February 19th, 2014
02:00 PM ET

As Hollywood gears up to the Oscars, CNN Kicks Off Oscar Programming

Thursday, February 20th  at 10pm ET, CNN Spotlight:  And the Nominees Are…  (encores at 1am, ET)

Hosted by Krista Smith, Senior West Coast Editor of Vanity Fair and CNN contributor, the hour will feature Smith’s interviews with Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jonah Hill. 

Amy Adams reveals that when she signed on to work with David O’Russell again for American Hustle they “didn’t have a script until like a week before. So you started to build not from the material, but from the character in such a true way.” Jared Leto tells Smith that he stayed in his Dallas Buyers Club character Rayon while filming: “I was walking through Whole Foods and I got looks from people…and it was a real look of condemnation, of judgment, of disgust.  And that was powerful to get, to understand…  Because I'm sure Rayon and the Rayons of the world get that look all the time– and have to deal with that in a much more real way than I did.” 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o was still a drama student at Yale when she auditioned for the role: “the one thing I discovered through playing Patsey and through just meditating on this time in history and her condition is that despite the fact that she didn't– she wasn't free one day in her life, she still had an instinct for freedom as does every person.  That freedom is a human instinct.” Jonah Hill, who earned his second Oscar® nomination by the age of thirty, tells Smith about the surreal morning he got his second nomination: “How am I on a phone call, you know– getting my second Oscar® nomination, and I'm with Leonardo DiCaprio conferencing in my hero, Martin Scorsese." FULL POST

October 22nd, 2013
10:05 PM ET

Piers Morgan Live Video: Warren Buffett on Obamacare "Obviously it’s a huge screw up but it will get worked out.”

Tonight on Piers Morgan Live, an exclusive interview with Warren Buffett, his sons Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett. They spoke about Obamacare, the value of the Buffett handshake, family and not doing business w/ people who makes his stomach churn.

When asked Warren Buffet what his thoughts were on the Affordable Care Act and Kathleen Sebelius, Buffet responded “I’m a friend of Kathleen, I’m a friend of her when she is in trouble…I like Kathleen, I feel sorry for the position she is in. Obviously it’s a huge screw up but it will get worked out.”

Topics: Piers Morgan
September 25th, 2013
05:43 PM ET

Piers Morgan asks Bill Clinton who would make the better president: Hillary or Chelsea

Tonight at 9pm ET, Piers Morgan sits down with President Bill Clinton for an engaging primetime interview.

Despite the fact that the former commander-in-chief left the White House more than a dozen years ago, there are many that suspect the surname Clinton will once again adorn a desk within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The question posed to Bill Clinton today: which of his two favorite ladies is the more likely future candidate?

"Who do you think might make the better president," Morgan asks. "Your wife or your daughter?"

Choosing his words carefully, Mr. Clinton responds:
"Day after tomorrow – my wife because she’s had more experience. Over the long run, Chelsea [Clinton.] She knows more than we do about everything," he says, smiling. "There was a time in her childhood when I thought maybe she thought she did when she didn't. Now, it’s highly embarrassing because she in fact does. So, I feel like I’m going to school every day when we have conversations."

Watch here and TUNE IN at 9pm ET.

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September 17th, 2013
03:54 PM ET

Pastor Rick Warren on his late son: "Matthew was not afraid to die...he was afraid of pain"

Less than six months ago, well-known Pastor Rick Warren lost his son to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, an emotional and heartbreaking end to a life defined by battles with mental health.

Joined by his wife Kay, this evening Warren joins "Piers Morgan Live" for the couple's first media appearance since Matthew's passing, describing in great detail the demons their son battled:

"Matthew was not afraid to die. He was afraid of pain. I remember 10 years ago, when he was 17, he came to me sobbing," reveals Warren, offering an absolutely heart-wrenching story about his late son. "He said, 'daddy,' he said, 'it's really clear, I'm not going to get any better. You know, we've gone to the best doctors, the best hospitals, the best treatment therapists. Everything ... prayer, everything you could imagine ... good support.' And he says, 'it's real clear I'm not going to get any better, so why can't I just die.'"

Full interview airs tonight at 9pm ET.

Topics: Piers Morgan
July 16th, 2013
01:50 PM ET

Jeantel: "He was a calm, chill, loving person. Loved his family, definitely his mother. And a good friend."

Rachel Jeantel, the friend who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin prior to his fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman said Monday that she is "disappointed, upset, angry, questioning and mad" at Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges.

Jeantel told Piers Morgan's live studio audience this of Trayvon: "He was a calm, chill, loving person who loved his family, definitely his mother, and a good friend."

Jeantel's appearance on Piers Morgan Live was her first television appearance since testifying in the George Zimmerman Trial.

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June 21st, 2013
11:12 AM ET

Piers Morgan Live: Steve Wozniak on the NSA data-mining program

Last night, in advance of the upcoming film "Jobs," in which he is portrayed by actor Josh Gad, Steve Wozniak returned to Piers Morgan Live.

Having joined with the late Steve Jobs to found Apple in the late 1970s, "Woz" offered his thoughts on the NSA's data-mining program and Edward Snowden.

"There are some people that just take sides in the world and 'I'm always against anything government,' you know, any three letter agency or 'for them because i'm on the opposite side' and i'm not like that," he told Piers Morgan. "I felt about Edward Snowden the same way I felt about Daniel Ellsberg."

"I actually feel a little guilty about that but not totally. We created the computers to free the people up, give them instant communication anywhere in the world, any thought you could share it freely. That it was going to overcome a lot of the government restrictions. We didn't realize that in the digital world there are a lot of ways to use the digital technology to control us, to snoop on us," he admitted. "In the old days of mailing letters, you licked it, and when you got an envelope that was still sealed, nobody had seen it. You could have private communication. Now they say because it's e-mail it cannot be private, anyone can listen." Watch more here.

Topics: Piers Morgan
March 31st, 2013
09:28 PM ET

Piers Morgan Live: Mansfield on his book 'Killing Jesus'

Friday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed author Stephen Mansfield for a fascinating and timely primetime interview in advance of Easter Sunday.

Author of the upcoming book "Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Notorious Execution," Mansfield addressed any potential critics who are suggesting his work – which implicates the Jews for Christ's murder – may be anti-semitic in its essence:

"It's not at all anti-semitic," Mansfield insists. "In fact, in making that distinction – between the small group of leaders who were sort of cow-towing to Rome and thus were corrupt and were going after Jesus – making a distinction between them and the average Jew, on the street in Jerusalem, I'm actually dealing with that very issue."

Topics: Piers Morgan
February 27th, 2013
11:56 AM ET

Tony Mendez on "Argo" winning at the Oscars: "Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment"

Last night Piers Morgan welcomed Tony Mendez, the real-life hero of the Oscar winning film "Argo."

Having lived the story first hand as an officer, Tony Mendez went on to pen the book "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," on which the Ben Affleck-led project is based. Joining the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host in studio, he described his feelings while waiting to hear the results late Sunday night:

"It was beyond belief," admitted the author of four non-fiction books, who now works full-time as an artist. "It was an emotional reaction, it was amazing. Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment. But it also had the high as well as the low."

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February 22nd, 2013
03:52 PM ET

Jimmy Carter on "Argo": "It’s a great drama, and I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film"

Last night, Piers Morgan welcomed Jimmy Carter for an engaging, and entertaining, face to face interview.

Seated together in San Diego, the former commander in chief offers his unique insight and perspective on the motion picture "Argo," an Oscar-nominated film that's based on actual events occurring during his presidency:

"Let me say first of all, it’s a great drama, and I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it," says Carter.

Citing one key discrepancy in the film, the former United States president made this point:

"The other thing that I would say was that 90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian," notes the 88-year-old. "The movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie's very good."  Watch more here.

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February 20th, 2013
08:35 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: CT reporter on Adam Lanza emulating Norway shooter

Last night, as new theories develop following the tragic mass killing in Newtown, Conn.,"Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a pair of journalists reporting on the Adam Lanza story.

In teaming with PBS FRONTLINE to produce the film "Raising Adam Lanza," reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner looked for answers surrounding the unspeakable events in December 2012.

Joining Piers Morgan for a live interview, tonight the pair revealed some of their findings particularly in terms of the relationship and role of his mother Nancy, and the woman known to have brought the firearms used in the shooting into the Lanza home.

"How much responsibility should she have on her shoulders," asked Morgan, allowing that she's unfortunately unable to defend or speak for herself. "Should she have done more, do you think, to get him treatment?"

Mr. Kovner responded:

"For a healthy kid, it's fine. And maybe early in his life, maybe it was okay," he said, referencing the presence of guns in Lanza's life. "As he struggled more, as he struggled to find his place in the world, as his contemporaries went on to college and went on to jobs and he ended up basically sitting home, it starts to get unhealthy perhaps. I think she should have regulated the activity a little bit more."

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