Just days ago, OWN announced the Oprah Winfrey would be bringing back her Oprah’s Favorite Things special this fall, after everyone thought it was done. I’m so excited about the November 2-hour special and can’t wait to see the look on the faces of the military wives when Oprah breaks the news to them.
For November’s issue of Harper’s Bizarre, Oprah was photographed by the amazing Terry Richardson and the photos look amazing. Winfrey was styled by Ann Caruso in a fire engine red Jil Sander coat, a white Escada menswear-inspired tux, and a smattering of blinged-out rings. She. Looks. Fabulous. In the issue, she explains to her interviewer, Laura Brown that she just tries to “live her best life” and is no superwoman. Says Oprah, “Like this morning, I had the intention to meditate for 20 minutes, but I really only made it about 12. And then I said, ‘Okay, don’t beat yourself up; you did the 12.’ I had the intention to work out for an hour, but I only did a half. And even with that I was still a half hour later getting here, so…”
Nicole Kidman also looks stunning in the issue, gracing the cover of the magazine as well. I’ve included Oprah’s pictures as well as the cover featuring Kidman below. Enjoy!
The word on the street is that Oprah Winfrey and her network OWN are doing much better these days, after a difficult start. Now, she’s ready to give back the way she does best – Oprah’s Favorite Things.
The network announced on Friday that the annual giveaway show would return as a two-hour special on OWN at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, November 18. “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car!” What surprises will she have in store for the unsuspecting audience? I can’t wait to find out. I’m especially excited to see their reactions because as far as everyone knew, Oprah wasn’t doing the big giveaway anymore. The audience for this episode was an unsuspecting group of deserving military spouses. Oprah, her staff and her team of experts will also take viewers behind the scenes to show how it all comes together.
Viewers will also have the opportunity to Watch and Win select items featured within segments of the show. By texting the correct key word to a short code at designated points throughout the premiere airing, viewers will be entered into a drawing to win some of Oprah’s Favorite Things from 2012. Additional details on how to enter will be available starting November 1 online at www.oprah.com/favoritethings.
The Butler is a film coming in 2013 about a White House butler that served eight American Presidents over the course of three decades. The cast is actually quite unreal. There’s Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower; Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower; Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan; Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan; James Marsden as JFK; John Cusack as Tricky Dick Nixon; Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson; Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King, Jr; as well as Forest Whitaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard and as mentioned in my title, Oprah Winfrey.
The film was inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Forest Whitaker, as shown in the header photo) in the Whitehouse for eight presidents over three decades. On Monday, Oprah tweeted the photo below that shows her looking all sultry while smoking a cigarette and sitting next to Terrance Howard. Oprah says, “And THAT’s a Wrap! Terrance Howard and me in our goodbye”love scene.” Check out the photo she is referring to below.
Last night on Oprah’s Next Chapter, R&B superstar Usher sat down with Oprah Winfrey in his home and opened up about everything. Since Oprah had been trying to get an interview with him for years, she took this opportunity to grill him about everything. Usher has had some big ups and downs recently and nothing was off limits.
Oprah talked about his controversial marriage to ex-wife Tameka Foster, allegedly firing his mom from managing his career, his recent custody battle of his kids, and even the death of his stepson earlier this summer. He also talked about his father who was absent for all of his life, and then reuniting with him a while back before he died a year later.
It’s a very interesting interview and really worth checking out. Thankfully if you missed it, I have included the entire episode below. PS. Oprah even asks if he’s ever made love with his own music in the background. LOL. Find out what he said when you watch it.
In contrast to the Celebrity 100 list which rates celebrities based on fame and how much they earned, this new list is strictly based on how much they earn and there are some surprises.
What is not is a surprise is that Oprah Winfrey tops the list. Forbes estimates that between May 2011 and May 2012, she earned $165 million. This is the fourth year in a row that she has topped this list. Number five is one that I didn’t see coming, but after reading where the money came from, it totally made sense. Dr. Dre brought in a whopping $130 million, but not from the recording industry. He made the money from his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones because last August, handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company, resulting in pretty much most of that $130 million for Dre says Forbes. Check out the Top 20 below and how much they each made. I’ve also included a video from Forbes commenting on the Top 5 of the list. Britney Spears made the list too!
Hot off her interview with Rihanna on Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey is looking to book the next big ‘get’. Given that OWN’s two highest rated shows focused on musicians, it’s a savvy move to look at someone in the music industry. Oprah’s sit-down with RiRi garnered 2.5 million viewers, netting the network’s second highest ratings. Only Winfrey’s exclusive chat with Bobbi Kristina after Whitney Houston’s death generated higher ratings with 3.5 million. Producers are trying to book a certain embattled singer, but unfortunately she’s denied their request, as revealed by O on her Twitter. Have any guesses on who?
Before I reveal who it is, I quickly wanted to congratulate Oprah and her team for turning the beleaguered network around. It’s definitely not a huge success yet, but it’s certainly on the uptick. OWN just notched its 31st consecutive week of total day growth across all key demos versus year ago numbers. It’s up double digits in both primetime and total day for the year as well.
The momentum is definitely helping launch successful new shows. Lovetown which premiered after the Rihanna interview, bowed as the second highest premiere on the network ever. The show is conducting a unique social experiment on love focusing on residents of a Georgian town. Critics and naysayers ready to write off the network, forgot the O factor. With her devoting all her efforts on the network now, there is no way she’s going down without a fight.
A few days ago, I shared the first preview with you guys for the upcoming episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter‘ with Rihanna. Now, a new preview has been released that shows a very vulnerable and emotional Rihanna reliving what she went through around the time of the Chris Brown incident as she tells Oprah how she was feeling at the time.
Rihanna tells Oprah, “I lost my best friend. Like, everything I knew switched — switched overnight. And I couldn’t control that, so I had to deal with that, and that’s not easy for me to understand or interpret. And it’s not easy to interpret on camera. Not with the world watching.”
Watch the emotional preview below. Will you be tuning in this Sunday to watch the interview?
Amidst all of the drama going on lately with the many generations of the Jackson Family, a new reality show has just been announced for one of the members of the famous family. The new reality show will be on the OWN Network, which as you know is headed by the one and only Oprah Winfrey.
With so much drama going on with this family (as per usual), it could literally be any of the above. Someone who’s been in the public eye for a long time, or someone like Paris or Prince who’ve come to learn what it’s like to be in the middle of this family. This show will follow what it’s like to be part of this family as well as what it’s like for them on the career side of things.
Curious to know who it is? Read on to find out who it is, what the show’s about, and what they have to say about this new venture.