Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM ET
1. In an exclusive interview airing Thursday on TODAY, kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson describes the moment she learned that James Lee DiMaggio, a family friend, had a sinister plan for her — including a game of Russian roulette.
"When I got into the house, he handcuffed me and zip-tied my feet and then sat me down on the couch and told me what his plan was," she told Savannah Guthrie.
2. Our latest Book Club pick, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” hits the U.S. — a whole 14 years since the last one. Why the long wait for fans?
“With something like ‘Bridget,’ which is an unexpected success, you have a choice,” Fielding told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager. “Either you keep carrying on, doing the same thing — over and over again — or it means something really important to you, and you wait until you’re ready and you have something important to say again.”
3. At his heaviest, Rev. Al Sharpton weighed 305 pounds. But he told Matt Lauer on TODAY Wednesday that today, at age 59, he is all the way down to 138 pounds. As for his inspiration?
“I gave up meat, I started watching my diet, I work out,’’ Sharpton said. “I get up every morning and watch you, Matt, and I say, ‘I want to look like that.’’’
(Uh, so do we.)
4. Kathie Lee, good friend to Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner (and their kids’ godmother) says the last time she was at their house it was all about making deals – and wonders if thing just got too “out of control” and possibly impacted their marriage.
5. Last May, a TODAY producer and his family went undercover at Disneyland and discovered tour guides cheating the system. Some were profiting by obtaining special disabled passes and using them to help healthy families bypass the long lines.
Apparently Disney was watching: They are revamping the entire system to stop the abuse after TODAY's hidden cameras exposed outrageous abuses.
And that's TODAY's Takeaway!