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‘Southside With You’: A charming first date with Barack and Michelle Obama

Being the third wheel on someone else’s first date is rarely as delightful as it is in “Southside With You,” Richard Tanne’s charming film about two 20-something lawyers spending some time together outside of the office in 1989 Chicago. It is, at heart, a long conversation — think “Before Sunrise” crossed with “My Dinner with Andre.” And, because those two lawyers are named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), it’s the beginning of a story that we already know. (Spoiler alert: The date, ultimately, goes well.)

Tanne knows full well that this isn’t just any date (“Barack O-what-a?” asks Michelle’s puzzled father, reminding all of us of when we first heard the name), and the film is sprinkled with reminders of what these two people will become: Barack giving a charismatic speech at a community meeting; Michelle breaking into an impromptu dance with a little girl; Barack’s casual “Maybe” to Michelle’s equally casual question about his future, “Politics?”

But most of what happens is the unremarkable, yet pleasantly tingly stuff of a promising first date. There’s plenty of activity: an art exhibit, sandwiches in the park, that community meeting, drinks, a movie (“Do the Right Thing”), ice cream, one sweet kiss and a few lingering smiles as they contemplate — from armchairs back in their own quiet homes — what might happen next. There’s lots of talk about their families, their frustrations at work (particularly Michelle, who struggles with the weight of being black and female in a mostly white male firm), their favorite Stevie Wonder albums, their childhoods, their dreams. And through it all, as they wander the city on that warm summer’s day, Michelle insists that they’re not on a date. (“We work together. It’s inappropriate.”)

Sawyers (who looks a lot like a young Barack Obama) and Sumpter (who doesn’t look much like Michelle Obama, but makes us believe that she does) have a tricky task here as actors: They’re playing youthful variants on people we came to know in midlife, and they’re believable in every frame. Watch him, gazing at her through a cigarette haze as she earnestly tells him that he needs to forgive his absent father (the camera’s on him, though she’s speaking), and you see the end of a laid-back date and the beginning of a love story. It’s a sweet-natured, gentle film that might remind more than a few watchers of a special date in their own life, long ago.


While the M$M was busy tearing down Hillary......

Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to "get your walking boots on" and drum up support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

He appeared before 15,000 activists in Jackson, Mississippi, being introduced by and sharing the stage with Mr Trump.
And he said the party could "beat the pollsters" in the presidential race.

Mr Trump, who is trailing his rival Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls, backed the UK's exit from the EU.
In a tweet last week, Mr Trump said: "They will soon be calling me Mr Brexit."

Mr Trump introduced Mr Farage as the man who "brilliantly" led the UK Independent Party's campaign to secure a vote on the future of the UK's 40-year membership of the European Union.

Mr Farage began his address by saying he had a "message of hope and optimism" for the Republican Party.

He drew on parallels between Mr Trump's bid for the White House and that of the Brexit campaign's "people's army of ordinary citizens", which he said engaged successfully with the public prior to the UK's referendum vote on whether to leave the EU.


Democrats Have a 60% Chance of Winning Senate

The Upshot’s new Senate election forecast gives Democrats a 60% chance of winning control of the chamber in November.

Included within this 60 percent is a 17% chance that the Senate ends up evenly split with a Democratic vice president providing the tiebreaking vote.


“Justice League Dark” Film Moving Forward with Director Doug Liman

The long-gestating “Justice League Dark” movie — which has also gone under the name “Dark Universe” — is indeed happening with “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Bourne Identity” helmer Doug Liman attached to direct.

Due to Liman’s commitment to direct “Justice League Dark,” he’ll no longer helm the X-Men spinoff movie, “Gambit.” Sources say Liman’s departure is a “mutual split” between him and the studio, 20th Century Fox.

According to Variety, revered filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pacific Rim”), who was originally set to direct the project, and contributed to the original script, is still attached as producer.

The site notes that the team featured in the film will consist of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon — all members of the super-team in the original DC Comics series.


Ex-Aide Suggests Black Communities Not 'Safe Environment' For Trump Rallies

Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager on Monday defended his former boss' choice to deliver speeches supposedly aimed at black voters while in largely white communities, explaining that the last time Trump tried to give a speech in a black neighborhood it was "overrun" and "not a safe environment."

"You know what ' amazing to me is that no one remembers that Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university," Corey Lewandowski said on CNN. "And do you remember what happened? It was so chaotic and it was so out of control that Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him, you could not get in and out of that facility safely, and that rally was canceled."

In March, the Trump campaign canceled a rally planned at the University of Illinois in Chicago because of protests outside of the venue.

"And you showed the footage many times of the individuals who attended that rally. Donald Trump had that rally booked," Lewandowski added.

The other panelists pressed Lewandowksi on what that event had to do with the current scrutiny of Trump's comments to black voters.

"That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to go and give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus, which is predominantly African-American, to make that argument," Lewandowski said, mistaking the name of the university where the speech was supposed to take place. "And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment."


Siouxsie and the Banshees - Last Beat of My Heart (VIDEO)

Sleeping At Last - In The Embers (VIDEO)

Trump canceled his trip to Nevada, but he's still going to Texas and Mississippi.

Donald Trump might be moderating his rhetoric, but he hasn’t adjusted a campaign strategy that has him spending valuable time in states that will not prove decisive on Election Day.

With fewer than 80 days to go and lagging in the polls, the Republican nominee will host a rally Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and another on Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi. Both cities sit inside strongly Republican states that are safe and uncompetitive.

These visits follow a recent trip by Trump into heavily Democratic Connecticut, a choice that enraged and confused Republicans.

“I have never known a general election campaign in my adult life, a Republican campaign, to spend time in Mississippi outside of raising money,” said Austin Barbour, a Mississippi-based Republican operative. “Donald Trump’s going to win Mississippi by at least double digits.”

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Sarah McLachlan - Drawn to the Rhythm (VIDEO)

Silk Rumored For Spider-Man: Homecoming Played By Tiffany Espensen

While everybody is going bonkers over the potential casting of Zendaya in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new rumor/speculation points to Silk being in the film.

According to a casting call sheet, 17-year-old Tiffany Espensen is playing a character named Cindy in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Silk in the Marvel Comics is named Cindy Moon.

The character was retconned into existence a couple of years ago by Dan Slott when it was said the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers also bit a second person, Cindy Moon.

Silk has similar powers to Spider-Man but a greater Spider Sense (Silk Sense) and can shoot webs out of her fingertips.

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