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Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week

Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week, roughly equal to the combined first week sales of memoirs by his two immediate predecessors and among the highest ever for a nonfiction book.

Crown announced Tuesday that it had increased its initial print run from 3.4 million copies to 4.3 million. Sales also include audio and digital books.

“A Promised Land,” the first of two planned volumes, was published Nov. 17 and sold nearly 890,000 copies just in its first day. Among former White House residents, only Obama’s wife Michelle approaches his popularity as a writer. Her “Becoming,” published in 2018, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is currently in the top 20 on Amazon.com.

George W. Bush’s “Decision Points” sold 775,000 copies its first week and Bill Clinton’s “My Life” topped 1 million in eight

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‘Little Fish’ Trailer: Chad Hartigan’s Pandemic-Set Sci-Fi Romance


Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell play a couple navigating memory loss from a mysterious disease in this drama with “Eternal Sunshine” vibes.

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The phrase “eerily prescient” is overused, but for “Little Fish” — a romantic drama set during a global epidemic — it’s apt. Directed by Chad Hartigan, purveyor of Sundance favorites “Morris From America” and “This Is Martin Bonner,” “Little Fish” revolves around a global epidemic that leads to memory loss and charts a young couple’s fight to hold onto each other despite the disease. That blend of romantic and cerebral sci-fi earned the film comparisons to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Here’s the official synopsis: “Imagine waking up in a world where a pandemic has broken out, which strikes with no rhyme or reason, and causes its victims to lose their memories. Imagine waking up and not remembering the person you love. This is the

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‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’: David E. Talbert Interview

Writer-director David E. Talbert spoke to IndieWire about his 22-year journey to get the holiday movie spectacle produced.

Writer-director David E. Talbert’s new film, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey,” is a Netflix musical set in the vibrant fictional town of Cobbleton, and follows renowned toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) whose whimsical inventions are wondrous. But when his apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his precocious granddaughter (Madalen Mills) to retrieve all that has been lost. Twenty-two years in the making, it’s an ambitious spectacle that’s unlike anything Talbert — whose previous film credits include dramedies “First Sunday” (2008), “Baggage Claim,” and “Almost Christmas” — has ever done before.

“If you look at my catalog before ‘Jingle Jangle,’ it’s hard to say [that] this same guy was going to do this expensive, epic, visual effects-heavy, period musical, but these are the kinds of films that I

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BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa react to Grammy noms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards:

“What??? Who me? Oh my God.” — Megan Thee Stallion, during a livestream after the Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told the Houston-based rapper about her nominations.

“Ohmmmmmmyyyyyyyyggghghhhhhhhgggggggggdhdhsjsixudbslsogbdsisgshdbxidjdbdidhdifjfiri.” — K-pop group BTS, nominated for best pop duo/group performance, on Twitter.

“Ohhhhh I need a bad (explicit) Grammy date.” — Freddie Gibbs, whose album “Alfredo” is nominated for best rap album, said on Twitter.


“You’re joking,” — a teary-eyed Dua Lipa, nominated six times including for album, record and song of the year, said during a livestream.

“Woah! thank you.” — Jhené Aiko, nominated for album of the year for “Chilombo,” said on Twitter. Her third studio album is also nominated for best progressive R&B album.

“THIS. CANNOT. BE. REAL. 3 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS. ARE YOU KIDDING ME RN?????”

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Noah Cyrus on Scoring Best New Artist Grammy Nomination: ‘I’ve Idolized the Show Since I Was Little’

Cyrus says the news felt even more special coming from her mom, who has always been her biggest fan; at the beginning of the year, Tish even wrote in her intentions book that Noah would win a Grammy. Cyrus immediately after called her dad and the rest of the family, wiping away tears each time she relived the news.

“I’ve watched the show since I was a little girl and I’ve idolized the show since I was a little girl,” she says. “I’ve always known the importance, the weight and the honor that it holds to be nominated for or to receive a Grammy. This is something I’ve talked about since the day that I started as an artist. I remember being 15 in my manager’s office talking about the Grammys and everybody being like, ‘That’s so far away.’”

Cyrus, now 20 and with over 940 million on-demand career streams,

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John Legend Says Michael B. Jordan Being Crowned Sexiest Man Alive ‘Makes Me Feel Even Cooler’

John Legend is welcoming Michael B. Jordan into the sexy club with open arms.



John Legend, Michael B. Jordan posing for a photo: John Sciulli/Getty; George Pimentel/WireImage John Legend and Michael B. Jordan


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After the 33-year-old Black Panther star was crowned as PEOPLE’s newest Sexiest Man Alive, the Grammy winner tells PEOPLE he now feels “even cooler.”

“I’m so happy that he is the next Sexiest Man Alive,” says Legend, 41. “I love him. He’s extremely talented and he’s such a smart guy and a kind guy. He’s socially aware and is using his power in such a powerful way.”

“I work with a lot of girls that finally believe in the Sexiest Man Alive,” jokes Teigen, who along with her husband is partnering with McDonald’s to help give back to other families with critically ill or injured children through Ronald McDonald House Charities.



John Legend, Michael B. Jordan posing for a photo: John Legend and Michael B. Jordan


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John Legend and Michael B. Jordan

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John Boyega isn’t going to ‘take the money and shush’

NEW YORK (AP) — John Boyega is only 28, but being a professional actor of 10 years and a veteran of three “Star Wars” films has given him insight into what it’s like for a young performer breaking into Hollywood.

“I always tell young actors who are getting into it, they’ve got their first franchise or first big role: You’re gonna have to navigate people assuming that you’re a piece of (expletive),” says Boyega. “Normally the assumption is you keep quiet, you keep cashing checks and you keep it moving. That’s the hardest thing to navigate, when you don’t feel that way.”

This year, Boyega has made it clear he doesn’t feel that way, that he isn’t going to bite his tongue. In July, he gave a fiery speech at a London protest in the wake of George Floyd’s death, shouting through a megaphone and fighting back tears. He wondered

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‘The Expanse’: Amazon renews series for sixth and final season

Nov. 24 (UPI) — Sci-fi series The Expanse will return for a sixth and final season.

Amazon Prime Video confirmed on The Expanse official Twitter account Tuesday that the show has been renewed for Season 6 ahead of its Season 5 premiere.

“‘You can’t stop the work,'” the post reads. “Season 6 is a go.”

The Expanse is based on the Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck book series of the same name, which is set in a future where humans have colonized the solar system. The TV adaptation is developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

“From the moment we committed to bringing this show to life up until this final season, we have worked tirelessly to honor the vision of the writers. We have prided ourselves on having one of the most diverse casts on television and giving a platform to stories that matter,” executive producers Andrew Kosove and

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‘Cherry’ First Look: Tom Holland Oscar Contender

“Cherry” reunites Holland with his “Avengers” directors Joe and Anthony Russo for their “Endgame” follow-up.

Tom Holland scored Oscar buzz during the 2012-2013 awards season for his supporting performance in “The Impossible,” and now he’s back on Oscar pundits’ radar with his upcoming drama “Cherry.” Based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker, the film reunites Holland with his Marvel Cinematic Universe directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who are diving into a hard-hitting character study after the record-breaking success of “Avengers: Endgame.” Vanity Fair has the official first look at “Cherry,” including new stills of Holland and his co-star Ciara Bravo.

“We do think about it as an epic film, and it is very much a person’s life journey,” Anthony Russo told the magazine. “But it does have a little bit of a split personality between being this character study and an epic life cycle.”

“Cherry” stars Holland as a

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Solange Shares Pic With BF Gio Escobar After Alan Ferguson Split

A new romance? Solange appears to be dating again just one year after announcing her split from estranged husband Alan Ferguson.

The “Don’t Touch My Hair” songstress, 34, shared a snap of herself alongside jazz composer Gio Escobar on her Instagram Story over the weekend, according to Love B. Scott. In the cute selfie, the pair leaned into each other while smiling.

Page Six reported that Solange and Escobar are officially together. They were first linked last November when a video surfaced of the duo appearing to get cozy together.

Solange Debuts New BF Gio Escobar After Alan Ferguson Split
Solange Knowles at The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact Inaugural Celebration on February 28, 2020 in New York City. Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

The Grammy winner announced her split from Ferguson, 57, in November 2019 after nearly five years of marriage. In her Instagram statement, Solange said that she has entered a “more physical and spiritual transition

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