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James Beard Hopefuls Lobby on Facebook

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It’s time again for Beard nominations, and the whole kerfuffle over Jason Neroni last year isn’t stopping the shameless shilling. A Grub Street reader alerted us to the Facebook group "Vote Evan Rich for the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award," created by a friend of Rich, chef at Sumile Sushi. Rich is in a good spot if the group’s twelve current members are any indicator. Nice of the moderator to invite them all to Sumile! Let’s hope for the sake of propriety that there won’t be any comped green-tea ice cream. Vote Evan Rich for the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award [Facebook]

Someone Counted the Jews in the ‘Vanity Fair’ 100

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Counting Jews in the Vanity Fair 100, the magazine's annual list of the world's most powerful people, is not something any sane publication in New York would be caught dead doing. The Jerusalem Post, however, went to the trouble of separating the chosen from the chaff in their Thursday edition. More than half of the world's most powerful people are Jewish, according to VF (and the Post), although the methodology is laughably murky in both instances: The listers don't define “power,” and the parsers don't define “Jewish.” Take, for instance, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who share No. 3: Do they count as, uh, one or two Jews? Page's mother is Jewish, which is good enough for the Jerusalem Post even if it's not for Page himself, who says he's been raised “in the mold of his father.” (The next indisputably Hebraic contender, Michael Bloomberg, clocks in at No. 9.) The Israeli paper seems more spooked than impressed by the results: If anything, it gingerly notes, Vanity Fair reinforces some of the world's worst stereotypes by calling attention to “their disproportionate influence in finance and the media.” Of course, should they find such ostentatious triumph unbecoming, the writers are welcome to thumb through the Sports Illustrated Top 500 NFL Players list next. Jewish Power Dominates at 'Vanity Fair' [Jerusalem Post]

Roddick Calls Federer a ‘Robot’

Nicole Kidman may be playing Vanity Fair–style arbiter Amy Fine Collins in the film adaptation of her memoir. Rupert Murdoch may be trying to lure CNBC "Money Honey" Maria Bartiromo to his new Fox Business Channel, though the Post isn't making matters easy by writing negative items about her. The Suffolk County D.A. has seized over 45,000 pages of legal papers in its investigation of the Fire Island double voting scandal. Mischa Barton may or may not have had a wardrobe malfunction at a Save the Children event at Lincoln Center. Andy Roddick referred to Roger Federer as a "robot." Authors of a book about Doris Duke are claiming that Bob Balaban, director of an upcoming movie about the tobacco heiress, may have committed copyright infringement. Rudy Giuliani played golf — though presumably not well — sans Secret Service at the Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor.

Judi Giuliani, Puppy Killer?

Vanity Fair's forthcoming takedown of Judi Giuliani paints her as "opportunistic, puppy-killing homewrecker." ABC News employees were reminded not to surf for porn on company time after it was discovered that an intern had nude photos online. Married cosmetics heir William Lauder may be the illegitimate father of a child with nightlife honcho Howard Stein's daughter. Mets pitchers John Maine and Aaron Heilman partied at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane might not technically be married to the mother of his two children, journalist Allison Pearson. Penélope Cruz and Bono were spotted holding hands in St. Tropez. Star Jones claims women on TV get a raw financial deal. Rachael Ray and Ron Jeremy were in Saratoga for the opening of the racetrack.

Enquiring Minds Want Cash

The wife and son of deceased National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope Jr. are suing each other for the remainder of his $418 million fortune. Barbaro was the focus groups' choice for August's Vanity Fair cover, but Graydon Carter nixed him for Shia LaBeouf. CNBC's Maria Bartiromo will soon have her own show titled Money Honey. The Giulianis like golf, bargains, The Tudors. Chris Noth tried to poach talent for his club from Hawaiian Tropic Zone but failed. Tinsley Mortimer and Lydia Hearst are attending a dinner thrown by Pete Wentz in the Hamptons. Jon Anderson of Yes canceled a benefit show for a bunch of kids because his spiritual adviser told him to.

Famous Rock Writer Delivers a Sushi Summa

Nick Tosches, a writer best known for his books about the tormented inner lives of Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, and Sonny Liston, seems on the surface to be a weird choice to write about Tokyo’s Tsukiji seafood market and the world sushi trade. But Tosches’s article in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair should be required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject. From its portrait of the market, which handles literally 4,000 times the amount of fish as the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx, to the elevation of bluefin tuna from its once-lowly status as an uncommercial “garbage fish,” to Tosches’s own twisted desire to eat the weirdest-looking thing he can find, the piece is wildly informative and has that slightly bent Tosches touch too.

Curb Your Marriage

Larry David and his environmental-activist wife, Laurie, have separated. Today show staffers refer to Good Morning America as "Gay-MA"; GMA staffers refer to Today as "Yesterday." Marc Jacobs is back on with boyfriend Jason Preston and even got Preston's initials tattooed on his stomach. Graydon Carter thinks of Vanity Fair's publisher as a dancing monkey. Eric Alterman claims his arrest was a "misunderstanding"; police claim they asked him to leave a private reception area seven times and that Alterman was "belligerent." Vanessa Minnillo is gaining a rep with TV insiders as being difficult to work with, and photos of her posing with Lindsay Lohan and a knife aren't helping.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Are Still Just Friends

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Emphatically hot emphatic non-couple Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made the second public declaration in a week of their non-relationship at Vanity Fair's annual opening party for the Tribeca Film Festival last night. Milling among actual power couples David Bowie and Iman and Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, J-vanka stood a safe two inches apart from each other at all times, looking as though they were trying very hard to maintain that "just friends" appearance. But, then, the setting — the State Supreme Court building — made PDAs seem inappropriate, anyway. "I had my divorce here," noted former Viacom chief Tom Freston, happily. "So did I," said entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman, Lizzie's dad. They clinked glasses, laughed, and headed inside. —Jada Yuan Earlier: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Are Just Friends. Really.

Big House

V.C. Fred Wilson sold a townhouse on West 10th Street for $33.14 million — a record for private property below 14th Street. Beyoncé and her mother won the $1.5 million lawsuit filed against them regarding their House of Dereon fashion line, but the plaintiff plans to appeal. Robert Rodriguez left his wife of sixteen years for Rose McGowan during the filming of Grindhouse, but the split was amicable. The split between golfing great Greg Norman and his wife, Laura, however, is less so. Millionaire Miami developer Thomas Kramer was arrested during the birthday party of Fairchild Corp. CEO Jeffrey Steiner for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in the bathroom. Lindsay Lohan and Steve Aoki are hanging out a lot. This here New York Magazine is moving downtown, but no one knows what to do with the signs on top of the current building.

‘Vanity Fair’: We Are All Africa, Ad Pages

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Though you might have heard something about maternally inclined stars like Angelina Jolie, Madonna, and Oprah caring for some kids in the name of child welfare on the African continent, no superstar has as yet made a really chic effort to solve the country's problems. Sure, Bill Gates's wife, Melinda, upped the camera quotient on that couple, but they don't carry the same paparazzi punch as a face-painted Gwyneth in an "I Am African" ad. Enter Bono and Vanity Fair, which is letting the U2 front man edit the July issue. "Africa is sexy and people need to know that," Bono said of his editorial agenda. It's not exactly clear yet how the marriage of Graydon Carter, debt relief, "Pride (In the Name of Love)," and AIDS is going to resolve a few hundred years of turmoil, but whatever happens, no way is it going to be frazzled, blonde, and fifteen pounds overweight: "We are trying to deal with the Sally Struthers thing … When you see people humiliated by extreme poverty and wasting away with flies buzzing around their eyes, it is easy not to believe that they are same as us," says Bono. So what to expect? Carter claims that "a co-mingling of brands will help sell a tough subject," so we're seeing sand to the horizon, Jil Sander on the suffering, and some kind of headdress on Dominick Dunne. Citizen Bono Brings African to Idle Rich [NYT]

Also, There Were Parties After the Oscars

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, and Vince Vaughn cruised the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's solo. (Everyone who is anyone was there.) Except Brad Pitt, who was a no-show at the Oscars despite having starred in Babel and been a producer on The Departed. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are leaving the West Village for Brooklyn because of the paparazzi. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are fighting. Oprah says that Barack Obama didn't start the Clinton-Geffen feud. Zero-star Kobe Club owner Jeffrey Chodorow has banned Frank Bruni from all 29 of his restaurants. At $70,000, a private soccer lesson with David Beckham was the lowest winning bid at Elton John's Oscar-night AIDS benefit. Natalie Portman left an Oscars party with Gael García Bernal.

Barbarians at the Energy Grid

FINANCE • A group led by Kohlberg Kravis is taking energy giant TXU private for $45 billion, besting the Blackstone record by $6 billion. But can Kravis beat Schwarzman's party? [NYT] • Gary Crittenden named Citigroup CFO. Job description: Fix CEO Charles Prince's mistakes. [NYT] • Goldman media banker Sebastian Grigg may defect to Credit Suisse. [DealBook/NYT]