News Nuggets: Will Oprah Winfrey be the next owner of the L.A. Clippers basketball team?

Will billionaire Oprah Winfrey be the next owner of the Los Angeles Clippers? The mogul and TV personality is considering the purchase of the NBA team along with businessmen David Geffen and Larry Ellison. The basketball franchise is expected to go up for sale after the banning of current owner Donald Sterling earlier this week for racial slurs. Speaking to ESPN, Geffen said, “Oprah is not interested in running the team. She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own (another) franchise.” Winfrey is a much-honored host and actress with many Daytime Emmys, Kennedy Center Honors, honorary Academy Award, and a membership in the TV Hall of Fame. TV Guide.

How big will “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” be at the box office this weekend? Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, the film has already taken in over $155 million overseas. Projections now say it could debut in the $100 million range domestically, which would put it on par with the recent “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Entertainment Weekly.

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Which Hollywood celebrities are attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this Saturday? D.C.-based shows are hot, so “House of Cards” will have Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, and Molly Parker while “Scandal” has Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, and Jeff Perry. Also at the dinner hosted by Joel McHale will be “Modern Family” stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Sofia Vergara, Kevin Hart, Diane Lane, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Munn, and Lupita Nyong’o. Deadline.

Jennifer Lawrence is named the sexiest woman in the world by FHM Magazine. She replaces last year’s top pick Mila Kunis, who falls to six place. Others in the top 10 are British actress Michele Keegan, Rihanna, Emily Ratajkowski, Kaley Cuoco, Beyonce, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Nicole Scherzinger, and Scarlett Johansson. The Wrap.

A new poll asks who will replace Craig Ferguson as host of the “Late, Late Show” on CBS? He announced his departure this week effective in December. The choices in the photo gallery include Samantha Bee, Arsenio Hall, Neil Patrick Harris, Joel McHale, John Oliver, Amy Poehler, Wanda Sykes, and Aisha Tyler. Variety.

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The votes are in for the annual “Save Our Shows” poll with more than 144,000 people asking for their favorite bubble shows to return. The two with the most votes are “Law and Order: SVU” and “Parenthood.” Next in line are “Nashville,” “Almost Human,” “Revenge,” and “Last Man Standing.” Not garnering much support are “Two and a Half Men,” “The Mentalist,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” USA Today.

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After missing out on a Tony Awards nomination for Best Musical, “The Bridges of Madison County” is closing on May 18. The only acting nod for the adaptation was for leading actress Kelli O’Hara. This comes on the heel of “The Velocity of Autumn” also shuttering after its lack of Tony bids except for Estelle Parsons. Playbill.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney will be honored this year by AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s documentary festival. The 12th annual event will be held in Washington, D.C. June 18-22. Previous honorees have included Jonathan Demme, Charles Guggenheim, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, and Martin Scorsese. Thompson on Hollywood.

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