obamas netflix deal

When things seem low, Netflix goes high. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have officially entered a multi-year “storytelling partnership” with the streaming service to produce multiple movies and TV shows. This Netflix deal potentially includes scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and feature films.

Yes, you heard that right: scripted series. Buddy-comedy starring President Obama and Vice President Biden, here we come!

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The Obamas can soon add TV producers to their long, distinguished resumes.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are reportedly in talks to produce a series of TV shows for Netflix. The number of shows and episodes are not get confirmed, but will focus on sharing inspirational stories with the streaming service’s 118 million subscribers around the world.

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Netflix David Letterman Series

It’s been two and a half years since David Letterman left behind The Late Show at CBS for a little bit of a retirement. But as any comedian will tell you, staying out of the spotlight isn’t easy. So we weren’t surprised to learn last summer that David Letterman was putting together an original series for Netflix.

Now Netflix has announced out of nowhere that David Letterman’s new series will premiere on the streaming service next week, and the first teaser for the 60-minute talk show is available to watch. Letterman has some impressive guests lined up for the first six episodes, but unlike the rest of Netflix’s shows, you’ll have to wait a month between each one.

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President Obama The Wire

A Presidential conversation with a TV creator admittedly is on the borderline of this site’s focus. But when that TV creator is David Simon, the man primarily responsible for arguably the best TV show ever, The Wire, and he’s talking about issues in that show with the sitting President of the United States, that’s something more. That’s historic and something anyone who is a fan of The Wire would be interested in seeing. Watch the President Obama The Wire video below. Read More »

Obama Says Sony Made a Mistake

The irony of social and political tension is that it can be created not just by large and important actions, but by anything at all. And so, today, we heard President Barack Obama deadpanning “I think it says something about North Korea” that the country would “mount an all-out attack over a satirical film… starring Seth Rogen.”

This is the world we’re in now, where entertainment news and geopolitics are the same thing, where the leader of the United States devotes time in a press conference to a comedy movie.

In the wake of Sony scrapping the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s film The Interview, arguments have erupted over the wisdom behind the move. The Sony hackers — now identified by the FBI as elements of the North Korean government — responded with a new message saying that retaliation would follow if Sony released The Interview in any form, ever. Responding to a question about the hack and the decision to pull the film, Obama says Sony made a mistake pulling the movie, and that retaliation will follow.

UPDATE: Sony responded to the President’s claims later in the afternoon. In the statement, they say “It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” Unfortunately, every VOD outlet has turned them down. Read the full statement below.
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What Was President Obama’s Favorite Movie of 2014?

Obama on Between Two Ferns

As President of the United States, Barack Obama has enough on his plate without trying to keep up with the latest films. Nevertheless, he makes time for a movie night now and then. As the year draws to a close, he’s revealed his favorite movie of 2014.

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Obama on Between Two Ferns

This is kind of amazing. We’ve run many episodes of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. We’ve seen quite a few guests squirm uncomfortably as the fake talk show gives Galifianakis a chance to skewer their work and his own persona. But we’ve never seen something quite like an episode that gets President Barack Obama on Between Two Ferns.

Sure, he’s there to plug healthcare.gov, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take potshots at the Hangover movies and promise to keep the First Lady well away from Galifianakis. Obama can deploy a simple “seriously?” like no one else; I wish we could see him throwing that around in political conversations, too, but this is good enough. Read More »

Obama Iron Man

Marvel movies can’t get any more mainstream than they are at this very moment. With a second Avengers in production, two other movies scheduled for release this year and their latest just out on Blu-ray, Marvel is everywhere once again. Plus, the most powerful man in the world is joking about them.

U.S. President Barack Obama made a hilarious reference to Iron Man in a recent speech and we’ve got the video below. Check it out. Read More »

House-of-Cards-Season-2-Trailer

At 3:01 AM Eastern time this morning, Netflix debuted thirteen new episodes of House of Cards. Fans are binging their way through Season 2 as we speak so if you’ve notice a suspicious proportion of your office has gone missing today, there’s a good chance Frank Underwood is to blame.

But not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off to spend 13 consecutive hours on the couch. Some folks have more pressing matters to attend to — like running the country. Yesterday evening, President Barack Obama spoke for TV lovers on both sides of the aisle when he called for binge-watchers to refrain from spoiling the show for the rest of us. Hit the jump to see his comment.

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Obama Dreamworks

A current U.S. President on a motion capture stage. That’s not something you see every day. But it happened Tuesday when President Barack Obama visited DreamWorks Animation to talk to the company (which is headed by major Obama contributor and fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg). The President called the entertainment industry “one of the bright spots of our economy” and got a tour of the facility.

One of the stops was the motion capture stage where How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois explained and demonstrated the technique for the President. And, as a bonus, there’s some new footage from the 2014 sequel. Check out the video below. Read More »