Hollywood on the Potomac

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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'Big Shots'

February 14, 2019

Guy Webster, the photographer behind classic album covers from The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Doors, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel and more, died at 79 on February 5th, as reported by Rolling Stone and Variety. We had the opportunity to attend a book party in his honor at the home of Kay Kendall and Jack Davies in November of 2014.

 

A look back:

“When you look through this book, it is pretty amazing,” said Jack Davies, co-host of a book party at his home in honor of renowned photographer Guy Webster and his new book: BIG SHOTS: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons.  “He did the first Doors album. He did all The Mamas and the Papas albums. He did three or four Rollings Stones albums. He was in the studio when The Beach Boys recorded Good Vibrations. He grew up in Beverly Hills. His neighbors were Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. His father was a very successful songwriter.”

 

“I read the book when it first came out and I said ‘oh my God, that guy has led a wonderful life’ – I can’t believe it. I swear, I was shocked.”


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