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May 31st, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Is Justin Bieber Music Industry's newest bad boy?: E! Chief News Correspondent Ken Baker weighs in

Chief E News Correspondent Ken Baker on Justin Bieber's continued troubles with law enforcement. He is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans on the pop-star's continued pattern of 'hostility' towards law enforcement. Bieber has had several run-ins with law enforcement over his alleged speeding and reckless driving through his California neighborhood. Other famous faces who live in the same neighborhood have expressed concerns and aggravations at the teen's behavior.

Filed under: Celebrity • Law enforcement • Music
May 31st, 2013
09:20 AM ET

Bad boy Bieber? New concerns about pop star's behavior – Sara Sidner has the details

Bieber fever may be leading to a meltdown for the the star himself. Justin Bieber's latest antics are raising concerns. Sara Sidner has the details.

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March 7th, 2013
11:28 AM ET

BBC Radio 1's Chris Stark explains his nerves before his 'unconventional' Mila Kunis interview

It has been referred to as the best interview ever. The interview between a star-struck BBC Radio 1 reporter and a starlet actress has gone viral with over 5,500,000 views on YouTube.

Chris Stark, who acts as a side-kick on the Scott Mills radio show, was only given 10 minutes notice that he was being sent to interview actress Mila Kunis for her movie "Oz: The Great and Powerful." This morning, Stark talks about the interview with Soledad O'Brien on “Starting Point.”

Stark says his boss sent him to the interview because he “thought it would be really funny to send me out and see what happens.” As he left to go to the location of the interview, Stark says he panicked and “tried to think of just what questions can you ask a megastar.”

Reflecting on the interview that has since gone viral, Stark says “it all just seems like a bit of a blur.”

“In my eyes it felt like it was going badly. I remember the first thing I asked her because I tried to give her a compliment I mean she’s gorgeous she’s really hot. I think I said something along the lines of was it hard to play someone ugly and I think it just came across really badly,” he says.

During the interview Stark asked Kunis if she would be his “plus 1” to his friend’s wedding, to which she replied “well I’ve gone to a Marine Ball, so what's another?”

But since the interview Stark says he has not heard from Kunis. He adds, “For me it was just an amazing experience and… She just made me feel really comfortable and then I could just chat to her about things that I sort of I was interested in.”

Filed under: A little fun • Celebrity • London • Mila Kunis
February 15th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Will Pistorius get benefit of the doubt in girlfriend shooting case? Criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos weighs in

Attorney Mark Geragos on possible defense arguments for Olympian Oscar Pistorius in shooting death of his girlfriend.

Filed under: Athlete • Celebrity • Murder
February 14th, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Fitness guru Richard Simmons offers health, optimism, passion, energy with Project: HOPE

For close to 40 years, fitness guru Richard Simmons has been telling Americans to keep moving to help millions lose weight. Now Simmons has launched a new program called "Project HOPE" which stands for health, optimism, passion and energy. Simmons sits with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to discuss the project and why he's so passionate about it.

Simmons says one of the reasons he started this program is because he believes “our world has no hope and without hope you can’t cope.” He adds that besides instilling hope his program shows you how to “love yourself, move your body and watch your portions.”

Simmons says the high obesity rate across the nation is because “we have low self worth.” He adds “I call and email thousands of people every week even if I’ve known them 20 years and they’re not doing well. I always think that maybe after a phone call when I sing them a song that maybe they’ll turn it around.”

He says he doesn’t know why he takes other people’s struggles so personally but he says “I see my head on their bodies and I suffer their pain.”

Through his program Simmons says people will feel inspired because they’re going to see real people who have lost weight. He adds, “People come in all shapes and sizes and there’s no scales at the gates of heaven but on this earth it’s not just about you and your health but its about being a good example to your children.”

Filed under: Celebrity • Fitness
February 7th, 2013
08:27 AM ET

Actress Anna Deavere Smith discusses push for gun control legislation

If you don't know her for her award-winning one-woman stage shows, you might recognize actress Anna Deavere Smith from one of her many recurring television shows, such as the Emmy-winning Showtime series "Nurse Jackie."

Deavere Smith joined fellow celebrities Chris Rock, Adam Scott and Tony Bennet on the Capitol yesterday to speak out about gun violence and to urge members of Congress to act on the president's plans to tighten gun regulations.

On Starting Point this morning, the actress explains why she's become involved in the gun control movement and discusses the power of celebrities as advocates.

"I feel it’s important to come forward and take advantage of this dark moment to remind Americans that ... we need to find ways to get automatic weapons off of the street and to campaign for background checks and to make gun trafficking a federal crime," Deavere Smith says. "This is a chance when the nation is looking and understands how tragic this is that we ought to be able to make something happen."

Filed under: Celebrity • Gun control
January 29th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

'Silver Linings Playbook' director David O. Russell on the stigma of mood disorders

David O. Russell is one of the hottest directors in Hollywood right now. His movie “Silver Linings Playbook” is nominated for eight Academy Awards and has already won Movie of the Year at the American Film Institute Awards.  

Starring a high-caliber cast including Bradley Cooper as a bipolar man struggling to put his life back together, Robert De Niro as his dad, and Jennifer Lawrence as a depressed police officer's widow who ropes him into entering a dance competition, the film has both those really serious moments and wildly humorous ones. One of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, “Silver Linings Playbook” has earned Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, plus nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. David O. Russell comes to “Starting Point” to talk about movie.

Russell, who has a bipolar son, was inspired by his own personal relationship with his son. “I five years ago was given the book that I based it on, and I was looking for a story that could make my son, who had struggled with mood disorder, feel part of the world, and this is a just real story.” he says. "’Silver Linings’ is what I learned from him.”

Russell even praises Cooper for “becoming” his son in his portrayal. Cooper is but one of the highly talented actors playing powerful roles that make the heart of this film. Russell comments on that. “Characters are what interest me more than anything else. There are a lot of beautiful movies this year. Ours is about performance and characters,” Russell says. “Individual people that I could watch all day, those are the people that inspire and fascinate me.”

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December 12th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Photographer Steve Schapiro's five decade career of classic photos displayed in new book, ‘Then and Now’

During his five-decade career, photographer Steve Schapiro likes to say he has photographed everything from presidents to poodles. Schapiro has captured the special moments of rock stars, film stars and politicians of the 60's and '70's as well as photos of migrant workers and the Selma March with Martin Luther King. In his new photobook "Then and Now" Schapiro compiles some of his best and most iconic images. The book contains more than 170 photos – some of which have never been published before. He joins “Stating Point” this morning to discuss some of his most iconic photos and his new book.

Schapiro says it has always interested him, “to capture all the different elements that make up our country.” He tells the story behind him capturing an iconic photo of Actor Marlon Brando when he was hired to photograph “The Godfather.” Schapiro says, “Brando let me photograph his makeup session… and in the middle of it he just gave me this wonderful look which luckily I caught.” Reminiscing on a picture he took of Actor Dustin Hoffman leaping in a narrow hallway he says, “[Dustin] is a delight. He is a delight on and off camera. He just has such spirit and you know such wonderful feeling and humor all the time…This was just a moment after they had been feeling and it just was a spontaneous event.”

Schapiro admits that he always wanted to be a “Life Magazine” photographer and “one of the things that interested [him] was the migrant worker situation in America.” He talks about his very first story where he spent four weeks documenting the lives of the migrant workers through his photos and an essay and reflects on one particular photo of a cabin wall where a child once wrote “I love anybody who loves me.”

Filed under: Book • Celebrity • Photography
December 4th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Pat Houston releases tribute of images and essays to singer Whitney Houston: "Whitney: Tribute to an Icon"

It’s been nearly 10 months since the tragic passing of legendary songstress Whitney Houston. But she lives on in her iconic songs and images. Her sister-in-law and longtime manager, Pat Houston released a book in tribute to her just last week."Whitney: Tribute to an Icon" features 130 images of Whitney, some never seen before from the past 25 years of her life, taken by top photographers and curated by renowned photographer Randee St. Nicholas. Pat, who also wrote essays and the afterword for the book, joins Soledad O’Brien live from Atlanta this morning with more.

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October 2nd, 2012
11:53 AM ET

"The Princess Bride" star Cary Elwes celebrates 25th anniversary of the classic film

It’s been 25 years since “The Princess Bride” first awed audiences, but the off-kilter fairy-tale remains a classic. The film, beloved by generations for its comic appeal, extreme star power and timeless script, easily made hero Cary Elwes a star. Elwes visits “Starting Point” early Tuesday to talk about the 25th anniversary of the film and its famous lines that never grow old.

“We had no idea,” Elwes says. “We just wanted to make the best possible movie we could make. And we had a lot of fun doing it.” The actor adds that fans often ask him to repeat some of the memorable lines. “Sure, I get it all the time,” Elwes says. “I think that when I pass away, it’ll probably be on my tombstone.”

But, for Elwes, this fandom is welcome. Through his fans, the "Princess Bride" star is able to promote Mercy Corps, an organization that provides disaster relief and helps alleviate suffering by aiding people in rebuilding their communities. “They go in and they help rebuild the economy of these areas that have been affected by natural disasters or man-made conflicts,” Elwes says, adding that the first 100 fans who donate to the cause at Mercy will win limited edition memorabilia.

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