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Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Oprah Winfrey At Annual Black Ball

December 7th, 2012 8:53am EST
Alicia Keys
R&B superstar Alicia Keys raised over $1.3 million for charity at her annual Black Ball in New York on Thursday night.

The benefit was postponed last month due to Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the East Coast and devastated parts of the Big Apple and New Jersey in late October.

Keys pushed ahead with the event on Thursday at the city's Apollo Theater and held an auction to raise funds for her Keep a Child Alive campaign, which helps youngsters affected by HIV and AIDS.

Speaking about her decision to reschedule the event after the storm, Keys told reporters, "There are places in the wor...
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Toni Braxton: 'Oprah Winfrey Was Mean To Me'

October 29th, 2012 6:18pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has taken aim at Oprah Winfrey in a new TV expose, alleging the TV titan was mean to her during a 1998 interview about the singer's financial problems.

The R&B star insists the TV chat severely damaged her reputation after the host made some choice remarks about her over-spending which led Braxton to declare bankruptcy.

In a taped interview with VH1 for a Behind The Music special, which will air in America on Monday, the singer says, "She was so frickin' mean to me, I was in shock.

"She said, 'I hear you have Gucci flatware; I'm Oprah Winfrey and I don't have Gucci flatware....
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Oprah Winfrey Sent Anonymous Gifts To Military Families

October 29th, 2012 2:20pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has been showing her appreciation for the U.S. military by sending anonymous gifts to the spouses of men and women in the armed forces all year round.

The generous former talk show host reveals she has been using her riches to bring a smile to the faces of those with husbands and wives away on duty and has surprised 20 random families with presents ranging from TVs, video game consoles and gift cards.

All of the items were simply labeled as from a "grateful American" and they had no idea who the generous donor was until she made her identity known to them as part of...
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Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films Developing Drama For HBO

October 25th, 2012 8:22am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films is working with HBO to develop a series centerting on the first black president of a liberal arts club.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the main character is "thrust into national headlines," along with his family, "forcing them to present an idyllic public facade, all while engaging in agonizing personal battles and struggling with dark obsessions."

Playwright Thomas Bradshaw will write and executive produce the series. He's helmed shows such as "The Bereaved," "Southern Promises" and "Dawn." Bradshaw is a professor at Northwestern University and has rece...
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Oprah Winfrey Turned Down Masturbating Maid Role In 'The Paperboy'

October 9th, 2012 8:59am EDT
Oprah
Filmmaker Lee Daniels originally wanted Oprah Winfrey to portray a masturbating maid in his upcoming film "The Paperboy," but he wound up casting Macy Gray instead.

The film centers on a man (John Cusack) convicted of killing a seedy sheriff who is given a new life when a pen pal (Nicole Kidman) enlists the aid of two journalists to try and get him off death row.

Daniels asked Oprah if she'd like to play the maid Anita in the film, but she declined. He explained, "Everybody has (their) own interpretation. She would have played it very stoic, you know, something very different. I think M...
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10 Celebrities Looking Great After Their Dramatic Weight Loss

September 20th, 2012 4:15pm EDT
Carnie Wilson
Just like regular folk, some celebrities have problems with their weight. They try everything to lose it - diet, exercise, and sometimes even surgery.

Singer Carnie Wilson had a gastric band fitted in January after gaining back the majority of the weight shed after a gastric bypass in 1999. She has since lost more than 30 pounds but admits going under the knife wasn't an easy solution.

She told the Today Show, "I was at the point where I did need intervention...I needed to take action. I needed to help myself again. What I feel now - I feel the sensation of being full quickly, which I was...
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Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

August 28th, 2012 8:51am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Move over Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, because Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid celebrity in the world. Despite having some struggles with her OWN network, the media mogul earned a staggering $165 million from May, 2011 to May, 2012, according to Forbes.

The news comes just days after Winfrey was named the 11th most powerful woman in the world in a separate survey released by Forbes.

Director Bay is the second highest-paid celebrity with $160 million, partially due to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

Spielberg came in a distant third with $130 ...
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Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Word Added To Merriam-Webster's 2012 New Words List (Video)

August 15th, 2012 6:24pm EDT
Oprah
Merriam-Webster announced the new words for the 2012 edition of the Collegiate Dictionary this week and they received a message from one person who was incredibly excited about one of the words being added this year. Oh, and by the way, it was just Oprah! She was so excited that queen of media decided to share a video with the word, its definition and how to use it in a sentence.

Definition: aha moment n (1939) : a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension
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Rihanna On Chris Brown Assault: 'I Lost My Best Friend'

August 11th, 2012 6:07pm EDT
Rihanna
Rihanna has opened up to Oprah Winfrey about the assault that ended her romance with Chris Brown, confessing she felt humiliated and embarrassed after the singer beat her up on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Both stars pulled out of their planned performances at the music gala at the last minute after the bust-up and Brown was later charged with assault.

He publicly apologized for his actions, which left the Umbrella singer sporting a black eye and swollen lip, and was ordered to serve hard labour and probation. Brown was also told he had to keep his distance from his ex, but that r...
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Oprah Winfrey Under Fire Over New TV Special

July 24th, 2012 11:51pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has come under fire for her "ignorant" portrayal of India in a recently-aired TV special.

The talk show host documented her January journey to Asia in a two-part series for her program Oprah's Next Chapter, which premiered in India over the weekend.

However, the project has sparked a negative reaction from many viewers over claims she did little more than perpetuate stereotypes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The bosses of leading Indian TV channel, CNN-IBN, posted an open letter to Winfrey from an offended fan on its website, which reads, "As a responsib...
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Oprah Winfrey Ignites Family Feud After Buying Father's Barbershop

July 5th, 2012 8:42am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is entangled in a family feud after saving her father's barbershop business from shutting down.

The TV titan bought the Nashville, Tennessee barbershop which her dad Vernon Winfrey has run for 50 years in an auction on Friday after he faced losing the business' new building to foreclosure.

His wife Barbara, who filed divorce papers against Vernon earlier this week, claims she has been locked out of the family company by her step-daughter Oprah, and would have been able to pay off the store's debts herself.

She tells Fox News, "I know what is going on. I'm tired of it, an...
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Kim Kardashian Opens Up To Oprah About Her Infamous Sex Tape

June 19th, 2012 9:23am EDT
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian admits she wouldn't be where she is today if it wasn't for a certain little sex tape she created with an ex-boyfriend.

The reality star opened up to Oprah Winfrey about the video that she made with then-boyfriend Ray J. Before it was leaked, she was merely known as one of socialite Paris Hilton's friends.

Kim explained, ""You know, I think that's how I was definitely introduced to the world." Vivid Entertainment attempted to distribute the video, but Kardashian wound up settling with the X-rated company so it remained off shelves.

However, Kim isn't exactly proud of her cl...
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Oprah Set To Keep Up With The Kardashians In Candid, Revealing Interview

June 15th, 2012 12:12am EDT
The Kardashians with Oprah
Oprah Winfrey will be talking to "ALLLLLLLL the Kardashians" - Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, their brother Rob, half-sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, mom Kris and step-dad Bruce Jenner, along with Khloe's husband Lamar Odom, and Kourtney's fiance Scott Disick in a candid, in-depth interview "Next Chapter" show, which airs this Sunday night.

The media mogul grills the family on a number of topics, from Kim's infamous sex tape and 72-hour marriage to Kris's management of the family's business affairs.

Oprah, who had never met the family or even watched the show before, posted some thoughts on the ...
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Minka Kelly In Talks Play Jackie Kennedy In 'The Butler'

May 24th, 2012 8:27am EDT
Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly is slated to become the latest actress to tackle Jackie Kennedy on screen in a new film about a real-life White House butler.

A year after Katie Holmes hit the small screen as the fashion icon and socialite in controversial TV mini-series The Kennedys, Kelly is scheduled to play the former First Lady in Lee Daniels' upcoming film The Butler.

The movie chronicles the life and career of Eugene Allen, who served as the White House butler for 50 years.

The all-star cast includes Forest Whitaker as Allen and Oprah Winfrey as his wife, while Jane Fonda has signed on to portray a...
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The 'World's Most Powerful Celebrity' Jennifer Lopez Is Set For World Domination

May 16th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez keeps raking in the accolades. Forbes magazine just named her the World's Most Powerful Celebrity. The list ranks stars with high visibility, income and social media presence. She takes the throne from Lady Gaga, who made the top spot in 2011.

Singer, actress and "American Idol" judge Lopez earned a staggering $52 million over the last year, helping her land the number-one spot on the new 100 list. Oprah Winfrey, head of the failing OWN Network, came in at number two. Teen heartthrob and popstar Justin Bieber is at number three.

Also in the top five are popstar Rihanna and...
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'30 Rock' To End After Next Season

May 11th, 2012 11:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's hit comedy 30 Rock will come to an end after one more season.

The series has been a critical smash since it first aired in 2006, and has won a string of Emmys and Golden Globe awards.

It was reported Fey's co-star Alec Baldwin was leaving the hit show earlier this year, but bosses at NBC have confirmed the main cast will all return for a seventh and final run.

The move comes amid falling ratings for the show, which has attracted star cameos from Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Matt Damon and environment campaigner Al Gore.

When asked by a fan on Twitter.c...
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$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

May 10th, 2012 11:03am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is reportedly set to rake in $16 million as a judge on The X Factor, but the incredible amount isn't nearly enough to put her on top of TV's best paid list.

Assuming The X Factor has the same amount of episodes this season (26), Spears would pocket a bit over $615,000 an episode. That makes her the second highest paid per episode in primetime currently - Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men. She is also far behind predecessor Charlie Sheen's whopping $1.2 million an episode. It would put her ahead of William Petersen's previous salary on CSI ($600,...
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Olivia Newton-John's 'Grease' Outfit To Go Under The Hammer

May 9th, 2012 11:27am EDT
Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton-John is planning to sell off the famous skin-tight pants she wore in Grease to raise money for a cancer center in her hometown.

The singer/actress had to be sewn into the black trousers for the 1978 film's finale and she took them home with her after the shoot wrapped. Newton-John has kept them locked away for more than 30 years, only bringing them out to show Oprah Winfrey during an appearance on her talk show in 2011.

However, she is now hoping to offer them up for an auction to benefit a new wellness facility for cancer suffers at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Austr...
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Lady Gaga Breaks Up With Boyfriend Taylor Kinney To Focus On Tour

May 4th, 2012 9:06am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is taking a break her boyfriend, Taylor Kinney, according to US Weekly magazine. The 26-year-old has been dating the Vampire Diaries star since they starred together in Gaga's video for 'You and I' in July 2011.

Nevertheless, the magazine claims the couple are now "on a break," with a source telling the magazine, "She will be touring non-stop until next year and has found she can't have a relationship at the same time. There's just no room for anything else. Her work is all-consuming."

It's certainly true that the singer had a jam-packed schedule coming up and has already begu...
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Rosie O'Donnell Attends Oprah's Academy For Girls Benefit In NYC

April 28th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell proved she had no hard feelings towards her former TV boss Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday night after joining the media mogul at a New York fundraiser for her South African girls school.

"The Rosie Show" was axed from Winfrey's OWN network in March after just one season on air and the cancellation was rumored to have caused a rift between the two stars.

But O'Donnell showed she had nothing but love for Winfrey by turning up to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls benefit at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue this week.

Cindi Berger, O'Donnell's representative, tells t...
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Five Longtime Hollywood Couples Who Aren't Married

April 28th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Bo Derek and John Corbett
The hottest couple that would have donned the top of our list of unmarried Hollywood couples surprised us all and got engaged last week- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. While all the congratulations are in order for the couple, it sparked a question in our heads- why the wait? While not all couples feel it necessary to wed, in the case of Brangelina- considering they have 6 children, why not get married? But now that we have crossed them off our list, we focus on the other celebrity couples who have stayed together through thick and thin but haven’t put a ring on it.

John Corbett and Bo Dere...
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First Salaries Of Stars Such As Johnny Depp & Jon Hamm Revealed In Parade Magazine

April 17th, 2012 9:03am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp once earned just $13,500 as a telephone salesman hawking pens, while dapper Jon Hamm took home just over $14,000 as a waiter before he found fame as Don Draper on "Mad Men."

The two stars' past incomes are the stand-outs of Parade magazine's 30th annual What People Earn issue, which compares celebrities' salaries with their first paychecks.

And also making the pay disparity list is actor Steve Buscemi, who earned $22,700 as a New York firefighter. He now takes home an estimated $900,000 for his role in TV drama "Boardwalk Empire" alone.

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey tops the publi...
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Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed

April 15th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed
Not everything that celebrities touch turn into gold. Recently, Oprah Winfrey admitted that she made "101 mistakes" when she decided to launch her network OWN, which attracts just under 200,000 viewers daily. The former "Queen of Daytime TV" admits, "The idea of creating a network was something I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else." Oprah's network may eventually become a failed business amongst the long list of failed celebrity business ventures. Let's take a look at some of the other celebrity businesses that have flopped due to disorgan...
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Jane Fonda Confirms Oprah Winfrey / Forest Whitaker Casting In 'The Butler'

April 12th, 2012 9:37pm EDT
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda has confirmed Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey will play husband and wife in her new film about real-life White House butler Eugene Allen.

Announcing the casting news on her blog on Thursday, Fonda revealed she'll be playing former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the film, which is to be directed by Precious moviemaker Lee Daniels.

rumors about the casting have been rampant for weeks, but Fonda confirms Whitaker will portray the lead in The Butler and Winfrey will support as his character's wife.

She writes, "It is a beautiful and true story about a black man who grew up in the Ji...
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Ryan O'Neal Slams Oprah Winfrey Over Reality TV Show

April 12th, 2012 3:36pm EDT
Ryan O'Neal
Actor Ryan O'Neal has taken aim at talk show titan Oprah Winfrey for launching her OWN TV network prematurely, insisting she's to blame for his unsuccessful reality show.

In 2011, the 70 year old teamed up with his once-estranged daughter for Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, which they filmed for OWN, but, despite family drama, the program failed to take off and has yet to be renewed for a second season.

He tells TMZ.com, "Nobody saw it... I don't know if Oprah saw it."

And now the Paper Moon star has taken a jab at Winfrey for failing to flesh out her passion project and see to the networ...
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Oprah Winfrey Regrets Launching Her OWN Network

April 2nd, 2012 10:00pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey regrets rushing into launching her OWN TV network last year, confessing she was unaware of how "difficult" it would be to turn her channel into a success.

OWN, a joint venture between the media mogul and bosses at Discovery Communications, went live in January, 2011, five months before Winfrey's long-running talk show wrapped, after 25 years on air.

The star admits she would have seriously reconsidered going into the cable network business had she been more informed about the difficulties and troubles she would encounter.

During an appearance on breakfast show This Morning ...
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Rosie O'Donnell Celebrates Her 50th Birthday With Mike Tyson

March 21st, 2012 8:59am EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell put news of her axed talk show aside on Monday night to celebrate her 50th birthday with boxer Mike Tyson.

The Rosie Show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network has been cancelled after just one season as bosses at the struggling channel put restructuring plans in place.

However, O'Donnell refused to let her career woes put a dampener on her birthday and she celebrated in style in Chicago, Illinois.

The star and her fiancée Michelle Rounds partied at the city's Paris Club alongside 50 other women who were also turning 50, and the presenter was stunned when Tyson turned up to h...
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Oprah Winfrey Lays Off 30 Employees At Her Struggling Cable Channel

March 20th, 2012 10:01am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has drastically slashed staff numbers at her fledgling cable network following a series of poor ratings.

The TV titan quit her hugely successful chat show in 2011 after 25 years on air to create her OWN channel.

However, the programming schedule has failed to pull in big viewing figures and Rosie O'Donnell's talk show became the first victim when it was scrapped after one series earlier this month.

Winfrey and co-owners Discovery Communications have now laid off 30 employees as part of restructuring measures.

The star says, "The economics of a start-up cable network ju...
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Oprah's Network Cancels 'The Rosie Show'

March 18th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell's new chat show on Oprah Winfrey's TV network has been cancelled after just one season.

"The Rosie Show" premiered on OWN last year but it will end this month.

The final episodes will tape next week and the last show is set to air on March 30.

The show failed to win over critics and struggled with ratings.

Announcing the news in a statement on Friday, Winfrey said, "I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."

O'Donnell added, "I loved working with Oprah... It was a great year for me. I wish the show was able to attract more viewers,...
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Lady Gaga's Parents Thought She Was Crazy The First Time They Saw Her Perform

March 15th, 2012 8:43pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga's parents were so shocked by the young star's outlandish stageshow when they first saw her perform in New York, they thought their daughter was crazy.

The pop superstar's mom Cynthia Germanotta agreed to sit down with Oprah Winfrey in the family home and tape a rare chat for an upcoming TV special, and admitted her introduction to a Gaga show at Joe's Pub took her by surprise.

She revealed, "She was in her bikini, performing with Lady Starlight, and decided that night... to actually light hairspray on fire.

"Her father and I were like... he said, 'I think she has a screw loose'...
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