It's that time of year again when the Washington press corps fights over Hollywood stars as dates for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. This year's May 1 event is already turning into a who's who from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Politicians and Washingtonians have almost become a sidebar at the annual media event that features a funny monologue by the president and a real comic. This year it's Jay Leno. Stars expected include Alec Baldwin, Ewan McGregor, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Bon Jovi, Judd Apatow, Tracy Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, John Cusack, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Julianna Margulies, and Jeremy Piven.
And it's not just the press "prom" that's a big show. There are several major parties built around the event, some before, some after, and TV talker John McLaughlin's is held the next day, on Sunday. To get a feel for the types of parties, below is the press release description of the one affair virtually everybody will trek to after the official event is over Saturday night. It's held by Jason Binn's Capitol File and this year co-hosted by CNN's Wolf Blitzer and celebrity chef Bobby Flay. We don't know if Flay's going to do a throwdown challenge to Blitzer.
CAPITOL FILE MAGAZINE'S ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNER AFTER PARTY, HOSTED BY NICHE MEDIA CEO JASON BINN, PRESENTED BY BING AT RENAISSANCE MAYFLOWER HOTEL
SATURDAY, MAY 1st
APRIL 19, 2010 - JASON BINN, CEO AND FOUNDER OF NICHE MEDIA AND CAPITOL FILE MAGAZINE, WILL HOST HIS ANNUAL AFTER PARTY FOR THE 2010 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNER AT THE ICONIC RENAISSANCE MAYFLOWER HOTEL. THE BING SPONSORED FÊTE BOASTS SPECIAL HOSTS, CNN ANCHOR WOLF BLITZER AND CELEBRITY CHEF BOBBY FLAY, AS WELL AS HOLLYWOOD FAVORITE DJ CASSIDY, WHO WILL BE AMONG THE WHO'S WHO OF THE NATION—GLOBAL DIGNITARIES, A-LIST CELEBRITIES, ELECTED OFFICIALS, MEMBERS OF ROYAL FAMILIES, BUSINESS MOGULS AND BELTWAY INSIDERS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE. THE EVENT STARTS DIRECTLY FOLLOWING THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNER AND IS THE MUST ATTEND PARTY OF 'THE' YEAR IN WASHINGTON. THE MAY/JUNE ISSUE OF CAPITOL FILE MAGAZINE FEATURING SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI ON THE COVER WILL DEBUT AT THE AFTER PARTY WHERE THE PAGES REVEAL HER ROLE, FRIENDSHIP, AND FIRST DAYS IN WASHINGTON, DC.
Jason Binn, CEO and Founder of Niche Media
Wolf Blitzer, CNN Anchor The Situation Room
Bobby Flay, Celebrity Chef
Sarah Schaffer, Editor in Chief of Capitol File
THE MAYFLOWER RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON, DC HOTEL
SATURDAY, MAY 1ST, 10 PM