Kerry Washington

The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers [NSFW]

Observation: Now that we’re all focused on the aggressive stupidity of say, the average Upworthy headline or the listicle about Syria presented entirely in Jurassic Park GIFs, the magazine cover is no longer such a great vehicle for shock delivery. That did not, however, keep some outlets from doing their level best to shock America out of (what they perceive to be) its bovine complacency. Here are 2013’s most memorable examples. … Read More

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The 10 Best ‘SNL’ Skits of 2013

Soon, 2013 will be another one for the books, and SNL’s last episode of year is upon us. Tonight, host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake will join forces for what we’re expecting to be an over-the-top end to the 2013 line-up. Of course, Timberlake isn’t just a melodious addition, as his hosting duties and link to Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone’s The Lonely Island have inspired a number of memorable characters that have appeared on the Studio 8H stage. Fallon is a former SNL cast member with a history of great impressions under his belt. While we’re anticipating comedy gold from the duo, let’s take a look back at this year’s best sketches — those that made us laugh, marked memorable pop culture moments, and those we couldn’t stop talking about. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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Was This Week’s Controversial Cold Open a Sign of Progress — Or a Slap in the Face — For Black Women on ‘SNL’?

A few weeks ago, Kenan Thompson was interviewed about the Saturday Night Live cast’s lack of diversity, particularly when it comes to women of color. His response — that the show has brought in black female performers to audition, but that none of them seemed “ready” for the ensemble cast — sparked controversy, with many people rushing to claim that Thompson insinuated that there were no funny black women. At the time, I didn’t even want to touch the subject; there was something about being a white man explaining SNL‘s diversity problems that seemed like an unwise move. I did, however, reach out to a handful of black women working in the New York comedy scene; most declined my requests to talk about SNL, which makes sense: doing so would limit their own opportunities in an already white male-focused industry. But before I had the chance to examine SNL‘s black woman problem, SNL did it first in this week’s cold open, featuring host Kerry Washington. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Kerry Washington

SNL wants you to know they messed up. The lack of diversity amongst the cast was addressed in last night’s cold open — due to the appearance of Kerry Washington, who not only contributed a great energy to the episode, but also played Michelle Obama for the first time since 2007 (when Maya Rudolph took on the role of the First Lady). SNL has always been Captain Obvious when it comes to their African-American hosts. Race is always at the forefront of the sketches — if not in subject, then in terms of which players the writers feature (last night was the most we’ll probably see of Jay Pharoah all season). It’s usually uncomfortable, heavy-handed (someone is patting themselves on the back for inviting Eminem and Al Sharpton to last night’s show), and unfortunately, nothing ever changes. But hey, SNL is great at underlining the show’s limited scope. There will be umpteen more episodes of Kenan Thompson in drag, featuring four of the six new cast members (all male and white) hogging the spotlight, and exhausting jokes about women being hormonal and crazy. If last night’s semi-lame cold opener actually leads to something, we’ll be surprised — but we’d like to believe that SNL will one day join the real world and expand its horizons. … Read More

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Kerry Washington Is Pregnant!

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Flavorwire's Flick of the Week: 'Django Unchained' Is Top-Shelf Tarantino

Sergio Cobucci’s 1966 Spaghetti Western Django was such a phenomenal hit that it begat dozens of unofficial sequels — only one involving the personnel of the original film, which means that Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained falls well within the tradition of filmmakers reconfiguring the character for their own means. Though he’s endlessly respectful of his picture’s namesake, adopting its distinctive theme song and casting (with a lovely “friendly participation of” credit) original Django Franco Nero, he is, as usual, up to more than friendly borrowing, or creating in-jokes for his fellow cinephiles. The Spaghetti Western, as a subgenre, wasn’t immune from occasional silliness. But these were big, extravagant, and often emotional vehicles — they dealt in mythology and iconography, and Django Unchained finds Tarantino digging in to that element of the form with relish. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in November

We’re getting into serious Oscar-bidding season, and the month of November is chock full of movies we’re excited about: Skyfall, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Hitchcock, Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Them Softly, and on and on. But the majors aren’t the only ones trotting out smarter-than-average fare; as usual, the indies have got a full slate of strong stuff this month as well. After the jump, we’ve got a few that are worth checking out in the weeks ahead. … Read More

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