Hollywood on the Potomac
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined Politico’s Mike Allen for another round of the popular Playbook Cocktails series at The Newseum where the progressive Democrat and the conservative Republican bantered about everything from politics to baseball with political junkies and interns wanting free drinks.
The ‘strange bedfellows’ had introduced legislation to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system the day before. Named the REDEEM act, it will give Americans convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance. The issue brought the two parties together to form a ‘bromance’ as Allen called it. “He promised me he’s gonna shave his head if we get this thing passed,” insisted Booker. “I’m just wondering if we could get a reality show and if Ethics would allow us to get any compensation,” quipped Paul in response.
Bulger was “one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston,” said Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak at the trial of James Bulger, Jr. a.k.a. “Whitey” Bulger.
“From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems.” Production Notes
You didn’t have be a Bostonian to be intrigued by this case, but since this columnist is - a Bostonian – we were particularly grateful to receive an advance copy from Magnolia Pictures. We were also intrigued because we knew a few legal eagles inside the courtroom, although we weren’t able to pry away any juicy tidbits.
“Whitey” follows the 2013 trial of the notorious Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the real-life inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in the 2006 Best Picture winner “The Departed.” The documentary also sheds light on the families Bulger terrorized and the government corruption that sustained his criminal activity. “Whitey” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has since been screened at numerous festivals nationwide. He was on the lam for sixteen years and eventually picked up in Santa Monica. We probably ran into him at Shutters on the beach for all we know.
The newest show, titled Amaluna, is a coming of age story full of music, dance and the signature acrobatics that put Cirque on the map. This latest show is directed by Tony award-winning director Diane Paulus and marks the 32nd production in the Cirque lineup.
According to the story of the show, “Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds.”