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‘House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey on Lawmakers’ Support for the Arts

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyKevin Spacey, who portrays Frank Underwood on ”House of Cards,” was in town last night for a benefit concert at the Shakespeare Theatre and The Washington Post’s Reliable Source Helena Andrews snagged five minutes for a Q&A with the actor.

Spacey, who founded the Kevin Spacey Foundation to provide funding for talented artists, shared with Andrews what he thinks lawmakers can do to support the arts:

“They can do much more in getting money into the arts. Arts and culture are not a luxury item, they’re a hugely important part of our lives. It’s nice to see that there are now lots of arguments being made in this country about how we can take S.T.E.M [Science, Technology, Energy and Math] and turn it into S.T.E.A.M. [Science, Technology, Energy, Arts and Math]. I think it’s a fantastic idea. While the sciences are hugely important, let us not leave behind a child’s imagination.”

For the full Q&A, click on over to the Reliable Source.

NOTE: STEM refers to ‘science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,’ not energy as quoted from the Post piece.

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FishbowlDC Round 1 Superlative Winners: Jake Tapper, Ken Vogel, Kevin Cirilli

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The results of Round 1 of Fishbowl Superlatives are in. Last week, we asked y’all to name the Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and the Future/Former Boy Band Member. Nearly 5,000 votes later, we have your winners.

POLITICO's Ken Vogel

Fresh off the heels of his recent book Big Money, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel took the prize of Most in Need of a Reality Show, against the competition including BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, ESPN’s Britt McHenry, The Washington Post Reliable Source’s Helena Andrews and Emily Heil, and the man always touting the latest issue of Washington Life, John Arundel.

 
The Hill's Kevin Cirilli

In the category for Future/Former Boy Band MemberThe Hill’s Kevin Cirilli took the win, with 46% of respondents voting in his favor. CNN cutie Peter Morris took second, followed by The Atlantic’s James Hamblin, WJLA’s Scott Thuman, NBC Washington’s David Culver, and WJLA’s Kevin Lewis. Read more

FOX5′s Steve Chenevey, The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel Leading Superlatives

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Last week we announced nominees in FishbowlDC’s 2014 Summer Superlatives in three categories Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and Future/Former Boy Band Members.

Before we announce Round 2 of 3, we’re here with an update of where things stand in the final 72 hours of the first round of the competition.

For much of last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper and Brianna Keilar were neck and neck for first place in the Hottest TV Personality category. FOX 5′s Steve Chenevey has since taken the top spot with 34.32% of the category votes. Also in the running: FOX News’ Bret Baier and NBC Washington’s Angie Goff and Eun Yang. One thing we’ve learned, it is fun to pit persons from the same network against each other.

New to the superlatives competition is this year’s Future/Former Boy Band Members category. Leading is The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, previously with POLITICO, who has more than 50% of the votes. In second with nearly a quarter of the support is CNN cutie Peter Morris. Also nominated, NBC Washington’s David Culver, WJLA’s Kevin Lewis and Scott Thuman, and The Atlantic’s James Hamblin.

Rounding out Round 1 of voting is the ever-important superlative for Most in Need of a Reality Show. In it, there’s 6 great contenders, including POLITICO’s Big Money author Ken Vogel with nearly half the votes thus far. BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and ESPN’s Britt McHenry are in a close second and third, respectively, along with Pamela Sorensen, of Pamela’s Punch, the “Reliable Source” ladies Helena Andrews and Emily Heil, and the Washington Life magazine touting John Arundel.

No use getting mad at Fishbowl, these were all reader suggestions. And we’re still taking nominations for the other seven categoriesSexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Cutest Couple, Most #basic, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker – so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with Round 2 of 3 for this year’s superlatives and Thursday we’ll announce winners in the below categories. Get voting!

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Voting Now Live for Round 1 of FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014

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Well here we are – at the start of FishbowlDC’s 2014 Summer Superlatives, ready for you to cast your votes for those nominated in three categories: Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and Future/Former Boy Band Members.

No use getting mad at Fishbowl, these were all reader suggestions. And we’re still taking nominations for the other seven categoriesSexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Cutest Couple, Most #basic, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker – so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com. Nominees for the remaining will be announced in the coming days.

Here’s how it works. Below are galleries of those nominated to each category and a poll for you to cast your vote through 2pm on Thursday, August 7. We’ll post updates along the way and announce the winner on Friday, August 8.

Happy FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014! May the odds be ever in your favor.

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In Memory of Long-time Washington Gossip Columnist Diana McLellan

f76c7db648450ad8986c43.L._V210171762_SX200_Former Washington Star, Times, and Post gossip columnist Diana McLellan died yesterday at 76. McLellan was a legend in Washington, known for her column “The Ear,” which she wrote for the Star before it folded in 1981.

In November 2013, a dinner was held in honor of Emily Heil after taking over The Washington Post‘s “Reliable Sources” column alongside Helena Andrews. McLellan offered advice for Heil via email.

“The best advice I can give – and I doubt you could do any of it now – is collect info sober, write drunk, and edit after coffee…Also, keep expenses as high as possible or they won’t respect you.” And, “Only deal with the top editor so you don’t get nibbled to death by ducks.” Read more

Washington Journos Read From Their Favorite Children’s Books

20140327_185301 Last night, 826DC, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, hosted “An Evening with Washington Journalists and Their Favorite Children’s Books” at Bobby Van’s Grill. Big names in DC media – CNN’s Dana Bash, POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush, SiriusXM’s Julie Mason, Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta and WaPo’s Helena Andrews – sat before a crowd of adults reading their favorite children’s book. Thrilling, right?

Here’s how it went down…

5:45 - Arrive early, and I’m starving! Alas, 15 minutes until any food is presumably brought out.

6:00 - CNN’s Lauren Pratapas arrives just before food is brought out. Food or Lauren? To avoid being rude, I hold court with her for 10 minutes.

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6:10 - Abruptly end conversation with Lauren in order to get a snack. Great spread of apps including – no joke – the best nachos I’ve ever had. You know how there’s always some chips without melted cheese? Ya, that’s not the case with these. Best. Nachos. Ever.

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WaPo Digital Revamp Continues: Taylor Swiped from BI; Rucker Promoted

WaPo has promoted Philip Rucker from White House correspondent to national politics reporter and has hired Adam Taylor away from Business Insider to contribute to its “WorldViews” foreign affairs blog.

Taylor had been an editor at BI since 2010. His addition to “WoldViews” is part of WaPo editor Marty Baron‘s plan to develop “verticals,” or areas of specialization, within the WaPo website to allow readers to browse content by subject matter.

Rucker’s promotion comes after 8 years of writing for WaPo, and in a memo from Cameron Barr, Anne Kornblut, and Steven Ginsberg announcing the move, he is described as a reporter who “files often and at all hours for our digital platforms, and  an enthusiastic user of social media.”

Both hires are in keeping with Baron’s efforts, announced Wednesday, to prioritize “digital transformation” at the paper. In recent weeks, WaPo has also given gossip column “Reliable Sources” as stronger digital presence, adding two young writers (Emily Heil and Helena Andrews) and a staffer to produce online video. They’ve also hired National Journal‘s Adam Kushner to start up an online magazine and tasked Jim Tankersley with heading a data-driven digital initiative focused on policy analysis.

All these changes come as WaPo repositions itself to compete with a number of new digital news ventures including Walter Mossberg‘s and Kara Swisher‘s Re/code, Nate Silver‘s new FiveThiryEight, and the as-of-yet untitled effort announced Sunday by former Wonkblogger Ezra Klein.

WaPo Planning ‘Impressive Investments’ for 2014

WaPo will hire five more politics reporters early this year, Executive Editor Marty Baron announced today. It’s all part of a plan to beef up their digital presence for 2014 and prepare to take on a slew new digital competitors in the news realm -including former colleague Ezra Klein.

Baron cited the recent hires of Adam Kushner, Fred Barbash, Jim Tankersley, Helena Andrews and a bevy of younger guns who will contribute to “The Fix” (all of which we reported here at FBDC), as evidence of the paper’s renewed commitment to digital. He also announced plans for developing “verticals” -or areas of specialization within the website, a “long-planned website overhaul,” and the creation of an overnight breaking news desk.

Print wasn’t left out of the picture either. This spring, Baron says WaPo will be expanding their Sunday magazine -both in dimension and in number of pages -and adding a Sunday Style and Arts section.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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New Reliable Source Team Unveiled!

Hooray! WaPo has officially introduced Emily Heil and Helena Andrews as the new team behind the Reliable Source gossip column and blog. FishbowlDC has been anxiously awaiting this moment ever since last November, when we first learned of Emily’s new gig at one of Janet Donovan‘s fancy dinner parties. News of Helena’s selection followed shortly thereafter. Check out the video below to hear from the dynamic duo themselves -and join us in sending them a big FishbowlDC congratulations!

Helena Andrews Joins Heil at WaPo’s R.S.

The Reliable Source has another new voice! Helena Andrews will join Emily Heil at R.S. starting in January, according to a statement from WaPo Style editor Frances Sellers. Helena has been at The Root most recently, where she writes a weekly pop culture column, and she has been a contributing editor of the online women’s magazine xoJane. She also chronicled her roaring late twenties in Washington, with a collection of essays “Bitch is the New Black,” published by HarperCollins in 2010.

Separately, it was announced that current R.S. columnist Roxanne Roberts will return to writing full-length feature stories for the Style section.

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