Oprah Winfrey's grasp of all things media just got a little bit tighter.
HBO announced they have entered into a three-year exclusive relationship with Harpo Films to develop and produce movies and miniseries for the pay cable network.
No specific projects were mentioned, but a written release indicated the arrangement could include miniseries, movies, documentaries and series.
Harpo Films is the arm of Winfrey's Harpo Productions group that in the past has produced feature films "The Great Debaters" (2007, starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker) and "Beloved" (1998, starring Winfrey and Danny Glover) as well as TV movies such as "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "Their Eyes Were Watching God."
Until the real interview might happen, you'll have to settle for this. Looks like this started floating around the Internet before the election, but here's a spoofed Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin interview:
"She'd be an interesting person to interview," Winfrey told Access Hollywood. "The truth of the matter is, it's far more interesting to sit one-on-one with somebody then to have them on stage in front of an audience talking because people always feel like they have to perform."
Spears' "comeback" after almost two years of sometimes off-the-wall headlines has been carefully scripted -- including interviews with ABC News and an MTV documentary that avoided all the juicy questions of what really was going on with Spears.
"The decision to place Oprah at the top of the list was based on her dizzying array of Oprah-branded media and her immense cultural influence," THR editor Elizabeth Guider said. "Today's most powerful woman in entertainment might just be the most influential woman in America."
Winfrey ranked No. 6 on the list last year.
The Hollywood Reporter also ranks the industry's highest-paid actresses each year. Angelina Jolie is No. 1, commanding more than $15 million a movie, followed by Julia Roberts and last year's top earner, Reese Witherspoon.
She's the blogger that decided to live her life for a year like Oprah Winfrey told her she should.
So how did her year living the Winfrey lifestyle shape up? Sun-Times Centerstage Chicago writer Sarah Terez Rosenblum gets a Q&A with Robyn Okrant:
"If you've heard anything about LivingOprah.com blogger Robyn Okrant, you probably fall into one of two mistaken camps. "One, that I'm an Oprah fanatic," says the Lincoln Square resident. "Or the other, that I'm out to disparage Oprah."
In January, writer-performer Okrant embarked on what she called a "social experiment, living entirely according to Oprah Winfrey's advice from her television show, in her magazine and on her Web site. If she says, 'Girls, you gotta have these 10 things in your closet,' or 'Make this pie,' or my husband's favorite, 'Build your man up,' everything she advises for her audience to 'live their best life,' I do.""
"[I] went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]. But she didn't talk to me. But maybe she'll talk to me now that she has a [multi-million dollar] book deal," Winfrey told Extra earlier this week.
When asked whether the Obamas would be making an appearance on her show, Winfrey said they're more than welcome.
"There's always an open invitation for the President-elect and First Lady."
Oprah Winfrey herself confirmed earlier this week she'd be taking her show on the road to D.C. for Barack Obama's inauguration bash -- so how do you get your hands on what'll be some of the hottest tickets in the District?
Winfrey will tape at least two shows in the nation's capitol from the Kennedy Center Opera House -- with a live episode airing Jan. 19.
If you're looking to possibly score tickets to Winfrey's D.C. shows, start checking the show's reservation page like it's your day job. Ticket reservations are sure to go like hot cakes -- especially with an estimated 4 million people expected to flock to witness Obama's swearing in.
The show also is looking for people who'll be trekking it to the inauguration and Winfrey's people want to hear what you're doing to get there and witness history.
If you're one of the lucky to get tickets -- shoot me an e-mail -- was it hard? What did you have to do to get them?
Oprah Winfrey said in an interview last night she hasn't decided on whether she's having an inauguration bash for Barack Obama which was rumored last month.
"Everybody's calling me about a party. I'm like, 'Isn't somebody else having a party?'...I don't know about the party thing yet...There is extreme party confusion. I'm trying to get to the bottom of it myself!" she told Extra.
Sources last month told the Washington Post's Reliable Source that Winfrey -- who said Election Day she'd already picked out her inauguration dress -- is hoping to broadcast three of her shows from the nation's capitol that week, potentially from the historic Kennedy Center.
Event planners also working for Winfrey apparently were apparently combing D.C. to find a site for a big inauguration bash.
Winfrey also told Extra she's still on her post-election Obama high.
"[When] I flew to South Africa, I get off the plane and I take three magazines - Time, People and Newsweek - all that have Obama's picture on the cover and I just use them to fan myself as I'm going though the airport just in case somebody doesn't know I'm American. Just in case somebody wants to say, 'How's it going in America?' I know, I'm ridiculous."
Oprah Winfrey isn't going anywhere just yet -- and might stick around daytime TV even after her contract is up in 2011.
Winfrey told Extra last night at a fundraiser for Essence Magazine's Susan Taylor that she'll definitely be fulfilling her contract, and hinted at the prospect of a new one.
"I'm a girl that keeps her word. I have a contract till 2011, so right now that's what I have until someone writes me another one....I'm going to fulfill my contractual obligations and fulfill them happily."
Rumors speculated last month whether Winfrey might be leaving daytime TV after Discovery CEO David Zaslav -- who is helping launch the "Oprah Winfrey Network" -- made remarks that Winfrey might bring her show to the new cable channel in the future.
"The expectation is that after , her show will go off of ABC in syndication and she will come to OWN."
A Harpo spokeswoman at the time made clear that no decision about the show has been made at the time.
"While David Zaslav's comments are true that Oprah's current contract to produce 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' will expire in 2011, she has not made a final decision as to whether she will continue her show in syndication beyond that," said Lisa Halliday.