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The first episode was remarkably uneventful.
Lindsay Lohan’s new reality show premiered on Oprah over the weekend and the star, who has become the poster child for child star go bad, managed to shock everyone again. By not being that shocking at all.
Lohan is back on the straight and narrow... in the first episode, at least.
Sure, the first episode shows Lohan struggling to toe the line – by the end of it, she’s having obvious trouble following the restrictions set by Oprah. Her troubles with substance abuse and numerous DUIs aren’t directly addressed, but are alluded to, when the actress tries to rent a place in New York. One of the final scenes Sunday showed an exasperated Lohan reprimanding her real estate broker because she's required to get renter's liability insurance before she can move into her new apartment.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Spends Most Of OWN Pilot Cooling Her Heels
This biographical documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong feels eerily gentle compared to filmmaker Alex Gibney's recent films, the WikiLeaks doc We Steal Secrets and the Catholic priest expose Mea Maxima Culpa. But then it was originally conceived as a celebration of Armstrong's comeback at the 2009 Tour de France, which is still at the heart of the film.
It was during this comeback that Armstrong's stellar image started to slip, with old rivalries and gurgling rumours surging to the surface. Gibney intercuts interviews he shot at the time with more recent chats, including a conversation immediately after Armstrong taped his notorious confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. So we vividly see Armstrong's two-faced personality. Along the way, Gibney also traces the cyclist's remarkable rise to fame, his near death from cancer and the secret doping system he used to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong's rationale is that everyone else was doing the same thing, so it was actually a level playing field.
Only of course it wasn't, because many cyclists remained clean and were edged out of the winning position as a result. Gibney also talks to a wide variety of experts, journalists and fellow riders who discuss the sport's culture of omerta (a mafia-style code of honour). From the news reports, we already know about the many years of deception, which is why society no longer holds professional athletes to such high, clean standards. It's clearly more about the money now than the human achievement. And there's so much cash to be made that competitors will break every rule there is if they think they'll get away with it.
Continue reading: The Armstrong Lie Review
Oprah Winfrey decided on a low-key celebration for her 60th. Well, as low-key as she could, anyway.
Oprah Winfrey – the woman, the legend, the empire – has turned 60. She isn’t making a fuss about it either. The creator of the OWN network had previously been announced to have a huge blowout party, “but the guest list was getting out of control, so she decided to cancel,” reports a source for E!News.
Winfrey opted for a low-key celebration, instead of the originally planned blowout.
Don’t worry, though, Oprah is still getting a present, says best fried Gayle King: "It's not like Oprah needs anything, but she loves all things, books…and she's a fan of cashmere. She has everything, but I don't care who you are, everybody likes a present."
Continue reading: Oprah Cancels 60th Birthday Bash In Favor Of Friends And Fitness
The 'Mean Girls' actress is getting her own reality show.
OWN has announced the premiere date of the new Lindsay Lohan reality show, Lindsay, which will begin airing from the 9th March at 10pm ET/PT. The docuseries will follow the actress around throughout her daily activities in New York as she makes steps to recover following a period of negative media attention.
Lindsay Lohan Will Be The Star Of Her Own Reality TV Show.
The camera will follow the Parent Trap star as she reunites with family and friends in the city and discusses the highs and lows of fame in an attempt to set the record straight and get her public image back on track.
Lindsay Lohan agreed to film a documentary about her life, and the world will finally get their first look in March.
Lindsay Lohan's docuseries on OWN has been a long time in coming, but we finally know when it will be seen by the world.
Lindsay Lohan shows up to the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York
Oprah's network announced on Thursday (January 9) that the show will premiere on 9 March.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan's OWN Docuseries Gets A Release Date
See below for a full list of nominations
The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.
Oprah Winfrey's non-stop schedule stopped her from having kids who would've suffered.
Oprah Winfrey may have saved a lot of families and taken care of a lot of people over the past 30 years she's been on television, but kids have always been out of the question.
The world's most famous talk-show host has admitted that her immensely busy high-flying career has meant that bringing up children would've been almost impossible. The 59-year-old has been in a relationship with businessman Stedman Graham since 1986 and, although the pair were engaged at one point, they never made it down the aisle; getting round to starting a family, thus, was never on the cards.
'If I had kids, my kids would hate me', she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter. 'They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them.' As a teenager, she was too busy thinking about making a difference in the world and helping people en masse to worry about where she was going to find time to settle down - unlike her long time best friend Gayle King.
Continue reading: Oprah Confesses She Never Wanted A Family: 'My Kids Would Hate Me'
The beleaguered celebrity chef will finally get chance to explain herself in the face of mounting controversy
Nigella Lawson is one of the most hotly discussed celebrities in the world right now, and all for the wrong reasons too, as her supposed drug habits look unlikely to disappear any time soon. With her reputation on the verge of being in tatters, Nigella will look to address these rumours once and for all and to set the record straight, taking to one of the biggest platforms on television to deliver her side of the story.
Nigella was a media darling and regarded as a domestic goddess before the recent allegations emerged
In the ongoing court case against former assistants Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo for fraud, the pair insisted that Nigella has a insatiable drug habit, with their remarks backed up by an email from Nigella's former husband Charles Saatchi. Nigella has so far avoided discussing the scandal in public and when she appears at Isleworth Crown Court to give evidence against the defendants, she plans on only answering questions about the case. But Nigella isn't avoiding the scandal, just waiting for the right moment to address it, taking to one of the biggest stages around to finally address it.
Continue reading: Nigella Lawson To Address Drugs Scandal In Tell-All 'Oprah' Appearance
This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and The Paperboy) bristled with unexpected life. By contrast, this star-packed drama uses a true story to trace the Civil Rights struggle from the 1950s to the present day. But it's been so fictionalised that it feels kind of like a variation on Forrest Gump.
Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) grew up on a Georgia cotton plantation, where the cruel master's kindly mother (Redgrave) taught him to be a house servant. Years later, he marries Gloria (Winfrey) and moves to Washington DC, where he gets a job in the White House as a butler to presidents from Eisenhower (Williams) to Reagan (Rickman). His job description is simple: "You hear nothing, you see nothing, you only serve." And yet as the nation grapples with its racist culture, he has a quiet influence on each leader who moves through the house.
Whitaker narrates the film in drawling flashbacks, while the story flickers between Cecil and his eldest son Louis (Oyelowo), an activist who is involved in every key moment in the Civil Rights movement. And their younger son (Kelley) is sent to Vietnam. So it's like a condensed version of late 20th century American history, made notable by the lively cast of cameo players including Marsden (as JFK), Schreiber (LBJ), Ellis (MLK) and Cusack (Nixon), plus Fonda as a lively Nancy Reagan.
Continue reading: The Butler Review
It was a good way to address the problem, especially after the "black comediennes aren't ready" slipup.
They had to do it. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity for SNL to address the diversity issue than a guest appearance by Kerry Washington. SNL fans were eager to see how the show would tackle its obvious lack of black comediennes with a prominent diversity advocate (not to mention an exceptional actress) like Washington on board. They were not disappointed.
Washington had to play both the First Lady, Oprah and a whole host of other celebrities.
So you know how people have been complaining that the lack of a black comedienne severely limits the cast’s topical sketches? The two main examples were Oprah and Michelle Obama – with noone to impersonate them, SNL has missed some golden opportunities over the past six years (the last time Michelle Obama was featured in a skit, she was played by Maya Rudolph in 2007). Not last night though, because Washington was on a mission to perform all the sketches! All the sketches that SNL hasn’t done due to casting limitations. The writers didn’t waste any time and the Scandal actress came out as the first lady at the very beginning of the episode causing President Obama (Jay Pharoah) to remark, "I feel like it's been years since I've seen you!" See what they did there?
Kerry Washington is hosting SNL. Imagine the possibilities!
Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.
Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.
To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.
Continue reading: Glowing Kerry Washington Promotes Her Very First SNL Hosting Gig
The Queen of daytime was asked to serve as a spokesperson for the universal healthcare plan, but apparently she wants nothing to do with the Affordable Healthcare Act
Oprah Winfrey is known for her generosity and warm spirit, but when it comes to affordable healthcare for the United State's most needy citizen, it turns out she is as cold hearted as a Republican congressman. At least, that's how it appears on the surface, however the Queen of daytime chat may have another reason for not supporting ObamaCare after all.
Oprah was approached by President Obama to become one of the celebrity spokespersons for ObamaCare, but apparently told the President that she wanted nothing to do with the progressive piece of legislation. A known supporter of President Barrack Obama, Oprah campaigned around the clock during his 2008 election, but it seems that over the years her opinions on the most powerful man on the planet have changed somewhat.
As initially reported by the New York Post, Oprah spurned the chance to join the many celebrities already supporting the Affordable Care Act; a piece of legislation that aims on providing healthcare for the country's most vulnerable and financially challenged citizens. Already, the inclusive bill has gained celebrity backing from Nina Dobrev, Jennifer Hudson and a host of other well-known names, but Oprah wanted nothing to do with the campaign.
"You get some of Oprah's old stuff, and you get some of Oprah's unwanted stuff. Oprah goodies for everyone!"
Oprah Winfrey is up to her old charitable tricks again; this time the Queen of daytime television is selling off some of her old belongings for a charity yard sale. 'The Oprah Winfrey Collection' will go on sale at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club - so it isn't exactly your conventional yard sale - on 2 Novemeber, with all procedes going towards the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund. And just as a disclaimer, Oprah probably won't be 'hosting' the auction. She probably won't even be there on the day.
Oprah is selling off her unwanted belongings in the name of charity
The full list of belongings once used by Oprah is available on the Kiminski auction house website, which goes on to explain that the many personal artefacts come from Oprah's many homes in Indiana, Hawaii, Chicago and Santa Barbara. The lot includes a treasure trove of portraits of the star, furniture, a painting of Harriet Tubman and a whole heap more.
'Lee Daniels' The Butler' has remained at the top of the US Box Office for the second consecutive week. 'We're the Millers' has also retained its position at no.2 for the third week.
Lee Daniels' The Butler has retained its position at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office for the second week. The movie is an historical epic which follows the true story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a black butler who served at the White House through the offices of eight presidents. Whitaker is supported by a cast of award winning actors including Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Josh Cusack and Robin Williams.
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler.
This weekend Lee Daniels' The Butler may not have been, financially, as successful as last weekend. It made over $17 million this week as opposed to the $25 million it earned in its opening weekend. Meanwhile We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, made $13 million down from $17 million last weekend. The comedy made a similar amount to The Butler in its opening weekend ($26 million) yet has continued, by comparison, to be more financially profitable.
Continue reading: 'The Butler' & 'We're The Millers' Retain Top US Box Office Positions
The troubled actress was speaking with the Queen of chat in a recent interview aired Sunday (18 August) night
Lindsay Lohan says that she has finished with her partying days for good, telling Oprah Winfrey that her latest stay in prison and then rehab have knocked the remaining urges to take drugs and drink herself into a stupor out of her. She was speaking with Oprah during an exclusive interview on the OWN network on Sunday (18 August) night, during which time she admitted that she's fed up with her past life and thinks it is now time to grow up and act more responsible.
Lindsay claims that her partying days are well and truly behind her
"I think it was just to find some peace and just have no choice but to just sit and be,” the former child actress told Oprah, in reference to her 2007 stay in jail. She also admitted that as well as wanting to go to prison to remove herself from any toxic environments in her life, the singer was also keen to commit herself to rehab and reckons that her recent 90-day stay in rehab has knocked the last few remaining drops out of her party lifestyle. She claimed that her court-ordered stay in the California rehabilitation centre worked as intended and now she feel ready to begin the next, drug-free chapter of her life.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Opens Up To Oprah Winfrey About Drug Abuse & Jail Time
The civil rights drama beat out Jeff Wadlow's ultra-violent comic-book movie.
Kick-Ass 2 – the follow up to 2010’s smash hit Kick-Ass – was expected to build up on its predecessor’s success by dominating the box office. But a slew of negative reviews have led to a fourth place finish, lagging behind Lee Daniel’s The Butler - starring Forest Whitaker.
Whitaker is The Butler - Cecil Gaines - in Lee Daniel's The Butler
The Civil Rights drama grabbed an impressive $25m on its opening weekend, possibly due to an all-star cast featuring Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding Jr. and possibly due to a strong set of reviews. Either way, Lee Daniels will be delighted with the early response to his film.
Continue reading: Unexpected Triumph For 'The Butler' Over 'Kick-Ass 2' At The Box Office
Daniels went down the 'known' route, and it seems to have paid off.
The Butler – officially known as Lee Daniel’s The Butler – has been well-received by the critics of late. Particularly lauded has been the all-star cast, but the decision to cast such a famous bunch wasn’t an easy one for Daniels.
Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey in The Butler.
“I had a choice of going with unknown or known actors. I decided to roll the dice and go with knowns. Partially because I liked the idea of the audience getting to unknow the actors, people think they know, but we could change those perceptions of who they are,” Daniels told Fastcocreate.com.
Lindsay Lohan received a supportive visit from Ben Affleck, whilst in rehab, who offered his support and advice. Affleck is not the only celebrity friend to offer Lohan support: singer Chaka Khan and media mogul Oprah Winfrey are also helping the actress.
Ben Affleck paid Lindsay Lohan a visit whilst she was in rehab. He advised her on how to remain sober after she leaves the facility. Affleck, who has also been in alcohol rehab, advised the 27-year-old actress on how to turn her career around.
Lindsay Lohan at the L.A. premiere of Scary Movie V.
Lohan and Affleck, according to TMZ, sat down in a meeting somewhere away from the Malibu Cliffside Rehab facility. Affleck advised Lohan on how to remain sober once she left the facility. He also promised that the entertainment community are considerably more supportive of those leaving rehab than one would expect.
Oprah Winfrey apologised for naming Switzerland in a retelling of a racial incident which happened to occur in the country. Winfrey was keen to emphasise the incident was "not an indictment against the country".
Oprah Winfrey has apologised for naming Switzerland in a recent interview responding to a question on racism.
Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler, held at Regal Cinemas.
Winfrey, whilst speaking to the BBC at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler, apologised for naming the country. She said "I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposely did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland."
Swiss shop girl refutes claim that she told Oprah Winfrey a handbag was "too expensive."
The world rallied around chatshow host Oprah Winfrey last week when she claimed to be a victim or racial prejudice whilst out shopping in the Swiss city of Zurich. The 59 year-old, who is the world's only African-American billionaire, told Entertainment Weekly, via Sky News, how she was in Switzerland to attend the wedding of soul diva Tina Turner and decided to do a little shopping. The media mogul entered an exclusive boutique and was told, even after repeated requests, that a £24,477 ($38,000) was "too expensive" for her and was offered other, cheaper handbags.
Oprah Winfrey's Account Of Her Handbag Shopping Experience Was Different To That Of The Assistant's.
The world reeled in shock on Ms. Winfrey's behalf as the unsavoury connotations that arose from the Swiss shop girl's words painted an ugly picture of not only the shop, but the country in some people's eyes. Trudie Goetz, the owner of the boutique that was later revealed as Trois Pommes and who also attended Turner's wedding the day after, apologised and described the incident as a "misunderstanding" and that Oprah was "absolutely allowed" to look at the bag behind the security screen, admitting that her staff member's English "isn't...good."
Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker - Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" Held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013
Oprah Winfrey's claims of encountering racism whilst shopping Zurich have been denied by the shop assistant who, allegedly, refused to show Winfrey a handbag because it was "too expensive."
The sales assistant who allegedly refused to show Oprah Winfrey a handbag in an exclusive Swiss handbag boutique, has denied claims that her actions were racially motivated and says that Winfrey's claims are "absurd".
Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Winfrey was staying in Zurich whilst attending the wedding celebrations of Tina Turner and Erwin Bach. Winfrey claims to have stepped out of her hotel for a quick shopping spree which ended abruptly when she came across, allegedly, an incident of implied racism in Trois Pomme, an exclusive handbag store.
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Zurich Racism Row: Sale Assistant Says Claims Are "Absurd"
Oprah Winfrey appears to have been the victim of racism whilst shopping in a Swiss handbag store. The talk-show host said, during a recent interview, a sales assistant in a Zurich shop had refused to show her a product because it was "too expensive".
Oprah Winfrey seems to have been the victim of racism whilst visiting Switzerland. The claim follows an incident in which a shop assistant refused to show Winfrey a bag, saying it was "too expensive".
Oprah Winfrey at the New York premiere of The Butler.
Winfrey was in Switzerland attending Tina Turner's wedding when the incident occurred in late July. Whilst shopping in Zurich, Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight: "I go into a store and say to the woman, "'excuse me, may I see that bag over your head?' and she says to me 'no, it's too expensive.'" Winfrey proceeded to ask again to see the bag but the sales assistant responded "no, no, no, you don't want to see that one, you want to see this one, because that one will cost too much and you will not be able to afford that."
The part fact-based story of the live-in manservant of the White House will be released next week and already it has critics singing it's praise
The Butler movie could very well be the first real contender for next year's Academy Awards when it is released next Friday (16 August) as critics have already singled the film out as a wonderfully acted, well told story worthy of award recognition. Covering the course of thirty years and eight presidents, some of the most important moments in the history of the 20th century are retold from the unique point of view from within the presidential chambers.
Forest Whitaker stars as the fictional butler Cecil Gains in the film
Starring Forest Whitaker, The Butler covers the extensive career of Cecil Gains, a devoted butler for the White House who was born on a southern cotton farm and rose from humble origins as a kitchen worker to eventually become the top butler to eight different presidents over the course of more than 30 years; including John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. Despite serving a series of conflicting presidents, Cecil never forgot his duties and always presents himself as the upmost professional, no matter what is happening in the world.
The Zurich is denying that Oprah was the victim of racial discrimination.
The owner of luxury store in Zurich has denied refusing to sell Oprah Winfrey a designer bag on account of her race.
In two U.S interviews this week, Winfrey - one of the richest women on the planet - said she was discouraged from viewing a Tom Ford crocodile handbag because the shop assistant said it was "too expensive" for her.
Winfrey was in Zurich for the wedding of Tina Turner when she took a trip to luxury store Trois Pommes, asking to see Tom Ford's classic 'Jennifer' bag - named at Jennifer Aniston - with a view to buying it for 35,000 Swiss francs ($24k).
Continue reading: Zurich Store Denies Refusing Oprah Winfrey £24k Tom Ford Bag
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and her partner Steadman Graham were spotted arriving at the New York premiere for 'The Butler'. Oprah, who was wearing a sparkling pink sequined dress with her hair frizzed up with life, starred as the titular character's wife Gloria Gaines in the movie.
Talkshow host told a luxury handbag was "too expensive" for her.
US talkshow host Oprah Winfrey has suffered a humiliatingly racist shopping experience in the Swiss city of Zurich. The 59 year-old, currently the world's only African-American billionaire, was told she couldn't even see a £24,477 handbag by the boutique shop assistant who implied there was no point because the bag was "too expensive" for Ms. Winfrey.
Oprah Has Told Of The Humiliating Racial Prejudice She Suffered In Switzerland.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, as reported by Sky News, Oprah told of how she was in Switzerland to attend the wedding of soul diva Tina Turner and her music biz fiancé, Erwin Bach. Whilst there, she decided to do a spot of shopping in the city that is famed for its upmarket retail experience. "I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn't have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals," said Oprah, adding "But obviously The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich."
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Suffered Racial Prejudice, Handbag Shopping In Switzerland
The Briton and the shock-jock were placed at joint top in Forbes' annual countdown of the 'Highest-Paid TV Personalities'
What do Simon Cowell and Howard Stern both have in common? They're both dirty, stinking rich; that's what and according to the latest figures, they're both about $95 million richer than they were this time last year. According to Forbes' annual countdown of the 'Highest-Paid TV Personalities,' Cowell and Stern are joint top of this year's list, earning $5 million short of $100,000,000 in the space of the last twelve months.
Cowell has made million through his countless business ventures
Described as a "major behind-the-scenes mogul," Simon has seen his value go up even further in the past year through his job as producer; earning mega bucks from his work on The X Factor and the various ...Got Talent series that are aired across the globe. Up to 41 different countries now have their own version of The X Factor, whilst the various ...Got Talent offshoots have made him head of the biggest-selling television franchise in the world. And lets not forget the music either, as the One Direction manager has made a tidy sum through the artists signed to his SyCo label.
Singer was spat on as a child and compares her own life to that of scenes in new film 'The Butler.'
Promoting her new film, The Butler, Mariah Carey shared personal experiences that have affected the rest of her life and career. The movie, out soon, follows an African-American butler working in the White House as he observes the pivotal moments of racial equality in the 20th century.
The singer recalled a disturbing racist attack in which she was preyed upon for the colour of her skin. Reported by Yahoo! Movies, the starlet shared memories of a dark time in her life when she was targeted as she rode a Long Island school bus. She claims to have been spat upon as a racial insult to her skin colour and heritage.
Mariah Shared A Dark Incident From Her Past.
Continue reading: Mariah Carey Opens Up On Shocking Racist Abuse She Suffered
Oprah Winfrey is mentoring Lindsay Lohan through her post-rehab phase. On a morning talk show Winfrey claimed Lohan is ready to fully commit to staying sober.
Oprah Winfrey has decided to mentor Lindsay Lohan through her transitional post-rehab period. The talk show host has already convinced the 27-year-old actress to cancel her trip to Europe. On Tuesday's (6 August) Good Morning America, Winfrey shared the reasoning behind her advice, she said "I just came from Europe, and Europe is the place to go when you want to feel really good and relax."
Oprah Winfrey at the New York premiere of The Butler.
The television queen then went on to name drop the exclusive Italian island of Capri, saying "it's hard to go to Capri and not have a Bellini."
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Hollywood and the film industry seem more confident in taking on the issue of slavery in a cinematic context. Last year saw Django Unchained and Lincoln prove popular, and this year will see more films of that ilk, including Lee Daniels' The Butler, which enjoyed its premiere last night (Monday, Aug 5) in New York.
Whitaker is The Butler
The film follows Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) – an African-American White House butler who, due to his close proximity, was privy to many of the political events that helped shaped contemporary America. The film is based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen.
Continue reading: Lee Daniel's 'The Butler' Is A Clear Oscar Contender [Stills + Clips]
Mariah Carey appeared alongside Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker on the red carpet sporting an adorned arm injury.
'The Butler' looks set to be one of the most memorable movies of the year with an all-star cast that glittered on the red carpet at the New York premiere last night (August 5th 2013).
Sparkling the brightest was Oprah Winfrey in a pretty pink sequined gown with her hair in full afro form, alongside her onscreen husband Forest Whitaker who plays the title role, and her real partner Stedman Graham. Nursing a dislocated shoulder in a funky studded sling was Mariah Carey, who has not been letting her injury get in the way of anything she does at the moment as this wasn't the first time she has stepped out in a quirky bling sling. Some of the presidents from the movie also showed up, including Liev Schreiber who played Lyndon B. Johnson and James Marsden who was John F. Kennedy, as well as First Ladies Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
Forest Whitaker plays the title character in 'The Butler'
Cecil Gaines is a modest and dedicated butler at the White House who manages to make for himself a respectable career despite his underprivileged upbringing and cotton farm roots. Starting out as a regular kitchen worker, Cecil soon proves himself to be extremely proficient and works his way up to be the head butler for eight different US presidents. Some of them prove to be discriminatory, treating Cecil with little respect and holding massively differing views to him, but he always remains polite and does everything within his power to care for his employers while keeping any top secret information that he might hear firmly to himself. Meanwhile, he struggles at home with his son; a Black Panther with aggressive views on racial equality who is less than grateful to have a father working for the people that he believes are causing racial oppression.
This story of loyalty and unconditional dedication is based on the true story of Eugene Allen; a butler who similarly lived through years of racial inequality before finally seeing, in his retirement, the election of the first black President, Barack Obama. His story was documented in the article 'A Butler Well Served by This Election' written by Wil Haygood. 'The Butler' has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount') and will be released in the US on August 16th 2013.
Lindsay Lohan has decided not to take a three week European holiday after taking advice from Oprah Winfrey. Lohan and Winfrey are set to work together on an eight part documentary series which will focus on Lohan's substance abuse and subsequent rehab experience.
Lindsay Lohan has taken advice from Oprah Winfrey following her interview with the talk-show host. Lohan had planned a three week vacation to Europe, her flight from New York was due to take off tonight, as a reward for her successful 90-day rehab stay.
Oprah Winfrey at the O the Oprah Magazine hosts a special advance screening of Lee Daniels The Butler at The Hearst Tower Joseph Urban Theater in New York.
However, Winfrey has convinced the 27-year-old actress to stay in the US in case she relapses, according to sources speaking to TMZ. Winfrey contacted Lohan, via telephone, on numerous occasions over the last 24 hours. The 59-year-old talk show host convince Lohan by arguing, instead of heading odd on a hedonistic holiday, she needs to focus on maintaining her sobriety.
Oprah Winfrey - O the Oprah Magazine hosts a special advance screening of Lee Daniels 'The Butler' at The Hearst Tower Joseph Urban Theater - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 31st July 2013
The slam shocked the media, but it appears to have left O herself unfazed.
Oprah Winfrey is an expert in conflict resolution – and she’ll need every last bit of those skills to win back former co-star Rae Dawn Chong. The actress starred with Oprah in The Color Purple and apparently, everything was fine while the two were working together. But once she moved on to Commando, O’s attitude apparently changed and so did Rae Dawn Chong. The actress has been hanging on to so much resentment that she let it all go in one massive rant… and it certainly wasn’t pretty. Chong claimed that Oprah was a self-centered fat "biotch" who would have been a "field n**ger" back in the slave days.”
The Forbes billionaire was slammed by a former colleague.
Chong, who is black herself, unleashed the torrent of anger on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour" – and she didn’t stop at the slur either. She explained: "I starred in Commando. And she just wasn’t having me. She’s competitive. She didn’t like me. She just wasn’t having me."
Rae Dawn Chong - OH NO SHE DIDN'T.
Rae Dawn Chong has launched a blistering attack on her 'Color Purple' co-star Oprah Winfrey, unloading on the Queen of daytime television in an audio recording from her appearance on Matty P's Radio Happy Hour. The audio - up at TMZ.com - is an eye-opening insight into Chong's feelings on her former colleague.
Rae Dawn starts out by saying Oprah was "lovely" to be around on the set of Purple in 1985, though became "a total biotch" by the time she had moved onto her next movie, Commando.
"I starred in Commando. And she just wasn't having me. She's competitive. She didn't like me. She just wasn't having me," said Chong.
Continue reading: Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey: This One Could Get Ugly. Quick.
Soul singer Tina Turner, 73, has married her 57 year-old German beau Erwin Bach in a Swiss ceremony.
Tina Turner has married German record producer Erwin Bach in an exclusive ceremony on the shores of the beautiful Lake Zurich near their Kusnacht home. The pair have been dating since the eighties, with Turner publicly stating they'd never get married after her first marriage to Ike Turner turned out to be a toughie. Back when their engagement was announced earlier this year the media exploded with whoops of "toyboy!" and "cougar!" but it seems that their age difference - 16 years - has had no negative impact upon the happiness of their relationship.
Tina Turner, Soul Diva, Has Given Marriage Another Shot.
In 2006, Turner dispelled any notion that she and Bach would ever exchange vows during an interview with Oprah Winfrey (as reported by The Daily Mail), voicing her concerns over the implications of a marriage: "People often ask me why don't I marry. I have love. I have a good life. I don't need to interfere with that. For some people, marriage means "You're mine now."
Continue reading: Tina Turner Marries Record Company Boss Erwin Bach In Switzerland
Tina Turner married Erwin Bach in a ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich, Kusnacht in Northern Switzerland. Private celebrations will take place this weekend at the couple's Swiss residence.
Tina Turner married Erwin Bach at a civil ceremony in their Swiss town. The couple have been together since 1986 after they met at a record-label party in London in the previous year.
Tina Turner at the Armani Haute Couture Spring/Summer Fashion Show in Paris, 2010.
Record Producer, Bach, is 16 years younger than the singer. It is the second marriage for Turner, she was married to her stage partner Ike Turner for 14 years before they divorced in 1976.
In a female dominated list, Oprah is back!
Forbes have just released their 100 Most Influential Entertainers list and Oprah has made a comeback as No. 1. True, it might not be a real comeback, considering that she only dropped to No. 2 in the past two years, but this is Oprah Winfrey we’re talking about – the woman never does anything halfway, comebacks included. According to Forbes, Winfrey has had an $88 million drop in earnings between June of last year and June 2013. However, the chart makes it clear that other factors, besides earnings are also taken into consideration when creating the list.
This year Winfrey returnes to her rightful place.
And while it is unknown exactly what those factors are – marketability, social media presence and entrepreneurial decisions are thought to be among them – Winfrey’s handling of the nosedive her OWN network took in the last two years, as well as her management of the rest of her media empire, including O Magazine, a network on Sirius XM and shows by protégés like Dr Phil means that she once again fits the bill. Winfrey made $77 million last year, down significantly from $165 million for the same period last year. That’s still a lot of money though, even for the entertainment industry, and the media empress is set to increase said profits in the coming year, as her newly rebuilt OWN network is predicted to begin turning a profit by the end of 2013. This year, OWN has undergone a complete overhaul, cutting out unprofitable project and replacing them with original programming, created by Winfrey herself with the help of Tyler Perry – another Forbes 100 staple.
The star is heavily invested in charity work
Oprah Winfrey is no stranger to a philanthropic deed or two, in fact, her $12m donation to Smithsonian brings her total donation to $13m – the highest single source for a donation the museum has ever received.
“I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole,” Winfrey said in a statement, explaining the reasoning behind her huge donation. “I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.” In 2004, Winfrey became the first black person to rank among the 50 most generous Americans, and by 2012, the talk show host-cum-media mogul had donated over $400m to educational causes. The recipient of the first Bob Hope Humanitarian Award also handed out over 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s not just charitable causes that benefit from her generosity, either; she took her whole staff on holiday in 2006 after to celebrate 20 years of being on TV.
“Every donation, whether $25 or a $10 million corporate donation, is important. But truly, there’s only one Oprah Winfrey,” said the museum’s founding director, Lonnie G. Bunch, lauding Oprah’s contribution. “In essence, she’s put her imprimatur on it. Part of getting a museum built is tied to visibility helping all people see how important it is. Oprah Winfrey is someone so many people in America admire, and I think this is an important moment to the museum."
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Hands Out $12m To African American History Museum
Oprah has proved her generosity yet again with her latest donation
Oprah Winfrey - the perennial philanthropist and media mogul - has handed out yet another significant wad of cash. This time the grateful recipient is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, who will have been overjoyed to get $12m.
“I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.” Oprah Winfrey Network has been a member of the museum’s advisory council since 2004. “Every donation, whether $25 or a $10 million corporate donation, is important. But truly, there’s only one Oprah Winfrey,” says the museum’s founding director, Lonnie G. Bunch.
The organisation has benefited heavily from celebrity donations - $10 million donation from both the Gates Foundation and the Lilly Endowment. “For a woman like her to give the museum that kind of gift now, before it is open, is really a vote of confidence and encouragement,” said Maria Di Mento, a staff writer for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Museum of African American History and Culture, which hosts a gallery at the National Museum of American History, is scheduled to open in 2015.
Oprah has proved her generosity yet again
The host is at it again giving things to people
'The Butler' boasts a superb supporting cast including Robin Williams, John Cusack, Alan Rickman and Cuba Gooding Jr.
The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online. It has always been assumed that Harvey Weinstein believes the film is one of his better chances of tasting Oscars success this season and the trailer certainly appears to confirm that. It stars Whitaker as Eugene Allen, the man who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. It's over-the-top, patriotic and, well, Oscar bait.
In the mould as The King's Speech and The Iron Lady, the historical biopic is set for release on October 18th - just in time to be wafted under the nose of the Academy. As well as Whitaker returning to a leading role, 'The Butler' boasts one of the more spectacular casts of the year, including Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), James Marsden (JFK), Liev Schreiber (Lydon B. Johnson), Alan Rickman (Reagan), Cuba Gooding Jr (Carter Wilson). David Oyelowo (Loius Gaines) and Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines) are among the supporting cast though this one appears to be set up for Whitaker.
Watch 'The Butler' Trailer!
Speaking to Indiewire last year, Daniels hinted that his movie might be a little too focused on awards, "I'm trying to keep it [The Butler] PG13 which is not easy for me. It's very un-Precious and un-Paperboy... I can't go into my bag of tricks on this one [...] I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle," he said.
Continue reading: Forest Whitaker As 'The Butler' Could Be A Recipe For Success [Trailer]
Cecil Gains is a devoted White House butler who grew up on a simple cotton farm where he and other black workers were not treated with any respect by their white counterparts. From a simple kitchen worker, he rises to be top butler to eight different presidents over the course of more than 30 years. Sworn to secrecy over the goings on at the White House, he serves the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson with all the care that he has in spite of their differing policies and the suppression of his race across the country. He rejects his freedom fighter son's distaste at Cecil's job and never once wavers in his respect for his government. He merely stands back, silver platter in hand and watches the progression of racial equality until the day the country's first black president is finally inaugurated.
This is a story about loyalty and commitment based on the article by Wil Haygood, 'A Butler Well Served by This Election', about Eugene Allen; a real butler who showed his devotion to his job over the course of three decades while he and his fellow black civilians went from being the underdogs to top dog as he lives to see the election of President Barack Obama. It has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount'), and has an incredible all-star ensemble cast. 'The Butler' is set to his theatres in the US on August 16th 2013.
Lee Daniels is clearly vying for Oscars glory with 'The Butler.'
The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online and Harvey Weinstein's ambitions of taking this film all the way to the Oscars couldn't be more apparent. Whitaker stars as Eugene Allen, the man who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler.
The movie is clearly Oscar bait. Firstly, it's a typical Weinstein movie in the same mould as The King's Speech and The Iron Lady and secondly it's set for release on October 18th - just in time to be wafted under the nose of the Academy. Oh, and there's a pretty strong cast with plenty of Oscar winners and several up-and-coming stars. Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), James Marsden (JFK), Liev Schreiber (Lydon B. Johnson), Alan Rickman (Reagan), Cuba Gooding Jr (Carter Wilson), David Oyelowo (Loius Gaines) and Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines) are among the supporting cast though this one appears to be set up for Whitaker.
Beyonce has had arguably the most hectic month of her entire career, though she looked in tip-top condition at the New York premiere of her HBO documentary 'Life Is But A Dream,' on Tuesday evening (February 12, 2013). The R&B superstar wore a shimmering, sheer embellished Elie Saab gown with floral applique. The dress was debuted by a runway model at Saab's Spring 2012 Haute Couture show, though it looked as though it had been designed for Beyonce at the premiere.
Earlier in the day, Bey sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an episode of 'Oprah's Next Chapter,' which airs at 8pm on February 16, 2013. The queen of daytime television told OMG! Insider: "Beyonce shows the power of vulnerability in a way we've never seen anyone do. She opened herself up. She let us see her vulnerable side. She became for us not just this mythical goddess. She became a real woman. She shocked me. I was in tears," adding, "She did an amazing job . People are going to be amazed. What's going to happen now is that people are going to feel a connection to her that they wouldn't have felt before, because she shows us how real she is." Sounds intense.
Continue reading: Beyonce Dons Eli Saab Gown To 'Life Is But A Dream' Premiere (Pictures)
OWN and Oprah Winfrey have been hit with a lawsuit by an ex-employee claiming she was the victim of discrimination having been replaced by a temp when she had to take medical leave for her pregnancy.
Oprah is very rarely seen in a bad light. She does an enormous amount for charities, she's built an enormous media empire up from scratch and has one of the most famous book clubs on the planet. However, now she and her TV network OWN have been hit with a lawsuit over alleged discrimination.
As the Hollywood Reporter states, Carolyn Hommel, who was senior director of scheduling and acquisitions, claims that despite glowing reports of her work in reviews (even being told that she may be in line for the Vice President role), when she was forced to take leave for medical reasons during her pregnancy, she was replaced by a temp. On returning to the office she claims to have been given reduced responsibilities, others being passed over to the temp, before gradually being phased out of meetings. A month after giving birth to her daughter she was then "laid-off" but encouraged to apply for the Vice President job. However, she was not given that role either. She claims her application was compromised by her ex-boss, Michael Garner.
Continue reading: Oprah Hit With Lawsuit: OWN Accused Of Discrimination
Lance Armstrong confessed to doping throughout his extraordinary cycling career during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, taped on Monday (January 14, 2013). Though the interview will not be aired until Thursday, sources told the Associated Press that the seven time Tour-de-France winner admitting using performance-enhancing drugs when questioned by the Queen of Daytime Television.
Continue reading: Armstrong's Confession: Lance Tells Oprah: "I Doped"
There are a few women that seem utterly infallible, robust and lively. They seem to have an ardent love of life itself and an enthusiasm that seems unfailing. It feels in many ways, happily, that Doris Day will never die, nor will Maggie Thatcher (for very different reasons) and nor will Oprah Winfrey. It is perhaps this larger than life trait that meant both the crowd and her best friend were shocked and upset by the news that she'd had a breast cancer scare not long ago, according to the New York Times.
The media and business mogul took to the stage at her conference filled with 5000 fans and colleagues, primarily to speak about her OWN empire and to address the criticism she's been receiving for the depleting rates and sales since she quit her daily talk show 18 months ago, but also to take the opportunity to share her cancer scare that she'd been through the previous week. Gayle King it seemed, as she welled up, was as unaware of the scare as the rest of the audience, despite being Oprah's best friend.
The conference moved swiftly on to Oprah defending her empire and talking about the future. However, Janice Peck, author of "The Age of Oprah" said, "I think she's scared, even though she's very, very rich and she's always going to be very, very rich. The possibility of failure, it's quite scary."
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Confesses Cancer Scare And Defends OWN
Justin Bieber has spoken of the downsides of his international fame, telling Oprah Winfrey on her Next Chapter programme that he only has three close friends. The 19-year-old Canadian star - who has reportedly split from his girlfriend Selena Gomez - says he is only human and can still feel alone at times.
Bieber explained, "I really don't have a lot of friends. I have three close friends that I'll fly out to see me or that I'll iChat with or call. I get days where I'm just down and gloomy." Though he's split from Selena, Bieber might be back into the dating game pretty soon, given that he wants to get married before he's 25. "Rethink that will you?" said Oprah, attempting to convince him that he was too young to tie the knot, "I should probably listen to you," replied Justin. Despite their parting of ways, Bieber and Gomez have reunited multiple times over the past couple of days, most recently at an eatery in Encino, California, on November 19, 2012. A source told US Weekly magazine, "Justin reached out first and hasn't stopped reaching out. Their main problem is Justin has a wandering eye."
Oprah's interview with Bieber will air on the OWN network on November 25, 2012.
Continue reading: The Lonely Life Of Justin Bieber: "I Have Three Friends"
Cheryl Cole is reportedly mulling over a deal that would see her become Britain's answer to Oprah Winfrey. According to the Daily Star, the Girls Aloud star has been offered a lucrative contract to host her own chat show on Sky1, starting next year.
A member of Cole's team explained, "Sky1 are desperate to get Cheryl to sign up.They've been in talks for a while and believe they will have wrapped up the deal within the next month.They think she could be the UK's Oprah because of her reputation as the nation's sweet-heart and are willing to pay big bucks to get her on board." Well, that's all fine and dandy, except, Winfrey has a considerable talent for connecting with her audience and getting the best out of her subjects, does Cheryl? Her people certainly seem to think so, with the insider adding, "They want the show to be emotional and confessional, not just another run-of-the-mill celebrity show." A source added, "Cheryl's people think she would come across brilliantly."
The television talk show is a risky market, especially in the UK, with several notable presenters failing spectacularly in the discipline. Davina Mccall was easily one of the most popular presenters around when she began hosting chat show 'Davina' in 2006, though BBC executives gave her the boot within two months.
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Considers Deal To Become "Britain's Oprah Winfrey"
Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films are developing a new drama in conjunction with HBO. As yet untitled, the show will tell the tale of the first black president of a liberal arts club, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The central character is “thrust into national headlines,” along with his family, “forcing them to present an idyllic public façade, all while engaging in agonizing personal battles and struggling with dark obsessions.”
The exact nature of those dark obsessions, of course, is not for us to know, just yet but we’re excited to watch the show take shape. The playwright Thomas Bradshaw (The Bereaved, Southern Promises, Dawn) is on board as a writer and to act as an executive producer, alongside Oprah herself and Harpo’s Kate Forte. Bradshaw, 32, is already the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor at Northwestern.
Continue reading: New Drama Of 'Dark Obsessions' From Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films
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