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TODAY's Takeaway: Matt tours 9/11 memorial; James Franco shares selfie tips

May 14, 2014 at 3:07 PM ET

Cher extends her tour, Matt visits the 9/11 memorial and James Franco offers Savannah selfie tips.
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Cher extends her tour, Matt visits the 9/11 memorial and James Franco offers Savannah selfie tips.

1. Michael Bloomberg gave Matt an exclusive tour of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which is set to open next week. Bloomberg called it a place of reflection and remembrance.

"It destroyed a neighborhood," the former mayor of New York said. "It didn't destroy our ways of life, but it changed it. But also, I think it strengthened Americans — that nobody was going to take away our freedom."

Video: The memorial museum will officially open on May 21, and Matt Lauer got an exclusive look inside with the former New York City mayor, who calls it a place of reflection and remembrance.

2. The parents of twins who held hands shortly after being born in a now-viral picture said they’re stunned by the attention.

“I never thought that it would go viral like this and spread across the world and touch so many people," mom Sarah Thistlethwaite told TODAY.

Video: Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite, the parents of twins who held hands shortly after being born, join TODAY along with their doctor to talk about the remarkable moment.

3. At 67 years young, Cher has no plans of retiring. The legendary singer and actress announced exclusively on TODAY that she’s extending her “Dressed to Kill” tour by 27 shows.

Video: From her private tour bus, the legendary performer chats about her nationwide concert tour, and her latest album, “Closer to the Truth.” Tamron Hall reports.

4. James Franco stopped by the studio to talk about his new movie, “Palo Alto,” and took the opportunity to offer Savannah a bit of social media advice.

“I think a little skin would get you up in the 50,000 likes,” he suggested. “A little skin with the pregnant belly. That'll get that up there.”

Video: James Franco and Gia Coppola join TODAY to chat about their new coming-of-age film, “Palo Alto,” and Franco offers Savannah Guthrie some tips on taking selfies.

5. Speaking of Savannah’s baby bump: The anchor admits in her latest blog that she’s already feeling the mom guilt — and pride.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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