- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix21 hrs ago
It was the online dating profile that caught everyone’s eye.
Alli Reed, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, created an OKCupid profile for a despicable alter ego with the sole purpose of watching men reject her — except they didn’t.
Despite choosing “aaroncarterfan” as her handle and writing that her favorite pastimes were knocking cups out of the hands of the homeless and tricking boyfriends into thinking she was pregnant, Reed said she received dozens of messages from men. In just 24 hours after launching the profile, she received 150 messages.
The catch was she used images belonging to her friend Rae Johnston, an Australian model, instead of photos of herself.
The “Nightline” Scenario: Speed Dating Night:
Currently, 38 percent of American adults who are “single and looking” for a partner have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study.
But “Nightline” wanted to see if men (and women) were as shallow choosing dates in face-to-face situations as the men who messaged Reed’s fake online dating profile.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix1 day ago
At a hospital in Boston, sound registered in Alex Frederick's brain for the first time.
Alex, just 17 months old at the time, is deaf, but a device, not yet approved in the United States for children, is helping to change that. It was implanted directly into his brain.
Alex was born two months prematurely, weighing just four pounds and four ounces at birth. He spent the first month of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit of St. John Hospital in Detroit. His early arrival brought him into the world facing a host of challenges. Scans would show that Alex had a heart condition, while his vision appeared to be compromised. And then there was the matter of his hearing. Alex failed the hearing test given to all newborns. Then he failed a second hearing test two months later.
"That was a blow," said Alex's father Phil Frederick. "The most difficult part for me was that first time … he failed his first hearing test, because I really thought, 'this is going to go fine.' … that was the most, for me personally, most heart-wrenching point."
Alex has two older sisters, Evelyn, 6, and Izabella, 3. Phil was watching one day as Evelyn played with her brother.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix2 days ago
The next time dinner on the table seems like an insurmountable challenge, think about this. There are home chefs out there who are making tons of dough right now through their own recipes. They say you don't need any fancy tricks, no fancy connections, just some creativity.
So how exactly do they do this? And can you do it, too?
Tina Barelli is a mom of two, a substitute teacher and a millionaire.
It's all part of a cooking renaissance. Fuelled by TV shows like "Top Chef" and bestselling cookbooks by celebrity chefs, cooking has become big business. But it's not just celebrities cashing in. Tina's recipe for success: she entered a contest and won. And not only that, she's won smaller cash prizes such as free groceries. Now she's working on a top-secret pizza recipe that could win her a trip to Italy.
"I'm just your total normal mom," says Tina, "And I do my laundry and, you know, this is just making dinner for the family, but in a creative way."
Big brands like Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, even Lays potato chips, put on these contests to hype up new products and give shoppers ideas how to use familiar products in new ways.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix3 days ago
Meghan McGivney and her boyfriend Peter Greczner invited a bunch of friends over to their New York City apartment for a serious face-off.
With their brackets filled out weeks ago, the group gathered around the TV in the couple's Brooklyn living room, passed around beers and snacks and settled in for the main event. But these frenemies weren't about to watch a football game and it's still too early for March Madness.
Instead, they were betting on another venerable American institution -- ABC's wildly popular TV series, "The Bachelor."
With a weekly audience of nine million, the show serves as the ultimate competition and women are eliminated each week until only one remains.
McGivney, 27, Greczner, 26, and their friends, Lindsay Casale, 26, Diana Petty, 26, and Jeremy Glover, 27, each filled out a bracket after the first episode of this latest season, choosing the women they thought would make it the furthest in their quest to win the heart of this season's lucky bachelor, Juan Pablo.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix7 days ago
The awards may be presented inside, but these days outside on the red carpet winners and losers are also crowned.
The stakes are make or break high. A whole lot of casting directors are watching, along with 40 million other people.
A fashion fail can hurt more than feelings -- it can harm your career. Who can forget Cher's Mohawk or Bjork's swan dress?
But that was before the rise of the celebrity stylist, who have become stars themselves, written about in this month's Vanity Fair.
Image is power in Hollywood and two of the biggest celebrity stylists, Leslie Fremar and Karla Welch, pulled back the curtain of that secret world for Nightline .
To snag an Oscar gown requires months of negotiations, strategizing and sometimes even sharp elbows. It certainly requires hitting the pavement and lots and lots of fashion shows. And that's where the stylist comes in, the person in charge of making sure the star is runway ready from head to toe.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix9 days ago
Sarah Baughn, a young mother in San Francisco, feels haunted by what she says happened to her. So much so she says she can barely bring herself to do the thing she loves most. Practicing yoga.
“My daughter one day looked at me, she was almost three, and she said to me, ‘Mommy, I wanna be just like you. I wanna be a yoga teacher,’” said Baughn. “And all I could think was, ‘You can't do that. You'll get raped.’"
This is the man she accuses of assaulting her: Bikram Choudhury. He’s arguably the richest, most successful yoga guru in the world. In the yoga world, he's a rock star. Known by just one name. Bikram.
His brand of hot yoga is synonymous with sweat. And Bikram claims it can transform your body, extend your life and even invigorate your sex life.
“The hardest problem in my life is staying away from women,” said Bikram in an interview with Nightline . “Women like me and I have to run, city after city, country after country all my life to stay away from the women. Yes, that's my No. 1 problem all my life.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix10 days ago
The laughter … the wine … that flirty touch.
They say money can't buy love, but it turns out, for $150,000, you can buy your own personal cupid.
Marcus John is just one of the successful single men and women willing to pay big to find "the one" -- by placing their love life in the hands of Amber Kelleher-Andrew, a professional matchmaker whose clients are the who's who of the rich, powerful and famous.
She's been credited with matching Paula Abdul … Hoda Kotb … and Bode Miller.
“We'll have the big names from Wall Street, but also in Silicon Valley, of course,” said Kelleher-Andrew. “And then we have lots of movie stars in L.A. and the music industry that comes out of Nashville. We have the oil in Texas, so depending on the industry we have the biggest and brightest.”
Forty percent of single Americans say they go online to look for love, but Kelleher International says it's all about people matching people -- not computers -- an old-school approach they've turned into a booming business.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix11 days ago
After serving nine months in prison for stealing, Jacqueline McDougall's future was on the line. A parole board would decide whether she would be locked up for an additional three years.
But her fate was not the only one hanging in the balance. If denied parole, McDougall's young son Max, who grew up behind bars with her, would be sent home if he became too old.
"Nightline" spent a year following McDougall and Max at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, N.Y. They are part of the small but growing number of inmates raising their babies behind bars.
The vast majority of the 2,000 or so inmates who give birth in American prisons are separated from their babies shortly after birth. Bedford is one of the handful of women's prisons that allows some incarcerated moms to keep their newborns with them, in some cases until the babies are 18 months old.
"I think seeing his little face every day and know that … I have to take care of him is going to be a big incentive for me. Definitely," McDougall, 26, told "Nightline."
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix14 days ago
The large Soviet-era Ukraine Hotel lords over Kiev’s Independence Square, known as the Maidan, but today it became a makeshift hospital, morgue, and target for snipers.
As protesters were shot and wounded during clashes with security services in the square, many were brought to the Ukraine. Blood stained the floor and furniture as medics struggled to perform life-saving surgery next to the hotel receptionist.
“The entire lobby of the Ukraine Hotel has been transformed in a triage center – emergency medical workers treat the wounded as they are rushed through the doors,” said ABC News producer Matt McGarry, who is staying at the Ukraine Hotel. “One the other side of the lobby, the dead are laid on the floor under white sheets,” he said.
BBC producer Kevin Bishop, reached by phone just as the bodies were finally removed, said a woman was screaming as they were carried out.
Bishop, who is also staying at the Ukraine, said the hotel was now under heavy security. Only medics, the wounded, and hotel guests were allowed in. “The hotel staff should be remembered in all this. They are just regular people that work in a hotel and suddenly they are in the middle of a war zone,” he said.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix16 days ago
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is 2 hours and 59 minutes of filthy-rich sleazes, spending, snorting, and sexing it up - positioning this Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film as a lighter alternative to the grim verities of “12 Years a Slave”.
DiCaprio and co-stars Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie bring the fun, but as director Martin Scorsese notes, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a hideously true tale. Its many laughs are served up with a scream of fist-shaking rage.
“If you get into the mindset of these guys,” Scorsese says, “this guy is bragging about the drugs, bragging about what he’s doing, you’re going to feel that this is not the right way of going about it.”
“Yeah, it can be offensive at times," he adds, “but is it more offensive than what’s happened?”
Before his 1998 arrest and indictment, Jordan Belfort made an estimated $100 million with his company, Stratton Oakmont, by bilking unsophisticated investors into buying sketchy stocks. He spent 22 months in prison and wrote a book, which DiCaprio brought to Scorsese.