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Barack Obama Is Opening Up About the Toll the Presidency Took on His Marriage to Michelle

Barack Obama‘s highly-anticipated memoir, A Promised Land —the first volume, at least—doesn’t officially come out until November 17. But we’re already getting some clues to what the 44th President of the United States will be talking about thanks to a new excerpt obtained by CNN

Of course, his wife, Michelle, is a major figure, and in the excerpt Obama opens up about how the presidency affected his marriage. 

“And yet, despite Michelle’s success and popularity, I continued to sense an undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant, like the faint thrum of a hidden machine,” he writes. “It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.”

“Lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return,” he continued

Both Obamas are quite open about their affection for each other, so it’s also great to see how they’ve worked through these tougher times. “Every day with @MichelleObama makes me a better husband, a better father, and a better human,” he wrote on Instagram for their anniversary last month. 

CNN’s excerpts also include Barack Obama speaking about his former VP and current president-elect Joe Biden. “I liked the fact that Joe would be more than ready to serve as president if something happened to me—and that it might reassure those who still worried I was too young,” he writes. “What mattered most, though, was what my gut told me—that Joe was decent, honest, and loyal. I believed that he cared about ordinary people, and that when things got tough, I could trust him. I wouldn’t be disappointed.”

A Promised Land will be released on November 17. 

A Pregnant Gabby Barrett Crushed Her Performance at the 2020 CMA Awards

Country music star Gabby Barrett had one of the standout performances at the 2020 CMA Awards, held in Nashville’s Music City Center on November 12. 

The evening was co-hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, and, much like other awards shows in the era of COVID-19, it had a pared down red carpet and a smaller, socially distanced crowd—but perhaps not distanced enough

Barrett performed “I Hope,” with Charlie Puth accompanying her on the piano, and the moment definitely had Twitter buzzing. Did we mention Barrett is in her third trimester of pregnancy? “If you weren’t singing along to @GabbyBarrett_ and @CharliePuth on the #CMAawards, you’ve never had your heart broken,” the official CMA Twitter account wrote, and we can’t disagree. 

Puth himself tweeted, “I’m a country artist now. Thank you for having me @GabbyBarrett_.” 

Fans, in general, went nuts for Gabby Barrett’s incredible performance. Some noted how amazing it was that she was able to belt out the tune while that pregnant—her breath control was seriously insane. “Gabby Barrett is insane for singing this song while being pregnant. She’s a literal superhero!! The amount of breath control you need for I Hope is unbelievable. #CMAawards,” one person tweeted. 

Barrett is currently expecting her first child early next year, a daughter, with her fellow American Idol alum husband Cade Foehner. “We are very excited,” she told People in August. “The Lord has blessed us with a little one, and we’re really excited to finally be able to share the news with everybody and just have a big old family celebration about it.”

“We started trying pretty much at the start of the whole pandemic,” she continued. “It happened pretty quickly. We were expecting it to take a little while, and it seemed like the first try that it happened, so we were just so excited. We were blown away that it worked so quickly. But yes, we were starting to plan on it, for sure.”

The family was excited to make an appearance together on the red carpet last night. “The 3 of us..What an honor to be apart of @CountryMusic this year. Thank y’all so much,” she tweeted. 

What It Was Like To Work With Emma Stone On Disney’s Cruella de Vil Movie, Per Shazam’s Mark Strong

Set in 1970s London, Cruella follows the eponymous character as she rises through the fashion industry and becomes increasingly obsessed with dog skins, especially from Dalmatians. Along with the aforementioned actors, the cast includes Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Jamie Demetriou. Tony McNamara and Dana Fox penned the most recent version of the screenplay.

Total Recall Vs. Robocop Vs. Starship Troopers: Which Is The Better Paul Verhoeven Movie

The Action

This one is simple. Which one has the most exciting action?

RoboCop’s Action

RoboCop has blood and gore galore, and all of it’s exaggerated with great intention. Still, even though the film is a commentary on the numbing effect of violence, it still looks freaking badass. Especially the scenes with the stop-motion ED-209 robot. Awesome stuff.

Total Recall’s Action

Total Recall is an espionage movie at its heart, so there’s plenty of sci-fi gunplay, as well as cool hand-to-hand combat. But for a 1990’s Arnold Schwarzenegger film, it’s a lot more cerebral than combative.

Starship Troopers’ Action

Starship Troopers shows the effects of war as the soldiers fight alien bugs, but it’s really not all that interesting. For a much more visually impressive movie about soldiers fighting bug-like aliens, see Edge of Tomorrow.

The Action Victor – RoboCop

By being a commentary on violence, it actually delivers the most exciting action by far. Strange how that happened, but it did.

13 TV Finales So Bad They’ll Make You Question the Entire Series

The greatest TV finales of all time are some of the best episodes of television I’ve ever seen. When Rachel gets off the plane on Friends? Tears! When Mr. Big finally gets his shit together and professes his love to Carrie? Wow! But just as good TV finales are at the top of our minds, bad ones are too. 

When a series finale fails to deliver, it hurts. You spend years investing in a TV show and don’t get the payoff. That’s like ordering a Chipotle burrito without guac or hooking up with someone without, ya know, orgasming. If the ending is bad, what was the point of taking the journey to begin with?

These 13 TV shows, below, ask that question. Each one of these series is beloved but had an ending that either underwhelmed or enraged fans. So was watching them in the first place worth it? I think yes, but it’s a bummer showrunners didn’t give fans (or these characters) the payoff they deserve. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore deserved better. All these icons did!

Below, our picks for some of the most disappointing TV finales ever.

Candyman: 9 Quick Things We Know About The 2021 Horror Movie

Candyman is one of the highly-anticipated films of 2021 because of Jordan Peele as co-writer and producer, Nia DaCosta as director and co-writer, a talented cast, and an already rich storyline and film history. As a fan of horror movies, a fan of what Peele does to horror, and someone who was terrified of the original Candyman character, this is a film that I am anxious to see.

Like any film that has a lot of buzz around it, the Candyman team behind this “spiritual sequel” remains quiet–keeping anticipation and suspense high. Despite the secrecy surrounding this film, there are a few important things that we know about the new Candyman flick.

Spoiler warning: I will be mentioning a few plot points and spoilers from the original Candyman**. Proceed with caution.**

The Best Dressed Celebrities From the 2020 CMA Awards

The CMA Awards 2020 ceremony is officially over and out. 

Country music‘s best and brightest showed up for the latest coronavirus-era awards show, and the red carpet was glam—though, unfortunately, maskless and not the most socially distant. Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker co-hosted the event that saw Maren Morris win Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “The Bones.” She also took home the trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year. 

Stars like Miranda Lambert (who won Music Video of the Year), Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini were also on hand—and dressed to the nines—for the big night. 

Here are all the best dressed celebrities from the CMA Awards 2020. 

David Fincher Has Some Blunt Thoughts About Tentpole Movie Culture

One could make the argument that David Fincher is forgetting about the wave of “micro-budget” titles (which is to say movies that are made for less than $10 million) that have become a big part of the release calendar, but the core of his point is wholly factual. With studios ever more focused on massive investments or guaranteed prestige pictures, movies that aim for a budget in the $30-50 million range have become hard to get made and, as a result, rare.

The Village Ending: What Happens And How It Differs From Expectation

Warning: spoilers for The Village are in play. If you’ve somehow escaped spoilers for this M. Night Shyamalan film, and want to remain that way, don’t follow us into the woods.

A little over 16 years ago, M. Night Shyamalan was on a hot streak, as his career had delivered three solid hits into the world: The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. Terror laden tales of people overcoming personal trauma, and becoming stronger than they ever could have imagined, this landmark trio served as the foundation for the writer/director’s meteoric rise in the Hollywood firmament. And then, on July 30, 2004, all of that changed when The Village saw critics, and even fans, turning against the steadily climbing auteur and his visions. Part of the problem was, folks didn’t know what to make of The Village’s ending, and there’s a really good reason for that.

Black Panther’s Danai Gurira Will Play A Historical Trailblazer In An Upcoming Movie

Born in 1924, Shirley Chisolm grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended Brooklyn College before earning her Masters degree at Columbia University. Her first step into politics was in a support role, as she helped campaigns for those she supported, and she was a member of the Brooklyn Democratic Clubs and the League of Women Voters. She first ran for a seat in the New York state assembly in 1964, and while she faced resistance she first won in the Democratic primary and then trounced her Republican and Liberal party opponents in the election. In 1968 she ran for U.S. House of Representatives serving New York’s 12th congressional district, and once again won in a landslide, making her the first Black woman ever in congress.