July 3, 2012 |
I'M SURE THAT when most people heard that Anderson Cooper was gay, they thought, "Uh, duh. " But Cooper, the ubiquitous newsman and talk-show host, has now officially come out, via the blog of his longtime friend Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Beast. "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," Cooper wrote in an email to Sullivan. He went on to say that he has no desire to be an activist. And the Internet reverberated with more sounds of "Uh, duh. " Cooper was one of those celebrities who everyone who cared about such things already knew was gay. In May 2007, Out magazine ran a piece by Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto about openly gay celebrities who refused to come out to the public . Cooper was on the cover alongside actress Jodie Foster, who talked about her longtime girlfriend publicly for the first time shortly after the story ran. Sullivan was prompted to ask Cooper after reading Mark Harris' excellent piece in last week's Entertainment Weekly about a new breed of "out" celebrity and how public homosexuality is no longer a death knell for the famous and pretty.
October 1, 2010 |
The beating heart of CNN news coverage, Anderson Cooper , 43, is eyeing a new job hawking infotainment junk. The Hollywood Reporter says Coop, who made his TV debut at 3 when he appeared with mum Gloria Vanderbilt on The Tonight Show , is close to signing a deal for a daytime TV talk show. Coop, who seems to have a blast when he fills in for Live With Regis and Kelly guru Regis Philbin , reportedly wants a show covering everything from celebs and pop culture to social issues.
March 19, 2013 |
WHO CAN RESIST a woman in uniform? Probably a lot of people when that woman is Madonna and the uniform she's wearing belongs to the Boy Scouts, for whom there is no "Express Yourself" merit badge. Madonna, of course, is trying to change that, so she dressed in a uni and called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays, while also calling for a "revolution" to prevent discrimination and abuse of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. Speaking Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Madonna joked that she wanted to become a part of the Boy Scouts herself, but was turned down, even though she had the qualifications.
May 16, 2010
1. c. Geoffrey Fletcher. 2. a. David H. Souter. 3. j. President Obama. 4. b. Lisa Kudrow. 5. i. Anderson Cooper. 6. e. Alec Baldwin. 7. h. Curt Schilling. 8. d. Elie Wiesel. 9. g. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. 10. f. Mayor Nutter.
April 10, 2013
THESE PETS have found social-media celebrity: * Nora the Piano Cat The musical feline skyrocketed to fame in a viral YouTube video. Nora was rescued from Camden and adopted by Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow of Center City before she became a famous musician. Alexander said Nora learned to play the piano by imitating her. ph.ly/nora * Darwin the Ikea Monkey In December, customers in a Toronto Ikea were entertained by an adorable, coat-wearing monkey that had escaped its owners.
October 26, 2011 |
CNN's ANDERSON COOPER will take part in a live theatrical performance with middle-school students at the National Constitution Center on Friday as part of the new Fighting for Democracy exhibit. The silver fox will be in town that day promoting his new syndicated show, "Anderson," which airs weekdays (9 a.m. CBS 3). He'll arrive late Thursday night after his "Anderson Cooper: 360" broadcast and Friday morning joins CBS 3 anchors Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl on-air.
November 5, 2005
God's creations Re: "No 'gifts from God,' " letter, Nov. 4: The writer smugly assures us that "God didn't create homosexuals, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and queer people. " He chastises a previous writer who sees these people as (gulp!) "gifts from God" for not knowing Genesis 13:13. Well, how about Genesis 1:27: "God created humanity in God's image"? Not God created those who are straight, but God created all of humanity, every human ever born. So every person is indeed a gift of a loving and creative God. And would the writer please present the psychological journals where I can learn that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, "these people chose this orientation"?
December 15, 2010
SO MUCH television, so little time: _ This time last year, you'd have had to pay to see a legal copy of "A Very Sunny Christmas," the video release in which the cast of FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" introduced fans to that quaint South Philly custom, stealing the neighbors' Christmas presents. So, OK, maybe it's not so much an actual custom as a felony. And maybe not so prevalent as we were led to believe. But if you preferred not to spring for the DVD/Blu-ray holiday special just for a glimpse of a naked elf - or more than a glimpse of a naked Danny DeVito - FX will show "A Very Sunny Christmas" in two back-to-back installments beginning at 10 p.m. tomorrow.
January 19, 2011 |
YESTERDAY MORNING, at the start of "Live With Regis and Kelly," Regis Philbin told co-host Kelly Ripa and his audience that he was retiring from the show sometime near the end of the summer. Aw, Reege, couldn't you give us a little time to recover from Larry King leaving the air? "I don't want to alarm anybody," Reege said, fearing the National Enquirer would start fast-tracking his obituary, before making the announcement. "It's been a long time . . . 28 years," Regis said of his current Manhattan-based program.
May 14, 2014 |
SHAME ON Donald Sterling, yes. His shame is the sort that never will wash clean. But shame on CNN, too, for letting him hang himself again with his own rope. And shame on us, too, for watching. In the wake of his recent comments that laid bare his bigotry, Sterling this weekend sat down with this public confessor, Anderson Cooper, and vainly tried to punish himself, in the hopes of . . . what? Convincing other NBA owners to lift the lifetime ban and not force him to sell his Clippers?