March 11, 2014 |
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has produced just one movie in the last 15 years ("The Great Debaters"), and Winfrey herself has starred in just one film of her own ("Lee Daniels' The Butler). But Harpo on Tuesday made a big move on the development front, acquiring the film rights to Sue Monk Kidd's bestseller “The Invention of Wings.” Kidd's slavery-era novel looks at the contrasting stories of a preteen abolitionist and the slave she is given, following the two as they and the world around them changes over the next three decades.
March 10, 2014 |
Dear Lindsay Lohan: Just caught the first hour of your new OWN reality show “Lindsay,” and honey, this show is so not a good idea. I understand that, after 90 days clean and sober at Cliffside Malibu, you felt the need to prove you are not an irretrievable mess; that, despite recent evidence to the contrary (“Liz and Dick,” “The Canyons”), you still have much to offer as a performer. And having Oprah Winfrey promise she will call you out must make you feel somewhat safe (who wants to disappoint Oprah?
December 12, 2013 |
The event: The Hollywood Reporter's “Power 100” Women in Entertainment Breakfast, honoring Oprah Winfrey with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, presented to her by former California First Lady Maria Shriver. The program : TV host Jimmy Kimmel opened the ceremonies, taking note of “this sea of perfect blowouts” and suggesting “Wouldn't it be better to rename the event the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood and just not give any of the spots to men?” He then delivered a warning to Kanye West, seated with the Kardashian clan.
December 11, 2013 |
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for outstanding female actor in a supporting role boil down to a five-way battle royale between a total unknown (Lupita Nyong'o), two of pop culture's most widely loved presences (Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey), last year's Oscar prom queen (Jennifer Lawrence) and an octogenarian actress known more as a bit player than a marquee name (June Squibb). Squibb's credits include the recurring role of “Grandma” on TV's “The Ghost Whisperer” and a two-year run on “The Young and the Restless,” making her not only the SAG Awards' dark-horse candidate, but, at 84, the oldest nominee.
December 10, 2013 |
Just in time for the holidays, Oprah Winfrey has selected a new book for her Book Club 2.0: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. “The moment I finished 'The Invention of Wings,' I knew this had to be the next Book Club selection,” Winfrey said in the announcement. “These strong female characters represent the women that have shaped our history and, through Sue's imaginative storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.” Kidd's 2002 novel "The Secret Life of Bees," was a bestseller.
November 19, 2013 |
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House. The BBC's Will Gompertz asked: "Has it ever crossed your mind that some of the treatment of Obama and the challenges he's faced and some of the reporting he's received is because he's an African American?" Now there's a fresh take. Either Gompertz has been handcuffed to a radiator in someone's windowless basement for the last five years or, more likely, he was riffing off the suggested questions Winfrey's PR team handed out to interviewers.