News Round-Up: September 5, 2017

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Fitness model Lony Pizarro on Labor Day (above). Can we go back to then? 🙂

• A leaked excerpt from Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir, What Happened, includes a passage about Bernie Sanders supporters (“Bernie Bros”) and the long-lasting effects of their attacks on social media during the 2016 presidential campaign.

• Freddie Mercury, of QUEEN fame, would have been 71 years-old today. Check out the first look at Rami Malek as “Freddie” in the Bryan Singer-directed Bohemian Rhapsody due in theaters December 25, 2018.

• Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Oprah and Blake Shelton will host a one-hour telethon to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey September 12 at 8 PM ET. The event will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CMT.

• A new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows 58% of Americans say Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the country and become citizens if they meet certain requirements. Additionally, 68% of respondents said Dreamers should be granted legal work permits.

• Cher announced via Twitter that she intends to help DACA folks after Trump rescinded the program. But when a Twitter troll came calling, she slapped right back.

Oprah Winfrey Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Speaking to ET‘s Nancy O’Dell last night, media mogul Oprah Winfrey intoned Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan “I’m with her” to endorse the Democratic presidential contender:

“Regardless of your politics, it’s a seminal moment for women,” she continued. “What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world.”

“I’m with her,” Oprah added, touting Clinton’s campaign slogan and effectively endorsing the former Secretary of State. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, was also recently endorsed by President Barack Obama, who declined to back any candidate until the primaries had ended.

Former “Who’s The Boss?” Star Danny Pintauro Comes Out As HIV+

Former “Who’s The Boss?” star Danny Pintauro shared with the TV audience of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” that he was diagnosed with HIV in 2003.

Via EXTRA:

“I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready — I’m ready now — that I’m HIV positive,” Pintauro told Oprah. He was diagnosed 12 years ago but feared admitting the truth because, “It’s just a big deal.”

Pintauro said he wants to be open about his status to help others. “”I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through because I was outed — it wasn’t by choice.”

Pentauro also acknowledged that he became a crystal meth user (he no longer uses the drug) during a period of time after the end of a two-year relationship. He said he began experimenting with the drug the same year he was diagnosed with HIV.

“I had just come out of a two-year relationship and I discovered in that relationship that there was more I wanted to explore… sexually. Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions, you have no limits.”

Pintauro came out in 1997 when a tabloid reporter called him back then saying the paper was going to out him whether he cooperated or not.

Judith Light, his former “Who’s the Boss?” co-star, urged Pintauro to take the lead in breaking the story as a way of controlling the message. “It was the best thing,” Pintauro says now. “‘They can’t misquote you,’ she said. ‘And as long as you give really responsible and mature answers, it can’t be a bad article.'”

In an interview on Monday, Light told Good Day New York, ‘I am so proud of him. He’s talking about being HIV positive. He is being incredibly proactive. He now has a wonderful husband named Wil.

‘He’s giving a different face to what is still a disease that has not been handled.’

Michael Sam Sits Down With Oprah Winfrey

For the first time since being cut by the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam sat down for an interview last night.

This time was with the “queen of the interview,” Oprah Winfrey.

During the chat, Oprah asked about the infamous “cake kiss” that aired on ESPN after Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams late in the seventh round of the NFL draft, and whether or not the kiss was staged for the cameras that were present.

Oprah asks, “Was the Cake Kiss too much for the country?”

Oprah later asks Sam why he isn’t currently on an NFL team – not good enough or because he’s gay?

More clips from the interview and documentary at the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Michael Sam to Oprah: Gay NFL Players Reached Out To Me

In tonight’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Sam says several gay NFL players have reached out to him after he was drafted:

Sam: “Very few reached out to me and pretty much just told me their gratitude and how thankful they were that I had the courage. They wished that they had the courage to come out.”

Oprah: “Gay men in the NFL reached out to you and called you?”

Sam: “Yes. They just showed their respect and admired my courage. It was very good.”

Oprah: “You’re using the plural. ‘Men.’ Not ‘man.’”

Sam: “Men. There’s a lot of us out there. I’m not the only one. I’m just the only one who’s open.”

The special episode of “Oprah Prime” airs tonight, Saturday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 p.m. ET, after the debut of the 90 minute documentary “Michael Sam” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Michael Sam docu-series on OWN postponed

The Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series planned to chronicle Michael Sam’s journey as the first gay player in the NFL has been put on hold.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, the untitled Michael Sam project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN. “OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”

“After today’s meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project,” said Sam’s agent Cameron Weiss. “This will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”

To be honest, I agree with the decision. I’ve seen reality series shoot, and it’s very time-consuming. What is most important right now is that Michael devote 100% of his focus and energy to being the best defensive end for the St. Louis Rams.

All the other things can come later.

Oprah and Starbucks invite you to treat your mom on Mother’s Day

Well, this is sweet.  Starbucks includes a lesbian couple of two moms in their new campaign – with voiceover by none other than Oprah herself.

Apparently, if you head to Starbucks on Mother’s Day, when you buy yourself an Oprah Chai Tea latte, mom gets one for free.

From Starbucks:

No one has done more for you than she has.  This Mother’s Day, give her the thoughtful treat of time with you.

When you bring your mom to a participating Starbucks® store on Sunday, May 11, and buy a Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea latte, hers is on us.


Oprah considers Broadway debut opposite 5-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald

Oprah Winfrey (L) and Audra McDonald (R)

Ok. If you REALLY want to sell out the run of a play, you need to get a big star.

Even better – TWO big stars.

Two BIG stars.

And that just may happen.

The New York Times has the story:

Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “’night, Mother,” starring opposite Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald as a mother struggling to stop her daughter from killing herself, according to two theater executives familiar with the plans.

The Tony winner George C. Wolfe (“Lucky Guy”) would direct the production, which is being aimed for the 2015-16 Broadway season.

Read more at the New York Times.

Chicago: WGN Morning News hangs up on Oprah

So, maybe not the best way to ensure that Oprah will call in again some day.

The blooper-prone WGN Morning News team had Oprah on their Tuesday morning broadcast for a phone interview, but the conversation was abruptly cut short when the call was disconnected.

When Oprah was back on the line shortly thereafter, the talk show queen confirmed she had not been responsible for the hangup.

“I’m just sitting her on the phone talking and all of a sudden music comes in and I’m like, ‘OK, I guess that’s my cue,'” Oprah said. “It’s like you’re standing at an award show and the music starts. Oh, OK, that’s my cue to shut up.”

Sorry for the auto-play…

(h/t HuffPost)

THE BUTLER becomes first film of 2013 to win at box office for three consecutive weeks

Lee Daniels’ The Butler came out on top this week with box office of $20 million, making it the first film of 2013 to win the box office battle for three consecutive weekends as Hollywood rings out a record summer and Labor Day Weekend:

The Butler grossed $20 million for the four-day holiday, pushing its domestic total to a $79.3 million. The film’s outstanding run is a testament, at least in part, to Oprah Winfrey’s standing.

Winfrey stars opposite Forest Whitaker, who plays a White House Butler working through eight presidential administrations. The film — a likely awards contender — is certain to gross north of $100 million.

“The audience continues to broaden out and get younger,” says TWC distribution chief Erik Lomis.