Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Unrest Continues.....

Anderson Cooper opened tonight's AC360 with "Good evening everyone. Tonight, people standing up to their repressive governments peacefully and being beaten, tear gassed and gunned down in the streets. New images and chilling accounts from Bahrain and new videos smuggled out of Lybia. Regimes in both countries say they are responding appropriately. Evidence from both countries seems to indicate otherwise."

KEEPING THEM HONEST, Deadly lies: A report by Anderson Cooper


BAHRAIN'S DEADLY CRACKDOWN, At least six people killed since Monday: Anderson's discussion with Miguel Marquez (ABC News Correspondent), Nic Robinson, Arwa Damon


MIXED SIGNALS, MIXED MESSAGES: A background report by Anderson Cooper


UNREST IN THE ARAB WORLD, Bahrain, Libya and Iran among flash points: Anderson's discussion with Fouad Ajami and James Woolsey


A background report by Anderson Cooper

INSIDE GIFFORDS' REHAB, Dr. Sanjay Gupta plays patient at Houston facility: A report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and follow-up discussion with Anderson Cooper

SHAKEN BABY, WRONGLY ACCUSED: A background report by Anderson Cooper

WASHINGTON COUPLE'S NIGHTMARE, Wrongly accused of child abuse: A report by Randi Kaye

SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME DISPUTE, Experts disagree how it's diagnosed: Follow up discussion with Jeff Toobin and Dr. Sanjay Gupta

360 BULLETIN: Isha Sesay

No time for the RidicuList tonight ~

Tonight's EXTRAS:

Set your DVR's! Anderson Cooper will be Jon Stewart's guest on The Daily Show Tuesday night. We'll have it covered for you ~

And from the AC360 Blog ~

Cooper on interviewing Lady Gaga: 'She came to play'

"She talked about being very insecure," Anderson Cooper says of his "60 Minutes" interview with recording artist Lady Gaga, "But I think she always kind of felt she was meant to be a superstar." (Photo Credit: 60 Minutes/CBS)

Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper speaks with about reporting on recording superstar and Grammy award winner Lady Gaga. Tune in to AC360° on Friday night beginning at 10pm ET to see Cooper's "60 Minutes" interview with Lady Gaga.

What’s the most surprising thing you learned about Lady Gaga?

Cooper: I was surprised by how in control she is and how savvy she is about her own career. She’s 24 years old but she really has thought this out and is able to kind of execute her vision for herself in a way that’s very consistent. She says she art directs every moment of her life and I can’t imagine the amount of energy that requires. It must be exhausting but she’s been incredibly successful with it.

From your perspective of having reported on her and traveled with her, what do you think that vision is?

Cooper: Well, I think she views herself not just a recording artist but as a performance artist. And the clothes and the wigs and the outfits, it’s very thought out and it’s designed to get people talking, designed to make headlines and designed to make statements about politics or fashion or other commentaries that she wants. But it’s also designed in a way to direct people’s attention towards what she wants people to pay attention to which is her artistry and her music and not towards the kinds of things that a lot people focus on with celebrities like who they’re dating. And she’s able to kind of direct attention to her artistry and maintain it there. And it’s a very clever and interesting way she’s doing it.

But wasn’t she very candid with you about the remaking of her persona and the person she used to be and sometimes still is? She talked about being very insecure, right?

Cooper: Yes, she talked about being very insecure. But I think she always kind of felt she was meant to be a superstar. And from age four [she] was taking piano lessons and dance lessons and always had a vision for herself. She talked a lot about how taking the name “Lady Gaga” kind of allowed her to free herself of insecurities and transform herself into the superstar that she felt she was always meant to be.

Anything interesting happen off-camera?

Cooper: Yes, she was amazing to give us so much time. . . . There were a lot of great moments. . . . There are great moments – just being in the recording studio with her. She wanted to play us her album “Born This Way.” So she played us about half of the new songs that will be coming out in the next couple months. And, to hear the songs this far in advance. . . . Literally, when she’s listening in the recording studio, she’s dancing and singing along . . . . And to see her with the friends that she travels with and the people she has known for a long time – and just how she is. One of the things I like about her is that there’s no difference between who she is on camera and who she is in real life.

Because she’s always performing?

Cooper: Well, I don’t think that she’s always performing. I think she’s actually always very honest about who and what she is. I think there are a lot of celebrities who put on a performance on camera. She doesn’t do that. She’s remarkably candid about everything in her life. And, in a way, by doing that, and art directing her life, it allows her to kind of maintain a certain privacy in a strange way. It’s an interesting kind of dance that she’s doing.

Is it difficult to interview someone who’s not wearing pants?

Cooper: Yes, that was interesting. You never knew how she was going to show up. It actually made it difficult to put the piece together, to write the story. Because you ended up having to kind of write it in a linear way because she looked completely different every time we met her. So, you sort had to explain to viewers: “And she’s transformed herself yet again.”

Compared to some of your other recent high-profile interviews, was Lady Gaga harder to book or harder to nail down once you had her in the interview chair?

Cooper: A lot of people are hard to book. She’s definitely hard to book. I just interviewed Eminem. He’s tough to book as well. But, she came to play. There’s some people who you book and are still kind of reluctant and don’t give you much time. She was amazing. She was fully on board and plunged head first in.

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ACAnderFan said...

360 was pretty good last nite. Really enjoyed Sanjay's piece about what a typical day is like for Gabrielle Giffords. I found it very interesting.

I also liked Anderson's discussion with Sanjay and Jeffrey Toobin about the family wrongfully accused of shaken baby syndrome. Its scary to think that a child can injure themselves and suddenly the parents can be accused of abuse.

I was disappointed that there wasn't a RidicuList. I look forward to seeing it every nite.

ACAnderFan said...

Great interview with Anderson about his 60 Minutes piece. I like hearing his take on interviews he's done and this GaGa one is his best yet in my opinion.

judy said...

I only tuned in for Sanjay's report on Gabby Gifford's experience in rehap and how it felt to go through the motions.
The baby shaking segment was of special interest if only because it is documented that Child Protective Services, more often than not, get it all wrong, especially in public schools. The worse cases are never reported accurately, and innocent parents, like the Caplans, are placed under the microscope. They say this is because they are understaffed and while this may be the case, it has been going on for a very long thirty years.
Spent most of the hour watching the Ed Show because he was in Wisconsin and as a former public servant, that is what is most relevant to ME.
Jon Stewart had his friend Brian Williams on this past week so I'm not surprised that he would have AC on Tuesday.
As an aside, 60 Minutes fell from the top ten this past wk. at #14.
Guess we are not all Gaga for Gaga.

aries moon said...

It is inspiring to see the citizens of Bahrain, Iran and Libya attempting to protest and rise up against their government its dictators, but at this point it's hard to see a positive outcome for these protesters given the harsh stance that's being taken against them. 360 continues to have good and extensive coverage of the turmoil.

AC had a good discussion with Rep. Anthony Weiner and Jeff Toobin about Clarence Thomas, his wife, the Supreme Court and conflict of interest which was tacked on near the end of the second hour but should've been in the first instead.

Can't wait for AC's appearance on The Daily Show. Both Jon Stewart and Colbert have made frequent mentions of AC since his time in Egypt.

Claire said...

Nothing about Wisconsin???

The ATA Team said...

@aries moon - We caught the Rep. Weiner/Jeff Toobin segment and decided to hold it for Sunday, since there was no RidicuList or Shot last night.

aries moon said...

@The ATA Team, thanks. :)