Washington Life Magazine
Washington Life Magazine




Who's sorry now? When legendary White
House Correspondent Sarah McClendon screamed "Mr. President, Mr. President" at the daily press briefings, it got their attention. It was no surprise then that it worked on former Vice-President Al Gore at the crowded SILVERDOCS reception for his Inconvenient Truth documentary on global warming. So, would the almost-but-not-quite President prefer at this time to be doing what he's doing now or what he might have been doing? "That's a low bar to clear," said Gore.

You have to give him credit: Everyone's talking about the environment. While going to the movies to watch graphs and charts is not everyone's idea of fun, there's plenty of food for thought. The politician turned professor / turned film maker / turned actor is a great educator and can most certainly keep this day job.

Give that man a hanky
Everyone loves Richard Dreyfuss, what's not to love? He's been a writer, producer, narrator, actor and director. He's been in American Graffiti, The Goodbye Girl, Postcards from The Edge and Mr. Holland's Opus. He's the consummate actor with an Oscar. So why is this man sporting a dirty, bloody face in Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters? Aye, there's the rub.

In honor of Variety's 100th Anniversary, Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart's just released book was adapted by Bill Couturie to take viewers behind the scenes of Hollywood's' biggest blockbusters with the hindsight of six degrees of separation. Who's who of Hollywood heavyweights, from Jodie Foster to Morgan Freeman, provide their amusing takes on what makes a box office hit. More often than not, they agree: it's the fickle finger of fate which belies all wisdom. The celebrity takes woven into the documentary, although fascinating, could have been clipped a bit and most of all, whether to remind us of the highly successful Jaws or the Poseidon bomb, we could have done without Dreyfuss' make-up. We got the point. Even Miss Daisy didn't need a hanky as much as he did.

Play it again, Sams.
It's been said that doing crossword puzzles can slow down the onset of Alzheimer's. Whether that's what Will Shortz had in mind when he took it up, we'll never know 'cause we didn't ask. One thing's for sure though, the NewYork Times' crossword guru has made this nerdy pastime a winner. Not that anyone would go this far, but Ziegfeld star Eddie Cantor said: "Words fascinate me. They always have. For me, browsing in a dictionary is like being turned loose in a bank."

The June 19th private showing at the E Street Theatre featured director Patrick Creadon. Although 50 percent of the guests never made it in the hurricane-like downpour, those that could didn't mind a bad hair day. Guests included NPR's Neal Conan, Greg Hamilton (who, by marriage, is related to Creadon) and Keith White, The Hill's Stephanie Merry and Jackie Kucinich, and Media Bistro columnist Patrick Gavin. The 'take out' puzzle would be a fun way to follow up on whether reporters can do without spell check; we'd best check them before we forget.

Women of a certain age.
Diane Ladd, who played the hash-slinging, trashtalking waitress 'Flo' in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, mesmerized guests at a Washington Harbour party thrown in her honor by the law firm of Foley and Lardmen. The thrice Oscar-nominated actress, with more credits than needed for a PhD, was in town to promote both a new movie and book: The World's Fastest Indian, co-starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Spiraling Through the School of Life, respectively. She loves D.C.: "Flying into Washington gives me a feeling of freedom, especially when I see the monuments." The book, while autobiographical, is also metaphysical, spiritual and meant to "help another person find the miracles that surround them." "I did my first play in New York when I was 16 with Tennessee Williams. I have spent my life as an actress, but the point in the book is that for the last 30 years I have also spent my time working with doctors and am on the Board of Advisors for The National Foundation for Alternative Medicine." With more energy than a case of vitamins, her earthy personality is what makes her a favorite among her peers as pointed out by Hollywood heavyweight Jack Valenti, filmmaker Catherine Wyler (The Highland Falls artistic director) and former House Speaker Tom Foley.


Home  |   Where To Find Us  |   Advertising  |   Privacy Policy  |   Site Map  |   Purchase Photos  |   About Us

Click here to go to the NEW Washington Life Magazine