Week In Review
Anderson Cooper Announces He's Gay, Rupert Murdoch Bashes Scientology
Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s Gay…Zzzzz?
Earlier this week, Anderson Cooper told the world he was gay...and...nobody really cared. Gay proponents have interpreted this indifference as a good thing, since it may be an indication that society at large is becoming more easily accepting of gays.
But that's not to say that the Twittersphere and elsewhere didn't have their fun in snarking it up on The Coop.
Thanks to the Washington Post, here are a few hilarious responses to AC's coming-out-to-the-public party:
"CNN Update: Anderson Cooper is still gay, Americans are still indifferent, and CNN is still boring."
"If Anderson Cooper wanted to keep his sexuality a secret, he should have just made the announcement on CNN where nobody would have heard or seen it."
"President Obama is carefully observing if Anderson Cooper's announcement of being gay helps CNN in the ratings. If it does, the election 2012 October Surprise will involve a surprise announcement from Vice President Joe Biden."
"Scientists have been trying to link human sexuality to food intake. Rumors had Anderson Cooper eating a pastrami sandwich the day before he made his announcement and the day after. So far the study is inconclusive."
Legends of the Fall: Expedition to Solve Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance Underway
In conjunction with this week's 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's disappearance over the Pacific, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) announced its plans to search for wreckage of the famous pilot's plane near a southwest Pacific island, where it believes she was stranded on and eventually died.
TIGHAR had previously searched the island and discovered bones and clam shells there.
"We just know the bones of a woman, Amelia we think, were found there," TIGHAR executive director Ric Gillespie said. "Based on the volume of food remains, and also, the context that a lot of the artifacts were found, this was somebody who had figured out how to catch fish and birds and how to get clams open."
"We go where the evidence leads us," Gillespie added. "All of it that we've found points to landing on this island and dying there as a castaway."
Speaking of "castaway," FedEx (out of all companies) will be assisting TIGHAR's search...no word on whether Tom Hanks or his inanimate baller Wilson will be joining them.
Bar None: Nastia Liukin Falls on Her Face During Uneven Bars Routine
She came, she saw, she splat...right on her face.
Nastia Liukin's hopes of going to the London Olympics as part of the U.S. Gymnastics Team came to end when she fell flat on her face while trying to execute her uneven bars routine during the team trials in San Jose on Sunday night.
Despite her 10th place finish in the event, the 22-year-old Olympian received a standing ovation and plans on going to London as a rep for the Federation of International Gymnasts, reports USA Today.
Even though the London Games has escaped her grip, Liukin will have plenty of time to exercise new muscles and a new routine: She'll be heading to NYU come next January.
A Chirp on His Shoulder: Rupert Murdoch Tweets Against Tom Cruise & Scientology
Aussie mates: Murdoch is close friends with Tom Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
Whatever your answer, it looks like the 81-year-old media mogul has sided with Katie and Suri on this one and isn't afraid to say what he feels.
“Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either No. 2 or 3 in hierarchy,” he tweeted on July 1. That same day he added, “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”
So why is Murdoch so vehemently against Cruise's religion? According to The Daily Beast, Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan, was heavily pursued in the late 90s by the vitamin-loving, couch-jumping actor to join Scientology, although he has recently come out denying he ever considered becoming a member.
Regardless of what actually ensued, it's interesting to note that Lachlan and Cruise are no longer friends and that the Murdoch clan has close relations with Nicole Kidman, whom they stood by when Cruise divorced her in 2001.
Duran Duran’s Rio Turns 30
Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their chart-topping album Rio this week, which made the 80s British heart throbs one of the most successful bands of the decade—thanks in part to their sexy, cinematic executions of music videos and the advent of MTV.
Le Bon and Taylor recently sat down with The Daily Beast and discussed the impact of Rio, their upcoming performance at the London Olympics, James Bond matters, and their recent surprise collaboration with electro-dance DJ Steve Aoki.
Check out the live musical collab here with its cake-throwing, crowd-rafting antics set to a remix of "Hungry Like the Wolf":
Singer / 1958 -
Simon Le Bon was lead singer of the 1980s pop group Duran Duran, known for recording the hit song “Hungry Like the Wolf.” He left the group before they later reunited in 2001.