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Morgan Freeman in DC for “Invictus” Screening


Mediocre blackberry pic of Matthews and Freeman by yours truly.

Renowned actor Morgan Freeman graced DC last evening for a screening of “Invictus,” which hits theaters December 11th. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, it’s the story of South African President Nelson Mandela’s campaign to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event in his first term.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a Q&A with Freeman at National Geographic after the screening, which received a standing ovation from a nearly full theater that included the likes of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, CNN’s David Bohrman, Kevin Madden and President Obama’s right-hand man Reggie Love.

“You can’t tell Mandela’s whole story in a movie,” Freeman said of the rugby storyline he convinced Eastwood to direct. Matthews first opened questions to South Africans in the audience– “you portray Mr. Mandela very well” and “the movie was emotional,” women at the screening said to Freeman.

The “Invictus” star admits he has yet to see the film, though he will when it premieres. “I’m terrified… I’d much rather believe you when you say it’s good,” he said.

As for who should play Obama in a movie, Freeman definitively says “Denzel,” as in actor Denzel Washington.

Also in attendance: USA Today‘s Susan Page, MSNBC’s David Shuster, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Rick Klein and David Chalian, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul Begala, Sam Feist and Peter Hamby, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ken Vogel and Kiki Ryan, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, CBS’ Laura Strickler, Matthew Cooper, Karen Finney, Lee Brenner, Mark Adelman, Mark Paustenbach, Taylor Griffin and Michael Feldman, among others.

Warner Bros. and Mandela Day hosted the screening.

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Reel Journalism Screens “The Soloist”

Last night former WaPo VP Pat Butler joined Nick Clooney and LA Times columnist Steve Lopez for a screening of “The Soloist” at the AFI Silver Theater.

The Newseum and American University hosted the event as a part of the Reel Journalism film series, which explores the intersection of movies and journalism. An intersection that Clooney calls “sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy, always interesting.”

Following the screening Lopez discussed his experience turning his now famous column of his relationship with homeless musician and schizophrenic Nathaniel Ayers into a book and eventually a feature film, staring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. “I went from journalist to advocate, it was extremely odd.” said Lopez, who was in town for today’s Capitol Hill briefing “Honoring the Soloist – A Congressional Briefing on Homelessness and Mental Illness.”

Lopez added that Paramount also considered Tom Hanks and George Clooney for his role, played by Downey. Also interesting- the casting for Ayer’s character: Denzel Washington and Will Smith were also considered.

On May 18th Reel Journalism will host a discussion with George Stephanopoulos and screening of “The War Room,” a documentary of Bill Clinton’s ’92 campaign.

Special thanks to Paul Menter for covering. More photos after the jump…

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Dobbs, Denzel at 2009 Horatio Alger Association Awards


Master of Ceremonies CNN’s Lou Dobbs. Photos courtesy of our friends at Qorivs.

CNN’s Lou Dobbs was the Master of Ceremonies at the 2009 Horatio Alger Association Induction Ceremony at Constitution Hall this past Friday.

Denzel Washington and ten others were inducted into the association Friday, including Reprise Records & 143 Records producer, composer and arranger David Foster, Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Stephen A. Wynn and PepsiCo Inc. Chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi.

Also in attendance was CNNfn’s past president C. Shelby Coffey III, Justice Clarence Thomas and T. Boone Pickens.

From their site: the Horatio Alger Association was founded in 1947 to honor the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education.

Dobbs became a member of the association in 1999 and his colleague Wolf Blitzer was the MC at last year’s ceremony.

The full list of honorees and some more pics after the jump…

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