George Clooney's fundraising dinner for President Barack Obama is turning out to be so much more than expected.
Here's the breakdown: $6 million is coming from 150 high-wattage Hollywood guests who paid $40,000 per ticket to be there tonight. The rest, about $9 million, comes from small donations across the country as part of a sweepstakes the campaign held. Two lucky winners from that pool (and two guests) were selected to dine at the head table with the President and Clooney, and their names will be announced tonight.
Secondly, now that the President has come out about his personal support for gay marriage, this dinner will probably turn into a par-tay. People in the entertainment industry have long been faithful supporters of gay rights and marriage equality, and some guests who will be attending either have ties to activist causes or are a noteable part of gay Hollywood.
Invited guests include Barbra Streisand, who once hosted a major fundraiser to defeat Prop 8 in 2008, and actor Robert Downey Jr., who has pushed the envelope in the past by insinuating that his character in the "Sherlock Holmes" franchise could be gay. CAA partner Bryan Lourd is a towering figure in gay Hollywood (he left his three-year relationship with Carrie Fisher to be with another man), and he's expected be at the event as well.
Other guests include actor Tobey Maguire, producer J.J. Abrams and ICM president Chris Silbermann, according to Obama Foodorama.
Now for the little people. While a lucky few are busy prepping and primping for the big event tonight, Valley and Hollywood Hills residents are getting ready for "Starmageddon." Here's what we know so far, via a letter from Councilman Paul Krekorian
Barring the warning about neighborhood street closures in "the hills," here's a visual approximation of Councilman Krekorian's advice about possible street closures.
View Streets That Could Be Impacted By President Obama's Visit On Thursday, May 10 2012 in a larger map
It looks like it could be a nasty commute tonight for people crossing the canyons, so good luck out there!