Have you read the new VOGUE profile of Wendi Deng Murdoch yet? I saved it for last night after Jezebel made a list yesterday of all the famous art and business and celebrity and sport world names that are checked in the piece.
The last time I posted about Wendi it was back in March amid rumours that she was dating Vladimir Putin. She tells VOGUE she’s never even met him. But that comes at the very end, after the writer spends all kinds of time telling us how many and how much people like her, because she brings them all together, connecting the money to those who need money, the creators to those who have cash, the Americans and the Chinese. These two sentences are my favourite:
She is both by instinct and by training a businessperson, with an acute sense for picking the right companies for the new economy. The Chinese businessmen—she has collected them all.
So, basically, Wendi Murdoch is the Taylor Swift of rich-ex-wives-turned-money-matchmakers.
This is definitely not the profile of Wendi that was published in Vanity Fair in 2014. VOGUE makes mention of that article but only to point out that it was hurtful to Wendi, with a quote from Diane Von Furstenberg suggesting that most of what was reported was untrue. Please note, however, that Wendi has helped recruit many young and wealthy new supporters through her work with the Costume Institute and remember, Anna Wintour presides over the MET Gala. Anna is also Artistic Director at Conde Nast which publishes both VOGUE and Vanity Fair. What’s the point of privilege if you can’t cash in on favours and/or collect on your debts?
Yours in gossip,
I’m not finished talking about Ghostbusters yet. My friend Lorella and her husband took their two sons, 12 and 8, to the movies this weekend. It was between The Secret Life Of Pets and Ghostbusters. When it was time for Lorella to vote, she told her kids that she was voting for Ghostbusters because some people are against it and she wanted to show support with her money. Read Full Intro
Is Jamie Foxx the only Academy Award winner who can do club appearances and not lose any of his prestige? I can’t think of any other actor who can float between music and movies, club appearances and the Oscars. Discuss. @jewelnightclub let's do it again! I'll be back with ya August 12 in Vegas, who's comin?! Full Story
The summer Trainspotting came out, we were obsessed with it. It was hot all the time and we were allowed a little more freedom than we had been before. We were using most of it to go downtown, to see and buy and consume things that weren’t available at the mall or the Blockbuster. We would get off the subway and walk down the grotty Yonge Street strip to the Uptown Theatre, which was kind of delightfully grotty itself, and then watch Trainspotting. Full Story
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Most people who came out of Captain America: Civil War wanted more Black Panther. As Sarah keeps repeating, this is what we all want next. And soon. But while there’s a new Thor in production (no one is more excited about the third Thor movie than Tom Hiddleston), the standalone Black Panther doesn’t come out until 2018. Full Story
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Sarah covered WB’s superhero onslaught at Comic-Con earlier today. For me, like her, the highlight of all that was Wonder Woman. Otherwise the Warner Bros release I’m most looking forward to is Fantastic Beasts. Another trailer was presented during the panel along with wands but not before they all cast the spell, with Eddie Redmayne Full Story
Selena Gomez is talking about “authenticity” too (Dlisted)
Most of these Comic-Con costumes are actually pretty great (TooFab)
Kit Harington on the phone (Pop Sugar)
God loving men still have the same…attractions, don’t they? (The Superficial)
I’m sad about this dress being all wrinkled at the back (Hollywood Tuna)
New engagement. Same Middleton style (Go Fug Yourself)
PERFECT CASTING (Celebuzz)
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Warner Brothers had a good morning in Hall H on Saturday, but then it was Marvel’s turn, and Marvel came ready to play. And play they did, basically conducting their panel like a rock concert, and even though they only released one trailer to the wider public, just the descriptions of the videos for Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. Full Story