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since they've been on the big screen. >> bonnie good morning, america. the new warning as two monster storms hit both coasts. a nor'easter pummeling 70 million from the carolinas to maine with hurricane-force winds, rain, and snow. while out west, police are going door to door ordering people to evacuate. changing course. president trump meets with the nra late last night. the group's top lobbyist tweets trump does not want gun control a day after that bipartisan meeting. this as the president announces new trade actions igniting a possible trade war. sending stocks tumbling. poison plot? this woman behind bars this morning charged with attempted murder accused of lacing a cheesecake to allegedly kill a woman who looked like her and steal her identity. how her love for selfies landed
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her in jail. ♪ 24 karat magic in the air hollywood's most magical night just two days away. will "lady bird" fly? will "i, tonya" win gold? and the new report about warren beatty and faye dunaway, after that unforgettable best picture moment. are they planning a huge surprise? and good morning, america. hope you're well this friday morning. just two days till the oscars. >> mm-hmm. and take a look. they have rolled out the red carpet there at the dolby theatre. a lot of speculation about whether faye dunaway and warren beatty will be back. you asked about this, michael. >> i think they should get a do-over. wasn't their fault. but before we get to that, we're going to begin with those dangerous storms hitting both coasts. our team is spread out from california to new york and we're going to start with that nor'easter bringing serious and
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dangerous snow, wind, and rain. rob is outside times square and he will lead us off. good morning, rob. >> hey, good morning, michael. it is nothing short of a miserable day to start your day. we're just getting started with 4 storm. on the west coast, this is the strongest one of the season. we have had debris blows in santa barbara county and montecito. flash flood watch remains posted through the day. i-80, closed for a time over donner pass. getting to lake tahoe and reno. a tough go with more snow coming down. two feet falling. blizzard warnings are posted there. we have another four or five feet to go. there is your nor'easter. coastal issues abound for that. we go the gio benitez, live in massachusetts. good morning, gio. >> reporter: rob, good morning to you. the winds are getting stronger
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and stronger. wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour here later. look at the water. once the high tide hits, the water will not recede until late tonight. this morning, it's scenes like these in pennsylvania. >> there it is right there. >> reporter: and in new york that have millions on edge. that massive nor'easter sitting off the east coast overnight packing heavy rain, snow, and damaging winds. some people needing assistance because of those slippery conditions. powerful storm already leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. >> i would be very careful in here. >> reporter: the roof of this produce business in north carolina smashed through by tree branches. in tennessee, heavy flooding forcing residents to kayak through their own front yards. and in ohio, more than 50,000 customers already without power. the storm now taking aim at the northeast with the potential for major coastal flooding. in massachusetts, evacuations already under way as officials
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worry the damage could be even worse than january's devastating nor'easter. >> it's a heck of a storm and people need to take it seriously. >> reporter: and here in scituate, massachusetts, schools are closed, of course. officials want people to get out of town. what is really unbelievable, nearly 400,000 customers are without power from massachusetts to virginia. >> all right, gio, be safe out there. let's go to amy freeh, a meteorologist for wabc. our new york station. she's out in long beach. good morning, amy and we can tell that the wind is picking up out there, too. >> reporter: it really is, robin. the rain coming down at an inch and a half right now. it's coming down sideways at times. and millions are out there just trying to make their way into work but the ocean racing in. and this will be a main feature of the nor'easter during high
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tied. happening 15 minutes behind me at long beach we'll continue to see wears -- waters closing in and up to hurricane force throughout the day today. so this will be a nasty storm. >> it already is. >> and it is making for messy travel today. our senior transportation correspondent david kerley tracking it from reagan national. good morning, david. >> reporter: it's already a mess out here. a colleague of ours was on a jet out on that runway lined up ready to take off and the pilot said, it's too windy. we're not going. that's just the beginning. the numbers as they stand right now. i believe these are going to go up but at this hour 1500 flights have already been canceled. and if cow break it down in the northeast, you can get a sense that it's going to be hit extremely hard. in fact, the air force so worried, it moved air force one to the west of us to dulles international airport so the president can fly to billy graham's funeral later today. they ticket from the military base to that airport. and, of course, the storm
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hitting on the west coast, as well. airports there could be affected as well, george. don't forget you have the ripple effect. everybody may feel this before the day is out, george. >> east and west. >> speaking of west, targeting an area already hit hard by recent mudslides, abc's kayna whitworth is in montecito, california, where residents have been ordered to evacuate. good morning, kayna. >> reporter: robin, good morning. a flash flood warning has just expired. we're seeing minor flooding and debris flows in the area. nothing like the storm on january 9th that killed 21 people. two of them are still missing. you can see the damage left here behind me. people are under a mandatory evacuation. this similar pacting 30,000 people right now. and people are taking these evacuation warnings very seriously. authorities say they can't take any unnecessary risks right now. >> search and rescue teams are at the ready, aren't they snrnlgts they have extra equipment and crews on stand by should anything happen. as you're walking through the
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area, this is what's left of some people's homes. rocks like that were coming screaming down the mountain. it's terrifying. you look at this house. you can see how high the mud flow went. authorities are taking every precaution they can. they have closed schools. the california highway patrol was considering closing the 101 for a time. the choes guard has a crew on stand by. this might be the new normal. some authorities are saying. is there they have been through so much. thank you. back to rob for the timing of the storm. serious business. the rains just beginning. several surges more to go. it's a double barrel system. coming into ventura. los angeles. all the areas affected by wildfires this past summer. and inch plus in the valley
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locations. that's enough to do damage. and, avalanche warnings an issue. travel over i-80 once again with a total of seven feet expected in the mountains with blizzard warnings continuing up. here in the northeast, snow beginning to mix in. we're a couple of degrees from this being a full-on blizzard. difficult travel for everybody coast to coast. guys? >> going to be a long day. rob, thank you. we're going to go to the white house now, robin. where president trump held a late-night meeting with the national rifle association. the group's top lobbyist tweeted that the president does not want gun control. just a day after the president told bipartisan lawmakers he wanted comprehensive new legislation. our chief white house correspondent jon karl has the latest. good morning,. >> reporter: good morning, george. at this point, it's anybody's guess where the president stands on guns and school safety, all part of a topsy-turvy couple of days where the president also rattled financial markets with an announcement that caught his own
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economic team by surprise. a day after shocking his closest allies by seeming to embrace new gun measures, president trump revealed his secret meeting last night with the nra's top lobbyist tweeting, it was a good, great meeting in the oval office. the nra's chris cox who met with trump and vice president pence suggested the president may have once again changed his tone on gun control. potus and vpotus support the second amendment, support strong due process and don't want gun control. just a day earlier the president met with lawmakers in the white house and called for action on multiple gun measures opposed by the nra. telling the group they shouldn't be afraid to take the nra on. >> some of you people are petrified of the nra. you can't be petrified. >> reporter: one thing he embraced taking guns away from people considered a threat even without a hearing. >> i like taking the guns early. take the guns first, go through due process second. >> reporter: that put the president at odds with the nra
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and his republican base. >> i still support him, but he and i are just going to have to disagree on this idea of due process. >> reporter: the oval office meeting with the nra wasn't the president's only surprise thursday. he also stunned markets and his own economic advisers by imposing new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. >> we're going to build our steel industry back. and we're going to build our aluminum industry back. >> reporter: the move, which sent markets tumbling, deeply divided the president's economic team. the president's top economic adviser gary cohn had firmly opposed them warning it would raise costs for american manufacturing and could trigger a trade war. just an hour before the announcement, top white house aides were assuring people that the tariffs were not coming. i am told the president only decided to go forward as he was meeting with those steel executives that ultimately were by his side as he made the announcement.
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and, george, look at this tweet this morning. another one sure to catch some of his advisers by surprise. when a country, usa, is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good and easy to win. he goes on ending it is easy. trust me, some of his top economic advisers and most economists might take issue with that. >> with the idea of a trade war being good. meanwhile, the president is on a mini tweet storm this morning, taking on alec baldwin. is it certain he will follow through with that and will gary cohn leave if he does? >> reporter: nothing is sure around here, first of all, but i tell you that white house officials are telling me the president fully intends to go through with this announcement next week. as for gary cohn he fought tooth and nail to prevent this. and then he was caught by surprise when it happened. i've had several people at the white house question whether or not he can stay here or whether he will resign. >> okay, jon karl, thanks very
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much. michael? >> thank you, george. we bring in our chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis for more on the plunging stock market. and good morning to you, rebecca. the dow closed down more than 400 after the president announced these new tariffs. >> first of all wall street does not like to hear the word trade war. so while this is helpful to u.s. steel and aluminum companies which have been lobbying for these tariffs and whose stocks surged on the announcement. it also means american manufacturers will have to pay more for those materials and could mean price hikes so think of any product that comes in a can, beer, soda that uses aluminum and steel, cars, building materials like wiring and beams, all of those businesses see their costs go up. and the question is, if that's the case, how much of that do they ultimately pass along to consumers? and what is the ripple effect on the economy and people? >> do not mess with the pepsi or the coors light.
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they could cost more because of this so what are these companies saying about this? >> we've heard from a handful of companies. molson coors where we're unclear what it will specifically do to prices, they are saying that u.s. consumers would surely suffer. they're calling the move disappointing. misguided. and they are warning of job losses across the beer industry, michael. >> thank you so much, rebecca. >> we'll be watching today. the white house responding to that new show of force from russian president vladimir putin. he's flaunting nuclear weapons he calls invincible and he also simulated a strike on florida, saying u.s. missile defenses will be useless. martha raddatz has the latest. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, george. the white house's response to putin's provocative speech echoes cold war language, saying that we will ensure that our nuclear arsenal is unmatched. but putin's presentation was unnerving. projecting on giant screens animation of a nuclear powered cruise missile which he claimed could travel low and fast through any kind of terrain and
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blow past any kind of obstacle including our ballistic missile defense system. and in that animation, that missile appeared to be heading for the western u.s. additional animation as you said had missiles raining down on florida. the missile has been tested but it is not in production. u.s./russia relations are at a low point and the two sides are not having any meaningful talks, george? >> we have not seen nuclear saber rattling like this since the cold war. thank you very much. >> thank you, george. now to the new fallout from the usa gymnastics abuse scandal. the this morning, olympic gold medalist aly raisman announcing she's suing usa gymnastics and the u.s. olympic committee and abc's eva pilgrim is here with details. >> reporter: aly raisman refusing to wait any longer for these organizations to do what she says is a critical step to moving forward, a full investigation. she says she hopes by filing this lawsuit they will be held accountable to make changes to keep this from ever happening again. >> i'm no longer a victim.
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i'm a survivor. >> reporter: this morning olympic champion aly raisman suing the united states olympic committee and usa gymnastics. >> we still have to hold these organizations accountable. they enabled this monster, they took his side over us for so long. >> reporter: raisman who brought home olympic gold for team usa in 2012 and 2016 -- >> a return to the olympics has been worth it. >> reporter: alleging that the organizations are partly to blame for enabling her abuser, disgraced former doctor larry nassar. her lawyers say the organizations put their quest for money and medals above the safety of minor competitive athletes, claiming they failed to adequately enforce policies which would prevent employees from engaging in sexually abusive misconduct. the lawsuit also alleging the organizations failed to report nassar's suspected history of sexual abuse to raisman and her parents. >> treatments with you were mandatory.
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you took advantage of that. lying on my stomach with you on my bed insisting that your inappropriate touch would help to heal my pain. >> reporter: the suit also showing this letter the former head of usa gymnastics sent to the usoc in 1999 describing the usoc's safety procedures as part of a fund mentally flawed process and showing apparent indifference to the welfare of young children. 20 years after that letter while facing her abuser at a sentencing, raisman shed no tears but weeks later admitting the truth. >> i know i looked strong in the moment but after i was a mess. it felt like it took me weeks to recover. >> reporter: we reached out to the usoc and usa gymnastics but have not heard back, all this as the first male gymnast has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse from nassar. >> it's far from over. >> very much. >> all right. thank you, eva.
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we turn to reverend billy graham. he will be laid to rest in charlotte, north carolina, later this morning. president trump and vice president pence are expected to be among the guests in attendance. graham became just the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at the capitol rotunda in washington earlier this week. the funeral is invitation only but as we know, his unofficial title was america's pastor. so the service will be live-streamed online so others can watch. reverend billy graham died last week at the age of 99. >> after a remarkable career. >> yes. let's go back to rob. >> hey, george. just up the lake and around the corner from hechly ski resport is squaw valley. that's continuing. that's bad for travel around the tahoe city area. we have that storm. we have what's going on on the east coast. this nor'easter continues to strengthen. the wind gusts expected today, 71 in boston.
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maybe 6in new york city by tend of the day. we have had damage with trees down and power out. hundreds of thousands without power at this hour. the winds don't die down until well into tomorrow afternoon. we continue to watch the flash flood risk across southern california. this segment is brought to you by the botanical gardens. . good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. areas of showers and possible
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thunderstorms today and tomorrow. they'll taper at night. it will be cool especially in the north bay valleys. i'm tracking another storm wednesday and thursday. for today, temperature about 50 to 53. it won't be as breezy, plus we'll have sunshine so won't feel as crisp as yesterday. temperatures tonight in the mid 30s to mid 40s. my seven-day forecast. all the storms east coast, west coast, we're all inclusive today weather wise. the snow is already starting to mix in. ? look at the people out there. oh, my gosh. >> heart thety souls. stay dry. stay warm. it's a tough one. >> busy day for you, rob. >> looking forward to the weekend. coming up the bizarre case of a woman accused of poisoning a cheesecake to murder a look-alike and steal her identity. how her love of selfies landed her behind bars. how her love of selfies landed her behind bars. think about that.
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good morning, east bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> good morning. i'm jessica castro from abc 7 mornings. a san francisco man has been granted the go ahead to sue four city police officers that he said framed him. jamal truelove spent six years in prison after being convicted of murder in sunnyvale, but was acquitted by a second jury. a u.s. district judge has ruled the new evidence may show that three officers pressured the only witness in the case to testify against truelove. the judge also ruled that the fourth officer, john evans, seen here in this video before his testimony in the kate steinle trial, actually withheld evidence that could have helped truelove's defense. we're watching that story. alexis is watching the roads. >> i sure am. overall, a lot better than yesterday. we have one new issue to get to
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get low prices today and every day. targetrun and done. welcome back to "gma." you're looking live at the situation in scituate, massachusetts, as that nor'easter hits 70 million americans who are going to be affected or in the path of the storm, bringing snow and rain from the carolinas to maine. >> massive. >> a lot of the country affected. new questions about where president trump stands on gun control after he held a late meeting with the nra last night and the lobbyist tweeted the president did not want gun control. that comes a day after the bipartisan meeting with lawmakers where he seemed to back a comprehensive gun control package. the president on twitter this morning as well, attacking alec baldwin first calling him alex criticized his impersonation of him and then misspelled dying. we have the misspelling up there. he changed it in the later tweet
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and we have an update on the missing mom case. terrilynn st. john disappeared while her children were inside. her body found and a suspect has been charged. and taking a look at the annual shark migration under way in south florida right now. >> whoa. >> sharks on the move and scientists have noticed a dramatic drop in the number. they say warm water may be the cause. >> stay out of the water. we'll begin, though, with new developments in that mysterious death, a woman's body found at her boyfriend's san diego mansion. his brother is the focus of a wrongful death civil suit now under way. amy is here, has that story for us. so bizarre. >> it is bizarre. the death was originally ruled as a suicide. officially ruled as a suicide but her family doesn't believe it. and now they're taking her former boyfriend's brother to court, looking for some measure of justice. >> the body of a woman was found hanging at the mansion. >> reporter: a mysterious death
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at this million-dollar mansion left an exclusive southern california beach community reeling. >> 32-year-old rebecca zahau was found naked and hanging from the second story balcony. >> her naked bodice covered hanging from a balcony. >> reporter: 32-year-old rebecca zahau found dead hanging in the sprawling 27-room home of her 54-year-old boyfriend pharmaceutical tycoon jonas shacknai. her death, coming on the death of another terrible tragedy. she was the only adult home when her boyfriend's 6-year-old son max plunged over a staircase. he laid dying in the hospital when authorities found her body. the sheriff's office struggled to determine whether zahau committed suicide over max's accident or if she was murdered as possible retribution for the boy's demise. >> the scene was pretty suspicious. we are not ready to determine whether it was a suicide or a criminal act. >> reporter: her boyfriend's brother adam shacknai a tugboat captain from tennessee was visiting the family. he found rebecca's lifeless body
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that day bound and gagged, cut her down and called 911. >> 911 emergency. what are you reporting? >> i got a girl, hung herself. >> is she still alive? >> i don't think so. >> reporter: after a seven-week investigation, the sheriff's office ruled her death a suicide. but her family never buying it. this morning adam shacknai faces a civil jury over her death. >> my sister was murdered. it is pretty obvious she was murdered. >> reporter: but adam shacknai's attorney says his client is not guilty and there's no evidence connecting him to zahau's death. her dna the only one police found at the scene. >> the law enforcement authorities concluded that she committed suicide. >> reporter: for the first time her boyfriend, and adam shacknai's brother, speaking out. >> rebecca was completely full of life. she was an enthusiastic person. >> reporter: defending his brother. >> he wakes up and his life is changed forever not because of
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anything he did but because where he was, the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: authorities had cleared adam shacknai of any involvement in rebecca's death years ago. but the zahau family is asking for an unspecified amount of money in the lawsuit. it is a civil case, of course, and adam shacknai faces no criminal charges and cannot be sentenced to prison in this case. robin? >> all right. amy, thank you. our senior legal analyst sunny hostin is here investigating the story for "20/20" on tonight. but let's talk about it right now. oh, my goodness. when you look at this and there are many reasons why the family rejects the idea of suicide. >> yes, and i met with rebecca's sister. she said her sister was full of life. she was devoutly religious and she would have never committed suicide, especially in this fashion. i investigated it and spoke to a lot of people, robin. they said they have never seen a woman commit suicide in this fashion, which would be getting completely naked. gagging herself. binding herself with nautical
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knots and throwing herself over a balcony. it's the most odd way to -- that one would commit suicide. >> and you have spent a lot of time. you have talked to a lot of people, as you said. you even hired an outside consulta consultant? >> we did. we did. we hired an outside investigator. former nypd detective. he had the same questions. why would a woman commit suicide this way? is it possible for her to commit -- would it have been possible for her to commit suicide this way? and you'll see it's very unusual. and he actually -- we sort of reenacted the alleged suicide. and he has come to the conclusion that it's quite possible that someone threw her over the balcony. >> really? >> yeah. >> you think there is a possibility that this may turn into a criminal investigation. >> you know, the sheriff's department in coronado said they are willing to re-open an investigation if they get new evidence. and so, perhaps, they'll be watching tonight. >> oh, my gosh. it just is an eye opener and your heart goes out to her family. >> just an incredible, incredible case. >> we will be watching tonight.
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you can see more of the case tonight at "20/20" at 10:00 p.m. eastern. and you can see this woman coming up later this morning, of course. >> i'm heading over to "the view." >> okay. over to george. >> thank you. coming up here, another bizarre case. a woman accused of trying to kill a look-alike and steal her identity by poisoning her cheesecake. uhhh. and i was wondering if your brokerage offers some sort of guarantee? guarantee? where we can get our fees and commissions back if we're not happy. so can you offer me what schwab is offering? what's with all the questions? ask your broker if they're offering $4.95 online equity trades and a satisfaction guarantee. if you don't like their answer, ask again at schwab. andrew wanted nothing to do witears, tantrums and stalling. then his boss informed him, there was a sweet bonus attached if he saw the project through.
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a russian woman is charged with poisoning cheesecake and giving it to her look-alike to steal her identity. linzie janis is here with the details. good morning, linzie. >> reporter: good morning, george. it sounds like the pages of a spy thriller. but authorities say this actually happened right here in new york city. and they've now charged this russian woman with attempted murder. her alleged victim telling us how she narrowly escaped death. this glamorous russian woman covered in fur and diamonds is behind bars the this morning. her alleged crime, attempted murder and her alleged weapon, cheesecake. prosecutors say that in 2016, 42-year-old viktoria nasyrova targeted 37-year-old olga tsvyk, who looks strikingly similar to nasyrova. giving her cheesecake laced with a powerful tranquilizer. >> she called me, i'm going to bring you very delicious cheesecake. when i eat the cake i feel right away very, very sick. i like lose my vision. >> reporter: tsvyk says her
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landlord discovered her unconscious in her bed, dressed in lingerie, with pills surrounding her. prosecutors claiming she wanted to make it look like a suicide and nasyrova took tsyvk's passport. hoping to steal her identity. at the hospital, tsyvk says, doctors told her she was 40 minutes from death. nasyrova was on the run since 2014. wanted by interpol on a murder charge in russia involving the death of another woman. she was tracked down last year and hauled in for grand larceny charges. her alleged victims in the theft cases? all men. prosecutors say she met them on dating websites, while she allegedly used a variety of identities. something she told chasing news. >> rachel, mira, sabina. >> reporter: but authorities say it was nasyrova's love for selfies that landed her in jail. a private detective finding her from this selfie on facebook.
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>> i also noticed in the reflection of her glasses and in some of the photos provided clues to specific locations. >> reporter: when asked if she regrets taking the photo that put her behind bars. [ speaking a foreign language ] she pleaded not guilty on all pending charges here in new york, including that attempted murder charge. she faces up to 25 years in prison. she has publically denied any involvement in that murder in russia. the alleged victim in this poisoning says she did eyelash extensions for nasyrova at a salon normally and was surprised when this woman showed up at her house with cheesecake. but they were friendly, so she ate two pieces. >> she should have said, you first. >> that would have been smart. >> oh, eat the cake. eat the cake. don't eat the cake. that's what they're saying. all right. thank you so much, linzie. coming up, who will walk away with oscar gold? who will win big? and what we're now learning about faye dunaway and warren beatty. are they coming back? we are so stay right there.
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welcome back to "gma." the oscars are just two days away. and abc's chris connelly is in hollywood with a look at how the show will handle the me too movement. and what we can expect from the movies and, chris, many of the categories have no clear favorite this year. >> reporter: i guess you'd say that, michael and good morning. behind me you see the grand staircase up which oscar presenters, nominees, and performers will process into the dolby theatre. there are some favorites in the
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acting categories but all else is intrigue and uncertainty. on an oscar night that's going to be quite unlike any other. for viewers, sunday's 90th academy awards figures to bring the usual bounty of performers. ♪ i got that sunshine in my pocket ♪ >> reporter: grateful filmmakers and zing-tastic gags. it will bring recognition of the recent battle against decades of toxic masculinity in hollywood and the time's up vow to carry the fight elsewhere. >> the oscars is often at the forefront of social causes. it has been for years so it makes sense we would land here. >> reporter: some of the award season's most controversial players including "the disaster artist's" james franco, and last year's best actor winner, casey affleck, do not figure to be in attendance on hollywood's biggest night. expect hashtags of all sorts to be flying as the show airs live. but along with the activism there are movies to celebrate. the ceremony will be eager to do just that.
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>> the one people practice in their bathroom mirror for their whole lives what it would feel like to win an oscar. >> reporter: who will get to say those words for real? gary oldman's transformation into winston churchill for "darkest hour" gives him an edge. >> we shall never surrender! >> reporter: as a mother seeking justice, frances mcdormand's performance in "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri," has all the colors of the rage rainbow. its fury seems in tune with the times. >> you get over here. >> reporter: supporting actor favors "three billboards'" sam rockwell and supporting actress from "lady bird's" laurie metcalf and "i, tonya's" allison janney thought to be the favorite. >> that's the sacrifice a mother makes. >> reporter: best picture could offer edge of your seat drama at the end of the show. "the shape of water" has ben seen as the top choice. "three billboards" has great
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performances and zeitgeist edge. >> how long has this been going on, this thing? >> reporter: and no film was more talked about in more interesting ways than jordan peele's stunning debut feature, "get out." by that measure it's the movie of the year. is it the best movie of the year? that will be oscar's call. and speaking of best picture unconfirmed report on tmz says warren beatty and faye dunaway will come back to present that category this year. it's unconfirmed. when we talked to oscar producer jennifer todd, she said only, it's an interesting idea. well, it's still interesting, michael. >> well, if it's on tmz it must be true, right. now chris, you mentioned all the major categories in that piece but what else? what other categories should everyone be looking out for? >> reporter: i'd be leaning forward for original screenplay. you know, particularly if you're a fan of "lady bird" and "get out," one of those films has a pretty good chance of taking home an oz car -- oscar if that
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category. so if you're rooting for them you'd want to pay attention to that. and cinematography. rachel morrison the first woman ever nominated goes up against roger deakins. from "bladerunner 2049." deakins is 0-13 at the oscars. can you believe that is this so we'll see what happens in that category. >> that's when people like them are happy they're nominated. not 13 times. i should win something eventually. all right chris, thanks so much. we'll have all day coverage of hollywood's big day right here on abc called "countdown to the oscars" starting at 1:00 p.m. eastern, 10:00 a.m. pacific time. oscars opening ceremony, live from the red carpet. >> are you ready to do it? >> i'm ready to do it. >> you're going to knock it out of the park. >> thank you so much. special new start time is 6:30 eastern, 3:00 pacific -- 3:30 pacific and the oscars broadcast 8:00 eastern, 5:00 on the west coast, hour earlier than usual. >> oscars all day, right? >> all day, all day. >> give it up to michael carrying the "gma" banner for us this year. >> yeah.
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>> appreciate that on the carpet. >> and i'll be back here on monday to do this show too so it'll be fun. >> we'll be back.
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good morning, south bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. good morning. i'm jessica castro from abc 7 mornings. more rain is in the forecast today. so let's check in with meteorologist mike nicco, and find out how much rain. >> yeah, about a quarter to half inch if you get caught under some of these showers. they are dropping some hail. our boss tweeted a picture of some hail in the oakland hills. it is very small hail, won't cause any damage. watch out for wet spots all day today as you're out commuting. not quite as breezy as yesterday. here's the forecast. all storms are light on the impact scale. and we did have an issue on the bay bridge. we are still looking at a bit of a stackup here at the toll plaza. overall, it has been a friday light commute. a shower passed through not too long ago. a disabld vehicle near treasure island has been cleared. drive times, for the most part, nice and light. a delay near san francisco. no delays heading to the
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airport. thank you. another abc 7 news update in 30 minutes and always on our news app and abc 7 remember to join us weekdays from 4:30 to 7:00. and if you're heading to tahoe, bundle up this weekend.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. new warning about that vicious monster storm with 70 million americans in its path. hurricane-force winds, rain, and snow. 25 states on high alert from texas all the way to maine as another storm, the strongest of the year is moving in on the west coast right now. fortnite frenzy. the video game shattering records and it has your kids glued to the screen. over 40 million people in america playing. the new causes for concern. your kids, do they have gaming disorder? or sit helping keep them safe? our expert breaks it down for you. steal their style. behind the scenes with red carpet stylists for the biggest stars in hollywood from saoirse ronan and emma stone to reese witherspoon.
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fixing a fashion emergency that we all run into. and the everyday items that can help you look flawless both on and off the red carpet. celebration time. are you ready for oscar? we are and so is jimmy kimmel. >> no one does oscar like "gma" and if they say they do, they're lying. >> this morning we're getting you ready for hollywood's biggest night just two days away as we say good morning, america. >> cheers. >> celebrate good times. great to have you with us on this friday morning. and look at the people coming from all over the country. i've never seen that in tennessee right outside of chattanooga. is that where it is? outside of chattanooga. >> soddy-daisy. >> and the couple in the back, it's their anniversary. so they came to new york for that. happy anniversary. we're gearing up for oscar sunday here. so is wolfgang puck out in l.a. our friend in the kitchen right
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now. he is going to give us a sneak peek at what the stars will be eating. and he's, of course, been catering the famous governors ball for 24 years straight. >> thank you, george. but first, we want to get to those storms slamming both coasts. a nor'easter bringing heavy rain, snow and hurricane-force winds. we'll go back to kayna whitworth. >> reporter: good morning, michael. many residents woke up to a flash flood warning, which is terrifying after the january storm that killed1 people, two of which are still missing. this is a home wipe out by the mudslide. today we have,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders. they're taking them very seriously. authorities say they cannot take any unnecessary risk right now. this might be the new normal. today, michael, they have closed schools. considered closing roadways as well just to keep everybody safe. >> thank you, kayna.
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robin? the storm making a miserable start for the weekend. out west, fears of mudslides as the storm strikes there. rob is back, tracking it all. >> storms on both coasts. a quick shot of what's going on. on the snowy side of this system. in syracuse we have snow happening there. happening in albany as well, nothing compared to what is going on out west. blizzard warnings posted for the west coast in the mountains there. we've already seen winds gust over 100 miles an hour, two feet of snow with another several feet coming. but a flash flood watch for southern california. those burn-scarred area, parts of santa barbara county have been evacuated due to the threat for mudslides as we get over an inch of rain there and up to seven feet of snow in the sierras. they need the snow, maybe not all this much, not all at one time. as far as snow goes here. i'll tell you what, we're one, two, three degrees away, thermally, there this being a full-on pliz ard in new york. you can see the snow mixing in. either way, it's a high impact storm. guys. >> thank you. to the white house. some confusion there. president had a late night meeting with the nra. the nra came out of the meeting saying the president does not
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support gun control a flip from 24 hours before when he met with bipartisan lawmakers saying he was for comprehensive gun control. let's get the latest from jon karl. our chief white house correspondent. >> reporter: george, it's not exactly clear where the president stands right now on the gun issue. he did as you mention shock the nra and republicans in congress by coming out and suggesting that he supports multiple gun measures that the nra has opposed for years. and announcing this meeting the president said, good, great meeting in the oval office tonight with the nra and the nra's top lobbyist, who he met with, chris cox, described the meeting this way. i had a great meeting tonight with donald trump and the vp. potus and vpotus support the second amendment, support strong due process, and don't want gun control. so where does the president stand right now? well, i just a few moments ago spoke with sarah huckabee sanders, the press secretary. she suggested perhaps he doesn't
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support universal background checks, just supporting the background check system. that would be a change from what he said earlier this week. and as for raising the age for the purchase of assault weapons, she said the president still supports that conceptually, but thinks it might be a better issue handled by the states. that is a change too, george. >> jon, as you know, if the president is not clear, not leading with a clear package unlikely anything will get through the congress. >> reporter: no way any of it happens unless he forces it through. even with his support that's an open question whether or not it will pass. >> jon karl, thanks very much. never did something so sour turn into something so sweet. all to set the world record for the most donors to sign up for be the match in 24 hours. and, boy, people from california to here in times square. those two young men, chris, he has leukemia. his friend dillon was out in times square and all to raise awareness about the need for donors. and, of course, we kind of
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joined the fun, too. okay, we got to show george. you didn't have to wait for the year-ender for that. but the biggest news of all, you did it. you set the world record with nearly 3500 people signed up for the be the match registry stepping up to save lives. thank you for that. and it was chris. his idea. and he wanted to set a world record. that was part of his bucket list so we're glad that we could help out and everybody who took part, wonderful. >> really fun, too. george, you seemed to like it more than most. coming up, should you be concerned about your kids and the game fortnite? the popular game, more than 40 million americans are playing it. how much time is too much to be glued to that screen? as we count down to the oscars we're taking you behind the scenes with the stylist of the stars. we'll have that and much more. lara, what do you have upstairs? >> well, oh, did you like that? darn it. we have a whole dance move.
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i know. wow, wonderful to have her here with us along with this wonderful, very well dressed audience, i might add. >> oscar weekend. >> yes, it is. we have the oscar-themed treats to kick off our academy award winning weekend thanks to astro doughnuts and fried chicken and our entire audience is getting some oscar doughnuts. [ cheers and applause ] >> we're not getting left out. >> we're not. >> red velvet. have you tried them yet? >> thank you. thank you. >> yeah. good, good. all right. >> nobody has. >> go ahead and eat them. >> all right. >> i'll save mine till after "pop". >> real good. >> how many of you people here play hq trivia? >> oh, totally. >> you know the game hq trivia? i played it a couple of times with my kids. can win some money. there, the host is going to be here. going to play a special edition for our oscars after-party. that is coming up monday morning. >> i'm so in.
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it's so fun, that game. >> i have to say after "pop news" you got to have it. this is a good doughnut. >> i'm in. you know i love a doughnut. i'm totally in. today we're doing popscars. in honor of the special weekend. it's popscars time. ready? it's also friday. not friday eve, rob. it's friday. let's do it. today we are calling it the popscars. as i said. so how about a six degrees of separation academy award style. get ready, guys. put on your thinking caps. four actors who are in -- who are all in more than one of the best peck chur nominees. see if cow can follow this. we're going to start with caleb landry jones. so creepy as the brother in "get out." he is also the guy who rent the billboards to francis mcdormand in "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri." actor lucas hedges plays her son and he is also a potential suitor in "lady bird." >> oh, yeah.
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>> as is timothee chalamet and he had an amazing year, picked great movies to work in last year, as he's also nominated for his role in "call me by your name." in that movie his father is played by actor michael stuhlbarg. rounding out our best picture contenders with the most appearances in picture roles. in addition to "call me by your name," he's also abe rosenthal in "the post" with meryl streep and tom hanks and the doctor in "the shape of water" with the most nominations. >> what a year he's had. >> yeah. >> there you have it. four actors connected to six of the nine best picture nominees. do not try this at home. >> well done. >> really? i mean i couldn't believe it when we started to see the names over and over again. those are either really good choices or really good agents. hey, also in this popscars, when you lose a bag or it's stolen, hard to be funny about it, right? it's stressful. unless you're tiffany haddish,
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who posted a video on instagram telling followers she had the best time at the essence women in hollywood event thursday but here's the thing. >> me and my she ready team, all of us up in here, okay, was taking pictures together and they gave us gift bags and my makeup artist put her bag inside the gift bag. and then a girl who said she was going to watch the bags and not let nobody take the bags let somebody take the bag. [ applause ] >> well, tiffany wants you to know the thing is her i.d. was in the bag, money was in the bag. she doesn't care about that. what she wants is her makeup and she wants the fendi bag and it could mean a one-on-one interaction if you find it. listen up. >> if you was at the black women in hollywood essence event, check your gift bag and hit me back because we need that fendi bag back. thank you. [ applause ] >> love you, tiffany. she needed that makeup because
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she's presenting at the oscars this sunday. i don't know if we mentioned it, it's oscar weekend and that's "pop news." time for one more? this just in, all right, here we go. so soon you can be stopping at starbucks for coffee in the morning then heading back maybe after the oscars for a night cap. the coffee giant opened its first reserve shop in seattle this week looking to take on other high-end coffee shops. so they've added cocktails from a mixology bar, turning baristas into bartenders in the afternoon. and evenings. so you can get your buzz nationwide in the morning with your caffeine and then your choice of beverage in the evening. they're opening a thousand reserve bars and then changing the 20% of their regular starbucks into this reserve situation. >> really? >> for morning and night. >> guaranteeing more business in the morning. >> yes, you're chuckling. >> i'm thinking am i going to be there more in the morning or more at night? >> or night. that is a very fair question.
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we'll discuss. that is "pop news" on this friday. [ applause ] >> popscars. well done. another strong week, thank you. amy, you have our "gma" cover story. a parenting alert about a popular video game that so many are playing? >> video games are facing some new scrutiny this morning. president trump has announced he's meeting with video game executives next week to discuss violent content following the deadly florida school shooting. this as a new game called fortnite is drawing millions of players. and some parents are worrying their kids are spending way too much time at the controls. ♪ it's the online game that has fans in a frenzy. fortnite's objective. layers in the game's free battle royale version join teams and battle up to 100 others to be the last person standing. the multiplayer melee drawing comparisons to blockbuster franchise "the hunger games". >> i volunteer as tribute.
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>> reporter: with millions of users from kids to even celebrities like chance the rapper, joe jonas and steelers wide receiver juju smith-schuster caught up in the craze. >> i'm at this party right now and all i'm thinking about is fortnite. >> over 40 million people in america play this game. so the crazy part is, chances are you know somebody who is enjoying it. >> reporter: with the option to buy upgrades and bonus features the company reportedly raking in big bucks off the game's big buzz. >> it wouldn't surprise me if they were making hundreds of hundreds upon thousands on any day, in fact, maybe even over 1 million. >> reporter: for some parents its popularity is a cause for concern. >> i just love this game. it's great. >> reporter: amy says her kids are so caught up in the game she sometimes won't see them for hours after school. >> they downloaded it around november/december. around that time i guess that's when they slowly started disappearing. >> reporter: she wrote about their disappearance in a blog
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titled, have i lost my children to fortnite? garnering big response from other parents across the country. >> everyone is sort of struggling with the same thing. how much time do we let them actually play this where they're not fighting and they think they've had enough time and i'm not the bad guy. >> reporter: it's not only fortnite. this year in a controversial decision, the world health organization officially recognized gaming disorder as a mental health issue. the american academy of pediatrics advises parents to place consistent limits on screen time making sure it doesn't take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity, and other behaviors essential to health. but for worried parents fortnite's social aspect may actually have a positive effect. >> the beauty of video games is they're moving from being solo experiences to more social experiences that invite people to come together and bond over a shared positive activity. >> to further the discussion let's bring in clinical sports psychologist dr. jonathan fader. and, jonathan, thanks for joining us. from a clinical perspective what makes this game different than any of the games we've seen before? and how does it affect the brain?
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>> when you mentioned fortnite there were people high-fiving. i saw a bunch of teenagers in the studio high-fiving. this is a viral game. people are so into this game and the thing that makes it so different is it's so interactive, michael. people can play duo as a team and really interact over the video game. it affects our pleasure centers of the brain. that's what video games do and this one is really intense. >> so speaking specifically to fortnite, how much playing time is too much, parents want to know. what limits do we set? >> the american academy of pediatrics says if your kid is 2 to 5 it should be an hour or less a day. with teenagers it's about the context. how does a video game affect their activities? does it prevent them from getting their school work done? or doing other social activities? homer simpson had a great quote, to alcohol, the cause and solution to all of life's problems so you know when you think about these video games it's like, yeah, they give kids fun but at the same time let's moderate. >> is it hard as a parent to find that balance with your kids? >> it's so hard. my kids play video games and what i do, i play with them.
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i want to see what they're doing i want to get in and -- i mean, some of it is just fun. but i want to be there and understand how violent it is. and also, i want to help them limit it themselves. >> it's a problem because my kids use all of those devices for their schoolwork so like, mom, i'm doing schoolwork so i say you have to have a door open and you can't have headphones on. if you hear that play happening, you know. there's behind the screen like i'm doing my essay, slash doing fortnite. >> no question. it's great cover. it's a great undercover thing. so when you tell a kid put it on airplane mode they can't a lot of times. a lot of schoolwork is interactive doing research on the web. it's really harder to limit than it used to be. >> what, if there are any, benefits to playing video games? >> definitely benefits. the thing about fortnite. multiplayer game and the thing they enjoy about it, you're talking to your friend while you're doing it. so that's one of the fun parts about it. that's what sucks people in and says, hey, five more minute, ten
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more minutes, mom. three hours more and you can spend your whole life down there in the family room playing. it's that interactive component. a lot of kids who aren't connected in sports or other settings find a social scene in that which is as a benefit but in moderation. it can really get out of hand. >> moderation being the key. >> i like that. you play with your kids so you know what they're doing. and you can say, hey, it's time to cut it off. >> play with them and find other ways to limit it. what i say is stop telling your kids don't do this. tell your kids do this, give them the other activities. give them other things to do. if you're just telling them stop doing that. it's just going to be a drag. connect with them. understand what they like about it. >> all right, dr. fader, thanks so much. >> a pleasure being with you. >> now over to rob. all right, michael. we are counting down to the oscars. and wee were talking about this california storm. is it going to impede what's happening on the red carpet? well, it should be gone. we'll get into the 60s, sunny, so i think the stars will take that and dry it out. here are your nominees for best picture forecast. dunkirk, new york, 36, baltimore, maryland, 48. lady bird and post, texas.
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if your town is called darkest hour, please call us. we want to hear from you. . good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. areas of showers and possible thunderstorms today and tomorrow. they'll taper at night. it will be cool especially in the north bay valleys. i'm tracking another storm wednesday and thursday. for today, temperature about 50 to 53. it won't be as breezy, plus we'll have sunshine so won't feel as crisp as yesterday. temperatures tonight in the mid 30s to mid 40s. my seven-day forecast. all the storms more now on hollywood's biggest night. all eyes, of course, on the oscar nominees to see who takes home the top prize. and, of course, on those red carpet gowns. we got a sneak peek inside the top secret showrooms from the celebrity stylist to reese witherspoon and saoirse ronan and others, take a look.
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i elizabeth saltzman is known for dressing some of the biggest names in hollywood like gwyneth paltrow and uma thurman and right now she's giving fashion editor and stylist zanna roberts rossi a sneak peek into the looks we might see at showroom's shoco. >> it's oscar week. it's basically the super bowl. and i've got the biggest stylist in hollywood right here. >> reporter: this year she's dressing one of the fashion stars of this award season, oscar nominee saoirse ronan from "lady bird." >> does she have any routines or rituals the day of oscars? >> eat. >> reporter: ronan's road to the oscars began with the release in early november. >> 78. >> reporter: across town, stylist petra flannery works with reese witherspoon and emma stone. >> this is your show and where all the celebrities actually come. >> reporter: don't forget oscar shoes. >> always these shoes -- >> for the most part they're really color coded. >> reporter: number one tip for
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dressing for your own red carpet moment >> i bow down to our tailors. >> cannot wait to see sunday's dress. but we know it's one of two. will you call me? just let me know. yes. want to come? >> you're not invited. ♪ [ applause ] >> so fun to take a peek at that. thank you. senior fashion editor of "marie claire," zanna roberts rossi is here now. we want to get to some every day items that could help us red carpet. starting with toothpaste. >> toothpaste can help us in a pinch. when you've got a scuffed shoe it brings down an outfit. >> hence the scuffed shoe. let me give you a shot. patent leather always gets that way. >> take toothpaste, not gel. rub it on at the scuff with a damp cloth and it completely removes the scuff. >> please remove the toothpaste. >> please remove the toothpaste. >> sweetener for stain.
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>> sweetener. so, artificial sweetener dissolves on to the stain but absorbs it so dump a pile of it on a stain immediately and then leave it for a few seconds then you can pat it from the back, not the front because it pushes the stain in even more. from the back. and it comes out. >> toothpaste, sweetener in the purse and zipper is where we had to change last minute. zipper is stuck. what do we do? >> all the time. so basically take a bar of soap, which is never far away. rub it on the teeth and it gives it enough wax to go up and down. >> from the mouth of a hollywood stylist, you've heard it here first, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> see zanna as a new judge on glam masters. on lifetime. rock star. rock star. . on lifetime. rock star. . on lifetime. rock star. . on lifetime. rock star. . on lifetime. rock star. . on lifetime. rock star. . on lifetime. rock star.
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good morning, it's 8:27. there is help now for drivers in san francisco burdened with the cost of parking tickets and citations. the city has launched a new low-income payment plan. it allows drivers to pay tickets over time and it waives some late fees. to qualify, you have to meet the annual income requirement based on the number of people in your household. you can visit the sfmta customer service center to enroll. alexis has a look at your traffic. >> doing okay, reggie. here is a look at the south bay with one solo vehicle spin-out crash. quite a few of these. north on 280 north of saratoga, one lane down. and maybe a shower pushing through right around highway 87 in the san jose airport. if it's not there yet, it probably will be soon.
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reggie? >> sounds like little showers are kind of the way the rest of the day is going t
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about 30 minutes. and we're always on our news app and welcome back to "gma," everybody. that's dj kalkutta on the ones and twos. but it's a very musical morning. we have from asbrook, north carolina, these kids are here, not only are they here, they are singing at carnegie hall so congratulations. congratulations to all of you. and we're excited you're here. the rest of the audience, we're excited that you're here. [ applause ] and we're really excited to find out who are the winners of the 90th academy awards two days away and excited about what the big show has in store. t.j. holmes is here to bring back a little game we played before the super bowl.
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it's time for some oscar props. you have the champagne and oscar. what else? >> this beautiful thing is up for grabs for one of you. we're bringing back by popular demand our champion from our super bowl props bag, lara spencer here. [ applause ] >> here you go. here you go. this is for you. a lot of people betting on who is going to win the big prizes but prop bets involved, as well. so you got your white boards. white down your answers. up first, what will be the topic of jimmy kimmel's first joke? >> oh, gosh. >> will he talk about the 2017 best picture blunder. is he going to do politic, maybe the president, oscar nomination snub, will he do, d, a specific actor or actress or e.e, something else altogether. in 2017 his first joke was about the way you people go through a host, this is probably my last time here. his second joke was about how people hate us now, 225 countries hate us so that was a little politics so --
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>> this is the very first joke. >> first joke will be the blunder, the blunder, the blunder and -- wow. okay. [ applause ] >> great minds, i suppose. >> everybody picked a. >> what color will the best actress winner be wearing? black, blue, red, green or something else? black, blue, red, green or something else? >> okay. >> yes. >> wait. can i see -- >> black, blue, red, green or something else altogether. black, black. all y'all got the same answers. this isn't working. now, the audience, i needed you all to participate. you have your clickers there. the yes or no, will the audience this time around, will they be fed by jimmy kimmel again this year? remember he had the candy come down last year. yes or no he'll feed the audience. george, giving this a lot of thought.
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drinks. so no food and just drinks. >> okay, the audiencethi. thinks yes. says yes. [ applause ] >> i'm going to break this. >> you had a lot of the same answers. we need a tiebreaker. >> george could win it there if how many time, a number, how many times will the academy awards cut a winner's speech off with music? >> that's a good one. >> how many times will that take place? >> okay, that's good. >> that many? three. >> okay. >> bam. >> five. >> ah. >> so we might need more of a tiebreaker. but this beautiful thing is up for grabs this time around. >> wait, i'll change mine to four. i'll change mine to four. >> i want to share it with you. i want to win together. >> all right. who wants to share? you don't want to share a super bowl ring. >> with like 59 other guys, so, yes. >> but we will see. we'll be back on monday.
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good luck to you, our champions. our champions. [ applause ] >> walk off like t.j. holmes. >> he didn't even bring us champagne. >> do we have music to play him off? >> does that count? does that count? >> all right. we have a special guest live now from l.a. he's catering the famous governors ball for the 24th consecutive year. give it up for our friend, the legendary chef wolfgang puck. and he's there with his son byron. good morning to you both. bright and early out there. >> good morning, good morning. >> good morning. good morning, wolfgang. do you have a chance to see any of the movies as busy as you are all year long? >> robin, i have to cook. if i watch all the movies you won't get any food. it will be impossible so i watched a movie maybe in the summertime or sometime.
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no time for the movies. >> and you have no time to watch the oscars as well because, of course, you're busy. everybody will be so hungry by the time it's over. >> i know. exactly. you know what, i'm concentrating on the food here. i have my crew starting to work. the pastry chefs are making the pastry. where are our sugar bowls. look what beautiful golden sugar bowls we have. break it open and you have a beautiful chocolate moussa oukabir with raspberries in there in that's good. >> i'll send you some to new york. >> perfect. >> all right. >> good job. >> one of our other great thing today we have the beef. look how beautiful it looks. it's my favorite. it melts in your mouth. i don't have to give anybody a -- i have to give them a fork but no knife to eat it. it's so good. >> byron, wolfgang is all smiles right now but take us behind the
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scenes. is he a tyrannical chef or pretty easy-going? >> no, he's definitely very easy-going guy in the kitchen of we have a great team behind us here, lots of chefs constantly at work so it wouldn't behoove him by any means to be overly stride dent in the kitchen. he's very easy-going. we all love working for him, with him. it's an amazing experience here. especially for such a big event especially. >> i paid him to say that. [ applause ] i have to beat him up. say only nice things. how is the chicken pot pie? >> byron, i have a question. does your dad ever get nervous? do you ever feel the heat under pressure in the kitchen? >> oh, no, after this many years of cooking he never feels the heat. i definitely -- i definitely feel the heat. this is my first time on live tv so i'm definitely feeling it a little bit but he keeps me, you know, even-keeled throughout the
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whole process. >> for the 100th anniversary byron going to kick. we are a family business. >> can we try any? will we get a chance to eat -- >> i sent you some so you'll get something to eat. fedex is really working and i saved you an oscar here. one for robin, one for george, one for everybody. it's in the mail. >> love your mini burgers. i love these tiny burgers. >> and, wolfgang, one more question. what dish are you most excited about for the governors ball? >> i'm the most excited is when it's over and i sit down with my team and have a glass of champagne. that's the best part of the whole oscar celebrations and we eat and get really good food. i love
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it's amazing. >> byron and wolfgang, thank you. it's your first time on tv but you did a great job. good luck to you guys. >> thank you. >> only on abc. >> countdown to the oscars then it's oscars opening sear live from the red carpet at 6:30 p.m. eastern and they start a half hour earlier than usual. we'll eat, everybody. we'll be right back. ♪ strummed guitar you can't experience the canadian rockies through a screen. you have to be here, with us. ♪ upbeat music travel through this natural wonder and get a glimpse of amazing, with a glass of wine in one hand, and a camera in the other, aboard rocky mountaineer. canada's rocky mountains await.
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welcome back to "gma." the oscars, just two days away but three big hollywood names have stepped behind the camera for our sponsor walmart. melissa mccarthy, dee rees and nancy meyers to make minute movies inspired by walmart's blue box and we'll see their films during sunday's big show. walmart is also supporting aspiring young filmmakers with its internship partnership with the academy of motion picture pars and sciences called the golden program. here's one of their interns, tracey aivaz. hey, tracey. i love meeting young people just getting going in their careers. there's got to be people that have inspired you. if as a director someday you were to get an academy award who would you thank up on that
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stage? >> that's an amazing question. i think first and foremost my family has been the biggest support group of my life. yeah. they're there. along with professors and, of course, the academy gold program, the directors over there have been super supportive throughout the process. >> i like that speech. you can't go wrong with that. always thank the academy because then you get a second oscar. a little surprise for you here. we want to bring in kirsten evans who is with our sponsor walmart. she is a senior vice president. [ applause ] >> hi. >> i'm going to let you take it away. she has something she wants to tell you. >> congratulations on being selected as an academy gold intern. such a fabulous thing. and today we'd like to tell you something more. >> oh, good. >> as you know, we have been working with three directors creating 60-second films inspired by the walmart blue shipping box.
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and today we want to invite you to be the fourth director. >> yeah, baby. [ applause ] >> are you serious? oh, my god. >> we want you to create your own 60-second film based on the shipping box and we'd like you to come to the bentonville film festival this spring and premiere your movie. >> oh, gosh. so amazing. thank you. >> all right. >> thank you. thank you. >> how about that for tracey aivaz? if you need a c good morning. i'm meteorologist mike nicco from abc 7 mornings. it looks like a lot of rain, but it's more chances of rain, scattered in nature and even some thunderstorms with some brief downpours, lightning george, over to you.
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>> rob, we'll take a first look at alec baldwin's new talk show. he goes one-on-one with some of the country's biggest stars like his friend jerry seinfeld. take a look. >> i'm always fixated on how serene you are and how comfortable you are. >> uh-huh. >> and how you have this life which is this big life and you've had this big career and you seem so relaxed and so happy. and i wonder what is responsible for that? >> obviously, alec, obviously -- >> are you going to leave the obviously on every response. >> if i have to. >> you idiot underneath that -- >> that's right. obviously it's a gentleman's way of saying you idiot because what does everybody want in this business? what do they want? they want to be the person in the project that's -- sits at the top of the human pyramid, right? >> right. >> they want the big money. right? >> it helps.
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>> they want the big audience. those are the three things. it's my thing, big money and i got the whole -- it's massive, right? >> you got it all. >> what am i worried about. >> three cherries just came up. >> sundays, a special edition right after the oscars on this sunday. >> looking forward to that and we've been counting down all morning long to the oscars, the hottest red carpet fashion, oscar-worthy dishes and now to top it off the perfect cocktail or mocktail. thanks to our sponsor, the hollywood roosevelt, take a look. >> good morning, america. i'm mick from the hollywood roosevelt. and i'm going to be making the red carpet smash. a fun and easy mocktail for your oscar party so all you'll need is raspberry, some blackberry, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda. let's get started. three raspberry, three blackberries, a splash of lemon
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juice, three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup and get to muddling. some ice and shake. champagne flutes, make sure you double strange to get all the pullout of it and club soda. if you want to turn this into a cocktail all you got to do is add your favorite champagne or sparkling wine with our garnish, red carpet style. >> these are our red carpet smash mocktails. i would like to point out. being served up right now and we're going to finish off your party planning with everything from appetizers to party games. >> nifty. >> ready for a little party game coming up? [ applause ]
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dj kalkutta, once again. back with our countdown to the oscars. we have melissa garcia here. she's going to show us how to throw the ultimate party with affordable, easy tips and, melissa, thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much for having me. >> everything we have here is inspired by an oscar nominated movie and start with hors d'oeuvre s. how do we eat? >> keep in mind it is sunday night and will have work the next day probably. so simple, easy things. we have great hors d'oeuvres, pigs in the blanket. we are not calling them. these are inspired by "phantom thread," best dressed pigs and our wings for eat like a bird and dipping sauces, more inspired and fancy for the oscars which is really good. >> may we dip? >> don't double dip. if you can stick to your own you
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can double dip. i love how we put the bagel salt on the outside of the hot dogs. >> it's everything bagels -- >> like birdseed. >> i like that. >> so you double dipped in each category. >> we did. >> i know you're eating. if you could put that down for a second -- >> we will not touch your wing plate. >> this is really fun. rainbow popcorn bar. super easy to do. it looks difficult but it's not. they have these color mist sprays edible that you can spray on which is really fun. >> do they taste like flavors? >> i think they're just sweet. they don't have flavor. we'll let rob try it. >> it tastes pink. >> your teeth are still white. that's good. fun and festive and kids love it. the sipping stars bowl. we take little ice cube trays with a star shape and pop that in. easy to do and then you don't
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have to serve your guests. have them do it themselves. >> you won't miss the show because everyone says, i'm out of my drink. go to the bowl and get your own drink. >> that's right, michael. >> that's how it happens at your house. >> less commercial breaks. how do we keep the energy going. >> test your own actin actin acn you'll play it. >> look how sweet you are. >> thank you. >> don't forget to drink. >> act out. we'll guess. here we go. all right. >> take your time. >> you can my 22. >> it's raining. >> that's good. >> "the shape of water." >> wow. you are up next. >> rob is drinking and eating. >> come on. okay. okay.
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>> boom, boom, boom. >> "the darkest hour." >> oh, my god. >> i can't sit next to you. >> all right. lara. >> best one. >> i mean -- i'm going to sit here. maybe it's the lucky spot. >> "lady bird." >> yes. >> boom. >> that's it. >> that's quite fun. maybe we should all get together to watch the oscars. all right. >> and your wings are still here. >> we'll be there. that's a little bit of a problem. >> a little bit. >> melissa, thank you. >> thank you so much. >> great, great fun and, rob, go back to eating. we'll be right back.
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good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> good morning. happy friday to you. i'm reggie akey from abc 7 mornings. the rain is not quite over yet the. meteorologist mike nicco has that. >> and neither is the snow, reggie. you can see some of the snow down there. it's a little smaller than it was earlier. snow level down to 2,500 feet. rounds of showers, thunderstorms, lightning and hail today and to a lesser extent tomorrow. >> all right. taking a look at the roads, we do have some heavy traffic in oakland now. a collision blocking the far right lane on southbound 80, just before you get to high street. so driay delays in that area. and the sun at the bay bridge toll plaza. definitely thinning out. >> thanks. time now for live with kelly and ryan. and we'll see you at 11:00 a.m.
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for the abc 7 news. hope you join us monday >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" "live's pre-oscar celebration." today, catherine zeta-jones, and oscar nominee share their favorite oscar memories. in our studio, academy award winner ellen burstyn. plus, carson kressley with the oscar viewing party. and one member has a chance to compete in the oscar countdown games. all next on "live!" ♪ [cheers and applause] and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! [cheers and applause] ♪ >> ryan: hello! very nice.


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