Are we a little too Scandal-obsessed this week? Sorry, we can’t help it. But also, neither can anyone else. On the Daily Show Thursday night, Kerry Washington said it was astonishing how often real Washington insiders confessed how much they identified with the show’s story lines. And earlier this week, Jennifer Hudson starred in a Funny or Die spoof, “Scandalous,” sponsored by the White House (for the Affordable Health Care Act). When we sat down with Hudson, we asked whether she wanted an actual guest role on the ABC hit.
People are unhappy with each other in D.C. Also in the fictional D.C. Though we suspect real-life D.C. wishes they had a nice sex scandal on their hands right now instead of a shutdown. At least on Scandal, everyone is equipped with precisely calculated zingers, courtesy of Shonda Rhimes and company, to help them talk through the pain. And ouch, no one was safe during last night’s season three premiere. Here are our favorite quotes, and the people burned by them:
Olivia Pope, fixer of the world, mistress to the president, daughter of some kind of CIA honcho, does not seem like the type to blush easily. Which is why I was so amused when Scandal star Kerry Washington hid behind her purse adorably when all I did was compliment her phenomenally expressive face. That scene in Django Unchained when Jamie Foxx walks in and surprises her? An epic poem in a single look. So, I wondered, is there any emotion that’s actually hard for Washington to portray?
With Scandal returning tonight, we get to see Olivia Pope back at the helm of steering Washington’s elite through various crises. And though fans know that the fictional fixer is steeped in the world of politics, they may not realize that Kerry Washington can totally hold it down when talking about the issues.
As we approach the beginning of a new television season, there are more than a few lingering questions that have been keeping us up at night. How will Jess and Nick adjust to life as a couple on New Girl? Is The Mindy Project really moving to Haiti? Is Brody a terrorist? (This one never seems to go away, does it?) Read more…
We’re deva that the second season of Scandal is over. We can’t let go. So in honor of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a wily Ms. Fix-It who can solve any conundrum thrown her way — from prostitution rings to pregnant White House interns — we’ve imagined how she’d solve the top pop culture crises of the moment! From Reese’s arrest to Kim’s dress, ask yourself: What would Olivia Pope do?
Olivia Pope, our bad, Kerry Washington took a brief break from saving high powered D.C. clients from their scandals to talk Baldwin. James Baldwin that is. On Scandal she’s always involved in drama — the kind you have when you’re powerful. In real life the 36-year-old’s life is a lot less messy. All the woman who hails from the Bronx wants to do is talk books. And maybe save the world.
For ” target=”_blank”>Vanity Fair‘s 2013 Hollywood issue a crop of Hollywood’s elite sit down with a camera crew to share whatever moves them. The woman whose quiver lip has become famous from Thursday’s debauchery on Scandal, plays dress up in a three and a half mini-short on the importance of reading. Shot in black and white Kerry’s curly tresses are in a poofy up-do. Her love for author James Baldwin seeps through the screen. “I love him. His work is so important,” she says. “I remember stumbling upon him at a time when I was sort of grappling with who was right, Malcolm [X] or Martin [Luther King Jr.]…And then James Baldwin came along in my brain and I thought, ‘Oh exactly. There’s this middle road.’”
We could listen to Kerry intelligently talk about history and literature all day. But we mostly can’t stop gazing at her regal beauty, which is hypnotic. To watch the full video head over to Vanity Fair and look out for their March Hollywood issue that hits stands any day now. Meanwhile be entranced by the allure of Ms. Washington who turned 36 today. Happy Birthday, Kerry!
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Maybe we’re giving most of our attention to the celebrities using humor to promote their candidate of choice, like Lena Dunham and Joss Whedon. And the ones whose political opinions we’re not sure we ever really wanted (ahem, Stacey Dash). We’ve been neglecting the stars who are taking this election very seriously. Kerry Washington, for instance, who gets serious about the ins and outs of D.C. every week on Scandal, and then spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Last week, she wrote an essay for the Daily Beast about why she’s voting for Obama, the same day she also chatted with our own Kate Spencer on the red carpet of the Hollywood Awards.
“In general, I’m very moved by the political process. I feel like we’re very blessed to be living in a country [like this],” she told us. “That’s part of why I’m so involved. But this president, in particular — I think it’s pretty extraordinary that we have a president who really cares about all Americans and not just a special few or a special interest. Not just the wealthy. He’s really invested in all Americans. Men, women, students, workers, everybody, black, white, Latin. It’s an exciting time for us to support him the way he’s been supporting us for the past four years.”
So, would Washington channel all that passion into a political career of her own someday?
We knew something like this was going to happen. Madonna flashed the whole audience in Istanbul just a couple of days ago, while she was performing there for her MDMA tour. And by flashed, we mean she actually pulled down one bra cup while singing Human Nature. Rome’s Stadio Olimpico was next up on the tour schedule, and we were on the ready to pick on news of similar behaviour. She didn’t disappoint. This time around, Madge’s torso remained clothed — barely. It was during a performance of Human Nature again that she took off her microphone pack harnass, unzipped her pants, turned around and slipped them off revealing her G-string and generally, the whole — how do we say this, politely — assticular area. You can see the whole NSFW video here. It’s funny because Madonna knows that everyone expects her to take her bra off again. You can see it on her face, especially when she’s fiddling with her clothes. Trust her to do the expected — but the unexpected, if you know what we mean? That’s a pretty long time to be standing with your a— hanging out, though!
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If you look back through the mists of time, you might recall that it was Charlie Sheen’s hotel meltdown that kicked off the actor’s epic tour de insanity, which ended with his exit from Two And A Half Men. Denise Richards sure can remember it. In fact, her memory is so clear, she’s finally telling her side of the bizarre story to USWeekly. The tale starts like most Charlie Sheen stories: with porn stars gathered around the supper table. “Charlie invited me to this dinner with ‘friends,’ and once I realized what these women did for a living, I thought, ‘It’s one meal; you can suck it up and get through it,”says Richards of the incident last fall. “It’s not my place to judge how they make a paycheck.” Maybe it isn’t your place to judge, Denise, but can’t we agree it’s your place to immediately tell everyone and their grandma about it? If it was our ex-husband, we would have been on the phone with the press before they hosed the cocaine off of him.
Later that night after putting daughters Sam and Lola to bed, Denise says, “About an hour later, I was awakened by sounds outside my door, including walkie-talkies, which is never a good sign. A few minutes later, the cops showed up. Several officers went into Charlie’s room, and a sergeant came into mine.” And the rest…is history. Really depressing history. Richards reveals even more true Sheen-ius in her new memoir Real Girl Next Door, describing interesting Charlie facts such as the actor’s unyielding paranoia. “His bedroom doorÃ¢â‚¬Â¦was bulletproof,” Richards writes. “A fire pole was in the closet (which one of our cats fell through, but he was okay) in case a quick escape to the ground floor was necessary. And the house had a panic room.” Scratch that: we would have had a reporter on the phone the second our cat fell down the poll. Lord only knows how the porn stars were managing it.