The Hollywood Reporter says,
Starting in September, Winfrey will set out on an eight-city Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend tour. The plan: pack 18,000-seat arenas for a two-day experience featuring a keynote by Winfrey, who will share her personal story and advice on Friday night, and group activities and speakers picked by her on Saturday.
Among those signed to participate: Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, pastor Rob Bell, OWN star Iyanla Vanzant and, in certain cities, guru Deepak Chopra.”There’s no question that Oprah’s supreme gift is connecting with an audience,” says OWN president Sheri Salata of the impetus for the tour, which will allow Winfrey to interact with her fans in a way she hasn’t since she ended her daily Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011. She will make tour stops in Atlanta; Auburn Hills, Mich.; Houston; Miami; Newark, N.J.; Seattle; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, with tickets starting at $99 and rising to $999 for VIP packages that can include meeting Winfrey.
Tickets will go on sale April 7 on a relaunched Oprah.com.
Lindsay Lohan‘s new reality show premiered on Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN Network to some low rating despite all the hype:
The first episode of Lindsay earned 693,000 viewers at 10 p.m. on Sunday night. While hardly a launch high for the growing cable network, it did mark the best unscripted premiere of 2014.
Lohan’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter brought 892,000 viewers in its premiere telecast, getting an extra 504,000 viewers with an adjacent encore.
A network effort to bring in new viewers, Lindsay did skew younger. Among women 18-34, the premiere’s .53 rating was up 231 percent from the year prior.
“We knew statistically speaking, from a ratings point of view, that we wanted to bring a different audience to this network,” OWN president Erik Logan told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
Compared to other unscripted efforts, the Lindsay premiere ranks third in that demo behind Iyanla: Fix My Life and Life with La Toya. The total viewers, while modest, gave OWN a six-week high in the Sunday hour.
Today Show reports,
When Lindsay Lohan emerged from rehab last year, Oprah Winfrey took her under wing, and the pair planned a documentary series in which Winfrey’s OWN crew would capture Lohan’s road to recovery. This meant a chance for the young actress to redeem herself in the public eye.
Now, the docuseries “Lindsay” is set to air, and based on the first-look video, it seems there’s still plenty of chaos to go around.
In the clip, a frustrated Winfrey sits down with Lohan and gives it to her straight. “I really do want you to win. I really do,” she says. “If that isn’t what you want, I’m OK with that. You know, I will tell (the crew) to pack up and leave today. … You need to cut the (expletive). You really do.”
On TODAY Wednesday, Matt Lauer noted about the expletive, “If Oprah tells you to cut the boop, you better cut the boop.”
How did Lohan earn the wrath of the Queen of Daytime? The actress talks a good game, insisting in the video, “It’s good, good, good, good, good and then there’s that thing in my head where it’s like, ‘Ah! Time to sabotage.’”
She’s also shown sitting on the floor, sifting through a strewn-around pile of items, acknowledging that she feels like a prisoner, but that’s not the only hint that all is still not right in her world. A man identified as her sober coach is asked if the star is sober, and he hesitates.
The crew also reveals to Oprah some of the filming issues caused by Lohan, including getting locked out of her apartment, unexpectedly changing things daily, not following agreed-up rules, refusing to participate and not committing to scheduled shoots.
“This is exactly what everybody said was going to happen, and I believed differently,” says Winfrey in response. “She doesn’t understand: This is your life.”
“Lindsay” airs on OWN Sunday at 10 p.m.
Rae Dawn Chong (played Squeak on the Color Purple) interviews on the Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour and totally goes in on Oprah Winfrey:
“The thing that’s really great about Oprah, that you can’t take away from her is that she is a great brown noser. If you were in a room with her, she will pick the most powerful person and she will become best friends with them.”
“When we worked with her the one thing about Oprah she was that fat chick that was the cheerleader or the wannabe cheerleader in school, that was the student council president, that was the best friends with the Principal, that was the volunteer nurse, she was that fat chick in school that did everything and everybody loved her. That’s Oprah…love me, love me love.”
“But the thing is you have to respect her, no matter how vile she is ultimately because she’s all about Oprah and she’s boring, but aside from that, you kinda gotta go Hello! Hats off! Like, you’ve done an amazing thing. You have actually shifted the DNA of the universe in terms of thinking of power structure. She took a woman…if you look at the way she looks…she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily… She would not have been a house nigger she would have been a field nigger…So we have to give her props. No matter my personal vibe with her I gotta stop and say this woman is a miracle and I respect her and I say kudos to you.“
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Mail Online reports,
Tina Turner, 73, has married her 57-year-old boo Erwin Bach.
The veteran soul singer and German record company executive Bach exchanged vows on the shores of Lake Zurich in Switzerland several days ago.
And the newlyweds will cement their union this weekend at a Buddhist ceremony this weekend in Zurich, which Turner has called home for the past 15 years.
Around 120 guests, including David Bowie, Oprah Winfrey and Sade, are due to attend as Turner and Bach celebrate their marriage at their Kusnacht home.
According to Swiss weekly Schweiz am Sonntag, Turner has requested that all the guests wear white to the celebration, while she will be wearing a gown designed by Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani.
Clearly anticipating an enjoyable evening, it was also reported that Turner and Bach had already sent out letters to neighbours and local residents apologising in advance for any noise they might cause.
Turner’s union with Bach marks her second wedding – her first being a volatile 14-year marriage to the late Ike Turner, with whom she found fame in the 1960’s.
US Magazine reports,
According to Variety, Janet Jackson, who is one of the best-selling artists of all time, has earned $458 million thanks to her successful concert tours, $304 million from acting roles in films like “For Colored Girls” and “The Nutty Professor II,” $260 million in album sales, and more than $81 million from tour sponsorships and licensing fees.
And the “Control” songstress isn’t the only billionaire in her household. Jackson secretly married retail tycoon Wissam Al Mana, who’s made his fortune investing in the Middle East.
As for fellow celeb billionaires, Jackson joins a club with members including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.K. Rowling, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose “Seinfeld” money helped … but whose main fortune came from her dad, billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Energy Services.
Tyler Perry’s about to release his first sit-com on Oprah Winfrey OWN Network called “Love Thy Neighbor.” Let’s meet the cast…
The Feisty Matriarch (played by Patrice Lovely)
Hattie Mae Love’s sassy and intrusive grandmotherly ways are so outrageous that they even Madea would be impressed. She’s a feisty grandmother who owns The Love Train Diner, a popular family-run restaurant. She doesn’t miss a beat, and while she gets a lot of laughs, she is also a reliable source of priceless advice to her family and friends.
The Loyal Daughter (played by Kendra C. Johnson)
Linda Love Harris, Hattie Mae’s loyal and loving daughter is always there for her mother and her son Danny, selflessly putting her own needs aside. After separating from her philandering husband, Linda aims to carve out a new life for herself, but her principles stand in the way of settling for just any old date.
The Good Son (played by Andre Hall)
Danny Harris is the perfect son. Handsome, clean cut and destined for success, he landed a job at a prestigious design firm right out of college. He’s instantly likeable and great fun, but he is a bit of a momma’s boy—a la Sheldon Cooper. He acts old for his age though, which makes it easy to forget how truly naïve he can be.
The Party Boy (played by Jonathan Chase)
Everyone loves a hard-partying friend like Sam Parker. Sam works and lives with Danny, and is a loyal best friend. They get along famously, but while Danny is on the road to success, Sam is still stuck in the wild, partying mindset of his youth. The personality clashes between these two characters generates lots of chaos, but deep down Danny knows that Sam will always be there for him.
The Girl Next Door (played by Darmirra Brunson)
Drew Scott is the epitome of the girl next door… and also happens to actually live next door to Danny and Sam. She works with them at the firm too. She’s beautiful and smart, but can never seem to land the right guy. She’s desperate to meet Mr. Right, and for once may be headed in the right direction when she sets her sights on Danny. Could they become the next Ross and Rachel?
The Beautiful Boss (played by Zulay Henao)
Having a boss like Marianna Perez can be intimidating. (At least it is for Danny.) Marianna is smart, beautiful and genuinely kind—characteristics that make her almost too good to be true. She used to be Drew’s college roommate, and moves back in with her when she’s hired at the design firm.
The Joker (played by Palmer Williams Jr.)
Diner co-owner and building superintendent Floyd Stanley Jackson may deliver rib-tickling one-liners like a champ, but ole’ Uncle Floyd often uses his bad jokes to mask some hilariously subversive motives. Hattie Mae’s brother-in-law often wears out his welcome —just like Steve Urkel—by annoying the heck out of everybody around him.
“Love Thy Neighbor” premieres May 29th at 9/8C on OWN.
One of the legends of hip hop was just recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav offered a long and winding stream-of-consciousness acceptance speech, all under the watchful eye of Chuck D. who even tapped on Flav’s trademark clock around his neck to try to get him to wrap it up. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson delivered his entire speech by repeating the word “blah” for several minutes while miming his thought process. And Oprah Winfrey, there to induct her friend Quincy Jones, threw her hands in the air and waved ‘em like she just don’t care during Public Enemy’s set.
The 26th annual ceremony officially inducted Public Enemy, progressive rockers Rush, blues guitar wizard Albert King, disco queen Donna Summer, hard rockers Heart, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, producer Quincy Jones and manager Lou Adler into the Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will be broadcast May 18 on HBO.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong will make his expected doping admission during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Sources say Armstrong will not discuss specific events but will confess that he took illegal drugs to boost his performance throughout his cycling career, despite years of denials and attacks on his accusers.
The interview will be taped Monday and will air on Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
We can’t wait for this….Oprah can get anyone to admit to wrong doing..lol Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong will air Thursday, January 17, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.