Let’s face it. For many print media concerns, 2016 was the equivalent of Don Cheadle’s final moments in the NYTVR short Bartender.
However, for both The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine/Vulture, Thursday night in Los Angeles was an opportunity to party like it’s 2006. You know, when the locales were always swanky, the elegant valet parking always magically taken care of and the bars always fully open.
The New York Times Magazine bash, at NeueHouse in Hollywood, was in celebration of this weekend’s “Great Performers” issue. Critics A.O. Scott and Wesley Morris talked about how the various “L.A. Noir” black and white shorts like the one above were conceived. Cheadle and Natalie Portman, who appears in another one of the NYTVR entries, were also in attendance. That’s Cheadle, below, sampling some of the VR with a Google cardboard viewer.
The New York magazine event was a little further west along Sunset Blvd. at the venerable Sunset Tower in West Hollywood. With tunes spun by DJ Kiss, it was the publication’s Vulture awards-coverage parlay of the current Nov. 28-Dec. 11 “Oscars” issue. The aforementioned Portman is on the cover and she made an appearance at the Vulture party as well.
New York magazine brought out some big guns for the event. That’s CEO Pam Wasserstein, right, with Portman (click to enlarge). Also flying out from New York and mingling with the many celebrities were editor in chief Adam Moss and publisher Larry Burstein. Separately spotted was contributing writer and Veep executive producer Frank Rich.
There may not be a more stylish double-barreled media shot fired this awards season than Portman’s cover for New York and work with The New York Times Magazine. The latter was photographed by Jack Davidson, whose work is showcased this weekend via four different covers. The VR shorts were made in collaboration with Milk Studios, shot with Google’s Jump camera technology and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was also in attendance at NeueHouse.
Awards season itself is also a strange anachronism. Journalists lucky enough to be a full-time part of it operate in a world where this kind of evening is standard September-to-February operating procedure. It starts in the mountains of Telluride and ends at the Highland of Hollywood. Nice work, if you can get it.