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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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91.

K.B. McDaniel    

Steve Erwin will always be remembered with great respect and love of life. He taught so many to love nature for what it was. I admired him very much and my heart breaks for his family. He children will miss knowing a wonderful father, friend and kind human being. Those who choose to say negative things about him show a lack of concern for nature and those who loved him.

2851 days ago
92.

Gee    

Just a whole bunch or more media hype. Oprah does a lot of good for people but those others just want their names in the paper. Give it up and read a book for more excitement.

2851 days ago
93.

Nancy    

The world are crazy gossip and all they care is about $$$$$$$$$ .... Look at the poor USA, gas went up, tax went up, house went up, too many credit cards fool you with percent, and alot more!!! THIS IS GOING CRAZY RIGHT NOW AND EVERYTHING HAS A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH $$$$$$$. I felt bad for average and poor people but not the RICH people who has no consideration!

2851 days ago
94.

Rachelwithsense    

so, Angelina is not allowed to spend money for art? Just because you think art is frivolous does not mean that it is. what do you spend your money on? The woman donates more than enough of her money, she can spend the rest as she wishes. Unless you have actually seen the art pieces she purchased, don't be so quick to judge the artists meaning.

2851 days ago
95.

Kelly    

Fact is, when you have the money that Angelina, Brad, Courtney or Whitney have,it a completly different lifestyle. Many of us will NEVER touch or understand the world they live in. Everyday life is so far from every responsibility, reality that most of us live on a daily basis. These people have honestly lost touch with the real world common folk life, but there actions are common to them. It is easy to be a critic of something you do not know.

2851 days ago
96.

Ddusti    

Angelina Jolie, you are a hypocrite. Considering the exchange rate with any developing country, $40,000.00 would feed millions. Rice and lentils are cheap, so is flour. Countless millions are literally dying because they don't have anything as luxurious as rice, lentils and flour to eat. Jolie, $40,000.00 is obviously nothing to you...and for mere materialistic garbage that will do little more than collect dust. You'll find the price much higher than you can handle when Karma dishes out her balance. Amusing publicity stunts to gain a better image..but you've made it obvious that you don't have any intention of putting your pocket change where your publicity stunts say your heart is.

2851 days ago
97.

Joesph    

I agree with number (89) Nancy .... What a hyporcite RICH USA People!!! They judge too much as much I do agree with her all they care is about money! They cannot mind their own business! LOL .... RICH people should help out or listen to the people how they feel about the money going UP! All the USA should have equal money amount, and think about the poor or average people who cannot afford life, too many things has happen around the world lately Pray for USA! one day we all will have a good news, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

2851 days ago
98.

Ally    

Unbelievable. Brad & Angelina are so far removed from reality that whatever they think, say & do cannot be taken seriously. If they want to be taken seriously, then they need to take a look at the choices & decisions they make and come down to earth.

2851 days ago
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Gazmend Skenderi    

Angelina Jolie has spent on those paintings, especially or including a $226,000 painting that shows starving African children looking on as a white family eats a picnic lunch under an umbrella, because she sympathizes deeply with the scene and gets strenght when she sees them.

2851 days ago
100.

Diane    

Ok.. here's what I think over the hype about Steve Irwin.. LEAVE HIM ALONE! gosh, the mate was just doing what he loved doing best.. showing us wildlife! hats off to his lovely little daughter Bindy who gave the most heartwarming speach in memorial to her daddy! May God bless and comforth his wife Teri, his daughter Bindy and their son Bob. I think little Bindy will indeed follow in the footsteps of her beloved daddy, Steve Irwin!

2851 days ago
101.

AnthonyL    

Hey SteveP. Why don't you let Angelina Jolie do what she wants with her money? It is hers after all and last I checked this wasn't a communist country. Maybe she and Brad Pitt should just hand their paychecks over to the needy. Because all that they do isn't enough to earn themselves a little self indulgence. Get a life, and maybe a better job to pay for your kids education?

2851 days ago
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Sara    

#1 if you knew anything you would KNOW Angelina Jolie Donates 1/2 of her paycheck to fight famine and AIDS in Africa as well as here in the states. Apparently, you expect her to donate all of her earned money on everybody. Would you do the same? I personally like her and believe the media is too busy looking in on the dramatic things that they do not emphasize the good some of these hollywood stars do. I highly respect the woman for donating that much of her hard earned money to people and families she doesn't even know.

FYI- Just in case your not a math whiz:
Say she makes 10 million for the year (after taxes)--- That means 5 million dollars of her money goes to people who go without food or water and healthcare. 5 MILLION DOLLARS IS A LOT OF FREAKIN MONEY. SO WHAT IF SHE SPENT 400 GRAND ON PICTURES...THE WOMAN DESERVES TO SELF INDULGE I AM SURE YOU DO TOO.

2851 days ago
103.

christina    

Steve Irwin was a great man..my daughter is soo into animals and it broke my heart to tell her that her hero was gone. Gone but never forgotten. I can say the name Cousteau and it doesnt mean a thing to her other than some funny word mom just said. Putting down a man that died doing the one thing in the world he loved.. and doing it for the daughter that he had on a pedistal. Cousteau your name is now tainted and i hope a shark bites your head off.

2851 days ago
104.

joyce    

Jean-Michel Cousteau is barely heard of... if it weren't for his father... no one would know him. Steve Irwin MADE a name for HIMSELF... didn't have to rely on anyone but himself and he did more for kids, adults and his country than Jean-Michel could ever do for France. France needs a lot more help than any Cousteau could do! Bless you Steve... we'll miss you!!!

2851 days ago
105.

Susan    

Dear Oprah:

Could you buy me a reliable used car? Or hire me for a wage that would keep up with cost of living? Sinking fast....but still smiling.

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