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Oprah Winfrey tops Forbes highest-paid list for 4th year

But magazine says she’ll be knocked off in coming years

Oprah Winfrey is shown in March. She tops the Forbes highest paid celebrities list for the fourth year.

Oprah Winfrey is shown in March. She tops the Forbes highest paid celebrities list for the fourth year. 

Oprah Winfrey earned an estimated $165 million US in 2011-12, putting her atop the list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities for the fourth year in a row.

She may have given up her day-time talk show and be struggling to gain an audience with her new television network, but Winfrey still has a bevy of Harpo productions raking in the cash. Among them are syndicated TV shows such as Dr. PhilRachael Ray and The Dr. Oz Show as well as her still-popular O magazine.

Winfrey is taking to the airwaves again with shows like Oprah’s Lifeclass andOprah’s Next Chapter in an effort to boost ratings at OWN, Forbes notes, but the magazine estimates she will not remain the highest-paid celebrity in coming years. That’s because it plans to revise its method of ranking to exclude earnings from syndication.

Movie director Michael Bay earned only $5 million less than Winfrey, largely on the back of box-office smash Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which also led to toy sales and other spinoffs. Forbes estimates Bay earned $160 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

There are an impressive array of movie and TV producers in the Forbes top 10, among them Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Jerry Bruckheimer and Simon Cowell. Music producer Dr. Dre was a surprise addition to this year’s list, coming in at No. 5 with income of $110 million because of the sale of part of his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones business to handset maker HTC.

Spielberg is estimated to have brought in $130 million with films War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin, Dreamworks TV series Smash and his cut of Universal theme parks.

Bruckheimer had a box office hit with the latest Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, while Lucas contines to get residuals from the Star Wars franchise, as well as from his Industrial Light and Magic, which provides effects for movies like Battleship and The Avengers.

Forbes estimates celebrity earnings from upfront pay, profit participation and residuals and interviews with agents and industry insiders.

Forbes highest-paid celebrities

  1. Oprah Winfrey, $165 million.
  2. Michael Bay, $160 million.
  3. Steven Spielberg, $130 million.
  4. Jerry Bruckheimer, $115 million.
  5. Dr. Dre, $110 million.
  6. Tyler Perry, $105 million.
  7. Howard Stern, $95 million.
  8. James Patterson, $94 million.
  9. George Lucas, $90 million.
  10. Simon Cowell, $90 million.

Oprah Winfrey tops Forbes highest-paid list for 4th year

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Robert Pattinson turns to ex Nina Schubert for break-up advice

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Robert Pattinson in a scene from Remember Me. Picture: Supplied

ROBERT Pattinson’s ex-girlfriend has apparently warned him not to “make any hasty decisions” when it comes to his love life.

The British actor has remained on good terms with his first love, Nina Schubert. The pair dated when Robert was growing up in London and despite the split, they still share a close bond. Robert has been left devastated after it was revealed that his girlfriend Kristen Stewart cheated on him with director Rupert Sanders. The hunk has now turned to Nina, who is proving to be his rock.

“Rob and Nina grew up together… She was Rob’s first serious girlfriend. It only didn’t work out between them because he had to move to LA for work. She’s been there for him more than anyone else these past few weeks,” a source told British magazine Look. “Nina’s told him he shouldn’t make any hasty decisions now and he should take all the time he needs.”

Robert has been phoning Nina and they have been discussing his relationship with Kristen.

“He calls her upset, at 2am, saying over and over how stupid he feels for not realising what was going on between Kristen and Rupert,” the source added. “She’s there to listen.”

Kristen is believed to be begging to see Robert so she can “explain” herself.

According to British magazine Closer, the cheating star wants a face-to-face meeting, saying; “You don’t have to forgive me, just hear me out.”

Kristen has even suggested the pair fly to a secluded log cabin in Seattle. Robert is said to be unsure of the plans, but has Kristen’s best interests at heart.

“Rob is still deciding what to do,” the source continued. “He knows she’s going through as much hell as he is, but he’s not sure he’s ready to see her or forgive her. Kristen has told him she doesn’t expect or deserve forgiveness, she just needs to see him to explain.”

Meanwhile, Rupert’s wife Liberty Ross apparently visited a lawyer in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The model was spotted in the lobby of a legal practice in Century City.

However, TMZ is reporting Liberty is not seeking a divorce from the director. It is believed the couple are working on reconciliation and have attended couples therapy sessions.

Liberty has not been wearing her wedding ring, and insiders claim she wants “assurance” from Rupert that he won’t be unfaithful again.
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Whitney’s Friend Raffles van Excel Gives Vivid, Visual Account of Death Scene

‘She was on the floor, totally naked. Ray (Whitney’s bodyguard) got up and started shaking his head and crying.’   

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Whitney Houston & Raffles van Excel

*Whitney Houston’s companion, Raffles van Excel is speaking out about the late singer’s death.

In an interview with British news outlet, the Sunday Mirror,the Dutch native gives an incredible first hand eyewitness account of what went on in Whitney’s Beverly Hilton Hotel suite in the minutes after she died.

Quite frankly his recount of what happened is so vivid and visual, it’s mind blowing.

He says what he saw still keeps him awake at night and will be forever etched on his mind.

When Raffles van Exel saw Whitney Houston’s bodyguard frantically pumping her chest, he ­immediately knew she was dead.

The singing legend was naked as she lay rigid on a sodden beige carpet.

Water from the fast-running tap was still pouring out of the bath, forming an eerie, transparent frame around her.

It was an ill-fitting, ignominious end for a woman who was once the best-selling female artist of all time.

Raffles instinctively ran for a towel and covered the bottom half of her body as her devastated bodyguard Ray Watson stood up and began crying into his hands.

Today Raffles becomes the first person in Whitney’s tight inner circle to break the silence ­surrounding her tragic death in February at the age of 48.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror, he tells how she hid her drug habit from those ­closest to her in the weeks before she died, and how she seemed to have a ­premonition about her end.

“Whitney was good at hiding her drug habit,” Raffles says. “I ­honestly thought she was clean in the two years before she died.

“Yes, she would have the occasional drink. And I knew she was taking painkillers and the anxiety drug Xanax. But I never suspected she was using hard drugs.

“It really shocked me when I found that out. And actually it made me quite mad because I thought, ‘Whitney, you had us all fooled.’

“Everyone thought Whitney was in a good place and we never ­imagined anything like this was going to happen.”

He adds: “But looking back, Whitney seemed to have a premonition about her death. She started carrying a Bible around everywhere she went and would read from it all the time.

“Also, she kept talking about ‘leaving’ America. I thought she meant she was going to Switzerland, where she had talked about living, but now I realize she meant she was leaving this world.”

Read more of this incredibly vivid and visual account of the event’s after Whitney’s death at Sunday Mirror.

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Raffles van Excel

Whitney’s Friend Raffles van Excel Gives Vivid, Visual Account of Death Scene

Sade Opens Up About ‘Bring Me Home Live’ DVD


Singer Sade turns 53 today

*The chance to interact with fans is often one of the things that motivates an entertainer towards going all out in their work. While she is known for being reclusive, Sade Adu relishes the chance to experience the joy of fan appreciation whenever she goes out on tour.

The songstress opened up about her “Bring Me Home” tour in an interview with Soul Bounce. For Adu, the outing proved to be worth everything both professionally and personally for all parties.

“We wanted people to walk away from the show having had an amazing memorable experience even if they weren’t a particular fan,” the vocalist shared. “Like a great movie that you might see that effects you and leaves a lasting impression. There’s nothing quite like being there, being on stage, right there in front of the crowd, knowing that there are expectations. Whatever you feel that day, whatever’s going on in your life, you have to leave it behind you, and let nothing come between you and that moment. Sometimes I feel like I’m in the eye of the storm, and then riding on a wave. It’s always exciting and emotional, and it’s the closest we’ll ever be to the people who put us there in the first place.”

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Adu’s comments come amid release her third live concert DVD, “Bring Me Home — Live 2011.” Produced by Sophie Muller, the video, which comes with a live CD, provides a look at the entertainer’s successful return to the live stage while featuring a 20-minute documentary, exclusive candid moments, outtakes from the crew and a short technical documentary. Despite her initial refusal stemming from thoughts of not doing the outing justice, the singer soon changed her tune once she saw how much her trek resonated with fans.

“We felt the show far excelled anything we had ever done before. So initially I was against the idea of filming it, I thought we couldn’t do it justice,” Adu stated. “But because of the positive response Sophie persuaded me to make the film. She said it would be crazy not to document our best work. So for all the people who didn’t make it to the show, and for those who went and wanted to relive it, the film is like a teleport device.”

Sade’s Bring Me Home Live 2011 DVD is in stores now.

Read/learn more at Soul Bounce.

Sade Opens Up About ‘Bring Me Home Live’ DVD

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Woman threatens to sue Chris Brown and Drake after being injured in brawl

Lucy Pavlovsky is currently seeking legal advice about a potential lawsuit

Woman threatens to sue Chris Brown and Drake after being injured in brawl

A woman has threatened to sue Chris Brown and Drake after she was injured during the pair’s fight at a New York club, according to reports.

Lucy Pavlovsky was sitting beside Brown in the VIP section of the W.I.P nightclub when the incident took place. She suffered a gash to her arm and required 12 stitches.

Javier Solano, a lawyer speaking on behalf of the victim, told gossip website TMZ that his client had been hit by a bottle and was later taken to hospital to receive a tetanus shot and stiches.

He added that his client had been interviewed by NYPD officers and planned to bring a lawsuit to the club but did not rule out that Brown or Drake could be included, saying: “At this moment we are exploring all options on who will become a defendant. I can assure you that regardless of fame, money or stature, the people responsible will be held accountable.”

It has previously been claimed that the fight began after Brown sent a bottle over to Drake’s table. The Toronto rapper then approached Brown and started arguing over Rihanna, Brown’s ex-girlfriend who Drake also had a short relationship with.

Mark Geragos, Chris Brown’s attorney, has claimed that he has evidence that Drake threw a bottle during the incident, while Brown posted a picture of his gashed chin on Twitter after the fracas along with a tirade of messages directed at Drake’s crew – although they have since been removed.

Drake, however, has denied his involvement in the fight, and said he was heading for the exits when the brawl broke out. A spokesman for the rapper said: “Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.I.P. He was on his way out when the altercation began.”

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Sheen: ‘Anger Management’ my ‘swan song’

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Charlie Sheen is planning to retire from Hollywood and turn his upcoming TV sitcom Anger Management into his “swan song”.

The star signed up for the new comedy, based on Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson’s 2003 movie of the same name, after he was fired from his last TV job, Two and a Half Men, following a public bust-up with producers.

The program is due to premiere later this month, but Sheen admits he is already looking to the future and is eager to quit show business once Anger Management runs its course.

The 46-year-old tells the New York Times, “I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space.

“When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks. And when this ends, I’m done. This is my swan song… There’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know?”

Sheen: ‘Anger Management’ my ‘swan song’

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