Hollywood on the Potomac

Oscar Watch: Grand Budapest

January 28, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel wasn’t always that way – grand, that is.  According to Peter McPartlin, whose Paintbrush production company produced the Oscar nominated film, it was actually shot in a vacant, run-down department store ……. Görlitzer Warenhaus department store to be exact …… and in Germany, far more than a stone’s throw from Budapest …… 903.5 km to be exact.

“The first thing that really comes up in filmmaking is you have to decide where you want to shoot the movie and a lot of that is driven by tax incentives,” McPartlin told us. “For Grand Budapest, it was Germany. Wes Anderson (director) found this fantastic department store and of course has to have it, has to have it!!  You look at the picture and you know it’s a Wes Anderson movie.  Come to find out, the department store was in bankruptcy. The first idea from Wes of course was ‘just buy it’ and then sell it.  I didn’t think we wanted to be in the real estate business with Görlitzer. This actual department store, just by Wes going the extra mile, ended up being a huge blessing and it was really cool.”

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Art Soiree

January 26, 2015

Tom Toles doesn’t mince words; he doesn’t have to. The Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post takes on social and political issues with art…….such as deflategate, the sports scandal currently surrounding the New England Patriots as they head into the Super Bowl to pair off with the Seattle Seahawks on February 1st.  Some think the scandal is just hot air; Toles thinks it’s food for fodor.  #DeflateGate

Toles, Art Soiree and Suspicious Package hooked up for a one night stand at The Ritz Carlton in Georgetown for the Fifth Annual Political Cartoon Exhibit where walls morphed into cartoons.

We asked Tom how he gets inspired and if he ever gets creative block: “Inspiration is like the grain of sand in an oyster. The world is full of irritants. You try to make pearls out of them,”  he said.  “I feel like I have creative block every time I sit down to draw. It is the demon that must be battled and beaten.”

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Three Day Rule

January 22, 2015

Dating in DC is difficult – just ask around. Forget waiting for the “You’ve Got Mail” fairytale days of the past.  Forget the catch all solutions to finding a partner……there are just too many options for how to meet people and none of them are quite making the cut……..not even a date for the weekend, let alone marriage material. Enter the Three Day Rule.

“People have dating ADD or dating overload,” says Talia Goldstein, founder of the Three Day Rule, a matchmaking website that tries to counter the white noise of the bar scene or the instability of dating apps and provide a deliberate, hands-on approach to putting people together with their match.

Goldstein, a former television producer, says that it started out as an instinct.  She would set up colleagues and before long, people were requesting her help and she knew this was her calling. The website just launched its DC footprint along with services in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago and hopes to attract folks who have been ‘too busy’ or ‘too distracted’ to find ‘the one.’

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