The Note: Hanging on the Telephone

Attention actors, writers, producers, and directors: If your publicist gets you approved, The Creative Coalition will fly you to April 30's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner -- if you qualify. You'll get round-trip, first-class airfare, deluxe accommodations, ground transportation, private VIP receptions all weekend, and . . . SCHWAG!!! If you qualify. And you'll even get what an e-mail sent out by the Coalition promises as "full press/pr services," presumably to keep Robin Givhan away from mal-dressed stars and starlets.

If you qualify. If your publicist gets you approved.

We had imagined somehow the Creative Coalition sifting D listers from A listers, but the reality isn't that interesting: Creative Coalition executive director Robin Bronk said that the Coalition has a limited number of seats, "so we try to spread it out between actors, writers and producers and directors."

The Coalition e-mail describes the WHCA dinner as "the ultimate Black-tie event that brings together living legends from the White House, Congress, Cabinet, and Hollywood for this roast of President George W. Bush."

The Coalition will co-sponsor a VIP reception that night with The Atlantic Monthly.

Cedric the Entertainer, who we last saw a record mogul/gangster in "Be Cool," delivers the monologue.

Rev. Falwell's condition is improving, reports the Washington Post's Michelle Boorstein. Doctors say he doesn't have pneumonia, and they're investigating the possibility that he has heart disease. LINK

Our condolences to Eleanor Clift and the others in the family of Tom Brazaitis. LINK

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