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These Minutes, Stahl and Kroft Would Like to Have Back

GuilfordCollegeLogoSteve Kroft was initially scheduled to close out the 2013-14 season of Guilford College’s Bryan Series in Greensboro, NC alongside Lara Logan. But in the wake of Logan’s leave of absence, it was up to 60 Minutes colleague Lesley Stahl to take up the anecdotal slack last night.

Per a summary in the Times  & Record, both correspondents talked frankly about some of their least favorite interview assignments. For Kroft, it was the very mean French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. For Stahl, there was also a Frenchman in the mix:

One was with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (“I don’t speak French, but he said something vulgar,” Stahl said). The other was with late Russian president Boris Yeltsin (“He was absolutely in his cups. He was embarrassing,” Stahl said.)

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Breaking News: Rich Man Will Not Get Richer

ShutterstockAndersonCooperWe wish we could take credit for the headline above. But it comes in fact from Daily Mail user MoeMintz, who thinks it would be a better title for Meghan Keneally‘s article about a certain high-salaried CNN host rather than “Anderson Cooper Will NOT Inherit Any of His Mother’s Vanderbilt Millions When She Dies“.”

From the Daily Mail write-up:

“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund. There’s none of that,” the CNN anchor told Howard Stern on his radio show.

“I don’t believe in inheriting money… I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse. Who’s inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life?”

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Ronan Farrow Racks Up Three Quick Strikes

RonanFarrowDaily[The following is a transcript from the FishbowlNY play-by-play booth.]

“Now batting… Ronan Farrow, the handsome young son of Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. Check that… Our statistician has just informed us that contrary to information circulated earlier, Ronan is in fact the son of Farrow and Woody Allen. Our apologies.”

“OK; Farrow steps into the national media box. Here’s the first pitch and, whoosh! Farrow swings for the fences and misses. Ratings for his Monday MSNBC debut averaged just 46,000 viewers.”

“Farrow is back in the box… for a called strike two! We’re not sure about that one; it looked a little outside. According the the Daily News, this unproven celebrity farm system prospect “doesn’t yet pop off the screen with the kind of distinctive personality that sets the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper apart.”"

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Here are All The Media People Alec Baldwin Bashed in New York Piece

Alec Baldwin is a self-important baby with anger issues. We know this. But before “bowing out of public life” (which doesn’t really mean anything) via a gigantic New York piece, Baldwin had to remind us of that once again, by ranting and raving about everyone and everything.

Here’s a list of the media people — and media in general — he bashed in the piece:

  • Joe Scarborough and Morning Joe: ”Morning Joe was boring. Scarborough is neither eloquent nor funny. And merely cranky doesn’t always work well in the morning.”
  • Photographers: “Photographers today get right up in your face, my wife’s, my baby’s. They are baiting you. You can tell they want to get into it with you.”
  • MSNBC: “The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.”

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Anderson Cooper No Longer Ignores the Homeless Man on His Block

In the online “Overtime” portion for this weekend’s 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper revealed that reporting on the Nashville impact of the nationwide “100,000 Homes” campaign for the chronically homeless altered his personal approach to the issue.

“Before the story, [the man panhandling in front of my house] really annoyed me,” Cooper tells “Overtime” editor Ann Silvio (the segment was filmed between May and September of last year). “I just ignored him. I just pretended he wasn’t there. And after the story, I was like, ‘This is ridiculous. This is my issue. Me pretending not to see this person is insane and offensive.’”

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It’s Time to Admit It: Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are a Classic Comedy Duo

The medium of television and the sensibilities of comedy are vastly different today than they were during the runs of such gold-standard bearers as Mike Nichols and Elaine May, George Burns and Gracie Allen or Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. So just to preface this for comedy purists; we would never suggest that a 21st century couple, atop today’s fractured media landscape, could ever lay claim to that kind of titanic yucks aura.

GriffinCooperNYEHowever… As a sign of just how much we have come to love the NYE shenanigans of one Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, FishbowlNY has no trouble admitting that we DVR-ed the entire thing December 31 and watched the entire thing January 1. And enjoyed every minute of it.

This year’s seventh go-round (by Cooper’s count) or eighth (by Griffin’s) ranks as the best so far. Largely because, after a couple of borderline years, Griffin seems to have finally read the contractual fine print and figured out more nimbly than ever how to straddle the Times Square barrier.

One of the highlights of Cooper-Griffin 2013 was when she launched into the first of several recurring bits mocking her co-host’s banal tweets and starved-for-attention Twitter M.O. Cooper was literally doubled over with laughter as Griffin put on her therapist party hat:

“Why do you read every single [reply] tweet?”

“I know the hurt little boy who lives inside the model body. He’s five-years-old. Mommy’s missing, she’s at Studio 54. His soup is cold… And all he wants is love. So he’s reading every, single tweet…”

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Bill Hader Ponders the Idea of a Stefon Sitcom

During an interview this week on Larry King Now, the SNL alum revealed that he and writing partner John Mulaney have concluded in the past that there just isn’t enough there for a Stefon movie. But the actor-comedian definitely liked the suspender-ed one’s alternate suggestion:

“A sitcom!? I haven’t heard that one; people always talk about a movie. A Stefon sitcom would actually be pretty great. Do it multi-camera, and he has like a normal neighbor and stuff.”

The Ora TV conversation brings back memories of the very messy time in Hollywood when fellow SNL alum Mike Myers abruptly walked away from a big Universal movie based on Sprockets eyebrow raiser Dieter. Arguably the NBC late night show character that most closely resembles Hader’s Stefon.

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Fancy Frank | Grey Power | RIP OMG

SocialTimes: Frank Gehry is designing Facebook’s new office interior, but don’t be jealous, we’re sure he’ll use plenty of stuff from Ikea.

TVNewser: Wolf Blitzer gives Anderson Cooper some birthday advice. The first tip was “Everyone loves grey hair, so style it with the best Dep money can buy.”

AllFacebook: Zynga tells OMGPOP staffers, “You are drawing ‘layoffs.’”

Boring Guy Tom Hanks Tops ’100 Most Trusted People in America’ List

Reader’s Digest just published a piece titled the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising. Hanks is perhaps the most boring dude alive. You know those dreams you have where nothing significant happens and you wake up knowing you had a dream so you feel like you should tell someone about it but it’s so vague you end up not saying anything? That’s what hanging out with Hanks is like.

Anyway, Sandra Bullock was number two in the poll. Which uh, see above.

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Adam Savader, Former Romney Campaign Intern Arrested for Sexploitation, Shares Anderson Cooper’s Breaking News Problem

Three obstacles stand in the way of former Mitt Romney campaign intern Adam Savader‘s political career.

  1. Being arrested for allegedly cyberstalking young women and blackmailing 15 of them into sending him nudes
  2. A creepy smile — a smile some may say should have indicated his potential for sexploitation and the fact that we missed it a sign of the Obama administration’s degradation of national security (we’re lookin’ at you, Lindsey Graham)
  3. A breaking news problem

Last week, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw diagnosed Anderson Cooper with a “breaking news problem,” abusing the terms to describe news events that were neither new nor breaking.

The boy-who-cried-wolf use of the term has, as Shaw put it, rendered it all but meaningless.

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