Politico has compiled a roster of tonight’s power and glitter at the White House Correspondents Dinner. So, natch, I’ve included only the celebs (below). Jay Leno will entertain at the annual media-politics-showbiz schmoozefest in Washington DC. At the prestigious gig last year, Wanda Sykes was more political than funny attacking Republicans during the dinner attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Clearly, the group wanted a blander and therefore safer comic emcee so C-Span won’t have to use its 7-second delay button. This is Jay’s 4th time hosting: he headlined the 2004, 2000, and 1987 dinners during the administrations of both parties. NBC is taking great pains to showcase Leno. I don’t know why because Jay doesn’t have Wanda’s balls. Still, MSNBC is covering the event live, and Sunday the “Morning Joe” hosts will review the evening. From Politico, guests include:
ABC Table: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal; Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell; George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, who invited J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath.
American Urban Radio Network Table: Wendy Williams
Bloomberg News Table: Rosario Dawson, James Brooks.
CBS Table: Julianna Margulies; Morgan Freeman; Betty White; Chelsea Handler
CNN Table: Ashley Judd; Dennis Quaid; Quinton Aaron; The Tuohy family, whose story is the basis for the film The Blind Side; James Badge Dale and Jon Seda of the HBO miniseries The Pacific; Larry King, who is bringing Seth MacFarlane and Jeff Probst; Joy Behar.
Creative Coalition Table: Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren; Ashley Greene; Omar Epps; Steven Weber; Cheryl Hines; Adrian Grenier; Spike Lee; Morley Safer; Tom Fontana; and CCH Pounder.
Essence Table: Queen Latifah
Fortune Table: Michael Douglas.
Fox News Channel Table: Vanessa Williams; Chace Crawford; Matthew Morrison; Enrique Iglesias; Ali Larter; Marlon Wayans; Patricia Arquette.
Huffington Post Table: John Cusack; Scarlett Johansson; Jeremy Piven; Ari Emanuel.
NBC Table: Jon Bon Jovi; Anna Kendrick; Bradley Cooper; Alec Baldwin; Ewan McGregor; Jimmy Fallon; Mariska Hargitay; Angela Kinsey; Elisabeth Moss; Fred Armisen; Today and Morning Joe show hosts.
Newsweek Table: Chevy Chase, Jeremy Renner.
New Yorker Table: Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan.
People Table: Justin Bieber, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Colicchio, Kristin Davis, Jessica Simpson.
POLITICO Table: Mary J. Blige, The Jonas Brothers, Tim Daly.
Talking Points Memo Table: Darren Star.
Time Table: Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw; Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, David E. Kelley.
Rumored others: Ryan Seacrest, Zach Galifianakis, Terrence Howard.