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You know what I mean.No, what does hump mean? What you doing today?The middle of the week. The middle of the week. The hump in the middle. You just want to make me say it.

Good morning and welcome to Sunrise. Also ahead for you today -
please help - a family's Facebook campaign
to find a loved one goes global. Then, party madness -
an increase in violence prompts new laws
which could see hosts prosecuted. And, 'Les very miserable'... What was your saddest part?

You think?At the end, his eyes, he was old ( cries) was old ( cries).I loved Anne Hathaway.

So sad! The emotional American family
going viral after seeing 'Les Mis'
at the movies.

I think they've got to get a life.I think they've got to realise the title kinds of gives it away.Lib went to see it, I went to bed. All the dialogue. Anyone seen it?No, I want to.No.We want reviews of 'Les Miserables'. Reviews from blokes, come on, is it just a chick flick. Don't mention wolverine in any of your reviews, guys. Hugh Jackman.

Good morning.

Police in Bali are treating the
sudden death of an Australian woman as suspicious. Denni North from Brisbane was found
slumped in a pool at her villa earlier this week. The 33-year-old had only started
working as a hostess at a bar and restaurant
a couple of months ago. Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister
says consular assistance is being offered
to her devastated family. Loved ones have posted tributes
on social media sites and thanked people
for their support. Police in Victoria
are still appealing for witnesses to come forward as they hunt for a group of men
who brutally bashed a man and left him for dead
on the Mornington Peninsula. 22-year-old David Cassai died after
he was attacked by a group of men at Rye on New Year's Eve. David had just finished
his landscaping apprenticeship and was due to celebrate
his birthday this month. His death will save others' lives
through the donation of his organs. A man, a woman and her 15-year-old
daughter have been charged over a drive-by shooting
at a bus stop in Adelaide. Heavily armed police
raided a house nearby after a tense hour-long stand-off. A woman had reported two shots being
fired at her from a passing car just before midday yesterday.

My understanding is the altercation
was at the bus stop and we're still looking to see whether they were known
to each other. Police have seized
a .22 calibre rifle. Another man who was also arrested
has been released. An AFL player will face court
later this month following a New Year's Eve brawl
in Perth. Gold Coast Suns player
Harley Bennell has been charged with disorderly
conduct and failure to obey police. The Suns released a brief statement
confirming the incident but said it would be inappropriate
to comment further. At least 61 people have been killed as New Year's celebrations
turned into a panicked stampede on the Ivory Coast. Children were among dozens injured
and taken to hospital. People were walked over
and suffocated as crowds flowed out of a stadium. Many of the country's capitals endured one of their driest
Decembers in years and forecasters warn
there's more hot weather on the way. Sydney, Brisbane,
Canberra and Darwin all had drier-than-average Decembers with Adelaide recording
its driest in 10 years. Perth sweltered through
a record heat wave - making it the hottest December
in 13 years. Some of that heat will move
through to Adelaide and possibly Melbourne this week. Coming up on Sunrise - easy street. How your money can work for you
in 2013. We'll have some expert tips. But first, here's Kochie
with today's finance.

Yes, very important, Bec. Because absolutely nothing happened. Because all of those previous days because it was New Year's Day yesterday. In my chart, I thought I would bring it up. Let's go straight to the chart, CommSec has given me the year in review. So the dee indicators for -- key indicators for 2012, the ASX 200, the stock exchange up 14. 200, the stock exchange up 14.5 pest in the last year. America up just 7, we in the last year. America up just 7, weled the -- doubled the performance of the US. Let me bring it up better, the oil price up 7% better, the oil price up 7%, gold up better, the oil price up 7%, gold u 7%. So that is a bit of an around the grounds for the year. I will just fill with my own charts for the rest of the finance news today. Here is Beretts with sport.Thanks very much.Hang on. Is Craig there?Oh... You almost forgot Craig James. Crickets chirp) Crickets chirp).Craig! I thought you were having the day off. Mate, let me give you a big hug, happy new year. (Mwahh! year. (Mwahh!) The big news from the US is the fiscal cliff would be would US is the fiscal cliff would be could be avoided?Good to be here in 2013. Yes, fiscal cliff is important. It is a real dog's breakfast of measures they've come up with. They haven't solved the situation. In terms of spending cuts, they kicked it down the road and said in two month' time we will deal with it. It was supposed to be across-the-board spending cuts but they delayed it. For tax increases, the will increase but only for families above $ families above $4050,000 and the abolition of a temporary cut on pay role tax. They certainly got to get their act together in terms of a fundamental reform in terms of spending because that expires in two month. Hopefully, it will be a positive day depending if the Republicans vote on it in the house. OK, good to have you. Happy new year.You two.Now time for sport. 12 months of great service from Craig James and the first day of the new year, bump him off. Always good to see you, mate.

Lleyton Hewitt has draw upon
his trademark fighting spirit to progress to the second round
of the Brisbane International. He needed three sets
to get past Russia's Igor Kunitsyn. Playing in Brisbane as a warm-up
for a 17th Australian Open campaign, Lleyton Hewitt had to deal
with a late change of opponents after Radek Stepanek withdrew
with an eye infection. His replacement,
failed qualifier Igor Kunitsyn, should have been an easy assignment
for the former world number one but the Russian pounced on his one
and only break-point opportunity, levelling at one set all. UMPIRE: Game, Kunitsyn. Kunitsyn's play didn't reflect
his world 162 ranking, carrying momentum until the fourth
game of the deciding set. Come on! COMMENTATOR: Gets the break. Hewitt's fighting spirit
soon came to the fore as did long-time absent
sharp court movement, the former US Open
and Wimbledon champion is finally enjoying being injury-
free for the first summer in years. The best thing for me
is you just have a clear mind.

You sort of dreaded going
on the practise court and you know, how much pain you were
going to be on the match court. And to have that in the back
of your mind was just tough. You couldn't go out there with a
clear mind to enjoy playing tennis and competing. Compatriot John Millman will join
Hewitt in the second round, celebrating his Australian Open
wildcard with a straight-sets win

Serena Williams is favourite
to take out the women's title, smashing this 200km/h serve as she
booked a spot in the quarterfinals. The Western Sydney Wanderers
are quickly confirming themselves as title contenders
in the A-League this season. Japanese playmaker Shinji Ono
showed why he's a marquee star. COMMENTATOR: Shinji Ono! That is magnificent.

Absolutely first class. Ono wasn't done - sealing the 2-1 result
in equally impressive fashion. That's the side's fourth win
in five games.

He's better value than the Italian He's better value than the bloke.Do you reckon?Yes. It is a tough call.It went between the other bloke's legs, he kicked it. Pretty cool.Very clever, isn't it. A big day at the Brisbane international on 7Two. Jarmila Gajdosova is on and also our old mate, Marcus Baghdatis.Let's get weather this morning, morning, JT, at Terrigal?Yes, good morning, have a look at this. I reckon it will be the best sunrise all year. It is sensational. If you were here five minutes ago it was sensational but it has gone below the clouds. On the coast of New South Wales, from the fiscal cliff to the cliffs here at Terrigal. As we look at the national forecast.

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This morning it has been full of photographers really. A really pretty spot. One of the most prettiest on the Central Coast, plenty of peep coming down to da-- people coming down to take photographs.A great rugby team there, at the Skillion Cliffs.Well, the Avoca rugby club would have something to say about that.The old rivalry. Forget Kate of origin. Thank you, JT.

Soon on Sunrise - dumping grounds - the charities
cracking down on residents leaving junk outside their stores. But next -

the eleventh-hour deal
on the so-called US fiscal cliff but is it enough to stop America
from going into recession?

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after a last-minute deal was struck to avert the fiscal cliff
financial crisis. The agreement will stop massive
tax hikes and spending cuts that would devastate the economy.

The House of Representatives
is still to vote on it but US Vice-President Joe Biden,
who negotiated the deal, is confident. I feel really very, very good about
how this vote is going to go. The compromise involves higher
taxes only for wealthy households. It would also defer spending cuts
and maintain unemployment benefits. Joining us now is Seven News
US correspondent Kathryn Morgan. Good morning. Kathryn, what else can you
tell us about the deal?

Give us the details?Well, Kochie, this deal is really only a band aid fix. They fix. They have technically gone over the fiscal cliff because law-makers didn't meet the midnight deadline. What the proposed deal will do is delay the huge public spending cuts that were meant to take effect as of midnight and it means people earning under $ under $400,000 a year won't see any major tax hikes, so that is the majority of the American population. So it is good news for the majority of Americans but the delays with the spending cuts, in eight weeks time we could be teetering on the edge of yet another fiscal cliff.The house of reps is still to vote on it. It could be rejected?It could. They are debating the deal at the moment. It passed the senate but to be made into law it has to pass the House of Representatives. They are debating it. But it does have support in the Republican-led house. A lot of the Republicans wanted to deal with the issue of spending. They are not happy the deal is delaying it for two months but they wanted to deal with it automatically, straight away. But there is speculation it will pass the house, because if it doesn't it means America could go into yet another recession. So they don't have another choice but to pass this deal.They got the by the skin of their teeth. Even skin of their teeth. Even though they've gone over the fiscal cliff, financial they've gone over the fiscal cliff, financial markets around the world haven't opened. Has Barack Obama said anything? He has criticised the house for leaving it am.He has issues a statement this morning praising his colleges for getting it done. Different to a tactic yesterday when he had a campaign-type event and criticised the Congress for dragging its the Congress for dragging its heels and failing to get anything done and pretty much accusing them of letting the people down. He is urging the house of representatives to do the same. He is probably patting himself on the back for getting some sort of deal across the line before it is too late.A long road ahead. Thank you.While you.While they are patting themselves ons the back, ponder this, if this legislation goes through, it will add $ through, it will add $400 trillion to the budget deficit over the next ten years, 4 thousand, thousand million.They keep playing politics. They have got to live within their means, it is as simple at that.

Coming up - Hillary Clinton's
health scare. Doctors treating the US Secretary of
State for a blood clot on the brain. But just how serious is it? But after the break - vanishing act. REPORTER: Could you live
on the dole? I could. Why this controversial comment
by the Federal Families Minister has disappeared
from official records.

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all-day breakfast every day. Making headlines this morning - Families Minister Jenny Macklin's
claim that she could live on the dole has been wiped from an official
government transcript. Many mums and dads are now receiving
the Newstart allowance instead of parenting payments. When asked whether she'd be able
to live on the $246 a week payment, Ms Macklin said she could. REPORTER: Could you live
on the dole? I could. But when a transcript of that press
conference was released, Ms Macklin's answer was marked
as 'inaudible'.

Sounded pretty clear to us. A spokesperson for her department
says a loud car revving in the background

Which obviously distracted all of us

Meant they couldn't hear
that question and answer for the transcript. A challenge has also been launched
to the minister to try living on the dole. What do you think? Should the minister
try living on $38 a day?

A week? A day, sorry.Yes, she A week? A day, sorry.Yes, should for the terribleesh excuse, a loud car revving.That's really tough.For legitimate people who need it, underline legitimate, it's, that's what we've got to provide a safety net. Something more comfortable.That's for bills and accommodation and everything, that's not just for food.A bit tough.

Also making news - apparently older drivers are now
more dangerous than young people behind the wheel. New data shows there were more road fatalities
for people aged between 40 and 59 than those aged 17 to 25. And road deaths amongst drivers
over 60 are accelerating while declining
in all other age groups. New South Wales, South Australia
and WA are currently the only states that require older drivers
to get re-tested. And even then,
it's not until they turn 85. So do we need to rethink
how older drivers are assessed?

You're a bad driver?I am, I'm in that category. I'm shocked to be in that group. I think I'm really good. 49...You don't have many accidents, do you?No, I can't think of having one. But that's quite amazing. You think P-platers and young drivers and we've seen recently people with their feet hanging out of the window and reading a book, use thunk it is younger -- think it younger -- think it is younger drivers.

We're all on our way
to a healthier 2013 if the new year's food trend
predictions are correct.

Fake meet, whatever that is. That's --fake meat, whatever that is. That's tofu.

Fake meat, allergen-free foods
and yoghurt shops are set to become a hit this year according to an annual
Things to Watch list. The list also predicts food-sharing
services and menu-free dining will be more available. And if you've never heard
of food-sharing, it's basically an online service
connecting home cooks who trade meals amongst each other.

What do you mean trade meals?Bring a casserole over.You might be doing your tuna casserole that I love and I will get that one night and I might do a roast and you will get that.I barely have time to cook for my own family, let alone someone else's.Fair enough.

Babies raised as vegans
by their parents are also apparently going to be
all the rage this year. So, will you take up these trends? Or have you got some trend
predictions of your own?

OK. Let us know.

Still to come -
the latest news, sport and weather. Plus, taking control
of your finances. We've got the expert advice on how to make your money work
for you in 2013. But after the break -
Hillary Clinton's health scare as doctors treat her
for a blood clot in the brain. How serious is it and what are the
symptoms we should all look out for?

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Still to come - the crackdown on
illegal dumping outside charities. News time now,
here's Rebecca Maddern. Victorian detectives
have arrested two more men over the brutal bashing of a man
in Rye. 22-year-old David Cassai died after
he was attacked by a group of men at Rye on New Year's Eve. Police are speaking
to an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old. David had just finished
his landscaping apprenticeship and was due to celebrate
his birthday this month. His death will save others' lives
through the donation of his organs. Officers are investigating the
death of man on the Sunshine Coast. A body was found yesterday during the search
for a missing teenager at Buderim. Dylan Daure was last seen
leaving a tavern on Friday night. The body was discovered
about 500 metres from the hotel behind a shopping complex. It was near the primary school where friends and family found the
19-year-old's clothes on Saturday. The death isn't being treated
as suspicious. The future of a deal to save America
from the fiscal cliff now rests
with the House of Representatives. Members of the US Senate voted
to pass a controversial bill after weeks of debate over possible
solutions to avert the crisis. It's now being considered
by the House of Representatives. A closed-door meeting is being held
between House Republicans to decide their next move.

Fire investigators
are still trying to work out what caused a factory fire that sent toxic smoke
through Sydney's west yesterday. The blaze ripped through
a recycling factory at Villawood. It was feared the fire would engulf a neighbouring
auto and marine parts factory and ignite several large
LP gas containers. A bride and groom in China have made a wedding entrance
with a difference. The groom
and 99 of his fellow cyclists rode to the home of his bride
to pick her up for the big day. The environmentally friendly trip
to the altar turned plenty of heads as the group
paraded through the city. The couple says it was a unique way
to witness their love.

Beretts, you could do that on the Tour de France.Rachael would love that. Do you have to piggy back her? Is it part of itShe would be really light.She would love that. And be like a feather. So much goodness in one small package.Alright.

Australia's cricketers say
they don't fear a massive 2013 because Michael Clarke
is their leader. The captain is a certain starter for Thursday's third test
against Sri Lanka at the SCG. Hussey's decision to follow
Ricky Ponting into retirement leaves Michael Clarke
leading an inexperienced side into a daunting 2013 - away tours to India and England
before a home Ashes series. We're really excited about
what lies ahead for us in 2013. If he's excited,

I think you'll see a whole group
of merry men follow him. With Clarke's hamstring
ready for another test, Usman Khawaja's wait
for a recall's set to continue. Glenn Maxwell's chances of playing
as the spinning all-rounder could be hurt by
a hard, grassy SCG pitch. Peter Siddle wants to lead another
assault on the wounded Sri Lankans with four pacemen.

No doubt we'll go out there
with the same focus, same plan and keep attacking hard and hopefully, yeah, obviously
keep them down. It will be emotional
with Hussey's farewell, tributes to Tony Greig and now a Hall of Fame induction
for Glenn McGrath during the pink test
in honour of his late wife, Jane. The greatest fast bowler
Australia's ever produced, if not the greatest fast bowler
of all time.

Tim Paine and former Australia
captain Ricky Ponting have again combined
to secure the Hurricane's victory in the Big Bash League. The Scorchers set Hobart 153. Simon Katich was the backbone
of their innings with a quickfire half-century. A trio of wickets for in-form
Ben Laughlin applied the brakes. COMMENTATOR: And that's
a great delivery. Laughlin.

That was sharp.

The chase never looked in doubt. When Paine and Ponting combined,
their parnership was worth 90. Paine finished unbeaten on 74, guiding his side home
with nine balls to spare.

Tennis season well under way, the Brisbane international on 7Two today, what's the weather doing? Let's find out today with JT. Good morning, James Tobin.Good morning from God's country as they call it here. Terrigal, and the Skillion Cliffs. It is a sensational spot. To everyone having a bit of a break, good morning to you. To everyone in Perth, gee, it must be nice with the cool change. 33 degrees in Perth which was finally a break from the 40-plus heatwave. Today, 27 ask cooler. -- and cooler but still, the January average. Let's look at the national forecast.

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Onshore winds are bringing showers
and storms over eastern Queensland. A trough over south-west Queensland
and the Northern Territory is triggering storms. A broad trough over WA is causing thundery showers
in the north and west. A weak front is bringing gusty,
showery winds to Tasmania and southern Victoria.

Well, it is a beautiful morning here in Terrigal. That cloud will burn off. Very soon, we are going to have a very special guest. I won't say too much, but a very, very special guest joining us for the weather today.Lovely.Very pretty, Terrigal.Gorgeous.Went there for schoolies. Didn't notice much of the scenery at that time of my life. What did you get up to?We just played chess.You staying at the old hotel.No, we rented a house. Good fun.If you saw Sam at schoolies at that time, let us know.Keep your stories to yourself. Now, we want to show you something that is going viral this morning.

The hilarious video
of a New York family's reaction after watching 'Les Miserables'. After a family trip
to watch the film, two brothers
filmed their parents crying. I was walking, I was crying.

How can you laugh?

I'm not laughing, I was sad too. Just not that sad.What was the saddest part do you think?At the end, his eyes, he was old... (man cries) end, his eyes, he was old... (man cries)... I looked at Anne Hathaway and started crying.My God!I can't talk about it anymore... (cries) talk about it anymore... (cries). Poor thing, their son filming it.

Have you ever had a reaction
like this to a movie?

Yes, 'The Notebook' after that film I saw it at home, I went into my bedroom and I sobbed for ten minutes. I was like those people and couldn't get it together.Our director went and saw 'Les Miserables' with two other couples and all three couples cried. Including Ken.I can't go. Including Ken.I can't go.TBut Ken was's in trouble because Felicity his wife, he is in trouble because she noticed when the other couples cried they held hands. He is having the rounds of the table. As I said, she will bring it up for the next 24 years.He is silent. Not saying a word. Is he crying in the control room.If you are a broke and went to see 'Les Miserables', did you cry? Give us your critique.

Coming up on Sunrise - taking control
of your personal finances - your step-by-step guide
to getting out of debt and making your money work for you. But next - the health scare
that's rocked Hillary Clinton. Doctors are treating her
for a blood clot on the brain. But just how serious is it?

A live look at Brisbane
through the Jetstar Skycam. Beautiful day today. Top of 34 and a late of a late-night light shower.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
remains in a New York City hospital after a serious health scare. The former first lady
is being treated for a blood clot on the brain. Mrs Clinton had recently suffered
concussion after a fall and doctors discovered
the clot following a routine scan. It's not the first health scare
of this nature for the 65-year-old. She suffered a blood clot
in her leg during the time her husband
Bill Clinton was the president. So just how serious and common
is Mrs Clinton's condition? Sunrise GP Dr Ginni Mansberg
joins me. Good morning, Ginni. Can you explain her condition?

Well, she's got this clot in this vein that effectively acts as a massive drainage channel from the brain, in her case, the right ear. If that blood channel is not clearing properly it pools in the brain and you could get higher pressure, headaches, fits and then problems with the nerves as well. This is very serious for her. Following this fall that she had apparently, a few weeks go, no-one has seen her since. What would have been the warning signs to other people out there?Of a blood clot? It is ably area. I don't -- incredibly rare so anyone with headaches shouldn't worry but nausea, numbness and tingling and non-functioning of your limbs or down your face.Can you die?Yes, they think 6% are fatal immediately and 10% over all. So not high. But still pretty scary. A large number go on to have strokes. It hasn't happened to her and won't happen now.But it is in the stroke section of the brain?Any part of the brain can be affected by stroke, depending on which artery is affected. In her case, it is the blood clot. It could flick off and go to another part of her head but it is not going to happen now because she is on blood thinners.30% will go on to have debilitating headaches on an ongoing basis so fingers crossed for her. Thank you.

Charities are being forced to spend
tens of thousands of dollars on fencing and CCTV cameras to stop illegal dumping. Residents in Melbourne are
the latest to come under fire for leaving mountains of junk next to this Deer Park
Salvation Army store. The illegal dumping
of unwanted goods like books, clothing
and electrical goods costs Australia
millions of dollars a year. The Salvos say
Victorians are the worst offenders.

I'm joined now by Ian Kiernan,
the founder of Clean Up Australia. Good morning. Ian, it doesn't seem fair
for charities to have to spend time and money
policing this, does it?

No, it's really serious, Bec. Because it is more than just environmental damage. Beautiful organisation, the Salvos, do so much for disadvantaged people are having their system destroyed by the stupid illegal dumping. People in an uneducated way saying they can take the television set, that is recyclable. Here, have some fish heads. We have got to take more responsibility. We have got a responsibility to put peer pressure and observation on the people who are costing the rest of the community and essentially destroying a very important arm of Vinnies. They know they are doing the wrong thing and it is obviously unsightly but there are environmental inpacts of this illegal dumping. What are they?Well, this is what is now waste that should have been a repsychoable resource is going tobdying tkaebgdying recyclable resource is now going to land fill. Through recycling you use less energy. So another feather in the quiver for energy better energy management.What is actually being done about the problem? Do you think the penalties need to be harsher? We are seeing some people, at enormous cost, having to put up fences and CCTV cameraicizeThe cost is huge to the community and the dumpers are taking advantage of this. I really believe in fines equivalent to the cost of repairing the damage. And the magistrates and the legal system has a great responsibility here. I know that some magistrates have considered dropping waste to be trivilialising their already busy courts. It is not a trivial issue. I know that one judge in Victoria applied a fine and said that fine should go to Clean Up Australia, which was fantastic. I thought it was really very positive judgment. Yes, I got to say, I Yes, I got to say, I tend to agree with you. Thank you very much for your time this morning Ian.Yes, thanks.

The Christmas and New Year
spend-a-thon should be over but now comes the reality check. So if you're stuck in a bit of
a debt black hole, there is hope. Michael Pascoe from Fairfax Media's
BusinessDay joins me. Michael, good to see you. How many Australians will run
into debt problems over this period?

Generally Australians have been good with their debt. Christmas is different?We have been getting better for the last couple of years. It has returned to normal. We tended to be good savers accept for the last two decades. Come to Christmas, you hit your own private fiscal cliff and things go a bit astray.Go through practical ideas. You have done the home. done the home.Work of getting on top of this?First of

you got to understand how you are spending. What sort of spender are you? Are you under control or not? Can you pay off your credit cards in full each month? If you full each month? If you can't, you're not in control. Maybe at Christmas you go over so you are border line. Restructure your debt if you are out of control. It is a one-off, you can't keep doing it. Maybe increase your mortgage to pay off your credit cards, innot, damnation waits. You need to spend less than you earn. Most Australians get it. Unfortunately, 10 or 12% of people don't get it and don't pay off their interest rates each months.Some people fall into the mistake of just saying off the -- paying off the minimum and it doesn't even pay off the interest? It is mug's debt. If that is what you are doing, you are a financial mug, time to take control.How do you start saving? Turn it

You don't spend on stuff you don't need to. You have got to invest in yourself. You don't want to try to get rich quick, it doesn't happen most of the time. Invest in your own skills and education to allow you to make more money. Easy things. Just don't smoke. 16% of Australian adults are daily smokers, you are an idiot if you smoke. You are less likely to get a good job. There is a direction correlation between smoking and being on a lower income and having less education. You have got foobuild a buffer cecz. -- to build a buffer. It is easy to open an online savings accounts. You get it taken out of your account and it is there for an emergency. Insurance, the chance to stay out of

. Too many people, skating long, staying above above water but the car gets stolen or a medical emergency and you are out of work and can't cope. You haven't got a buffer. It is one thing you got to have.Great tips. Happy new year. Yes, good intentions.Put them into practice, Sam.Yes, taking notes as e he speaks. My credit card could do with a reduction I think.

Stick around because after the break more on that deal reached in the US
on the so-called fiscal cliff. Has it been enough to stop
the world's biggest economy from sliding into recession? But next -
New Year's Eve with the stars. How some of the biggest names
celebrated at midnight. Their personal pix - next.

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with Nelson Aspen. We can finally say happy new year to you now in New York.Thank you.

The stars took to Twitter to show us how they were celebrating
New Year's Eve. What can you tell us?

Of course, Australia dropped the ball dropping and rolling and Nicole Kidman was there and got a look at the fireworks from the balcony. She sent a photo with the Tweet, saying happy new year with love from Sydney, nirxicc, XX. And Mariah Carey and the twins, she Tweeted a photograph of herself with the sparkly head necklace. And she said: I can't make out the smallest words here from Beyonce, the penmanship! And Sofia Vergara was back here in the US, by the time midnight rolled around, she tweeted out photos.How does she keep that dress on. does she keep that dress on.She seem as lovely lady.One-sided tape. Really?Probably.Always New Year's Eve someone ties the knot or engagement. Have we had any?This gives new meaning to a May - December romance. Hugh Heffner, 86, did tie the knot with his 26-year-old fiance. What is a mere 60 years between lovers? They did it at the 'Playboy' mansion, I am sure it is not the first time they did it there but they tied the knot there. She was his run away bride about a year and a half ago. She backed out five days before the wedding was supposed to happen. She sold her diamond engagement ring. So he had to spring for a new diamond ring, 3. to spring for a new diamond ring, 3.9 Carats I am told. She Tweeted.

I am surprised she didn't put dollar signs in the blessed.He Tweeted: Congratulations to them both.What number is it? Does he have children? This is his third marriage. I believe he had two children with the second wife and two children with his first wife. Let's see, maybe Crystal will make Hugh a daddy again in the new year.Imagine the prenup. He is an old romantic. One of the daughters runs the empire. A very savvy girl.Have you been to the mansion, Sam.No, I haven't surprisingly. Why do you ask?I think you would be good in bunny ears.And Hollywood tape. Thank you, Nelson. Talk to you later on.Top stories now on Sunrise.

Police in Bali now treating
the death of an Australian woman as suspicious. The federal Families Minister's
controversial welfare comment that's vanished from
an official transcript. President Obama strikes a deal
on the fiscal cliff but is it enough to prevent
an economic meltdown? Now it's time for me to fly,
and you to buy. The home owner channelling James
Bond to help the sale of his house. Nasty little piece of work -
that's what I'm looking for. There's a project out there waiting
for you, Hitch, I promise you. The Oscar-winning Hollywood legend
as you've never seen him before. (SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Reach out for the sunrise. # Right across Australia,
this is Sunrise on Seven. Now, live from Brekky Central,
Kochie and Sam.

Top of the morning to you. Welcome to Sunrise, great to have your company.

Also ahead for you today -
party madness - an increase in violence
prompts new laws which could see hosts prosecuted. Plus, forget planking,
the new craze sweeping the internet. It's called baguetting.

Love it. We had one like that yesterday?Familiar. But let's go to news in a hurry.

Good morning. Police in Bali are treating the
sudden death of an Australian woman as suspicious. Denni North from Brisbane was found floating face down
in resort swimming pool earlier this week. The 33-year-old had only started
working as a hostess at a bar and restaurant
a couple of months ago. Loved ones have posted tributes
on social media sites and thanked people
for their support. Two people have been arrested over the fatal bashing of a man
in Victoria. 22-year-old David Cassai died after
he was attacked by a group of men at Rye, south of Melbourne,
on New Year's Eve. Police are speaking
with an 18-year-old and 24-year-old.

The victim had just fingzed his land scaping apprenticeship and was due to celebrate his birthday this month.

His death will save others' lives
through the donation of his organs. A teenager charged with the shooting
murder of an 18-year-old is due to appear in court today. Lewis McPherson was on his way to
a New Year's Eve party in Adelaide, when he was allegedly confronted
by a gunman and shot in the chest. The victim was taken to hospital
but couldn't be saved. It's believed he and the alleged
gunman, went to school together. Friends have laid flowers
on the driveway where the teenager was hit.

Shark patrols will continue
at Sydney's eastern beaches today after yesterday's scare at Bondi.

A reported sighting of a shark
close to shore forced thousands of swimmers
from the water. It follows several sightings
on Sydney's northern beaches in recent days. A surfer at Dee Why
had a close call on Sunday when a shark bit his board. Fears of another recession in the US
are subsiding after an eleventh-hour deal to prevent the damaging effects
of a fiscal cliff. But the drama continues
to unfold in Washington - the House of Representatives
still needs to give its approval. The fiscal-cliff stalemate
continues on Capitol Hill. Two hours after
the new year was rung in... The yays are 89, the nays are 8. ..the Senate
overwhelmingly passed a plan preventing middle-class taxes
from going up. This is a raw deal
for the American people. They deserve far better than what they are getting from the
Senate today and from the President. Under the Senate plan, taxes will increase for people
making over $400,000 a year, couples making over $450,000. It extends
some unemployment benefits. But delays across-the-board
spending cuts to the military and federal agencies
for another two months. President Obama
praised the compromise. Some House Republicans are urging
colleagues to approve the plan. We ought to take this deal right now
and we'll live to fight another day and it's coming very soon
on the spending front. The House will be in order. House members were called
back to work at noon - a rare New Year's Day session. House Democrats
are ready to make sure that we avoid tax increases
on the middle class, that we ensure that the wealthiest
Americans pay a little more. Vice-President Joe Biden
is bargaining with house members just as he did in the Senate. Surely you shouldn't predict
how the House will vote. The job of convincing
House Republicans to accept the deal now rests with House speaker
John Boehner. Many Republicans are still unhappy the senate plan
doesn't cut spending enough. with a mother giving birth
to quadruplets. The three boys and one girl
are still in unstable conditions due to their light birth weights. Local doctors say only 1 in 700,000 mothers has the
chance to give birth to quadruplets. And ahead on Sunrise -
you better believe it - Hot Cross buns ALREADY on sale
in supermarkets across Australia. But are supermarkets
just cashing in early? But first,
here's Beretts with sport. Lleyton Hewitt has drawn
on his trademark fighting spirit to progress to the second round
of the Brisbane International. He needed three sets
to get past Russia's Igor Kunitsyn. The former US Open
and Wimbledon champion is injury-free
for the first summer in years and needed his fitness
against Kunitsyn. Serena Williams is favourite
to take out the women's title, smashing this 200km/h serve as she booked a spot
in the quarterfinals. The Western Sydney Wanderers
are quickly confirming themselves as title contenders
in the A-League this season. Japanese playmaker Shinji Ono
showed why he's a marquee star. COMMENTATOR: Shinji Ono! That is magnificent!

Absolutely first class. Ono wasn't done - sealing the 2-1 result
in equally impressive fashion. That's the side's fourth win
in five games.

Very impressive stuff.Hmm.Sure is. Thank you, Beretts. Let's get some weather now. JT from beautiful Terrigal this morn something.Yes, Sammy, I spent the last half hour trawling the Internet for old articles. I found some old articles from the the 'Advocate' up here, from the 90s, when a young blonde bombshell with dreams of studying journalism was here, drinking at Key Largo before moving to the Allusion. And then going to Club Troppo? It was big in the mid-90s.The Allusion was big then.Terrigal, where the Crown skaz - Plaza, that is the pub where the Labour Party had their parties during the Whitlam era. It is infamous before they tore it down.A lovely beer garden.Lovely that beer garden.I can do beer garden reviews for you from all over Australia.Best beer gardens.If you missed it earlier, I went to schoolies at Terrigal.We should put together a list, JT, you can contradict. Best beer gardens in Australia. It is the time for the beer gardens. New Port, the one at Watsons Bay. Shoo the one at Lorne is great because you can see the whole beach. And portsy.I don't think there is a bad beer garden? Is there one such a thing? Kbr there is one in Coolum that is a bit concrete.Let's not slag beer gardens.Sorry.We hijacked your weather.You have to put the Cot, the whats low over in WA? Yes for sure. -- Cottesloe in Perth.

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We are on the Skill igon at teragle. That way, Avoca, here Terrigal beach, here, the border that divides, especially in the rugby codes. Please send in your suggestions for beer gardens. I am more than happy to go and do the research.Excellent, we will look forward to the top 10 later.

The death of an Australian woman
in Bali is reportedly being treated
as suspicious by Indonesian police. 33-year-old Dennielle North
was found facedown in the pool of her villa in Seminyak just two months after moving to the popular tourist destination
for work. Sunrise correspondent Leisa Goddard
is in Brisbane. Leisa, what can you tell us?

Look, Kochie. It isz a mystery. We are toldnesian police are investigating. Their job will go back and retrace the last movements in the hours and maybe the day before her death. We believe she had been talking about a small party. You assume police would be out talking to and interviewing any friends who were with her, celebrating her birthday, a few days before Christmas when she turned 33. She was found face down in a pool at her private villa, 10 minutes from where she worked. She had been a very popular customer at the bar for a while before she was employed. They say staff at the bar at the Coocoon are in shock, they said she was full of life, made friends very easily and very popular. Her mum went on to Facebook and she has thanked everybody, " thanked everybody, "Thank you to everyone all over the world, family and friends for your kindest condolences for my beautiful baby girl, she had a vibrant personality and touched everyone around the and touched everyone around world." Those tributes are coming in from Byron Bay, where she grew up before moving to Brisbane. The police will keep investigating.Keep us up to date.I will.

after a comment
that she could live on the dole was wiped from an official
government transcript. Seven News reporter Sarah Wiley
is in Canberra. Good morning. Sarah, why was the comment
left out of the transcript?

Good morning. Jenny Macklin made these comments yesterday at a press conference in Melbourne. When the transcript did come out, as you said, it didn't include this question. Now, a spokesperson for the minister says this was not intentional. But she recorded the press conference on an iPhone and it wasn't very good quality. She said when the question was asked there was actually the sound of a car revving in the background. Now, our crews were also there, Sam and they did pick that up. Let's take a look.

REPORTER: Could you live
on the dole? What we know

We needed to fix a difference in the parenting payment back in 2006.

With respect,
that didn't answer the question. Could you live on the dole? I could.

What's important for people who are unemployed is to do everything possible to get people work. That is the whole focus of this government to do everything we can to help people get into work. I imagine, as you can imagine, there has been a lot of reaction from welfare groups today.Yes, it sounded pretty clear to us. What has the reaction been to this?Welfare groups are quite angry about the minister's comments and the fact it has been left out. Now, the reason we are actually talking about this is single parents will be moved from single-parent payment on to New Start this year once their child turns 8. It means many will lose up to $ lose up to $240 a fortnight. Now, the minister says she could live on the dole, which is $ the minister says she could live on
the dole, which is $245 a week, even though some of her colleagues like Bill Shorten say they couldn't manage to live on $ manage to live on $35 a day. Welfare groups say this decision is going to see many people homeless, many unable to may food and their bills. So, Sam, we will just have to wait and see exactly how this works out this year.Yes, a tough amount of money. Thank you for bringing us up to date. See you soon.

The US has narrowly avoided
economic meltdown after an eleventh hour deal was
struck to avert the fiscal crisis. The White House reached an agreement
with Senate Republicans to delay harsh spending cuts. The House of Reps
is still to vote on it but US Vice-President Joe Biden
is hopeful. You shouldn't predict how the senate
is going to vote before they vote, you won't make a lot of money. And number two, you surely shouldn't predict
how the house is going to vote but I feel very, very, good. The compromise involves higher taxes
only for wealthy households. It would also defer spending cuts
and maintain unemployment benefits. Joining me now is Seven News
US correspondent Kathryn Morgan and Sunrise foreign affairs editor
Dr Keith Suter. Good morning. Kathryn, do we know any more details
about the deal?

Has it been passed by tkpres gres yet? -- Congress yet?No, we are still waiting. The House of Representatives is still debating the bill that was passed by the senate this morning. It is expected to reach a few challenges in to reach a few challenges in the house. Many Republicans thinks it doesn't go far enough dealing with public spending and the fact that the senate has agreed to delay the spending cuts, the minute we went over the fiscal cliff, this will delay it for two months. Many Republicans are saying hang on, we need to deal with the effects of public spending on the deficit. The house is debating it at the moment. They technically could make amendments to the deal and send it back to the senate and the senate would have to debate it. So we are not over the line yet.Even though they dropped over the cliff on the first of January, because financial markets arounds the world are closed they have bought themselves as couple of hours. But they can't keep delaying it?You wouldn't think so. They have delayed it for two months. But obviously, the American peep are very concerned what happens in eight week's time. We will be teetering on the edge of another fiscal cliff. This is a self-imposed limit. The fact they couldn't reach their own deadline raises questions and in eight weeks time we will be in the same situation again.Keith suitor, we sit -- Sutor, we sit here and shake our heads and saying these crazy Americans are takes to the brink of recession?Yes, they are. Europe is still in a state of chaos. I think this crisis is showing the Republicans, even though they lost the election last November still haven't accepted the defeat. We will end up with a rerun of the crisis in two months. The Republicans are not going to give any leeway at all to the President. It is going to be a very bruising two years until the next roun of elections and the next roun of elections and the rest of the world is holding its breath. Europe is in chaos. We are worried about China. What happened in Washington has global implications, including us in Australia. We rely on America to a major locomotive in the global economy.Bring it home for us sitting here, thinking the Americans have been living benaubd p yond their -- beyond their means for generations, what is different now? I think what is different now is the figure has become so large that you just can't ignore it. Remember back, the great achievement of President Clinton is he did manage to reduce the level of government expenditure. If his tax figures had remained in place, the US Government would now broadly have no debt. He was followed by an American President who reduced the Clinton moves and gave the money back to Americans and fought two very expensive wars. So really, the marijuana is in a bad -- the American economy is in a bad state. If America continues to be in a prolonged recession it affects us in Australia.It was Bush?Yes.So Clinton had America on the way to surpluses and a balanced budget and Bush comes in and reverses it.It the problem we had for ten years. Clinton's achievement, hard to imagine but we would have removed the level of Government debt but all the progress was lost in the last ten years because of President George W Bush.Thank you.

New research shows driver fatigue is causing almost
26,000 serious injuries in Australia every year. The Australian Sleep Health
Foundation survey also found 10% of serious crashes
are blamed on drowsy drivers. If that doesn't make you
sit up and take notice, take a look at this clip. A dashboard camera captures
this driver in the US becoming increasingly tired. You see him lean back,
shut his eyes, and in a matter of moments,
he's crashed his vehicle. The impact throws him from the driver's seat
to the rear of the car. It didn't help
that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. This is a timely warning as people head away on road trips
across Australia. Motoring expert John Cadogan
joins us. John, now there are negligent or
culpable driving laws in each state. Could you be jailed
if you drive while tired?

I think you could, Bec. In fact, I think most people think the worst thing that can happen to you when you drive a car and make a mistake is a fine and lose your licence. But dangerous driving occasioning death is a crime under the Crimes Act. If it is proven you drove dangerously and someone died you could go to jail.Is it easiest to prosecute those who drive fatigued?We need to take driving more serious in a country like Australia where it is costing $ costing $30 billion a year for road trauma. It is a huge imposton the public purse. If we took it more seriously it could take it away in part, and part of that is having a bigger stick when it goes wrong.But driving tired is a serious impairment?That is the real problem with fatigue. You are mentally impaired. When you are fatigued you are impaired. It means you can't make smart decisions so it is difficult to decide to pull over and take a break. Most people elect to press on. I think most people who have driven a car in Australia have experienced that sickening feeling where they just have a microsleep and get away with it, thankfully. Yes, abaabsolutely. Lets rego through -- let's go through some of your tips on avoiding fatigue?It is essential if you are driving

home to depart well rested. Have a good night's sleep the night before. Don't set over ambitious goals when driving home. For most drivers who are not used to driving long distances, six to eight hours driving in a normal 24 hour period would be great. It is a huge mistake to drive at times you would normally be asleep. Because your body is hardwired to go to sleep at night time, for example. If you attempt to driver overnight, your body will be crying out to go to sleep, sooner or later it

? Yes, that terrible fighting feeling. Thank you.

Many of us haven't even put away
our Christmas trees yet but already
some of our major retailers have moved
onto the next big money spinner. Hot cross buns are on
supermarket shelves at Woolworths despite there still being
three months to go until Easter! And Coles is not far behind - they plan to have Easter eggs
and bunnies in stores tomorrow. Ingrid Just from consumer group
Choice joins me now.

Just been nagged for months by the kids for Christmas. Now, hot cross buns?My brother was down the other end of the supermarket aisle on Christmas Day, waving a packet of hot cross buns going, " hot cross buns going, "Should we get some?" It is too early. Some people love these goo Goodeies and they'll buy. The supermarkets wouldn't put them in the stores if they 1 going to make people frustrated but there are heaps of people who will buy them. are heaps of people who will buy them., "Is it what retail has become? It is focusing on the big landmark buying opportunity. Will they start to promote Mother's Day nowThere are key calendar moments retailers are looking at. Generally what happens, you have got Christmas, then Boxing Day sales and then the Australia Day flags and all of the goodies with Australian flags on the front of the products. Then generally, Valentine's Day and then Easter. But we are seeing Easter being pulled right in towards Boxing Day. Look, I think, the retailers know if they are on the know if they are on the shelves, people will buy them. The more early, the more people will purchase.The only way to change it is not to buy it.I think it won't be the case.Our colleague, Natalie Barr eats them all year. She stores them up.It is banned in our household until Good Friday.I agree.

Well, forget planking - a new craze
is sweeping the internet. It's called baguetting. The trend was started
by American comedians who pose for pictures using French
baguettes in creative new ways. From watering the garden,
to fishing, blow-drying and playing a game of pool, the loaves of bread are transformed
into everyday objects.

Love it.Baguette tie?That's very clever, I like that.Really?It is a silly thing, it makes you laugh. Why not. Life is too serious at the moment. Have you taken up baguetteing? After the break.

Nasty little piece of work,
that's what I'm looking for. There's a project out there waiting
for you, Hitch, I promise you. The legendary Anthony Hopkins
and his most challenging role yet. The Oscar winner, only on Sunrise. But after the break -
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Going viral this morning the hilarious video of a New York
family's reaction after watching 'Les Miserables'.

They ended up blubbering fools.Stop laughing. I was sad too.What was the saddest part do you think?At the end, his eyes, he was old...My God!So sad. Look, the title of the movie should be a give away, it is a tear-jerker.T people of peept have seen it. Peter from Queensland said he also cried, he said it is probably a combination of Rusty singing and the price of the ticket. We are asking people to send it in. And also asking people to send in about the best beer gardens. Jene says the beer gardens at the midnorth coast club.The u-mindi -- - - Eimeo pub in Mackay.And the Glennmore Rocks pub under the bridge.Yes.If e we live in a great country, if you need it under mined, the 'Economist' magazine just printed a list of the best places to be born in tlurt. The best country is Switzerland, and the second is

Only just second. Not far off number one.That's right.We could have told you that.But we need reminding. We are such a bunch of reminding. We are such a bunch grumpy guts. Very lucky.

Ahead on Sunrise - our exclusive one-on-one
with the legendary Anthony Hopkins. You won't believe his transformation
for his latest movie. But for now here's Rebecca Maddern
with the latest news. A man has died in a crash
near Melbourne overnight. Police believe the sedan was travelling
on the South Gippsland Highway when it tried to overtake
another vehicle about 3:00 this morning. The driver lost control, crossed
onto the other lane and hit a tree. The man died at the scene.

Seven police officers have allegedly
been attacked by a family in Sydney's south-west when they responded to a domestic
violence incident overnight. An officer was allegedly punched
in the face by a resident as he left the Bankstown home before another six family members
joined in the assault. Police say
a violent scuffle broke out as officers tried to help
their colleague. Three police were hospitalised. Four men and a woman
have been arrested. A man, a woman and her 15-year-old
daughter have been charged over a drive-by shooting
at a bus stop in Adelaide. Heavily armed police raided
a house nearby after a tense hour-long stand-off. A woman had reported two shots being
fired at her from a passing car just before midday yesterday. My understanding is the altercation
was at the bus stop and we're still looking to see

whether they were known
to each other. Police have seized
a .22 calibre rifle. Another man who was also arrested
has been released. Families Minister Jenny Macklin
is under fire after her comment
that she could live on the dole was recorded as 'inaudible' in
an official government transcript. The statement was clearly recorded
by media at a press conference in Melbourne yesterday. REPORTER: Could you live
on the dole? I could.

And of course we understand that what's important for people
who are unemployed is that we do everything possible
to help people get work. The press conference was held over changes to government payments
for single parents. If you thought Australia's
New Year's Day clean-up was massive, spare a thought for workers
in New York's Times Square. Hundreds of thousands of revellers
left tonnes of rubbish behind. Around 17 million pieces of confetti
rained down on the crowd - together, the tiny strips of paper
weighed more than a tonne. Australia's cricketers say
they don't fear a massive 2013 because Michael Clarke
is their leader. The captain is a certain starter for tomorrow's third test
against Sri Lanka at the SCG. Michael Hussey's decision to follow
Ricky Ponting into retirement leaves Clarke leading
an inexperienced side into a daunting year with away tours to India and England
before a home Ashes series. We're really excited about
what lies ahead for us in 2013. If he's excited, I think you'll see a whole group
of merry men follow him. The starting XI is expected
to be named this morning. Tim Paine and former
Australia captain Ricky Ponting have again combined
to secure the Hurricane's victory in the Big Bash League. The Scorchers set Hobart 153. Simon Katich was the backbone
of their innings with a quick-fire half-century. A trio of wickets for in-form
Ben Laughlin applied the brakes. COMMENTATOR: And that's
a great delivery. Laughlin. The chase never looked in doubt, when Paine and Ponting combined,
their partnership was worth 90. Paine finished unbeaten on 74, guiding his side home
with nine balls to spare.

Great time of the year, tennis season really picking up momentum at the moment, the Brisbane International is on the way on 7Two, great names coming back into form. But Jarmila Gajdosova, our old mate is on and also Marcus Baghdatis is up is on and also Marcus Baghdatis is up Florian Mayer. A great bashing. Here I am, all the way up here, at the top of the Skillion Cliffs in teragle. The scene of many a wedding pr posal, a first kiss and there are plenty of locals out this morning getting fit and healthy in the new year as we look at the forecast.

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As I spin around from up here, it looks like Avoca is bathed in sunshine, Terrigal, a bit of a dark cloud over it. I am not sure if it is natural phenomenon, I don't know, I'm not sure.That's lovely. Nice boardwalk at the tape boardwalk at the tape -- at the top of the Skillion Cliffs there.Yes, there is.For all those people e-mailing in too, Sam has all, a dress. Part of the dress, the colour, not her midrift.A crop top. I promise you, it's not a midriff, I wish it was. No, just a skirt and a top, thanks for asking.No, just answering the viewer questions.Does it look like that?Not in real life. I would love to have a flat midrift like that.

Still to come -
lost in translation... REPORTER: Could you live
on the dole? I could. Why this controversial comment
by the Federal Families Minister has disappeared
from official records. But next - legendary movie star Anthony Hopkins
as you've never seen him before.

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and 24 today. Anthony Hopkins doesn't need
much of an introduction - he's a legend of the movie business. But at 75, the Academy Award
winner's latest role is one of his most challenging. Hopkins is playing horror film
director Alfred Hitchcock. Sunrise correspondent Richard Arnold
has this exclusive. Mr Hitchcock, Mr Hitchcock,

You're the most famous director in the history of film, but you're 60 years old. Shouldn't you just quit while you're ahead?

This is Anthony Hopkins
as we've never seen him before... Nasty little piece of work. That's what I'm looking for. There's a project out there waiting
for you, Hitch, I promise you. ..playing the role of another
Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock whose career spanned six decades,
and more than 50 feature films. But this movie concentrates on Hitchcock's most famous -
'Psycho'... This book 'Psycho' - entertaining,
graphic elements of brutal violence

Transvestites and incest, very nice. Not your average run-of-the-mill nutcase is it here.You're kidding? The boy who dug up his own mother.

..and his relationship with his
creative offsider, his wife, Alma, played by fellow Oscar winner
Dame Helen Mirren. The nuances
of a 60-year relationship

That none of us knew about unless you happen a real expert on Hitchcock, is, Hitchcock, is, to hit the ground with that is fantastic. It is like a marriage?

I think sometimes you watch a film
and you look at two people onscreen and they're not married at all,
they're... There's a kind of sentimentality
that doesn't exist in a marriage. Marriage is a partnership
as it becomes over the years. I'm under extraordinary pressures
on this picture and the least you can do
is give me your full support. I am your wife! I have weighed in
on every film you've made in the past three decades and I put up with those people
who look through me

As if I was inviseable because all they can see is the great and glorious Alfred Hitchcock.More anger! Homsidle