Hollywood on the Potomac

Zignal Labs #amazing!

November 6, 2014

We’re not sure what NSA did with your voting data, but guests at the election night party at The Jefferson Hotel who twittered and instagramed, probably showed up in the stats of the Zignal Labs flow chart.

“We are aggregating the online conversations from Twitter, Facebook, traditional news and media and pulling that into an easy to use dashboard to tell you the online footprint of any two candidates,” Zignal Labs’ Pete Eskew told Hollywood on the Potomac.

Co-hosted by the hotel’s owner Connie Milstein and Rachel Pearson, guests eagerly devoured the color neutral appetizers while being cautious about their choice of M & M’s, napkins and swizzle sticks, least they reveal their party preference in the non-partisan crowd.

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Scariest Place on Earth!

November 3, 2014

This is not about pop-up ghosts or zombies, nor was this story made up for Halloween – it’s a real life horror show.

“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated with the house on Brownsville Road. There were many great houses on that road, but this one – number 3406 – was special.”  author Bob Cranmer

“I wanted this house all my life.  It was built at the turn of the century – Victorian, mini mansion, historical landmark.” Cranmer told Hollywood on the Potomac.  “When I left the military – I was a career military officer – my wife and I decided to leave that life and move home. All of a sudden, this house that I always even just wanted to go in and look at was on the market.  I was very anxious to buy this house. It’s a great, as I said, Victorian, brownstone, cedar shake shingles. It looks like central casting for a haunted house picture.”

“At the time it was taking place, obviously it was all very private. Then when I got through it all – since I had kept very copious notes all during this process – I just thought ‘this is just unreal’ to have experienced this supernatural situation – not just once, not just twice but over several years. In 2007, I sat down and I took about 375 pages worth of notes that I had kept and I converted it into a narrative, an initial manuscript. Then I went into the long arduous process of publicizing it.” he added reflecting his decision to publish his book:  The Demon of Brownsville Road.

The house was not considered to be ‘haunted’ but infested by a demon as categorized by the Catholic church.  We wondered what the difference was……..haunted vs. demonized.

“Well a ghost, if you believe in them, is generally the soul of a person who passed on in some tragic event or something. A demon is actually the opposite of an angel.  Again, if you believe in good and evil, the devil and God, one third of the angels were cast out of heaven by God with Lucifer. Those angels became demons. They were cast down to earth. They’re here with us. A demon is what, say in the movie The Exorcist, inhabited that little girl.”

“So is this a religious story?” we asked.


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'The Art of Discovery'

October 30, 2014

“The whole point of it is to really give you celebrities, actors unwrapped,” CEO of The Creative Coalition (TCC) Robin Bronk told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party for “The Art of Discovery” at CITIES in downtown Washington, DC.

It was so raw people cried.  They laughed.  We really dug deep into their psyche and we probably should have given them gifts certificates for therapy after we were done with them,” she added.  “Editing the book was a profound experience and a joy to work with the renown photographer Jeff Vespa, Art Director and Designer Nancy Roumey, and Renaissance Hotels.”

Published by Rizzoli, the collector’s edition coffee table book features intimate portraits and key inspirational moments and stories from Hollywood luminaries including Jessica Chastain, Tim Daly, Ashley Greene, Ethan Hawke, Amber Heard, Cheryl Hines, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Jared Leto, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts, Forest Whitaker and other icons of the entertainment industry.


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