real with me real with me when i get lonely i get lonely now and again and again this is "nightline." >> tonight, trump flying solo. >> that's so nice, thank you. >> i may have to leave the stage. >> as the other gop contenders go head to head in the political ring. >> i'm not leaving the stage no matter what you ask me. >> will trump's boycott help or hurt him in iowa? off the chain! >> the preachers of atlanta. not your typical people of god. >> god is going to heal your heart! >> how these young flashy faith leaders attract hundreds to sunday services, host hip-hop parties, even go to extremes to get people in the pews. >> here goes nothing.
pine. looking back at those early years. he's gone from manning the starship enterprise in space -- >> prepare to fire. >> yes, sir. >> to daring the ocean in "the finest hours." tonight what he has to say about the growing chris competition in hollywood. but first the "nightline 5." >> seriously? where do you think you're going? >> to work with you, it's taco tuesday. >> you're not coming. i took mucinex to get rid of congestion. >> i'll swing by in four hours. >> forget the tacos. one pill lasts 12 hours. i'm good all day. >> your loss. i was going to wear a sombrero. >> only mucinex has aby-layer tablet that starts fast and keeps working 12 full hours. start the relief, ditch the misery, let's end this.
good evening. thanks for join is us. tonight it was a war of words at the gop debate. candidates dueling it out on stage. only minutes away, donald trump sticking to his boycott. but adding more fuel to the fire in his rivalry with fox news. so who stole the show tonight? here's abc's david wright. >> before we get to the issues, let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. >> reporter: tonight at this last iowa debate -- >> it's not about donald trump. >> reporter: donald trump, for once, was not center stage. >> i kind of miss donald trump. he was a little teddy bear to me. we always had such a loving relationship. >> reporter: but he was still very much the center of attention. >> let me say i'm a maniac. and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly. and ben, you're a terrible surgeon.
trump portion out of the way -- >> reporter: tonight trump went rogue, holding his own event for veterans ten minutes away in des moines. >> do all the cameras like the academy awards. this is like the academy awards! >> reporter: he also raised $6 million for vet. four days to caucus night and this bizarre split-screen moment. >> i didn't want to be here, i have to be honest. i wanted to be about five minutes away. >> reporter: cnn and msnbc carried donald trump's rally. >> fox has been extremely nice and the last number of hours, actually -- and they've wanted me there and they said, how about now? they called a few minutes ago. how about now? i said, hasn't it already started? >> reporter: on fox the last gop debate minus the gop front-runner. his absence gave some of the other candidates a chance to shine. >> in new hampshire, i just received the support of seven out of eight of the newspapers in that state.
see unity, they see coming together, they see a record of change and a record of accomplishment. >> i've had more 2:00 a.m. phone calls than everybody here put together, making life and death decisions. >> look, i'm in the establishment because my dad, the greatest man alive, was president of the united states. and my brother, who i adore, fantastic brother, was president. fine, i'll take it. >> reporter: center stage this time was ted cruz, now running second in iowa. >> i would note the last four questions have been, rand, please attack ted. marco, please attack ted. chris, please attack ted. jeb, please attack ted. >> reporter: cruz was in for a bruising. >> if you guys ask one more mean question, i may have to leave the stage. >> the biggest winner of this politically was donald trump. i think if you pick somebody on stage, i think rand paul actually did the best. >> the thing that is most important to me and calls me to run for office is i'm worried
debt we're adding. i am the one true fiscal conservative that will look at all spending and that's the only way we'll ever balance our budget. >> reporter: trump's decision not to join his fellow candidates ostensibly because he doesn't like the moderator. >> i'm not a fan of megyn kelly, think she's a third-rate reporter, frankly is not good at what she does. >> reporter: there's bad blood on trump's side no doubt about it, from the last time megyn kelly called him out in a fox news debate. >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> no it wasn't. your twitter account -- [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> for the record, it was well beyond rosie o'donnell. >> reporter: this week trump retweeted this at 6:30 a.m. suggesting kelly is not exactly a credible feminist crusader.
has not been fair and balanced to him. >> you're not giving them the opportunity -- >> i'm not walking away, i was pushed away. >> you are walking away. >> in this case i was being taken advantage of by fox, i don't like that. >> reporter: it's possible trump is being strategic, using his feud with fox news and megyn kelly as an excuse. >> but i also think there was a political calculation in it, he knows he's ahead in iowa, new hampshire. he knows he's ahead in all these states. and maybe for him the less risk was something happening in the debate as opposed to just missing the debate. >> reporter: cruz still wants a shot at trump. launching a website called ducking donald and challenging him to go mano a mano in their own debate saturday night. trump tweeted back suggesting they do it in canada. later he made it clear he has no intention of participating in any debates not sanctioned by the rnc. the latest iowa polls show trump now slightly ahead, but everyone's waiting for saturday when "the des moines register"
>> i think we'll have a very good indication on saturday. i think if donald trump's in the lead still on saturday, in all likelihood he's going to go on and win the nomination. he'll win iowa, he'll win a series of other states. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton's campaign texted out this photo saying, trying not to throw my remote at the tv. tonight the democratic race seems to be tightening up. in iowa, hillary clinton is in a statistical dead heat with bernie sanders, leading only by 3% in the latest poll. >> my god, what a turnout! >> reporter: bernie sanders drawing huge crowds. >> if you want a government that represents all of the people and not just a few, come on board the political revolution. >> reporter: a revolution inspiring some unusual hairstyles. sanders has had some help this week from celebrities, including actress susan sarandon.
and what this man is asking of us is to be the machine now. i give you bernie sanders. >> reporter: hillary clinton, meanwhile, has had help from her husband, former president bill clinton. >> after the next president's term you need to caucus for hillary. you need to help her get ready. you need to talk to your friend. >> reporter: a new abc news/"washington post" poll says most americans believe she will win the general election in november. but that's a long way off. and the same poll shows 7 in 10 are feeling anxious about a donald trump presidency. the iowa caucus is just four days away now. the first votes haven't even been cast. >> it's one of the more fascinating campaigns i've ever watched. i don't think i've ever seen something like this. on both sides of aisle. we have candidates that we've never seen before. a socialist on the democratic side fighting the establishment. and a couple of establishment
a reality tv star and other people that are total outsiders. >> reporter: so it's a little early to call it just yet. for "nightline," i'm david wright in new york. next, how the preachers of atlanta are pushing the boundaries in their church. later, chris pine is dishing about his mission at sea in his latest movie "the finest hours." so if i wanna go to jersey and check out shotsy tuccerelli's portfolio, what's it to you? or i'm a scottish mason whose assets are made of stone like me heart. papa! you're no son of mine! or perhaps it's time to seize the day. don't just see opportunity, seize it! (applause) my son and i used to watch the red carpet shows on tv now, i'm walking them. life is unpredictable
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with their faith and break down barriers in the church? here's abc's steve osunsami. >> liar! >> reporter: some of reality tv's craziest moments have found their home in the city of atlanta. >> you want to hear me [ bleep ]? i will [ bleep ] you up! >> reporter: weed snatching on "the real housewives of atlanta." the ridiculous insanity that is "love and hip-hop in atlanta." it's not something many residents here are proud of. even as we secretly chuckle that it's entertaining. >> atlanta's off the chain! >> reporter: this newest reality series featuring this fine city and another mostly black cast might seem like more of the same. but leave it to television to make it big and different. all of the characters showing out are men and women of the cloth. >> god is going to heal your heart! >> reporter: "preachers of atlanta." a lot of people would say, boy,
housewives" than "real preachers." >> people put pastors up on a pedestal like we have the perfect life. i think the show allows people to see that, you know what, we go through the same stuff. and we're going to get through it. and we're going to show you how to get through it. >> reporter: kimberly popier is here to give you life. she's senior pastor at church of the harvest south of the city. >> you this ain't a church for tired folk! >> reporter: she leads a flock of over 300 people. she says she's doing the show to spread the message of jesus even wider. >> i don't want people that already know jesus. i'm trying to get people that don't know jesus that would never walk in a church. it is about me loving you so much that it convinces you to live right and give god a chance. so that's why i do it. >> i heard that you sometimes minister in a tutu. >> i do. i think that tutu is happen like, whoa!
>> reporter: this is pastor leann leanndria johnson, dressing up as a prostitute to blend in in a tough neighborhood downtown. >> i am a pastor, right? >> okay. >> and i'm trying to find women that look like me. >> reporter: she even hands out condoms and cigarettes. >> you got condoms? let me give you some condoms. >> reporter: when all the pastors get together at a hip-hop listening party, drama isn't far behind. >> with the condoms, though? >> that's safe sex, period. >> i would rather pass out a condom to those that i know is going to have sex. it's real. >> i'm going to be the light. >> what's the light? >> i'm going to be the one the kid comes to after they got pregnant because someone gave them condoms. >> you objected to that? >> yes, i'm not going to send somebody to hell. i preach abstinence. you wait until you get married.
>> talk to me about the racial dynamic of this group. >> well, i'm black, i just crack. i mean, i am -- i don't even -- man, i know this is cliche and it's like, i don't see color. but i don't. like, i'm telling you something. us pastors, like we love each other. like, this show, these pastors have become family. >> reporter: the issue of policing in black communitying becomes a serious concern on the show. >> i know how the system works as a whole. >> tell me how we work. get them in the system. keep them in the system. beat them in the system -- >> reporter: that's pass soar corey hambrick who preaches at life church christian center. this pastor is a police officer. >> how's you a preacher and a police? which one is -- >> because i save souls and i save lives! >> you've encountered a lot of distrust from folks in our enforcement. >> of course. and i understand that.
experiences in life, they dictate their perception. and so this is a perfect opportunity for me to show individuals as you will see in the show that all police officers are not out there to do people harm. that we're actually out there to help people. >> reporter: a life in blue isn't easy for an pastor. he's not trusted in his own community. >> what does that say to you? me. that says that we as a community, we have to become more educated. >> reporter: he invites all of them to a summit with police officers called code red, with fellow cast member and pastor kenton jones. >> we've got to stop using excuses as black men and get change. >> my whole point is as black men let's stop giving police a reason to show up. let me finish. so there's a source of accountability -- >> hold on, he wouldn't say that to white folk.
nature in which the dispatch dispatched the call? why were we called to the scene in the first place? >> whether you agree with him or not he goes there. they all do. >> i believe this show is going to literally bring people back into the church. because people and their church want to know, you have walked through it. i always say, i wouldn't go to his church. >> reporter: like most of the reality stars from this city, they say they have little shame. but for much godlier reasons. for "nightline," i'm steve osunsami in atlanta. >> wow. old school they are not. "preachers of atlanta" premieres february 3ed on oxygen. next, the hollywood hungs showing major swagger in his latest movie "the finest hours." "beth" by kiss beth, i hear you calling...
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and finally tonight, chris pine's career is soaring. from space to the ocean in his latest movie "the finest hours." tonight how he's riding the wave of stardom against the casts taking over hollywood. here's my "nightline" coanchor juju chang. >> reporter: it's the ultimate dark and stormy night drama. >> you've got about five seconds, boys! >> reporter: a broken tanker
>> the boat's in pieces! >> reporter: their only hope a coast guard crew captained by chris pine, a mission against all odds. were you as cold as it looked? was that just good acting? >> it was cold, it was wintertime. we were in the water. we had dump tanks dumping water on us, wind machines. >> are you okay? >> i'm having a great time now! >> reporter: the plot of "the finest hours" ripped from the history books. opening this weekend from our parent company disney. >> hold on! >> reporter: to play a massachusetts mariner, it meant working on his accent. >> i don't blame this on nobody else, did it it! >> the boston accent, almost as treacherous as the waves you were navigating. >> it can be very difficult. there's a bostian -- the os. "got." long vowel. "got."
playing the alpha male. but with a lot more bravado. as captain kirk in the "star trek" reboot. >> hey, farm boy, maybe you can't count. there are four of us and one of you. >> so get two more guys and then it will be an even fight. >> you broke through playing a cocky captain with a tremendous amount of confidence to playing not so confident, shy, reluctant leader. >> to tap into feelings of insecurity and vulnerability is not far for me at all. kirk, who has a lot of swagger and arrogance, there's obviously covering for something. a big dog doesn't have to bark so loudly. >> kirk was compensating? >> well, yeah. yeah, yeah. >> reporter: though pine played prince charming in "into the woods" -- >> i was raised to be charming, not sincere. >> reporter: he says that was just a fairy tale. >> i was taught a tremendous amount of humility during a time we like to call puberty.