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Michael King, who with brother Roger created and syndicated wildly successful shows, including "Oprah" and "Dr. Phil," has died ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us King and his wife went to France several weeks ago to visit their son and when he returned home contracted a bad infection. He was admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood 20 days ago, where he was treated in ICU for pneumonia. King was placed on a ventilator and did not get better. »
- TMZ Staff
Eleven entertainers made Forbes’ 2015 list of The World’s Most Powerful Women, with Oprah Winfrey leading the pack at #12. The television titan is this year’s “top ranking billionaire,” with a net worth of $3 billion. Trailing behind is Beyoncé at #21, while Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour ranked highest in the media sector at No. 28. Forbes says its rankings, released Tuesday, are based on “money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact.” Also Read: Oprah Finally Wins An Oscar -- Well Sort Of Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres (#50) and “Modern Family” actress Sofía Vergara (#57) represented television stars. Among the “celebrity »
- Wrap Staff
It has been Ten years since Tom Cruise famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch while declaring his love for then-wife Katie Holmes. Can you believe it?! It has been a decade since he told Oprah's audience, "I'm in love," before hopping up and down like a madman on that famous gold couch. Do we feel old? Do we feel deceived? Who could've known that the man who was so in love with the Dawson's Creek alum would later get divorced to the subject of his hyperactivities? Color us surprised about the fallout, but at least the Internet has blessed us with the ability to re-watch this momentous occasion all over again. While watching the video on a loop might make you think he's a little »
Oprah Winfrey took swift action when her production company got a tip that Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including some of his sisters, refusing to go through with a scheduled appearance on her talk show. As we reported, the first tip about Josh Duggar was sent to a staffer at Harpo. The email was received on December 7, 2006 at 6:30 Am. The email not only refers to the molestation, the author also claims Jim Bob and Michelle covered it up. »
- TMZ Staff
Josh Duggar, one of the members of the family that stars in TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" ... was the subject of a police investigation for allegedly sexually molesting 5 girls, some of whom are his sisters. The story was broken by In Touch Weekly, but TMZ has confirmed with law enforcement that Josh Duggar -- who was around 14 at the time -- was the alleged molester against 5 girls starting in 2002. According to the police report, Josh fondled »
- TMZ Staff
"Come on, not the crazy bitch." -- Dawn Hurley (Joan Cusack) in "Welcome to Me" Shira Piven's "Welcome to Me" has been in limited theaters and on iTunes since the first of the month, and it's racked up praise from a number of critics, including Variety's Justin Chang ("A strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy") and the New York Times' A.O. Scott ("Defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting"). Given that this is one of the few movies ever to specifically name Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd) as the cause of its lead character's troubles, I wanted to be on board with it. I really, really wanted to be. I'm no Bpd expert, but I've tried my best to educate myself on what is an extremely complex, destructive, deadly (the suicide rate of patients »
- Chris Eggertsen
Updated with national stats: David Letterman’s final Late Show bagged 13.76m viewers last night – his biggest audience since February 25, 1994 when he followed CBS’s primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics. In the demo, his 3.1 rating, and among adults 25-54 his 4.1 rating are his best showing since Oprah came to kiss and make up on the show, on December 1, 2005. In addition to thumping all his late night competitors, Letterman outstripped every broadcast primetime… »
David Letterman's last show drew big stars ... who resisted grabbing a remnant of the cake which became a launching pad the night before for Bill Murray. Dave's sendoff included quite the guest list, including Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tina Fey. Everyone's been super secretive about the particulars of Dave's final show ... but we do know Letterman gave the staff special jackets »
- TMZ Staff
Last night on late night, John Oliver talked Nsa, FIFA, and contract chicken farming. On Friday, Oprah and Norm MacDonald came on Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed a Ucsb student whose flute recital invite went viral, and Anna Kendrick hates her “resting bitchy face”.
Oliver was surprised to report that the Us House of Representatives has passed a measure (H.R. 2048) to stop the Nsa collection of telephone data. That measure will be opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but has a good chance of passing, due to relatively strong bipartisan support and the support of the President, the Director of National Intelligence, and a federal appeals court.
Next, Oliver discusses the upcoming presidential election for FIFA. President Sepp Blatter, a maligned figure in world sport, stands for re-election. Blatter is responsible for handing out the 2018 World Cup to Russia, the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, »
- Max Wood
Beginning with “Late Night” on NBC in 1982 and continuing with the “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS in 1993, the gap-toothed, be-spectacled, Indiana-born “Dave” became America’s most exceptional everyman — finding unconventional ways to point out the silliness of daily life. Here’s how his hosting style forever changed late-night TV.
10. The Top Ten List
The segment mocked the media convention (ahem) of ranking everything from the eligibility of bachelors to the popularity of songs, while shunning anything in eleventh place and beyond. It debuted in 1985 with “Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas.” Over the years, guest presenters added another layer of humor: see actor John Malkovich reading “Top Ten Things That Sound Creepy When Said by John Malkovich,” or our current president and then-senator intoning the farcical “Top Ten Barack Obama Campaign Promises” in 2008. Total Top Tens by the time the show wraps: 4,605.
9. Recurring segments fueled by absurdity
- Kate Hahn
Graduation season is in full swing, which means every celebrity on Earth is getting bribed with an honorary degree in exchange for speaking at various commencement ceremonies around the country. Kanye gave one last week and, on Saturday, at Tulane University, it was Maya Rudolph's turn. In typical Maya form, things got animated real quick with her parodying Oprah and busting out her infamous Beyoncé impression ... in the middle of an extremely over-the-top version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" mashed with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Savor it now, Tulane grads. This kind of stuff doesn't happen in the real world. (Unless, of course, you work at NBC.) »
- Dee Lockett
David Letterman tonight tells Oprah what is the one thing he’s taking from his Late Show office adjacent to the Ed Sullivan Theater. Next week is Letterman’s last hosting the CBS late-night show. On Monday, Tom Hanks is his guest, making his 60th appearance on one of Letterman’s programs, beginning with Late Night in the mid-80’s. Tuesday, Bill Murray, who was Letterman’s very first Late Night guest in 1982, will visit Dave for the 44th time. CBS isn’t saying what’s in… »
Title: Welcome To Me Alchemy Director: Shira Piven Writer: Eliot Laurence Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Running time: 105 min, Rated R (sexual content, some graphic nudity, language) In Theaters May 1, 2015 Alice Klieg is a woman who’s obsessed with Oprah. She has a wall of videotaped shows that she knows by heart. She has borderline personality disorder, and has no inner censor. She hasn’t turned off her TV in 11 years. She wakes up at about noon-thirty every day and walks down to the corner store to buy a copy of O magazine and a [ Read More ]
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Julia Roberts, one of David Letterman’s more frequent guests, came to Late Show tonight “just to find out what the hell is going on around here.” George Clooney stops by tomorrow night, as does Tom Waits, and Oprah pays a call on Friday. “Someone says, ‘We’re closing shop.’ … This is bullshit, David Letterman!” Roberts exclaimed at this afternoon’s taping. “Explain yourself!” Letterman preferred to take a stroll down Memory Lane, asking her if she remembered the first… »
Kristen Wiig continues to flex her dramatic chops in her latest starring vehicle Welcome to Me, in which she plays Alice, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and becomes a multi-millionaire overnight. With the means and opportunity to finally break from her carefully regimented lifestyle, consisting of medication, therapy and endless episodes of Oprah, Alice funnels her winnings into transforming into the next big talk show host.
Photo by Suzanne Hanover, courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.
The film’s director, Shira Piven, was on hand at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival to discuss the dramedy’s themes and the process of making it. Originally conceived as a pilot by writer Eliot Laurence, the initial script piqued Piven’s interest so much that she implored him to re-work it as a screenplay. The result is a light-hearted film that balances a touchy subject with fine-tuned performances. »
- Misa Shikuma
In her seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig became known for an array of bizarre recurring characters and for taking on difficult and highly memorable impressions (Bjork, Kathie Lee Gifford and Suze Orman spring immediately to mind). She's done her fair share of comedic film work, but in the last few years has really found her niche in indie dramadies. With The Skeleton Twins and Hateship Loveship under her belt, Wiig now appears in her strongest performance to date in Welcome to Me as Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder.
The concept works because it is too absurd to be true. Essentially, it begins with the fact that Alice has a complicated relationship with television. It has comforted, cared and educated her over the years. Despite her mental issues, she's stopped taking her prescribed medications and relies on piles of VHS tapes to calm her nerves. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Oprah is appealing because her stories hide the role of political, economic and social structures in our lives. They make the American dream seem attainable
In Oprah Winfrey lore, one particular story is repeated over and over. When Oprah was 17, she won the Miss Fire Prevention Contest in Nashville, Tennessee. Until that year every winner had had a mane of red hair, but Oprah would prove to be a game changer.
The contest was the first of many successes for Oprah. She has won numerous Emmys, has been nominated for an Oscar, and appears on lists like Time’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She founded the Oprah Book Club, which is often credited with reviving Americans’ interest in reading. Her generosity and philanthropic spirit are legendary.
Oprah is appealing precisely because her stories hide the role of political, economic, and social structures
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- Nicole Aschoff
One dream can change the world, and one comment can win you an autographed poster for one of last year's greatest movies. We're giving away a Selma one-sheet signed by producer and co-star Oprah Winfrey and star David Oyelowo. The powerful historical drama, which was nominated for Best Picture, arrived on DVD and Blu-ray this week and we're sharing in the celebration with this special treat. The prize should be a mounted poster of the image above, complete with Oprah's signature. By hanging this up in your home, you're also honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr., his monumental march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 and the Voting Rights Act that the march helped to push through Congress. Speaking of which, before we get into how you can win...
- Christopher Campbell
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night on late night, Martin Short and Cher horsed around with Dave, Anna Wintour put Seth Meyers to work, Conan talked with Nick Swardson and Helen Hunt, Dana Carvey showed up on The Late Late Show, and Kimmel got the Adam Levine treatment.
Late Show continues its streak of amazing shows as Dave officially puts in his “two week notice”. Martin Short, one of Letterman’s best and most frequent quests, tells amazing stories. This one, about having to follow Tony Bennett as a young “boy singer” in 1974, is absolutely hilarious.
Late Show posts highlights from the monologue, which is nice, as most shows don’t. Dave »
- Max Wood
As the first breakthrough transgender star in Hollywood, Laverne Cox has certainly mixed it up with the A-list. The “Orange Is the New Black” actress recently attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she rubbed shoulders with the president (“Oh God — he knows who I am!”). She fan-girled out for Viola Davis at the SAG Awards, mingled with Jon Hamm at an Emmys after-party, and received a Christmas card from Beyonce. But nothing compared with the time she ambushed her idol at an Essence magazine luncheon.
“This is the hand that Oprah touched,” Cox says, extending her wrist. “I didn’t want to wash it.”
In June, Cox will slip back into the unglamorous outfit that opened these doors — the drab beige prison uniform from Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” which enters its third season. It’s one of the many priorities on the 30-year-old actress’s packed schedule. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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