July 25, 2013 |
Tommy Chong thinks the controversy over his daughter Rae Dawn using a racial slur to describe Oprah Winfrey should just go up in smoke. Earlier this month, former "The Color Purple" costar Rae Dawn Chong kicked up a fuss when she called the queen of talk TV a "field [n-word]" and a "fat" "ugly" "bee-yotch. " But now her 75-year-old dad -- half of the popular 1970s reefer-smoking comedy team of Cheech & Chong -- is downplaying the whole thing. "Knowing Oprah, she would probably read it and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn ... she probably would be working in the field," Chong told TMZ in a video interview.
July 19, 2013 |
The entertainment world hasn't thought much about Rae Dawn Chong lately, but now she's become the latest celebrity trying to backpedal away from an N-word controversy. In a radio interview, Chong -- a veteran of 1980s movie hits like "Commando" and the daughter of comic Tommy Chong -- launched a tirade against Oprah Winfrey, her costar in 1985's "The Color Purple. " Chong -- whose ethnic makeup includes Afro-Canadian and Cherokee roots -- attacked Winfrey for everything from being too fat to too black. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Sixty years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily," she said on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour.
January 8, 2013 |
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is hoping for an Oprah bump. In his first interview since being stripped of seven Tour de France titles for alleged illegal doping last year, Armstrong will give an exclusive interview to Oprah Winfrey for a special 90-minute episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN Jan. 17, the network announced Tuesday. "Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career," the OWN news release states, promising a "no-holds-barred" discussion with Armstrong at his Texas home.
January 18, 2013 |
OK, so disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has spilled his guts to Oprah Winfrey about doping and cheating. Now what? Don't be surprised if Armstrong pursues getting a reality show. And an Armstrong reality show would most likely air on Winfrey's struggling OWN network. It could be a win-win for both Armstrong and Winfrey. Think about it. Armstrong could be the latest in a line of former sports stars such as Michael Vick, Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and other troubled athletes who have used the arena of reality TV as a way to rehabilitate their images and show they are just like ordinary people with kids and pets.
March 26, 2014 |
Most heads of a television network feel the duties and responsibilities of running such an enterprise can be all-consuming. Oprah Winfrey, who is the chief executive of OWN, doesn't believe that. With OWN on relatively steady footing after a shaky start, Winfrey has taken on film roles ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") and is considering starring in a drama on Broadway. LOOK BACK: 25 great Oprah moments Now the former daytime talk-show host who specialized in uplift and enlightenment is taking her act on the road.
October 25, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before kicking Justin Verlander off my fantasy baseball team. The Skinny: Time to break out the sweaters! Fall is finally here. Thursday's headlines include a standoff between Time Warner Cable, Cox and DirecTV over a new sports channel. Oprah Winfrey is developing a series for HBO and Seth Rogen is going on Home Shopping Network to sell a movie. Daily Dose: Production company FremantleMedia Enterprises is teaming up with Martha Stewart's company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to develop television and online properties.
July 9, 2013 |
With her talk show now a thing of the past, Oprah Winfrey no longer has the opportunity to share her favorite things with the public. But that doesn't mean she can't give of herself in other ways. Literal ways. That's right, Opes lovers. For the right price, you can rub elbows with the Queen of All Media herself at an upcoming premiere of her new movie "The Butler. " (You know, the one currently embroiled in a title battle .) Weinstein Co., the independent studio behind the historical drama, has teamed with Charitybuzz to offer up a package valued at $25,000.
July 25, 2013 |
Eight is enough? It is for Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul will visit "Late Show with David Letterman" for the first time in eight years. Her return, which will take place Aug. 1, marks her second visit to the show -- the first was that aggrandized appearance in 2005 when she promoted the Broadway musical "The Color Purple," which she produced. It was a historic TV moment (for some). It seemed to signal a burying of the hatchet after a 16-year feud -- apparently the product of a 1989 dine and ditch tab , which was later compounded with Letterman's infamous Uma-Oprah joke as host of the Academy Awards in 1995.
April 28, 2012
Why do some people reach greater heights than others? Often, they simply have the persuasive stuff. Oprah Winfrey: She may not be an expert in healthful eating or relationships or novels, but millions of people follow her advice anyway. "She's positioned herself as a friend and an advisor," says British persuasion expert Steve Martin. "But she can also say: 'I'm one of you.' That's important. " Steve Jobs: The late co-founder of Apple was a master at building buzz.
May 24, 2011 |
What can you say about the last days of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" when it's all been said already? And mostly by Oprah herself. According to audience members interviewed by the Chicago Tribune after its taping, Wednesday's finale will be a farewell address by the most famous talk show host in history, a summing up of a 25-year career in her own words. Because in case you hadn't gotten the message, nobody does it like Oprah, even if the "it" refers to defining her own legacy.