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A Night Club in Brazil Burns, Killing 233 People; President Obama is Heading to Las Vegas for Policy Speech; Screen Actors Guild Awards Night Tonight
Aired January 27, 2013 - 17:00 ET
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MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN ANCHOR: It's 5:00 p.m. on the East Coast, 2:00 p.m. out West. If you are just tuning in, thanks for joining us. I'm Miguel Marquez in for Fredricka Whitfield.
A tragic end to the summer in Brazil, at least 233 people died, many of them college students in an early morning fire at a crowded nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria. The students were celebrating the end of summer before heading back to classes on Monday. Fire officials say the Kiss night club was over capacity when the blaze broke out about 2:00 in the morning.
Let's go to CNN's Rafael Romo for the latest.
RAFAEL ROMO, CNN SENIOR LATIN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS EDITOR: Rafael, how about this break out?
At 2:00 a.m. this morning, it was spectacular show that was going there. There was a concert. And part of the concert involved pyrotechnics. Of course, you can imagine the flames shooting up. They got so way out that they apparently touched the foam, the insulation foam on the ceiling and firefighters are saying this preliminarily, that might have been the cause of the fire. It spread throughout the building very, very fast, creating dense smoke. And people started frantically run to try to get out of building.
The problem was authorities are telling us, there were enough exits. It's the emergency exits for rich people to get out of there and they end up going to the restroom and the situation go more complicated.
MARQUEZ: A lot of bodies were found in the restrooms. Why was that?
ROMO: Because at one points, all of the emergency exits got blocked by people who were trying to get out of there. They got trampled. The authorities tell us the even security guards were at first trying to prevent people from leaving the place because they were afraid they wouldn't pay their tabs, which at that point, sounds ridiculous, but that's what happened. And so, people though that the second alternative was to go to the restrooms, and at least they would find water there but a lot of the people were also trampled there.
MARQUEZ: Authorities combing now through what must be very grisly scene, but they are even affected. They are finding what down there as they go through this tough situation? ROMO: Part of the testimony that we have been listening to is comes from firefighters who got -- some of the first ones who got to the scene who told us they saw shoes strewn all over the floor of this place and also a lot of cell phones were going off at different times. Of course, you can imagine people, families, trying to get to -- tried to get in touch with ones who died there and also some of the others who went to the hospital.
MARQUEZ: Rafael, I can't even imagine. Our heart goes out.
And Rafael Romo, thank you very much for keeping us updated on this story.
ROMO: Thank you.
MARQUEZ: Appreciate it.
The U.S. has had its share of deadly nightclub fires.
Our Susan Candiotti joins us from New York - Susan.
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Miguel.
You know, with so many advances in fire safety, these disasters should be easier to prevent. Here in the U.S., it's been nearly a decade since the last nightclub fire that caused mass casualties.
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CANDIOTTI: In 2003, 100 people died at the station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, where the band Great White was performing. Pyrotechnics ignited soundproofing material. Smoke filled the room.
In 1990, arson was the cause of the Happy Land fire in New York. It killed 87 people. Authorities said the Bronx Club was operating illegally, two years after it was ordered closed because of safety violations.
In 1977, fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, killed 165 people. Among 2,400 waiting for entertainer John Davidson to perform, which believed to be an electrical fire went undetected at first. There were no fire detectors or sprinklers. At the time, they weren't required.
The deadliest nightclub blaze happened in 1942 at the Coconut Grove club in Boston. Four hundred ninety two people were killed. The cause of the blaze, to this day, remains unknown.
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CANDIOTTI: Among the questions investigators will be asking, how badly the club may have been overcrowded and why. Were there smoke detectors and a sprinkler system? As fire experts tell us, there is very little time to escape.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ANGELO PISANI, PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY: Well, what happens is the fire burnt and burns very rap applied like goes up heat and smoke at the ceiling level and then starts to descend very rapidly and I believe in some of those fires, about a minute and a half into the fire, it was at head level, where you can't breathe that smoke or gas without suffocating.
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CANDIOTTI: According to eyewitnesses and investigators, suffocation appears to be the cause of death for so many in that Brazil fire - Miguel.
MARQUEZ: Susan, just terrible. Thank you very much.
What kind of steps can we take when you're going out for a night, a club to dance, a concert, or some sort of crowded situation?
CANDIOTTI: Well, you know, there are a number of things that we all can do. We talked to safety experts who say you really have to pay attention to your surroundings. For example, if you see someone at the door to a club counting people who going in, that's likely a very good sign they are trying to prevent overcrowding. Also, look for sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, check out the exits, be sure to close to one. And at the first hint of trouble, get out do not hesitate to act. And if you don't see sprinkler systems or smoke detectors when you first arrive, you might think twice about sticking around - Miguel.
MARQUEZ: Susan Candiotti, thank you very much.
Turning now to the debate over gun control. Republicans and Democrats took to the air waves today. Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein laid out her case for banning military-style rifles on CNN's "STATE OF THE UNION" today.
Meanwhile, gun shows across the country this weekend saw increased traffic. Those selling guns are finding more and more customers and some of the buyers are complaining that vendors taking advantage of the situation by raising prices.
That arctic blast, it isn't over yet. Parts of the Midwest and northeast are being slammed with a mixture of freezing rain and snow, icy roads and poor visibility are making travel dangerous. The cold weather will continue into the workweek with some areas in northeast getting light snow.
Some scary moments for a group of 50 hikers in Arizona. They got trapped in raging waters while trying to cross a river. Police rushed to the scene after getting many emergency calls about stranded hikers, officials say it was a challenge to find them but eventually, all those hikers were rescued.
Action could be taken soon on one of the most controversial elements of immigration reform. We will tell you what lawmakers are doing to tackle it. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
MARQUEZ: President Obama has said immigration reform is one of his top priorities this term. Tuesday, he is headed to Vegas to begin what basically is a campaign to get his reform's package through congress.
Emily Schmidt is following the story for us.
Emily, do we know what the president plans to include in that Vegas speech?
EMILY SCHMIDT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Miguel that is really a place where the president is going to be making his case toward Congress. He has a three-point plan that he is going to be talking about, aides say. Basically, they are talking about things like increasing border security, making sure enforcing laws that employers aren't hiring illegal immigrants and undocumented works and then also, that pathway to citizenship that we hear so much about.
So, the president stays is a top priority. What's more, some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle say that they are also cautiously optimistic reform could become a reality. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain says he and other senators plan to announce the key principles of their plan a little later this week.
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SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Is there is a new, I think appreciation on both sides of the aisle, including maybe more important on the Republican side of the aisle that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
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SCHMIDT: Now, senator McCain said on ABC news "This Week" that that plan would include a way for undocumented immigrants to gain a way to citizenship. When asked how do you convince Republicans of that? He pointed to the last election, Miguel, where Republican Mitt Romney got just 26 percent of the Latino vote, 71 percent backed President Obama. And those are numbers that stand out to the GOP.
MARQUEZ: Oh, the numbers, yes, I'm sure they do no mystery why the president is in Nevada. They certainly want to paint that state blue as well. But, what is your sense of it, can -- will Congress really come together as sort of the math has changed enormously on immigration politics. Will he be able to get his reforms through Congress?
SCHMIDT: You know, we are hearing more optimism from both sides of Congress today on the Sunday talk shows than perhaps people have heard in a while and perhaps one reason, Miguel, could be taking a look at the poll numbers.
When you have a CNN/ORC poll that was taken just a week before the president took office for his second term, it asked people what should you can the policy for immigration on illegal immigrants? What was interesting, more than half, 53 percent of people said there should be a plan to allow people to become citizens of the U.S., 43 percent were actually favoring deportation and border security. But if you look at the numbers from 2011, they were almost opposite at that point. We have seen public opinion shift on this in just two years. It may be one reason that we are hearing this renewed policy discussion.
MARQUEZ: Are you and others in Washington, are you surprised at how quickly this thing has turned around?
SCHMIDT: I think one thing that's interesting. We have covered so many stories here in Washington, where you see the bipartisanship is not really the keyword. Both sides are so entrenched in their different sides. Instead today, we are hearing both sides talking about the potential for progress, the potential for cooperation on this. And that's tone that has been lacking on many issues recently.
MARQUEZ: Wow. We never hear that in Washington.
Emily Schmidt, thank you very much.
For folks who like to shop with their credit card, listen up. Starting today, you may pay more every time you swipe the card. Merchants said visa and master card are now allowed to add a service charge to the purchase price. It will cost the processing and transaction and fees and could be as much as four percent. Some stores say they won't add the charge.
If that is not enough, stamps prices have gone up again, but only about a penny. It will now cost how much, 46 cents to sent a letter or 33 cents to send a postcard. The hikes come as the postal service faces a budget crisis.
It is going to be a busy week in the markets. Investors are keeping their eye on the January jobs report due Friday. But before that, we will get - we are going to get another read on how much life there is in the housing markets.
Kenneth Polcari is director of Floor Operations for O'Neill securities. He joins me from New York. Hello there.
KENNETH POLCARI, DIRECTOR, FLOOR OPERATIONS, O'NEILL SECURITIES: Hello, Miguel. How are you?
MARQUEZ: Very good. So, let me start with the housing. We have seen things getting better in the market there. What are you expecting this week?
POLCARI: You know, they are expecting certainly that the housing numbers are going to -- housing price and housing numbers and existing home sales, everything, they are looking for that to improve, right? But, you have to be careful, because when you look at the improving housing numbers, you have to look at where they are improving, parts of the country, housing is very regional, understand that, right? And you also have to understand that are they building multifamily, they are building single family, because that also paints a different picture. Multifamily is typically more rental-type housing versus single family.
So, all those things are going to play a key into it. There is no doubt that I think the housing market's probably seen the worst but I don't, by any stretch, suggest or think that the housing market has just taken off and ramping up, that people feel like they have to jump in or they are going to miss it.
MARQUEZ: All right, lukewarm there. Jobs growth has been decent in recent months. What are you expecting on Friday when those numbers come out and will a good number what will it say about the economy, where it is?
POLCARI: Well, it depends on what the good number is, right? I think the expectation is for about 175 thousand jobs, clearly a positive number moving in the right direction, but understand, you know, we need to create better than 300,000 jobs every month in order to really get out of this hole that we're in.
So, that being said, I think you're going to get a preliminary look at the jobs number on Wednesday, with ADP. They will come out first on Wednesday with their estimate of what it is. And it will give the market a little bit of a sense of what to expect on Friday. And then, we will move from there.
Listen. Any positive number is a good number. Anything in or around 165 will be viewed as certainly expected. So, don't expect, you know, this massive reaction as a result.
MARQUEZ: This economy like an indecisive lover, isn't it?
OK. Earnings, they are coming up. Boeing, Ford, Caterpillar, all big players out there. They are good indicator of where the economy is heading. What do you expect to see there?
POLCARI: Well, listen, we have seen earnings this quarter come in, 72 percent of the earnings so far have wasn't the estimates. But investors should understand that, you know, the estimates have been slashed for the fourth quarter, right? The expectation was for 2.8 or three percent growth rate, that's down from nine percent the previous quarter.
So, in fact, it's almost impossible for a lot of these companies not to beat the estimate. What we're seeing is that they are missing on the top revenue line but yet they are still beating the estimate because they are making those strategic employment decisions, meaning layoffs. I mean, in the financial services industry alone, we have seen 16,000 layoffs in the first three weeks of the month, of the year, and we haven't even gotten into February yet. So, I'm yet to take that with a grain of salt, be very careful. But as a long-term investor, you should have a plan and stick with it, right?
MARQUEZ: Well, that's what spoke one thinks, it is hard to tell in this economy these days. You know better than I, Kenneth.
The stock market has been good recently. Are you expecting that to continue and is it really a good indicator of where the larger economy is going?
POLCARI: You know, be careful with that the stock market has been good, right? But a lot of it -- the reason it has been so good is because we have this massive stimulus policies out of the fed and out of Washington. And so, you have to be very careful about that. I think the market at the moment feels tired, it feels exhausted. We are up six percent since the first of the year. You are up 11 percent in eight weeks. The market has really not had a pullback. By no means, am I saying you are going to have this massive correction but don't be surprised. And actually, long-term investors should welcome the fact that the market pulls back a little bit five or six percent would actually be very helpful.
You know, you want to see the market pull back and build a base before if continues to move higher. And I would suggest, you know, that we broke through 5000 on the s and S&P. If that were really, really important, you would have seen if this demand was really pent up, you would have seen the market just blast forward. And in fact, it didn't. And what that tells you is there is a sense of exhaustion at the moment and one that needs to re-group.
MARQUEZ: As guy who watches all this, what do you want to see more than anything? What would say to you we're back in business here?
POLCARI: Well, you know, I'd like to see consistent job creation for sure. I'd like to see consumer confidence kind of rebound. I would like to see investors get comfortable again with the market. It's part of the problem with market action recently has been since we have gone through this financial crisis and since market structure has changed over the last five or six years, it is very complicated, very fragmented, and people have lost some confidence in it, right? That's not good for the public markets. That's not good for the U.S. capital system.
And so, people need to get more confident to come back in. I sense, as the economy starts to turn around, housing starts to stabilize, people feel more comfortable, then, you're going to get a return. People realize that equity are very much a part of their portfolio going forward and need to be for the long-term investors.
MARQUEZ: I'm feeling just a little bit better like the economy, I suppose.
Kenneth Polcari, thank you very much for spending really your Sunday with us.
POLCARI: Thanks, Miguel.
MARQUEZ: Hillary Clinton, just days away from stepping down as secretary of state. We will take a look at her legacy in Washington and how years from now, she may end up making history.
MARQUEZ: Secretary of state Hillary Clinton won't be secretary of state for long. She is expected to leave office as John Kerry is confirmed. But her standing legacy in Washington will be talking about for years. Someone who has interviewed and written about Hillary Clinton many times, especially during her years in the White House is biographer and historian Carl Anthony. He joins us from Los Angeles.
Hello, Mr. Anthony, how are you?
CARL ANTHONY, HISTORIAN, NATIONAL FIRST LADIES LIBRARY: Very well, thank you.
MARQUEZ: What are the core values of Mrs. Clinton that she has, first lady that continued to drive her as senator and then as secretary of state?
ANTHONY: Well, I will tell you, they are very personal values and the kind of sort of internal lesson, if you will, principles values that she started out with as a young person, but also, developed on her own through experience. She has an enormous capacity for forgiveness, of course, very important in politics and especially global politics, when alliances are shifting and people change their mind. She has the ability to see herself as both a symbol and recognize what people invest in her that might be unrealistic but never lose a sense of her own sense of being a human being, which means that you have limitations and flaws. But, what that has helped is, and when she meets people, regardless of what station in life they may be at, she has a really an openness. She listens to people and a respect for those people.
And she, also, has I think really an ability to see the big picture. She has been in jobs where it is always a focus on a crisis and a small picture. But she always has the bigger picture in mind. And frankly, I think if you go back even -- she has been in public office -- public service for 32 years since she became governor's wife, it's been a mission and that mission is to help other people. It really is that simple.
MARQUEZ: She has certainly been through the ringer as in her many roles in Washington. But, of all the first ladies, who does she most resemble?
ANTHONY: Well, I have to say and I have just written an article about this, too. You know, first lady of the world is the term that was applied Eleanor Roosevelt after her 20 or so years in public service. I think really that is genuinely applicable now to Hillary Clinton. It is - she is gone into an even when she was not elected official, when she was first lady, taken on controversial issues but important every day issues that face people and known that she will have to -- she will be attacked and criticized in sometimes it personally attacked, even if it's unfair.
And on the other hand, she has always had a global -- an interesting cultures and people from around the world and always sort of saw the big picture, what is it that makes - shows a commonality among human beings? And in that way, she is very much like Jacqueline Kennedy, a real fascination for different ways people live.
MARQUEZ: Let's look at a little of that. There are other first ladies who have made major impact opts country. You can go back many years to lady -- the first lady, Dolly Madison, who many feel define the role of first lady. Then on policy side, we have Betty Ford with substance abuse, Nancy Reagan has the just say no campaign, obviously, on drugs and of course then, Jackie Kennedy, style you glamour, glitz, all that stuff. Talk a little bit more then about the similarities between Jackie Kennedy and Mrs. Clinton.
ANTHONY: Well, there is also a lot of great differences, of course, because Jacqueline Kennedy did, contrary to popular belief, have a great knowledge and interest in public issues and political issues but she didn't get into them and she wouldn't address them in public. She only did so privately.
Like Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton has always talked about the rights of women and that this is important and she has actually even brought that point out from a very practical point of view to many nations that don't include women in their societies as fully. She says, look, you're not using 100 percent of what you could be using in terms of brain and know-how and business skill and workforce.
And you suffer by that and like Dolly Madison, as first lady in the White House, she very effectively used entertaining as a way to sometimes forward the objectives of her husband's political agenda.
Certainly, what people also don't realize about Hillary Clinton is she had a great love and fascination for American art. She started a sculpture garden in the White House, brought in contemporary crafts on display for the public. And she was one of those few first ladies, I must add, that had an actual knowledge and interest and respect for the first lady before her. And I think so much to learn both by their heirs and their successes.
MARQUEZ: Carl Anthony from California, thank you very much for joining us.
ANTHONY: Thank you very much.
MARQUEZ: Well, it is the SAG awards tonight. Something that actors would love to take home with them, but that's tonight. Oh, look at that, live pictures from the red carpet of the Sag awards, the highly coveted Sag awards being handed out in just a few hours and we are live on the red carpet. Details ahead.
MARQUEZ: Come back. And for those of you just tuning in, thanks for joining us. I'm Miguel Marquez in for Fredricka Whitfield. And here are the top stories we are following in the CNN newsroom.
In southern Brazil, at least 233 people lost their lives early this morning in a crowded nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria. The club was packed with thousands of travelers when the fire broke out at 2:00 a.m. Many of the victims appeared to be college students about to return to school after their summer break.
That arctic blast, it isn't over yet it will continue into the workweek with freezing rain and snow for parts of the Midwest and the northeast. Icy roads and poor visibility are making travel dangerous. In some areas in the northeast will get light snow.
Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy. Two years ago, she was acquitted in the murder of the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, now the 26-year-old says she cannot pay her legal fees. Anthony say she is owes almost about $800,000 to 80 creditors and she has no income.
Here is what is trending online. President Obama is expressing concern for athletes who suffer concussion and other injuries in football. He tells the new "Republic" magazine quote "I'm a big fan of football. But I have to tell you, if I have a son, I have a big long and hard before I let him play football."
Actor, Randy Quaid, can't stay in Canada. Canadian immigration officials deny his request for permanent residency. No word yet on why Quaid and his wife moved to Canada after they got arrested in 2010 for felony vandalism in Santa Barbara, California. Authority said they will arrest the couple is they return to the states.
In Hollywood, the stars heated to the red carpet forth 19th annual Screen Actors Guild award. Here are the live pictures of the red carpet as they file in. Tonight is the night where actors and actresses honor each other.
Showbiz correspondent Nischelle Turner is on the red carpet in L.A. where the stars will soon be streaming in.
Nischelle, set the scene for us. What's happening on the red carpet?
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, first of all, we are just minutes away from the official opening of the red carpet, Miguel. And you are right, there are going to be celebrities one after the other, coming down this red carpet tonight.
Let me give you just a little idea of our vantage point. We are really at the top of the carpet so we will get just about everybody you can imagine. This is going to be a really interesting night. It is the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild awards. And you said it earlier, you said this is the one where actors honor actors. And you think in Hollywood that all of the A-list celebrities have these big egos and very confident. But there is something to be said when one of your own says you are good enough. So, that is the kind of things that we will see here tonight. There will be some emotional moment, there will be a lot of fun moment definitely sure, because Alec Baldwin is one of the presenters and he has arrived.
So, I'm sure there will be a lot of fun.
MARQUEZ: Well, we expect you, of course, to have the best position in the house, Nischelle. So, that goes without saying.
Thank you very much for being there and taking care of that. So, who is likely to win for ensemble cast?
TURNER: Well, that's a good question. You go into this thinking there could be favorites. If you asked me two weeks ago, I would have said "Lincoln" a heavy favorite. But then we saw "Argo" start to take award after award. They just won the Producers Guild award last night for best picture.
So, in the Best ensemble, best cast ensemble in a movie, we could definitely see "Argo" sneak in there and win this one as well. It could be a bit of a ground swell because Ben Affleck was shut out of the director's category for the Oscar. So, it could be a little of that. We want to make sure everyone knows she is just that good.
MARQUEZ: You are like Sherlock Holmes out there dissecting this one for us.
Now, like the Golden Globes, if you win a SAG tonight, does it mean anything for the Oscars?
TURNER: Well, that is a good question, because the guild awards this is one of them, the Screen Actors Guild, usually, are really good indicator of what we see happen at the Oscars next month. Even more so a lot of times like the awards show for the Golden Globes. So, the actors that we see win awards here tonight could very well go on to win an award at the Oscars at the end of February.
MARQUEZ: Nischelle Turner looking splendid in Hollywood. Thank you very much.
TURNER: Thanks, Miguel.
MARQUEZ: And don't miss Nischelle and A.J. Hammer as they rub elbows with Hollywood's elites live from the red carpet tonight at the Screen Actors Guild awards show. It will all happens 6:30 eastern on CNN.
Tonight's ceremony will also include a special honor for legendary actor Dick Van Dyke. We will tell you what that honor is and also why Van Dyke thought he would never make it.
But first, eels, they may not be on your list of favorite treats but around the world, they're popular delicacy. In today's American journey report, Tom Foreman found a man in Pennsylvania who is making a living with eels.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Just outside Philadelphia at the Delaware valley fish company in Norristown, a new shipment has arrived, riddling, slithering, slimming its way into the world market.
BARRY KRATCHMAN, DELAWARE VALLEY FISH COMPANY: We do about a million pounds a year.
FOREMAN: Barry Kratchman could not be happier.
KRATCHMAN: I'm a third generation eeler or sniggler.
FOREMAN: A sniggler?
KRATCHMAN: That's -- you can find that on a crossword puzzle if you want to know what an eeler is.
FOREMAN: Although, it never popular with many Americans, eels are enjoyed on tables throughout Asia and Europe, considered delicacies, whether served raw, baked, boiled or fried.
FOREMAN: Love it. It tastes like chicken.
KRATCHMAN: Well what you're looking at here is the eel holding system.
FOREMAN: That has created a kind of appreciation all along the east coast of the United States where the eel trade helps support hundreds of fishing families and 30 employees in this company alone. For most of the year, eels caught wild in waters from Florida to New Finland pour into the site sorted, grated, packed, and sent live overseas.
Scientists are concerned about what appears to be declining numbers of eels along the coast and so are people in the business of catching them.
KRATCHMAN: There's habitat pressure they build dams over the years. So as we harvest these eels, everybody wants to make sure that it's sustainable.
FOREMAN: After all, Kratchman says, he has been up to his elbows in eels his whole life.
KRATCHMAN: In fact, you know when I sort a lot of eels you go, to sleep; you start see eels in your sleep. That vision of eels just penetrates yours brain and says there.
FOREMAN: That's creepy. That's creepy.
KRATCHMAN: Yes. That is a little creepy.
FOREMAN: It is also the business that even in these tough times, is sustaining his family and many others on their American journey.
Tom foreman, CNN, Norristown, Pennsylvania.
MARQUEZ: Well, many of us remember him as a friendly chill chimney sweep or eccentric inventor, and tonight, legendary actor Dick Van Dyke will be honored for his work. Van Dyke will receive the Screen Actor Guild's lifetime achievement award. He took a walked down memory lane with our Piers Morgan just recently.
PIERS MORGAN, CNN HOST, PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT: Van Dyke has been making people laugh over 50 years and still going very string. He has now written a memoir, "my lucky life in and out of showbiz." And Dick van dyke joins me now. You are like Santa Claus to me, Dick.
DICK VAN DYKE, ACTOR: Oh, really?
MORGAN: You are. Because every Christmas in Britain, I follow sort of familiar regime, I get a bottle of wine after Christmas, either Christmas day or the day after the, I sit down. The roaring log fire, it is normally freezing cold in England that time of year and I sit down and I watch either "chitty chitty bang bang" or "Mary Poppins." Can you still do that God-awful cockney accent that I did?
VAN DYKE: I can do the bad one that I did.
MORGAN: VAN DYKE: Yes.
But I have what he 40 years lay blame around for other people.
MORGAN: Let's have a flash of if, go.
VAN DYKE: I don't think -- what would be a line?
MORGAN: Don't pretend to be me. Just come on.
VAN DYKE: Well, I can't get it -- I can't leave the HS off and I've tried and tried. And I had this vocal coach, a coach who was an Irishman McCann or something, Pat O'Malley. And I wondered all the months of shooting that movie, why didn't my friend Julie or somebody say Dick, that stinks. Nobody said anything.
MORGAN: So, it wasn't a pretty comical accent. You've been to the east end of lot, been to the county part of London?
VAN DYKE: Oh, yes, of course.
MORGAN: They laugh at you?
VAN DYKE: Oh, yes. Well, some people laugh with me and some laugh at me. But, I always -- three people were Americans. Everybody else in the cast was English. Nobody ever said, Dick, could you do better, never said anything.
MORGAN: What do you think your great talent is?
VAN DYKE: I don't know. I really don't know. Working under pressure, I think, because when I auditioned for "bye bye birdie" with Geller Champion and did a little soft shoe and he said, "you have the part" on the spot and I said, Mr. Champion, I can't dance. He said, we will show what you need to know. I learned to dance during rehearsal.
MORGAN: Have you always been good at just being able to do stuff on the spur of the moment?
VAN DYKE: Yes. I have always been a physical comedian as a child. I did my impression of Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel, could I always do falls. MORGAN: What did you think you would be when you were young?
VAN DYKE: A failure, a (INAUDIBLE) failure. I knew I had no head for business. I'm just lucky I got into something where I didn't have to grow up.
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MORGAN: That was a moment from "the Dick van dyke show" the role that made you very famous, Dick. I mean, you say you're very lucky. It is a running theme of the book, and yet when I watch those old clips I remember why you became so successful and it's that thing that Simon Cowell always calls on his talent shows, it's the "X-Factor" or the likability factor. You're very likable on screen. The screen liked you.
VAN DYKE: My wife said when she saw Van Dyke, she said you're not acting that's the same way you act at home. So obviously, I wasn't acting at all. And Carl Reiner had the gift of putting words in your mouth. He list and to the nuances and the cadences of your voice and I didn't have to act. I just said the lines, it was so easy.
MORGAN: And how important, obviously it is important, but how important is chemistry between a leading man and lady?
VAN DYKE: In my case, extremely important.
MORGAN: Because you were lucky. You had some great leading ladies?
VAN DYKE: Oh, I had the best of the best.
MORGAN: I mean seriously. You're right about that, that's where you got lucky, I think.
VAN DYKE: Yes. I did. I mentioned the fact but we -- Mary and I would start to giggle right in the middle of a scene.
MORGAN: Mary Tyler Moore?
VAN DYKE: Mary Tyler Moore and a psychiatrist once said you have got a crush on each other and you're giggling and it's true, we did. And it helped, a lot of people thought we were married in real life because the relationship was so good. I think the chemistry is everything.
MORGAN: Could you have --
MARQUEZ: (INAUDIBLE). Fantastic!
Don't forget to watch "PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT" as he sits down with motivational speaker Tony Robbins at 9:00 p.m. eastern.
Flying private jets? It's not just for the rich and famous. Chartering a jet can actually be affordable. Pack your bags, we will tell you how to fly private without busting your budget.
MARQUEZ: Well, you or me may never own our own personal private jet bus doesn't mean you can't fly one every now and then. Our CNN money reporter Laurie Segall says a couple of extra bucks and your Smartphone. Laurie Segall is now with us. So, Laurie --
LAURIE SEGALL, CNN MONEY TECHNOLOGY REPORTER (voice-over): Private planes.
JEREMY BOGLE, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, JETSELECT: This is a challenger 300. IT is, you know, an eight to ten passengers.
SEGALL: JetSelect is one of many companies that rent luxury planes to celebrities and CEO.
BOGLE: High network, sea-level executives, fortune 1,000 companies, athletes, and everybody in between.
SEGALL: Now increasingly available to anyone with a Smartphone and some cash. Call it bringing first class a bit closer to the masses. One company whose apps is helping make luxury travel more accessible, Black Jet.
DEAN ROTCHIN, CEO, BLACK JET: The airlines are creating affordability by selling seats. If you have to book an entire airliner to fly somewhere, it would be phenomenally expensive. We created affordability by taking the seat model from the airlines and applying if for the first to private aviation.
SEGALL: Black Jet's charters unleashed private planes from carriers like (INAUDIBLE) and then sells the upscale seats.
BOGLE: For us, just another opportunity too putt this thing in the air more and more passengers in the seats. Otherwise, people that Black Jet is bringing to the table may not use our service.
SEGALL: The hope is that Black Jet will sell enough seats to make a profit.
ROTCHIN: In a couple of clings, I think its ten clicks, you get a confirmation and guaranteed your seats.
SEGALL: Even if only a few people sign up and you the savings can be substantial.
Normally a charter flight to the west coast would cows $25,000. But sing Black Jet, you can share the plane and pay $3500
JOSH RUBIN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, COOL HUNTING: There is a layer of wealth that doesn't quite have the money to spend on booking a private chart but certainly can afford a seat on a private plane which is close to or a little more than around the first class ticket. SEGALL: Cool Hunting editor-in-chief, Josh Rubin, is able to fly private thanks to black jet and he is enjoying the perks.
RUBIN: Valet parked my car, walked the dogs onto the plane, sat down. I didn't have to turn my phone off.
SEGALL: Black Jet isn't the only internet site venturing into luxury. One of black jet's founders, also co-founded Uber which lets you rent a town car and driver through their app. Another investor in both ventures says we are just at the beginning of the Smartphone revolution.
SHERVIN PISHEVAR. INVESTOR IN BLACK JET, UBER: It is spreading to multiple users. So, it sounds like a joke but there is actually a couple of stars that are doing Uber for yachts. So, you can actually rent the yacht with the push of a button.
SEGALL: Rapper Jay-Z, actors Ashton Kutcher and Will Smith, all know a thing or two about the lug sure of life and have sunk money into Black Jet.
The service doesn't come totally cheap. You need to pay as $2500 membership fee to start sharing your own private jet. But as more companies enter the space, the cost of renting lug sure very sure to drop.
MARQUEZ: There she is. Laurie Segall. I'm so excited to see you, Laurie. I wanted to see you at the top of the story.
SEGALL: But, here I am now.
MARQUEZ: There you are now. It is all good. So, will this give airlines run for their money?
SEGALL: It's good question. I think eventually, it really could. You've got folk these are flying first class and now they are going to have the option of flying semiprivate, a lot of folks will probably do that.
Now, the option has been there in the past but it is the technology that is enabling them to do this. Now, in a couple taps on your Smartphone, you can book a semi-private plane. And once more, more people start doing this so the prices might drop.
So, the airlines, I don't think they're worried now. But I think in three, four, five years down the world, they could be a little worried, Miguel.
MARQUEZ: So, where is this company now? Where is Black Jet? Where can I find the services?
SEGALL: So, if you are looking a flight from New York to the west coast, New York, L.A. They just created to San Francisco leg, you can do that. You can also from New York to Florida. So, it is a little bit limited right now. But, I just spoke to the CEO and he said we are going to see where the demand is and we will keep putting out more and more flights. So, I can imagine this company is going to look completely different in a couple of years.
MARQUEZ: All right. Laurie Segall, thanks very much for sticking around on this Sunday.
For more high-tech ideas and review, go to CNN.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tab.
Hillary Clinton is getting ready to hang up her diplomatic hat. We'll take a look at that and other big stories playing out this week.
MARQUEZ: Actor Burt Reynolds is feeling better but still not completely over the flu just yet. He remains in an intensive care in a Florida hospital. The actor's representative says his fever has gone down and he expected Reynolds to be released from the hospital tomorrow.
A third victory for Novak Djokovic at the Australian open. The win makes him the first man to capture three consecutive Australian open titles. Amazing! He beat Britain's Andy Murray in four sets.
CNN's NEWSROOM with Don Lemon is coming up in just a few minutes.
And Don is here with us. Who's getting over the flu?
DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR, NEWSROOM: I was going to say bird flu. The flu is no joke. I had it for I think almost 18 days. My doctor said I got one, started to recover and got another.
MARQUEZ: Can we shake hands yet? How are you?
LEMON: I'm good. I'm good.
MARQUEZ: Very good.
LEMON: We are supposed to do this. Do it again.
MARQUEZ: Sorry, soy, sorry. What's coming up on the show tonight?
LEMON: We are coming up just as we are talking about immigration. Immigration, Miguel, is going to be in the front and center as President Barack Obama is heading to Las Vegas with a big policy speech. Some Republicans see the immigration debate as an opportunity to turn their recent losing streak around.
Senator John McCain talked this morning on ABC about the immigration legislation that he is backing. But first I want you to listen to Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal earlier this week getting very real with fellow Republicans.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) GOV. BOBBY JINDAL (R), LOUISIANA: We must not with the party who simply protects the well off so they can keep their toys. We must reject identity politics. We've got to stop being the stupid party. And I'm serious. It's time for a new Republican party that talks like adults.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER: How do you talk to Republicans about the path to citizenship?
MCCAIN: Well, I will give you a little straight talk. Look at the last election. Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons and we've got to understand that.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LEMON: So, until now, we've heard a chorus of GOP strategists who say Republicans have to change how they do business or, quite frankly, face extinction. But is the rest of the GOP ready to do that.
Also, coming up tonight, we got the one-hour special preview in tonight SAG awards. We are live at the red carpet in Los Angeles. You have been talking, too.
SEGALL: Yes, the lovely, Nischelle Turner.
LEMON: She is out there. SAG awards air live tonight on our sister station, PBS and TNT, who are helping to build on that excitement, red carpet, all the stars, big stars, (INAUDIBLE) trying play like winning tonight., It doesn't matter a whole lot to them, but we know that it does. Picture of the red carpet right now. And they are skinny was well. They probably didn't have the flu, some of them, except for Burt Reynolds, but.
MARQUEZ: Don Lemon will go to any length to lose weight.
LEMON: Twelve to 15 pounds. So, that's the only great thing about the flu.
MARQUEZ: All right, have a great show.
LEMON: Look at that.
MARQUEZ: All right, your taxes. What do they have in common with Hillary Clinton and the super bowl? Find out just ahead.
MARQUEZ: Let's take a look at what's on your radar for the week ahead.
Tomorrow, more than a hundred Broadway stars will team up with students from Newtown, Connecticut for a concert. It will be held at the palace theater in Watergate, Connecticut. Proceeds will benefit the Sandy Hook school support fund. Tuesday is super bowl media day at the super dome in New Orleans. That's when fans fill the stands to watch their favorite super bowl players get interviewed by the press.
Wednesday, tax season officially begins, ugh. The IRS begins processing individual income tax returns, 1040 forms. Other forms can be filed in late February or early March. New tax laws force the IRS to update their systems and delay filing season this year.
On Thursday Senate confirmation hearings begin for defense secretary Chuck Hagel. The former Republican senator has secured support from several key senators. But he's expected to face tough questioning from some Republican opponents.
And Friday is expected to be Hillary Clinton's last day as secretary of state. The exact timing of her departure depends on hearings for Senator John Kerry who President Obama tapped to replace her.
That will do it for me.
CNN NEWSROOM continues right now with Don Lemon. Have a great week.