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Eminem, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks Offer to Mentor Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun has been inundated with offers from the likes of Eminem, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks to mentor the teen superstar.

The Baby hitmaker’s ill-advised antics on tour and at home in California, which have included brushes with the law and headline-grabbing incidents, have prompted big names to offer up their help and advice.

Bieber’s bad behavior has included nightclub altercations, arguments with his neighbours, disappointing fans by rushing through meet and greet sessions and public urinating  claims.

The incidents have prompted a slew of concerned celebrities to reach out to Braun to see if there is anything they can do to help the youngster avoid destroying his career, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a candid new interview with Braun and Bieber, the singer’s manager reveals he has fielded calls and emails from Winfrey, singer Adam Levine, rapper Drake and Mark Wahlberg, while Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson offered up her husband’s counselling skills to help the 19 year old avoid the pitfalls of fame.

And Braun claims Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, told him, “If you ever want Eminem to talk to him (Bieber), he would do it in a second. He cares about that kid.”

Braun has yet to take up the stars’ offers to advise Bieber during times of trouble as there is already one big name who is trying to keep the teen in check – Will Smith.

Braun claims Smith, whose son Jaden is good friends with the singer, once paid Bieber a much-needed visit and pulled him out of bed for a three-hour chat.

The manager recalls, “He (Bieber) said, ‘Man, that makes me feel so loved. I woke up, and there’s Will Smith, one of, if not the, biggest movie stars on the planet. He took time out of his day for me.'”

Smith has continued to make himself available to Bieber for weekly phone conferences, but the Independence Day actor has warned Braun the youngster will have to live and learn from his own mistakes: “He’s telling me: ‘Justin’s got to go through it. You can’t stop him from going through it. That’s youth in itself. He’s a young man who’s growing up, and that’s what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he’d be some kind of weird robot.'”

During the interview, Bieber expressed his carefree attitude towards his critics, saying, “I don’t (care) what they say… I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.”

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Oprah Says Network Troubles Almost Gave Her Nervous Breakdown

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey forced herself to take a step back from her heavy workload last summer after realizing she was on the brink of a nervous breakdown as she struggled to turn her TV network into a success.

The TV icon walked away from her hit talk show in May 2011, after 25 years at the top, to focus on the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) with bosses from cable company Discovery Communications.

However, the channel struggled to attract viewers in its first year on air and Winfrey was forced to take a serious look at reshuffling its programming line-up in order to appeal to audiences.

The superstar admits she was really feeling the pressure to turn OWN’s fortunes around, but it was only when she interviewed Jason Russell, the man behind the high-profile KONY 2012 campaign, about his emotional breakdown which led to his bizarre naked rant and arrest last year, that she recognised she was experiencing similar mental issues.

She tells People magazine, “Jason was talking about having a nervous breakdown, and I was thinking, ‘I have those symptoms’.”

Winfrey’s breaking point came just days later as she headed into the OWN headquarters in Los Angeles to record voice-overs for her shows: “I remember closing my eyes while I was reading. I thought, ‘I cannot have another thing enter my brain.’ I needed to pull back.”

She confesses the harsh press criticism of her network hit her hard, and she credits her longterm partner, Stedman Graham, with helping her soldier on to overcome the disappointing start.

She says, “After 25 years of being number one, I had become accustomed to success. I didn’t expect failure. I was tested and I had to dig deep. The schadenfreude (pleasure from misfortune of others) was very painful for me, because I had never experienced it.

“(Graham) was amazing. He said, ‘You can’t eve think about quitting. You have been in cruise control. It’s gonna turn around, but you’ve gotta do the work.'”

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Lindsay Lohan Cancels Europe Trip on Oprah Winfrey’s Advice

Lindsay Lohan has cancelled a planned trip to Europe after Oprah Winfrey warned she would be tempted back into drinking during a sun-soaked break in Italy.

The troubled actress, who recently completed a 90-day stint in rehab, was due to fly to Italy to promote her film The Canyons at the upcoming Venice Film Festival later this month.

However, Winfrey claims the Mean Girls star has now decided not to go after the media mogul gave her some advice at the end of their taped chat for Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Speaking on America’s TODAY show, Winfrey says, “At the end of the interview, I said to her, ‘Look, I have some concerns ’cause I hear you’re going to Europe. And I just came from Europe, and Europe is the place to go when you want to feel really good and relax. It’s very hard to go to Capri and not have a Bellini’.

“I was saying, if I were you I would think about it. So she texted me and said, ‘Yes, I will think about it. But, look, I’ve already paid for it.’ And then I just heard this morning she’s decided not to go. Isn’t that good? That she’s decided to stay here (in America) and work on herself? I’m so proud of her for that decision.”

Winfrey also revealed she hopes Lohan will let the public see her struggle to rebuild her life during an upcoming fly-on-the-wall reality TV show which she is filming for the TV titan’s OWN network.

She adds, “I’m anxious to see whether or not this young woman, who is a really, really fine actress, will be able to allow us into her life and let us see the trajectory of trying to put the pieces back together.”

Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab in recent years, and her latest stint in a clinic in California was ordered by the courts after she pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a car crash last summer.

Her interview with Winfrey will air in the U.S. on 18 August, and her reality show is set for broadcast early next year.

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Oprah Winfrey Gave Inspirational Speech To Lindsay Lohan

Oprah Winfrey gave an inspirational speech to Lindsay Lohan after interviewing the troubled actress for an upcoming TV special.

The Mean Girls star recently completed a court-ordered 90-day stint in rehab and she sat down for a candid TV chat with Winfrey to discuss her recent problems in an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter.

The pre-recorded interview will air in America later this month, and Winfrey has now revealed she took the actress aside for an off-camera chat about her issues.

Speaking during a press junket for upcoming movie The Butler, Winfrey told Access Hollywood, “I had a real conversation with her afterwards, saying, ‘Look, the reason why I’m doing this, obviously it’s going to be on television, and obviously you chose to say yes, or wanted to do this for your reasons, obviously you want people to watch this, but in the end, it’s about your life. I want you to win.’ That’s what I said to her… ‘I want you to win.'”

Winfrey adds of her decision to interview Lohan, “All the people who take issue (and say), ‘Why are you (interviewing) her?’ I think she’s an interesting figure of our culture right now. I think that lots of people make mistakes in their lives. We, as human beings, I think, cannot stand in judgment of how many chances you get. I think the arc of trying to reorganise, reshape and rebuild your career and your life… it’s a really interesting story, if you can pull that off.”

The media mogul is also convinced Lohan has the potential to turn her life around: “I absolutely think it’s possible for her to do that, and I want her to win.”

Oprah Winfrey Encounters Angry Elephant On Vacation

Oprah Winfrey had a scary run-in with an African elephant while on a recent vacation with her beau Stedman Graham in Tanzania.

The iconic TV talk show host was on a tour of the Serengeti when an aggressive elephant approached the vehicle they were in and charged at the car – twice.

Fortunately no one was injured in the scary incident, but Winfrey admits the encounter left her a little shaken up.

She says, “We had literally just gotten into the truck, because we had gone for (a) walk and then we saw some elephants doing their elephant waterhole thing and one was a little irritated…”

Winfrey shared a video clip of the ordeal during an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night.

Oprah Winfrey Lands First Post-Rehab Interview With Lindsay Lohan

Oprah Winfrey has landed another TV coup – she’ll be the first to interview Lindsay Lohan after the troubled actress walks free from court-ordered rehab next month.

The Mean Girls star was sentenced to serve 90 days in a treatment facility earlier this year (13), and her time will be up at the beginning of August.

Lohan will return to public life with a sit-down Oprah chat for the TV titan’s OWN network.

Confirming the big news, a Winfrey spokeswoman says, “OWN will air an exclusive interview with Oprah and Lindsay Lohan that will tape and air in August.”

Lohan has also agreed to front an “eight-part documentary series”, which will revolve around the actress’ efforts to stay healthy and make a career comeback after her three-month rehab stint, for the network in 2014

Oprah Donates $12 Million to Washington, D.C. Museum

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The Color Purple star’s gift will help cover the costs of the building, which is currently under construction and due to open in 2015.

As a result of the 59 year old’s generosity, bosses will name the the site’s 350-seat theater in her honor.

A statement from the former talk show host reads, “I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole. I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honour and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.”

The Oscar nominee, who has been on the museum’s advisory council for nearly a decade, previously cut a $1 million check to the organization in 2007.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to Divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after almost six years of marriage.

Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields said Holmes had filed divorce papers on Thursday. His representative Amanda Lundberg said: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”

Holmes’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People magazine: “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

Cruise, 49, and Holmes, 33, were married in November 2006 after a year and a half together. He raised eyebrows by jumping on to a couch to declare his love for her on the Oprah Winfrey show, saying: “I can’t be cool. I can’t be laid-back. Something happened and I want to celebrate it.” Holmes revealed she had had a crush on the Top Gun actor as a girl.

He proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 2005, and they were married at a 15th-century Italian castle in a ceremony conducted by a Church of Scientology minister in front of A-list guests.

Cruise had recently attended the premiere for Rock of Ages alone, and was also without Holmes when he picked up a Friars Club entertainment icon award this month. At the time, he said she was abroad and the family would reunite in time for Father’s Day.

Foxx, Madonna and Hanks Pay Tribute to Oprah Winfrey For Special Show

Oprah Winfrey’s superstar pals, including Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks and Madonna, turned out to pay tribute to the TV queen on Tuesday (17May11) as they filmed a special program ahead of her final talk show.

The Oprah Winfrey Show is to end later this month (May11) and on Tuesday a double-show spectacular was filmed to mark the end of her TV reign.

Foxx kicked off the proceedings by singing Isn’t She Lovely to Winfrey, before he was then joined by Stevie Wonder for the rendition.
Meanwhile, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld performed acomedy routine for Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular.
Other performers included Beyonce and Rascal Flatts, while Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle collaborated on Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Tom Hanks told a stunned Winfrey, “Your show has turned surprise into an art form. Oprah Winfrey, today you are surrounded by nothing but love. Your studio was not big enough to hold it all, so here we are.”
Madonna also paid tribute to the TV titan, saying, “She’s a self-made woman who’s been at the top of her game for over 25 years – and she’s still kicking a**… It’s no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah. I am one of those people. She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular. I have learned so much from her.”
Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Halle Berry and Diane Sawyer were also present for the tribute program.
The double show, which was filmed at Chicago’s United Center, will air on 23 and 24 May (11), before Winfrey’s finale on 25 May (11).

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Oprah Show Audience Gets 1st Look At Walt Disney Pictures And Jerry Bruckheimer Films "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,”

Walt Disney Studios announced that today “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” studio audience in Chicago, Ill., enjoyed a surprise visit from actor Johnny Depp, followed by an advance special screening of Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” in which Depp stars for the fourth time as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow.
The audience members were treated to the ultimate “Harpo Hook-Up” as they were the first moviegoers in the world to view “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” presented in Disney Digital 3D™.  Johnny Depp was on hand at the movie theatre to greet and welcome the “Oprah” show’s excited fans to the unprecedented event.
The highly anticipated action-filled adventure, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, also stars Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush, and sails into theatres on May 20, 2011. .