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Michelle Obama Shares In Her New Memoir How She And Barack Embarrassed Malia On Prom Night

Now that Michelle Obama’s highly anticipated memoir Becoming is out, we’re all getting an intimate insider’s look at the former First Lady’s time in the White House. One of the book’s most candid scenes comes when Obama describes the very parent-y way she and Barack embarrassed their oldest daughter Malia just before her prom.

Obama writes that in the spring of 2015, Malia revealed that she wanted to go to prom with “a boy she kind of liked.” She only had one super relatable request of her parents on the big night at Washington, D.C.’s Sidwell Friends High School: “Just be cool please, okay?”

The Obama’s apparently did as they were told, but maybe they were a little too cool.

“On the appointed evening, her date arrived in his car, clearing security at the southeast gate of the White House, following the path up and around the South Lawn by which heads of state and other visiting dignitaries normally arrived, and then gamely — bravely — walking into the Dip Room dressed in a black suit,” Obama remembers in the book. She and Barack took an elevator down with Malia to met the boy and Obama shares that to her daughter’s mortification, “I was barefoot, and Barack was in flip-flops.”

They had arranged for Malia’s date to drive, an exception since Malia would normally be accompanied by Secret Service. Still, Obama writes, a security detail would “basically ride the boy’s bumper all the way to the restaurant they were going for dinner before the dance.”

“By my reckoning, we did manage to play it cool, though Malia still laughs, remembering it all as a bit excruciating,” she writes.

It’s such a mom moment that shows how deeply personal Obama gets in Becoming. In the book, she opens up about several other intimate experiences, including suffering a miscarriage and experiencing fertility issues.

If you’re dying to hear more but can’t get your hands on the memoir quite yet, check out our review here.

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17 Fleece Jackets Under $50 That Basically Feel Like a Warm Hug

In September, I turned 25 years old. To celebrate my birthday, my Aunt Terri sent me a lovely card that had a crisp $50 bill inside—“spend it on something nice,” she wrote. At first, I had sights set on the extreme: Why not I ~treat myself~ and put the cash toward a fancy massage, or maybe that Insta-famous bag everyone is posting about? But my sensible, just-entered-my-mid-20s side kicked in: I placed it in my wallet, and moved on. The moment will present itself, I thought.

A week later, it did: I was picking up an online order at a Uniqlo store (it’s free, people!), when I decided to meander around the racks of fall/winter clothes. I tried on a puffer coat, a cashmere hat… Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it—a a tailored fleece jacket that I absolutely needed to have. (When you know, you know.) It was so cozy, but also neutral, so I could see myself wearing it with pretty much everything I own. My instinctual reaction was confirmed when I looked at the price tag: $39.90.

Without even thinking, I walked to the counter, handed over Aunt Terri’s $50 bill, and floated out of Uniqlo with $10 to spare. And I’ve been wearing the fleece jacket nonstop ever since, even when it’s not actually cold enough for fleece. I’ve had multiple strangers—and my dental hygienist—approach to ask about it, and I proudly respond with how much I paid for it. Now, I’ve started hunting for more under-$50 fleece to add to my closet, and have been pleasantly surprised with my findings. Check out some of my favorites (including the Uniqlo jacket that started it all, obviously), ahead.

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Kevin Feige Loves That Marvel Fans Don’t Know The Eternals

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is largely a mystery, as Phase Three will conclude after the next two highly anticipated blockbuster. Marvel Studios changed it up by not revealing its future schedule, fearing that the movies and titles might spoil the events of the upcoming Avengers 4 movie. But one project that seems to be actively developing is the Eternals movie, focusing a set of Marvel characters that aren’t exactly household names.

But it turns out that The Eternals’ somewhat anonymity among casual fans is exactly what excited Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. Since moviegoers didn’t grow up with that team of Earth’s defenders, the MCU can have a fresh perspective, and form them into fan favorites. As Feige tells it,

The man has a point. Moviegoers had no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy were before James Gunn’s 2014 movie arrived in theaters. That blockbuster still ended up breaking records at the box office, and the motley crew of superheroes quickly became fan favorites who were welcomed into the greater MCU with Avengers: Infinity War.

Kevin Feige’s comments to Bionic Buzz show how aware of the fans and general moviegoers’ perspective Marvel Studios is. The MCU has become larger than anyone could have anticipated, and the massive number of fans are wont to make their opinions known. So when the Eternals movie was announced, there were plenty of moviegoers who were confused. Who exactly are these guys, and do we need another team of heroes?

The Eternals have an interesting inception in the comics, created by the late Stan Lee‘s frequent collaborator Jack Kirby. They’re a fictional race that go all the way back to Earth’s creation, with The Celestials creating the group in order to protect the planet. It’s unclear if the same backstory will be used, especially as The Celestials were briefly introduced by Kurt Russel’s Ego The Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Marvel’s inclusion of The Eternals just shows how the shared universe as a whole is headed into space, and focusing on more cosmic stories. Guardians of the Galaxy helped to break that ground, with Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War further expanding the galaxy. Unfortunately, we’ll probably have to wait at least until Avengers 4 arrives in May to get any real information about the MCU’s future.

The next installment in the MCU will also take to the skies with Captain Marvel on March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

What Scenes Dexter Fletcher Added To Bohemian Rhapsody After Bryan Singer Left

The journey to the screen was a long and arduous road for the recent Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. That didn’t cease when the film finally went into production. As the film faced some behind the scenes turmoil after Bryan Singer was fired from the project, Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher was brought in to finish production and, as is always the case, many are curious just what parts of the finished product are the work of which director. According to Joe Mazzello, who plays Queen bassist John Deacon in the film, While Fletcher came in at the end of the process of filming, most of his work can be found earlier in the movie. Mazello says…

Joe Mazzello says that, while losing Bryan Singer as director was “weird,” the cast worked with it as best they good. He also sings the praises of Dexter Flecher, saying that the new director had boundless energy, which rubbed off on the cast and made them excited to come to set.

It sounds, based on what Joe Mazzello says to EW, that Dexter Fletcher’s energy was used to infuse the film itself, as some of the film’s early playfulness was thanks to him. He doesn’t go into specifics about what scenes he’s talking about, but there is certainly a lot of early fun in Bohemian Rhapsody. From the moment that Freddie Mercury joins the bad Smile, there’s a bit of silliness as the lead singer has trouble with a mic stand and then forgets the words to a song, forcing him to improv the entire thing.

Pretty much every time we see the band interacting with each other as they become superstars, it’s fun. The interaction with a record executive played by Mike Myers, the retreat that resulted in the recording of the iconic A Night at the Opera album, there’s fun in all of it and it sounds like the second director may have been part of the reason.

It has to be difficult when a position as big as the director changes during production. While it’s not unheard of, it is a rare occurrence. While the majority of the filming of Bohemian Rhapsody had been completed, there were reportedly about two weeks left in principal photography, plus whatever reshoots were required later on. While the change could have been a serious problem, it seems like everything worked out about ass well as one could hope.

While Dexter Fletcher may have been responsible for some of the movie’s most fun moments, his work was not enough to result in a credit on Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer is the only credited director on the final film.

When Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Is Finally Premiering

Winter finally hit last season on Game of Thrones and now we know when it will be returning for flocks of loyal fans. This morning, HBO’s popular fantasy series announced that Game of Thrones will officially be returning to the schedule in April of 2019. You can take a look at the official announcement, below.

As you can see at the end of the video of recycled footage from Game of Thrones, we have a premiere month if not an exact date. The show will be returning for Season 8 in April of 2019, returning the popular HBO’s series to its rightful spring home.

April was the original home for Game of Thrones when it first hit the schedule back in 2011. Subsequent seasons of the series also premiered during various weeks in April, although there have been a few snafus here and there. Namely, HBO experimented with airing the show in March back in 2013.

Season 7 was also a big departure for the series. Although fewer episodes were created for Season 7, the show’s production took longer to accomplish and the show missed its April window. Last time around, Game of Thrones fans got new episodes in July of 2017.

The wait will be even longer for Season 8. By the time the show premieres in April of 2019, Game of Thrones will have been off of the air for 20 months. Still, coming home to April should be a nice nod to the series’ origins on the pay cable network.

The Brutal History Of Rocky Fights Leading Into Creed II

With Creed II on the way, a decades-old feud between two families will be resurrected through their successors. For those who need a quick history lesson detailing all the major grudges between fighters in the Rocky franchise that led to this latest showdown, we’ve given a quick breakdown that puts it all out there.

Rocky vs. Apollo Creed

The feud that started it all. Ironically, this wouldn’t have happened had Apollo Creed’s first opponent for the Philadelphia Bicentennial title defense dropped out due to injury. The injury and timing encouraged Creed to give a local fighter a shot at the title, and Rocky Balboa was given the opportunity. Rocky ended up losing to Apollo in a split decision, but won the respect of the boxing community as well as Adrian, the love of his life, in the process.

Rocky’s star profile had risen tremendously following the bout, while Creed was furious and ashamed by his own performance. Despite his camp’s insistence he let the feud go, Creed demanded a rematch to prove the fight was a fluke. Creed dominated a bulk of their second fight, but his hubris and paranoia led to both fighters being out for the count in the final round. Rocky eventually found his way to his feet and became the new World champion.

Rocky vs. Clubber Lang

Rocky Balboa was on fire. He had ten successful title defenses in three years, and had gotten comfortable as the champion. This led to him underestimating a young fighter who challenged him, Clubber Lang. Longtime trainer Mickey actually warned Rocky that this was a fight he shouldn’t take, but Rocky ignored him. Mickey suffered a heart attack just prior to the bout, which caused a distracted and unconditioned Rocky to be knocked out by Lang in the second round.

Mickey died, and a distraught Rocky is left without his trainer for in fight preparation. He knew he needed the “Eye of the Tiger” Mick talked about but couldn’t find until Apollo Creed offered to train him in exchange for a personal favor. Rocky accepted, and together the two devised a strategy that involved physically exhausting Lang in the ring. Rocky regained his title and agreed to face Creed in a private third match that broke their feud’s tie.

Rocky vs. Ivan Drago

In Rocky IV, Soviet Russia gained a new prize fighter named Ivan Drago, and the nation was far from humble in its promotion and showcasing of his immense strength as a sign of the nation’s superiority. Fueled by his love of America (and his own personal ego), Apollo Creed challenged the fighter and had Rocky train him for the exhibition bout. The match ended in disaster, however, as Creed died in the ring while an unapologetic Drago looked on, unconcerned by his actions. If he dies… he dies.

Rocky was enraged and challenged Drago in an attempt to avenge his friend. Drago’s camp agreed, but only on the condition the unsanctioned fight took place in the Soviet Union in order to ensure Drago’s safety. Rocky agreed, and engaged in extreme outdoor training methods while his opponent uses the latest in Soviet technology to enhance his strength. The old school method prevailed, and Rocky successfully knocked out Drago and won the respect of the Soviet Union in the process. this happens to Rocky all of the time, apparently.

Rocky vs. Tommy Gunn

Rocky may have ended communism in Russia, but capitalism turned on him in Rocky V. The fighter found out he was broke, and his recent diagnosis of brain damage had seemingly brought an end to his boxing career. Never one to give up, Rocky re-opened Mick’s gym and trained a promising fighter from Oklahoma named Tommy Gunn. Rocky’s investment in the fighter, however, is unacknowledged when Gunn forgot Rocky soon after winning the world championship.

Luckily, the media and people of Philadelphia know this, and they called Gunn a “paper champion” because he only beat the guy Rocky relinquished the title to. This prompted Gunn to seek out Rocky in a bar, and challenge him to a title fight. After a brief exchange that left his brother-in-law Paulie’s injured, Rocky agreed to fight Gunn outside. While he’s wasn’t the superior boxer, Rocky utilized his streetfighting techniques to take Gunn down, and get him arrested.

Rocky vs. Mason Dixon

It has been 20 years since Rocky V, and Balboa’s battles as of late have been more personal than physical. He’s managed to create a decent living for himself with his restaurant Adrian’s, which is named after his now departed wife. His quiet life is upended when a virtual simulation showed he’d defeat current boxing champion Mason “The Line” Dixon if he were in his prime, which inspired Rocky to get his boxing license back.

Rocky had originally planned to do small events, but promoters smelled money and soon arranged for an exhibition between him and Dixon. Despite his old age, Rocky managed to go the distance against Dixon, and prove to himself that he still had some fire left in the tank. Much like the fight in the first Rocky, he lost, but Balboa exited the ring triumphant in knowing he managed to hold his own against a modern day champion.

Adonis Creed vs. Ricky Conlan

The traditional Rocky story then shifted to that of Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, who is the result of an affair between Apollo Creed and another woman during his marriage. Adonis was adopted by Creed’s widow Mary Ann, and raised as her own. Despite his father’s lack of presence in his life, Adonis felt a need to pursue professional boxing and eventually headed to Philadelphia to seek out one of his father’s old friends.

Rocky agreed to train Adonis, and word got out that Apollo Creed’s son was into boxing. The news caught the attention of world light heavyweight champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan, who offered to fight Adonis if he’ll change his last name to Creed to promote the fight. He agreed, and after training and helping Rocky battle non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the duo arrived in Liverpool to fight. Adonis lost to Conlan in a split decision, but his future in professional boxing looks bright.

It’s all led to Creed II, where Adonis will fight for a chance to defeat the son of the man who killed his father in the ring decades prior. Adonis and Viktor will square off in theaters Wednesday, November 21. For more on the film, be sure to check out why Michael B. Jordan got even more ripped for his character’s upcoming bout.

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Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Female and Openly Bisexual Senator from Arizona

Results are still coming in from last week’s midterm elections and yes, women are continuing to break barriers. While there are still contested races in Georgia and Florida where candidates like Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are awaiting their fates, Monday night brought the good news that the Arizona Senate race finally came to a close when Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner over Republican Martha McSally.

Sinema, a former social worker, will be the first woman to represent Arizona and the first openly bisexual person ever elected to the Senate. The race had been too close to call over the past week and early votes and mail-in ballots had to be counted.

“As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground,” Sinema posted on Facebook after her victory. “That’s the same approach I’ll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I’ll be an independent voice for all Arizonans.”

Her opponent McSally, a former fighter pilot, shared a video on Twitter congratulating Sinema on her win and wishing her success.

“Congrats to @kyrstensinema,” she wrote. “I wish her success. I’m grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. I’m inspired by Arizonans’ spirit and our state’s best days are ahead of us.”

Many feel Sinema’s victory in winning the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake is a sign of rebuke to President Donald Trump’s policies and platform. “Arizona voters rejected Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s politics of bigotry and fear and made history by electing bold pro-equality champion Kyrsten Sinema as the nation’s first openly bisexual U.S. Senator,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement. “For more than a year, HRC has worked to organize 800,000 equality voters across the state and we are proud to have helped Senator-elect Sinema across the finish line in a tight race. We celebrate this incredible moment and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with Sinema, and Arizona Congressmembers Tom O’Halleran, Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, and Greg Stanton to move equality forward for all Arizonans.”

Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez echoed that sentiment: “Congratulations to Kyrsten Sinema and Arizona Democrats for such a stunning victory. Arizonans went to the polls last Tuesday looking for bold new leadership, and that’s exactly what they’re going to get with their first-ever female senator and our nation’s second openly LGBTQ senator,” he said.

“Unlike her predecessor, Senator-elect Sinema is ready to fight on day one for quality health care, a VA system that works the way it should for our veterans, comprehensive immigration reform, good-paying jobs, and an economy that works for all Arizonans. The Democratic National Committee was proud to invest in and partner with the Democratic Party of Arizona to expand their voter outreach and help get voters to the polls.”

Sinema’s win guarantees Democrats 47 seats in the Senate (compared to Republicans’ 51.) Florida and Mississippi are undecided.

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Yes, Bryan Cranston Would Be Interested In Doing A Breaking Bad Movie

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of talk regarding the upcoming Breaking Bad movie. Who will it follow? When will it be set? Will it air on TV or hit theaters? Due to the timeline, would Walter White be able to make a return?

Bryan Cranston has made it clear previously that he is not involved in the creative process of the Breaking Bad movie. But if you ask him whether or not he would be willing to return should the circumstances be intriguing or workable the answer would be, “yes.” Per Cranston:

Speaking out on NBC’s Today, Bryan Cranston talked a little bit about the recently announced project, noting there has been plenty of hyperbole about the movie. He’s not wrong. The project is getting off the ground in Albuquerque and is rolling with the code name “Green Briar.”

However, there are always ways for shows to bring back dead characters, whether through creating prequels (See: Sheldon’s dad in Young Sheldon) or bringing people back via flashback (See: The Walking Dead and myriad other shows).

There are also timey whimey ways to bring back dead characters, but those probably wouldn’t work for a show like Breaking Bad. Still, if it’s something the studio wants to make happen, Bryan Cranston seems game to try out the idea. We’ll have to wait and see if it makes sense.

Details are pretty scarce and not even totally official at this point, but the movie is expected to film between November of this year and February of next, after which it will be much harder to keep a secret. The plot is expected to follow a kidnapped individual finding their way to freedom, but other than that, it’s difficult to determine exactly what another Breaking Bad project would look like.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are keeping busy right now. Cranston has the aforementioned Broadway stint in Network. Aaron Paul can currently be seen in Welcome Home and he has a new TV series in the works called Are You Sleeping? Finally, news broke a couple of months ago that the high profile actor had landed a stint in HBO’s Westworld, which is currently revving up for Season 3.

11 Tech Gifts Anyone On Your Nice List Will Be Super-Excited to Unwrap

Buying gifts for tech geeks is fun: There are always so many new things to choose from! But if you’re not a technophile, choosing a useful tech gift for your tech-savvy loved ones can be a challenge. Separating the truly cool tech products from the ones that are just going to wind up gathering dust can get confusing. So we did the legwork for you trying out all of the latest and getting past all the literal bells and whistles to see which gifts techies will love.

12 Tech Gifts Anyone On Your Nice List Will Be Super-Excited to Unwrap

Buying gifts for tech geeks is fun: There are always so many new things to choose from! But if you’re not a technophile, choosing a useful tech gift for your tech-savvy loved ones can be a challenge. Separating the truly cool tech products from the ones that are just going to wind up gathering dust can get confusing. So we did the legwork for you trying out all of the latest and getting past all the literal bells and whistles to see which gifts techies will love.