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TODAY's Takeaway: Rob Ford 'past' heavy drinking, 'Unbroken' hero inspires Jolie

Feb. 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM ET

Angelina Jolie finds inspiration in her neighbor, Hoda smiles for a selfie and Rob Ford is "moving on."
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Angelina Jolie finds inspiration in her neighbor, Hoda smiles for a selfie and Rob Ford is "moving on."

1. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told Matt his binge-drinking days are past him, his drug use was just an experiment, and he’s now focused on his campaign for re-election in October.

“Have I had a drink? Yes,” he said. "That's past me, and we're moving on."

Video: Three months after telling Matt Lauer he was changing his ways, Toronto’s mayor joins TODAY to say his team is “doing a great job” as he prepares to run for re-election and that he’s been “going to the gym every day.” As for drugs and alcohol, Ford says, “I don’t use illegal drugs. I experimented with them probably a year ago,” and asserts that heavy drinking is “past me.”

2. Angelina Jolie sat down for a rare interview with Tom Brokaw to talk about her latest project — directing “Unbroken,” the tale of WWII hero and former Olympian Louis Zamperini.

“(I feel) such a huge responsibility to get it right,” the Oscar-winning actress said, “because I love (Zamperini) so much, and because he's helped me so much in my life.”

Video: Angelina Jolie speaks exclusively to NBC’s Tom Brokaw about directing “Unbroken,” a film that profiles World War II hero and former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini. “The resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing,” the Academy Award-winning actress says of the project.

3. Award-winning actresses Jacqueline Bisset, 69, and Jane Seymour, 63, offered advice on aging gracefully as part of TODAY's #LoveYourSelfie week.

“It’s what’s inside and being able to let go,” Seymour told Savannah and Hoda. “It’s realizing that life is like a wave — you have your highs and your lows, you let go and you recharge.”

Video: In Tuesday’s installment of TODAY’s weeklong “Love Your Selfie” series, Hoda Kotb meets with women of various ages who share what aging means to them. The women’s selfies are later displayed publicly.

4. Actor Jim Parsons, who’s set to host “SNL” this weekend, said playing Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” (bazinga, anyone?) isn’t so tough.

“I think that there's undeniably part of myself that understands what it is to feel outsidery,” he told Matt. “Probably everybody does. I think that's part of the reason the show's so successful.”

Video: The Emmy-winning actor joins Matt Lauer to chat about his upcoming debut as a “Saturday Night Live” host. He says “live is fun” and that SNL is a “part of our general lexicon.”

5. Moviefone is ending its run after 25 years, but the man behind the phone service’s iconic voice isn’t fazed.

“I would say I'm not bummed at all,'' Russ Leatherman told the TODAY anchors. “There's only so much 'press one, press two' that you can do.”

Then he signed off — of course — with his signature, “Thanks for calling!”

Video: Russ Leatherman, the voice behind the movie-listing information service, chats with TODAY about Moviefone ending its telephone service, and his own iconic voice. The voice was meant to sound like “either the happiest guy in the world, or the most annoying voice you’ve ever heard,” he says. Moviefone will now focus on its phone app.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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