Jann Wenner Has No Contingency Plan
MEDIA • Looks like the Fox Business Network has a shitload of work to do on their studio before launching next Monday. They've got the requisite bright-red circle hung above the anchor desk, but otherwise the floor's not even finished. NBC News, on the other hand, finally cut the ribbon on their new 30 Rock studio, which president Steve Capus compared to "the dance floor of the Stockholm Hilton." Was that supposed to be a compliment? [FishbowlNY/Mediabistro, TVNewser] • Jan Wenner failed to lure Ed Felsenthal away from the Journal (and Portfolio) and had to settle for Brad Wieners as new editor at Men's Journal. Wieners has been acting editor since August, when James Kaminsky decamped for Maxim. [NYP] • Poynter Institute: As a journalist, it's your "duty" to read the print newspaper. Unclear how that affects bloggers. [Poynter]
LAW • Highly paid associates are wasting lots of time on Facebook, to the tune of $50 million a year in hours the little bastards should be billing. [NYO] • Cadwalader's bracing for a double whammy: While trying to deal with the massive slowdown in its core mortgage practice area, the firm's also facing a $70 million legal malpractice suit for mortgage warrantees from the late nineties. [Law.com] • Michael Mukasey, attorney-general nominee and New York homeboy, is facing complaints that he used a U.S. marshal to take out the trash, and we don't mean that figuratively. [AP via Law.com]
Rumors of the demise of the John Mayer–Jessica Simpson relationship may be greatly exaggerated; the two spent Sunday night together at the Soho Grand. (Mayer is also still doing the stand-up comedy thing). Today show correspondent Jill Rappaport owns eighteen acres in the Hamptons. Johnny Damon hung out till 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, but he still hit a two-run double later in the day. Ivanka Trump and Zach Braff exchanged numbers. (Uh-oh. Does Jared Kushner know about this?) Warren Buffett, David Remnick, John Kerry, Ted Turner, and Jann Wenner, among others (ahem), were all rejected from Harvard. After asking for $5.5 million, Stone Phillips sold his penthouse on West 72nd Street for $4.35 million. Times managing editor Jill Abramson is suing the truck driver who ran over her foot.
Robert De Niro and David Bowie were cordial at Vanity Fair's party for the Tribeca Film Festival, despite reports that De Niro is mad that Bowie's High Line Festival comes right after Tribeca. Also at the party: "Friends" Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (as we told you yesterday). And Jann Wenner, with cuckolded boyfriend Matt Nye. Amy Sacco will open a hotel in the financial district. CBS's Bob Schieffer and Lesley Stahl may have been behind a hit piece on Katie Couric in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Speaking of Couric, her cell phone ringtone is the Pussycat Dolls's "Don't Cha." Bill Clinton is going to a party at Gabriel Byrne's house to fundraise for Hillary. Les Moonves went to go see his son's rock band play at the Plumm.
Al Sharpton is planning on speaking out against rap music at this week's National Action Network convention, but Russell Simmons and other hip-hop execs are skeptical. The wife of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun invited three of his alleged mistresses to today's funeral. Beyoncé is slated to make a lot of money after her current deal with Sony is up. Britney Spears may have fired manager Larry Rudolph, whom she blames for her recent career woes. Madonna went back to Malawi but insists she's not adopting another child. Bruce Willis is now seeing Courtney Love.
Has Jann Wenner been seeing Men's Fitness editor-in-chief Neal Boulton? (And what about poor Matt Nye? And what about Jann and Matt's new kid?) Tinsley, Fabiola, et al, are heading down to Turks and Caicos for a charity event. Speaking of Tinsley, she's been intentionally wearing the same dresses as movie stars in an effort to make the "Who Wore It Better?" feature of gossip mags. Noho sushi joint Bond St. reopens tonight. An ad for The Year of Magical Thinking running in both the Times and the Post implies the Times gave the show a favorable review. It didn't. Harvey Weinstein is looking to cast every actress and actor you've ever heard of for the film adaptation of musical Nine.
FASHION • Gareth Pugh, the darling of London Fashion Week, has yet to turn his critical acclaim into commercial success he hasn’t sold one dress. [British Vogue] • Pete Doherty continues his rise from junkie rocker to fashion "It" boy as he graces the cover of this month’s Vogue Homme. [WWD] • St. John's abandons its youth outreach program sexier, fitted clothing modeled by Angela Jolie and returns to its conservative, older-woman roots. [LAT]
There was one last big blowout to catch before Holiday Party Season 2006 wound down: The annual Wenner Media extravaganza. With the bank busted on Rolling Stone's 1,000th-issue celebration in May, this year's holiday gathering was less glitzy in the past, with no big-name musical act slated to perform. But that didn't stop indefatigable party reporter Julia Allison. Her wrap-up — her final wrap-up of the season — is after the jump.
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