By Jueseppi B.
Get ready for another star-studded White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The guest list isn’t set in stone, of course, but here’s a rundown of the celebs expected. Gallery produced by Andrea Drusch and Emily Howell.
Comedian Conan O’Brien is headlining the dinner.
2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner still star-studded, but slightly toned down
A preview of this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which may be a bit more toned down in light of the recent Boston terror attack.
Though some call it nerd prom, the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is the glitziest event of the year in Washington, bringing in more celebrities than we policy wonks know what to do with. News organizations in the White House Correspondents’ Association host celebrities and sports stars at sit alongside politicians and politicos for a dinner at the Washington Hilton, bringing together Hollywood and the so-called “Hollywood for ugly people.”
It’s been reported that this year’s guest list has been toned downfrom years past. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of stars slated to attend Saturday’s event. Here’s our roundup of the biggest names:
Expected guest will include:
Actress Courtney Cox has plans to attend with USA Today.
Actress Kristin Chenoweth has plans to attend with USA Today.
Actress Kate Walsh has accepted an invitation from USA Today.
Actress and almost Senate candidate Ashley Judd plans to sit with USA Today.
Actor Josh Gad is expected to attend with USA Today.
Actress Nicole Kidman plans to attend with the Daily Beast and Newsweek.
Actress Olivia Munn plans to attend with the Daily Beast and Newsweek.
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein plans to attend with the Daily Beast and Newsweek.
Jon Bon Jovi has accepted the Huffington Post’s invitation.
NBA great Shaquille O’Neal plans to sit with the Huffington Post.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has accepted the Huffington Post’s invitation.
“Modern Family” stars Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen plan to sit with ABC .
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere plan to sit with ABC.
“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn plan to sit with ABC.
Actress Jessica Alba is expected to attend with NPR.
Comedian Tracy Morgan plans to sit with NPR.
Actress Sophia Bush is expected to attend with NPR.
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas is expected to attend with NPR.
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Corey Stoll, Kate Mara, Constance Zimmer and Michael Kelly from “House of Cards” have plans to attend the dinner, according to a Netflix spokesperson.
Actor Jeremy Renner plans to go with Reuters.
Comedian Fred Armisen is expected to attend with Reuters.
Victor Cruz of the New York Giants plans to sit with Reuters.
Actor Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame has accepted an invitation from Reuters.
Kathleen Turner is expected to sit with Reuters.
Actress Madeline Stowe has plans to attend with Reuters.
Steven Spielberg plans to sit with Time magazine.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has accepted Time magazine’s invitation.
Gymnast Gabby Douglas plans to sit with Time magazine.
John Legend & Chrissy Teigen plan to sit with Fortune.
Michael J. Fox is expected to attend with NBC.
Matthew Perry has plans to attend with NBC.
Michael Douglas has accepted NBC’s invitation.
Actor Giancarlo Esposito is expected to attend with American Urban Radio Networks.
Willie and Korie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” plan to sit with CBN News.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” have plans to attend with Cosmopolitan.
Singer Barbra Streisand plans to attend the dinner, according to her publicist.
Actress Claire Danes plans to go as a guest of CBS News.
Psy plans to attend the with CBS News.
A Little History:
The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The WHCA was founded on Feb 25, 1914 by journalists in response to an unfounded rumor that a Congressional committee would select which journalists could attend press conferences of President Woodrow Wilson.
The WHCA operates independently of the White House. Among the more notable issues handled by the WHCA are the credentialing process, access to the President and physical conditions in the White House press briefing rooms.
White House Correspondents’ Dinner
The WHCA’s annual dinner, begun in 1920, has become a Washington, D.C. tradition and is usually attended by the President and Vice President. Fifteen presidents have attended at least one WHCA dinner, beginning with Calvin Coolidge in 1924. The dinner is traditionally held on the evening of the last Saturday in April at the Washington Hilton.
Until 1962, the dinner was open only to men, even though WHCA’s membership included women. At the urging of Helen Thomas, President John F. Kennedy refused to attend the dinner unless the ban on women was dropped.
Prior to World War II, the annual dinner featured singing between courses, a homemade movie and an hour-long, post-dinner show with big-name performers. Since 1983, however, the featured speaker has usually been a comedian, with the dinner taking on the form of a roast of the President and his administration.
Many annual dinners were cancelled or downsized due to deaths or political crises. The dinner was cancelled in 1930 due to the death of former president William Howard Taft; in 1942, following the United States’ entry into World War II; and in 1951, over what President Truman called the “uncertainty of the world situation.”
President Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner 2012
Published on Apr 28, 2012
President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.
C-Span’s coverage of the arrivals tomorrow at the White House Correspondents Dinner starts at 6:15 PM ET Saturday, the 27th of April.
2013 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ ASSOCIATION℠ DINNER
Late night star Conan O’Brien to headline 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Conan O’Brien, the Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, will headline the annual White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner on April 27, 2013, it was revealed Wednesday by association president Ed Henry.
“Conan is one of television’s most innovative and influential talents and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year’s featured act,” said Henry. “As social media has changed all aspects of the media business, Conan has embraced this shifting landscape to become a creative force both online as well as in the traditional television model. We are grateful that Conan will be also be using that creativity to bring more attention to the WHCA’s commitment to helping needy journalism students.” READ MORE
TELEVISED COVERAGE – 2013 DINNER
C-Span’s comprehensive coverage of the guest arrival from the red carpet area starting at about 6:30 pm, and their full coverage of the dinner program may be viewed on TV or online at C-SPAN.ORG’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner hub.
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