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On Saturday, October 28th, Emmy Rossum, the actress and women’s rights activist best-known for her role as Fiona in Shameless, will be speaking at Marlborough High School in Los Angeles urging young people to have political conversations beyond party lines.
Rossum will be joined by Mark Mckinnon, Co-Founder of No Labels, political advisor to George Bush, John McCain, and Jeb Bush. Rossum and Mckinnon were brought together by one of La’s own high school students on a mission to create unity and bridge the political divide.
Clara Nevins, a senior at the prestigious Marlborough School, co-founded Bridge the Divide with Joseph Touma, a Young Republican at Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia. Through its op-eds, mediated discussions and in-person events, the site hosts politically-active students from 22 countries who are engaging in politically diverse debates.
During the Bridge the Divide Converge Conference, student leaders will come together from »
Without mentioning President Trump by name, former President George W. Bush delivered a viral speech denouncing the current state of American politics and lamenting that “bigotry” now seems “emboldened.”
Speaking at the Bush Institute’s “Spirit of Liberty” forum in New York on Thursday, the 43rd president told the crowd, “In recent decades, public confidence in our institutions has declined. Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs. The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. »
- Tierney McAfee
Former President George W. Bush had some tough words for Donald Trump on Thursday. During a speech at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Bush took a none-too-veiled swipe at the current president. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone,’ said Bush. “And compromises the moral education of children.’ Though Bush didn’t mention Trump by name, the implication was evident. Also Read: Dennis Quaid Cast as George W. Bush in 'Katrina: American Crime Story' “It is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with protecting and defending democracy, »
- Jon Levine
Morgan Freeman has signed on to play former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a new biopic entitled Powell, which is being set up at Hyde Park Entertainment. Reginald Hudlin, who directed Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic that hit theaters last weekend, is attached to direct, from a script by Ed Whitworth, which landed on the coveted Black List back in 2011. No production schedule has been given thus far, but with a major star like Morgan Freeman on board, it's possible that this could move forward very quickly.
The script follows Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, following his service as a decorated U.S. Army General. He was the first ever African-American Secretary of State in U.S. history. He initially did not approve of the President's plan to invade Iraq, since he didn't believe that they possessed weapons of mass destruction. »
Nick Harley Oct 19, 2017
Powell will detail the former Secretary of State's time in the George W. Bush White House.
Freeman will star in Powell by director Reginald Hudlin, who’s coming off the heels of his Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall. The script was written by Ed Whitwort and has remained on the best unproduced screenplay Black List since 2011. The film is set during Powell’s time in the White House serving as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
A respected Army general and the first African-American Secretary of State, Powell became a controversial figure after making a case for the war in Iraq to the United Nations Security Council. Powell initially opposed U.S. involvement in the Middle East, »
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Powell, who went from respected Army general to the first African-American Secretary of State, initially opposed the »
- Borys Kit
President Trump has claimed that he alone — not Barack Obama or other past presidents — has called “virtually” all families of U.S. soldiers who have died in service since Trump took office in January.
But Gold Star families have since lashed out at Trump over his false claims about past presidents, recalling how they were comforted by Obama and former President George W. Bush as they grieved. Trump was soon forced to walk back what Obama aides called an “outrageous lie,” admitting that his predecessor “probably sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know.”
But now some »
- Tierney McAfee
President Donald Trump told the grieving widow of a U.S. soldier killed in an ambush two weeks ago that “he knew what he signed up for” during a short call expressing his condolences, a Democratic U.S. congresswoman says.
U.S. Rep Frederica Wilson told reporters on Tuesday that Trump called Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday and said her husband Sgt. La David T. Johnson “knew what he signed up for… but when it happens it hurts anyway.”
Trump’s 5-minute call came as Johnson was on her way to Miami International Airport – just before her husband’s body arrived from overseas, »
- Alexia Fernandez
In his latest rant against Donald Trump, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich called the president a “soulless coward” for making a false claim that Barack Obama and George W. Bush did not contact the families of U.S. soldiers killed in battle. Speaking to The Nation’s Dave Zirin, Popovich lambasted Trump for his “never-ending divisiveness” and called him a “pathological liar” who is “unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically” to be president. “This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others,” the coach continued. Also Read: Patton Oswalt on Trump. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Gregg Popovich is absolutely fed up with President Trump ... calling Potus a "pathological liar" and "soulless coward" for comments he made while talking about the deadly ambush in Niger. Here's the deal ... Trump has been criticized for not publicly addressing the 4 U.S. soldiers who were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4. Today, Potus defended himself while calling out former presidents ... claiming he is more caring with families of fallen soldiers. Popovich -- »
- TMZ Staff
Deadline has revealed another addition to the cast of Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney film, a biopic on the U.S.’ Vice President under George W. Bush, with Tyler Perry set to portray Colin Powell, Bush’s Secretary of State.
Powell played a very important part in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. He pushed for Bush to invade the country on intelligence that Saddam Hussein had manufactured weapons of mass destruction, but none of the weapons Powell had presented to the Un were ever found.
- Ricky Church
Barbara Bush didn’t exactly have a party girl reputation when she served as first lady from 1989 to 1993, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to have a little fun — especially when the mischief involves her granddaughters.
In their new book, Sisters First, out Oct. 24, former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, now 35, reveal that their grandmother was the one who served them their very first martinis — at the tender age of 16.
The early introduction happened while the family matriarch known affectionately as “Ganny” treated the girls to a birthday trip to Italy — and »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
George and Barbara Bush looked remarkably unawkward in their younger years — even if they might not agree.
The 41st president shared photos of himself and his wife of 72 years on Twitter Thursday to thank late night host Stephen Colbert for his donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief.
“Our sincere thanks to @stephenathome for his kind donation to #OneAmericaAppeal. Here are two more for the file. No laughing rule in effect!” Bush, 93, tweeted.
Our sincere thanks to @StephenAtHome for his kind donation to #OneAmericaAppeal. Here are two more for the file. No laughing rule in effect! pic.twitter. »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
All five living former presidents are coming together for a good cause.
George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will be featured in a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M's Reed Arena on Oct. 21, according to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. All five former presidents are scheduled to share the stage.
The event, called "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal" will be emceed by Lee Greenwood, featuring performances by Alabama, the Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams, Cassadee Pope, and Stephanie Quayle. 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In a statement toVariety, the elder Bush said that he, his son “and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal’ are very grateful to these wonderful performers -- some of them old friends, some of them »
Liz Hannah’s incredible breakout year just got even better. The screenwriter’s debut, “The Post,” bows December 22 and boasts Steven Spielberg as a director and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Now she’s been hired by MGM to write “Only Plane in the Sky,” a drama that takes place on Air Force One in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Deadline broke the news.
Inspired by a Politico article by Garrett Graff, the project follows former U.S. President George W. Bush and his team as they are “whisked off from a Florida schoolroom and into Air Force One and into the sky — which was considered the safest place to be” following the terrorist attacks in New York City, the source summarizes.
MGM snagged the rights to “Only Plane in the Sky” after a competitive bidding war last year. No word on who will star, direct, or produce.
“It’s going to follow the similar structure to the article, starting in Florida in the morning and will end with him returning to D.C.,” Hannah told Deadline. “The things that get me excited and the stories I want to tell, the №1 thing that attracts me is the characters. Looking to tell a person’s story as they experience it individually. I’m from New York and grew up during 9/11, and I never ever thought I would want to write a movie about 9/11, but this kind of tore the cloth away and showed they experienced it, too, and it humanized everyone on that plane for me,” she explained. “It’s very compelling and very human. Everyone was a New Yorker that day. Everyone was an American. It wasn’t about being a Republican or a Democrat. I think that is an important story to tell right now.”
Hannah studied producing at the American Film Institute and got her start working in development at Charlize Theron’s production company. “The Post,” a drama about the Washington Post’s role in publishing the Pentagon Papers, marked her first spec deal. She was inspired to tell the story after reading former Post publisher Katharine Graham’s memoir. “I absolutely fell in love with her,” Hannah told Vulture. Hannah was shocked the spec attracted so much attention, especially since it was “a script about two people in their 50s in which no one kisses each other.” She received a call from producer and former Sony studio head Amy Pacscal, who told her that Spielberg was interested in directing.
Liz Hannah to Write MGM’s 9/11 Air Force One Drama “Only Plane in the Sky” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Nine days after the death of one of her many dogs, Lisa Vanderpump has lost another member of her menagerie.
The 57-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star posted a touching tribute to her Pomeranian named Pikachu on Instagram Thursday, writing, “Rest in peace my sweet Pikachu, we will miss you so much… Such sadness at your loss .”
Her caption came attached to a gallery of sweet photos of the cream-colored Pikachu through the years that captured him doing everything from playing in the grass of Vanderpump’s California home to hanging on a pilot’s lap in the cockpit of an airplane. »
- Dave Quinn
Cue the anniversary cuteness.
“Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama,” she wrote alongside the shot. “A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I (heart) you.”
Not only does this year mark the couple’s 25th anniversary, it also is the first anniversary they’re celebrating post-presidency.
Since leaving the White House, the Obamas have been hopping around the globe —from Indonesia to Italy »
- Diana Pearl
"When you can take a selfie with three U.S. Presidents, you do it!!" Those were the wise words from pro golfer Phil Mickelson, who was the lucky man to snap a historic selfie with the three former Potus's. Sitting together in the front row at the Presidents' Cup were former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The three commander in chiefs helped the PGA Tour kick off the Presidents' Cup with an impressive grand opening fit for a President—or three. The bleachers were packed full with patriotic Americans and golf lovers who were eager to see the matches and catch a glimpse of the three Presidents together at a Presidents' Cup—a first in the »
Nothing says "You Can't Sit With Us" like Donald Trump's 3 predecessors crashing the Presidents Cup to watch the first tee shots -- sans the current Prez ... who loves golf. Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attended the trophy presentation together Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, before the foursome matches kicked off between America and its international competition. The ex-Presidents looked super chummy, greeting the crowd and shaking hands. »
- TMZ Staff
Who needs Santa Claus when you’ve got a doting grandpa?
On Wednesday evening, George W. Bush paid a visit to the home of his daughter Jenna Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager, giving some special attention to their girls Poppy Louise, 2, and Margaret “Milla” Laura, 4.
In the first of the adorable photos shared to Bush Hager’s Instagram Stories, the former president is cuddling both his granddaughters — dressed in matching doughnut-patterned pajamas — on an armchair.
“Bedtime visitor,” the Today show correspondent, 35, wrote across the top of the sweet snap.
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- Jen Juneau
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