Reese attended the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington DC last night, looking very elegant in a floor length black Monique Lhuillier dress. She posed on the red carpet by herself, and was later joined at the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Cocktail Reception following the event by her husband. The couple were then seen talking to Charlize Theron, Colin Powell, and Sofia Vergara, among others.
Photos from the events can be seen in our Gallery, and information/tidbits from them can be read further down this post.
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Washington prepares for its annual edition of dining with the stars
George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Steven Spielberg are among the celebrity guests at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, an event that has seen its star power grow over the years.
The annual gathering — a fundraiser for journalism scholarships — takes place at the Washington Hilton Hotel on April 28.
But the growth in the dinner’s stature means the scramble for guests begins months in advance, and that, in turn, has transformed the one-night gala into a weekend-long event.
Seven parties, including one hosted by The Hill, get the celebration started on Friday evening. And the festivities conclude on Sunday with John McLaughlin’s traditional brunch. Sandwiched in between are another brunch, multiple pre-dinner receptions and four after-dinner parties.
Media guru Tammy Haddad, who hosts a brunch the Saturday afternoon of the dinner, said social media has contributed to the explosion of interest in what was once an inside-the-Beltway event.
“The Internet has made politics more accessible and more relatable to power centers around the country,” she explained.
The infusion of star power began in 1987, when then-Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Kelly invited Fawn Hill, of the Iran-Contra scandal.
Twenty-five years later, the dinner has turned into a competition among the news organizations for the most head-turning celebrity guests — along with the best (and the most) tables.
Not all media outlets have released their guest lists — or the full list of attendees — because celebrities have been known to cancel at the last minute, but The Hill has learned several names from among the chosen few who are invited by news companies to attend the exclusive event.
Those include “The Help” actress Viola Davis, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and Dakota Fanning.
They’ll join major figures of President Obama’s reelection team and his administration, including chief adviser David Axelrod, CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who became a national figure thanks to Rush Limbaugh, will attend, as will New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and controversial conservative Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
Newsweek/The Daily Beast:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D)
CIA Director David Petraeus
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer
– Read the full article (no further mention of Reese) with more information on the weekend’s events, at TheHill.com
White House Correspondent Association Dinner 2012: Red Carpet Arrivals From Hollywood And DC
It was a glitzy affair at the White House Correspondent Association Dinner, with some of the most powerful names in politics and media assembling with the likes of celebrities at the gala event Saturday night.
Held in the ballroom of the Hilton in Washington, DC, the 92nd annual event rolled out its red carpet to a swarm of Hollywood A-listers, including George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Day-Lewis, Diane Keaton, Rashida Jones, Lindsay Lohan, not leaving behind showbiz’s favorite reality stars like Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner.
Also in attendance were Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from the Modern Family hit TV series, the Washington Post reported.
Presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of State Colin Powell were amongst the politician guests who made their presence felt at the event. The media elite included CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Piers Morgan, Arianna Huffington, NBC’s Ann Curry, Chris Wallace of Fox News and several other acclaimed journalists, the Daily Mail said.
Bigwig comedian Jimmy Kimmel played host at the dinner bash, taking shot at everything from Cartagena’s Secret Service scandal to the presidential campaign, the report said.
“Who will it be this year?” asked Kimmel to a packed crowd.”If you’re looking for the greatest threat to America right now, she’s right there,” he said, pointing to Kim.
As of the guest of honor, President Obama tuned into his own funny side as in last year, taking a crack at Donald Trump and other fellow politicians including himself.
Formed in 1914, the White House Correspondent Association acts as a link between the media and the President. The event honors several journalists for their exceptional work in their profession and proceeds from the dinner go towards scholarship funds for college students, the Huffington Post said.
However, the annual dinner has drawn heavy criticism in the recent years for showing less importance to the actual purpose of the event and instead leaning more towards the celebrities gracing the occasion.
George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, and Attendees of the 2012 Vanity Fair White House Correspondents’ Dinner Party
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these partiers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Twas a damp, cloudy, humid night in our nation’s capital, and at the residence of the French ambassador, guests of the Vanity Fair and Bloomberg party completed their post–White House Correspondents Dinner rounds under white tents, aided and abetted by space heaters, liquor, and overcoats. The air was chilly; the mood, warm.
The belle—breed?—of the ball: undoubtedly Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist. “Where’s his bowtie?!” VF.com demanded of his human handler, who responded by procuring a black bowtie from his pocket and affixing it around Uggie’s neck. (Treats, he said, were few in number—the well-behaved dog required few to hew to appropriate party mores.) Uggie, naturally, was adorable unadorned—the dress code simply called for formalwear.
VF.com personally saw Uggie embraced by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Powell. (Is Uggle the first dog and/or human to be able to make such a claim? We’d like to think so.) Running a close second in the night’s most-popular category: the impossibly charming couple Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, who chatted with George Clooney, Rashida Jones, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, and Martin Short. Elsewhere: Harvey Weinstein and a stunning Georgina Chapman, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, White House speechwriter Cody Keenan, Arianna Huffington, Claire Danes, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Jay Carney, David Axelrod, Chris Matthews, a pregnant and glowing Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein, Salman Rushdie, Colin Powell, and Andrew Sullivan.
Braving the inclement weather on the back porch: Woody Harrelson talking with New York Times reporter Ashley Parker, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Wright, and longtime New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier. Back inside, Aziz Ansari posed for pictures with a stunning, cream-silk-clad Kate Upton, whose stature in Washington has already far outmatched that of her congressman uncle, Fred Upton (R-MI).
VF.com’s official vote for most charming attendees: an effortless Goldie Hawn and a casual and silly Elizabeth Banks. Cutest couple: Bo Derek and John Corbett, who showed up before most guests and danced to oldies by the coffee bar. Least cute couple: Jimmy Kimmel and Chris Christie—mocker and mockee—both stopped by, though we did not see them interact. Most valuable player: the lobster rolls, whose satisfying, sea-salty presence made the stormy weather seem almost thematically appropriate.
By two a.m., attendees began filtering into cabs and pairing off underneath grand wooden umbrellas, steeling and shielding themselves for the nippy walk back to the Hay Adams and the Hilton. A quick sleep, a car ride, and it’s back at Union Station, where out-of-town attendees—sans the unifying lobster rolls and bewitching ambassador’s residence—will converge again for the subdued ride back north. Esprit de corps comes more naturally on a buttery bun.