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good morning. october. the calendar says fall but it feels like winter across much of the country today. some places even dealing with record lows. this morning the change in the air when you walk outside. where is jessica? the frantic search for a 10-year-old colorado girl who hasn't been seen since she walked to school on friday as her family pleads to get her back. and caught on camera, an out-of-control pickup truck crashes into the wall after liquor store, then is driven away. police didn't have to look too far to track it down and now the driver is facing dui charges today, sunday, october 7, 2012.
from nbc news this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolfe live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe and joining us for the first time this season a special guest known simply as winter, even though it's fall. it is cold out there. >> and to reach and find the proper jacket today. hopefully i got the right one. it's cold outside across much of the country, as much as 25 degrees below normal for this time of year. some places will be in the teens today, and this cold front is moving east bringing chilly canadian air with it. we'll tell you how bad it will get and how long it will last in a moment. we'll get into presidential politics. both candidates riding a new wave of momentum. president obama hailing friday's unemployment numbers. governor romney on a roll after wednesday's debate. and with just 30 days until
election day some polls show the race tightening. coming up, we'll break it all down for you. a new trend in an increasing number of companies pea touring overweight people in their ads. is this a new age in advertising? we'll talk about it. then, this is a crazy story, listen to this, a south carolina man comes home from vacation to find things in his house just as he left them. great, no problem. but hold on. when his kids go on facebook they see something familiar, their house, with other teenagers having a wild party right there in their home. coming up, why these teens could be in big trouble all because they overshared online. >> a little risky business. a bit later i'll catch up with the director and the cast of the "princess bride." it was released 25 years ago. hard to believe. didn't make a big splash at the time certainly at the box office but since then it's become so somewhat of a cult classic. its lines are often quoted. the robin wright film and what it was like to make the movie. >> we've been talking all morning, you're like the lucky guy who got to chase it down.
25 years already. >> a lot of fun and they shared lines that were ad-libbed and lines they didn't think would become quotable but have. we begin this morning with a cold snap gripping most of the country. the weather channel's stephanie abrams is upstairs tracking it all for us. stephanie, good morning. good morning to you at home. lester mentioned the record lows. we're seeing them into iowa but that's not the only place we're seeing the chilled. the frost and freeze advisories extending from the four corners to the south all the way into the northeast so just how cold is it this morning as we are about to head out the door? there you go. the 20s and the 30s, the 40s as we look down to jonesboro, arkansas. and, again, even seeing some of the teens right into the center of the country. more later but first back to jenna and lester. we'll get the rest of the nation's forecast from you in a few minutes. time for the rest of the morning's top stories and for that let's head over to msnbc's
chris jansing. good morning. good morning, everyone. an alleged plot to a firebomb churches across the country has been stopped by police in oklahoma. they've arrested 23-year-old gregory wilder ii who has ties to the chicago area. officers say they found 52 homemade glass bottle grenades in his hotel room along with plans to plant bombs in 48 area churches. meantime, hundreds of people are looking for a colorado girl who disappeared two days ago. nbc has more on the search for jessica. >> anything you think is significant, get our attention. >> reporter: it's been two days since 10-year-old jessica ridgeway kissed her mother good-bye and began her walk to school. she never made it. >> if you have her, get her back to her parents. we would appreciate it. she is a beautiful, wonderful little girl and we want her back. >> you don't know what to do, you know.
it's really hard to wonder what is going on and she's over at our house all the time. really miss her. >> reporter: jessica usually walks to a nearby park. that's where she meets up with friends to walk the last mile to school. her mother was the last to see her. she just finished her overnight shift at work and woke to discover her daughter had disappeared. >> there's a big delay between when she was last seen and when we were notified and started activating a lot of personnel to start searching for her. >> if it was my child, i would want someone out here looking for my child. >> reporter: hundreds of people from jessica's colorado community have ginned the search. >> you have a community out here right now that's pulling together to find every piece of evidence they can to get this girl back to her mom. >> reporter: jessica's father lives in missouri. her parents have been in corporate recently regarding her custody but at this point there is no person of interest in her disappearance. now to venezuela where voters are choosing their next
president. the current leader hugo chavez is hoping for an unprecedented third term, but polls indicate he may be facing his stiffest challenge to date. kerry sanders is in the capital caracas with more. good morning, kerry. >> reporter: well, good morning, chris. as we see our gas prices in the united states rising, the elections here in oil-rich ve venezuela takes on importance. at 6:00 a.m. the polls opened here and in this country twice the size of california there will be a 90% voter turnout today. venezuela is the fourth largest supplier of oil to the united states. and this kun are try has the largest oil reserves in the world. how different are things here because of that? wul into a gas station in venezuela and it takes less than $3 to fill up an empty suv. oil production in venezuela has dropped 30% in the last decade, one reason for our higher gas
prices. oil industry experts say president hugo chavez, who has been no friend to the united states, has failed to invest in the oil industry that he nationalized in the early 2000s. challenging chavez is 40-year-old who is energetic and some say the sexy candidate. a sign that folks here feel the vote could be close and perhaps contested, grocery stores have been mopped as if residents are preparing for a hurricane. families are stalking up fearful that over election results there could be some sort of violence. in a last-minute statement from chavez, sort of surprising since he made the united states his arch enemy, he says on the u.s. election he hopes obama gets re-elected. >> kerry sanders, thank you. american airlines says all of its boeings have been fixed. kerry mentioned this, the price of gasoline, it's risen to
another all-time high in california today. it's now $4.66 for a gallon of regular unleaded. it was $4.16 a week ago, $3.80 a year ago. californians are paying the highest gas prices in the nation. aaa says the national average is $3.81. finally, a surveillance camera caught the images of an out-of-control pickup truck crashing into a liquor store in california. the truck smashed through one of the walls narrowly missing the clerk and a customer. surprisingly no one was seriously hurt. using surveillance video police were able to track down the driver who fled the scene and he is charged with drunken driving. that's the news. now back to lester, jenna, and stephanie. >> chris jansing, thank you very much. stephanie abrams is back with a check of the weather. before we get to the forecast i want to congratulate dylan dreyer, she and her husband brian shared this photo from their wedding on saturday. >> how beautiful. >> we hope she is sleeping in and enjoying the honeymoon.
once she gets back she will never sleep again -- no, considerably less. >> congrats. very nice. >> so what's going on? talk to us? >> i showed you the current temperatur temperatures. how about our highs for the day? are we going to warm up into the 50s? the 60s? where are we going to be at? 50s and 60s for a big chunk of the country with a little bit of >> good morning, it's going to be a chilly close to the weekend. highs topping out in the mid 50's, off-and-on light rain showers throughout the day. if you're going to the o's jenna, over to you.
>> all right, stephanie, thank you. and now to politics. both president obama and governor romney are trying to make their case to the nation as they hit their final stretch and they're not the only ones squaring off these days. john stewart and bill o'reilly are doing it as well. mike viqueira has more now from the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, jenna. both candidates are pouring it on now, raising big piles of campaign cash and playing to ever bigger crowds. this with 30 days to go to the finish line. momentum off his debate's success, mitt romney kept the heat on the president last night in florida. >> he said, you know, you can't fix washington from the inside. you can only fix it from the outside. we'll give him that chance on november. >> reporter: the romney campaign says it's taken in $12 million in campaign cash. while the obama campaign reported a record monthly haul, $181 million in september, tops for either campaign this year.
in his weekly address the president touted another september number, the unexpected drop in the jobless rate. >> friday we learned the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> reporter: and in case you like your politics a bit more tongue-in-cheek -- >> that is how you are preparing, prepping for the rumble with chicken? >> that's right. >> reporter: two tv warriors squared off in their own rhetorical throwdown. john stewart left leading host of "the daily show" and took on bill o'reilly, the conservative host of fox, and what they joke as the battle in the air-conditioned building. >> this man here has offended every single american. >> reporter: it was plagued by a feed that reportedly froze. when things did get going, the pair needled each other over everything from foreign policy. >> we should not have gone to iraq. afghanistan we had to.
>> nobody better live tweet that. >> reporter: and, jenna, this week the real campaign continues. thursday joe biden and paul ryan will have their own throwdown. the vice presidential debate. that comes on thursday. meanwhile, the president flies out to california today. he's raising money. he has a star-studded fund-raiser and concert with katy perry and jennifer hudson. tonight mitt romney continues to campaign in the swing state of florida. jenna? >> mike viqueira at the white house, thank you. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning, jenna. >> mike talked about fund-raising. both campaigns are in their final push as the election is just a month away. president obama's campaign is nearing the $1 billion mark this election year as far as raising funds. how much of an impact does this type of money have as you near the election? >> well, it becomes important because there's still a lot of views being shaped about the race through negative advertising that you see in the battleground states. and so, you know, i don't think campaign cash is going to be a huge issue for either side but it is a measure of some
enthusiasm which right now is benefiting republicans a bit more and certainly romney helped himself in that regard with such a strong debate. >> political pundits will tell you mitt romney won the debate on wednesday night. apparently voters agree. according to gallup's daily tracking poll, obama's three-point lead, 49% to 46% down from a five-point lead reported the day before. was the debate the game changer that the romney campaign was looking for? >> it was in terms of his own campaign and i think his ability to get a second look by voters. we're going to have to see as more polling comes out whether we see a further tightening of the race. that was happening already going into the debate but there's no question that it gave romney a lot more energy. it's not unprecedented for an incumbent president to lose a debate. people were watching this and romney performed very well. if he can capitalize on the second look there's a lot he can do in terms of selling policies and arguing against the president. however many undecided voters are left will break one way or
the other and that's why these debates so important. >> if the debate gave romney the much needed shot in the arm, the president has to be happy with friday's jobs report, the unemployment rate down 8.1% to 7.8%, now the lowest since the president took office. does that help the president at this point or is the economy baked into this election? >> both things are probably true. the point that you made about the lowest level since he took office, that's important. we're already seeing in polling are more optimism among voters about the economy. that all is to the president's benefit but a very weak rae covery. 114,000 jobs is not very robust at all. you still have a very high percentage of those who have been out of work for six months or more so the economy is still really hurt iing. the question is whether anything that happens on the economy now is enough to move people's feelings significantly when you're down to a point of a much smaller pool of voters who will
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we hear about it every day, america is getting bigger and we're seeing it reflected in all kinds of ways, overweight and obese people featured in more tv ads. it's a trend that made the front page of "usa today" as more big names are used to warn this growing nation. here is michelle franzen. >> reporter: it is a new trend in advertising, super sized commercials showing overweight people in ads selling everything from running shoes to what looks like an ad for fast food.
>> my dad eats five buckets of fried chicken. >> reporter: a closer look at this commercial -- >> my dad can eat a quadruple l burger -- >> reporter: reveals a bigger message from blue cross/blue shield. >> one day i'll be able to eat twice that. >> reporter: advertising experts say it is a reflect shup of the times when two-thirds of americans are considered overweight or obese. >> i think we're reaching a point where what bloomberg is doing in new york, michelle obama's let's move campaign, advertisers recognizing they have to use their power to help change behavior and encourage positive habits. >> reporter: nutrition experts say just like in real life a push for change can backfire if companies cross the line. >> what doesn't work when it comes to behavior change is shame and blame. everyone walking around with enough guilt and when it comes to body image and when it comes to weight. >> reporter: a point that made headlines this past week when a tv anchor fought back against a
viewer's comments criticizing her weight. >> the truth is, i am overweight. >> reporter: people have taken to the internet to express their support or distaste of recent ads including nike's commercial saying it exploited nathan's weight, but he said the backlash won't stop him. >> that just motivates me more. >> reporter: larger than life issues front and center in a whole new way. for "today," michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. there's a lot more ahead on a sunday edition of "today." should college football players really have to go to class? how one quarterback's tweet complaining about his work load landed him in hot water. but first these messages. if we took the nissan altima and reimagined nearly everything in it? gave it greater horsepower and best in class 38 mpg highway... advanced headlights... and zero gravity seats? yeah, that would be cool. ♪
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so big bird has big news this week after mitt romney said during the debate he wanted to cut the federal subsidy to pbs, the network that carries "sesame street." >> it seemed fit to go find him perched at the weekend update desk last night on "saturday night live." take a look. >> big bird, so how did you find out your name had been mentioned in the debate? >> i got a million tweets. >> okay. so you're on twitter? >> no, i'm a bird. tweeting is how we talk. >> okay. so, big bird, has being mentioned in the debate aked you at all? >> it has. i feel like i'm famous now. i was walking down the street the other day and i felt like everybody recognized me. >> okay. >> it's so weird to think that just a few days ago i could just blend in like every other perfectly normal eight-foot-tall talking bird. >> he was totally bipartisan, no politic, just a fun moment.
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>> this is wbal tv-11 news today in baltimore. >> i'm jennifer franciotti. time is 8:26. here's a look at our top stories this morning. a huge sunday for baltimore sports fans. the ravens take on the chiefs at arrowhead at 1:00 but the main be tonight when the orioles face the new york yankees in their first playoff game here in 15 years. game one of the american league divisional playoff series gets underway at 6:00. manager buck showalter has tapped jason hammel to take the mound against yankees ace c.c. sabathia. this year against the birds, sabathia hasn't seemed like an ace with an 0-2 record in three starts at camden yards. tonight's game takes place at camden yards at 6:00. state health officials have
identified a third patient who developed meningitis after receiving a tainted steroid injection last month. no specific information will be about the patient but the maryland department of health and mental hygiene has confirmed that case on saturday and nationwide, the c.d.c. says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states. two of those cases were here in maryland, one was fatal. baltimore city police have identified officers involved in the pursuit that ended with gunfire early thursday. 17-year veteran stephen sistek and four-year veteran steven dorn were called to the 1500 block of east lanvale street. police say the suspect pulled out a gun and one of the officers shot and missed the suspect. the suspect fled, he was later arrested, and the two officers are on administrative leave. we a
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good thing for the state of maryland. >> welcome back, good morning, everyone, get ready for a change in the weather. highs topping out in the mid 50's, 15 degrees below average for this time year and we will deal with a few light rain showers throughout the day. if you're going to the o's game this evening, dress warm. rain showers early but skies clearing late, temperatures bottoming out tomorrow morning in the lower end of the 40's. during the day tomorrow, mix of sun and clouds to start the work week, high temperatures a touch warmer but way below average in the you were 50's and low 60's. seven-day forecast, warmer in the middle of the week, near 70 on wednesday but that should be the warmest day of the week and staying in the 60's through the beginning of next weekend.
>> thank you for joining us. 11 news sunday morning starts in 25 minutes. we are back on a sunday morning, october 7, 2012. despite the chilly weather in new york city, we have a great crowd with us here this morning. we thank them for spending part of their weekend with us. it's a completely different wardrobe today than yesterday. everybody was wearing short sleeves and today we are all donned in long sleeved coats, some wearing gloves out here. >> do you have a pen, by chance? anybody have a pen on them? do you have a pen? >> i love when i have no idea what he's doing. >> no, the wish list says "today." i'm sorry.
thank you. it's nice to have you here. >> how are you nice to see you. we work here. it's awesome. coming up in this half hour, a tweet from a college quarterback that has gotten him into a little bit of trouble. >> a third string player for ohio state turned to twitter to vent his frustration. football at the top, classes pretty far down the list. find out how the university responded. and then, imagine this, you come home from vacation, your house looks normal. everything is fine. then months later thanks to facebook you discover pictures of people partying inside your house while you were gone. it actually happened to one homeown homeowner. we're going to hear from him in just a moment. crazy story. it's been a big week in celebrity news from rihanna and chris brown perhaps getting together to the dueling divas of "american idol." we have it all covered in our "weekend buzz." >> remember bridezilla? a bride perhaps very demanding, asks for a lot of things, can be a little bit difficult.
well, they may have to come up with a new name for one woman whose demand list is so far over the top you have to hear this story to believe it, so we're going to tell you all about that. and speaking of brides, are it's been 25 years since the princip "princess bride" hit the big screen. it would later become a cult classic. it wasn't much of a hit actually when it came out. i sat down with the cast and director, rob reiner, why the movie has withstood the test of time. what a great people to hang out with. >> and such a quotable movie, too. first, another check of the weather with stephanie abrams. hey, stephanie. hey there, jenna. i want to show you the front on our map. it's easy to see. you see the clouds and showers, that's bringing us all the chilly air across the entire country. along the 95 corridor and as we look up to the great lakes, even some frozen stuff. it's cold enough for it, our highs today mainly into the 50s and 60s across the country, 70s, though, along the gulf coast. they are the low 70s.
and then as we head into our holiday tomorrow on columbus day, our next system drops down from canada, and that's where we see the rain moving eastbound >> good morning, it's going to be a chilly close to the weekend. highs topping out in the mid 50's, off-and-on light rain showers throughout the day. if you're going to the o's today all you have to do is go to weather.com. do we have any football fans out here this morning? yes! football tonight, sunday night football, the chargers and the saints down in new orleans and, of course, it's in the sup superdome. but for those tailgating, it looks like it's going to be beautiful, partly cloudy, with the temperatures in the 60s and
in the 70s. jenna, over to you. all right, stephanie, thank you very much. a quarterback for ohio state probably underestimated the power of a tweet, a very powerful tweet at that. he was letting off some steam recently by tweeting that he went to college to play football and that classes are basically pointless. as nbc's michelle franzen reports, it's the latest issue that the university there is tackling. from the shotgun. in for the it htouchdown. >> reporter: when the ohio state buckeyes took on 0 the nebraska cornhuskers saturday night, it followed days of drama off the field. a tweet posted by third string quarterback jones kicked off a firestorm of controversy and re-tweets that are still circulating even though his post has been removed. on october 5, jones tweeted, why should we have to go to class if we came here to play football? we ain't come to play school. classes are pointless. the freshman's opinion comes at a time when ohio state is
already on probation for ncaa violations and colleges nationwide are working to boost education requirements for athletes. >> i think he tweeted out what a lot of guys are thinking, which is we're here to play football. we're here to play basketball. this is merely a stepping ground of getting to the next level. >> reporter: the next level and dream of going pro, just like in the movies. >> show me the money! >> reporter: but in reality the majority of college athletes don't make it that far. according to the ncaa's own statistics, less than 2% of college athletes will play professional football, making an education that much more important. >> the average nfl player plays less than five years, so even if you do play in the nfl, you want to have a life afterwards. >> reporter: jones, the freshman, has yet this season to make it from the practice field to playing in a game. meanwhile, the university issued a statement reminding student athletes to remember not to post anything that could embarrass themselves, their team, teammates, the university, their
family, or other groups, organizations or people hoping to put the focus back on the field and in the classroom. for "today," michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. and now once again here is lester. jenna, thanks. i think a lot of folks worry when they go on vacation. they lock the front door and hope everything will be fine when they get home. we have the story of a south carolina family that returned from vacation and everything appeared to be as they left it until they went online. nbc's janet shamlian has their story. >> reporter: it's not unusual to find party pictures on facebook. but what if you logtd on and saw photos of a rowdy bash thrown by strangers, then realized you recognized the scene all too well? >> i'm looking at this saying this is inside my house. >> reporter: a south carolina man who asked not to be identified for his children's sake, says that's what happened while he and his family were on vacation, an out-of-control party in his home without his ever knowing about it.
>> one of them was, you know, dancing around with a funnel in his hand, the other one throwing up in the sink, a bunch of kids laying all over the floor. >> reporter: the man says the intruders were his son's own classmates who he says owned up to his kids about what happened months after the july party. >> the kids started chiming back on facebook saying, while you guys were in new york in july these guys had broke into the house. >> reporter: the family never suspected when they returned from a trip to new york. the house looked exactly as they left it. >> then they came back the next day, we found out, and cleaned everything up, put everything back, even did the dishes. >> reporter: a broken screen is the only evidence. >> right there. >> reporter: the dad says the partiers toll his kids they pulled it out and got the in through an unlocked window. and this isn't the first time it's happened. a foreclosed home in the miami area was broken into earlier this year. police say a teen spray painted it, then posted a video online inviting everyone over to party. >> you're sitting here feeling completely violated. >> reporter: but the dad in south carolina says police tell him it's an open investigation,
and they're using fphoto tags t identify the students. >> if the kids weren't bragging about it or showing it via facebook, nothing would have came out of it. they would have gotten completely away with it. >> reporter: busted by online sharing as photos reveal what had been a well-kept secret. for "today," janet shamlian, nbc news, houston. all right. still ahead on "today," what's the story? are rihanna and chris brown back together again and what's with the dueling divas on "american idol"? ♪ [ male announcer ] 20,000 btus produce a delicate sear. double-oven range makes dinner and dessert -- at the same time. turbo-charged advantium oven cooks more than twice as fast, in this culinary powerhouse. dan. yes? molé sauce. [ male announcer ] with ge's most advanced cooking technology, the café line takes food further. ♪
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celebrity news. >> here to break it down is comedian chuck knights along with erica souter. >> how are you? i know you haven't heard enough of chris brown and rihanna. apparently chris brown, let's start right there, has release add video this week and there's two women involved and what is going on with this whole situation? >> he released this video expressing he is in love with two women. he didn't think it was possible but he's conflicted and he's hurt by it. i know he looks like a good guy. honestly, it kind of makes him look jerky or a lot jerky. >> how does it make rihanna look to have gotten back together with chris brown after there was the whole domestic violence dispute? >> the only person surprised by the reunion is probably chris brown's current girlfriend. there were rumors swirling for a long time. they both admit they've had feelings for each other forever and it was only a matter of time they made the leap back into something. >> chuck is champing at the bit.
>> in a way i'm kind of like this guy basically makes being a jerk very, very appealing. you know? there's guys out there all over the country right now like, i tried to do the right thing. i'm a good guy. women hate me. this dude is punching them, cheating on them, and they're writing songs about him. and women are like -- aah! >> there's no justice, is there? >> there's no justice. >> none whatsoever. >> chuck, let me ask you about nicki minaj and mariah carey and mariah carey is afraid. what's the story? is this just a pub histy stunt? >> you know, nicki minaj threatened mariah carey and now mariah carey is all freaked out. you know, if it's real or not, i'm not sure. i think the names nicki minaj and mariah carey, the first thing that comes to mind is total stability. >> calm. calm. >> and that's why it's so hard
to tell whether or not this is a publicity stunt. >> reasonable people. >> you get those two divas together there's bound to be conflict. it makes us want to see the show again so it's really good for the show actually. >> let's move on. did you hear about this, john travolta and olivia newton-john decided to reunite, make a holiday themed album coming up. thoughts? good idea? >> the best soundtrack ever. everyone loves "grease." this is a great reunion. a fun holiday album and john could use some good publicity and a very positive family album is good for him. >> i think it's a great idea but had will he become an actual singer aside from this movie? this one movie, when did this guy actually become a singer? who is going to buy this album? >> the one i want, the same writer. >> i forget what it's called -- >> the follow-up to "the one that i want."
>> it's called i think you'll like it which is a did i tear racial of the relationship. went from you're the one that i want to, hey, maybe we should re-assess this. >> let's talk about big bird. got to be the winner of the week. mentioned by mitt romney in the debates. >> right. >> how is big bird going to fare through all of this? >> big bird is a huge star. what's next? the tooth fairy? everything else he said was overshadowed by the fact big bird was attacked and he's like an icon to millions of moms and ki kids. >> i have to tell you the person i felt sorry for was not big bird, it was jim lehrer. mitt romney was like, you are done. seriously, he put the man out of a job in front of 60 million people. big bird is not real. jim lehrer is a real guy. i know one person who is voting for barack obama.
at least there's one, his name is jim lehrer. >> let's move on. kanye west and kim kardashian. apparently kim kardashian made a comment this week she has never been more in love than she is with kanye. she is still married to someone whose name isn't kanye. >> she is in it love with being in love. every guy is the one. she goes from one to the other and it's always wedding bells and can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him until she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life with him. >> she said she can't see herself with anyone else. i have news for you, kim, we can. >> and, also, we have. >> unfortunately, we're out of time. we can't talk about the hulk hogan sex tape. thank goodness. >> nobody is more upset than this guy. >> i know you wanted to go there, didn't you. >> one man, one woman. >> chuck and erica, we thank you oh, so much for another wonderful installment of "the week in buzz."
the cult classic the "princess bride" is now 25 years old. inconceivable? definitely not. i recently caught up with the film's director and cast. they spilled a few secrets from the set. take a look. >> never go in against the civilian when death is on the line. >> since its release 25 years ago, the "princess bride" has resonated with generation after generation due in large part to its memorable one-liners. >> have fun storming the castle.
>> no more rhymes now, i mean it. anybody want a peanut. >> my name is montoya. >> you can killed my father, prepare to die. >> directed by rob reiner and based on william goldman's 1973 novel "the princess bride" is a love story with a twist. >> is this a kissing book? >> wait, wait. >> the low budget film hit theaters in 1987. it didn't do so well at the box office but quickly became a cult classic. inconceivable. >> inconceivable. >> from just a business standpoint, was there some disappointment when the box office receipts first came in? >> i don't want to turn this into "the wizard of oz" because when it came out it was a failure, also, and now of course it's a big classic. >> people named their children westley and it became this iconic film each year that passed. >> robin wright was passed as princess butter can cup. cary elwes play ed her beloved
westley. one of the pieces of trivia said you wanted more takes with the final kissing scene so you could be with cary. >> yes. that is true. >> i think that was me actually. that was me. >> and, robin, i have to wonder, did any chemistry develop between you and cary on the set? nothing? >> i mean, please. she showed up -- >> we did. we were so attracted to each other. >> in the first few days of filming they encountered mishaps on set. accidental fires. >> set her on fire and cary had to put it out. >> the flames came right up her dress. she was very brave about it. >> to getting stuck in quicksand. >> yes, we suffocated for a few minutes. that was the second day of shoot i ing. >> another little known secret, the rodents of unusual size, director rob reiner voiced the part himself. >> when cary is fighting the rodents in the fire swamp -- i did all this. i got a microphone and i said,
okay, let's do it. i'm doing all this stuff, and i finish and i'm like, my voice is shot. and the guy says, oh, my god, i'm sorry. what? i forgot it to roll record. >> no, i did. >> you see? you see? my best acting. >> the all-star cast included the late andre the giant, perfect for the part, at least physically. >> i just want you to feel you're doing well. i hate for people to die bad. >> when he first came to the audition, i didn't understand a word he said. it's not like you throw a stick and 50 giants showed up. i sent him the part and he learned it by rote. >> he trained for months to perfect the fencing scene with cary elwes. >> there's something you don't know. >> what is that? >> i am not a fencer. >> we perfectly left that great scene until the end of the movie so they could train all the way through the making of the picture, it was about08 days. he and i trained pretty hard.
>> billy crystal brought the set down. >> he ad-libbed a lot. where he goes true love is the greatest thing in the world except for a nice mlt. >> when the mutiny is nice and lean and the tomatoes ripe. i love that. >> that has stood the test of time and people love it. what i love is that people come up to me who saw it when they were kids who now have kids and are telling me that their kids love it, so that's the greatest feeling in the world. >> everybody i told i was going to do this interview they started quoting lines immediately. >> yep. 25 years it's been. that's something else. it's inconceivable. >> it's inconceivable. speaking of brides, wait until you hear one bride's list of over the top demands for her wedding party. [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait original are now made with no high fructose corn syrup.
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ever been a bridesmaid or you shaller in a wedding party? it is pretty simple, get your dress or tux and show up for the big day. the list of demands by one bride is so over the top people can't get enough of it. check out. here is nbc's veronica de la cruz. >> reporter: the opposite of a beautiful wedding invitation,
one bride's was leaked to gawker and has gone viral due to its outlandish demand f. true it gives new meaning to the term bridezilla. you all have a big role in this wedding so before we continue, i'm going to be setting some ground rules, and it's very important you read and think about everything through before you accept this honor to be a bridesmaid. assuming they do accept -- >> will you be my maid of honor? >> oh, jenna, has so nice but i have so much going on with the show and baby stuff. >> reporter: the lucky bridesmaids better be reachable at all times. i don't have time to wait around for responses. everyone has their phone on them. >> i don't think i'd be able to do every single thing that she requires. >> reporter: the anonymous bridezilla has financial demands. also, if money is tight and you can't afford to contribute to the bachelorette party or won't be able to afford a dress, et cetera, then l and myself don't
have time to deal with that. i'm sorry. >> to feel nervous to feel anxious, maybe even to obsess about little details, sure. that's all within the realm of normal. >> reporter: unfortunately, this woman's experience as a bridesmaid was anything but normal. >> she made us lose weight, get down to a size zero. she wouldn't let us eat until after the photographer had taken all our pictures. >> she called me bridezilla in the new york journal. >> reporter: so why do brides get such a bad rap? >> i'm the bride. i should be number one. >> it is a high-stress situation. all of your family, all of this money, it's all coming together at the same time. >> no, go. he does not get a party favor. he does not get a dog. >> reporter: but is the bridezilla attitude the new nuptial morm. >> to be abusive as a result of those nerves and anxiety towards the people who are there to support you, i would hope that's not the norm. >> reporter: and something that deserves a resounding i do.
for "today," veronica de la cruz, nbc news, new york. >> wow. ever been a bride? >> me? >> yeah. >> trick question? no. >> i wanted to know how to respond to that. that is -- >> it's not about that stuff. it's about the two people coming together and in love. >> clearly there are like movies and tv shows that wouldn't be made if we didn't realize that. >> what would reality tv have. >> come on, stephanie. >> so sorry. >> we're going to say good-bye with today's life illustrated, your photos that have you falling in love with love. >> submit your photos on our facebook or twitter using the #mylife. >> chris and stephanie, i'll see you back here tonight for "nbc nightly news." have a great day, everyone. bye.
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