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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime's 'First Ladies'

Viola Davis has a huge new role lined up!

The 54-year-old actress has signed on to play former First Lady Michelle Obama in the series First Ladies, currently in development at Showtime.

Season one of the show is set to focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama, the wives of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, and Barack Obama.

According to Variety, the show “will turn it lens on the East Wing of the White House, as opposed to the West, where many of history’s most impactful and world changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic First Ladies.”

The Obamas Shared Their Summer Playlist, Artists React!

Barack Obama has revealed the songs that he and wife Michelle Obama have been listening to this summer and some of the artists on the list are so excited!

“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy,” the former President of the United States tweeted on Saturday morning (August 24).

Some of the songs on the 44-track playlist include Maggie Rogers‘ “Burning,” Lizzo‘s “Juice,” Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes‘ “Senorita,” Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road,” and several songs by Beyonce.

Maggie and Lizzo both took to Twitter to share their excitement. See the tweets below!

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Barack & Michelle Obama's 'American Factory' Hits Netflix This Month!

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are officially producers for Netflix!

The former first couple, ages 58 and 55, respectively, will premiere their first title from their Higher Ground Productions – American Factory – on the streaming service on August 21, THR reports.

Netflix obtained directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s documentary from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary and became an early contender for the 2020 Oscars.

“Their team is smart, focused and know what they’re looking for,” Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun said. “They honed in on certain films right away.” Josh has sold two projects to the Obamas: American Factory and Crip Camp, which focuses on “a group of disabled teens at a New York camp in the late 1960s.”

Other projects include a feature adaptation of David W. Blight‘s bestseller “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom”; Bloom, an “upstairs/downstairs” post-World War II drama series; the scripted anthology series Overlooked, inspired by the New York Times‘ ongoing obituary column; the kids nutrition series Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents; and a docuseries inspired by Michael Lewis‘ “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” which is aimed at the Trump administration.

“They don’t only want to do politics or things that feel narrowly progressive,” an agency source said. “They were open. They weren’t coming in saying, ‘Where is our Game of Thrones?’ It was human scale-type stories. The main thrust was, ‘Don’t think of us as sanitized, like a project has to pass a political smell test. Think of us as a general entertainment company.’”

Barack and Michelle Obama‘s American Factory, which tells the story of “a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio,” will premiere globally in 190 countries on Netflix and in select North American theaters.

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Duchess Meghan Markle Interviews Michelle Obama for 'British Vogue,' & Includes a Disclaimer Before the Piece!

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess Of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) interviews Michelle Obama in the September Issue of British Vogue, which she guest-edited.

The Duchess wrote a forward to the interview piece, stating that she sent the former First Lady some “simple” interview questions. Michelle Obama‘s responses blew her away, so Duchess Meghan added this disclaimer: “I share all this with you as a disclaimer of sorts: had I known Michelle would be so generous in making this a comprehensive interview my questions would have been lengthier, more probing, more engaging. I would have called her and included the banter on these pages – the laughs and sighs and ping-pong of dialogue as I chimed in. But to re-engineer that now would rob Michelle’s words of their authenticity, which, for me, is at the crux of what makes this piece special.”

Here are some highlights from the interview…

Duchess Meghan: “What is the most beautiful sound that you’ve ever heard?”
Michelle Obama: “When Malia and Sasha were newborns, Barack and I could lose hours just watching them sleep. We loved to listen to the little sounds they’d make – especially the way they cooed when they were deep into dreaming. Don’t get me wrong, early parenthood is exhausting. I’m sure you know a thing or two about that these days. But there is something so magical about having a baby in the house. Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity. I’m so excited for you and Harry to experience that, Meghan. Savour it all.”

Duchess Meghan: What advice do you give your daughters?
Michelle Obama: “Don’t just check the boxes you think you’re supposed to check, like I did when I was their age. I tell them that I hope they’ll keep trying on new experiences until they find what feels right. And what felt right yesterday might not necessarily feel right today. That’s OK – it’s good, even. When I was in college, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer because it sounded like a job for good, respectable people. It took me a few years to listen to my intuition and find a path that fit better for who I was, inside and out. Becoming who we are is an ongoing process, and thank God – because where’s the fun in waking up one day and deciding there’s nowhere left to go? That’s something I wish I’d recognised a little earlier. As a younger woman, I spent too much time worrying that I wasn’t achieving enough, or I was straying too far from what I thought was the prescribed path. What I hope my daughters will realise a little earlier is that there is no prescribed path, that it’s OK to swerve, and that the confidence they need to recognise that will come with time.”

For more from the Duchess and Michelle Obama‘s interview, visit

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Anna Wintour's Response to Question About Melania Trump's Fashion Is Making Headlines!

Vogue‘s Anna Wintour made an appearance on The Economist Asks podcast with interviewer Anne McElvoy, where she was asked about First Lady Melania Trump‘s fashion. She’s now making headlines for her response!

“There’s something so visual about the Trumps and his ill-fitting suits and strange trousers and red baseball cap, almost deliberately off trend and not interested in presenting himself other than in a way that might echo with the base. Melania is…much more put together…she did come to the UK…I think, very consciously wanted to see herself as an ambassador for British fashion, in this case…do you value that?,” Anne asked Anna.

Instead of speaking about the current First Lady, Anna Wintour responded with an answer about former First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I think First Lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible. In every decision she made about fashion. She supported young American designers, she supported designers indeed from all over the world. She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways way beyond fashion,” Anna responded.

“But she’s not the first lady now, so what about the one that you’ve got now?” the interviewer responded, to which Anna said, “To me, she is the example that I admire.”

This is not the first time Anna Wintour has made her thoughts about Donald and Melania Trump known. Find out what Anna said about the President and his future with the Met Gala!

World's Most Admired Men & Women of 2019 - Top 10 List Revealed!

The world’s most admired men and women have been revealed!

The results of the annual YouGov survey were released on Thursday (July 18).

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This year’s list of men and women includes Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Bill Gates.

The survey gathered panelists from 41 countries to compile nominations. Participants from different countries were asked about who they admired the most. More than 42,000 people were interviewed to create this year’s list!

Click through the slideshow to find out who was voted Most Admired of 2019…