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Oprah Gets Lucky

9/20/2006 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey believes the world revolves around Oprah, but not in Montecito, Calif., where 12 -- count 'em -- 12 billionaires reside. As one plugged-in resident tells TMZ, "Oprah's nobody special: There are lots of insanely rich and famous people here." But then again, maybe not: At least one swanky steak house -- Lucky's in Montecito -- thinks Oprah is a big, big deal. When Oprah gets a hankering for a little sumthin'-sumthin' after hours, the steak house staff jumps into action.

Recently, sometime after the kitchen closed officially at 10:30PM, Ms. Winfrey paid a surprise visit to the steakhouse and the normally eager-to-leave kitchen crew was more than willing to fire up the grill just for the Queen of Talk. Who knew that "O" stood for "Open any time"? Perhaps Lucky's learned a lesson from the Hermés playbook -- never tell Oprah you're closed.

Angelina JolieAngelina Buys $400,000 Worth of Bizarre Art – With a Bullet

This ought to brighten up the view in Shiloh's nursery: Angelina Jolie bought hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of art at a recent LA show by British artist-provocateur Banksy at a downtown LA warehouse, including a $226,000 painting that shows starving African children looking on as a white family eats a picnic lunch under an umbrella.

According to Star magazine, Angie especially liked a white bust with a bleeding bullet hole in the forehead which went for, oh, $75,000. And then there was the portrait of a man hit in the head with a custard pie – that one went for another $75,000. Angelina restrained herself however, from buying the show's centerpiece, a life-sized red and gold elephant.

Whitney HoustonDippy Divas Unite: Whitney Mentored By Courtney

If there's one songstress out there who might be an even bigger train wreck than Whitney Houston has been in recent years, it's Courtney Love. And yet, according to reports, legendary music producer Clive Davis enlisted the famously unstable Love's services to help Houston, who is on her way to divorcing pop star hubby Bobby Brown, kick her drug problems.

After getting the call from Davis, Love jumped at the chance to be a steadying influence on Whitney, according to Us Weekly (via IMDb), and now the two are getting along famously. Love has introduced Whitney to her own addiction counselor Warren Boyd, and Davis is paying for the expensive sessions.

Davis, meanwhile, is getting the newly-healthy Whitney back onto the singing treadmill, and would love if she made her big comeback by the Grammys early next year. If all goes as planned, says Page Six, Whitney could have a new album out by 2007: "We are going to make a great album. She is talking enthusiastically and is articulate. In opinion, the best singers in the world are Aretha [Franklin] and Whitney."

Jean-Michel CousteauCousteau Blasts Irwin -- "Don't Mess With Nature"

Jean-Michel Cousteau wagged a big Gallic finger at the late Steve Irwin Tuesday, saying that if the beloved Crocodile Hunter hadn't interfered with nature by jumping on and grabbing animals, he'd still be alive.

Promoting his own two-part TV special, Cousteau said that while he mourns the death of Irwin, whose funeral was held in Queensland yesterday, and called it "very, very unfortunate," it was Irwin's gonzo approach to nature television that cost him his life. "It sells, it appeals to a lot of people, but I think it's very misleading. You don't touch nature, you just look at it. And that's why I'm still alive. I've been diving over 61 years – a lot many more years than he's been alive – and I don't mess with nature."

Tori Spelling

Party Favors: Tori To Play Gossip Reporter, Jack Gets Strapped Into Scorsese Flick, HBO Gets Gym Teacher Show From Ferrell

After being hounded by them for years, Tori Spelling will get to play a gossip columnist in a guest role in the CW's "Smallville" this season, says TV Guide ... Jack Nicholson tells Rolling Stone magazine that he convinced director Martin Scorsese to let him improvise a sex scene in their new film "The Departed," bringing a certain strapped-on sex implement into a threesome with two women ... HBO has snapped up the rights to "P.E.," a hotly sought-after new comedy series from Will Ferrell's production company Gary Sanchez Productions. The series is about a former major leaguer who has to go back to his hometown to teach gym.

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Steve Irwin is a hero? How do we define heros today. I'll admit he was an entertainer and even a bit educational - but a hero? Please - fireman are heros, policemen are heros, our soldiers (who conduct themselves honorably) are heros. Steve Irwin? If your kid looks to Steve Irwin as a hero before he looks to you - his parents - there's a problem.

And there's nothing wrong with pointing out to people that man has always been the worst enemy to nature and our wildlife. While Steve's death was tragic it was nevertheless irresponsible. He wasn't trained for marine life - he wasn't an oceanographer and he shouldn't have been less than a tale lengths away from a poisonous stingray.

How many stingrays have died since his death? How many other animals have attacked "wildlife" experts who got too close only to be put to sleep? Animals were not put on earth for us. We are not free to do with animals as we choose simply because we are supposedly smarter. How many times has man come across a species long thought to have been extinct - only for our "intervention" cause their actual extinction.

One of the greatest tragedies is that Mr. Irwin perpetuated the myth that it is ok to handle wildlife. That it's ok to enter an animals natural environment and get them to do our bidding.

Leave wildlife alone - you want to help wildlife - protect their environment, clean up pollution and LEAVE THEM ALONE!!! Haven't we done enough already?

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Steve died doing something he loved and beleived strongly many people can really say that? To understand nature you need to be close to it and sometimes even touch it. Steve wasn't just some ameture nature guy..he knew what he was doing. He knew facts and wasn't careless. It was just his time, and he happened to be near a sting ray when God called his number.

2933 days ago


I am so sick of hearing everyone complain about what Brad and Angelina should do with their money. I am sure a lot of you folks that earn average salarys like myself spend on things we don't need from time to time and are we not giving every bit left over to help starving kids or help people build homes etc. (we give what we can) They give a HUGE chunk of every bit of earnings they make to help others. People are so judgemental over what they think others SHOULD do with money, unreal. Also I can't believe the posts about the type of art they are purchasing. Angelina is perfectly able to concieve her own children but instead adopted children less fortunate and gave them good homes before having her first natural child. How about you go and do that before you start judging someone else for the art they purchase. Perhaps the purchasing of this art was going to charity of some sort but people don't think of that. I just Thank the good LORD everyday that I am not rich and famous so I don't have to have everyone around the world like people posting on this board giving an opinion of what I should or shouldn't do with the money I make.

2933 days ago


I find it very wishy washy to be so mouthy after someone has passed away, would Cousteau have said that sort of thing to Steve Irwin's face if he were alive today? I believe that Cousteau, unlike his father; is very spineless and probably hasn't touched nature because he's afraid to, not because he doesn't believe he shouldn't. I think the difference is that Steve Irwin was a true conservationist and Cousteau is just an observer, like he said, "He doesn't touch nature, he looks at it."

2933 days ago


I love reading comments on Angelina's purchases....ridiculous as they are....She worked, made her money and its up to her how to spend it. If you made millions, I'm sure you'd give some to charities as she does but wouldn't you buy something you'd never normally buy only because you could? Of course! If you don't like the way she spends her money, don't go to her movies.

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I think Oprah is not just another billionaire - nothing special in Montecito, Calif - she is a different kind of billionaire, money does not define her. Her heart is big and i think she is a blessing. Her money means nothing but she means everything that is good though imperfect - who is perfect anyway. I love her money or no money - she must be special most anywhere she goes and i would love to jump around for her at odd hours!!!!!

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The Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt related stories about humanitarianism are getting a bit much to read when in fact they spend so much money in a frivolous
manner. The truly caring would realize this and put more money toward the cause of helping, especially the feeding and medical help for the people in their own country as well as abroad. Mother Teresa as an example was a great humanitarian.

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Get this.........If half of the movie stars gave half of their earnings for one film they make there would be no more starvation!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whos at fault?????? We the public for spending our money and making them "stars" in the first place.

2933 days ago


Reply to "To all stupid people like QYCYLE",

It's my opinion - which I'm entitled to - as you are - how about you don't show your IGNORANCE by calling names - GROW UP. I NEVER mentioned Jennifer Aniston - she has NOTHING to do with what I wrote.

How about you use a real name......

2933 days ago


Jean U just made me throw away the special features in Nemo U stupid Fuck. How dare you say things like that. Just because everyone knew who Steve and Your dad were and have no clue who you are does not call for slamming a world hero. I hope everybody forgets who you are. You are a disgrace to Your father.

2933 days ago


Steve did get a little too close to dangerous animals. And it is obvious that he probably had a few screws loose. But he was beloved by people everywhere and if my memory serves me correctly, he never brought harm to those animals. But just because you are a hero to so many people, it doesn't mean you are right to intrude on nature nor does it make you exempt from criticism. However, Steve died doing something he loved passionately. How many of us wish we could live our life working at what we have a passion for? May his memories go on forever. Thank you Steve for every hair raising nail biting moment.

2933 days ago

Sheryl Hendricks    

Steve Irwin was the most passionate man I have evern seen. His ethics never waivered. Cousteaus' comments where suprising to me and I'm sure his father would not have done the same. Yes, Steve was crazy, crazy in love with wild life. I could only pray to have crazy passion for anything in life. He had a gift, that many of us only wish we had. Let's not take the attention off Steve and his early departure from this world with negative comments towards folks who really didn't appreciate what Steve was all about. Let's keep his memory untainted by such comments for Bindi and Bob's sake. They will continue their fathers work with love and admiration. I love you Steve. Rest in peace.

2933 days ago


Angelina Jolie, you and the rest of the celebrities who exhort us all to aid poor starving people in Africa while you yourself live like Marie Antoinette... You have NO CLUE what it is to be poor. Ordinary people with a grain of sense are sick of your blatant hypocrisy. You are a thoughtless, insensitive, self-absorbed diva who lives in a bubble. If you really were sincere about helping those less fortunate, you would sell all your mansions and jewels, donate the proceeds to the world's poor and roll your sleeves up and do something worthwhile for a change away from the spotlight. Your father was right, you do seem to have serious mental health problems.

Cousteau, your comments re: Steve Irwin are despicable and make you sound like a sour old man.... which you are.

Good luck Whitney. I look forward to hearing that golden voice of yours rise from the ashes. In spite of all the problems you have been plagued with, you are still a superstar. :)

2933 days ago


When God called his number? Please - this nonsense is making me ill - such dribble. If he knew everything he was doing - he'd be alive now wouldn't he? He would have recognized signs that the stingray was feeling trapped or cornered. I am not saying his passing isn't tragic. I am not saying he deserved to die. I am saying he wasn't a hero - he made mistakes - some animals paid the price - and as we can see with the hero worship - up to 85 stingrays at last count have been slaughtered. Lets keep things in perspective folks.

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"I think the difference is that Steve Irwin was a true conservationist and Cousteau is just an observer, like he said, "He doesn't touch nature, he looks at it."

You obviously don't see the difference - the way to conserve nature is to leave it alone. To observe and not touch.

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