Oprah sat down with Andy Cohen on his show Watch What Happens Live last night and it was epic. Actually, epic might be an understatement. Because, not only did Oprah slap Andy silly, but she also watched some koala sex. O-yes!
First off, let's talk about the groundbreaking moment when Oprah slapped Andy. Andy asked Oprah to smack him across the face while reenacting a pivotal scene from her new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler, and yeah it was awesome. Of course, Oprah didn't actually full-on swat Andy, but she did a mighty-fine job at fake slapping! After her playful slap-a-roo, Oprah gets all serious, reprising her character Gloria Gaines as she dramatically delivers a line from the film, which prompts Andy to squeal "She has the nomination." And we have to agree with Andy, Oprah absolutely kills it.
Now, if you thought that slap sequence was earth-shatteringly incredible, you're in for a treat, alright! Oprah and Andy even played a little game show, Encycl-O-Pedia. The outrageously optimistic host quizzed Oprah on her knowledge of her O-tastic twenty-five years on The Oprah Winfrey show. While the whole game-show was truly giggle-inducing, a few hilarious bits jump out. First off, we watch Oprah reminisce while watching her jam along to Mariah Carey's performance of "We Belong Together," but she doesn't quite nail the lyrics. I guess no one ever taught Oprah the "watermelon" lip-synching trick, eh? Secondly, Cohen reminds Oprah of when she couldn't help but blurt out "cum" in 1991. And last but definitely not least, Oprah watches herself O-gasm at the sight of two koala bears in the sack. Who knew Oprah was into koalas so much?!
And the greatest part of the whole interview? Oprah compliments Andy on his gregarious, uplifting spirit before declaring to him "you carry the light". Although I'm not really sure what carrying said light entails, it sure sounds magical. So, Oprah if you want to throw an ambiguous, seemingly metaphoric compliment my way, I'd be honored.
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On the surface, framing the tumultuous civil rights era around the personal drama of a black butler working inside the White House might seem hokey. Folding history lessons in an entertaining package has always proven a difficult balancing act. But Lee Daniels' The Butler stands as a testament to reserved directing, a focused script and strong character-acting for the sake of the larger picture outside the movie house.
The heart and soul of the piece resides firmly in the capable hands of Forest Whitaker who, as titular character Cecil Gaines, balances pathos, pride, and strength with a human dash of regret. The other characters all seem to pass through his life but leave bold marks on him and the film's drama. Oprah Winfrey as Ms. Gloria Gaines, Terrence Howard as the sleazy philandering neighbor who takes advantage of the lonely Gloria, and Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lenny Kravitz as fellow White House help stand out the strongest for their raw abilities to inhabit their roles.
Though you would expect such actors to hold their own, the real delight of the Butler comes from the fact that there are no shortcomings in the film's supporting roles. The dynamic between the brothers of Cecil and Gloria offers a delightful comic relief, which is peppered amongst the drama just enough to keep the struggles of those times bearable. Elijah Kelley delights as the younger, naïve, parent-pleasing Charlie, and David Oyelowo embodies ultra-righteousness as Louis, jumping at every opportunity of civil disobedience to fight for his people's human rights (from protesting Jim Crow laws in the South to joining the Black Panther party). Meanwhile, the presidents — despite being played by high profile actors like Robin Williams (Eisenhower), John Cusack (Nixon), Liev Schreiber (LBJ), Alan Rickman (Reagan), and an unforgettable Jane Fonda as Nancy — never hang around the drama long enough to distract from its main concern of a black man struggling with apathy as the times change around him.
No character ever overshadows Cecil, who encapsulates an array of issues, from escaping an oppressive life on a cotton farm as a child to arriving at a revelation stemming from a simple gesture by taking a seat at a fancy dinner in his twilight years. It's this quiet struggle of a man trying to get by in a rough and tumble world that remains the film's main concern. The 52-year-old Whitaker does a noble job as he ages from a young man to a 90-year-old.
Compared to Daniels' powerful breakout Precious (2009) and the horrible, dull mess of the Paperboy (2012), the film features a reserved sensibility thanks to the director's decision to turn down the histrionics for a change. Throughout his short filmmaking career, Daniels has always shown a keen control over camera placement to keep a film visually dynamic, despite some dramatic failings. The Butler is no exception, as Daniels' artistry appears in the film's first frame. He still, however, leans on slow motion during a few scenes for overkill emphasis. He doesn't need that. His greatest accomplishment in The Butler lies in how he keeps the other characters in check against the quiet but important struggles of Cecil. Despite the film's many stars, no one is distracted as Daniels reveals a strong sense of mise-en-scène when burying the cast's celebrity. Daniels also continues to do raw well with make-up and wardrobe dialed down to keep it real and earthy.
The script deserves singling out as the glue that makes The Butler work as neatly as it does. Written by Danny Strong, the scribe behind another brisk political drama, the acclaimed McCain-Palin exposé Game Change on HBO, it makes for an engaging, well-paced affair despite running over two hours long. Strong based his script on a Washington Post article about a black man who served as a butler to eight presidents between the '50s and '80s. In order to emphasize the history and the tension of the civil rights movement on this family who happened to have close ties to the White House, Strong took liberties with the story. He created composite characters based on other memoirs with intimate access to the White House. It's a matter of convenience to place some of these characters at three or four too many important historical moments that may seem contrived to some. However, I'd forgive the film for teetering close to Forrest Gump cartoonery for the sake of its emphasis on moments in history that can too easily be forgotten as generations pass.
After the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, The Butler serves as an important role in reminding us that equality and malaise between ethnic groups and classes still festers in this era, even after the election of the first black president. We need a movie that looks back at history and offers a reminder about the long way America has come and the long way it still has to go. That The Butler can do it while remaining entertaining is a bonus many will appreciate.
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Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey felt so comfortable playing a husband and wife in new movie The Butler that they continued their affectionate behaviour once the cameras stopped rolling. The pair portrays Cecil and Gloria Gaines in the historical drama, which focuses on Whitaker's butler character who worked at the White House under eight consecutive presidents.
Winfrey was so committed to perfecting their on-screen chemistry that she would hold hands with her co-star to keep their relationship alive off set.
Speaking to journalists while promoting the movie in New York, Whitaker said, "It was an amazing experience for me. (Winfrey) was so committed to our relationship. In between the scenes, when we're trying to develop our rapport and continue to build our connection, she would be so generous, she would rub my back, or, you know, we'd walk hand in hand to the set and talk, and I think it led to the magic of us being able to really be connected in the film."
Superstar Diana Ross turned her Hollywood Bowl concert into a family affair by enlisting her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross to act as emcee, while Rhonda and Evan Ross performed as their mother's opening acts. The Supremes star took to the stage in Los Angeles on Saturday (03Aug13) and thrilled the audience, which included pregnant actress Halle Berry and her new husband Olivier Martinez, with a string of hits and five costume changes.
The 69-year-old music legend brought the 75-minute show to a close with a rendition of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive and invited her family members back onstage for a final goodbye.
Speaking after the show, Tracee revealed she was delighted to take part in the concert with her mother, telling Etonline.com, "Tonight there was this full-circle experience to be apart of what we grew up watching our mom do. To be a part of it in that special way was kind of magical."
Evan, who will launch his own music career later this year (13), adds, "It was fun!"
"There are so many storylines. It's a universal story, it's an immigrant story, and it's a love story." Gloria Estefan on her upcoming Broadway musical Coming Out Of The Dark, which will be based on her life story.
"They wanted her just to throw a couple of songs in English on a Latin record and I fought hard. I said, 'Listen. This is her shot. You can't do it halfway... An American audience is not gonna get a record that's mostly Spanish because there's a couple of English cuts on it. They're gonna want to hear the whole thing. This is gonna work.' I fought hard for her... and she sold, like, 13 million (copies) of that album." Gloria Estefan fought record company bosses over Shakira's first English-language album.
Johnny Depp's rumoured girlfriend Amber Heard has opened up about her axed TV flop The Playboy Club, insisting she was uncomfortable defending the show as an "unintentional spokesperson". The actress portrayed a sexy Playboy bunny working in Hugh Hefner's real-life 1960s club in the drama, which was cancelled in 2011 due to low ratings.
Before it even aired, The Playboy Club drew criticism from feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who worked at the famous venue in her 20s and claimed the show was "not telling the truth" about what went on in that era.
Heard has now reflected on the programme's failure, admitting she felt pressured to stick up for the show in interviews as its leading lady.
She tells Bullit magazine, "I became the show's default, unintentional spokesperson, which I wasn't capable of doing. I wasn't the show's creator. I was stuck in front of the press and left to defend The Playboy Club when, in fact, I can't stand for the integrity of the show. I wasn't in control of it by any means.
"The pilot was well-written and creative historical fiction. It was meant to be a fun narrative about a group of young women in a very volatile and revolutionary moment."
Now the 27 year old is trying to steer away from playing pretty characters: "I have something more to offer than the superficial stuff. When my agents go through the initial filtering process, I've asked them to always put scripts that don't have the first descriptor of the character as 'beautiful,' 'sexy,' or 'hot' at the top of the pile."
Gloria Estefan has paid tribute to her husband as they prepare to celebrate their upcoming 35th wedding anniversary. The 55-year-old singer has been married to Emilio Estefan since 1978 and they will mark 35 years as man and wife on 1 September (13).
Estefan, who manages a chain of restaurants and hotels with her husband, has now lavished praise on her partner, insisting they were "destined" to be together, and she also revealed the secret to their successful marriage.
She tells the London Evening Standard, "We do everything together - he's my face to the rest of the world. We make decisions together and we run a lot of businesses together... There is no real secret (to a happy marriage)... but we just happen to have very different personalities that balance each other out. There is a great deal of respect and there is a line that is never crossed. There should be a line of respect with the person you love dearly.
"You can always forget but you can't take things out of a person's heart and mind. We rarely differ on business, so on the things that count, that can really tear you apart, we're pretty much on the same page. I never imagined I'd get married that early, if at all, but luckily I found him and I think it was destined."
The couple is parents to a son and daughter, and they became first-time grandparents last summer (12) when their daughter-in-law gave birth to a baby boy.
Rapper Flo Rida has taken a paternity test after a woman claimed he is the father of her child. Gloria Holloway launched legal action against the Good Feeling hitmaker in 2011, demanding financial support over claims he fathered her son.
A judge sided with the woman in April (13) after the rapper allegedly failed to dispute the claim, and he was ordered to share his financial financial information with the Florida Department of Revenue so officials can determine how much he owes Holloway.
Now he has completed a DNA test which allegedly proves he is not the two year old's biological father, and his lawyers are set to file the results with officials in a bid to overturn the child support ruling.
His lawyer tells TMZ.com, "Flo Rida is absolutely not the father of the child and does not expect to hear anything else on the subject."