Hollywood on the Potomac
Good thing we arrived early at the private reception before the premiere screening of THE END: INSIDE THE LAST DAYS OF THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE hosted by CNN honcho Jeff Zucker & CNN Films because shortly after arriving at 701 Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, iPhones were bursting with news that President Obama freed up Chelsea Manning by way of a Presidential pardon. CNN Politics Nightcap by Daniella Diaz and Eric Bradner described it this way:”President Barack Obama this afternoon commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks. Manning, a transgender woman and former US Army soldier, was serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, an all-male Army prison in eastern Kansas, despite her request to transfer to a civilian prison. Her prison sentence is now set to expire on May 17.” So now, that’s the end of that!
On the other ‘end‘ Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, will premiere in simulcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9:00pm. According to CNN, filming began shortly after Election Day 2016, and concluded with President Obama’s farewell address. Leading voices in the film include Josh Earnest, White House press secretary; Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor; Cody Keenan, director of speech writing for the White House; Jen Psaki, White House communications director; Angella Reid, chief usher of the White House; and Tina Tchen, assistant to the President and chief of staff for First Lady Michelle Obama. Each granted exclusive access to key meetings, their work, and their personal thoughts on their final days inside the White House. The rare interviews capture the nostalgia of the people who have worked closest to the Obamas during their White House tenure.
Mel Gibson didn’t get a Golden Globe Award for best director for his latest war film Hacksaw Ridge which was also up for the best picture-drama award. The awards went to La La Land. The picture could still be up for an Academy Award though. The movie was rather spectacular. Here is the story we wrote about it when Mel Gibson was in Washington, DC. This was previously posted in October of 2016:
One of the greatest heroes in American History never fired a bullet! That hero was WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who served during the Battle of Okinawa. He refused to bear arms and kill people over his religious upholding of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” He became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor for highhandedly rescuing roughly 75 of his wounded comrades while under heavy mortar and gunfire.
President Truman awarded Doss the Medal of Honor on October 12, 1945. “When my time came, I went up,” said Doss of the ceremony. “President Truman, he came out and he stepped over the line, he caught me by my hands, shook my hand like I was an old-time friend, somebody he had known all his life. He didn’t even give me a chance to get nervous.” excerpt from Medal of Honor: Oral Histories. Doss died on March 23, 2006.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A PROCLAMATION
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2017 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we must play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.
This article was originally posted in November 2016 and re-posted today in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017.
“Making the film SOLD forever changed the trajectory of my life and career,” Impact Producer Jane Charles told Hollywood on the Potomac. “When I read the book SOLD by the globally acclaimed novelist Patricia McCormick almost 10 years ago and started researching human trafficking, I didn’t realize that this is the second highest grossing illegal crime (2nd only to drug trafficking) and that it is happening right here in the United States. I’m a filmmaker, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a good friend. Making this film was both the most difficult and the most worthwhile thing I have ever done in my life, so far.”