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Senator Rubio Pushes For New Immigration Reform; Kobe Bryant Injured; United States And China Urge North Korea To Stop threats; Gun Control Legislation Headed For Debate In U.S. Senate; Top Food Chains Slammed in New Study; MTV Movie Awards Tonight; "Hermit Thief" Myth a Reality

Aired April 14, 2013 - 16:59   ET


FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello again, I'm Fredricka Whitfield. A look at our top stories right now in the CNN NEWSROOM.

A French robber has busted his way out of prison today in true gangster style. We'll tell you how he may his daring getaway.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Japan. Another high-level meeting ends with calls for North Korea to stand down. But will the messages from the U.S., South Korea, China and Japan make any difference to the north?

And Justin Bieber is catching a lot of flock for something he did while visiting the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam. He wrote in the guest book, "Ann was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945.

It is shaping up to be an important week of immigration reform starting with a bipartisan proposal in the Senate that's getting some traction.

Athena Jones is live for us from Washington.

So, there are some pretty heavy hitters behind this proposal. What are the nuts and bolts of it all?


I think I heard you talking about is Republican senator Marco Rubio. He is really been the GOP's point person in all of this. And what was interesting about his appearance on seven talk shows this morning was he spelled out some details we haven't heard. He talked about three policy triggers, he called them, things that would have to happen before the people who are here illegally would be able to get legal status.

Among them a universal e-verify system. That would allow employers to check the citizenship status of workers they want to hire. Another is a tracking system to make sure that immigrants who come into the country legally don't end up overstaying their visas. That's one of the big problems. And lastly, there would be what he called real border security which would include fencing. The idea here is that it is not going to be easy for the undocumented to become legal. They will have to pass a background check an also pay a fine.

Let's listen to what senator Rubio had to say about this to our own Candy Crowley on "STATE OF THE UNION."


SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R), FLORIDA: And you are going to have to be in the system at least ten years, plus, plus all these enforcement things happen before we give you access to apply for a legal immigration system. And that is we are not rewarding anybody anything. All right, we are doing is giving people the opportunity to eventually earn access to our new, improved, and modernized legal immigration system.


JONES: And then you heard from Rubio.

Now, Senator John McCain who is another Republican in the gang of eight, this group of senators who have been working on this, he said he is guardedly optimistic about the prospects for this bill. But you know, another fellow Republican, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, was doubtful about it. Let's listen to what he had to say.


SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (R), ALABAMA: I just want to say, this bill as we understand it on immigration will increase illegal flow of low-skill, low-wage workers and it will adversely impact workers.

I think it is incumbent on Republicans, Democrats, and everyone among us to ask what is going to happen to working Americans whose wages have been falling since 2000, who are unemployed at a very high rate.


JONES: And so, Senator Sessions was just talking about some of the concerns on his side of the debate. It just shows that this bill could face a tough road ahead. And I should mention on that trigger issue, President Obama has indicated that he wouldn't be in support of something that would require border security before the path to citizenship can begin. The White House now says that they're waiting to see what comes out of this bill when it is formally presented, Fredricka.

WHITFIELD: And Athena, one other detail CNN was able to confirm late last week, that any undocumented immigrant who entered the country after December 31st, 2011 wouldn't be eligible for citizenship under terms of the immigration deal that's set to be unveiled this week, Tuesday, by that gang of eight?

JONES: That's right. That's one of the issues. The idea is that -- their hope is to get much support, as many people on-board to this bill, to make it something that will really go through. And so, that was an attempt to gain some more support, this idea that if you come here after December 31st, 2011 you are not going to be able join in this, to follow through this path to citizenship process, Fred.

WHITFIELD: All right, Athena Jones at the White House. Thanks so much.

JONES: Thanks.

WHITFIELD: All right, now to Florida where a port Canaveral police sergeant has been fired for owning shooting targets that are meant to resemble slain teenager Trayvon Martin. Sergeant Ron King brought the targets to a gun range earlier this month and then offered them to the other officers but he says the tarts were meant as a no-shoot training aid.

And now, a daring escape from a French prison and a manhunt spanning 26 countries now. It happened in a style you probably thought only existed in the movies.

Our Fred Pleitgen has the details.


FREDRICK PLEITGEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The French government is calling the prison break an act of war, involving explosives to blast through the heavy doors with four guards briefly taken hostage.

All the work of this man, Redoine Faid, a well-known criminal mastermind. A witness to the escape described the scene.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I first saw a prison guard walk by, followed by someone dressed in civilian clothes who was holding a gun to the guard's head. So I got a little scared and I hid in the room.

PLEITGEN: It is not clear how he managed to get explosives. France's justice minister rushed to the prison and says a Europe-wide manhunt is now under way.

CHRISTIANE TAUBIRA, FRENCH JUSTICE MINISTER (through translator): There are no victims, thankfully. We came close to a tragedy so I perfectly understand that the prison staff representatives voiced their worry, their anger, their fury.

Now we start working together. That's what we have done for more than an hour and a half to examine problems, to hear their proposals and then see what can be done in the present situation when, unfortunately, we don't have unlimited means.

PLEITGEN: Redoine Faid's criminal exploits have made him something of a celebrity in France, known for robbing money shipments from armored trucks. He spent almost ten years in jail. He says he modeled himself after the lead characters in movies like "Heat" and even saw the movies almost like instruction manuals for his heists. Faid's lawyer says he's not surprised his client broke out.

JEAN-LOUIS PELLETIER, REDOINE FAID'S LAWYER (through translator): It is also a young man remarkably intelligent and he is using his intellect to serve his ambitions and I think he has so many years in prison behind him that he thought it was one too many.

PLEITGEN: Now, Redoine Faid has all police forces in Europe looking for him after one of the most spectacular jail breaks in recent history.

Fred Pleitgen, CNN. London.


WHITFIELD: All right, now, state side again, on to us Augusta, Georgia and the final round of the masters. All eyes had been on the number one player in the world, Tiger Woods. But unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.

Rachel Nichols is in Augusta.

There was so much promise for Tiger going into this. And then, a lot of attention on the whole attention on the penalty thing. And now he's not finishing in the top spot.

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: He has had a little bit after rally in the last half-hour, 45 minutes. He had two bogeys, then he followed that up with two birdies. But, you know, even is not going to do it when you come into the day four back. He is now looking at really too hard a hill to climb. He has said in the past, hey, you know what, if I'm within six when I make the turn on the back nine, but that doesn't look like it is going to be enough for him to make the charge today.

I think that he's going to look back at this tournament as having been marred by that penalty shot because certainly if it hadn't been weighing on him all day, I think that he might have had a different result. But it is what it is, as they say, and we are now going to have to look his next major to see if that is an opportunity for him to break this drought. He hasn't won a major in five years. And last one was the U.S. open, so maybe he goes back to the U.S. open and has a little bit of luck there. But, he was playing so well going into this masters. I know he was looking forward to breaking the drought this time, probably not going to happen.

WHITFIELD: I guess not. All right, let's move on to somebody else, the people truly love to watch on the sports scene, NBA. I'm talking about Kobe Bryant with his big injury. But, he seemed to be taking it in stride. What's the latest?

NICHOLS: Yes. He's shown a great sense of humor about it. He has been tweeting out and instagraming pictures of himself. He Instagramed a picture of himself going into surgery with a little cap on his head. He joked that he looked like "Mrs. Doubtfire." And then, today, it was a very good moment where he joked that his agent and very close friend sent him a picture of the front page of the "Los Angeles Times." And if you look at the picture, it talks about how Kobe, you know, it is a devastating blow, might not come back to the injury. And Kobe jokes that was sent by his buddy for a little motivation. And he says point taken that he's got it.

He's looking at a six to nine-month recovery. That's no small task for someone who's going to be turning 35. It is certainly an injury and recovery time that would have had a lot of players saying, you know what, this is probably a good sign that it's time for me it retire but as Kobe noted, it is all just motivation. He says he is definitely coming back. And the Lakers would love to see him back at the beginning of next season. That's ambitious, but Kobe's an ambitious guy.

WHITFIELD: Well, good. Well at first, he seemed a little bummed in his initial tweets where he talked about, you know, being 35 and injured, you know, it is tough to make a comeback. But now, it seems like his attitude is changing where he is like, hey, I guess it really could happen. There it is, there is going to be a comeback, he is on the mend.

NICHOLS: Yes. His trainer, Tim Grover who also worked with Michael Jordan, says that this is really going to be all about his mentality that if he can turn the mental corner and really approach this in a certain way that he will be able to come back. And certainly seems that he wants to do that. Now, we will have to see him put in all that work. And as I said, you have seen him put of plenty of work before.

WHITFIELD: That's right.

All right, Rachel Nichols, thanks so much in the greens there at the masters in Augusta.

All right, and this, just in to CNN, former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, have welcomed their first grandchild to the family. They released a statement saying quote "Laura and I thrilled to announce the birth of our grandchild, Margaret Laura Mila Hager."

Jenna Bush Hager delivered her baby girl last night in New York city as she and her husband Henry Hager had been married since 2008. Congrats to everybody.

All right, how easy is it to buy a gun? While lawmakers debate stricter laws on background checks, our CNN crew goes to gun shows to see just how easy toss get a gun. No requests asked.

And straight ahead, the U.S. tries to prevent a crisis in North Korea. Will the country's leader tone down his threats to fire missiles?


WHITFIELD: Today, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry urged North Korea to stop the provocations and come to the negotiating table. Secretary Kerry spoke in Japan on the latest stop of his Asian tour. And while he left the door open for possible talks, he made it clear that the U.S. stands behind its allies. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: It is very simple that the United States will do what is necessary to defend our allies, Japan, Republic of Korea and the region, against these provocations. But our choice is to negotiate. Our choice is to move to the table and find a way for the region to have peace.


WHITFIELD: Kerry was in China yesterday for crucial meeting with that country's president. China is seen as key to getting North Korea to stop its threats. And after yesterday's meeting, secretary Kerry said the U.S. and China will work together to ease tensions.

I spoke to Sue Mi Terry, who is a senior research scholar at Columbia University and former analyst of a CIA analyst and she told me pressure from other countries may not change a thing.


SUE MI TERRY, SENIOR RESEARCH SCHOLAR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: If North Korean provocations will continue and we will probably see an intermediate range missile launch, or musadan coming maybe tomorrow on the 15th on Kim Il-Sung's birthday or next week. But yes, I don't think that would deter more provocations from North Korea, not yet.

WHITFIELD: So if anything, you think that this kind of pressure might further provoke North Korea or was this simply Kim Jong-un's plan all along, regardless of what kind of pressure is coming from whom?

TERRY: It is Kim Jong-un's plan all along and he's calling this bluff. Meaning he think OK, you know, we are pressuring them, but what are we going to really do about it? After the missile launch though, they're not going to do any kind of attack against Japan or U.S. or South Korea. And probably tensions will calm down after April 30th when U.S.-South Korea joint exercises end.

WHITFIELD: So, is it the feeling that while his predecessors may have done the same, may have threatened some sort of strikes, in this case this younger leaders feels like he's now at a point of no return that he has to make a statement. Is that your view?

TERRY: Yes. He can't back down now. I mean he said he would. But what he's doing is walking this fine line where he just is escalating to the point where we can tolerate it. Meaning it is going to be a missile test, not a missile attack. And there is going to be a nuclear test but it's not going -- you know, it's very, very carefully calibrated, his decision making. So, he is just going to press us and try to provoke us but just up until certain point.

WHITFIELD: OK. So, this test doesn't necessarily threaten South Korea, Japan or even Guam where North Korea has threatened that its missiles could reach any one of those three places.

TERRY: No. It is just going to be a missile test. It is going to be a new test probably a mobile missile. Musudan. So it is still worrisome. We don't want North Korea to continue to test and missile test and nuclear test and so on. But it is a lot of blustering. It is not to the point where it is going to escalate. Tensions are not going to escalate to the point of causing a war on the Korean peninsula.

WHITFIELD: Now, what about this pressure of trying to get North Korea to get rid of its nuclear program and if it concedes to doing that then the U.S. will be engaged in, you know, talks, direct talks, with North Korea. Is that a reasonable notion?

TERRY: It's not reasonable. It's not realistic, let's put it that way. North Korea is never going to give up nuclear weapons program. I think most North Korean scholars agree to that. So the question is, what are we going to talks for? Some people say we should return to the talks nonetheless because it is important to cap the program but they're not going to give up nuclear weapons. And we need to be realistic about that.

WHITFIELD: All right. Sue Mi Terry, thank you so much for your time.

TERRY: Sure.


WHITFIELD: And a big debate is going on in Congress right now about stricter background checks on gun sales.

Straight ahead, our crew goes to several gun shows to see just how easy it is to buy a gun.


WHITFIELD: The legislation on gun control is headed for debate in the U.S. Senate, but will a compromise deal brokered by senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin get enough votes and are enough Republicans on board to get it passed?

Let's listen to what politicians are saying on the Sunday morning talk shows.


CANDY CROWLEY, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Are you on board with Toomey-Manchin which expands universal background checks to gun shows but allows, it seems, personal sales, private sales to a friend, to a relative. Are you on board with that? Can you go with that?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: I'm very favorably disposed.

SEN. MIKE LEE (R), UTAH: This bill would limit the rights of the law than it would to actually prevent violent crime. And that is why I can't support it.

SEN. PAT TOOMEY (R), PENNSYLVANIA: Senator Machin and I are not interested and not willing to support infringing the legitimate on the rights of law abiding citizens.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: The sweet spot is background checks. It will do the most good according to all the experts in terms of prevent criminals and those adjudicated mentally ill from getting guns and at the same time has the best chance of passing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE REPORTER: Senator Sessions, you obviously oppose this. Are you going to be able to stop it? Background check are going to pass?

SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (R), ALABAMA: Look, I don't think it is going to pass.

TOOMEY: I think it is an open question whether or not we have the votes. I think it is going to be close.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These men risked everything for this vote. I mean senator Manchin represents West Virginia and he's proposing gun reform? He's going to lose his job. And senator Toomey, this man is a Republican who is willing to make just the slightest compromise on gun control. He's going to lose his job, too.

CROWLEY: Either one of you worried about any kind of challenge, primary or general?

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D), WEST VIRGINIA: Let me just say that I -- Pat and I talked. We came here to do something. You know? We came here to make a difference.

TOOMEY: I'll just let the political chips fall the way they fall.


WHITFIELD: And this week, two members of the house plan to introduce a bill expanding background checks for gun buyers. It is similar to a measure already introduced in the Senate designed to close the so- called gun show loopholes. So, what is that loophole?

Martin Savidge and a CNN crew went to five gun shows to find out.


MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It is a simple idea. Just how easily can you buy a gun at a gun show? So, a CNN crew took a weekend drive, 600 miles with a pocket full of cash hitting five gun shows in three states. Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia.

First stop -- Ella Jay in north Georgia. The venue is small and the selection limited.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There weren't a lot of vendors. There wasn't a lot of product out there for people to buy.

SAVIDGE: Next the crew went north to Kingsport, Tennessee for a Saturday morning local gun show held in a hotel convention center. It was a Smith & Wesson MP 45 caliber semi-automatic that first caught our producer's eye. Asking price, $625.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is nice. It is not brand spanking new, but.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Make me an offer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cash and carry or do I have to fill out any paperwork for it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cash and carry.

SAVIDGE: But it is early and the team opts to keep looking. Ten to 20 minutes later, they circled back to the same table, negotiating for the same gun.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Six hundred for that?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, box it up.



SAVIDGE: It's a deal. No background check. It is not needed for a private sale.

But the seller is legally required to check I.D. like a driver's license to make sure the buyer is not from out of state. In this case, no identification asked for, no paperwork, not even a question like, what are you going to do with it? In fact, neither the seller, nor buyer, ever used a first name. And if that's not surprising enough, listen to where the seller said he got gun.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I got off a police officer yesterday.



SAVIDGE: That's right, he got it from a police officer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anyway, you would part with both of these a thousand?

SAVIDGE: It was so easy for the next buy the team decided to up the ante.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Probably, not at this point, by now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That one right there is very, very new, 17s --.

SAVIDGE: This time they see two nine millimeter semi-automatic handguns, Glock 17s. Asking price for the pair is$1,100. The producer offers a flat $1,000. That's rejected. The next bid at $1,050 prompts a phone call. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let me see what he says.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of them is his and one is mine.

SAVIDGE: In fact, in all of the deals the team paid less than the asking price.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Alright, we can do 1050.

SAVIDGE: The producer boxes the guns in their carrying cases and heads for the door. Again, no names, no I.D., no paperwork, not even a receipt.

Total time of the gun show, 45 minutes, $1,650 spent, three semi- automatic handguns purchased. Incidentally, because there's no paper trail, none of these weapons can ever be traced to the buyer.

Later the same day in Greenville, South Carolina, and it is the biggest show of the five our team attended. After wandering the floor, our producer spots this gentleman carrying a semi-automatic rifle on his shoulder. Asking price, $1,200.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Strap doesn't come with it. That's from my .22. I just moved it over.

SAVIDGE: The Bush master XM-15 is its known is a semi-automatic only, civilian version of the M-16 U.S. military rifle, first introduced in the Vietnam war and still used by troops today.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you have the case and stuff with you or is it out in the car?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is out in the car. I just didn't want to carry it all around. I brought it to a gun show a couple of weeks ago in Columbia and the case, this is big and bulky and there were so many people in there. I kept banging people and that is why I didn't bring it with me.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, either one. The 223 or the 5.56.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anyway, you go down 50 bucks?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. I will go down 50.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Alright, you want to walk out and I will pay you?


SAVIDGE: The seller takes our offer, $1,150.

From first conversation to settling on a price takes just 70 seconds. Out in front of the convention center, the money is exchanged and the rifle complete with case is handed over.

Our team walks away with a variation of the same weapon used in the deadly Sandy Hook shooting. Again, no questions asked.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's the case. There is the gun. There is the clip.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 121, 50.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Thank you very much.



SAVIDGE: We should make clear that there were three instances, one in each state, where the team was asked for I.D., including during this potential sale in Tennessee.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where you from?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, I have to have a Tennessee license? You have a Tennessee license for a private seller.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, you sure do you do.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know he would like to sell it.

SAVIDGE: Without proof of residency, the seller refuses the deal and our team walks away.

Our total weekend weapon haul is three semi-automatic handguns with extra magazines and one semi-automatic rifle with a 30-pound magazine. Total spent, $2,800.

All done without showing any identification, without filling out a single form, not even so much as a name exchanged. The team now has a small arsenal which can never be traced.

Martin Savidge, CNN, Atlanta.


WHITFIELD: All right, and straight ahead on some health news. How about those kids' meals? Are they healthy for your children? A consumer group rates America's restaurant chains straight ahead.

And an investigation into hundreds of burglaries in a small Maine town leading to the so-called hermit burglar, a fascinating look in to the life into a reclusive accused thief.


WHITFIELD: Hi. Here's a look at what's trending right now. The story of the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball is number one at the box office. "42, "the movie based on how Jackie Robinson broke the league's color barrier made just over $27 million this weekend.

CNN's Jason Carroll caught up with Yankees slugger Robinson Cano for his reaction. He was actually named about Jackie Robinson.


ROBINSON CANO, NEW YORK YANKEES: If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here right now and wouldn't be telling stories. And being -- trying to be one of the guys and not only myself but Dominican, African- American. In Uganda, it opened the door for us.


WHITFIELD: All right. Catch more of Jason Carroll's interview with Robinson Cano tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in the CNN NEWSROOM.

All right. An alarming new study says nearly all kids' meals offered in America's top chain restaurants flunked nutrition standards.

Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has more.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Fred, the Center for Science and the Public Interest they come down hard on the restaurant industry in this new report. They looked at 50 restaurant chains and said 91 percent of them did not follow the nutritional guidelines for kids that are laid out by the National Restaurant Association.

So let's take a look at what they say are three of the biggest offenders. First of all let's take a look at this meal from Chili's. The pizza, the fries, the chocolate milk, 1120 calories. That is more than twice as many calories as most kids are supposed to get in a meal.

Take a look at this meal from Dairy Queen. Fried chicken fingers, barbecue sauce, French fries, an ice cream bar and a slurpy type drink, more than 1,000 calories. This one was the biggest offender, calorie wise, French fries, grilled cheese and chocolate milk. This one is from Applebee's, 1210 calories.

Now Applebee's and Chili's point out parents don't have to buy those meals for their kids. The restaurants have plenty of other healthier, lower calorie options for their kids. And the National Restaurant Association had this to say. They say, "Restaurants nationwide are providing innovative, healthful children's options to their young guests."

So again, sometimes it is going to be up to the parents. You're going to have to look for the healthy items and skip the ones that aren't -- Fred.

WHITFIELD: All right, good advice. Thanks so much, Elizabeth Cohen.

Hey, guess what? A new show debuting tonight on CNN. Anthony Bourdain bringing his taste for adventure to CNN. This new show with no boundaries, CNN brings you the world as Bourdain and his crew travel to Myanmar, Libya, Peru and more. That's tonight. We'll have a sneak peek in just a minute. The show airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific. "ANTHONY BOURDAIN, PARTS UNKNOWN."

All right. International pop star Justin Bieber creates a stir for what he wrote in a guest book at the Ann Frank House. That story straight ahead.


WHITFIELD: Superstar Justin Bieber is in hot water again, this time he's catching a lot of flack for something he did while visiting the Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. He wrote in the guest book, "Ann was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber." Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp back in 1945. Her diary survived to tell her tragic and inspiring story.

The Oscars and the Grammys might be long gone but we are just now hours away from this year's MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Each year MTV leaves it to you, the viewer, to decide the winners and the losers.

Our movie critic Grae Drake from is joining us now to discuss.

All right, Grae, before we get to some of your predictions, the movie awards are known for the unpredictable. So I don't know. You want to take a shot at predicting the unpredictable tonight?

GRAE DRAKE, SENIOR EDITOR, ROTTEN TOMATOES: No. There's no way that you can. That's why I love this awards ceremony, because they save it until all of that other nonsense is done so people can have fun and get crazy and it's one of the best awards shows on TV for sure.



WHITFIELD: So let's go through some of your predictions. What do you suppose is going to happen this evening? Yes, maybe for Movie of the year?

DRAKE: Yes. Well, movie of the year is the big one at MTV. And I think that that one should go to a movie that was really overlooked by all of the other awards this year. Shockingly, the "Avengers" was one of the best pictures of 2012. And it should have gotten so much love from everyone and I think MTV is smart enough that they are going to reward these fabulous super heroes with an award.

WHITFIELD: OK. So then Best Hero, would it come from that movie in your view, one of the characters from that flick?

DRAKE: You got it. Now the other great thing about the MTV Awards is the categories are so much fun, too. So Best Hero I think should go to the Hulk because he was so super in the "Avengers." And for everybody that saw the movie which was everyone, by the way. Yes. Fantastic.


DRAKE: One of my favorite moments in the movie was because of the Hulk. Because Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in the movie. And he is a good actor and he is very handsome.

WHITFIELD: Yes, I was going to --


DRAKE: But the Hulk understands --

WHITFIELD: OK, sorry, go ahead.

DRAKE: The Hulk is the one that understands that Chris Hemsworth needs to get punched in the face so --


I think that makes him the best hero of the year.

WHITFIELD: OK. And how about in the romance category? Apparently there is a category for, you know, best kiss. Where would we have seen that? What movie?

DRAKE: Yes. So romantic. This is always one of my fave, fave categories because MTV gets a little racy with this category. And my pick is one that is not the raciest of all the nominees but a very, very sweet one that sort of reminds you of the magic of someone's first kiss in their life and that comes from "Moon Rise Kingdom."

Basically a first kiss, if I had to rewrite mine, would be taking place on the beach while I'm dancing around in my underwear to French pop music and that's what this movie does.

WHITFIELD: A little TMI. OK. Thanks so much on that one. All right. There are some pretty fierce contenders up for this next category, and that would be best villain. What did you like?

DRAKE: Best villain. Another actor sadly, sadly goes -- went without mention in 2012 that I thought was one of the finest villains in cinema of all time ever, and he's dreamy, dream, dream dreamboat even when he's wearing Velcro shoes, and that is Javier Bardem in the latest Bond movie, "Skyfall."

WHITFIELD: OK. He was pretty good. He was pretty great.


WHITFIELD: Another movie that I finally get to see.

DRAKE: Just for the hair.


DRAKE: The hair alone, ,Fredricka, yes.

WHITFIELD: There was a creepiness about him for sure. And he delivered on that one. But hence the best villain in your view so there you go.


WHITFIELD: OK. Grae Drake, thanks so much. Always fun to play.

DRAKE: Thanks.

WHITFIELD: Have fun at the awards.

All right. Police nabbed a man they say was responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries and he apparently lived as a recluse for nearly 30 years. That story straight ahead.


WHITFIELD: A 63-year-old man sitting in his SUV was set on fire in Long Beach, California. A man threw flammable liquid into his car making it burst into flames, as you see there. The driver is in the hospital in critical condition. The 39-year-old suspect was arrested and is being booked on attempted murder charges. Neighbors described him as a transient who was known to act strangely.

All right. For decades people living in a small Maine town wondered if a person was creeping out of the woods to steal their things. One urban legend of sorts until they decided to calm the north pond hermit and found out that the myth just indeed may be reality.

Pamela Brown headed to -- headed north, rather, to get the story.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Fred, it was talked about for years as a myth, that one person, a man, known as the North Pond hermit, could be responsible for hundred of unsolved burglary cases. Could that myth be true?


BROWN (voice-over): This surveillance video showing a burglar stealing food from the Pine Tree Camp Kitchen near Rome, Maine, helped authorities nab 47-year-old Christopher Knight, a man known locally as an elusive figure. He was a mystery for more than two decades until now.

SGT. TERRY HUGHES, GAME WARDEN: Soon as he stepped outside the door I just turned, game warden, on the ground, on the ground, show me your hands. And he immediately just dropped right to the ground.

BROWN (on camera): This is what he had in his backpack?

HARVEY CHESLEY, CAMPSITE MANAGER: He did. He had a lot of random stuff. He had marshmallows. He had veggie burgers. He had Canadian bacon. Ground beef. Stuffed shells. Quite a wide variety of stuff.

BROWN: The Canadian bacon and veggie patties doesn't really go hand in hand.

CHESLEY: Doesn't seem to go together, does it?

BROWN (voice-over): After Knight was caught red handed, Pine Tree manager Harvey Chesley confronted the man.

CHESLEY: Irritated, frustrated, angry, all of those things were racing through my head. But then I found out that he went to the same high school that I did. Had a year book, brought it here, and showed him the picture. He started to open up a little bit.

BRUCE HILLMAN, KNIGHT'S FORMER TEACHER: I don't think he ever missed a day of class.

BROWN: Bruce Hillman was Knight's wilderness survival teacher in high school and says he vividly remembers him as a student.

HILLMAN: We've learned about hunting and fishing techniques, and frapping and outdoor survival skills.

BROWN (on camera): And do you remember him being pretty good at it?

HILLMAN: Very good. Yes. Yes, he was very good at it.

BROWN (voice-over): Still, he never thought Knight would take those skills so far.

(On camera): Could you imagine him being a hermit for 27 years?

HILLMAN: Absolutely not.


HILLMAN: He was a sociable kid. You know? He seemed to get along with everybody.

BROWN (voice-over): A recluse, Knight says he lived alone in the woods for more than 27 years.

(On camera): We trek through the Maine woods near where Knight lived for more than 20 years, going over snow banks, over creeks. Navigating around trees. Knight told authorities that he would travel through these woods 90 minutes each way in order to steal goods from the Pine Tree Camp.

(Voice-over): Authorities say he told them he's only talked to one other person in all that time.

DIANE PERKINS-VANCE, MAINE STATE TROOPER: He claims he hasn't had contact with another human being since the mid 1990s when he encountered somebody on a trail and they just exchanged a common greeting and that was about it.

BROWN: Officials say he lived at this camouflaged campsite in the woods, even in the dead of Maine's brutal winters.

PERKINS-VANCE: It's just amazing to me that he can make it through Maine winters like that, living in a nylon tent.

BROWN: Police say Knight targeted vacant camp sites, stealing to survive.

PERKINS-VANCE: I would say well over 1,000 burglaries. Everything I stole the was to survive. Food, clothing, shelter, that type of thing.

BROWN: After his arrest, a trooper showed Knight a picture of himself, something he hadn't seen in more than 20 years.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's seen his reflection in the water a few times and that was all he said.


BROWN: Authorities say Knight told them he'd spend his days reading books and listening to Rush Limbaugh on his battery powered radio. When asked why he spent all this time alone in the woods he didn't have an explanation and said he often asked himself that same question. Knight rejected our request for an interview -- Fred.

WHITFIELD: Thanks so much, Pam.

Hey, a book that is older than the United States is going up for auction. Wait until you hear how much money someone may pay for it.


WHITFIELD: All right. Here's something you don't see every day. This book is the first book ever printed in what is now the United States. It is a palm book from the Congressional Puritans and it was first published in 1640. Only 11 of them exist and none have been sold for more than 60 years. The rare piece will be up for auction this November and it could fetch as much as $30 million.


WHITFIELD: That's pretty incredible.


WHITFIELD: And that's been one heck of a story when that purchase is made.

Don Lemon here. Much more in the NEWSROOM straight ahead.

LEMON: Yes. And we got a lot to --

WHITFIELD: How are you?

LEMON: Doing great. I'm doing great. Hey, you've been talking about this fascinating documentary that's going to air tonight on CNN. It's called "There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane." The doc takes us inside the horrific accident on a New York freeway in 2009, and the mother of two drove the wrong way killing eight people. I'm going to talk to the director. She's going to tell me what struck her about making this documentary.

Also immigration, gun control, with my Sunday regulars, L.Z. Granderson and Ana Navarro. And you know Anthony Bourdain's new CNN program "PARTS UNKNOWN," it debuts tonight at 9:00 p.m.? Well, Fred, well, you know, I've talked to him about his show and about, you know what?


LEMON: He loves the place where I'm from, South Louisiana.

WHITFIELD: Louisiana.

LEMON: Yes, well --


ANTHONY BOURDAIN, HOST, PARTS UNKNOWN: If you don't love New Orleans, if you don't love Louisiana, there's really just no hope for you.

LEMON: Right.

BOURDAIN: It is the magical, magical state with a -- maybe the single most glorious tradition of cooking and eating and drinking.

LEMON: I think the cooks there are some of the best in the world.

BOURDAIN: No doubt about it. I think it is an environment -- I think it's the mix of cultures, the wonderfully mutant history. You know? Louisiana has a long tradition of, you know -- they're not ambivalent about pleasure.

LEMON: Right.

BOURDAIN: You know?


LEMON: That's a good way of putting it.


BROWN: They like a good cocktail. They like food. You know? They're not kidding about letting the good times roll.



LEMON: There's the promo. CNN brings you the world. Anthony Bourdain, of course, is going to travel to Myanmar, Columbia, Libya, Peru and other countries. "PARTS UNKNOWN," it starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Only here on CNN.

We were saying the same thing about Louisiana.


LEMON: He puts it. That's a good way of putting it. Right?


LEMON: You like the T-shirt?

WHITFIELD: I love the T-shirt. Yes, made you look 14.

LEMON: That's my --

WHITFIELD: I mean, ageless. How did you do that?

LEMON: It's my "Yes, Burger" T-shirt.

WHITFIELD: That's so cute.

LEMON: You want to know the truth?


LEMON: Happiness. I'm very happy.


LEMON: People say, what happened, you look so young? I'm like, I'm just really happy right now. That's what it is.

WHITFIELD: Yes. Happiness is good.

LEMON: It is good.

WHITFIELD: You know? Inside out.

LEMON: Plus I -- plus I eat a lot and makes my cheeks fat. Louisiana.

WHITFIELD: Well, you're from Louisiana.

LEMON: There you go.

WHITFIELD: And you know that's the other point out Louisiana. You cannot be from Louisiana and not like food.

LEMON: That is true. And drink.

WHITFIELD: And -- and food is all about happiness.


LEMON: And I love it. Yes.

WHITFIELD: Yes. In my life.

LEMON: Absolutely.

WHITFIELD: That's good.

LEMON: You know my mom, she cooks for everybody.

WHITFIELD: Mom can burn, too.

LEMON: She and Anthony Bourdain would get along really well.

WHITFIELD: I think so, too. That might be a nice little, you know, set-up.

LEMON: There you go.

WHITFIELD: Have mom cook and Anthony come, and that'll be one of the adventures.


WHITFIELD: How's that?

LEMON: I love it.

WHITFIELD: Story idea. Just saying. All right. We'll see you in a couple of minutes.

All right. A lot happening this week starting with a tribute to baseball legend Jackie Robinson tomorrow. We'll tell you what else to look out for this week.


WHITFIELD: A woman accused of stalking actor Hugh Jackman at a Manhattan gym has been arrested. The incident happened while the actor was working out yesterday morning. Jackman told police the woman pulled out an electronic razor and started following him with it. A trainer at the gym says the razor fell out of the woman's hands when he stepped in between her and Jackman. Police arrested the woman as she left the gym and later charged her with stalking.

All right. Now let's take a look at what's happening in the week ahead.


WHITFIELD: Monday marks 66 years since Jackie Robinson first stepped on to a Major League Baseball field breaking the color barrier. Tomorrow MLB players and umpires who take to the field will wear Jackie's number 42.

Monday is also the Super Bowl for serious runners. Thousands will compete in the 117th Boston Marathon.

On Wednesday, the iron lady will be laid to rest. The funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher takes place at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

And on Thursday, the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame welcomes its newest inductees like groups Heart, Public Enemy and Rush, and singers Randy Newman and Donna Summer. Producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will also receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.


WHITFIELD: All right. Congrats to all the inductees.

All right. That's going to do it for me. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. Much more of the NEWSROOM continuing right now with Don Lemon.