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17-Year-Old on Trial; Alex Rodriguez Will Fight Suspension; Paying it Forward in Canada; Matt Damon One-on-One; Shark Week Controversy Over Megalodon "Documentary"

Aired August 6, 2013 - 08:30   ET



KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is Tuesday, August 6th. I'm Kate Bolduan.


Let's get to our news anchor, Michaela Pereira, for the five things you need to know for your NEW DAY.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, let's do it. At number one, police say the man who allegedly opened fire at a town council meeting in rural Pennsylvania had a grudge that had lasted for years. Rockne Newell suspected now of killing three people. Several more were wounded.

A court martial for Major Nidal Hasan gets underway in Texas today. The Army psychiatrist, the former Army psychiatrist, is accused of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood in 2009, killing 13 people, wounding 32 others.

It is check-out time for Hurricane Sandy victims who have been staying at hotels in New York. The original deadline for displaced residence was to leave by July 7th. FEMA extended it, however, until today.

President Obama heading west today. He'll be talking about home ownership and his better bargain for the middle class during a stop in Phoenix. Then he will tape an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

And at number five, Mitt Romney back in politics. Tonight he will appear at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party. Romney has hinted that he will be active during the 2014 midterm elections.

You know we always update those five things to know, so get ahead of the game and go to for the very latest. Guys.

CUOMO: All right, Mickey (ph), thanks for that.

PEREIRA: You're welcome.

CUOMO: Now to a bizarre scene inside a Kentucky courtroom. Seventeen- year-old Joshua Young is on trial for allegedly helping his father kill his stepbrother. But the father, whose already serving a life sentence for the killing, took the stand Monday and testified he acted alone in the beating death of his 14-year-old stepson.

CNN's Alina Machado joins us live with much more. Good morning, Alina.

ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. Joshua Young's father seemed combative on the stand. He freely used profanity as he answered questions about the killing.


MACHADO (voice-over): A stunning admission by Josh Gouker on why he says he killed his 14-year-old stepson Trey Zwicker. He told the court he was seeking retribution for the abortions of his ex-wife, Zwicker's mother.

JOSH GOUKER, FATHER: I mean his mother killed a couple of mine and it just felt right. I mean, I know it sounds monstrous and all that (EXPLETIVE DELETED) but it's not. If we was in the old testament, it would be the same thing.

MACHADO: Gouker's 17-year-old son, Joshua Young, is on trial for his role in the 2011 murder. Prosecutors say Young helped his father in the killing and tampered with evidence. On Monday, prosecutors asked Gouker about beating Zwicker to death.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And that's when you snapped?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you said you hit him and he went down?


MACHADO: Gouker initially blamed the murder on his son, but he has since repeatedly said he acted alone. On the stand, Gouker seemed to get frustrated with prosecutors as they pointed out previous inconsistencies.

GOUKER: I know what you're doing. You're trying to make microscopic little holes in this (EXPLETIVE DELETED) that I didn't even give a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) about two years ago. I'm a (EXPLETIVE DELETED). Yes, but (EXPLETIVE DELETED) I've lied this whole (EXPLETIVE DELETED) time except for since arraignment and then I admitted everything I've done. I've been sentenced for it, life in prison.


MACHADO: Now, Joshua Young is pleading not guilty. Testimony in his trial is set to resume within the hour. Prosecutors could wrap up their case later this week. Kate.

BOLDUAN: OK. Alina Machado, thanks so much for that update.

Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension is historic and unprecedented. He's always been a larger than life figure, to say the least. Love him or hate him, this has been a dramatic fall from grace for a play once regarded as the best in the game. CNN's Nischelle Turner is looking more into that. Hey.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Hey, guys. Yes, he was once an MVP, that's most valuable player, on the field. Off the field, though, he was an MAT, a man about town.


TURNER (voice-over): Success, fame, Hollywood girlfriends. Alex Rodriguez had it all. A meteoric rise for a kid from humble beginnings.

He made his Major League debut at 18, blockbuster stats followed, landing him the most lucrative contract in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL history, a $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers. He spent some of it on cathedral-like homes in Miami.

BEN REITER, STAFF WRITER, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Money was important to him and all the trappings that money could bring.

TURNER: In 2003, he was traded to baseball's most celebrated franchise, the New York Yankees. In the center of the media spotlight, and on the cover of fashion magazines, like this "Details" issue in 2009.

REITER: He seemed back then to be kind of a golden boy. In the years to follow, he took advantage of everything the city has to offer.

TURNER: And he could afford to. In 2007, another monster contract for $275 million. But it was A-Rod's off the field activities that landed him in the tabloids. His wife Cynthia filed for divorce in 2008, citing Rodriguez's extramarital affairs. One of those trysts was rumored to be with Madonna, but the singer denied any romantic involvement with the Yankee slugger.

REITER: Alex Rodriguez's divorce from his wife, Cynthia, was really one of the first cracks in this golden boy facade. Since then, yes, he has been the squire of many celebrity women.

TURNER: Like model Torrie Wilson and Hollywood beauties Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson. Both dated Rodriguez and would sometimes be seen in the crowd at Yankee games. Now, with a looming 211-game suspension, baseball's golden boy has become a cautionary tale.


TURNER: And according to an ESPN report, A-Rod sold the Miami beach house I was talking about in May for $30 million. It's one of the highest purchase prices for a home in Miami.

Now, on the field, guys, he's earned about $360 million to date. And on that one house alone that he sold, he made a $15 million profit. Not hurt.

BOLDUAN: He has a lot more millions on his contract till 2017.

TURNER: Yes, he does.

BOLDUAN: So we'll see what happens.

Thanks, Nichelle.

CUOMO: True wealth, though, was his legacy (INAUDIBLE), Nichelle.

TURNER: Yes, that's true.

CUOMO: All right, from a tough story to "The Good Stuff." In today's edition, the best thing to come out of Canada since Michaela Pereira. It all started a few days ago when a man walked into a Tim Horton's coffee shop in Edmonton and bought cups of coffee for 500 people behind him. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One customer come in and then he said, oh, I want to buy 500 coffees. And I was like, why? And he was like, no reason.


CUOMO: Five hundred cups of coffee. Now that could be the end right there and rate "The Good Stuff," right? Wrong. Since those first 500 cups, the feat has been repeated by different people again and again at Tim Horton's all across Canada. Five hundred cups purchased in Blairmore. Five hundred cups in Ottawa. Hundreds of cups in Calgary, Chestermere and High River.

PEREIRA: Say it like a Canadian. Make me proud.

CUOMO: Of course I do, aye (ph). Thousands of cups given out in all. Before you think this is just Tim Horton's doing some kind of promotion, like I did, I'm a cynic. We asked. They say, no, this is just random people offering to buy coffee for strangers.


CUOMO: And here's the best part, OK. So you get the free coffee. What do you do with it now, right? You don't have to pay for your coffee.

BOLDUAN: Uh-huh.


CUOMO: Tim Horton's says people getting the free coffee are taking the money they were going to buy the coffee with and dropping it into the donation box at the registers for underprivileged kids.


BOLDUAN: Talk about paying it forward.

CUOMO: It is the butterfly effect of "The Good Stuff."

BOLDUAN: Wow. PEREIRA: Nothing more neighborly than just buying somebody a cup of coffee, right?

CUOMO: We see it. We repeat it.


CUOMO: Five hundred, even more neighborly.


CUOMO: It's like a, you know, (INAUDIBLE).

BOLDUAN: Small thing.


BOLDUAN: That is a great one, right?

TURNER: Right on.

CUOMO: But that is "The Good Stuff."

BOLDUAN: And we -- we don't even know who started it.

CUOMO: Nope. The power of the positive. You see. You see. You can catch all of our "Good Stuff" stories on our website.

BOLDUAN: You can do it too.

CUOMO: And we want to hear about them from you, because that's where we get the stories. Tweet us, FaceBook us, go to the website, just let us know so we can keep telling you good news.

PEREIRA: And we managed to get Tim Horton's into the CNN broadcast.

CUOMO: And Canada.

PEREIRA: That makes me so happy.

BOLDUAN: It's a good day on NEW DAY.

PEREIRA: Well done.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, I'm going to go one-on-one with Matt Damon. Wait until you hear what the Oscar winner put himself through to prepare for his new role in his latest film "Elysium."

TURNER: I've been waiting for this, Kate.

CUOMO: I feel like I've been waiting for days.


BOLDUAN: You should pay it forward and buy us some.

PEREIRA: It's a Tim Bits.

CUOMO: I'll buy you donuts. I love donuts. Tim Bits? What is a Tim Bit?

PEREIRA: A Tim Bit is a donut hole from Tim Horton's. Tim Bits.

CUOMO: It's like a munchkin.


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Matt Damon is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. We know that. But at age 42, the a-list actor shows no signs of slowing down, challenging himself with new and expected projects these days. To get in shape for his role in the latest sci-fi thriller, "Elysium," Damon spent a grueling four hours a day at the gym. That's tough.

I sat down with him to talk about all of that and much, much more.


BOLDUAN (voice-over): Things we know about Matt Damon. He's a superstar with a megawatt smile and huge hit movies under his belt.

MATT DAMON, ACTOR: Well, I got a number. How do you like them apples?

BOLDUAN: "Forbes" magazine even called him the most dependable star in Hollywood, bringing studios an estimated $29 of profit for every dollar he gets paid. But this year, Damon is shaking things up and taking some big chances, like with his latest film "Elysium."

DAMON: What did you do to me?

BOLDUAN (on camera): You've done action before in the "Borne" films that everyone knows, obviously. But what drew you to this film?

DAMON (on camera): It was the director. Neill Blomkamp is the same guy who directed "District 9," and I just loved that movie.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): Blomkamp grabbed attention when his low budget $30 million "Alien" movie went on to gross $211 million worldwide and snagged four Oscar nominations. Damon hopes his gamble on another Blomkamp sci-fi flick will pay off, as well.

DAMON: I'd been hoping for years that a good science fiction movie would come along, because they're really, really rare to get a science fiction movie that turns into a great movie.

BOLDUAN: Set in the year 2154, Damon's latest role has him fighting his way from a ruined wasteland planet earth to the man-made paradise called Elysium.

(on camera): There's a lot of shirtless Matt Damon in this film. Was there a lot of physical training for this?

DAMON: Yes. Yes. BOLDUAN: That's not just every day?

DAMON: Yes, no, that's not how I roll.

BOLDUAN: What was it like? I'm always curious. And -- because it becomes part of the job, is the training to get --

DAMON: It definitely, definitely, because it's not something that I -- that I particularly enjoy. The diet part is not something I enjoy. But Neill had a whole kind of graphic novel that he had put together on his computer, like a homemade thing, and there was a picture of Max with his shirt off staring into a mirror, you know, with tattoos all over and, you know, in really good shape. And they hired this unbelievable trainer. I went to the guy with that picture and I said, I need to do this. And he kind of looked at me and went, OK, you know, so --

BOLDUAN: We got a lot of work to do.

DAMON: We got a lot of work to do, and that's what we did.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): "Elysium" isn't the only surprising turn Damon is taking this year. He explores a very different character as Liberace's gay lover in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra".

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why don't you come work for me?


BOLDUAN (on camera): We had Rob Lowe on the show recently and he had the best line.


BOLDUAN: He goes, you know what, Matt Damon and I sat down on set every day and we would look at each other and go, dude --

ROB LOWE, ACTOR: Dude, what happened to us?

BOLDUAN: Where did we get --

LOWE: How did it end up like this for both of us?

DAMON: It's true. It's true. I had a really hard time getting through scenes with Rob because he was just so much more professional than I was. I would just start laughing. I mean, his whole look. And when he showed up on set, I go and you know, and he had like a six-point facelift, you know, and with a wig mashed down over it. I mean there were a lot of people who saw the movie and didn't know it was him.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): Damon is making big moves in his personal life, as well, relocating from New York to Los Angeles, a tough decision for someone who's known to cherish his privacy.

(on camera): Is there any concern that you're going to be abruptly losing that kind of privacy once you get to L.A.? DAMON: We'll just turn around and come back if that happens. Yes because we do treasure our privacy and we do get it here in New York. And people are really cool and you get absorbed into whatever neighborhood you're living in, and we're not leaving New York because of anything New York did.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): So he's taking the rest of the year off to help get everyone settled, his wife of nearly eight years and their four daughters.

(on camera): I am one of four daughters, and I have to say, you are a saint.

DAMON: Really?

BOLDUAN: I'm just meeting you, but I will tell you, because I know that about you, you are a saint.

DAMON: But -- but how much love and attention did you guys give your dad?

BOLDUAN: Oh, see, my father always says, oh, you got to feel so sorry for me. He's the luckiest man in the world, right?

DAMON: Right, right of course, of course, no that's how I feel, too.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): The move also brings new risk and opportunity with it. Damon is looking forward to taking a bigger focus on the production company he co-founded with his childhood best friend, Ben Affleck.

DAMON: It's time we were grownups. He just won Best Picture, you know, let's go out there and let's do it. Because let's -- let's --


BOLDUAN (on camera): You don't -- you think it's now time to be grownups? You don't think you guys kind of hit that early on anyway?

DAMON: Yes, but just in terms of the development side, you know, we can really have a lot of control over what we get made right now, so it's a good time to -- to focus on that. I mean I'm excited to go into an office with him, you know, that will be a fun change.

But it was like with "Good Will Hunting," you know, we felt like winning the lottery but then seeing your best friend win the lottery too.

BEN AFFLECK, ACTOR: All our friends and everybody back in Boston watching us tonight.

DAMON: And 15 years later, we're still kicking.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): For a guy with such star power, Damon also possesses an unusual quality for a Hollywood A-lister: he's still very much just a normal guy. (on camera): Isn't that such a statement that it's a shock and a compliment when someone actually calls you normal in terms of how celebrities are these days? How do you stay so normal?

DAMON: Right, well, my favorite answer to that that I ever heard was someone asked George Clooney and he said, oh, I pay a whole team of people to do that.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.


BOLDUAN: That was a perfect line. I think if you're going to take a line from anybody, take the one from Clooney. That's the way to go.

CUOMO: Good stuff.

BOLDUAN: So "Elysium", it hits studios, hits theaters this Friday. It's a pretty good movie. I got a little sneak peek of it.

PEREIRA: I can't wait to see it.

BOLDUAN: Yes, yes. And there's a lot -- you kind of wonder like what's next for him.


BOLDUAN: Actor, writer, producer. He says the thing that he'd really love to get into is a director, that kind of control and to really have the vision and have that 30,000-foot view of where things need to move to get to the end goal of putting the movie together. So we'll see.

PEREIRA: It looks like you had a nice long conversation with him.

BOLDUAN: Yes we did. I mean it really does come across, he is clearly a celebrity, not difficult to look at, but he did come across as a very normal guy. And the moment I did know that he had four daughters, I was like, we're going to be good friends.

PEREIRA: Yes well done.

CUOMO: He's a good guy, family-first guy.

BOLDUAN: Yes. You can tell that.

CUOMO: He's one of the better guys in the business. No question about it. Good stuff.


CUOMO: All right let's move on. We got an "Impact Your World" segment here. We've seen tornado outbreaks bring devastation in communities across the Midwest and southern United States this year. Prompted a superstar athlete to get on his bike and do something for tornado victims in this week's "Impact Your World". Take a look. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BO JACKSON, ATHLETE: Hi, I'm Bo Jackson and we can make an impact after the storm.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST, "SITUATION ROOM": This is what one deadly twister left behind in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

JACKSON: I got phone calls from relatives and friends saying there was a bad storm, a big tornado that came through. I sat up and thought about, what can I do to give back to my community and I came up with this harebrained idea to ride a bicycle across the state. I decided to make it an annual event to raise money for the tornado victims. I want to make the rest of the country aware of how severe a tornado can be.

When you don't have a place to get out of the way of a tornado, a lot of people get injured, lose their lives. Hiding in a closet or getting in a bathtub doesn't work when the whole house is getting picked up off the foundation and thrown down the street. To continue this bike ride and to raise money to build community tornado shelters, I think that's my calling.

Join the movement, "Impact Your World". Go to


CUOMO: Bo Jackson, ladies and gentlemen. I'll tell you what, if he had been around in this day and age with ESPN and all the sharing, he would have been the biggest athlete we've ever seen in the world. Nobody did what he did, and he's just as good a person off the field.

BOLDUAN: Clearly, clearly he's a great person.

CUOMO: Great stuff.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, John Berman has had it with "Shark Week". He'll explain why with NEW DAY award of the day.

PEREIRA: Why are people angry?

CUOMO: I don't know. He could get shark bitten.


CUOMO: It's ominous music, but for a beautiful moment as the time of the morning and of the show that I'm guaranteed to have everyone in my family watching, because John Berman is here to give us the NEW DAY award of the day award.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I have some ominous news for you. Guess what there is a shark week controversy or should we say a shark- troversy to tell you about right now. The Discovery Channel kicked off "Shark Week" with a two-hour documentary entitled "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives".


BERMAN: It's about sightings of a 67-foot monster shark off the coast of South Africa. Here's the catch, though, the megalodon is extinct. This wasn't really a documentary but a dramatization if you will -- a fake documentary. They did run a disclaimer on the show for, like, three seconds. Take a look.

BERMAN: It essentially says it's not real, blah, blah, blah -- take my word for it. There are a lot of people miffed about this and I'm not sure why, because this was fairly awesome. It turns out you can't just chum for megalodon because it's so big so they had to use sort of a chum cannon, it's like nuclear chum.

So how can you not respect this? It's gross and scientific at the same time. So this week our award goes to "Shark Week". They win the "Chum-nado Award." So what do you get when you cross a sharknado and chum gun? Chumnado.

CUOMO: Chumnado. There are things falling out of the sky.

BOLDUAN: You know, you don't want to be downwind form the chumnado.

CUOMO: I'll tell you what, though, I love "Shark Week", I'm all about it, one of the few things I can watch with my kids. When they take those megalodon jaws and show what damage they could have done --

BERMAN: Nothing kids like more than dismemberment. So I'm proud that you could to share that with your family.

PEREIRA: Chumnado.

BOLDUAN: That is great.

CUOMO: It's nature, John, it's nature.

BOLDUAN: All right, we'll be back right after this.

PEREIRA: Chumnado -- really? What's wrong with you.


CUOMO: Let's check the staying power of a John Berman joke. Chum- nado. That's all it takes.

BOLDUAN: It's called staying power.

CUOMO: That's it for us on here NEW DAY, "CNN NEWSROOM" with Brianna Keilar begins right now.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: I love it. Michaela can't even keep it together -- adorable.

CUOMO: Chumnado.

KEILAR: All right. Thanks, guys, have a great morning.