Archive for April, 2012
Apr 30

Magic in the Air at WH Correspondents’ Garden Brunch

Woody Harrelson is a man of many talents, and at Saturday’s WH Correspondents’ Garden Brunch, he wowed the crowd with some magic tricks.

The mega-movie star pulled out a deck of cards on the back lawn and delighted kids and adults with his magic cards. Here is Woody Harrelson with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson and David Axelrod.

Apr 30

Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Do It Again!

The most exclusive party of the White House Correspondents’ Weekend is the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair After Party.  Back at the French Ambassador’s residence again this year, guests walked by the front lawn covered in tiny multi-colored lights.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was seen talking with Hollywood A-listers including George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Kyle MacLachlan and his wife producer Desiree Gruber, Goldie Hawn, and Kate Hudson.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre and his beautiful wife Sophie welcomed partygoers and bold faced names dominated the rooms. Media toppers included Barbara Walters and David Gregory, Obama notables were David and Susan Axelrod (talking to Ivanka Trump), White House staffers Jay Carney and Alyssa Mastromonaco and Obama Campaign Communications Director Stephanie Cutter. The republican were represented by Ben Ginsberg and Meghan McCain to name a few. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed happy to be back in DC for an evening.

Judd Apatow and his wife actress Leslie Mann, looked shocked to meet Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google.

It was another big night for Uggie the dog from “The Artist” who missed the actual WH Correspondents’ Dinner, but was getting lots of love at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair gala. Goldie Hawn snuggled up with the pup in one of the best moments of the late night gathering.

Guests relaxed, some even kicking off their shoes after a long night of formal speeches and dinner, as the party went on until the early hours of Sunday.  A crowd formed around Ronan Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and his friend Obama joke writer, now Hollywood writer, Jon Lovett.

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan were chatting with Graydon Carter, Chris Matthews, Salman Rushdie, Kate Upton and Reggie Love.

In the wee hours of the morning Clooney was still talking to friends Kate Hudson, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann while some politicos just looked on. One media executive was overheard saying at 3am, “I have a rule, I don’t leave if George Clooney is still there.”  That executive left at 3:45am and George Clooney was still there.

Apr 30

VIDEO: 19th Annual WHC Garden Brunch

The WHC Garden Brunch celebrates it’s 19th year and honored Susan Axelrod and Steve & Jean Case.  Watch Elle Macpherson, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Governor Haley Barbour, Kerry Washington, Danny Strong, Rosario Dawson, Hilary Rosen, Willie Geist, Alex Castellanos, Brad Keywell, Meghan McCain, Ed Henry, Danielle Panabaker, and David Axelrod talk about CURE Epilepsy and The White Ribbon Alliance.

Apr 30

Tech Leaders + White House Correspondents’ Weekend

The New York Times’ media mogul and columnist, David Carr, chronicled the arrival of tech leaders at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, quoting one of today’s greatest film producer/directors, Judd Apatow, who likened meeting Google’s Eric was like meeting the man who invented fire.

Garden Brunch guests were gawking at the All-Star Tech lineup including Hosain Rahman, CEO of Jawbone (and a CURE Epilepsy supporter who donated Jamboxes that were given away to top donors), Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO, Brad Keywell, co-founder of Groupon, Chamath Palihapitiya and Brigette Lau, of Social+Capital Partnership, Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga and his wife Ali, co-founder of One Kings Lane, Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare and Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post.

Brunch co-host Hilary Rosen said it best before an award was presented to Steve and Jean Case of the Case Foundation, which is a partner in Startup America, that “this audience is filled with people who are on the cutting edge of innovation, policy, philanthropy and charity.”

Read the rest of David Carr’s take on the Brunch, the dinner, and the Bloomberg Vanity Fair After Party here.

Apr 30

HUFF POST Likes White House Correspondents’ Brunch Servings

Our friends at the Huffington Post made their own news at the Garden Brunch supporting CURE Epilepsy and The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. Enjoy these interviews of two longtime WRA supporters Arianna Huffington, Matthew Morrison and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington. Read full story HERE.