Few things are as precious as getting the chance to talk to Oprah. It should really be on everybody’s bucket list. It’s like meeting Jesus if Jesus was a billionaire talk-show personality. When her royal highness of all televised media descends on your tiny hovel of a local news station and graces her with her presence, you sit, listen, and sell her as many handbags as you can.
When Chicago’s WGN Morning News team got the chance to dish with Oprah about her OWN network, by human error or some unfair twist of fate, the phone call cuts off, interrupting Oprah mid-sentence. The gob smacked anchors are left with nothing but dial tone and failure hanging in the air. What follows is a flurry of blaming and self-pity. One anchor even jokingly laments “How do we cut off the one guest we’ve had that people might be interested in watching?” The whole thing is just hilarious. Luckily, Oprah is a great sport about it, calling the station back a few minutes later and joking with them about the mishap. The news crew also takes the mistake in stride, even taking a few playful jabs at Oprah herself. All in all, everything turns out well, and the video of the incident is sure to give the station more attention than an error-free interview would ever recieve.
More:Whose Oprah Lie Was Worse: Lohan's or Armstong's'The Butler' Serves Up a New Side to the White HouseOprah's Lindsey Lohan Interview: The 6 Craziest Moments
From Our PartnersA Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
Something tells us the world of legendary singer Marvin Gaye is a little bit different from The Hunger Games. At least, that's what we've heard through the grapevine (sorry, we really can't help ourselves sometimes). But if there's anyone to ask, it's definitely Lenny Kravitz, who recently locked up the role of the soul singer in Julien Temple's new biopic on the singer.
The role is interesting for many reasons, but is especially notable as the first starring vehicle for Kravitz, who's taken a bit more of a shining to acting than singing these days. While is supporting turns in Precious, the aforementioned Hunger Games (golly, Cinna's just the best, isn't he?!), and Lee Daniels' upcoming White House drama The Butler, have been plentiful, headlining work has escaped Kravitz outside of sold-out concerts around the world.
Marvin Gaye's life has long been one of interest for the movies, with features by F. Gary Gray and James Gandolfini both being sidelined by music rights issues. According to Deadline, those rights issues have already been sorted—meaning this one already has a leg-up on the others, and hopefully, a better chance at actually getting made.
This iteration of Gaye's life story is said to focus on the time he spent in Europe in the early 1980s, while he attempted to get his many addictions under control and, in turn, his career back on track with the help of British music promoter Freddy Cousaert. Gaye was infamously killed shortly thereafter by his father in Los Angeles on April 1, 1984. The film is slated to begin filming next year.
Do you think Kravitz has what it takes to play Marvin Gaye? Let us know in the comments!
[Photo Credit: WENN]
Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes
Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz Talk 'Hunger Games'
Katniss Gets Help From Lenny Kravitz in New 'Hunger Games' Clip
Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson Chill in New 'Hunger Games' Image
You Might Also Like:
Beaten, Bloody Gabriel Aubrey After Fight With Halle Berry’s Fiance: Shocking PICS
Jennifer Lawrence Bikinis in Hawaii: Her 15 Sexiest Pics
Earlier this month we learned that Forest Whitaker and Oprah were in talks to join Lee Daniels' long-in-the-works The Butler, for which Jane Fonda has now officially signed on.
Fonda will play former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the film, about a White House butler (played by Whitaker if he officially joins) whose career ended with Ronald Reagan's presidential term after serving several different administrations.
Other cast rumors involve Mila Kunis (who'd play Jackie Kennedy), Liam Neeson and John Cusack.
Rare indeed is the actress capable of embodying Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’ combination of beauty, refinement, and, in the immortal appraisal of Seinfeld’s Mr. Pitt, grace. Has Mila Kunis got what it takes? Lee Daniels thinks so. The Precious director has reportedly offered the Black Swan star the role of Jackie Kennedy in his upcoming film The Butler, a biopic about legendary White House servant Eugene Allen.
Should Kunis accept the role, she’ll be the latest in a long line of actresses who’ve portrayed the iconic First Lady on both the big and small screens. (Emphasis on the latter – Jackie O’s story has long been irresistible fodder for network programmers.) Here are five memorable examples:
Holmes played Jackie last year in The Kennedys, an eight-episode miniseries that was most notable for being declared unfit for airing on The History Channel, a network hardly known for its high programming standards.
The Crossing Jordan star tackled the role in the 2001 TV movie Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot, about the trials and tribulations of being married to the Kennedys’ D.C. power trio of JFK, RFK, and Ted.
Before she was Touched By an Angel, Downey portrayed Jackie to some acclaim in the 1991 TV miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which went on to win a Primetime Emmy for Best Miniseries.
The model-turned-Charlie’s Angels star proved her range in the 1981 TV movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, which chronicled Jackie’s early years leading up to her marriage to the future president.
British-born Bisset portrayed Jackie in the 2003 TV movie America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, about the short life and tragic death of JFK’s dilettante son.
Which was your favorite of Jackie?
Precious director Lee Daniels will head to the White House for his next project. Daniels has signed a deal to rewrite and direct The Butler, a film based on the life of Eugene Allen, the African-American butler who worked in the White House for 34 years and through eight presidents. Laura Ziskin, of the Spider-Man series, is producing the film, and actor-turned-screenwriter Danny Strong wrote the first draft of the script. Oscar-winner Denzel Washington is said to be in talks for the lead role.
The basis for the film is a series of articles by Washington Post writer Wil Haygood, which chronicle the 34 years Allen spent “watching the eight presidents he worked for wrestle with and finally stem the tide of segregation.” Allen died earlier this year, nearly two months after attending the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, as a VIP guest.
Lee Daniels, whose surprise hit Precious was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, originally had a different film in mind for his first post-Oscar project. Daniels was set to direct Selma, a film about Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous Civil Rights marches in the titular city. The film had lined up some incredible talent lined up, including Liam Neeson, Robert De Niro, british actor David Oyelowo as Rev. King and Hugh Jackman as Selma’s racist sheriff, but funding for the film still hasn’t solidified. If Daniels goes ahead with The Butler, Selma might have to be shelved, but another success could encourage people to invest in the film. Honestly both of these projects sound fascinating, so hopefully Daniels will find a way to make it work.