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Oprah Winfrey's grand TV exit plan

Last updated on: August 30, 2010 17:13 IST

Oprah Winfrey's grand TV exit plan



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Oprah Winfrey has expressed her desire to host the final episode of her TV show in a huge open-air football stadium in Chicago.

The mogul is planning a star-studded finale in September 2011, when the Oprah Winfrey Show will end its 25-year run on U S TV.

And the talk show queen has hinted she wants to move the production from her Chicago, Illinois studio to the city's 61,500 capacity Solder Field -- the home of the Chicago Bears football team -- in a bid to pack in a bigger audience.

But Winfrey has admitted the notoriously unpredictable climate in Chicago could scupper plans for an open-air finale.

'I don't know if that's going to happen. You can never count on Chicago weather,' the Daily Express quoted her as telling TV Guide.

The star is stepping down from her syndicated talk show to run the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Image: Oprah Winfrey
Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/ Reuters

Julianne Moore's too hot for Venice!

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A giant billboard featuring actress Julianne Moore posing naked with a Bulgari handbag and a pair of lion cubs has been deemed as "inappropriate" for Venice.

Moore, 49, is seen reclining on a divan with her modesty preserved by a black and gold handbag and two lion cubs.

The ad had been expected to adorn the Doge's Palace, which overlooks St Mark's Square and Venice's lagoon, but it was deemed too risque by the city's recently elected mayor, Giorgio Orsoni.

It will now be replaced by less racy images of Moore fully dressed and modelling Bulgari jewellery.

'An advertisement showing a nude woman on a divan is not appropriate for St Mark's Square,' the Telegraph quoted Orsoni as saying.

Image: Julianne Moore
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters
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Sherlock's second run to begin on BBC

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Crime drama Sherlock will soon begin its second series on BBC One, the channel confirmed as part of a raft of new commissions.

Its three-part first series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in a contemporary take on the classic detective, attracted around nine million viewers.

Creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have promised "baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies" in three new episodes due in autumn 2011.

"Sherlock was the hit of the summer, Luther the most memorable new detective on the block," the BBC quoted BBC One controller Jay Hunt as saying.

"I am delighted they will both be returning to BBC One," he added.

A two-part adaptation of Sebastian Faulks''s acclaimed novel 'Birdsong', set during World War I, will be brought to the screen by award-winning writer Abi Morgan, while Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is to present his own comedy panel show.

Image: A scene from Sherlock Holmes

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MJ's body may be exhumed to clear his doc

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King of Pop Michael Jackson's body may have to be exhumed in a bid to prove that his doc is innocent.

Lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray plan to challenge the singer's autopsy, which found he killed him with an overdose of sedative Propofol.

They want to show that the singer could have died from other drug use.

However, they may demand his body be dug up for new tests ahead of Murray''s trial next year to prove their theory.

A key find could be needle marks not made by the doctor.

'This is a horrifying situation the family have been dreading. They laid Michael to rest and for him to return is just sick,' News of the World quoted a Jackson family friend as saying.

Murray's legal team hopes to get the cardiologist's involuntary manslaughter charges thrown out by trying to convince a judge to have the singer's body unearthed.

Lead attorney Ed Chernoff has already got the green light to re-test tissue samples removed and frozen after Jacko, 50, died last June.

'If the tests don't concur with the coroner's findings, they have the start of a strong defence. The logical next step would be to exhume the body to make new tests,' the family friend said.

Jackson is buried at a mausoleum in Los Angeles.

Image: Micheal Jackson
Photographs: Megan Lewis/ Reuters
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Source: ANI