The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday will include the usual suspects — the president, top officials, politicians, and the people who cover them. Plus, the growing cluster of celebrities who shine outside the political bubble. And. . . a few newsmakers you may have heard a lot from lately. An explainer of some of the night’s more colorful personalities.
Host: Time magazine.
Why invited: “TIME is continuing to bring Oscar-winning directors to the dinner,” said spokeswoman Kerri Chyka. “Steven Spielberg was our guest in 2009 and 2010.”
Also at the table: Sen. Scott Brown and his photogenic family, Steve Buscemi, Jay Roach and Danny Strong, director and producer of HBO’s “Game Change,” based on a book co-authored by Time’s Mark Halperin.
Host: USA Today.
Why invited: The paper was asked by showbiz advocacy collective Creative Coalition to seat some of their folks. “We think they really add some sparkle to the reception we hold before the dinner and the dinner itself,” said Susan Page.
Also at the table: Tim Pawlenty campaign manager Nick Ayres, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Donna Brazile.
Host: The Hill newspaper.
Why invited: “He’s a big star and a Washington figure, and we thought it would be fun to have him with us,” said editor Hugo Gurdon. “And the president is a big basketball fan.”
Host: Fox News.
Why invited: Unclear. A Fox spokeswoman said they were too busy with royal wedding coverage to explain why Tom Brady’s babymama made their list.
Also at the table: Kate Hudson, Tim Daly, Patricia Arquette, Cheryl Hines, Alyssa Milano.
Host: Glamour magazine.
Why invited: “America’s a great example of a smart, civic-minded woman; she was out front in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and remains active in political and women’s issues,” said a spokeswoman for the magazine.
Also at the table: Kristina Schake, Rashida Jones, Rachel Roy.
Why invited: Burch has been their guest in the past and “has become a friend of the publication,” said a spokeswoman.
Also at the table: John Legend, Joan Rivers, Gov. Rick Perry, T. Boone Pickens, Cal Ripken, Jeremy Piven.
Host: American Urban Radio Networks.
Why invited: “He’s an incredible actor, he’s a nice guy,” said April Ryan. “I love his humanitarian efforts” for New Orleans reconstruction.
Also at the table: Record producer Kevin Liles who’s promised to bring along (surprise!) a big music star TBA.
Host: Fortune magazine.
Why invited: The Best Supporting Actress Ocsar winner (1996) is a UN Goodwill ambassador; at the magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” summit at the State Department on Monday.
Also at the table: Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.
Why invited: Because they asked “people who share our sensibility,” said rep Anna Christopher, and the Talking Heads frontman’s “work is enormously influential and very much in the spirit of NPR Music.” Plus, he’s bringing indie-pop princess St. Vincent as his date.
Also at the table: UN Ambassador Susan Rice, REM lead singer Michael Stipe.
Host: National Journal.
Why invited: The Louisiana native hooked up with the Impact Arts and Film Fund during an energy conference last fall; Impact is co-hosting National Journal’s pre-party Friday. And the Journal’s Connie Witherspoon is a “huge fan” of his show “Vampire Diaries.”
Also at the table: Chris Dodd, David Axelrod, Reps. John Dingell, Mike Pence, and John Mica.
Guest: Donald Trump
Host: The Washington Post
Why invited: “Donald Trump is a fascinating figure to Washington,” said spokeswoman Kris Coratti.
Also at the table: House Speaker John Boehner.
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