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The Pathos- Driven Rise of Kate McKinnon

In 'VF' interview, 'SNL' comedian touches on empathy she drew on to play Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon is dressed down ("real-person down," without makeup and in sneakers and a baggy tee) and skittish like a cat, reacting so warily to her interview with Lili Anolik for Vanity Fair that Anolik realizes she's "going to have to approach her slowly, carefully, no... More »

One of the Top Gigs in Publishing Is About to Open Up

Graydon Carter is leaving 'Vanity Fair' after 25 years at the helm

(Newser) - The New York Times says it's not so much a "changing of the guard," but a "regal passage." Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair for the past quarter-century, is stepping down in December, vacating one of the most sought-after positions in publishing. "I... More »

Jolie on Vanity Fair Coverage: 'I Am Upset'

Says story about casting children for her new film was misrepresented

(Newser) - A Vanity Fair interview with Angelina Jolie made headlines last week for a range of items, including the revelation she'd developed Bell's palsy last year. But one nugget in particular caught people's attention: how she allegedly cast kids for her new Netflix movie, First They Killed My ... More »

Jolie Makes Surprising Health Reveal in Vanity Fair

She developed Bell's palsy last year

(Newser) - First Brad Pitt dished to GQ ; now Angelina Jolie is spilling to Vanity Fair. In a September cover story for the latter, Jolie speaks on her upcoming projects, domestic life, and (of course) her ex, with the Hollywood Reporter noting the "actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, and mother of six" has... More »

The Seedy Underside of the '60s Surf Scene

'Vanity Fair' peeks into life of legendary Miki Dora, and the 'lost boys' who followed him

(Newser) - Three teens featured in a 1961 Life magazine article thrust California surfing life into the spotlight, a seemingly carefree existence of surf, sand, and sun. But as Sheila Weller explores in Vanity Fair , there were darker undertones floating underneath the Malibu surfing scene, an "underground saga" that often masked... More »

Elon Musk Is Quite Frightened of the Robots Taking Over

He's '[cueing] the scary organ music' on artificial intelligence: 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - While Elon Musk embraces the sci-fi nature of colonizing other planets, he's not exactly a superfan of the sci-fi concept of robot overlords. The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX is terrified of artificial intelligence, Maureen Dowd reveals in Vanity Fair , and doesn't think Silicon Valley should be... More »

'Too Big to Fail' for NBC: Megyn Kelly and Matt Lauer

'Vanity Fair' examines network's personality-driven blueprint with 2 major stars in the mix

(Newser) - The news that Megyn Kelly would be leaving Fox and settling down at NBC surprised many (especially, apparently, Tamron Hall ), but in a piece for Vanity Fair , Sarah Ellison moves the story forward, exploring what she calls NBC's "star power as business model" gamble. The crystal ball... More »

Shock Revelation From Woman Who Sealed Emmett Till's Fate

Author Timothy Tyson says Carolyn Bryant admitted to making up parts of her story

(Newser) - When 14-year-old Emmett Till walked into a Mississippi store in August 1955, the black teen had no clue that his entrance would lead to his untimely death. And little did anyone in 2017 anticipate that, decades later, the white woman whose words sealed his fate would partly recant her explosive... More »

Trump Went After Vanity Fair. It Just Swung Back

Magazine is boasting about his criticism

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's latest targets on Twitter appears to share his belief that there's no such thing as bad publicity. The Week reports that after Trump slammed Vanity Fair as "dead" following its terrible review of the Trump Tower steakhouse, the magazine "totally owned" the... More »

A Brutal Vanity Fair Review, a Scathing Trump Tweet

President-elect says magazine is 'dead' and in 'big trouble' after it trashed his Trump Tower restaurant

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Vanity Fair published an unflattering review of NYC's Trump Grill(e) restaurant (yes, it's spelled both ways on signage), Donald Trump got wind of it, and … you probably know where this is going to end up. To be fair, the review of the steakhouse in Trump... More »

Prostitution Is Becoming the New Normal

'Vanity Fair' looks at increasingly common 'arrangements'

(Newser) - A big debate in the media these days is whether prostitution is, or should be, a legit profession. Witness two prior articles at New York ("Is Prostitution Just Another Job?") and the New York Times Magazine ("Should Prostitution Be a Crime?"). Now a piece at Vanity ... More »

Vanity Fair Gets 29 Stars to Perform Bieber's 'Sorry'

In a word, awesome

(Newser) - Whether you're a huge fan or a huge hater of Justin Bieber's " Sorry ," you will almost certainly love Vanity Fair 's video of 29 celebrities giving the song the dramatic reading it truly deserves. The magazine put the video together at Sundance, and it features,... More »

Rihanna: Rachel Dolezal Is 'a Bit of a Hero'

And more from her 'Vanity Fair' cover story

(Newser) - What does Rihanna think about Rachel Dolezal, the white NAACP exec who portrayed herself as black? You may be surprised: "I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to... More »

Rachel Dolezal: My Identity Isn't a 'Costume'

Ex-NAACP head tells 'Vanity Fair' world may be confused about her, but she's not

(Newser) - It's been more than a month since Rachel Dolezal caused a media circus when her parents revealed she was a white woman passing as black. Now the ex-NAACP head is speaking out, telling Vanity Fair that she still identifies and connects with the "black experience," and that... More »

It's Caitlyn Jenner vs. Kris Jenner

They don't exactly see eye to eye on their marriage

(Newser) - Kris Jenner speaks out in Vanity Fair's piece on Caitlyn Jenner , to whom Kris was married when Caitlyn was Bruce Jenner. And though Kris has said she's happy for her ex, it sounds like there's still quite a bit of contention between them. "Neither side wants... More »

Bruce Jenner No More: 'Call Me Caitlyn'

Former Olympian debuts as woman in 'Vanity Fair' interview, cover shoot

(Newser) - Bruce Jenner is no more, and the 65-year-old former Olympian debuts as a woman on Vanity Fair's July cover in an Annie Leibovitz photo with the headline "Call me Caitlyn." VF sent Leibovitz and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger to Jenner's place in Malibu, where... More »

Writer: Mag Nixed Sex Allegations in 2003 Epstein Article

Says 'Vanity Fair' editor Graydon Carter believed Epstein, not underage sources

(Newser) - In the fall of 2002, Vicky Ward was conducting research for an upcoming Vanity Fair article she was penning. Her subject: the "high-flying" and mysteriously wealthy Jeffrey Epstein, now a convicted sex offender recently tied to accusations that Prince Andrew had sex with an underage girl . Yesterday Ward published... More »

Angelina Jolie: 'I Am Open' to Future in Politics

Plus, she dishes on marriage to Brad Pitt

(Newser) - In her latest cover interview, this one for Vanity Fair , Angelina Jolie dishes on her recent marriage—and a possible future political career:
  • On marriage to Brad Pitt: "It does feel different. It feels nice to be husband and wife."
  • On the vows their children wrote for them:
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Gwyneth Slammed With New Round of Cheating Rumors

This time she's said to be cheating with Kevin Yorn; her rep denies it

(Newser) - Poor Gwyneth Paltrow just can't escape rumors of her infidelity. First came the rumor that Vanity Fair was going to publish an " epic takedown " that could, among other things , reveal an affair Paltrow supposedly had with a Miami billionaire. Then, yesterday—the same day Vanity Fair published... More »

Vanity Fair Editor Compares Gwyneth to Kim Jong Un

That article about Paltrow is finally running

(Newser) - Remember that "epic takedown" of Gwyneth Paltrow that Vanity Fair was supposed to run—the one that Paltrow supposedly convinced the magazine to soften ? Well, editor Graydon Carter addresses it in a letter that appears in the March issue, part of which appears online . In it, Carter says... More »

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