He spent 44 days suspended from a glass box by the River Thames in London. He was buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin in New York City. Now, he's held his breath longer than anyone underwater.
Magician David Blaine's latest feat of endurance was to break the current world record of holding one's breath underwater live in front of Oprah's studio audience.
Blaine held his breath underwater for 17 minutes and 4 seconds -- beating the current world record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds, a record set Feb. 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records.
Blaine's been holding his breath under water for eight minutes: As soon as his body senses his oxygen has been cut off, the body goes into "survival mode" -- sending oxygen to vital organs including the heart and brain, Oprah said.
As long as blood continues to circulate throughout his body, Blaine can survive.
Less than ten minutes before stunt begins: The average human heart beats an average of about 60-80 beats per minute. Blaine's going to stay underwater until it becomes dangerous -- or until his heart lowers to 10 beats a second.
23-minute countdown: In about 19 minutes -- Blaine will risk his life by holding his breath under water. Beforehand, Blaine has to breath pure oxygen for 23 minutes before attempting the death defying stunt.
For the first time since Oprah's 50th birthday bash, the talk show host's long-time partner is in the audience today to witness spectacle David Blaine try and break a world record for holding his breath underwater.
The current record stands a little over 16 minutes -- and Blaine will try and break that record in front of a live studio audience in Chicago.
He spent 44 days suspended from a glass box by the River Thames in London. He was buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin in New York City.
Magician David Blaine's latest feat of endurance likely will last less than 17 minutes, but he's planning to do it in front of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey -- and her audience of millions.
Blaine will try to break the world record for breath-holding during this morning's live broadcast of ''The Oprah Winfrey Show,'' less than two years after going into convulsions during a similar attempt.
The time he has to beat is 16 minutes and 32 seconds, a record set Feb. 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records. AP
After years of gossip speculation about their on again/off again friendship, Tommy and Oprah are back together again.
Oprah taped a one-on-one with Cruise at his home in Telluride, Colo., on Friday for a show schedule to air in the next week. Cruise is slated to join Winfrey in her studio as well to mark the 25-year anniversary of his breakout performance in "Risky Business."
"No one has mastered the genre like Oprah Winfrey, who has turned TV into her temple," the Post said. " Winfrey is a goddess to American women, a humanitarian who never runs out of ways to make the world a better place and the most influential media personality in America."
The newspaper cited Winfrey's success of commanding a talk show, book club, magazine, satellite radio and highly anticipated launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network with Discovery as playing a role into her huge fan following.
Popular HBO hit "The Sopranos" topped the list, with CBS's "All in the Family" coming in second.
First: "The Sopranos"
Second: "All in the Family" Third: "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Fourth: "American Idol"
Fifth: "The West Wing"
Sixth: "Mary Tyler Moore"
Ninth: "Twin Peaks"
Tenth: "Sesame Street"
If you've still got it at 68, you might as well still flaunt it. Tina Turner revealed this week during a taping of the Oprah show she's going back on tour again.
Turner -- one of the most popular selling singers of all time -- said pal Sophia Loren convinced her to go back on tour, asking when she's going to get "back to work."
Proud Tina -- who hasn't toured for eight years -- is kicking off her yet-to-be-named tour Oct. 1 in Kansas City. Sources claim Turner has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer ever -- her last tour being attended by over four million proud listeners.
Turner's taping with Oprah and special guest Cher is slated to air May 8.
The last time we saw Tom Cruise on Oprah, he was jumping up and down on her couch like a kid on a sugar high. (Come on Tom, didn't someone teach you proper manners?).
Let's hope after three years, Tommy's a little more behaved.
The actor -- married to Katie Holmes and the proud papa of picture-perfect Suri Cruise -- is making a return to Oprah's daytime show, MSNBC reports.
The timing comes as Cruise celebrates the 25th anniversary of his role in "Risky Business." Warner Home Video has confirmed special plans for the anniversary, and other celebs have been recruited to join Cruise during his hour on Oprah.
Four years after their last appearance on Oprah's highly-rated daytime talk show, the gals of "Sex and the City" -- including Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis -- are slated to appear on the show again next month to promote their new movie.
The girls reunite in the movie -- out May 30 -- for the first time on screen since the popular HBO television series went off air in 2004. Despite public filming across New York City, the plot of the movie has been heavily kept secret, with several scenes allegedly filmed to throw fans off.
Chicago favorite Jennifer Hudson takes on a new role in the movie, playing the glamorous Carrie Bradshaw's personal assistant.
Talks are already underway for a sequel to the highly-anticipated movie.
On Tuesday, Perez Hilton reported that pop diva Fergie has recorded the title song to the new movie: listen here.
“The Oprah Burial Mask depicts for the viewer a celebration of an inner beauty for which we could all aspire,” says David Kesting -- director of NYC’s Leo Kesting Gallery -- on the life-sized hollowed bust. “If we each imagined an object that represented us at our most ideal for all eternity, we might hold ourselves to the highest standards, both morally and spiritually.”
“Standing before the burial mask of King Tut’s great-grandmother when it was displayed in Philadelphia, I finally understood how the creation of an object could be the act of preparing for a better place. It inspired me to create such an object.”
There were no losers Sunday on the final episode of ABC's "Oprah's Big Give." In a surprise ending even viewers didn't expect, everyone went home a winner.
Stephen Paletta, a 42-year-old contractor, took home the top prize of $1 million, keeping $500,000 and receiving another $500,000 to keep giving back to the community.
"I'm in shock," Paletta said. "It was such an incredible honor and privilege to be part of this show and to be chosen as the biggest giver with all these wonderful people."
Today's episode of the Oprah show -- at 9 a.m. and 11:05 p.m. on ABC in Chicago -- will have a complete wrap-up of the "Big Give" challenge.
Paletta and two other finalists helped raise more than $160,000 for the Chicago Hope Academy, a college prep school on the Near West Side. Chicago's Blue Man Group donated $100,000 of the money raised.
All seven of the show's eliminated contestants -- including Chicagoan Marlene Snipes -- returned for the final episode and took home $30,000 each.
And then there were three. Cameron, Brandy or Stephen will be one of the lucky three who'll go home tonight with an unexpected $1 million prize on the finale of ABC's "Oprah's Big Give." Who's it going to be? Jennifer Aniston, Blue Man Group and other surprise guest make appearances on the final show of Oprah's primetime show. Blog with us starting at 7 p.m. as the countown to finding out who the biggest giver begins.
Oprah hugs long-time pal John Travolta during Sunday's episode of the "Big Give" on ABC.
Viewers are gonna be able to get a little more up close and personal with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Harpo president Tim bennett -- citing recent partnerships with Internet calling phenom Skype -- announced Monday that Oprah's top-rated daytime show will go hi-definition come fall.
“We’re pleased to offer viewers their favorite daytime talk show -- the Oprah show -- in stunning HD beginning this fall,” Harpo president Tim Bennett said in a statement to Broadcasting & Cable. “From our cutting-edge production values to our recent partnership with Skype, Harpo is embracing new technologies to always deliver the highest-quality content for our viewers.”
Oprah's previous specials -- Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy and The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special -- were produced in HD.
After seven weeks on the road, the remaining three contestants on Oprah's Big Give zipped to our town -- Chicago -- for their next challenge.
Shooting the opening scenes in the city's beautiful Grant Park, Oprah unveiled Cameron, Stephen and Brandi's newest challenge: they'd have to go home and give big.
For the first time in months, the remaining three would be reunited with their families -- and to make a difference in their community.
Three contestants. Four days. Each with $10,000.
In the end, the contest would end with a big twist -- not as big as the final $1 million giveaway from Oprah will cause -- but enough to make you tune in to see what happens next week.
Unable to make a decision as to who was the biggest giver, the show's judges didn't' send anyone home (Oprah pal John Travolta delivered the new after making a cameo appearance on the show) -- and all three contestants moved on to the final round.
Here's how it all played out:
Just minutes into the opening scenes, the trio was whisked off in an over-the-top departure in a helicopter flown by Nate Berkus (maybe he wasn't the one who actually was flying the copter, but is there anything dear Nate doesn't do?).
So how'd their homecomings and Big Gives go?
She hit the ground running when she got back to her hometown of Sierra Vista -- focusing not on just one family, but trying to spread the money she was given among several families, including one with five autistic children. Her big give in the end was to a young girl named Aly Nelson, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
"The worst part of being sick is having to lie in bed, you can't go anywhere," the young girl said.
Being a former Miss Sierra Vista herself -- Brandi arranged for Aly to get the royal treatment for a day, parade and all.
The tissue factor: 3 out of 10. A great wish granted which brought a smile to a girl who definitely deserved it, but not the best give of the night.
He says he strugged going home -- finding it hard to balance being with his family and dedicating time to giving big. With the help of his wife and other members of his community, he not only raised a year's worth of groceries for a women's shelter, but $43,000 in total. (Wow.)
The tissue factor: 6 out of 10. Stephen raised a lot of money for the shelter, but in the end dedicated a bouquet of flowers to his wife, calling her the biggest giver in her eyes. (Definitely an "aww" moment on the show.)
Cameron was the biggest winner Sunday night, whose big give was reminiscent of a Ty Pennington "Extreme Home Makeover" moment. (I cried, I'll admit it).
He didn't raise the most money, but I thought his give was the best, having a significant impact on the life of Skylar Corvin.
Suffering from a playground injury, Skylar and her family found out she was suffering from bone cancer.
With hundreds of people gathered, Cameron presented Skylar with a new laptop -- and a newly designed Web site -- so she could have a diary to chronicle her life. The upbeat Skylar also saw her room -- and her family's living room -- decked out in brand new furniture.
That wasn't all.
The family was also given a brand new 2007 Ford Fusion (with a little help from Cameron's dad) and the whole check for $10,000 he was originally given).
Oprah Winfrey -- who helped launch Dr. Phil into a household name and huge success -- is hoping to have the same kind of luck with medical genius Dr. Mehmet Oz -- a frequent on her daily talk show.
Oprah's Harpo productions is in talks to give the now-famous doc his own talk show, which would launch in fall 2009.
Oz's show would be the third attempt at branding a household television show -- she had huge success with both Dr. Phil and Rachel Ray, whose shows are distributed by CBS, according to Broadcasting and Cable which broke the story.
According to Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker, Oprah's show on puppy mills has gotten a huge response. One viewer apparently donated the cost of 100 surgeries to PETA's spay/neuter program after seeing the show.
Oprah dedicated the show to her dog Sophie, who died last month. >
Residents of Blue Island are calling on Oprah to help save the town's doomed St. Francis Hospital.
Blue Island is calling upon the power of O.
As reported today in the SouthtownStar, the mayor of Blue Island is starting a campaign calling for residents to reach out to Oprah for help in saving the hospital.
The mayor is asking residents to e-mail Winfrey via her Web site or call her studio to ask for help.
Flyers circulating in the town are urging residents to contact the talk show queen, asking her use her "magic" on the town's behalf.
"Ask her to use her influence with our political leaders to keep the certificate of need intact for a potential sale!" a flier circulating around town reads.
Peloquin told the SouthtownStar getting Winfrey involved in the fight to keep a hospital in Blue Island are a long shot.
"We are knocking on every door that we can," Peloquin said. "We are getting all kinds of advice from everyone. We are using it all."
Winfrey's net worth is estimated to be $1.5 billion, according to Forbes.
Calls to Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago were not returned for comment.
SSM Health Care of St. Louis announced April 2 that St. Francis will close in a matter of months because large numbers of uninsured patients are draining the hospital financially.
Contributing: Guy Tridgell
Shake your groove thing, Chicagoans. Popular daytime talk show host is taking her show on the road -- and moving in on Oprah's turf.
But don't worry, it's just for a day.
Ellen announced on her show Monday plans to bring her award-winning gab fest to the Windy City on May 3 to tape a show. According to Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker, the show hasn't announced where it would be taping, but it's soliciting Chicagoans for ideas on where to go and what to do while here.
‘I don’t want to say exactly where, because I don’t want anyone snooping around ... Oprah!’’ Ellen said on her show.
Thomas Beatie is just as excited as any future dad would be. Except this isn't your everyday miracle-making story: He's the one giving birth.
On "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Thursday, the 34-year-old transgender male from Oregon talked about being the world's first "pregnant man."
Wife Nancy -- who has two daughters from a previous marriage -- was unable to have any more children after suffering complications from a medical condition.
The couple say they've gotten mixed reaction from family members and neighbors.
Beatie was born and lived the life of a female for 24 years. It wasn't until after college that he embarked on his "true identity." Beatie took testosterone and had his breasts removed but kept his reproductive organs -- hoping one day to conceive a child.
He was artificially inseminated in 2007 but lost the baby. Beatie has carried this baby 24 weeks.
"Love makes a family" Beatie said. "And that's all that matters."
Thomas describes finding a doctor to treat his pregnancy very hard.
"Is there something really wrong with us?" Nancy says.
Nine doctors later -- Dr. Kimberly James took on Thomas and Nancy's pregnancy. At 24 weeks into the pregnancy, Oprah's cameras capture what'd normally be a routine ultrasound, except this time it's with a man.
"I can't believe that she's inside me," Thomas said. "It's so surreal."