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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 30, 2012 at 12:53PM

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
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Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter." He also enjoys watching "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation" with wife Michelle and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. The Obamas do not have Netflix, but he and the First Lady do have iTunes accounts.

As for movies, President Obama says: "We love watching movies together, and the number of movies we watch just depends on my schedule." We're guessing the number isn't very high, but we do know that Obama has seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild." He recommended the film to Oprah.

When director Behn Zeitlin found out about their endorsement, he said: "It was about the most shocking thing that I've heard in my life...It's too much to take in to find out that Oprah likes it. And to find out that Obama likes it in the same moment could kind of make your head explode."

As it happens, the film's three producers worked on the Obama campaign in 2008. After Obama won the election, one of the producers, Michael Gottwald recalls: “I was looking for an adventure on par with electing the President.” So they returned to New Orleans to produce friend Zeitlin's new script, foregoing careers in politics. "Beasts" then went on to win major awards at Sundance, Cannes and beyond.

[TV Guide / BuzzFeed]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.