Oscar Week 2019 Parties & Events: The List

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Oscar Parties 2019: All the A-List Events Happening in Hollywood

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The only thing that’s stopping you from hitting every single Oscar party happening around town is traffic — and an invitation.

Here are our top choices for the star-studded fun that’s on tap leading up to and including the night of the Academy Awards on February 24 — the ones that are truly worth dolling up and attacking the gridlock.

Global Green’s 25th Anniversary Pre-Oscar Gala
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Global Green USA, led by founder Diane Meyer Smith, is devoted to the environment, advancing the cause of planet protection and sustainability while raising awareness of climate change and green practices. The org’s annual Pre-Oscar Gala raises funds to support these causes and brings together Hollywood’s best and brightest, those that not only believe in climate change, but also in the necessity of taking action to fight back against it. This year they plan pop-up performances, cocktails, supper and a live auction that supports the cause.

Who’s making the scene: With board members including Norman Lear, Dr. Jane Goodall, Robert Redford, Yoko Ono, Edward Norton and Leonardo DiCaprio, Global Green’s party always draws a glittery crowd.

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GBK Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge
Undisclosed Rodeo Drive venue
Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at 12 noon each day

What’s the scoop: Three floors of luxury vendors will greet past Oscar winners and current nominees as they discover the GBK Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge nestled in a spot at the heart of Rodeo Drive. Returning to the same place that drew everyone from Susan Sarandon, Miles Teller and Doug Jones to Alexandre Desplat and Carter Burwell last year, this year’s nominees can expect more than $50,000 worth of luxury goods packed into the giant black body bag that is GBK’s signature take-home tote. From trips to the Suzhou region of China to diamonds, leather jackets, a robot from Temi and a massage chair from Kahuna, there may actually be too much swag at this one to fit into that huge sack.

Who’s making the scene: GBK gives back to charities including Reach Up, Reach Out, one of Viola Davis’ favorite causes, so expect to see her in the mix. Spike Lee, Angela Bassett and Linda Cardellini all meandered through the GBK Golden Globes Lounge, so they’re all on the list, too.

Doris Bergman’s 11th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party
Fig & Olive Restaurant, 8490 Melrose Place, WeHo
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.

What’s the scoop: When Doris Bergman gives her annual Oscars bash, the day-drinking and swag-collecting starts early and goes late. Her party is always at the Fig & Olive, and always combines a patio filled with gifting with an inside lunch paired with cocktails and wine. Key sponsors are Buywine.com and Precious Vodka, so the libations flow freely as famous faces (think Jon Voight, Robert Wagner, Viola Davis and Bruce Dern) enjoy the day. Gifting this year ranges from custom-made suits from Art Lewin Bespoke Suits & Tuxedos, gorgeous perfumes from Sue Wong Couture Gowns & Fragrance and custom-built furniture from Building for the Stars.

Who’s making the scene: Expected to stroll the sun-drenched patio with gift bags in hand are Spike Lee, Joe Mantegna, Moira Kelly, Christopher McDonald and a big crowd of other familiar faces.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 08: Actor LaKeith Stanfield attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Red Carpet Green Dress 10-Year Pre-Oscar Celebration
Undisclosed Beverly Hills location
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Eco-friendly, sustainable clothing is a passion for Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister Rebecca Amis; that’s why the pair makes a yearly point of sending beautifully dressed actors down the Oscars red carpet in specially designed outfits. Unveiling the designers who created the 2019 gowns for this year’s stars — Danielle Macdonald (“Dumplin’”) and Laura Harrier (“BlackKklansman”) — is part of the excitement at this exclusive cocktail event sponsored by Tesla.

Who’s making the scene: Amis’ hubby James Cameron is usually in the like-minded crowd, along with past Red Carpet Green Dress stars who have worn the eco-friendly designs to the Academy Awards, including Missi Pyle, Lakeith Stanfield and other ecology minded celebs.

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14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards
Bad Robot, 1221 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Lovers of all things Irish descend on J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot again this year to celebrate the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, a nonprofit that helps strengthen the ties between those two sympatico countries and also holds this jam-packed party every Oscar season. This year’s honorees include Glenn Close, Chris O’Dowd and Aiden Gillen, who’ll join everyone else in nibbling Irish foods, sipping Irish whiskey and boogying to Irish music played by The Academic (which is, surprise, an Irish band).

Who’s making the scene: Melissa McCarthy is certain to be on the Bad Robot rooftop, as she’s presenting Glenn Close with her award; Close’s daughter Annie Starke will definitely be there cheering as well. This one’s always filled with a sea of familiar faces, so expect to see Evan Rachel Wood, Catriona Balfe, Charlie Day and Bill Hader in the standing-room-only crush.

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Cadillac Celebrates the 91st Academy Awards
Chateau Marmont
Thursday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Cadillac has reason to celebrate, returning once again as the official automotive sponsor of the Academy Awards. So the luxury marque will hold its annual takeover of Chateau Marmont’s garden to get as many nominees into one spot as possible. The A-list crowd will have a chauffeur-driven Caddy at their beck and call, which is one of the reasons people like Allison Janney and Christoph Waltz have turned up the same year that they have taken home the big trophy a few days later.

Who’s making the scene: Stars of film and television flock to this see-and-be-seen bash at Hollywood’s favorite hotel, so watch for past attendees like Angela Bassett, Barry Jenkins, Naomi Watts, Zoe Saldana, Missi Pyle and Tiffany Haddish to slide out of a Cadillac and into the scene.

12th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Thursday, Feb. 21, 12 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Essence Magazine returns to Tinseltown to celebrate black women in Hollywood with its annual brunch that’s always a who’s who of female success in film and television. Kelly Rowland hosts this year’s party honoring newcomers and industry veterans alike. Amandla Steinberg, KiKi Layne, Jenifer Lewis and Regina Hall will accept the kudos of their peers, honored for both their career successes and their social activism.

Who’s making the scene: Besides the honorees, expect a bevy of “Black Panther” Wakandan Dora Milaje warriors to appear for this afternoon of champagne and celebration.

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Icon Mann 9th Annual Power 150 Dinner
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

What’s the scoop: The annual Icon Mann “Power 150 Dinner” honors “influencers of color” on the Hollywood scene, so it isn’t surprising that Oscar nominees Spike Lee and Ruth E. Carter will take home two of their top honors this year. Add in the “Glass Ceiling Breaker” prizewinner Samuel L. Jackson to the mix and one thing is certain — the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is going to hear the word “f—” more than once in during that ballroom dinner bash.

Who’s making the scene: Anyone who’s anyone in the African-American Hollywood crowd will make this a stop on the rounds of the jam-packed Thursday night Awards Week party scene.

T.A.O. Rafi’s Choice Gifting Suite
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Friday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.

What’s the scoop: Artist Rafi Anteby takes the leap into hosting his own gifting suite (after being a part of others in the past with his Bullets 4 Peace jewelry line), choosing the luxurious Waldorf Astoria as his home base. His select guests will find stays at the Rythmia Hotel Costa Rica and the Ubud Villas in Bali on offer, as well as plenty of other swag, including shots of Gran Cava de Oro tequila to really rev things up. And he’s also ramped up the typical swag suite experience a notch with special performances by The Temptations, The Platters and Mary Mary.

Who’s making the scene: Rafi has lots of celebrity pals and patrons, so watch for Peter Farrelly, Spike Lee, Gerard Butler, Eve, Anthony Anderson and newcomer-to-the-Hollywood-scene Marina de Tavira, whose Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress in “Roma” has been the talk of the town.

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DPA Gifting Lounge
Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard
Friday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Nathalie Dubois’ annual Oscar gifting lounge has moved on up to Sunset Boulevard this year, leaving its usual digs at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive for the larger Luxe on Sunset. That’s where celebs will find loads of luxury brands, ranging from Chimere diamonds to Lisa Young Lee’s “reiki infused” jewelry and Fallen Stars’ rough diamonds. There will be Geek Eyewear, as well as Hue products for men and Jacqueline Piotaz Swiss skin care for both sexes. We love the Berne Inspiration rose from the Cotes de Provence that will be flowing all day; that alone is worth the drive up the 405.

Who’s making the scene: If past years hold true, Angela Bassett, Susan Sarandon and Viola Davis will all turn up for some luxe pampering.

The 15th Annual TMG Pre-Oscar Luxury Suite Presented by Well Being Trust
Beverly Hilton Hotel
Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s the scoop: TMG takes over the penthouse suites of the Beverly Hilton for two days to help celebs get even prettier before the big night, with a slew of beauty offerings. Need a manicure? Check. Lash extensions? You bet. A facial? Get one from Matis. And enjoy Pixi Beauty makeup, hair blowouts by Redavid and, for the ultimate in relaxation, float into the CBD Lounge by Madison 8 Agency & MG Magazine, where Wink vape pens await.

Who’s making the scene: Oscar nominees, presenters and other stars of film and television are all on the invitation list.

Debbie Durkin’s 12th Annual EcoLuxe Lounge
Beverly Hilton Hotel Stardust Penthouse
Friday, Feb. 22, 12 p.m.

What’s the scoop: In the mood to get a pre-Oscar tattoo? Then Debbie Durkin’s annual EcoLuxe Lounge is the place to be, where they’ll ink you up with a small tat. We’d advise putting that in a place where the TV cameras cannot see the skin irritation on Oscar night, however. You can get hypnotized out of any stage fright, too, by Kimberly Friedmutter; have a champagne brunch; indulge in a relaxing wellness treatment; and be treated to a Your Box Box, filled with adult pleasure toys. That’s probably why Andy Dick is a confirmed attendee.

Who’s making the scene: Sunday’s nominees and presenters are invited, as well as NFL stars from the Rams and Patriots Super Bowl teams.

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Canada’s Oscar Salute
Canadian Consul Residence
Friday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Canada’s annual pre-Oscar celebration is all about the Shorts category this year, as citizens from the north are nominated for both the Animated Shorts and Live Action Shorts Academy Awards. Joining the Canucks’ afternoon cocktail party at the lovely residence of the Canadian consul means sipping on a signature Short Stack cocktail, a mind-bending mix of Canadian rye whiskey, Canadian maple syrup and fresh lemon juice.

Who’s making the scene: 2019 nominees including Domee Shi, David Fine, Trevor Jimenez, Jeremy Comte and Marianne Farley will represent the best in Canadian filmmaking at this homey celebration.

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The 17th Annual MPTF The Night Before Party
Twentieth Century Fox Lot, 10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Casual and easygoing is the mantra of The MPTF Night Before Party, where nominees, former Oscar winners and A-listers all gather, sans glitter and glam, to revel in the fact they have all made it big in Hollywood. But really, it’s a way to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the organization founded in 1921 that makes sure all entertainment industry members are taken care of in times of need.

Who’s making the scene: If you know their names, they will be here. Regulars on the chill scene are Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and many more.

Elton John’s 27th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party
West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m.

What’s the scoop: The biggest fundraising bash of the weekend, Elton John and David Furnish’s annual viewing party has raised more than $68 million over the years, all earmarked for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year’s twist will be the IMDb’s live broadcast of its program from the star-studded party, with Aisha Tyler and TCM’s Dave Karger co-hosting. Once the Oscar show ends, The Killers are set to perform and the party goes late with dance tunes spun by DJ Johnny Dynell.

Who’s making the scene: The list of co-chairs for Elton’s annual fete is a mile long and includes stars from across the spectrum, all of whom are expected to turn up: Miley Cyrus, Michael Douglas, Katy Perry, Denzel Washington, Quincy Jones, Ellen DeGeneres and on and on.

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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Oscar Gala
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Sunday, Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Producer Byron Allen puts on an annual gala celebrating the Oscars, enlisting pals like Oscar winners Jamie Foxx to host the festivities and John Legend to perform. They all do it for a good cause, as the night benefits Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. This black-tie dinner packs the ballroom as dinner is served as the Academy Awards show runs, then the party goes on until the well-heeled crowd eventually runs off to other post-awards celebrations.

Who’s making the scene: We hear that it’s going to be a funny crowd this year, with expected guests numbering Louie Anderson, Jon Lovitz, Tiffany Haddish, Whitney Cummings and other comedians; Chrissy Teigen is likely to be at her husband John’s side, too, tweeting away.

The Governors Ball
Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center
Sunday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

What’s the scoop: The official after party of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards is the first post-Oscar stop, especially for the winners, who line up to get their trophies engraved here. This one’s a tough ticket if you’re not inside the show itself; despite that fact, 1,500 guests pour into the ballroom where for 25 years Wolfgang Puck has been feeding the beautiful people with a selection of tasty delights. This year’s made-to-order sushi station is going to draw a crowd, some tasty yet low calorie sustenance.

Who’s making the scene: Winners clutching their golden statues will all turn up, along with their studio execs and PR reps — and their moms, too.

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Vanity Fair Party
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Sunday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

What’s the scoop: This juggernaut after-party keeps on truckin’, despite the departure of longtime editor Graydon Carter and his crowd from the Vanity Fair stable more than a year ago. Security is tight, selfies are discouraged and the star quotient is always off the charts in this bash held in a custom-created space next to The Wallis in Beverly Hills. And while the faces may change from year to year (both with who’s hot in Hollywood and who’s on the magazine’s masthead), one thing remains constant — In-N-Out Burgers are a staple of this late-night soiree.

Who’s making the scene: If you know their names from film or television, they will wander through this one eventually.

Madonna’s After Party
Guy Oseary’s home
Sunday, Feb. 23, starting late

What’s the scoop: Madonna and her longtime manager Guy Oseary love to put on an all-night-long after party that only very select pals get into. Which means Kardashians and Cardi B., Leo and Timothee, Ashton and Mila — you get the idea. There’s usually a musical performance or two, but that’s all kept close to the vest until the party actually starts on Sunday night.

Who’s making the scene: The 2018 crowd had Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie in one corner, Amy Adams and Ariana Grande in another, and winner Sam Rockwell all over the place.

Jay-Z Presents the Gold Party
Undisclosed location
Sunday, Feb. 23, 11 p.m.

What’s the scoop: Jay-Z (and wife Beyoncé) put on a super-secret post-Oscars Gold Party last year; now it’s turned into an annual event. Still as mysterious as before (although everyone knows last year’s bash was held in the Chateau Marmont parking garage and that Armand de Brignac Champagne is the main sponsor again this year), word is that invites don’t even go out until Saturday. But one thing is certain: If you are already dressed to the nines on Sunday night, you want to be on this list.

Who’s making the scene: Last year was a who’s who of African-American Hollywood, including Mary J. Blige, the night’s special guest. With this year’s major nominations for “Black Panther” “Blackkklansman,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book,” the Gold Party could produce a gorgeous mélange of celebs ranging from Spike Lee to Mahershala Ali, Regina King and the whole cast of the “Black Panther,” who are still riding high on their SAG Award win.

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Michael Cohen: Trump Called Black People ‘Too Stupid’ to Vote for Him During 2016 Campaign

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Michael Cohen said that President Donald Trump used racist language towards black people during the 2016 election cycle.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published Friday, Cohen said that after a campaign rally, he told the then-candidate Trump that his crowd “looked vanilla” on TV, pointing out that his audience was largely Caucasian. He said that Trump’s response was: “That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.”

The White House did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on all of the remarks that the president is accused of saying.

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Cohen also said in the interview that while he was an employee of the Trump Organization and later as the president’s personal lawyer, Trump had used racist language.

In another instance, after Nelsen Mandela’s death, Cohen told Vanity Fair that Trump said to him: “Name one country run by a black person that’s not a s—hole,” adding, “Name one city.”

And to Cohen, Trump’s racially-charged rhetoric goes back even further. In the late 2000s, while traveling to Chicago for a Trump International Hotel board meeting, Cohen recalled: “We were going from the airport to the hotel, and we drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood. Trump made a comment to me, saying that only the blacks could live like this.”

Cohen also told the magazine of a conversation regarding the first season of “The Apprentice.” That season ended with a head-to-head between Bill Rancic and Kwame Jackson, an African-American investment manager and Harvard Business School graduate. “Trump was explaining his back-and-forth about not picking Jackson,” Cohen said. “He said, ‘There’s no way I can let this black f—ing win.’”

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Once famous for saying he would be willing to take a bullet for Trump, Cohen has cooperated with federal prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. In August, Cohen pleaded guilty in various charges including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. His decision to cooperate came as he potentially faced decades in prison for the violations.

In the following months, he largely stripped himself of his former affiliation from Trump. In July, he told ABC that his “first loyalty” was not to Trump but to his family and country. After once stepping gingerly around Cohen’s probable betrayal, Trump has also taken off the gloves, lacing into his former confidante on Twitter, accusing Cohen — in a subtweet — of turning on him to get out of unrelated legal trouble.

You can read the full story in Vanity Fair here.

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Roger Stone Slams Vanity Fair Reporter: ‘Crazy Bitch’

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Roger Stone has not been pleased by the growing body of news coverage now reporting that Robert Mueller’s investigators are closing in on him.

The ex-Trump consigliere took particular exception to Vanity Fair reporter Abigail Tracey, who he rebuked in starkly personal terms on Instagram.

“That crazy bitch Abigail Tracy is delusional,” said Stone, while sharing a headline from her warning that his options with Mueller were shrinking. “A year from now I will be exonerated and she will be out of work.”

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In another post, Stone went after Tracy calling her reporting “fake news bulls–“ and using it as an opportunity to raise money from his follows to help defray his legal expenses.

In a third post, Stone also criticized Tracy using what appears to be a euphemism for “c–.”

“And now in the category of most dishonest yet least knowledgeable reporter in all of media Abigail Tracy,” he wrote over the weekend. “Manafort has nothing to Dish Abigail , truly a C U next Tuesday!”

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Reps for Tracy at Vanity Fair declined to comment. Stone did not immediately respond to request for comment or clarification from TheWrap.

The remarks are par for the course for the longtime GOP strategist who has made a name for often brutal attacks on his opponents. Stone earned a permanent Twitter ban earlier this year after a series of expletive-laden tweets toward Don Lemon and other CNN contributors.

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“I have been inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me, my wife, my kids and even my dogs, yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that,” he told The Wrap at the time. “This is just part and parcel of the tech left’s effort to silence conservative voices.”

He also threatened to sue Twitter at the time but has so far failed to follow up on that threat.

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BBC Terror Thriller ‘Bodyguard’ Sees Off Ratings Challenge From ‘Vanity Fair’, ITV’s Amazon Co-Pro

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‘Vanity Fair’ Trailer: First-Look At ITV & Amazon’s Adaptation Of The Classic Napoleonic Novel

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Westworld’s newest badass is also its Japanese culture expert

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GQ Trolls Vanity Fair PhotoShop Cover Disaster: ‘Best Comedy Issue Ever’

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GQ decided to go in for a ferocious bit of trolling in its new recent comedy issue, releasing a cover that lampoons the much-maligned cover of Vanity Fair’s January Hollywood issue.

The GQ cover features comedians gown-wearing Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman in a mangled mess of obviously PhotoShopped limbs — and bears a striking similarity to the Vanity Fair mashup of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman earlier this year that seemed to show an extra leg.

“We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover,” said the magazine in a devilish tweet.

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We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover https://t.co/BsysaNGbc9 pic.twitter.com/OGpN4jUYMo

— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 17, 2018

The accompanying article by the magazine drove the point home.

“GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue,” wrote the editors. “We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.”

“To you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we’ll be ignoring our mentions,” they added.

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In the photo used for the Vanity Fair cover, Witherspoon’s legs are crossed to one side, but the lighting and color of her dress led some to believe that the magazine composited two shots and forgot to remove a visible extra leg. The magazine, however, insisted the flesh-toned portion of the photo is simply the back of her dress.

More damning, however, was a behind-the-scenes photo of Winfrey and Witherspoon on set in which Winfrey appears to have one hand on her hip, one in her lap, as well as a surprise third hand around Witherspoon’s waist.

Needless to say the internet had a field day with the GQ cover, as wags, pundits and blue checks all tried to get in on the fun.

“We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.” https://t.co/wrKYxbeDkW

— Zach Baron (@zachbaron) May 17, 2018

Who says times are tough in publishing? This shoot must’ve cost @GQMagazine an arm and a leg. And an arm. And a leg. https://t.co/7B4qdQN9Hp

— EJ Samson (@ejsamson) May 17, 2018

Strong troll game from @GQMagazine pic.twitter.com/TQ5iTb3mT5

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 17, 2018

“To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.” https://t.co/BiyyVUNjWh

— Ben Walsh (@BenDWalsh) May 17, 2018

HANDS DOWN Our Best Comedy Issue Ever! ???????? https://t.co/BFabro5KnO

— Luke Leifeste (@lukeleifeste) May 17, 2018

This is just perfect. https://t.co/o9Usi5dFii

— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@taffyakner) May 17, 2018

GQ, trolling @VanityFair so hard.

(via @lukeleifeste) https://t.co/cVb5VodXZs

— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) May 17, 2018

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MipTV: Global Broadcasters Snap Up ITV and Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’

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A raft of global buyers have snapped up “Vanity Fair,” the ITV and Amazon adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s literary classic with “Ready Player One” star Olivia Cooke. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is selling the series and gave buyers a sneak peek at a spring preview earlier this year. As MipTV opens, the distributor has […]

Lena Waithe Is ‘Tired of White Folks Telling My Stories’

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Lena Waithe is tired of white people telling black stories, and said that no one can tell a black, queer story quite like her.

“I am tired of white folks telling my stories,” she said in her recent interview accompanying her first Vanity Fair cover. “We gotta tell our s—. Can’t no one tell a black story, particularly a queer story, the way I can, because I see the God in us. James Baldwin saw the God in us. Zora saw the God in us. When I’m looking for myself, I find myself in the pages of Baldwin.”

Waithe won an Emmy Award last September for her work on the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” Season 2, an episode based on her own coming out story. The win makes her the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedic writing.

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“Here’s the irony of it all,” she told Vanity Fair. “I don’t need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I’ve been working. I’ve been writing, I’ve been developing, I’ve been putting pieces together and I’m bullets, you know what I’m saying?”

Indeed, in addition to her work on “Master of None,” Waithe created “The Chi,” which was recently picked up for a second season at Showtime, and the pilot for her show “Twenties” was recently picked up at TBS.

“I didn’t realize I was born to stand out as much as I do,” she added. “But I’m grateful. Because the other black or brown queer kids are like, ‘Oh, we the s—.’”

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Armie Hammer’s Wife Says an Impostor Used Her Name in Bid for Vanity Fair Oscars Party Invite

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“Call Me By Your Name,” indeed.

Armie Hammer’s wife, Elizabeth Chambers, has filed a lawsuit alleging that another woman used her identity in an effort to gain entry into Vanity Fair’s Oscars party this year.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Chambers says that Beverly Hills woman Diana Roque Ellis and another, unnamed defendant “are engaging in a fraudulent scheme” to impersonate Chambers by using a fake email address and sending bogus emails in an effort to attend the soiree.

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“On information and belief, Defendants created an email address using Ms. Chambers’ name and likeness — without Ms. Chambers’ knowledge or consent – in an attempt t gain access to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party,” the suit reads.

According to the suit, the Defendants sent an email to Vanity Fair on February 22 and asked if Chambers and Hammer “could bring an extra guest to the event.”

When Vanity Fair asked who the second guest was, the lawsuit says, they emailed the name “Diana Ellis” back.

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However, the suit says, sensing “that something was suspicious and/or inappropriate with the fraudulent emails,” Vanity Fair contacted the publicist for Chambers and Hammer, who confirmed that they didn’t plan to bring a guest.

Alleging misappropriation of name and likeness and violation of right to privacy, Chambers is asking for an injunction preventing the defendants from “engaging in further violations,” as well as unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Call Me By Someone Else’s Name: Woman Impersonates Armie Hammer’s Actress Wife To Attend Vanity Fair Party

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Elizabeth Chambers has sued a Beverly Hills woman who allegedly impersonated the actress to get a ticket to Vanity Fair’s exclusive Oscar after-party. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Chambers accused Diana Roque Ellis, or someone else acting in concert with her, of engaging in an elaborate scheme to gain admission to the invitation-only event.
Chambers will attend Vanity Fair‘s party with her husband, Armie Hammer, who played the lead role in…

NY Times Editorial Page Editor James Bennet Under Fire From Paper’s Own Staff

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New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet faces growing headwinds inside the newsroom over his push to allow more intellectual diversity on the Op-Ed page — including a much-criticized piece by an Israeli settler, and the hiring of climate change-questioning, Woody Allen-defending conservative opinion writer Bret Stephens.

This week, Bennet and his team have been the target of multiple leaks to rival news organizations like Vanity Fair and HuffPost.

On Tuesday, a HuffPost article by Ashley Feinberg detailed the contents of a secretly recorded December meeting in which Bennet tried to defend his approach to a dozen newsroom staffers.

“There wasn’t really an advocate for the Bernie Sanders view of the world formally in our pages,” Bennet said of the paper’s 2016 campaign coverage in a transcription of his remarks. “And we’ve had fewer voices to the right for quite some time.”

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Vanity Fair‘s Joe Pompeo also reported on internal dissension over Bennet’s handling of the paper’s editorial pages since assuming the role in March 2016 — particularly over this month’s lightning-quick hiring and firing of tech journalist Quinn Norton after the resurfacing of questionable old tweets emerged about her relationships with Nazis.


“People felt like [Opinion] was a shakeup. Now people are worried. The newsroom feels embarrassed,” a senior insider told Pompeo, who reported that some employees are concerned about Bennet “damaging the paper’s credibility.”

A spokesperson fro the New York Times did not immediately respond to inquiries from TheWrap on Tuesday.

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With tough social media guidelines for Times journalists — but not opinion writers —  the leaks have abounded. Feinberg’s lengthy piece was based on leaked audio which could only have come from inside the Times newsroom and was actually the second time employees at the paper had leaked frustrations to her rather than address matters internally.

Just weeks ago, a Times employee leaked the contents of internal company Slack messages to Feinberg, which revealed a growing frustration among some journalists with Time Opinion staff editor Bari Weiss over a tweet falsely suggesting that U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu was an immigrant.

For this tweet I am being told I am a racist, a ghoul and that I deserve to die. So I deleted the tweet. That’s where we are.

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

“Frankly microaggressions and people being obtuse cut the deepest,” said one bereaved Times employee via Slack over the Twitter tempest.

“I guess it’s too much to even expect a ‘we’re sorry you’re offended’ apology since asians don’t matter,” said another.

The canting went on much the same way. On Twitter, Feinberg suggested that the Times social media guidelines that give wide berth to opinion writers, but put reporters in a straitjacket were to blame for the recent explosion of leaking. “An easy way for the Times to remedy this would be to let the newsroom staff stand up for themselves on Twitter,” she said.

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an easy way for the times to remedy this would be to let the newsroom staff stand up for themselves on twitter https://t.co/PHu40DA2K2

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 27, 2018

All of the sniping has taken its toll on the newsroom. On Tuesday, reporter Nick Confessore said that many in the newsroom were deeply frustrated by the recent spake of leaking.

“There is also plenty of anger within the newsroom at the unknown person or persons who are leaking Slack transcripts,” he tweeted Tuesday.

There is also plenty of anger within the newsroom at the unknown person or persons who are leaking Slack transcripts.

— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) February 27, 2018

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Oscar Week 2018 Parties & Events: The List

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This list will be updated and re-posted on a regular basis with more events to be announced. Please send any event or party details to anthony@deadline.com. Mostly all of the events are by invite-only except for the Oscar Week panels; tickets sold for those at Oscars.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
7PM: Oscar Week: Shorts
Location: Samuel Goldwyn Theatre
Details: A symposium of this year’s Oscar nominated shorts, hosted by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
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Editor Purge at Vanity Fair, Glamour: More Than 15 Ousted

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Condé Nast carried out a minor staff purge Thursday, ousting roughly 15 employees from Vanity Fair and additional employees from Glamour.

“Vanity Fair and Glamour are taking the first steps in reshaping their teams to reflect the new editorial directions of the brands – with new additions and initiatives to be announced shortly,” a spokesperson told TheWrap. “The priority for each is to create quality and provocative content across all platforms equally, embracing the next generation of readers and viewers.”

Among those exiting are the magazine’s managing editor Chris Garrett, features editor Jane Sarkin, deputy editors Aimee Bell and Dana Brown, senior photography producer Kathryn MacLeod, and communications chief Beth Kseniak.

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Another Condé Nast property, Glamour also saw cuts, though the number was unclear.

The Vanity Fair cuts will likely not endear Vanity Fair’s new editor-in-chief Radhika Jones to remaining employees. Jones was brought in earlier this year to replace longtime editorial chief Graydon Carter. Like all legacy media publications, Vanity Fair has struggled against persistent digital headwinds as print sales have flagged across the industry.

The staff shakeup comes at a particularly awkward time for the magazine, with Oscar season just around the corner. In addition to the most recent news, Vanity Fair has been buffeted by awkward moments including the removal of James Franco from the 2018 Hollywood issue. Before that, the magazine also took heat for a tongue-in-cheek video directed at Hillary Clinton which her defenders promptly decried as “sexist.”

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the cuts.

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CNN to Lay Off Dozens of Employees in Digital Unit

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Even CNN can’t escape the growing pains of online media, with the cable-news giant planning to cut several dozen digital jobs, the company confirmed to TheWrap.

CNN said the cuts are part of a “restructuring,” with some of the employees being moved into new roles. The cuts are expected later this week.

“We’ve been transparent about our strategy. In order to innovate, grow and experiment, we’ve added more than 200 jobs in the past 18 months,” a CNN spokesperson told TheWrap. “Not every new project has paid off so we will stop some activities in order to reallocate those resources and enable future experimentation. Organizations that do not make big bets and continuously evolve are the ones that fail.”

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The layoffs were first reported by Vanity Fair on Monday, which said “as many as 50 jobs” would be cut. CNN told TheWrap that there would be less than 50 pink slips. Altogether, CNN Digital has more than 600 employees.

Despite enjoying a “Trump bump” in the last two years, CNN has still had a difficult time calibrating its digital strategy. Just last month, CNN pulled the plug on Beme, its video-sharing app it paid $25 million for in late 2016.

Although CNN pulled in $370 million last year, the company still fell short of revenue projections, similar to BuzzFeed and Vice.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Embraces #MeToo Era

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In 2017, the world was introduced to the #MeToo movement. In 2018, readers will see the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to be published since the flood of sexual misconduct accusations began pouring out of Hollywood (and subsequently other industries) last fall. And the American institution is fully embracing the current climate.

The issue’s staff, led by editor MJ Day and comprised of all women, took the magazine in a different direction last spring, even before the first shoe dropped when Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct last October, Vanity Fair‘s Erin Vanderhoof wrote in an exclusive feature about the issue on Wednesday.

The SI staff wanted the issue’s models to act as participants in response to the #MeToo era, instead of objects. The issue will include models like Paulina Porizkova, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, and Robyn Lawley, all rocking inspiring attire (or words, when they are sans clothes).

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“I’m thrilled that this movement is going on because I feel like it’s going to change things for the better,” Day told Vanity Fair.

The 2018 issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits news stands next week, represents a shift in Day’s thinking during her time at SI, according to Vanity Fair. Day said the photos can express all different standards of beauty.

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