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Lucky’s Kerry Washington Cover is Scary

Lucky has managed to do the impossible: Make Kerry Washington look bad. Actually, bad might not even be the right word. She’s sort of scary looking. A few questions:

1) Did this photoshoot take place in a wind tunnel?

2) If so, why? If not, what the hell?

3) Is Washington’s pose meant to intimidate readers, or merely remind them to visit a chiropractor?

4) Was Washington instructed to growl, or was that her idea?

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Did Jay Pharoah Just Have a Breakout Night?

It sure feels that way.

And we’re not referring to the Saturday Night Live performer’s appearance as President Obama in the cold-open with Kerry Washington. His impression is serviceable and certainly a merciful relief from Fred Armisen‘s agonizingly unfunny 44th. No, it’s what followed that was off-the-hook notable.

Pharaoh channeled the slickness of Andy Samberg‘s taped bits for the music video spoof “My Girl;” he was gut-bustingly hilarious on Weekend Update as Shaquille O’Neal, alongside Kenan Thompson‘s great Charles Barkley; and Pharaoh again provided a great spark with Washington in the skit “How’s He Doing” when he talked, in character as Ebony writer Ronnie Williams, about how much he would love to get a “white person’s mail.”

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Cover Battle: Essence or Billboard

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have Essence versus Billboard. Kerry Washington is featured on the latest Essence cover wearing a bright, gold dress that no other person could pull off. Rocking that dress is the ultimate trump card. If Washington ever encounters someone criticizing her outfit she can shoot back, “I wore that gold dress on Essence’s cover and looked amazing, so what were you saying?”

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Kerry Washington Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

Kerry Washington is Vanity Fair’s August cover girl. David Kamp, a contributing editor to the magazine, wrote the accompanying article. In the piece, the 36-year-old Bronx native opens up about seeing Nelson Mandela at Yankees Stadium when she was only 13, why she sees Oliva Pope — her character on Scandal — as both “maternal” and “executive,” and much more.

We’re not quite sure what Washington is doing with her hands in this photo, but somehow it works. Look for your FishbowlNY editors to adopt this pose at a pool near you.

The August issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands July 9.

AMC Theatres Lend a Big Hand to African Moms, Children

Charitable giving doesn’t get much easier than this.

Starting tomorrow, June 1, and running through June 10, AMC Theatres will donate 40 cents of every movie ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS. It’s part of a month-long campaign with the makers of (RED) cameras that also includes promotions at Bed Bath Beyond, FAB.com and on the equipment bags of top tennis players competing at the French Open:

Lifesaving medicine which can prevent transmission of HIV from moms to their babies can cost as little as 40 cents a day. “A huge thanks to our partners for transforming summer fun times into a smart and easy way to support the incredible work of the Global Fund,” says (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan.

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For Your Consideration: Leonardo DiCaprio Dropping N-Bombs

Based on reports coming out of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival sneak peak at Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, it’s going to be a very schizophrenic Christmas at the movies for perennial Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio.

Arriving in theaters December 25 together with Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby will be a DiCaprio we’ve never seen or heard before. Per Kyle Buchanan’s Vulture dispatch on the seven minutes of footage shown:

The big surprise? How funny this potentially controversial Western has turned out to be. In particular, Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie, whom freed slave Jamie Foxx and bounty hunter Christoph Waltz must defeat in order to save Foxx’s wife Kerry Washington.

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Essence Announces Black Women in Hollywood Honorees

Kerry Washington, Octavia Spencer, Pam Grier, Paula Patton, and Shonda Rhimes will be the honorees at this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The fifth incarnation of the annual event will be held February 23rd at the Beverly Hill Hotel.

“Black women actors, writers, directors and producers still lack diverse opportunities in Hollywood and, unfortunately, are often overlooked during awards season,” says Essence Editor-in-Chief Constance White. “The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon exists to provide a fitting tribute to the brilliant talent and accomplishments of African-American trailblazers like Kerry, Pam, Paula, Octavia and Shonda and celebrate their collective work as an inspiration for generations to come.”

Essence plans to stream an hour of red carpet coverage of the event on its website.

Essence To Roll Out Two Covers For December Issue

To commemorate this Friday’s release of Tyler Perry‘s film, For Colored Girls, Essence will print two different covers for their upcoming December edition.  The special issue hits newsstands Nov. 12 and will feature one cover with the film’s male stars (director Tyler Perry, Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, Omari Hardwick, Khalil Kain, and Michael Ealy) and another with the female characters (Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Tessa Thompson, and Whoopi Goldberg).

For Colored Girls is based on Ntozake Shange‘s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.  Shange’s work is acted out in a series of 20 poems and was nominated for best play at the 1977 Tony Awards.

The cover story “Over the Rainbow” will appear on page 115 of the 150-plus page magazine.

Take a look at the men of For Colored Girls cover after the jump.

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Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”

FBLA Goes to the Party: Slate V

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Slate V, the video branch of the online mag, threw a party at the cavernous Avalon last night, complete with open bar, roving waiters, and a big buffet. Infiniti provided the decoration, in the form of a car. No raffle, and the back seat wasn’t big enough for any Tommy Lee action.

Editor Jacob Weisberg looked a little too comfortable with that mic.

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Virginia Postrel’s back in town, working on a new book, with her tall, dark, and handsome UCLA professorial husband, Steve Postrel.
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People were talking about Iraq, the heat, why no one is watching the debates, the heat.

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Mickey Kaus, temporarily blonde-less, Allen Mayer (dreamy, etc.), Slate EP Bill Smee, were all holding court in various power centers.

Investigative types asked us what rewards we’d reaped from the mediabistro.com sale. Perplexed as to how to respond, we looked for Dear Prudence.

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