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Oprah Now 7 Percent Less Omnipotent

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Oprah: Ratings for The Oprah Winfrey Show have fallen 7 percent this season. The New York Times says her support of Barack Obama likely alienated her middle-aged, white female viewers, most of whom are now playing Grand Theft Auto instead of tuning in. [NYT]

No Palme for Che: French high-school drama Entre les murs took the Palme d’Or at Cannes on Sunday, defeating Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and countless five-hour dramas about Cuban dictatorships. [Reuters]

Tarantino’s Next Movie to Be Total Rush Job: In an interview at Cannes over the weekend, Quentin Tarantino announced that his next film will be his long-anticipated WWII movie Inglorious Bastards. Even though he’s still writing the screenplay, he says he thinks he’ll have the whole thing done in time for Cannes 2009, which should give him about a month to cast, shoot, and edit it. [/Film]

Rooster Gets His: At last, someone has mustered the good sense to give Matthew McConaughey’s brother Rooster (who has a son named Miller Lyte) his own television show. Rooster is a pipe supplier from Texas and lives pretty much exactly the way one would expect of Matthew McConaughey’s brother. [People]

Adventure Film Tops Box Office: Over the five-day weekend, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull extracted an impressive $311 million from worldwide moviegoers despite the fact that it features that totally inane sequence in which Shia LaBeouf swings through the jungle with CGI monkeys. [Variety]

Oprah Now 7 Percent Less Omnipotent