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This program is captioned live. SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE: Two killed
when a chopper clips a crane, plummets to the busy street below
and bursts into flames. A scorching forecast puts exhausted
fire crews back on high alert. Troubled footballer Liam Jurrah
charged for blowing five times over
the limit. Also, end of the road
for Falcon and Commodore. Ford and Holden to stop making
our most famous cars. The former PM's popularity
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Also this morning - President Obama reveals his plans
to cut gun violence. See how it's making a difference. But we'll begin with that deadly
chopper crash. Here's Nat.

It is extraordinary?Yes, it was. Good morning, everyone.

Two people have been killed
in a fiery helicopter crash in central London overnight. The chopper hit a crane
at a building site before falling to the ground
and exploding into a ball of fire. We just heard an explosion. It sounded like a fighter plane
flying over. We just heard a loud explosion and we thought there'd been
a terrorist attack. The pilot and a person
on the ground died. At least a dozen others
were injured. The crash happened during
the peak hour commute and caused major traffic delays. A cyclist is in hospital
with serious head injuries following a hit-and-run in Sydney
overnight. The 47-year-old man was discovered
lying on Pittwater Road in Ryde around 8:30 last night. He was suffering
serious head injuries and was taken
to Royal North Shore Hospital. Police have established
a crime scene and are asking witnesses
to contact Crime Stoppers. Another round of extreme heat is expected
to hit south-eastern states today. There's a severe fire danger
in South Australia with strong northerly winds
and temperatures in the mid 40s are expected. We've seen in conditions like this in New South Wales and Tasmania
recently that hundreds of houses
have been lost. So this is a very serious
fire danger day. Total fire bans have been declared
for some parts of Victoria. The Prime Minister will today visit fire-ravaged parts
of New South Wales. Julia Gillard will view
the damage near Coonabarabran, in the state's north-west

where 40 homes have been destroyed. It came in very fast. We watched it all day
and about 4:00, it hit us and probably a 7km front in two
minutes, four minutes at the most. And the flames, you could tell
by the size of the cliffs, that they were over 100 metres high. Firefighters warn more homes
could come under threat today as temperatures heat up. Troubled AFL star Liam Jurrah has
allegedly been caught drink driving in Adelaide. The 24-year-old was stopped
by police on Monday night and allegedly blew 0.267, more than
five times the legal limit. As a P-plater, he is forbidden from
consuming any alcohol while driving. The former Melbourne star
has had his licence suspended and will front court
at a later date.

And it's the end of the road
for two iconic Aussie cars. With sales for the Ford Falcon and
Holden Commodore at an all-time low, both models are set to be phased out
by the end of 2016. It's a far cry from both brands'
glory days, which lead to intense rivalries
between Ford and Holden families. There demise has been blamed
on a strong Aussie dollar which has made imported cars
much cheaper. Jobs figures are out today. Coming up, the industries most
likely to soar and sink in 2013 as fears grow unemployment
is on the rise. Kochie has more on those figures
right now.

Yes, very appropriate, Nat. Because the betting from economists has the unemployment rate increaseing from 0.2% to 0. 0.2% to 0.45% 0.2% to 0.45%. Craig James from CommSec is with us, what is your prediction?It may come as a shock, but economists are divided mlf half believe unemployment will go up, half believe it will go down. We are more optimistic and think we will see a rise in jobs. It won't stop it rising from 5. rising from 5.2% to 5. rising from 5.2% to 5.3% rising from 5.2% to 5.3%. But you got to remember, 5. got to remember, 5.3% got to remember, 5.3%, even if it rises a touch, a remarkable figure. Compared with the rest of of the world, Europe's average unemployment is 12% is 12%. Youth unemployment is something like 25% something like 25%.Yes, 25% something like 25%.Yes, 25%.Just something like 25%.Yes, 25%. extraordinary, we are living in a great country. Let's check the markets now.

European markets were mixed.

Time for sport now are Mr Biretta at Melbourne Park.I don't know if you caught Sam Stosur's press conference but she was amazingly honest. She admitted she choked when playing Zheng Jie.

The world number nine lost
five straight games to crash out in three sets. Stosur says when things
started to go wrong, the mental demons surfaced. And then crazy things
start popping into your head and before you know it,
you're back on even terms. I don't know whatever word
you wanna put on it, at 5-2 up in the third,
serve double break, it probably is a bit of a choke,
yeah. World number one Novak Djokovic
was in devastating form last night, dispatching American youngster
Ryan Harrison in straight sets. And Venus Williams downed
Alize Cornet in straight sets to set up a clash
with Maria Sharapova. Bernard Tomic's clash
with German Daniel Brands

headlines today's action
from Melbourne Park. Seven's live coverage begins at 10:30pm
eastern daylight saving time. And the night session from 7pm features Roger Federer's
encounter with Nikolay Davydenko. The Perth Scorchers have qualified
for the Big Bash decider with a dramatic win
over the Melbourne Stars in their rain-affected semifinal
at the WACA. The Stars smashed 2/183
from 18 overs but more rain saw the target revised
to 139 off 13 overs. The match ended in drama with James Faulkner
bowling a no-ball off what should've
been the final delivery. Mike Hussey smashed the extra ball
for four, earning the Scorchers a spot
in the final against Brisbane Heat. Luckless Fremantle youngster
Anthony Morabito is set to undergo radical
knee surgery in a bid to revive his AFL career. The 21-year-old needs
a third reconstruction and has elected
to have LARS surgery which replaces the damaged knee
ligament with an artificial one. If successful, he could be back
playing within three months.

We wish him all the very best for that. It is going to be a long, hard, tough, hot day here at the Australian Open today. Bernard Tomic is third up on Rod Laver Arena against Daniel Brands. It puts him in the heat. In this area here, it is where people seek relief from the heat. It heat. It is ANZ Advantage it a Day. It looks like an igloo over your left shoulder?It is an igloo you want to be in.A funny place for a locker.I just brought it with me, it is my own. Change out here. Thanks, Beretts, see you soon. Let's get some weather, morning Grant. Beretts is bang on, hot, Melbourne, 39, in fact, widespread numbers around the 40s, particularly for South Australia. Due to high through the Bight, bringing the south westerlies. Let's look at the forecast for the first time this morning.

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With all your weather covered, we're coastal Grant today. See you in half an hour.Thanks, Grant.

Still ahead on Sunrise - the five industries tipped to boom
in 2013. Plus, talking tough - Barack Obama announces
his dramatic plan to curb gun violence in the US. And London emergency - we're live to the scene
of that deadly chopper crash in the middle of London.

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is positively different to the big rental car companies. Go with the underdog and save. Two people have been killed in a
helicopter crash in central London. The chopper plunged to the ground
during peak hour and burst into flames after hitting a crane
on a high-rise construction site near the Thames River. 13 other people were injured.

Working away, we heard a big bang, looked up to see what it was. Noticed there was a helicopter in the sky that had hit the crane, the crane had gone into two. We saw the helicopter going through the sky, going behinds a block of flats, we couldn't see because the flats were in the way. And then we heard an even bigger bang and flames and smoke coming up.

Our UK correspondent Martin Frizell
is at the scene. Martin, there were
some amazing scenes as the debris crashed to the ground
during the morning peak hour.

Morning, Sam. Yes, very lucky for men people. Police saying it is a miracle not more people were injured or killed. It is on the side of Vauxhall rr Bridge, the busiest period, 8:00 on the dot. I used to live in live in the area and I know the apartment very well. There is a skyscraper under construction, you can't see it. But on top of it is a huge crane, 60 or 70 metres in total. A bit of fog, low mist, the helicopter's rote helicopter's rotor rrs clipped and it spiralled out of control, 300 metres or so to my right, hitting cars, at least two cars set on fire in cars, at least two cars set on fire cars, at least two cars set on in the rush hour, a motor bike hit and the Covent Garden flower market was hit and someone injured by debris. Two people dead. They have been flying helicopters in and utof London, -- in and out of London over the Thames for years and it is the first time it happened.They have cordoned off the area because of concerns about the crane?Yes, the road closure, the crane, some say it went through it like paper. It was split in two. The crane driver had a lucky escape. He was delayed because of bad weather, had an extra tea break or he wouldn't be here to tell his story. The crane is dangling down, a good 25 metres orso, dangling down the side of the building, it is why this part of London is sealed off while they work out what to do. The problem is, there is no crane in the United Kingdom high enough to get up to Kingdom high enough to get up to to dismantle it.It Looks terrifying. They have evacuated the entire area, what sort of area are we looking at? It is a highly populated residential area?Yes, a new trendy area coming up, a few yards away from MI 6, the pilot was a very experienced pilot, sadly, he piloted a few James Bond movies, but on the side of Vauxhall Bridge, building the new American embassy, lots of cranes there, all helicopters have to weave through the cranes on the river. The rules are the lites have to be on the top of tall buildings, during darkness only, not during the day and bad weather. But it was foggy and misty this morning and there are questions whether there were lights on top of that crane.OK, fascinating. Keep us up to date, thanks, Martin. Frightening.

Coming up, the US President's tough
plan to put an end to gun crime. Plus, onwards and upwards -
birthday celebrations for Australia's highest external
building walk. And gunning for Pippa - the world's most famous sister
in hot water for joining a hunting party.

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all-day breakfast every day. Good food, great service,
excellent coffee. Making news this morning - the end of the road
for the Commodore and Falcon. The 'Daily Telegraph' reports our two most famous cars
are almost certain to be phased out by the end of 2016.

The Falcon has been around
since 1960 in one form or another while the Commodore has been with us
since 1978. They've moved generations
of Aussie families

Everyone's got a road-trip story in a Falcon or a Commodore. Of course, created famous rivalry at Bathurst. Tell us about your favourite story. It is a sad day. We had a Commodore station wagon growing up, the good old thing did 800,000 kays. The brown vinyl seats.We had a Berlina. No fancy bucket seats, they were bench seats.Ours wasn't but you did have the vinyl. They were flat and vinyl but as a kid, in your short shorts, you just stick to it.You loved those short shorts.Back in the day. The memories.Have you got a favourite Falcon or Commodore story. Have you ever pimped one? What?Pimped it.Send your memories in verse or picture.Verse?Write a poem about your Commodore.I am sure many people have pimped them. It goes hand in hand, Commodore and pimping.OK, stop there.Send us pictures too, we love pictures of old cars.

US President Barack Obama
has launched the most sweeping effort to curb
gun violence in nearly two decades. He's called on Congress to ban
military-style assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines and tighten background checks. But the powerful gun lobby
says he's being hypocritical because his daughters
have Secret Service protection.

Are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he sceptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their at their school?That is pathetic, outrages.In full flight.They are off their rocker.

So the NRA asks why do the President's daughters
have armed guards at their school when he wants to remove guards
from other schools. The White House is angry the Obama girls have been dragged
into the gun debate. And we'll get more on this soon.

Exactly right. It is how scared these nutters in the gun lobby are, to bring in the President's kids. Pathetic.We talk to Mike Amor in the Pathetic.We talk to Mike Amor in the US and he said there is no way it will get through, because Republicans and Democrats are against them.You see a school massacre, and you feel so sorry but the other side of your brain says, " the other side of your brain says, "You idiots, if only you did something about this, you could stop it." They are tragedies, you feel so sorry for normal people there, because you have a society run by just this mad gun lobby.Yes. The NRA, any argument for assault weapons. Nobody needs a semi automatic or an automatic weapon.

News, sport and weather are
after the break on Sunrise. Then, facing the future - the industries
most likely to survive as hundreds of Australians are told
they don't have a job. And some sad news from Hollywood
with the death of Conrad Bain, the father in the TV sitcom
'Different Strokes'.

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Beautiful Melbourne this morning. Melbourne Park through the Jetstar sky cam, a scorcher ahead for day four of the tennis. Up to 39 degrees.

Coming up - Kevin Rudd's popularity
found in tea leaves. But now for the news headlines.
Here's Nat. London's emergency services
are being praised for their quick response after a helicopter crashed into a
crane on top of a residential tower and fell to the street below. The pilot and one person
on the ground were killed, 13 others were injured.

It doesn't take a great deal to
imagine what could have happened had that helicopter crashed into a
bus or a heavily occupied building. 50-year-old Pete Barnes
was an experienced pilot with more than 12,000 flying hours. Prime Minister Julia Gillard
will visit Coonabarabran in northern New South Wales today to meet victims of the state's
most destructive bushfire in more than a decade. Sunrise correspondent
Edwina Bartholomew is there. Eddie, what's the latest
on the efforts to beat that blaze?

As the temperatures heat up again? Yet, Nat, we are at the base camp for the hundreds of volunteers that have been trucked in here across the state. There state. There are thee00 beds at the show ground and more at the Town Hall, all the motels and hotels are booked out. They will eat 75 kilos of bacon and hundreds of eggs over the next few days. It is part of the resources being flown at the blaze. It has been shifted from being out of control to being controlled, which is good news. But north-westerly winds could change that. And temperatures, in the 30s to the mid 30s today. Prime Minister will tour the area. One of the areas she will probably go to is Timor Road, absolutely heartbreaking, on Sunday, the fire storm moved through. We spoke to residents, they said it sounded like a freight train, it was so loud and fast. They are slowly being allowed to look at their homes.Thanks.

A man's been shot
in a supermarket car park in Melbourne's north overnight. Police have been told the 30-year-old man was standing
in the Safeway's carpark at Lalor when he was approached
by a man driving a black sedan. It's believed
there was an altercation before the driver pulled out a gun
and shot the man in the leg. Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the black sedan
in the area before the shooting. A factory fire in Melbourne
has destroyed more than $1 million worth
of equipment. The blaze broke out at
the Thomastown linen business just before midnight. Fire crews arrived
to find the building well alight. We had a bit of difficulty
gaining access to the building and once we did it took us
approximately half an hour to bring it under control. They also managed to stop the fire
from spreading to nearby buildings. Stock and machinery loss will cost
the business $1.2 million. Economists are divided as to
whether jobs data released today will show a rise
in the nation's unemployment rate. It hasn't been a good start
to the year for workers with both Boral and Vodafone's Crazy
John's announcing cuts yesterday. Still, experts say
we are a lucky country. We've got to remember we're talking
about 5.3% unemployment. Even if it rises a touch,
it's still a remarkable figure. Yesterday's cuts have left
1,000 people without work.

To the markets now. Girls, the Fed has just released its beige book rr. Not -- Beige Book. Not it Not -- Beige Book. Not Not -- Beige Book. Not too

The shows the American economy improved last month on the back of good car sales and home figures. The use economy is increasing at a moderate rate.

Now, to Now, to the commodities, big movement in chicken-wing prices, up 2 pest in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. Yes. $ Bowl. Yes. $2 a pound, and they are like lay to stay there. Is.Chicken

Honey and soy sauce.I hate chicken wings, they are so fiddley.

He's is Beretts with sport.Love it, Kochie, drumminging up chicken wing sales, I heard they dipped.Boom, boom!

Samantha Stosur remains determined
to overcome her mental demons after admitting she choked
in round two of the Australian Open. Stosur was two points away
from victory over Zheng Jie before it all fell apart. The world number nine
dropped five straight games in a soul-destroying 3-set defeat. And then crazy things
start popping into your head and before you know it,
you're back on even terms. (EXHALES) I don't know whatever
word you wanna put on it, at 5-2 up in the third,
serve double break, it probably is a bit of a choke,
yeah. Reigning men's champion
Novak Djokovic was unstoppable last night, romping to a straight-sets wins
over American Ryan Harrison. It was all a bit too much
for Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who fell in straight sets
to Venus Williams. The Perth Scorchers have defeated
the Melbourne Stars in a rain-affected clash
at the WACA to advance to the Big Bash final. The Stars amassed 2/183
from 18 overs but further rain saw the target
reduced to 139 from 13 overs. James Faulkner sensationally
bowled a no-ball on what should've been
the final ball of the match. And Mike Hussey smashed
the extra delivery for four, sealing Perth's spot in this weekend's final
against Brisbane Heat. Anthony Mundine says
a loss to Daniel Geale in this month's world title grudge
match won't end his boxing career. 37-year-old Mundine is worried
the judges will rob him of victory if the fight goes the distance. The fight is
less than two weeks away.

Big day on Rod Laver Arena today. You will see it on Seven. Victoria Azarenka up first. And then Serena Williams, you will remember two days ago she rolled her ankle. She looked ginger getting around on it yesterday. And Bernard Tomic is last up on the 39-degree heat. It is going to be a tough day at the Open. Where is the -- how is the weather where you are Grant?Not too bad. Good to see you got the memo about the red shirt. Bit awkward. New team shirt. 39 is the top. There is a change to make its way through. But for South Australia, same deal. Widespread numbers reaching 40. But it could be worse, you could be in Birdsville, they had a run of over 40, for 21 days consecutive. That is nearly a record from 2006. She is a hot one in the south. Good to see the monsoon tropics are starting to do their thing. We haven't seen the traditional wet start, it has been dwri. But 120 mills from the Kimberley to Cape York, so starting to produce up there as we take a look at the forecast around Australia.

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Potentially severe thunderstorms
are being generated over northern parts of WA, the
Northern Territory and Queensland. Hot northerlies are affecting South
Australia, leading to a warm night. A high is keeping South Australia,
Victoria and New South Wales generally dry. Onshore winds are causing a few
showers along the Queensland coast.

That's your latest forecast right around the country. See you in half an hour with more.Thank you, Grant.

Coming up on Sunrise - we're live to London for the latest
on the deadly chopper crash. Plus, a tough fight ahead - President Obama announces his plan
to stop gun violence in the US. Then, a sky-high
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Barack Obama has unveiled
his dramatic plan to try to prevent more gun crime
in the United States. It's in response to last month's
New Town school shooting in which 20 children
and 6 teachers were gunned down. Obama signed off
on 23 immediate measures. This time must be different. This time we must do something to protect our communities
and our kids. And he's urged all Americans
to lobby their politicians to approve other proposals including universal background
checks for gun buyers and a ban on military-style
assault weapons. Seven's US bureau chief Mike Amor
joins us. Mike, what are some of
the 23 measures the President signed off
on this morning?

Sam, as he signed off on those measures, he was surrounded by some of the families of the victims of Sandy Hook. He was trying to tap into the feeling of disgust by Americans after the shooting. As President, he has limited executive powers, he signed immediately, including background checks, lifting a ban on research into violence, more money into schools and mental health services. He would admit it is on the periphery of the problem. 900 Americans have died at the end of a gun since the Sandy Hook shooting only a month ago. Two died in a school shooting in Kentucky yesterday, not the one we were talking about. It is a real problem here.What chance is there of Congress actually passing the stricter measures that Obama wants? None. I am sad to say. Absolutely none. He is trying to harness that national outrage at the moment. Polls show the majority of Americans are ready for change. But the trouble is, the Republicans have said they are not going to support a ban on support weapons and even some Democrats are not going to support it. Harry Reid, the majority leader of the senate, a Democrat, he is not going to support it. I heard your story before the news, it is a minorityx but a powerful minority, the NRA. It claims it has 4 million members. That in a country of 310 million. It is a powerful but still a minority of sentiment in America. Yes, it is when you put it like that. The NRA has accused the President of hypocrisy because the Secret Service protects his daughters when Obama won't support armed guards in all schools. Take a look.

TV COMMERCIAL: Are the President's
kids more important than yours? Then why is he sceptical about putting armed security
in our schools when his kids are protected
by armed guards at their school?

So, the NRA in that ad is asking why the President was's daughters have armed guards at their school when he wants to remove them from other schools. What is the reaction to the crazy NRA ad from the White House? Yes, aen incredibly -dy an incredibly personal attack but the White House has called it repugnant and cowardly. Stand by, it is going to be a fight. Americans will certainly fight to keep the right to own guns. So stand-by, this is going to be a long fight. I just don't think the President is going to win it.That is sad to hear. Great to chat, thank you, Mike Amor.

2013 is shaping up to be
a bleak year for tens of thousands
of Aussie workers. Around 60,000 people are expected to
join the ranks of the jobless. Melbourne's 'Herald Sun'
is reporting it's taking the average unemployed
worker 40 weeks to find a new job, a month longer
than in the previous year. Almost one in five
unemployed workers are also out of a job
for 12 months or more. The gloomy forecast follows
the announcement by brick manufacturer Boral
it's cutting hundreds of staff. Jobs are also being lost
as Crazy John's and Australia's largest manufacturer of irrigation and domestic
watering supplies shut up shop.

Here to tell us which industries
are feeling the pressure, and where to look for work is industry analyst
Naren Sivasilam. Good morning, Naren. 60,000 job losses are forecast for the first six months
of this year alone.

Should we be concerned? Economists are a bit mixed about this?Look, there is a bit of gloom in the labour market like you perfectly pointed out but there are pointed out but there are industries we do assume will do less better than others. Telecommunications is one example, given the decreasing relevance of things like landlineds and dial-up Internet being close to extinction, we have embraced digital. We expect to see weakness in that industry.You say job seekers should look for work in oil and gas, organic farming, online education and construction and farming. Why?Absolutely. Technology is a clear driver of the growth, particularly the online space. We have seen so much emphasis on online retail and education, particularly the last 12 month, as broadband penetration increases and more consumers have dapted to the idea -- adapted to the idea of online. Oil and gas is being driven by an increased demand for electricity and of course, oil prices have something to play there as well.What is your advice to workers, who lose their job, bottom line. It is understanding you won't be in the same job forever. You have got to constantly retrain and develop your skills to the new industries? Absolutely. Diversity of skillicize crucial. An understanding the structure of the market is changing quite constantly. To be wary, no real industry, especially in today's world, can be taken for Granted. Great advice, Naren. Thank you, all about sitting down and assessing your industry. Is it likely to have growth? If not, start to look early. Thank you, Kochie.

It's been conquered by climbers
as old as 90, been the site
of 20 marriage proposals and is Australia's
highest external building walk. The Skypoint Climb on the Gold Coast
is celebrating one year since opening its doors
to the public. Our reporter, Leisa Goddard,
is there for the celebrations. Leisa, how are you with heights?

Well, I thought I was OK until I started to climb this building. I was told by our producer and our boss, just don't let go. It should have been, " have been, "Don't look down." We have made it to the top of what is called the eagle's nest. I am told the big challenge is not making it up to the top, it is is test the gear out and hang over the edge. Let's bring the cameraman and look over the edge. I am told the safety gear can hold 220 tonne. It is reverse 'Titanic'. I'm done. The view over the side is pretty impressive.Wow!It is spectacular up here this morning. We did the climb a few days ago, the climbers like us, realised it is a case of mind over matter, so take a look.

Decision made... If you've done it too tight,
the person's head will pop off. ..it's now, the nerves kick in. It's 12 months
since the first group of climbers scaled the Gold Coast's Q1 Tower, more than 15,000 people
have suited up since. Getting excited?
Yeah. Should be good. It's a nice day today. It's not too hot, as it has been
the last couple of days. This unsuspecting group, though,
had the added pressure But then again, so did I. OK, so here goes, taking career
to new heights. Need an engineering degree. Perfect. In the glass airlock,
YOU become the attraction as the less adventurous watch you
make the final walk to the stairs. The fact you did this with a camera
in arms is pretty impressive. 298 steps to go.

We're nearly halfway up, guys. On average, 50 people a day
conquer the climb. The goal - getting to the eagle's
nest, 270 metres above sea level. Give us a wave, guys. Whoo!! Rikki is one of the original guides and it's very clear
she doesn't suffer vertigo. Come on up, step out and have a good
look down the side of the building. OK, here we go. Feels really weird. Oops, you don't want
to hear a click. OK, tick that off the list. Let's go to the top. To say you're blown away
once you make it is more than a turn of phrase
on a day like today with wind gusts of almost 40km/h.

The climb, though, goes ahead,
rain or shine. It's a great view up here.
You can see for miles. When you go up in that lift
that fast you think "Oh (BEEP)". No, it's good. It's good. While there were happy couples
on our climb, there were no marriage proposals but it seems this is the place
for high-risk proposals. The ring has to be attached
to our box, the box has to be attached
to the gentleman proposing. and when the ring goes
on the finger of the lady, that gets attached to her as well.

Those are some of our most
exciting times. What's exciting for the team is
celebrating their first birthday. Hip, hip... ALL: Hurray. For guide Rikki, at least she knows
the calories won't hang around.

Guys, we have done more than enough hanging around this morning so we are going to do the are going to do the 298-step descent for a much-needed coffee.Kochie, I wonder if the cake had to be attached.It takes the spontaneity out if the ring has to be attached. A beautiful day there. Leisa should stay around and be our Jetstar sky cam for the rest of the day.I am sure she would like that.Only two hours to go, Leisa.

Still ahead - the hot weather
is back. Plus, live to London - the latest on
the city's deadly chopper crash. Also, Kevin's cuppa - we talk to the former prime minister
about politics, puppies and tea. And big news
for Guns N' Roses fans - the rock legens are coming
Down Under.

This is very exciting!

Their tour dates are ahead
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Some sad news this morning for fans of TV sitcom
'Diff'rent Strokes'. Showbiz editor Nelson Aspen
joins us. Nelson, Conrad Bain has passed away.

Yes, Mr Drummond. Conrad Bain was 89 years old. We don't know the cause of death. But his daughter said he was a wonderful father and not unlike the character of Mr Drummond, who had the adopted kids living with him. She said he was more interesting than Mr Drummond. He was in the sitcom 'Maud' and also 'Bananas'.You have an announcement about rock legends coming to Australia?Yes, Guns N' Roses will visit Australia, we have all the dates and information there on the graphics and also up on the Sunrise web site. Good news for fans, I saw them all on Twitter.I can't wait. Playing at the Myer Music Bowl, what an interesting an interesting venue.I had their tape and mum confiscated it because there was so much swearing.Can you sing a few bars?No.Thank you. And also, U2 have officially announced their 10th album is coming out, for U2 fans.

This is Sunrise, across Australia.
These are the top stories. Two killed when a chopper
clips a crane, plummets to the busy street below
and bursts into flames. A scorching forecast puts exhausted
fire crews back on high alert. Troubled footballer Liam Jurrah
charged for blowing five times
over the limit. Also end of the road
for Falcon and Commodore. Ford and Holden to stop
making our most famous cars. (EXHALES) I don't know,
whatever word you wanna put on it. Five-two up in the third,
serve a double break. Probably is a bit of a choke, yeah. Her frank assessment
of her loss at the Australian Open. (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.

Good morning again, we'll have more on the tennis soon. Very reflective and honest Sam Stosur there. Ious, remember, remember we spoke to a sport psychologist a few weeks ago, maybe she needs one of those to get her head right?

But we'll begin this hour,
with that deadly chopper crash. Here's Nat.

A chopper crash in central London
has claimed the lives of two people, including the helicopter's
experienced pilot. Air accident investigators
are sifting through the wreckage to find out exactly what went wrong but say it could be months
before they have an answer.

(yelling)A helicopter has just smashed into the street and the flames are spreading.In the car? Someone's in the car!(sirens) Someone's in the car!(sirens).Fire Someone's in the car!(sirens). carried by fuel from the engines has torched a car nearby. This crash has killed the helicopter pilot and one other person on the ground.Turn this off, or not?Can't. This waus rush hour in central London, people were abandoning their vehicles.My God, look at this.Parts of the helicopter were scattered. At 8:00, the helicopter hit this the helicopter hit this crane, at that time it was covered by fog. Builders were underneath.We looked up, saw debris coming down and we just run from the site.The only person in the helicopter was Pete Barnes. He was very experienced and worked as a stunt pilot in a James Bond film.Very nice guy, very careful, experienced pilot.Air investigators will now remove the wreckage but say it could be months before they know what happened.

Police are investigating
the death of a young woman after she fell from
the 10th floor balcony of a hotel in Sydney's south. The 21-year-old woman landed on
the second floor of the Rydges Hotel at Cronulla. She was taken to hospital
with serious injuries but died in the early hours
of this morning. So far, the circumstances
of the tragedy remain unclear. A crime scene has been set up and will be examined
by forensic officers today. Police believe road rage
may have lead to a confrontation that saw a man shot
in a Melbourne car park last night. The man in his 30s was standing
in the Safeway's car park at Lalor, when he was approached
by a man driving a black BMW. An altercation took place during which the driver pulled out
a gun and shot the man in the leg. The victim is being treated
in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Prime Minister will today visit fire-ravaged parts
of New South Wales. Julia Gillard will view
the damage near Coonabarabran, in the state's north-west where 40 homes have been destroyed. It came in very fast. We watched it all day
and about 4:00, it hit us and probably a 7km front in two
minutes, four minutes at the most. And the flames, you could tell by
the size of the cliffs, that they were over 100 metres high. The visit comes as more heat
returns to south east Australia, causing another day
of high fire danger. Police in Sydney are looking for
the person who ran down a cyclist then left them lying injured
by the road. The cyclist, a man in his 40s, was found with serious head injuries
last night. He'd been hit by a car while riding
in the north-west suburb of Ryde. He's recovering in
Royal North Shore Hospital while police appeal for witnesses. Troubled AFL star Liam Jurrah
has been charged with drink driving. Police say

Sunrise correspondent Nick Etchells
is following the story. Nick, what happened?

Well, this all unfolded after Liam Jurrah drove to an address in Parahills in Adelaide, where police were already in attendance. They then breath-tested the former Melbourne star, saying he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. They say he blew 0. alcohol. They say he blew 0.269, five times the legal limit. So a very serious offence if proved. This justads to other -- just adds to other legal dramas he has got. He is facing aggravated assault charges in the Northern Territory. He will be charged with driving under the influence and breaching a probationary licence.Also on P-plates, so that limit is zero. Thank you.

Coming up - Kevin Rudd
live in the studio. He's here to talk politics,
puppies and tea. But first, here's Kochie.

That is a wide-ranging cross. Look, job-seekers might be in for a rough year, according to some economists who predict the unemployment rate will increase to fouv. will increase to fouv.3% when the figures are released today. Craig James from CommSec, you are more optimistic than the doom and optimistic than the doom gloomers out there.Employers are trying to find different ways to get on staff now, it is Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin. Employers going oversees to get the staff in. In the last 12 months, ads have dropped but jobs have gone up. The unemployment rate has unchanged at 5.2% rate has unchanged at 5.2%. More and more employers are saying it is hard to attract and keep staff, hospitality, rural areas, just can't get staff. We think there is under lying demand for staff out there. We are looking for a rise of 13,000 in terms of jobs and the jobless rate is broadly stable, around 5. is broadly stable, around 5.2% is broadly stable, around 5.2%, 5. is broadly stable, around 5.2%, 5.3% is broadly stable, around 5.2%, 5.3%.Time for sport, and Beretts has... 5.3%.Time for sport, and Beretts has.... No, the markets, how could I forget the markets.The markets! How could you? I was waiting.The world bank downgraded their forecast for global growth over the next 12 months, although the American Beige Book has come out and said the American economy is growing modestly.

Let's now go to sport, Melbourne Park and the very bright Beretts. Thank you, Kochie, Thank you, Kochie. It is ANZ Advantage Day to keep the financial formula rolling through.

Samantha Stosur admits she choked
in her round-two loss to Zheng Jie at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams
recorded comfortable wins last night while Stosur offered
a brutally frank assessment of her latest mental meltdown. After dropping five straight games
to crash out of the Australian Open, Sam Stosur said
what everyone else was thinking. (EXHALES) I don't know whatever word
you wanna put on it, at 5-2 up in the third,
serve a double break, it probably is a bit of a choke,
yeah. Two points from closing
out the match the world number nine seized up
and the mental demons surfaced. You make an error and you
tighten up a little bit but you try and reset and refocus
before that next point. And then crazy things
start popping into your head and before you know it,
you're back on even terms. Spare a thought also for
American youngster Ryan Harrison who had to battle Novak Djokovic
and rowdy fans. UMPIRE: Please.

It's already tough enough right now! The world number one
put on a masterclass, toying with his game
but overmatched opponent. COMMENTATOR: Oh wow,
that's stunning, isn't it? Djokovic through in straight sets, the reigning champion
in ominous form. And Venus Williams has set up
a third-round showdown with Maria Sharapova after downing Frenchwoman
Alize Cornet in straight sets. Bernard Tomic's clash
with German Daniel Brands headlines today's action
from Melbourne Park. Seven's live coverage begins at 10:30am
eastern daylight saving time. And the night session from 7pm

features Roger Federer's
encounter with Nikolay Davydenko. Melbourne Stars skipper Shane Warne is set to face another Cricket
Australia code of conduct hearing. Warne has been reported
for not naming himself as captain on the official team sheet in last night's Big Bash League
semifinal against the Perth Scorchers. The match ended in agonising fashion
for the Stars with James Faulkner
bowling a no-ball off what should've been
the final delivery. Mike Hussey smashed the extra ball
for four, clinching victory
for the Scorchers and a spot in the final
against Brisbane Heat.

Guys, plenty of e-mails of support for Sam Stosur. She was incredibly brave in pouring her heart out at the media conference at the end of the match. Tina has a few ideas, " the match. Tina has a few ideas, "My heart goes out to Sam Stosur who seemed to have a win in the bag only to have it slip through her finger again. I firmly believe she would benefit from hypnotherapy before the big matches to instill the confidence in her mind." I am sure she has looked at everything but maybe she hasn't looked at hypnotherapy, maybe she can look at it today.Another says to take deep breaths before she starts.That is cheaper.I think cheaper.I cheaper.I think has had a go at everything.Deep breath?Who would have thought. Let's get some weather, Grant am.Pito those on the court today, an absolute scorcher, a red-hot sizzler across three states, South Australia in particular, the temperatures in the 40s. A hot one, a change will come through in the morning. So a hot night ahead for Melbourne. Cool in Sydney but hot temperatures in the ranges and hotter further west. And a hot day tomorrow as this stuff starts to burn off. As we take a look at the forecast now.

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A lot of hot air from the interior of the country being forced down into South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales again today. So not great news for firefighters, unfortunately.OK, Grant, thank you.

More now on the helicopter crash
in central London which killed two people. The chopper plunged to the ground
and burst into flames after hitting a crane
on a high-rise construction site near the Thames River. 13 other people were injured. Our UK correspondent,
Martin Frizell, is at the scene. Martin, the toll
could've been much higher given the crash happened
in a busy area during peak hour?

Kochie, it happened bang on 8:00. This, believe me, is one of the most busy parts of busy parts of London. I drive in here to work every morning. I used to live in the apartment block behind me. The noise you can hear are gas workers digging up the road because there are threats of a gas leak here. It was incredibly lucky not more people were injured or hurt because cars were hit with when the rotor hit the top of a crane. This is also behind me in the darkness, you can't see, but it is London's and the United Kingdom's highest residential building under construction, 180 metres high, 50 floors. The helicopter rotor hit it and it cart wheeled, spiralled out of control to my of control to my left. Only two people died but that is bad enough. 13 injured. One person passing by was a British parliamentarian.I was walking towards Vauxhall tube walking towards Vauxhall station and heard, rather than saw, an almighty bang and clouds of thick black smoke that showed something bad had happened. We tried to turn around and see what happened. The worry was, an explosion, was it something like a bomb that went off? Yep.The debris scattered over a large area. This has been closed off all morning and all day as well in London. It has caused traffic chaos. Accident investigators are behind me trying to piece together what happened.Yes, it is scary. Your fist inseason ticket would be a terrorist attack. -- -- your first instinct would be terrorist attack. Sorry, Kochie, you are breaking up. Not sure if you are asking about the helicopter pilot, but 50 years old, considerable experience, flying an Air Gusta, an ambulance pilot. Worked on James Bond movies and everybody said it was misty, helicopters have to fly up the Thames, over the river and nowhere else and the crane is right on the edge of the river. Did it have its lights on? It is what people are suggesting. They have to have red lights on during darkness, but amazingly, during the day, they don't have to have them on, even during fog. It is one of the things people are asking.Thank you, the area remains cordoned off because now there is an issue with the crane and the safety of the crane and they are trying to figure out how to dismantle it. Here is Sam.

is causing concern
for exhausted fire authorities. Crews have been put on high alert with temperatures expected to reach
40 degrees in parts of both states. Severe fire warnings are in place
across most of Victoria. And the Country Fire Authority
is warning residents to stay informed
about changing conditions. Joining us now - Alan Goodwin from the
Victorian Country Fire Authority, and Sunrise correspondent
Edwina Bartholomew. Good morning.

Alan, crews are preparing
for fire-severe danger conditions across the state today. What should residents do to prepare?

Yes, good morning. Well there is severe conditions across a lot of Victoria today. We have total fire bans in place in the Wimmera, south-west central and north central area ozf the state. Which means no camp fires, no burning off. We urge contractors and farmers to postpone using sort of heavy machinery. Metal on a rock, one spark on days like today with high temperatures and high winds are a risk for us. We also urge people to be very aware of their local conditions. People who are camping and holidaying. If you are intending to travel, plan your trip for a day like today.Rob, in New South Wales, the central north-west has already been hit by fires. Of course, there is Coonabarabran, what kind of threat do these hotter conditions today pose there?Well, just quickly on that Coonabarabran fire, the toll continues to rise as far as houses lost there. We are revising the number, it is 49 homes lost in that fire. That fire is still not extinguished. We are looking at extreme and severe fire danger in New South Wales tomorrow, particularly from Sydney south, so the southern part of the state, very high fire conditions for the northern part of the state. But we are quite concerned about the south. The fires that started last week down at down at Cooma, Monarorow and shoal down at Cooma, Monarorow and -- Shoalhaven are not extinguished. Tomorrow will be a difficult day, not to mention new fires.Not to not mention how exhausted the crews must be. Eddy, you are a Coonabarabran. What is the latest?I want to give you a tour of the incredible set up. At the racecourse, it is where the Kanepi At the racecourse, it is where the

-- Coonabarabran cup is held. 1200 snack packs they have packed up for the volunteers for the base here. Through there you can see they have got showers in a truck, you can only imagine how delightful they are after a few days at base camp. All the firies are preparing for a briefing before they head out. Some have moved up from fighting the fires down there. 70,000 volunteers for the RFS, the biggest volunteer corps in the world. They were expect temperatures to reach into the 40s, it looks like the high it looks like the high 30s now, which is very good news, but not so good news, the 40 properties revised up to 49. The focus for the guys today is protecting as many properties further north-west as the winds come through.It looks like they are all heading off again, behind you. We wish them all the best. They are doing an incredible job. Thank you all for your time. Here is Kochie.

It's going to be a busy year
for Kevin Rudd, campaigning for Labor
to stay in power, but he's still finding time to work
hard for causes close to his heart. He's just helped raise $120,000
for the RSPCA. Kevin Rudd, thanks for joining us.

Extraordinary amount of money. We will talk puppies and tea in a minute. But first up, election year. The first of the Newspolls are out this week. Good results for the arty and the Prime Minister going into the election year?I think it is going to be a very competitive year. A lot of people scoffed at me six months ago when I said Tony Abbott was imminently beatable. Six months later we are seeing more and more evidence of that. But it is going to be tight and a tough election year. Hopefully, through the course of the year, the good people who watch your program will see differences of policy and vision where we want to take the country.What goals have you set? What role are you going to play? How will you participant?Two things, my own community in Brisbane, where we have real challenges. Of course, wider Brisbane, where there have been a number of state public sector job losses and cut backs to services, particularly health. There will be a big debate in Brisbane about the future of public services and public servants, frankly, under both a state Liberal Government and a federal Liberal Government if Tony Abbott gets elected. Secondly, I will go around the country and support my Labor candidates in their individual electorates. It is a vast country. We have dozens of members who will be seeking to be elected and others trying to be re-elected and I will do whatever I can to help them.You brought up the word 'Challenges." them.You brought up the word 'Challenges', you don't see any? Absolutely not. I am happy doing what I'm doing. It also gives me an tonight, frankly, to do some practical stuff to support practical stuff to support national foundations and charities. The RSPCA, working for Aboriginal groups, as I do around the country. Also the work you and I do on Donate Life, on organ and tissue donation and also intimately involved in an outfit called scap heart Kids, which is focusing on the issues kids have with cardiac surgery.Busy years head. It has been a massive success, the tea campaign. You won a competition...(laughs) competition...(laughs).You won one...A bloke has got to have a break some time.To blend your own tea. You won tea. You won competition, it has been on sale for a year. $ been on sale for a year. $120,000 to the RSPCA.I asked Twinigs what does it mean it means 1. it mean it means 1.2 million tackets sold in a year, it means 96,500 million cups of tea. So each time you have a cup of tea, money goes to the RSPCA.Here are a couple of puppies. Why are they so

This is Branson, which camera we looking at?Yes, I pill put my camera down.Branson is a Labor voter. This is Missy, Missy is a Liberal voter, both of them, by the way, are looking for homes. But look, the RSPCA in the last year looked after 130,000 animals. They have been doing it for 140 years, off the smell of an oily rag. off the smell of an oily rag. The least I can do this tea is get out there and support them. So some of these, $ these, $1 a pack goes to the RSPCA and some 50 cents.They will stay on the market but Twinings will do the market but Twinings will another competition amNo, but the tea is so successful, they have made it a permanent brand. These puppies need a home, that's my plug. Excellent, go to the web site, good to see you, here is Nat.

.

World number one
Novak Djokovic has moved through to the third round
of the Australian Open. The defending champ stamped
his authority on his match with rising American star
Ryan Harrison from the start and went on to win in straight sets. I managed to make a very important
break at the start of the match and when I was a set up
after 25 minutes, was kind of a mental advantage. Professional tennis coach
Roger Rasheed is in Melbourne. He joins me live. Roger, Djokovic looked in good form
against the world number 62?

Look, he sure did. He was so pure it would have been a privilege to own the ticket last night at Rod Laver Arena to watch Novak play. Everything came off his racquet with precision. Whenever he wanted to hit the ball, whenever part of the court he was in he was able to expose his opponent. Ryan Harrison, it was a big lessen to the locker room, they would have had a big smile on their face leaving Melbourne Park.Venus Williams, wearing that gorgeous ring last nights. Will she go all the way?She goes up against Maria Sharapova, so it is bling versus bling. Is it an engagement ring? Wrong finger, was it?I'm not sure. I didn't propose, anyway. Look, she was in good form. It is good to see Venus here, the eldest stateswoman on the women's tour. Like to see her playing the tennis she plays. It is going to set up quite an exciting battle. A big power-weight battle because both of the girls give the ball a ride, no doubt, look forword to that on Seven.Sam Stosur's Open dream over already, she admitted she choked. Listen.

(EXHALES) I don't know whatever word
you wanna put on it, at 5-2 up in the third,
serve double break, Is she being too harsh on herself?

She's going through a tough time?It is a real tough time. Probably her lowest moment, for I think, personally, especially at home. She called it clear. It is a choke, if you want to use that phrase. Funny, she lost the first set. To her credit, she was mentally strong enough to fight the demons and go 6-1, 5-2 up. If you were in the coaching box for Sam Stosur you would have felt very comfortable. We were a few points away saying, " were a few points away saying, "Wow, a great win." Look, we all feel sorry for her. They will take some time out, spend time off the court and see how they can repair it.Yes, tough to watch. And Bernard Tomic back on court, his chances?I like his chances, 38, warm, the heat would affect the way the games are played. 6-5 feet, tall lad. Unless he does a lot of things wrong, I think he will have the match. It is going to be a good day for burnened and Australia.Yes, he is on a rold. Thank you.

Then, not the Commodore
and the Falcon! Our two most famous cars
are about to be phased out, ending a proud chapter
of Australian history. And, it won a Golden Globe. The cast of 'Django Unchained'
is coming up.

Hello again. Air accident investigators say
it could be months before they know what caused
a helicopter to crash into a crane on top of Britain's
tallest apartment building. The chopper plunged
to the street below, killing the pilot
and a person on the ground and injuring 13 others. The crane was falling,
it was coming down. You could see it had been hit
and we just ran.

The crash happened after pilot Pete Barnes asked
to be diverted to a nearby heliport because of bad weather. US President Barack Obama has
proposed new gun control policies to combat what he calls an 'epidemic
of gun violence' in America. The President says in the wake
on the Sandy Hook school shooting, now is the time to act. We will make it easier to keep guns
out of the hands of criminals by strengthening
the background check system. We will help schools hire
more resource officers, if they want them. The $500 million gun package
still needs support from Congress. South-eastern states are bracing for another blast
of hot temperatures with the mercury expected
to soar above 40 in parts of New South Wales,
Victoria and South Australia today. It means another day
of severe to extreme fire danger with a warning more homes
could come under threat with firefighters still battling
to control a number of blazes. Prime Minister Julia Gillard
will visit to view the fire damage firsthand.

A factory fire in Melbourne has caused more than $1 million
worth of damage. The blaze broke out
at the Thomastown linen business just before midnight. Fire crews arrived
to find the building well alight. We had a bit of difficulty
gaining access to the building and once we did, it took us
approximately half an hour to bring the fire under control. They also managed to stop the fire
from spreading to nearby buildings. Stock and machinery loss will cost
the business $1.2 million. The Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore
will both be phased out by the end of 2016. Low sales are to blame, it seems the strong Aussie dollar
has made imported cars more popular for today's families. Holden's boss has let slip, that the Commodore will be replaced
with a new model. Sport now, here's Beretts. Thanks, Nat.

Samantha Stosur remains determined
to overcome her mental demons after admitting she choked in
round two of the Australian Open. Stosur was two points away
from victory over Zheng Jie before it all fell apart. The world number nine
dropped five straight games in a soul-destroying 3-set defeat. And then crazy things
start popping into your head and before you know
it, you're back on even terms. (EXHALES) I don't know whatever word
you wanna put on it, at 5-2 up in the third,
serve double break, it probably is a bit of a choke,
yeah. Reigning men's champion Novak
Djokovic was unstoppable last night, romping to a straight-sets win
over American Ryan Harrison. It was all a bit too much
for Frenchwoman Alize Cornet The Perth Scorchers have defeated
the Melbourne Stars in a rain-affected clash
at the WACA to advance to the Big Bash final. The Stars amassed 2/183
from 18 overs but further rain saw the target
reduced to 139 from 13 overs. James Faulkner sensationally bowled
a no-ball on what should've been
the final ball of the match. And Mike Hussey smashed
the extra delivery for four, sealing Perth's spot
in this weekend's final against Brisbane Heat. Shane Warne faces another suspension after being reported
for not naming himself as captain on the official team sheet.

Big day of tennis here at Rod Laver Arena today. Of course, Bernard Tomic the last of the day matches up this afternoon. He will be in the 39 degree heat and then tonight, Roger Federer in action against dav Federer in action against Nikolay Davydenko dav. It is going to be a great day. Grant Denyer, how is the weather looking around the country. Beretts, not only hot, being 39, but it is going to be hot throughout the night for Melbourne. So anybody playing well into the evening will experience extraordinarily hot conditions until the change comes through early morning tomorrow. Same deal for Adelaide, a very warm one. Plenty of 40s today. The change will come through tonight and New South Wales, the ranges, very warm indeed, particularly the fifefighting conditions, -- firefighting conditions, wlo conditions, - low 30s and 40s. What kind of hot air? Birdsville, an example, 21 days over 40 degrees, straight. So that is a big run. 24 is the record and it looks like it might just happen in the next couple of days. Let's look at the forecast now.

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Northern Territory and Queensland. Hot northerlies are affecting South
Australia, leading to a warm night. A high is keeping South Australia,
Victoria and New South Wales

Onshore winds are causing a few
showers along the Queensland coast. Cloud clearing
in Sydney.

So a scorcher right across three states, the greater south-east of Australia, big temperatures on the way for the next day or so. KlOK, thank you, Grant. A hot weekend ahead, again!

Still ahead - should Australian
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to people who are overweight. Find out why. But next, it's Leonardo DiCaprio's
controversial new role. I spent my whole life
surrounded by black faces. I only had one question - why don't they just rise up
and kill the whites? (LAUGHS) Who knows
what could happen. Nelson talks to the cast
of 'Django Unchained'.

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Quentin Tarantino's movies
are always controversial and his new one is no different. It's called 'Django Unchained' and it tells the story
of a slave fighting for freedom in America's Deep South. Showbiz editor Nelson Aspen
sat down with the cast. Nelson, this one's
full of A-listers?

It is. And full of controversy, as Sam said. To put it in context, I did these interviews at the exact moment when the New Town school shooting tragedy was unfolding. This movie is one of the most gun-violent films I have ever seen. That said, it is a beautifully-made film with A listers, DiCaprio, Christolf Walf, Jackson. And it is nominated for a best picture award at this year's Oscars. Take a look.

Do you know what
a bounty hunter is? You kill people and then
they give you a reward? Badder they are,
bigger the reward. It's an unlikely partnership
between a slave and a bounty hunter. I'm looking for
the Brittle brothers however, I don't know
what they look like but you do.

They caught my wife, they sold her
but I don't know who to. Calvin Candie. That's the repellent
gentleman who owns her. Broomhilda is my property and I can choose to do with
my property whatever I so desire. Help me find the Brittle brothers and I'll take you
to rescue your wife. Let's get to it. 'Django Unchained'
is controversial, violent and award-winning. And the Golden Globe goes to Christoph Waltz,
'Django Unchained'. (APPLAUSE)

You're used to good reviews,
you're used to awards and now we're seeing the accolades
come in for this one

where in you're sorting out
your priorities do those fall? It's a dynamic thing, of course they're so alluring
and attractive that it's almost like a vortex
you're in danger of tumbling into. Golden Globes is exciting but the excitement