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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Oprah Winfrey fires back at "frivolous" lawsuit over OWN's Greenleaf
Oprah and her OWN network were sued in April by Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie, who alleged that Greenleaf was a ripoff of their project Justice & Glory. Oprah's attorney's repsonded this week, writing in court papers: “This is a frivolous lawsuit brought by plaintiffs who either do not understand copyright law or who are pursuing it notwithstanding its manifest lack of merit."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale got Oprah to make a voice cameo
Oprah Winfrey did indeed lend her voice to last night's episode of the Hulu series, playing a radio announcer in an uncredited cameo. "We'd heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if... . So we asked and she said yes, and it was a lovely, easy process," The Handmaid's Tale creator/showrunner Bruce Miller said in a statement. "The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from WW2. It was an absolute honor to have Oprah featured on the show, and especially thrilling as she was the one who presented us with the Emmy last year." In April, Elisabeth Moss recalled a "silent freak-out moment" of Oprah asking her questions about the show in early 2017, before filming a drama actress roundtable. "She was in the dressing room next to me and she kept popping back into the room to ask questions about the show or to make comments or ask what was coming up for a specific character," said Moss. ALSO: Oprah's cameo was the rallying cry the show needed.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
How Oprah and Apple each stand to benefit from their new partnership
Oprah Winfrey's new deal with Apple will help the tech company reach a broader audience, while allowing Oprah to court a younger tech-savvy demographic. Oprah's Apple deal covers everything from TV shows, apps, books, podcasts, movies and other potential content.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Oprah signs deal to create original programming for Apple
Apple announced it has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multi-year content partnership deal to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.” The deal falls outside of her work on Oprah Winfrey Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the pact includes everything from film, TV, applications, books and other content that could easily be distributed on Apple's all-encompassing platform," Other tech giants, likely Netflix and Amazon, were also pursuing Oprah, reports The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, but "Apple is said to have aggressively pursued Winfrey as part of a larger push to reach a broad audience." As Deadline notes, Oprah's OWN "exclusivity is for ad-supported cable only, and she is allowed to produce and appear on-camera on other platforms on a limited basis. Under these exceptions she is a contributor on CBS’ 60 Minutes and last year executive produced and co-starred in the HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Also as part of that, she can produce and appear in projects for Apple."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Oprah to serve as godmother to a new cruise ship
In a video released with Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey announced she will be hosting a "Girls' Getaway" in January.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Smithsonian's "Watching Oprah" exhibit looks like a (deserving) reward for her $21 million donation
The exhibit honoring Oprah Winfrey at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Friday. And according to Sebastian Smee, the exhibit is "a testament — to Oprah, obviously, and her extraordinary story. But also to the rest of us, black and white, American and otherwise. It’s a testament to our culture’s transformation, to who we have become. Is it strange, perhaps even a little concerning, that a woman who is the biggest single donor to this museum should be treated to an exhibition exclusively about her, and so soon after its opening? You bet it is. It’s not a good look. Yet in the end, it’s hard to argue that Winfrey is undeserving of such an exhibition. She had the highest-rated talk show of all time. It aired all over the world for 25 years. No African American woman — you could persuasively argue no man or woman of any race — has had a bigger effect on the culture at large over the past 30 years."
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Royal Wedding was a tremendous TV experience: "How long has it been since we’ve watched live TV that was this giddy, this besotted?"
"Did we even realize how much we needed this: the predawn escape to Fairy Tale Land, the sneaking out of bed to let indifferent spouses snooze?" says Hank Stuever of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding that was shown live on a number of networks. He adds: "Usually it’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders scowling at us, followed by pundits scowling some more, with TV anchors whose heads shake permanently back and forth in exasperated surrender. Even the awards shows lately have been fraught with careful messaging. But on Saturday, from network to network, coverage of the royal marriage of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle was technically flawless, surprisingly thoughtful, happily effervescent and unabashedly over the top. The combined force of it briefly created a safe space for dreamers and optimists, whether a viewer opted for the pure dosage of the BBC feed (on PBS and BBC America), or for something more pedestrian."
- Twitter outshined TV: "The television coverage suggested an industry that has lost its monopoly on the international conversation"
- The wedding "was admittedly a wonderful — and charmingly made-for-TV — diversion" from the bad news in the U.S.
- Oprah Winfrey attended the wedding, as did Prince Harry's friend James Corden
- BBC trolls Trump over inauguration crowd size in a royal wedding tweet
- Watch Bishop Michael Curry's electrifying speech that was the talk of the wedding
- SNL spoofed the royal wedding with a Prince Harry reception video and Kenan Thompson as Bishop Curry
- Kristen Wiig crashed HBO's Cord & Tish royal wedding coverage as "Sir Albert Langham-Kingsley"
- Watch Suits superfan Cord join Tish in gushing over the royal wedding
- How a British newspaper covered America's TV coverage of the royal wedding
- Suits creator Aaron Korsh tweeted: "Just a little stroll in the countryside. No reason. Just felt like coming England"
- "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!" tweeted Suits' official Twitter account
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Posted Sunday 5/06/18 at 2:49AM EDT
Meghan Markle's mom is set to reveal "vile racial abuse" in interview with Oprah
Doria Ragland reportedly visited Oprah Winfrey's Montecito home recently for a six-hour interview. But according to The Mirror, Buckingham Palace has to give a greenlight for the interview to air.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Pastor sues Oprah Winfrey, alleging Greenleaf was ripped off
Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie and Shannan Lynette Wynn claim in their lawsuit that they pitched a megachurch drama to OWN, titled Justice & Glory, in 2014. Their lawsuit is seeking damages in the six figures.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel tells Oprah that political outspokenness "cost him commercially"
Oprah Winfrey interviewed Kimmel for the new issue of O magazine, asking if it was "scary" that he shared his personal life with his viewers. "I don’t know if it was scary, but it was uncomfortable, and it’s not something I looked forward to," he said. "I definitely felt a sense of relief when it was over...According to polls I’ve seen, it has cost me commercially. That’s not ideal, but I wouldn’t change anything I said."
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Why the Oscars should screw up more often
"Last year’s Oscars screw-up was the most unforgettable moment in all my decades of awards show viewing," says Jason Gay. The Oscars, he says, "did something magical: They screwed up. They literally gave the Best Picture award to the wrong film (La La Land, not Moonlight), and more incredibly, they figured it out in real time, with everyone on stage, as if it were an episode of Scooby-Doo. It may have been mortifying to the show’s producers, not to mention the La-La-Landers who had to skulk off stage. But at home, I had a completely opposite reaction: Finally!" Gay adds that the debacle was "like inviting the wrong team to the Super Bowl—and it turned an utterly skippable TV event into something you’d wished you’d seen live. Why not market the potential for more of this? The greatest sensation any form of entertainment can sell is: You have no idea what’s coming next. The Oscars should embrace ineptitude and declare all bets off: Winners may become losers. Losers may win."
- Last year, Jimmy Kimmel looked like a safe hosting choice. This year, he brings a "political profile"
- Will we get an edgier Kimmel on Sunday night?
- Kimmel: "I don’t want this show to go exactly as planned. There have to be surprises"
- Why Kimmel's Oscar ad mocking the Best Picture flub featured Warren Beatty, but not Fay Dunaway
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss jokes he'll always be remembered for La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz's meme
- Marlon Brando is credited with bringing politics to the Oscars with his Sacheen Littlefeather moment in 1973
- PricewaterhouseCoopers is hoping for an uneventful Oscars -- unlike last year
- Corey Feldman is still angry about Corey Haim's "In Memoriam" snub
- 20 years ago: James Cameron's Titanic mania sparked the most-watched Oscar ceremony ever
- Recapping the 1998 Oscars, "the biggest Oscars ever"
- SNL uploads Oprah's 1986 monologue after she lost the Oscar for The Color Purple
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 2:13PM EST
Oprah reveals that a Starbucks barista recently asked how to spell her name
“Oh my god, I just went two days ago,” Oprah said in an E! interview with her A Wrinkle in Time co-stars Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon. “And the woman said ‘name?’, and I said ‘Oprah’, and she said ‘how do you spell that?'”
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Oprah to Jimmy Kimmel: Stedman kept apologizing for saying I would "absolutely" run for president
Oprah Winfrey told Kimmel she blames her longtime beau Stedman Graham for fueling the rumor of a presidential run by telling The Los Angeles Times "she would absolutely do it" when asked if she would run for president shortly after her famous Golden Globes speech. He now is forbidden from speaking on her behalf. "Of course he would never say I should run," Oprah said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The late-night host also asked if she even considered responding to President Trump's Twitter insult from earlier this week. “Not a second," she responded. "You don’t win by meeting any kind of negativity head on." ALSO: Oprah to Kimmel: "wish you were my little brother!"
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
Oprah took the high road in response to President Trump's tweet, as Ellen fired back in her defense
Before Oprah Winfrey came out as a guest on today's edition of Ellen, Ellen DeGeneres read Trump's tweet from Monday complaining about her being "very insecure" on 60 Minutes. “Oh no you didn’t,” Ellen said in response. “No, no, no, he’s gone too far. Oprah is my friend. And when you mess with Oprah, you mess with me.” Yet when Oprah did come out, she opted not to respond to the president. "I don't like giving negativity power," she said, "so I just thought, 'What?' What I actually really did was I went back and looked at the tape to see if there was any place that that could be true. Did I feel like it was slanted or biased? I went back and looked at every tape; I called the producers." ALSO: Oprah surprises Tiffany Haddish on Ellen, leaving her crying tears of joy.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
President Trump spent President's Day Eve bashing "a very insecure Oprah"
The president wasn't a fan of Oprah's 60 Minutes panel on Sunday: "The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!"