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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Fans Can Watch the Movie From Bed on a Montauk Beach

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“Meet me in Montauk,” Clementine Kruczynski memorably whispers to Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as his final memory of their relationship is erased. These four words—along with surreal, dream-like scenes from Michel Gondry’s 2004 film, in which the ill-fated lovers (played by Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey) wake up on a snowy beach—are the inspiration behind a special upcoming Eternal Sunshine screening, in which fans get to make like Joel and Clementine and watch the movie in bed, next to the water.

Fittingly called “Meet Me in Montauk,” the day-long event—organized by Alamo Drafthouse and Focus Features—will be held on Saturday, August 12. Participants will receive an afternoon tour of filming locations, and the experience will culminate in an outdoor screening, held under the stars at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk, New York. Guests will lounge on mattresses as they revisit the whimsical tale of Joel and Clementine’s sweet—yet tumultuous—relationship. Since the beach can be chilly at night, attendees are even provided with replicas of Clementine’s orange hoodie.

A limited number of “Meet Me in Montauk” tickets go on sale on Friday, August 4, and will be announced on the Birth.Movies.Death Twitter account. More information about the screening is available online.

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This Harry Potter Candle Melts to Reveal Your Hogwarts House—and Smells Amazing
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As it gets darker and colder outside, the thought of lighting a candle in your room and curling up with a good book becomes more appealing. A sorting hat candle from the Muggle Library Candles Etsy store makes the perfect companion to whatever Harry Potter book you happen to be re-reading for the hundredth time this season. According to the Cleveland news outlet WKYC, the candle slowly reveals your Hogwarts house as it burns.

From the outside, the item looks like a normal white candle. But when lit, the outer layer of plain wax melts away, allowing the colorful interior to poke through. The candles come in one of four concealed colors: red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, yellow for Hufflepuff, and green for Slytherin. The only way to know which house you’re destined to match with is by purchasing a candle and putting it to use. According to the label, the scent evokes “excitement, fear, and nervousness.” The smell can also be described as lemon with sandalwood, vanilla, and patchouli.

Due to its viral popularity, the Fort Worth, Texas-based Etsy store has put all orders on hold while working to get its current batch of shipments out to customers. You can follow Muggle Library Candles on Instagram for updates on the sorting candle, as well as other Harry Potter-themed candles in their repertoire, like parseltongue and free elf.

[h/t WKYC]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

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Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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