Hollywood on the Potomac

The Female Factor

April 26, 2015

“We looked several years ago at events that were going on in Washington around the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and we realized there was nothing that celebrated great women,” said Gloria Dittus of Story Partners; thus the 2nd Annual Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism event evolved.

The April 23rd event hosted by Gloria at her home in Northwest Washington was co-hosted by Christina Bellantoni, Roll Call; Juliana Goldman, CBS; Tamara Keith, NPR; Kate Nocera, Buzzfeed and Nedra Pickler, AP and sponsored by Southern Company and CQ Roll Call.

SPOTTED: Betsy Fischer Martin, Heather Podesta, Mike Gallagher, Kent Knutson, Theresa Fariello, Katie McBreen, Susan Neely, Jane Adams, Ali Amirhooshmand, Kathleen Black, Jessica Blake, Abby Blunt, Rebecca Cooper, Francesca Chambers, Steve Lombardo, Daniel Lippman, Tamera Luzzatto, Laura Nichols, Debra Cabral, Lois Romano, Deirdre Walsh, Ellie Hall, Katherine Trinidad, Cameron Coursen, Carrie Blewitt, John Tass-Parker, Alexis Levinson, Lauren French, Jared Parks, Hadas Gold, Greg Staley, Byron Tau, David Ellis, Bryan Anderson, Jack Bonnikson, Suzanne Ffolkes, Marie Sylla, and Chris Gindlesperger.


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On The Hill

April 26, 2015

The Hill, Extra and the Embassy of Canada threw a fabulous Red Carpet bash at the well-situated Canadian Embassy for a star-studded celebration leading up to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The evening’s hosts, Jimmy Finkelstein, Chairman and CEO of The Hill; Adam Prather, Publisher of The Hill; and Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief of The Hill; along with Gary Doer, The Ambassador of Canada to the United States, were omni-present to greet the stream of Hollywood’s policy minded A-listers, as well as Washington and New York’s media elite.

Celebrity guests at the lavish event included Lucy Lui (Elementary), Connie Britton (Nashville), Connie Nielson (The Following), Constance Zimmer (Entourage) and Michael Kelly (House of Cards), in addition to media representatives Bret and Amy Baier, Tamron Hall, Shannon Bream and many more.

When Hollywood on the Potomac asked what celebrity Fox’s News’ Howie Kurtz would like to see most at the Correspondent’s Dinner, he replied, “I’d like to see Hillary Clinton and ask her some questions. If I had a wish – she has been kind of keeping the press at arms length – she would come here and throw herself on the mercy of 2,000 ravenous correspondents.”


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Hubble's Cosmic Journey

April 19, 2015

Hollywood on the Potomac was relieved to know that scientists Dr. Jeff Hester, NASA Scientist and Chief Engineer for Creating the Camera Hubble Telescope and Dr. Edward Weiler, NASA Chief Scientist for Hubble Telescope 1979-1998, did not spend their childhoods dissecting ants and frogs in their basements: Au contraire. 

“For me personally, among my very earliest memories, it was watching them bolt astronauts into the Mercury capsules so I grew up fascinated with such things,” Dr. Hester told us.  “I was always fascinated with flight and as a kid I had microscopes so I was engaged in that kind of stuff. I was probably ten years old and a friend of mine had bought a dime store telescope and had it set up in the back yard so I went over.  He had it pointed at Saturn and it was so real, you could see the rings and it just floored me. Still to this day I can close my eyes and see Saturn sitting there in that little tiny telescope.”

Both were honored guests at the premiere of HUBBLE’s Cosmic Journey celebrating 25 Years of the Space Telescope hosted by National Geographic.  The two friends and colleagues had not seen each other for 20 years.  About the Mission:  On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its bay. The following day, Hubble was released into space, ready to peer into the vast unknown. Since then, Hubble has reinvigorated and reshaped our perception of the cosmos and uncovered a universe where almost anything seems possible within the laws of physics. Hubble has revealed properties of space and time that for most of human history were only probed in the imaginations of scientists and philosophers alike. Today, Hubble continues to provide views of cosmic wonders never before seen and is at the forefront of many new discoveries.


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