Saturday, February 28, 2009

SNL 2005

Enough about México's calamities, we'll learn all about them tomorrow. Now, since it's Saturday night, let's enjoy a funny moment in history from:

Saturday Night Live - October 8, 2005

~ Anderson Cooper reporting from New Orleans after hurricane Katrina ~

Anderson Cooper Spoof 2

(09:15 min. = 06:33 of AC and 03:42 of other SNL segments)

México's Drug War Preview

60 Minutes tomorrow on CBS

Anderson Cooper speaks about the increasingly violent drug war going on between the Mexican government and the country's major drug cartels.

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Mike Ware reports on the Mexican Narcotics' cartels on Anderson Cooper 360º.

México in Peril

Don't forget: Anderson will be a correspondent for 60 Minutes tomorrow, Sunday, March 1, on CBS at 7 PM ET. This sound like a dangerous assignment, especially if Anderson happened to have gone to Mexico or to any of the border towns where this new war on drugs is taking place.

Next we go to Mexico where there is an under-reported war going on that has killed over 6,000 people the past two years. Mexican drug gangs have been killing each other and fighting back against the government with unprecedented force that includes assault rifles that come almost entirely from the U.S. With those Mexican drug cartels also operating in many U.S. cities, authorities are admitting there is a security threat and it's not just south of the border. Says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano "This issue in Mexico, this very brave battle the president of Mexico is fighting, is something every American has a stake in. The stakes are very high for the safety of many, many citizens of Mexico and the stakes are high for the United States no doubt." CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.


Children's Books

“Hoot,” “Flush” and “Scat.”

You may wonder whay would I post a review of a children's book in here. Well, there are two answers to this "riddle": first that as I was reading this review I realized what a good book this is, and not only for children in age, but also for children at heart, so I hope you finding interesting too. Second, I post this here because of one line at the end of the eight paragraph. Read it, wonder what the book says, buy it and enjoy it!

P.S. I am not advertising this book, there is no commision in it for me whatsoever. But I though the two reasons explained above were good enough to let you all know about this author and his books.

Book Review
February 15, 2009
Children's Books

Where the Wild Things Are Victims

By David Pogue
Published: February 13, 2009

Not many authors are equally successful at writing books for adults and children, but Carl Hiaasen seems to have made an effortless transition. His first and second books for young readers, “Hoot” (2002) and “Flush” (2005),won awards and legions of fans. His latest, “Scat,” won’t disappoint Hiaasen­philes of any age.

What’s truly amazing is how much mileage Hiaasen gets here from mining the same narrow niche. Every novel is an eco-­mystery set in Florida. Every plot features a greedy businessman (with a dumb-as-bricks henchman) bent on getting rich at the expense of Florida wildlife. Each plot is energized by improbable and hilarious action sequences.

In “Hoot,” “Flush” and “Scat,” the hero is a middle-school boy with a feisty female sidekick. Secondary characters include a delinquent bully and a mysterious, benevolent stranger. (In “Scat,” the stranger has wandered in from another Hiaasen novel: he was the protagonist in “Sick Puppy.”)

Yet despite the similarities, the ­novels don’t feel repetitive — especially not “Scat,” which stirs some new, more ambitious elements into the formula.

This time, the mystery involves Mrs. Starch, an unpopular biology teacher who disappears during a disastrous field trip to an Everglades swamp. At first, it’s hard for Nick, our hero, and his friend Marta to care. After all, Mrs. Starch is a nearly six-foot-tall tyrant who wears “her dyed blond hair piled to one side of her head, like a beach dune.”

By Carl Hiaasen
371 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $16.99. (Ages 10 and up)

Carl Hiaasen on the Book Review's Podcast (mp3 14:43 min. audio)

First Chapter: ‘Scat’ (February 15, 2009)
Times Topics: Children's Books

But before long, Nick is up to his neck in secondary mysteries. What was the tan-colored, fast-moving blur on the video he took in the swamp? Who or what caused the swamp wildfire that day? Why has Smoke, the class arsonist/slacker, suddenly cleaned up his act? Why is Mrs. Starch’s home filled with stuffed animals (of the taxidermy sort)? And if Mrs. Starch is missing, then who’s driving around town in her blue Prius?

“Scat” is by far the plottiest of Hiaasen’s young-people books. The story lines — involving Nick, Marta, Smoke, their parents, Mrs. Starch, local fire and police investigators, the mysterious stranger and the two hilarious bumblers who run the Red Diamond Energy Corporation’s illegal drilling operation — are intertwined in ways that must have required a spreadsheet to track. Not surprisingly, all of these strands are neatly and satisfyingly resolved at the end of the story.

This is also the most contemporary Hiaasen book, dropping names like Facebook, “Harry Potter,” the TV show “COPS,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper — and the war in Iraq.

And here’s the most startling deviation from the Hiaasen formula. Just when the fun is hitting its stride, we learn that Nick’s father has been wounded in Iraq; his right arm is blown off by a roadside explosive. The story returns periodically to monitor the stages of his recovery: his bandages, his infections, his attempts to work with his remaining hand, and so on.

This is all handled unsentimentally and with a positive spirit; Nick conceals his grief, calls his dad Lefty and tapes down his own right arm in solidarity. But this subplot introduces some new, grimmer notes to the series, and not every young fan will know what to make of it.

Still, the ingenious plotting makes “Scat” more engrossing than either of its predecessors. The characters are richer — two of them turn out to be not at all the caricatures they seemed at first. And even the title is a clever pun, referring both to the good guys’ message to the bad guys, and to the panther droppings that hold a key to the mystery. In short, Hiaasen’s​ novels for younger readers seem to be maturing right along with them.

David Pogue writes about technology for The Times. His first children’s novel will be published next year.

the reviewer, David Pogue

the author, Carl Hiaasen

Friday, February 27, 2009


Somebody has a different point of view. It was $4,500 last year according to TV Newser and $21,000 in 2007 according to CityFile (see previous post). So is Anderson Cheap or Expensive this year? Like Anderson would say, I report the events, you make your decision.

Friday, Feb 27

What Recession? Anderson Cooper Nearly Doubles in Price

Last night in Times Square, Bailey House had its annual auction which featured several tvnewsers as items up for bid, including Meet & Greets and studio tours with Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Rachel Maddow as well as VIP tickets for the Today show and GMA Summer concert series. The last we looked they were each in the $700-$800 range. In the not-so-silent Auction portion, a dinner with CNN's Anderson Cooper went for $7,500 up from $4,500 last year.

But the highlight for us may have been talking with Jane Pauley who says she's got some exciting things lined up in 2009. But she also revealed that when she goes back to 30 Rock these days, she has to stop first at the visitor's desk.

ABC's Jeffrey Schneider was once again co-chair along with Jeffery Povero. In all, Bailey House raised more than $700,000 to help homeless people living with AIDS.

Bailey House Auction co-host Tim Gunn interviewed by Extra. (photo: Ivan Villegas)

Posted by Chris | 03:18 PM |


Blame it on the Economy. Stupid.

Charity Events

Anderson Cooper Feels the Sting of the Recession | Lunch with Anderson Cooper went for $7,500 at Bailey House's annual fundraiser last night, which raises money for homeless people with HIV and AIDS. "Like stocks and real estate, Cooper's market value has declined by more than 60 percent—the Cooper date sold for $21,000 in 2007." [NYM/Daily Intel]

Posted at 12:32PM on Feb 27, 2009

Yup, It's Video Day!

I've written a letter to Andy
his address is CNN Times Sq.
I've written "Dear Andy, I miss you
and wish you were with me to love."

Instead of a stamp I put kisses,
the postman said, "That's best to do."
I've written this letter to Andy,
saying, "I love you."

Adapted from "I've written a letter to Daddy" by Frank DeVol for the movie
"What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?"

What does Baby Jane have to do with Anderson and Kelly, you ask?
Nothing. It's just a letter.

Inbox2 Anderson Cooper

(03:37 min.)

From: Reiyna756

Added: February 22, 2009



Happy Days!

Today, it seems, is "video day" and to continue with YouTube's gifts, here we show you an old video of Anderson during his days at ABC-TV, when News were really News and Anderson was really Anderson. Can you imagine CNN allowing 7:48 minutes of uninterrupted air time to show Anderson in his natural element? Not in 2009, I don't think so. Too bad, more people would tune in if they allowed Anderson to broadcast his idiosyncrasies once in a while -- say twice a week or so (big sigh). Enjoy!

Anderson Cooper a.k.a. Vanderbilt

(07:48 min.)

From: World4theories

Added: February 24, 2009

Description: Anderson Cooper aka Vanderbilt CNN news rich family Scientology
[Peter's Note: I don't know why the author writes in here "CNN news" when it's ABC; or why he even mentions "Scientology" when it has nothing to do with Anderson nor the Vanderbilts. But, hey! We are grateful he posted this oldie but goodie for us.]


Revenge (?)

This YouTube video from Anderson Cooper 360º (last night), about Anderson hosting "Live with Regis and Kelly" that morning (yesterday morning - Thursday. 26); not to be confused with Anderson's today's hosting of the same program. Film on today's hosting, tomorrow.

And the "revenge," "rematch" mentioned in here is about yet another time Anderson hosted the program about two weeks ago or longer. Confused? Me too. Watch the video and Enjoy!

AC360 "THE SHOT": Kelly Ripa Rematch

(02:29 min.)

From: redpepper5031

Added: February 27, 2009

Description: Donald Trump quizzes Anderson and Kelly Ripa in a trivia rematch.


Anderson Answers Engel

In a post below from yesterday, a post I labeled "The Pathetic," the folks at CityLife wondered if Anderson was going to answer Rep. Eliot Engel's claim that Anderson is "jaded." A claim Mr. Engel made in response to Anderson calling him "pathetic," pathetic for wasting 12.5 hours waiting on the floor of Congress to assure a good seat (and get on camera) during President Obama's Address to Congress. Well, Anderson did answer back during last night broadcast; take a look:

Cooper vs. Engel

(01:30 min.)

From: Subscribe4MoreNews

Added: February 26, 2009

Description: CNN's Anderson Cooper responds to Rep. Eliot Engel's claim that he is "jaded."


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Less Than 2 Hous Left...

Good Causes

Priceless Opportunities Await You!

Simon Doonan, Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow hit the market in less than two hours! Act fast! Opportunities like this don't come around very often. Plus the money goes to a good cause, which should make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, independently of the fact you're going to actually sit down with Andy and watch him masticate. [Bailey House 21st Annual Auction]

Posted at 6:38PM on Feb 26, 2009


At least now we know were Anderson was the night before the Oscars...

The celebs come out for Jerry Diller's infamous pre-Oscars party

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - **EXCLUSIVE** Farrah Fawcett, Robert Deniro, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Puffy Combs, Uma Thurman and her kids, Paris Hilton, Michael Douglas, Whitney Port, Ron Howard, George Hamilton, Chudney Ross, Sharon Stone, Anderson Cooper and finally Stavros Niachros all show up to Jerry Dillers house for his annual Pre Oscar Party.

It doesn't say much about the party itself, nor why it is "infamous," but at least we know who he was with.

The Pathetic...

...No, Not Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, but Anderson's!
Anderson Cooper's War of Words | It looks like Anderson Cooper messed with the wrong guy when he described Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel as "kind of pathetic" on CNN on Tuesday night. The congressman, who became the butt of Anderson's on-air joke after staking out an aisle seat more than 12 hours in advance of President Obama's address to Congress, now says Cooper is the one who is "really pathetic" for not sharing Engel's "enthusiasm for participating in such a historic and wonderful celebration of American democracy," and he says he's sorry that Cooper is "so jaded." Your turn, Andy! [NYDN]

Posted at 1:33PM on Feb 26, 2009

La Guerra en México


Now we know what story Anderson was working on the night of the Oscars, the project he said he was busy with when he blogged on Jack's live blog: The War in Mexico (Narcs). Grim. I was born in Mexico and it makes this project even grimmer...!

But I, for sure, will not miss it this Sunday, March 1st, 2009 at 7 PM ET

Napolitano On The War In Mexico

60 Minutes: Homeland Security Secretary Says Every American Has A Stake In Mexico's War Against Murderous Gangs

Feb. 26, 2009

(CBS) Acknowledging that the violent drug cartels of Mexico are now operating in many U.S. cities, America's Homeland Security secretary says every American has a stake in Mexico's war against the murderous gangs.

Janet Napolitano appears in Anderson Cooper's report on the violence that last year claimed over 6,000 lives to be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Mexican drug gangs have been killing each other and fighting back against the government with unprecedented force. They've also increasingly turned to new sources of income like kidnapping.

Elements of those gangs have been found in many American cities large and small, from Anchorage to Atlanta to New York. "Right," says Napolitano. "This issue in Mexico, this very brave battle the president of Mexico is fighting, is something every American has a stake in," she tells Cooper. "The stakes are very high for the safety of many, many citizens of Mexico and the stakes are high for the United States no doubt."

The Mexican government's crackdown on the cartels has resulted in a quasi war in which the rich drug gangs are fighting back with increasingly more sophisticated and powerful weapons. "Half of what we seize, 55 percent, are assault rifles…over 17,000 assault rifles, throughout the last two years," says Mexico's Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora. "Two thousand and 200 grenades, missile and rocket launchers, .50-cal sniper rifles," says Medina Mora.

The vast majority of these guns - 90 percent - are being purchased just over the border in the U.S. Medina-Mora wants this stopped. "The Second Amendment was never designed to arm criminal groups, especially not foreign criminal groups," says Medina-Mora. "We believe that much more needs to be done. We need a much more committed effort from the U.S.," he says.

When asked by Cooper whether she will ask Congress to reinstate the ban on assault rifles, Napolitano responds, "I haven't thought that far. What I have…worked on is…with Customs, ATF. What do we need to do by way of identifying who is putting these unlawful guns into the hands of the traffickers who are using them to murder people and what do we need to do to stop them?"

Efforts against the gangs on both sides are compromised by allegations of corruption among Mexican authorities. 60 Minutes was able to visit and interview a jailed accused drug trafficker, Sandra Avila Beltran, who was born into a cartel family. "In Mexico, there is a lot of corruption….I don't think [Mexico can win the war]. You would have to wipe out the government to wipe out drug trafficking," she tells Cooper. She denies the charges against her.

Medina Mora does not deny that the gangs have been successful at corrupting police and politicians. "[Cartels] have a tremendous economic power and a tremendous intimidation power that comes from cash and weapons," he says.

Produced by Kyra Darnton and Anya Bourg


...Not A Slumdog Anymore!
A success story to warm your spirit and your heart up.

Mumbai takes Hollywood: Slumdog Millionaire triumphs at Oscars

Producer Christian Colson, centre, along with the cast and crew, accept the Best Picture Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire at Sunday's Academy Awards. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Coming home with 8 Oscars!

Black in America

CNN Announces 2009 Black in America SequelWEBWIRE
– Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien Anchor Live Special Following Replay of Original Series on Feb. 26

With an historic presidential administration already initiating a nationwide dialogue on race, CNN continues its enterprising look at the state of Black America. Building upon its acclaimed 2008documentary Black in America, CNN announced today plans to continue the probing series with a three-part television event in 2009 that will focus on successful innovators who are working to make improvements within African American communities and around the country. As production begins on the 2009 initiative, CNN will rebroadcast two nights of the extremely successful 2008 series reported by anchor and special correspondentSoledad O’Brien.

Black in America: The Black Woman & Family will air on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Black in America: The Black Man will air on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. All times Eastern. Both documentaries have a running time of two hours. Nearly 13 million cumulative viewers saw the original series, which included a co-production with Essence magazine and Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination.

“As the new president plans his first national address before both houses of Congress, CNN is already deeply engaged in reporting and providing analysis of how the new policies and leadership will specifically impact the lives of everyday African Americans – as only CNN can do,” said Jon Klein, president CNN/U.S.

A special edition of Anderson Cooper 360º will air on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. Eastern, following the re-broadcast of Black in America: The Black Man. Anchors Anderson Cooper and O’Brien will discuss the impact of the new administration’s challenge to outdated racial paradigms, and how the new leadership and policies are being received by African Americans in particular. They will also examine local people and programs around the country that have already been driving community change, educational and economic opportunities.

Cooper and O’Brien will look closely at “Journey for Change,” a program that engages economically disadvantaged youth, offering them opportunities to see the world, develop self-confidence and motivate them to pursue their goals. O’Brien traveled to South Africa with Malaak Compton-Rock, humanitarian and wife of entertainer Chris Rock, and 30 young people from Brooklyn as part of a cultural exchange program. The goal of the exchange is to inspire the young participants to re-examine their life situations and engage in programs that benefit their home communities.

Cooper and O’Brien will also explore the successful strategies of Steve Perry, principal and founder of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn. Perry, an author and counselor to prominent politicians, prepares young people for college with “tough love” aimed at students, their parents, and teachers.

Black in America: Today’s Pioneers andBlack in America: Tomorrow’s Leaders will debut in July 2009. In addition, a special co-production withEssence magazine, featuring leaders and community organizers, will be filmed in New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival in July and broadcast on CNN in August.

About Black in America
The Black Woman & Family explores the first-time reunion of the white and Black branches of the Rand family in Houston, Tex., and profiles women and families meeting the challenges of single parenthood, HIV/AIDS, and examines the status of the African American middle class.

The Black Man profiles men living lives as responsible fathers and community leaders – and others living lives of challenges that highlight their critical roles in African American families and communities.

Black in America is produced by CNN Productions. Jeffery Reid and Bud Bultman are managing editors for the series. Jody Gottlieb is the executive director for CNN Productions; Mark Nelson is the vice president and senior executive producer. Black in America was filmed in high definition.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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