Thursday, January 21, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, January 21, 2016 + Extras!!

 The very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair for the MIA Anderson Cooper.

Anderson did post the following to his IG account today:

The following was posted to Craig's List:

Anderson Cooper TV Featured Audience (Midtown West)

Seeking featured audience members for a CNN special taping on January 27th. Rare audience tickets are now available. Free. Limit 2 per person.

Do you love trivia? Want to be part of a FUN studio audience for a TV show that will test your skills and knowledge? We're looking for audience members for a taping of The CNN Quiz Show, hosted by Anderson Cooper.

You'll get to cheer on celebrity contestants as they go head-to-head over trivia questions and games. It'll be an exciting, hilarious show- come be a part of the fun!

Wednesday, January 27th at 11:00am New York City - Columbus Circle - Time Warner Building

Apply for your seat online:

And his documentary with his mother premieres at The Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.   The following article appeared in The Hollywood Reporter:

Sundance: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper Doc Explores "Life of Privilege and Loss"
by Tatiana Siegel 1/21/2016 5:30am PST

Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus' 'Nothing Left Unsaid' examines Vanderbilt's storied life of excess and tragedy, and how suicide took one son and scarred another: Cooper's "willingness to go there and ask some of the hardest questions made it a very rich experience."

This story first appeared in the Jan. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

When HBO president of documentary films Sheila Nevins first approached director Liz Garbus to make a documentary about Anderson Cooper and his mother, Garbus had one question.

"Who is Anderson Cooper's mother?" she recalls.

Given his more generic last name, people often forget or are unaware of the fact that the silver-haired CNN anchor hails from the iconic Vanderbilt family and that his mother is none other than famed heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.

In her new film, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, Garbus explores the relationship between the two — an idea that was hatched by the 48-year-old newsman, whose dusty boxes of home movies and archival pictures were begging for cinematic treatment. The film, which has its world premiere at Sundance on Jan. 23, offers a glimpse into the mother-son bond never seen before, with Cooper trying to process before the camera the suicide of his older brother, Carter, who at 23 jumped to his death from Vanderbilt's 14th-floor balcony in 1988, with his mother in the room.

"Anderson had been on this search to know her better and felt this film would represent the extension and completion of this search," says Garbus. "He had been shooting video and asking her questions since he was in his 20s. I found it to be a really interesting generational story — this extraordinary life of privilege but also of loss."

Vanderbilt, now 91 and worth a reported $200 million, has been in the public eye for nearly a century, first as the so-called "poor little rich girl" who sparked a nasty custody battle that played out in the press in the early 1930s (the original "trial of the century"). Her life story spawned movies (Little Gloria … Happy at Last), best-sellers (written by and about Vanderbilt) and more iconic imagery than Marilyn Monroe ("I made a film about Marilyn Monroe, and the photographic and film archive of Gloria Vanderbilt dwarfed Marilyn," says Garbus).

But Garbus felt there was a major disconnect between the persona and the woman, whose Hollywood paramours included Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra and director Sidney Lumet, who was her second of four husbands.

Still, Garbus, 45, wasn't interested in doing a movie that merely serviced someone else's vision. After all, the Brooklyn-based director is a two-time Oscar nominee (landing her second this year for What Happened, Miss Simone?) and is accustomed to having complete editorial control.

"It was interesting because Anderson is in the media business, but there was nothing he or Gloria asked us to stay away from or pull out," she says. "There was no change I was asked to make that I didn't think was a good idea."

Garbus also enlisted Cooper in the very role in which he is most effective: She had him sit down and interview his mother, probing for answers about Carter's suicide, her fabled romances and the early death at the age of 50 of his father, author and screenwriter Wyatt Cooper.

"His willingness to go there and ask some of the hardest questions made it a very rich experience," says Garbus. "One of the most interesting things that she says in the film is, 'Once you accept that life is a tragedy, then you can start living.' "
(Please click on above link to view article from original source.) posted an interview Liz Garbus did with Women & Hollywood:

Sundance 2016 Women Directors: Meet Liz Garbus - 'Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper'

Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus is one of the most celebrated American documentary filmmakers working today. Her films have been acclaimed worldwide and have garnered multiple Academy Award nominations and Emmy Award wins. Her previous film, "What Happened, Miss Simone?," was the Opening Night film of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and had its theatrical and worldwide release on Netflix. The film delves into the life of Nina Simone, drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-heard audiotapes, rare concert footage and archival interviews. (Press materials)

"Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper" will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 23.

W&H: Please give us your description of the film playing.

LG: This is a film about a son trying to understand his mother’s past. That mother happens to have had one of the most storied pasts in recent memory. It’s a story about love and loss, about regrets and redemption, about art and history.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

LG: [The president of HBO Documentary Films, producer] Sheila Nevins! She asked me if I’d like to make this film. I was wary at first -- what else had been done? -- but when I learned Anderson had boxes and boxes of films and home movies, and I began to understand the narrative nature of Gloria’s painting, I was hooked.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

LG: The biggest challenge was also our biggest asset: the vast archive. Gloria is a person who has existed in the public eye probably longer than anyone alive. She was famous from the moment [she was born] and today she’s 92. Her photo archive made Marilyn Monroe’s photo archive look tame.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

LG: Their own parents, their children, the passing of time, the importance of love and family and making connections before it’s too late.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

LG: Someone said this once, and I like it: Act like you’re the boss, and you’ll be treated as such.

W&H: What's the biggest misconception about you and your work?

LG: I don’t know how to answer that. I’m not sure what conceptions or misconceptions about me are out there.

I do find the perception of docs as something other than a storytelling medium frustrating. When you’re making a film about people, it’s your interpretation of them that is on the screen. Just as when an artist paints a portrait, it’s that artist’s vision of the subject that is on the canvas. Does it look exactly like that person? No, it's an artist's vision, though their creative filter. So when people ask "Why didn’t you talk about this, why did you leave that out?" I want to say, "This is not Wikipedia: it's storytelling."

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

LG: The project originated at HBO.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

LG: There are many, but if I have to choose one: "Harlan County, USA" by Barbara Kopple. An ever-relevant, sensitive, badass film that has inspired so many of us.
(Please click on link to view article from main source.)

And there was this article in Deadline Hollywood on January 7th from the TV Critics Association meeting:

Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper Debate “Dating” Errol Flynn In HBO Documentary – TCA

Gloria Vanderbilt came to TCA today to talk about HBO’s documentary on her life, exec produced by her son Anderson Cooper, who conducted the interviews.

The 91-year-old great-great-great-granddaughter of shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt was dubbed America’s “poor little rich girl” and maybe is best known as the subject of a sensational custody battle, the woman who witnessed one of her sons commit suicide – and those jeans. And yet, Cooper said, while interviewing his mother for the docu Nothing Left Unsaid, he was struck by the fact that that she is “far more joyous than me.”

“She’s like Henry VIII and I’m like Cromwell. She’s the most youthful person I know, even at almost 92,” Cooper said of his mother, who was on stage with filmmaker Liz Garbus. He appeared via satellite before hosting a CNN town hall meeting on guns with President Obama.

The film opens with footage Cooper shot of his mom on a beach in 1990, two years after his brother Carter took his own life. Garbus discovered the footage among many boxes of material Cooper unearthed in a storage unit Vanderbilt has had for his entire life. “I don’t know if you are familiar with Citizen Kane,” Cooper said, reminding TV critics of the famous storage room scene in the Orson Welles classic. Going through his mother’s storage unit, one box would contain “amazing letters from Howard Hughes, who dated her when he was Hot Howard Hughes before he was Desert Inn Howard Hughes.” In another box, he found a box of cornflakes she’d forgotten to throw away when packing to move.

“It sounds like the show Hoarders,” Vanderbilt complained. “It was not like that!”

“It was like that,” Cooper mouthed to TV critics. (Later, however, realizing he was “in trouble” with his mom, he insisted: “It’s really not like Hoarders. It’s a really nice room.”)

The most interesting take-away from the documentary, Cooper said, is that his mother “comes from time and place that doesn’t exist any longer. She was born into this family that on paper was one of the richest in America, living in palaces … enormous mansions they called ‘cottages.’ That kind of world doesn’t exist, and many of the people my mom has encountered along the way – they’re no longer alive in many cases, and their stories are no longer remembered.”

The docu, Cooper promised, “shines a light on stories not being told” anymore. He recalled watching an Errol Flynn movie with his mother and asking her, “Did you ever know Errol Flynn?” To which she responded, “Oh, yes.”

“But I always knew it was a lot more than that,” Cooper said, noting that she dated Flynn when she was 17.”I did date him, once,” Vanderbilt said, as her son made air quotes, and HBO’s docu chief Sheila Nevins jumped in to cut off the Q&A, to the dismay of the critics. As Nevins wrapped things up, Cooper could be heard saying to his mother, “Tell them about your ‘date’ with Marlon Brando.”

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper premieres April 9 on HBO.

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1 comment:

CWM84 said...

Anderson's mom still looks remarkably well for her age! I wonder if AC will open up more about his personal life... but something tells me it will all be about his mom. As far as content of AC360, still pro gop. And they continue to drag Hilary down, ignoring polls were she leads in favor of promoting polls she is behind. I wonder if AC really cares Cruz and rest of gop are very anti gay? Maybe not at this point. What happened to KTH? I know I sound like a broken record by now but this program sure went down the tubes. Is AC not allowed to push back on republicans? There's no balanced on this show...