Monday, June 17, 2024

Vanity Fair Beats Time Mag in the Party Biz


Which magazine had the best celeb party this week? I’ll let you decide. Vanity Fair‘s annual party for the Tribeca Film Festival was the usual success: Robert DeNiro, Graydon Carter, Ron Perelman, and Jane Rosenthal welcomed a plethora of stars from Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld to Christopher Walken, as well as Kyle MacLachlan, Diane von Furstenberg, Ron Howard, Ed Burns, Scott Glenn, Abigail Breslin, a weird looking Calvin Klein, Harry Belafonte–now that’s a Star!, Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth, Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Brian Grazer, Lauren Hutton, Helena Christensen, Lee Daniels, Carey Lowell, filmmaker Alex Gibney, Charlie Rose and Amanda Burden, even NY Police Commish Ray Kelly. Graydon Carter and his crack staff know how to throw a party, kids. And that was with not one but two Broadway shows opening on the same night: “The Normal Heart” and “Baby It’s You.”

You kind of know a party is bad when pictures show up the next day–and publicists and hosts are photographed. It means the celebrity guests were not plentiful. A quick check of Wire Image and Getty Images tells a sad story: pictures of publicist Howard Rubenstein and of various Time editors and publishers. Ouch! Sting and Bruno Mars came, but they were also there to serenade the guests. (By the looks of things, Sting would rather have been at the dentist.) Patti Smith made it.

Movie stars were not abundant: Mark Wahlberg and Blake Lively were the top names. Anna Kendrick, from “Up in the Air,” was there although she wasn’t on the Time 100. Blake comes from TV really, and there were a lot of TV people: Darren Criss and Chris Colfer –not the main stars, even– from “Glee,” Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers from “SNL.”

Either there were a lot of stars there who didn’t take pictures, or it was a light night. Where were Mark Zuckerberg? Scott Rudin? (Irony: Harvey Weinstein is in the pics.) Colin Firth? Matt Damon?  Oprah? Our pal, and hers, Gayle King, filled in. And there are lots of people in the pics who weren’t even on the Time 100. Oh well, there’s always next year. And maybe Martha Stewart got some tips from Suze Orman. The New York Post says 42 of the 100 made it, but really, only about 20 were of much interest.

The winner: Vanity Fair. Quick–which of these groups looked like more fun anyway?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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