Hollywood on the Potomac

Politics and Art

November 5, 2015

“He’s written a magnificent book that is already on the best-seller list – contrary to the wishes of The New York Times – but there is truth and justice in the world,” said globetrotting art collector and super lobbyist John Podesta who hosted a book party for David Brock’s latest: Killing the Messenger.  The former conservative Brock, who was an investigative reporter for The American Spectator, did a complete political turn around after founding Media Matters for America in 2004.  The subtitle of his book is: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government.  So yes, it’s fair to say that Brock and the Clintons have made up.

“Those of you who may remember, Senator Franken once wrote a book called Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.  That was an inspiration for Media Matters, because basically that’s what Media Matters is – online, everyday without the humor and thank you for that,” Brock said in his opening remarks.

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Watch Your Step!

November 2, 2015

Heads turned at the Exorcist Steps Commemoration Ceremony when novelist William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin showed up at the famous stairs; but Linda Blair’s wasn’t one of them. Blair is best known for her role as the possessed child Regan in the film The Exorcist, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe.

We figured she might be in PTSD hell after that, but turns out (no pun intended) not to be so, according to Blair: “While we were making this film no one had any idea the impact it would have on our lives or the world.They say that if you make one good movie in your lifetime that people remember, that is a gift. I am very proud of my involvement with this masterpiece, and thankful that it gave me a platform for which I use to make the world a better place.”

The Exorcist steps are located in Georgetown at the corner of Prospect St NW and 36th St NW leading down to M Street, Washington, D.C. “They were padded with 1/2″-thick rubber to film the death of the character Father Karras. Because the house from which Karras falls was set back slightly from the steps, the film crew constructed an extension with a false front to the house in order to film the scene,” according to the Exorcist site. “The stuntman tumbled down the stairs twice. Georgetown University students charged people around $5 each to watch the stunt from the rooftops.”

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'The 33'

October 29, 2015

We’re fairly certain that prior to Aug. 5th of 2010 nobody knew what a Fénix Capsule was.  All of that changed when a copper and gold mine collapsed and ignited disaster in Chile, trapping 33 men underground and keeping millions of viewers attached to their TV screens.

“With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed men. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a test of the human spirit.” IMDb

Lou Diamond Phillips – who plays Luis “Don Lucho” Urzúa the shift foreman and who took a leading role while the miners were trapped and helped make more accurate maps of the cave for the rescue crews – engaged reporters and camera crews on The Red Carpet before joining Congressional Members and other Washington players.  “Great art is often life affirming, and this movie is life affirming.” he says of his role.

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