I don’t know how much stock I take in Vanity Fair‘s lists of the most powerful and influential people. There’s no denying someone like Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, or Rupert Murdoch has an enormous ability to influence people. But there’s always people in lists like that who I sense are just getting a blow job from the magazine. Besides, who each of us is influenced by is such a personal thing! I personally find Tina Fey and Ani DiFranco enormously “influential,” but they are never listed on anything. Alas, Vanity Fair‘s 2010 list of the 100 people in “New Establishment” has another reason for you to scoff at its credibility: If my counting skills are to be trusted, of the 114 people on the list, there are only 13 women. That’s nine percent. Nine! Keep reading »
Mark your calendars! Less than six months until we can gorge on all Oprah programming all the time. With OWN’s launch date set for January 2011, the lineup is starting to come together. This week, it was confirmed that Rosie O’Donnell will be joining Shania Twain and Sarah Ferguson on the OWN team. All we know so far is that Rosie’s as yet unnamed daytime talk show will be based in New York and “fans can anticipate a fun, uplifting show with Ms. O’Donnell’s playful and energetic style.” Let’s hope it goes better than her stint on “The View.” Very important question: who from the lineup do we want to shun, shag, or marry? Find out after the jump. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Barbara Walters made an appearance on “The View” today, since she is fully recovered from open heart surgery two months ago. And the cat is also out of the bag that Babs is shopping her memoir, Audition, to HBO for a possible biopic. Interestingly, another one of the most powerful women on television might be getting the made-for-TV treatment, too. A producer has optioned Kitty Kelley’s Oprah: A Biography for a made-for-TV movie as well.
After the jump, what we know about these biopics and who we think should play these powerhouse ladies. Keep reading »
We’re a year away from Oprah‘s final talk show. But do not fear—the Big O is creating her own network. Oprah is currently on the hunt for a fresh face to host a show, and since she loves her fans—especially giving them things—she is bestowing on her adoring public the honor of selecting their favorite for a chance to win. Thousands of people have uploaded videos, pitching their ideas and personas in hopes of getting their own slot in Winfrey World. According to MSNBC, “Ten finalists will appear in an eight-episode boot camp to determine who will get to host; shows will air when OWN launches in January 2011 and will be executive produced by Mark Burnett.” The good news: there’s one more week to cast your vote. The bad news: there are way too many videos to watch. So we’ve sifted through the candidates and picked out 10 who would make Oprah proud.
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No, not that Fergie
—I’m talking about the the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. Yesterday, she sat down on the Big O
‘s couch to talk about her recent scandal. You know, the one where she tried to sell access to her ex, Prince Andrew, to an undercover reporter (posing as a business man) for big bucks and unfortunately got caught on film? Oopsie! At first, the ginger Duchess asked the reporter for a $40K down payment to “help a friend.” Then she asked him for another $70K to provide access to Prince Andrew. What Oprah and everyone else in the world wanted to know—why? Keep reading »