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Watch out Hollywood. The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack is on the move and has received honors for two plays he wrote. “The Promise” won second place in the World Series of Screenwriting in the action/adventure category. The play has also been named one of eight finalists in a screenplay contest run by the All Sports L.A. Film Festival. The winner of the contest will be named an at awards ceremony in North Hollywood in November.
“The Promise” is about the man behind the greatest sports upsets of all time and a reporter who helps him in his spiritual quest for one last championship.
According to Pat Battistini of the All Sports LA Film Fest, they received an overwhelming amount of films and scripts. “The Promise has advanced to our ‘Elite Eight,’” Battistini explained in an email. “We will be announcing the ‘Final Four’ and winner at our Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 6pm at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.”
Another play Cusack wrote, “Safe and Effective,” which is about a political conspiracy to conceal a cure for cancer, has been named a quarterfinalist in the “Just Effing Entertain Me” screenplay contest.
Cusack, with his silver streaked locks, is something of a thespian and has appeared in episodes of the HBO series “Veep.”
Tea Partiers, you may want to shield yourselves for this one.
The National Press Club hosted a special screening last night of the new doc highlighting the failures of the 40-year global war on drugs called, “Breaking the Taboo.” After the film, they had a panel discussion featuring five prominent drug policy experts and a Q&A with the audience. The event was monitored by Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill. Members of the panel included Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), A.T. Wall, director of the Rhode Island Dept. of Corrections, Ethan Nadelmann, exec. director of the Drug Policy Alliance and Naya Arbiter of the Amity Foundation.
Which former presidents support the end of the war on drugs and what did FishbowlDC ask Sir Richard? Jump to find out.
While most of Washington, D.C. knows Bob Cusack as the managing editor of The Hill, fans of the HBO show Veep will get to know him next year when he makes an appearance in a speaking role. Not that acting is anything new to Cusack. According to The Hill’s Judy Kurtz, he’s appeared in “more than 30 TV shows, commercials and films.” You may remember that he was recently an extra in Game Change.
We reached out to Cusack, who told us, “”It was a bit surreal and one of the best days I’ve ever had on Planet Earth. Hanging out with the cast was very cool.” Cusack wasn’t able to reveal his role, but he told Kurtz that he “doesn’t play himself or a journalist in the critically acclaimed show.”
“My dog suddenly developed a thunderstorm terror look.” — WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle late Thursday afternoon.
A not so cordial conversation among journalists
The conversationalists are FNC Contributor Richard Grenell, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, NYT’s Brian Stelter and NPR’s David Folkenflik.
Grenell: “Attention media critics: CNN didn’t disclose @jimsciuttoCNN’s relationship with Obama foreign policy team before his report @davidfolkenflik”
Grenell: “We know @brianstelter won’t raise CNN’s no disclosure on @jimsciuttoCNN because he wants the @CNNReliable job.”
Stelter: “I’ve been abstaining from writing stories about CNN, Fox and MSNBC for 2+ months.”
Sciutto: “@RichardGrenell I’d ask you to watch my reporting before you question whether I do real journalism. I’ll let my record stand for itself.”
Folkenflik: “@RichardGrenell Jim strikes me as good reporter but reasonable to expect disclosures to remind viewers at his new network so they know.”
Grenell: “@davidfolkenflik reasonable? Obama foreign policy appointee is now lead for CNN on Obama’s Syria policy. may work in DC, public outraged!”
Editor survives city storm
“I just walked 3 blocks in this massive storm. I had an umbrella. It didn’t matter.” — Bob Cusack, The Hill‘s Managing Editor. C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art replied, “Two possibilities: A) It’s a really bad storm -or- B) The umbrella didn’t come with written instructions.”
“I have to say with pride that I never thought I would see the day @metroweekly would become a full-glossy publication. Today is that day.” — Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:31 a.m.
Journalism as a bloodsport
“It’s priceless that @CGasparino took the time to favorite his own tweet telling me to ‘go choke to death on [my] on vomit.’” — Senior writer for Slate Josh Voorhees. Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for FOX Business Network.
“Having a dream that you’re bathing your dying grandmother (who’s already dead) sure will wake you up better than any alarm clock.” — Ariana Pekary, who has worked as a producer for The Bob Edwards Show.
Congrats (or something like that)
“Huge congrats to X on job Y even though I never liked X and Y is a really awful place to work.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
Trevon vs. Trayvon
“Noon to12:15 for the next 40 days I will give 15 min a day in silence asking Creator how I can honor Trevon since the courts did not.” — motivational author Iyanla Vanzant, who, with her heart likely in the best of places, spelled Trayvon Martin‘s name incorrectly in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
And a question… “Wonder if they got Zimmerman out of USA? Transit hotel in Moscow airport?” — Matt Drudge.
Editor recalls strange liverwurst phase
“A 19-yr-old is about to win a PGA Tour event. When I was 19, I liked liverwurst sandwiches.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
Weekend working habits…
“You know you’re getting old when you’re up late on a Saturday night not partying but working — and still awake by 8am. #morecoffee” — Managing Editor, HuffPost Blog, Erin Ruberry.
“For all the RW blogs who have set up their sites to be a bastion of racist reader comments, Zimmerman verdict has been a real home run.” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.
Convo Between Two Journos: Politico‘s Thrush gets thrashed by FNC Contributor
This morning’s conversation is between Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush and FNC media critic Richard Grenell. There’s no real explanation why Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s name was added to both Thrush’s and Grenell’s tweets. VandeHei hasn’t tweeted since May 1.
THRUSH: “Me: Any violence in FL? Wife: U mean any kids shot for holding a candy bar? @JimVandeHei”
GRENELL: “Unbiased ‘reporter’ from Politico>”
THRUSH: “Explain the bias to me.”
GRENELL: “Oh God. This is a bigger problem than I thought.”
GRENELL: “Self defense, broken nose, MMA style beating, jury decision after evidence, your race baiting & idiotic tweet.”
THRUSH: “Gonna splain this nice and slow. I assumed there had been a race riot. Wife offered ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Crazy, right?”
GRENELL: “We now see why Politico is a lapdog for Obama @ the WhiteHouse. GZ got his nose broke, jury acquitted him. You pander to left. … so ‘another explanation’ from you is to tweet an idiotic statement that panders to race rioters? #Journalism @JimVandeHei”
Deep thoughts with BuzzFeed reporter
“We need to have a national conversation on calls for national conversations.” – BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.
Dr. Russert weighs in
Is “The Newsroom” realistic?
“.@HBO Only in The #Newsroom… can people talk that way at work and not get their ass kicked.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in reaction to last night’s season premiere of “The Newsroom.”
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:42 a.m.
Reporter’s story bounced from A1
Pool Party Chatter… Over the weekend politicos and journos convened for a pool/birthday party in northwest Washington. Guests were thrown in the pool when they least expected it. Conversation topics included the Kurt Bardella chapter of Leibo’s This Town, whether Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer should get elected (the overall thought amid various groans was “no”) and how KTVU-TV could have possibly screwed up those Asiana Airline pilot names. The favorite name among partygoers was: “Sum Ting Wong.” A strong second: “Wi Tu Lo.” There was also a conversational party game: Would you sleep with SO and SO? Partygoers, gay and straight, weighed in. This being Washington, names like House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Eric Cantor were among the choices. Most said yes to Boehner, with one male guest reasoning that he’s the”Marlboro Man.” Cantor was generally a yes, just so long as he doesn’t speak.
Photoshop expertise by Austin Price. We sincerely hope Thrush’s body is better attached to his body than the above.
A question we must all ask ourselves
“‘Is it possible to die from constipation?’” — C-SPAN Producer William Gray. Please note, Gray is presumably quoting someone else. Who that is remains a mystery.
A voice of reason amid perverts
“So shallow of everyone to lump Spitzer and Weiner together. They are TOTALLY DIFFERENT attention-seeking perverts, guys.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball upon the news that that Eliot Spitzer is running for New York comptroller.
And a suggestion...”Obvious Spitzer slogan ‘he’s not as bad as Weiner’” — GOP consultant and blogger Roger Stone.
And another pervert… “Spitzer Swallows #ohmyGodIamsosorry” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.
“From now on, if the Washington media crowd wants a political candidate, I don’t. It means they do too many cocktail parties. #ScratchMyBack” — FNC media critic Richard Grenell.
Journo unsettled by tot beauties
“Tot beauty pageant contestants staying at my hotel in NC. Very ‘Little Miss Sunshine’-y here in the lobby, unsettling for a mom of 2 sons.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
Random piece of wisdom
“It’s too early for all these tweets everybody shut up and go back to bed.” — BuzzFeed Senior Editor Matt Bellassai on Sunday at 12:26 p.m.
See more Morning Chatter… Read more
Quotes of the Day
WHOSE SHOES? “Footwear of the fashion forward men of POLITICO Video.” — Politico‘s Christine Delargy. Hints: The guy in yellow has been known to frequent Pete’s, a pizza eatery in D.C.; his colleague showing off his fancy boat shoes, meanwhile, frequents Peregrine in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington. We’ll tell you later. But send your guesses and commentary to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.
“I’m wearing pajama bottoms, you can’t see it.” — Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis, joking (we think) during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.
Burning the midnight oil
“hey @woodhouseb do you think holder should resign? what if ashcroft had investigated MSNBC reporter? you wld have been ok with it? comment?” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings to Democratic Party Spokesman Brad Woodhouse. Noteworthy: The tweet was sent at 3:25 a.m.
Just in case you think you’re having a bad day…“Not something you see everyday. A plane sticking out the side of an apt building. @ABC7John is live at 4:32am!” — Sara Van Aernum, executive producer of ABC7′s “Good Morning Washington.” The plane ran out of fuel and had to take a pit stop into this Herndon, Va. apartment building. Can you imagine waking up to this sh-t?
Anxiety-ridden TV watcher
“I need a xanax just to watch this thing.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary watching yesterday’s Spelling Bee.
Just a normal day at work in Washington
“We are ALL CLEAR !” just received via email at @wusa9 after bomb threat. Broadcasts never interrupted. No evacuations.Thanks @DCPoliceDept” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.
“Weird coincidence. #Tornado drill in #Senate, while #oklahoma has real thing.” — CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Alan Ota.
Reporter wishes she was better versed in car mechanics
“Wish I knew about cars so when mechanic went on ‘If you don’t give me all your money, you will DIE in a fiery mess’ spiel, I could check him.” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“I was only reporter to ride 100k over 3 days w/George W. Bush on mountain bikes w/wounded vets on his ranch last week. 4k words posting soon.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward. In case you don’t think he’s the most humble reporter in Washington, he is. Just ask him! Read more
(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
Will on the Hill – Monday night was the annual “Will on the Hill” event for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. It’s an annual event that gathers politicians, journalists and other D.C. insiders to put on a performance that pairs elements of Williams Shakespeare with modern-day references.
According to their website, “proceeds from the event support STC’s many education, artistic and community outreach programs including in-school workshops and online learning resources that inspire new and diverse audiences and deepen the connection to classical theatre in learners of all ages.” One of the members of the cast was The Hill’s Managing Editor, Bob Cusack. Cusack tweeted this startling photo of himself moments before taking the stage. Turns out, acting is in Cusack’s blood. He tells FBDC, “It was my first time performing in Will on the Hill and brought back memories of when my parents had an off, off, off Broadway theater company in New York City. Last night I did Shakespeare, but back then it was Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk and Agatha Christie plays.” Aside from Jack, Cusack was an extra “Clear and Present Danger” and “Game Change.”
The Tea Party says farewell to a longtime supporter. Read more
Quotes of the Day
MAKING AN ENTRANCE AND AN EXIT: Host of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King walked into the Washington Hilton on Saturday night in an eye-popping kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel. On Friday night, she was spotted leaving the Turkish Embassy residence where The Hill was hosting its pre-WHCD party.
“Don’t hurt yourself.” — A St. Regis employee to guests of Friday night’s TIME-People party at which partygoers, many of whom were White House correspondents, received gift bags so heavy they could give you a hernia. More on the contents later…
“I have been told many times I look like @MatthewPerry. I just saw him at #nerdprom. He is far better looking.” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
Editor wants WHCD weekend to be more substantive
“It kind of sickens me when you’re here for the White House Correspondents’ Weekend that there are not more substantive discussions.” — Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, who hosted a discussion over the weekend with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WVa.) at the Ritz. The banquet room was packed. Breakfast disappeared too fast. The discussion centered on American military power today. Attendees included BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton, NJ‘s Brian Fung, Yahoo! News‘ Chris Moody, Newsweek-Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake and The Atlantic‘s Jay Lauf.
A plea for help
“Someone catch me up on the last 9 days of news.” — Politico White House Correspondent Byron Tau.
Important Q to Ponder: “In a cab going to the airport but our driver is sleepy so he has the window down – to freeze or get into an accident?” — Oversharing Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”
HuffPost‘s Sam Stein “impressed” with Politico
ThinkProgress‘ Judd Legum: “Politico currently has 54 separate links to stories abt WHCA Dinner on its front page.”
Huffpost‘s Sam Stein: “I’m kind of impressed.”
And in Bob Schieffer, Claire Danes father-daughter news…
“Someone asked Bob Schieffer if he was Claire Danes’ daddy.” — former White House reporter Myles Miller.
Some buzz on BuzzFeed Party
“CSPAN showing super long line for @BuzzFeed party. A lot of sad faces who can’t get in #buzzfeedbbq” — Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering. And this from Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas: “Crowd in #BuzzFeedbbq just let out very self-satisfied collective whoop after @cspan live shot of line @JackRoseinDC #counterwhcd”
Psy or is it more like Sigh?
“Psy just walked by me. I feel somehow cooler. Or at least more relevant.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Good thing Cillizza didn’t actually try to communicate with Psy.
Starting new pub is stressful
“Rare has oped from Jeb Bush today so big relief we can get the big names when so new. I’m on pins and needles every day.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker. See here. Will Jeb run or won’t he? Who knows, but his last graph sounds rather presidential. He writes, “American greatness comes from the power of individuals – not the government – to create wealth and opportunity through competition, innovation and empowerment. Not only must we pursue reform, we must do a much better job communicating how these reforms protect and promote the genius of America.”
More WHCD fallout…
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