The Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild has gotten Michelle Obama’s ringing endorsement.
The first lady played host Wednesday at a White House workshop for about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and Louisiana, in the state where the movie was set.
Mrs. Obama said she saw Beasts last summer and considers it one of the most powerful and important movies released in a long time.
Book for reality star
Theresa Caputo, star of the TLC reality show Long Island Medium, has a book deal. The memoir will be called There’s More to Life Than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight About the Other Side.
Atria says the book will give readers insight into Caputo’s life and better understanding of her remarkable gift while teaching them about messages she receives from the beyond.
Rapper DMX has been arrested in northwestern South Carolina for driving without a license.
Authorities say the 42-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested at 1 a.m. Wednesday after an officer saw him at a gas station in Greer. Simmons already faced several charges of driving without a license, so deputies say an officer pulled him over after watching Simmons leave a gas station, get into a car and drive away.
Simmons was released after paying a fine.
Among celebrity birthdays today:
TV personality Hugh Downs is 92. Actress Florence Henderson is 79. TV personality Pat O’Brien is 65. Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 65. Actor Ken Wahl is 56. Actress Meg Tilly is 53. Singer Dwayne Wiggins is 52. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 49. Singer Rob Thomas is 41. Actor Freddie Highmore is 21.