FBDC just finished up at The Atlantic/NJ cocktail party at Atlantic Media owner David Bradley‘s home in D.C. where we ran into Georgetown University professor and MSNBC contributor Eric Dyson.
Dyson, pictured to the right with his wife, Marcia, a writer and ordained minister, said he’s definitely going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, but he didn’t seem sure who he’s sitting with or exactly how the hell he got into one of D.C.’s premier events.
“I think MSNBC got me the hookup there,” he said. “They give out these tickets so you never know with who or where you’re going to sit.”
Guests usually sit at the tables of the publication that invited them.
Dyson, who is also a regular panelist on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” tells us he recently finished up another HBO special with professional boxer Floyd Mayweather called “Speaking Out” (yes, he also talks about sports).
As an aside: We spotted this decorative chair sitting next to a baby grand piano at Bradley’s house that looked too delicate to sit in and like it probably costs more to reupholster than one month’s rent of my apartment.
This weekend Hollywood types will begin parachuting into D.C. for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The event takes place Saturday evening but there are plenty of pre-dinner receptions and cocktail parties taking place between now and then to catch the celebs.
Here’s a roundup of who you might expect to run into over the next few days and which publications we know are hosting them:
Actor and outspoken Obama backer George Clooney along with his girlfriend actress Stacy Keibler (Time); Actor Adam Scott; director Steven Spielberg; MPAA Director Chris Dodd, actress Eva Longoria, Donald Trump‘s daughter Ivanka, actress Charlize Theron (Politico); actress and occasional inmate Lindsay Lohan (FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband John Coale); actress Reese Witherspoon; “Hunger Games” stars Elizabeth Banks (ABC/Yahoo! News) and Josh Hutcherson; actress Zooey Deschanel; actress Viola Davis, actress Goldie Hawn (her date: CNN’s Piers Morgan); actor Josh Dallas; actress Sanaa Lathan; actress Rosario Dawson (Atlantic/NJ); actor Paul Rudd, actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Colin Hanks (NPR); actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely (WaPo); canine movie star Uggie (TWT).
Singer Mary J. Blige (NPR); R&B legend Stevie Wonder; singer John Legend.
Media personalities and small screen actors:
Late-night comedian and this year’s WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel, reality TV star Kim Kardashian; CNN’s bighead Piers Morgan; “Modern Family”s Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet along with “Cougar Town”s Christa Miller and Bill Lawrence (ABC/Yahoo! News); actress Rashida Jones (Forbes); fashion designer Rachel Zoe (Politic0); radio host Tom Joyner; author Katherine Stockett and Facebook co-founder and publisher of TNRChris Hughes (NPR); model Elle Macpherson, actors Matthew Morrison and Chase Crawford, CBS TV hosts Gayle King and Charlie Rose; actors Tim Daly and David Arquette (CQ-Roll Call); Sandra Fluke of Slutgate fame (HuffPost); actress Sofia Vergara.
While waiting for a ride that never showed FBDC staked out the Ritz Carlton on 22nd St. NW Thursday night. And guess who popped up? We spotted legendary film director George Lucas looking frumpy in a plaid shirt, casual blazer and a crooked name tag (why in Ewok hell is GEORGE LUCAS wearing a name tag?!).
Lucas hopped off a bus at the hotel with some common folk and was nice enough to pose for a couple pictures with fans.
How do you feel about using pig mucus as deodorant or feeding it to your newborn baby?
The weekly press package put out by the American Chemical Society is a little strange this week and may leave journos with permanently raised eyebrows. The press pack contains news from more than 40 peer-reviewed journals and Chemical & Engineering News. In this week’s edition we learn that scientists believe pig mucus could possibly be used as an anti-viral agent that could be used in baby formula, hygienic products, wound ointments and genital lubricants to prevent infection. Slurp!
The ACS also reports that scientists may have found a way to get rid of dandruff for good. Scientists say new antibiotic medicines were more effective in preventing the growth of a protein identified in the fungus which causes dandruff. Unfortunately, new medicines won’t be on the market in time for scalp-challenged journos who plan on attending the WHCD in black jackets.
If you took a quick jaunt through CBS’ pre-party to the WHCD last weekend, there was an assortment of journalists such as WJLA’s Steve Chaggaris, Mother Jones‘ Bureau chief David Corn, NPR Publicist Anna Christopher and Politico media writer Keach Hagey. The party, a shared space with The Atlantic/NJ, also brought NJ Publicist Taylor West to the festivities.
Back in the far left corner, we were told, was Sean Penn and David Byrne. At this point thankfully, Penn wasn’t putting his arms up in frustration when a stranger snapped his picture. But wandering back, we eyed the person most discussed at the party, and it wasn’t Penn, who was chatting away with his prom date, Corn. It was Lara Logan. Surrounded by female friends, she was seen laughing and seemed glad to be there. This was one day before her “60 Minutes” interview about her ordeal in Egypt was to air.
As masses of WHCD dinner guests flooded the Hilton’s basement hallways, a strange scene emerged. AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington stood above behind a railing, greeting partygoers as they past. Oprah Radio and BFF Gayle King walked by, noticed Arianna and quickly backtracked. Just then, Scarlett Johansson (her lips not attached to Sean Penn at the time) emerged down below. She walked straight up to Queen Arianna, who had donned a mustard/gold-colored Nanette Lepore frock, and got right in her face. “Arianna! Arianna! Arianna!” Johansson said as she grabbed onto the Editor-in-Chief’s face as she laughed.
Soon enough, Arianna, Gayle and Scarlett all merged together in a ‘just us girls’ scenario.
The above is a pretty dress worn by a journalist Saturday night to the Capitol File after party, so we’re not giving it a Fug. However, may we suggest a different bra? Perhaps a racerback style or clips that draw the straps together would pull this look together. Barring all that, calling WUSA’s Angie Goff! There is a bra in crisis and you may be the only one who can help!
The TIME-People party on Friday night at the St. Regis was jammed with members of the media with nearly all networks and publications represented. We spotted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer by the bar, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell by the couches, FNC’s Chris Wallace and wife, Lorraine chatting with ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton, who was all decked out in a long-sleeved, sparkly cream dress. TIME‘s Richard Stengel could be seen mingling with the likes of MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie and actor Steve Buscemi. Asked by one scribe how he felt about being shot by mobster Tony Soprano, Buscemi said, “If you’re going to get shot, might as well be by Tony Soprano.” Partygoers whispered about Bristol Palin being in the mix. Though much discussed, guests didn’t approach her in droves. She mostly stuck to quiet spots with her aunt and avoided anyone who tried to interview her.
We finally met up with Gawker‘s Political Editor Jim Newell, who described his blazer/khaki ensemble as “country club casual.” He said WHCD weekend is “obnoxious” but didn’t see the damage of stars mingling with Washington types. “I don’t understand why it has become celebrified,” he said. “Why do they come to this nerdy insider’s banquet?” A reporter in atttendance who wasn’t allowed to bring a plus one complained, “These assholes won’t let me bring my wife!”
Guthrie took exception to the negative undertones. She said she was looking forward to the dinner. “It’s fun to see your colleagues,” she said. “I enjoy it and I’m not cynical about it.” She told me she was planning to wear a long, black Michael Kors dress. “Really boring,” she said, downplaying her gown.
By and large, the party was enjoyed, especially those gift bags that many lugged out.