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44 yards rushing for denver. denver only had 43 yards of rushing against oakland in their first game so ken norton jr.'s plan has worked perfectly in this game and the previous game with the broncos. ian: motion man is davis. operating out of the gun. it's dropped! well, we saw this a couple of weeks ago with demaryius thomas where he just could not hold on to the football. t.j. carrie over there defensively for oakland. should have been a firstn. dow dan: well thrown ball by derek carr, has mack was coming on the pass rush. inexplicable drop on a crucial third down by demaryius thomas. ian: colquitt. high in the air.
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jeremy ross has room, from the 31. ross, sideline. out of bounds, pulled down by webster in denver territory. 49-yard punt, 22-yard return and a three-point lead for oakland.
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] ian: for those of you expecting to see "60 minutes," you're watching the nfl on cbs. the oakland raiders and the denver broncos. ian eagle, dan fouts, evan washburn, the rest of our cbs crew. 15-12, oakland in front. "60 minutes" will be seen in its entirety immediately after the game except on the west coast. the raiders have it at the denver 47. three-tight end formation. bootleg. carr throwing. open man, it's walford! carr connects with the tight end. dan: this play is right out of denver's playbook. it's a bootleg for carr throwing to a tight end down the field. walford gets by stewart with ease and carr right on target. there's the fake to mowery.
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and then carr has two receivers open, decides to take the deep one, good for 21. ian: cincinnati lost earlier today. new england plays later in houston. denver has the number one seed within grasp if they can win out. handoff, murray. sidesteps a tackler and takes it to the 25-yard line. josh bush in on that stop. the broncos interaction at 10-2. the cincinnati loss brings them to 10-3. the patriots coming up against houston and oakland 5-7 on the periphery. dan: and cincinnati's lost more than just a game. how long will andy dalton be out with a right thumb injury? ian: second and 9 for the raiders.
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at the denver 25. we're down to 5:25 to go in the fourth. running play again. murray is stopped. no gain. dan: and the thing that carr has got to keep in mind here is you have sebastian janikowski as your field goal kicker. he loves kicking in denver. and he's got plenty of leg for this distance if they have to settle for a field goal. ian: denver uses a time-out. the broncos have two remaining. told you about the situation with condo, the long snapper that was injured on the fumble recovery. so he would be a bart of it if the raiders don't convert here. third and 9.
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out of the gun, carr. a rainbow up in the air. incomplete. amari cooper stopped. it's fourth down. dan: carr has only completed pass is to four receivers. none to amari cooper. he came into the game as the top rookie wide receiver in the nfl with 62 catches. offensive condo is in to snap it. 43-yard attempt for janikowski. looking to add to the oakland lead.
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high snap. janikowski. oh, he missed it! dan: i think the high snap threw off the timing. it was a good hold, good catch by king but getting it down took longer than no. ja nikowski rushed it and pushed it to the left. so the injury to condo shows up on the very first try after he had to go to the locker room for a shoulder brace. and just that much. ian: the raiders have suffered eight straight losses to the denver broncos. they're clinging to a three-point lead with just over five minutes to play. osweiler throws. gets handled -- it's handled by
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davis. and tackled at the 37 by thorpe. it's a four-yard pickup through the air. injured raider on the play. it's neiko thorpe. dan: that's the second time today that thorpe has been shaken up. see that -- ian: the medical staff checking on thorpe. last time oakland beat denver, 2011 season opener. janikowski nailed what was an nfl record at the time 63-yard field goal. mcfadden went off. 150 yards. jason campbell threw for a touchdown, ran for another. the raiders held on, a 23-20 victory.
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neiko thorpe is off the field. it's a second and 6 for denver with 4:53 remaining. dexter mcdonald, a rookie from kansas. seventh-round stick now in. look out! osweiler! major heat from oakland. dan: we see mack lining up on one side of the defensive line. here he comes to the other side and just you're powers ryan harris. nine-yard loss on the play. hi remembers me of derrick thomas right now what he's doing. ian: third and 15. sexump throw. catch by hillman. takes a big shot across the 35 and what's the thought process now for gary kubiak? it's fourth down. dan: you already burned a time-out here in the second half. so apparently kubiak is saying
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let's go for it on fourth down. ian: we go under the four-minute mark. fourth and 5. for denver. osweiler. oh, it's dropped! vernon davis had a clear first down. it was the right play call. dan: it's been that type of afternoon, especially the second half for denver. dropped passes, muffled punts. and unable to convert on a critical fourth down play. ian: critical mistake for the broncos. the raiders with a 15-12 lead, 3:45 remaining and oakland takes over at the denver 37.
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the veteran vernon davis, two-time pro bowler, came over in a deal with san francisco. with a huge drop. handoff to murray. dan: and they continue to pound the middle of that denver defense. at some point they're going to have to turn murray loose to the outside and let him use that long stride and speed. denver with two time-outs. they have to start thinking about when they want to start using them. ian: we're down 3:20 and counting left in the fourth. dan: they're already in field goal range for janikowski. but that's not been the problem. it's been the snap that -- by condo on that last one that caused his miss. ian: second and 9. it's a toss for murray.
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tries to go to the other side. gets a block. murray. flag down. a lot of them. dan: they're going to get amari cooper for a pollack in the back on aqib talib. ian: and that's going to be a costy loss. dan: that will push janikowski out of field goal range. ian: 2:53 to play. referee: during the run, illegal block in the back. offense, number 89. 10-yard penalty from the spot of the foul. repeat second down. ian: what do you think? dan: good call. out in the middle of everywhere. wide-open spaces there. and i don't think cooper had to make contact with talib. i think he could have allowed
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murray to make a move on him but that penalty is a killer. all the way back to the 45-yard line. ian: so it's second and 19 for oakland. dan: where's the denver pass rush been here in the second half? they gave carr so many problems in the first half. the offensive line has done a good job for the young quarterback here in the second. ian: reece in the backfield with olawale. they give it to reece. he's ridden down at the line of scrimmage. and a time-out taken. wolf and marshall with the stop. nfl today update. we're heading to new york and j.b. james: green bay with some
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breathing room. bill: only up by seven. jail starks takes this 30 yards out. puts green bay up 21 will have 7, less than five minutes to go in the game. james: back to ian eagle, dan fouts and evan washburn. ian: all right, j.b., coach cowher. we appreciate it. green bay at 8-4, half game lead over minnesota in the n.f.c. north. denver is down to one time-out. we're down to 2:48 to play and it's a third and long for the raiders. working out of the gun.
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it's a handoff, murray and it fooled no one. antonio smith throws him down for a loss of four. and denver has called its final time-out. tonight on cbs, "60 minutes" goes behind the scenes of the making of the new "star wars" movie, followed by winter finales of "madam secretary" and "the good wife," then a new "csi: cyber," only cbs. dan: and now the problem of the long snap by jon condo. more strezz put on the right shoulder of condo. the snap travels back about 15 yards. ian: that's why we have this three-point differential, because condo wasn't available to snap it on an extra point.
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they went for two, didn't get it. marquette king standing at his own 38. deep man is sanders at the 7 of denver. snap is ok. king trying to place this one. good coverage downfield. sanders a fair catch. 42-yard punt. the broncos will have it at the 8, down by three. 2:35 left on the clock. dan: it's been a struggle in the second half for the broncos on offense. you can see just no points. actually, that could have turned into six points for the raiders. ian: denver is out of time-outs. they'll have the two-minute warning. and the broncos open up on their
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own 8 trailing 15-12. shotgun. osweiler. slings it. sliding grab is made by daniels. eight-yard pickup. the clock is rolling. 2:23 and counting. dan: that was a real clutch catch by daniels in a crowd. ian: moving quickly here, osweiler. again checks it down. this time it's hillman. good enough for a first down with that catch. seven yards. dan: try to get a play off before the two minutes. offensive 2:05 left. they'll get the play off. osweiler. room there for hillman and that will take us to the two-minute warning after the six-yard pickup. 1:56 to play. in denver. broncos-raiders locked up in a tight one. oakland trying to snap the streak against the broncos.
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ian: will brand mcmanus get a
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chance for denver? they need 32 yards to get mcmanus into the range of 57 yards, which is his career long. second and 4 for the broncos, 1:56 to play. they trail 15-12. osweiler in trouble. osweiler brought down! khalil mack! five sacks on the day for mack. dan: well, they're not giving michael schofield any help. one-on-one and mack is running right by him. ian: mack is not human. floater upstairs. out of bounds. sanders took a shot. incomplete. dan: big shot by t.j. carrie. the raiders came with a three-man pass rush. sanders got beyond the david ager son and then the big -- amer son and the big shit ensures the incompletion.
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ian: fourth down for denver. dan: mack, five sacks. ian: osweiler. steps up. os wiler. brought down! launches it at the end of the play. how he got rid of it i have no idea. it's irrelevant. this time denico autry putting the pressure on osweiler. dan: and it was just a three-man rush. of course, one of those guys was khalil mack, who didn't even bother rushing the quarterback. he's got to be exhausted. denico autry, though, he rushes the quarterback right over here. he stays after him. osweap,pbiler never saw him. there's a desperation underhanded toss.
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ian: the raiders react. this defense in the second half has been superb. denver has no time-outs left. oakland will take a knee. a mack attack in denver. dan: they kept the broncos out of the end zone for the entire ballgame. bailed their offense out. their offense had negative yardage in the first half. give jack del rio and his defensive squad and the offense bouncing back as they did, tremendous win for the raiders. ian: down to 50 seconds left. mack has tied a raider record with those five sacks held by howey long, the hall of famer.
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it will be the first loss for denver since osweiler took over as the starting quarterback. the oakland raiders snap an eight-game losing streak to the denver broncos. jack del rio back in denver and walking out a mile high with a win. a potentially damaging loss for the broncos and their chase for the number one seed. oakland will keep its playoff hopes alive mathematically but even bigger picture, it's a breakthrough win for the oh, within the a.f.c. -- organization within the a.f.c. west. denver is now 10-3, cincinnati is 10-3, the patriots are 10-2 and if new england wins out, it will be the pats with home field advantage throughout the a.f.c.
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playoffs. final score, raiders 15, the broncos 12. for dan fouts, evan washburn, our entire nfl on cbs crew, this is ian eagle saying so long from denver. tonight on cbs, 60's minutes followed by "madam secretary" "the good wife" and csi: cyber. you've been watching the nfl on cbs, home of super bowl 50. have a great night, everybody. ♪ it's the final countdown! ♪ ♪ the final countdown! if you're the band europe, you love a final countdown. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do.
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>> pelley: after 40 years and a trillion dollars, the nation has little to show for its war on drugs. prisons are beyond crowded and there's a new outbreak in the heroin epidemic. if it's time for a change, it would be hard to find a leader more different than michael botticelli. the president's new director of national drug control policy isn't a cop. he's lucky he didn't go to jail himself. and we knew that things had changed the first time we used the nickname that comes with his job, the "drug czar." >> michael botticelli: it's actually a title that i don't like. >> pelley: why? >> botticelli: because i think it connotes this old "war on drugs" focus to the work that we do. it portrays that we are clinging to kind of failed policies and failed practices in the past. >> pelley: are you saying that the way we have waged the war on drugs for more than 40 years has been all wrong?
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>> botticelli: it has been all wrong. >> pelley: blunt force didn't knock out the drug epidemic. 21 million americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and half of all federal inmates are in for drug crimes. >> botticelli: we can't arrest and incarcerate addiction out of people. not only do i think it's really inhumane, but it's ineffective and it costs us billions upon billions of dollars to keep doing this. >> pelley: so what have we learned? >> botticelli: we've learned addiction is a brain disease. this is not a moral failing. this is not about bad people who are choosing to continue to use drugs because they lack willpower. you know, we don't expect people with cancer just to stop having cancer. >> pelley: aren't they doing it to themselves? isn't a heroin addict making that choice? >> botticelli: of course not. you know, the hallmark of addiction is that it changes your brain chemistry. it actually affects that part of your brain that's responsible for judgment. >> pelley: that is the essence of michael botticelli's
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approach-- addicts should be patients, not prisoners. he did it in massachusetts as director of substance abuse services. there, his initiatives included a high school for teens in recovery, and expanding drug courts, like this one in washington, d.c., where offenders can choose treatment over jail, and the charges can be dropped. ( applause ) you know that there are people watching this interview and they're saying to themselves, "oh, great. he wants to open the jails and let the drug addicts out." >> botticelli: i think we have to base our policy on scientific understanding, you know, and we've had really great models and evaluated models to show that we can simultaneously divert people away from our criminal justice system without an increase in crime. and it actually reduces crime. >> pelley: botticelli pursues reform with the passion of the converted because he, himself, is recovering from addiction. back in 1988, he was a university administrator whose car slammed into a truck.
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botticelli was drunk. in truth, he'd been drunk for years. did you love drinking? >> botticelli: i would say that i probably had an unhealthy love affair with drinking. you know, i grew up as this kind of insecure kid, you know, kind of making my way. d, youw,ing ok all of that away, you know? people drink and do drugs for a reason, because it makes them feel good, you know, until it doesn't anymore. >> pelley: is it true that, after the accident, you woke up handcuffed to a gurney? >> botticelli: i did. i did. and, you know, you think to yourself, "how did i get to this point, you know, in my life?" >> pelley: that point included imminent eviction from his apartment because the booze had washed away all the money. >> botticelli: a very wise judge said to me, "michael, you have two options: you can either get care for your drinking problem, or we can continue with criminal proceedings." >> pelley: it was at that point that you walked into this church
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and went to the 12-step meeting down in the basement? >> botticelli: yeah, i did. >> pelley: what was that first meeting like? >> botticelli: it's hard for me to talk about this, and not from a sense of sadness. from a sense of tremendous gratitude. this was the first time that i raised my hand and said that i was an alcoholic and that i had a problem. and what the miraculous thing about that movement is that people rally around you in ways... you know, addiction is such an isolating incident in your life. you feel alone. and, you know, when you admit... when you come into a fellowship like this and people just surround you and say, "we will help you, that you're not alone, that we've been through it before, and you will get through it," just gives you such great hope. >> pelley: he's been alcohol- free for 27 years. today, he oversees a $26 billion
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budget across 16 government agencies. just over half of the money goes to drug enforcement. what do you say to those who argue, and there are many, that if you lock down the southern border, you solve the drug problem? >> botticelli: i think it's overly simplistic to say that any one single strategy is going to really change the focus and change the trajectory of drug use. >> pelley: for example, he says the heroin crisis was created here at home. >> botticelli: we know one of the drivers of heroin has been the misuse of pain medication. if we're going to deal with heroin and heroin use in the united states, we really have to focus on reducing the magnitude of the prescription drug use issue. >> pelley: many pain drugs are opioids, like heroin. and the number of opioid prescriptions has risen from 76 million in 1991 to 207 million today. >> botticelli: we have a medical community that gets little training on pain, gets little
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training on addiction, and quite honestly has been promoting and continues to promote the over-prescribing of these pain medications. >> pelley: some are born addicted. we met botticelli at massachusetts general, where dr. leslie kerzner weans infants off of opioids. >> leslie kerzner: i'm just going to give him this little bit of morphine right in his cheek. >> pelley: in the last decade, the number of expectant mothers on opioids has increased five- fold. >> kerzner: if they don't get the treatment, they could have a seizure, and that's what we really worry about. >> pelley: but how does a person who is addicted to prescription pain medication find themselves on heroin? >> botticelli: prescription drugs and heroin act in very similar ways on the brain. and, you know, unfortunately, heroin, because of its widespread availability, is a lot cheaper on the streets of boston and many places around this country. >> pelley: heroin is cheaper than prescription painkillers? >> botticelli: it is. so, a bag of heroin could be as cheap as $5, $10.
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>> pelley: more than 120 americans die of drug overdoses each day. that is more than car wrecks or gun violence. to save lives, botticelli started an experiment in 2010 with the quincy, massachusetts, police. lieutenant patrick glynn is head of narcotics. >> patrick glynn: when someone dies of an overdose, the community becomes very, very small. everyone knows each other, even in a large city as ours. just recently, in the past four to six months, some of our officers have lost children. >> pelley: in a city of about 100,000 people, did i just understand you to say that some of your officers have lost children to drug overdoses? >> glynn: yes. >> pelley: how many? >> glynn: two did. two... they... two of them lost sons. >> pelley: in what period of time? >> glynn: within the last six months. >> pelley: botticelli helped arm every quincy officer with naloxone, a nasal spray antidote for overdose. lieutenant glynn saw it work on an unconscious addict. >> glynn: within about 45 seconds to a minute, they
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started to move around, their eyes fluttered, and they began to sit up and speak. >> pelley: must have looked like a miracle? >> glynn: it's surreal. >> pelley: and they got to the victim in time due to a controversial innovation called the good samaritan law. one of the changes that came under botticelli's administration was that someone involved in drugs, if there was an overdose, they could call 9-1-1, and they would not be arrested for having drugs on the premises. >> glynn: correct. >> pelley: what difference did that make? >> glynn: that opened the floodgates of people calling 9-1-1. >> pelley: today, 32 states have a similar 9-1-1 law, and naloxone is carried by more than 800 police departments. in massachusetts, botticelli helped make treating addiction routine healthcare, so patients can get their opioid treatments now in a doctor's office. >> things have been going really well for you. we'll figure out the path you
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can walk down to stay in recovery. >> pelley: and today, the affordable care act requires most insurance companies to cover addiction treatment. >> botticelli: i often say that substance use is one of the last diseases where we'd let people reach their most acute phase of this disorder before we offer them intervention. you've heard the phrase "hitting bottom." well, we don't say that with any other disorder. so the medical community has a key role to play in terms of doing a better job of identifying people in the early stages of their disease, in doing a better job at treating people who have this disorder. >> pelley: notice that word-- "disorder." botticelli prefers it to "addiction." he wants to lift the stigma by changing the language, as he did this past october in a rally on the national mall. >> botticelli: we must choose to come out in the light and be treated with dignity and respect. so let's stop whispering about this disease. >> pelley: botticelli sees a
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model for the change in attitude in the gay rights movement, which he has also lived. he's been with his husband, david wells, more than 20 years. at what point were you comfortable talking about being a gay man? >> botticelli: before i was comfortable talking about being an alcoholic. >> pelley: the alcoholism was harder? >> botticelli: you know, even kind of feeling that moment of hesitation about saying that i'm in recovery and not about being a gay man shows to me that we still have more work to do to really de-stigmatize addiction. >> pelley: but it's addiction to legal drugs-- alcohol and tobacco-- that kill the most americans, over half a million a year. botticelli does not believe in adding another drug to that cocktail with the legalization of marijuana. you're not a fan? >> botticelli: i'm not a fan. what we've seen, quite honestly, is a dramatic decrease in the perception of risk among youth around occasional marijuana use.
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and they are getting the message that, because it's legal, that it is... there's no harm associated with it. so, we know that about one in nine people who use marijuana become addicted to marijuana. it's been associated with poor academic performance, in exacerbating mental health conditions, linked to lower iq. >> pelley: botticelli worries the marijuana industry is quickly adapting "big tobacco's" playbook. in the 1990s, tobacco companies appealed to kids with flavored cigarettes and "joe camel." today, the nearly $3 billion marijuana industry promotes sweetened edibles and "buddie," a mascot for legalization. you are never going to be able to talk all the states out of the tax revenue that will come from a burgeoning marijuana industry. it will just be too seductive. >> botticelli: you know, that's, quite honestly, my fear is that states are going to become dependent on the revenue.
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>> pelley: it becomes a codependency. >> botticelli: it becomes an addiction to, unfortunately, a tax revenue that's often based on bad public health policy. >> pelley: as for his own recovery, botticelli says it gets easier, though he still attends those 12-step meetings that he called "miraculous." there are people watching this interview right now who are addicted to drugs, are alcoholics. and they cannot stop. and to them, you say what? >> botticelli: that there's help. that there's hope. that there is treatment available. if i, in some small way, can help people to see that there is this huge, incredible life on the other side of addiction, you know, i will feel accomplished in my job. made a simple tripvere chto the grocery storeis
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>> whitaker: this week, the curtain goes up on the most anticipated movie of the year, "star wars: the force awakens." it's the first new "star wars" in a decade, and the first to be made without creator george lucas. three years ago, lucas sold his empire to the walt disney company for $4 billion. enter j.j. abrams, the director hand-picked to re-ignite the fan fervor, and who is under tremendous pressure to make sure disney's big bet pays off. he's been called the "steven spielberg" of his generation, and we learned spielberg helped get him the job. when abrams took us behind the scenes, we found a 49-year-old man fueled by a childlike enthusiasm for the magic of
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movies, and a movie that's going to hit some classic "star wars" notes. ♪ ♪ six weeks before the premiere, we dropped in on a hollywood scoring session for "the force awakens." ♪ ♪ composer john williams, who won an academy award for the first "star wars" film, was back, along with the iconic refrain he wrote 38 years ago. take a look behind williams. that's not some awestruck groupie. that's the movie's director, j.j. abrams. i saw you up here with your video camera, taking... >> j.j. abrams: oh, well, this is... this is, like, momentous, you know-- john williams conducting his "star wars" music. i mean, as a fan, i can't even believe i get to be here. ♪ ♪
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>> whitaker: abrams saw "star wars" when he was 11, and never outgrew his passion for the film. on this day, when he wasn't in the middle of the orchestra, filming on his phone, he was racing around the soundstage, here the fan... >> john williams: do you think it could work? >> abrams: let me just think. yeah. it's incredible. >> whitaker: ...there the director. >> abrams: we may need to make the ♪ bum-ba-da-ba-da... repeat those bars just because it might be a little bit longer before we get into the interior of the transport. >> whitaker: i see you running around. i mean, you're very... >> abrams: really? i've... i've felt so calm today. >> whitaker: yeah. this is you, calm? >> abrams: really, this is me, "oh, god"... >> whitaker: this is you, calm? >> abrams: yeah. >> whitaker: is it intimidating, in any way? >> abrams: uh... oh, yeah. oh, yeah. it's... there are moments of just abject terror, as to what... what we're all taking on. >> whitaker: what he's taking on is this-- "the force awakens." disney is counting on abrams to
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expand the universe of "star wars" fans, while staying true to geolurge cas' original vision. and the die-hard fans-- their expectations are out of this world. >> the force-- it's calling to you. >> whitaker: when the official trailer was posted online, it was viewed 112 million times in just 24 hours. >> nothing will stand in our >>y. whitaker: talk about the force. the fans are a force to be reckoned with, and it's intense. >> abrams: it is. >> whitaker: it's not just the fans here; this is global. >> abrams: it's not a movie. it's a... it's... it's bigger than all of us. it's a... it's almost a religion for people. >> whitaker: what grabbed you about "star wars"? >> abrams: the experience of it was so profound and so moving and so funny and so sweet that, for me, as a kid, it blew my mind.
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and it was just... it said, "anything is possible." >> whitaker: abrams has been working on "the force awakens" non-stop for three years. he's managed to keep a tight lid on it. this is one of the few clips disney has released. he told us his movie is set about 30 years after "return of the jedi," the final film in the first trilogy. at the end of that movie, the good guys had vanquished the empire and subdued the dark side... or so it seemed. what has been going on in that galaxy? >> abrams: "return of the jedi" seemed to end pretty happily. but the walk off to the sunset is always a misleading thing, because, "well, then what?" and so, one of the things that i think you see in this movie is that things didn't just end happily, and that the idea of the force-- both the dark and the light side-- are at a classic "star wars" place, which is in a desperate moment. >> whitaker: a moment which
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forces a new generation to step up. >> finn: we can't outrun them. >> rey: we might in that quad jumper. >> whitaker: stepping into a lead role-- 23-year-old newcomer daisy ridley. her character is rey, a desert scavenger. john boyega is another new face. he plays finn, a disillusioned storm trooper. >> finn: i've got nothing to fight for. >> whitaker: your universe seems to be a more diverse place, by gender? by race? >> abrams: mm-hmm. >> whitaker: what do you think the impact of that is going to be? >> abrams: when we started casting the movie, it felt incredibly important to me that the movie look like the world in which this movie is being released. >> whitaker: abrams didn't just direct the movie; he wrote it with lawrence kasdan, who wrote two of the original "star wars" with lucas. abrams knew from the start he would tell a story that blended the new with the old. taking his cue from the first trilogy, he made authenticity
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paramount, shooting in far-flung locales, like this desert in abu dhabi. the sets were built from scratch; the explosions were real. were there times when you stepped back from being the director and you were just the fan on the set? >> abrams: it was very hard to be in the 125-degree heat in abu dhabi with actual storm troopers running through this village that we had built, and not have moments constantly of "holy... what the...?" you know, "i can't believe i'm here." it was constantly happening, and i had to suppress that and say, "yep, okay, let's do it," and, like, put that away, because the job was not to be a wide-eyed fan boy. the job was to be the director of the movie. energy and action! >> whitaker: as the director, he managed a cast and crew of almost 1,000. he set limits on computer- generated imagery.
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most of abrams' creatures, like the new droid bb-8, were crafted by hand, including his own. >> abrams: we knew we had to have a hero droid that was not a familiar one. >> whitaker: and you came up with a concept, like, by sketching it out? >> abrams: i drew the dumbest little thing. i just... i drew something like... like this. >> whitaker: he gave his sketch to the creature department, a group of about 100 artists and designers. they made a puppet. >> abrams and the puppeteer came out with bb-8, and he was moving around. and it was, like "oh, my god, it lives." >> rey: where do you come from? >> whitaker: we watched as abrams worked on a scene where the droid meets rey for the first time. >> abrams: maybe we could connect them so it's not so separate. >> mm-hmm. >> whitaker: so he's going to fit the pantheon-- r2-d2, c-3po. now, bb-8. >> abrams: from your mouth, sir. from your mouth, sir. i don't... i... i hope so. >> whitaker: only a handful of people have seen the finished film. one of them is abrams' wife of 19 years, katie mcgrath.
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they have three children, a charitable foundation she oversees, and a "harry met sally" rapport. >> katie mcgrath: i love the movie. i really love the movie. and i'm sort of picky, and i'm a little, you know... >> abrams: brutally... brutally honest. >> mcgrath: i'm... i'm honest. and at the end of the day, it's a movie. you know, this is not curing cancer. this is not eradicating poverty. this is... this is making a movie, right? right? that's what you believe, right? >> abrams: i'm sorry, she lost me after, "this is just a movie." i was like... >> whitaker: jeffrey jacob abrams grew up in hollywood's backyard, not far from the big studios. but when he took a tour of a movie back lot at age eight, he knew he'd found his calling. what in particular drew you to it? >> abrams: i think the thing that was so cool is the whole thing felt like a magic trick, that it was... it was every aspect of illusion, of creating something that seemed like it
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was actual... actually happening and real. >> whitaker: he picked up the family's home movie camera and tried his own sleight of hand. >> now, we seek revenge! >> whitaker: he admits his earliest works weren't that good. but he got better. he won a teen film festival and got written up in the "los angeles times." that's him in the middle. the article caught the eye of steven spielberg. he reached out to the young filmmaker, who reminded him of himself. today, spielberg is abrams' friend, collaborator, and a big fan. what first struck you about him? >> steven spielberg: he just reminded me of a cartoon character that was so full of magnetic energy and ideas coming out of him, sometimes just, like, sparks flying in all directions. he was just absolutely, deliriously, madly in love with the film business and with making movies. >> whitaker: the kid in abrams is on display at bad robot, his santa monica production company.
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he says this quirky place is a grown-up version of his childhood bedroom-- with toys, an art area, and a place for special effects. here, about 90 employees churn out a constant stream of movies, tv shows, video games, and apps. abrams stage manages it all. he's kind of, like, all over the place. is it difficult? >> mcgrath: i don't even try. it can give you a bit of a complex if... that you don't have enough hobbies in your life, but he... >> whitaker: you're... you're not doing enough. >> mcgrath: no, no. and i'm doing plenty, by the way. but this is a whole other ballgame. you know, he... >> abrams: i'm right here, guys. >> mcgrath: i know. this is so weird. >> abrams: bill, it's like sixth sense. bill, katie... >> whitaker: but it's good energy. >> mcgrath: no, it's great energy, actually. >> whitaker: he sold his first screenplay in college. he went on to write or co-write five more movies, including the blockbuster "armageddon".


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