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Andy Serkis Talks About His 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Motion-Capture Performance (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2011 4:10PM
Andy Serkis talks about 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' on 'Today'Playing an ape through motion-capture technology might be daunting to some actors. Not Andy Serkis. He's been through the motion-capture process before, playing Golem in the 'Lord of the Rings' series. He's even played an ape before, acting as Kong in 'King Kong.' Thursday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Serkis talked about the particulars of motion-capture acting and his latest role, playing the chimpanzee Caesar in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'

What I love about acting is the art of transformation," he said. "I'm inside of Caesar when I'm playing Caesar. There's no question. I mean, it's ... there is a period of, you know, subsuming yourself completely into the role, and then there's a deep decompression period afterwards. And you have to be able to do that."

The same company that created the characters on film for 'Avatar' created the chimps and apes for 'Rise,' studying the skin and fur of the animals to faithfully recreate that on the screen. The 'Early' report said to look forward to more of that kind of technology working its way into the movies. It may be time to remake 'Every Which Way But Loose' with Serkis as Clyde.

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Marvel Chief Talks About Miles Morales, the New Spider-Man (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:00PM
Axel Alonso talks about Miles Morales, the new Spider-man, on 'The Early Show'Peter Parker has been Spider-Man since 1962, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Now, with Parker's death in the Ultimate Fall-out series, there's a new Spider-Man -- Miles Morales, who takes over in Ultimate Fall-out issue number four, on stands Wednesday. Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso talked about the changeover Wednesday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS).

"We were concocting the story in Ultimate comics, which is a line of comics which is a parallel universe to the Marvel Universe, which involved the death of Spider-Man," said Alonso, "and the obvious question was, you know, when you have an iconic figure of this importance die, who do you replace him with? We've got a president now of mixed ethnicity, so we figured, why not the most recognizable super hero in the world?"

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Helen Mirren Gets 'Body of the Year' Award (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 2nd 2011 4:15PM
Helen Mirren wins the LA Fitness Body of the Year poll on 'The Early Show'Helen Mirren is 66-years-old, but she beat out women decades younger, like Elle MacPherson, Pippa Middleton, and Jennifer Lopez, in an LA Fitness "Body of the Year" poll. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported on the poll Tuesday, talking to people on the sidewalk in Times Square to see who they'd choose.

LA Fitness polled 2,000 people to come up with Mirren, who appeared nude at 58 in the movie 'Calendar Girls.' "She's got a fabulous body, she really does," said one man on the street, looking at a photo of Mirren in a bikini. "But I don't know, I'd still pick J-Lo over her."

A couple of younger women in Times Square also thought it was "awesome" that a 66-year-old woman could top the poll. "I think she has a better body than I do right now," said one. MacPherson, at 48, came in second, and Cheryl Cole was the only one in the top five under thirty. Who says LA is obsessed with youth?

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'The Early Show' Looks Back At 30 Years of MTV (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 1:45PM
'The Early Show' looks at 30 years of MTV historyThese days, MTV is best known as the home of 'Jersey Shore' and 'Teen Mom.' Thirty years ago, when the network launched, it changed the music industry forever by making music videos paramount for any artist who wanted their songs to be heard by the masses. Monday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), some of the people who have been around since the days when video first killed the radio star looked back at MTV's history.

The clips featured Madonna and Michael Jackson, who were noted as the two first video stars whose images were significantly enhanced by MTV. Also included was the "boxers or briefs" moment in an MTV town hall with then-candidate Bill Clinton.

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The 'Early' Crew Is Looking Forward to Pippa Middleton's New TLC Special (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 29th 2011 2:15PM
Pippa Middleton gets her own TLC special 'Crazy About Pippa,' on 'The Early Show'How big was the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton? So big that the networks hired special experts to enhance their coverage. CBS News Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter reported on TLC's new reality special, 'Crazy About Pippa,' on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), and we got the sense that a few members of the 'Early' crew might be tuning in.

Arbiter was skeptical about at least one of TLC's claims about the show. "TLC is saying that they have spoken to her closest friends," she said. "I find remarks like that very dubious because no one within the royal circle is going to be talking. But it's Pippa all the time and I'm sure people will be tuning in."

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'The Early Show' Presents Late-Night Comedians Riffing On the Debt Ceiling Debate (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 2:30PM
Jay Leno on the debt ceiling on 'The Early Show'As the standoff over the debt ceiling continues in Washington, pundits and politicos are debating, and mocking, the subject endlessly across all forms of media. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) offered up a montage of late night comedians cracking jokes about the seemingly endless debate. The clips included David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon talking fiscal politics in their opening monologues.

Letterman and Fallon poked fun at the different plans floating around for debt reduction. "Ladies and gentlemen," said Letterman, "when you hear your name called, do me a favor, come up here onstage and tell us about your debt reduction plan."

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Mike Tyson Reflects on His 'Same Name' Episode (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 22nd 2011 12:50PM
Mike Tyson talks about 'Same Name' on 'The Early Show'For the new CBS show 'Same Name,' famous boxer Mike Tyson switched places with a registered nurse from Michigan, also named Mike Tyson. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look at that particular episode and spoke with Tyson about his part on the show.

Michigan Mike found himself with a new haircut, stepping into the ring to spar a bit, while Punch Out Mike found himself measuring people's height as a nurse, reading to children in Michigan Mike's family, and strapping on skates for a game of hockey. He seemed to take everything with a healthy sense of humor.

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Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso Looks at the History and Future of Comics on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 2:15PM
Axel Alonso of Marvel Comics talks 'Captain America' and other comics on 'The Early Show'Marvel Comics superheroes have never had a higher profile than they have this summer. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' is about to hit theaters Friday, joining releases of 'Thor' and 'X-Men: First Class' from earlier this year, a popular 'Iron Man' series, and an upcoming 'Spider-man' reboot. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) caught up with Axel Alonso, named editor-in-chief of Marvel in January, to talk about Marvel and the future of comics.

They began in a comic book shop, where Alonso handed anchor Jeff Glor a few books. "These are all little pieces of history you hold in your hands," he said. Captain America, it was noted, debuted in the spring of 1941. At that time, no one could have imagined such a full-color, live action, CGI-enhanced version of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's creation coming to the big screen.

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Daniel Radcliffe Quotes Louis XIV to Put End of 'Harry Potter' in Perspective (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 20th 2011 1:30PM
Daniel Radcliffe talks about 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' on 'The Early Show'In between balancing an unrelenting media junket for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' and his eight shows a week on Broadway for 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,' Daniel Radcliffe has shown himself to be a thoughtful, engaging young man. His intellectual prowess was on full display Wednesday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), when he used a historical quotation from Louis XIV to put the end of the Potter series into perspective.

Radcliffe offered a paraphrased version of King Louis XIV's dying words to explain his feelings on the end of the franchise: "Why are you crying? Did you imagine I was immortal?"

"It's that same thing of, it had to end sometime," he said. "And we may as well just celebrate it rather than getting too sad."

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Rebecca Black Talks New Song 'My Moment' on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 19th 2011 3:30PM
Rebecca Black talks 'Friday,' 'My Moment,' and Katy Perry on 'The Early Show'Rebecca Black gained instant fame in February with her much-parodied song 'Friday,' a YouTube sensation that, as 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported Tuesday, earned her 167 million hits. The 14-year-old singer's popularity inspired an inevitable backlash, and Monday she released her response, a new single called 'My Moment.'

The report talked about the backlash, specifically the negative comments internet commenters made about her voice and inexperience. Black seemed to take it in stride, joining Katy Perry for her video spoof, 'Last Friday Night,' and making a few videos lampooning her song for FunnyorDie.com. "All of it has been so amazing," she told 'Early.'

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'The Early Show' Reports on Oprah's Move to CEO and CCO of OWN (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 14th 2011 12:45PM
'The Early Show' reports on the Oprah Winfrey NetworkNews broke Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey has appointed herself CEO and Chief Creative Officer at the Oprah Winfrey Network. Thursday, 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look at the nascent network and the problems its run into since launching. According tot he report, OWN is averaging 267,000 viewers in prime time viewing hours, an improvement of just 12,000 viewers over Discovery Health, the network it displaced.

For someone used to dominating television in syndication, the numbers have to be a disappointment for Winfrey. But as Ronald Glover of Bloomberg Businessweek pointed out, cable is a different game. "Cable television is not afternoon television, it's not broadcast television," he told CBS. "The number of channels that the OWN channel is competing against is huge."

CBS also reported that Winfrey sent a memo to her staff, which read, in part, "We are in this boat together in a very real way now. And I will put my brand and my future on the line because I know this one team ... is the boat I want to be in." That's a good thing for Oprah, as since her show ended, OWN is the only TV boat she's in.

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'The Early Show' Remembers 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Brady Bunch' Creator Sherwood Schwartz (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 13th 2011 1:30PM
'The Early Show' looks back at the career of 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Brady Bunch' creator Sherwood SchwartzSherwood Schwartz, sitcom writer and creator of 'Gilligan's Island' and 'The Brady Bunch,' died Tuesday at the age of 94. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look back at his career Wednesday with some interview footage of the man himself and a couple of contributions from people in the street.

In the interview footage, Schwartz explained the concept behind 'Gilligan's Island.' "It's about how seven unrelated people have to learn to get along with each other," he said. The segment noted that 'The Brady Bunch,' which ran from 1969 to 1974, had a comeback in the '90s with a movie franchise. It wasn't a critical success, but people liked it. "They did assassinate the show, but the show always bounced back strong," said Sherwood.

Sherwood also wrote the theme songs for both shows, which are arguably as well-remembered as the shows themselves. As proof, 'The Early Show' went out on the street to find a few people who would sing them for their cameras, albeit severely off-key.

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'Harry Potter' Cast Says Goodbye at London World Premiere (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 8th 2011 3:00PM
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe at the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' premiere on 'The Early Show'With Thursday's premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' in London, the cast that has been together for a decade said goodbye to a franchise that made them stars and brought to life J.K. Rowling's novels. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) showed us madness from the red carpet as thousands of fans clogged Trafalgar Square and the stars of the series marveled at the experience.

"This is a fitting send off," said Daniel Radcliffe, also known as Harry Potter. "It feels right. It feels like we're doing justice to what is not just a fantastic film but a fantastic series." Emma Watson, who plays Hermione, said she felt like she was having an "out-of-body experience," that it was overwhelming but a "beautiful moment."

Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, said it had been an important part of his life. "To have it just suddenly end is quite a weird feeling," he said. A weird feeling for him, for the thousands of people trying to get a glimpse of the stars in London, and for the millions of fans worldwide. 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' opens in the U.S. on Friday, July 15.

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'Big Brother' Is a Different Game In the U.S., Says Julie Chen (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 7th 2011 2:00PM
Julie Chen of 'Big Brother' on 'The Early Show''Big Brother' is an international phenomenon, with versions in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Sweden and Brazil, among other countries. But the American version is unique, according to host Julie Chen and executive producer Allison Grodner, who spoke about the show Thursday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS). The voting is different, and surprisingly, the relationships between contestants have been more chaste.

When the U.S. version of the show started, it followed the pattern of having viewers vote weekly to evict contestants. That soon changed. "I found out that Americans, we don't like conflict," said Chen. "Americans voted out the most interesting players in the game." Grodner said they had to take the power of the vote away from the viewers to keep the show interesting, ultimately giving that power to the houseguests.

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Darius Rucker Talks About Forging a Solo Career After the Blowfish, Performs on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 6th 2011 5:50PM
Darius Rucker on 'The Early Show'Hootie and the Blowfish were a top-selling rock phenomenon in the 90s who wrote a series of light rock, radio-friendly Top 40 singles. Now Darius Rucker (whom some mistakenly called Hootie) is a solo artist making country pop albums. Wednesday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Rucker talked about the work he put into that career transition and sang one of his newer hits.

Rucker's career fizzled as an R&B singer after the Blowfish, and he had his work cut out for him when he turned to country. It was an uncertain time, but he eventually broke through. "We did a lot of work and went to a lot of radio stations, shook a lot of hands, kissed a lot of babies, all that stuff," he said. "You know, once I got in the building and people started liking me and they heard the music, that was the important thing is they heard the music and they liked it."

Rucker and his band then performed 'Come Back Song' from last year's album 'Charleston, SC 1966.' The song was a number one hit on Billboard's country charts, Rucker's fourth over the course of his two solo albums.

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