Kendrick Lamar — Prez Obama Gets Message in My Song … Live Forever with Just $1

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Obama’s favorite book of 2015 is by Lauren Groff, but what’s hers? And more book news..

For instance, when the duo spoke to People magazine, he picked the Matt Damon-led flick “The Martian” as his film of the year, while she went with “Inside Out,” featuring Amy Poehler.The Martian, based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, has been one of the year’s biggest hits, making more than $570m (£375m) worldwide and becoming a strong contender for awards glory next year.

As for the small screen, the president is a big fan of the Cinemax series “The Knick,” although he also enjoys the first lady’s favorite, ABC’s “Black-ish.” But there’s another show that made his list of personal favorites for 2015 — the episode of “Running Wild With Bear Gryllis” that sent him on an unprecedented journey. “In September, I became the first sitting president to visit north of the Arctic Circle, but before I made it up there, I checked out a glacier and trekked through the Alaskan wilderness with Bear Grylls,” Obama told People. “Now, based on what I know of Bear, this could have gone a number of ways — and I did end up eating a salmon that had been gnawed on by an actual bear — but we had a great time.” Last year, Obama picked Boyhood while the first lady refused to choose a favourite, instead sharing that she preferred the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl to David Fincher’s big screen adaptation.

When she heard the news, Groff, who lives in Florida, tweeted “I just died, came back to life, read again, died again.” But what was Groff’s favorite book of the year? In his cultural wrap-up of 2015, Obama also named Steven Soderbergh’s medical show The Knick and Kendrick Lamar’s How Much a Dollar Cost as highlights. Gioia, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, knows his way around grant programs. “It would be very easy for a poet laureate to spend most of his or her time in the Bay Area or the Los Angeles area,” he said. “I want to reach out to smaller towns, rural communities, mid-sized towns — places that usually don’t get the kind of cultural programming that the metropolitan centers do.” The California poet laureate, who serves for two years, gets a $5,000 annual stipend.

In its first season, the wildly popular podcast did a deep dive into a forgotten murder case, asking if there was reason to believe Adnan Syed, who is in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, might be innocent. Bowe Bergdhal, who was a prisoner of the Taiban for five years; his release was first celebrated, then Bergdhal was charged by the Army with desertion for walking away from his base in Afghanistan, which led to his capture.

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