Obama’s Final White House Correspondents Dinner Kicks Off With Will Smith, Priyanka Chopra, Bryan Cranston, WME & UTA Brass

With Hollywood A-listers from WME’s Aril Emanuel, UTA’s Jay Sures, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra, Shonda Rhimes and cast members of Scandal and House of Cards in attendance, President Barack Obama‘s final White House Correspondents Dinner is kicking off in D.C right now.
POTUS and the First Lady aren’t expected to show up at the Washington Hilton for the 2.700 guest strong Larry Wilmore hosted nerd prom about another hour, but the red…

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Watch Haim Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” At Girls To The Front Benefit

HaimLast night, Haim performed at the first annual Girls To The Front Benefit at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont to raise money for Girls Rock Camp Foundation, a nonprofit that funds numerous Girls Rock Camps across the country. The Haim sisters have covered Fleetwood Mac a few times before, and this time, they … More »

Tony Goldwyn on Washington: The Reality is Far More Outrageous Than ‘Scandal’

“There is this weird co-fascination between Hollywood and Washington,” Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s hit “Scandal,” explained to Variety Saturday afternoon at Tammy Haddad’s annual Garden Party Brunch. One of the crown-jewels in the social bender that is the annual White House Correspondents Dinner weekend, the brunch, held at the former… Read more »

Best of the Week: Finding Thompson on Hollywood

In our ever-changing media landscape, nothing ever stays the same. So while it made sense when I left Variety in August 2009 to take my blog Thompson on Hollywood over to Indiewire, it was also right last month to join Indiewire full-time as Editor-At-Large.
In January we were acquired by Penske Media (which owns WWD, Variety, GoldDerby.com, and Deadline.com, among many other properties), which is investing in turning the 20-year-old site into a bigger, better version of itself, while we retain its essential indie DNA. 

We’ve been ramping up, making new hires in New York (digital editor Bill Earl moved over from Penske Media, film reporter Graham Winfrey from Inc., film critic David Ehrlich from Rolling Stone) and Los Angeles (executive editor Michael Schneider, who I worked with at Variety, has joined us from TV Guide), as Penske’s team and Indiewire Editor-In-Chief Dana Harris work to revamp the Indiewire site for its mid-May launch— just as our film team arrives in…