Hollywood on the Potomac

Take Part!

May 12, 2014

“I am blown out tired,” said Meghan McCain, referring to the days leading up to the launch of her new show “TakePart Live” premiering on May 12th,10 PM ET/9PM CT on PIVOT TV.

“We’re calling it the anti-news news show,” she told Hollywood on the Potomac while in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.


In case you’ve never heard of PIVOT, you will.  Evan Shapiro, President of PIVOT, explains the network this way:  “Pivot’s first slate established us as a programming brand of distinction, with uniquely original, high-quality series, specials and films. Our second slate demonstrates our significant investment in, and commitment to, groundbreaking content for the thought-leading segment of Generation Y we call ‘Upstanders.’  We believe that a story well told can change the world. Pivot’s programming is meant to spark conversation among the very people most likely to create that change.”

Meghan McCain, who has been known to ‘spark conversation,’ is one of the very people most likely to create that change.

“I don’t care. I’m 29 right now, almost thirty, and I just feel like people can say anything they want to about me. You really get to a place where it really doesn’t affect you anymore. If I let every a**hole ruin my day on twitter, I would never get out of bed.”

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De Niro & De Niro

May 6, 2014

“Legendary actor Robert De Niro is here tonight, everyone,” said Joel McHale in his remarks at The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at The Washington Hilton. “Now, I don’t do a De Niro impression, but I do an impression of Robert De Niro’s agent. You ready? Here it is. Ready? Ring, ring. He’ll do it.”

De Niro was celebrated the previous night at the Washington, DC premiere of HBO’s documentary: A Father. A Son. A Legacy. Remembering a Legacy, hosted by Politico at Longview Gallery followed by a Q and A with De Niro, film director and producer Perri Peltz, director Geeta Gandbhir and POLITICO’S Mike Allen.

A documentary on a parent must take an emotional toll. De Niro himself seemed in that place at the discussion that followed the screening.

In attendance was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) CEO and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) as well as 200 other guests. 

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Playbook: Hollywood Breakfast

May 4, 2014

“I have a question that I’ve never asked before and I will never ask again,” said Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen on Friday, a silence falling over the crowd. “How does the White House taste?”

“Kid President” Robby Novak, age ten, told the audience at Politico’s Playbook Celebrity Breakfast at Woolly Mammoth Theatre about the time he went to meet President Obama and began to lick the walls of the White House.  A YouTube sensation, “Kid President” elicited laughter with every charming, cute and yet poignant response he made to the questions posed to him by Allen.

Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief, and Mike Allen interviewed ‘Scandal‘ stars Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene) and Dan Bucatinsky (James Novak), along with real-life counterparts Andy Card and Dee Dee Myers, to an audience of over two hundred.

The first panel included Novak, Brad Montague, Novak’s brother-in-law who produces the YouTube channel, and YouTube head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl.

“We’ve always as a family made things together,” said Montague, “and this was something we were making that connected with a lot more people than we anticipated.”

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