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April 28, 2015

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

(CQ Roll Call archives)

The celebrities who flooded into town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner have since dissipated. But their influence on the D.C. statehood front keeps building via the trickle of support D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss is patiently collecting.

While the rest of #ThisTown drank itself silly, Strauss immersed himself in conversation with visiting celebs he thought might be willing to lend their voices to the D.C. statehood campaign. Step one of the charm offensive was making the out-of-towners feel at home in the Capitol. Full story

April 27, 2015

Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

Tim Daly Relishes Being Tight With Madeleine Albright

(Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press)

The Creative Coalition President Tim Daly is no slouch when it comes to networking with bold-faced names in #ThisTown. But the Hollywood vet is absolutely enthralled by his friendship with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Daly, who told HOH last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner marked his ninth visit to the Hilton ballroom for the presidential-media lovefest, calculated that he first met Albright a few years back. Full story

April 24, 2015

WHCD Comes to Capitol Hill

Members of the Creative Coalition in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Friday are expected to pop by a few congressional offices for some face time.

A tipster told HOH nearly two dozen actors, directors and all-purpose entertainers are planning to fan out across the mostly empty Capitol and take meetings about shoring up support for the arts with aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as whatever appropriations personnel happens to be around.

Some of the better-known performers staff may see peeking through the front door include:

Creative Coalition President Tim Daly

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April 7, 2015

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

Jordan Belfi Sees Parallels Between Showbiz and Politics

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Playing a morally suspect congressman on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal” wasn’t overly taxing for Jordan Belfi. He has, after all, received a master class in the art of behaving badly from the near-constant parade of lawmakers who wind up blubbering on national TV after their shady dealings become public.

“I feel those interviews,” the veteran actor said of the here-we-go-again performances embattled pols seem to deliver on an alarmingly regular basis. Full story

March 3, 2015

‘Walking Dead’ Wanders Into Steve Stivers Territory

After five seasons of fighting off fearsome, reanimated corpses that have relentlessly thinned their ranks and gruesomely robbed them of loved ones, the ragtag band of apocalyptic survivors on AMC’s engrossing drama “The Walking Dead” have finally stumbled upon a new threat: a survivalist federal lawmaker.

The run-down crew of unturned humans, led by former law enforcement officer Rick Grimes, finally reached the haven known as “Alexandria” in Sunday night’s episode.

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January 27, 2015

‘Compared to What’ Team Campaigns to Bring Flick to D.C.

Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, the documentarians who filmed former Rep. Barney Frank throughout the Massachusetts Democrat’s final year in Congress, have launched an online fundraising effort to help spread their still-in-need-of-fine-tuning project nationwide.

“Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” a pull-no-punches peek into Frank’s personal and professional lives, began making the festival rounds last year, opening first at Tribeca before migrating West.

While pleased with the industry response, Chandler told HOH he’s ready to share the film with a broader audience.

“It was fun being at the festivals. But we want the world to see it,” Chandler said of the dream of wider distribution.

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January 21, 2015

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Wednesday were expected to kick-start the process to nominate fellow Lone Star Stater Rep. Charlie Wilson for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Wilson, left, was given a retirement roast by “Charlie Wilson’s War” author George Crile at a ceremony in the Rayburn House Office Building. It was attended by a variety of intelligence and diplomatic figures from around the world. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The late 12-term pol, whose surreptitious activities were dramatized both in print and on the big screen as “Charlie Wilson’s War,” is perhaps best remembered for secretly aiding Afghan rebels in their war against the then-Soviet Union. Wilson orchestrated the clandestine arms program in conjunction with late CIA agent Gustav Avrakatos and coalition builder Joanne Herring. Full story

January 14, 2015

‘Spare Parts’ Perfectly Sums Up DREAM Act, Durbin Says

‘Spare Parts’ Perfectly Sums Up DREAM Act, Durbin Says

Durbin watches “Spare Parts” at the E Street Cinema Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An uplifting film about four scrappy, Mexican teens who turned the tables on fate by winning a prestigious robotics design competition underscores the exact opportunities Sen. Richard J. Durbin has fought to provide for undocumented immigrants over the past decade, according to the Illinois Democrat.

The movie, “Spare Parts,” chronicles the mind-blowing journey Oscar Vazquez and his high school pals — a rag-tag group of grossly underfunded, would-be engineers — experienced after taking it upon themselves to enter a NASA-sponsored contest to build an underwater rover. Full story

January 7, 2015

Piper Perabo Scours Capitol Hill for Fans of Pay Bumps

“Covert Affairs” star Piper Perabo is canvassing Capitol Hill Wednesday and Thursday. Her mission: ferreting out supporters of an AFL-CIO-led pay raise push.

Piper Perabo Scours Capitol Hill for Fans of Pay Bumps

(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images File Photo)

“Although I have been playing a CIA operative on TV, this is my first real walk through the halls of Congress, and I am excited,” the faux-intelligence operative, who first burst into the public consciousness as a drink-slinging, table top-stomping, karaoke savant in “Coyote Ugly,” told HOH. Full story

December 19, 2014

Officials Decry Sony Hack, Cyber Assault Against ‘The Interview’

Officials Decry Sony Hack, Cyber Assault Against ‘The Interview’

Head movie honcho Dodd criticized the North Korean regime. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The blowback against the “sophisticated actors” who’ve managed to muzzle the dimwitted duo at the heart of gag flick “The Interview,” has now officially swelled from general outrage to international incident.

Earlier this week, lawmakers railed against the abrupt shelving of the absurdist romp, but the administration continued to play things close to the vest. No mas. Full story

December 18, 2014

Pols, Public Critique Wisdom of Silencing ‘The Interview’

Pols, Public Critique Wisdom of Silencing ‘The Interview’

Rogen, center, has gone radio silent since the controversy intensified. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Moviegoers from all walks of life have been stopped dead in their tracks by Sony’s decision to drop the sociopolitical football that is  “The Interview” from its schedule, due to mounting pressures from external forces.

Just days after the film’s co-stars Seth Rogen and James Franco bowed out of making any more public appearances for the film, the besieged studio packed it in as well, shelving a satirical romp that has purportedly deeply offended supporters of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The stunning case of self-censorship unleashed a cacophony of analyses from instapundits.

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December 16, 2014

DHS Not Ready to Torpedo ‘The Interview’ Opening

International troublemakers Seth Rogen and James Franco may be ready to run for cover from the mystery hackers who’ve brought Sony to its horribly bruised knees, but the feds see no reason (yet) to deprive moviegoers of a few laughs on Christmas.

Per Variety, the Department of Homeland Security has found “no credible intelligence” regarding threats the self-proclaimed “Guardians of Peace” have leveled against those who plan on seeing the farcical flick later this month.

Full story

November 5, 2014

Clay Aiken Lost! Long Live Clay Aiken!

Clay Aiken won’t be coming to Congress. But that doesn’t mean Clay Aiken is going away, not if Esquire Network’s “four-hour limited documentary series” on the “American Idol” runner-up-turned-wannabe0lawmaker has anything to do with it.

Aiken lost to Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd District on Tuesday night, 58 percent  to 41 percent. While Aiken’s celebrity profile attracted attention to the race, he faced an uphill battle from the start in a GOP district. He didn’t solidify his hold on the nomination until his primary opponent, Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, died in May. The Nov. 4 GOP tidal wave confirmed Aiken’s runner-up status.

But with Esquire’s documentary, put together by filmmakers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, Aiken is due for another encore in public life. “We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign – the good, the bad and the ugly,” Simon Chinn said in a statement announcing the series, which is scheduled to air early next year. Ugly? Clay Aiken? Who would have thought?

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October 6, 2014

Pols Give It Up for ‘Gone Girl’

Suspense lovers weren’t the only ones desperately waiting for auteur David Fincher’s treatment of author Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” to grace the silver screen. Solons and civic leaders couldn’t be prouder of the film.

The buzzy Ben Affleck-led thriller — based on the 2012 beach read about one of the most disastrous couplings of all time — separated fans of doomed marriages from $38 million in discretionary income this past weekend.

Ticket sales are, of course, paramount to Hollywood.

But the powers that be here in Washington, D.C., and down in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where parts of the film were shot, are much more interested in the attention that comes with being associated with a highly anticipated feature.

“I am super excited that ‘Gone Girl’ was filmed in my congressional district,” Missouri Republican Jason Smith told HOH. “I hope that when people see the film, and how beautiful, unique, and historic the city is, they will come to Cape to see it in person.”

City officials are attempting to capitalize on this fortuitous close-up by cobbling together a self-guided driving tour spotlighting different filming locations. Full story

October 1, 2014

Hi-Ya, Jim McDermott!

Glad to see Rep. Jim McDermott is all warmed up for the new Bruce Lee exhibit coming soon to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle.

 

 

The multimedia retrospective, which is projected to run from this Friday (VIP preview kicks off at 3:15 pm) until at least November 1, is expected to feature martial arts demonstrations, examinations of Lee’s personal poetry writings, and, of course, screenings of his ridiculously fun film roles.

 

 

The Washington Democrat’s pro-Lee plug, as first reported by CNN, is the latest entry on his mostly work-related Vine account. But this contribution marks the first time the Washington Democrat has donned a costume (from Lee’s closet in “Game of Death” and paid homage to by Quentin Tarantino in “Kill Bill, Vol. I” with The Bride’s duds) to get the word out about anything.

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