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Hollywood on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade: “Today’s Supreme Court Opinion Will Live in Infamy”

The Obamas, Alyssa Milano, Patricia Arquette and more have spoken out following the Supreme Court’s decision to end constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was made by the court’s conservative majority, with the ruling’s outcome expected to result in abortion bans in […]

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Leaves Spotify for Audible Multiyear Deal

The Obamas’ Higher Ground has struck an exclusive, multiyear first-look deal with Audible, marking a major win for the Amazon-owned audio company as it continues on a streak of production deals with high-profile talent in Hollywood. The move to Audible follows Higher Ground’s exit from Spotify, where the production company — founded by Barack and […]

Will Forte to Star in Obamas’ First Netflix Drama Series ‘Bodkin’ (Exclusive)

The Obamas have set their first scripted drama series at Netflix, which has tapped Will Forte to star in the darkly comedic thriller Bodkin. Jez Scharf (Mister Biscuits, The UnDream) created the seven-episode series about a group of podcasters who investigate a missing persons case. Scharf and Alex Metcalf (The Loudest Voice, Sharp Objects, Netflix’s […]

Viola Davis Calls Online Criticism of Her ‘First Lady’ Performance a Hurtful “Occupational Hazard”

Viola Davis has responded to online critics of her portrayal of Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady, stating that it can be “incredibly hurtful” to face negative feedback on her work, but that ultimately it is her job as an actor to “make bold choices,” regardless of how it might be received. In a […]

Director Mo Marable Talks ‘Woke,’ ‘Killing It’ and Working With Michelle Obama

A longtime creative exec, Mo Marable was best known for directing TV titles (see Big Love and the enduringly familiar Entourage opener) before the most unlikely of breaks got him behind the camera of narrative comedies such as The Game, Miracle Workers and Insecure. It was a short for the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, […]

Obamas’ Higher Ground Boards Netflix Thriller ‘Leave the World Behind’

Higher Ground, the production company founded by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, has signed on to Netflix’s adaptation of author Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind, which stars Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali. Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot and Homecoming, wrote and directed the adaptation, which also stars Ethan Hawke and Myha’la Herrold. The […]

Former President Obama to Narrate Netflix National Parks Docuseries

Former president Barack Obama is taking on a new role in his post-political career: On-screen TV talent. Obama will host and narrate a docuseries for Netflix called Our Great National Parks about some of the most famous national parks around the world. The series debuts on Netflix April 13, with footage shot in the U.S., […]

Former President Barack Obama Tests Positive for COVID-19

Former President Barack Obama has tested positive for COVID-19. He revealed the news on Twitter on Sunday, noting that his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, is negative. “I just tested positive for COVID,” he wrote. “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful […]

Jennifer Lopez, Steph Curry and H.E.R. Join Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote as Co-Chairs

Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote is beefing up its co-chair ranks by welcoming Jennifer Lopez, Steph Curry, H.E.R., Becky G and Bretman Rock into the fold ahead of the midterm elections. The former first lady announced the appointments today in a new video message. The five stars join existing co-chairs Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, Liza […]

‘The Upshaws’ Creator Teams With Obamas for Netflix Scripted Comedy

Netflix is expanding its relationship with The Upshaws creator Regina Hicks. Hicks has inked a multiyear overall deal with the streaming giant. As part of the pact, Hicks is teaming with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground to develop a scripted comedy about four middle-aged Black women from Houston, Texas, and explore how they navigate […]

The Obama Portraits Make Their West Coast Debut at LACMA

A bright white wall at LACMA is made more vibrant by the arrival of “The Obama Portraits” in their West Coast debut, part three of a five-city tour that began in Chicago, stopped in Brooklyn, and will continue on to Atlanta and Houston in 2022. These official portraits — depicting the 44th president and first […]

Michelle Obama to Guest on ‘Black-ish’ in Final Season

The final season of Black-ish has lined up an A-list guest star. Michelle Obama will appear on an episode of the ABC comedy in its eighth and last season, the show announced on social media Thursday. She’ll play herself, but other details of the former first lady’s appearance are being kept under wraps for now. […]