With 24 hours to go as White House press secretary, Jay Carney visited Colbert’s show to explain why the daily press briefing has turned into theater over information gathering:
“I sometimes think the fact that the briefing is televised in its entirety.. creates a theatricality to it, and some sort of righteous indignation,” he said. “People pose and they want to hear themselves talk, or they want to create ‘moments’ — they’re creating some drama.”
“Shut the fuck up!” Colbert said, pretending to be at a briefing. “Did you ever want to [say] ‘Hey guys I got a question for you: why don’t you bite me?’.”
Carney’s response here:
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Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood Celeb most expected at tonight’s White House Correspondents Dinner who says he won’t show, would rather sing Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty with Jimmy Fallon‘s barbershop quartet, Ragtime Gals — which he did last night:
The woman appointed in 2009 by President Obama as the nation’s first intellectual property czar has left the post. The Hill reported today that Victoria Espinel, who stepped down Friday, is a top candidate to run BSA | The Software Alliance, a trade group for software companies. Espinel in June issued the “Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement,” in which she said the White House will help tech companies, studios and others to come up with voluntary initiatives to fight piracy as part of a broader effort to attack the problem. During her tenure as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Espinosa lobbied to making illegal streaming of IP a felony, among other anti-piracy efforts. But last month, the MPAA chafed over what it considers the White House’s limited effort to reduce ad sales to web pirates. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, will take over while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.
If the MPAA was less diplomatic, it might have headlined its response to the Obama administration’s latest anti-piracy initiative, “Are You Kidding Me?” Even without the direct language, the studio lobby made it clear that it believes U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel served up thin gruel yesterday when she teamed with tech companies to promote voluntary best practices to reduce the flow of ad dollars to sites that traffic in pirated content. MPAA chief Chris Dodd called it “an incremental step forward that addresses only a narrow subset of the problem” and places “disproportionate amount of the burden on rights holders”. The response was a bit of a surprise: Just last month the MPAA praised the administration when it released its Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement, which called for voluntary initiatives to fight piracy. That was far less than Hollywood wanted last year when it lobbied Congress to pass tough anti-piracy legislation. Read More »
UPDATE, 6:11 PM: SAG-AFTRA has released a statement saying it “commends the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the Administration” for their continued efforts to combat piracy. You can read the complete statement at the bottom of the post.
PREVIOUS: The White House says that it will help tech companies, studios and others to come up with voluntary initiatives to fight piracy, part of a broader effort to attack the problem in the Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement out today. That’s far less than Hollywood wanted last year when it lobbied Congress to pass tough anti piracy legislation. But having lost that fight, MPAA chief Chris Dodd says today that he welcomes Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel’s initiatives. ”We share with this Administration a commitment to promoting and protecting American intellectual property by opening new markets to US Products, educating the public about both the value of IP industries and the damage done by theft from those industries and encouraging voluntary best practices among private sector companies that have key responsibilities in the internet landscape.” The White House plan also calls for efforts to improve transparency in policy making, assess the economic impact of “intellectual property-intensive industries,” educate authors about the “fair use” doctrine, and consider the establishment of a copyright and patent “small claims” court. The MPAA says that intellectual property industries accounted for about 34.8% of the gross domestic product and “there is much more to … Read More »
The 50th Anniversary celebration of the Academy Award winning 1962 classic, To Kill A Mockingbird just got a very high profile addition with the American Film Institute’s announcement today that the film will be screened tomorrow night, April 5, at the White House Family Theatre with an introduction from President Obama. The date also coincidentally marks the 96th birthday of the film’s star, Gregory Peck who served as Founding Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1969. It is also significant for the AFI since the Institute was created in the White House Rose Garden in 1965 in a ceremony presided over by President Lyndon Johnson.
Among those attending will be the film’s Oscar nominated co-star Mary Badham, Peck’s family including wife Veronique, AFI Chair Sir Howard Stringer , Universal President and COO Ron Meyer, U’s Chairman Adam Fogelson, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale. Also in attendance will be a group of students from DC area schools.
With yesterday’s announcement that the President will also introduce the film for the USA Network’s broadcast of the digital restoration on April 7th, the film is getting a strong boost for its half-century milestone. The AFI previously named Atticus Finch as the greatest hero in the history of American Film.
“To Kill A Mockingbird is an American treasure – a film of family and fatherhood, justice and equality … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium has just closed a deal to acquire Olympus Has Fallen, a Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt spec script for a big action movie that’s set in the White House. The scribes were repped by Devra Lieb and Dan Vantresca, and they are managed by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.