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Reagan White House Files Show Ronald and Nancy Repeatedly Snubbed Donald Trump and His 'Large Ego'

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Reagan White House Files Show Ronald and Nancy Repeatedly Snubbed Donald Trump and His 'Large Ego'
In 1986, a 40-year-old Donald Trump sent a letter to then-First Lady Nancy Reagan inviting her to stay at his Mar-a-Lago mansion - which, he informed her, was designed to be the "southern White House" - when she came down for the American Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach, Florida. According to a Washington Post review of Reagan Library archives, the East Wing staff had no clue what Trump was talking about - the first lady had not been invited to the Red Cross ball - but Mrs. Reagan nevertheless drafted a hand-written letter declining the businessman's invitation and telling him,
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Reagan White House Files Show Ronald and Nancy Repeatedly Snubbed Donald Trump and His 'Large Ego'

  • PEOPLE.com
Reagan White House Files Show Ronald and Nancy Repeatedly Snubbed Donald Trump and His 'Large Ego'
In 1986, a 40-year-old Donald Trump sent a letter to then-First Lady Nancy Reagan inviting her to stay at his Mar-a-Lago mansion - which, he informed her, was designed to be the "southern White House" - when she came down for the American Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach, Florida. According to a Washington Post review of Reagan Library archives, the East Wing staff had no clue what Trump was talking about - the first lady had not been invited to the Red Cross ball - but Mrs. Reagan nevertheless drafted a hand-written letter declining the businessman's invitation and telling him,
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Cinesite joins forces with Shrek producer

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London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.

UK digital visual effects company Cinesite is to create a slate of family animation features with 3Qu Media, the new CG-animation production company headed by Shrek producer John Williams and Henry Skelsy, managing partner of Fulton Capital Management.

The first project will be Charming, an irreverent animated comedy that re-imagines the tales of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty who discover they are all engaged to the same prince.

The film will be produced by Williams and directed by Ross Vemokur (Animal Crackerz).

Williams said: “We believe Charming can be a big commercial success and we hope this will be the beginning of a long time feature animation association between 3Qu and Cinesite’s super talented artists, technicians, and production team.”

Cinesite MD Antony Hunt said: “Feature animation is a natural extension of our talent and infrastructure.

“This deal is
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'Presidents' Gatekeepers' Sneak Peak: President Carter on His Unconventional Style (Exclusive Video)

For the first time, all 20 living White House Chiefs of Staff come together to share their previously untold stories in The Presidents' Gatekeepers, a two-night special debuting Wednesday on Discovery Channel. The four-hour special, airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, spans nine administrations and 50 years. Photos: Actors Who've Played Politicians The program features exclusive interviews with former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush and chiefs of staff including Howard Baker Jr., James A. Baker III, Joshua Bolten, Erskine Bowles, Andrew Card, Dick Cheney, William M. Daley, Kenneth Duberstein, Rahm Emanuel,

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Discovery Channel To Debut Docu On White House Chief Of Staff On September 11

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Not surprisingly, Discovery Channel announced this morning it will roll out its documentary from the Naudet brothers, in which they interviewed every living White House Chiefs of Staff, on Sept. 11. The two hour special will air for one hour that night and one hour the next night, at 9 Pm Et/Pt. Gedeon and Jules Naudet, you’ll recall, are the young documentary filmmakers who happened to be at the right/wrong place at just the right/wrong time when Jules accompanied members of the Engine 7, Ladder 1 firehouse in Lower Manhattan to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 and shot footage of American Airlines Flight 11 hitting the north tower of the center and the complex’s collapse. (He and Gedeon were working on a docu about the firehouse at the time.) That footage became the 2002 documentary 9/11 which was aired to acclaim by CBS.This time, working with NBCUniversal’s Peacock Productions,
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Lisa Henson on Teeny Tiny Dogs, Teaching Happiness, and Her Father's Influence

The canines are small, but the legacy is huge – Teeny Tiny Dogs is an Amazon Studios pilot from the Jim Henson Company (and created by Howard Baker of Rugrats fame). “Our company has had a long history of creating great dog characters and we knew that we could bring Howard’s vision to life in a fun, meaningful way with our Henson style of puppets,” said Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson.

Teeny Tiny Dogs is one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM. Viewer response will help determine which of these shows return with full seasons.

We asked Lisa Henson about the show, what she would every parent and child to know about it, and her inspirations.

Describe Teeny Tiny Dogs

Teeny Tiny Dogs follows four dogs - Butch, Butterfly, Dinky and Polly - as they help one another navigate the big world despite their teeny,
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Watch All 14 Amazon Pilots Online Now

AmazonStudios is taking a more unusual approach by letting viewers decide what they want to keep watching. The company has kicked off its screening process this weekend by unveiling its inaugural slate of 14 pilots — eight comedies and six kids shows, all made available for free on AmazonInstant Video, LoveFilm UK and LoveFilm Germany. Viewers are being invited to watch the pilots and Amazon is welcoming feedback from its audience. According to Deadline, the company will evaluate feedback from an online panel recruited on Amazon preview as well as traditional offline focus groups to decide if they greenlight a series or not. The highest-profile series is Zombieland, but the two that look most interesting are Alpha House, starring John Goodman with cameos by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert; and Onion News Empire. Amazon has not yet decided how many of the shows will make the cut, nor when they will premiere.
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LOVEFiLM to debut 11 new TV pilots

LOVEFiLM have revealed that the service will host 11 original TV series test pilots for members to stream for free. The never-seen-before children’s and comedy content is being produced by Amazon Studios – the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com.

LOVEFiLM members in the UK and Germany will be able to watch the content and viewer response will then help determine which series Amazon Studios take into full-season production. The move follows the announcement of Amazon Studios’ first pilot production commitment last December which gave six original comedy shows the green light. It brings the total number of Amazon Studios pilots currently in production to 11.

The eleven pilots include:

Creative GalaxyCreative Galaxy is an animated interactive art adventure series, designed to inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. The series was created by Angela Santomero, creator of Super Why!, the Emmy-nominated literacy series, Blue
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The Myth of Obama's Big Spending

Does the president really suffer from what House Speaker John Boehner calls a "spending illness" ? Not according to an exclusive Newsweek-Daily Beast estimate of his outlays on new legislation since taking office.

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Nothing unites Republicans quite like the unshakable belief that Barack Obama has become the Carrie Bradshaw of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, unable to stop himself from frittering away ridiculous sums of money on frivolous things. But what Republicans never mention when railing against Obama's alleged fiscal recklessness is how much money he has spent, and what exactly he's spent it on.

Obama has slashed one tax dollar for every dollar he's spent on government programs.

To rectify the situation, Newsweek and The Daily Beast have come up with an exclusive estimate of the amount the president has spent on new legislation since taking office in January 2009. This
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Paul Ryan's Doomed State of the Union Rebuttal

The Wisconsin Republican has the misfortune of playing second fiddle to President Obama's State of the Union address. History hasn't treated most first responders too kindly, says Samuel P. Jacobs.

Congratulations, Paul Ryan, you just got the worst job in politics: the chance to respond to the State of the Union, the president's yearly address to Congress.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Nice Rhetoric, but Need Real Results

By its very design, the response spot is a diminishing one. There's no sergeant at arms to announce your arrival. No geeky lawmakers reserving prime seats four hours before curtain, awaiting a brief moment to press the flesh. The State of the Union is American political theater at its grandest. The rebutter-in this case, the 40-year-old Wisconsin congressman-is usually exiled to a black-box setup, condemned to perform before an empty crowd. Last year, Republicans made a huge improvement in stage
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3D 'Reef' to open Sprockets kid fest

TORONTO -- In a year big on animated films, the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children on Tuesday said that the North American premiere of The Reef, a 3D movie voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rob Schneider, will open its 10th edition on April 13.

The U.S.-South Korean film from directors Howard E. Baker, John Fox and Kyeong-ho Lee portrays an orphaned fish who is transplanted to an exotic reef to live with an eccentric aunt after getting caught in a fishing net in Boston harbor.

Also lending their voices to The Reef are Evan Rachel Wood, Fran Drescher and Donal Logue.

In all, Sprockets will screen 43 animated films from a total lineup of 98 films -- 39 features and 59 shorts.

These include closing night film The Ugly Duckling and Me, an Ireland/Denmark/France/Germany co-production by Michael Hegner and Karsten Kiilerich; French animator Michel Ocelot's Azur and Asmar; Janis Cimermanis' The Three Musketeers from Denmark; and Khan Kluay, another 3D-animated movie from Thailand's Kompin Komgunmird.

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