Category Archives: Oprah Winfrey

The Butler. Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey. Trailer.

A look at the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.

The film is inspired and based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about a black man — Eugene Allen — who served as White House butler under eight presidents for over thirty years.

The Color Purple ~ Happy 25th Anniversary

It’s been twenty-five years since director Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple film based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel hit the silver-screen worldwide, and The Oprah Winfrey Show has reunited the cast for Monday, November 15 broadcast.

The Color Purple is one of my favorite film — partly due to its eternal impact and impression it made on me as young-man of color. Enjoy the original 1985 trailer ~

The Color Purple‘ ~ an american story for the whole world. It’s about life, it’s about love, it’s about us. You’ll always remember – Mister, Shug, Old Mister, Nettie, Harpo, Squeak, Sofia and Celie. You’ll never forget ‘The Color Purple.

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network – Video

As only Oprah Winfrey could do it, she’s closing the doors on The Oprah Winfrey Show and opening the door to her own televison channel – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. You can see a sneak peek, by clicking on the video image below –

What Is OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network:

Here’s the deal…

Oprah Winfrey has been on TV for coming up on 25 years. For an hour a day, she’s been bringing “live your best life” television right into your living room. It’s been great, hasn’t it?

Well now it’s time for what’s next. Not just what’s next for Oprah but what’s next for you.

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network will be a 24/7 cable network devoted to self-discovery, to connecting you to your best self and to the world.

That’s right. 24/7. All day and all night. Whenever you want. TV designed to bring more better into your life.
It’s about time.

In January 2011 you will be part of a new network, a network of people who are all interested in reaching their greatest potential.

Oprah will be with us every day. She’s the life force of OWN and will get a chance to explore all of her passions on the air.
OWN will explore the issues that matter to you and the moments that move you. We’ll look at your health, your home and your relationships.

We’ll show you stories of strength and transformation.

And we will engage you in your own transformation.

It’s your life. OWN it.

How can you watch? Discovery Health channel will become OWN, so if you have Discovery Health, you’re in. If you do not receive Discovery Health, speak up. Your local cable operator or satellite provider can hook you up.

And what happens between now and January 2011?

We are going to build this thing together, on television and online.

Let’s go!

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The Oprah Winfrey Show Ends September 2011 – Video

I adore and respect Oprah Winfrey and very proud to have been part of her journey from local Chicago chat-show to national syndication program, and now she’s blazing a new path by evolving once more. In its 25th year, The Oprah Winfrey Show will end on September 9, 2011 and she’ll truly be missed. But don’t count her out because Oprah Winfrey’s divine contribution and journey will continue on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Stay tuned for exciting celebration and new things to come from Oprah Winfrey & Co. Watch Oprah’s emotional announcement below –

Oprah’s Full Statement: The Real Reason She’s Ending Her Show

After much prayer and months of careful thought, I have decided that next season, Season 25, will be the last season of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Over the next couple of days, you may hear a lot of speculation in the press about why I am making this decision now…and that will mostly be conjecture.

So I wanted you to hear this directly from me.

Twenty-four years ago, on September 8, 1986, I went live from Chicago to launch the first national Oprah Winfrey Show. I was beyond excited…and as you all might expect, a little nervous. I knew then what a miraculous opportunity I had been given, but I certainly never could have imagined the “yellow brick road” of blessings that have led me to this moment with you.

These years with you, our viewers, have enriched my life beyond all measure. And you all have graciously invited me into your living rooms, into your kitchens and into your lives. And for some of you longtime Oprah viewers, you have literally “grown up” with me—we’ve grown together. You had your families, and you raised your children and you left a spot for me in your morning or your afternoon, depending on when The Oprah Show airs in your town.

So I just wanted to say that whether you’ve been here with me from the beginning or you came on board last week, I want you all to know that my relationship with you is one that I hold very dear. And your trust in me, the sharing of your precious time every day with me has brought me the greatest joy I have ever known.

So here we are, halfway through the season, 24, and it still means as much to me to spend an hour every day with you as it did back in 1986. So why walk away and make next season the last?

Here is the real reason: I love this show. This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it’s time to say good-bye.

Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It’s the perfect number—the exact right time. So I hope that you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the final show.

Over this holiday break, my team and I will be brainstorming new ways that we can entertain you and inform you and uplift you when we return here in January. And then Season 25—we are going to knock your socks off.

So, the countdown to the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show starts now and until that day in 2011 when it ends, I intend to soak up every meaningful, joy-filled moment with you.

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Mad Men’s Jon Hamm @ The Oprah Winfrey Show

On Monday, AMC’s Mad Men stars January Jones and Jon Hamm promote their third-season television series on The Oprah Winfey Show. Oprah and her audience don 60s retro-costume in her themed set in honor of Mad Men with a performance by Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Oprah will also unveil her Favorite Things circa 1960s.


George Burns / Harpo, Inc.

Mad Men received sixteen 2009 Emmy Awards nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series [Jon Hamm], Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series [Elisabeth Moss)], Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series [Phil Abraham], Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series [John Slattery], Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series [“A Night to Remember,” “Six Month Leave,” “The Jet Set,” “Meditations in an Emergency”]. On Sunday, the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards airs on CBS at 8:00pm and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Lee Daniels’ Precious @ Toronto International Film Festival

The New York film critic Betsy Sharkey wrote an excellent piece on filmmaker Lee Daniels and his film – Precious – based on author Sapphire’s Push novel. Betsy Sharkey interviews Lee Daniels before he jets out to the Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] press conference and premiere of Precious on Sunday, September 13. The introspective piece is featured in Los Angeles Times Presents The Envelope and you can read the complete interview @ theenvelope.latimes.com.


Smokewood Entertainment Group

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire screens at Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 13 @ 9:30pm in Roy Thomson Hall and on Monday, September 14 @ 12:30pm in Winter Garden Theater. To see TIFF’s description and press coverage on Precious, visit tiff.net and tiff.net/press.

Producers Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness’ Smokewood Entertainment Group’s Precious hits theaters on Friday, November 6.

Jay-Z @ The Oprah Magazine

In the summer, when Oprah Winfrey was seen palling around with rapper Jay-Z, the media went wild. And now the outcome of their friendship and visit to Marcy housing project in Brooklyn, is the content of the new O magazine article. Jay-Z discusses drugs, music and married life with Oprah Winfrey in the O October 2009 issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, September 15.

Here are some blog snippets from the rapper and media mogul interview in their first interview together:

Winfrey: Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?

Jay-Z: Nothing is necessary. It’s just become part of the way we communicate. My generation hasn’t had the same experience with that word that generations of people before us had. We weren’t so close to the pain. So in our way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.


Ron Howard / O Magazine

Jay-Z: It was natural…[dealing drugs @ a young age of 13]

Winfrey: Because drug dealers were your role models. There wasn’t a teacher or lawyer or nurse of doctor or and accountant in the neighborhood?

Jay-Z: Well, we were living in Marcy by then, so no. And if anyone did become something like that, they moved out. They never came back to share the wisdom of how they made it. If anyone made it, you never knew it. That’s why I’ve always said that if I become successful, I’d come back here, grab somebody, and show him how it can be done.

Winfrey: Can I ask how in the world you kept your wedding [to Beyonce] a secret?

Jay-Z: Late planning!

Winfrey: How many people knew?

Jay-Z: Very few. The sad part is that we offended some. But people who love you understand. Because at the end of the day, it’s your day.

Gabourey ‘Gabbie’ Sidibe’s Precious – Trailer

I’ve known about author Sapphire [Ramona Lofton]’s Push since 1999 when she first appeared on The Charlie Rose Show and have wanted to read her book since. Then the 1996 published Push was later optioned for adaptation, began shooting on 10/24/2007 and screened at 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it won three awards: the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize for Acting (Mo’Nique).

Push was retitled as Precious when Lionsgate purchased director Lee Daniels’ film @ Sundance with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry presenting the incredible film. And finally today, the trailer is here. So click the image [below] to view the full trailer.

Precious is about Clareece “Precious” Jones – an overweight, illiterate African-American teenager in Harlem in 1987. Just as she’s about to give birth to her second child, Jones is accepted into an alternative school where a teacher helps her find a new path in her life.

Precious rolls into theaters on Friday, November 6.

Update: I’ve embed the trailer and official synopsis: Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative”, but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain, Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

Anderson Cooper @ Ellen & O(prah) Bid

CNN silverfox hair Anderson Cooper appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and DeGeneres pumps Cooper on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta and his other television program preference. Anderson and Ellen played celebrity game and she recruits him on her bid for the coveted spot on O[prah] magazine cover.

Anderson Hays Cooper is repped by Carole Cooper @ N.S. Bienstock and attorney Craig Jacobson @ Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, LLP.
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Michelle Obama Humps "O" Magazine

The people’s First Lady – Michelle Obama graces the cover and pages of O: The Oprah Magazine making Obama the first to share the cover with Oprah since it launched 9 years ago. O: The Oprah Magazine arrives in subscribers’ mailbox this weekend and hits newsstands on Tuesday, March 17.


O, The Oprah Magazine / Associated Press

In an Oprah Winfrey release statement, Say what you will about books — people do judge a magazine by its cover, which is why it’s important to me to keep the cover of this one looking fresh. And right now nothing – and I mean nothing – is fresher than the family that moved into the White House in January, sparking a national spirit of renewal the likes of which I’ve never seen. And here excerpts from Michelle Obama interview –

On First Lady Obama’s 1st weekend @ the White House after the inauguration: Well, we still had family here, so it was almost like a wedding. A huge, very complicated wedding. The last visitors didn’t leave until Sunday. And then the first Monday was kind of weird. You know: Now we live here, and Barack is getting up and going to work, and it’s just us. This is our home now.

On Michelle’s decorating philosophy: It will reflect our family. I want comfortable sofas, I want art that reflects contemporary and traditional, I want to bring in new American artisans, and you’ve got to be able to make a fort with the sofa pillows! Everything must be fort-worthy.

On Mrs. Obama’s vision for the White House: It’s a beautiful home. When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on–it’s just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people’s house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America.

On what Michelle knows for sure: I know that all I can do is be the best me that I can. And live life with some gusto. Giving back is a big part of that. How am I going to share this experience with the American people? I’m always thinking about that.

On keeping up with the First Family’s friends: That’s the thing about being the First Lady: You try to catch your friends up on what’s happening in your life, and they’re like, ‘We know – we read it in the paper’.

On how the first daughters – Malia & Sasha – now know dad’s home: Once someone on my staff e-mailed to tell me that the president was on his way. But you could already hear the helicopter, so it was like, well, no kidding. The girls don’t move. I’m like, ‘You want to see Daddy landing in the helicopter?’ ‘No, that’s okay. We already saw it.’
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