Hollywood celebs are gearing up for their annual invasion of the nation’s capital at the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 9. This year’s event promises to attract even more of them now that celebrity-in-chief Barack Obama is in the Oval Office.
People magazine has snagged Sting and wife Trudie Styler, Eva Longoria Parker, Kevin Bacon, Brooke Shields and husband Chris Henchy, Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, Chris Bridges, Miranda Cosgrove and Jon Hamm for Saturday’s dinner. People is also co-hosting a cocktail party Friday night with sister publication Time magazine at the St. Regis Hotel.
A screening of the documentary, “Poliwood,” co-hosted by Capitol File magazine and the Creative Coalition, is scheduled for Friday night, as well. Sting and Anne Hathaway, who both appear in the film, and Tim Daly, its producer, all plan to attend.
Capitol File is also hosting a party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art following Saturday night’s dinner. The guest list includes the evening’s featured entertainer, comedian Wanda Sykes, Anne Hathaway, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and White House social secretary Desiree Rogers. And more celebs may be added.
ABC News and the Atlantic/National Journal Group are co-hosting a cocktail reception before the dinner. ABC’s guest list includes Taye Diggs and wife, Idina Menzel, Kate Walsh, Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and White House senior adviser David Axelrod. Rick Schroder and “Gossip Girl” stars Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick are coming with the Atlantic/National Journal Group.
Other guests planning to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner include Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, who are coming as guests of Glamour magazine; George Lucas and Glenn Close, Fortune magazine’s guests; and Tim Daly, Justin Long, Richard Belzer and Tommy Mottola, the guests of USA Today. CNN will reportedly have Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher at its table.
Vanity Fair and Bloomberg News have yet to reveal the celebrity guest list for Saturday’s dinner or the party for 200 that they’re co-hosting afterwards at the French ambassador’s residence.