Finally, A-listers in Washington! More star power has been enlisted to light up the April 30 White House Correspondents' Association dinner and the now-infamous Bloomberg News afterparty. We're told that the Bloomberg guest list includes (take a breath):
"Sideways" director and Oscar winner Alexander Payne, Evangeline Lilly from ABC's breakout hit "Lost," James Denton from "Desperate Housewives," "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Peter Boyle, "Phantom of the Opera" film star Emmy Rossum, Ian McShane ("Deadwood"), Mary Tyler Moore, Goldie Hawn, Helen Mirren, LL Cool J, supermodels Vendela, Elle Macpherson , Natalia Vodianova and Liya Kebede, "Ray" director Taylor Hackford and designers Roberto Cavalli and Carmen Marc Valvo.
Evangeline Lilly is on the Bloomberg party roster.
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Meanwhile, CNN is hosting Bill Maher and talking to Tom Brady -- plus, somehow, some way John McLaughlin charmed Donald and Melania Trump, Jack Welch, Patricia Duff and Robert Duvall to be his guests.
Like last year, the Hollywood-style afterparty will be held at private digs within stiletto-heel walking distance of the Hilton Washington, where the dinner takes place. Bloomberg caused a snit last year when Kalorama residents learned that their tony neighborhood would be hosting the loud, late, klieg-lighted, line-around-the-block bash. This year, we're told that the party will be staged at the Wyoming Avenue residence of real estate agent Jim Bell and his partner, mortgage officer Mark Scott. Organizers say goodwill donations have been made to several neighborhood groups, and residents directly affected by the noise will be put up in hotels for the night.
The bad news is that the invite list has been whittled. Last year it was 1,200; this year 200 people won't make the cut. But we assure you: Crashers always manage to get past the velvet ropes.
An occasional feature revealing the secret lives of oft-quoted experts.
Occupation: Washington editor of the Nation, blogger and (liberal) contributor for Fox News.
(Frank Johnston - The Washington Post)
Born: Feb. 20, 1959; grew up on Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y.
Marital status: Married with two children.
Childhood pets: "A shaggy standard poodle named Cognac."
First celebrity crush: " Blythe Danner. Please don't tell Gwyneth Paltrow."
Celebrity I most resemble: "Once when I walked into an Italian deli outside Boston, the counter guy shouted, 'Hey, look, it's Bobby De Niro's brother!' He gave me free chips with my sandwich."
Something I've tried and never will do again: "Asking White House spokesman Scott McClellan a question and expecting a straight answer."