Hollywood on the Potomac

'A Modern Contagion'

February 26, 2019

"I mainly wrote this book because I saw a gap in the historiography of the country," Amir Afkhami told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at the Kalorama home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter in Washington, DC. "This is a story that wasn't told. It was a story with a lot of implications in understanding what's going on in contemporary Middle East, both in terms of the Shiite-Sunni conflict that's going on and a lot of the public health issues that are going on, such as the cholera epdicemic in Yemen, the substance abuse problem in Iran and some issues tied [to] the roots of the 1979 Iranian revolution." He thought the book: A Modern Contagion needed to be written to inform how we understand all of the seminal events in what's on in the Middle East today. His reading audience is made up of mainly historians, public health specialists, policymakers and people who are interested in the rgeion in general. And of course us, the lay people, who find navigating the landscape of Iranian and the Middle East culture and politcis to be as they say on Facebook: It's complicated.

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Oscar Countdown: 'The Wife'

February 18, 2019

Since the screening of The Wife in August, Glenn Close has been nominated for Best Actress and her chances are good.  Here is a look back at Hollywood on the Potomac’s interviews and event coverage.


“Jane Anderson (based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer) wrote the screenplay more than 14 years ago,” Glenn Close told an attentive audience at a private screening of The Wife at AMC’s Georgetown Theater. “It was a movie that Hollywood obviously didn’t want to make. So, 14 years later, I guess it probably was this wonderful woman who was one of the main producers – Rosalie Swedlin. I was sent the script, and I liked it. I was intrigued by it. I had never played anybody like that before. Then, it fell apart, and then it came back together, like every independent film does. My definition of an independent film is a film that almost doesn’t get made.”

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Oscar Countdown: 'Vice'

February 17, 2019

VICE has been nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, Adam McKay for Best Director, Sam Rockwell for Actor in a Supporting Role, Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Christian Bale for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

VICE is the story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. Glover Park Group hosted a special screening at the Newseum in Washington, DC to mixed reviews.  Why mixed reviews with so many nominations?  Perhaps because so many in the audience actually new the real players and weren’t convinced of their respective portrayals.  You have to hand it to Christian Bale though who physically turned into Dick Cheney which puts him on the top of the pile to win Best Actor.  According to director Adam McKay, Bale loved the challenge of getting into Cheney’s head and we must say that particularly in the latter years of VP Cheney, the optics were mind-blowing. Amy Adams did a commendable performance as Lynne Cheney.

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