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Spacey Hits DC for ‘Casino Jack’ Premiere

Journos flooded the Landmark E St. Cinema last night for the Washington premiere of “Casino Jack,” the late George Hickenlooper‘s film about power lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon who famously defrauded several Indian tribes out of millions of dollars.  Starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey who played Abramoff, the film featured well-known Washington journos Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews while Washington Post reporter Susan Schmidt and Emily Miller, now of Human Events, were portrayed by actresses Ruth Marshall and Rachelle Lefevre

The premiere, presented by Lani Hay of Lanmark Technology and the Creative Coalition, was hosted by NBC’s Chris Matthews who couldn’t help  himself from dinging the GOP during his intro, saying “the Republicans are back in office and they did foster the career of Jack Abramoff.”  He then told the theater, “If you come to Washington without a moral compass, you’re not going to find one here.” 

Following the screening, Spacey and Matthews took questions and comments from an audience that included MSNBC’s Luke Russert and Andrea Mitchell, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, Politics Daily’s Annie Groer, Elizabeth Thorpe, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, Tammy Haddad, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, WaPo‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, Janet Donovan, Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley and Vicki Kennedy

A man who claimed to know the Abramoff family for fifteen years took the Q & A session as an opportunity to commend Spacey for “capturing Jack so perfectly.”  Surprisingly, the actor’s portrayal did not demonize the fallen K Street wonderboy.  He instead presented Abramoff as an almost lovable nerd who found himself too wrapped up in the game – ironic for a lobbyist whose sweet spot was casino gambling, no?

My only beef with the film was the casting and performance of Rachelle Lefevre who played Emily Miller, the Human Events editor and Michael Scanlon’s former fiancee who allegedly alerted the FBI of the fraud after learning that Scanlon was sleeping with another woman.  The character was underdeveloped, disjointed and quite frankly, nothing like Ms. Miller. 

Check out “Casino Jack” when it hits theaters on December 17th.  Spacey’s performance is a must-see.

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Post Departures: The Latest (Will Weingarten Go?!?)

New Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten tells FishbowlDC that he’s considering taking the Washington Post’s buy-out.

A round-up:

Tamara Jones: Gone.

Susan Schmidt
: Gone.

Tim Page: Gone.

Maralee Schwartz: Gone.

Tom Ricks
tells us (and Politico) “I’ll probably take it, but haven’t yet made a final decision.”

Maybes: Dan Balz and Keith Richburg.

Richburg tells FishbowlDC: “I’m going to bali in early may, so I’m going to sit there looking at a white sand beach and the pacific ocean and then make up my mind.”

What about you, Posties: You or your neighbors considering the buyout? Let us know:

Six Pulitzers In, Two Pulitzers Out

First Pulitzer loss: Susan Schmidt.
Second Pulitzer loss: Tim Page.

The WaPo’s Tim Page is taking the buyout, FishbowlDC has learned. This was not unexpected as he is already on leave at USC and was likely to stay on there. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997.

He wrote staffers the following note today, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    At this hour, I don’t think I’ll be disturbing anybody by sending an ALLNEWS note — especially after such a glorious day!

    This is just a quick message to thank you for a wonderful dozen years. As some of you already know, I am leaving the Post to join the faculty of the University of Southern California, where I will teach both music and journalism — which sounds to me like a happy fit.

    I’ve been honored to be your colleague and I will continue to read you every day. What an extraordinary newspaper this is — and how proud I am to have been a part of it.

    Look me up if you are ever in Los Angeles (you’ll find that present-day Hollywood is a little like Baltimore….)

    Warmest,

    Tim

Schmidt to WSJ

We hear that the Washington Post’s Susan Schmidt, has taken the paper’s buyout and is joining the Wall Street Journal as an investigative reporter.

Schmidt is an investigative reporter on The Post’s National staff and has been with the paper since 1983. She won the Pulitzer Prize (along with others) in 2006 for uncovering the Abramoff scandal. She also won it in 2002 (along with others) for her coverage of terrorism.

Sue starts at the WSJ later this month.

Novak Office Update

David Freddoso, a reporter for Bob Novak and the Evans-Novak newsletter, is heading to National Review Online, where he will become a Capitol Hill reporter.

Novak has hired Charlie Spiering, a staff writer with the Rappahanock News, to help with his column. Novak has also partnered with Tim Carney to help write the newsletter. Carney previously worked with Novak before taking an editing position with Regnery books. Carney will cover all things political for the Evans Novak Political Report and continue to edit Regnery books.

Speaking of Novak, the Prince of Darkness told a Dezenhall Resources crowd yesterday that his favorite young journalists are Stephen F. Hayes, Christopher Caldwell (his son in law) and Susan Schmidt. He also said that Michael Kelly was one of the best journos there ever was. Also: He said that, when CNN launched, at the White House they called it the Chicken Noodle Network.

Ruth Marcus Has Friends In High Places

So says The Washington City Paper’s Erik Wemple:

    This afternoon, Washington Post commentator Ruth Marcus discovers whether she’s won a Pulitzer Prize for the commentary she wrote last year. Marcus, in Pulitzerese, is a “nominated finalist” for the award. Whichever way it goes, Marcus will be thanking her friends and colleagues at the Post. For real.

    That’s because Marcus wouldn’t be enjoying this distinction without her friends and colleagues. Her nominating package comes courtesy of an extracurricular effort manned by Posties Susan Schmidt, Sari Horwitz, and Dana Priest. The trio teamed up on Marcus’s behalf when it became clear that the Post’s own Pulitzer submissions wouldn’t feature a packet for Marcus, who focuses on national politics and social policy issues in her Op-Ed pieces.

    “It was just an idea that was presented to me by my colleague Susan Schmidt, and I thought it was a great idea. I had no second thoughts,” says Priest.

Read the rest here.

(Earlier: “Marcus v. Robinson“)