Despite Vanity Fair's well-documented cozy relationship with fame and celebrity—the glamorous parties, the cushy articles—stars are growing wary of the storied magazine, reports The New York Times' Christine Haughney.
Gwyneth Paltrow emailed friends to ask they not help the magazine with a potential cover story on her, asking them, Haughney reported: "If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again." Paltrow's request, Haughney writes, "has prompted other Hollywood insiders to push back," including power publicist Leslee Dart, who told Haughney that the Hollywood crowd just doesn't feel the need to "grovel" to Carter and his emissaries anymore.
Part of that strain between the magazine and the glittery crowd it courts is credited to two hard-hitting Hollywood stories the magazine published recently. Back in June, Laura M. Holson wrote a detailed cover story about the troubles surrounding the production of World War Z. (The World War Z folks, however, got the last laugh in that one: the movie earned over $500 million worldwide and a sequel is likely in play.) In October of last year the magazine ran a piece which revealed Scientology's audition process for the role of Tom Cruise's girlfriend.
So will the Vanity Fair Oscar party be a little less fancy? We wouldn't go so far as to say that. Harvey Weinstein is still on the magazine's side. "Nobody in our industry can put together a guest list like Graydon Carter," he told The Times.