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Lee Daniels' The Butler
Originally posted 03/11/2015 01:00PM
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels has been angling for the most exciting possible guest star ever: Oprah Winfrey.
Though the Fox series been able to land guest spots from Courtney Love, Jennifer Hudson, Judd Nelson, Naomi Campbell and others, Winfrey is not yet a convert.
Originally posted 02/28/2014 09:45AM
He's a world-class actor and film star. But Forest Whitaker says he finds great inspiration in giving back, leading his own foundation as he works to empower youth around the world.
Originally posted 02/16/2014 05:30PM
Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to tell it like it is.
Originally posted 01/16/2014 10:00AM
For the entire run-up to this year's Oscar nominations, Oprah Winfrey seemed a lock for a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Lee Daniels' The Butler. Playing the wife of Forest Whitaker's eponymous butler, Winfrey looked to be everything the Academy dreamed of in a nominee: a very famous person playing a serious role in a historical drama that audiences loved. She had already scored both SAG and BAFTA nominations, signposts pointing towards the TV host receiving her first Oscar nomination in 28 years.
And yet, when the nominations were announced Thursday morning, Oprah's name was nowhere to be found. Neither was anyone else's from The Butler – the film was shut out entirely.
Originally posted 12/12/2013 09:10AM
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, start warming up!
Thursday morning brought the Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in anticipation of when the two women will host the freewheeling ceremony come next month.
As expected, there were major showings for the movies 12 Years a Slave, which led Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild nominations, and American Hustle, already winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best film.
Those two films received seven nominations each, including those for 12 Years's Chiwetel Ejiofor and Hustle's supporting actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
Completely shut out, to the surprise of many, were SAG nominees Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker – in fact, everything and everybody with anything to do with Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The 71st annual Golden Globes will air live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 12. For a complete list of nominations, click here.
Originally posted 12/11/2013 04:40PM
Octavia Spencer isn't the only female face of this awards season who is perfectly fine without kids.
Shortly after the Fruitvale Station star revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that she's content with the fact that her "eggs are dying on the shelf," Oprah Winfrey spoke to the same magazine and explained that she, too, does not regret a life without her own children.
"If I had kids, my kids would hate me," Winfrey, 59, told THR. "They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them."
Originally posted 12/11/2013 09:35AM
Nominations for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday morning, in anticipation of the ceremony to air Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 (at 8 p.m. ET) on TNT and TBS.
With four nominations, director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave topped the roster, followed by three nominations each for August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Breaking Bad was the most-nominated TV series, also with four.
Among the major nominees in the movie categories are:
Originally posted 08/17/2013 06:15PM
Sure, James Mardsen has marquee good looks and a big-budget acting resumé, but don't let that fool you.
Deep down, the Oklahoma native says he's simply "a goofy drama nerd."
"I’m actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy," Marsden tells Out magazine (only semi-convincingly) for its September cover story.
"I know I have a face like a model, but I'm actually just a goofy drama nerd underneath," he insists.
Originally posted 08/16/2013 02:00PM
Lee Daniels' The Butler enters the Oscar conversation early, but PEOPLE's critics say the tech-heavy JOBS and Paranoia feel like outdated programs.
Here's what to see and what to skip this weekend:
Originally posted 08/07/2013 06:00PM
Marriage is a beautiful thing, especially when you're married to Oprah Winfrey.
"It was an amazing experience for me," says Forest Whitaker, who plays Winfrey's onscreen husband in Lee Daniels' The Butler, opening Aug. 16.
The movie, based on the real-life story of a man who worked at the White House for 34 years under eight consecutive presidents, juxtaposes the couple's home life against the turbulent times of the 1950s and '60s.
"[Oprah] was so committed to our relationship," said Whitaker as he was promoting the film in New York City on Monday.
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