Hollywood on the Potomac

'La La Land'

January 12, 2017

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.


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'SOLD'!

January 8, 2017

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.”


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HNY! From Mar-a-Lago

January 3, 2017

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore! While it is not “fake news” that he showed up at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve, it is “fake news” that he went there to party.  Best-selling author Ron Kessler should know; he was within a few feet of Scarborough.  Kessler was a paying guest with his wife Pamela (author and former Washington Post writer) and witness to the kerfuffle that ensued between Scarborough and other media folks in the twitterspheare. Kessler attests that he saw him with his co-host Mika Brzezinski – he dressed in a sports jacket and thin tie, she in Capri pants – pass through the penguin crowd and ascend to the terrace level, but not for champagne and caviar on blini, cocktail shrimp and sushi and not as a black tie guest at the opulent affair; thus confirming what Joe has said all along that he wants to make it very clear that he did not party with Donald Trump!

 

Maggie Haberman from The New York Times posted a picture on @maggieNYT of Kessler in the foreground of a photo with Joe and Trump. “What happened was that he and Mica came in very briefly at the very beginning and chatted for a few minutes with Donald and then went up the staircase to the terrace level to have their meeting. They didn’t partake in anything, they just met him there and just walked off. Scarborough is telling the truth, but I can understand why there was confusion over it,” said Kessler. “The meeting was arranged before hand to try to persuade him (Trump) to do an interview in the future.” Mar-a-Lago is President-Elect Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, expected to be his Camp David. from The New York Times posted a picture on @maggieNYT of Kessler in the foreground of a photo with Joe and Trump. “What happened was that he and Mica came in very briefly at the very beginning and chatted for a few minutes with Donald and then went up the staircase to the terrace level to have their meeting. They didn’t partake in anything, they just met him there and just walked off. Scarborough is telling the truth, but I can understand why there was confusion over it,” said Kessler. “The meeting was arranged before hand to try to persuade him (Trump) to do an interview in the future.” Mar-a-Lago is President-Elect Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, expected to be his Camp David.

 


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