Monday, June 17, 2024

Vanity Fair Hail Mary Pass: June Cover “Star Wars” Tribute to Old Entertainment Weekly Issues


Who can blame Vanity Fair?

The magazine is dying. According to their online numbers are down 15%. Numbers declined in March when it was Oscar season. The only relevance VF still has in Hollywood for their Oscar party.

This morning they unveiled their June cover story. In a Hail Mary pass, the cover is a tribute to the “Star Wars” covers that Entertainment Weekly specialized in for 30 years. That’s no coincidence since the Hollywood staff at VF comes from the old, Time-era EW.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing except “Star Wars” is not of any interest at the moment. It’s something from a galaxy far away and long ago. It has nothing to with current TV — this is the TV issue — or movies.

Yes, “The Mandalorian” is popular, and the “Obi Wan Kenobi” series will be, too. But a TV cover story? Should have been Jean Smart, the gang from “Only Murders in the Building,” Donald Glover, and Quinta Brunson.

If only it could be 1999 again for Vanity Fair.

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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