Watch the Trailer for New Obama Biopic ‘Barry’

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Netflix today released the first trailer for Barry, their new biopic about a college-aged Barack Obama played by Devon Terrell in his breakout role. The film follows Obama as he packs his bags and heads for the Big Apple to attend Columbia University.

Out December 16, as the Obamas’ exit from the White House draws ever closer (sad), the film will be a perfectly nostalgic watch while you’re home for the holidays on the couch with nothing to do.

Barry is directed by Vikram Gandhi and written by Adam Mansbach. It comes shortly after another Obama biopic, Southside With Youwhich was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and chronicles the romance between the future First Couple of the United States.

Take a look at the trailer below.

Ricky Gervais Holds Forth (Hilariously) on Donald Trump

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Ah, the “Special Relationship.” The Brits and the Americans, like a tired old married couple, no?

Britain, as we know, is going through one of the biggest crises of identity and allegiance in its history: whether or not to carry out a “Brexit,” and actually secede from the European Union. Barack Obama weighed in with a definitive “NO.” And no small number of highly placed Brits, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, told him to mind his own bloody business. Tut tut.

Now in the latest cover story of The Hollywood Reporter, Ricky Gervais (cheeky bloke, he) goes and turns the tables. The British comedian (who, for what it’s worth, has achieved massive success in the US, primarily by insulting our biggest celebrities) tells America, “You get what you deserve.” He is, of course, referring to Donald Trump essentially securing the Republican presidential nomination, and having also already won the scorn of the newly elected London (and Muslim) Mayor Sadiq Khan.

At the same time, Gervais admits that life hasn’t just imitated art, but actually bested it. Indeed, he reckons that Trump’s rudeness and impropriety have decisively outdone any of the characters he’s ever played, even the spectacularly improper David Brent.

Read the full, impertinent story, here.

This Whiny Conservative Screed Against Millennials Is Actually The Best

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It’s hard to know why columnist Kurt Schlichter decided to wait until Barack Obama had been elected president twice and in the White House for almost five years before unleashing a torrent of hatedirected at the young voting bloc that helped to put him there, but here we are. Maybe he’s just been revising it for the last forty months? Either way, this is a master class in how to write the dumbest op-ed possible—and at TownHall.com, that’s no small feat. For starters, he spelled “Millennials” wrong in the headline.

It begins with a lot of “we warned you,” with “you” meaning you idiots who voted for Obama (but are reading a conservative website?), or, more broadly, “the couch-dwelling, Democrat-voting losers who live off of food stamps and order junk from QVC with their Obamaphones.” What on earth is an Obamaphone, and why the hell don’t I have one! DID YOU GUYS NOT TELL ME ABOUT THE OBAMAPHONES. “You didn’t listen to us,” Schlichter continues. “Maybe you’ll listen to pain.” Well that turned into a Nine Inch Nails song pretty quickly, didn’t it.

He goes on to insult your “crappy music” (Mumford & Sons), dismisses the NSA spying controversy by noting that “your tacky boudoir fumblings are the last thing conservatives care about” and mocks you for daring to study “Ancient Guatemalan Gender Identity Issues” at your liberal college at an age when he was doing something much more constructive: it’s called going to war, you pussies. The nub of his advice comes down to “Now fetch my latte—I’m in a hurry to get to my corner office. And I’ll leave you a tip—next time you decide to vote for a liberal, first be born in 1964.” Very constructive! We’ll get right on that.

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Four Legs Good: 10 Celebs and Their Famous Pooches

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President Obama recently took some time out of his busy schedule to tell CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the latest addition to the First Family: a puppy named Sunny, who is Bo’s new playmate. It seems that if anything can distract us from the task at hand, it’s our canine companions. But often they are central to the task at hand, like Andy Warhol’s dachsunds, who were depicted in his paintings and were also regular subjects in his diaries. Here’s a look at ten famous Fidos—some of which have stolen the show from their celebrity guardians.

Alan Cumming, Honey and Leon

Actor Alan Cumming, who has two dogs—Honey, a Collie-Shepherd mix, and Leon, a shorthaired Chihuahua—claims his friends don’t think he’s a crazy dog person, although he admits, "My day is kind of focused around them." He may not be crazy, but his melodramatic Masterpiece Mystery! introductions—usually featuring arrestingly effective eyebrow raises, sideways glances and duck faces—hint at a wild and crazy guy within.

Rachael Ray and Isaboo

Rachael Ray brought her beloved dog Isaboo on her talk show to get microchipped in front of a live studio audience, urging all dog guardians to do the same with their precious pups. I honestly never gave much thought to Ray until I saw this segment and found out more about her work helping shelter dogs. I’ll have to try whipping up her Marsala Mushroom Ragout after all.

 

Picasso and Lump

This cute little animation by Raza Shah features Pablo Picasso’s famous line drawing of a dachshund (thought to be the artist’s own beloved dog Lump). In 2006, photographer David Douglas Duncan published the book Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey, which revealed the duo’s close relationship through photographs taken in 1957 at the artist’s mansion in Cannes. Apparently, Lump was in charge.

Louis C.K.: An Old Woman and Her Dog

OK, so this clip isn’t about a celebrity and their dog. But it’s a celebrity talking about a dog; specifically it’s a bit about an old lady and her dog that comedian Louis C.K. performed in Phoenix in February that is pretty damn funny. Not sure if Louie is lucky enough to have a dog. I’ve seen him walking with his daughters, though. He was in a rush and all sweaty, kind of like his character in his awesome FX television series, Louie.

In the excellent heist film High Sierra (1941), Humphrey Bogart’s character Roy is befriended by a homeless mutt named Pard, played by the actor’s own dog, Zero.

Parker Posey and Gracie

The fact that I’ve seen Parker Posey and her dog Gracie walking around my neighborhood on several occasions isn’t surprising. According to Gawker, "everyone’s had a run-in with Parker Posey’s devil-dog"—though I’ve never seen anything other than a cute little canine behaving very well. But I’d hate to see what happens if Gracie ever lost her squeaky toy.

Ryan Gosling and George

Note to celebrities who don’t like talking about themselves on talk shows: Bring your dog. In 2011, when Ryan Gosling was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the actor brought along his dog George. "He’s more interesting than I am," said Gosling, "so I thought it would be helpful."

Susan Sarandon, Penny and Rigby

When she stopped by The View, Susan Sarandon brought her two dogs, Penny, who was in at least two of the Academy Award winner’s films: Arbitrage and Cloud Atlas, and Rigby, "who just got out of rehab."

Kevin Spacey and Boston

In May, actor Kevin Spacey adopted a shelter dog from the Surry County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. The two-time Academy Award winner named her Boston in honor of the city. Two more reasons to love this guy.

The Obamas, Bo and Sunny

The White House recently unveiled the newest member to the First Family, Sunny, who seems to enjoy the first First Dog, Bo. Both of them are Portuguese Water Dogs, chosen partly because they are hypoallergenic, as Malia’s allergies require a breed that doesn’t shed. "Bo was starting to look a little down in the dumps inside the house," the pack leader-in-chief told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. "And Sunny, the new dog. she’s only a year old, and the truth is, she’s faster than he is. She jumps higher, she’s friskier…[Bo] is trying to keep up. But I think that ultimately, he’s loving it. I think that ultimately, it’s going to be great for him in the long term."

MLK’s ‘Dream’ Fifty Years Later: Are We There Yet?

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If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today—the 50th anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech—he would be 84 years old. He would also be able to witness something that his younger self might never have imagined: A black president making a speech reflecting on the civil rights movement. President Obama’s commemorative speech today was made at the same location where MLK delivered his own famous speech to 250,000 civil rights supporters on August 28, 1963: on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

MLK’s speech wasn’t just a defining moment for the civil rights movement, but for modern American history: Over 100 leading scholars of American public address named it the Number One political speech of the 20th century.

So on the 50th anniversary of "I Have Dream," take a few moments to experience the passion and poetry of one of the most influential Americans of all time and ask yourself: Are we there yet?

It’s The Remix to Ignition, and It’s On A Petition

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Now usually I don’t do this, and by “this,” I mean acknowledging those silly White House petitions that people use to troll the democratic process, but, uh, America could use a little bit of the remix. At least, the drafters of one particular petition and the more than 2,000 people who have signed it think so. Over the weekend, someone posted a petition to urge the White House to change the national anthem from “The Star-Spangled Banner” to R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix).”

As they write on the whitehouse.gov page:

“We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and–perhaps most importantly–that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.”

We’re guessing this is mostly in an effort to reach the minimum signatures (100,000) to where the White House is required to respond to the request, as occurred with the Death Star petition (man, you nerds really demand a lot from your Commander-In-Chief, don’t you?). Preferably a response that involves the POTUS performing said song at the next White House press conference or putting in a good word for R. Kelly for next year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

And yeah, it’s not gonna happen, but that doesn’t change the fact that “Ignition (Remix)” is one of the greatest songs of the past decade, and honestly, why not? Because everyone loves this song, regardless of background or political affiliation. It could bring about a unity America so desperately needs. And just think of the renditions at high school basketball games and NASCAR events! On the Olympic podiums! What a world that would be.

Aretha Franklin Weighs In on Beyoncé’s Lip Syncing

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Our Lady of Majestic Hats Aretha Franklin (otherwise known as the Queen of Soul) is no stranger to singing in cold weather. After all, she made quite a splash at Barack Obama’s first inauguration back in 2009, where she sang "My Country, ‘Tis of Thee" while wearing a bow the size of at least one of her ample bosoms. Clearly, she’s the person to whom most of us would turn to get expert commentary on Beyoncé’s lip syncing controversy.

What is her response? Well, she LOLed, obviously.

The Queen of Soul said she "cracked up" at all the backlash, adding that she would probably do the same thing next time.

"I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind," Franklin said of her performance at the 2009 Inauguration.

The songstress also took the opportunity to complain that last time around, her long wait led to a subpar performance.

"I just wished I could have sung the moment I got there," she said. "If I could have walked on immediately and sung it wouldn’t have affected my voice the way it did."

Meanwhile, Franklin admitted to lip-syncing in 2004 at a Detroit-Lakers game in the NBA finals. But, you know, who cares? Because Aretha Franklin can sing. We all know that! And you know who else can sing? Beyoncé, you dummies! This is such a non-controversy because, hello, the lady sings live all the time. Case in point:

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Eating Cheez-Its With the President: Our Inaugural Ball Recap

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Washington, DC woke up this morning with one collectively epic hangover. Let’s face it: a five-day-long celebration is kind of overkill. Yes, there were fancy dresses, open bars, and VIPs (Beyonce! Jay Z! John Legend! Some guy from Gossip Girl, maybe!) and enough parties to crush any notions that this is anything like prom.

Most coverage of yesterday’s Inaugural festivities was about how decidedly “toned down” the events were. Guests had to (get ready for it) actually pay for their own drinks at the two official balls, and Cheez-Its and other previously packaged goods from the bodega around the corner were served to the first twenty people who happened to show up. There were ten official balls last time, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Washington, DC this past weekend was more an embarrassment of riches than what current economic conditions would have you believe.

Balls started last Thursday and included a Kids Ball where Usher and Katy Perry performed, an art party in a warehouse on the newly gentrified H Street NE, and, of course, countless of the more typical Washington affairs.

And now, back to bed. 

The Evildoers Are Claiming That Beyoncé Lip-Synced the National Anthem

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Beyoncé, the greatest human in the history of humans, did the honors of singing the National Anthem yesterday following Barack Obama’s second inauguration. And boy, did she knock it out of the park. OR DID SHE? Some people are now claiming that Beyoncé did not sing at all! Call the Warren Commission, because this is serious business!

First, the Washingtonian speculated that, as the Marine Corps band did not actually play the National Anthem, it makes no sense that Beyoncé sang the song:

But to close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live. To press seated just below the podium, in front of the “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing during the song—even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance, Beyoncé removed her earpiece.

But but but couldn’t she have sang it anyway? Please, mister, don’t tell me that one of my greatest joys (Beyoncé’s live-singing) has turned out to be a fake!

Alas! It is true:

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.

And this is how I feel about all of that:

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