Trump might attend

2019 press dinner

President Donald Trump said he may attend next year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner now that organizers have scrapped the usual format featuring a comedian. But he may not be thrilled with the replacement.

The correspondents' association announced this week that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow — biographer of presidents and statesmen including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton — will serve as the 2019 dinner's featured speaker. But Chernow, like many of his fellow historians, strongly opposed Trump's candidacy in 2016 and labeled him a "demagogue."

That didn't stop Trump from declaring victory Tuesday night after he arrived in Florida for a Thanksgiving-week break.

"So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year," he tweeted. "This year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian."

"Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition!" he wrote, adding: "Maybe I will go?"

Presidents have traditionally attended the dinner. But Trump has skipped it the last two years.

 

'Spider-Man' actor tries

pumpkin for first time

"Spider-Man" star Tom Holland has tasted pumpkin seeds, but never actual pumpkin.

However, all that changed for the British actor during a recent Thanksgiving cooking lesson with "Avengers" co-director Joe Russo and chef Jessica Largey, who introduced him to kabocha squash, a delicacy known as Japanese pumpkin.

The exclusive cooking lesson was held at Russo's new restaurant called Simone in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles.

"It's hard that I'm starting with probably the best pumpkin I'll ever have," Holland joked.

Russo is a co-owner of the restaurant with Largey, a James Beard winner. She whipped up the dish with ingredients involving pumpkin, chanterelle mushrooms, passionfruit and some kale.