Hollywood on the Potomac

The Allbritton Brunch

May 6, 2013

 “I would put it this way,” said Marc Adelman at the Sunday brunch hosted by Elena & Robert Allbritton & POLITICO at their Georgetown Manse culminating the WHCA weekend.  “The Oscars is a night, New Year’s Eve is one night, the Oscars is one night – The White House Correspondents’ weekend – it goes on for days and it’s fabulous. 

And you don’t know where to look because everybody looks smarter and better and better and smarter and it’s just a really fun insurgency of real life and a little bit of Hollywood magic that comes to these things. The highlight for me was falling in love with Eric and Diana Cantor and telling them we should all go on a vacation together.”

The highlights for Chris Matthews was meeting Jessica Pare who plays Megan on Mad Men and finally meeting Emily Mortimer who works with his son on Elysium.  “He was always telling me about her and we got together last night at the French Embassy.  Who else, let’s see:  Emily Mortimer and Jessica and of course Kevin Spacey, I’ve known him forever.  I watched every episode of House of Cards.  Rob Reiner did it all in one sitting.  Rob Reiner binged.  We (with wife Kathleen) usually have a show to watch when we come home from work so usually it was either that or Good Wife, On Demand, or Mad Men.

I wish I had more energy.  I went to about five of those parties and I tell you, I was beat.  Last night I thought, we left at like 3:00 o’clock or something, time was flying.  I just took my son to the airport, and then Gabby’s in Mexico for one of these spa things and I’ve got to get back to working on my book and go to church – then maybe we’re all going to Romania. I don’t think I’m going to go though.  I don’t know if I can.  It’s a wonderful deal they’re offering. The offer is great except it coincides with my wife’s 60th birthday night.”

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Cards, Cures and Brunch

May 4, 2013

Crowd Control 101 can’t be found in book stores that we know of yet, but it’s not a bad idea -  just ask Tammy Haddad who announced that the President was in the room at the Annual Garden White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch at the Georgetown manse of Mark Ein hosted by Tammy Haddad & Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Steve & Jean Case, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese.  This year’s event highlighted the Miss America Foundation and CURE.

The boisterous and well nourished guests (that would be well nourished Bloody Mary guests) fell silent with the announcement.  Considering it was the White House Correspondents’ Weekend and guests included Sharon Stone and Kevin Spacey, it wasn’t as farfetched as you might think.  Alas, it was not to be.  The fake POTUS was Tony Goldwyn of ABC’s Scandal.

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People Time

April 30, 2013

The White House Correspondents’ Weekend is the ultimate mesh of Washington and Hollywood parading through the nation’s capital. A perfect representation of that blend is the annual reception co-hosted by People Managing Editor Larry Hackett and Washington Bureau Chief Sandra Sobieraj Westfall along side of TIME Manging Editor Rick Stengel and Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy at the swank St. Regis Hotel.

This year’s fete was no disappointment when it came to a packed room of taste-makers and power players, all converging to celebrate Washington, the White House and have some fun along the way.

Today Show host Savannah Guthrie and CNN’s Dana Bash lounged in the hotel’s courtyard as celebrities poured in including Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, singer John Legend, Mad Men’s Jessica Pare, and Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim (to name a few). Also among the crowd trying to keep a low profile was Elin Nordegren, famously known as the Ex-Mrs. Tiger Woods. Once people caught on though, droves of supportive fans were lined up to get a photo with the Swedish model (whose father is actually a journalist who has covered DC).

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