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“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the question raised by Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) when President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) declines to help him in battling the race-related violence in Alabama. In retaliation, King organises a peaceful protest; he has African Americans march into Selma, Alabama, in an attempt to gain rights to vote. What follows, is a truly horrifying attack from the police on the peaceful protest which was televised and seen by millions, forcing the President’s hand, as he is forced to watch innocent people suffer.
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A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast. Director Lasse Hallstrom has been indulging in warm-fuzzy filmmaking since 2000's Chocolat, and this story (based on the Richard Morais book) seems set in the same fanciful, far too-cute France, created with digital effects rather than cinematography. Nothing is remotely realistic, but the characters are engaging and the food looks absolutely delicious. This is definitely not a film to see on an empty stomach.
The central character is Hassan (90210's Manish Dayal), who was born in India and developed his prodigious gift as a chef with his late mother. Now refugees in Europe, Hassan's Papa (Om Puri) is on a quest to establish a restaurant with his five children. They settle on an impossibly quaint French village, and set up their Indian eatery just across the road from the Michelin-starred restaurant run by the imperious Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), who of course immediately declares war on these interlopers. Meanwhile, Hassan begins exploring French cookery with Mallory's sexy sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). And his innate expertise catches Mallory's attention.
This simple twist helps propel the story and draw us in, as Hassan proves that he can teach Mallory a thing or two. Where this goes is played out in a simplistic way, but for audience members who are looking for meaning there's quite a bit of insight scattered around the script. Otherwise, Hallstrom is far more interested in superficial imagery, never quite letting the actors dig deep into their characters. Dayal shows some real texture as Hassan, but is reduced in the editing to merely smiling or frowning to show the character's frame of mind. And his relationship with Le Bon's impossibly perky Marguerite is almost painfully predictable.
Continue reading: The Hundred-Foot Journey Review
Oprah Winfrey is seemingly involved in an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic and is rumoured to be playing his abusive grandmother.
Oprah Winfrey has confirmed her involvement in an upcoming biopic of the late American actor and comedian Richard Pryor. The 60-year-old added a photograph to her Instagram account in which she posed alongside Lee Daniels and Mike Epps. She added the caption "just finished a great 1st read session" and used the hashtag "RichardPryor".
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It’s not just you and your friends getting nominated to take the ALS awareness ice bucket challenge; celebs from lists A-Z are getting involved, and we’ve got a bunch of pictures of them getting soaked for a good cause.
Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Iggy Azalea, Cara Delevingne have all taken part, as well as Mark Zuckerberg, who facilitated the sharing of these phenomenon with a little creation he decided to call Facebook. And who did he decide to nominate? Bill Gates, who decided to use a piece of machinery to aid his ice bucket challenge.
Bieber’s actually done it twice now, and made sure he removed his top for the second attempt. “Alright, second ice bucket challenge,” he said. “Today I nominate my Beliebers all over the world. I know you guy's got an ice bucket somewhere.”
Continue reading: Celebrities Take Part In The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [Photos]
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is all comfort food and no spice, according to critics.
The movie tells the story of two rival restaraurants – a Michelin-starred French eatery and the quaint family-run Arabic place that moves in next door. The Kadam family is faced with tough competition in the face of their neighbour, Madame Mallory, but with the help of their culinary wunderkind of a son, Hasan and the budding friendship between him and Mallory’s sous chef Margueritte, an unexpected partnership blossoms.
The media mogul preaches age is just a number when featuring on a double cover of her own O Magazine's June issue.
Oprah Winfrey may be 60 years-old but to her, age is just a number.
The media mogul used her own O Magazine to showcase how aging can be embraced and accepted, but this is easy to say when time doesn't seem to be catching up with you.
Featuring in the new double cover of her self-titled O, Winfrey looked beautiful while sporting a figure-hugging long red dress by Badgley Mischka, which she describes as "fabulous."
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent married in an exclusive New York ceremony on Saturday (3rd May).
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are married! Designer Berkus, who is best known as the presenter of American Dream Builders, married his designer and TV personality partner Brent in an incredible ceremony at the New York Public Library on Saturday (3rd May). The couple made history by becoming the first same sex couple to marry at the famous wedding venue.
Berkus even included a few of his own designs in the wedding décor with the ceremony wall including a selection of fabrics from Berkus' own lines for Calico. The farm style wooden tables which the 220 guests dined on were covered with white table clothes also from Berkus' collection. On the subject of fabrics, 42-year-old Berkus wore a J. Crew suit and 29-year-old Brent wore a Saint Laurent.
Read more: Nate Berkus Engaged.
Read more: 'American Dream Builders' - Your New Favourite TV Show.
Their chosen colours were minimalist with black, whites and creams embellished with touches of gold. The latter colour matched the couple's simple gold bands which they exchanged at the Sheri Salata officiated ceremony. Salata is the president of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Winfrey herself, a long term friend of Berkus, also attended the ceremony. Winfrey was not the only celebrity to have helped the couple celebrate their nuptials as amongst the guests were Rachael Rae, Katie Lee and Elizabeth Hendrickson.
The couple became engaged last April whilst vacationing in Peru. Berkus has been in one major relationship prior to Brent but it ended in tragedy. Berkus was previously in a long term relationship with photographer Fernando Bengoechea who tragically died in the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami.
People first reported the news of Berkus and Brent's marriage.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Nate Burkus and Jeremiah Brent married on Saturday in New York.
The couple made history by marrying at the New York Public Library.
The dust is still settling from Lohan's confession on her OWN reality show.
Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show came to a climactic conclusion Sunday, when the star admitted to suffering a miscarriage during the taping of the show. From Monday onward, Lindsay has been dealing with the aftermath of her confession.
Once again, news outlets are buzzing with questions about Lindsay Lohan's personal life.
“No one knows this: I had a miscarriage for those two weeks I took off,” she confessed with cameras rolling on the finale of her self-titled OWN network reality show. “Mentally, that messes with you.”
Apparently the leak wasn't that terrible, since there have been no lawsuits.
Lindsay Lohan really did write down her now infamous list of lovers, which has been providing gossip fodder for a couple of weeks now. But she didn’t do it for the reasons you think. It turns out that Lohan jotted down the thirty or so names, while she was in rehab, as part of her therapy. So said Lohan herself, speaking out about the list on Watch What Happens Live. When questioned by Andy Cohen during the show’s Plead the Fifth segment, Lohan played coy at first.
It sounds like the list is a reminder of times now past for Lohan.
"I cannot confirm or deny it," she said.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery
These are challenging times for the Lohan family.
Lindsay Lohan has been hit with the shame and bad publicity of a fellow entertainer criticising her current project. The 27 year-old actress can currently be seen on OWN's Lindsay, a reality show that follows the troubled star as she goes about her daily business and works to get her life back on track. However, comedian Rose O'Donnell has now added her voice to the admonishment of Lindsay in a caustic tweet.
Lindsay Lohan Has Been Targeted For Her New Reality TV Show, 'Lindsay.'
O'Donnell publically blasted Lohan's show, writing "The Lindsay show is a tragedy - on every level - I hope one day she gets sober for real and watches these episodes - n sees what we all do" to hundreds of 'retweets' and 'favorites' demonstrating support for the outspoken television personality's view. Lindsay hasn't had chance to respond to O'Donnell's comments, having instead been snapped partying at the Coachella Festival in California.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?
The pop singer was touched by international footage of 'Happy' dancing.
Pharrell Williams broke down in tears of joy after being shown a montage of his international fans dancing to his number one hit single, 'Happy.' The pop singer was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on a new episode of Oprah Prime during which he discussed the phenomenal success of his Despicable Me 2 soundtrack song.
Pharrell Williams Became Very Emotional During A Recent Oprah Winfrey Interview.
"A single airplay, nothing," the singer said of the track, which was released last November. "And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21st and all of a sudden. Boom," Williams continued, gesturing an explosion with his hands.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams In Tears Over 'Happy' Fan Video Montage [Video]
Jennifer Lopez, whilst critiquing a performance on Wednesday's 'American Idol', shocked - and amused - viewers by accidently dropping the F-bomb on live television.
Jennifer Lopez was evidently mortified on Wednesday evening after dropping the F-bomb on live TV. Lopez was judging American Idol and got carried away when commenting on one of the contestant's performances.
Jennifer Lopez accidently swore whilst judging American Idol live on air.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Drops F-Bomb Whilst Judging 'American Idol' - Live!
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has told Lindsay Lohan to quit the nonsense and start acting professionally while filming OWN's reality show 'Lindsay'.
Momma O’s been whipping Li-Lo’s butt in to shape after her recent shenanigans filming her self-titled reality show on OWN, “Lindsay”. Oprah had been informed by the film crew working on the reality show, which is aired on Oprah’s TV network, that Lindsay had been difficult to work with as well as not keeping to schedule. Documentary crew claimed they have been ‘held hostage’ by the Mean Girls actress, who caused ‘chaos’ and was constantly ‘screwing around’.
Oprah is not pleased with how Lindsay Lohan has been treating the camera crew
Oprah’s reaction to the (quite frankly unsurprising) news? How can we put this mildly...she was pretty pissed. Oprah flew out to Lindsay’s home in New York and gave Lohan a piece of her mind. Telling Lohan to ‘cut the bulls***’, Winfrey added she would not allow her to ‘f*** up’. "Who can do any work if the person does not show up?" asked Winfrey, who also explained, "My thing is, this is exactly what everyone said was going to happen, and I believed differently."
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Tells It Straight To Lindsay Lohan, But Will It Work?
Oprah Winfrey is selling Harbo Studios in Chicago.
Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago, the home of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1990 to 2011. Though the studio will remain on the property for another two years, Winfrey has agreed to sell to a developer for around $32 million, according to Crain's Chicago Business.
Oprah Winfrey Is Selling Harbo Studios
"We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago's West Loop," Harpo told Crain's in a statement. "We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN."
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Sells Famous Harpo Studios For $32 Million
The place where 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' was filmed since 1990 is expected to be purchased by a Chicago-based developer within the next 30 days.
Oprah Winfrey is expected to sell one of her most notable possessions.
The TV mogul is selling the studios she filmed her famed show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' from 1990 to 2011 to a developer, the Associates Press reports.
Winfrey stopped filming her show at the Chicago-based Harp studio when her own cable channel, Oprah Winfrey Network, debuted 3 years ago.
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Set To Sell Harpo Studios For $32 Million
The pilot got lukewarm reviews, but the ratings were an improvement to recent OWN productions.
It’s a very, very strange situation when a show that’s meant to depict a celebrity’s journey to recovery gets judged on its entertainment value. Still, that is the way it goes in celebrityland, so how did Lindsay Lohan’s OWN pilot fare? Not too well, according to ratings. The Hollywood Reporter says that the pilot episode of Lindsay only drew in about 892,000 viewers. Even so, at 10PM on a Sunday, that’s a small improvement on recent ratings for the same time slot.
Oprah is helping Lohan restart her career in exchange for a ratings boost for OWN.
In addition, Lindsay seemed to help the network towards its goal of attracting a younger demo to OWN. The show was popular with women aged 18-34, with whom the premiere's .53 rating was up 231 percent from the year prior. In addition, the total number of viewers marked the highest draw in six weeks for OWN. Not bad for a pilot, which has been labeled bland and mostly uneventful by critics. The show’s ratings can’t compare to those of Oprah’s interview with Lohan last year, but Lindsay definitely has development potential.
Continue reading: Lukewarm Ratings For "Lindsay" Give OWN Much Needed Boost
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."
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.
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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.
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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
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