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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

yellowbirdsA little birdy tells us that a member of the Washington media has been cast for the third season of “House of Cards.”

Last Saturday in Bel Air, Md., Kimberly Skyrme Casting held an open casting call for the upcoming season of the popular Netflix series. More than 1,000 fans and actors were there to audition for the show.

Now who might it be? For now, you’ll just have to wait and see!

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‘The Case Against 8′ Screens at USIP, at West End Cinema June 13 – 19

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Paul Katami, Jeff Zarrillo, Ben Cotner, Sandy Stier, Ted Olson, Kris Perry, Ryan White. Photo credit: Ralph Alswang

Last night at the US Institute of Peace, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White screened “The Case Against 8,” their film chronicling the federal lawsuit filed to overturn Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Led by a legal team comprising Ted Olson, lead counsel for the Republicans in the 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision, and David Boies, the attorney who opposed Olson in Bush v. Gore, “The Case Against 8″ follows Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, two couples selected as plaintiffs by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, formed by activist Chad Griffin and his colleagues.

“The idea that people on different sides of the aisle can work together on something, is something that we were really excited about,” said Cotner, who prior to working on the film with White served as an executive at Paramount Pictures and Open Road Films. “It’s so rare these days. I think you see that often people who may be on different sides of the aisle may agree on certain issues. And there’s a lot of work that can get done. And a lot of things can be accomplished, if we really just set aside the politics and set aside the partisianship for a moment, there are great things that we can do as a country.” Read more

‘House of Cards’ Casting Attracts 1k+ Hopefuls

Screenshot_2014-06-09-02-17-16On Saturday in Bel Air, Maryland, Kimberly Skyrme Casting held an open casting call for season 3 of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards.”

More than 1,000 actors and fans showed up to audition for the series, encouraged to showcase his/her DC political look and have a photo wearing DC black-tie attire.

“We have to visualize them looking like a DC politician or an ambassador or a lobbyist. So if they come that way, it just makes it easier for us to visualize,” said Kimberly Skyrme, owner of the casting agency tasked with hiring local talent. Read more

CNN to Air ’41ON41,’ Film on the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush

41on41pressroomCNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two hour program on the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, featuring commentary by 41 family members, world leaders, and White House staff, among others. The program will air on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 at 9pm, three days prior to the President’s 90th birthday.

Bush White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News, serve as executive producers of “41ON41,” to be led by First Lady Barbara Bush.

Of the 41 participants is former Secretary of State for President Bush James A. Baker III, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, President George W. Bush, White House butler Buddy Carter, President Bill Clinton, former director of the CIA under President Bush Dr. Robert Gates, President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

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Attn ‘House of Cards’ Ultimate Fans: Open Casting Call Saturday, June 7

Love “House of Cards?” Want to take your obsession of it to the next level? Why not try out for the show!

The Maryland Film Office is advertising an open casting call for the Netflix series’ third season, slated for this Saturday at the Bel Air Armory in Maryland.

Kimberly Skyrme Casting is looking for all types, ages, sizes, and ethnicities including union and non-union members. Interested parties should come dressed to showcase his/her DC political look and have a photo wearing DC black-tie attire.

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PREMIERE: ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ – Inside One of Afghanistan’s Most Hostile Valleys

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Photo credit: “The Hornet’s Nest”

Wednesday night at the Navy Memorial Heritage Theater, BASE Productions’ hosted a screening of its new film, “The Hornet’s Nest,” premiering throughout the country in theaters this weekend.

The true story follows US troops for what was supposed to be a single day mission inside one of Afghanistan’s most hostile valleys that ended after nine days of combat. “The Hornet’s Nest” is the work of veteran network news correspondent Mike Boettcher, and his son Carlos Boettcher, formerly with ABC News.

We chatted with John Brenkus, co-founder of BASE Productions and creator and on-air host of ”ESPN Sport Science,” on his experience with the project. See our Q&A, after the jump. Read more

Aronofsky Joins CAP to Talk Faith and Environment

In a move that will surely only increase the heated rhetoric around his latest film, Noah director Darren Aronofsky will visit the Center for American Progress on Wednesday to discuss “the nexus of faith and environmentalism.” The film has come under attack from some religious groups for being little more than a thinly veiled political film that doesn’t even mention the word “God.” Aranofsky characterizes himself as a humanist, but says that stewardship of the Earth should be a priority for all people of faith.

The panel will feature Aronofsky, Noah Producer Ari Handel, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, as well as various folks from CAP. If you wanna check it out (it’s open to the public or you can live stream it), the deets are after the jump:

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George Takei, Patrick Stewart to Headline Smithsonian‘s ‘Future Is Here Festival’

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Alright nerds, get ready! 

Smithsonian magazine is holding their second annual The Future Is Here Festival May 16 – 18th on the Mall, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest collection of sci-fi geekery this side of ComiCon. The big draw this year is an advanced screening of the new X-Men movie featuring a live Q&A with the one and only Patrick Stewart. Presumably, there will be lots of actual sciency stuff too -but also Patrick Stewart! And George Takei.

Other guests include:

Brian Greene, Cosmologist, superstring and multiverse theorist, author of “The Hidden Reality”
Adam Steltzner, NASA’s “rock and roll engineer
Stewart Brand, De-extinction expert and Founder of The Long Now Foundation
Sara Seager, MIT Professor of Planetary Science and Physics
Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo and Nebula-award winning science fiction author
The Mythbusters, (Courtesy of the Science Channel)
David Brin, Scientist and futurist: bestselling author of Earth and The Postman

To get more deets and purchase tickets, go here.

AMC Hosts Red Carpet Premiere for “TURN”

20140324_212728Last night, at the National Archives, AMC hosted a red carpet premiere for “TURN,” its new series chronicling Washington’s earliest spies.

The evening featured a cocktail party both before and after the screening and a Q&A hosted by ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz with “TURN” Executive Producer Craig Silverstein; Jamie Bell, who plays Abraham Woodhull; former Director of the CIA Michael Hayden; Executive Producer Barry Josephson; and author Alexander Rose.

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Startupland Doc Premiers At E St Cinema

Last night was the world premier of new documentary series Startupland, by DC director Justin Gutwein (pictured third from left) at E Street Cinema in downtown DC. The series will follow five entrepreneurs from different walks of life as they attempt to get their start up businesses off the ground. For an indy production, Startupland has some pretty big names attached to it. Venture Capitalist Jonathan Perrelli is the main producer, and the pilot episode we saw featured an appearance by former AOL Chairman and CEO Steve Case and LivingSocial founder Tim O’Shaughnessy. Case walked in right as we were leaving, so we didn’t get to talk to him, but other notables in attendance were Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, Rebecca Cooper from WJLA, and Pamela Sorensen from Pamela’s Punch.