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Walt Disney World’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Ride Will Be A New Type Of Roller Coaster

Fans of the MCU and fans of Walt Disney World were equally excited when it was announced that Epcot would be receiving a brand new Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. However, this morning, Bob Chapek, The Walt Disney Company’s Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products revealed that the new attraction will be a first of its kind experience, what Disney Parks is calling a “storytelling coaster.” According to Chapek…

On most coasters, the vehicles point straight ahead throughout the ride, but on this attraction, each individual cab will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you. That means instead of whizzing by the action, you’ll be fully immersed in the story from the minute you launch.

Some test footage of the new attraction, which Bob Chopek showed at the IAAPA Attractions Expo (via Attractions Magazine), showed a chain of traditional rollercoaster vehicles, where one was moving left and right as it got pulled forward at high speed. While the test footage didn’t give any indication of what will be surrounding the ride vehicles on the actual Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, one assumes the car will be pointing at screens or animatronics that will tell the story that the ride has created.

Roller coaster cars that move aren’t entirely new, many coasters give riders the ability to spin around in some way independent of the forward motion, but this may be the first coaster that will move you around in a programmed way specifically to show you something.

Storytelling and immersion have always been a major part of what Disney tries to do in order to elevate the attractions beyond simple rides. Many of Disney’s competitors have followed suit over the years. We’re used to getting interesting and involved stories on exciting thrill rides like Star Tours or the Indiana Jones Adventure, but those rides don’t move at the speed of a rollercoaster.

Conversely, many roller coasters do have stories that are part of them, but traditionally all the storytelling is done in pre-show rooms and ride cues and the story part of the ride itself is negligible at best. Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Rock N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith or the newly skinned Incredicoaster would be examples of that. They might have elements of the story or theme around you as your car goes flying by, but it’s little more than set dressing.

Of course, the reason that we don’t get a lot of deeply engaging stories on roller coasters is that it’s just difficult to explain a lot while traveling at 45 miles per hour for two minutes at a time. How do you get across the information that you want to get across when the guest can only see what you want to show them for a brief moment?

Clearly, the ride vehicles ability to direct the guests attention to where the information is happening is part of the way this will work, but it’s probably only part of the story. The rest of the answer may be found in the fact that the show building is one of the largest constructions of its kind that Walt Disney World has ever created. Bob Chopek revealed that the concrete foundation was the largest pour Walt Disney World had ever made. To explain the size of the show building itself, he revealed that four Spaceship Earths, the massive Epcot geodesic dome, could fit inside it.

This massive size could help the ride in a couple of different ways. First, if there’s a significant amount of distance between the track and the wall of the building, then projections being displayed there can be large, and take up the guests field of view in a broader way, meaning that there will simply be more time to look at whatever it is the ride wants to show you.

Secondly, the massive building could house a significant track length. If the ride is longer than your average roller coaster, then it will have more time to tell you its story. Either of these things, or some combination of the two, could be the way this will all work.

This is already done to some degree at Space Mountain at Disneyland. When the park wants to put an extra emphasis on Star Wars, the ride gets a reskin and a name change to Hyperspace Mountain. The ride vehicle becomes a fighter in an X-wing squadron that gets involved in a battle with a Star Destroyer. Projections of other ships are shown on the walls, lighting effects are added to create the appearance of laser blasts, and radio chatter is heard over the ride vehicle speakers. It’s pretty remarkable how immersive it is considering it’s just a reskin over an older ride. These new ride vehicles could take all that to another level.

What story the new ride will tell, and even its official name, are still under wraps. We don’t even have a real window for when the ride is expected to be completed, beyond the fact that it will be completed in time for Walt Disney World’s big 50th birthday party in 2021.

Some of these questions are actually kind of important because the state of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise itself is a big question mark right now. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was expected to be in theaters in 2020 but after Disney made the decision to fire James Gunn the movie is on indefinite hold. While the ride was expected to come after the third film, it now is very likely to arrive first. This could potentially require a change in the ride’s story.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout at Disney California Adventure uses the actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while the ride’s story isn’t officially MCU canon, assuming the new ride was going to do the same, there may be a hiccup if the ride was going to use a character that the films had not yet introduced. There’s also the problem that the word on the street was that filming the segments for the ride was rumored to be happening alongside filming of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and if that can’t happen, it will be significantly more expensive and time consuming to complete this attraction.

Everything about the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction sounds pretty cool so far. I’ll certainly be looking forward to checking it out sometime in 2021.

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The Ob-Gyn Shortage Is Real—and It Might Impact Your Care

On a typical day Heather Bartos, M.D., sees about 30 patients; in an average month she delivers 20 to 25 babies. An ob-gyn practicing about 45 minutes outside Dallas and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, she also spends a day a week in surgery and another tackling administrative tasks. She works through lunch every day so she can attempt to get home at a reasonable hour to see her kids, but the fact that a woman can go into labor at any time makes her days and nights pretty unpredictable. Sometimes the pace is overwhelming. “I know I can’t keep it up forever,” says Dr. Bartos.

There’s another reason Dr. Bartos’ schedule is so hectic: She’s one of only a handful of obstetricians in Denton. A few years from now, when she’s in her early fifties (she’s 47), she plans to scale back her patient load and handle only five or six deliveries each month. She doesn’t know who, if anyone, will step in to take her place. “There’s a really high rate of burnout among ob-gyns,” she says, and there aren’t many young doctors clamoring to start their careers in areas like hers. The potential fallout? Denton could have a shortage of ob-gyns even greater than it already has.

A lack of ob-gyns is increasingly a national problem. Right now half—half—of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single obstetrician, says Hal Lawrence III, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the Ameri­can College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). A recent ACOG report concluded that women in Arizona, Washington, Utah, and Idaho face the greatest risk of a severe ob-gyn shortage; Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Nevada could soon be next, because the female population in those areas is growing without new ob-gyns flooding in. The problem could reach major cities too, according to Doximity, a network for physicians and clinicians. After polling its members and cross-­referencing those results with things like birth records and population data, Doximity found that cities including Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Memphis, Salt Lake City, and St. Louis, could soon be without enough ob-gyns.

Where the ob-gyns are

A few key factors are driving the decline: first, burnout. “About a third of providers stop obstetrics within the first 10 to 12 years of practicing,” says Dr. Lawrence. While some of them transition to only routine gynecological care, which tends to be less stressful and allows for more regular work hours, others turn to subspecialties like urogynecology or gynecological oncology that don’t entail delivering babies. “It’s a demanding field, and there’s a lot of nighttime work,” says Dr. Lawrence. “You have to really love what you do.” Even ob-gyns who stick it out retire earlier—at age 59 on average, according to Doximity—than primary care physicians, who tend to practice until their mid-sixties.

Right now half—half—of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single obstetrician.

Another reason: compensation. Sometimes the cash coming home isn’t enough to make up for the intense workload and erratic hours (especially true for providers who accept Medicaid, which generally reimburses doctors at rates much lower than private insurance companies). But the bigger money issue is insurance. Obstetricians face one of the highest rates of malpractice cases. As a result, malpractice insurance is often incredibly expensive. In some areas, says Dr. Bartos, “you could spend almost a third of your salary on insurance.”

Valerie Jones, M.D., an ob-gyn in the Maryland suburbs who retired early from clinical care, was warned about the insurance burden before starting her career. “I remember hearing that when you leave residency, you should expect to be sued at least twice in your career,” she says. But she was dismayed by how health care in the U.S. can sometimes emphasize productivity and cost-­effectiveness over quality of patient care. Disillusioned, she left the field last year when she was only 37, after a health scare of her own led her to reevaluate her priorities and motivated her to spend more time with her three children.

While Dr. Jones admits that it’s unusual to stop practicing entirely in your late thirties, she understands why young physicians drop the obstetrics part of the job and just stick with gynecology. “The highs you get from delivering a healthy baby are like no other, but the lows are very low too,” she says. Even when a doctor has done nothing wrong, she says, “If there’s a bad outcome during childbirth, it’s devastating for everyone involved.”

“Women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies or who find themselves in an emergency situa­tion, should still have access to the skills and expertise of an obstetrician—there’s no replacement.”

One thing is for sure: A lack of interest in the profession isn’t the problem. ACOG has thousands of student members at med schools across the country. “Residency slots [for obstetrics and gynecology] fill up on match day,” says Dr. Lawrence. Creating more of those slots would help, but someone needs to pay for it. “Right now residencies in all specialties are funded by the government,” he says, though a few hospitals are experimenting with private funding.

How a shortage could impact your care

If you live in a major metropolitan area, you may not feel the hit of fewer providers, says William Rayburn, M.D., emeritus chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico and author of the ACOG report. Elsewhere the shortage will likely mean longer drives to find a provider, longer wait times, or even rushed or poor care. Those frustrations led Amanda Baker, 45, who lives in rural Virginia, to start seeing a nurse practitioner (NP), even though she has a family history of ovarian cancer. “I have no problem seeing an NP,” she says. “For women here, if you can afford to leave the area for care, you leave; if not, you accept the status quo.”

Relying on other medical professionals, including NPs, physicians assistants (PAs), and midwives, is one way women can get care in the face of a physician shortage. Laws vary by state, but in many places NPs, PAs, and midwives can prescribe medication, diagnose infections, and perform checkups. While they don’t have the same level of training as M.D.s, Dr. Lawrence says they help build very effective care “teams”: Picture a practice with a handful of midwives, NPs, and PAs and one or two obstetricians who can step in when necessary. “This [team approach] expands access to care in areas that might have only one or two ob-gyns,” he explains.

Telehealth, using technology to consult a doctor virtually, could also become an increasingly essential tool. Web or mobile services can help you “see” a doctor; for example, nurx.com has providers licensed in many states who consult via chat and write prescriptions for birth control that the service delivers. At amwell.com you can consult a virtual gynecologist for help with a urinary tract infection, STI, and more. (While you may be accustomed to having a pelvic exam as part of a checkup, guidelines from the American College of Physicians say that’s no longer necessary for most healthy women who aren’t pregnant.)

While these are all creative solutions, Dr. Jones is concerned about relying too heavily on them. “Women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies or who find themselves in an emergency situa­tion, should still have access to the skills and expertise of an obstetrician,” she says. “There’s no replacement.”

To get or maintain access to real-life ob-gyns, rural communities may have to figure out incentives to lure physicians away from major metropolitan areas, such as offering to pay off medical school loans, suggests Dr. Lawrence. Malpractice reform would also help, says Dr. Jones, to weed out frivolous but expensive lawsuits.

Expanding government funding for medical residency programs so that more ob-gyns could start training each year would also make a huge difference. But public funds for these programs have been frozen since the Clinton administration; they weren’t increased under President Obama, and it seems unlikely that they’d be unfrozen under President Trump. “Access to women’s health care waxes and wanes with each election,” says Dr. Bartos. “It should always be a priority.”

This Is Exactly What Ulta Employees Would Buy With $50

It’s hard to go wrong with any store full of beauty products, but Ulta Beauty definitely has a secret sauce. Except, it’s no secret: with the best beauty products from top drugstore brands, department store options, and a salon on top, there’s nowhere else quite like it. You can pick up cotton swabs, get your brows done and get a blowout, all in a one stop shop. And in an ideal world, we’d spend our days doing just that, all while testing Urban Decay‘s latest launches, misting the newest perfumes and maybe even playing around with a Kylie lip kit or two. But the unfortunately reality is we can’t spend that much time or money there. So in order to come up with a foolproof shopping strategy, we put the store’s employees on a $50 budget, and they gave us the most thorough rundown of what to buy.

Sebastian Stan Says He Doesn’t Know If Bucky Is In Avengers 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fascinating place right now, as the future beyond Avengers 4 is largely a mystery. No one could have predicted the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, where Josh Brolin’s Thanos succeeded in collecting the Infinity Stones and wiping out half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. Tons of heroes turned to dust, including Sebastian Stan’s Bucky/ The White Wolf.

Sebastian Stan has been in the MCU since back in Captain America: The First Avenger, and he’ll continue his run via Disney’s streaming service with a planned series alongside Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. And while cinephiles are expecting the vanished heroes to be revived during the events of Avengers 4, Stan recently revealed he doesn’t know if he’ll pop up. As he tells it,

Well, that’s a plot twist. Sebastian Stan alleges all of this footage was filmed for Avengers: Infinity War, so he doesn’t know whether or not Bucky will pop back up for the Phase Three ending blockbuster Avengers 4. Since Bucky was the first Avenger to fade to dust (and considering his long tenure in the franchise), it would be surprising if the former Winter Soldier didn’t return in some capacity.

Sebastian Stan’s recent comments to Collider are definitely going to surprise the Marvel fandom out there, especially those expecting the dusted characters to rise from the dead before Avengers 4 concludes. It’s impossible to imagine the MCU continuing on with those characters staying dead, especially as they include fan favorites Spider-Man, Black Panther, and 3/4 of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Of course, part of the being in the MCU is keeping the shared universe’s secrets. As such, Sebastian Stan and the rest of the cast are expected to keep their mouths shut about each new development. And there has been no greater mystery than WTF happened after Thanos snapped his fingers. Sebastian Stan previously hinted at his role in Avengers 4, but now he’s changing his tune.

Confusing the fandom may be part of being a Marvel actor, but some stars handle this responsibility better than others. Sebastian Stan has mostly kept out of trouble, while his co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland haven’t fared quite as well. Luckily Avengers 4 is still a mystery, although there are a number of months before it arrives this May.

All will be revealed when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Gotham Season 5 Trailer Brings Out Bane And More Crazy Villains

When 2019 arrives, there will be reason to celebrate, but also reason to fear for the residents of the eternally doomed Gotham City. The fifth and final season of Gotham will arrive in full force, with Batman legitimately making his way to the Fox drama at some point. But first, the entire criminal underworld will come out for one last hurrah, which includes the introductions of Bane and a more Harley-fied take on Jeremiah’s accomplice Ecco. Check it all out!

That may not be a proper Bat Signal shining into the clouds above Gotham City, but the light’s introduction last season was certainly a tip of the hat to Batman’s impending arrival. And it looks like Jim Gordon could use an extra pair of protective glove-wearing hands in reversing the “No Man’s Land” arc that Jeremiah set up by destroying all of Gotham’s bridges. Especially with a new chaotic force like Bane hitting the streets.

As portrayed by ER vet Shane West, Gotham‘s Bane may actually come across as a protagonist when he first enters the story. Though the comic’ Bane has no identified alter ego, Gotham‘s Eduardo Dorrance was a friend of Jim’s during their Army days. His arrival in Gotham City comes equipped with a squad of top-notch soldiers with the goal of bringing the city back to its former…glory?

In any case, unless Gotham flips the script and turns the villainous behemoth into a good guy, something will happen that makes Bane’s greater-good efforts turn sour. Which, of course, will be less than ideal for Jim and Bruce and the other two or three people who want to actually help.

As seen in the trailer, though, there are way more people that want to bring Gotham City to its knees for one reason or another. Let’s not forget just how dangerous and destructive Jeremiah has already been in his extremely short stint on Gotham already — to say nothing of Jerome’s own mayhem — and he’s got both helpers and hinderers popping up left and right.

Jeremiah’s pal Ecco, portrayed by Francesca Root-Dodson, is changing her look anew, and is looking a lot more like Harley Quinn these days. What with the smeared lipstick, the eye black strip on her face, and outerwear that matches up with her color patterns.

As far as the other fan-favorite villains go, Gotham viewers will be in for a good time. The trailer gives us brief glimpses of both Penguin and Riddler, hopefully marking limited new arcs for the two former partners (in crime). As well, it’s downright cheerworthy when Scarecrow pops up with his own army of mucky looking minions.

But beyond Bane, I believe this trailer has gotten me most excited to see what happens with Selina in Season 5. The young character has sharpened her claws in the criminal world, while also deepening her fractured relationship with Bruce, but there hasn’t been that much happening on the cat front since she got mostly resurrected following her big fall. Could these glowing cat eyes be a sign of something new on the purr-izon?

With all of that happening, it’s almost easy to forget that a Joker-esque Jeremiah also shows up, and that Bruce kicks some ass, and that Barbara is going to be a man-destroying force. We didn’t forget, though, and neither will you.

Gotham, now running with the Season 5 tag “Legend of the Dark Knight,” will debut on Fox on Thursday, January 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Before the 2019 midseason gets here, we still have lots of good shows left to premiere, so bookmark our fall TV premiere schedule to stay current.

The Gifted Paid Tribute To Stan Lee During Last Night’s Episode

Stan Lee’s impact is everywhere. The late Marvel Comics icon is being mourned by just about everyone, including the cast and crew of The Gifted. The Fox TV show is based on Marvel Comics characters in the X-Men universe. Season 2, Episode 7 aired November 13 — the day after Stan Lee’s passing — and the series paid tribute to Lee with this end shot:

Stan Lee always has a fun little cameo in Marvel projects, and The Gifted was no exception. His cameo came right away at the start of the series in 2017. Showrunner Matt Nix told The Hollywood Reporter it was not easy to get Lee in for that brief scene:

Here’s how the cameo scene in question turned out:

Short but sweet! The Gifted cast and crew also got to spend a little hang time with Stan Lee, and they are forever grateful. The official show account shared a larger version of the cast photo used at the end of last night’s episode:

The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood) as Reed Strucker, and he shared his own photo with Stan Lee after the news of Lee’s death spread on November 12:

The Gifted co-star Sean Teale shared his own photo with Stan Lee:

It is amazing to think of how many films, TV series, comics and other media have a direct link to Stan Lee. The Gifted is connected to the X-Men film series — which also includes Deadpool and Logan — and they are all connected to the Marvel Comics characters co-created by Lee.

Marvel Studios tends to get the most attention, thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Avengers stars clearly weren’t the only ones to reach out with tributes after Stan Lee’s death. Members of the Fox family like The Gifted, and Sony’s Marvel Universe including Venom, also thanked Lee for making all of this happen.

Gotham Season 5 Trailer Introduces Bane More Crazy Villains

When 2019 arrives, there will be reason to celebrate, but also reason to fear for the residents of the eternally doomed Gotham City. The fifth and final season of Gotham will arrive in full force, with Batman legitimately making his way to the Fox drama at some point. But first, the entire criminal underworld will come out for one last hurrah, which includes the introductions of Bane and a more Harley-fied take on Jeremiah’s accomplice Ecco. Check it all out!

That may not be a proper Bat Signal shining into the clouds above Gotham City, but the light’s introduction last season was certainly a tip of the hat to Batman’s impending arrival. And it looks like Jim Gordon could use an extra pair of protective glove-wearing hands in reversing the “No Man’s Land” arc that Jeremiah set up by destroying all of Gotham’s bridges. Especially with a new chaotic force like Bane hitting the streets.

As portrayed by ER vet Shane West, Gotham‘s Bane may actually come across as a protagonist when he first enters the story. Though the comic’ Bane has no identified alter ego, Gotham‘s Eduardo Dorrance was a friend of Jim’s during their Army days. His arrival in Gotham City comes equipped with a squad of top-notch soldiers with the goal of bringing the city back to its former…glory?

In any case, unless Gotham flips the script and turns the villainous behemoth into a good guy, something will happen that makes Bane’s greater-good efforts turn sour. Which, of course, will be less than ideal for Jim and Bruce and the other two or three people who want to actually help.

As seen in the trailer, though, there are way more people that want to bring Gotham City to its knees for one reason or another. Let’s not forget just how dangerous and destructive Jeremiah has already been in his extremely short stint on Gotham already — to say nothing of Jerome’s own mayhem — and he’s got both helpers and hinderers popping up left and right.

Jeremiah’s pal Ecco, portrayed by Francesca Root-Dodson, is changing her look anew, and is looking a lot more like Harley Quinn these days. What with the smeared lipstick, the eye black strip on her face, and outerwear that matches up with her color patterns.

As far as the other fan-favorite villains go, Gotham viewers will be in for a good time. The trailer gives us brief glimpses of both Penguin and Riddler, hopefully marking limited new arcs for the two former partners (in crime). As well, it’s downright cheerworthy when Scarecrow pops up with his own army of mucky looking minions.

But beyond Bane, I believe this trailer has gotten me most excited to see what happens with Selina in Season 5. The young character has sharpened her claws in the criminal world, while also deepening her fractured relationship with Bruce, but there hasn’t been that much happening on the cat front since she got mostly resurrected following her big fall. Could these glowing cat eyes be a sign of something new on the purr-izon?

With all of that happening, it’s almost easy to forget that a Joker-esque Jeremiah also shows up, and that Bruce kicks some ass, and that Barbara is going to be a man-destroying force. We didn’t forget, though, and neither will you.

Gotham, now running with the Season 5 tag “Legend of the Dark Knight,” will debut on Fox on Thursday, January 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Before the 2019 midseason gets here, we still have lots of good shows left to premiere, so bookmark our fall TV premiere schedule to stay current.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Should Have A Bigger Opening Weekend Than We Thought

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been a license to print money almost since day one and while we always expected the new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, to have a solid box office opening, the projected numbers the movie is currently seeing are actually better than what the movie was tracking toward just a few weeks ago. The film is now expected to see an opening of at least $65 million but is more likely to do something closer to $75 million.

Early estimates for Grindelwald’s box office were in this same ballpark, but the lower range of the film’s expectations have jumped from $63 million to $65 million. $75 million was the upper limit expectation at the time, but it now seems like $75 million may not be the upper limit at all, as Variety reports that some industry analysts actually expect the movie to do that much business on opening weekend, which means exceeding it is far from impossible.

The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in just short of $75 million on its opening weekend, so it looks like the sequel is on track to match the original. Certainly, if The Crimes of Grindelwald comes up short compared to the first film there will be some disappointed studio executives. However, it does seem like if the ticket sales do add up to less than the first movie, it will be a negligible amount.

While the first Fantastic Beasts film did well at the box office, bringing in over $800 million around the world, domestically it’s actually the lowest performing film of the entire Wizarding World franchise, bringing in $234 million.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald does not look poised to change that. It will be interesting to see how the new movie compares to the previous one overall. It’s not that surprising that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them didn’t break the bank. While it was a story set in the same universe as Harry Potter, it didn’t include any of the characters that people had grown to love over the course of 10 years and eight movies. It would be expected that fans of those films wouldn’t be entirely sold on this new off-shoot story.

Now, however, people know what to expect and the question is, how many people are now on board with Newt Scamander and Grindelwald and the rest? Also, with the addition of at least one character that fans do know, a young Albus Dumbledore, old-school fans might be more willing to give the series a try.

The other thing that might draw people in is the fact that the new movie has been teasing some pretty big spoilers. There’s even a Twitter hashtag specifically for those who go to early screenings in order to ask them to keep the film’s secrets, which means that there must be secrets worth keeping. The rest of us will find out for sure this Friday.

Barack Obama Celebrated Michelle’s New Book In the Sweetest Way

Before its release on Tuesday, Michelle Obama’s new memoir Becoming had been so highly anticipated, it received more pre-orders at Barnes & Noble than any book since Harper Lee’s 2015 novel Go Set a Watchman. But it’s Barack Obama who seems to have been more excited than anyone.

On Tuesday, the former president went on Instagram and made a plug for his wife’s memoir—but being Barack Obama, he did so in the most romantic way.

“Of course, @MichelleObama’s my wife, so I’m a little biased here,” he wrote in a post that included a picture of the memoir sitting on a table. “But she also happens to be brilliant, funny, wise – one of a kind. This book tells her quintessentially American story. I love it because it faithfully reflects the woman I have loved for so long.”

It’s not the first time the Obamas have showered each other with love on social media. They commemorated their most recent anniversary with some adorable photos, and Michelle posted this stunning wedding throwback ahead of the book’s release. We also can’t forget (or stop playing) that Valentine’s Day mix Michelle made Barack in February.

Becoming is an intimate look at Michelle’s early life and career, and it takes readers behind-the-scenes during her tenure as First Lady. Michelle describes deeply personal moments in detail, discussing everything from embarrassing her daughter Malia on prom night to coping with a miscarriage and fertility issues earlier in her marriage.

On Wednesday, Michelle kicked off a 12-stop tour in Chicago, where she joined Oprah Winfrey for an interview about the memoir. She shared a few things that weren’t in the book, including how she broke down in tears after Inauguration Day in 2017.

“I didn’t write about this in the book, because I had forgotten about it … when I got on the plane I think I sobbed for 30 minutes,” she said. “I think it was just the release of eight years of trying to do everything perfectly. I said to Barack, ‘That was so hard. What we just did that was so hard and I’ve wanted to say that for eight years.'”

Becoming is already striking a chord with audiences. It topped Amazon’s best-seller list days before its official release, showing that most people are with Barack when it comes to his wife’s brilliant work.

The Best Designer Fashion You Can Get for $50 or Less

When you find yourself with $50 to spend on something for yourself, you might look to the same few high-street fashion brands or mall stalwarts. And you’ll likely find something that scratches that itch for newness. But with a little bit more time (and patience) on your hands, you could also get yourself a brand-new designer piece—and no, we don’t mean putting it towards one, though that’s always an option. Rather, there are a handful of ways to shop designer on a budget: You can stick to the not terribly exciting but still accessible basics (the plain tees, the branded socks, the phone cases, which are normally under $100, even at big labels), or you can hit up the Nordstrom Racks, Saks Off 5ths, The Outnets of the world (off-season designer is still designer.) In either case, the key is to move in quick—those wallet-friendly fashion buys don’t tend to stay in stock for very long. We round up some of our favorite designer pieces under $50 right now, ahead.

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