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October 24, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
Harvey Levin has a TMZ-style plan to get the masses interested in Washington politics, one Beltway personality at a time. β€œIt's gonna happen some day,” the founder of the celebrity gossip site told a gathering of reporters Monday at the National Press Club. Levin's vision - which has been in the works for years - is to create β€œa personality-based site, not because it's going to be the most important material, but it's going to introduce people to politics on a level that they can relate to, on a personality level,” he said.
January 1, 1995 | BRUCE MCCALL, Bruce McCall is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker
What's in store for the New Year? From think-tank gurus and elder statesmen alike, from seasoned forecasters to the man in the street, the predictions are in. And if there's any definite early word on Anno Domini 1995, it's that time alone will tell. Will interest rates continue their upward climb? "I wish I had a crystal ball," says one prominent economist.
January 4, 1987 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Mark Russell on Ronald Reagan, to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean": My Ship of State's having rough sailing, My trickle down's soggy and thick, My 3x5 memory is failing, My Teflon is starting to stick.
February 13, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
YOU get the overall impression of a lot of guys in ties -- some of them Bush administration officials, some of them journalists and some lawyers -- in the four-part "Frontline" series "News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin," beginning tonight on PBS. That everybody appears, in close-up, to belong to the same 9 o'clock dinner reservation is a controlling metaphor for what emerges, in the first hour, anyway, as a Washington potboiler among various corridors of power.
August 30, 2009 | Noel Murray
State of Play Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98 The big-screen version of the 2003 BBC miniseries "State of Play" loses a lot of the original's nuance but still manages to offer solid, sophisticated entertainment. Russell Crowe stars as a slobby, cynical newspaper reporter investigating a story that involves murder, covert military funding and a firebrand congressman played by Ben Affleck. The mix of '70s-style newspaper drama and modern references to blogs and Iraq plays awkwardly at times, but the performances are uniformly strong (especially Jason Bateman's funny supporting turn as a PR rep for a military contractor)
February 13, 1999 | Reuters
Who says we won't have President Clinton's impeachment trial to kick around anymore? As his Senate trial ended Friday in acquittal, the curtain rose in Hollywood on a musical about the sex scandal at the heart of the case. "Starr Struck: A Musical Investigation" opened this week with 30 original songs based on transcripts and news reports. Alan Glueckman, who conceived the show and wrote the lyrics, said: "It's about sex and power, love and betrayal, high ideals and low morals.
June 21, 1989 | Alice Kahn
You know how fan magazines are always identifying stars by their latest or greatest hit as if it's their middle name? One day you'll read about how Steve ("E.T.") Spielberg split up with his wife Amy ("Crossing Delancey" with half the $225 mil) Irving because of his alleged involvement with Kate ("Temple of Doom") Capshaw. Or when you read about producer Mark ("Rain Man") Johnson having lunch with Robin ("Dead Poets") Williams and his bride, Marsha (The Nanny) Garces? I've always wanted to see that format used for other gossip columns.
March 31, 2006 | Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
Michael Berman is a Democratic loyalist and lawyer who has helped organize 10 presidential nominating conventions, worked on 11 presidential campaigns and served two presidents. He is also a man known to eat an entire salami, 2 pounds of chocolate or a 40-ounce steak in a single sitting. Once during a starvation diet in a hospital, he hallucinated cheeseburgers. He has weighed as much as 337 pounds. Berman came to Washington 40 years ago with two addictions: politics and food.
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