Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl


D.C.’s Own ‘Real World’?
Vice Studios is casting for a reality TV show in which 18-to-45-year-olds will live in close quarters in D.C. The draw, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is that the individuals will be from “all walks of life and political extremes.” Per the casting form, the show is looking for individuals who are passionate about their political beliefs and want to “get their voice heard.” So, the moral of the story is, if you’re still mad you never auditioned for “The Real World” when you were growing up, now’s your chance.

Waltz Makes Directorial Debut With ‘Georgetown’
Annette Bening will join Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave in the upcoming movie “Georgetown,” the first movie directed by Waltz, Variety reported. The screenplay is based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer about the marriage of wealthy widow Viola Drath and the much-younger Albrecht Muth. In 2011, Drath was found dead in her Georgetown home and Muth was convicted of first-degree murder. The names have been changed and Montreal will stand in for Georgetown.

Straight Out of SNL: Spicy in Disguise
Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, told the New York Times last week that he wore a disguise on his way to appear at the Emmy Awards earlier this month. Though Spicer didn’t say what the disguise was, the Hill reported that it may have included facial hair. An easier way to travel would have been to just tell those who recognized him that he was actually Melissa McCarthy.

Ed Sheeran Has a Steak, Sings, Sings Again
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was spotted with a large group of friends at Mastro’s Steakhouse downtown before his Tuesday, Sept. 19, concert at Capital One Arena, the Washington Post reported. The next day, the flame-haired singer Sheeran played in a Cathedral Heights living room as part of a fundraiser for refugees sponsored by Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds. The intimate gathering was hosted by Holly Branson, daughter of Virgin founder Richard Branson (however, the home Sheeran played in wasn’t Branson’s).

Quinn Bradlee Keeps It Real
While his mother, Sally Quinn, said she has not put hexes on anyone for decades and would not even put one on President Donald Trump, Quinn Bradlee said he looked forward to seeing the Dec. 4 HBO premiere of its biopic on his father, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who died in 2014. A few months ago, the young Bradlee became engaged to Fabiola Roman, who works at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He popped the question to her on the Ferris wheel at National Harbor.

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