Will Oprah Guest Star on Empire? Co-Creator Responds

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels has been angling for the most exciting possible guest star ever: Oprah Winfrey.

Forest Whitaker Uses His Star Power to Fight for Civil Rights in Uganda

He’s a world-class actor and film star. But Forest Whitaker says he finds great inspiration in giving back, leading his own foundation as he works to empower youth around the world.

“We’re just working on creating peace-builders who turn into community-builders,” Whittaker, 52, told PEOPLE of his foundation’s message as he was honored Tuesday at the Icon Mann 2nd Annual Power 50 Pre-Oscar Dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Oprah Winfrey Gets Stitched Into Her Dress for the BAFTAs

Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to tell it like it is.

The talk show legend and actress, who just turned 60, Instagrammed a video of herself being sewn into a crimson gown before heading to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in London on Sunday, where she was nominated for her supporting actress role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

The Biggest Name Missing from Oscar Nomination Morning: Oprah!

For the entire run-up to this year’s Oscar nominations, Oprah Winfrey seemed a lock for a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Golden Globes Nominations 2014 Revealed

Oprah Winfrey: Why I Never Wanted to Raise Children

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations 2014 Revealed

Nominations for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday morning, in anticipation of the ceremony to air Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 (at 8 p.m. ET) on TNT and TBS.

With four nominations, director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave topped the roster, followed by three nominations each for August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Breaking Bad was the most-nominated TV series, also with four.

Among the major nominees in the movie categories are:

James Marsden Knows He's Hot – and Nerdy

Sure, James Mardsen has marquee good looks and a big-budget acting resumé, but don’t let that fool you.

Deep down, the Oklahoma native says he’s simply “a goofy drama nerd.”

“I m actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy,” Marsden tells Out magazine (only semi-convincingly) for its September cover story.

“I know I have a face like a model, but I’m actually just a goofy drama nerd underneath,” he insists.

See This, Skip That: From Lee Daniels' The Butler to Paranoia

Lee Daniels’ The Butler enters the Oscar conversation early, but PEOPLE’s critics say the tech-heavy JOBS and Paranoia feel like outdated programs.

Here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend:

See This

Lee Daniels’ The Butler
It’s a fascinating juxtaposition: While Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) thrives as a White House butler thanks to his discretion and subtlety, this film doesn’t bother with such quiet niceties.

Minka Kelly and Oprah Winfrey Become Retro '60s Housewives (Well, Sorta) With the Help of One Woman

The costume designer for The Butler talks about how she transformed the leading ladies into ’60s screen queens

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