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Where To See ‘The Interview’ In The DC Area

EzOfXyvWAmerica has spoken and Sony listened.

Despite threats of a “Christmas surprise” from hackers, the studio has decided to release the film to independent theaters across America starting tomorrow. So if you’re a patriotic Washingtonian and want to see this movie, here’s where to go to get your ‘Merica on.

As we reported yesterday, Josh Levin, co-founder and general manager of West End Cinema, supported a petition backing Sony’s release of the film. The independent theater has now announced that it will show the movie twice a day (2:30 & 8:20 PM) until at the very least Jan. 1.

Levin has said that West End Cinema will not require any further security measures to be taken, as he does not believe the threats to be credible.

According to The Washington Post, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chief executive Tim League has also announced that the Texas-based chain plans to screen the film. The chain’s Loudoun County location will be among those showing it, as well as Baltimore’s Eastpoint Center 10.

For those of you who do not wish to see it in theaters, you’re in luck. Sony has also announced that “The Interview” will be available on VOD via Youtube.

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Saturnalia, and New Year from FishbowlDC! Oh, and go see the movie!

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Best Selfies In ‘Politics And The Media’ of 2014

It is my pleasure to present FishbowlDC’s 2014 Best Selfies in Politics and the Media.

Cory Booker wins the award for ‘volume’ of selfies, while ‘quality’ goes to… Well, you decide.

Let’s begin…

1. Jimmy Kimmel attempts to one up Ellen DeGeneres‘s infamous Oscar selfie by snapping one with Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton.

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CNN: Best Vines in Politics 2014

CNN’s Ashley Codianni complied a great list of the year’s “Best Vines in Politics,” and we here at FishbowlDC would love to share some of them with you. For the complete list go to CNN Politics.


1. Hold on “let me take a selfie” with Vice President Joe Biden

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West End Cinema Operator Backs Petition Supporting Sony’s Release of ‘The Interview’

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In the wake of Sony’s decision to halt the December 25th release of The Interview, there has been a tremendous amount of reactionary support for the film to be shown.

Although most major movie theaters have remained silent on the possibility of releasing the movie in the future, many independent theaters have voiced their support for Sony in screening the film in some capacity.

As CNN Money reported, a petition titled ”We the undersigned support Sony” has emerged in which backers claim to ”support theatrical engagements of ‘The Interview’ should Sony, at its sole discretion, decide to release it to theaters.” Read more

Laura McGann Leaves Politico, Joins Vox As Political Editor


Laura McGann, Politico’s deputy managing editor, is joining Vox Media as its first political editor, reported the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone yesterday.

Prior to her four years spent at Politico, McGann worked for Talking Points Memo, Nieman Journalism Lab, MSNBC and The Washington Independent.

McGann, who will start at Vox on Jan. 5th, is the third big-name editor at Politico to leave the news organization this past week — following White House editor, Dan Berman (National Journal), and deputy managing editor, Gregg Birnbaum (New York Daily News).

AP’s Senior Nat Sec Reporter Lara Jakes Heads to Foreign Policy

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.11.08 PMThe Associated Press’s award-winning national security reporter, Lara Jakes,  is heading over to Foreign Policy to be the magazine’s new deputy managing editor, FP’s editor and CEO David Rothkopf announced in a staff memo last week.

Jakes is leaving her current post as senior national security correspondent after spending more than a decade covering national security, conflict and diplomacy for the AP. She’s worked in Washington covering the Pentagon,  Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State as well as working as a correspondent and bureau chief in Iraq. She’s earned several awards for her work including first place recognition for AP team coverage in 2009, as well as receiving a homeland security fellowship at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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Marco Rubio Almost Goes ‘Full Ginsburg’

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Senator Marco Rubio had a very busy Sunday as he continued to voice his opposition to President Barack Obama‘s recent shift in diplomatic relations with Cuba.

The junior US Senator from Florida made appearances on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” Univision’s “Al Punto,” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” — only missing “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union” to complete the “full Ginsburg.”

Rubio, a veteran of the feat, made appearances on all five major Sunday morning talk shows back on April 14, 2013 to discuss immigration reform.

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Antoine Sanfuentes Joins CNN To Lead White House Beat


Some early morning Monday news… Antoine Sanfuentes has joined CNN as their new senior supervising producer. He will oversee coverage of the White House and Congress as leader of CNN’s newly combined White House and Capitol Hill beat.

Sanfuentes previously worked as NBC’s managing editor, Washington bureau chief, deputy bureau chief, White House producer and was part of the NBC News team that won the 2008 Emmy Award for Election Night. He began with NBC News in 1990 after graduating from American University.

Sanfuentes has covered every president from Clinton through Obama, overseen major foreign trips for NBC, and produced many presidential addresses.

He officially starts Jan. 5th when he will report to managing editor of CNN’s Washington bureau, Adam Levine. Good luck from FishbowlDC, Antoine!

DC Jobs: Atlantic Media, National Geographic Society, Washington Examiner

This week, Atlantic Media is hiring a video producer for The Atlantic, while National Geographic Society needs a vice president of marketing. The Washington Examiner is seeking policy and politics reporters, and McMurry/TMG is on the hunt for a business technology editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.


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President Obama’s Presser Full of Women

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 5.08.11 PMDuring his end of the year press conference, President Barack Obama did something quite out of the ordinary. He didn’t call on a single male or television reporter throughout the presser’s entirety.

“The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference.”

Here’s the list of female reporters called on for those keeping track (via The Fix):

  1. Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
  2. Cheryl Bolen, Bloomberg (who Obama labelled as “naughty”)
  3. Julie Pace, Associated Press
  4. Lesley Clark, McClatchy
  5. Roberta Rampton, Reuters
  6. Colleen M. Nelson, Wall Street Journal
  7. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
  8. April Ryan, American Urban Radio

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