Hollywood on the Potomac

Adeft! Adeft!

November 19, 2018

If you think you can’t do it all, you don’t know Carol Melton. “Carol is a friend and mentor and is someone that so many of us look up to,” said Heather Podesta at an evening hosted by Tammy Haddad, Juleanna Glover, Hilary Rosen and Niki Christoff.  “In a town where women don’t have success in government or business or socially, Carol has excelled in all of those ways. And she is smart, she is beautiful, she is unrelenting and she wins………. and she wins and she wins. She changed the face of media not only in this town, but internationally, and I can’t wait to see what she does with the DC world. And so, it is my great honor on behalf of all of the co-hosts to introduce the founder and CEO of Adeft Capital, a venture capital firm advising and investing in early staged companies; and basically already kicking ass.”

“Well, I don’t know what someone does with an introduction like that,” responded Melton. “One of the things that I’m most blessed with is this group of friends. I had the great privilege of being in a company that got bought and being at a perfect level and at a perfect point in time to do this pivot. So, I have made a transition and we talked about it to the VC (venture capital)world. And it’s the business side of what I do at Time Warner and the policy as fascinating as it is, it was a time in my life where we both talked about working with next generations, working with people who are thinking outside of the box looking at disruptors, looking at innovative spaces is exactly the sort of thing that now gets me really jazzed.”


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'Capernaum'

November 12, 2018

“There isn’t really a technique. There’s no recipe,” writer/director Nadine Labaki of Capernaum told the audience at a private screening at the AMC Theater in Georgetown in response to a question posed by Ambassador Charles Rivkin, Chairman & CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. The question: “Everyone that has seen this extraordinary film has asked a question which is – what’s your production methodology?” You will understand the question when you see the movie.

Capernaum‘s plot synopsis: “Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the ‘crime’ of giving him life.

Capernaum follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. Capernaum was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures.”


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'Whitey' Bulger Update

November 4, 2018

Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was found dead at a West Virginia prison on Tuesday, federal sources told NBC News.

Here is our piece on the flick about his life that first appeared in September of 2015.

 

Johnny Depp is practically unrecognizable in Black Mass as apparently was James “Whitey” Bulger in real life for sixteen years.  Bulger is the notorious crime figure who for more than a decade mixed in with the local community in Santa Monica, California in apartment #303 where he enjoyed life for thirteen years incognito. Bulger is now inmate number 02182-748 at the United States Penitentiary Coleman II in Sumterville, Florida.

We probably unwittingly sat next to him at “Shutters” on occasion,  the popular watering hole on the beach where the views were majestic, the breeze soothing and the plates piled high with prosciutto and melon with a side of gherkins and pickled olives. On June 22, 2011, Bulger was arrested outside his apartment with his long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig. Bulger was 81 when he was were extradited to Massachusetts where part of Boston Harbor was shut down for the trial. Bulger was “one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston,” said Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak of James Bulger, Jr. – a.k.a. “Whitey” Bulger.  He was a legendary figure; we can attest to that having grown up in Boston, although you didn’t have be a Bostonian to be intrigued by this case.


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