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The elusive Oscar acting statue she desperately wants slipped through her fingers a few weeks ago when the Academy snubbed Oprah Winfrey for her performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Perhaps, a Tony is more in line with her stars.

The 60-year-old is heading to the Great White Way once again. She co-produced The Color Purple Broadway production back in 2005. This time, she’ll step from behind the scenes and stand front and center.

Reportedly, Winfrey is set to make her Broadway acting debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Night, Mother. It is believed that she read for the part at producer Scott Sanders’ apartment with Audra McDonald, who was most recently seen in NBC’s Sound of Music live telecast. Winfrey will play the mother to McDonald’s suicidal depressed daughter. Broadway veteran George C. Wolfe is expected to direct.

Do you think Winfrey has a shot at a Tony? Do you think the Academy rightfully snubbed Oprah? Weigh in below.

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Not surprisingly, Jay Leno was emotional during his Tonight Show swan song. He choked back the tears while thanking his crew and viewers as he closed off his final show.

“This has been the greatest 22 years of my life,” Leno said while crying. “I am the luckiest guy in the world. I got to meet presidents and astronauts and movie stars. It’s just been incredible.”

Fittingly enough, he ended the telecast by quoting his predecessor. ”And, in conclusion, I want to quote Johnny Carson: ’I bid you all a heartfelt good night,’” he said.

Before the tearful goodbye, Leno’s final guest, Billy Crystal, surprised him with a parade of famous well-wishers. Set to the tune of the Sound of Music‘s “So Long, Farewell,” celebrities one by one came out and delivered a humorous line.

Among Leno’s famous pals, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Parsons, Kim Kardashian, Sheryl Crow and Carol Burnett chimed in. The latter resurrected her infamous Tarzan call from her iconic variety show. Check out Jay’s good-bye and the musical tribute below.

check out both clips after the jump

Happy 60th Birthday Oprah Winfrey

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan
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One of the most powerful women in the world turns the big 6-0 today. Happy Birthday Oprah.

Given that it’s a milestone birthday, one would think a huge birthday bash is in order. Not so. Reportedly, the billionaire media entrepreneur will have a “quiet dinner” in the seaside town of Montecito. Definitely a far cry from her 50th birthday. That came with a televised bash, celebrity friends, high-profile luncheon and a black-tie dinner. Supposedly, she nixed her initial plans to throw a gigantic blow out party because the guest list got out of control. I guess you can have too many friends ;)

“The 6-0 number, I’ve always said to people to own it. Even I, who has said to women all these years, own it, own it, own it, took a pause for that.” - O told CBS News last year.

Even though she’s not hosting a grand celebration, that didn’t stop Ellen DeGeneres from giving the former daytime talk show host a gift. What to give the woman who has everything? A huge sequined self portrait of course. DeGeneres even called Winfrey to talk about it during her show. Their conversation was wonderfully strange. Obviously, it was fake, but still an entertaining watch.

watch what Ellen got her after the jump

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It’s no surprise that 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle led the way with seven nominations each when the 71st annual Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning. Both have done well with all the critics awards leading up to today’s announcement, especially the former. The latter’s cast were showered with praises, earning a nod in every acting comedy category.

What was surprising, if not shocking, was one notable snub. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association are notorious star f**kers. They have a long history of nominating substandard performances in hopes of filling up the ballroom with famous people. However this year, lesser known names made the cut while arguably one of the most famous, if not powerful, person got completely shunned. Oprah Winfrey, my dear… you don’t get a nod! You don’t get a nod! In fact, no one from the star-studded Lee Daniels’ The Butler, including the film itself was nominated. The film was not only a box office hit but a critical favorite as well.

The silver lining is that there is absolutely no crossover with the HFPA voters and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, it’s still nice to be nominated given the show is widely seen and offers a great opportunity for those in the race to do some hardcore publicity and campaigning. With regards to the HFPA, I’d still be worried if I was one of the 90-something GG voters. We all know how long Winfrey likes to hold a grudge. Just go ask David Letterman.

Check out all the nominations below. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. I have high hopes they’ll deliver another winning performance.

check out all the nominations after the jump

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Once a year, the New York Times enlists the year’s top moviemaking talent to film shorts for their web series, Making A Scene. Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski directed the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper and Michael B. Jordan to deliver just one line. Not just any line, but one carefully crafted by Spike Jonze, Sarah Polley, Jeff Nichols, Ethan Hawke and other talented individuals.

“Most of the vignettes are slightly whimsical and off-center,” explains Kaminski in a behind-the-scenes clip. How else can you describe Winfrey spouting nonsense into a microphone or Cooper splashing around in a big puddle also speaking abstract words” Even though Blanchett’s film is equally as puzzling (I’m not that deep nor cerebral), somehow I buy it. The woman is just plain fierce and commands the screen. It doesn’t matter that it looks like a glorified fish commercial.

Check out the borderline indulgent and somewhat pretentious shorts below. They’re definitely not to everyone’s liking.

check out all the shorts after the jump

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I don’t know how Hollywood Reporter consistently does it. Gathering six extremely-busy actresses for a photoshoot snapped by Joe Pugliese and for an hour-long roundtable discussion must be a difficult feat. Reportedly, coordinating these six women began all the way in the Summer. However, I’m sure they jumped at the chance to be in the company of the other talented actresses. Plus, it’s never too early to start campaigning for that 2014 Oscar.

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Amy Adams (American Hustle, Her), Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) are all being hailed as Oscar contenders this year. The road to Hollywood success hasn’t always been a barrel of laughs though. The six discuss their scariest on-set moments, fears, sacrifices, the greatest advice they ever received and much, more more. Watch the video and check out more pics below.

watch the discussion and more pics after the jump

Oprah Winfrey & Diablo Cody Are Moody Bitches

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Nope, they’re both not on the rag. Rather the two are teaming up for a new show on HBO. Yup, you read that correctly. HBO and not OWN. Weird that Oprah Winfrey isn’t developing it for her own network. Strange, right?

The yet-untitled comedy will be based on Dr. Julie Holland’s upcoming book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing and What’s Really Making You Crazy. Holy long title Batman. The book examines “the pros and cons of the drugs people are being offered as well as some surprising and highly effective natural therapies.”

Diablo Cody who burst onto the scene with Juno will pen the script and executive produce alongside Winfrey and her Harpo Films banner. There are no specified details on when the series will enter production, but with Oprah at the helm, I would assume it’s on the top of the list for HBO.

What do you think of this collaboration? Sound off below. For more details about the project, head over to Hollywood Reporter.

OWN gets its gay on this Sunday. Airing right before the network premiere of the beautiful documentary Bridegroom is a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Miss Winfrey sits down with comedienne Wanda Sykes, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Scandal star Dan Bucatinsky for an in-depth discussion about being gay in America.

The three out celebs share their own personal experiences including how their sexual orientation affected their Hollywood careers. They also go deeper and discuss parenting and the importance of marriage equality. Check out the promo below, along with the Bridegroom trailer. After that, be sure to click on the link to watch an exclusive clip of Oprah’s chatfest over at Entertainment Weekly. Can’t wait for this episode.

watch the promo below

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