Saturday, December 31, 2011

Before The Crystal Ball Drops

December 31st, 2011
11:04 PM ET

.. AC360's Isha Sesay reports.

AC360's Isha Sesay gets a behind-the-scenes look at just what it takes to ring in the new year.

Isha Gets Ready

December 31st, 2011
08:15 PM ET

.. Isha Sesay reports.

Video: Times Square, get ready!

Tune in tonight at 10pm E.T. on as Isha Sesay reports from behind the scenes.

Welcome 2012!

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In One Word: "Anderson!"

December 31st, 2011
06:20 PM ET

.. Anne Clifford and Ella Chick report.

Video: Can you describe 2011 in one word?

We asked revelers in Times Square for a single word to define the year. What's your word? Tweet it to @AC360 using #CNNNYE.

Tune in for Isha Sesay's behind-the-scenes webcast at 10 p.m. ET and then Anderson and Kathy's epic show from Times Square at 11 p.m. ET! Tweet your New Year's Eve messages using #CNNNYE and you could see it on-air. Also, submit your questions for Anderson and Kathy on our Facebook and Google+ pages.

Before It All Begins

December 31st, 2011
06:27 PM ET

Behind the Scenes: New Year's Eve extravaganza

Have a look behind the curtain as the team gets ready for CNN's fabulous New Year's Eve blow-out.

Ha! Ha! Ha! It's A Joke!

Anderson Cooper Set to Propose to Kathy Griffin at Midnight

Posted on December 31, 2011

Posted by P. Beckert

Well, folks, you can stop wondering whether (1) Anderson Cooper is gay; (2) Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are dating; (3) Kathy Griffin is really a guy; or (4) Kathy Griffin is really a guy, gay and dating Anderson Cooper who is also gay, because, evidently, after the ball drops in Times Square tonight, Cooper just may be setting himself up for an even bigger ball drop by proposing to Griffin.

Yep, you heard that right. Sources very close to Anderson Cooper claim that the nice guy of mainstream media fame is ready to propose to the most abrasive woman in show business (in his age group at least). Now all that is left is the answer.

Oddsmakers in Vegas say the sure money is on Kathy yelling ‘yes’ so loud, it will be heard over the noisemakers in Times Square where the two will be hosting “New Years Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.” And they are pretty sure she’ll get something in there about being so excited she just peed her pants before jumping all over Cooper like a red-tufted lemur. There may also be nudity so it is advised that you might want to send the kiddies into the next room to watch “Night of the Walking Dead with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest” instead.

Most of us can’t imagine what would possess mild-mannered newsman Cooper to go for the self-proclaimed diva whore of stand-up comedy who has openly said more than once that Cooper can’t help it if he was born gay.

“The only way we can possibly explain it,” says Cooper’s best friend Sanjay Gupta, “is that the rumors that the poles are shifting, causing a magnetic disturbance at the equator has somehow affected our Cooper’s thinking and he is just not himself.”

Meanwhile, Cooper remains mum on tonight’s proposal. “If you are asking me straight up if I am going to propose to that madwoman, the answer is a definite no. But, if you are asking me if I could be crazy enough to marry someone like Kathy Griffin, the answer is, ‘hell, man, I’ve stood in Japan in the middle of a nuclear meltdown and took radiation levels on myself for a 24-hour period.’ I think I can handle a firecracker like Griffin.”

5 Things We Already! Know

5 Things You Don't Know About Anderson Cooper

December 30, 2011

He's been dispatched to hotspots all over the world during the year covering stories for CNN and once again this year, he'll join funny lady Kathy Griffin on New Year's Eve for the network's coverage of the nation's biggest celebration in Times Square. Here are five things you don't know about this respected news anchor, whose on-air giggle fit earlier this year made headlines on its own.

1. Born in New York into one of the city's wealthiest and most respected families, the Vanderbilts. His great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, a 19th-century business tycoon. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, is a prominent socialite and famous jeans designer.

2. Spent six months living in Vietnam and studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.

3. Modeled for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy's from age 10 to 13.

4. While studying at Yale, did an internship over two summers at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.

5. Although a self-described news junkie, his guilty pleasure is reality TV shows, especially The Real Housewives series.

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10) Biden
April 13

9) Andercat
August 12

8) Third Eagle of the Apocalypse
June 16

7) Don't mess with Damon
August 2

6) Fountain Lady
January 20

5) Stephen Colbert's Absurd-u-Chart
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June 21

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1) Depardieu
August 17

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RidicuList Winner 1/10

December 30th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Video: RidicuList Top Ten: Depardieu

In the year's #1 top RidicuList, the usually cool and calm Anderson Cooper gets a case of the giggles over Gerard Depardieu.

I voted for him!

And, for me, as I said before, this video is the second #1:
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I have no idea how she got in there.]

Follow Him! Or Him. Or Him...

December 29th, 2011
03:50 PM ET

Who you should follow on New Year's Eve

We're getting ready for an epic #CNNNYE show hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin at 11 p.m. ET! We want to take you behind the scenes this year and give you an insider's perspective from the platform in Times Square to the party in Nashville, the celebration in Key West and the control room at CNN. Get the scoop directly from Anderson, our correspondents and producers by following them on Twitter on Dec. 31:

Live from Times Square @andersoncooper

The AC360 account will bring you the latest all night @AC360

Host of the 10 p.m. web show in Times Square @IshaSesayCNN

Producer on the platform in Times Square @jackgraycnn

Correspondent in Nashville @BrookeBCNN

Correspondent in Central Park @GaryTuchmanCNN

Producer in Key West @CNNkimsegal

Correspondent in Key West @CNNzarrella

Producer in Central Park @JoneilCNN

Senior producer in the control room @JennyBlancoCNN

Producer and site manager in Times Square @JulianCummings

Line producer in the control room @AnnieCNN

Producer in Nashville, Jason Morris @JMOCNN

Don't miss Isha Sesay's behind-the-scenes show on CNN.COM at 10 p.m. ET! Tweet your New Year's Eve messages using #CNNNYE and you could see it on-air. Also, submit your questions for Anderson and Kathy on our Facebook and Google+ pages.

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#2, Jack Gray, AC360 Producer. Cute as a sexy guy.

#3, Jason Morris, CNN Producer.
I've never seen him before, but I hope to see More of him from now on.

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