Barack and Michelle Obama teaming with Russo brothers on new movie – report

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S Pre…

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.

Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S President included the fantasy drama on his list of best books.

The fourth novel from Pakistani writer Hamid tackles the global refugee crisis as it follows a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who are forced to flee an unidentified war-torn city in the Middle East following violent clashes between guerrillas and the government.

The duo then joins a group of migrants and travel to safe havens around the world, including Greece and California, using a system of guarded magical doors.

According to editors at Collider, the Obamas’ company Higher Ground Productions is teaming up with the Avengers: Endgame directors’ AGBO banner to produce the feature adaption for the streaming giant.

Riz Ahmed is reportedly attached to star, with Yann Demange helming the project.

A rep for the Russo Brothers has yet to comment on the report.

The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was originally tapped to direct in a first-look deal, but duties have since been passed to White Boy Rick filmmaker Demange.

Mike Larocca will produce alongside Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, while a new writer is expected to be hired to work on the adaptation in the near future.

The Russo brothers recently wrapped production on crime-drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland, while the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions was behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory.

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Little Women, Marriage Story and The Irishman among Barack Obama’s best films of 2019

Barack Obama has named Little Women, Marriage Story, The Irishman and Booksmart among his favourite films of the year.The former U.S. President took to social media on Sunday, a day after he released the list of his favorite books of the year, to share…

Barack Obama has named Little Women, Marriage Story, The Irishman and Booksmart among his favourite films of the year.

The former U.S. President took to social media on Sunday, a day after he released the list of his favorite books of the year, to share which on-screen ventures and TV shows he’s enjoyed the most throughout 2019.

In addition to Greta Gerwig’s latest retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama, Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic and Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age comedy, Obama also selected Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller Parasite, the criminal justice drama Just Mercy as well as The Farewell, Ford v Ferrari, Atlantics, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and The Souvenir.

“Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019,” Obama wrote on Twitter, taking time to mention the documentary American Factory, which he and his wife Michelle Obama helped produce. “Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar.”

Booksmart director Olivia Wilde was quick to share her excitement over Obama’s tweet, reposting the list and adding “OH MY GOD” alongside a GIF from her directorial debut which showed Beanie Feldstein expressing her shock.

When it came to TV shows, Obama included season 2 of Fleabag, Netflix’s Unbelievable, and HBO’s Watchmen on his list.

Obama’s praise of Little Women comes days after the film made its debut in theatres, coming in third with $16.5 million (£12.6 million) at the U.S. box office. Gerwig’s adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, and Florence Pugh.

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Lady Gaga wore infamous meat dress to protest controversial U.S. military policy

Lady Gaga wore her infamous meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in protest of a discriminatory U.S. military policy.The controversial act, dubbed Don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT), was introduced by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1994 and p…

Lady Gaga wore her infamous meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in protest of a discriminatory U.S. military policy.

The controversial act, dubbed Don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT), was introduced by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1994 and prohibited any homosexual or bisexual member of the armed forces from disclosing their sexual orientation.

However, in a new interview with Allure magazine, Gaga revealed that she wore her raw meat dress, created by Franc Fernandez, to the awards ceremony alongside members of the military who had come out.

“I went to that awards show with service people who were discharged from the military because they were coming out or were found out,” she explained. “I wore meat as a representation of the fact that we’re all the same.”

The act was finally repealed by former U.S. President Barack Obama a short time after Gaga’s red carpet protest.

The Born This Way hitmaker recently launched her own make-up line, Haus Laboratories, and wants her brand to be an inclusive champion for the LGBTQ+ community.

“I would like all gender identities to know very clearly that they are included, and never exploited, ever,” the 33-year-old stated. “I want that little boy at home that might like to be called a girl to say, ‘Mommy, I want to wear Dynasty. It’s a Glam Attack.’ And then Mommy goes, ‘Oh, my son wants to be called a girl, and he wants the Glam Attack.’ And then she goes and she gets it for him. And he uses it. And then there’s a bond.

“If I’m not changing people’s lives, what are we doing here?”

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Anna Wintour shades Melania Trump by dodging question about her style

Anna Wintour has thrown shade at Melania Trump by sidestepping a question about the First Lady’s fashion choices.During an interview on The Economist Asks podcast with Anne McElvoy, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked what she thought about the 49-year…

Anna Wintour has thrown shade at Melania Trump by sidestepping a question about the First Lady’s fashion choices.

During an interview on The Economist Asks podcast with Anne McElvoy, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked what she thought about the 49-year-old’s outfits during her recent state visit to the U.K with her husband, U.S President Donald Trump.

However, Wintour avoided the question and instead began talking about former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

“Well, I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion,” she shared. “She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have – in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion… To me, (Obama) is the example I admire.”

The 69-year-old Brit was also asked by host McElvoy if it was a “conscious decision” that Melania has not appeared in the fashion bible again since landing the cover of U.S. Vogue in February 2005, where she debuted her custom Christian Dior wedding dress.

“There are so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it’s Kirsten (Gillibrand) or Senator (Kamala) Harris or Senator (Elizabeth) Warren,” Wintour replied. “We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue.”

Her refusal to address Melania’s style is not surprising, as the fashion editor is a major financial donor to the Democratic Party in the U.S., and also organised fundraisers for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Michelle graced the cover of Vogue three times while her husband was in the White House – appearing in the March 2009, April 2013, and December 2016 issues.

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Michelle Obama neglected wellness routine after becoming a mother

Michelle Obama has had to learn to put her health first after neglecting herself when she became a mother. The former U.S. First Lady and bestselling author of Becoming is now helping to inspire other women to do the same. “We (as women) have to ow…

Michelle Obama has had to learn to put her health first after neglecting herself when she became a mother.

The former U.S. First Lady and bestselling author of Becoming is now helping to inspire other women to do the same.

“We (as women) have to own our health. It’s one of these things that no one can take from you,” she said during the Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend.

Michelle, who led a major child health and fitness campaign during her husband Barack Obama’s presidency, believes women need to “un-train” each other when it comes to prioritising wellness.

“When it comes to our health as women, we are so busy giving and doing for others that we almost feel guilty to take that time out for ourselves,” the 55-year-old added.

The former lawyer also noted how eye-opening it was when the former U.S. leader managed to keep up with his fitness routine after they welcomed daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.

“A lot of mothers will understand this, because I found myself looking around after I had my kids, and I didn’t have time for me, but my husband was at the gym every day. And I was like, ‘Well, how are you going to the gym?’ He was like, ‘I make time for the gym.’ I was like, ‘What?'”

These days, Michelle makes time for weights and heavy cardio to “things like yoga that will keep me flexible.”

She added, “I want to feel good, and I want to be as healthy as I can be because I want to be able to enjoy my seventies and eighties.”

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Miguel makes political statement with controversial Nipsey Hussle T-shirt

Miguel has sparked controversy after the star wore a T-shirt suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump should have been killed instead of Nipsey Hussle.The Adorn hitmaker debuted the statement shirt in a clip posted to his Instagram page, which showe…

Miguel has sparked controversy after the star wore a T-shirt suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump should have been killed instead of Nipsey Hussle.

The Adorn hitmaker debuted the statement shirt in a clip posted to his Instagram page, which showed him wearing the plain white T-shirt which bore the words “How Nipsey before Trump?”.

He teamed the top with black pants and accessorised the look with a pair of white-framed sunglasses and a simple gold chain around his neck.

The R&B star since removed the post, but The Blast reported that Miguel, full name Miguel Pimentel, was also seen wearing the outfit at Coachella over the weekend (13-14Apr19)

Miguel has spoken candidly in the past about his distaste for President Trump, and has slammed his treatment of Mexico and his decision to build a border wall to keep immigrants away from the United States.

Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot and killed on 31 March near his clothing store Marathon Clothing Company in Los Angeles, California.

The star was later memorialised at a service at The Staples Center last week with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama and Kendrick Lamar all paying tribute.

Following news of the rapper’s passing, Miguel took to Instagram to share his sadness and send his love to the star’s family and friends.

“Heavy. Sending nothing but love and condolences to Nipsey’s family, friends, Lauren, loved ones,” he posted. “Man had a lot of positive things he was working on for his community and overall consciousness not to mention always solid energy when we crossed paths. S**t is wild we’re the same age. Heart breaking.”

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Alicia Keys to produce Alvin Ailey biopic

Alicia Keys is to produce a biopic about the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.The singer-songwriter is partnering with executives at Fox Searchlight on the upcoming project, which will be based on Jennifer Dunning’s 1996 book, Alvin Ailey: A Life in D…

Alicia Keys is to produce a biopic about the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.

The singer-songwriter is partnering with executives at Fox Searchlight on the upcoming project, which will be based on Jennifer Dunning’s 1996 book, Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance.

Ailey was an African-American dance choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City and is often credited with popularising modern dance. His signature work, titled Revelations, drew upon his upbringing in Texas, as well as blues, spiritual and gospel music.

Keys will produce the film with Susan Lewis under their AK Worldwide production banner, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners. The producers will team with Robert Battle and Emerita Judith Jamison, artistic directors at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with the biopic receiving approval from officials at The Ailey Organization.

“We are thrilled to be working with these incredible partners to bring to the screen the amazing journey and revolutionary choreography of Alvin Ailey, whose life and legacy profoundly impacted people of all backgrounds around the world,” said Battle in a statement, according to Deadline.

Ailey joined The Horton Dance Company in 1953 at the age of 22 and made his debut in Revue Le Bal Caribe before going on to perform in several Hollywood films.

He formed his own group, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, with his dance style influenced by ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance techniques. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. He died at the age of 58 in 1989, from HIV/AIDS, and in 2014, was selected by U.S. President Barack Obama as a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A title or release date for the film has yet to be announced.

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Toni Braxton piled on the pounds for Faith Under Fire role

Singer-turned-actress Toni Braxton packed on 17 pounds (7.7 kilograms) to accurately portray the unlikely hero who managed to persuade a Georgia school gunman to surrender back in 2013. The star portrays school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff in Faith Unde…

Singer-turned-actress Toni Braxton packed on 17 pounds (7.7 kilograms) to accurately portray the unlikely hero who managed to persuade a Georgia school gunman to surrender back in 2013.

The star portrays school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff in Faith Under Fire, a new TV movie which chronicles her actions as she managed to talk down 20-year-old Alex Tresniowski, who had stormed into her suburban Atlanta elementary school with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition, ready for a massacre.

More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day, but no one was injured, and Tuff was later praised for her bravery by then-U.S. President Barack Obama.

Toni jumped at the opportunity to bring the story to the small screen, because she clearly recalled being glued to the news during the siege.

“I was actually watching it (on the news) as it was unfolding,” she remembered on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “I was in Canada and I’m on the treadmill and was like, ‘What’s going on in Atlanta?’ So when I got the script I was like, ‘I remember this story…’ It’s just great to have someone give their lives for someone else, because I’m a mother, and you think when you send your kids off to school, they’re safe, and you think you’ll see them when you pick them up at three o’clock… But this woman was fantastic.”

Toni threw herself into research mode as she prepared for the project, and made significant changes to her image to play the role of Tuff.

“It was a heavy role. I gained 17 pounds for it…,” she shared. “I spray-tanned to make my skin a little darker, the aesthetics I did to prepare for the role. I watched everything Antoinette. I watched her imaging, I watched her interviews…, her 911 call. Everything was completely calm… She was like a (hostage) negotiator.”

The transformation was so drastic her family members were “shocked” by the finished product, and Toni is proud her hard work and dedication to the part paid off.

“Acting is not organic for me, like singing is, so I had to study hard for that role,” she said.

In addition to leading the cast, Toni also served as executive producer on Faith Under Fire, which premieres on America’s Lifetime network on Saturday (27Jan18).

The film is based on Tuff’s own 2014 book, Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege.

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