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July 16, 2015

‘Sharknado 3’ — a Most Patriotic Disaster Flick (Video)

 

SAN DIEGO — Donkeys and elephants had their shot at uniting the country. Filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante believes the Great White will succeed where all others have failed.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The writer and director of the Syfy channel’s deliberately absurd “Sharknado” franchise is excited to rain terror on the nation’s capital in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

During a round of interviews here at Comic-Con International, Ferrante discussed his vision for the latest meteorological mayhem. “I wanted to do ‘White House Down’ with sharks,” he said.

The latest installment in the series of insane shoot ‘em ups tracks a fresh round of predator-spewing storms as they fling ravenous marine life up and down the East Coast. Full story

July 9, 2015

Lindsey Graham Raises Specter of Brad Pitt Presidency

President Pitt? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Pitt? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP presidential candidate and foreign policy hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has issued numerous warnings about threats to the free world. On Thursday afternoon, he raised the alert on the latest one: Brad Pitt. Full story

July 1, 2015

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

(Twitter screenshot)

(Twitter screenshot)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill, and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary’s consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.

In an online survey, the Democratic leader-in-waiting on Wednesday offers to influence Treasury’s decision-making process, but there’s also a “write-in” option to nominate “another NY woman who inspires you.” Perhaps we may suggest the senator’s distant cousin, comedy star Amy Schumer? Full story

June 16, 2015

Will on the Hill’s Midsummer Madness Brings Down the House

All of Washington’s problems were solved at Will on the Hill.

The annual dramatic mashup of Shakespeare, #ThisTown, members of Congress, professional actors and journalists opened Monday evening with West Springfield High School’s Text Alive participants performing Act 1, Scene 2 of “As You Like It,” with a little help from disco balls, slow-motion acting and ’80s music.

Then it was time for “Midsummer Madness.” Edward Gero played the head of lobbying firm Stratford, Avon and Bard. Fresh off the stage as Justice Antonin Scalia in “The Originalist” he opened with the promise, “I’m not here to judge.” Full story

June 8, 2015

Jeff Flake Unlikely to Play Castaway This Year

Sen. Jeff Flake in previous years has made a habit of going off the grid to test his mettle against Mother Nature.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It sounds like a much higher authority is expected to keep the reality TV star closer to home this summer.

Full story

April 28, 2015

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

(CQ Roll Call archives)

(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

(ABC KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY LIONEL HAHN/ABACA PRESS)

(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

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

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.

Full story

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.

Full story

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.

Former Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Texas (left), was given a retirement roast by "Charlie Wilson's War" author George Crile at a ceremony in the Rayburn office building. It was attended by a variety of intelligence and diplomatic figures from around the world. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.

(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images File Photo)

(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’

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

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

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