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'The Butler' NYC Premiere Pics: Mariah Carey With A Studded Sling, Oprah With Big Hair & More!

8/6/2013 4:00pm EDT
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Several stars stepped out for "Lee Daniels' The Butler" New York City premiere on Monday at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

Mariah Carey, who is still recovering from shoulder injury, showed up in a black dress with a fancy leather studded sling. She was accompanied by her husband and "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon.

Oprah Winfrey wore a pink beaded dress and let her hair go au naturale. She appears on the September cover of her O magazine wearing a huge Afro wig that weighed an astonishing 3 to 5 pounds, according to the Huffington Post.

She attended the premiere with her longtime boyfrie...

Oprah Convinces Lindsay Lohan To Skip Europe Vacation

8/6/2013 3:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan had planned a three-week vacation in Europe to celebrate the end of her stint in rehab, but was convinced to stay stateside by none other than Oprah.

Oprah had her much-anticipated interview with Lohan yesterday with the intent of airing it on August 18. The media mogul's actions didn't end there, however, as she reportedly called Lindsay again and again to make sure she didn't go overseas.

TMZ reports Lindsay was set to take off tonight, but Oprah convinced her that the temptation to relapse would be too great and she needed to focus on her sobriety instead of celebration.

First Look: Oprah Asks Lindsay Lohan The Tough Questions In Post-Rehab Interview

8/5/2013 2:00pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan on Oprah
"Are you an addict?" Oprah Winfrey asks Lindsay Lohan in an exclusive sitdown interview with the troubled actress.

In a teaser clip for her upcoming show, the talk show mogul asks: "What does it feel to be both an adjective and a verb for child star gone wrong?"

Viewers don't get to hear Lohan's responses to the questions.

Lohan recently completed a 90-day rehab stay and was released last Tuesday. By going to rehab she avoided an eight-month jail sentence stemming from a car accident last summer. The actress must now attend three 50-minute rehab sessions each week for 18 months.


Oprah Winfrey: 'You Cannot Be My Friend And Use The N-Word'

8/1/2013 12:05pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has warned pal Lee Daniels to stop using the N-word, telling him that if he keeps it up they can't be friends.

Daniels, Winfrey and Forest Whitaker sat down with Parade magazine to discuss their upcoming film The Butler, which chronicles the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Whitaker), who served under seven presidents.

During the chat, Daniels said that he's used the word often in the past, but Oprah set him straight.

“It’s a word I used quite a bit," Daniels tells Parade, "until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power."

Rae Dawn Chong Goes On Verbal Tirade Against Oprah Winfrey

7/19/2013 11:39pm EDT
Rae Dawn Chong
Actress Rae Dawn Chong lashed out at Oprah Winfrey during a chat with internet radio show Matty P's Radio Happy Hour last month.

The star went on an expletive-filled rant about the TV mogul, who she starred with in 1985's The Color Purple, likening her to a slave and bashing her weight and her looks.

To start, when asked about rumors of Oprah's diva-like behavior on the set of Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated film, Chong says that back in 1985 Oprah was "lovely," but as soon as she went on to start filming "Commando" with "Maria Shriver's husband [Arnold Schwarzenegger]", Oprah became "...

The Morning Roundup: Tatum & Fox Deliver In 'White House Down,' Zach Braff Heading To Broadway, Oprah's Power

6/28/2013 9:41am EDT
White House Down
If "White House Down" looks familiar it's because it's very similar to "Olympus Has Fallen," which was released back in March. Only this time it's better. The film stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Fox, who have great onscreen chemistry; and it totally delivers in the action department. This is what big budget summer movies are supposed to be. Check out the (review.)

Actor James Gandolfini was laid to rest Thursday and numerous stars were among the 1500-strong who attended his funeral service at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. Several of the star's former "Sopranos" castm...

Oprah Winfrey Tops Forbes Magazine's 2013 'Most Powerful Celebrity' List

6/27/2013 2:01pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is the most powerful celebrity in Hollywood according to the new power list released by Forbes magazine.

The media mogul has topped the magazine's 2013 List Of The Most Powerful Celebrities for the fifth time despite earning $88 million less than she did last year. Winfrey returned to the top spot after falling short and coming in second for each of the last two years. Three other women have landed in the top five: Lady Gaga (2), Beyonce (4) and Madonna (5). Director Steven Spielberg landed in the number three spot.

"There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and pow...

Oprah Donates $12 Million To New Smithsonian Museum

6/12/2013 1:55pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has donated a whopping $12 million to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which is set to open in 2015.

The 59-year-old media mogul's donation will help cover the costs of the new building, which is currently under construction; and the museum will feature a 350-seat theater named in her honor once it's opened.

"I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," she said in a statement. "I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their f...

The Most Influential Celebrity In America, Oprah, Talks About Terrence Howard Touching Her 'Breastses'

3/15/2013 6:00pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Forbes magazine just named Oprah Winfrey the the "Most Influential Celebrity in America" for the second year in a row. Editors said Oprah's headline-grabbing interview with Lance Armstrong helped her land the number-one spot on the list. The cyclist confessed to years of illegal doping during the candid chat.

Meanwhile, the media mogul opened up to talk show host Steve Harvey about her sex scene with Terrence Howard in the upcoming film "The Butler."

"It was supposed to be like a little scene, and because Terrence Howard misbehaved it turned into a bigger scene, and then a bigger scene," ...

Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Oprah Winfrey At Annual Black Ball

12/7/2012 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...

Toni Braxton: 'Oprah Winfrey Was Mean To Me'

10/29/2012 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....

Oprah Winfrey Sent Anonymous Gifts To Military Families

10/29/2012 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...

Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films Developing Drama For HBO

10/25/2012 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...

Oprah Winfrey Turned Down Masturbating Maid Role In 'The Paperboy'

10/9/2012 8:59am EDT
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...

10 Celebrities Looking Great After Their Dramatic Weight Loss

9/20/2012 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...

Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

8/28/2012 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 ...

Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Word Added To Merriam-Webster's 2012 New Words List (Video)

8/15/2012 6:24pm EDT
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

Rihanna On Chris Brown Assault: 'I Lost My Best Friend'

8/11/2012 6:07pm EDT
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...

Oprah Winfrey Under Fire Over New TV Special

7/24/2012 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...

Oprah Winfrey Ignites Family Feud After Buying Father's Barbershop

7/5/2012 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...

Kim Kardashian Opens Up To Oprah About Her Infamous Sex Tape

6/19/2012 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...

Oprah Set To Keep Up With The Kardashians In Candid, Revealing Interview

6/15/2012 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 ...

Minka Kelly In Talks Play Jackie Kennedy In 'The Butler'

5/24/2012 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...

The 'World's Most Powerful Celebrity' Jennifer Lopez Is Set For World Domination

5/16/2012 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...

'30 Rock' To End After Next Season

5/11/2012 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...

$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

5/10/2012 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,...

Olivia Newton-John's 'Grease' Outfit To Go Under The Hammer

5/9/2012 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...

Lady Gaga Breaks Up With Boyfriend Taylor Kinney To Focus On Tour

5/4/2012 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...

Rosie O'Donnell Attends Oprah's Academy For Girls Benefit In NYC

4/28/2012 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...

Five Longtime Hollywood Couples Who Aren't Married

4/28/2012 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...