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Anti-harassment speeches and powerful statements of unity have dominated this year’s Golden Globe awards.

It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony since the film industry was hit by harassment scandals, with stars wearing black to honor victims.

Oprah Winfrey summed up the mood, saying “a new day is on the horizon” as she collected an honorary award at the 75th edition of Golden Globes.

The big winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which took home four awards.

It won the best film drama award, with its star Frances McDormand also picking up a trophy for best actress.

Frances McDormand stars as a grieving mother who challenges police over the fact her daughter’s killer has not been found.

Big Little Lies won the most awards in the TV categories, including honors for its stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard. It was also named best limited TV series.

Nicole Kidman won the first award of the night for her role as a victim of domestic violence.

She dedicated her win to her castmates, daughters and mother, saying: “Wow, the power of women.”

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Time’s Up: Hollywood Stars Launch Initiative Against Harassment

Golden Globes 2018: Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B DeMill Award

The Golden Globes are organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as an indicator of which films are likely to do well at the Oscars, which take place on March 4.

The main focus on the night was on the current atmosphere in Hollywood and campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up, which are focused on bringing about change for women not only in the entertainment industry but also around the world.

Many winners and presenters at the Beverly Hills ceremony addressed the ongoing scandal – with host Seth Meyers setting the tone with his opening monologue.

It was Oprah whose speech had the biggest reaction, with stars applauding and rising to their feet.

Speaking as she was awarded the honorary Cecil B. DeMille trophy – the first black woman to get the honor – Oprah Winfrey said: “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!”

The theme was echoed by Laura Dern, winner of a best supporting actress for Big Little Lies, who said: “Many of us were taught not to tattle.

“It was a culture of silencing, and that was normalized… May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star.”


Barbra Streisand used her presenting slot to express outrage that she remains the only woman to win the best director award at the ceremony – and that was back in 1984.

She said: “Folks, time’s up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director.”

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Oprah Winfrey will be the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony.

Golden Globes head Meher Tatna announced: “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

Oprah’s honor was announced by actor Morgan Freeman – who won the same prize in 2012.

The TV star will receive her award at January’s Golden Globes awards.

They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA).

The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most-watched programs in US history.

Meher Tatna described Oprah as “one of the most influential women of our time”.

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Oprah Winfrey shares her first selfie from NAACP Image Awards

Oprah Winfrey to debut on Broadway in ‘Night, Mother revival?

The prize is presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, recognizing “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment”.

Meher Tatna described Oprah as a “global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress”, adding: “She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.”

Previous Cecil B. DeMille award winners include last year’s recipient, Meryl Streep, along with Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Sidney Poitier and Martin Scorsese.

Along with her famous chat show, Oprah has also enjoyed a career as an actress, including an Oscar-nominated role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, in 1986.

She also starred in The Butler and Selma, which she produced.

Oprah Winfrey is also well-known for her charity work – this year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

In her last TV interview before the family leaves the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama said America’s outlook had changed since Donald Trump won November’s election.

Speaking on Oprah Winfrey’s show, Michelle Obama said: “Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”

President Barack Obama repeatedly used messages of hope in his presidential campaigns and during his time in office.

Michelle Obama played an unusually prominent role in the 2016 election cycle, throwing her support behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and trading barbs with Donald Trump.

The first lady called on women to rise up against Donald Trump over his groping comments and denounced his campaign’s “hateful language”.

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In turn, Donald Trump accused Michelle Obama of spending too much time campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

Michelle Obama does not mention the president-elect by name in the preview clip of the Oprah Winfrey interview, to be aired by the CBS network on December 19.

However, she repeats previous assertions that the US needs “an adult” in the White House, saying the country’s president should provide stability and inspiration.

Michelle Obama says: “Having a grown-up in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis, <<Hey it’s going to be ok, let’s remember the good things we have, let’s look at the future, let’s look at all the things that we’re building>>…

“All of this is important for our kids to stay focused and to feel like their work isn’t in vain, that their lives aren’t in vain. What do we do if we don’t have hope?”

The first lady says she believes the American public will come to appreciate President Barack Obama’s impact with time.

Michelle Obama is an unusually popular figure in America’s political landscape, with a favorability rating, measured by Gallup at 64%, that is significantly higher than that of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Oprah Winfrey endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2007 but failed to do so publicly in 2012.

In November, Oprah Winfrey urged voters to choose Hillary Clinton in November’s poll, saying: “You don’t have to like her… Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue?”

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All of us are already familiar with the life of certain celebrities who decided to skip college and commit to a career that eventually made them famous. Some of these examples are Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, etc. This, of course, does not mean that after reading this text you should rush to leave your university. On the contrary, these are just tips that can be helpful in whatever life cycle you currently are.

5 Things Famous University Dropouts Taught Us

Follow your dream

You got into a certain college because that move was expected of you or you simply thought that you can find happiness in doing a certain profession. If you happen to realize that this college and future job are not for you, you can always take a step back. This is the time to clearly analyze the situation as well as your own wishes and preferences. Focus on something that fulfils you. By doing so, you can find a completely new career that would suit you the best and change colleges. In case you’re still not ready to choose and accept that you need and deserve some more time, it’s perfectly fine to dedicate yourself to a hobby and redirect your talents to whatever feels comfortable even if it doesn’t seem profitable in the beginning.

Listen to your inner voice

Be persistent even when your immediate surroundings aren’t. Nobody got rich overnight. Work hard to achieve the goal you want. This clearly defined goal can be your secret strength and power when your enthusiasm fails you or when negative thoughts such as finding no perspective in what you do occupy your mind. If you feel it right in your gut, you’ve definitely made a right choice.

Believe in yourself

Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and use them both to your advantage. Believing in yourself doesn’t mean that you have to negate your whole personality to make room for positive traits only.  Actually, if you’re aware of your weaknesses you can make an effort to overcome them and be wary of them. Also, don’t be modest with your personal virtues. Use everything you’ve got as an advantage over the competition.

Improve yourself

Improve yourself constantly

No one is born with the entire world’s knowledge. Just because you’ve decided that sitting in the university lectures is not for you doesn’t mean that you should give up studying. Quite the opposite. Take up a course in the area of your personal interest. That way you can meet like-minded people who can help and direct you. Also, this is a much faster way to obtain a certificate which can serve as a springboard for your future career advancement.

Do not waste time on insignificant details

You must have noticed that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg always dress the same. They decided that spending time picking clothes is only going to waste when they can use this time wisely and do something constructive at their job. If you have your own small business do both of you a favor – wear branded promotional T-shirts that you use as a promotional gift. That way you won’t have to worry about your outfit and will do some smart advertising at the same time. Be practical and don’t let little things distract you from the desired goal.

Learn to listen to your needs. If you feel constrained and stressed dare to take a step out of the comfort zone. No one knows better than you what you need at any given time. Be brave and bold. If you don’t try to move, you increase the risk of depression. Do what it takes to get up in the morning with a big smile and in good spirits. Change yourself and your environment in a positive way and be an example to others that anything is possible.

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Director Lee Daniels has confirmed Mike Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor in his forthcoming biopic.

Lee Daniels broke the news via Twitter by posting a picture of himself with Mike Epps and Oprah Winfrey at a script reading.

Oprah Winfrey, who Lee Daniels directed in The Butler, will play Richard Pryor’s grandmother.

Mike Epps, who has acted in The Hangover and Resident Evil, also posted a photo of himself kissing the ring of Richard Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee, for “the blessing”.

Several other stars, including America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans, were reported to have been in talks to play Richard Pryor in the film.

Mike Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor in his forthcoming biopic

Mike Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor in his forthcoming biopic

Richard Pryor is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential comedians.

Before Richard Pryor’s death from a heart attack in December 2005 at the age of 65, both he and his wife had earmarked Mike Epps to play him in a film that they would have produced.

The comedian had suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years prior to his death.

Mike Epps, who called Richard Pryor “the wizard of comedy”, has since played him in 2013’s still-to-be-released biopic Nina, starring Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone.

Oprah Winfrey also took to social media to announce the casting, posting a picture on Instagram and Twitter.

Using the hashtag #RichardPryorMovie, Oprah Winfrey wrote that she, Lee Daniels and Mike Epps had “just finished a great 1st read session”.

Oprah Winfrey will play Richard Pryor’s grandmother Marie Carter, according to Entertainment Tonight.

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Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram on August 7 to share a picture of herself enjoying a seafood dinner with her longtime partner Stedman Graham at Captain James Landing in Baltimore.

“Crab feast in Baltimore! #CaptainJames,” Oprah Winfrey, 60, captioned the photo, which shows the former talk show host and Stedman Graham, 63, each holding up crabs and smiling on their date.

Oprah Winfrey enjoying a seafood dinner with her longtime partner Stedman Graham at Captain James Landing in Baltimore

Oprah Winfrey enjoying a seafood dinner with her longtime partner Stedman Graham at Captain James Landing in Baltimore (photo Instagram)

Oprah Winfrey has been channeling her inner foodie while promoting The Hundred-Foot Journey, the new film she produced with Steven Spielberg starring Helen Mirren.

In a Facebook Q&A, Oprah Winfrey opened up about bonding with her partner of 28 years over meals.

“I cook for Stedman all the time,” Oprah Winfrey shared with her fans on August 4.

“Stedman is a delight to cook for because it doesn’t matter what it is…he’s always excited.” 

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Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of imprisoned former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, speaks out about his ordeal in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Matt Sandusky’s first public interview will air on July 17 when he will answer questions from Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) at 9 p.m. ET, Huffington Post reported.

Matt Sandusky's first public interview will air on July 17 when he will answer questions from Oprah Winfrey on the OWN

Matt Sandusky’s first public interview will air on July 17 when he will answer questions from Oprah Winfrey on the OWN (photo OWN)

In the interview, Matthew Sandusky – currently married and a father himself – will describe the ordeal he endured while being raised by Jerry and Dottie Sandusky.

According to the publication, Matthew Sandusky will respond to Dottie Sandusky’s accusations against her husband’s victims and share details on Jerry Sandusky’s nightly ritual. He is one of six children Jerry and Dottie Sandusky adopted.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 on 45 counts of child abuse, found guilty of raping or fondling 10 boys he had met through the acclaimed youth charity he founded, The Second Mile.

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Pharrell Williams’ emotional speech at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards came two weeks after a clip of him crying on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show became a viral hit.

Pharrell Williams crying on Oprah Winfrey’s show

Pharrell Williams crying on Oprah Winfrey’s show (photo OWN)

During the interview, Oprah Winfrey showed Pharrell Williams a montage of fans from Africa, the Philippines, Iceland and many more, all singing Happy, the singer’s Oscar-nominated, gospel-tinged, feel-good anthem.

Brushing away tears, Pharrell Williams said the response to the song had been “overwhelming”.

Oprah Winfrey was among the stars praising Pharrell Williams’ contributions to music at Thursday’s ceremony, alongside Lady Gaga, Usher and Shakira.

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Pharrell Williams was teary-eyed as he accepted the Innovator award at the inaugural iHeartRadio awards in Los Angeles.

Pharrell Williams, whose single Happy has become an international sensation, was lost for words for over a minute as Gwen Stefani presented him with the trophy.

“I never dreamt in a million, million, million years… that I would be standing here,” he eventually said.

Rihanna also took home four prizes, including artist and song of the year.

Pharrell Williams was teary-eyed as he accepted the Innovator award at the inaugural iHeartRadio awards in Los Angeles

Pharrell Williams was teary-eyed as he accepted the Innovator award at the inaugural iHeartRadio awards in Los Angeles (photo Facebook)

Rihanna, who got stuck in traffic en route to the show, also won an award for having the most loyal fans.

She dedicated the award to her followers, and thanked them for embracing her, flaws and all.

“It’s not easy, what we do. It’s very difficult at times,” she said.

“I never felt comfortable being anything other than myself.”

Performers at the show included Ed Sheeran, Arcade Fire, Bastille, 30 Seconds to Mars and Shakira.

Usher also took to the stage, leading a dance routine set to a never-before-heard Michael Jackson track, Love Never Felt So Good.

Owned by media company Clear Channel, iHeartRadio is one of the dominant internet radio brands in the US.

Thursday’s awards show was broadcast by over 150 iHeart radio stations across the US, and 60 million votes were cast by listeners in the run-up to the ceremony.

Pharrell Williams, 41, performed a 10-minute medley of his songs at the show, including Happy, Come Get It Bae and his bestselling-collaboration with Daft Punk, Get Lucky.

The artist, who began his career producing songs for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Kelis, said he had never expected to become an artist in his own right.

“All I did was write the songs and you guys did all the heavy lifting, all the hard work,” he told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Pharrell Williams’ emotional speech came shortly after a clip of him crying on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show became a viral hit.

During the interview, Oprah Winfrey showed Pharrell Williams a montage of fans from Africa, the Philippines, Iceland and many more, all singing Happy, his Oscar-nominated, gospel-tinged, feel-good anthem.

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Oprah Winfrey is to go on the road on a speaking tour that will take her to eight American cities.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey, 60, will make a series of keynote speeches at two-day events featuring a range of guest speakers.

Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend tour will begin in September in Atlanta before moving on to seven more locations

Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend tour will begin in September in Atlanta before moving on to seven more locations

The Life You Want Weekend tour will begin in September in Atlanta before moving on to seven more locations.

Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington DC are also on Oprah Winfrey’s itinerary.

Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra will also appear, though not necessarily at every location.

Tickets will reportedly range from $99 to $999 VIP packages that may include a personal meeting with Oprah Winfrey.

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Oprah Winfrey shared her first selfie with fans from the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

“My first selfie,” Oprah Winfrey, 60, tweeted.

“Love @idriselba! #imageawards.”

Oprah Winfrey is flanked in the picture by Idris Elba, who inches into the frame from behind, and gives the camera a cool stare-down.

Oprah Winfrey shared her first selfie with fans from the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Oprah Winfrey shared her first selfie with fans from the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards

“Did I just photo bomb Oprah???” Idris Elba, 41, tweeted along with Oprah Winfrey’s original picture.

An eyewitness at the event told Us Weekly that photographers erupted into a state of frenzy once the media mogul arrived on the red carpet.

Although Oprah Winfrey ultimately lost in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Pasadena, California awards show to Lupita Nyong’o, the 12 Years a Slave breakout star credited Winfrey for impacting her career.

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Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Night, Mother, the New York Times reported.

George C. Wolfe is expected to direct the production, which will star fellow Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as a mother desperate to prevent her daughter from killing herself.

Scott Sanders is among the producers, who are reportedly aiming for the 2015-16 Broadway season.

Night, Mother is a 1983 play by Marsha Norman about a daughter, Jessie, and her mother, Thelma.

Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Night, Mother

Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Night, Mother

Marsha Norman worked with Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders as the book writer on The Color Purple.

“Oprah has had a longstanding desire to act on Broadway,” Scott Sanders told the New York Times.

“She understands how unique and challenging performing live on stage will be as an actress. She and I have been looking at a number of plays and roles in order to find material and a character that truly resonate with her. We’ve recently read something that we’re both excited about but are not yet ready to officially announce the specifics.”

Oprah Winfrey and Audra McDonald are believed to have participated in a reading of ‘Night, Mother last year with George C. Wolfe at Scott Sanders’ apartment.

Oprah Winfrey is currently working with Scott Sanders on a stripped-down Broadway revival of the musical The Color Purple, having previously teamed to produce the original Color Purple production in Broadway in 2005.

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Jessica Chastain has portrayed fictional Scottish Princess Merida from 2012’s animated movie Brave for O, The Oprah Magazine photo shoot.

Jessica Chastain posed for award-winning photographer Annie Leibovitz in Cold Spring, New York.

The image will appear in O, The Oprah Magazine‘s February issue.

Jessica Chastain has portrayed Princess Merida from animated movie Brave for O, The Oprah Magazine photo shoot

Jessica Chastain has portrayed Princess Merida from animated movie Brave for O, The Oprah Magazine photo shoot

Made by Disney-Pixar, Brave is a fairytale featuring a fictional Scottish royal family, bears and a witch.

Merida, a young, flame haired Scottish princess, refuses to conform with traditional rules on marriage and princess-like behavior.

Disney-Pixar has described it as a story about mothers and daughters and families.

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In a recent interview, Oprah Winfrey – who is playing a White House butler’s wife in Lee Daniels-helmed The Butler – has said she feels the time is finally right for audiences to embrace films that tackle slavery and civil rights.

Oprah Winfrey, 59, told BBC she was “so happy” a number of new titles cover the topics.

She revealed one of these movies, 12 Years a Slave, moved her to tears during the interview.

Oprah Winfrey has a starring role in The Butler, which recounts the life of an African American man who grows up on a cotton plantation.

Oprah Winfrey is playing a White House butler's wife in Lee Daniels-helmed The Butler

Oprah Winfrey is playing a White House butler’s wife in Lee Daniels-helmed The Butler

Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker) goes on to witness the Civil Rights struggle as he serves under a succession of US presidents.

Oprah Winfrey takes the role of his wife Gloria.

“I think everything has its time and I’m so happy for this time,” she said.

“The fact that all of them are happening this year is really, really exciting.”

“People are ready to hear it,” Oprah Winfrey added, recalling that her 1998 film Beloved, which also addressed America’s slave-owning past, was met with a cool reception – including from African American journalists.

Oprah Winfrey became visibly emotional during the interview when referring to harrowing scenes in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

She also feels The Butler has an important role.

Oprah Winfrey said she had been lucky to be born in 1954 and never to have attended a racially segregated school in her native Mississippi.

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Oprah Winfrey recalled an incident where Republican congressman Joe Wilson disrespected Barack Obama by crying out “you lie” while the president was giving a speech to the Congress.

The 59-year-old talk show queen, who will be seen playing a White House butler’s wife in Lee Daniels-helmed The Butler, recalled the 2009 incident during a recent interview with BBC.

“Remember that?” she said.

Oprah Winfrey asserted that there is no doubt in her mind that President Barack Obama had to face some criticism because of his ethnicity

Oprah Winfrey asserted that there is no doubt in her mind that President Barack Obama had to face some criticism because of his ethnicity

“I think there’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs.

“And that occurs in some cases, and maybe even many cases, because he’s African American. There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.”

Oprah Winfrey asserted that there is no doubt in her mind that President Barack Obama had to face some criticism because of his ethnicity.

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As the holiday season is coming, Oprah Winfrey reveals her “Most Favorite Things” list for 2013.

This year, Oprah Winfrey shares the amazing O, The Oprah Magazine December cover with one of her most favorite things – comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Jimmy Kimmel, who is dressed like an elf, dutifully goes to work on the 15 ft. train of Oprah Winfrey’s stunning White by Vera Wang gown exclusively for David’s Bridal. The incredible red, rosette gown took 10 people to make for a total of 100 hours of work, and weighs a whopping 25 pounds.

Oprah Winfrey reveals her "Most Favorite Things" list for 2013

Oprah Winfrey reveals her “Most Favorite Things” list for 2013

As for the items on this year’s coveted list, Oprah Winfrey’s picks range from a $500 Truffle Risotto gift box curated by Per Se chef Thomas Keller – which she plans to give to Rita Wilson this year – to Modern House Red Wine bottles which retail for only $13 each and are available at Target. Notable tech gadgets on the list include the Kindle Paperwhite ($119), Beats Studio Headphones ($300) and a Qook Touch Kitchen Tablet that already comes pre-loaded with 1,000 recipes searchable by ingredient, with videos that show readers exactly how the food is supposed to look.

Other standout items that women will undoubtedly want their hands on this year include an $85 Butter London nail polish set, a $225 Nest Fragrances Holiday Candle which according to her BFF Gayle, “smells just like Christmas,” and a $136 set of Pickwick & Weller T-shirts co-designed by Ashton Kutcher.

Despite the pricey nature of some of the items on this list, Oprah Winfrey stresses that holiday gift-giving is never about the price.

This year, 12 readers will get to take home all of the items on Oprah’s Most Favorite Things list through her 12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way sweepstakes.

Click here to see all 60 of Oprah’s Most Favorite Things for 2013.

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Oprah Winfrey was in mid-sentence during her interview with Chicago-based TV station WGN’s Morning News show on Tuesday, when the call was abruptly disconnected.

Oprah Winfrey, 59, was the first guest on the new expanded hour of the show to discuss her role in the recently released film Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

The talk show maven was telling the four anchors about her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) lineup that evening, when a woman’s voice was heard saying “transfer” followed by a dial tone.

The anchors collectively cried out in dismay when they realized they had in effect hung up on the star, and immediately started voicing their frustration while on the air.

“This is so typical,” WGN anchor Robin Baumgarten said.

“How do we cut off the one guest we’ve had that people might be interested in watching?”

Oprah Winfrey was in mid-sentence during her interview with WGN's Morning News show, when the call was abruptly disconnected

Oprah Winfrey was in mid-sentence during her interview with WGN’s Morning News show, when the call was abruptly disconnected

“We are such a pack of morons,” she continued, scrumpling up a piece of paper and throwing it at the camera.

After a pause, Oprah Winfrey actually called the station back, according to the show’s Twitter page.

“Ok, you all have a few kinks to work out,” said Oprah Winfrey, confirming the problem wasn’t on her end.

“It definitely wasn’t me.”

“I’m just sitting here on the phone talking and all of a sudden music comes in and I’m like, <<Okay, I guess that’s my cue>>,” Oprah Winfrey said.

“It’s like you’re standing at an award show and the music starts. Oh, okay, that’s my cue to shut up.”

Oprah Winfrey sounded unimpressed as she briskly wrapped up the conversation.

“She was ticked,” said a male anchor after the second call.

“We were having a connection and you bozos screwed it up,” said anchor Robin Baumgarten, referring to her male co-hosts.

WGN later tweeted about the incident, calling it the “biggest goof since the #BridgeFail”, another of the station’s famous gaffes.

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Madonna was the world’s top-earning celebrity over the past year, trumping the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Madonna, 55, made an estimated $125 million thanks to her MDNA tour, clothing and fragrance lines, according to Forbes Top-Earning Celebrities List 2013.

The magazine said it was the most money Madonna had made in a single year since it began tracking earnings in 1999.

Director Steven Spielberg was at number two with $100 million.

Madonna was the world's top-earning celebrity over the past year, trumping the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg

Madonna was the world’s top-earning celebrity over the past year, trumping the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg

Most of his earnings came from his back catalogue of film hits such as ET and Jurassic Park – which has just been released in 3D to mark its 20th anniversary – as well as last year’s Oscar winning Lincoln.

Steven Spielberg also takes a cut of all ticket sales at Universal Studios theme parks.

Third place was a three-way tie between 50 Shades of Grey author EL James, Simon Cowell and shock jock Howard Stern, with earnings of $95 million.

Thriller writer James Patterson follows with $91 million, while TV and radio host Glenn Beck earned $90 million.

Others in the top 10 included Transformers director Michael Bay ($82 million) producer Jerry Bruckheimer ($80 million) and pop star Lady Gaga ($80 million).

Forbes compiles its annual list of celebrity earnings using input from agents, managers, producers and others to calculate its estimates for each celebrity’s entertainment-related earnings.

The figures do not reflect tax deductions, agent fees or “the other expenses of being a celebrity”.

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The Butler, a star-studded drama inspired by African-American Eugene Allen who served as a White House butler to eight presidents, was the top draw at North American cinemas this weekend.

Lee Daniels’ new movie, which stars Forest Whitaker, took an estimated $25 million in the US and Canada between Friday and Sunday.

“We did not expect it to do this well,” said a spokesman for its distributor.

In contrast, comic book sequel Kick-Ass 2 could only manage fourth place with a first weekend haul of $13.5 million.

That was less than the $19.8 million its predecessor made in its first weekend in the US and Canada in April 2010.

Kick-Ass 2‘s takings were swelled, however, by the $6.3 million it made in ticket sales outside North America.

According to The Weinstein Company’s Erik Lomis, the involvement of Oprah Winfrey was “a significant factor” in The Butler‘s success.

“Her publicity machine really kicked into high gear,” he said of the talk show queen, whose appearance as Forest Whitaker’s wife marks her first starring role since 1998’s Beloved.

“An Oprah Winfrey endorsement virtually guarantees you a hit,” agreed Paul Dergarabedian of box office analysts Hollywood.com.

The Butler was the top draw at North American cinemas this weekend

The Butler was the top draw at North American cinemas this weekend

According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Butler appealed strongly to black church-goers, a demographic specifically courted in its promotional materials.

Starring Forest Whitaker as the fictional manservant Cecil Gaines, Lee Daniels’ The Butler co-stars Robin Williams, John Cusack, Mariah Carey and Jane Fonda.

The film’s slightly tortuous nomenclature came about after the Weinstein Company lost a legal battle with Warner Brothers over the right to use the title The Butler.

Warner Bros comedy We’re the Millers held onto second place in this week’s chart, making $17.8 million in its second week in US and Canadian cinemas.

Last week’s top film, Matt Damon’s sci-fi thriller Elysium, dropped to third place after making an estimated $13.6 million between Friday and Sunday.

Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was the third new entry in this week’s Top 10, claiming seventh place with a first weekend tally of $6.7 million.

That was almost twice as much made by Paranoia, a corporate espionage thriller starring Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford that made its debut in 13th spot with a $3.5 million haul.

North American box office:

  1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $30.5 million
  2. We’re the Millers -$17.8 million
  3. Elysium – $13.6 million
  4. Kick-Ass 2 – $13.5 million
  5. Planes – $13.1 million

Source: Hollywood.com

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The Butler, which is based on the story of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen, hit theaters on Friday.

It’s not surprising that some broad creative license was taken with Eugene Allen’s life.

However, some of the most remarkable episodes are true.

Eugene Allen spent 34 years in the White House watching as eight presidents filed in and out and witnessing the country change from within the walls that were changing it.

The Butler is based on the story of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen

The Butler is based on the story of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen

The life of Eugene Allen is the basis for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which debuted in theaters this weekend. The film was inspired by a 2008 Washington Post story titled A Butler Well Served by This Election, which first brought Eugene Allen’s story to the mainstream: a butler who served every president from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan and weathered the worst of the country’s brutal racial history was about to see the first black president of the US sworn into office.

Eugene Allen was “a black man unknown to the headlines”, Will Haygood wrote in that Post article.

Now, however, Eugene Allen’s story is playing out on the big screen in an Oscar-baiting film with a sprawling cast including Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Liev Schrieber, Oprah Winfrey, and, in the role inspired by Allen, Forest Whitaker.

In The Butler, Forest Whitaker’s Cecil Gaines is a slightly fictionalized version of Eugene Allen, one whose story – though very close to Allen’s own – plays better as the stylistic, sweeping melodrama the film sets out to be.

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Lindsay Lohan has admitted to Oprah Winfrey that she is the one to blame for her troubles.

“I’m my own worst enemy, and I know that,” Lindsay Lohan actress said in a promotional video released Monday for her upcoming post-rehab one-on-one interview with Oprah.

The sneak peek from the highly anticipated interview airing on Sunday showed Oprah Winfrey, 59, back in her tabloid talk show element and peppering Lindsay Lohan, 27, with questions.

“Do you think you can turn it around?” Oprah Winfrey asked.

“What is it you’re addicted to?”

Lindsay Lohan has admitted to Oprah Winfrey that she is the one to blame for her troubles

Lindsay Lohan has admitted to Oprah Winfrey that she is the one to blame for her troubles

Lindsay Lohan wore a conservative orange frock with her trademark red locks tied back into a high ponytail and considered Oprah Winfrey’s questions with a serious look on her face.

The trouble star and Oprah Winfrey sat opposite each other in white chairs with the chat host opting for a grey cardigan, white blouse and black pants.

The teaser video is the first time Lindsay Lohan has been seen addressing her addiction issues since her release from 90 days of court-ordered rehab.

Linsay Lohan left rehab at the end of July and quickly took on a guest-hosting stint on Chelsea Lately.

Oprah Winfrey’s television network OWN also has an eight-part docu-series planned that will chronicle Lindsay as she tries to rebuild her career and stay sober.

The reality TV show will air in 2014 and will be helmed by Amy Rice, who directed the 2009 documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.

Lindsay Lohan’s latest movie The Canyons has been a disappointment at the box office, to say the least, raking in just $30,100 on its opening weekend.

Despite the weak numbers, it has been revealed that Lindsay Lohan was recently approached by actor-director Ben Affleck about starring in his next project.

The one-one-one interview between Oprah Winfrey and Lindsay Lohan will air on Oprah’s Next Chapter on Sunday, August 18, at 9 p.m.

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Oprah Winfrey has said she is sorry for a “blown up” media response after she claimed she encountered racism in upmarket Trois Pommes handbag store in Zurich.

Oprah Winfrey’s racism claims were made amid a political row in Switzerland over asylum seekers' rights

Oprah Winfrey’s racism claims were made amid a political row in Switzerland over asylum seekers’ rights

Speaking on the red carpet premiere for her new film, The Butler, Oprah Winfrey said: “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland.”

“I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” she added.

Oprah Winfrey’s claims were made amid a political row in Switzerland over asylum seekers’ rights.

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The Swiss sales assistant who refused to show Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly $35,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the Trois Pommes luxury boutique where she works.

Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt “powerless” and in the grip of a “cyclone” after Oprah Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism.

Oprah Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag to match the outfit she was going to wear to old friend Tina Turner’s wedding.

She claims the sales assistant refused to show her the black crocodile leather bag because – seeing a black woman – she automatically assumed she would not be able to afford it.

Now the saleslady has hit back, stating: “I wasn’t sure what I should present to her when she came in on the afternoon of Saturday July 20 so I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection.

“I explained to her the bags came in different sizes and materials, like I always do.

“She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag. 

“I simply told her that it was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags.

“It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag.  

Oprah Winfrey claims Trois Pommes sales assistant refused to show her a black crocodile leather bag because, seeing a black woman, she automatically assumed she would not be able to afford it

Oprah Winfrey claims Trois Pommes sales assistant refused to show her a black crocodile leather bag because, seeing a black woman, she automatically assumed she would not be able to afford it

“She looked around the store again but didn’t say anything else. Then she went with her companion to the lower floor. My colleague saw them to the door. They were not even in the store for five minutes.”

She emphatically denied ever saying to Oprah Winfrey: “You don’t want to see this bag. It is too expensive.  You cannot afford it.”

The saleslady went on: “This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business.

“I don’t know why she is making these accusations. She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl. 

“I didn’t hurt anyone. I don’t know why someone as great as her must cannibalize me on TV.  

“If it had all taken place as she claimed, why has she not complained the next day at the wedding of Tina Turner with Trudie Goetz, my boss? She was there also at the Turner wedding as a guest. I don’t understand it.

“I spoke to Oprah Winfrey in English. My English is okay but not excellent, unfortunately.

“I didn’t know who she was when she came into the store. That wouldn’t have made any difference if I had.

“We work really hard to greet all the people who come into the store with the same level of respect and treat them all equally.

“If someone asks me whether he or she can see an article, I always present these. Because that person is a potential buyer. And my job is to sell it.

“I’m glad if I can sell an article. It is a reward for me, if I can sell a nice piece. This means that I’m good at my job.”

She has worked in the store for five years and says 50% of the clientele come from abroad and that a bag costing nearly $35,000 is sold “only a few times a year”.

Asked what she would say to Oprah Winfrey now she added: “I would apologize and say it was all a  misunderstanding. I surely did not intentionally want to insult Ms. Winfrey. I hope this nightmare ends soon.”

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Simon Cowell tops Forbes magazine’s list of highest-earning TV personalities in 2012-13 after raking $95 million in just 12 months.

Simon Cowell, 53, was tied with radio and television presenter Howard Stern, who is also host on America’s Got Talent, reported the New York Post.

The X Factor now airs in 41 countries around the world, and Got Talent has become the biggest selling franchise, spreading to Afghanistan and Vietnam.

Simon Cowell recently hit the headlines when it was announced that he is to have a baby with married socialite Lauren Silverman.

Simon Cowell tops Forbes magazine’s list of highest-earning TV personalities in 2012-13 after raking $95 million in just 12 months

Simon Cowell tops Forbes magazine’s list of highest-earning TV personalities in 2012-13 after raking $95 million in just 12 months

Lauren Silverman, 36, who is 11 weeks’ pregnant with the pop mogul’s child, has made it clear to friends that it is her intention to marry Simon Cowell as soon as her divorce comes through.

Her brother-in-law, Alexander Silverman, insisted that news of her pregnancy constituted a breach of trust by Simon Cowell, as he had been close friends with both Lauren and millionaire husband Andrew.

Simon Cowell, who is worth an estimated $305 million, insisted he will do everything he can to support and provide for his child after the news broke that Lauren Silverman is expecting.

Also on the Forbes list was Oprah Winfrey who made $77 million, down from her $165 million in 2011/12.

The Apprentice host Donald Trump also appeared, raking in $63 million in just one year.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest ($61 million), Ellen DeGeneres ($56 million) and Judge Judy Sheindlin ($47 million) also made the list of top TV earners.

Phil McGraw came fifth as he managed to make $72 million from his Dr Phil daytime television.

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Trudie Goetz, the owner of Zurich store where Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism, has called the incident a “misunderstanding”.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop.

She was apparently told one of the bags on display was “too expensive” for her.

Trudie Goetz told the BBC that Oprah Winfrey was “absolutely allowed” to look at the $35,000 bag, which was kept behind a screen.

“My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn’t want to take the bag,” claimed Trudie Goetz.

The shop owner said her assistant had worked in the Trois Pommes store “for a few years and takes care of the most spoilt customers from all over the world”, adding, “she is really a correct sales person”.

Oprah Winfrey visited Zurich last month to attend Tina Turner’s wedding. Her programme The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Switzerland.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the world's richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in a Zurich upmarket handbag shop

Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in a Zurich upmarket handbag shop

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Oprah Winfrey said: “I go into a store and I say to the woman, <<Excuse me, may I see the bag right above your head?>> and she says to me, <<No. It’s too expensive>>. “

When Oprah Winfrey insisted, the shop assistant allegedly replied: “No, no you don’t want to see that one, you want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You will not be able to afford that.”

The star said she left the shop calmly without arguing, but that the experience was proof that racism continues to be a problem.

“There’s two different ways to handle it,” Oprah Winfrey said.

“I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing… but it still exists, of course it does.”

Trudie Goetz did not call into question Oprah Winfrey’s perception of the events.

“I didn’t take care of [Oprah Winfrey]. I’m sure she felt like this – but my salesgirl promised me she took care of [her] really the best she could. So it must have been a misunderstanding,” she said.

Trudie Goetz said her assistant spoke both Italian and English, “but her English isn’t as good”.

“She tried to show Mrs. Oprah the same style in other qualities, because maybe she didn’t understand what she wanted.”

Oprah Winfrey’s claims come amid a political row over plans by some Swiss towns to ban asylum-seekers from some public places.

Human rights groups have likened the plans – which include banning asylum-seekers from swimming pools, playing fields and libraries – to apartheid.

Officials say the curbs, which will also see asylum-seekers housed in special centres, are aimed at preventing tensions with residents.

About 48,000 people are currently seeking asylum in Switzerland. It has twice as many asylum seekers as the European average.

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