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NICOLE KIDMAN, HUGH JACKMAN, JAY-Z FILM OPRAH’S AUSTRALIAN SHOWS

Posted in Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Oprah, Russell Crowe on December 14, 2010 by fadedblog

Oprah wrapped up filming her two special Australian shows at the Opera House in Sydney on Tuesday (December 14).

Her special show featured appearances by Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Russell Crowe and Terri and Bindi Irwin, and a special performance by rockers Bon Jovi.

And her famous giveaways were definitely present, with those in attendance receiving pearl necklaces.

Oprah gave $250 000 to cancer sufferer Kristian Anderson and his wife, telling them to take a year off and enjoy their lives.

And the students at Canterbury Boys School had a surprise visit from Jay-Z, with Oprah giving the school $1 million worth of laptops and an upgrade to their music facilities.

But this wasn’t all Oprah had in store — she had a second show to film!

And it wasn’t off to the best of starts, with Hugh Jackman injuring himself when he entered Oprah’s stage via a flying fox. The big screen hunk hurt his eye in the incident, but was well enough to chat to Oprah not long after.

Hugh later managed to get Oprah to try some Vegemite, and Oprah declared, “I like it!”

U2 frontman Bono also made an appearance, and Oprah continued her trend of massive giveaways by giving the crowd diamond necklaces.

OPARH AND RUSSSELL CROWE TAKE TO SYDNEY HARBOUR

Posted in Oprah on December 13, 2010 by fadedblog

Joined by celebrity local Russell Crowe, Oprah took to Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia on Monday (December 13) for another leg of her Ultimate Australian Adventure.

Joining them across a flotilla of 21 yachts was Oprah’s 302 travelling audience, as well as BFF Gayle King and Russell’s wife Danielle Spencer.

Oprah could be seen playing captain aboard Eagle Rock, wearing a Rabbitohs cap gifted by first mate Russell. It was meant to be a race in two – with Oprah captaining one yacht, while Gayle was at the helm of another.

Russell played first mate to the TV maven, kitting her out in a Rabbitohs supporter cap. She was easy to spot in a bright orange tunic top, sitting happily chatting to Russell’s wife Dannielle.

Oprah said she was having the “best time ever” out on the water, and that she would like to return without the cameras.

Asked if he knew how to sail, Russell replied: “You should see my movie Master and Commander.

OPRAH IS THE MOST CHARITABLE CELEB

Posted in Oprah on December 11, 2010 by fadedblog

Oprah was in good spirits as she posed at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney today (December 11).

The talk show maven is in Australia with 302 audience members from the US, Canada and Jamaica and will tape episodes of the 25th and final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show from the Sydney Opera house next week.

The shows will air in the US and Australia in January 2011.

Meanwhile, this may come as no surprise, but Oprah is the most giving celeb around. (Take that, Brangelina!)

The Giving Back Fund ranked her its No. 1 charitable celeb since she gave more than $40 million this year.

She should be used to being on top though since last year was her only year not at the top of the list. It went to Paul Newman in 2009.

OPRAH GREETED BY THOUSANDS DOWN UNDER

Posted in Oprah on December 10, 2010 by fadedblog

Oprah Winfrey spoke to thousands of adoring fans at Melbourne’s Federation Square in Australia on Friday (December 10).

“Hello Melbourne. You’re looking good Melbourne,” the talk show legend said as she took the stage, flanked by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu. “This is what I call a welcome. I’ve seen nothing like this in my life, my life, my whole life. Wow!”

The 15 minute speech was the TV queen’s only scheduled public appearance during her Australian tour.

Oprah said she “always wanted to visit” Melbourne. “I’m so happy to be here in the third-most liveable city in the world … do you all go to friendly school? Everyone is so darn friendly. I love the fact that you all have supported me and supported this show and cared enough to get up and shower, find something to wear and come down here to Federation Square to say hello.”

Some of the thousands in the audience had been at Federation Square since the morning, camping out and hoping to catch the star’s attention.

Oprah will film an episode of her TV show at the Sydney Opera House on December 14, when the iconic building will be transformed into the Sydney “Oprah” House.

OPRAH: “I’M NOT A LESBIAN!”

Posted in Oprah on December 8, 2010 by fadedblog

Oprah breaks down into tears as she denies she is a lesbian during an emotional interview with Barbara Walters that will be broadcast on ABC on Thursday.

The talk show host says that constant rumours about her close 20-year relationship with female friend Gayle King were irritating “because it means that somebody must think I am lying.”

“She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person,” Oprah says of Gayle, fighting back tears. “It’s making me cry because I’m thinking about how much I probably have never told her that. Tissue please!”

The longtime BFFs met while working at a local Baltimore TV station in the 80s and have been inseparable professionally and personally, sparking much media speculation that they are gay.

“I’m not a lesbian. I’m not even kind of a lesbian,” says Oprah. “And the reason why it irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I’m lying. That’s number one. Number two…why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life.”

OPRAH TALKS FEAR

Posted in Oprah on December 7, 2010 by fadedblog

Oprah‘s audience of 300 made their way to Australia today (December 7) to begin their eight-day journey Down Under. Their packed schedule includes surfing lessons, snorkeling, nature hikes and beachside barbecues.

Oprah will film two episodes at the Opera House (which the Australian media has renamed the “Oprah” House) and a third episode at a yet-to-be disclosed location, to air in January.

Meanwhile, the media mogul offers up an interview to her O magazine about her upcoming OWN network, debuting at noon on January 1 with a theme song by will.i.am.

On her fears about launching a network and the reality of being responsible for her viewers: “I have never felt such fear in all my life. … I was afraid it wouldn’t be what The Oprah Winfrey Show has been, and has meant, for all these years. ”

Shows to look out for? Oprah Presents Master Class, an in-depth biography series with insight from some of Oprah’s most inspirational role models, including Maya Angelou and Sidney Poitier. And The Gayle King Show, a televised incarnation of King’s very successful radio show premieres on January 3.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS OPRAH AND MORE

Posted in Gwen Stefani, Oprah, Stedman Graham on December 6, 2010 by fadedblog

Oprah got a little support for partner Stedman Graham as she was honored at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors event at the Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington, DC on Sunday (December 5).

Joining the media mogul to receive this year’s Kennedy Center Honors were musicians Paul McCartney and Merle Haggard, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones and lyricist Jerry Herman.

None other than Oscar winner and good pal Julia Roberts did the introduction before Oprah was given the honor.

Then Oprah’s mentor Barbara Walters, sitting onstage on a mock Oprah set, said of the 56-year-old talk show host, “Simply put, she is the best interviewer ever.” She added modestly, “No one comes close, not even me. Those of you who know me know how painful it was for me to say that.”

Jennifer Hudson drew a standing ovation for a powerful, rafters-shaking version of I’m Here, from The Color Purple, the movie a young Oprah starred in and later produced as a Broadway musical.

At a reception earlier in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama said that the honorees possessed “a staggering amount of talent.” But, he added, that was not the sole reason they had been chosen. “They’re being honored for their unique ability to bring us closer together and to capture something larger about who we are, not just as Americans, but as human beings,” the president said.

Other presenters and/or performers included Sheryl Crow, Matthew Morrison, Kid Rock, Gwen Stefani, Gayle King, Diana Ross, Colin Powell, Chris Rock and 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin.

CBS will air its annual telecast of the ceremonies on December 28