this is "nightline" -- >> tonight, these entrepreneurs think they've got the next million-dollar idea. now, they're hoping to strike a deal and strike it rich. >> it doesn't get any bigger than walmart. >> who is going home a winner? the heat is on in the walmart shark tank. plus, "getten up." you know the music. you know the moves. but do you know the man? the untold stories of james brown the dark times to the good times and everything between. and what a tease. "50 shades of grey" making its first move from the page to the screen, with a hotly-anticipated trailer debuting today. why are many fans disappointed? but first, the "nightline
to take an obscure product and turn it into a multi-million dollar proposition immediately. who can survive in the walmart "shark tank"? here's rebecca jarvis. >> jimmy: john is just hours away from the most important meeting of his life. >> it doesn't get any bigger than walmart. >> jimmy: he's pitching his product to walmart. so many of us have dreamed of inventing a million-dollar idea. and on this day in arkansas, over 500 american inventors have the opportunity of a lifetime. >> here comes trouble. >> jimmy: from monogrammed diapers to handmade toy trucks and camouflage wedding bands. >> we're excited you're here. it's a big day for everyone. >> jimmy: but it's a critical moment for the retail giant.
just today announcing that its u.s. ceo, bill simon, is stepping down, after five-straight quarters of declining sales. inside these tiny rooms, inventors will make their pivotal pitch, hoping to secure that all-important deal with walmart. but it won't be easy. >> who are the sharks? >> jimmy: you could compare the stakes here to swimming with the sharks of abc's hit show -- "shark tank." this is all part of walmart's $250 billion commitment over the next ten years to stock its shelves with products made in the usa. john is one of those inventors, hoping to strike a deal. he's 49 years old, from detroit, michigan. inventor of the trash-ease, a portable method for easy trash disposal. right now, he's selling it online for $15.95. by day, john works for general motors. and by night, he's tinkering away in his basement, building
his business. >> i could see it in every household in america. >> jimmy: then, there's hugh jarratt, inventor of the taco plate, which holds tacos upright. it is selling for $4 on his website. >> hard shell and soft shell tacos, they work for both of them. >> jimmy: his wife, nicole, doubles as his business partner. >> before i got married, i ate way too many tacos. i got tired of them falling over. for years, i talked about a taco plate. >> jimmy: we met up with them moments before the big meeting. what are you going to say in there to convince walmart to start carrying your products? >> i'm convinced, if we get it in the right spot, people will buy. >> jimmy: you won't find mark cuban here. inside these pitch rooms, it's the walmart buyers, who have the
power to transform the lives of these small business owners and their employees. >> not only is it colorful. but it's very, very practical. once you eat off of this, it will change your life. and it really will. >> leading the charge is walmart's manufacturing chief. >> this is a element tv which is assembled in south carolina. >> she maintains this is more than a flashy p.r. stunt to combat months of negative walmart headlines. >> we watch the customers' buying patterns and habits. and we buy things that sell. things that the customers want. >> it will be an uphill battle. decades of dependence on offshore manufacturing has led to shuttered plants and factories across america. >> one day, the gears stopped turning. and i believe i will rise again.
>> reporter: the numbers are staggering. the manufacturing capacity don't exist anymore. we don't have factories like we used to. how is walmart going to play a role in helping to develop those factories? >> our role is really to facilitate and to accelerate progress. >> reporter: what do you say to the critics who say, walmart, you're the reason that the manufacturing base doesn't exist in this country? >> i think we do what's right for the customer. walmart isn't the reason for everything. they vote with their wallet on what they buy. >> reporter: are you saying, america, you're the one that's to blame. >> i'm saying, america, buy great products. look at the labels. and feel great when they're made in the u.s. >> reporter: economists estimate that walmart's push could add 1 million new jobs to the u.s. back at walmart headquarters, the moment our inventors have been waiting for. will they or won't they? first up, john cundy and the
trash ease. the pressure's on as he begins his pitch. >> this is caused trash ease, the portable trash bag holder. the more weight you put on, the better it will grab. >> do you see this as a rear-round product? >> it does spike at summertime. >> reporter: will he survive the walmart "shark tank"? >> you can consider yourself an order. >> yes. there you go. that's awesome. >> you got it. >> that's not a handshake. that's high-five. absolutely. >> reporter: it's the news he's been waiting for. an order of 50,000 units. >> woo. >> reporter: how does it feel? >> it's amazing. absolutely amazing. it's a dream come true. my family's going to be so proud. this will help employ a few more people. every job we can get in detroit is a great thing.
>> reporter: as for hugh jarratt, he has tough questions he needs answered before decisions are made. >> today, can you tell me roughly how many have you produced in this time period? >> right around 500,000 is what we have sold. we have few stores that don't reorder on somewhat of a regular basis. >> you could sell 1 million of those a year. easy. >> reporter: will walmart buy in to the taco plate. >> we want 1 million pieces as soon as you can deliver 1 million pieces. >> i'm not going to turn down 1 million pieces. sounds good. >> reporter: hello. where is the reaction? 1 million? >> i think it's safe to say that's not what we were expecting to come out of the meeting. knowing that we can get this many plates on the market, that's fewer people that aren't going to have spilled tacos makes me feel good. >> reporter: in all. >> about one-third of products pitched got a yes at the open call. bringing america one back one
taco plate at a time. for "nightline," i'm rebecca jarvis, in bettenville, arkansas. coming up on "nightline," it's finally here, the trailer for "50 shades of grey." why are many people complaining? first, how does a mere mortal learn how to play james brown? fascinating behind-the-scenes details from the new movie "get on up." ♪ again! again! when we're having this much fun, why quit? and bounty has no quit in it either. it's two times more absorbent than the leading ordinary brand. and then stays strong, so you can use less. watch how one sheet of bounty keeps working, while their two sheets, just quit. why use more when you can use less. bounty, the no-quit picker-upper. and try bounty napkins.
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historical figure. we've seen channeling lincoln, princess diana and margaret thatcher. but imagine the difficulty of becoming james brown. how can you pull off those moves? tonight, what it took for one actor to pull this off. here's abc's deborah roberts. ♪ ♪ walking with my baby >> reporter: that soul-searing voice. that impossible footwork. signatures of the legendary james brown, now captured in a new film called "get on up." >> one, two, three four. ♪ get up get on up ♪ >> i call it james brown music because it's so far ahead of its time. ain't got a name for it yet. >> reporter: actor chad boseman plays the musical giant.
every nuance and detail. i just happened to find these two pictures. the real man and you. >> oh, wow. >> reporter: i mean, that's pretty intense. >> yes, it is. >> reporter: the comparison there. i truly thought maybe it was a clip of james brown himself. how did you do it? >> i was given footage of him. and so, i just watched it. i watched him in different moments. >> reporter: we all remember the real james brown, famously igniting the crowd at the 1964 tammy show. later performing classics like "i feel good." and of course, "sex machine." ♪ sex machine >> reporter: his rhythmic genius went on to influence michael jackson, justin timberlake, even mick jagger, one of the film's producers. but "get on up" dives deeper. explaining how the godfather of soul came to be. taking an unflinching look at his rise, from poverty to
superstardom. nine years in the making, the dream's a come true for tate taylor. >> i want younger people and older people who love the music they're listening to today, to realize it would not be here if it were not for james brown. they say there would be no hip-hop. no rap. >> reporter: taylor, known for his 2011 hit, "the help," reunites with two of that film's brightest stars. viola davis plays brown's absent mother. >> i didn't want to be no momma. >> reporter: and oscar winner, octavia spencer is cast as brown's aunt honey, a brothel owner, who gives the boy a dose of confidence. >> one day, everybody's going to know your name. and ain't nothing, nothing can touch it. >> aunt honey was the first person to give him a foundation of familial love.
when you give a child that kind of grounding, it gives them the permission to blossom. >> reporter: brown didn't just blossom. he exploded. boseman says playing the role of the godfather of soul is the role of a lifetime. did it scare you at all, chad? >> i felt like nobody could do this. i looked at the footage of him dancing. and i was like, absolutely not. >> reporter: boseman overcame his reservations, training with a choreographer five to eight hours a day. >> the hardest thing was the groove. you know? james brown's groove. once you get that, you understand the rest of it. >> reporter: the film highlights brown's genius and drive, which earned him the name, the hardest working man in showbusiness. >> if it sounds good and it feels good, it's musical. play it like i say play it.
>> reporter: which james brown song is still in your head? >> please. it's so haunting and sensual and beautiful. >> right now, i'm in a cold sweat mood. >> reporter: cold sweat. ♪ i don't care about your past >> reporter: what was your favorite? >> "night train." i love "night train." >> reporter: brown's groundbreaking recording of "night train," was done at the apollo theater in harlem. >> you feel like you're immortal out there. >> reporter: that's pretty cool, huh? >> it's amazing. >> reporter: boseman joined us there where james brown performed more than 200 times. on the sidewalk, his name indelibly etched. on the wall, his famous face. james brown made his mark here, really. >> yeah. he performed here countless times. and this was a place where, when
he passed, people were outside, just lined up waiting to see his body. >> his career took off here. and then, it ended here, in a way. >> it did. yeah. >> reporter: he was mastering everything concert performance was a physical feat. did they have to spray beads of sweat on you? >> they never had to spray beads of sweat. >> reporter: as for the dazzling moves. what was the key for the feet? one or two little steps. all right? upstairs at the apollo is a "get on up" exhibit. >> this is from stage. the white suit. >> reporter: he wore this. >> this was mr. boseman's number. i'm surprised it was intact. he did 96 splits on this. >> reporter: in later life, brown grabbed attention for his troubles with the law. >> the godfather of soul turned himself into police today.
charged with trying to kill his wife last week. >> james brown. >> reporter: you touched on some of the violence and the drugs in the film. but you didn't go deeply there. was that conscious? >> it was because, to be frank, that's the most horribly celebrated part of james' life with american culture. >> how are you all doing? >> good. >> what his real legacy is what he meant to the african-american race. i'm black and proud. ♪ say it loud >> reporter: ultimately, they say there's a lesson all of us can take from james brown. >> he was the architect of his destiny. and i think that's what is triumphant about his story. >> he had an idea of what he wanted to be and what he wanted to do. i think a lot of times, people don't feel like they have that power. >> reporter: i'm deborah roberts, for "nightline," in new york. >> fascinating. by the way, "get on up," is in
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first came out, it was a sensation. but a furtive secretive one. why, then, when the hotly-anticipated trailer for the movie version of the book finally came out today, why were so many fans left cold? here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: sunday, they released a trailer for the trailer. >> mr. grey will see you now. >> reporter: today, they unveiled the actual trailer. 204 days before the actual movie comes out. this is what every closet pervert in the country has been waiting for. a taste of "50 shades of grey," lifted from our smutty minds and splashed across the screen. >> there's not much to know about me. look at me. >> i am. >> reporter: i am. the academy may well be calling. yep. that's melanie griffith and don
johnson's daughter playing the lady lead. what have we learned from this trailer? >> i think people are expecting something pretty soap-opera-ish. that's what this trailer is hinting at. >> reporter: we know for sure that christian grey can never be as sexy as when conjured up in the mind. jamie dornan has taken a beating. >> they think his body, his mystique, his aura he's presenting, doesn't live up to the legend of christian grey in the book. >> reporter: now, we know this movie will be laden with clay cliches. and sexual symbolism. there's also beyonce belting out "crazy in love" in a james bond theme tune styley. and of course, there will be leather and nudity. for anyone who doesn't yet know
what "50 shades" is about, here's the author. >> it's contemporary romantic fiction. with a lot of sex. >> reporter: which means a lot of heavy breathing. having said all that, does the trailer make me want to watch the movie? yes. i'm a closet pervert, apparently like the rest of you. the books have sold over 100 million copies. and the movie is bound to be a smash. i'm nick watt for "nightline," in los angeles. >> thank you, nick. that bit of self-disclosure. and thank you very watching abc news. "world news now" is coming up in a bit. and we're always online at [cheers and applause] [dramatic music] ♪ >> hey! hey, what up, buddy? what up, what up, what up, what up, what up, what up, what up, what up, what up? oh. yeah. [cheers and applause]
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