|Divo and diva: Wolff, Brown|
Michael Wolff has been phoning in a media column for USA Today since September, when the paper relaunched in print and online with a promise to publish more pronounced voices.
He's also a contributing editor for the far more upscale Vanity Fair magazine, the slick monthly whose status-conscious audience, it's safe to say, is of far greater interest to him. (Not for nothing that he lists his VF credentials first on his Twitter and Facebook pages, and at his very own Newser.)
Which brings us to the White House Correspondents Dinner, the hottest annual entertainment ticket for the media, political and Hollywood elite. The party, nominally for charity and drawing 2,500 guests, is scheduled for April 27. Conan O'Brien is host. President Obama will be there.
As always, the A-list media are drawing the A-list celebrities to their pricey power tables. Tina Brown of The Daily Beast (and a Wolff target) has snagged Nicole Kidman, media mogul Barry Diller, and Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein. Arianna Huffington took N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. The Wall Street Journal scooped up Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
And then there's USAT
First on what the paper itself calls a motley list: Courteney Cox of TV's Cougar Town. (Looks like a do-over for Cox, who was a no-show two years ago. USAT had invited Cox and her then-husband, David Arquette, but the couple soon announced they'd separated.) The other guests also are actors: Kristin Chenoweth, Kate Walsh, Ashley Judd and Josh Gad.
But the night's entertainment only starts at the dinner itself. The after parties are at least as popular, with VF's being the biggest draw of all. "Panicked members of the Washington press corps will try to call in favors in futile attempts to score invites to the Vanity Fair and Bloomberg party at the residence of French ambassador François Delattre," Women's Wear Daily reported today.
And what about Wolff? It's a safe bet he'll want to be at the dinner. But which employer's table would he favor: upmarket Vanity Fair or downmarket USAT? And which party later that night: Graydon Carter's or Larry Kramer's? One thing's for sure: a certain chief marketing officer will be keeping score.