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Hugh Jackman Back for 6th Time as Wolverine; O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing; Secret Sauce

Aired July 26, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: One hundred percent accurate. It is Friday. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody, July 26th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan.

Let's get straight to Michaela for the five things you need to know for your new day.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Here we go. At number one, juror B29 says George Zimmerman got away with murder because he could not be convicted under Florida law. Today, the Dream Defenders will protest outside Governor Rick Scott's office.

In court today, the man behind the Cleveland house of horrors, Ariel Castro, he may accept a plea deal that would give him life in prison but allow him to avoid the death penalty.

Prosecutors in Texas could announce today whether they plan to seek the death penalty against a former justice of the peace and his wife. Eric and Kim Williams are accused of murdering two county prosecutors and one of their wives.

In Brazil, Pope Francis will be meeting with children throughout the day. He's expected to have lunch with kids and talk to young prisoners, as well. He'll also perform the stations of the cross.

And at number five, a very happy birthday to the ageless Mick Jagger. Rolling Stones front man hits the big 7-0. Who's the lucky person that gets to sing happy birthday to Mick. That's right, he is 70.

We are always updating the five things to know. So be sure to go to for the very latest.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thank you, Michaela.

CUOMO: Thank you very much (ph).

PEREIRA: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: O.J. Simpson asking a Nevada parole board for an early release, saying he's been nothing but a model prisoner. Simpson was locked up five years ago on robbery and kidnapping convictions and sentenced to 33 years in prison. CNN's Ted Rowlands has the latest on this.


O.J. SIMPSON, DEFENDANT: I've missed my two younger kids who've worked hard getting through high school.

TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Appearing by closed circuit TV from prison, O.J. Simpson tried convincing a two-person Nevada patrol panel that he deserves to be free and that he's different than other inmates.

SIMPSON: The difference between all of their crimes and mine is, they were trying to steal other people's property. They were trying to steal other people's money. My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property.

ROWLANDS: Simpson is serving 33 years for a 2008 hotel room armed robbery in Las Vegas where he confronted two old friends who he thought had stolen his sports memorabilia.

SIMPSON: Make no mistake, I would give it all back to these guys. They could have it all to get these last five years (INAUDIBLE) back.

ROWLANDS: Even if granted parole on the sentence he's currently serving, Simpson will remain in prison at least another four years. Tony Bomarido (ph) sat on the Simpson jury as an alternate. While he agrees with the guilty verdict, he thinks the sentence was too harsh.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It seems like a lot, you know, for what he did in that scenario.

ROWLANDS: Simpson's best chance at freedom lies in a pending motion for a new trail. Simpson alleges that his old attorney botched the case and had a conflict of interest. Simpson's new lawyers argued that point back in May.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: After the hearing, I think everybody felt very really - very good about it.

PATRICIA PALM, SIMPSON ATTORNEY: We felt like we nailed it. We felt like we proved our claims.

ROWLANDS: Decisions on both his parole and the motion for a new trial are expected within the next two weeks. If Simpson gets a new trial, it's unlikely prosecutors would go through it all over again, meaning O.J. Simpson could be a free man.

Ted Rowlands, CNN.


BOLDUAN: All right, Ted, thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, a new campaign is taking aim at a dye used by a popular yogurt brand. Why how it's made just might freak you out a bit. CUOMO: Isn't that the yogurt you love?

Anyway, Hugh Jackman's coming. We're going to talk to him. Look at him. Hugh Jackman, the Wolverine. Whoa, claws are going to come out. Oh, no, just figures. It's OK.

BOLDUAN: That's intimidating. Oh, oh, oh.

CUOMO: Scary moment.

BOLDUAN: That was close.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

You might want to think twice before you take another bite of the yogurt. Just kidding. But you might want to go to this story first, at least. A consumer group is taking aim at a dye used by Dannon because it's derived from insects. CNN's senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, is in Atlanta with more on this.

So, what is going on, Elizabeth?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I know, Kate, who knew that they used insects to color all sorts of foods -- cakes and candies and drinks and apparently yogurt.


COHEN (voice-over): What gives this strawberry yogurt its pink color? If you thought berries, would you ever be wrong. It's bugs. These cochineal insects are valued for their vibrant red color when crushed, as demonstrated here by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In just seconds, it turns into a brilliant scarlet red dye.

COHEN: Last year, Starbucks said it would stop using the bug dye in products like its Strawberry's and Creme Frappuccino. And now the Center for Science in the Public Interest says Dannon should get it out of its yogurts.

MICHAEL JACOBSON, EXEC. DIR. OF THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: A company like Dannon should be coloring its strawberry yogurt with strawberries and not some insect extract.

COHEN: They say Dannon is being deceptive.

JACOBSON: The average yogurt eater sees the redness and thinks strawberries. There's a picture of a strawberry on the label, not an insect.

COHEN: And the group says dozens of consumers have complained that the bug coloring, called Carmine, has caused vomiting, hives and swelling. In a statement, Dannon said, "Carmine is a safe, FDA approved, vivid red color that many food makers use, including Dannon in some of our products, because it delivers the best color throughout shelf life of the product."

And Dannon says if consumers want to avoid the coloring, they can just look at the label. It will say "Carmine." It won't say "bugs."


COHEN: Now, we just saw that Starbucks is no longer using insects. Instead, they're using a coloring that comes from tomatoes.

Chris. Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Elizabeth, thanks so much. Good to know.

CUOMO: Yes, especially if you like those kinds of yogurts. If they're your brands of choice, that's something that you would want to know, because if you didn't know up until now and you're eating them all the time that would kind of be - kind of freak you out to learn that about the bug stuff.

BOLDUAN: Yes, it would. Yes.

CUOMO: Across the U.S., 2.7 million grandparents are actually raising their own grandchildren. The problems they face are unique and often overwhelming. And that's where this week's CNN hero comes in. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One day my daughter came to my door and she handed me three kids. Says, here, mom. I'll call you later. And it's seven years already. It changes your life.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At 60, wow, I have to raise this baby. How am I going to do it?

SYLVIE DE TOLEDO, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: Does anybody have a crisis?

For most grandparents, it does wreak havoc because many are living on fixed incomes and they were not prepared to take in one or multiple children.

I'm Sylvie De Toledo and I help grandparents who suddenly have to take in grandchildren.

When my sister was 27, she committed suicide and left an eight-year- old.

This is Kevin (ph) when he came to live with my parents.

My parents were my inspiration. From a family tragedy, something wonderful has happened.

You are going to get past this.

When a family calls, whether it's help with the school, finding a pediatrician, resources, we will find a way to help you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All of a sudden I had things coming in, clothes, food. They are like my therapy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They helped me get on my feet where I could help myself.

DE TOLEDO: Everybody, I want to introduce you to a new grandmother.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's really the relatives who are doing this that deserve the recognition. I have never gotten up once and said, I can't do this anymore. I just love what I do.


CUOMO: Never said she couldn't do it again. A hero by any measure. Certainly, somebody we should all emulate.

Coming up on NEW DAY, someone else that may be a little bit of a role model to people. Actor Hugh Jackman, starring in the Marvel Comic superhero "The Wolverine." It opens today, everybody. But first, he's here. Makes the beard look good, doesn't he?

BOLDUAN: Oh, yes.


CUOMO: What do you think? Jackman -- can I take him.


CUOMO: Not even in (inaudible).


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY everybody.

There are few people equally comfortable in the role of song and dance man as they are as an action hero. But you know what Hugh Jackman is one of them. In fact, he may be the best of them. Back now for the sixth time in his iconic role as the adamantine-clawed mutant in the Wolverine in theaters today, I know you want to see it. Wait for it, wait for it. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What kind of monster are you?


CUOMO: Here he is, Hugh Jackman himself. Welcome to NEW DAY. Thank you for being here.

HUGH JACKMAN, ACTOR: Thank you Chris. I'm out here myself because even when I'm watching -- it's quite embarrassing on set because even after six times playing the role as I'm doing it I'm like -- you know like we've got the sound effects covered, man. You don't have to worry about the bang, pop, pow stuff.

CUOMO: Are you surprised by how much wattage the movie is getting? The people who love the character who love the series are saying this is it. This is the one.

JACKMAN: Yes I'm the one, I've got to admit I'm so gratified because 13 years I wanted to make this particular movie based on this Japanese storyline and I still haven't felt up until now we've had the definitive movie about the character and I was out there saying this is what I wanted to do.

So the fact that it's getting that kind of reception mean a lot to me and I'm -- to be honest, mate, I'm enjoying it more than ever.

Maybe -- maybe this is my mid-life crisis waiting to happen that I know it's going to come to an end at some point and I'm just -- I'm loving it.

CUOMO: I was going to say because, you know in the movie, you really look like you're on the downturn. You know you got a little soft --

JACKSON: I know you're the same because you've got a competitive spirit. I don't understand why you would want to go and do it if you don't want to be better in every way. Acting-wise, the character, the story and the physicality is such a big part of it. So I can't just go, let's do what we did last time. That's not in my DNA.

CUOMO: And this is really, there's going to be transformation for you on every level, right. Because first of all, you're not playing yourself right.


CUOMO: You have to tap into who you think Wolverine is. Now what do you tell yourself? Who is this person -- because you are so sweet, so genial?


CUOMO: And you have to tap into darkness.


CUOMO: So what do you tell yourself?

JACKSON: Well like yourself I played a lot of rugby. So you know there's darkness there. That was just a great way to get it out. You know sanction violence like that game. But you know I do little triggers. First of all, it's important to understand that everything comes from some kind of pain or some kind of trauma. I think that's what makes X-Men and this character enduring is that he's is not just (inaudible) claw with claws he is actually conflicted and complex.

So as an actor, I'm looking for that. I'm look for what makes him dark and what kind of pain he has had to endure over so many years and that's where our basic character and we are all playing on some level although we have it. So down to physical things -- I take a cold shower first thing in the morning which in the winter in this city you know it's not fun and that immediately just puts me in a bad mood.

CUOMO: I believe it.

JACKSON: Really a bad mood. And that's where he lives, this guy lives in a bad mood.

CUOMO: And the physicality of it.


CUOMO: Obviously you got huge kudos for the shape you get yourself into that but that's job for you too, right. That's not vanity.


CUOMO: You say normally you'd be walking around at a different weight.


CUOMO: This isn't how you would live your life, but you dedicate yourself to it.

JACKSON: To me, this is a really important part of the character. I don't want Wolverine to look like, hey, he goes to the gym, he's looking buff. I want him to look frightening, I want him to look visceral. He's -- he's got this battle of the animalistic side to him and the controlling side and that's where he lives. So the physicality, he has to show that.

CUOMO: You're all about family.


CUOMO: How cool is it for them. I know it's a character, I get it my kids see me on TV.


CUOMO: But how cool is it for them? For daddy to be an X-Man.

JACKSON: I have a 13-year-old and an eight-year-old. My son was born when I was making "X-Men 1" so he's known it his whole life, right. And he has never said a word to me about it ever. I've overheard him talking to friends and friends are impressed. He say please, my dad is not anything like that character. He's not cool, he's not tough. And then just in this movie, I had to see the movie at 7:00 a.m. right, so, there is no 7:00 a.m. for 13 year olds on summer vacation. He woke up at 6:00 and is it time to go? Have I missed it? Have I missed it, are we going to be late? And I was like, got you.

CUOMO: He's 13 now.

JACKSON: Yes. CUOMO: So he's going to start to get a little bit of attitude there, the chemicals start working.


CUOMO: Do you think you're going to flash him a little Wolverine every once in a while.

JACKSON: Absolutely. Is that wrong?


JACKSON: Quite often, the claws come out.

CUOMO: That's right.

JACKSON: Homework. We can do this the easy way or the hard way. It's up to you.

CUOMO: Tony nomination for your work in "Boy from Oz". You won the Tony it was nice of you not to say it. Most people in your business would have said, "I won it." That wasn't a nomination -- that was a test, you passed.

JACKSON: Thank you man.

CUOMO: The Oscar nomination for "Les Mis".


CUOMO: As difficult as these movies are. To be the real deal -- you can sing, you can dance, you can act. How important is that to you?

JACKSON: Versatility for me growing up in Australia was survival, right, because you can't just be a movie actor. Only ten movies made a year. So it actually happened to be the thing I love, as well. To me acting whether it be on stage or on screen is giving me these challenges, constant challenges.

I mean I woke up one day and I was offered to host the Oscars. Now I never thought that would happen but it's these kinds of challenges that really I think keep you moving forward and you know just pushing yourself.

CUOMO: It's great that you're getting to do what you want to do.


CUOMO: With Wolverine we wish you all success with the movie and I look forward to seeing it again.

JACKSON: Thank you.

CUOMO: Because my kids are going to want to see it.

Thanks for being on NEW DAY. JACKSON: My pleasure, man.

CUOMO: Kate, over to you. I know you're jealous.

BOLDUAN: Accurate. For once, you are right, Chris.

All right. We'll be back right after this.


CUOMO: Hugh Jackman quite a guy, isn't he? Song and dance. But you know what, we have someone who is better here on our show.


CUOMO: We do. We have Kate Bolduan. She is so good at song and dance. You know how we know -- because we have seen her do it. Well, would you like to see how she does it?

PEREIRA: What are we seeing?

BOLUDAN: What are we doing right now?


BOLDUAN: She says you don't want to get something to eat. You just want to sneak out and meet that cheap blonde made from Detroit.


CUOMO: Just let it seep in.

PEREIRA: oh, my word.

CUOMO: There she is. Kate Bolduan.

PEREIRA: What were you playing?

BOLDUAN: That was just last year.

CUOMO: Musical theater maven.

BOLDUAN: Cue the family photos. We're having a moment, everybody. Let's get some family photos going here. Let's bring in the doctor, do you know why?

PEREIRA: Fantastic. Oh my God.

CUOMO: Kate Bolduan's birthday is upon us, ladies and gentlemen. There she is -- our favorite. Her father, the doctor is here with us today, operating the camera against the union rules.

BOLDUAN: Dad, do not operate the camera. It's very expensive Dad, it's very expensive.

CUOMO: Daddy Bolduan is here. It's Kate's birthday. PEREIRA: Happy birthday Kate.

CUOMO: Happy birthday, sweetheart.

BOLDUAN: it's a big one, guys. Apparently all of America knows my age now.

PEREIRA: That's all right. There's no mystery. How do you feel on your birthday?

BOLDUAN: I feel fabulous. Are you kidding? I just spent it with you guys.

CUOMO: you're a little nervous because we threw the video up there.

BOLDUAN: I actually don't know what to do about this.

PEREIRA: Guess what, we have something to do with your hands that are awkward. Come on, let's bring these in. Birthday treats.

CUOMO: Come on. Cupcakes for your birthday.

BOLDUAN: Cupcakes -- wow.

PEREIRA: And Bruce delivering them.

CUOMO: Bruce Almighty as we call him here. Look what they say.

BOLDUAN: "Happy b-day, Kate."

CUOMO: Very nice. Look, two peas on one -- just for props.

BOLDUAN: Well, because it's the proper spelling.

Thank you guys.

CUOMO: Birthday wishes. Michaela, what is your birthday wish for Kate Bolduan?

PEREIRA: my wish this new chapter of your life is as extraordinary as you are because you really are a special.


PEREIRA: I think the world of you.

BOLDUAN: Thank you.

CUOMO: It is a milestone birthday and you've reached so many already. You have an incredibly loving family. You have a very loving husband, who is a special guy and patient. And you have us. Happy birthday.

BOLDUAN: I love you guys. Who knew, we could actually be nice to each other.

CUOMO: Give it to Carol. BOLDUAN: That's it for NEW DAY. What a fun Friday.

Take it away Carol Costello.

PEREIRA: Happy birthday, Katie.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Happy birthday Kate.

BOLDUAN: Thanks Carol.

COSTELLO: You're welcome.

"NEWSROOM" starts now.

Happening now in "NEWSROOM" breaking overnight -- Lincoln vandalized.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hoping that they catch whoever did it.