Category: Anderson Cooper

Bobbi Kristina offered coping advice by Janet Jackson [Video]

Bobbi Kristina Brown, right, with mom Whitney Houston

As Bobbi Kristina Brown survives the significant loss of her mother, Whitney Houston, she can count the support of millions of fans worldwide -- and a few showbiz types like Janet Jackson.

No stranger to tragedy herself, Jackson stopped by Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show Tuesday and offered thoughts for the grief-stricken Bobbi Kristina, whose recent ordeal saw her hospitalized, reportedly for stress.

"I didn't want to accept it. It's very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point; you have to give it up to God," Jackson said of losing her brother Michael.

"It sounds so mean but you have to move on. You can't hold on to that because it can be very devastating. And sometimes therapy can be the best thing."

Cooper, who lost a brother to suicide, weighed in on coping with loss over a lifetime. 

"TV people always use that word 'closure' when they're talking about loss. I don't think there is such a thing as closure. I think that's a made-up TV word," he said.

Jackson agreed, adding, "You figure out a way to move on with life but ... there's never a day, not one day has gone by where I don't think about my brother."  



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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown at last year's Clive Davis pre-Grammys party in Beverly Hills. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Adele breaks her silence, shows off newly restored voice [Video]


Adele fans, rejoice: The sassy British songstress is in full control of her voice after months of silence during recovery from throat surgery. 

Sitting down with Anderson Cooper, Adele opened up about her vocal timeout and even sang her hit "Rolling in the Deep" a capella. The result was casual but stunning.

Not speaking during recovery "was really hard," she said. "I love talking ... I had a notepad and an application on my phone. You type the words into it and then it speaks it. The great thing is, I love to swear ... and I found one where you can swear, so I could get my point across."

Whether it's four-letter words or weepy ballads, we're just glad Adele is back up to speed. We're also glad Cooper admitted "Rolling" is on his daily jogging playlist (see the clip below).

Adele is nominated for six Grammy Awards, including album of the year. We suggest the Grammy producers be ready with the censor button, as any acceptance speech might be tres colorful. 



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Photo: Adele in concert in 2009. Credit: Paul Bergens / Getty Images

Brad and Angelina were 'racing' to see who gets to retire first

Brad and Angelina

This post has been corrected, as indicated below.

Angelina Jolie, the female half of "Brad and Angelina," sat down with silver fox Anderson Cooper this week, opening up about family life and her partner Brad Pitt's much-discussed retirement plans.

Actress and director Jolie is making the rounds in support of "In the Land of Blood and Honey," the Bosnian war romance she wrote and directed, which received a Golden Globe nomination Thursday for the foreign language film category.

Cooper asked Jolie about her and Pitt's wanderlust in the face of raising six kids, and she says the brood loves being on the move.

"If they're in one place for two months they want to know why we're not getting on an airplane," she said.

"Because they're such a big traveling pack, it's not one child moving around the world and missing friends," she added. Angelina also says with pals in every port, the kids aren't hurting for play dates.

The conversation moved from play to work, as Cooper asked Jolie about recent statements Pitt made about retiring at 50.

"We were both racing to see which one of us gets to retire first," Jolie said, noting that Pitt likely wouldn't hang up his acting hat in three years when he hits the big 5-0.

"Whoever is home tends to be the happier one," she said, referring to their only-one-or-the-other-is-working schedules, "because we get to play with the kids while the other one is out earning the money."

The Jolie episode of "Anderson," which also features members of the "Blood and Honey" cast, will air Monday.

[For the record, 3 p.m. Dec. 16: This post originally referred to Brad Pitt as the husband of Angelina Jolie. They are not married.]


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Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie smile prior to the Japanese premiere of his "Moneyball" film in Tokyo on Nov.9. Credit: Junji Kurokawa / AP Photo

Jerry Seinfeld, Christy Turlington-Burns light up 'CNN Heroes'

Christy Turlington-Burns attends "CNN Heroes"
"CNN Heroes" trotted out to Los Angeles for its fifth year honoring everyday people changing one another and the world — hosted once again by network star Anderson Cooper.

At L.A.'s Shrine Auditorum, heroes were saluted by celeb fans like Sofia Vergara, Emma Roberts, Chris Colfer, Chaka Khan and "Dancing With the Stars" champ JR Martinez.

Christy Turlington-Burns was a big crowd pleaser in a peach Calvin Klein dress, introducing the woman who would be named CNN's Hero of the Year, Robin Lim — a midwife who organized a free women's clinic in Bali based on compassionate care. 

Ice Cube came to support the efforts of Chicago-based Diane Latiker, who runs Kids Off The Block — a housing initiative to pull kids from gangs. 

Jerry Seinfeld, who noted how well Cooper's tie complimented his eyes, came to toast chef Bruno Serato, who makes well-balanced meals for Orange County kids that live in motels — conditions associated with prostitution, poverty and drug dealing. 

Miley Cyrus and Kid Rock served as performers for the evening, singing "The Climb" and "Care," respectively. 


Anderson Cooper picks on Snooki for being Snooki

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— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Christy Turlington-Burns shines at the Shrine Auditoroum for "CNN Heroes" on Sunday. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images.

Anderson Cooper and Snooki go on a spray-tan date [Video]

Snooki, Anderson Cooper's wax double, and Anderson Cooper. We think.

For Anderson Cooper and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, a little spray tanning goes a long way in the healing department.

Though Cooper ripped the tiny tinted reality star in April for being a no-talent, overpaid hack, it seems the tides have turned with the advent of his softer, sweeter daytime talk show, "Anderson."

So much so that Cooper simultaneously got quality time with the Snookster and a decent chance to show off his rockin' (albeit white) guns and torso.

"Oh my God, you're pale!" Snooki screamed upon greeting Anderson at New York's Beach Bum tanning. It didn't take long for the broadcast journalist to peel off his top, inspiring further Polizzi cries along the lines of, "I had no idea that Mr. Anderson had muscles! When he took off his shirt he had huge, like, peanut muscles."

Those peanuts would be Mr. Cooper's biceps, which thanks to the magic of tanning serum get some definition in the video below. We're thrilled to know these two can work out their differences. That, or Anderson is hiding a longtime addiction to the spray.



Anderson Cooper picks on Snooki for being Snooki

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-- Matt Donnelly

Left photo: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Right photo: One of these people is Anderson Cooper. One of these people is made of wax. Have a fab time figuring it out from there. Credit: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Anderson Pooper, um, Cooper loses it over Depardieu-story puns

Anderson Cooper loses it over Gerard Depardieu story.

Anderson Cooper couldn't keep it together Wednesday on CNN when discussing the Gerard Depardieu's recent public-urination incident, dissolving into his own personal giggle party when his own pee puns became too much to bear.

During his segment "The Ridiculist," the anchor takes aim at French actor Depardieu, who'd relieved himself on a commercial jet Tuesday, but after several cracks Cooper quite literally has to wipe tears out of his eyes.

Who knew bathroom humor was Mr. Disaster Coverage's Achilles' heel? Cooper made it through some gems -- Depardieu "created his own jet stream," the incident was his "No. 1 role" -- but it was the notion of a "Depar-doo" that really sent him over the edge.

"This has actually never happened to me!" he said in tears. "You always see this sort of thing on YouTube and you don't think it can actually happen to you!"

Oh, it has. Check it out, below.



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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo:  Anderson Cooper without tears in his eyes. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Anderson Cooper doesn't love the idea of Chris Brown in a rom-com

It's Anderson Cooper vs. Chris Brown over a new romantic comedy starring the singer

Looks like Chris Brown is taking a romantic turn in his acting career, but CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has slammed on his own breaks.

News of the young singer's casting in an adaptation of Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" has Cooper up in arms, given Brown's real-life record with women.

On a recent "Anderson Cooper 360," in his skewering segment the Ridiculist, the silver fox dripped with enough sarcasm to necessitate the fashionable Wellingtons he dons during flood coverage.

"I, for one, cannot imagine why this did not happen sooner, because if there's one thing you can say about Chris Brown, who's currently on probation for viciously assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, he just oozes romance," Cooper said.

Cooper brought up Brown's past, including his "Good Morning America" meltdown in which a Robin Roberts interview that invoked Rihanna sent him tearing up a dressing room.

Chris Brown tweets about Anderson Cooper "And then there was the time he called a bunch of photographers 'gay' because he thought they called the police to give him a parking ticket," Cooper said.

"Hmm -- you know, just like in 'Sleepless in Seattle.'"

Brown responded Sunday with a Tweet saying, "I guess some people need ratings!!! LOL!!! Much love!" 



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Photos: (top left) Anderson Cooper. Credit: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez / Agence France-Press/Getty Images

(top right) Chris Brown. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

(middle image) Brown's response to Cooper's call-out. Credit: twitter.com

Anderson Cooper picks on Snooki for being Snooki

All the people who are paying Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to be Snooki have been added to Anderson Cooper's "Ridiculist."

"Snooki is one impossibly lucky, unusually spunky, freakishly tan, beer-guzzling, juicehead-hugging, muscle-loving, Botero body, pint-sized moneymaking machine," Cooper said Tuesday on his CNN show, "Anderson Cooper 360.° (Watch the full rant above.)

News that she and her castmates are reportedly collecting $100,000 per episode for the fourth season of "Jersey Shore" prompted Cooper's tirade. He wasn't a fan of Snooki making $32,000 for her appearance at Rutgers University -- $2,000 more than author Toni Morrison -- or that she got paid $25,000 for club appearances. Guess he didn't realize the guidette was also getting her own spin-off.

He put the club fee less than delicately as the "Show Up and Throw Up Fee."

"$25,000 to show up and hopefully throw up because frankly if you go to a club to see Snooki, that's really all you want to see," he said.

The host played montages of Snooki sensibilities and compared her literature to Morrison's.

"Any juicehead will get some nut shrinkage. And bacne," he quoted from Snooki's book "A Shore Thing."

But the comments didn't seem to faze the pickle-loving meatball.

"Every1s askin me about Mista Anderstand Cooper. He called me freakishly tan AND I'm lucky? Gotta love this man! ..." she tweeted.

Word on the street is that the silver-haired fox himself hobnobs with the likes of "D-Lister" Kathy Griffin and Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes, and is a self-proclaimed reality television fan.

So, does anyone feel kind of bad for the Snooks that she was singled out for his diatribe instead of other absurdly popular reality stars like Kim Kardashian or Heidi Montag? Tell us in comments.


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— Nardine Saad

2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party: Impossible glamour (and a taste of In-N-Out Burger)

Natalie Portman at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party

With a giant photo of actor James Dean looming over the entrance to Los Angeles' Sunset Tower Hotel, Vanity Fair welcomed an army of stars to its 2011 Academy Awards post-party.

Notoriously exclusive and always glamorous, the annual event did not disappoint as big winners including Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and director Tom Hooper came with trophies in hand to greet Editor in Chief Graydon Carter.

Colin Firth and Anne Hathaway at the Vanity Fair party
Portman was naturally the belle of the ball, hand-in-hand with fiance Benjamin Millipied as countless people congratulated her on her awards-season sweep.

Jude Law palled around with Cameron Diaz and "Contagion" costar Gwyneth Paltrow while Gabrielle Union chatted with Jamie Foxx -- who then ran into his friend Jessica Biel. Biel and Foxx  went off together to circulate while Justin Timberlake stood with Andrew Garfield and his girlfriend.

Gorgeous women weren't in short supply, including newly single Scarlett Johansson, who was engaged in deep conversation with Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Though this was Portman's year, few could quite contain themselves when nominee Michelle Williams floated by.

In stunning Chanel haute couture, Williams had a soft glow that stopped conversations and, frankly, assured us she'll make a convincing Marilyn Monroe in the forthcoming "My Week With Marilyn."

Colin Firth at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar partyLet us not forget Williams' humble roots, however: She looked right at home speaking with former "Dawson's Creek" costar Busy Phillips

Star couples -- including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, designer Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, and Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann -- put up unified fronts.

But no couple was so convincing as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, the picture of young Hollywood come to the grown-ups' table, running back and forth between the Tower bar and terrace holding hands (yes, they were). Taylor Swift made an appearance in a gold mini, snacking from a cone full of In-N-Out Burger fries that was getting passed around. Meanwhile, her former flames Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas worked the crowd. 

It's a good year to be a television star, being that many small-screen favorites were invited to film's big night: Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" and "Glee" folks including Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison made the scene.

Fellow gleek Dianna Agron showed up, looking nowhere near as traumatized as some since-debunked reports would have her after her split with actor Alex Pettyfer

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Anderson Cooper attacked in Egypt with crew [video]


Anderson Cooper attacked Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt by government supporters who turned on him and his crew Wednesday in the protest-torn streets of Cairo.


In upsetting video footage released by CNN, above, Cooper can be heard declaring he was hit "like 10 times in the mouth" as he attempted to usher various members of his crew, one of them female, through the mob.

"Calm down," he can be heard saying to the assailants.

Afterward, Cooper sent out an update via Twitter. "Thanks for tweets of concern," he said. "I'm sore and head hurts but fine. Neil and mary anne are bruised but ok too. Thanks"

The silver fox is no stranger to violence overseas -- a little more than a year ago in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Cooper was captured on video carrying to safety a child who was left bloody by looters who'd started throwing rocks and chunks of concrete.

"To me, the story today is not me being attacked, it's the melee that continues," Cooper told Show Tracker. "This is a stunning development, and it's not clear what kind of impact it's going to have.

Check out the Cairo clip above and get more on the situation in Egypt here.


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Photo: Anderson Cooper attends the 2011 "CNN Heroes" telecast. Credit: Associated Press


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