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dog for donald trump. rubio firing back. >> donald probably needs a lifeline after last night. he called in chris christie. >> how this tag team could impact trump on super tuesday. while the democratic side, the focus is on south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders taking shots at each other as voters ss go to the polls in the palmetto state. heroic chief. details about the police chief able to stop aunman ending a rampage in kansas. the ex-girlfriend is now under arrest. and breaking her silence. jennifer garner speaking out for the first time since slitting with ben affleck. what she has to say about the up. and moving and grooving. president obama with an impromptu performance during the white house tribute to ray charles. hey
>> even the first lady looked surprised. today, saturday, february 27th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on saturday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm jeff rossen along with jones. >> the first lady is looking at him and saying what are you doing? >> you said you weren't going to do this. >> the song like that, you just can't not do it. we all started to get in on it. >> and demi lovato and arizona shakes. >> and leon bridges, here featured on the "today" show. you can catch that tonight. our top story this morning is the race to replace president obama. republican frontrunner donald trump's campaign saying he will
his newest supporter. new jersey governor chris christie. marco rubio meantime is ramping up attacks on the billionaire. hillary clinton is poised for a big win on the democratic side in south carolina. we have full coverage for you this morning. we begin with nbc's hallie jackson in nashville covering the republicans. hallie, good morning. >> good morning. even though the #nevertrump is trending today for those not supporting the republican frontrunner. he is making headlines who is. chris christie. embracing the billionaire and going on the attack. >> reporter: together today on air trump, they a taking it on tour. chris christie now out of the race, but back in the spotlight as an attack dog for donald trump. >> marco rubio, your campaign is almost over, buddy. showing a lot of desperation. >> repepter: the endorsement of the new york billionaire sending
>> i look forward to working with him. >> reporter: last month, he was calling out carnival barkers. >> showtime is over, everybody. we are not electing an entertainer in chief. >> reporter: trump hoping christie can help him stay ahead of cruz and rubio. >> these are two desperate people. i saw him back stage with makeup where he is taking it with a trowel and putting it on. he was soaking wet and he was out here. you know, i only say it because honestly this is not a presidential guy. >> reporter: rubio firing back. >> look, chris is an articulate gugu donald needs a lifeline after last night. >> reporter: he's on offense now. at times gleefully. >> the makeup thing applying
>> reporter: nbc news supporting the supperort super pac supporting rubio. rubio hoping his attitude is not coming too late to take trump down. >> you all have friends thinking about voting for donald trump. friends do not let friends vote for con artists. >> reporter: all of this triggering speculation that chris christie may be angling for a high level position in a trump administration. maybe vice president or attorney general. christie is insisting when he is finished, his term as new jersey governor, go into private practice and make a lot of money. >> hallie jackson, thanknkyou. >> i want to turn to the democrats where today is primary day in south carolina. pivotal race leaving hillary clinton and bernie sanders with something to prove. nbc's kristen welker covering the democrats for us inn south carolina. kristen, good morning.
the polls just opened in south carolina. i'm at a polling place in columbia where folks started to file through. secretary clinton has a double digit lead here. her campaign insists they are not taking any votes for granted. senator sanders is not giving up. still sharply focused on super tuesday. hillary clinton and bernie sanders trying to catch fire at the oyster roast friday night. making a series of stops at voters head to the polls. >> let's have a great turnout in south carolina. >> the south carolina primary is personally important to me. >> reporter: and the democratic candidates are sharpening attacks. hillary clinton hitting sanders on guns. >> we need to strip the immunity that the congress voted for, including my opponent, giving gun makers and sellers immunity.
to court critical african-american voters here criticized clinton's stance on the death penalty. >> my opponent believes in the death penalty. i do not. >> reporter: the toughest words from rapper killer mike who slapped the term super predators. some saw as a slight. >> where was concern for black boys that are lying dead in the street because somebody chose to call them super predators. >> reporter: this after an apology for the 1996 comments earlier in the week. >> do you apologize to black people? >> reporter: clinton said she was talking about drug cartels. still, clinton tops african-americans by double digits, leaving some to wonder if sanders can stop her. >> can a a democratic candidate win the nomination? >> i don't think so.
is probably one of the most important to a democratic candidate. >> and while senator sanders is hoping to narrow the gap here, the past week he has been campaigning in super tuesday states. where the race is closer. in fact, he is not going to be here when the votes come in. instead, he will be holding a rally in minnesota. jeff and erica. >> we will watch it. kristen, thank you. harold ford jr. is a tennessee congress member and political analyst. so is josh barrow. the new york times correspondent. good morning. >> good morning. >> nice to have you with us. this chris christie announcement took so many by surprise when it popped up on our phones yesterday. interesting specifically because some of the terminology he used to describe donald trump in the past. naive. on february 7th, he told a crowd he is just not the right person to be president of the united
want representing our country. what is the impact of not only the flip flop from christie, but the endorsement when it comes to voters. do they care? >> politics has a long history. ronald reagan chose george w. bush. kennedy chose johnson. we have a long history of this. that wasn't the big surprise. the surprise for some was that christie gives him an imprint of an establishment republican with him. i thinknk most important for christie, i'm sorry, trump, christie will be an important surrogate with him in the early states and ones after that. making the case that rubio is not fit to be president. important day for trump. >> josh, are you surprised that marco rubio is getting more aggressive. talking about makeup application with donald trump. now comments about donald trump wetting his pants. is this a smart tactic or is it too late? >> i don't know.
if he was going to do this, he should have done this months ago. he is trying to be donald trump. why did he want the full length mirror? it is really undignified. it is weird. for months, one of the cases is donald trump is too undignified. if the only way to beat him is to act like him? i don't know. we are three days away from super tuesday, it is too late to make the shift. if you are going to beat trump, you have to make him look small and silly. calling him a con artist is a good line. calling out trump university is a good call. you cannot make the argument this quickly. i don't think you can tear it down in three days. >> the question is where was this before? the animation and emotion and pointed attacks. i agree with you. i don't know how this sticks with trump this late in the game.
point that rubio or cruz can do to make a move? >> i think we will know that by march 15th. the republicans award delegates proportionately. winner takes all on march 15th. >> you have texas in the first. the winner take all. if trump wins texas, a lot of this, before we get to the 15th, you see trump being able to make the case that i'm prohibitive frontrunner. it is difficult to stop me. you may see more endorsements. >> what about the democratic side? any path for bernie sanders? >> it is challenging. when you look at the states that is have already voted, states that are favorable to sanders. especially iowa and new hampshire. if sanders was going to just beat hillary nationally, he probably needed to win he iowa by 20 points. he about tied it. he needed to win new hampshire by 30. in south carolina, he can lose it, but lose it by too much. as the map gets more filled in,
will not be the nominee. >> two weeks ago. the story was powerful if sanders pulled off the victory in nevada. i think the chairman from south carolina said it well. the demographics and the african-american population, bernie sanders has issues. i know he has one surrogate about the remarks she made 20 years ago. the path seems to have narrowe in the last w wk or two. >> lots to watch. harold ford jr. and josh barro, thank you. >> nbc is the place to be for super tuesday coverage. join lester holt and savannah guthrie of super tuesday here at 10:00. there are new developments in the horrific mass shooting in kansas. the shooter's ex-girlfriend is in custody this morning accused of giving him the gun.
this morning. blake, good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning. let's start with the ex-girlfriend. along, the authorities wanted to know how cedric ford was able to get his hands on the guns. this is a convicted felon whose rap sheet dates back decades. police know this morning who helped him. with the kansas workplace shooter dead, attention turns to this woman. sarah hopkins. an ex-girlfriend who is charged with knowingly giving weapons to convicted felon cedric ford. he later used the guns in his attack. police recovered an ak-style assault rifle like the one on ford's facebook page and glock .22 pistol. the ex-girlfriend arrested is a different woman than the ex who filed a restraining order against ford calling him an alcohol, violent and depressed and someone in need of desperate psychological help.
that police believe caused ford to go on the rampage and shooting coworkers and injuring 14 and killing three. >> i never seen it coming. from cedric and for him to take it out on us and coworkers. we worked hand-in-hand with cedric. >> reporter: at the vigil last benjamin. >> she always had a smile. >> reporter: brian sadowsky who loved rock music and josh higbee. engaged to be married. he leaves behind a 4-year-old son. >> his son was his world. >> he adored him. >> reporter: high praise this morning for the cop identified as the town's police chief who hailed the gunfire to take the shooter down before backup arrived. >> saved a lot of lives. >> reporter: some estimates put
building behind me between 200 and 300 at the time of the shooting. the sheriff says if the police chief did not face that gunfire and run in, there would have been more deaths. he says the shooter would not have stopped until he was out of bullets. erica. blake, thank you. in washington state, five people are dead after a shooting rampage that led to a tense standoff. the suspected gunman called the sheriff's officer to say he shot his own family. the officer raced to the home to negotiate with the gunman. after three hours, the suspect walked out and shot himself right in front of the law enforcement agents. a s.w.a.t. team entered the home. a survivor, a 12-year-old girl, was taken to the hospital. john lennon's widow yoko ono is in the hospital. she was rushed from her home among reports of unconscious and suffering a stroke. sean later said his mother was
she is expected to be released shortly. now to the oprah effect which may be in trouble this morning. no one is rushing to hold a bake sale, but her bottom line is smaller. a huge stockholder in weight watchers and main spokesperson. the stock took a plunge on friday costing her tens of millions. we have olivia sterns with more. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. when oprah joined weight watchers in october, the hope is the magical fix and bring her star power to the brand and oprah would make weight watchers trendy again. if this weeks results are a guide, the talk show queen could be losing her touch. >> are you ready? let's do this oprah, weight watchers is a good fit.
who better to be the face of the nation's largest diet brand. >> every time i tried again, every time i tried again. it has brought me to this. >> reporter: in october, oprah bought in. sinking $43 million to buy a 10% stake. weight watchers doubled in more than a month. in january, she put out a tweet. >> i love bread. >> reporter: again, a spike. but on friday, the stock crashed. oprah taking a nearly $30 million hit. >> the company reporting a drop in sales as it lost more subscribers. >> oprah is not a panacea. >> reporter: weight watchers says the partnership is off to a strong start. the opportunity is huge. 2/3 of american adults are overweight. of course, that means competition.
>> reporter: jenny craig and weight watchers seem out of date. >> you can get free apps and your wearables. you don't have to go to a meeting or have a coach. >> reporter: you know, for many of us, the focus is moror on wellness rather than weight. working out more and not just counting calories. the truth is, technology gives us options to track our diets for free. weight watchers does have their work cut out for them. don't feel bad for oprah. she lost nearly $30 million yesterday, but she bought the stock when it was so cheap, she still made a lot of money on the investment. at the end of the day, she is still eating bread. there is a win-win. >> that's a win. olivia, thank you. dylan dreyer has the check of the forecast on this saturday. good morning. >> good morning. >> eating bread? >> i'm always eating bread. we are looking at a really nice warm up through the weekend. we have the big ridge in the jet stream pushing the cold air up
warmer air from the south. records. in minneapolis, the old record 53 degrees in 1896. a forecast of 79. oklahoma city, 73 degrees. cheyenne, wyoming, 65. same for the carolinas and new york city should be close to 60. we are looking at 55 in milwaukee. as we go into monday, we are still looking at scattered records to be broken. especially back through the mid-60s. little rock in 70s. raleigh at 59 degrees. we don't have a lot going on
breezy in the northeast. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thanks. >> two michigan lawmakers forced in a sex scandal are facing felony charges. former represent todd corser is charged with misconduct and lying under oath. he could face 15 years under prison. the other is charged with misconduct in office punish able by five year in prison. they were involved in a sexual affair.
a male prostitution scandal. coming together for the south beach food and wine festival al roker and natalie morales with friendly competition. we tagged along for the ride. >> welcome back to miami, al. >> i wake up to you every morning. >> we're here in the miami wine and food festival where i get to be a judge. a hard job. i have to eat may way through the burgers. al, apparently, has a killer burger. i can't wait to try it. >> a brisket burgrg. the grilled cheese. 1,000 island. slice it up. you're done. >> how good is that?
we need your vote. help a brother out. give us your vote. >> you think that burger can beat that burger? >> a lot going on. >> final cut. we made the final cut. >> this is my buddy al. he has been cooking up a storm all night. >> we made the top ten. >> you did? i'm not supposed to know your burger. give me a little bite, al. a little nibble. i'm judging. okay. al, i've died and gone to heaven. >> all of a sudden, i ate 47 burgers. >> that's delicious. >> now for the award for the
it goes to jersey dog. >> lights off, party's over. who did the better job? al or me? i'm in a meat coma. time to go to bed. >> good night, natalie. >> al has a busy weekend. he and natalie off to l.a. for the oscars. we will have a recap of all that. >> it will be hard to get into a dress after you have been challenged with all those burgers. >> in that is when you go for the moo-moos. a recap of the week's biggest stories and this caught on camera moment. when a man's pocket catches on fire. and remember the good old dress debate? we had that here in the studio? guess what? it is exactly a year after the dress drama and there is still the same question over the jacket.
>> it's gold. change does not roll in on the wheels of
inevitability. bernie sanders. he was there when dr. king marched on washington. unafraid to challenge the status quo to end racial profiling, take on police misconduct, and take down a system that profits from mass imprisonment. there is no president who will fight harder to end institutional racism. education. opportunity. reform. bernie.
>> tattletale. >> was this an accident? >> it will never happen again. >> all right. girls, we decided to have mercy. >> some things never change. a moment a lot of us "full house" fans want. "fuller house." 20 years after the original went on the air. more on that in popstart. outside on this saturday, february 27th, some chilly fans out there. >> not for long. it will warm up. >> good. tell them that. >> i will. guys, it's going to warm up. >> stick around. >> and say it with a smile. >> here is a look at headlines. donald trump on the campaign trail. this time with his one time rival chris christie. christie announcing on friday he is endorsing trump for president. on the democratic side, primary day in south carolina.
lead in the polls over bernie sanders there. the ex-girlfriend of the shooter in a horrible rampage in kansas now under arrest this morning. police say cedric ford's ex knowingly gave weapons to the convicted felon that elatehe later used. and information from the irs showing a cyber hack from 2015 is actually much worse than originally thought. the agency now saying hackers accessed more than 700,000 taxpayer accounts. that is more than double than what originally thought. let's begin this half hour with "the download." headlines. the gorilla in space. here are the stories that caught our attention. >> a hat trick for donald trump. with his third win in a row coming this week. the latest in nevada. >> we have to go all the way.
fireworks with the republican debate ahead of super tuesday. >> if he hadn't innherited $200 million. >> tough issues for the democrats. >> hillary clinton again pressed about releasing transcripts about her goldman sachs speeches. >> if you are going to ask for things, everybody should be on the same playing field. >> and sanders challenged about what he said in 1974. >> have they done things which they should not have done on behalf of the united states government? absolutely. >> deadly weather ripping across the nation. heavy snow in the midwest. >> blizzard like conditions cracking power lines. >> it is terrible. it will get worse. stay home. >> more than 30 tornadoes across the south. >> flying out the window. i had her by her ankles. >> what do we want?
headquarters as apple resists the orders to access an iphone used by one of the san bernardino terrorists. >> apple is willing to help, but not it is against customer privacy. a kentucky man stopped to buy a snack and his e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. the culprit? the lithium ion battery. a high profile battle shaking up the music industry. kesha and producer dr. luke are fighting each other in and out of the courtroom. >> a judge denied the singer's bid to be released from the luke. the producer she is suing alleging sexual assault. >> allys rallying for support.
saying i did not rape kesha. now to outer space. did this gorilla stowaway on the international space station? >> it is astronaut scott kelly having fun in a gorilla suit chasing around a crew member. where did he get the suit? >> acme. >> no, it was sent by his twin brother. and kate mckinnon does a mean hillary and bieber, but this will make you do a double take. >> you're ellen. >> of course i do. i'm ellen and we dance. >> she's got it down. >> kate mckinnon does a better ellen than ellen. >> and the biebs. true. >> dylan, how about another check of the saturday weather? >> we are looking at drought
california had a good run. we were seeing a lot of rain and mountain snow which is still up in the sierra. believe it or not, we have the exceptional drought through most of central and southern california. we will see a chance of rain as we go into next weekend, but in the meantime, it will be really continued to remain dry. 61% of california under extreme drought. 38% is the exceptional drought. we have scattered showers in the pacific northwest from seattle to portland. that is where we will see showers today and tomorrow. we will stay nice and dry. especially in l.a. for the oscars. it is a good time to stay dry. the next storm system is more of a pacific northwest thing. 1 to 3 inches of rain. gusty winds and mountain snow. especially in the highest elevations. next weekend is when california will see some of the rain. elsewhere across the country, things are quiet. we could break record highs from
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time for a little "trending." first up, the most bizarre food combinations. huffington post claims these are weirdly delicious. we have some to try. dipping pickles and orange juice. i'm trying it. not so much. >> why would you do that? >> pickles first thing in the morning? >> cheese and mayo. >> that is gross. hold on. >> the last one, i can get behind. my dear friend years ago told me if you soak strawberries in balsalmic vinegar it makes it sweet and it is delicious. >> it brings out the sweetness? >> the goat cheese and peanut butter is really good. >> my dad used to take me to work with him.
get chocolate milk, usually yoohoo and slim jims. >> you don't like this? >> that is more for you. >> i'll eat the peanut butter. >> i'll have it. fine then. year? the white and gold one? on the one-year anniversary, there is a new debate dividing people on social media. look at the jacket. some say this is blue and white. others say black and brown. i see black and brown. >> i see black and gold. >> i didn't see it. we were traveling this week. asked the same question. you have peanut butter right there. i have to tell you because i love you. 76 of those responded say it is blue and white. it was in the studio this week. >> what did they say? >> she said it is black and
>> i thought the addidas symbol was black and then white. >> i see black and gold. >> okay. so here, it is 76% in the poll. but on set, 75%. for the other side. finally today, one i'm sure a lot of the men can relate to. the boredom of shopping with your spouse. check outhe accouou miserable men. shopping with ladies and husbands getting dragged along. these are hysterical. >> they are not just bored, but sleeping. >> you could take a nap. >> i'd go somewhere else. >> we have kanye west and daughter north passed out during a recent shopping event. >> where do you shop that it is
shop. >> that is not a store i'm walking into. >> there is a guest list. >> kesha has a message for fans. let's move on to sheinelle in popstart. i'll eat my peanut butter. >> we told you the legal battle luke. she filed suit for allegedly drugging and assaulting her. charges he denies. she was denied an injunction to break the recording contract. she has received an outpouring of support from fans and celebrities. now she is thanking everyone through the medium she knows best. music.
oh, i don't know what i would do without you oh, no i don't know >> the 28-year-old's lawyer posted this on twitter. next, we have been telling you about the "full house" spinoff for months. have mercy. "fuller house" is finally here. in case you wonder how they address mary kate and ashley not being there. >> what is this? >> michelle sends her love, but she's busy in new york running her fashion empire. right? the series premiered to mixed reviews. fans tweeted things like jesse singing forever and all of a awed aunt becky sings too. i'm a mess.
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now some working at william and kate's home, kensington palace, the staff members who deal with tourists and sell souvenirs are threatening to strike over a proposed $5,000 pay cut. stop the presses as kate would say it. >> how long does it take to change or update? >> reporter: editing the huffington post. >> there is a privilege or idea i'm working next to a royal. for my experience, that wears off quickly. >> reporter: what about witnesses history? staff are there for the celebrations.
keir simmons, nbc news, london. hillary clinton: wall street should never be allowed to wreck main street again. americans haven't had a raise in 15 years. but i want to go further. whether it's racism holdldg people back... big financial interests, drug companies, insurance
companies, big oil companies... the indifference, the negligence. that's what i want to take on. to root out all of these barriers... and together we will make progress. i'm hillary clinton, and i approve this message. good morning. joined at the hip. shooting from the lip. donald trump on the campaign
his newest supporter, chris christie by his side. democrats focused on south carolina where it is primary day. hillary clinton hoping to keep her lead over bernie sanders. we are live on the campaign trail. breaking her silence. jennifer garner opens up since her public split with ben affleck. the access telling what led to the couple's break up. and interns to the stars. dylan and sheinelle going to work with country superstars rascal flatts. from organizing tickets to helping out back stage and picking up dinner. >> really? >> we will see how the experience really played out today, saturday, february 27th, 2016. life is a highway i'm want to ride it all night long >> it's our birthdays. she's 8. i'm 60.
>> mother/daughter weekend in nyc. >> and it's my birthday. life is a highway >> wait a minute. wait a minute. we have "life is a highway." we have those dancing and singing along. we didn't see dylan dreyer. >> i'm on the cutting room floor. i had a plate. >> it was a routine. >> nowhere to be found. >> you should bring it back. >> there was wind in my hair. i was drying it with a -- >> maybe we will get it trending. >> lots to get to this morning. including that. let's head inside to sheinelle with the latest on the campaign trail. >> candidates hot on the trail for super tuesday. donald trump is campaigning with a major endorsement. we have hallie jackson joining us this morning from nashville,
>> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. the #nevertrump is trending online, but donald trump is making headlines for those who are making headlines. chris christie. out of the spotlight, but taking the role as attack dog. we saw christie go after marco rubio hard. rubio in turn ripping in to donald trump calling him a con artist. rubio taking this tone ahead of super tuesday hoping it is not too late to slow down trump. christie says he will do whatever he can to try to help donald trump win the nomination, sheinelle. that is sparking speculation that perhaps christie is angling for a high level spot in a trump administration. maybe vice president or attorney general. christie insists when his term as new jersey governor is over, he plans to head into private law practice and as he says, make money like trump. sheinelle. >> it was a talker. hallie, thank you.
day in south carolina. it could be a good day for hillary clinton. nbc's kristen welker is in south carolina with the latest. >> reporter:. good morning, sheinelle. polls have been open for an hour now. i'm at a polling location in columbia. this is a critical state in the democratic nominating contest. secretary clinton has a double digit lead here. 60 to 32%. her campaign officials are not taking any votes for granted. she has been vigorously campaigning for the past week. particularly courting african-american voters. they are key to winning this state. last night, she and senator sanders attended the same oyster roast. >> i'll be with you. i will work for you. i will stand up and fight for you. if you will give me the chance to be the democratic nominee. >> i'm here to ask you to help me change the priorities of this
that works for all o o us. not just the people on top. >> reporter: senator sanders is hoping to close the gap here in south carolina, but he has spent much of this past week campaigning in super tuesday states. states where the race is closer and the electorate is less diverse. in fact, tonight, sheinelle, he will not be here when the votes come in. he will be in minnesota. >> kristen, thank you. in kansas, police say the gunman who went on a shooting rampage this week got weapons from an ex-girlfriend. cedric ford was fatally shot after a shooting spree that left 14 wounded and three dead. now an ex-girlfriend has been arged with knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. she gave ford a semiautomatic and a glock. and the update on the zika virus in the united states.
confirmed cases, including nine pregnant women. the cdc has been given permission to use a new test to see if a person is infected. an alert is put out for the olympics in rio. suggesting that pregnant women may want to skip the games. good news for a favorite visitor to american gardens. monarch butterflies are flying high again after years of decline. this year in mexico, the bright orange and black insects cover three times the area they took up last year. they are threatened in mexico by illegal logging. the canopy that insulates them back to you. thank you, sheinelle. >> dylan has a check of thethe weather. >> we will have record breaking temperatures across the country before the next storm system moves in next week. because of the warm air, we will
you have sweet 60? i love it. happy birthday. erica and jeff. >> thank you. turning to a revealing interview with jennifer garner. she is opening up for the first time since splitting up with ben affleck. >> here is morgan radford with more. >> reporter: she has been called the girl next door. actress jennifer garner speaking out for first time since the break up with ben affleck after ten years of marriage. in the interview with "vanity fair" garner says my heart is on the tender side and is looking forward to getting past the pity stage. >> these two people were in love. they love each other. they still love each other. there is a great deal of sadness you cannot make it work. >> reporter: the actress says i star. i married him.
>> she really, truly believes in the institution of marriage. it will take some time and some perspective to figure out how she failed. >> reporter: garner makes it clear the couple decided to separate long before the alleged affair with the couple's nanny. saying she was not part of the equation. bad judgment, yes. it's not great for your kids for a nanny to disappear from their lives. affleck denied that alleged affair. for now, the actress is focused on her career and the couple's three children. >> i do think they are doing their best to make the transition as smooth as possible with the children front and center. >> reporter: she admits she laughed when host rickey gervais introduced him at the golden globes. garner says no one needs to hate affleck because she doesn't.
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back now with 12 minutes past the hour with everything you need to know before the 88th annual academy awards. we have the managing editor of fandango. very hollywood. >> yes. >> we want to give you a cheat height which erica is calling this morning of what to expect at oscars. >> three movies at the top of the list. this is good information if you go to a party and want to start a conversation. "the revenant" is in the lead. people are predicting to win. the top grossing picture. if from is a spoiler,
if "the revenant" does not win. >> "the revenant" is in the lead for the best director. >> yes. mr. alejandro. if he wins best direct after, he is the first to win back-to-back in 65 years. an historic moment. >> "the revenant" can clean up. leo dicaprio. if he does not win the oscar on sunday night, i think it is one of the biggest oscar shocks in history. >> who would win if leo doesn't? >> maybe eddie redmayne. >> best actress is not seen as being as much of a lock as leo dicaprio. >> i think it is the next biggest lock. brie larsen.
i think she will be great. i don't know if jacob tremblay will. he has been yucking it up. >> he has been fun to watch. >> what do you make of the controversy before you and how chris rock handles this? >> he has teased it on twitter with the #black. i would expect him to come with something at the top of the show. it is interesting how he finds that balance with keeping it light and series. >> does it go at the top of the show or continue to pop up throughout? >> that's the big question. no matter what he does, this is the biggest conversation starter on monday morning. everybody will talk about it. >> and they are changing the acceptance speeches. no more thanking people. a ticker on the bottom. will the stars follow that? >> there is a ticker. it will personalize the speeches more. >> we have ours right there. special thanks to our executive producer.
will it be too much of a visual distraction? >> this is meant to cut down the speeches so they don't get cut off. >> so you don't hear producers and executive managers. i like that. >> they are about to play the music for us. we have to leave it there. this is your biggest night. enjoy. have fun. up next, rascal flatts new interns dylan and sheinelle.
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it's a little too loud on the highway i want to pull >> we are hear at the hard rock hotel and casino. >> we are interning with rascal flatts and this is their opening night. >> i'm dylan. >> i'm sheinelle. >> i'm jan. >> first thing you need to do is printout your guest list. here are your tickets. >> are we giving tickets to these people? >> you will write these names on these envelopes. >> real work? >> yes. >> task complete. >> nice. next. >> this is amazing. >> i'm a great intern. >> hey. >> i'm dylan. >> thank you for being our interns for the day. >> we're excited. >> in and out burger. a double, double. and animal style fries.
>> i have to have a milk shake. >> fries, chocolate shake. >> i'm trying to lose holiday weight. thank you so much. >> i think we did good. >> i know. >> task completed for our entertainers. >> shoot. really? they don't need to know. >> did you get his burger? >> oh, wait. he didn't want onions. let's turn it around. >> yeah. >> everything you need. >> that was not. >> somebody asked you? >> it wasn't on me. >> dylan. >> we should probably go. >> you guys ready for the show? >> show time! >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> are you ready? >> oh, you're ready. i like the sound of that >> get ready.
>> we're going to cry. >> how far out there do i go? >> the whole way. >> the whole way? on the stage? i'm so nervous. [ applause ] >> i'm bringing you your guitar. >> do you believe this? >> i don't care if we did a good job or not. >> this is the best internship ever. >> i think they gave great effort. >> i'll give them an a for effort. they are really cute. >> enthusiasm was great. they were excited. >> they are welcome back anytime
they can do anything they want. they can sing. >> yeah. life is a highway >> they're really cute. >> they can come back anytime. we may go back. their managers and the crew there was wonderful. accommodating and open to letting us play along. thank you. >> we should mention rascal flatts has one week left at the hard rock hotel and casino until march 95 march 5th. we are going to see if we can get the outtakes online. >> you looked like a couple of school girls. >> you were crushing on the manager. even here. >> i need to point out. megan our producer, the first time putting together something on the road. we had a prank on her that we need to add to the web. we told her it would not happen. it was falling apart. they didn't want to be part of it.
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