Names and Faces: Oprah, Obama, MTV Real World, Polanski, Hillfiger, BJ Armstrong

Friday, November 27, 2009

Look who's talking: Oprah and Obama

It's beginning to look a lot like Oprah-interviewing-President Obama. ABC has announced that the queen of daytime inspirational television will do her first sit-down interview with the president for a program called "Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special."

On the heels of her ratings-boosting Nov. 16 interview with Sarah Palin, Winfrey next month will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour as staffers prepare the White House for the holidays. The special, set to air at 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, will include interviews with the president and first family.

While Winfrey did not attend Obama's first state dinner Tuesday night, her close friend Gayle King did. Oprah recently announced she would end her daytime run on network TV in 2011 to focus on her cable network, OWN. She has rarely ventured into prime time; her most noted prime-time interview was her 1993 interview with Michael Jackson at his estate.

'Real World D.C.': First look

A trailer for "The Real World D.C.," the 23rd installment of the MTV reality series about 20-somethings who stop being polite and start getting real, has debuted on this week -- and it looks pretty much the way you'd expect.

Ty says: "I'm one of those people who wants to put my foot in every door."

Emily says: "It's all about being true to yourself, being true to others and being genuine."

Another one says: "Like, that's why our generation is so important: We're in a position where we can take a stand on things and our voice will be heard."

Andrew, asked what he wants to do about health care, says: "Like, guarantee that everyone will get as many Band-Aids as they want."

And Mike says: "The only benefit to conforming is that everyone likes you but yourself."

Get your Kleenex ready for the series premiere Dec. 30, self-haters. The eight strangers are coming.

Bail expected for Polanski

Roman Polanski's fight against extradition to the United States to face sentencing in a 1977 sexual assault case continues. On Thursday, Polanski needed only to post a $4.5 million bail to be released into house arrest at his Alpine chalet, after the Swiss Justice Ministry declined to appeal a decision by the Swiss Criminal Court to release the 76-year-old, Polish-born film director.

Interpol, meanwhile, issued a statement warning member countries to remain vigilant as Polanski has skipped bail and defied court orders in the past.

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