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ABC’s Raddatz Skips ‘ZeroDarkThirty’ Red Carpet, Examiner‘s Schwab Walks It

When we first showed up to last night’s screening of ZeroDarkThirty at the Newsuem, Politico‘s Tim Mak was persuading a press handler to let him inside the event. He had a ticket in hand but wasn’t on the list.

“There are already two others from Politico on our list,” the handler told Mak. A few minutes later, however, we spotted a happy Mak walking around with what appeared to be a glass of champagne in hand. The crisis wherein Politico would only have two reporters covering an event was averted.

Much of the news media who showed up to the screening weren’t as lucky. They (FishbowlDC included) weren’t allowed in to see the actual movie, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and were limited to red carpet coverage.

Still, there was plenty of weirdness to see.  Read more

Poor Lindsay Lohan: Sharp-tongued Journos Watch ‘Liz And Dick’ and Give it Sour Reviews

Lindsay Lohan‘s unanticipated return to acting, assuming the role of Elizabeth Taylor, played out on the small screen last night. It was Lifetime’s movie of the week: Liz and Dick. As the network chants, “Your life. You’re time.” The consensus among media types who took the time to watch was that the movie wasn’t just bad, but horrific, which came through in their biting critiques on Twitter.

“I’m not sure but I think Lindsay Lohan just trolled us all,” BuzzFeed editor Stacy Lambe wrote. And New York mag’s Dan Amira: “The hashtag #lizanddick may look a lot like #lizarddick, but don’t get your hopes up, it’s #lizanddick.”

Fox News and Commentary Radio Host Todd Starnes advised, “I think it helps if you’re drinking wine.”

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Co-Host Mika Brzezinski said the movie was “the worst thing I’ve ever seen. … That was insanely terrible.”

“Even on Lifetime it’s the worst thing,” concurred Bloomberg NewsMargaret Carlson, a guest on “Morning Joe.” NBC’s White House Correspondent Chuck Todd echoed the sentiment, comparing it to a Saturday Night Live skit. “We’re going to find out that was all really comedy,” he said. “It’s a dark comedy. It’s hilarious if you look at it that way.”

More reaction… Read more

Nat Geo’s ‘Seal Team Six’ Debuts at Newseum

Last week we learned that famed Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein had allegedly cooked the film “Seal Team Six” to add more footage of President Obama. Last night, the film premiered at the Newseum to a packed theater of politicos, journalists, actors and more. Harvey didn’t make it. He’d planned to attend Monday’s screening, but Hurricane Sandy stole his thunder (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

“Harvey did make me make some changes to the movie, but he didn’t make me have Obama kill Osama bin Laden,” joked the film’s director, John Stockwell, just before the film began. (Stockwell is pictured here.)

Stockwell says he feels this film gives him some legitimacy, that is, if you count cable news as legitimate. “Instead of getting to answer the how did you get Jessica Alba to wear such a tiny bikini question, I get to go on Meet the Press, CNN and MSNBC.”

See which journalists, politicos, bigwigs, showed up… Read more

D.C. Lawyer Who Repped Hostages in ‘Argo’ Faced Down Death Threats and Love

The story portrayed in Ben Affleck‘s new movie, Argo, has a special place for attorney John Coale, who is married to FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren. For one thing, back in the day he represented three of the six hostages portrayed in the movie in a lawsuit against Iran. For another, it led him to the love of his life.

The year was 1979. In December, the Iranians let the African Americans and women go free after about a month. Canadians assisted the six hostages in the movie in getting out of the country. “I filed suit for most of theses diplomats in December of ’79 way before the rest were freed,” Coale explained to FishbowlDC. “This really pissed off the Carter administration. Part of the deal to free the other hostages after 444 days was that my suits had to be dismissed.”

Coale remembers threats on his life. “The suits were a big deal to the Iranians,” he said. “I had death threats etc from the crazy Iranians plus I was not high on the State Department’s list of people they liked.”

On the upside, the experience led him to his wife. “The great thing about it for me was that I hired Greta to do research, fell in love and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Harvey Weinstein to Newseum for ‘Seal Team Six’

Big shot Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein is 100 percent confirmed for attending a screening of Nat Geo’s “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Bin Laden” in Washington. He’ll walk the red carpet at a Newseum event on Oct. 29. But listen up: It’s unlikely that Weinstein do separate, private interviews. So journos hoping to talk to him will have to catch him on the carpet.

Actress Kathleen Robertson is confirmed for the screening. Organizers are awaiting confirmation from other invited actors.

Stay tuned. FishbowlDC has 10 tickets to give away to lucky readers. Contest details to follow.

A Lot of Love for ‘Hating Breitbart’

Last night director Andrew Marcus premiered his new movie “Hating Breitbart” at the AMC Georgetown Theater followed by a party for the V.I.P. crowd at Sequoia.

The movie makes you miss the good natured Andrew Breitbart, who died suddenly of a bad heart in March. Think what you will of his politics, and his countless enemies, Breitbart made politics fun when he engaged.

The mood at the after party was upbeat, with booze flowing and most of the conversations revolving around the late subject of the film. All mentioned how he was missed. Everyone had positive, funny stories to share.

In attendance were Marcus, the director, producers Maura Flynn and Evan Coyne Maloney, Larry Solov, Andrew’s life-long friend, business partner and now head-honcho,’s “Minister of Culture” Jon Kahn, editors Larry O’Connor and Mike Flynn, Slate’s Dave Weigel (because what’s a party without him?), WMAL’s morning show producer Heather Smith, New York Daily News and Townhall’s Derek Hunter, the Franklin Center’s Tabitha Hale, Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket, former TWT Editor Sam Dealey, Buckley Carlson and the ubiquitous David Bass of Raptor Strategies.

You can learn about the movie, watch the trailer and find it in a theater near you here.

D.C. Gets a Pee-View of The Paperboy

A  pre-screening of The Paperboy, starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman will take place at Landmark E Street Cinema next Monday (press only, not open to the public). When FishbowlDC got wind that there’s a scene in which Kidman’s character urinates on Efron, we got our names on the press list right away.

Paperboy tells the story of a reporter who returns to his hometown in Florida to investigate the case of a death-row inmate, according to IMDb. Though the movie is rated R for violence, language and “strong sexual content,” the pee scene in particular isn’t sexual and doesn’t include a bowel movement. (We understand this may mean WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten will have to seriously reconsidering his decision to see the film.) Lee Daniels, who directed the movie, told GQ the scene deals with a jellyfish sting.

“The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) chase a sensational, career-making story,” states a release for the film. “With the help of Ward’s younger brother Jack (Efron) and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Kidman), the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.”

The movie officially releases in Washington on Oct. 5.

Also, click HERE for an awkward photo of Kidman dancing with Efron in his underwear.

Fmr. NYT Staffer Begs for Cash for Film

Who says being a NYT staffer who got laid off in the 2009 cuts won’t get you someplace?

Adam Chadwick wrote late last night with an unusual pitch: “I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know about “Fit to Print” – a feature-length documentary on the U.S. newspaper industry crisis and the changing dynamics of investigative reporting.This is an independent film that I have been working on for the past three years. It examines newspapers all across the U.S. and the threat to local watchdog reporting as staffs and resources are cut. This film is being made on a shoestring budget by myself and other former newspaper staffers, hoping to give voice to the thousands of newsroom employees laid-off over the past several years, while also examining the light at the end of the tunnel for the industry.”

Key words: “shoestring budget.” Chadwick needs cash. He has 22 days to reach a $10,000 goal. To entice potential investors he has offered a promo clip that includes NYT’s David Barstow, WaPo’s Bob Kaiser, and Laura Frank from the now defunct Rocky Mountain News and “other great newspaper folks from across the country.” Chadwick says they did a lot of filming at the Washington Post.

While most publicists for such a film would throw out a lot of formalities and hound reporters, not Chadwick. He writes humbly, “Full disclosure: I SUCK at anything promotional related for a film. But we’re trying to raise completion funds right now and I was hoping you could help us spread word on the film.”

Watch the promo. It’s well worth a look.

To reach Adam, write him at

New HBO Doc on Fat Folks Comes to D.C.

What are the chances of this weird coincidence? The Weight of the Nation, a new documentary series on HBO that takes “an unflinching look” at the severity of the obesity epidemic and its crippling effects on our health care system, is headed to Washington. And get this, one of the expert docs from the film to attend is the aptly-named Dr. William Dietz. He’s a nutrition, physical activity and obesity director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course he is. We don’t know about you, but those shows depicting the obese guy who hasn’t left his bed in years and eats chicken all day definitely make us flinch.

HBO and the Institute of Medicine will host an advance showing on May 2 at the National Academy of Sciences for D.C. bigwigs, or as they put it, “leading health and medical officials, federal and local policymakers, and key stakeholders.”  Others who will be on hand: Francis Collins, Director at NIH, Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine and more.

Following the film will be a discussion with Dr. Dietz. We’d be disappointed if this wasn’t the case.

Teachers Tortured at ‘Bully’ Screening

Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Educators Association, told attendees at last night’s screening of “Bully” that they were in for “an exciting, wonderful evening.” But clearly he was exaggerating. By the end of the film, half the audience, mostly female teachers, was sobbing and probably in need of a Xanax.

“Bully” is a documentary directed by Lee Hirsch about children who face ridicule and bullying at school. Two cases featured in the film concern kids, one 11 and another 17, who committed suicide after being picked on for years.

It was stirring and emotional, upsetting even. But not really “exciting” or “wonderful.”

The screening was held at the NEA’s headquarters on 16th street, NW.

Following the film WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart moderated a discussion with Van Roekel, Hirsch, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, National Center for Learning Disabilities Director James Wendorf, Katie Butler of and Jackie Libby, the mother of one of the children in the film.

“Bully” will be released in theaters April 23. See here for more information.

Important side note:  The NEA headquarters bathroom facilities are probably the most environmentally friendly place on Earth. That is to say, highly inconvenient for everyone. To activate the sink faucet, you have to move your hands around like a magician to trip the “hands-free” sensor. And the paper towel dispensers offer exactly three inches of paper per use. On the plus side, a slew of unhealthy snacks like potato chips, Wise popcorn, soda and chocolate chip and raisin cookies were aplenty before the show.