But you can’t fight it. You can’t change it. So, relax. Surrender. Just try to make the best of it, okay?
[UPDATE, 4/30: More day-after WHCD coverage, fashion, celebs, analysis, etc.]
“Woody! Did you bring your bongos?” squealed one woman, encountering the actor at a W Hotel pre-party hosted by Google and the Hollywood Reporter.
“I think you’re confusing me with Matthew McConaughey,” Harrelson said gently. “It’s okay. We’re like brothers.”
It’s a challenge, we know, especially for some first-timers: A visibly unimpressed Charlize Theron barely lasted a half-hour on Friday in the VIP fish bowl of an Impact Arts and Film Fund/Funny or Die party in the loud, dark, humid, crowded basement of what used to be a Borders. Yet Kate Upton, the bodacious 19-year-old swimsuit model, managed to make some magic at the same party — shimmying, vamping, voguing and dancing as if there were nobody watching. (Although everyone was watching, and she knew it.)
Other guests, thankfully, approached the VIPs with a bit more finesse. Diane Keaton, in her usual glam menswear, was cornered by a 40-something man who started peppering her with lines from her own “Annie Hall.” (Doing a respectable Woody Allen impression: “Talk to him. You speak shellfish!”) Reader, she loved it. Or at least pretended to. “You’re my witness!” the man said to a bystander. “She thought it was funny!”
“It’s great,” said MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, making his first appearance at the dinner. “I get to meet people I usually only talk to through satellite uplink.”
For all the Hollywood and Manhattan fly-ins, the dinner and the surrounding parties are still largely populated by worker bees of Washington. “I hate that we call it ‘nerd prom’,” said Erin McPike, a young writer for Real Clear Politics. “This is a huge deal for us! It is not nerdy!”
Or take it from a Beltway native now moving in show-biz circles. At a Saturday garden brunch in Georgetown hosted by a cadre of D.C. power players (Tammy Haddad, Mark Ein, Hilary Rosen, etc.), we caught up with Damian Kulash of the rock band OK Go, who told us to never mind the WHCD haters.
“I had five really interesting conversations last night,” he said. One involved the guys from TV’s “MythBusters” but also “one of the guys who authored the health-care bill. . . which meant there was really something to talk about. If you’re going to stay up until 3 a.m. being drunk, it’s good to have something of substance to talk about.”
Out-of-town pols seemed to outnumber the Beltway breed in this rarefied air. Chris Christie, how’d you feel about all of Jimmy Kimmel’s fat jokes? “I have a great sense of humor,” the New Jersey governor said.
The party went late; even after the bar closed, Dave Chappelle and J.R. Martinez were breaking it down on the dance floor.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t realize.” Hey, no worries! As long as you’re having fun.
(Elements of this story, which appears in the print newspaper of Monday, April 30, also appeared in earlier Reliable Source blog posts, including: Stars brave crowds at WHCD pre-parties)
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