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Pharrell Williams sheds some 'Happy' tears with Oprah -- VIDEO

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but seeing Pharrell Williams cry makes me happy!

On Sunday night’s episode of Oprah Prime, the Grammy-winning singer sat down with Ms. Winfrey to discuss the global success of his Oscar-nominated hit song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Williams got emotional after watching a compilation of fan videos from around the world of people singing and celebrating with his song. Obviously, they were tears of happiness, but it’s hard not to get a little choked up yourself watching Pharrell. Oprah did! Watch part of the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman call Oprah on 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

David Letterman is really bad at prank calling.

Lindsay Lohan went on The Late Show, which airs Wednesday night,  and proposed — nay, begged – Letterman to call Oprah on-air. Letterman obliged, calling Oprah and pretending (very unconvincingly) to be Lohan’s secretary until Oprah asked, for the second time, “Who is this?” and he revealed himself.

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Lindsay Lohan on 'Ellen': Actress talks frankly about Oprah and rehab -- VIDEO

Ellen DeGeneres usually keeps things light on her daytime talk show. But when Lindsay Lohan stops by on Monday, don’t expect many laughs.

In two clips previewing her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the conversation is much more serious than the typically playful chats on the daytime talker. That’s because Lohan’s latest project is the OWN docu-series Lindsay, which chronicles her post-rehab life in New York.

Lohan looks healthy, yet somewhat uncomfortable when the topics veer from the things that appear to be keeping her happy and sober: work and family. The exchange even turns somewhat confrontational at one point, when DeGeneres, quoting the actress, ask if she feels she’s not angry anymore. Watch it below:

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Lindsay Lohan: Appetite for self-destruction

Oprah’s OWN drew solid ratings for the premiere of its Lindsay Lohan docuseries. Are we watching for the wrong reasons? This column originally appeared in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The most honest words uttered in the debut of Lindsay, the new and deeply problematic docuseries about the troubled actress, came not from the maniacally self-absorbed Lohan or the show’s benefactor, Oprah Winfrey. Rather, they came from a fan on the street who was glibly effusive when asked to speak on behalf of the people. “I’m a big fan of Lindsay Lohan,” he said with a happy grin on his face, “both as an actress and as a media sensation.” Isn’t it entertaining when a young woman is so misguided and bent on destruction that she lands in rehab for a sixth time? As a culture we seem to value Lohan, and countless women before her, as little more than cheap spectacle, marveling at how far former good girls can fall from our manufactured pedestals.

The show was not without its odd voyeuristic pleasures. Show business has never looked so unglamorous as when Lohan’s smartly dressed assistant, whose former bosses range from Sean Astin to Prince, was tasked with packing up her floor-to-ceiling-stuffed hotel room. Earlier, Lohan’s storage unit of expensive junk was the size of an abandoned airplane hangar. I’m convinced that if this woman jettisoned 95 percent of her belongings and spent an anonymous year reading novels and going to meetings, she might just have a shot at enjoying her 30s. Instead she’s starring on a reality series whose viewers spent an inordinate amount of Twitter bandwidth snickering about the amount of side boob she exposed during the hour. READ FULL STORY

Lupita Nyong'o, more honored at emotional 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in a beautiful event that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, and more were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which packed an emotional punch as honorees spoke of personally struggling with finding their place in the world. Read on to find out what the winners had to say in their acceptance speeches below: READ FULL STORY

No Oprah? No Scorsese? What were the Golden Globes' most egregious snubs?

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The Golden Globe nomination were announced this morning, and in addition to providing a boost to surprise contenders like Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actress and Ron Howard’s racing movie, Rush, for Best Drama, there were others who were dealt a setback by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels’ The Butler? You don’t get a nomination! You don’t get a nomination!

Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese, who won in 2011 for directing Hugo and has been nominated in the category seven other times? Feel free to make other plans on Jan. 14.

Saving Mr. Banks earned just one nomination (Emma Thompson), with the HFPA ultimately deciding that Captain Phillips would be Tom Hanks’s prize.

And what about James Gandolfini for Enough Said? Back in September, an HFPA member hinted to EW that Gandolfini’s prospects for a Best Supporting Actor nomination weren’t too great, you know, because he’s not able to attend. Well… you can’t say the HFPA are liars.

What was your least favorite snub from the Golden Globe movies nominations? Sound off in the comments. (And check out our list of TV snubs and surprises!)

Oprah Winfrey remembers Nelson Mandela

Ever since word spread of Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday, celebrities have taken to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., to say goodbye to “The Father of a Nation.”

Now, Oprah Winfrey has offered her sentiments having been one of the few people to visit Mandela’s home and spend time with him.

“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him,” Winfrey wrote in an email. “He was everything you’ve ever heard and more — humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”

Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Oprah star in 'whimsical' New York Times movie shorts

A Script, a Performer, and a Camera. Technically, that’s all you need to make a movie. But that formula is so much more fun when the script is written by the likes of Spike Jonze and J.C. Chandor, the actors include Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, and the filmmaker is Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.

The New York Times paired together some of the year’s top moviemaking talent for their Movies Issue, and handed them to Kaminski to make 11 original short films. “Most of the vignettes are slightly whimsical and off-center,” said Kaminski in a short behind-the-scene video (see below).

In the shorts, Robert Redford briefly explains his feelings for tofu, Michael B. Jordan plays an existential cowboy, and Blue is the Warmest Color‘s Adèle Exarchopoulos jumps up and down on a trampoline (making the argument that a Script isn’t exactly the cinematic equal of Performer and a Camera.)

Click below to see two of the shorts, starring Oprah Winfrey and Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as the behind the scenes video. Then click over to the Times “Making a Scene” hub to see the other nine. READ FULL STORY

Truffles, totes, and Target wine: These are a few of Oprah's Favorite Things

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Nothing says the holidays than someone in red giving out free gifts. No, not Santa — Oprah Winfrey, of course!

The former talk show host released her annual Favorite Things list for O, The Oprah Magazine on Tuesday. This year, Miss Winfrey got a little help from friend and comedian Jimmy Kimmel to pose as an elf and finish the 15-foot train in Winfrey’s stunning White by Vera Wang gown, which weighed 25 pounds (see the photo below).

As for the list itself, Winfrey’s favorites run the gamut from $13 red wine from Target to a $500 Truffle Risotto gift box (that she plans on giving Rita Wilson this year, because Tom Hanks definitely needs more truffles in his life).

For all you book club members out there, the list also includes the Kindle Paperwhite, and for those who don’t read, Oprah has you covered with the new Beats Studio Headphones by Dr. Dre. If you want to be physically covered, there are T-shirts co-designed by Ashton Kutcher, a Quilted Nylon Barn Jacket by C. Wonder, and who doesn’t love organic cotton pajamas in the morning?

But with no talk show audience to surprise any more, Oprah is giving away all 60 items in O’s 12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way sweepstakes, where a lucky reader will be picked each day to win (that’s 12 winners, for those still thinking about the headphones).
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Oprah responds to Jenny McCarthy: 'I don't have a sh- list'

Jenny McCarthy can sleep soundly now that the Queen of Media hath given her blessing. Well, sort of.

On Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live, when Bravo‘s Andy Cohen asked who she would be afraid of in the industry, McCarthy responded, “I probably would be scared of Oprah,” explaining that she had walked out on a five-year show deal with Winfrey.

“So I would be scared she would beat me up,” McCarthy said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of people on her sh– list. I’m probably number four.”

But Winfrey sees all in her media kingdom (or has a vigilant RSS feed) and saw it fit to clear the air by tweeting a response today:
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