White House Correspondents' Dinner
While we like Jimmy Kimmel, insomuch as we can like a late night host who is somewhere between Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon in terms of edginess, we don’t think he’s going to make the best host for this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Especially when compared to Seth Meyerslast year…how time flies!
But perhaps it’s exactly that toothless quality that makes Mr. Kimmel such a perfect host. At least, that’s what he implied during a recent interview with Politico’s Patrick Gavin.
celebrities and drugs
It would be hypocritical for us to wag a finger at David Cross for divulging to Playboy that he had snorted “a granule” of cocaine during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2009, because who hasn’t just fallen face-first into mind-altering substances during a celebrity-filled function before? It happens!
However, we do take issue with how self-righteous Mr. Cross–last seen slamming a producer for being the human embodiment of a negative Jewish stereotype–gets whenever talking about politics or narcotics. Combine the two, and it’s almost like listening to the Bizarro Glenn Beck.
The Wee Hours
Outside the French ambassador’s home the people of Washington, D.C., mobbed John Legend as if the city had never before seen a star. David Arquette walked out of the gates and met bunches of fans clutching outdated head shots and fresh sharpies. David Byrne emerged, and a man broke into a sprint, holding in his Read More
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President Obama may have gotten some help with his jokes for the White House Correspondents Dinner, but at least he had good, fresh material. It would be generous to say Jay Leno had one of those things Saturday night. Not only did his jokes fall flat, but a lot of them Appear to Read More
Filmmaker Alex Gibney has a post on his Atlantic page about what should have been a very awkward encounter with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld–who he accused of sanctioning torture in his documentary Taxi to the Dark Side–at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
But Mr. Rumsfeld was in a good mood, so he smiled Read More
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So, we wondered, when might Mr. Breitbart be Read More
“I feel about Washington the way my mother used to feel about me. She used to tell me: ‘I love you, I just hate the things you do,’” said David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s senior advisor.
It was Friday night on the rooftop at the W Hotel, at The New Yorker‘s first-ever party on the White Read More
If President Obama seemed to blow Jay Leno out of the water at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it’s because he received a little presidential aid.
The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove notes that Obama received help with his jokes from Daily Show writers.
“The only person whose ratings fell more than mine Read More
So, who’s bringing the coolest celebs to this weekend’s WHCD?
The Wall Street Journal‘s table sounds like a hoot, for example, with Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Schapiro, RNC chairman Michael Steele et al. And look at Newsweek (Chevy Chase) and The New Yorker (Tracy Morgan, Judd Apatow).
But Politico’s table might win for sheer Read More