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good morning, it's friday december 26, 2014. welcome to "cbs this morning." "the interview" is finally released in theaters and on demand. did sony stumble upon a new way to distribute films? police protests turn violent in oakland. plus, a special christmas delivery for one family. a woman gives birth on a philadelphia subway. we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. >> no dictator is going to tell me what second-rate comedy i can't see. >> enthusiastic americans screen
"the interview." >> sony defying hacker threats releasing the movie in theaters and online. >> it's actually a masterpiece of film making according to critics. >> they will pay their final respects to one of the nypd officers killed this week. >> and in oakland, california, a protest against police tactics turned violent. >> if you unwrapped a playstation or xbox, you might find yourself against grinch. >> president obama paid a visit to the marine corps base in hawaii. we could not be more thankful. >> economic crisis has forced vladimir putin to scrap holiday for ministers because the government can't afford it. >> prince george is too noisy. >> all that -- >> the return of the king. >> the heat. >> lebron and cavs down 101-91
on his much anticipated return to south beach. >> and all that matters. >> a real christmas surprise on a speeding subway train in philadelphia. >> an expectant mother gave birth to a brand new baby boy. >> i'm blessed. >> on "cbs this morning.." >> last night clippers player spencer shaw showcased this wild holiday outfit. >> he even had the matching tie. that's a lot. >> announcer: toes "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." everyone is off today. did you have a good holiday? >> i did. >> many fans say seeing the comedy is a civic duty and a statement to alleged north korean hackers who tried to
block it. it's getting mixed reviews leading up to the hype. >> it debuted in 300 independent theaters on christmas day and also available online. >> reporter: good morning. independently owned theaters like this one are definitely playing "the interview" meanwhile several big theater chains decided not to play the movie because of threats of terrorism. despite all of that, americans turned out to see this film. some say even watching it was like taking a political stand. going to see a low-brow comedy has somehow become the highest form of patriotism. >> i just wanted to suspect freedom of speech, you know, being able to watch a movie in america is one thing we enjoy. >> no other country should tell us what to do. that's it. >> reporter: sony's saga may
have changed the business model in hollywood. by releasing it simultaneously in small independent theaters and video on demand. sony was the first to release a film on day and day release. it's what strong theaters oppose because they feel cannoblize their business. >> i think studios have been watching what's going on right now in a state of shock. to some degree there's some interest. i think what may have happened, not intentionally, is that sony provided a test case for what could be an innovation in the traditional distribution strategy. >> reporter: the film's fictional plot involves plans to assassinate north korea's leader. north korea condemned the movie
kag it unpardonable mockery. there has been no incidents at any screenings. in los angeles the film's star and co-writer seth rogen surprised fans at a screening to say a colorful thank you. >> welcome to theaters like this and you guys, this literally would not [ bleep ] happen right now. >> reporter: intt the ent"the i reportedly cost $300 billion. >> she mentioned, it aside from the politics, this is a test case but could it be a precedent? is this is how movies will be released? >> we'll discuss that next hour with the editor of the "new york times." video gamers are eager to get back online after a hack on game services. a group called lizard squad
claim responsibility for hacks on xbox and playstation. they say workers are working to resolve the issue and thank gamers for their patience. a california city is cleaning up after outbreaks of vandalism during anti-police protest. dozens much marchers chanting "black lives matter" made their way through oakland, smashing 30 window as long the routes. some attacked the city's christmas tree, damaging decorations. police stood by but did not make any arrests. new york city police are facing threats as they prepare to honor one of their officers. investigators have been looking into dozens of threatening onlike posts and 9/11 calls. vladimir is here with how police are staying one step ahead. >> good morning. a man overheard someone talking
on their cell phone about killing cops and saying he had guns in his possession. police soon found and arrested 38-year-old elvin payamps, who is said to have matched the suspect. authorities say they investig e investigated 40 attempts and resulting in six arrests, and increased security at two precincts. this comes a week after a man posted to social media he would revenge the deaths of eric garner and michael brown. last night a vigil was held in honor of officers ramos and officer liu. vice president biden is scheduled to attend officer ramos's funeral.
cdc technician is awaiting test results and will be monitored for 21 days. it's the latest in a string of horz. julianna goldman is in washington as the investigation goes into what went wrong. good morning. >> good morning. the material that potentially contained live ebola were destroyed before officials even discovered the problem on tuesday. the cdc never got to test the actual spesmen and we may never know how big of a mishap this actually was. the cdc is conducting a review of the latest mistake in which live ebola virus may have been sent from a high-security lab to another down the hall, one not equipped to work with the deathly pathogechlt n. tom frieden is promising a full review of the incident, the latest in a string of pledges to upgrade safety. cbs medical correspondent jon lapook says this latest raises
questions about the agency's standard. >> there's always going to be human error no matter what you do. so the trick is, when human error occurs, can you have some set of fail-safes that the problem will be caught. >> reporter: frieden said he was troubled and no risk to staff is acceptable. >> to have this happen and put our workers potentially at risk is totally unacceptable. >> reporter: that was frieden in july, after it had been revealed the cdc accidentally contaminated flu samples with the deadly bird flu virus. in june the agency admitted lab workers may have been exposed to live anthrax after it wasn't properly deactivated. those samples had even been transferred between labs in ziploc bags, a breach of protocols. in congressional hearings frieden promised, quote, speeping measures to change the lax culture. cdc put together a panel of outside safety experts and even
temporarily shut down some labs. >> whenever you're dealing with a deadly organizism like anthrax, ebola, bird flu, there's a potential for it to be a social men ace. >> experts say in the past cdc hasn't always been forthcoming in admitting safety problems. in this case they disclosed the mistake immediately. >> julianna, thank you. former president george h.w. bush remains in the hospital this morning as a precaution. bush, who is 90 years old spent christmas at a houston hospital. the 41st president was admitted tuesday for shortness of breath, visited by his wife, barbara, son, neal and daughter-in-law. memorials were held for victims of the indian ocean tsunami. in southern thailand wreaths were laid on the beach. about 250,000 people were killed when the tsunami struck india,
sri lanka, and other countries. the tsunami was triggered by a powerful earthquake. president obama's vacation in hawaii met with marrone corps troops where he thanked them. chip kelly is following the president. >> reporter: good morning, that's right. the u.s. combat mission officially ends on december 31st. the president thanked the troops for their service and said, we are safer today because there will never again be a terrorist attack launched on the united states from afghanistan. it's become an annual tradition, a christmas visit by president and first lady to u.s. marine corps in hawaii where they thank service members and their families for their sacrifice. >> the greatest christmas present we have is the finalest the military's ever known. >> reporter: the president also
talked about the status of the war in afghanistan. >> next week we will be ending our combat mission in afghanistan. obviously -- [ applause ] because of the ordinary service of the men and women in americaned armed forces, afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country. >> reporter: but the end of the combat mission does not mean the end of the car. from a peek of about 100,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan there are now about 10,600 and it will be two years before they all come home. until then, u.s. forces will continue to be in harm's way, assisting afghan troops and engaging in counterterrorism operations. in six days here the president has golfed four times, but he also gets daily briefings on national security. he issued a statement applauding sony picture's decision to release the movie "the interview" and asked vice president joe biden to attend saturday's funeral of a murdered
police officer in new york city. he mixed business and pleasure in a round of golf with the prime minister of malaysia, who was also vacationing in hawaii. clearly in an upbeat mood, mr. obama had part for president. the president said, watch out for those fruity drinks, you never know, they may have a little kick in them. apparently he cares about us more than we realize. >> while we have you in hawaii, we've heard there have been blizzard warnings in that area. >> reporter: not exactly this area. on the big island of hawaii, about 200 miles away from here at 11,000 feet there are blizzard warnings. here in oahu averaging 75 degrees and the only sign of white christmas is the sand on that beach. >> you're making us all a bit jealous. >> tough duty, mr. reed.
millions of americans will hit stores to see if there are any bargains. there are estimates holiday sales this year rose between 4% and 5.5%, compared to last year. jill schlesinger is with us. >> good morning. >> are retailers celebrating this morning? >> i think it's a mixed bag. the season started a full week before black friday and early estimates were all over the board. there was one estimate from the national retail federation that spooked everyone. oh, my gosh, sales dropped 11%. the problem is that survey is completely unscientific. it's, how much did you spend last year? how much are you going to spend this year? nobody can tell you what they spent yesterday. the news has been pretty good. traffic may be down. the online sales are surging. that's what we do now.
>> when do you think we'll hit that tipping point? everyone i speak to say they go online but then i look at the numbers and it's still the brick and mortars. >> brick and mortar still accounts for 80% of sales but it's growth rate. comsales says through december 23rd we've seen a 15% increase in online sales. that's a big number. that's going to keep growing. it's going to be a few years before online takes over. another thing that's interesting, brick and mortar stores got smart, they said, go online, order it, pick it up in store and you will see your present is there. >> that's a good idea. i have to say i was walking around christmas eve for those last-minute gifts, in the rain thinking, what idiot does that? the answer is, me. when we will know really how this season worked out? >> end of january. we'll get government's report out for retail sales on january 30th. the other thing that happens is
we get quarterly results from retailers themselves. that's the interesting part because we know what the sales figures are but only in the quarterly reports can we say, did you slash prices so much that you're no longer profitable? that's a key question this christmas. >> who really has the deals? for me, i take the gift receipts, i go back. i feel like i often get a better deal. >> shopping starts today. >> you're quite savvy. apparel, home goods and if you want to get your sweetheart an end table, i guess home goods stores are really rocking it. another thing that's amazing, cars. >> really? >> if you are looking to buy a car in the next few days, you may be able to bargain your way to an amazing deal. all these dealerships are trying to get the old inventory off the lots about the i end of the year. >> if only i could bring you with. i feel like jill can negotiate a mean deal. heat fans gave lebron james
a warm christmas welcome on his return to miami thursday. >> number 23, lebron james! >> the crowd treated james, now with cleveland, to a standing ovation with a video tribute. james led to the heat to the nba finals each year, winning two championships, and after the game he returned the love. >> i think these fans are great. i always talked about them, always said that, and they always showed their loyalty. >> the heat did spoil his first game back, though, beating the cavaliers 101-91. turns out officers in philadelphia are being praised for helping with a very special christmas delivery. they helped a woman give birth on a subway yesterday. it was all captured on video. kyw has dramatic pictures. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, v.
a lot of people are calling this a christmas miracle. justcy subway train pulling into station. these two first responders sprang into action when they heard the call on their police radio that a woman needed medical attention. >> it was a wow factor for me. >> reporter: this surveillance video captures transit officer james and sergeant kaban running to the platform to help a woman in labor. >> we were just doing what we do. we were in there to help a lady. >> reporter: officers arrived on scene and within moments the baby boy was born. >> we delivered a baby for us so it's her christmas but for me it was a blessing myself. first time i've ever experienced anything like this. >> reporter: officers, fathers themselves, say they were
incredible to be part of it. >> i have two kids and my wife is pregnant again. get in there and help, that's what we do. >> reporter: the transit police chief is praising his officers this morning. meantime at the hospital, we're told mom, dad and baby boy are all in good condition. >> thank you so much. wonderful story about -- i mean, talk about not be being on your birth plan. >> well, that's one way you'll remember for sure. >> all those people on the subway will, too. it's about 7:20. ahead on "cbs this morning," the troubling story of an american held in southeast asian prison for a crime she didn't commit.
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>> in is cbs-3 "eyewitness news". good morning, everyone, aim nicole brewer. let's get right over to the eyewitness weather forecast, katie, the day after christmas but all is merry and bright. >> certainly is, absolutely bright out there today, nicole, good morning, everybody, very happy friday to you. if you've got any kinds of outdoor plans scheduled they're go, big thumbs-up on a forecast like there is storm scan3, does actually have satellite and radar layers over top. but not a heck of a lot to see here, folks. we have crystal clear blue sky, and gorgeous sunrise, take a look at just one of the sunrise cameras here. in the live neighborhood network outside middle township high school. chillier, certainly, but look at the clear sky, and the gorgeous, you know, bright ball of sunshine out there. and that's all you are going to find out there today as
well as into tomorrow, with temperatures remaining above the norm, right through sunday. vittoria? >> thank you so much, katie. good morning, everyone, you know traffic and weather together go together this morning. it is a beautiful day. and it is a beautiful day traffic wise, as well, sofas we take a look at the ben franklin bridge, no problems in either direction. head into jersey, head into pa, all the same. it is beautiful. moving our way now to 422 right around 29, again, no signs of a rush hour this morning, and that's the case all over. speed censors high up in the 50's, everywhere this is the green, no delays for mass transit. things at the airport are fine, nicole? >> vittoria, negatives update clock 55, up next on cbs this morning, the booming film industry down south. more local news weather and traffic on the "cw philly".
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milestone for marijuana users. colorado is about to mark a full year of legalized recreational pot, but the cannabis culture brought unexpected consequences. president obama and the first lady have found plenty of reasons to enjoy the restaurant scene in washington. we'll show you how it can take days of planning for just one night out. that's ahead. "the new york times" says top veterans affairs officials were aware of long delays at a phoenix hospital long before the scandal broke out earlier this week. susan bower is a former executive said in the beginning of 2009 she briefed then-eric shinseki and top officials a year about backlog. shinseki resigned in may. "the washington post" says the group calling itself islamic state is failing at governing. the self-controlled caliphate says life is grim under their
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>> her ordeal began in east timor in september after she shared a taxi with a stranger who was carrying meth aminat mean. >> 41-year-old dr. stacy addison was released from prison on thursday but she's still unable to leave the country as the government has not yet returned her passport. news of her reliease is a relie to her mother. it was an unexpected holiday gift for dr. stacy addison, released from this women's prison in east timor. >> she was almost in shock. she didn't -- she didn't expect it. it was christmas. >> reporter: more than 7,000 miles away, her mother, bernadette, at home in oregon received the news from state department officials followed shortly by an emotional phone call with her daughter. >> as soon as she got out she called me. i'll tell you, it was just so
great to hear her voice and talk to her. crying and i was just so happy. >> reporter: she told "cbs this morning" that addison is in good health. her daughter, a veterinarian, is now a guest of the country's former president jose ramos horta, a noble peace prize winner. >> she's staying there. she'll be able to get medical occasion a checkup. >> reporter: september 5th that addison's around the world trip of the a lifetime turned into a nightmare. she crossed into indonesia sharing a taxi with a complete stranger when he asked to make a stop and pick up a package. the package turned out to be drugs. when the taxi was stopped by police, addison was detained for a few days. she was released briefly but officials withheld her passport, forcing her to stay in east timor. in october she was rearrested
and kept behind bars until christmas day. her mother has worked tirelessly to secure her daughter's release for four months. >> i've written everybody. you know, write the pope, bill clinton. >> reporter: oregon city jeff merkley spoke with cbs affiliate koin about the relenltless efforts to free addison. >> we pursued back channels for folks who have connections that have them privately. we did everything we possibly could to find a way for her to get released from prison. >> reporter: the state department said the u.s. government has welcomed the decision. however, addison's ordeal is not over yet. senator merkley says, it is still going to take time before her passport is returned, allowing her to travel freely to the u.s. but for this oregon mom, her daughter's freedom could not have come at a more perfect time. >> it's going to be a memorable christmas. i will never forget this christmas.
>> now, doctors stacy addison's next obstacle is to get her passport back. critics blamed the delay on u.s. senate gridlock. until recently, there was no ambassador in east timor. now that there is finally a diplomatic presence in that kurngts it's hoping the process of bringing addison home will be a lot smoother. >> thanks. we're in the thick of the holiday movie season and california isn't the only place making movie magic anymore. anna werner shows us how much of the lights, cameras and actions moved thousands of miles away from hollywood. >> i've been looking for you, lone star. >> reporter: the hollywood you know is changing. "dallas buyers club," "12 years a slave," all of these weren't filmed in california. they were made here, in louisiana. >> that's right. >> reporter: in fact the bayou state is now the film production
capital of the world with 18 feature films released, more than runners-up canada and california. >> it's very difficult to justify shooting in california when you have these type of incentives. >> reporter: he isn't talking about louisiana's cajun cuisine or night life. he's talking about money. in 2002 louisiana began offering a unique tax credit. 30% for productions shot in the state. movie producers can get even more money back by hiring local crews. >> coming here, the tax credit is a big draw, for sure, because you get to actually put funds back into the production. >> reporter: and other states are taking notice. a total of 39 now offer some sort of film-related tax incentive. and it seems hollywood is feeling the pressure. next year california hopes to
bring back the lost business with newly expanded tax credits of up to 25%. but nor now, louisiana remains ahead of the attack "g.i. joe retaliation" was filmed in the big easy in 2011 and received $30 million in tax credits. >> the big key is having enough room to support the movies. >> reporter: "green lantern" first of the first big budget films to be filmed in new orleans after hurricane katrina. >> when it came time to do green lantern, i thought of louisiana, i was familiar with their program and i knew it could work financially but i wasn't sure if it could work creatively. >> reporter: it worked. following "green lantern," box office hits like "21 jump
street," "pitch perfect" were all filmed in louisiana. >> people come down here for six to nine months sometimes on a movie and it increases the economy. >> reporter: with potential blockbusters in the worngs for 205, it seems big movies in the big easy are here to stay. reporting for cbs, anna werner. >> i knew new orleans had gont big. i didn't realize it had gotten a that big. >> did you notice there's a lot of plots set there? coming up, a year of legalized pot from sales taxes to the symphony see how it changed colorado and why the battle is not over yet. that's ahead on "cbs this morning."
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because of the impact on neighboring states. >> reporter: if skeptics wondered about the popularity of pot, on january 1st, colorado residents answered with their wallets. lines on the first day stretched aren't the block. >> we're sort of like explorers. >> reporter: colorado's governor, john hickenlooper, who opposed marijuana, was still skeptical. we sat down with him. are you still happy with it in the sense and the way it's unfolding? >> sure. i think almost every elected official in colorado, we didn't want to be the social laboratory. our voters passed it by a large margin, 5 -45, and we accept this is going to be one of the great social experiments of the next 50 years. >> reporter: colorado now has 800 outlets. denver alone has more pot shops than starbucks. john studies government policy at brookings institute. these days means watching
marijuana trends. >> there's clearly a profit motive among producers. they're not in the business to deliver some public good in the form of marijuana. at the same time, states have found there is a selling point around the taxation of marijuana that's an important part of passing these initiatives. >> reporter: indeed, selling pot is putting a lot of taxes into the revenue pot, at state and local levels. the state took in more than $43 million in the first nine months. local cities collected millions more. but high times have come with some low points. like how to regulate edibles, products like kaentd infused with marijuana. it allegedly led to the suicide of a visiting college student who overdosed and jumped to his death. some things evolved as the year went on. like testing. at the outset it was voluntary which brought us to buyologist jen murmurry.
she tests pot. what don't i want to ingest? >> we have found molds, mildews, e. coli. >> reporter: no wonder testing is now mandatory. four states and the district of columbia have okayed pot for recreational use. more than 30 states allow sales for some form of medical use. >> what the success does show is a state can do this and the sky doesn't fall. that society doesn't fall apart or go into crisis. ♪ >> reporter: on the contrary, it went classical. in denver, the colorado symphony made pot pay and raised money by bring your own marijuana partner. proof that colorado's first year that the days of reefer madness have gone way to marijuana going main stream. for "cbs this morning," barry petersen, denver. >> i lived and worked in denver
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good morning, i'm erika von tiehl. christmas may be over, but the gifts are still coming. this forecast, how about it, katy? >> oh, you said it, that's absolutely the way i would have put t a real nice day coming up here, and that's going to keep ongoing for us, into the upcoming weekend, doesn't last all weekend, but let's see what we can get. the fact that we just had cold front cross through, and the temperatures have certainly take answer hit here, but look how clear these skies are, in its wake. and, because we had cold front cross through, would you think the temperature would be a lot colder than this, but, even though it is a little chillier than it was by comparison to yesterday, we're actually to up 50 degrees, which is still close to ten above the norm. colt colds he is air pent up in canada. we top to 35, keep the theme
going tomorrow. more nice weather come sunday more clouds, shower along the way, and by monday back to reality on the thermometer. vittoria. >> in. >> thank you, good morning, right now it is beautiful. all of our majors, speed censors are high up in the 50's, talk about that in a second. but let's talk first about the ben franklin bridge, no problems in either direction, whether headed into new jersey or headed into pa, it is beautiful out there. all of the bridges look great. and even all of our majors look great. this is 95, not too far away from the welcome center in delaware. where you will notice there is barely anyone out there. really that's the case, i think a loft folks are still home, mass transit looking great. things at the airport looking great a lot of good news this morning, erika. >> we'll take it, vet tore crashes thank you, next update at 8: 25, next on cbs this
♪ baby you're a fire work come on show them ♪ it's friday, december 26, 2014. welcome back to "cbs this morning." more real news ahead, including the release of the controversial film "the interview" and what it could mean for the future of hollywood. first, here's a look at "today's eye opener at 8". >> americans turned out to see this film. some even say watching it was like taking a political stand. >> a group called lizard squad claimed responsibility for the attack on sony's playstation network and microsoft's xbox. >> authorities say they investigated 40 threats against new york city officers resulting in six arrests. >> the material that potentially contained live ebola were destroyed before officials even discovered the problem. >> u.s. combat mission officially ends on december
31st. the president thanked the troops for their service. >> a lot of retailers saying the news has been pretty good. traffic may be down. >> online sales are surging. >> a lot of people are calling this a christmas miracle. no inn, no manager, just a woman who went into birth on the subway. >> talk about not being on your birth plan. >> at 11,000 feet there are blizzard warnings but here in oahu it's 70 degrees and the only thing reminding us of a white christmas is the sand. >> you're making us jealous. >> new york city police are preparing to say final good-byes this morning to one of their own. the family of rafael ramos visited a memorial on christmas
night near where the officer was killed. >> ramos and his partner wenjian liu were ambushed in their pa control car. the airline jetblue is giving free flights to any law enforcement officer who wants to attend the funerals. vice president joe biden will be at the funeral for officer ramos tomorrow. services for liu are still being planned. president obama spent part of his holiday thanking service members during his hawaiian vacation. he made a stop thursday at marine corps base hawaii with the first lady. >> i know that i speak for everybody in the entire country when we say we salute you, all right? and i hope you guys had a wonderful time. i gather santa made some pretty good stops. i've gotten some, you know, reconnaissance, a little information. there's been all kinds of stuff that's been dropped off. so, i suspect the kids will be busy for quite some time. >> the president's message comes as the combat mission in afghanistan officially ends this
month. the controversial movie "the interview" is opening in even more theaters this morning. these were the lines at independent theaters on christmas day. many theaters reported sellouts. the line wrapped around this theater in kentucky. movie goers have given the comedy mixed reviews but many say they attend screenings to stand up for free speech. this morning hollywood is watching to see if the groundbreaking distribution for "the interview" could be a model. peter lattman is with us. >> good morning. >> i don't think this is how they wanted to release the movie but how has it worked out? >> you could call it an accidental experiment. i think we're hearing box office receipts were $1 million on christmas day. remember, this movie is only being released in about 300 theaters. it planned to be released in about 2,000 theaters.
it's a much more motdest release than they had planned. >> if i'm sony pictures or a company who releases movies, i see the benefit of releasing it in two forms. if i'm a movie theaters, i'm not happy. >> the big chains are the linchpins. it's only the independent theater chains releasing the movie at the same time you could see it at home on google or microsoft's online video systems. so, in some ways this is a unique experiment. as you say, hollywood is watching closely to see how it does. >> they've talked about doing this for a long time. they didn't want to anger the theaters. sl-s there any evidence it works? >> you've seen modified work. you'll see netflix with "crouching tiger hidden dragon."
you haven't seen a big major motion picture released at the same time. they think the online viewing will cannobolze big theaters. >> as with many of these stories, profits are ultimately what everyone is waiting to see. how long do you think it will be if we see profits are better for this movie for companies, production companies, to say, let's make this pivot, let's see if it really works? >> there was outsized publicity for "the interview" so lots of people are going to see it. people were singing "god bless america" before the screening. this is unique. nevertheless, people are going to the theater. i went yesterday and i could have stayed home and rented this movie for $5 but i went with my family and paid nearly $100. the moviegoing experience still persists but i think our grandchildren are going to say, wait, you had to wait a long time to see a movie online before going -- or you had to go to the theater beforehand?
i think it will change but it will take time. >> do you think big theater chains may regret they chose not to show this film because it pushed up simultaneously releasing this film? >> i think in retrospect, possibly. the movie does seem popular. let's face it, there was a terror threat. these facts and circumstances are totally unique. i think we'll have to wait to see a normal example to see if hollywood really changes it's way. >> 100 bucks for your family, that's enough -- >> tickets, popcorn, soda, it adds up. >> thank you for being with us. ahead on "cbs this morning," president obama's passion for eating out. >> hot sauce. got to be hot. you have to have some coleslaw around here. the word is chocolate layer cake here is definitely -- it is devilish. >> see what it takes to look after the president when he goes out for a meal.
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good food had him enjoying another christmas tradition in hawaii. he and first lady michelle obama dined at a japanese resident in waikiki. as bill plante reports, the president doesn't have to be traveled to paradise to be called the foodie-in-chief. >> reporter: president obama has dined at some of the trendiest restaurants in the world. from gentleman dan -- >> that's good sushi right there. >> reporter: -- to martha's vineyard, his hometown of chicago and childhood home in hawaii. as the first six years in the white house, the couple has found plenty of reasons to eat at the top eateries. eating at the city's best high-brow and low-brow cuisines. >> the president is eating at hipper places than any president, part because we have hipper restaurants and part has to do with their taste.
they like going out. >> reporter: washingtonians rarely saw his predecessor out on the town. >> president bush didn't leave the white house at night often. he didn't enjoy dining out and dining at hip places the way the obamas do. >> reporter: washington norah, a washington, d.c. fine dining landmark has hosted the first couple twice. even opening up its special private room in 2010 for michelle obama's surprise birthday party chef norah has owned the restaurant for 35 years. does he have a food taster? >> well, you know, there is a secret to every person in the kitchen watching what we're doing. they stand -- you know, they're everywhere. at every entrance, they're at the kitchen, they're at the entrance door. anybody who comes in the restaurant is checked. and the kitchen does at least one if not two people who really check. >> reporter: camilla rothwell handles special events for the restaurant and helped plan the first lady's birthday.
>> it was a surprise party for michelle obama. i opened the doors and her guests and family were hiding out to one side. we raised the lights and everybody jumped up and said, surprise. >> reporter: rothwell admits while it's an honor to plan a dinner for the leader of the free world, it can be challenging. >> when you do get the president coming, or v.i.p., the security take up tables, so for a restaurant it's an expensive business because they have to give up valuable real estate in the restaurant to make sure the security are seated at tables that have a direct line of view to the president. >> reporter: and they don't order food? >> they don't order food. >> reporter: brent swander spent six years planning trips for george w. bush and for several white house hopefuls. he says it can take up to a dozen people and days of planning for one presidential nigh out. >> the secret service will be part of that planning process if we know a few days in advance. we still limit that footprint
and we certainly don't make any reservations or let the restaurant know that it is the president coming. we keep that very under wraps. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," this is bill plante in washington. >> it's so interesting to hear how much planning goes into all of it. i have to say, when they go into a restaurant, especially a low-key one, especially d.c., i try to go for it. >> it's great publicity. if i were the secret service, i would say, mr. president, would you consider take-out? a celebrity dog, an heiress fearing for her life, and peter van zandt sits down with the woman at center of the mystery next on "cbs this morning." >> announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by toyota. let's go places. during toyotathon. i love the new look. and it's a blast to drive. oh, so you've driven it?
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zandt's report for tomorrow night's "48 hours". >> reporter: mark stover was known as the dog whisperer of the pacific northwest. >> my uncle could speak dog. >> his clients included ceos, rock stars, professional athletes. anybody that was anybody. >> reporter: he met his match in the elegant sportswoman linda updike, one of daughters of wally updike, founder of a winery. >> she was tall, slender, beautiful. my brother adored linda updike. >> reporter: in 2002 they were married but it was not happily everafter. >> he was in rages, would have tantrums all the time, every day. it was very, very difficult to live with. >> reporter: after three years of marriage, linda updike told mark stover she was leaving him. >> he was just in a shaking rage. i'm not going to grant this to you. you have a big fight on your
hands. >> reporter: so began a war of the roses with accusations of stalking and violence on both sides. did you think you were going to end up dead? >> yes, i really did. >> reporter: mark stover was telling a very different story to his friend, theresa. >> he was she fearful. he said, she will not arrest until i'm dead. >> reporter: came into that mix was michael oaks, divorced father of four. you've been described as linda's body guard. is that accurate? >> i don't believe that's correct. i did an analysis of her home security situation and that's the extent of my professional interaction with her. >> reporter: but their personal interaction was a different matter. did you fall in love with her? >> i did. >> michael was somebody that, honestly, i have been waiting
for for my whole life. >> reporter: investigators say michael oaks was willing to do anything to protect his new love. they say he went to mark stover's house and shot him dead. >> the implication was that michael was hired by someone to go over and kill mark stover. was it you? >> no, absolutely not. >> reporter: almost one year to the day after mark stover was killed, michael oaks went on trial for his murder. a court case that the people of this town will not soon forget. >> michael oaks is not a murderer. >> i understand the jury has reached a verdict. >> what is it? linda has never been charged with any crime in the case and continues to deny any knowledge. can you watch peter van zandt's full report tomorrow on "48
hours" at 9:00 central on cbs. kennedy center honoree, al green, his first big break and how the american song book could be in his future after your local news and tomorrow. what do you really agree to when you log online. the risks you take by scrolling through the terms and conditions and clicking "i accept." that's tomorrow on "cbs this morning saturday." ♪ because you make me feel so brand new ♪ ♪ and i want to spend nul nul my life with you ♪
this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news". good morning, i'm nicole brewer. philadelphia police are searching for the suspect who robbed a chain east take out restaurant in fernrock overnight. it happened lets than a block from the 35th police district at the asia two restaurant on north broad street. police say the gunman got a which with cash then fled inside a blue mini-van, fortunately, no one was hurt. >> now, a check on the forecast, the beautiful forecast that katie has in store. >> it really is. good morning, nicole. high shall everybody, hammy friday to you. what a way to sort of wrap up the week here and continue into the upcoming weekend if maybe your holiday festivities are continuing on. it looks like the weather really going to work out for us here. we've got high pressure in place. there is a loop playing here. but you have got to look really closely to tell that anything is actually happening
here on storm scan3. and truly with nice clear sky like we have, it is just a beautiful day unfolding. and we haven't been able to report too many of those lately. we know. 50 degrees our expected hi, nice afternoon with sunshine, we drop down to 35 later tonight. all is calm and certainly bright for the next two days. and we keep up in the low and mid 50's right through sunday, but sunday is the day we see our next cold front come through. more clouds, very likely couple of showers as that colds front crosses. vittoria? >> thank you so much, katie. good morning, everyone, traveling on the majors respect pretty beautiful out there, no signs of any sort of disruption. this is route one not too far away from the pennsylvania turnpike. not too far away from the neshaminy mall, franklin mills mall, doing any holiday returns you should be good to go. even around the king of prussia mall, same story, 202 at allendale, showing that you there are barely any vehicles out there. schuylkill, nice and clear, 59 nice and clear, basically everywhere is nice and clear. we do however accident route one north brown beyond bridge
♪ love and happiness welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, our korgs with grammy winner al green. he has the awards, the hits, and his own ministry but we learn what keeps him wanting more. plus kids on the run from isis. we'll show you how an american charity is helping them take a big step toward staying warm this winter. the donations making a powerful difference in a war zone straight ahead. it's time to show you the headlines from around the globe. "new york times" says the secret service is defending the practice of hiring young volunteers to drive in the president's motorcade. they have enlisted to drive vans carrying staffers and reporters. the secret service says it's
been standard since at least the 1980s. "the washington post" says most teenagers take their first sip of alcohol in december. it's happen to hamm happen this month than any other other than july. they say there's a lot more alcohol available during the holidays. bit end of this month, 353,000 teenagers will have tried their very first drink. britain's "guardian" says mcdonald's took emergency measures to get medium and large fries back on the menu in japan. the chain will no longer have to ration servings at 3,000 yapp niece restaurants due to a french fry air lift. >> what a perfect excuse to use an air lift. >> got to get your french fries, you know? he's one of the great soul singers of his time. al green is a music legend who career goes back decades. this year he's one of the kennedy center honorees which
makes him one of the best in american arts and cultures. we sat down with him in memphis. >> reporter: at 68 his voice still see deuduces. ♪ what about the way you love me ♪ >> reporter: do you know anything to keep your voice as good as it sounds? >> no. some people's voice changes as they get older or ages. mine is about the same. i can hit higher notes now. yeah. in fact, i do when i step on my foot. ♪ >> reporter: one of the great soul singers of his time, the reverend al green's career has taken him from gospel to r&b and back. winning him the 11 grammy awards that decorate his church office in memphis. >> now we're getting the kennedy honor. >> reporter: it's a pretty big honor. >> when you look on the title
sign it says rose kennedy, john fitzgerald kennedy, robert kennedy. wow. if those people think i could really sing, wow. i never thought i would get this far. ♪ ♪ the minister >> reporter: the son of an arkansas share cropper, al green grew up in grand rapids, michigan. one of ten children, he performed with his brothers in the family gospel group. you pretty much always knew you wanted to be a singer. >> oh, yeah, from my heart. >> reporter: you were very determined. >> yeah. >> reporter: where did that determination come from? >> i had a hard head. >> reporter: you did? >> yeah. my dad says, it's a hard head. it's the hard head of the family. yeah, he'll make it because he's got a hard head. and a determination he just won't quit. >> reporter: after his father kicked him out of the house for playing jackie wilson records, he formed a group.
♪ pack up the train snchltd back up the train ♪ >> reporter: al green and the soul mates had a modest hit with "backup train" in 1968. ♪ i've got to take my baby >> reporter: then green's voice caught the ear of producer willie mitchy. >> willie said, i wonder if you could come down and look at the studio. i says, no. so, i went back to grand rapids. >> reporter: why didn't you go? >> i didn't know what he wanted. and i didn't see the vision that he saw. he discovered al green. i didn't. i was trying to sing like wilson pickett, james brown and all these other folks. you know, they were great people to me. not al green. al green? who's al green? come on, man. ♪ >> reporter: but he changed his mind. and went down to royal studios in memphis, where mitchell would
push his protege. >> he would say, you're trying too hard. relax and sing al green. i said, yeah, but you see, i don't know how al green sounds. this man made me mad. i went outside, got my corvette, did doughnuts in the street. and i let off some steam. and i come back in and i said, okay, what do you to want say? i'm not even going to try to put no emphasis in it at all. he says, okay -- ♪ i said -- ♪ i'm so in love with you wherever you to do ♪ he stopped the machine right there and he said, now, that's al green! i said, oh, god, you scared me to death. ♪ is all right with me >> reporter: it was 1970 and the next four years would be al
green's golden era. he and mitchell would score eight gold singles. all of them recorded on this microphone. ♪ i want to spend my life with you ♪ >> reporter: what was it about microphone number nine that you always went back to it? >> willie said, i sound better on number nine. so, he tried to put me on eight and that didn't work. too squeaky. so, he put me on ten. that didn't work. too dull and flat. so, i'd always go back to number nine. i don't even know what kind of mike it was. just number nine. just give me number nine. ♪ i'm so tired of being alone i'm so tired ♪ >> reporter: you had it all then. >> yeah. but i wouldn't accept that. i didn't want it all. if that scares me. >> reporter: what do you mean? >> well, i don't feel flished like i've flished everything and i have nothing to worry about.
now, you have to stay hungry all the time. ♪ ♪ can you make a broken heart >> reporter: at the peak of his success after a concert in disneyland in 1973, green had a dream and woke up born again. did you ever ask yourself why it happened then, that night? >> huh-uh. i was scared to ask why it happened then that night because i didn't want nothing to change. i said, whatever your will is for me, i'll accept it. >> reporter: so for nearly 38 years now, the baptist bishop has been preaching to ms. memphis congregation at full tabernacle gospel church. but he never gave up recording. and after eight gospel grammys, he finally won his first in r&b in 2009. that year he also filled in at
the last minute with justin tim per lake after rihanna and chris brown. ♪ you make me feel so brand new ♪ >> me and justin did "let's stay together" and we saved the world! not really but, you know, we like to kind of, you know, fluff on it and think, yeah, we -- we did help out a little bit. >> reporter: do you have another album in you? >> yeah, i'm going to make one. i'm riding one now. >> reporter: are you? >> yeah. >> reporter: a gospel album, he says. after that al green wants to go back to the american song book. you want to do an album of classics? >> yeah. >> reporter: now, that would be cool. ♪ those autumn leaves drifts by my window ♪ ♪ all them leaves red and gold ♪ yeah!
>> if you ever find yourself in memphis, tennessee, on a sunday morning, you must go to the full gospel tabernacle church and see al green preach and sing. it is something to make sure you put on your bucket list. >> i can't believe you got your own private concert there. that's pretty unbelievable. >> you know what, it's one of the special things in my life is to sit there and have al green singing. >> and he sounds amazing. >> better than ever. you can see al green and all of the recipients right here on cbs. how a simple act of american kindness is helping kids stayy one step ahead of
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♪ it is one of the heart breaking realitiesf the isis rampage through iraq and syria. more than 100,000 children are among the 1 million people forced to escape into northern iraq. but margaret brennan learned how a little known group of american civilians are helping those kids face winter by giving boots on the ground. >> reporter: you could call it a wartime cinderella moment. for a child who has lost everything to isis, a shiny new pair of rubber boots is an
extraordinary gift this winter. chris cleary and isaak work for spirit of america, a unique charity that partners with the u.s. military in war zones to provide aid to the local population. they've delivered 25,000 pairs of boots to northern iraq since november. each costing $2 a pair all funded by americans. >> the temperature's somewhere between 30 and 40 degrees and you have a kid that is wearing nothing but sandals, maybe socks and sandals and some are barefoot running through mud, the cold bare ground, you can put boots on their feet, it's gratifying. >> the reason i start spirit of america after 9/11. >> reporter: john hake thought of his two young sons and decided to use his business expertise to reshape america abroad. his military contacts told him save lives.
>> most people want a better life. we americans, we ought to be and we are, the better life people. if we can help our troops and diplomats in these terror and conflict situations, move things in the right direction by simply helping people achieve what they aspire to, that reduces the need for conflict. it prevents conflict. >> reporter: since forming in 2003 the charity has worked in 32 countries, providing everything from metal dedetectors for police a. they take donations 100%. >> 100% of money goes to provide for the boots. it happens in lightning speed. after we received our first donation for the project, we had literally boots on the ground and helping these children within 14 days. >> reporter: spirit of america has plans to distribute another 60,000 boots in 2015. now they're operating inside of
syria aiding the opposition. for "cbs this morning," i'm margaret brennan at the state department. $2 a pair. it's incredible how so little means so much. >> an incredible mission. up next, the most unforgettable moments of the holiday week. i think we'll be in these. i'm not sure. you're watching "cbs this morning."
that was. happy weekend. >> they were quite simply assassinated. >> pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and open fire on a parked police car. >> i hope and pray that we can reflect on this tragic loss. >> what about those sitting in that patrol car? >> this is a time for every new yorker to put aside protests. >> there's no proof yet the blackout was even caused by a cyber strike, but it did come as north korea was threatening a u.s. target. >> we aren't going to discuss publicly operational, except some will be seen, some may not be seen. >> mark henry got off the delta flight with 18 guns in his bag. delta employees helped smuggle the weapons. >> this diplomatic breakthrough has renewed talks with cuba to hand over that convicted cop killer. ♪ lend me your ears >> joe cocker died from lung
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>> once your tail drops off and you start hopping, woop, woop, woop. well, the hopping never stops. >> i hate my nose. >> come and see jim davis and bring you lasagna. >> never send a man to do a cat's job. >> in 1978 he was a bad boy. he overslept, he overate, he didn't respect his owner. he really was edgy. >> she marks her man with her lips. he is her possession. >> before "mad men" everybody wanted to work on wall street. people want to work in the ad business again because they think it's glamorous, sexy ♪ roxanne >> you could say that the last shift began when you were born. >> you could say that. i was born on the street. by the end of the street was blocked by a big ship. i did everything in my power to escape that. >> be careful of those fruity drinks. >> they may have a kick in them.
a mom has two transit officers to help bring her newborn son into the wormed. we have some surveillance video here showing the two septa officers arriving just in time, to help deliver a baby boy, on the trains, this was at 15th and market, the station there last night bolt mom and baby were taken to hahnemann hospital. just incredible christmas story. well done, those officers. >> let's get your forecast now and the gift keep coming, this forecast, lover t. >> it will be a noise day as we said, just before we went to the break here on "cw philly". >> brought and beautiful, skies stay that way all day. don't have to worry about clouds building in, anything
like that, feels like it's been a whilement storm scan3, clear as a bell. as a result wall-to-wall sunshine out there, certainly sun glare, which i know vittoria will be talking becomes we will take it, 50 degrees, sunshine, can't beat that in late december. 35 degrees our expected low later tonight l all call many certainly bright for now specking brought necessary to continue with more sunshine by sunday, already cloud cover, however, although still mild for the standards, also few showers to dodge. monday, dose of reality, for the standards, back it the low and mid 40's, right through tuesday a may see rain and snow showers, have to keep an eye on that. >> she's absolutely right, sun glare will be a problem on the majors. that's the greatest gift we could be given right now, take a look at the ben franklin bridge, no delays in other directions, all of the bridges are awesome, all of the majors great, this is 95, not too far away from the girard avenue construction zone, sort of in the mix of t if you are
traveling, even in new jersey, 42, 55, the new jersey turnpike, you are in the clear. lots of green out there. we do however have an accident in bucks county on the northbound side of route one just beyond bridge street. no delays for mass transit. erika? >> thank you, vittoria. that's eyewitness fuse for nowment talk philly coming up at noon on cbs-3-3. i'm erika von
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