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Director Aaron Sorkin arrives at the Premiere of "Molly's Game" at the 2017 AFI Fest Closing Night on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Spreading his wings: Sorkin moves behind the camera to direct his film film, 'Molly's Game'

Aaron Sorkin has a bit of a history with the nation's capital. The creator of "The West Wing" and writer who adapted his play "A Few Good Men" into an award-winning 1992 film extols Washington, D.C., as a terrific -- though logistically difficult -- place to make a film. "Molly's Game" might at first seem a bit outside his typical gravitation to politics, but it certainly adheres to Mr. Sorkin's obsession with power and how it changes those who wield it. Published November 28, 2017

Matt and Mike Blaum.  (Midwest Wanderer)

A drink and a laugh: Illinois, distiller populates tasting room with pop culture

Distilling can now be found on the Illinois banks of the Mississippi. For here, in Galena, the onetime home of Ulysses S. Grant, brothers Matthew and Mike Blaum are distilling gin, vodka, bourbon and something called "Hellfyre" because, well, "a bad ass spirit like this deserved a rogue letter here and there," the Blaums say on their website. Published November 27, 2017

Darley Newman rides a dogsled on an episode of "Travels With Darley.

D.C.-based TV producer and host Newman on creating her own unique shows for PBS

Darley Newman realized she would have do it herself. As the host of "Travels With Darley" and "Equitrekking" on PBS, the D.C.-based host and filmmaker acts as her own writer, producer and editor -- delivering a finished product to PBS of her journeys the world over. Even with a support staff, it's still basically a one-woman show. Published November 26, 2017

This image released by Focus Features shows Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in a scene from "Darkest Hour." (Jack English/Focus Features via AP)

'Darkest Hour' star Oldman on the complicated legacy of film subject Churchill

Gary Oldman, who portrays Winston Churchill in the new film "Darkest Hour," said that a statue of the late British leader in often encased "in a box" during protests in London's Parliament Square, not far from where the prime minister conferred in his underground bunkers with England's war cabinet during the Second World War. In "Darkest Hour," Mr. Oldman portrays the statesman right as he becomes the prime minister in 1940, just as the Nazi machine is preparing to bomb London. Published November 22, 2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is interviewed by a reporter at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

McAuliffe to give opening speech at Pocahontas Reframed American Indian film festival in Richmond

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver the opening night address at the Pocahontas Reframed Native American Storytellers Film Festival Friday evening. The festival, part of the legacy project of Virginia's American Evolution 2019 Commemoration, includes films by American Indian filmmakers as well as narratives and documentaries about their contributions to early and ongoing American culture. Published November 16, 2017

This image released by Lionsgate shows Jacob Tremblay, left, and Julia Roberts in a scene from "Wonder." (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

Small 'Wonder': Book's writer and film's director discuss the perils of peer pressure

One day author R.J. Palacio sat outside a New York ice cream parlor with her son when a young girl sat down beside her. However, unlike other girls her age, this one had pronounced facial scars and deformities. Her manuscript, "Wonder," was published in 2012, and followed a fictional boy named Auggie who, due to a difficult birth, bears many of the deformities Ms. Palacio observed on that mysterious New York youngster years earlier. Fearful of venturing out in the open world, Auggie maintains a healthy fantasy life, and ventures outside only under cover of an astronaut's helmet gifted by his father. Published November 13, 2017

A snowplow clears a Eastbound section of the I-90 Thruway near Albany, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a travel ban on the thruway for tractor trailers due to heavy blowing snow N.Y.,Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Travel insurance a good idea ahead of the holidays, professionals advise

The whims of fortune can sometimes have their way with even the most well-prepared travel plans. And with the holidays approaching -- which means busier airports and highways as well as colder and nastier weather -- you may be faced with a situation entirely outside your control. "With 98 million Americans expected to hit the road this holiday season, it's almost certain that some of them will encounter delays, cancellations and travel emergencies," says Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection President Dean Sivley. Published November 12, 2017

(Maker's Mark)

Maker's offers restaurateurs, visitors a chance to fashion their own barrel 'expression'

At the Maker's Mark Private Select Experience at the distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, restaurateurs, bar owners and merely the curious adventurer can combine staves from five different types of wood that go into each barrel of Maker's can be inserted into a barrel in any of 1,001 possible combinations to create a unique barrel of Maker's suited to an individual tastes -- for a unique taste experience. Published November 10, 2017


Baltimore's Fells Point cuisine taken to new heights at Rec Pier Chop House

Baltimore's Fells Point has been helping to turn around the image of a city that has been far too much crafted by, well, "The Wire" in how many people view one of America's oldest urbanities. While Charm City has certainly seen its share of issues -- and work has been done to help mitigate some of that -- and nowhere more than in dining and hospitality has the renaissance of Maryland's largest and most important city been so unerringly undertaken. Published November 10, 2017

This cover image released by BMG shows "In///Parallel," the latest release by Dhani Harrison. (BMG via AP)

Harrison tours behind his first solo album

Dhani Harrison initially hid behind his family name in a band called Thenewno2 given that the son of Beatle George Harrison wanted to be taken seriously on his own musical merits. He also wanted, he said, to get his music heard "without people having some preconceived idea or comparing you." Published October 31, 2017

Tobin Bell's character is up to his old tricks in the "Saw" sequel "Jigsaw."  (Comic Book)

'Jigsaw' a worthy, rather than obligatory, addition to 'Saw' universe

The Jigsaw killer may be the most undead movie murderer in the history of horror given that even though the character was killed in "Saw III," Jigsaw returned via flashbacks in four subsequent "Saw" entries up until "Saw 3D: The Final Chapter" in 2010. Published October 29, 2017

Mixed cocktails are shown, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) ** FILE **

Fall into cocktails with some craft distillers' concoctions

As fall rolls in, it's time to start stocking up those liquor cabinets for the holidays. But with what? There's so many options nowadays that it's always a bit of a daunting task to know if you should go for the tried-and-true brands or seek out something new when considering what types of cocktails to serve your guests. Published October 29, 2017

Aaron Katz.

Pod DC rooftop bar just latest achievement for Modus Hotels CEO Katz

The District's Pod DC opens its Crimson View rooftop bar is just one of the many accomplishments overseen by Aaron Katz, president and CEO of the Modus Hotels. The new bar, which opened in September, is a fitting pearl in Mr. Katz's crown as he celebrates 10 years with the hospitality group. Mr. Katz holds both a J.D. and MBA from Georgetown and previously was vice president at Choice Hotels. Published October 25, 2017


New CDs ahoy as the autumn weather rolls in

The sounds of the seasons are here for you in the form of new rock, country, dance and various other musical genres as the weather (finally) turns from summer to autumnal. Published October 23, 2017

This image released by DreamWorks Pictures shows Miles Teller in a scene from,"Thank You for Your Service." The drama follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life. (DreamWorks Pictures via AP)

'Thank You for Your Service' filmmakers, subject discuss PTSD, 'American Sniper' legacy

Adam Schumman returned from Iraq a changed man. His story caught the interest of Washington Post reporter David Finkel, who wrote a nonfiction account of Mr. Schumann's and his platoon mates' return home in a book called "Thank You for Your Service." That book is now a major motion picture starring Miles Teller ("Whiplash," "Divergent") and written and directed by Jason Hall, whose previous script for "American Sniper" became the worldwide phenomenon directed by Clint Eastwood. Published October 23, 2017