Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscars 2013: Jennifer Lawrence dazzles in Dior (photos, videos)

Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence dazzled in a gorgeous, white Dior gown on Feb. 24, 2013. The "Hunger Games" actress has been nominated for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," and while an Oscar win won't be determined for several hours, she's certain to win a spot on the "Best Dressed List."

 Check out these videos of Jennifer Lawrence in her beautiful white gown as she made the red carpet rounds. Kristin Chenoweth interviewed Jennifer and pointed out that she was 4'11 while Jennifer stood 5'8 (and was wearing heels).

Oscars 2013: Celebrities walk the Oscar red carpet (videos, live stream)

Those who want to watch the Oscar red carpet arrivals in live stream may do so by clicking the link at the top of this page.

Here is a clip from E Online with celebrities making their arrival and tweets pertaining to their red carpet fashions.

Watch Oscars 2013 streaming live online (videos)

The Oscar red carpet has been rolled out and celebrities have made their descent. It’s Feb. 24, 2013, and the Oscars kicks off on ABC at 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm ET (check your local listings). ABC will air red carpet Oscar coverage at 7:30 pm, but those who want to watch the action live can tune in below.

If you are watching from a mobile phone or other mobile device, then check out the free Oscars apps. Also, beginning at 7 pm., ET, is the ABC Oscars backstage pass. The Backstage Pass is an additional way of enjoying the Oscars and provides exclusive, behind-the-scenes information.

The Academy Awards defined Backstage Pass as follows: “The Oscars Backstage Pass is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast. With close to 20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage area of the Dolby Theatre during the telecast, fans will have insider views into the most memorable moments of the night.  The Backstage Pass experience launched in 2011 to much acclaim and has been recognized with an Emmy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Arts and an Industry Star Mobile Excellence Award.

It remains unprecedented in terms of live event second screen access.  This Backstage Pass is sponsored by Samsung, and is available for the first time on Android, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1 and GSIII.”

“The Backstage Pass is an extension of the things we all love about watching the Oscars – it’s our way of inviting fans into the celebration, and the hosts are their eyes and ears,” said Karin Gilford, senior vice president of Digital Media, ABC Television Network.  “I couldn’t be happier with this group.  Each brings with them a great depth of knowledge, and also a passion and enthusiasm for the Oscars that I know fans will respond to.”

The backstage pass includes 20 cameras positioned behind-the-scenes bringing unprecedented coverage that will help viewers feel a part of the total Oscars experience.

Are you excited for tonight’s Oscars? Feel free to leave your picks for best picture or best actor or actress below.

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Videos: Oscars for Best Picture from 1927-2013

Here is a wonderful video montage of Oscar winning films for Best Picture from 1927-2011. If you don't remember, the 2012 best picture was "The Artist". Do you have any predictions for tonight's winner?

Oscars 2013 Nominees for Best Picture are as follows:

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Oscars 2012: Octavia Spencer wins Best Supporting Actress for "The Help" (videos)

Christian Bale presenting Octavia Spencer with the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "The Help" at the 84th Academy Awards® in 2012.

Oscars 2012: Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor for Beginners (videos)

Christopher Plummer winning the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Beginners" at the 84th Academy Awards® in 2012.

Oscars 2012: Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor for 'The Artist' (videos)

Natalie Portman presented Jean Dujardin the Oscar® for Best Actor for his performance in "The Artist" at the 84th Academy Awards® in 2012.

Oscars 2012: Meryl Streep wins Best Actress (videos)

Colin Firth presenting Meryl Streep with the Oscar® for Best Actress for her performance in "The Iron Lady" at the 84th Academy Awards® in 2012.

Oscars 2012: Best Picture 'The Artist' (video)

Producer Thomas Langmann winning the Oscar® for Best Picture for "The Artist" at the 84th Academy Awards® in 2012.

MC Hammer arrested, says he is victim of racial profiling, takes to Twitter (videos)

Stanley Kirk Burrell, also known as "MC Hammer" was arrested in Northern California and was booked and released from the Santa Rita Jail, located in Dublin, California, the same day. There is confusion over the day of his arrest with TMZ reporting it was Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, and CNN reports he was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.  Authorities state that MC Hammer obstructed and resisted an officer while the 50-year-old "You Can't Touch This" singer states he was a victim of racial profiling.

He used Twitter to share some of his feelings regarding the incident, while Dublin authorities released a statement to CNN regarding the incident. MC Hammer Twitter

Here are some of MC Hammer's tweets posted on his official account.

CNN obtained the following statement from Dublin Police Department spokesperson Herb Walters through a written email. "After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer's questions."

What do you think? Is MC Hammer the latest celebrity victim of racial profiling?

You may view photos of MC Hammer in the video below, including his mugshot and watch the video of his hit 90s song "You Can't Touch This."

Apparently, police in Dublin, California never heard the song.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oscars: Remember when Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathway opened the Oscars? (videos)

This was a significant moment for me. First, it was when I realized Hugh Jackman was more than a handsome, hairy Wolverine, but was very talented, and when I realized that Disney's "Princess Diaries" lead actress Anne Hathaway was going to have a huge musical career. Never in my life did I suspect, however, that Jackman and Hathaway would take center stage in Les Miserables.

It was Feb. 22, 2009, and I was so impressed with their opening act, I saved it to my DVR and watched it several times. That transpired into several YouTube searches for Anne Hathaway singing, and wow, was I impressed. I knew then she was so much more than her role in Princess Diaries...but will she win an Oscar tomorrow night for best supporting actress?

I loved her in "Rachel Getting Married" and like Amy Adams, I feel that Anne Hathaway is doing her best to map out a "Meryl Streep" career...(oh my gosh, is there even a better actress than Streep...hmmm...maybe Helen Mirren?). Stepping into Streep's shoes will be a difficult pull for any actress, but I have my eyes on Hathaway and Adams (interesting how they both played Disney princesses) to keep making annual appearances at the Oscars. That is, as long as they keep working.

If you missed the 2009 opening act, you're in luck. I've retrieved it from YouTube and you can watch it in all its glory.

Watch Modern Family "Bad Hair Day" online from Hulu (videos)

Hulu has made the Modern Family episode "Bad Hair Day" available online for a limited time only.

Get your Oscars App and stay up to date with the latest developments

The Oscars will stream live on Feb. 24, 2013, and those who wish to follow the glamour, glitz and excitement may do so with the official Oscars app. The app will work with Kindle Fire, Android, iPhone and iPad and is a great way for those using smartphones and other mobile devices to stay up to date with the night's developments, nominees, wins and red carpet arrivals. Don't forget that after the Oscars air, Hollywood comes alive with a night of partying and celebration.

Some of the information you will have access to include photos, videos, background information on nominees, the ability to watch movie trailers and more. Users will find the apps are interactive and will enable them to participate throughout the night in different activities.

This year's Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theatre. You can even watch the winners as they move backstage and give their press interviews as well. If you aren't on a smartphone, you can watch the red carpet arrivals here, live streaming. 

You can download the Oscar app here: Oscars App iTunes  Oscars App Google Play  Oscars App Amazon

Michael Feinstein to Perform at Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 (videos)

Press Release

Beverly Hills, CA - Michael Feinstein, two-time Emmy® and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” will take the stage on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Academy's official post-Oscar ® celebration, the Governors Ball.

Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins and Carole Bayer Sager), Feinstein is an all-star force in American music.

Feinstein will perform for the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries. The Ball will be held in The Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to or download the official Oscars app.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.” For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” ”Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

No more 'Academy Awards' let's just call it "The Oscars" (videos)

As someone who has written about the Academy Awards for several years, I found it interesting that official materials no longer had the dubious headline "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" but rather just referred to the event as "The Oscars." There is good reason for this, as "The Wrap" confirmed that Hollywood's most prestigious award ceremony has been rebranded.

The Wrap reported, "We're rebranding it," Oscar show co-producer Neil Meron told TheWrap on Monday. "We're not calling it 'the 85th annual Academy Awards,' which keeps it mired somewhat in a musty way. It's called 'The Oscars.'"

Pretty cool, as I'm sure many writers will readily agree, switching from "85th Annual Academy Awards" to "Oscars" and "The Oscars" can be a bit laborious.

As the event kicks off tomorrow night, it will be interesting to see if media outlets drop the "Academy Awards" and stick with "The Oscars."

Check out this promo video with this year's host Seth Macfarlane.

Make sure to check back tomorrow and watch "The Oscars" live, streaming online for Red Carpet arrivals.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Showbiz Tonight transcripts: Oscar preview (videos)

Oscar Preview: SHOWBIZ Road to Gold
Aired February 21, 2013 - 23:00   ET

A.J. HAMMER, HOST (voice-over): Right now, it`s the "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." We are one-on-one with Hollywood`s biggest Oscar nominees for a "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of our top five "Oscar Must-Sees."

Leading lady Jennifer Lawrence.

NISCHELLE TURNER, HLN CORRESPONDENT: To hear them say this girl is kind of the "it" actress of our generation.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, ACTRESS: Wow. I haven`t heard them say that. I think you`re lying.

HAMMER: Leading man, Hugh Jackman.

HUGH JACKMAN, ACTOR: This is something beyond the realms of imagination.

HAMMER: And first-time Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, who`s ready to turn the Oscars upside-down.

SETH MACFARLANE, OSCARS HOST: It`s a very thin-skinned room.

TURNER: Yes, and you have an edgy aesthetic, so how do you walk that line?

MACFARLANE: So it`s -- so it`s a really bad match, I think, is what we`ve arrived at here.

HAMMER: Is Seth putting Hollywood on notice?

But what will we name the No. 1 Oscar must-see? The "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold" countdown starts right now.

(on camera): Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer in Hollywood with Nischelle Turner. Welcome to "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." The 85th Academy Awards are this Sunday. We`re both going to be there for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

TURNER: We will and, by the way, I cannot wait to do this.

In the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," we are counting down our top five "Oscar Must- Sees," and yes, it was incredibly tough to narrow it down to just five.

HAMMER: It really, really was, Nischelle. So we`re going to kick off our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" in just a moment. And I can definitely tell you that, between the star-studded showdowns and an unpredictable new Oscar host, it will be an amazing night.

(voice-over): This year`s Oscars are filled with drama. Will "Argo" win Best Picture?

BEN AFFLECK, ACTOR/DIRECTOR: I`ve never left anyone behind.

HAMMER: Or will it be "Zero Dark Thirty" or "Lincoln"? Will Daniel Day Lewis nab his third Best Actor Oscar for "Lincoln"?

DANIEL DAY LEWIS, ACTOR: This is self-evident.

HAMMER: Or will "Silver Linings Playbook`s" Bradley Cooper pull off an upset?


HAMMER: Then, there`s the most dramatic Oscar night question of all. Will host Seth MacFarlane escape the wrath of all the nominees he`s mocked on his show, "Family Guy"?

MACFARLANE: We need somebody who`s not that funny and not that good looking and that you forget about the second you leave the theater.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think Bradley would be perfect for that.

HAMMER: Seth better hope Bradley Cooper isn`t called to the stage with him.

COOPER: You have poor social skills. You have a problem.

HAMMER: Seth may not have to worry. Daniel Day Lewis is favored to win Best Actor for "Lincoln," but Seth will likely have an onstage run-in with Ben Affleck, who "Entertainment Weekly" points out "Family Guy" once mocked as a less than disciplined actor.

MACFARLANE: Well, I`ve got to be Henry VIII in 20 minutes. Hello. Hello. `Allo, `allo. Got it.

HAMMER: Now, Affleck`s movie, "Argo," is a favorite to win Best Picture.

GRAE DRAKE, EDITOR, ROTTENTOMATOES.COM: He grew the crazy hair and beard. The least that we can do is reward him for this fantastic movie.

HAMMER: All five nominees have won before, a fact MacFarlane joked about at the nomination announcement.

MACFARLANE: Breath of fresh air in that category.

HAMMER: That probably didn`t go over too well with nominee Tommy lee Jones, who many Oscar experts expect to win for "Lincoln." News flash, Seth: Tommy Lee doesn`t take jokes very well.

In the supporting actress category, "Les Miserables" Ann Hathaway is a huge frontrunner. But competition could come from Helen Hunt, who plays a sex surrogate in "The Sessions."

HELEN HUNT, ACTRESS: Shall we get undressed?

MACFARLANE: Not exactly the role Seth had her playing on "Family Guy."

MACFARLANE: This is a way better than the one I got from Helen Hunt.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You want to have sex?


HAMMER: And what about the Best Actress race?

DRAKE: This is also the category where there is the most room for an upset.

HAMMER: So we might see an upset in the Oscar races while Seth MacFarlane may do some upsetting with his Oscar night jokes.

DRAKE: There`s probably going to be something scatological, but it`s probably going to be classily scatological.

HAMMER: Either way, it`s going to be a fun night.

(on camera): Nischelle, no real surprise here. It looks like Seth and ready to raring to go.

TURNER: I believe you`re right, A.J.

HAMMER: All right. So what are our top five must-sees of the Oscars when the awards are handed out? Well, let`s kick off the SHOWBIZ Countdown with No. 5. It`s the showdown of the leading ladies in the Best Actress category.

TURNER: A.J., we have the youngest nominee ever in 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, going up against the oldest nominee ever, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva from "Amour." Their competition includes Naomi Watts in "The Impossible" and Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty." And you can`t forget -- better not forget Jennifer Lawrence, who`s already won big this awards season for "Silver Linings Playbook."

No, I just spoke with Jennifer, and she told me that she`s trying to take all this Oscar business and excitement in stride.

So 22 years old. Your second Oscar nomination. Do you ever just say, "This can`t be my life"?

LAWRENCE: Yes, I do. Now it`s just -- I find it hilarious.

TURNER: And you`re at these things and you`re like...

LAWRENCE: I know. I`m looking around at, like, all of these legends and my heroes and I`m just like, "Hey."

TURNER: I heard you on "PIERS MORGAN" the other night tell him that you were vulnerable, and when I heard that I said no way, because you come off as such a confident, tough girl.

LAWRENCE: It is just my voice. I have a very deep voice. It makes me sound very confident and tough.

TURNER: What are you vulnerable about?

LAWRENCE: Well, everything. I mean, there`s not really -- there`s no way to really feel, like, fully confident when you`re photographed almost every day. And I mean, just -- I obviously can`t read what anybody says in the press.

But I don`t know, just very, very watched and kind of looked under a microscope. It`s kind of impossible not to feel vulnerable.

TURNER: I remember interviewing you right when "The Hunger Games" was coming out. And we kind of talked about paparazzi were starting to figure you out and find you. Have you made peace with that? Because I know it`s a full-on issue.

LAWRENCE: It`s horrible. And the worst part is they take away your peace of mind, like even when I`m in my house. I still feel -- you still have, like, that feeling of being watched. It`s just kind of a horrible, horrible thing. I don`t think I`ll ever come to terms with it.

Turner: When you`re not looking -- not looking like you are today with the gorgeous makeup and the great dress, what do you do when it`s just like a day off?

LAWRENCE: Jennifer Lawrence day? I never wear makeup. I`m not good at putting on makeup. So I never wear makeup, and I look terrible. And I normally stay in my pajamas forever, especially now because I`m not leaving the house. So my friends come over. They`re like "You`ve been wearing that same thing for, like, three days."

HAMMER: I think with two Oscar nominations at only 22 years old, not too many days in PJs in the future.

TURNER: Yes, you know, I think you`re probably right. Something sells me she`s going to get pretty comfortable with all of this very soon.

HAMMER: I would guess. But the showdown of the leading ladies isn`t the only "Oscar Must-See." Number 4 on the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," it`s the showdown of the leading men in the Best Actor category.

You have Jennifer Lawrence`s co-star in "Silver Linings Playbook," Bradley Cooper, of course. Daniel Day Lewis is up for "Lincoln." Hugh Jackman nominated for "Les Mis." Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master," and Denzel Washington could win Best Actor for "Flight."

TURNER: You know, I just spent team with Denzel, and this is his sixth nomination, the most for an African-American actor. He`s won twice, and to me, his performance as a deeply troubled airline pilot in "Flight" is easily one of his best ever.

DENZEL WASHINGTON, ACTOR: I`m older, more mature. Hopefully, I`m a better actor. I won`t say it`s a more complex role, but it`s a complex role. I mean, this guy has got -- you know, it`s a very well-written. You know, what do you do?

TURNER: Right.

WASHINGTON: Is he a hero? I mean, he killed people, but he saved a bunch of people, but he was drunk.

TURNER: Right.

WASHINGTON: And then he spirals into this, you know, drunkenness. And when I read it, I was like, "Oh, I`m doing this one."

TURNER: What does Denzel today say or what advice would you give the Denzel nominated for "Glory" all those years ago? What would you tell that guy?

WASHINGTON: What would I tell that guy?


WASHINGTON: Relax. Yes. Calm down.

HAMMER: Denzel is such a class act.

TURNER: Yes. He sure is. Talking to him, you know, was really a high point for me.

HAMMER: Couldn`t tell. Right now our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of the top 5 "Oscar Must-Sees" rolls on. Who`s our No. 1? Will it be first-time Oscar host Seth MacFarlane?

MACFARLANE: It`s a very thin-skinned room.

TURNER: But you have -- yes. And you have an edgy aesthetic. So how do you walk that line?

MACFARLANE: It`s a really bad match is I think what we`ve arrived at here. I`m the wrong guy.

TURNER: Seth is definitely putting Hollywood on notice. Wait until you see what he told me about how he plans to walk that line and who did he call for advice?

HAMMER: But will Seth`s host hijinks top the Ben factor? Ben Affleck has cleaned up this awards season. His film, "Argo," captured seven Oscar nominations, but a lot is being made of the fact that he wasn`t nominated for Best Director. So does he think he was snubbed? You`re going to see what Ben told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

This is "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." And did you know that Naomi Watts almost gave up acting before hitting the big time? Well, now she`s up for Best Actress Oscar for her amazing performance in "The Impossible."


NAOMI WATTS, ACTRESS: I am scared, too.

There were so many times where, you know, I was too behind on my rent and, you know, in debt and it just seemed like it was just too hard to continue to struggle. And too hard on my heart, like it was just over and over again to the point where I was like I can`t take this rejection anymore.

And then suddenly just as I made that decision, I would get to the point where I`d pull up my ticket home. And then I would get a call: "You have an offer, two weeks on this film or six weeks on this TV show" or whatever it was. And I just kept going.


MACFARLANE: I am Seth MacFarlane, and I`ll be your host this year for the Oscars, so tweet about it now. That`s not how you spell "douche."

HAMMER: That`s Seth MacFarlane, who`s going to be hosting the Oscars for the first time on Sunday.

Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." I`m A.J. Hammer in Hollywood with Nischelle Turner.

TURNER: Yes, that would be me and our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of the top five "Oscar Must-Sees" continues. Seth MacFarlane is our No. 3 pick. Seth is known for crossing the line on his shows like "Family Guy" and "American Dad."

HAMMER: And of course, Nischelle, his racy style naturally has a lot of people wondering this year if he`s going to be crossing the line at the Oscars.

TURNER: That is true, A.J. And he`s playing to a very tough room in there. But when I talked to him, he told me, "I`m ready for the challenge."

This is the first time you`re hosting. So is there an added pressure or is it just, you know, "I know how to do this. I`ve been in this game for a long time"?

MACFARLANE: You know, the mechanics of it are surprisingly the same as a lot of other stuff that I`ve done. It`s -- the audience is obviously a billion times bigger.

TURNER: It`s a tough room.

MACFARLANE: And it`s a tougher room, yes. It`s a very thin-skinned room.

TURNER: But you -- yes, and you have an edgy aesthetic so how do you walk that line?

MACFARLANE: So it`s a really bad match is what I think we`ve arrived at here. I`m the wrong guy to do this.

I`m Seth MacFarlane, and I`ll be hosting the Oscars this year, where we`ll be celebrating all of your favorite films.

TURNER: Do you reach out to those people who you know have killed at the Oscars, who have done it really right?

MACFARLANE: Yes. I talked to Billy Crystal. And he was super nice guy and genuinely helpful, took a lot of time out of his schedule to sit down with me. And I came out of it with some practical, practical stuff, and it was -- you know, I`m very grateful to him for taking the time.

TURNER: Can you tell me one thing he told you?

MACFARLANE: Get comfortable with your shoes before you get on stage.

TURNER: I like that.

So Seth has got those comfortable shoes. He`s ready to go.

HAMMER: I know it`s going to be great. I cannot wait to see what happens.

That takes us to the No. 2 spot on the "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of "Oscar Must- Sees." It`s Ben Affleck.

AFFLECK: I need you to help me make a fake movie.

JOHN GOODMAN, ACTOR: So you want to come to Hollywood and act like a big shot without actually doing anything.


GOODMAN: You`ll fit right in.

HAMMER: Ben Affleck directed, produced and starred in "Argo," which has really cleaned up this awards season.

"Argo" won five Golden Globes, seven Critics` Choice Awards. And Ben has repeatedly won Best Director awards, including from the Directors` Guild. But, while "Argo" is up for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Ben did not get a Best Director nomination. A lot of people say that`s ridiculous.

Well, Ben tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that he doesn`t feel snubbed, and he`s grateful for the wild ride.

AFFLECK: I have nothing but respect for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is 5 or 6,000 people who are responsible for making all of the movies that I love and admire. That`s the way I kind of feel about it.

I`m also very grateful to the DGA. You know, I mean, you`re not entitled to win anything. You`re not entitled to anything in life. I`m really happy -- I`m thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer for the movie.

And I know as our movie, you know, maybe we`re a little bit underdog and a little bit "The Little Engine That Could," but -- and taking me out of it maybe helps give us purpose, because it`s about that movie, you know, just picture, and -- but, you know, it`s OK. I`m really lucky. I`m in a great place.

HAMMER: What an amazing ride. Ben has certainly come a long way since winning his first Oscar back in 1997 for co-writing "Good Will Hunting," of course, with his buddy, Matt Damon.

TURNER: Oh, my God, he`s come such a long way. And I`m betting that "Argo" will have a very good night at the Oscars.

HAMMER: There`s no question about it.

Well, we still have to reveal No. 1 on our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of the top 5 "Oscar Must-Sees."

TURNER: Yes. So stick around to find out the numero uno thing we cannot wait to see at the Oscars.

HAMMER: This is the SHOWBIZ Road to Gold, and I can tell you that Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper is enjoying every minute of his journey on the road to gold. He has been meeting his movie idols, and one of them happens to be his co-star in "Silver Linings Playbook," fellow nominee Robert De Niro.

COOPER: I mean, the world`s hard enough as it is, guys. Can`t somebody say, "Hey, let`s be positive. Let`s have a good ending to the story"?

JACKI WEAVER, ACTRESS: Pat, you owe us an apology.

COOPER: Mom, I can`t apologize. I`m not going to apologize for this. You know what I will do? I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway, because that`s who`s to blame here.

ROBERT DE NIRO, ACTOR: Yes. Have Ernest Hemingway call us and apologize to us, too.

COOPER: He made me as ease completely, and that`s his gift as a great actor, is he makes his partner feel at ease and cared for and work hard. But no, I love the fact that I got to work with him. He was one of the reasons I felt that I could possibly do Pat Solitano justice, because I knew I could believe calling him dad. And so no, I loved it. Loved it.



HAMMER: That`s Adele`s amazing voice singing the theme song from "Skyfall," the latest James Bond movie, a nominee for Best Original Song Sunday at the Oscars.

Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." I`m A.J. Hammer in Hollywood with Nischelle Turner.

TURNER: Yes, indeed. Now for the big reveal of what`s No. 1 in our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of the top five "Oscar Must-Sees," and in the No. 1 shot, the singing showdown.

HAMMER: Yes. Adele is going to be just one of many big stars performing at the Oscars this year, and the crazy part of Adele`s road to gold is that it almost didn`t happen. Watch what she told us about almost turning down that Bond gig.

ADELE, SINGER: It`s a huge responsibility, you know, and a lot, a lot of pressure to do a song for any film, let alone a Bond song. You know, Shirley Bassey is the queen of Bond. And that pressure was huge. And I had a huge, weird, strange, bizarre year with my album "21" that just shot me to beyond fame. It was ridiculous. And I was pregnant, so I didn`t -- I had my child about two weeks before the film came out, so it was bad timing. That`s why I didn`t know if I wanted to do it.

HAMMER: And we are so glad she ended up saying yes. Adele will be just one of many must-see performances on Oscar night. Also taking the stage, Barbra Streisand. This is the first time she`s singing at the Oscars in 36 years.

Catherine Zeta Jones will also perform. So will Jennifer Hudson, as well as Ann Hathaway, who got a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her singing and performance in "Les Miserables."

TURNER: Ann will be joined by her "Les Miserables" co-stars, including Hugh Jackman, who`s up for Best Actor.

HUGH JACKMAN, ACTOR (singing): Can I conceal myself forever more, pretend I`m not the man I was before? But must my name until I die be no more than an alibi? Must I lie?

TURNER: That`s one way to get nominated for an Oscar. I am so glad Hugh will be part of the Oscar singing showdown.

And the thing that I love about Hugh is that he`s not only a talented guy, but he`s also just really humble. Had a great time speaking with him about where that humility comes from, and he confessed some really interesting childhood Oscar memories. Watch what he told me.

So obviously, you`re a great actor or you wouldn`t be here. But I have to say, I buy into this whole thing, because it feels like to me like you`re having the time of your life.

JACKMAN: Yes. You know, the thing for me is let me give you a little context for me. I`m from Sydney. I`m from the northern suburb of Sydney, 45-minute drive north of the city. My father worked for PriceWaterhouse, the accountancy firm, his entire life. When the accountants used to come on the Oscars -- remember with their little briefcases, that really awkward ten seconds of TV? -- we would go crazy. And I remember one year my dad saying, "I had a meeting with that guy once." And we -- I just thought my dad was "it."

So for me, this is something beyond the realm of imagination, and I`m not a bit the same as when I hosted it. I`m like, I`m a kid from Sydney. I`m not going to finish this by complaining or saying I`m tired or busy or nervous. I`m just going to enjoy it.

TURNER: Your daughter is a bit of a ham. Your son kind of shies away. So are you ready for the next generation to do this business? Because does it seem like she`s headed down the path?

JACKMAN: Yes. I totally can see her getting there, and I just -- the only thing Deb and I, we`re worried about them getting in too early. You know, I am sort of lucky that I had a pretty normal childhood and got into it. You know, none of this hit until I was probably 30, which I think is a good thing.

HAMMER: Yes. It certainly has been a good thing for Hugh and, of course, for all of us who really love his work.

And Nischelle, I have to say, I`m really excited to see all the winners on Sunday night, and I`m really looking forward to the show.

TURNER: Oh, yes. Absolutely. It`s going to be an amazing combination of comedy, music, and well, of course, movies.

HAMMER: We are going to be right there at the center of it all this Sunday, at the 85th Academy Awards. Watch for our live coverage of Hollywood`s biggest night starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on CNN.

And then you won`t want to miss SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s special live coverage of all the Oscar surprises on Monday morning, 10 a.m. on "MORNING EXPRESS WITH ROBIN MEADE," right here on HLN.

But do not go anywhere. Because we are about to launch another show- stopping "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "Forgive and Forget?" Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian. Is it time for Kris to just sign the divorce papers so they both can just get on with their lives? Or does he have every right to cause Kim as much pain and shame as she caused him?

Speaking of public shame, is it time to forgive John Mayer for all of his antics?

JOHN MAYER, MUSICIAN: I was just a jerk, you know, and it`s hard sometimes for people to process that.

HAMMER: Come on. The guy admits to being a jerk. But is that enough to "Forgive and Forget?" Will John`s turnaround top the "SHOWBIZ Countdown"?



HAMMER: Right now, the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "Forgive and Forget." They are the bad boys that we love to hate, but is it time for us to give them a break?

Rihanna just threw a huge 25th birthday bash in Hawaii, and Chris Brown was right there. So if Rihanna forgives Chris, should we?

What about all the grief President Obama is getting for just playing a round of golf with Tiger Woods? Yes, Tiger lied and cheated, bad stuff for sure, but is he ever going to be allowed to move on?

And let`s not forget about Kim Kardashian`s divorce drama with Kris Humphries. They`re just now going to trial because Kris kept dragging his feet. Forget it, man, she left you after 72 days. But dude, could you just let it go? It is the SHOWBIZ, "Forgive and Forget" countdown. "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" continues right now.

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. And thank you for watching. I am A.J. Hammer in Hollywood with a big SHOWBIZ Countdown where we`re asking forgive and forget? They`re the top five stars who`ve gotten slammed for doing so much so wrong, but is it just time to cut them a break? And kicking off the countdown at number five, Kim Kardashian`s divorce drama. So, a judge here in L.A. has just set a May trial date to finally, finally put an end to the never ending Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorce saga, an astounding 18 months after Kim announced that she was leaving him. Can we get a round of applause here, please?


HAMMER: I mean there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Kim and her sister Chloe opened up in the family`s reality show about why the divorce has taken so darn long.


CHLOE KARDASHIAN: I don`t know how she is so calm about this. He is suing her for an annulment. The only way to legally get an annulment is if that there`s some type of fraud involved. So Kris said Kim defrauded him to marry her for press.

KIM KARDASHIAN: That`s crazy.

CLOE KARDASHIAN: Kim, the fact that you even got married is crazy.

If you wanted to marry someone just for press, wouldn`t you have picked someone that was actually popular?

KIM KARDASHIAN: I should have listened to the signs, but, you know.

CLOE KARDASHIAN: Let me just give you one word of advice. If you ever come across anyone who barks for most of his words, don`t date them.


HAMMER: It`s been hard to understand, a 72 day marriage, a year-and-a-half to get divorced, can you believe it? Well, I`ve got two stars right here with me in Hollywood tonight who can`t wait to get in on this. Sheryl Lee Ralph who`s starring in NBC`s hit show "Smash" and Mark McGrath, front man for the legendary group "Sugar Ray". Tickets are going on sale for his "Under the Sun" tour. It`s going to happen in April. Mark is going to be seen on ABC`s "Celebrity Wife Swap", that`s on March 5th.


MARK MCGRATH, SUGAR RAY: Someone`s got to do it.

HAMMER: ... straight to our first countdown question tonight. Should Kris forgive Kim and sign the divorce papers right now and just get this thing over with? Mark, I am starting with you.

MCGRATH: Yeah. Come on, Kris. I mean, look, that spotlight is an elixir. You know, you go out - you go to the bathroom with Kim and you`re on the front page of "US Weekly" and being the 26th best rebounder in NBA doesn`t get you on the cover of "People." So, every now and then he throws out a little soundbite, I`m still working on the annulment, and guess who was on the cover of "Us Weekly." Kris Humphries. So. I get it. That`s spotlight, it lulls you, A.J. that`s why I am here talking to you, my brother.

HAMMER: Well, I appreciate that. And thank you for soaking it all in with us.

MCGRATH: I love it. I love it.

HAMMER: But Sheryl, he calls the marriage a sham. Sham or not, is there anything smart about the fact that he is keeping this thing going?

SHERYL LEE RALPH: You know something there, it is probably very smart because we`re still talking about him. And now that he is only making like six shots per game ...


RALPH: Maybe only six rebounds per game, he probably really needs a spotlight, but, baby, you better forgive, forget and move on.


RALPH: ... and he is going to miss the money he thought he was going to get out of that marriage. I feel bad for you, Kris.

HAMMER: You know, Kim has clearly moved on with her life.

RALPH: She is.


HAMMER: -- and everything.

RALPH: And everything. Let`s move from divorce drama ourselves to marital mayhem. Coming here at number four on the SHOWBIZ Countdown, the never ending feud between LeAnn Rimes, Brandi Glanville and Brandie`s ex-husband Eddie Cibrian who is now married to Leann. Are you paying attention? So, Brandi has just released a tell all book, "Reigniting the Feud". If you missed any of the bickering, this is basically how it works Brandi insults LeAnn, LeAnn offends Brandi. Eddie lays low while the women battle it out. This feud all got under way, of course, when Eddie left Brandi for LeAnn. So, our next "Forgive and Forget" countdown question, should Brandi forgive LeAnn and move on with her new life, Sheryl?

RALPH: Let me tell you something. When you`re doing all of this bickering and back fighting and all of that, it ruins your good looks. Ladies, you better forgive and forget each other. Shoot, Brandi has been talking about all the botox, all the filler, all the this, all the nip and the tucks she has been doing on herself. That`s because she`s so busy fighting LeAnn. Come on. You all are hurting these children. These children need a break, ladies. Can you imagine what poor Eddie is like?

HAMMER: As I said, he is laying low. You all take care of this. But the truth is, I am right there with you. Who needs the stress? Who needs the karma? And the ladies of "The View" were having at this by the way. Brandi said that she is ready to stop the madness. Let`s watch how that played.


BRANDI GLANVILLE: I had to get my inside out. I had to speak my piece. This is my official sitdown. And they have done 100,000 times, and I am done. I am just so done with them. I want to change the conversation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why? Why are you now done?

GLANVILLE: It is exhausting. I mean it`s been four years. And at some point I have to just take that stuff and move forward.


HAMMER: All right, to be fair, this nastiness is really coming from both sides with LeAnn Rimes publicist just releasing a statement on LeAnn`s behalf slamming Brandi, accusing her of drinking too much. That came from a publicist, Mark. I mean what do you think? Time to forgive and forget and really to Sheryl`s point above and beyond everything else, there are kids involved here.

MCGRATH: Absolutely. And they have kids. So, I know playing out in the public forum is a little rough, but the tricky thing is a little fancy to me being an Irish man, but we`ll let that go ...


MCGHRATH: And, obviously, Sheryl Lee has never been in an argument, look at this beauty. (inaudible). But here is the thing. That man stealing business, that husband stealing business, it`s dirty business, A.J.


MCGRATH: So, you know, it goes back and forth and LeAnn, I mean, you know, you`re swimming in dirty pool and you might get a little dirty. But I think it is time to forgive and forget. But don`t forget, you know, Brandi says a little something, she`s on Howard Stern, you know, she goes for it, too, by the way.

RALPH: She goes for it baby.

MCGRATH: She is not afraid to go for it.

RALPH: I guess she`s trying to forgive and forget because she has written the book and she figures, I`ve written the book now, just buy it, you can read about it, then we can forget about it?

MCGRATH: Right, so who is smart? You know what I mean?

HAMMER: Do you think any part of it is they don`t want to forgive and forget because of the publicity that ...

MCGRATH: That`s what I`m talking about, A.J. Is anything more scary than no one talking about you? I will attest to that. It is scary. That`s why I am here. You know.

HAMMER: All right, will somebody who is now promising to zip it, at least there is somebody out there that takes us to number three on our SHOWBIZ "Forgive and Forget" countdown. It is John Mayer who appears to be on a mission to prove that his bad boy behavior towards women has changed. Now, John just told "CBS Sunday Morning" that his whole foot and mouth moments about his exes are in fact a thing of the past. Let`s watch.


JOHN MAYER: I was just a jerk, you know, and it is hard sometimes people to process that.


MAYER: They`d rather have a quick go-to like, oh, he was on -- he was popping X number of pills a day. No, I wasn`t. I was just a jerk, you know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, how does that happen?

MAYER: Taking every battle on, not taking a break, not looking at - not being honest, not saying let`s admit that we don`t know the next step.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Most of all what`s changed?

MAYER: It is very liberating when you finally realize that it is impossible to make everyone like you.


HAMMER: Well, Mayer really turned a lot of people off when he talked so much and so publicly about Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston and his sex lives with those women. But he says that he has learned his lesson. So, here is our next SHOWBIZ Countdown question. Are John Mayer`s bad boy days really behind him? Is it time to forgive the guy and Sheryl, the moment he opened his mouth you are sitting here shaking your head, no, no.

RALPH: You know something? I - it`s very difficult for me because first of all he had that foot in the mouth disease and it was so bad for him that he had to botox his vocal cords to keep them from coming together which scared me in itself, but I will forgive him as soon as I can forget that he had the audacity to give that interview where he said he had a Benetton heart, but he had a segregationist racist penewali (ph). I was like come on now.

HAMMER: That didn`t work for you.

RALPH: That did not work for me. I didn`t like that at all. Then he goes onto write that song "Fathers be good to your daughters to protect them from guys like me."




HAMMER: All right, now, Mark, listen, you know how tough it can be when you are out there in the public eye and people are buying your music and they love you, but some people may stop buying your music and not love you as much if you are saying some stupid stuff. And that`s the problem that he got himself into and now he is trying to come around from that.

MCGRATH: He is good, though. Isn`t he good? He is out there in Montana with the Ralph Lauren "Wild West" collection with the river behind him going I have changed, man.

RALPH: Are you saying it is nonsense? Are you saying ...

MCGRATH: I am saying he is very smart. I`m saying he is very smart guy. Look, no one was feeling John Mayer more than John Mayer back then. You know what I mean? That`s why he was out there saying whatever he wanted to say and see how far he could get away with it. He admits that. Now what John Mayer does worst is be a celebrity. He is an incredible musician, one of our best guitar players, I mean don`t jam with Eric Clapton and not get the wave of approval from the legend.

RALPH: Right.

MCGRATH: I think John needs to concentrate on the music, concentrate on being the excellent guitar player, one of America`s premier singer and song writer that he is and leave the, you know, the gossip in the past. I mean we used to love to build John Mayer up, now we can`t wait to tear him down. And that`s ...

RALPH: And that`s show biz, baby.


RALPH: That is show biz.

MCGRATH: OK, I think ...

HAMMER: But I like him - I like him - and I really want him to stick with this plan.

MCGRATH: Me too.

HAMMER: We have got two more big reveals on our SHOWBIZ "Forgive and Forget" countdown. Who will possibly be number one? Sheryl, Mark, stay right where you are. Because we`re going to get to it coming up next. And which star will be the number one actor at the Oscars this year? Will it be Bradley Cooper for his incredible performance in "Silver Linings Playbook."


BRADLEY COOPER: I saw Helen Hunt today and I was able to sort of communicate how much I loved her performance. That`s incredible and hug Steven Spielberg and say hello, it is ridiculous.


HAMMER: "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" just went one-on-one with Bradley and I can tell you he is totally amped for his first ever Oscar nomination. Is he worried about the competition? He just revealed the answer to that and a whole lot more to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." You have got to see this Oscars news maker interview coming up. This is SBT, "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" on HLN.


HAMMER: Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." I am A.J. Hammer in Hollywood. And in the SHOWBIZ Countdown we are counting down the top five stories breaking that have us wondering, forgive and forget? Well, here is where we are so far. Coming in at number five, Kim Kardashian`s soon to be ex- husband Kris Humphries is willing to miss the NBA playoffs in April to attend their divorce trial. Is it time for Kris to forgive and forget Kim instead of giving her such a hard time? Number four, LeAnn Rimes slams her husband`s ex-wife Brandi Glanville from pointing out that LeAnn is unstable. LeAnn fires back implying Brandi drinks. Should they both just forgive and forget? Number three, John Mayer now, says he was a jerk when he mouthed off about his famous ex girlfriends. Is it time to cut him a break? That brings us to number two on our SHOWBIZ Countdown, Tiger Woods. OK, it is been four years since we learned that he was a serial cheater ending his marriage to Elin Nordegren, but even today Tiger still gets major grief. Well, let`s have at this one again with fabulous Sheryl Lee Ralph, now starring in NBC "Smash" and "Sugar Ray" front man legend Mark McGrath. (inaudible) Hollywood with me. I didn`t write it.

MCGRATH: I love it.


MCGRATH: I will take a legend all day.

RALPH: Take it, yeah.

HAMMER: So, guys, a lot of people seem really surprised that President Obama just played golf with Tiger in Florida and Tiger just revealed it was the president who invited him. Watch this.


TIGER WOODS: And it was - it was an invitation that certainly you don`t turn down. Playing with Mr. President was pretty cool. He is just a wonderful person to be around and we won.


HAMMER: You know, the president has been getting a whole lot of grief for not revealing at first that he played golf with Tiger. Some people actually suggesting he may not have wanted to be publicly associated with the former philandering golfer. Sheryl, time to forgive and forget and move on?

RALPH: Forgive, forget, move on. The man made a big mistake by letting his wife whoop his behind.


RALPH: Everybody seems to forget that, that she whooped his behind.

HAMMER: And that was payment enough.

RALPH: And totaled the car. That was payment enough. Can we forgive and forget and move on from that?

MCGRATH: Especially publicly getting your wife - a beating done by your wife. So, he`s suffered enough. And by the way, he didn`t go to Hooters after and have, you know, a keg of beer with the president. He played a little golf with him. Let`s forgive him. By the way, if Michael Jordan called to play some hoops, I think the president would play with him as well.

RALPH: Absolutely.

MCGRATH: These are legends, you know. Forgive and forget. Because I think that was a slow news week this week. You know what I mean? Come on.

HAMMER: Once the word got out the president was willing to talk about playing with Tiger and I want to watch what he told ABC affiliate KGO in San Francisco.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: He plays a different game than I do. He is on another plane.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is he more nervous because he is playing with you or you`re more nervous because you are playing with Tiger Woods?

OBAMA: You know, I don`t think he was nervous, you know. He knew that I wasn`t a big threat to his world ranking and I knew that I better keep my day job.


HAMMER: OK. The president clearly not acting like he had anything to hide there. And Sheryl, that sure does seem like he doesn`t in any way see Tiger as an embarrassment.

RALPH: Not at all. At some point like you just said, we must forgive and forget. Besides, Tiger has got some very deep pockets, baby, and it is good to have friends like that. You make them on the golf course. It is an old thing. You know, these men do it forever.


HAMMER: -- money? What are you talking about? Well, that brings us to the big reveal, who is number one on our "Forgive and Forget" SHOWBIZ Countdown. And it is Chris Brown. Chris was just in Hawaii with Rihanna celebrating her 25th birthday, and when you see the Instagram photos that Rihanna has been posting, it is hard to believe that Chris is the same guy who beat her up four years ago. If you look at these shots, it is pretty amazing. People do still shake their heads in disbelief that Rihanna would go back to Chris. But Mark, what do you think? Is it time to forgive and forget? This has been a very tough, tough call for a lot of people, very divisive ...


HAMMER: Some people will not forgive a guy who beat the living daylights out of a woman, which is exactly what he did no matter what they do to try to repair that.

MCGRATH: Well, and that`s their right to think that way. Like, I am not a Chris Brown fan any more saying that, by his actions, I understand that, the man has a right to redeem himself. I think he`s put those steps in place. But I think he wants us to forgive him a little quicker. But my question is this is the ultimate forgive and forget by the way. If the person who is most affected by it forgives him, why don`t all we forgive him as well? You know what I mean?

RALPH: You know what? That`s a hard one. Because there is a deep - there`s a deep psycho - that was a problem right there. There is a deep psychology that goes into, you know, abuse and abusers and very often women who are abused will forgive the person in a way. All I am saying is I love Chris Brown. He is an incredible artist. I love him, but the two of them have some sort of sexual napalm.


HAMMER: Don`t quote John Mayer. John Mayer.

RALPH: What did I say?

HAMMER: Sheryl, we love you in "Smash." It`s great having you here.

RALPH: Thank you.

HAMMER: And Mark, good luck with your "Under the Sun" tournament.

MCGRATH: Thank you, A.J.

HAMMER: See you on celebrity "Wife Swap" March Fifth. Good luck with that.

Well, from fresh starts to first times, Bradley Cooper getting ready for his first trip ever to the Oscars as a nominee and we just went one-on-one with the "Silver Linings Playbook" star.


BRADLEY COOPER: Like I saw Helen Hunt today and I was able to sort of communicate how much I love her performance. That`s incredible. And hug Steven Spielberg and say hello, it is ridiculous.


HAMMER: Bradley is all revved up to be part of Hollywood`s biggest night of the year and he`s revealing some serious Oscar secrets to us. You will hear them next. This is SBT, "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" on HLN.



BRADLEY COOPER: She dies, dad. I mean, the world is hard enough as it is, guys. Can`t somebody say, hey, let`s be positive, let`s have a good ending to the story?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pat, you owe us an apology.

COOPER: Mom, I can`t apologize. I am not going to apologize for this. You know what I will do? I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway because that is whose to blame here.


HAMMER: Bradley Cooper is just amazing in "Silver Linings Playbook" and that is why, of course, he is up for a best actor Oscar at the Academy Award his very first nomination. Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, I am A.J. Hammer here in Hollywood. Also to cover the Oscars for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT and it may be hard to believe, but Bradley Cooper is a relative newcomer at this year`s Oscars and I can tell you he is up against some incredible talent. Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix and Hugh Jackman. Well, "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" Nischelle Turner who will be right there at the Oscars with me, caught up with Bradley to talk about his Oscar expectations and Nischelle, it seems to me that Bradley Cooper is just really enjoying the ride.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, he really is, A.J. Despite all of this heavyweight competition for the best actor gold, Bradley just told me that he is having the time of his life this Oscar season.


TURNER: I was talking to Hugh Jackman earlier. It`s his first time. He is having the time of his life. Are you having the time --


BRADLEY COOPER: For sure. Just that I get to see him every couple of weeks is incredible and then I finally got to see him all to the films, so I`d be able to like tell the people, like I saw Helen Hunt today and I was able to sort of communicate how much I loved her performance, that`s incredible.

TURNER: When you act opposite to a man like Robert de Niro who is everybody`s gold standard, did that make you nervous, did it make you work harder?

COOPER: Made me at ease completely and that`s his gift as a great actor. As he makes his partner feel at ease and cared for and work hard. He was one of the reasons I thought that I could possibly do Pat Solotano justice because I knew I could believe calling him dad.


COOPER: Come on, dad.

DE NIRO: What are you so up about?


TURNER: This week you went to D.C., this past week.


TURNER: ... to talk on a panel about, you know, taking the veil off of mental illness and the stigma.


We organized this thing, the show at Walter Reed Hospital for about 50 war vets and the 200 showed up. And I got to know, to talk to these people and learn about, you know, the fact that how much awareness needs to occur for mental illness, especially for soldiers who have post traumatic stress disorder.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can I do your interview for (inaudible)?



TURNER: Was it this film that put you on that track to want to really get out and talk about it?

COOPER: For sure. I mean I literally had - I was a complete naive ignorant person before this film. But you know, I also -- it worked out well because I had been a part of the USO for nine years and been to Afghanistan and been to hospitals there visiting soldiers. So, but I never sort of took it back home.

TURNER: That must have made David really proud.

COOPER: When you make something personal for you, chances are other people may relate to it. I love that truth about cinema. It is like if you just try to be authentic and real you`ve got a shot for getting into somebody`s soul.


TURNER: I like him. And we`ll be watching definitely to see if Bradley wins Oscar gold.

HAMMER: No question about it. Am I`m going to live on Monday morning right here on HLN as "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" covers the big surprises at the Oscars. We`ve got a special report coming up at 10 a.m. Eastern on HLN`s "Morning Express" with Robin Meade.

Well, from Oscar to otter? I would like you to meet Eddie, the basketball dunk master. He is a super cute sea otter, but he`s also a hoops king. It is our SHOWBIZ "Moment of Awesomeness" and this guy literally blew the competition out of the water today. This is SBT, "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" at HLN.


HAMMER: Right now it is time for "SHOWBIZ Awesomeness." This is where we name the most awesome moment of the day and seriously what could possibly be more awesome or cute than this, yeah, that`s a sea otter playing basketball. Trust me, I would stop talking right now and just let this video roll if the story wasn`t so darn heartwarming. So, besides being a dunk master that little guy there, it is a sea otter, has arthritis in his flippers. I know he looks really young. But he is 16 and he is actually an old man in the sea otter years, so training how to play hoops was actually a way to help him stay healthy and if you don`t believe me, well, here now is Eddie`s keeper at the Oregon zoo to prove it.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And the vets have recommended that we actually work those joints in order to help relieve the arthritis a little better, keep those joints moving. So, we had to come up with a creative way to train Eddie to use those elbows and that`s why we trained him to play basketball.


HAMMER: I love it. If that`s not enough, Eddie`s keepers claim that he hits almost every shot he takes. Truly awesome. Thanks for watching. I am A.J. Hammer in Hollywood. Catch us Monday through Thursday 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. HLN continues right now.


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A.J. HAMMER, HOST: Tonight on the SHOWBIZ Countdown, the top three "SHOWBIZ Investigations" of the day, including the chilling Justin Bieber kidnap plot tapes.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. No. Like, the way I work, dude, the way I work is I like to know as little as possible. We went and we bought some -- you know those (EXPLETIVE DELETED) hedge clippers? You`re going to give me five large for each one I get.


HAMMER: How close did they get to Justin?

Plus, new Blade Runner murder mysteries. Which will be today`s top case?

Hello, I`m A.J. Hammer in Hollywood. Tonight, getting ready to cover the Oscars for you this weekend. Thank you for watching.

We begin tonight with our first big SHOWBIZ Countdown of the night, and I am so pleased to bring this to you. It is Robin`s miraculous return.

Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT counting down the top five most incredible, emotional, and breathtaking moments today as the great Robin Roberts returned to "Good Morning America," exactly five months to the day that she had a bone marrow transplant to save her life.


ROBIN ROBERTS, CO-HOST, ABC`s "GOOD MORNING AMERICA": Hi. It`s Robin, and I have been waiting 174 days to say this. Good morning, America.

HAMMER (voice-over): It`s certainly the moment Robin Roberts fans have been waiting for. The beloved "Good Morning America" host returned to the show five months after leaving to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat the rare blood disorder MDS.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome back, Robin.

HAMMER: And as her colleagues welcomed her back this morning, it`s clear today couldn`t have come a moment too soon for Robin.

ROBERTS: Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment, and I am so full of gratitude.

SHARON COTLIAR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Robin was really excited about this day.

HAMMER: "People" magazine`s Sharon Cotliar interviewed Robin for the current issue on newsstands now.

COTLIAR: That`s really a big step for her.

HAMMER: And today was a big treat for fans watching Robin`s long awaited return, and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has the top five moments from Robin Roberts` return to "Good Morning America."

At No. 5.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s a big sign up on the NASDAQ: "Welcome back, Robin."

HAMMER: The site of New York City`s Time Square is turned into a giant, bright welcome-home banner for Robin, and well-wishing fans braving the cold outside "Good Morning America`s" studio to welcome Robin back.

ROBERTS: I can see the signs and see people out there and it really warmed my heart, and it felt wonderful.

HAMMER: The No. 4 moment from Robin Roberts` return to "Good Morning America."

JIMMY KIMMEL, LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST: Welcome back, girlfriend.

HAMMER: All the videotaped "welcome back" messages from celebrities.

OPRAH WINFREY, MEDIA MOGUL: Hey, Robin, I always knew this day was coming. It came a little sooner than I thought.

HAMMER: From fans of all ages.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hi, Robin. I had a bone marrow transplant, too, five years ago. Woo-hoo!

HAMMER: From country star Josh Turner at the Grand Ol` Opry.

JOSH TURNER, COUNTRY MUSIC STAR: I have a few friends here that want to say one quick hello to you.

HAMMER: And from the first family.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We`re all excited to start our morning with you once again.

HAMMER: Our No. 3 favorite moment from Robin Roberts` return to "Good Morning America," the sight of Robin`s ABC co-workers banding together to make her work environment a safe one.

COTLIAR: Robin`s doctors warned that she`s not out of the woods yet. Her immune system is like that of a five-month-old baby.

HAMMER: So Robin`s co-workers scrubbed the place and even took a needle or two.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is for Robin. Otherwise there would be no flu shot.

HAMMER: All to make sure Robin`s welcome is a safe one.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are going to be on your case.

HAMMER: And this morning on "GMA," her doctors warned they will keep their eyes on her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t care who the interview is with, if you`re not well enough to go, you`re not going.

HAMMER: Our No. 2 favorite moment from Robin Roberts` return to "GMA," today`s loving truce in the morning show wars.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We want to say thank you to our friends across town at "The Today Show."

HAMMER: "The Today Show," which is locked in a fierce ratings battle with "Good Morning America," sent over a basket to welcome Robin back to the fray.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We want to give a warm welcome back to our colleague at ABC, Robin Roberts.

HAMMER: And "The Today Show" took some time out of its show this morning to give her a shout-out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We send her our best wishes and a big hug from all of us.

HAMMER: And our No. 1 favorite moment from Robin Roberts` return to "GMA," just seeing Robin again after such a painful health and personal struggle.

COTLIAR: What Robin had to go through behind the scenes was really, really difficult.

HAMMER: As Robin was beginning her grueling treatment this summer, her beloved mother passed away.

COTLIAR: That was really a hard time for Robin. She -- she said, "I don`t care how old you are. When you`re sick you want your mom, and I wanted my mom."

HAMMER: Then came painful chemo, a complicated transplant with bone marrow donated by her sister, and grueling physical therapy.

ROBERTS: I just love how much stronger I feel.

HAMMER: And this morning Robin was moved by all the love and support that helped bring her back to the job she loves.

ROBERTS: I have said this before, that I know how blessed I am and how lucky I am. There are many people that take an extended medical leave, and they don`t have a job to come back to. And I have a wonderful job. And thank you, thank you so much.

COTLIAR: I think she has a renewed sense of purpose. She really wants to inspire people and show people that, you know, there is another day. You can fight through things and, look, she`s back.


HAMMER: Such great news. And we here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT would also like to send our very best wishes to my friend, Robin Roberts. So great to have you back, Robin.

Well, we move now from a big return to a big showdown tonight. Kelly Clarkson is blasting music icon Clive Davis as a bully with a bad memory.

Clarkson is lashing out over statements in Davis`s just-released new memoir, where the music legend opens up about going head to head with some of the biggest names in the music world. In the book he claims, among other things about Clarkson, that she broke into hysterical sobbing when he demanded that her smash hit, "Since You`ve Been Gone," be included on Clarkson`s album.

Well, now Clarkson is all fired up, saying that`s not how she remembers it at all, posting this open letter to fans, where she said among other things, "I refuse to be bullied, and I just have to clear up his memory lapses. It feels like a violation."

I want to bring in actor and comedian Bill Bellamy. His "Ladies` Night Out" comedy tour set to premiere this Friday night on Showtime. Bill with me in Hollywood.

And with me from New York, Janell Snowden, who`s a host for VH1 News.

So Kelly Clarkson is at the top of the music game right now. She has totally made it.


HAMMER: Bill, what do you think? Does she really need to set the record straight here?

BELLAMY: Well, I think Kelly is like a no B.S. type of chick.

HAMMER: Right.

BELLAMY: You know what I mean? I don`t think she would have any other reason but to tell the truth and fight for herself and, you know, make sure everything is clear. Because you know, when people come out with books they always, you know, what I want to say is like they embellish.

HAMMER: Embellish.

BELLAMY: They embellish a little bit of this.

HAMMER: And they don`t always get it exactly right, although -- although Clive claims he had fact checkers who were present for everything that went on, but I`m with you. Kelly has absolutely no reason to make any -- what does she have to gain by going...?



HAMMER: Well, today Clive appeared on Wendy Williams` show, and he said that he`s sticking to his story. Let`s watch what she said, and he said.


CLIVE DAVIS, MUSIC PRODUCER: Of course, initially there was a taint to an "American Idol" winner, and writers did not want to give their songs to her.

I believed in her from the start. I still believe in her. I gave her those songs.

Yes, our memory might differ about some of the -- some issues that have come up. I stand behind my book on my memory. I submitted it to five independent people who were there every day during the whole period. They thoroughly verified every fact that`s written.


HAMMER: Yes. And let`s not forget Clive Davis has also worked with some of the biggest names in music, people he`s discovered: from Whitney Houston, of course, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen. He`s helped to launch "American Idol" stars into the stratosphere, people like Clay Aiken, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson. Of course, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry. It is such a big, big list here. Really, really amazing to me.

Janell, do you think that Clive actually owes Kelly Clarkson an apology here?

SNOWDEN: I think he may, but I don`t think it`s ever going to happen. Basically, Clive is like "I`ve got more people. No one believes you. I had five people who can all verify my story." They`re also people that admittedly on his payroll. So I mean, you be the judge there.

As far as Kelly is concerned, I mean, there was always a bit of tension between them. Because she claims that, you know, he didn`t like the songs that she ended up putting out as hits.

And then when the new CEO of RCA, her label, her current label, Peter Edge, took over, she made it a point to be like, "You know what? I like Peter. He`s a song guy, and it`s not just about sales for him."

So it seems like these two have kind of always taken quiet jabs at each other and now that Clive is putting out a book, of course, he needs controversy that`s going to sell. Who knows who`s telling the entire truth? But I think wherever there`s smoke, there`s fire.

HAMMER: Bill, let`s flip the script here. Do you think, with all of the stars, when you consider all of those big names that Clive has worked with, that maybe Kelly should apologize to Clive?

BELLAMY: Well, you know what? I think it`s all around the book, man. She said it right. It`s about selling the book. It`s a little bit of heat right now.

Kelly is so crystal clean, down-home type of girl.


BELLAMY: He`s the big exec. I think that`s what the story is. But it`s interesting.

HAMMER: Yes, it is.

BELLAMY: I`m going to read the book.


HAMMER: All right, Bill. Thank you so much.

BELLAMY: I am going to read the book. I want to know who lying, A.J.

HAMMER: Janell, thank you, as well.

SNOWDEN: I do, too.

HAMMER: And make sure you catch Bill`s "Ladies` Night Out" comedy tour Friday night on Showtime. Great having you both here.

We have got another tremendous SHOWBIZ Countdown coming up. The top three "SHOWBIZ Investigations" of the day, including the newly-released Justin Bieber kidnap and castration plot tapes.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. Like, the way I work, dude, the way I work is I like to know as little as possible.


HAMMER: It is so disturbing. Also, new Blade Runner murder mysteries, which will be today`s top case?

Also ahead, Bruno. Bruno Mars makes hits, but he also makes dreams come true. Bruno meets the girl who wanted the singer to be her prom date, and I think she got more than she ever imagined. Tonight, Emily Torres, right here to tell us about getting the thrill of a lifetime.


And I am in Hollywood all week as we get ready for the biggest night, the Academy Awards, of course. We`ve got all the big Oscar showdowns covered tomorrow with our special, "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." Don`t miss our one-on- one interview with host Seth MacFarlane. Plus, Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Denzel Washington talk to us right before the big night. That`s tomorrow at 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, right here on HLN.


HAMMER: Geico`s 15 minutes of fame.




HAMMER: That is 16-year-old Emily Torres` soulful ode to Bruno Mars on YouTube. She reworked Bruno`s hit song "Locked Out of Heaven" to try to convince him to be her date at her junior prom, coming up next month.

And while she is not exactly getting her wish, she did get something almost as good, or perhaps even better. And there she is with us tonight. Emily joining me from her hometown of Fort Gratiot, Michigan. Great to have you back, Emily.


HAMMER: So good to have you here. And in your video we remember you asked Ellen DeGeneres to help you out. And you joined us here when you first posted the video on YouTube. And at the time you were really only dreaming that Bruno or Ellen would actually see the thing.

Well, your dreams came true times two when you got to meet him on Ellen`s show. I want to watch now as Bruno asks you for a dance.


BRUNO MARS, SINGER: We brought the prom here. And I would love to have a dance with you.



HAMMER: How spectacular. Your face says it all there. I have to imagine you were on cloud nine in that moment. You`re probably still on cloud nine. Emily, what was that moment like for you?

TORRES: Oh, my gosh, I can`t even explain how I felt. Bruno was real to me before but now he is, oh, man, it was awesome.

HAMMER: You actually got to touch the guy. I mean, pretty incredible. Not only did he dance with you. He also surprised you with something that was great, and that happened on Ellen`s show, as well. I want to watch that.


MARS: I can`t make it to your prom.

TORRES: That`s OK.

MARS: Help me out. Help. But my friends from Gucci are going to hook you up with a dress to make you look just as beautiful and amazing as you are.

TORRES: That`s so nice.

MARS: And -- and when I come to the city near you, I`ve got four tickets for you and your friends so you can see me. And they`re going to be front row, and you`re going to be my guest when I come and do a show.

TORRES: Thank you so much.


HAMMER: Holy mackerel. All right. Emily, he can`t make it to your prom, but I`m thinking, you know, not a big deal. He`s getting you the Gucci dress to wear to the prom, some front-row tickets to his show. I`m guessing you`re OK with how things worked out.

TORRES: Oh, my gosh, I am 100 percent OK. It actually worked out a lot better than I thought it was going to be.

HAMMER: So what would you like to say to Bruno Mars right now, who really has made your dreams come true and so much more?

TORRES: I just want to say thank you so much for making my entire life. I can`t wait to see you on tour. And I`m so excited because that will be my first real concert.

And thank you to Ellen and everyone and you guys at CNN for making this all come true. And thank you guys.

HAMMER: It was great being a part of it. And make sure your dad shoots some video of you getting ready for the prom, and we can play that here as well, Emily. Great having you here.

TORRES: Thank you.

HAMMER: Well, tonight as we move on, we have an explosive SHOWBIZ Countdown I`ve got to get to: the top three "SHOWBIZ Investigations" of the day. The Blade Runner murder mystery, so many questions, so few answers. Did Oscar Pistorius act in self-defense? What`s his family saying?

Well, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is in South Africa tonight with CNN`s Robyn Curnow, getting the very late breaking details.

And here at home, there is another "SHOWBIZ Investigation" with new breaking details today: the death of Mindy McCready. Tonight one of her friends from "Celebrity Rehab," Lisa Matto (ph) is right here for a "SHOWBIZ Newsmaker" interview. Lisa remembers her friend and talks about Mindy`s private pain.


I`ve got to tell you, I`m so psyched to be back in Hollywood and here all week as we get ready for the Academy Awards. And before you fill out your Oscar pool ballot, well, check in with us, because we`re handicapping all of the big-name showdowns.

Tomorrow it`s our special "SHOWBIZ Road to Gold." Do not miss our one-on- one interview with host Seth MacFarlane, plus Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Denzel Washington right here to spend some time. Tomorrow at 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on HLN.



SWEET BROWN, YOUTUBE SENSATION: Well, I woke up to go get me a cold pop, and then I realized my tooth was hurting. Then I said oh, Lord, Jesus, it is a toothache. Ain`t nobody got time for that.


HAMMER: Did you see this? That is Sweet Brown, who became the latest quotable YouTube sensation, and she`s got a couple of new gigs. Here she is in an ad for a dental practice in her Oklahoma hometown, and tonight there are reports that Tyler Perry has cast Sweet in his next Medea movie. I`ve got the time for that.

Get ready now for the "SHOWBIZ Showdown" is coming your way. on "The Voice" and "American Idol." Now, "Idol" just announced that rockers Bon Jovi are going to be performing live on the show. That`s going to happen on March 14 on the season`s very first live results show.

And in just a couple of weeks I hope you`re ready, because we are going to see some brand-new judges on "The Voice." It is time for Usher and Shakira to come on board, replacing Christina Aguilera and Ceelo Green, who are taking a break to go back to make music and head out on tour.

Here with me to break it down, from New York, Christy Tanner, who is the CEO of and TV Guide Mobile and their excellent TV Guide app, which is available on iTunes.

So let`s start off with "American Idol." In just a few weeks we`re finally going to get to see "Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj live together for the first time. Christy, of course, we`ve seen, you know, their contrast so far and the battles and that now-infamous tape of them going at each other in additions, but that`s all been taped. Are we going to see the same kind of fireworks on live TV?

CHRISTY TANNER, CEO, TVGUIDE.COM: I think you will. If -- if the producers feel like that`s been working for their ratings and generating interest in the show, I think you`ll see the same thing live.

I`m not sure anybody believes this feud is completely real. And everybody loves to see a cat fight between two women, which is kind of the most cliched story line in the book. But it seems to be working on some level for attracting attention to "American Idol," and I think if they feel like that`s a good thing for the show you`ll see it continue when the show goes live.

On March 25 when "The Voice" returns, we`re going to see Usher and Shakira`s big debut. And I have to wonder if we`re going to see fireworks anything like we saw between Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine.


CHRISTINA AGUILERA, JUDGE, "THE VOICE": You put your little feet up, and you think you`re all badass and whatever, trying to be Justin Timberlake. But I mean...

CEE LO GREEN, JUDGE, "THE VOICE": Sexual tension there.

AGUILERA: You didn`t turn your chair around so shut up.

ADAM LEVINE, JUDGE, "THE VOICE": You`re not the boss of me.

AGUILERA: That`s what you think.


HAMMER: Christy, I`ve got to tell you: I don`t see Usher and Shakira fighting at all with each other like Christina and Adam did. Do you?

TANNER: Probably not, but "The Voice" really has tried to position itself as being more about the music, less about the judges, less about sort of the negativity of judging other people, and more about how to make people into great performers and great musicians.


TANNER: And the show really does take a different tack. And you know, I think some of what came out between Christina and Adam was tied to some real-life tension, but at the same time, they`re all getting paid so much money. I don`t see why any fighting should be real.

HAMMER: And that`s why the people love that show.

Christy, thank you so much. I`ve got to tell you, I am thrilled to be a part of the celebrity watch list on TV Guide`s amazing app. I urge everybody to check it out. You will see me talking about all the TV shows that I love to watch. I`ve gotten such a great response from friends and fans. And you yourself can download the TV Guide app by going to iTunes.

Well, tonight we are hearing the newly-released and chilling Justin Bieber castration plot tapes.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. No. Like, the way I work, dude, the way I work is I like to know as little as possible.


HAMMER: How close did they really get? It`s the SHOWBIZ Countdown, the top three "SHOWBIZ Investigations" of the day.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. No. Like, the way I work, dude, the way I work is I like to know as little as possible.


HAMMER: Right now the SHOWBIZ Countdown, the top three "SHOWBIZ Investigations" of the day, including the chilling Justin Bieber kidnap plot tapes, plus new Blade Runner murder mysteries.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He is grieving. He`s in -- he`s in extreme shock. And so he`s -- he`s grieving, and he`s -- and I don`t expect him to get over it even soon.


HAMMER: The uncle of Oscar Pistorius comes to the Olympian`s defense as more questions than answers arise in the case that`s gripping the world. Was it really self-defense?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is in South Africa with CNN`s Robyn Curnow getting the late breaking details.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT continues right now.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thank you for watching. I am A.J. Hammer in Hollywood and we`re kicking off our top three SHOWBIZ investigations of the day with the brand-new courtroom bombshells from the Blade Runner murder mystery.

Olympic star Oscar Pistorius was back in a South African court today where the murder case against him really came into focus. Prosecutors revealed chilling new details about the bloody bathroom in his home where Pistorius shot his model girlfriend dead. And prosecutors also insisted that the man known around the world for his amazing talent as a runner might in fact try to do just that, run and flee South Africa if he`s given bail. But perhaps the most stunning news of all today, was a bombshell revelations that steroids and needles were found in the fallen athlete`s home.

CNN`s Robyn Curnow is in South Africa for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the very latest.


ROBYN CURNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: More (INAUDIBLE) details on what prosecutors say happened Valentine`s Day morning and counter charges from the defense. According to prosecutors, witnesses heard arguing coming from the Pistorius home for an hour before the shooting, the defense saying the witness`s house was 300 meters, about 1,000 feet away.

On the stand, the investigating officers said Pistorius used a cricket bat to break down the bathroom door. That bat and a cell phone found splattered in blood. Using a diagram projected on the large screen, the officers say Pistorius aimed his gun at the toilet pointing out that he had to turn and fire in angle in order to hit the toilet. Police also say a witness heard a gunshot, then heard a female scream, then more gunshots. The defense say no female screamed.

Defense attorneys pressed the police officer who admitted that Steenkamp`s body had no signs of an assault or signs of her defending herself. The officer also conceding he could find nothing inconsistent with Oscar Pistorius` version of events. Pistorius said he thought he was shooting at an intruder. Prosecutors say police found bullets in a safe in the home. They say that will lead to charges of possessing illegal ammunition. But later the investigators say they did not establish whose ammunition it was.

Authorities say they also found two boxes of testosterone and needles which defense attorneys contend it`s actually herbal medicine. Prosecutors say there is no way the killing of Reeva Steenkamp was self-defense and Pistorius knew his girlfriend was in the bathroom when he opened fire. They cited two previous incidents of police encounters with Pistorius that suggest he could be prone to violence adding that since they consider Pistorius a flight risk he should be held without bail. And with that court is adjourned until tomorrow.


HAMMER: That was CNN`s Robyn Curnow in Pretoria, South Africa for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thank you, Robyn.

So we have so many big revelations to talk about today in the Oscar Pistorius case and what prosecutors say went down on Valentine`s night when he shot his girlfriend dead.

I want to bring in criminal defense attorney Midwin Charles and sports reporter and founder of, Jackie Pepper right now. Such big news today that police say they found boxes of testosterone and needles in Pistorius`s bedroom. The defense, of course, claiming it was an herbal remedy, not steroids, but that new bombshell revelation does lead to our first big SHOWBIZ Countdown question tonight, it is this, was Pistorius in a steroid rage when he shot his girlfriend?

Jackie, is this the motive that police have been looking for?

JACKIE PEPPER, SPORTS REPORTER: Well, sure. It is plausible. But, first, the prosecutors have to prove that it actually was testosterone. The investigator on the stand today first called the substance steroids, then he changed it to testosterone, then the defense attorney was hammering him and he said he wasn`t sure what the substance was, so I think until the prosecutors test the substance and come to court with an exact scientific answer of what was in there, we can`t know if it was, quote, "`roid rage", but when guys are on chemicals, you never know what could spur an instant reaction of violence like that. It is possible.

HAMMER: Yeah, they`d better get their mixed messages together. I want to get to the disturbing new details that police disclosed today about the way Pistorius` girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp was killed. Now, they`re breaking down the exact angles of gun fire that Pistorius used to shoot his girlfriend through his bathroom door and police insist they prove he could not have been acting in self-defense the night of the killing.

Midwin, here is our SHOWBIZ Countdown question. "Is there any way Pistorius could have been acting in self-defense given what we learned?"

MIDWIN CHARLES, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, you know, I like to say there is something in the milk that`s not clean, at least with this case. I do not understand how you can wake up and think that there is a burglar in your house and not for the first thing you do check to see if your girlfriend is in the bed next to you or whether she is at all safe. Instead, what you do is you reach for a gun and you shoot at this particular angle that he is accused of shooting and it really, really boggles the mind that he would have been doing this in self-defense, especially since that bathroom door was locked, A.J.

HAMMER: And Jackie, really quickly, he has been breaking down in front of this judge every single day, and a jury is not hearing it. It is just a judge. Could this help or hurt him, do you think?

PEPPER: I think it helps him. It shows that he is sensitive, that he is remorseful, regardless of what the motive was. But I talked to some of his friends and peers, other Paralympic athletes, and they`re just shocked. If you think we as outsiders are surprised to hear this, the people who know him best cannot believe it. They say he does not have a bad bone in his body, that he is the most humble, thankful guy. They are really surprised.

HAMMER: Such a stunning story all around. Jackie Pepper, Midwin Charles, thank you both so much.

Now, from the courtroom investigation of a South African star athlete to the tragic death of an American country singing star. That is next in our SHOWBIZ Countdown of the top three investigations of the day.

Coming in at number two, Mindy McCready`s friend and former "Celebrity Rehab" cast mate Lisa D`Amato. Mindy and Lisa forged an incredibly strong bond together where they were battling their addiction demons on celebrity rehab. You also know Lisa as a winner of America`s Next Top Model. She is with me tonight in Hollywood. Sorry it is under these circumstances. But I appreciate you coming in.


HAMMER: I have to imagine like everybody you were just devastated to hear the news.

D`AMATO: Absolutely devastated. Especially because out of my season half my cast is dead, so I don`t -- I am a bit numb.

HAMMER: And everybody trying, obviously, to figure out exactly what happened, what was on Mindy`s mind before this happened over the weekend. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT just spoke with private investigator Dan O`Hanks who worked with Mindy on what appears to be the last song that she ever recorded, this was a song originally meant to raise awareness for suicide prevention and I want to listen to a bit of it with you right now.




HAMMER: Really, a powerful and moving song. And Dan O`Hanks told us that he thinks that Mindy knew she was going to kill herself when she recorded that song and decided to transform it into a suicide note.

Now, Lisa you knew Mindy well from all of those rehab sessions and the time that you guys spent together and really bonded. Do you think that was her intention with the song?

D`AMATO: I think after the killing of her or the suicide of her boyfriend at the time, I don`t really know where her head was. I think that, you know, she was probably in a very desperate, sad state and I don`t really know where her mind was at that time. But I do know that she was -- after celeb rehab she definitely wanted to be the best she could be. So, I think that just a huge trigger happened and I don`t know where that must have led her to this.

HAMMER: And she was thankful for her time on that show.

D`AMATO: Oh, God.

HAMMER: ... from everything I understood.

D`AMATO: We completely admire Dr. Drew, and we loved help -- we loved helping being a force of educating the world about addiction in general, and so we loved being on "Celeb Rehab", we loved Dr. Drew. So, I mean -- I`m just devastated.

HAMMER: How do you think she wants to be most remembered? Because I think the music stands for itself certainly.

D`AMATO: I think she wanted to be remembered as somebody who tried her hardest to shine as bright of a star that she was. She was incredibly talented as a song writer, as a performer and she really loved her children with all of her heart. But she did have a very devastating life. And she tried the best that she could.

HAMMER: Well, Lisa, I appreciate you being here ....


HAMMER: And sharing your thoughts on Mindy. Thanks so much.

Well, we still have the number one slot to get to on our countdown of the top three SHOWBIZ investigations of the day. This one is just unbelievable. I am talking about the Justin Bieber murder plot.


DANA MARTIN: He was going to kill the pit bulls. And, uh, you`re going to castrate them.

Tie is really, really tight. Knot in the front once, really tight, and put in a knot. That cuts off the oxygen. And then you tie it in the back again, really tight. And that uh, just seals the deal.


HAMMER: This is so wild. A real life plot to kidnap and kill Justin Bieber. You are not going to believe the chilling details. It is the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigations countdown. Also, we`re switching gears right now to Humble Hugh, Best Actor nominee and former Oscar host Hugh Jackman has been a fan of the Academy Awards long before he was a star. But you`re not going to believe what odd ball thing that he used to look forward to every year during the show.


HUGH JACKMAN, ACTOR: When the accountants used to come on the Oscars, remember with their little brief cases, that really awkward ten seconds of TV, we would go crazy.


HAMMER: Really, Hugh? The accountants, not the movies? Not the stars? Wait until you hear how Hugh explains this one.

And Hugh is not the only one telling all as SHOWBIZ TONIGHT spends Oscar week in Hollywood. We will help you get ready for all of the Oscar showdowns. Tomorrow it`s our special SHOWBIZ "Road to Gold." Do not miss our one-on-one interview with host Seth MacFarlane and Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Denzel Washington. That all happens tomorrow 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific right here on HLN.


HAMMER: Welcome back. I am A.J. Hammer in Hollywood. Tonight at the SHOWBIZ COUNTDOWN, we`re counting down the top three SHOWBIZ investigations of the day.

Coming in at number three, the Blade Runner murder mystery with chilling new details emerging and the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing. What really happened that fateful night?

And number two, Lisa D`Amato, a former friend and celebrity rehab co-star of Mindy McCready opens up about Mindy`s troubled life.

That leads us to number one on our SHOWBIZ Countdown, stunning new details just revealed in a reported plot to kidnap and murder Justin Bieber. Now, police reportedly foiled the plan in December, but tonight we`re getting our first look at just how far a prison inmate and his two fugitive friends went to try to kill the pop star.

You`ve got to listen to a bit of this newly revealed phone call.


DANA MARTIN: Did you go over the Bieber thing with you?

TANNER RUANE: Wuh-uh. No, like the way I work, dude, the way I work, is I like to know as little as possible. We went and we bought some, uh, you know those (EXPLETIVE DELETED) hedge clippers? You`re going to give me five large for each one I get.


HAMMER: Wow! So disturbing to think that this plan was obviously in full effect. I want to bring in Midwin Charles, who is a criminal defense attorney with Midwin Charles and associates. So, Midwin, this guy, Dana Martin, reportedly launched this murder for hire plot because the Biebs didn`t respond to his fan letters. Are you surprised how close these guys seem to have gotten to carrying this thing out?

CHARLES: Well, you know, it`s stunning. Just when you thought things couldn`t get more bizarre, here comes along this case. They did get actually really close, at least to discussing the details or the sort of details of this plot. A good thing they were stopped while making an illegal U-turn trying to get into Canada in terms of being able to carry this out. It just boggles the mind when you think about what these guys were up to. It seems incredibly random and seedy, but yet they were on their way to try to kill Justin Bieber and in such a gruesome way, A.J.

HAMMER: Yeah, and you hear the reality playing out in these tapes. I actually want to listen to a bit more of one of them. The men are using code words referring to Bieber as a pit bull while they plotted how to suffocate the pop star using his signature paisley scarf. Listen to this.


MARTIN: He was going to kill the pit bulls. And, uh, you`re going to castrate them.

Tie it really, really tight. Knot it the front once, really tight and put it in a knot. That cuts off the oxygen. And then you tie it in the back again, really tight, and that uh, just seals the deal."


HAMMER: The details are just unbelievable to me. I want to bring in Janell Snowden, who is a host of VH1 News. Janell, I mean obviously, we listened to this, and it is really scary stuff, and this is stuff we`re hearing about. Do you think that this maybe happens to stars much more often than we ever even know about?

SNOWDEN: I am sure it does. But because Bieber has such a high profile and because he is so all over the map and he is so active on social media telling everyone where he is, I think maybe he is a more accessible target or at least one that we`re going to hear about more because his fans are so rabid and, you know, are so into everything that he does down to, you know, what his -- what he is eating for breakfast. I think that because he is Bieber, obviously this is going to be made a big deal about. But I think there are certainly other stars who have these threats. We just, you know, don`t hear about them.

HAMMER: Yeah, and you would think it could be a cautionary tale, don`t put so much out there about every little detail of your life, or where you are going to be, but they are stars, they do live a public life, Midwin, so what can be a takeaway specifically from what happened here with Justin Bieber for other stars, perhaps?

CHARLES: I think the takeaway is to be extra cautious when it comes to social media. You just can`t let everyone know exactly where you will be and at what time. It is fine to let your fans know where you have been after you`ve left. This way you can prevent people, too, who are stalkers, you know, from trying to do this.


HAMMER: Yeah. And unclick the "use my location" on your Twitter picks.

CHARLES: I never use this.

HAMMER: Even if you`re gone on from where you were.

CHARLES: Never use it.

HAMMER: Turn it off.

CHARLES: It is a Stalkers R` Us, come on, stalkers, that`s what the scary stuff

SNOWDEN: Don`t do it.

CHARLES: Scary stuff.

SNOWDEN: Don`t do it.

HAMMER: Thanks, guys.

All right, we`re going to move on now with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT travels on the "Road to Gold", Oscar Gold SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is going one on one with Best Actor nominee and former Oscar host Hugh Jackman. He just revealed a pretty weird childhood memory of the Academy Awards.


JACKMAN: When the accountants used to come on the Oscars, remember with their little brief cases, that really awkward ten seconds of TV, we would go crazy.


HAMMER: The accountants? Not the movies or the fashion? Well, Hugh will explain all of that coming up next.

And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is in Hollywood all week getting ready for Hollywood`s biggest night, the Academy Awards. I will help you get ready for all the Oscar showdowns tomorrow, our special SHOWBIZ "Road to Gold" where we go one-on-one with host Seth MacFarlane and Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Denzel Washington. It is 11 p.m. tomorrow Eastern and Pacific right here on HLN.





HAMMER: The Academy Award Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman will thrill the world live with his incredible voice on Sunday night. SBT just learned today that Hugh and his "Les Miserables" co-stars Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe will all perform at the Oscars as part of a massive tribute to movie musicals from the past decade. Also set to perform Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Hudson and Adele.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`S Nischelle Turner joining me now and you can add those officially to the growing list of things I cannot wait to see on Sunday night.

NISCHELLE TURNER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT CORRESPONDENT: I know it`s going to be a good night, and the thing that I love about Hugh, A.J., is that he is not only a talented guy, he is really very humble. I had a really great time speaking with the first time Oscar nominee about where that humility comes from. You know what? He confessed some really interesting childhood memories. Look at this.


TURNER: So, obviously, you are a great actor, or you wouldn`t be here.


TURNER: But I have to say I buy into this whole thing because it feels like to me like you are having the time of your life.

JACKMAN: Yeah. You know, the thing for me is let me give you a little context for me. From Sydney, I`m from the northern suburbs of Sydney, 45 minute drive north of the city. My father worked for Price Waterhouse, the accountancy firm, his entire life. When the accountants used to come on the Oscars, remember, with their little brief cases, the really awkward ten seconds of TV, we would go crazy. And I remember one year my dad saying, I had a meeting with that guy once and I just thought my dad was it, so for me this is something beyond the realms of imagination and I`m not -- a bit the same as when I hosted it. I am like, I am a kid from Sydney. I am not going to finish this by complaining or saying I am tired or busy or nervous. I`m just going to enjoy it.

TURNER: Your daughter is a bit of the ham. Your son kind of shies away. So, are you ready for the next generation to do this business, because it does it seem like she is headed down the path?

JACKMAN: Yeah, I totally can see her going there and I just - the only thing Deb and I, we`re weary about them getting in too early. I am sort of lucky that I had a pretty normal childhood and got into it, you know, none of this hit until I was probably 30, which I think is a good thing.

TURNER: Quickly, I know you got to go, but do you have any advice for Seth MacFarlane hosting ?

JACKMAN: Just be really funny and gracious and extraordinary and an entertainer for three hours in front of a live audience of a billion people. I mean, that`s it.

TURNER: That`s it.

JACKMAN: Look, Steve Martin said to me, he goes the first 45 minutes, best audience you will ever have in your life, because the home room is nervous, way more nervous than you, right. So they are just going to laugh at everything. And from 45 minutes onto the next four hour mark, that room is way more filled with losers than winners, so just hurry up, just get that train moving to the end. That was it.


TURNER: Almost positive Seth MacFarlane is taking all of the advice he can get, especially from somebody like Hugh, who has been in his shoes, you know?

HAMMER: Yes, I think he`s going to be amazing, but I also know you had the chance to talk with Seth MacFarlane about just that.

TURNER: Absolutely, I did. That`s just one of the not-to-be missed interviews in tomorrow night`s special, "SHOWBIZ: Road to Gold." I also go one-on-one with Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Denzel Washington. That`s tomorrow, 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, right here on HLN.

HAMMER: Can`t wait to do that with you. All right, well, tonight, as we move on, the return of one of the brightest, most sparkling stars I know. It really was a good morning in America as Robyn Roberts returned to GMA. Today`s moment of SHOWBIZ awesomeness is on the way. I can`t wait to show it to you. It is coming up next.



HAMMER: Right now, it is time for SHOWBIZ awesomeness, where we name the most awesome moment of the day, and awesome really feels like too small of a word today to describe the triumphant return of Robyn Roberts to "Good Morning America." Robyn, of course, returned to the anchor chair today after leaving five months ago for a treatment of a rare blood disease. You could almost feel Robyn`s love and gratitude through the screen today. It is an awesome day that we won`t soon forget.


ROBERTS: I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real. This is actually happening. And I don`t have my froggy slippers on, or do I?


ROBERTS: But faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment, and I am so full of gratitude.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We didn`t plan anything big, Robin.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just a banner might just read something like "welcome back, Robin. Light, love, power, presence."


HAMMER: How does that not just make you smile? From all of us at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT as well, Robin, welcome back.

Coming up next on "DR. DREW ON CALL," it is the most anticipated testimony yet in the Jodi Arias trial. Details from the day Travis Alexander died from Jodi herself. Drew talks to Travis` friends and people inside the courtroom right now.


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