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Wes Anderson Drops His Quarantine Watch List: 11 Favorite Films to See – IndieWire

From “Do the Right Thing” to “What Price Hollywood,” here’s how Wes Anderson is using cinema to fill time in his quarantine.

Director Wes Anderson attends a news conference for the movie 'Isle of Dogs' during the 68th edition of the International Film Festival Berlin, Berlinale, in Berlin, GermanyFilm Festival, Berlin, Germany - 15 Feb 2src18

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Wes Anderson was expected to attend the Cannes Film Festival this month to world premiere his new movie, “The French Dispatch.” The director last attended Cannes for the world premiere of “Moonrise Kingdom,” which opened the 2012 edition of the festival and remains Anderson’s first and only trip to the Croisette. Anderson took part in The New York Times’ Cannes survey to share a memory about the world’s most prestigious film festival, and in doing so he also dropped an update about how he’s been spending his quarantine.

“I have a 4-year-old daughter so, like so many others in our situation, I am now a part-time amateur schoolteacher,” Anderson said. “Much of what I am reading has to do with ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, insects and the Amazon rainforest. But also: Patricia Highsmith, James Baldwin, Elmore Leonard and a book about plagues.”

Anderson also dropped an 11-film quarantine watch list. The director said he’s been watching a movie each night while sheltering in place and listed nearly a dozen titles that rank as some of his favorites: George Stevens’ “Alice Adams” (1935), John Huston’s “Beat the Devil” (1954), William A. Wellman’s “Nothing Sacred” (1937), Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” (1989), John Ford’s “The Long Voyage Home” (1940), Kenji Mizoguchi’s “A Story From Chikamatsu” (1954), Marco Ferreri’s “La Grande Bouffe” (1973), David Lean’s “The Passionate Friends” (1949), Seth Holt’s “Station Six-Sahara” (1962), George Cukor’s “What Price Hollywood” (1932), and William Richert’s “Winter Kills” (1979).

As for Anderson’s Cannes memory, the director said: “Thierry Frémaux [the festival director] really knows how to throw a film festival. There were good movies of every kind from all over the planet, and what could be better than watching a perfectly restored 251 minutes of “Once Upon a Time in America” on the shores of the Mediterranean?”

Searchlight announced earlier this year it was pushing the release of Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” from July 24 to October 16. Cannes director Thierry Frémaux has been vocal in interviews that “The French Dispatch” was lined up to world premiere at Cannes. The festival is not running in its usual capacity this year, but Cannes will be announcing an official selection in June. Anderson’s latest is expected to be included.

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Anderson Cooper reveals why he asked his ex to help raise his newborn son – Page Six

May 12, 2020 | 8:18pm

Anderson Cooper said Tuesday that he has decided to co-parent his new son with ex boyfriend Benjamin Maisani, and declared that his friends have become his family.

The CNN host told Howard Stern on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show that he has remained close enough to his former flame, Benjamin Maisani, whom he dated for a decade, that he asked him to help raise Wyatt Morgan.

“Don’t you want a clean break from this guy? I mean this was a guy, you were in love, you had a close relationship, why have him involved?” Stern, 66, asked.

“I don’t really have a family, so my friends have become my family. This is somebody I was involved with for 10 years,” Cooper, 52, answered.

“He’s a great guy,” Cooper said of Maisani, 47, and why they’re co-parenting Wyatt together.

“We didn’t work out as a couple, but … when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother, but it was my mom — she was not the most parental person and I wish some adult after my dad died had stepped in and just been like, ‘You know what, I’ll take you to a ball game,’” he said.

“Or, ‘Let’s go out to lunch every now and then, and let’s just talk.’ You know, no one ever did that and so I thought, well if something happens to me or even if something doesn’t happen to me, if more people love my son and are in his life, I’m all for that.”

“You know, my ex is a great guy, and I think it’s good to have two parents if you can.”

Cooper added that while he plans on going by “Dad” or “Daddy” by Wyatt, Maisani, 47 who speaks French to him will be called “Papa.”

Cooper told Stern he has no idea what Maisani says to Wyatt in French, “He could be turning the kid against me, I don’t know.”

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Anderson Cooper reunited with ex Benjamin Maisani before son’s birth – Daily Mail

Anderson Cooper seen after welcoming baby Wyatt… as it emerges he quietly reunited with ex Benjamin Maisani before son’s birth

By Sameer Suri For Dailymail.com

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Anderson Cooper was seen out in New York City for the first time this week after welcoming his firstborn son Wyatt into the world.

The outing came as it emerged the 52-year-old CNN anchor quietly reunited with ex boyfriend Benjamin Maisani before his son’s birth.

‘Anderson has reconciled with Ben,’ a source told Us Weekly.

‘They very quietly got back together and are planning ahead. Ben is selling one of his clubs and cutting back on how much he does at night so he can spend more time at home with Anderson and the baby.’

Out and about: Anderson Cooper was seen out in New York City this week after welcoming his firstborn son Wyatt into the world

The news came as Anderson was seen wearing a facemask amid the coronavirus pandemic while picking up a new mini-trashcan for his home. 

Wyatt was born this past Monday via surrogacy and Anderson made the public announcement Thursday night, both on Instagram and his CNN show AC360.

His Instagram post accompanied an album of him and the baby, including a heart-melting snap of Anderson kissing Wyatt’s forehead.

Keeping it simple: The 52-year-old CNN anchor draped his toned figure in a loose black tee that complemented his midnight blue trousers

Staying careful: Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic he took the precaution of wearing a face mask as he pounded the pavement

Household chores: He appeared to be picking up a new mini-trashcan for his home, as he was seen lugging the item across the street

‘He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was,’ wrote Anderson, whose father was the writer Wyatt Cooper.

‘My son’s middle name is Morgan. It’s a family name on my mom’s side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me.’

The son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt added: ‘As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.’ 

New father: Wyatt was born this Monday via surrogacy and Anderson made the public announcement Thursday night, both on Instagram and his CNN show AC360

‘I hope I can be as good a dad as he was’: ‘He is named after my father, who died when I was ten,’ explained Anderson, whose mother was heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.

Anderson shared his thanks to ‘a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.’

The CNN anchor, who lost his mother last year of stomach cancer and his brother Carter to suicide in 1988, thought of his family when his son was born.

‘I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues,’ Anderson wrote.

Reunited: Anderson is back with his ex Benjamin Maisani; the two are seen in 2015

Baby mine: His Instagram post accompanied an album of him and the baby, including a heart-melting snap of Anderson kissing Wyatt’s forehead

‘Our family continues’: Anderson wrote: ‘I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him’

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