Postcards from the Edge
Postcards from the Edge is a semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher, first published in 1987. It was adapted by Fisher herself into a motion picture of the same name, directed by Mike Nichols and released by Columbia Pictures in 1990; the novel revolves around movie actress Suzanne Vale as she tries to put her life together after a drug overdose. The book is divided into five main sections: The prologue is in epistolary form, with postcards written by Suzanne to her brother and grandmother; the novel continues the epistolary form, consisting of first-person narrative excerpts from a journal Suzanne kept while coming to terms with her drug addiction and rehab experiences. In time Suzanne's entries begin to alternate with the experiences of Alex, another addict in the same clinic; this section ends with Suzanne being discharged after completing treatment. The second section opens with dialogue between Suzanne and film producer Jack Burroughs on their first date, it changes to alternating monologues from Suzanne and Jack.
Their relationship continues in this vein – all dialogue/monologue. The last three sections are traditional third-person narrative; the third section describes the initial days of the first movie Suzanne made after her treatment. For convenience, Suzanne stays with her grandparents, she is chided for not relaxing herself on-screen, notes that if she could relax she wouldn't be in therapy. This becomes a running gag among crew; the section ends with the crew mooning her on her birthday, Suzanne asserts that "there isn't enough therapy" to help her with that experience. The fourth section shows a week of Suzanne's "normal" life: working out, business meetings, an industry party, going with a friend to a television studio for a talk show, she gives him her phone number. The fifth section encapsulates her relationship with the author, bringing the story to the anniversary of her overdose; the epilogue consists of a letter from Suzanne to the doctor who pumped her stomach, who had contacted her. She notes.
She is flattered that he inquires as to whether she is "available for dating", but she is seeing someone. The book ends on a bittersweet note: she knows she has a good life, but doesn't trust it. Unlike the movie, most of the conflict in the book is internal, as Suzanne is learning to handle her life without the prop of drugs. Suzanne's mother appears in few scenes, while Suzanne is in rehab: My mother is sort of disappointed at how I turned out, but she doesn't show it, she brought me a satin and velvet quilt. I'm surprised. I was nervous about seeing her, she thinks. I blame my dealer, my doctor, myself, not in that order, she left. Suzanne talks with her on the phone, but it is not stressful. A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote in 2016 that while others before Fisher had written about their struggles with addiction, Postcards from the Edge "bristles with a bravery and candor that still feels groundbreaking, she went there, long before, a catchphrase, before that particular there was such a crowded piece of real estate".
According to Carolyn See's review in the Los Angeles Times: It's intelligent, focused, insightful interesting to read.... Postcards From the Edge can be compared to "Less Than Zero." It requires this comparison, because it's about young Southern Californians, addiction, the good life and death. But "Postcards" starts from the "hellpit" and cautiously takes the reader back to something resembling normal life; this is not an inspirational novel.
2016 Cannes Film Festival
The 69th Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 May 2016. Australian director George Miller was the President of the Jury for the main competition. French actor Laurent Lafitte was the host for the closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director Naomi Kawase would serve as the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president. American director Woody Allen's film Café Society opened the festival; the Palme d'Or was awarded to the British film I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach, which served as closing film of the festival. At a press conference, Loach said. George Miller, Australian film director, Jury President Arnaud Desplechin, French film director Kirsten Dunst, American actress Valeria Golino, Italian actress and film director Mads Mikkelsen, Danish actor László Nemes, Hungarian film director Vanessa Paradis, French actress and singer Katayoon Shahabi, Iranian film producer Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor Marthe Keller, Swiss actress, President Jessica Hausner, Austrian film director Diego Luna, Mexican actor and film director Ruben Östlund, Swedish film director Céline Sallette, French actress Catherine Corsini, French film director and actress, President Jean-Christophe Berjon, French film critic Alexander Rodnyansky, Ukrainian film producer Isabelle Frilley, French CEO of Titra Film Jean-Marie Dreujou, French cinematographer Naomi Kawase, Japanese film director, President Marie-Josée Croze, Franco-Canadian actress Jean-Marie Larrieu, French film director Radu Muntean, Romanian film director Santiago Loza, Argentine film director and playwright Nespresso Grand Prize Valérie Donzelli, French film director and actress, President Alice Winocour, French film director Nadav Lapid, Israeli film director David Robert Mitchell, American film director Santiago Mitre, Argentine film directorL'Œil d'or Gianfranco Rosi, Italian documentary film director, President Anne Aghion, French-American documentary film director Natacha Régnier, Belgian actress Thierry Garrel, French artistic consultant and director of documentaries for Arte TV Amir Labaki, Brazilian film critic and curatorQueer Palm Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, French film directors, Presidents Emilie Brisavoine, French film director and actress João Federici, Brazilian artistic director of Festival MixBrasil Marie Sauvion, French film journalist The films competing in the main competition section for the Palme d'Or were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016: The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi was added to the competition lineup on 22 April 2016.
The Palme d'Or winner has been highlighted. Indicates film eligible for the Queer Palm; the films competing in the Un Certain Regard section were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016: Clash, directed by Mohamed Diab, was announced as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section. Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie was added to the Un Certain Regard lineup on 22 April 2016; the Un Certain Regard Prize winner has been highlighted. Indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. The following films were selected to screen out of competition: indicates film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. Film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools; the following 18 entries were selected out of 2,300 submissions. More than one-third of the films selected represent schools participating in Cinéfondation for the first time.
It is the first time that a film representing Bosnian and Venezuelan film schools have been selected. More than half of the films selected were directed by women; the winner of the Cinéfondation First Prize has been highlighted. Out of 5,008 entries, the following films were selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d'Or; the Short film Palme d'Or winner has been highlighted. The full line-up for the Cannes Classics section was announced on 20 April 2016. Indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. The Cinéma de la Plage is a part of the Official Selection of the festival; the outdoors screenings at the beach cinema of Cannes are open to the public. The full selection for the International Critics' Week section was announced on 18 April 2016, at the section's website. In Bed with Victoria, directed by Justine Triet was selected as the opening film for the International Critics' Week section, while the short films Bonne Figure, directed by Sandrine Kiberlain, En Moi, directed by Laetitia Casta, Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny were selected as its closing films.
Feature films - The winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize has been highlighted. Indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. Shorts films - The winner of the Discovery Award for Short Film has been highlighted. Special screenings indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. The full selection for the Directors' Fortnight section was announced on 19 April 2016, at the section's website. Sweet Dreams, directed by Marco Bellocchio was selected as the opening film for the Directors' Fortnight section and Dog Eat Dog, directed by Paul Schrader was selected as the closing film for the Directors' Fortnight section. Feature films - The winner of the Art Cinema Award has been highlighted. Film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. Short films - The winner of
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist is a 2016 memoir written by Carrie Fisher, based on diaries she kept as a young woman around the time she starred in the 1977 film Star Wars. The book is the third memoir Fisher wrote, in addition to a one-woman Broadway show, it is Fisher's final book, as she died five weeks after its release on December 27, 2016. The book describes Fisher's affair with co-star Harrison Ford in detail. At the time of the relationship, Ford was married in his early 30s; the Washington Post's Sibbie O'Sullivan described the book as cringe-worthy, but said, "this memoir is educational, if you overlook its authorial excesses." Anthony Breznican writing in Entertainment Weekly gave the book a rating of B−, saying, "There isn't a lot of insight into the character or the creation of a movie that means so much to so many, but there's tremendous insight into the volatile heart of a young woman, seen through the eyes of her wiser, older self still seeking her place in the universe."In early January 2017, shortly after Fisher's death, it topped The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers.
In 2017, the book was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work and won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Joely Fisher is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on the ABC sitcom Ellen as well as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom'Til Death, she is known for singing on Broadway in the 1990s. Fisher was born in Burbank, the elder daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens, her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She is the half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher and producer Todd Fisher, from her father's previous marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds, her parents divorced when she was age two, she was raised by her mother. She is of Jewish descent. Fisher and her sister toured the world with Stevens, having tutors. Fisher graduated from Beverly Hills High School attended Emerson College in Boston, as well as the University of Paris for one semester, and, in the summer of 1987, an acting retreat conducted in Italy by coach Sandra Seacat, she was named Miss Golden Globe at the 1992 Golden Globe Awards. Her first movie role was Averil in the comedy Pretty Smart, which starred Tricia.
Joely played Kris in TV's Schoolbreak Special drama Dedicated to the One I Love opposite Danielle Ferland. Next came the feature I'll Do Anything starring Nick Nolte, which helped her career as bigger roles followed, she had a variety of guest roles on series such as Growing Pains, Caroline in the City, The Golden Palace, The Outer Limits, Grace Under Fire and Coach. In 1994, she was cast as Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen, she played the role until the series ended in 1998. That same year, she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination, she sang the theme song "Who has a perfect smile? Who has a comical style, who likes to hang out with her friends, who who? Ellen!" with Clea Lewis. She followed Ellen with the role of Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature movie Inspector Gadget opposite Matthew Broderick. Fisher's Broadway debut was as a replacement in the revival of Grease, she was a replacement in the revival of Cabaret. Her vocal range is alto. Joely's career in music not only landed her on Broadway but she was featured in Albums.
Her most noted album was "Tradition. She sang her own solo "Grown Up Christmas List", her vocals are heard singing "One For My Baby" in Harold Arlen's album "STAGE" From 2003 until 2005, she starred in the Lifetime network's drama series Wild Card as insurance investigator Zoe Busiek. After that, she had a recurring role as Lynette's boss Nina on Desperate Housewives. From 2006 until 2010, Fisher starred opposite actor Brad Garrett as Joy Stark in the Fox TV sitcom'Til Death. Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy in 1996, they have three daughters, born in 2001 and February 2006, the third adopted in September 2008. She is stepmother to Duddy's two sons and Collin; as of at least 2004, the family lives in Los Angeles next to Fisher's sister Tricia, with whom she is close. In late 2008, she became an artist ambassador for Save the Children, she traveled to Xai-Xai, Mozambique, to visit with children that are part of the child sponsorship programs. 1993: Tradition: A Family at Christmas.
She has 1 solo: Grown Up Christmas List 1995: S. T. A. G. E. Music of Harold Arlen "One for my Baby" 1998: Lerner, Lowe and Friends, "Come Back to Me" 2000: Adler and Coleman, "Welcome to Holiday Inn" Joely Fisher on IMDb Joely Fisher at the Internet Broadway Database
Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Festival, until 2002 called the International Film Festival and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, it is one of the "Big Three" alongside the Venice Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. On 1 July 2014, co-founder and former head of French pay-TV operator Canal+, Pierre Lescure, took over as President of the Festival, while Thierry Fremaux became the General Delegate; the board of directors appointed Gilles Jacob as Honorary President of the Festival. The 2018 Cannes Film Festival took place between 8 and 19 May 2018; the jury president was Australian actress Cate Blanchett, Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d'Or. The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in 1932 when Jean Zay, the French Minister of National Education, on the proposal of historian Philippe Erlanger and with the support of the British and Americans, set up an international cinematographic festival.
Its origins may be attributed in part to the French desire to compete with the Venice Film Festival, which at the time was shocking the democratic world by its fascist bias. The first festival was planned for 1939, Cannes was selected as the location for it, but the funding and organization were too slow and the beginning of World War II put an end to this plan. On 20 September 1946, twenty-one countries presented their films at the First Cannes International Film Festival, which took place at the former Casino of Cannes. In 1947, amid serious problems of efficiency, the festival was held as the "Festival du film de Cannes", where films from sixteen countries were presented; the festival was not held in 1950 on account of budgetary problems. In 1949, the Palais des Festivals was expressly constructed for the occasion on the seafront promenade of La Croisette, although its inaugural roof, while still unfinished, blew off during a storm. In 1951, the festival was moved to spring to avoid a direct competition with the Venice Festival, held in autumn.
During the early 1950s, the festival attracted a lot of tourism and press attention, with showbiz scandals and high-profile personalities' love affairs. At the same time, the artistic aspect of the festival started developing; because of controversies over the selection of films, the Critics' Prize was created for the recognition of original films and daring filmmakers. In 1954, the Special Jury Prize was awarded for the first time. In 1955, the Palme d'Or was created, replacing the Grand Prix du Festival, given until that year. In 1957, Dolores del Río was the first female member of the jury for the official selection. In 1959, the Marché du Film was founded, giving the festival a commercial character and facilitating exchanges between sellers and buyers in the film industry. Today it has become the first international platform for film commerce. Still, in the 1950s, some outstanding films, like Night and Fog in 1956 and Hiroshima, My Love in 1959 were excluded from the competition for diplomatic concerns.
Jean Cocteau, three times president of the jury in those years, is quoted to have said: "The Cannes Festival should be a no man's land in which politics has no place. It should be a simple meeting between friends."In 1962, the International Critics' Week was born, created by the French Union of Film Critics as the first parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival. Its goal was to showcase first and second works by directors from all over the world, not succumbing to commercial tendencies. In 1965 Olivia de Havilland was named the first female president of the jury, while the next year Sofia Loren became president; the 1968 festival was halted on 19 May. Some directors, such as Carlos Saura and Miloš Forman, had withdrawn their films from the competition. On 18 May filmmaker Louis Malle along with a group of directors took over the large room of the Palais and interrupted the projections in solidarity with students and labour on strike throughout France, in protest to the eviction of the President of the Cinémathèque Française.
The filmmakers achieved the reinstatement of the President, they founded the Film Directors' Society that same year. In 1969 the SRF, led by Pierre-Henri Deleau created the Directors' Fortnight, a new non-competitive section that programs a selection of films from around the world, distinguished by the independent judgment displayed in the choice of films. During the 1970s, important changes occurred in the Festival. In 1972, Robert Favre Le Bret was named the new President, Maurice Bessy the General Delegate, he introduced important changes in the selection of the participating films, welcoming new techniques, relieving the selection from diplomatic pressures, with films like MASH, Chronicle of the Years of Fire marking this turn. In some cases, these changes helped directors like Tarkovski overcome problems of censorship in their own country; until that time, the different countries chose the films that would represent them in the festival. Yet, in 1972, Bessy created a committee to select French films, another for foreign films.
In 1978, Gilles Jacob assumed the position of General Delegate, introducing the Caméra d'Or award, for the best first film of any of the main events, the Un Certain Regard section, for the non-competitive categories. Other changes were the decrease of length of the festival down to thirteen days, thus reducing the number of selected films.
Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive upper class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived in poverty at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York; the film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival but was not entered into the main competition. Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer directed, Susan Froemke was the associate producer; the film's editors are credited as Hovde and Froemke. In 2010 the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Grey Gardens the joint ninth best documentary film of all time. Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale as Herself Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale as Herself Brooks Hyers as Himself—Gardener Norman Vincent Peale as Himself Jack Helmuth as Himself—Birthday Guest Albert Maysles as Himself David Maysles as Himself Jerry Torre as Himself—Handyman Lois Wright as Herself—Birthday Guest Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, known as "Big Edie", her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, known as "Little Edie", were the aunt and the first cousin of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The two women lived together at the Grey Gardens estate for decades with limited funds in increasing squalor and isolation. The house was designed in 1897 by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe and purchased in 1923 by "Big Edie" and her husband Phelan Beale. After Phelan left his wife, "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" lived there for more than 50 years; the house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, the sea mist. Throughout the fall of 1971 and into 1972, their living conditions—their house was infested by fleas, inhabited by numerous cats and raccoons, deprived of running water, filled with garbage and decay—were exposed as the result of an article in the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine after a series of inspections by the Suffolk County Health Department. With the Beale women facing eviction and the razing of their house, in the summer of 1972 Jacqueline Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill provided the necessary funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house so that it would meet village codes.
Albert and David Maysles became interested in their story and received permission to film a documentary about the women, released in 1976 to wide critical acclaim. Their direct cinema technique left the women to tell their own stories. Albert and David Maysles came into contact with the Beales after Lee Radziwill suggested they make a documentary on her childhood in East Hampton and brought them with her on a trip to Grey Gardens. According to Ellen Hovde, the initial film was being funded by Radziwill; the Maysles brothers recorded all the footage themselves. Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer received co-directing credit for their editing work. Edith Bouvier Beale – "Tea for Two" Edith Bouvier Beale – "We Belong Together" from Music in the Air Edith Bouvier Beale – "You and the Night and the Music" Edith Bouvier Beale – "Night and Day" Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale – "People Will Say We're in Love" Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale – "Lili Marleen" "Big Edie" died in 1977 and "Little Edie" sold the house in 1979 for $220,000 to Sally Quinn and her husband, longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who promised to restore the dilapidated structure.
The couple subsequently restored grounds. "Little Edie" died in Florida in 2002 at the age of 84. Jerry Torre, the teenaged handyman shown in the documentary, was sought by the filmmakers for years afterward, was found by chance in 2005 driving a New York City taxicab. A 2011 documentary, The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens by Jason Hay and Steve Pelizza, showed that he was a sculptor at The Art Students League of New York. Lois Wright, one of the two birthday party guests in the film, has hosted a public television show in East Hampton since the 1980s, she wrote a book about her experiences at the house with the Beales. In 2006, Maysles made available unreleased footage for a special two-disc edition for the Criterion Collection, it included a new feature titled The Beales of Grey Gardens, which received a limited theatrical release. In 2018, a prequel, That Summer, shot in 1972 and using 16mm footage, was released; the documentary, the women's story, were adapted as a full-length musical, Grey Gardens, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie.
Starring Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, the show premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in February 2006. The musical re-opened on Broadway in November 2006 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, was included in more than 25 "Best of 2006" lists in newspapers and magazines; the production won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design, Ebersole and Wilson each won Tony Awards for their performance
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter is an American digital and print magazine, website, which focuses on the Hollywood film and entertainment industries. It was founded in 1930 as a daily trade paper, in 2010 switched to a weekly large-format print magazine with a revamped website. Headquartered in Los Angeles, THR is part of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a group of properties that includes Billboard and SpinMedia, it is owned by Valence Media, a holding company co-founded by Todd Boehly, an executive of its previous owners, Guggenheim Partners and Eldridge Industries. THR was founded in 1930 by William R. "Billy" Wilkerson as Hollywood's first daily entertainment trade newspaper. The first edition appeared on September 3, 1930 and featured Wilkerson's front-page "Tradeviews" column, which became influential; the newspaper appeared Monday to Saturday for the first 10 years, except for a brief period Monday to Friday from 1940. Wilkerson ran the THR until his death in September 1962, although his final column appeared 18 months prior.
Wilkerson's wife, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, took over as publisher and editor-in-chief when her husband died. From the late 1930s, Wilkerson used THR to push the view that the industry was a communist stronghold. In particular, he opposed the screenplay writers' trade union, the Screen Writers Guild, which he called the "Red Beachhead." In 1946 the Guild considered creating an American Authors' Authority to hold copyright for writers, instead of ownership passing to the studios. Wilkerson devoted his "Tradeviews" column to the issue on July 29, 1946, headlined "A Vote for Joe Stalin." He went to confession before publishing it, knowing the damage it would cause, but was encouraged by the priest to go ahead with it. The column contained the first industry names, including Dalton Trumbo and Howard Koch, on what became the Hollywood blacklist, known as "Billy's list." Eight of the 11 people Wilkerson named were among the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted after hearings in 1947 by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
When Wilkerson died, his THR obituary said that he had "named names and card numbers and was credited with being chiefly responsible for preventing communists from becoming entrenched in Hollywood production."In 1997, THR reporter David Robb wrote a story about the newspaper's involvement, but the editor, Robert J. Dowling, declined to run it. For the blacklist's 65th anniversary in 2012, the THR published a lengthy investigative piece about Wilkerson's role, by reporters Gary Baum and Daniel Miller; the same edition carried an apology from Wilkerson's son W. R. Wilkerson III, he wrote. On April 11, 1988, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel sold the paper to BPI Communications, owned by Affiliated Publications, for $26.7 million. Robert J. Dowling became THR president in 1988, editor-in-chief and publisher in 1991. Dowling hired Alex Ben Block as editor in 1990. Block and Teri Ritzer dampened much of the sensationalism and cronyism, prominent in the paper under the Wilkersons. In 1994, BPI Communications was sold to Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen for $220 million.
After Block left, former Variety film editor, Anita Busch, became editor between 1999 and 2001. Busch was credited with making the paper competitive with Variety. Tony Uphoff assumed the publisher position in November 2005. In March 2006, a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and KKR, both with ties to the conservative movement in the United States, acquired THR along with the other assets of VNU, it joined those publications with AdWeek and A. C. Nielsen to form The Nielsen Company. In December 2009, Prometheus Global Media, a newly formed company formed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, chaired by Jimmy Finkelstein, CEO of News Communications, parent of political journal The Hill, acquired THR from Nielsen Business Media, it pledged to grow the company. Richard Beckman of Condé Nast, was appointed as CEO. In 2010, Beckman purchased THR from Guggenheim Partners and Pluribus Capital, recruited Janice Min, the former editor-in-chief of Us Weekly, to "eviscerate" the existing daily trade paper and reinvent it as a glossy, large-format weekly magazine.
The Hollywood Reporter relaunched with a weekly print edition and a revamped website that enabled it to break news. Eight months after its initial report, The New York Times took note of the many scoops THR had generated, adding that the new glossy format seemed to be succeeding with its "rarefied demographic", stating, "They managed to change the subject by going weekly... The large photos, lush paper stock and great design are a kind of narcotic here."By February 2013, the Times returned to THR, filing a report on a party for Academy Award nominees the magazine had hosted at the Los Angeles restaurant Spago. Noting the crowd of top celebrities in attendance, the Times alluded to the fact that many Hollywood insiders were now referring to THR as "the new Vanity Fair". Ad sales since Min's hiring were up more than 50%, while traffic to the magazine's website had grown by 800%. Since January 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has been led by co-presidents Janice John Amato. John Kilcullen replaced Uphoff in October 2006, as publisher of Billboard.
Kilcullen was a defendant in Billboard's infamous "dildo" lawsuit, in which he was accused of race discrimination and sexual harassment. VNU settled the suit on the courthouse steps. Kilcullen "exited" Nielsen in February 2008 "to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur." Matthew King, vice president for content and audience, editorial director Howard Burns, executive editor Peter Pryor left the paper in a wave of layoffs in December 2006.