THE CONTINUED ADVENTURES OF RUPERT MURDOCH
Now that Rupert Murdoch is single, he is not surprisingly very popular with the ladies. Especially in Los Angeles.
Last night, the 82-year-old media mogul showed up at Vanity Fair‘s Oscars Party with a date: Juliet de Baubigny, a Vanity Fair-certified nicely dressed Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
The Death of Print
Vanity Fair posted an expanded letter from editor in chief Graydon Carter about “the whole Vanity Fair-Gwyneth Paltrow brouhaha” today. In it, Mr. Carter explained, in expanded detail, how the whole thing came to be.
Like many editorial meetings, Vanity Fair‘s devolved into an open forum on How Women Feel about Ms. Paltrow. The female staff was divided between those who thought Ms. Paltrow had nice legs and good lifestyle advice and those who are annoyed by her nice legs and lifestyle advice. The male staff, of course, just thought she had nice legs.
Dept. of Corrections
Tina Brown, soon-to-be former editor of The Daily Beast doesn’t read magazines anymore, Hindustan Times reports.
“The habit has gone,” the one time editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk and Newsweek told reporters in Goa, where she was speaking at the THiNK festival.
Around the town
A recent New York Times article misidentified Graydon Carter as an investor in Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern.
“An article on Monday about Hollywood’s displeasure with Vanity Fair’s sharper celebrity coverage erroneously included one establishment on a list of restaurants in which its editor, Graydon Carter, invests,” read the Times‘s correction. “Mr. Carter invests in the Beatrice Inn and Monkey Bar, but he is not an investor in the Minetta Tavern.”
Yesterday, freelance writer Joe Veix submitted an article to BuzzFeed, titled “The 10 DUMBEST BuzzFeed Lists You’re EMBARRASSED To Say You CLICKED,” that parodied the site’s listicles. BuzzFeed soon removed the article, deeming it “mean-spirited.” (Joe Veix/Poynter)
An “insider” tells The Wrap that IAC is planning to sell Newsweek, and several potential buyers are “very interested.” (The Wrap)
Everyone’s favorite royal-in-law Pippa Middleton has been named a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, the magazine announced today. Ms. Middleton joins a large roster of contributing editors– we counted 74 names on the June issue’s masthead.
“We’re delighted to have Pippa as a contributor to Vanity Fair,” editor in chief Graydon Carter said in the VF.com post. “She’s a keen observer of classic British pastimes. She is also an avid sportswoman, and we look forward to her take on traditional English pursuits, beginning with Wimbledon.”
Updated: Tina Fey responds below!
Have you been reading all about Taylor Swift telling Amy Poehler and Tina Fey that they are going to hell for their Golden Globes jokes in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair? Or wait, was that Katie Couric who told Taylor Swift that, and the singer was just relating it back in an anecdote? Did Amy Poehler say she was actually going to hell? Did Couric totally rip off a very famous Madeleine Albright quote about a basketball?
If you are confused, don’t worry. Here are some GIFs from Mean Girls to help explain.
The Eight-Day Week
Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain must have some friends over at the Graydon Carter offices. Last night, Nikki Finke was able to reproduce, word-for-word, a pulled essay from VF.com that slightly criticized the actress as an “empty vessel” (honestly, it sounds much worse out of context) and using one of her own quotes–”I’m the unknown everyone’s already sick of”–to explain why she didn’t quite work in the film Mama.
Deputy editor Bruce Handy, the article’s author, has a lot of good things to say about Ms. Chastain as well! But you would have never had known that, because VF.com pulled the article–which ran January 25, during a crucial build-up week for Oscar-baiting, with ballots going out to Academy members that day–from the site within 24 hours.
Today is the street date of the most anticipated Vanity Fair cover since Jennifer Aniston announced that, yes, she did want kids. Judd Apatow has guest-edited the glossy rag (it’s sort of like when Roseanne guest-edited The New Yorker, but five times as long and far more self-serious), presumably commissioning photo spreads of his coterie Read More
There was an hour yesterday afternoon during which the domain names of email addresses coming out of 4 Times Square were suddenly transformed. Staffers at Vanity Fair were alarmed to see their tony magazine title replaced by @golfforwomen, the name of a gender-specific sports magazine that closed in 2008.
Then the Vanity Fair staffers noticed that the glitch was more widespread then they thought. It wasn’t just Vanity Fair and it wasn’t just Golf for Women’s ghostly domain name. Other email addresses throughout Condé Nast were switched to the domain @fairchildfashion.com (a current, fashionable division of Condé Nast) and to the tech mag domain @wired.com. At one point, email addresses moved like a Ouija Board between @golfforwomen and @fairchildfashion.