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August 28, 2015

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August 3, 2015

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for Fox News Channel’s four-hour grilling of everyone who’s anyone in GOP primary land?

Have no fear, democracy junkies! Full story

July 28, 2015

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.

 

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Things got off to a pleasant enough start.

An assistant to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got the ball rolling by alerting everyone on the right side of the aisle that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chamber would be done with work by Wednesday.

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“Woop there it is!” cheered a relieved Ohioan upon learning there were no votes expected Thursday.

But joy quickly turned to misery, once someone floated a nightmare scenario.

“Apparently the issue is we might come back next week,” a party-pooper threw out there. Full story

July 17, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week vomiting, giving weather forecasts and “failing to communicate.”

Full story

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 15, 2015

Patrick Leahy Pops Up in Latest Batman Teaser

When “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” explodes onto the big screen next spring, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will most likely be able to once again watch himself contribute to the mythology of his favorite caped crusader.

The Vermont Democrat, a diehard comic book fan, has appeared in four prior Batman movies dating back to Val Kilmer’s lone turn behind the mask in “Batman Forever.”

Leahy seems to be in the mix for director Zack Snyder’s bid to unite DC Comics’ pantheon of heroes a la Marvel’s mega successful “Avengers” series, appearing (ever so briefly) in the trailer released on July 11 in conjunction with Comic-Con International.

In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-him spot, Leahy is shown huddling with actress Holly Hunter, whose yet-to-be-revealed character — she’s shown leading a congressional hearing at which Superman is questioned, and is referred to as “senator” by Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in a subsequent scene — appears to hold significant sway over the story.

Per staff, Leahy contributes all fees and residuals received from his appearances in the vigilante flicks to the children’s wing of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vt. — the place his 4-year-old self first secured a library card.

Related:

John Lewis Grooms Next-Generation Activists at Comic-Con

Patrick Leahy ‘Batty’ for Ben Affleck

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July 9, 2015

Prescient Flick Tracks the Roller Coaster Ride That Is Restaurateuring

Dustin Harrison-Atlas has a long, hard summer ahead of him.

The ambitious documentarian has given himself just a few more months to condense nearly two years of filming with headstrong D.C. chefs — including unprecedented access to the evolution of nationally acclaimed dining destination Rose’s Luxury — into a 90-minute feature about the mad genius required to make it in the hospitality game.

Frankly ... Pizza! founder Frank Linn, Rose's Luxury founder Aaron Silverman and filmmaker Dustin Harrison-Atlas pose for a friendly pic. (Courtesy Dustin Harrison-Atlas)

From left to right: Frankly … Pizza! founder Linn, Rose’s Luxury founder Silverman and filmmaker Harrison-Atlas pause for a breather. (Courtesy Dustin Harrison-Atlas)

Harrison-Atlas aims to capture the Horatio Alger-like rise of Rose’s founder Aaron Silverman and fellow food visionary Frank Linn, the proprietor of Frankly … Pizza! in his forthcoming project, “New Chefs on the Block or This is What Happens when you Open a Restaurant.” And much like the budding restaurateurs, Harrison-Atlas is well aware of all the stars that had to align to propel this labor of love promisingly forward.

“I know I’m the only one in the whole country that’s got the best new restaurant in the country on film since day one,” he said of his unique perspective.

Full story

July 6, 2015

Rand Paul Won’t Be Going Hollywood

Paul is questioning a grant headed to Hollywood. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul is questioning a grant headed to Hollywood. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul may have just given away any chance of winning an Oscar.

The presidential hopeful’s regular series on government waste is turning its attention to a familiar foe of Republicans: Hollywood.

Full story

By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 2:23 p.m.
Artsy, Flicks

June 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 15, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent a busy week on the Hill mispronouncing the names of NBA players, “beating dead donkeys” and getting kicked out of private briefings.

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May 8, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 4, 2015 (Video)

Even with one chamber out, lawmakers “ruined” their reputations offering “friendly” amendments, paying tribute to euthanized rabbits and quoting Austin Powers on the Senate floor.

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April 23, 2015

Making Your Own Fun on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend

It’s time once again for worlds to collide — that extra special lost weekend during which visiting celebs and local reporters kick POTUS to the curb and get hammered together for days on end: the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Those not planning to rack up monumental Uber tabs in the pursuit of party hopping — the schmoozing begins in earnest late Thursday and powers through until Sunday afternoon — might be interested to know there’s more to life than stalking model Chrissy Teigen for a selfie (she’s one of Thomson Reuters’ dinner guests).

And unlike those poor souls destined to be crammed into the bowels of the Washington Hilton for most of Saturday evening, you might just learn a thing or two (and maybe even do some good) by getting out and about. Full story

April 7, 2015

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 13, 2015

No Doc Fix for Barney Frank Fans

It appears self-styled equality champ Barney Frank can no longer catch a break in #ThisTown.

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Not only has the documentary team that followed the Massachusetts Democrat around during his final year in Congress struggled to make ends meet on Indiegogo, now the art house theater where the trio had originally planned to stage the D.C. premiere of “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank” is staggering toward a fast-approaching final bow.

Filmmaker Sheila Canavan told HOH plans to share the up-close-and-personal look at the former lawmaker with District cinephiles have been shelved pending the conclusion of the ongoing fundraising push. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:11 p.m.
Flicks, Reps

February 9, 2015

Niki Tsongas, Jerrold Nadler Embraced by LGBT Filmmakers

Words of support that House Democrats Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Jerrold Nadler of New York extended to a same-sex couple whose union was threatened by the polarizing Defense of Marriage Act are slated to appear in an upcoming movie about the ongoing struggle.

According to Caroline Hart, the European half of a domestic partnership that came under fire after Department of Homeland Security agents tossed around talk of deportation following a return flight from her native England, the kind words both lawmakers shared via Twitter will be rolled into “Status Unknown” — a dramatization of the nightmare scenario she experienced at Logan Airport. 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 26, 2015

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

An aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told HOH that Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; and Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., were expected to co-host a screening Tuesday of the historical drama for fellow House lawmakers. One of the staffers coordinating the showing said the South Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center has been reserved, but noted that the rapidly changing forecast — D.C. was supposed to be blanketed already, but may still see some treacherous precipitation before everything blows over — has given the group pause.

Lewis brought up the bipartisan movie plans during a National Press Club discussion of his latest autobiographical project, “March: Book Two.” Full story

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