Women's Wear Daily's Stephanie D. Smith reports that Time will bring Donatella Versace and Colin Firth, among other celebrities, to the White House Correspondents Dinner later this month:
Donatella Versace and her close friend, Rupert Everett, will be the dinner companions on April 26 of their host Time Style & Design editor Kate Betts, as well as Time managing editor Rick Stengel. Time recently interviewed Versace for its "10 Questions" column in the weekly edition. No word as to whether Versace will dress either Stengel or Betts for the event. But what once was a relatively staid evening for the White House Press corps and D.C. politicos clearly has turned into the journalistic equivalent of the Oscars: Instead of simply going for a Washington VIP, Time will also host Colin Firth and his wife, Livia, and actors Jamie Hector, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Sonja Sohn from HBO's "The Wire."
Life & Style Weekly reports that the Bloomberg Network has invited star blogger Perez Hilton, as well as other young members of the Hollywood scene:
"I'm a guest of the Bloomberg Network," Perez tells Life & Style exclusively. "D.C. should fear me because I speak the truth unlike a lot of politicians. That scares a lot of people. But I've been writing a lot about politics lately on my site, so it should be fun."
One person in particular that might want to beware? The President! "I would tell President Bush...."'Good job! Good job getting us into this recession!'"
Also rumored to be sitting with Perez at his table is "The Soup" host Joel McHale, as well as "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad. "An eclectic group of people always go," says Perez.