November 13, 2010 |
It's a familiar story: A seemingly mismatched pair falls for each other and ties the knot while some look on hopefully and others hold their breath. The merger of Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast website, announced Friday, is a classic May-December marriage. Newsweek, 77 years old and recently purchased for a dollar by audio pioneer Sidney Harman, gets an infusion of energy and immediacy from the 2-year-old Beast and its irrepressible editor and co-founder, Tina Brown. The Daily Beast, part of media mogul Barry Diller's InterActive Corp.
January 3, 2010 |
It's possible that she's hard on herself in private, but in public Tina Brown has never been one for self-doubt. A precocious magazine editor who breathed new life into the fusty Tatler (at age 25), Vanity Fair (at 30) and the venerable New Yorker (at 38), Brown's success was notable for many things, among them the envy it inspired and her prodigious talent for self-promotion. And then came Talk, the magazine, book and entertainment venture that was supposed to secure her place in the cultural firmament, starting with the scandalously decadent launch party she threw at the foot of the Statue of Liberty in August 1999.
December 30, 2008 |
In a recent interview designed to gin up interest in her new webzine, the Daily Beast, Tina Brown -- former editor of such buzz-infused publications as Vanity Fair and the New Yorker -- offered a keen precis on the Gospel of Buzz. Her interlocutor asked Brown how she dealt with the nasty jabs and vicious smears and mean-spirited quips that have come flying her way over the years, as her employment fortunes rose and fell and rose.
August 11, 2008 |
It wasn't so long ago that Tina Brown and Bonnie Fuller were busy transforming entire magazine genres. They lived on opposite ends of the taste spectrum -- Brown edited Vanity Fair and the New Yorker; Fuller revamped Glamour, then reinvented the celebrity gossip concept at Us Weekly and later Star -- but the two had a similar formula: a willingness to throw out the old model, a feel for where the culture was heading and a forward-driving tenacity that...
June 30, 2007 |
It was a balmy summer evening, but Tina Brown kept her jacket on all through the launch party held at Spago on Tuesday for her new tell-all biography of Princess Diana, "The Diana Chronicles. "This isn't very glamorous, I'm afraid," she said, lifting her sleeve to reveal the cast on her left arm. "What happened?" asked Warren Beatty. He reached for the injured hand and inspected it with the exaggerated tenderness of a silent film star until Brown pulled away, laughing girlishly.
June 21, 2007
FRIDAY MOVIES Baa, baa, bad sheep Hordes of genetically engineered mutton are transformed into ravenous, flesh-eating killers in the New Zealand horror-comedy "Black Sheep," which takes a gentle poke at the Kiwi national identity. Jonathan King directs. "Black Sheep," unrated, opens Friday in selected theaters. CABARET She needs no truth lasso Wonder Woman doing a cabaret act? What will she do if you don't applaud? Toss you out the door?