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Will Oprah Guest Star on Empire? Co-Creator Responds


UpdatePosted 03/12/2015 09:50AM

Will Oprah Guest Star on Empire? Co-Creator Responds

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.

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Forest Whitaker Uses His Star Power to Fight for Civil Rights in Uganda | Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker Uses His Star Power to Fight for Civil Rights in Uganda

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.

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VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey Get Stitched Into Her Dress for the BAFTA Awards

Oprah Winfrey Gets Stitched Into Her Dress for the BAFTAs

Originally posted 02/16/2014 05:30PM

Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to tell it like it is.

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The Biggest Name Missing from Oscar Nominee List: Oprah Winfrey

UpdatePosted 01/16/2014 06:15PM

The Biggest Name Missing from Oscar Nomination Morning: Oprah!

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.

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American Hustle & 12 Years a Slave Lead Golden Globes Race

Golden Globes Nominations 2014 Revealed

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.

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Oprah Winfrey: Why I Never Wanted to Raise Children

Oprah Winfrey: Why I Never Wanted to Raise Children

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."

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SAG Awards Nominations 2014: 12 Years a Slave Earns Four

UpdatePosted 12/11/2013 10:30AM

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations 2014 Revealed

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:

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James Marsden Knows He's Hot – and Nerdy | James Marsden

James Marsden Knows He's Hot – and Nerdy

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.

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Lee Daniels' The Butler vs. Paranoia: What to See (and Skip) This Weekend | Forest Whitaker

See This, Skip That: From Lee Daniels' The Butler to Paranoia

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:

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What's It Like Being Married to Oprah? | Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

Forest Whitaker on Being Oprah Winfrey's Husband in The Butler

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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