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Oprah and Letterman pal around in sprawling interview -- VIDEO

Guys, we get it: You’re friends now.

BFFs Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman chatted up a storm on the latter’s show last night, focusing mainly on Winfrey’s upcoming film — The Butler Lee Daniels’ The Butler — while also taking detours into Oprah’s recent trip to the Serengeti (even elephants want to hang out with her!), meditation vs. nitrous oxide (don’t ask), and their mutual foggy memories of the Reagan years. (Apparently, both were too busy getting famous to pay much attention to politics.)

It’s a long video, complete with plenty of what Letterman straightforwardly calls “sucking up” — but if you’re going to spend your morning watching any two people talk about their fabulous lives for 26 minutes, it might as well be these guys.

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Rae Dawn Chong calls Oprah the N-word, insists she meant it as a compliment

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Vile. Fat. Boring. A great brown-noser. A total bioootch. That’s how actress Rae Dawn Chong described Oprah Winfrey in a radio interview three weeks ago that was resurrected by TMZ this morning. Sadly, that wasn’t even the worst of it.

On June 27, Chong called in to Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour, and was prodded to rip into Winfrey, who co-starred with Chong in The Color Purple in 1985. Apparently, they haven’t remained close since then. Chong criticized Winfrey’s character, her personality, and even her looks, which she compared to those of a “field n—-r.” Even her attempts to compliment Winfrey were dripping with vitriolic disdain: “You gotta respect her, no matter how vile she is — ultimately because she’s all about Oprah and she’s boring. But aside from that, you gotta kinda go, ‘Hello, hats off, you’ve done an amazing thing. You have actually shifted the DNA of the universe.'”

In a video statement posted this morning, Chong tried to explain “the giant sh-t-storm I created this morning.”

“Out of context, it’s a most unfortunate choice of words and I regret it,” she said in the video. “In context, I was actually complimenting Oprah.”

Watch Chong’s clip below:
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Oprah Winfrey earns honorary degree, gives commencement speech at Harvard -- VIDEO

Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest women in America, put on a cap and gown earlier today to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Harvard University and then gave the commencement speech.

Oprah took the crowd through her journey from rural Mississippi to Cambridge and the many places (and faces) in between. The TV mogul declared that her speech was for those who “felt screwed by life.” From there, she discussed her teenage years, how last year was the worst of her professional life, and how this commencement speech helped her decide to turn things around (Spoiler: She sings!). “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,” she told the graduates. She then shared with them the one question everyone from President Obama to Beyoncé has asked her at the end of her more than 35,000 interviews: “Was that okay?”

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Rock And Roll Hall of Fame answers one great mystery of rock music: When did Rush get so cool?

It’s always been a great irony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that induction ceremonies might be the least rock ‘n’ roll thing ever. But Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Lou Adler, Albert King, and Randy Newman took their spots in the canon last night — the actual ceremony happened at L.A.’s Nokia Theater in April, but HBO didn’t air it until a month later — it was clear that many of them must be big fans of irony.

Randy Newman kicked things off with his anthem “I Love L.A.,” which got the whole crowd of Los Angelenos (including Jack Nicholson) earnestly singing the refrain “We love it!,” even though the song mocks their hometown. Later, Dave Grohl noted that Rush were being honored despite the fact that they’ve always been ignored by the mainstream press, especially Rolling Stone, whose editor in chief, Jann Wenner, co-founded the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The best moment of the night came when Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson managed to give his entire acceptance speech using only the words “blah blah blah.” Speaking in different intonations and using hand gestures, he was able to convey the whole story of the band, right up to the surprising phone call that informed them that they were being inducted (“Blah BLAH blah?”), and the thanks-to-fans-like-YOU! speech that followed. (“Blah blah BLAH!” he said, pointing at the crowd.) He somehow managed to send up every awards-show speech ever — and maybe the whole Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself — at the same podium where they’re so revered. If you ask me, that’s just as rock ‘n’ roll as any music that earned a golden statue that night.

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'The Butler': The new trailer showcases Oscar-winning actors tackling history -- VIDEO

In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.

The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes the new trailer impossible not to make some snap judgements about the casting: Robin Williams as Ike! John Cusack as Tricky Dick! READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' fun: Which faction would Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and more celebs be placed in?

Divergent superfans, this one is for you. At the beginning of setting up this dystopian adventure, readers learn that all the people living in this world are sorted into five different factions when they come of age. An aptitude test helps place them, but the final decision is theirs (sounds wonderfully familiar, right?). While Beatrice, Caleb and all the rest had a tough decision to make, we got to thinking about where some Hollywood celebs would find themselves if they suddenly woke up in this world. Here are our best guesses for Jennifer Lawrence (Honest!), Lady Gaga (Brave!) and more.

Abnegation (the Selfless)

Angelina Jolie: Sure, she’s got her detractors, but she’s still one of Hollwood’s most famous do-gooders. The actress has traveled to Cambodia, Sierra Leone and many, many other places to speak and help with her main cause: refugees. She’s even a Goodwill Ambassador who has none other than Hillary Clinton as an admirer. READ FULL STORY

Oprah responds to Terrence Howard's love-scene comment: 'I do have big breasteses'

Everyone in Hollywood seems to have an Oprah story, whether it’s growing up wanting to be her, being interviewed by her, or, if you’re Terrence Howard, filming a love scene with her.

In their upcoming movie, The Butler, Howard and Winfrey’s characters share a love scene, which according to Winfrey, was supposed to be a little scene before Howard “misbehaved.” Winfrey, who sat down on the other side of the sofa (or chair) with Steve Harvey, claims that Howard is “a misbehaving kind of boy.”

She is, of course, talking about Howard’s recent interview, in which he discussed her “tig ol’ bitties” and the fact that she is a “lovely, voluptuous woman.” Watch Howard’s comments and Oprah’s response below. READ FULL STORY

Oprah ranked most influential celebrity on 'Forbes' list

Oprah took the number one spot on Forbes Magazine’s annual most influential celebrities list. And nearly two years after she ended her talk show, it still seems right — but not just because of the Lance Armstrong effect.

The television mogul narrowly topped the list with a cryptic “48%” influential ranking, with her notable attribute being “compassion.” Spielberg barely missed the mark at 47%. He’s “interesting.” In third place, Martin Scorsese is “dynamic,” and in fourth place, Ron Howard is “down to earth.” Poor George Lucas actually tied with Howard, but was given a 5th place ranking. According to Forbes: “To break ties, we also factored in the likability and awareness metrics.” Sorry, George. Ron Howard does seem like a really nice guy.

Click past the jump for the full top 10.

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On the Scene: Oprah gets the last word at the 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

In the midst of the Hollywood awards season, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is a welcome departure from the scripted formalities of awards speeches. Everyone already knows who is being honored, so there’s no pressure, and the guests are just happy to be there to support their peers and idols. Held Thursday over a long lunch in the elegant Beverly Hills Hotel, the 2013 honorees were: Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends), Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris (Skyfall), and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

The crowded red carpet had the feel of a happy high school reunion — with Naomi Campbell, Blair Underwood, Ava DuVernay, and Kelly Rowland. But the excitement about Oprah kept everyone anchored and thrilled. “People respond to truth. She owns her body, she owns her truth,” said Tamera Mowry-Housley. David Oyelowo (LincolnMiddle of Nowhere) told EW, “Oprah means the world to me.” Having just come off of filming The Butler with Winfrey, he added: “She’s become a great friend and a great mentor. She’s just a wonderful, wonderful human being. It’s a real privilege to be here.”

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Whitney Houston's brother to Oprah: I gave Whitney drugs first -- VIDEO

Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy and brother Michael sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a special Oprah’s Next Chapter as the first anniversary of the Whitney’s death draws nearThe interview, which focused primarily on Cissy Houston, was at least in part promotion for Houston’s upcoming book, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped. Among the many revelations in the chat, which aired in full last night on OWN, was Houston’s brother’s admission that it was he, not Bobby Brown, who originally introduced Whitney to drugs in the early 1980s, far before she ever met Brown.

Talking about the “demons” he struggled with since Whitney’s death last year, Michael discussed how close he always was with his younger sister. “I’m living, but I’m not alive without her,” he explained. “I feel responsible for her, I always have. I just felt like I should have taken better care of her,” and “Everything we did together growing up, when I started [using] drugs we did that together too. It just got out of hand.”

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