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Anderson Cooper goes blind for 36 hours, keeps being charming

Poor Anderson Cooper!

It was no laughing matter for the perennial giggler this week when Cooper Instagrammed a photo of himself with an eyepatch: “Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment,” he said. “UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. Details today on #andersonlive.”

One million questions! What dangerous mission was he off completing? Who was he battling in vicious hand-to-hand combat? The answer wasn’t as Indiana Jones-y as he probably hoped. On Anderson Cooper Live today, Cooper shared that he had been on assignment for a 60 Minutes story off the coast of Portugal, according to People. And then, basically, he forgot to wear sunglasses.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and it feels like my eyes are on fire,” he said. “It turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs and I go blind. I went blind for 36 hours. I took this picture of me after I went to the hospital….That’s my new Match.com profile picture, by the way.”

Hopefully he heals in time to party with Kathy Griffin on New Year’s Eve.

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Broadway has strongest year in history

The sun came out this year on Broadway.

The Broadway League released its 15th annual demographics report today, and it’s good news for fans of the Great White Way: 2012 was the strongest year ever in terms of attendance and grosses. The Broadway box office hit almost 1.14 billion dollars this year.

“This was our strongest 52-week season in history…with over 12.3 million admissions,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, in a press release. “We are pleased to see growth in international market, as New York City continues to show strong tourism numbers. As well, the 2011 – 2012 season saw an increase in the diversity of our audience. Word of mouth continues to be the greatest influence for show selection, with a notable uptick in the power of social networking posts.”

The bigger news is that attendance is up – not just grosses. As ticket prices have continued to rise, it’s no surprise that gross numbers would also be inflated.

Other interesting theater facts from the study: READ FULL STORY

President Obama hosts Twitter Q&A about fiscal cliff negotiations

There’s been a lot of big news today breaking online and in social media: Kate is having a baby, The Pope is on Twitter, Chris Brown is back on Twitter (Ugh), so naturally the President scheduled a Twitter Q&A to discuss it all.

Just kidding. His 2 p.m. live chat stuck entirely — with one exception — to fiscal cliff negotiations, primarily centered around his main point that without a deal being reached, the average middle-class family will have about $2000 less to spend or save next year. For those who think even a soundbite is too dense, check out his 140-character responses!

Sticking with the hashtag #My2k the President encouraged followers to ask him questions – which he then answered briefly before signing off each one with his standard ‘-bo’. For the conspiracy theorists among you, the White House also uploaded a photo of Obama’s hands typing out the answers (OR WERE THEY?!).

Unlike the President’s reddit Ask Me Anything chat a few months ago, the questions were handpicked by the White House and then were retweeted along with President Obama’s answers. You can check out a full play-by-play on The White House’s Twitter feed; check out some of the highlights below: READ FULL STORY

Is 'Skyfall' basically James Bond meets 'Home Alone'?

Francois Duhamel

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SKYFALL

The answer is Yes…at least in my opinion. Now, I really enjoyed Skyfall – don’t get me wrong. It’s the most beautiful Bond movie I’ve ever seen and I always enjoy a villain who wears linen. But the last half-hour with Bond (Daniel Craig) fending off breathable fabric-lover Silva (Javier Bardem) and his gang of baddies with booby traps in his dilapidated childhood home was basically a combo of Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

Think about it—Bond rigs his house with loose floor boards and explosives; light sockets that explode with nails. All that’s missing is the dapper secret agent using a tarantula to freak the evil guys. Also, Judi Dench is just a few dirt smudges away from being the bird lady in Home Alone 2 and Albert Finney is totally giving Home Alone Old Man with the Shovel vibes. Frankly, I’m surprised there wasn’t a scene where Old Judes and Albie rode down the stairs in a sled.

I guess my big issue with this climax is that I love Bond movies for the gadgets and gizmos. I don’t really wanna see 007 being low-tech and running around with a sawed off shotgun—Bruce Willis’ John McClane can do that just fine.

What do you think, PopWatchers?

Follow Tim on Twitter: @EWTimStack

Your Hidden Gems of Election 2012!

CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?

Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY

Judd Apatow to guest-edit 'Vanity Fair' Comedy Issue

This is…the age we live in now.

Judd Apatow will edit Vanity Fair’s first-ever Comedy Issue, the magazine announced today.  This marks the third time that there has been a guest-editor in the past 20 years of the publication: Bono edited the Africa issue in July 2007, and Tom Ford edited the Hollywood Portfolio in March 2006.

Apatow makes sense to edit the January 2013 edition, which will feature a 20-page spread of ‘Who’s Who’ among today’s comedy stars. Apatow is, of course, the writer/director of such films as Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin,  Funny People and others. His next project is the “sort-of sequel” to Knocked Up, December’s <i>This is 40, with Paul Rudd and Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann. (For those that need more This is 40, the full script is already available online.) He’s also the executive producer of HBO’s show Girls, which means that it’s likely Lena Dunham will be making an appearance in Vanity Fair‘s coverage. READ FULL STORY

Jason Aldean on cheating scandal: 'It's been a tough situation'

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Oh, Jason Aldean, I have a bone to pick with you.

On Monday, the married country singer opened up about his cheating scandal — Aldean was photographed kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr last month – in an interview with CMT Insider host Katie Cook. He previously apologized for his behavior, claiming he was drunk and acted inappropriately, but this interview is the first time he’s spoken about the impact of the incident on himself and his family.

“I think when it comes to all the things that have been going on lately, I mean, it’s just been a tough situation,” he said. “I know everybody’s kinda going to have their opinion, and for the people that know me and know what I’m about … the people that are standing by us and supporting us, all I’ve got to say to them is thanks. I mean, I really appreciate it, and it’s just been a really unfortunate thing. Really embarrassing, I think, more than anything.”

The full interview will air on Oct. 13 and 14 at 11 a.m. on CMT.

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'Pitch Perfect': The real story about collegiate a cappella

It’s aca-awesome, for sure. But aca-accurate?

Pitch Perfect is finally in wide release this week, and the buzzy collegiate a cappella movie already has quite a few fans. With my colleague Lanford Beard, I checked out the movie last weekend, was completely charmed, and instantly wanted to know anything and everything about collegiate a cappella.

The movie obviously takes some liberties, but here at PopWatch, we were curious to learn how close the Beca (Anna Kendrick) singing experience was to the real thing. So we called up Drew O’Shanick, a third-year student at University of Virginia and member of the a cappella group the Hullabahoos, who actually cameoed in the film (for those that have seen, they’re the group that briefly sang “Final Countdown” as part of a montage). The Hullabahoos were also one of the groups featured in the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, on which the movie is based.

No big plot points are given away in this very scientific (Read: Please don’t take this seriously!) exploration, but a SPOILER ALERT! to those that haven’t yet seen the film and don’t want to know anything. READ FULL STORY

Local news reporter responds to nasty viewer email -- VIDEO

Paging Lady Gaga!

A local news reporter got a lot more than she bargained for when on-air video of her responding to a bully went viral yesterday.

Jennifer Livingston is a reporter for La Crosse, Wisconsin’s CBS affiliate WKBT. Last week, she received an email from a viewer, writing, in part, “I was surprised to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people…I leave you this note hoping you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthier lifestyle.”

Livingston’s husband is an anchor on the local nightly news there, and he posted the email on his public Facebook page, where it quickly inspired hundreds of comments. Yesterday, Livingston chose to  respond on-air to the controversy. READ FULL STORY

Jerry Seinfeld pens 'really' fuming letter to the editor

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Jerry Seinfeld is really, really ticked off. The comedian penned a letter to The New York Times in response to TV critic Neil Genzlinger’s Monday column about the abuse and overuse of one of Seinfeld’s favorite words: ”really.”

”Really, Neil? Really? You’re upset about too many people saying, “Really?”? I mean, really,” Seinfeld writes.

The amusingly outraged letter to the editor, which uses the word ”really” 10 times, comes to the defense of the ”lazy” comedy writers who use the word that Genzlinger claims is ”undoing 2,000 years’ worth of human progress.” Seinfeld defends Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment “Really!?! With Seth,” which used to star Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers and which Seinfeld himself contributed to in 2010; and turned the tables on Genzlinger by ripping him for using the phrase, “wrap my head around it.” “Don’t preach to us about ‘Really?’ and then wrap our heads around things,” wrote Seinfeld. “You crumbled a bit of civilization off there yourself.”

Seinfeld’s keen observation about everything and nothing couldn’t come at a better time — his five-borough New York City comedy tour kicks off tomorrow. I really hope he addresses the “R word” in his routine.

Watch Seinfeld’s SNL skit below: READ FULL STORY

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