The Butler doesn’t even hit theaters in limited release until October 18, but the film is already generating Oscar buzz. Given the talent behind and in front of the camera, plus the Weistein Company in its corner, the film’s future during the 2013-14 Awards Season is looking pretty bright. Those Weinsteins really know how to launch an Oscar campaign.
Most likely benefiting from that will be Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Whitaker plays a man who served as a White House butler for eight American Presidents over three decades. It’s based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 until his retirement in 1986. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
Along with Winfrey and Whitaker, the film also stars Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Melissa Leo, Minka Kelly, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, Mariah Carey, David Oyelowo, and Lenny Kravitz. Check out the newly-released trailer below.
George Stephanopoulos may have beaten Oprah Winfrey to the punch, but she’s upping ABC News with her own exclusive. Jason Collins gave his first interview after his historic coming out to Stephanopoulos, but the 59-year-old talk show host snagged Collins’ entire family including his twin brother, Jarron Collins, for a sit down this upcoming Sunday on Oprah’s Next Chapter.
In his coming out essay in Sports Illustrated, Jason revealed the first family member he came out to was his aunt Teri Jackson. “Her reaction surprised me,” Collins writes. “‘I’ve known you were gay for years,’ she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release.” Jackson will also be on hand for the Collins family affair with O. Check out the promo below.
Forbes has just released their list of the Most Influential Celebrities for 2013 and it’s no surprise that Oprah Winfrey tops the list once again. It’s no surprise given the fact that she has a network, makes her round doing influential speaking engagements (which I had the pleasure of attending about a month ago), and a whole lot of other great things going for her. She also gets some pretty big names for her interviews on Oprah’s Next Chapter, including the recent Lance Armstrong special.
You may wonder how the list is determined and that is by E-Poll Research surveys. E-Poll Chief Executive Gerry Philpott says the term “influential” can mean different things to different people, but most of the time it speaks to someone’s impact on the culture. It’s not always a sign that the celebrity is well-liked. There are some interesting people on the list, like Steven Spielberg, for example. How can he be considered influential as a director? Well one example Philpott says is, “To this day, ask anyone what they think about before going in the ocean,” says Philpott (referencing Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws).
With this all in mind, check out the list of celebrities that made the top 10 list below.
As promised, after The Oscars last night Jimmy Kimmel debuted his Movie: The Movie: 2V trailer and in case you missed it, we’ve got it for you to check out below. The hilarious movie parody video features 21 celebrities and tells the epic story of a world threatened by sexy vampires, sexy zombies, sexy mummies, and sexy leprechauns.
The cast includes: Rachel Weisz, Armie Hammer, Topher Grace, Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Gerard Butler, Bryan Cranston, John Krasinski, Oprah Winfrey, Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington, Guillermo Rodriguez, Jason Schwartzman, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Bruno Mars, Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wolf Blitzer, and even Matt Damon.
Kimmel plays the man who leads the charge of people who fight to stop the Sexpocalypse. Some of my favorite moments include when Kimmel calls Oprah (who plays the president) and she hangs up on him, when Matt Damon is told to pretend he’s eating a big sandwich but they really just want him to look like he’s giving head, and when Kimmel shouts, “Release the Tatum!” and a giant Channing Tatum comes out that fights the sexy monsters by thrusting from his manhood. Watch the epic and hilarious video below.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Oprah‘s recent one-on-one interview with with global superstar, multiplatinum artist and 17-time Grammy winner, Beyonce will air on a special evening of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Normally the show airs on Sunday, but since Beyonce’s documentary premieres Saturday night, Oprah scheduled her interview right before it. Always thinking, Oprah. Such a smart cookie.
As Oprah does, she asks whatever she wants to and in the preview, we see her ask Beyonce about her marriage to Jay Z and what he’s like as a father, Blue Ivy, her miscarriage and more.
Watch the interview tomorrow (February 16) on OWN at 8pm. After that, you can also check out Beyonce’s documentary Life Is But A Dream the same night on HBO at 9pm. Check out the preview of the interview below.
The second Nate Berkus made his debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2002, he became a fan favorite. That probably explains why he appeared on the show more than 50 times. Given his popularity, it was only a matter of time before he scored his own daytime talk show. If you watched any of the episodes during its two-year run, you know it wasn’t very good. While extremely likable in small doses, Nate wasn’t the ideal choice to headline an entire show, five days a week.
The 41-year-old designer reunited with Oprah Winfrey yesterday for her Sunday morning OWN series, Super Soul Sunday. The two chatted about many things including why his daytime talk show failed. Oprah recalls early discussions with Nate regarding his own show and why it probably wasn’t a good idea. In addition to that, Berkus opens up about coming out to his family and his experiences with both his father and step-father with his sexuality. Nate was also there to promote his new book, The Things That Matter. Check out highlights from part one of his interview with Oprah below.
The patience an individual possesses to make one of these supercuts astounds me. Trying to splice up words to recreate a song is truly astounding. While not as impressive as the Mad Men cast singing Rick Astley’s “Never Going To Give You,” this Lance Armstrong video is still worth watching.
Matthjs Vlot who created the supercut only had to splice up one episode of Oprah Winfrey grilling the fallen sports hero. That aforementioned Mad Men supercut had multiple episodes over several seasons mashed up to recreate the 80s classic. Think of the research involved in picking which character said what. It’s mind-boggling.
Fittingly enough, Radiohead’s “Creep” was used perfectly to turn Armstrong’s mea cupla into a musical. I love the fact that the creator of the clip also incorporated a few words by Oprah. The result is an oddly entertaining duet of the 90s smash. Too bad Radiohead’s “Creep” wasn’t mashed up with TLC’s “Creep.” Now that would’ve been epic.
Last night, Oprah Winfrey was here in Vancouver for a special evening called “An Evening With Oprah” and we were there! I was there with Tyrell, and cast member Dan was there as well. She inspired and empowered the audience of 16,000 by sharing her life story and the lessons she has learned along the way that got her to where she is now. She also made us laugh a lot, especially towards the end in her one-on-one question and answer with George Stroumboulopoulos.
The evening started out with an introduction by Richard Dolan, the president of Rein Canada. He got the audience prepped for the next presenter, who was none other than Jim Pattison. Who Pattison introduced next was a surprise to everyone, even to Oprah. It was Stedman Graham, the love of Oprah’s life. He came to the show through an invitation from his friend Jim and decided to surprise Oprah. He spoke of how everyone knows Oprah one way, and then revealed how he sees her before introducing her to the stage.
Before I get to some of the main things I got out of the evening, I want to share some of the things Oprah said about some of the current news making headlines (ie. Lance Armstrong, Beyonce Lip-Syncing, and more).