Anderson Cooper opened AC360 with the breaking news of new signs tonight that Yemen could be on the brink of a civil war, the attack on the presidential compound today and the injuries that resulted; and video that appears to be a violent government crackdown on protesters demanding the president step down.
YEMEN ON THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR, Attack on Presidential Compound: Anderson's telephone interview with Jeb Boone, Managing Editor, Yemen Times and Follow up discussion with Christopher Dickey & Fareed Zakaria (An excellent discussion of the conflict in Yemen and why it matters to the U.S.)
JOHN EDWARDS INDICTED, Told reporters "I did not break the law": A report by Tom Foreman and Anderson's follow up discussion with Jeff Toobin and Joe Johns
360 BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
The SHOT ~
Attention Mr. Cooper, please take notice that the little boy in the video was wearing a bike helmet. Perhaps you'll get one as a birthday gift?
CASEY ANTHONY'S WEB OF LIES, Recordings reveal wild, intricate fabrications: Anderson's follow up discussion with Jean Casarez and Dr. Drew Pinsky
Anderson Cooper's Birthday Surprise ~
Lots of EXTRAS tonight to hold you until Sunday's post. Remember, starting this weekend, ATA is going to one post per weekend (early Sunday). Sunday begins a special series.... stay tuned!
Anderson's staff had a little birthday surprise for Anderson at the office this afternoon ~
Stage one of @andersoncooper's birthday bonanza - @sprinkles cupcakes! What else do we have up our sleeves?#ac360
#AC360 Behind the Scenes: @AndersonCooper's birthday!
and then... a Thanks for the birthday wishes! Tweet from Anderson, complete with video ~
A Photos section has been added to the AndersonCooper.com website ~
A little more from Toronto yesterday ~
Fromm socialitelife.com ~
Anderson Cooper Isn’t Trying To Replace Oprah
“For some people, the news doesn’t connect with their daily lives, but on daytime television, you can connect with an audience in an emotional way,” said the Silver Fox, who plans to interview both celebrities and everyday people, according to Canada’s National Post. Cooper has been careful to stress that he is, in no way, trying to replace the queen of talk shows herself-Oprah Winfrey. He believes Ms. Winfrey will still be a force to be reckoned with in the media. (please click on link for full article and photo gallery)
From marketingmag.ca ~
In one of the more humorous on-stage moments of yesterday’s Upfront, Rick Brace, president, specialty channels and CTV Production, welcomed Kendra Wilkinson, the star of Kendra, of one of E!’s most popular shows. When Brace asked Wilkinson, one of Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriends, what viewers can expect in the fourth season of the reality show, she said it hasn’t started shooting yet, but it will definitely feature more about her being a mom and wife. “And lots more booty shaking,” she said, turning and giving a booty shake to prove her point. “This has been the best upfront I’ve ever been to,” said Brace to big laughs from the crowd.
When Anderson Cooper took the stage later to talk about Anderson, his new daytime show about a mix of social issues and celebrity coverage that will air weekdays at 5 p.m., he said “I’d prepared a talk about the show, but Kendra stole all my lines because if there’s [a way] to describe Anderson, it’s ‘booty shaking.’” He went on to explain that his show is about “meeting people behind the headlines… It will tell stories you wouldn’t normally see on the news.” (please click on link for full article)
And last, but not least, a little bit of theater for your weekend ~
Remember when we first heard that Anderson was going to be the book voice for the current Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying? Well, here's the Opening Number with star Daniel Radcliffe and the off-stage voice of Anderson Cooper. Enjoy ~