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the $25 billion, for example, the u.s. alone has given for development to the afghan people. the afghan government argues that simply hasn't happened in the last nine years. >> how easy will it be to make that happen, potentially? >> yeah, rob, it's the key question. because it won't be easy at all. the afghan government is one of the most corrupt in the world. and there have been huge fears that just because all of a sudden the afghan government says it can deliver this money, whether the money will actually be delivered to the afghan people. and of course, it's extremely difficult when violence here is at an all-time high. more afghans and americans are dying here than nine years of war. rob? >> all right, thank you very much. it was a horrible scene in northern mexico after gunmen opened fire on a party. at least 17 people were killed and 18 injured. some of them critically. officials say the gunmen began shooting without saying a word. investigators recovered 122 spent shells.
they believe the incident was related to mexico's raging drug war. >> awful story. now here's a look at monday weather across the country. philly, washington, and new york could be hit with severe weather. flash flooding is a possibility, along with winds of up to 70 miles an hour. afternoon thunderstorms could pop up from nashville to atlanta. >> it is about 10 degrees hotter than usual in the northeast with boston at 94. southern california cools down from the weekend heat wave. 96 in dallas and kansas city. anchorage is our cool spot at only 58 which sounds especially nice when you look at the rest of that board. >> no kidding. bring on fall. no one likes a creepy roommate but a british man is gladly putting up with dozens of them at the same time. >> this story kills me. david jones plans to live with 40 deadly snakes for 121 days, just to set a new world record. he's confined himself to a room in south africa where boa constrictors, green mambas and other killer serpents are simply roaming free.
he even has to move snakes out of the way just to take a shower. >> jones says his goal, not sanity, is instead to prove that people can live with snakes without fearing them. >> i just don't get why. people do crazy things to set world records. why that? so what? at the end of it, great, 121 days of snakes. >> yeah, and this guy also, they apparently are saying they're going to bring in rats and mice, they're going to bring those in once a week. but the question is, i mean, if those aren't brought in on time, what happens to this guy? this snake's going to be -- mice are going to be enough to hold these things over? >> good luck to you, dr. dolittle. get back to us on how that all shakes out for you. >> funny how he's smiling in these photos. >> yeah, we'll see. >> we'll be right back. hó
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while the number of u.s. troops killed fighting in afghanistan grows, so does the number of troops committing suicide. >> in the shocking report the army says there were 32 confirmed or suspected suicides in june, the highest number on record. clayton sandell reports on what the pentagon is now doing to try
and stop the trend. >> reporter: soldiers in combat face pressure and stress few of us can imagine. no one knows what can push even the most battle-tested warriors over the edge. >> my whole universe just came crashing down on me. >> reporter: army specialist joseph sanders hit his breaking point when his wife asked for a divorce. >> i grabbed a rifle off the wall. put my rifle up to my chin. put it on semi. and i pulled the trigger. >> reporter: it didn't go off. and now sanders and his fellow soldiers -- >> i was angry. >> i self-destructed. >> reporter: -- are telling their stories in a new suicide prevention video released by the u.s. army. >> i couldn't move. i couldn't think. everything was just like a big cloud over the top of me. >> reporter: earlier this month, army officials had been encouraged by a drop in suicides. then in june, the numbers spiked. >> it is extremely frustrating. because even when you see the numbers go down in a month, it
really doesn't offer you anything. i mean, there's still a needless loss of life that takes place. >> reporter: so why is it happening? the army says it's a combination of factors, including money troubles, substance abuse, and failed relationships. some of the cases aren't even combat-related. many of the national guard and reserve troops who committed suicide hadn't even been deployed overseas. as for specialist sanders, he wasn't just lucky. fellow soldier albert gotting had seen the warning signs and disabled his rifle. >> gotting walks in the door after all this happened. and i look at him and i said, gotting, where is my firing pin? he said, sanders -- >> how'd you find out? and he's like -- >> i tried to kill myself. he says, yes, i took your firing pin. i took it last night. you were worrying me. >> reporter: as the army learned, sometimes even chaplains need help. >> i'm embarrassed that i'm a minister and attempted suicide. but i am not embarrassed that i healed. >> one thing we're working very,
very hard to do is to get rid of the stigma involved with behavioral health issues. >> reporter: if the army can do that, the hope is many more soldiers will see the warning signs before it's too late. clayton sandell, abc news, washington. >> we certainly hope the new program the army's put into place in recent years, that they're having a benefit, they're helping these soldiers. these guys are fighting a war that is also a personal war, what they see and hear and experience, losing buddies in the line of fire and all that. the effect that has on somebody, i can't imagine. >> i imagine it's also a lot easier for them to hear people who have been in the same shoes versus, say, a counselor or psychiatrist telling them, this is how you should feel, this is what you are feeling. to have someone who says, i've been there. like that guy said in the video, i've held a gun to my chin. >> our prayers with them as always.ababababababababababababb
now to an american sports team grounded by red tape. how hard is it to get 23 athletes from new york to england? >> the answer goes back to 9/11. here's dan harris. >> reporter: we may consider baseball to be our national game. but the real american sport is lacrosse. lacrosse was invented by native americans. and this is the only all-native american team that plays all over the world. the iroquois nationals. they should be in england right now competing in the world lacrosse championships. but they're stuck here, thanks to red tape and also their fierce national pride. they refuse to fly on american passports, insisting they are a sovereign nation with their own passports. before 9/11, it wasn't a problem. but security is tighter now. secretary of state hillary clinton personally gave the team authority to leave the country. but britain won't let them in.
so the team returned home to syracuse. >> we stood up for our sovereignty, and that means the most to us right now. as lacrosse players, we'd rather be playing lacrosse, but it's bigger than that. >> the championships are held every four years. the iroquois nationals are holding out hope for 2014. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to dan. we are a culture that is always looking to improve the way we look. sometimes we succeed, other times we fail miserably. >> spray tanning is a very good example. while it's safer than sitting in the sun, it can easily turn into a golden brown disaster. here's miguel marquez with more on spray tan faux pas. >> there's two sets of nozzles, which one is it? which -- which -- which one is it? >> reporter: "friends" ross geller knows. and he knew it years ago. >> dude. it's chandler, let me in. >> go away!
i don't want to see anybody! >> reporter: spray tanning may be safer than suntanning but the results can be scary. there's the raccoon where you spray around the eyes. the thin, brown line where half your face doesn't tan. the splotch. looks more like a rash than a tan. then there's everyone's favorite. the oompa loompa. do i really need to explain this one? the website pale is the new tan popped up last year and seems to have no end of spray tan horrors. >> i get submissions from all over the world. people are applying bad spray tans everywhere. i think as long as bronzers are still being sold in grocery stores, people are still going to be applying too much of them and producing some pretty crazy pictures. >> reporter: but the bad spray tan can get anyone. from the famous. to the powerful.
no one is immune from the possibility of looking like a spray tan-gerine. i know, cheesy. a sharp orange colored cheddar, if i'm not mistaken. okay, i'll stop now. i'm sure you've seen disastrous tans. >> yes. and they are quite shocking indeed. >> why do people do that to themselves? >> i think people overapply self-tans. maybe put too much on. you keep applying it, you're going to get that orange look. people don't exfoliate after three days. they don't let the tan fade evenly. they're interested in wanting to be brown all the time. the more they apply, the more orange they look. >> do you just look at these people and think, i can help you? >> i think, i'm your savior. >> reporter: james reid is spray tanner to the stars. he can't say which stars. well, he could, but then he'd have to kill us. you go everywhere. you go around the world tanning people. >> i do. probably the number one in the
world. i like to be gloatful. >> people will pay what most of us would consider ridiculous amounts of money for a tan. >> indeed, they pay for the flight, they pay for the hotel, and just for a ten-minute tan. >> the popularity of suntanning caught on in the 1920s, so the story goes, when the fashion designer coco chanel got burned on a visit to the french riviera. sounds sexy enough. makes me want to tan. why? why is tanning -- why is the perfect tan so important? >> i think people just want to look great and look healthy. i think it makes you look healthy. you don't have to go in the sun. >> that's why spray tanning has become so popular, i suppose. because it's the health. people are concerned about spending too much time in the sun. >> it's less aging. it's the whole risk of cancer and stuff, skin cancer. going for more the safer option. >> reporter: so using the same chemical that turns apples brown, combined in a spray can, and anyone can be toasty brown. but wait, there's more.
>> i just work on the lines of the body. >> reporter: in the hands of a tanning artiste, you can use that sprayer not just to tan but to define, contour, highlight body parts you want to show off at the beach this year. >> when it's advanced you can use sprays actually on the market now, you can use them to contour the body. what you do is apply it the day before, the next day you then highlight the areas on the body, stand in front of the mirror, do that kind of the he-man poses, work with the lines of the body to add definition. obviously if someone's got a big belly you can't really give them the six-pack. >> reporter: maybe next summer. six-pack abs in a can. i'm miguel marquez in london. >> maybe i do want spray tanning. >> oh, look! >> i don't see the definition. >> obviously went to the beach.
"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> i see you smiling because you're remembering how wonderful it was to sit in this seat. >> i do. someone wrote on facebook, why is vinita in the back? she should be in front. explain to folks quickly why that's the better seat. >> hide the legs, having to turn back and forth, i don't like showing my legs every morning because people like to comment on those. as i've gotten married they're probably not as nice anymore. >> it's all good. >> i feel like we should really rename this segment. we always start it instead of papers we start it with one idiotic video of the morning. this is kind of your idiotic video of the morning. a porcupine who thinks he's a puppy. >> don't they have that stuff on them that hurts to touch them? or am i thinking of a different animal? >> no, you're thinking of the right animal.
i have to say i think that the handler there is perhaps the reason the porcupine thinks it's a puppy. it's a 5-year-old male, it was a pet in a home, now lives at the alaska wildlife conservation center. so that's what it does. >> there's your aww of the day. last week, we had a cat hugging its owner. that was the aww video of that week. >> it's going to be an ouch video. >> i don't get that. >> i don't either. >> people are strange. speaking of strange, folks, how often do you get your haircut? roughly how long? >> once every three months. >> really? okay, so of course -- any unusual experiences in the salon? >> i've had some hideous haircuts but nothing unusual. >> nothing like this. this is the guy who -- the chinese hairdresser who cuts hair while he's standing on his head. >> why? >> he's trained in kung fu for 18 years, and as part of his hairdresser business, for the past 16 years he's been a hairstylist, after 20 years training kung fu, he now cuts
people's hair standing on his head. this is very popular and he has a lot of customers. people aren't sure if this is just a novelty. or exactly what's up. this is just what he does. >> isn't it funny how they chose not to give us the after of what the girl's hair looks like? probably walking around with a kate gosselin cut from back in the day. >> leave poor kate alone. >> chopped in the back. >> poor kate. >> remember how during the world cup there was that octopus that correctly picked all of the games, all the winners? >> the clairvoyant octopus. >> there's an app for that. you knew it was coming. >> oh, are you kidding? >> someone has now created ask the octopus. it tells you if it's going to rain or shine tomorrow, if the miami heat will win the next nine nba titles, whatever critical information you need to know. it reminds me of kind of ask jeeves. but they decided to stay with the world cup. so there's your app.rcrcrcrcrcrc
cap clash. there's no more oil gushing into the gulf and bp hopes to keep it that way. but why does the government want the leak opened again? pep talk. the vice president has a message for democrats. why he says his party will "shock the heck" out of everybody. and vintage bubbly. divers discover a stash of champagne from the 1700s. but is it still drinkable? hear what happened when they popped the top to find out. it's monday, july 19th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> nice way to start off my morning there. >> the weekend never ends here on "world news now." >> we should say that's for you. it's only a week now. after your first week. now that you've made it through the first week. we brought you some champagne. >> being from new orleans, trust
me, i will make good use of that, no problem. >> it will all make sense as you stay with us throughout the morning. >> that's right. >> thanks for being with us on this monday morning. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. it is heat wave round two for much of the country. check out the triple-digit readings on our map. boston nearly as hot as miami. >> the trend seems to be heating up. experts say the really hot weather is still to come. linsey davis reports from new york. >> reporter: it was not a great day to compete in a triathlon. it was the hottest day for the race in new york city ever. unlike most heat waves, this one goes coast to coast. few are exempt from the misery. >> we are just talking about the heat. >> again, it was the hottest day so far this summer -- >> it's hot, it's increasingly humid. >> i'm a lifeguard and working in the heat gets pretty tough. >> reporter: a man in phoenix who simply tried to walk across the street barefoot ended up in the hospital with second-degree
burns. >> it can be 140, 150 degrees on -- just on that pavement. >> reporter: the last four months were the hottest on record. when you combine the surface land and sea temperatures for june, it was a record 61 degrees. 2010 is on track to be the hottest year since they started keeping track of records in the 1800s. >> we saw temperatures at least in terms of an average that were 1.22 degrees fahrenheit above the norm. that doesn't sound like a lot but it actually is quite an impressive number. >> reporter: july could break some records of its own. according to accuweather, we haven't felt anything yet. >> our accuweather.com summer forecast is calling that from the mid to late part of the season we're going to be seeing the worst of the heat yet. so, yeah, it's been hot already. it's going to get worse. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. now here's a look at the rest of the weather around the country. the center of the country could see severe storms.
des moines, chicago, cincinnati at risk for not only high winds but also damaging hail and isolated tornados. and it will be rainy from south texas to louisiana. >> temperatures in southern california will cool off after a warm weekend. denver will be near 100, 10 degrees hotter than usual. a state of emergency has been declared in eastern kentucky after flash flooding killed at least two people over the weekend. one woman died when she was swept away by high water. the other victim was leaning off a bridge and fell in. the storm badly damaged a water plant, leaving about 7,000 people without running water. they could be without service for up to a week. we are following developing news from the gulf of mexico. engineers have detected some seepage on the ocean floor near that blown-out well. >> and the government is demanding that within 24 hours, bp submit a plan for reopening the well that's been capped since thursday. john hendren has the latest now from buras, louisiana. >> reporter: the associated press is reporting oil cleanup officials are concerned that capped well may be leaking
methane gas. despite that news, after three days of tests, thad allen, the government's point man on the spill, sees encouraging signs so the ongoing well integrity tests will continue with potential for additional extensions in 24-hour increments. bp and government officials have extended the testing of that capped well into a fourth day. >> as long as it's holding the pressure that's building inside of it, that's a very, very good sign. >> reporter: the government might still ask bp to open the valves on the stacking cap to begin capturing the oil and siphoning it to ships on the surface. netting one very important piece of information, the amount of oil that's been leaking all along. >> once and for all they can get a good number on what that flow rate was. >> reporter: one of two relief wells, the ultimate solution to killing this oil field, is less than five feet away from its target. but it could takeo tw weeks t john hendren, abc news, bur john henisin, abc news, bur suicide bombers carry out a
pair of attacks near baghdad, killing nearly 50 people. their targets, government-backed sunni militia men. the first attacker plowed into a group lined to collect their paychecks. a second gunman stormed militia headquarters in the far west anbar province, opening fire before blowing himself up. the attacks were the deadliest against iraq security force far this year. secretary of state hillary clinton is in pakistan this morning announcing $500 million in new aid programs. the idea is to help convince ordinary pakistanis that the u.s. is concerned with their welfare, and not just focused on fighting terrorists. later today, clinton travels to kabul to take part in a one-day international summit on afghanistan's future. after two years of delays the boeing 787 dream liner has made its international debut. the much-anticipated jumbo jet touched down on british soil yesterday after a test flight from seattle just in time for the annual air show. the dream liner claims to be lighter and greener than its rivals. boeing hopes to deliver its first dream liner to a japanese airline by the end of the year.
one of germany's busiest highways came to a screeching halt all in the name of culture. nearly 40 miles of the autobahn was shut down to vehicles and transformed into a performance venue. some 3 million people turned out for the cultural festival which featured a giant table made up of 20,000 individual tables. kind of cool there. anyone who wanted to was invited to perform. >> that's actually very cool, to close off that much of the street. speaking of cool, a bit of bubbly for divers in finland, enjoying a sunken treasure that hasn't seen the light of day in centuries. >> the divers exploring a ship wreck in the baltic sea found 30 bottles of champagne believed to have been made in the 1780s, before the french revolution. they popped the cork on one bottle and said it still tastes fantastic. if the date is confirmed it would be the oldest drinkable champagne in the world. each bottle could fetch about $70,000 at auction. >> going back to how we opened the show, we made a discovery of our own recently in the wine cellar here at abc news. we uncovered this bottle of vintage 1992 "world news now" wine. >> let's break it open.
>> let's break it open. i'm hoping i don't bust a camera. or hit the stage crew. >> if that doesn't work, i'll just use my teeth. >> here we go, here we go. there we go! look at that, oh, yeah. we have glasses too. >> in an attempt to be classy i got one and mine's cracked. >> there we go. a little light breakfast here on "world news." >> i like that, a nice way to start my morning. >> absolutely. >> might make the show a little better. i'll have one of these at home too. >> the crew, too we'll get you. >> 18 years? >> 18 years. can you taste it yet without busting your lip open? >> yeah. kind of like the show, lost a little fizz, still a little dry. >> amazing what three bucks can get. good stuff. oh, man. >> let's go to break. >> yeah. we'll be right back. don't go far. glad to see you finally got around
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get lunesta for a co-pay as low as zero dollars at lunesta.com discover a restful lunesta night. pretty safe to say that supermodels are known for one thing, and that is turning heads on the runway. but there is one model who wants to break that mold. >> she wants to be known for her singing rather than her good looks. but what makes her different than other models who've tried the very same career path? here's dan harris. >> reporter: the history of models who make music is a checkered one. anyone remember naomi campbell's music video? ♪ >> reporter: when the flame-haired supermodel karen elson decided to put out an album she knew there would be skepticism. >> i was very aware of mortal flash. you know. mortal flash anything. maybe too aware for my own good for a long time.
>> reporter: but listen. ♪ the girl who walks she's on the prowl ♪ >> reporter: for years, elson was a secret songwriter, prowling catwalks and posing for "vogue" spreads by day, playing a cheap guitar alone in her bedroom by night. ♪ >> reporter: even after she married musician jack white, she fiercely guarded her musical privacy. you didn't play your songs for him? >> not for a while. >> were you too nervous to play? >> a little, yeah. i felt a little anxious. it wasn't because i thought jack was going to judge me and say, oh, god, stick to the day job, honey. >> reporter: but she finally got over it and cut a record with her husband producing. given the fact that you were insecure going into this project, was it at all anxiety provoking to be in the studio with a man often considered one of the best living musicians? >> it wasn't that terrifying. >> if you were tempted to get nervous by him i imagine you could say to yourself, i see this guy in his underwear. brushing his teeth. >> exactly.
>> reporter: after all of elson's fretting the reviews have been very good. the songs written by her are populated by characters in various states of yearning and woe. ♪ ♪ he looks at me with pleading eyes ♪ >> reporter: a situation to which she claims she can relate. but let me play devil's advocate. >> please. >> somebody could fairly argue, what do you have to yearn for? you are a supermodel, you're married to a rock star, you've just put out a critically acclaimed record, you have two beautiful children. what -- >> i'm human, i'm human. just because i've got -- i have a very charmed life doesn't mean that there's, you know, complexities in my life. >> reporter: elson says she's going back to her day job as a model very soon, but she will eventually make another record. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> i'll give her this, she sounds better than lindsay lohan.
use that as a barometer. >> the new too young to die, yes. she's definitely better than that. i'm fascinated when you hear supermodels, she says sometimes she feels a little insecure. it's always fascinating to know people that high up -- >> still have their insecurities. >> right. >> that's kind of weird.
we need better education for our children. we can expand the water and sewer systems and get south carolina and america back to work for the people again. thank you. >> that is the mystery man who wants to be south carolina's next u.s. senator. alvin greene, the surprise nominee in that state's democratic race, finally broke his silence last night and spoke for ten minutes in front of a gathering of the local naacp. the speech was the first campaign appearance for the unemployed army veteran who is facing felony obscenity charges. he apparently has no campaign organization and he has suggested south carolina can solve its economic problems by selling action figures of himself. interesting plan. >> politics is never dull. vice president joe biden was on abc's "this week" talking
about the balance of power in washington. >> he believes democrats will surprise many this fall, and not lose their majority control of congress. it was just one of the many topics on the sunday talk shows. >> from the heart of the nation's capital, "this week" with abc's senior white house correspondent jake tapper. live from the newseum on pennsylvania avenue. >> there's that famous saying in washington by mike kinsley that a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. robert gibbs experienced some of that -- >> i've never had a gaffe. >> you've never had an issue can that. no, i know. so you can't relate. but he said that enough seats are in play in the house for the democrats to possibly lose the house. empirically true. how bad are the losses going to be for democrats? >> i don't think the loss is going to be bad at all. i think we're going to shock the
heck out of everybody. i really -- and i've been saying this now, i think when you and i went down to north carolina, you followed me on a recovery trip, i was saying it then. i am absolutely confidence -- confident, when people take a look at what has happened since we've taken office in november and comparing it to the alternative, we're going to be in great shape. here's the deal. what robert gibbs also said is what he believes, what i believe, what the president believes, we're going to win the house, we're going to win the senate. we're not going to lose either one of those bodies. and so -- again, this is july. november. and at the time the most vulnerable time any public official finds himself in is when they have no opponent. >> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >> is november a referendum on obama? >> no, november is a choice election. and the reality is, i listen to john talk about the agenda in the senate. the republicans have been the
job killers in the senate. in essence, they have used the filibuster in an unprecedented way in the nation's history to stop progress on everything that we have tried to do. so as we're trying to help the private sector grow jobs, by giving them tax incentives, net operating loss, bonus depreciation, giving them incentives to small businesses to hire people. they have said no, no, no, no. now, the problem is that in this choice election, it will be far less than the president. it will be about whether or not we go back to the bush economic policies that they espouse. >> first of all, it's not truthful. people had jobs when republicans were not only in charge, but george bush was there. we doubled the size of the economy over 12 years. we did things that would empower the free enterprise system. here's what the facts of the case are. there will be candidates who will be on the ballot back home, facing the democrats who have voted in the 90% realm with nancy pelosi to raise taxes and
bigger government. and a health care plan which we cannot sustain and will quite likely bankrupt not only states but business also. >> mr. jealous, you've raised a lot of eyebrows when your organization passed a resolution condemning, and you were careful to say not the tea party itself, but elements of the tea party, for racism. >> the council of conservative citizens, a group that says that black people are not equipped to participate in democracy, was there in the state saying, join the tea party, we're active in it, we have great influence. that raised eyebrows. folks looked around the country, they saw a person running down south, running as a write-in candidate for governor, stating
that they didn't want people of color in this country. period. >> mr. webb, what's your reaction to that? >> well, my first reaction is that if you look selectively, you, bob, can find single examples in any movement. there are fringe elements. dale robertson has been discredited and has been denounced and is not a tea party member. mark williams is not a tea party leader, although he's perceived as such by some in the media and by mr. jealous. three, he's being a little disingenuous. he did in his press release which sits here denounce racist tea party leaders and bigoted elements. he spoke to americans at large who are in the tea party movement and tried to tie it all together. >> we do expect to hear from president obama later this morning, urging congress to extend unemployment benefits for the nation's jobless. >> two very different approaches. democrats saying people need this money, republicans who have blocked these extensions three times saying, if we continue to
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call this toll-free number now. ♪ welcome back. finally this half hour, it is time for "insomniac theater." i know you're jealous. >> i wanted to see "inception." the movie you saw. i got, there sold out, sold out. i checked out "the sorcerer's apprentice." what is it? apprentice. >> that good? >> that good, yeah, long weekend. anyway, it was not a bad movie overall. you know, i just thought it was a little, you know -- don't buy popcorn, take some crackers because it's pretty cheesy in parts of this one. i think nicolas cage kind of needed the money a little bit here. but anyway. he stars as this modern-day sorcerer in manhattan in 2000, meets a dorky young guy, now the heir apparent to be the next master sorcerer and take over his place. together they fight the evil of the world to save the planet. of course it all ends happy and the guy gets the girl. take a look at this scene.
>> what causes molecules to heat up? >> they vibrate. >> everything we see is in a constant state of vibration, thus the illusion of solidity. how do we take that which appears solid and have it burst into flames? we will the vibrations to go faster. step one, clear your mind. step two, see the molecules. step three, make them shake. got it? >> no, i definitely don't got it! >> i should mention for the sake of disclosure, disney, our corporate parents here at abc, i hope i'm not getting fired by saying this, i think it's a 2 1/2 kernel movie. i give it that just for the special effects. to the story itself, been there, seen that, kind of lame. >> if anything you proved to people how honest you are in your ratings of these movies. >> that's right. in search of the truth always, vinita. >> let's talk about "inception," the movie that you wanted to see, which is truly, truly interesting. the basic plot that is leonardo dicaprio is an agent who
routinely invades a target's dreams and gathers information. now, he's approached by a corporate company and they want him to be part of corporate espionage. they want him to get into someone's head and plant an idea and make it seem like they created this idea, that no one was in there trying to alter them in any way. as you can imagine this is a very complicated process. >> i know how to search your mind and find your secrets. i know the tricks and i can teach them to you so that even when you're asleep, your defense is never down. look, if you want my help, you're going to have to be completely open with me. i need to know my way around your thoughts better than your wife, better than your therapist, better than anyone. if this is a dream and you have a safe full of secrets i need to know what's in that safe. >> as you saw in that clip, excellent special effects. a wonderful, well-rounded cast. the plot's a little too complicated. i'm going to give it 3 3/4. which i know is an annoying decimal point fraction.