Anderson Cooper to get GLAAD award

Gay advocacy group GLAAD says Madonna will present CNN’s Anderson Cooper with an award for openly gay media professionals.

GLAAD told The Associated Press on Saturday that the singer has been chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are longtime friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Cooper declined to speak publicly about his sexuality for years. But last July he gave blogger Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email in which Cooper said he was gay and “couldn’t be more happy.”

Russo helped found GLAAD and wrote a book about gay people in the movies called “The Celluloid Closet.”

‘Modern Family’ stars stuck in K.C. elevator

KANSAS CITY, . — Three stars from the ABC comedy “Modern Family” got stuck in a Kansas City elevator for about an hour Friday night, delaying their appearance at a charity benefit.

Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stone- street were in town for a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Stonestreet grew up in Kansas City, Kan.

Crews from the Kansas City Fire Department freed the group an hour after they were scheduled to appear.

Seacrest dodges wedding question

Ryan Seacrest can tell you a lot about the evolution of “American Idol” over the last 12 seasons, but the host is a bit more reluctant to discuss the evolution of his relationship with actress Julianne Hough.

When asked by The Associated Press if there was a wedding date in his future, Seacrest casually responded: “Are you getting married?”

Seacrest and Hough have been together since the spring of 2010.

Italian composer of Rome theme song dies

Armando Trovajoli, an Italian who composed music for some 300 films and wrote a serenade to Rome popular with tourists, has died at age 95.

The city’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, called Trovajoli `’the voice of Rome.” The Italian news agency ANSA said widow Maria Paola Trovajoli on Saturday announced the death, saying her husband died a few days ago but declining to give the exact date.

Wire reports