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Oprah Winfrey to sell Harpo Studios in Chicago

This May 11, 2011, file photo shows Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presenting TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey with a sign after a street was named in her honor outside her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years. Harpo Inc. said in a statement that it has entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay Cos. for the four-building campus on Chicago's West Side. AP

Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.

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Stars call attention to themselves in creative ways

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SANDRA Bullock in a scene from “Gravity,” for which she got an Oscar nomination. AP

An old saw in show business goes this way: “You’re only as good as your last performance.” Another time-tested truism: “Stars don’t care what you say about them, as long as you spell their names right.” A third old chestnut wraps things up with: “Nobody ever went hungry underestimating the intelligence of the average show biz fan.”

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Oprah back to ‘newsmaking’ mode again

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Don’t look now, but the once-quiet Oprah Winfrey is suddenly all over the media these days—a big shift in terms of visibility that we attribute to her belated realization that even certified global icons like her could eventually be forgotten if she stopped constantly making her presence felt—and reminding everyone of her stellar existence!

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How Forest and Oprah bonded for ‘Butler’

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WHITAKER AND WINFREY. Portray husband and wife.

They held hands, took walks together, and she rubbed his back. According to Forest Whitaker, that was how he and Oprah Winfrey prepared for their role as a married couple in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

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‘The Butler’ tops ‘One Direction’ at box office

This undated file film image provided by The Weinstein Company shows Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler.”AP

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was served another first-place finish over the Labor Day weekend.   The film starring Forest Whitaker as a veteran White House butler earned $20.2 million in the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing the Weinstein Co. historical drama’s domestic haul to $79.5 million. [...]

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Lee Daniels on ‘un-knowing’ Oprah for ‘The Butler’

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LOS ANGELES – Oprah Winfrey almost turned down the role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” that is generating Best Supporting Actress buzz for her. This was revealed in a recent interview by Lee, who directed the film about Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a White House butler who served eight presidents, and his boozy wife Gloria (Oprah).

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Winfrey marks ‘Butler’ debut with Hula Hoop joy

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When “Beloved” starring Oprah Winfrey fell flat at the box office in 1998, Winfrey drowned her sorrows in macaroni and cheese.

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Whitaker-Winfrey drama packs a mighty wallop

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WHITAKER AND WINFREY. Generating early Oscar buzz for “The Butler.”

Oprah Winfrey may be the most popular face in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” but she is by no means its only draw. Aside from Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey and Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), the film also has Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack and Alan Rickman portraying US presidents—with mixed results—as America writhes its way out of the dark days of the Civil Rights movement.

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Oprah on shopping, racism and who made her cry

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“Please understand that [the incident] does not speak of the whole of Switzerland,” Oprah Winfrey said of the most widely reported shopping experience ever.

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Swiss sales clerk tells Oprah she can’t afford $38,000 handbag

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Switzerland is a glamorous playground of the rich and famous, filled with glitterati from princes to movie stars. It’s also a land with a sometimes uneasy relationship with foreigners — especially when they aren’t white.

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Rising from the ashes

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Many people regard Oprah Winfrey as the “titan of talk,” TV’s most successful interviewer who has inspired millions to improve their own attitude and prospects by “learning” from the mistakes that her program’s guests have candidly confessed.   In the process, Oprah has become a billionaire, launched her own TV network—and some of her supporters [...]

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Forbes: Pacquiao among world’s 100 most powerful celebrities

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Boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is among the world’s 100 most powerful celebrities, joining the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, and LeBron James, according to Forbes 14th annual Celebrity 100 list.

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