The volume of media requests was so high at the Jennifer Aniston Lifetime TV event last night, that included appearances from Dr. Jill Biden, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), that some outlets were turned away. We’re told those who got the brush off included blogger types and smaller print outlets.
Details on where Aniston was staying were kept close to the vest — like many movie stars she has followers sometimes known as stalkers. Sources said she hadn’t visited Washington in a decade.
The red carpet line began swarming an hour before Aniston was set to arrive. But it was civilized. No fights, pushing, shoving or tense words. Even when the People photog abandoned his assigned spot and partygoers sipping champagne stepped into his space, the scene remained polite.
Media who showed up to the Ronald Reagan Building for the reception, red carpet and screening of FIVE, which Aniston directed, included videographers Elizabeth Glover and Dawne Langford, who were shooting for Insight News and Feature. A slew of photographers and reporters showed up from pubs and outlets such as TIME, People, EXTRA, ABC, NBC News, WJLA, The Hill, Roll Call, Getty Images, AP, SIPA, Retna, Polaris, Wire Image. Inside Edition was a no-show. The usual suspects — Politico‘s Karin Tanabe, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger and Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab — were also there along with a new Examiner photographer, a New Zealander, Graeme Jennings. He’s been a photographer for 10 years but getting details out of him is rough — he has private clients he’s worked for that he won’t name and that’s about as much as he wanted to say about anything.
Moving on to the fare. The spread came miniature sized and included fancy cheesecakes in a variety of flavors such as pumpkin and grasshopper (i.e. mint), Cuban sandwiches, and hamburgers.
Notables at the reception included Debbie Dingell, wife of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Self Magazine’s Washington Editor Marc Adelman and Brandlink’s Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman. Others spotted in the crowd: CBS and former FBDCer Christine Delargy, Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan and Tim Burger.
Adelman took pride in attending a Lifetime event. “I am a man who’s proud to love Lifetime,” he gushed. More seriously he added, “I do think people feel that breast cancer has been taken care of, but I think statistics tell a different story. Getting Jennifer Aniston to Washington and Dr. Jill Biden, it’s a substantive, compelling D.C. evening.”
Photo credit: Jayne Sandman
Debbie Dingell mingles at the reception.
Elizabeth Glover awaits Aniston on the carpet.