Kate Hudson is coming to dinner with the president. So are Sean Penn and Michael Stipe. And, as was probably inevitable, Bristol Palin has finally scored an invitation.
We speak, of course, of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, coming up on April 30 — and it’s not just you, there’s been somewhat less buzz thus far for the annual media-political-showbiz happening. Blame the crush of real news, the distraction of the royal wedding, or everyone being gone for the religious holidays. Blame, too, the fierce competition for tickets to the increasingly glitzy event, leaving media organizations hesitant to brag about their VIP guests until they’re sure they’ve got a seat for everyone.
But a red carpet lineup is slowly coalescing, in whispers and leaks. Greta Van Susteren of Fox will bring Hudson; Penn is coming with David Corn of Mother Jones; and REM’s Stipe will be sitting at an NPR table, along with David Byrne. Palin will be a guest of People, which has also wrangled Steven Tyler, Mindy Kaling of “The Office,” and one of those “Glee” kids, Chris Colfer. His co-star, Matthew Morrison, apparently didn’t loathe the dinner last year; he’s back again, we’re told. Bloomberg has tapped Shaun White, that red-headed snowboarder, and Brooke Burke, that lady from “Dancing with the Stars.”
Who else? Steve Buscemi, with Time; and Paul Rudd, with ABC. Other names floating around: Jon Hamm, Anna Paquin, Mike Mills and scads of “SNL” folk in support their co-star, Seth Meyers, scheduled to entertain POTUS and the 3,000-some guests at the Washington Hilton. Also: A lot of important journalists and government officials, but no one really cares about any of them anymore, do they?
Memo to paparazzi: The elite-yet-mobbed pre-dinner brunch, traditionally held in the Palisades backyard of media operative Tammy Haddad is being moved to the Georgetown mansion of rich guy Mark Ein. (Honorary co-hosts Wendi Murdoch and S usan Axelrod.) Memo to crashers: They say you really can’t get in this year.
From last year’s coverage: