris and things gone wrong with here, which seems to be a frequent occurrence. This treasure trove I`m talking about is now online, simply because Paris failed to pay a bill, a 208 dollar storage facility bill. Can you walk me through how this stuff winds up out of her facility and on to the Internet.

BANFIELD: Well, there`s nothing really illegal or wrong about this. Whether Paris forgot to pay it or somebody who does her bills for her forgot to pay it, which is what her spokesperson is suggesting, her bills didn`t get paid. Therefore, the contents went to a broker, which is also not unusual, and through a broker then ended up in the hands of one Bardya Persa (ph), who started a website and said I own this stuff, I`m showing it off and it`s all legal to do that.

HAMMER: And this is exactly what happened to Whitney Houston just a few weeks ago, same sort of deal, for a lot more stuff. Let`s talk about the stuff that`s being pedaled on the site, because it`s quite a list.

BANFIELD: It`s huge.

HAMMER: Bottles, prescription bottles for painkillers, a medical bill for a woman named Amber Taylor for a miscarriage, her passport, bank statements, home videos. Now, you say it`s all legal, Ashleigh, but this type of stuff, medical records and such, it seems to me all of this is supposed to be very private.

BANFIELD: Yes, because it`s very private, embarrassing stuff. Among those things is also a prescription for Valtrex, which treats Herpies and also that little thing you mentioned about the miscarriage under the name of Amber, that person also had the same birthday as Paris. And yes, while it`s all very personal and yes, while it seems as though it should be very private, again, the owner of these things is no longer Paris Hilton.

Now, I specifically was worried about the passport, because that`s a federal document. And if it is a current passport, then the government goes after people who traffic in passports. So I went on the site. I paid the money. I want everyone to know I actually paid the money for the job. And I went on the site to look at the passport. It`s valid. It`s not going to expire until 2011.

HAMMER: Oh really? What the heck was it doing in a storage facility? Well that, we won`t even get into.

BANFIELD: Good one. Good one.

HAMMER: So here`s the really fascinate thing to me, Ashleigh. From what I understand, 1.2 million people, and you, have checked out this website. Why the heck are people so incredibly fascinated with this woman, that they`re willing to shell out 40 bucks to see a catalogue. You were doing it for research, of course, but it just blows my mind.

BANFIELD: Although I might have done it otherwise. Because I look at these things, I look at these magazines, I`m always interested in these people and why they`re so interesting to us. I should told you the caveat to this, A.J., is that you can go on the site, read about it, see a little sample video, see a couple of sample pictures, et cetera, and then log on.

So, while all those people may have gone to the site, not all of them may have paid the 40 dollars per month that it`s going to cost to actually browse the site. I should also tell you, I looked for places where you could purchase things on that site, and I didn`t find them, which was why I was so interested in the passport. Because if you can buy that passport, that is criminal and the government could prosecute for that.

HAMMER: And real quickly, tell me about this guy that she has gone to now, the Girls Gone Wild guy, to try to help her get out of this mess, very quickly.

BANFIELD: Well, she had said in the past that she didn`t date Joe Francis, but there are photos of her naked with him, in San Trope, taking off her red bikini top on a yacht, et cetera, and there are also lots of references. There`s an audiotape and a videotape, et cetera, where she actually calls him a rich loser, where he`s not present and then she`s much nicer to him where he is present in the video. So there`s definitely a (INAUDIBLE) between those two.

HAMMER: All right, against Joe Francis the guy responsible, thank goodness, for all of the Girls Gone Wild videos. Ashleigh Banfield, host of Court TV`s Hollywood Heat, have a lovely weekend.

BANFIELD: You too A.J.

ANDERSON: Well A.J., we can`t say this about Paris, but as for Beyonce, you know, we just can`t get enough of her. Coming up next, it is Beyonce as you`ve never seen her before.

HAMMER: It is such a cool picture. Wait until you see it. We also have this --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, he`s a Beatles fan from Hawaii, hoping to get John`s autograph.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s nice to meet you.


HAMMER: Actor Jared Leto gained 67 pounds to play John Lennon`s killer in the new movie "Chapter 27" with Lindsey Lohan. He tells us about the controversial role coming up in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ANDERSON: Plus, we`ve got the perfect match for Justin Timberlake. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT playing match-maker for Justin and other hot, single guys in Hollywood. That is straight ahead.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Friday night. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York and it`s time now for the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT pictures of the day. We are behind the scenes, as three major stars play dress up for Disney. First I want you to take a look at the lovely Scarlet Johansson. She`s all done up like Cinderella. Now this is part of Disney`s year of a million dreams campaign.

Throughout the year, Disney is randomly granting a million special dreams to guests at its theme parks. Beyonce also joining in on the fun. Doesn`t she look fantastic? She takes a spin as Alice in Wonderland. Famed photographer Andy Lebowitz took these pictures, which are appearing in several magazines in March.

And finally, soccer star and new L.A. resident or we should say president, perhaps, David Beckham as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty. This is Beckham`s first endorsement since he signed on to play soccer in the U.S. for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

ANDERSON: The highly anticipated film "Chapter 27" made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Now it`s the story of the 1980 murder of Beatle John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman, played by Jared Leto. In tonight`s SHOWBIZ Showcase, your first look at a clip from "Chapter 27."




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Lennon just came inside. He just came in. You didn`t see him?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ah, I guess it wasn`t meant to be.


ANDERSON: The film debut at Sundance without one of its stars, Lindsey Lohan, because of her stay in a rehab facility. Lohan stars alongside Leto and paparazzi swarmed the two of them during filming of this movie. When I sat down with Jared we talked about living life in the public eye.


ANDERSON: You were in a very high-profile relationship at one time, pounded by the paparazzi, I`m sure. What do you think about the paparazzi, do you think in public you deserve a right to privacy, or do you think it just comes with the territory when you`re a high-profile star like yourself?

JARED LETO, "CHAPTER 27": It probably doesn`t matter what I think, because it`s not going to change anything, but I think that there`s a certain amount of responsibility and a certain amount of acknowledgement that you have to take when you`re an artist, and you have made a decision that puts you in the public eye. And I certainly have found my comfort zone with it all. And it`s an element that`s a distraction at times and can be slightly annoying.

ANDERSON: Slightly?

LETO: Slightly annoying, but there`s also, you know, a wonderful world of creative exploration and exciting dynamic, interesting events that as artists we get to be a part of. So I think that the good outweighs the bad.

LINDSEY LOHAN, "CHAPTER 27": He`s a Beatles fan from Hawaii, hoping to get John`s autograph.

LETO: Nice to meet you.

ANDERSON: What did you find out that really surprised you, shocked you?

LETO: Well, a lot of things. This is a very horrific event. It`s the worst example of the potential of humanity. Someone like Mark David Chapman was a very sick individual, and what I discovered most was a human being that was suffering, that was in pain, an individual who was confused, who had a history of mental illness, of depression, of suicide, and who committed a horrible, horrible act.

ANDERSON: You`ve played disturbed characters in the past. Do you just like really digging into those roles?

LETO: Well, I tend to take on projects that challenge me in an enormous way. I think the last time I remember it happening was a film I did called "Requiem For a Dream," and these opportunities come along with that, that really allow you to see what you`re made of.

ANDERSON: You mentioned "Requiem For a Dream." You transformed your body for that one by losing a lot of weight. Here, for "Chapter 27," you gained what, 67 pounds?

LETO: Yes.

ANDERSON: I can`t -- you`re so slim and trim now. How`s your health?

LETO: My health is good. Now it`s great. It -- it was a brutal process and it changed everything about who and what I am. It changed the way that I walked. It changed the way that I talked. It changed the way that I felt about myself, the way people treated me, the way they looked at me.


LETO: Oh yes.

ANDERSON: You felt it on the streets.

LETO: Oh, yes. I remember one time I was in character on the street in New York and I asked somebody what time it was and they kind of reeled back from me and I think that when I was in character, that Mark was -- Mark David Chapman was a very sick individual and it was very apparent and that, you know, I think I exuded some -- something that wasn`t very attractive to people, at the very least. But gaining the weight was one part of the entire process, the education to find a human being and not represent a monster or a cartoon. It was really important to me to represent him as who he was, a sick individual.


ANDERSON: Jared also told me that even though the film was being made right outside the Dakota, where Yoko Ono still lives, he never talked to her about it. A release date for "Chapter 27" hasn`t been set yet. We`ll let you know when it`s coming out.

HAMMER: So yesterday we asked you to chime in on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. We were asking, Isaiah Washington says he is getting counseling for his using an anti-gay slur against his "Grey`s Anatomy" co- star T.R. Knight. Here`s what the question was, Isaiah Washington in treatment, is he hiding from bad publicity. The vote, as you`re about to see, pretty one-sided, 83 percent of you saying yes, 17 percent of you saying no.

Got a bunch of e-mails on the topic. Let me read a couple to you. One form Doris in Arkansas, thinks it`s good that Isaiah Washington was going for counseling. She writes, any treatment that helps prejudice, I`m all for it. I`m sure she meant fights prejudice.

But Melinda from New Jersey doesn`t buy it. She writes, I feel Isaiah Washington is only in rehab to save his job.

ANDERSON: A.J., we`re romantics here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: Of course.

ANDERSON: We decided to play a little game of match maker for the suddenly single guys of Hollywood. So, straight ahead, we`ve got the perfect lady for Justin Timberlake.

HAMMER: Excellent. And also here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, we`re getting set to jet over to London for the premiere of the animated Arthur movie. Madonna is one of the voices in the film. We`re going to have a first review from Madonna`s daughter.

HAMMER: She`s all grown up now. And in much different movie fare, open up a nice Chianti, because we have your first look at latest in the Hannibal Lecter series. "Hannibal Rising" is straight ahead in the SHOWBIZ Showcase.


ANDERSON: Time for the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT staff pick. So here is what we are loving right now. In the cheesy but addictive TV category we are loving J-Lo`s MTV show Dance Life. It`s an inside look at the lives of dancers trying to break into the profession, participating in challenges, including performing for Ashley Simpson and Nelly Furtado.

And speaking of Nelly Furtado, we are loving her latest album, Loose. It`s a great combination of electronica and Latin infused pop music. It`s nothing like her previous work, and this one will definitely get you moving.

On TV, we`re also loving the new season of the Supernanny. We love watching Jo transform those little brats into little angels and clueless adults, she transforms them into proud parents, who have their kids under control. You know, it makes us wish our parents had something like this when we were young. Maybe we wouldn`t have gotten our mouths washed out with soap quite so much.

We`re also loving the diversity of this year`s Oscar nominations. Forest Whittaker to Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, Djimon Hounsou (ph), Will Smith, five black actors are nominated. And the field is also sprinkled with Spanish-speaking contenders, including Penelope Cruz and Addrianna Barraza, and "Babel`s" Asian actress Rinko Kikuchi (ph). It`s a brave new Holly-world!

Finally, we are loving the new Apple iPhone. We`re just crazy about how great it handles music and the Internet and, you know, we know it`s not out for months, but we can dream, can`t we?

Remember, you can always find our staff picks at

HAMMER: You know Brooke, Madonna`s never shy about giving her opinions, but coming up, something we haven`t heard or seen before, Madonna`s daughter sounding off about her mom`s latest project.

ANDERSON: That`s right A.J. We`re going to here from Lourdes herself. Plus we`ve got the perfect match for Justin Timberlake. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT playing match maker for Justin and other hot, single guys in Hollywood.

HAMMER: And another major fashion Mecca taking up the super skinny model debate. We`re going to tell you the latest move to get them off the runway. That`s ahead in the SHOWBIZ Weight Watch. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Friday night is coming right back.



HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Friday night. It`s 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. You are watching TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

HAMMER: Brooke, as you know, we here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT have been among those who have been pleading and begging for somebody to something about the problem of skinny models on the runways and in the magazines and the bad messages that they send.

Well, there are some meetings going on over in Paris right now with some fashion counsels. Can it possibly make a difference, and what`s the holdup here in America? I`m going to talk to an expert about this very touchy subject, coming up in just a few minutes.

ANDERSON: We will investigate. That`s right, A.J.

Also, Madonna`s little girl, A.J., Lourdes is growing up. And like her mother, she speaks her mind. Coming up, Lourdes is going to tell us what she thinks of her mom`s latest project.

HAMMER: It`s going to be interesting to hear from Lourdes. I don`t know that we have before.

But first tonight, single and looking for love in 2007. Justin Timberlake, Vince Vaughn, Ryan Phillippe, Charlie Sheen. They`re all back on the market, and perhaps on the prowl.

Now we know finding that longterm, special someone in Hollywood really isn`t easy. So we`d like those guys to listen up, because SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is ready to help out and make sure you are not looking for love in all the wrong places.

Development psychologist and syndicated radio host Cooper Lawrence with me tonight in New York.

Good to see you, Cooper.


HAMMER: Let`s get right into this, talking about Justin Timberlake. Because he and Cameron Diaz had what seemed like - what seemed like - was a (INAUDIBLE) - hello? - successful relationship for three years. They split up.

And now, there are rumors swirling around that he`s flirting, perhaps snowboarding with Jessica Biel.

Do you - do you think that`s a good matchup?

LAWRENCE: That`s a great match.


LAWRENCE: You know, the problem with - with he and Cameron is that developmentally, they`re in different places. I mean, she was ready for the next thing. He`s still young and having fun.

He grew real quick in NSYNC, and now he`s finally sort of feeling his oats. We`ve heard about him with several women. So it doesn`t surprise. I think he`s going to play the field, but I think Jessica Biel would be more age appropriate, somebody who would understand his need to sort of have a good time rather than think about the kids and the future and all that.

HAMMER: OK. See, people remember about that May-December relationship, and if that really can or cannot work.

Let`s do a little matchmaking for one of my favorite guys in the business, Vince Vaughn. Of course, he and Jen - Jen Aniston gave it a shot; it didn`t work out. Vince finds himself newly single here in 2007.

Vince is a guy - not only do I think he`s, like, one of the coolest guys because he`s so down-to-Earth, but he`s also the life of the party.


HAMMER: Does - does he need somebody who is also the life of the party, or somebody who`s perhaps a bit more demure?

LAWRENCE: No, see, we talk about him on my radio show, because we love Vince Vaughn. And my producer, Anthony Michaels, is like, you should say, Reese Witherspoon so he could be a Vaughanaspoon, because they love to put the names together.

HAMMER: No, I don`t know want to do that.

LAWRENCE: But no, I think he`d be great with Hilary Swank. And the reason is because she`s so down-to-earth, and Jennifer Aniston was a little too girly girl, I think, for him. So I think he - he needs the down-to- Earth, and he needs.

HAMMER: But - but Hilary strikes me as a little intense.

LAWRENCE: Exactly. So that`s good, and it`s good for her to be with someone like him, who`s a lot more fun and wacky. And she needs - she needs the lighter side, and he needs the - the more serious side. So it`s sort of like the serial - the serial of each other.

HAMMER: Please don`t combine the names.

Let`s talk about Reese - Reese Witherspoon, of course, no longer with Ryan Phillippe. They were together, defying the odds in Hollywood, for seven years. There are some kids involved.

Ryan seems like a good guy. Who do you think needs to be hooked up with him for that to be a good match?

LAWRENCE: He - for - the cornerstone of any relationship is going to be support and trust and those - those major factors.

I think with that relationship, it fell apart because she didn`t need anymore. She - he maybe didn`t trust where she was going, and they weren`t growing together. That support wasn`t there.

HAMMER: You mean the sense that her career was overshadowing his?

LAWRENCE: That, and - yes, definitely. And the fact that she was becoming independent. She needed him less.

And he`s a guy that clearly - I`ve heard him in interviews - he needs to be needed. So I`m putting him with Nikki Reed from "The O.C." and "thirteen."

HAMMER: OK, that`s a little obscure for me, but.

LAWRENCE: No, that`s why. Because she`s somebody who`s not that popular. She`s just coming up in her career. She`d really admire him.

HAMMER: So he has a bigger career still, despite the fact that it`s not.

LAWRENCE: Right. And she`d need him, and he needs to be needed.

HAMMER: Got it.

LAWRENCE: So I - I could see them together.

HAMMER: OK. Let`s talk about Charlie Sheen. Of course, a rocky road to divorce with Denise Richards last year. Very tumultuous.

And Charlie always had that kind of bad-boy reputation. I don`t know now if that applies as much.

Who`s - who`s right for Charlie?

LAWRENCE: I`m putting him with Cameron Diaz. And the reason is because she`s looking for more. She`s - the - the - again, age appropriate. She wants more of a relationship.

He`s ready. He`s not doing that party boy thing anymore. He`s got kids; he has a regular job. Even though it`s on TV, it`s a steady job. It`s the coal mines.

HAMMER: So the fact that he has this new level of maturity, that could work out.

LAWRENCE: Exactly.

HAMMER: All right. Cooper Lawrence, as always, I thank you very much. Let`s see how the year unfolds for these guys.

LAWRENCE: I`m predicting all of my predictions will come true.

HAMMER: Appreciate you being with us.

LAWRENCE: Thank you.

ANDERSON: We`ve been asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." You know, tonight, the first pictures of Miss USA, Tara Conner, after she - as she gets out of rehab. She checked in for alcohol issues, and there were also rumors of steamy sexcapades.

So here is what we are asking you: "28 Days in Rehab: Will Miss USA change her ways?"

Keep voting, Write to us, We will read some of your thoughts tomorrow.

And don`t forget, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is the only entertainment news show that lets you express your opinion on video. So send us a video e-mail. Just go to our Web site - it is

HAMMER: So what`s a little London chill when Madonna shows up, right? Hundreds of people braved bitter temperatures - although I can`t quite imagine it being any colder than it is here in New York - Madonna showed up with her husband, Guy Richie, and the kids in tow. The whole family was out for the U.K. premiere of her new animated move, "Arthur and the Invisibles." Madonna lends her voice to one of the characters in the film.

Now her daughter, Lourdes, said that mom sounded older, though we`re talking a lot older.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you seen the film yet, or was this the first time?

MADONNA, SINGER: Lola (ph) and Rocco saw it, but Dad hasn`t seen it yet.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) enjoy the films? They recognize your film.

MADONNA: Ask him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you enjoy the film?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And did you recognize your mother`s voice in the film as well?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Kind of. (INAUDIBLE) doesn`t actually sound like that, because she`s kind of supposed to be playing a 1,000-year-old lady (ph).


MADONNA: I sound very young when I`m 1,000 years old.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is that what it is?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So (INAUDIBLE) new album coming out very soon. (INAUDIBLE)


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How`s this album going to sound? (INAUDIBLE)

MADONNA: I think more dance music.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: More dance music?



HAMMER: Well, no question where she gets her outspokenness from.

Madonna plays a princess who`s 1,000 years old. But for the record, Madonna`s only 48 in real life, and looking fantastic.

"Arthur and the Invisibles" is in theaters now.

ANDERSON: A.J., did you hear about this one? A big music star`s tour bus was stolen?

HAMMER: I did hear about that. And if you ask me, it`s a crying shame, Brooke. A crying shame.

ANDERSON: A crying shame. Well, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT hits the country roads to find out just who did it. And now, he`s not a groupie.

HAMMER: Also coming up, the super-skinny model debate rages on. Tonight, a whole bunch of important fashion types get together to talk about the dangerous messages that these rail-thin models are sending. But will they actually do any thing about it?

We`ve also got this:


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Killed in the woods where your family died.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His face had been eaten.


ANDERSON: Why did Hannibal become a cannibal? The chilling story behind Hannibal Lecter`s path to becoming a cold-blooded serial killer. Your first look, in "The SHOWBIZ Showcase."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Master, stand by to your break.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go 3, fade up music under. Stand by, A.J. Pre-set Camera 1. Open his mike. Dissolve. Go.

HAMMER: Thank you, Gnarls (ph).

And welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for a Friday night. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

And it is time now for a story that made us say "That`s Ridiculous!"

Can we roll the music?




HAMMER: Oh, I love that sound.

Now, if you`re a fugitive on the run, why just swipe a cheap getaway car? You want to flee fashionably, right? Steal a tour bus perhaps. Well, in this case, how about Crystal Gayle`s tour bus?

Yes, police describe the criminal who`s driving around Florida as a Texas prison escapee - as a kind of a shabby-looking dude who could be very well carrying a radio tuned to light country favorites. Ba da boom.

OK, we don`t kid around here about this kind of stuff, because this serious business. But we do hope they catch this guy.

Dude, you`re making Crystal Gayle`s brown eyes blue by allegedly stealing her tour bus. So we`re crystal clear on this: "That`s Ridiculous!"

ANDERSON: In tonight`s scary "SHOWBIZ Showcase," "Hannibal Rising," the story that reveals why Hannibal Lecter became a frightening serial killer who ate his victims.

The story opens in Europe at the end of World War II, as Hannibal sees his parents violently killed. So grab a can of fava beans and a nice glass of Chianti - here`s your first look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is your name Hannibal Lecter?

Do you recall the events that led to your family`s murder?

The little boy Hannibal died out in that snow. He was raised in a work camp.

Let`s hear you scream little master.

What he is now - there`s no word for it.

Do you have any guilty knowledge of the death of Paul Mamon (ph)?

Guilty much? (ph)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I found him. And I killed my son.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Killed in the woods where your family died.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His face had been eaten.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) You lost family in the war.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you catch who did it?



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s Lecter. He`s strucking (ph) them down, one by one.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If they catch Hannibal, they`ll shoot him.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good evening, Inspector.



ANDERSON: "Hannibal Rising" hits theaters February 9. And, you know, I think I`m going to see that one during the day, so I don`t have those nightmares.

HAMMER: It`s time now for "The SHOWBIZ Weight Watch." SHOWBIZ TONIGHT covers Hollywood`s obsession with body image like no other entertainment news show.

Tonight, big-name fashion designers in France, Italy, the U.K. and the U.S. have finally agreed to debate the controversy over using super- skinny models on the runway. But so far, only Madrid had outright banned them. But with New York`s Fashion Week just around the corner, why is there so much talking going on, and so little action?

With me here in New York is style expert Mary Alice Stephenson.


HAMMER: Obviously, something needs to be done about the problem of the super-skinny models. And there`s been lots of talk, not a lot of action. We`ve seen some action in Madrid - the ban on the super-skinny models - but here in America, in particular it seems, we`re just lagging far behind. And I`m wondering why that is.

MARY ALICE STEPHENSON, STYLE EXPERT: Well, actually, A.J., we aren`t lagging far behind.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America did issue a really wonderful plan, proactive suggestions, ways in which this community, this fashion community in America, can make a difference, and help these girls.

HAMMER: But I`ve raised that with other people in the industry, and they said, You know what? They`re not going to get any attention. Nobody`s going to pay attention to it, because at the end of the day, they need to make a buck, and they`re going to make a buck by displaying the clothes however they want to display the clothes. That`s what I hear.

STEPHENSON: I - I - I think they`re wrong, A.J. I`ve talked to a lot of designers, every one from Donna Karan, down to Equadomani (ph) Fashion winners, like Angel Chang (ph) - they wall want to make a change. They all want to try to work with girls that are curvier, girls that are Size 4, like their samples. Most designers do create clothes that are Size Sample 4.

HAMMER: See, that`s encouraging to hear, because we`re talking so much about what`s not being done, or the fact that what is being done is being ignored. And it`s nice to hear that that`s happening.

What about the magazines? Because the magazines are largely responsible for putting these images in print that are seen by particularly teenage girls. And they are very influential; we cannot deny that.

You`ve worked for a lot of magazines in your career. Do you sit down and have a discussion and look at some pictures and say, You know what? We`re not going to print that because that sends the wrong message.

STEPHENSON: Actually, yes.

At many of the magazines I`ve worked for, throughout my years, whether it be "Vogue," "Allure," "Marie Clare," "Harper`s Bazaar," there have been times when shoots do not run because the girls look too skinny. There have been times where I have been working with a young lady that I felt could have an eating disorder, and stopped the shoot and sent her home.

We are responsible people. We know there needs to be a change. I think that they`re - we`re having this conversation is - is - is good. And I think we`re going to start seeing, hopefully, on the runways, girls that are - that are curvier and are healthier.

HAMMER: The 2007 fall fashion shows are just around the corner. Do you think we`ll actually start seeing fewer skinny models on the runway, even that soon?

STEPHENSON: I think models on the runway, A.J., have always been super thin. I think now that the world is seeing the models go down the runways - these shows are streamed live on the Internet, they`re downloaded on your phones. So now there`s more of a responsibility to put girls that are healthier and curvier on the runway, if we`re affecting young women.

I think before it was a very elite group, so it was really about the girl. The - the models would go down the runway to highlight the clothes, and then the clothes were shot on curvier models for the magazines.

HAMMER: But I have to say - because it has always defied logic to me - it would seem that if they put women on the runways who more accurately represented real women, everyday women, healthy weights, and those clothes are photographed or they`re made that way, that lots of people would want to buy those clothes.

I - I know runway is different from what winds up in the stores. But still, the images are getting out there, as you said, now more ever - more than ever.

STEPHENSON: Yes, and that`s why the runway model has to be healthier.

I think Diane von Furstenberg, who`s the president of CA - CFDA said it best when she said, `We have to teach people that beautiful is not just thin; beautiful is healthy."

And what used to happen was that the models were so thin on the runways, and then all those clothes would be taken and re-shot on curvy girls.

HAMMER: Right.

STEPHENSON: .and lately, they`ve been re-shot on celebrities.

HAMMER: Who have their natural curves and all of that.

STEPHENSON: Who - who have their natural curves.

HAMMER: Well, I`m - I`m feeling a little encouraged, and I`m looking forward to seeing if anything really is going to change in the course of the next few months.

Mary Alice Stephenson, thanks.



ANDERSON: Last year, Comedy Central`s Stephen Colbert spared no topic while dishing out the President Bush jokes at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. But this year, the party planners are playing it safer - or, so they think. They hired an old-school funny man.

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


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): From acid-tongued Stephen Colbert to Rich Little, who rarely belittles.

What a difference a year makes. At last year`s White House correspondents` dinner, President Bush seemed amused, then un-amused, then bored as Stephen Colbert mocked him.

STEPHEN COLBERT, COMEDIAN: I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares.

MOOS: Some thought Colbert was a hero. Some thought he was rude. So this year, they turned to a comedian some thought was dead.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The legendary Mr. Rich Little.

MOOS: Wait a minute! That`s an impersonator, pretending to be Rich Little impersonating Ronald Reagan talking about Iraq.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That country is in worse shape than Dean Martin`s liver.

MOOS: But don`t expect that from the real Rich Little.

(on camera): Are you going to mention the word "Iraq"?

RICH LITTLE, COMEDIAN: Probably not. I don`t find anything funny about Iraq.

MOOS (voice-over): Rich Little does some 200 impersonations from Andy Rooney ...

LITTLE: Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?

MOOS: To the first President Bush.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When do you think a fetus becomes a human being?

LITTLE: When it votes Republican.

MOOS: And the presidents he imitates seem to love it.

But is Rich too little, too late in his career? Critics suggest organizers whimped out.

(on camera): The president of the White House Correspondents` Association didn`t want to do an on-camera interview. But he summed up the goal of the evening`s entertainment in three words: singe, not burn.

(voice-over): "You can`t invite the president to dinner and then turn him into a political pinata," says Steve Scully.

Besides, Billy Crystal wanted half a million to do the gig.

What they don`t want is another Imus. At a different press dinner in 1996, he made jokes about Bill Clinton`s womanizing tendencies.


MOOS: That left the president stone-faced and the press at the head table almost staged a walkout.

IMUS: By the way, watching Dan Rather do the news, he looks like he`s making a hostage tape.

MOOS: Now Rich Little is hostage to his nice reputation.

(on camera): Everyone seems to think, Oh, he`s going to be too tame. Maybe you should zing them now?

LITTLE: No, I`m not - I`m not a zinger.

MOOS (voice-over): After-dinner insults are a little too rich for Rich Little.

LITTLE: Who the hell are you?


ANDERSON: Remember those answering-machine-tape impressions Rich Little used to do?

That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: So Jennifer Garner is back from bay duty.

Jeremy Piven has a $1 million bounty on his head.

And a burglary at Jude Law`s office leads him down the road to a scandalous affair that really comes back to haunt him.

All this is coming up in "The SHOWBIZ Guide to New Movies," and this is coming up next, when SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for Friday night returns.


HAMMER: It`s time now for "The SHOWBIZ Guide." Tonight, in "People"`s "Picks and Pans," new movies - a bit of a family affair, because we have Jennifer Garner starring in "Catch and Release"; we`ve got her husband, Ben Affleck, in a new film called "Smokin Aces"; also Jude Law and co-star Juliette Binoche in "Breaking and Entering."

Joining me tonight in New York, "People" magazine film critic Leah Rozen.

Let`s get into "Catch and Release." Jennifer Garner - it`s one of those big romantic comedies.

LEAH ROZEN, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Yes, except it`s kind of a small- impact romantic comedy.

I`m sorry. All these films - good stars, but they`re all mediocre.

HAMMER: All right. Well, lay it on us.

ROZEN: This is just one of those films - you know, I`m a sucker for romantic comedies. And when I`m sitting there going, `I don`t believe a second of this` - these are not real people. I do not believe these characters; they just exist in this film. And they never - their problems - so their problems never affect you.

She`s a young woman whose fianc' has died just before the wedding, tragically. And she then finds herself being attracted to his best friend, played by Timothy Oliphant.

HAMMER: All right. Let`s move on then to Jennifer Garner`s husband, Ben Affleck. What a cast in this thing: Andy Garcia, Jeremy Piven, Alicia Keys - it goes on for "Smokin Aces." That doesn`t help the film?

ROZEN: Ryan Reynolds is basically the big star of this. FBI guy is trying to get a mobster in Vegas. You just wanted to love this, because the guy`s last film, "Narc" (ph), was really good. The director, Joe Carnahan (ph) - but again, after a little while, it becomes clear: none of these characters am I going to care about, none of them really exist other than as a construct of the director.

It just feels like a throwback to sort of a half dozen years ago, when there were so many Tarantino-wannabe films out there. That`s exactly what this plays like.

HAMMER: That`s too bad. Because you want to be invested in the characters.

ROZEN: A lot of joking, a lot of shooting.

HAMMER: Well let`s talk quickly then about "Breaking and Entering." Jude Law, Juliette Binoche - nothing better here?

ROZEN: Again, directed by Anthony Minghella, who, you know, has done lots of great films. But in this case, you`re so aware that he is manipulating the characters that the characters feel like little puppets that the director/writer is pulling the strings on.

So it`s about sort of vaguely unhappy people in London, and, you know, only the prostitute who knows sometimes, a good cup of coffee on a cold night is the best thing in the world, makes any sense.

HAMMER: Oh, sometimes you have to rely on the prostitute, then, I guess.


HAMMER: Leah Rozen, thank you as always.

ROZEN: You`re welcome.

HAMMER: And as always, for more "Picks and Pans," get your copy of "People" magazine, on newsstands now.

ANDERSON: Here is what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

This weekend, Isaiah Washington`s therapy for his anti-gay slur. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks: Do some stars have real problems, or are they just using rehab to save their careers?

And on Monday, "Single and Fabulous" in Hollywood and beyond. More women are putting off marriage, or saying they don`t need it at all. Unmarried in Hollywood - that`s on Monday.

HAMMER: And that`s it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Have a great weekend. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Have a great night, everybody.

"GLENN BECK" is coming up next, right after the latest headlines from CNN Headline News.


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