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Anderson Cooper admits he loses his cool while teaching teaching partner Benjamin Maisani to drive

Anderson Cooper is teaching longtime partner Benjamin Maisani how to drive and it’s bringing out the worst in him.

‘He’s got a learner’s permit like a 16 year old. It’s the most embarrassing thing,’ Cooper told viewers while co-hosting ABC’s Live! with Kelly Ripa earlier today.

‘I’m happy about it on the one hand because I’m sick of being the one who has to drive every time we’re in a car,’ Cooper said of Maisani who turns 44 this week.

‘He’s all excited about driving so he insists on driving whenever I’m with him.’

That’s where things get tense.

‘I thought I’d be happy about this, that he’s finally learning. (But) I am the worst driving teacher on the planet. I get annoyed at everything he does – every mistake he makes. I’m like, “Ugh! How stupid! Why did I let you get a learner’s permit? I hate you!” I’m the worst. I make him so nervous.’

Ripa, who is close friends with Cooper, said: ‘He said that you actually hissed at him.’

Cooper admitted it was true and actually re-enacted his quite scary hiss – three times.

‘You know when you’ve been with someone for awhile … you’re beyond speech,’ he explained.

‘You’re so sick of what they do you can’t even discuss it.’

Cooper begins talking about the driving situation at the 9:30 mark in the video below.


Celeb Instagram: Alec Baldwin! Robbie Rogers! Billy Gilman! Ellen DeGeneres & Katie Couric!

We're on a big gay boat. #AtlantisCruise

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Catching up with my emo cuz on the first day of pre-season @sachakljestan @moracreativestudio

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Wade out into the water. Breathe in breathe out with me.

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Are @KatieCouric and I: a.) Having a staring contest? b.) Thumb wrestling? c.) Talking about her new documentary, "Gender Revolution"?

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Lunch Break Videos: Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin speeches at Women’s March LA

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My surprisingly gay day at the Women’s March in LA

I did not originally expect to find myself at the Women’s March in downtown LA on Saturday,

But now I can’t imagine having been anywhere else.

A group of friends (pictured, left) told me Friday night they’d be driving up from Orange County.

Since I live less than five miles from downtown, I felt like I really had to go and check it out at least for a little while.

I was early to Pershing Square, got cheap parking nearby and positioned myself right in front of the stage.

That was fine for the first few speakers but the square soon got over-crowded so they moved the speakers to on top of a giant bus on Hill Street.

I climbed through some bushes and wormed my way to the front of that crowd and we heard from rally organizers and city and county officials including openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin. County supervisor Hilda Solis also spoke as did former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Some speakers were terrific, some just okay but either way there were too many of them for this restless crowd eager to MARCH.

So they finally wrapped up and … nothing.

We could not march. We could not move.

The march’s route to City Hall was gridlock – too many people.

While frustrating and confusing at first, it just became a beautiful thing as people began to splinter off and find their own way to City Hall.

The spirit was so positive and peaceful. An amazing energy.

Even though there were an estimated 750,000 people clogging the streets of downtown, I managed to connect with my friends Lorna, Danny, Martin and Stephanie in the middle of the intersection of 6th Street and Hill.

There was a lot of LGBT representation, rainbow pride flags and these amazing signs all over the place. You can see some of them over on my Instagram page and over at Gay Star News. I also did a Facebook Live video for Gay Star News despite spotty wifi.

An unforgettable day – a reminder that people are beautiful and really care and that Los Angeles is a phenomenal place to live.

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Laverne Cox thrilled to be on side of a bus

So I have been on the side of a bus a few times now for different projects I have been involved with. I can testify that it never gets old. I think about growing up in Alabama, not having a lot of financial resources, a black girl that no one knew was really a girl. I had big dreams and didn't really understand how much hard work would need to go into making those dreams a reality. I still marvel at how much work it is. I am so happy for that little girl today. And I love the folks I share space with on the side of that bus @dreamadew @dulehill @katherineheigl @kobilibii and the legendary #ElliotGould my brilliant co-workers. I love @DoubtCBS and I hope you all will as well. #Doubt premieres Wednesday February 15 at 10pm on CBS. #TransIsBeautiful #LivingTheDream

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Monday Morning Man: Grigor Dimitrov!

I love the Australian Open and I hate the Australian Open.

I love it because of all the great tennis but hate the time difference that leads me to watching matches until the wee hours of the morning.
Last night I watched this handsome guy, Grigor Dimitrov, win his fourth round match.
Such a great looking guy and wonderful player!
The Bulgarian stud is 25 and ranked 15th in the world.
He’s won five titles in his career including one in Brisbane earlier this month.
His past girlfriends by the way include Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

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Watch: ‘Saturday Night Live’ guest host Aziz Ansari does monologue targeting Trump and racists

Wow. Aziz Ansari’s opening monologue on Saturday Night Live really goes for it and tackles racism. Good for him! The timing is right.

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Celeb Instagram: Women’s Marches Part 3

Barbra at the Los Angeles Women's March yesterday, just before giving her speech. You can read it in full at #StrongerTogether #WomensMarch

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I wouldn't be who I am today without all the incredible women in my life. Feeling very privileged to be a part of the #WomensMarch today.

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Julianne & I Marching with @MomsDemandAction in DC. What an inspiring, exciting, gratifying, and comforting day, walking in lockstep with people of ever race, religion, sexual identity– different groups being HEARD & SEEN. If you'd like to see how you can help , go to. #womensmarch2017 #WeAreAMovement @juliannemoore #DC #proudinpinkhats #36Strong

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Watch feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s powerful speech at Women’s March in Washington DC

Gloria Steinem is one of my heroes. Her book Revolution From Within: A Book on Self Esteem was huge for me and I have worshipped her ever since. Here is her speech from yesterday’s Women’s March in Washington DC.

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Madonna & Cher together at Women’s March!


Celeb Instagram: Women’s March Pt. 2


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Oh the #LOVE…the March was about standing together, in unity, Equal, and running into old friends! Laura Linney & I did the film Mothman Prophecies together and had lost touch. And the delicious @isabelgillies and I go waaayyy back but today was super special. I'm grateful for strong, bighearted, brace, women. And for everyone who Marched, across the globe. #womensmarch2017 #36Strong

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My last picture from today is when Lily Tomlin and Nicholle Tom BEGGED me for a picture. #WomensMarchLA

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With @corybooker at the #womensmarchonwashington

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BROADWAY SAYS FUCK YOU TRUMP. @womensmarch @hamiltonmusical #linmanuelmiranda #feministasfuck

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#jamieleecurtis @happyhippiefdn @womensmarch @womensmarchla #womensmarchla #WMLA #whyimarch #hearourvoice #hh4pp

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Celeb Instagram: Women’s March Edition!

It was pretty dope singing backup for #HelenReddy onstage today at #womensmarchla #WomensMarch with #jamieleecurtis @kerrywashington #jenniferlewis and other incredible women

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2.9 million marched in the biggest protest in American History. This is Day 1. #inaugurationday2017 #womensmarch

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THIS is the truth. THIS is how YUGE the march was today. We couldn't move. We couldn't pee. We were cold. We were tired. And we were SO FUCKING HAPPY TO BE A PART OF IT. #womensmarchonwashington

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my gang. #WomensMarchLA2017

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#women #LGBT #womensmarch womensmarchSanFrancisco #comedy #WomensRightsAreHumanRights #whywemarch #nastywomenunite

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Onstage today for #womensmarchla #womensmarch #Intersectionality #TransIsBeautiful #womensrightsarehumanrights #TransRightsAreHumanRights #StandwithGavin #translivesmatter #blacklivesmatter

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. @michaelturchinart gets scared in crowds, so I had to hold him like this the whole day. #WomensMarchLA

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Watch tennis studs Roger Federer, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov try and do the boy band thing

We're starting a boy band #NOTNSYNC @grigordimitrov @tommyhaasofficial @davidfoster

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Rosie O’Donnell’s very dark inaugural day tweet

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Afternoon Video: Megan Mullally dishes with Jimmy Kimmel about ‘Will & Grace’ past and future

She seems very over the moon about the 10 new episodes of Will & Grace and so are we. Megan Mullally chats with Jimmy Kimmel about that and dishes about some of the show’s past guest stars – most notably Madonna.


Snapped! Robbie Rogers and Caleb visit Greg Berlanti!

Heading into Dada G's office with his new fresh kicks.

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Ellen DeGeneres assembles an all-star line-up for a remarkable LGBT thank you video to Obama

Ellen DeGeneres assembled a remarkable line-up of LGBT celebrities and allies to say thank you to President Barack Obama.

DeGeneres kicked things off by mentioning marriage equality, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the passage of hate crime legislation.

‘President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name equality, kindness and love,’ she said.

DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi thanked Obama for her right to get married as did Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris.

Tom Daley who is engaged to Dustin Lance Black said: ‘As a gay man who’s going to be getting married to one of your Americans, I just want to say thank you.’

Jim Parsons summed up Obama’s accomplishments by saying: ‘You presided over a period of time that turned out to be in many ways one of the most positive periods of time in the lives of gay Americans.’

Laverne Cox weighed in on behalf of transgender people by saying: ‘You had the first transgender presidential appointees. You were the first president who ever even uttered the word transgender and I certainly hope you won’t be the last.’

Rachel Evan Wood was emotional in her video.

‘I’m going to try and do this without crying,’ she said.

Wood thanked Obama ‘for changing the way people thought about us and honestly the way I thought about myself. That hope is going to stay with me. Thank you for everything.’

Also weighing in were Lily Tomlin, Colton Haynes, Jonathan Groff, Dan Bucatinsky, George Takei, Guillermo Diaz, Chris Colfer and Alan Cumming.

Joked Tomlin: ‘Too bad aliens didn’t come during your presidency. We would have been so proud to take them to our leader.’

Straight allies Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, Kristen Bell, Eric Stonestreet and Drew Barrymore were among those who also had messages for Obama.

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LGBT celebrities and allies bid Obama farewell

Mr. President, WE cannot thank you enough. You taught us all that "Yes WE can." Now: "Yes WE must." WE must keep the arc of history bending toward justice — with the overwhelming power of our combined voices, our bodies, and our bold actions. YES WE MUST. #OneStruggleOneFight #YesWECan #YesWEmust #TheAmericanMajority

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your intelligence has guided us. your strength has protected us. your thoughtfulness has reassured us. your humanity has moved us. you are possessed of a rare kind of dignity rooted in unimpeachable (no pun intended) integrity. thank you for being an example of character and leadership that i will forever be proud to have supported and fought for. we will miss you more than we yet know – and in the face of your negligently incompetent successor – we must be heartened by all that you have accomplished and the spirit of hope which is your enduring legacy. godspeed @barackobama in all that you do from here. we must fight. we must endure. we must prevail.

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Meeting #potus was a thrill. I will miss having an ally in The White House so much.

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… No, thank YOU, Mr. President. This photo was taken four years ago tomorrow, and marks one of the greatest honors of my life. Thank you, Obamas, for your leadership, your grace, your strength, your compassion, your humor- the list goes on and on. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration to us all, for generations to come. Also let's be real, hot damn what a great lookin' couple. Can't wait to see what you do next. #tbt

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See Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange transformed into Bette Davis and Joan Crawford for ‘Feud’

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange appear completely transformed into Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively, on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The two Oscar winning actresses play two Oscar winners from the past in the first season of the FX series Feud.

Davis and Crawford had many things in common: Both were huge movie stars in the 1930s and 40s, both had won Academy Awards and both had several failed marriages.

They also hated each other.

But by 1962 with good movie roles scarce, the two Hollywood legends joined forces to star in the classic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

The movie was a huge hit but the off-stage drama continued when Davis was nominated for an Academy Award and Crawford was not.

Davis lost to Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker and Crawford had arranged to accept the award for Bancroft who could not attend the ceremony.

The actresses re-teamed for the thriller Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte but there was friction and Crawford left the production early on and was replaced by Olivia de Havilland.

The series premieres on March 5 and also in the cast are Alfred Molina, Sarah Paulson, Catherine Zeta Jones and Stanley Tucci.


Friday Morning Man: Eric Fanning!

Want to pay tribute today to Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of Army in United States history. This was Eric’s last week on the job and he was given an emotional farewell ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
‘It’s been the honor of my lifetime to be your secretary,’ Fanning told the audience of top Army and Defense Department leaders in a packed Pentagon auditorium.
‘Day after day, you deliver’ and ‘I come away a little more in awe of you every time.’
Fanning’s partner, Benjamin Masri-Cohen, posted a photo on Facebook yesterday of he and Fanning exiting the Pentagon after ‘a very emotional farewell.’
‘While sad, I was so proud of what Eric and his team accomplished and honored to have been by his side for the adventure,’ Masri-Cohen wrote. ‘We are SO very proud of you Eric Fanning.’

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