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One "Golden" Duo; Christie Fights Crisis; French First Lady Hospitalized; A Step Closer To Space Tourism?

Aired January 13, 2014 - 07:30   ET



KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back. The stars shined, the champagne flowed during last night's Golden Globes award. The biggest names in television and movies all under one roof for a show always noted for its surprises, the surprise wins and memorable acceptance speeches.

CNN's Nischelle Turner is joining us live from Los Angeles with all the highlights. It's as if I've been up all night and how I've been able to talk this morning. But it's you, my dear, who has been up all night.

NISCHELL TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes, but you have to laugh when you think about the acceptance speeches. So it does make you a little tongue tied. You're thinking what in the heck happens here? This show never disappoints, Kate. It's the one that celebrities say they look forward to because here's what they get to do. They get to cut loose, kick back and simply have a party. But those inhibitions can and always do lead to those memorable moments. We saw them once again last night.


TURNER (voice-over): Hollywood's biggest stars uninhibited.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm going to go up there and take that statue no matter what name is called.

TURNER: And megawatt energy turned up the red carpet.


TURNER: Once inside, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, didn't hold nothing back.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.

TURNER: Poehler even donned a wig and took her wild antics into the crowd. It was a night full of nerve racking wins --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm as nervous as everybody else. What happened?

TURNER: And tipsy star speeches.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have a few vodkas under my belt. OK.

TURNER: Best mini-series actress, Jacqueline Bisset, stole the time with a lengthy minute walk up and bizarre two and a half minute speech.

JACQUELINE BISSET, ACTRESS: I say like my mother -- what did she say? She used to say go to hell and don't come back.

TURNER: The infectious Jennifer Lawrence won for best supporting actress for her '70s straw back role in "American Hustle."

And Leonardo DiCaprio graciously won best actor in a comedy for the "Wolf of Wall Street." And shock for two former SNL cast numbers when they nabbed the Globe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn't prepare anything.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I never win so I can't believe I won.

TURNER: The three-hour show was also a fond farewell for crime drama series "Breaking Bad."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me.

TURNER: Taking home best actor and TV series for its last season. But "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" took home the night's biggest honors, best motion picture drama and comedy.

CHARLES ROVEN, BEST MOTION PICTURE COMEDY "AMERICAN HUSTLE": One of the wonderful benefits of the motion picture business is that we get to make films about people, about the art of survival, resilience and about reinvention.


TURNER: Here, here. OK, so Brian Cranston told me that he was going to pull a Kanye last night. Whoever won, he was going to rush the stage. Good thing he was the winner. I think Andy Samberg is still having a say what now moment after his surprise win for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Although his co-starts, Terry Cruz and Andrei Brown, both told me on the red carpet that once people really get a hold of this show, they will understand just how good it is and a win last night will go a long ways toward doing that.

And guys, you know, people are talking about Jennifer Lawrence once again this morning her win, but can I just highlight Amy Adams who won for best actress in "American Hustle." she was so good in this movie. Watch out for her. This could become a race between her and Cate Blanchett when we see Oscar nominations on Thursday morning.

BOLDUAN: I can't to see and with Jennifer Lawrence, I mean, I was thinking she could call this a win that she didn't slip and fall as she was trying to make it to the mic. TURNER: Exactly. By the way, Kate I heard you mention fashion. So a little later on when we run down our best, I have my best dressed last night. Think about what you thought about the fashion so we can talk about it.

BOLDUAN: Fair warning, we will talk. I will already say you did look beautiful, Nischelle, as you all know.

TURNER: Thank you, Darling.

BOLDUAN: All right, baby, we'll talk to you a little later. You want to take a break?

CHRIS CUOMO: All I heard was Golden Globe blah, blah, blah, and then I heard Terry Cruz. He's the guy from the Old Spice commercial. The whole conversation change.

BOLDUAN: We'll talk about it.

CUOMO: He's too powerful for the Golden Globes.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fighting for his political life as he battles the political payback scandal as there is. We'll talk about it.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Time now for our political gut check of the morning, Chris Christie has made it through what may be the worst week of his political career, surviving a marathon news conference and picking up some support from his fellow Republicans over the weekend.

Tomorrow the New Jersey governor is set to give his annual state of the state address. All eyes will be on that. The question is what are the questions he has left unanswered? Joining us with more, CNN chief national correspondent, John King. Good morning, John.


BOLDUAN: Happy Monday. What do you think? People have had a weekend to turn their attention away from the Chris Christie scandal a little bit. Where do things stand for Christie now? Looking better this week than last?

KING: Do I think every voter in New Jersey or let's talk nationally, every voter Republican voter is going to follow this every day? No, probably not. But the stakes are high for Governor Christie. And there are perils and opportunities. The perils are so many still unanswered questions, Kate, about who just ordered that Vendetta, the closing of the traffic lanes at the bridge in Fort Lee? We still don't know that.

Some e-mails released on Friday suggest that there was at least a conversation about this among other top Christie aides including his chief counsel. Christie fired one aide, stop the career path of his guy. But there are still questions about who knew in the office, when did they know it, what did they know about it.

Not every governor gets a lot of national attention when he delivers state of the state address as governor Christie tries to move on to the national stage. His record as governor is going to matter. He's going to get a lot of attention here. I'm sure he'll work the speech over a little extra.

CUOMO: Do you think the attention is warranted given the scale and scope of what's being investigated here? And if so, do you believe that the pushback criticism, that the media seems more interested in taking down Chris Christie than it did about the IRS scandal and Benghazi and the like that the White House was involved?

KING: You know, when I was up in New Jersey asking questions of Governor Christie, I got a lot of those tweets and those criticisms. And all I can says is I've also asked questions about Benghazi and we asked a lot of questions about the IRS and a lot of the Obama supporters gave us grief then saying why didn't you do as much during the Bush administration, during this or that. That comes with the territory.

He's the governor of a prominent state. This would be a big story in his state anyway, whether he has national ambitions anyway because he has national ambitions, because he took the job of the head of the Republican governor social security-- association, this warrants criticism. When you fire your chief of staff and push out your aide, that comes with the territory.

BOLDUAN: What do you make of the reaction or the muted reaction from fellow Republicans? I guess it shouldn't be any surprise that no one really wants to get out in front of this while there are still so many unanswered questions, but they are either giving him the benefit of the doubt, and saying it's too early to tell.

KING: Rand Paul I think gave the most interesting answer, a guy who has had fights with Chris Christie in the past, the Tea Party senator from Kentucky. A likely rival it both seek the presidential nomination. Both are saying we don't want to touch this. Chris Christie does not have a ton of friends in the Republican Party yet he has a ton of appeal nationally in the Republican Party.

This is so petty, just so small if you will that a lot of people are shaking their head, they're going to see if he can get out of this on his own. This is an ultimately local issue but it could have national implications. Politicians, just like voters, are going to watch to see where the investigation leads.

BOLDUAN: I guess so. Thanks, John. Nice to see you.

KING: Happy Monday.

BOLDUAN: We're going to repeat it until it's true. Happy Monday.

CUOMO: Let's take a break here on NEW DAY. A reported love triangle in the spotlight, France's first lady taken to the hospital. Is an alleged affair finally taking its toll? BOLDUAN: Also ahead, travel goes to new heights. A record height going 71,000 feet up looking to reach the stars, could space tourism being in the very near future?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's a scandal gripping the world attention. Today the first lady of France could be released from the hospital. She was admitted for exhaustion over the weekend following reports that France's president is having an affair. His alleged mistress, a famous French actress.

CNN's Erin McLaughlin is tracking developments from London. So first off, Erin, what's the latest on the condition of the first lady?

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kate. Well, this morning the French foreign minister speaking out saying that this isn't like the United States and France. The president's private life is just that and whispers of the alleged affairs not all that unusual, but what seems to be really raising eyebrows in this case, that the drama is playing out so publicly.


MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): It's the international love saga playing out in the tabloids. The first lady of France, the nine-year partner of President Francois Holland, has been hospitalized since Friday with exhaustion after allegations surfaced that he was having an affair with French actress, Julie Gaya.

The French tabloid reported that Holland allegedly shown here in a black helmet would slip out of the palace where he and Cher Viler lived and be driven on a motor scooter to and from her apartment. Holland does not deny having the affair, but he is threatening legal action against the magazine.

CHRISTINE OCKRENT, FRENCH JOURNALIST (via telephone): There is feeling of embarrassment because it is not, of course, the dignity of the head of state to have his name and indeed photograph to be involved in such a story.

MCLAUGHLIN: Holland is no stranger to having his private life in the public eye. He's never been married. He spent 30 years with his long time common law wife, Segaline Royal, before leaving her for (inaudible) in 2007, a relationship that began two years earlier while they were both with their former partners. It all plays in an so French way where extra marital affairs of states aren't given a second thought.

Hollande is not the first French president to find himself the subject of tabloid gossip. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly had an affair with his second wife while he was still married to his first. In 2010, there were rumors that he and his current wife, Karla Bruni Sarkozy, were both having affairs.

OCKRENT: We always had a much more tolerant attitude towards sex stories.


MCLAUGHLIN: A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow. It's meant to have been focused on the president's plans to boost France' ailing economy now overshadowed by Hollande's private life. We're still waiting to hear words on the first lady's condition. She's expected to be released from the hospital today -- Chris and Kate.

BOLDUAN: Erin, thank you so much.

CUOMO: All right, let's take a break here on NEW DAY, when we come back, one giant leap for space tourism as Virgin Galactic launches its latest ship. We'll take you inside the test flight, the next best thing to a ticket and cheaper, coming up.


BERMAN: Welcome back. This morning you are allegedly just a little bit closer to being able to go to space and you do not even have to be an astronaut. Check out this new video of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship II hitting new heights, breaking the sound barrier in the process. It looks like "Star Wars." So could you become a space tourist sometime soon?

That is what I really want to know. Christine Romans is joining us with more. Christine, I feel like we've been hearing about this being months away for the last 10 years.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, but they are a little bit closer this time. Let me tell you exactly what they did, John. It was the SS2 spaceship 2 got to 71,000 feet, third successful supersonic test. A new thruster was tested. Tourists can have a better view of the curving earth below them. There was a virgin galactic pilot. And also there's new coating system that they said was successful to help it go faster.

BERMAN: How close were they to space?

ROMANS: Well, they say -- well, OK, so they made it what, 13 1/2 miles. They have to go 62 miles. They have a lot further to go. Each one of these milestones they keep knocking down. This is how far they made it. Richard Branson who dreams of space tourism as a commercial viable enterprise says they will do it this year.

CUOMO: I'm with JV, 13 miles isn't 62. That's not close to 62. Sounds like me on a math test, almost got an A. I got a 60.

ROMANS: We asked him many, many times is this something really going to happen. Maybe our grandchildren can do space tourism. 700 people have reservations, willing to pay $250,000 to go into space. Richard Branson wants to make this happen. Justin Bieber spent this money.

BOLDUAN: Enough said. End of segment. You got a group of people who even when it is possible will be paying a lot of money to get there. Is it ever going to be affordable? What's the Richard Branson dream there?

ROMANS: The people who are bullish on space travel once it happens and more enterprises, more people who will do it, more funding, looser government regulations maybe the price will come down. The price point at 250k is something for the uber wealthy, for rock stars and sports stars and billionaires to afford.

The goal is to get up there and have enough of a trip they can turn the plane and people can see the curve of the earth below them and have this fantastic experience and not be an astronaut. That's the goal. Remember they said they were going to do it last year. They couldn't do it. It is pretty cool when you see that plane go off to fly it like this.

BOLDUAN: I'm with Katy Perry and Justin Bieber on this one.

CUOMO: It's 13 isn't 62. I'm all for the ambition. That's great, 13 isn't 62.

BOLDUAN: Maybe the next jump.

CUOMO: Just saying.

BOLDUAN: OK. Give me a six-pack and a helium balloon. I'm about 240,000 shy of being able to do it myself. We'll work on that.

CUOMO: J.B. has the hands knuckle double cross lead away. Coming up on NEW DAY, we have a CNN exclusive, Chris Christie is trying to put the bridge scandal behind him, but perhaps a new controversy don't make it any easier. Details ahead on a new federal investigation in the Christi spending on Sandy recovery funds.