Rovzar had been with VF since 2011, when he left his spot as a senior editor of New York’s Daily Intel to become the magazine’s digital editor. Rovzar will be starting at Bloomberg in a few weeks.
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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.
Some of the contextualizing is questionable. But overall, Toby Young‘s The Spectator essay about the money-losing media trail trodden by Tina Brown and his companion commentary for The Daily Telegraph are thrillingly thought-provoking.
From The Spectator piece:
Take the case of Tina Brown, a New Yorker whose business ventures have lost far more than L’Wren Scott’s ever did, but who is completely inured to these setbacks because of her posh English upbringing… You won’t find Tina retiring to a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver. On the contrary, she’s just signed a contract with Doubleday to write her memoirs — the appropriately titled Media Beast. Failure is just another career opportunity for her, which has always been the British way. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.’
Mark Rozzo is leaving Town & Country to join Vanity Fair as a deputy editor. The New York Post reports that Rozzo isn’t technically filling the void left by Wayne Lawson — who recently retired — but with a space to fill, Graydon Carter considered Rozzo a smart addition. Lawson had been with Vanity Fair since 1983.
Before coming to T&C as an executive editor in 2011, Rozzo had been a Condé Nast man for many years. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a deputy editor of the now folded Men’s Vogue. Prior to that, Rozzo worked at The New Yorker.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins in April, so Vanity Fair decided to welcome the gang back by turning its cover over to the cast.
The cover — shot by Annie Leibovitz — is bit disappointing, because she could have at least photoshopped some weird medieval crap into the mix. There aren’t even any wizards. Or maybe one of them is a wizard? They could be, we aren’t Game of Thrones fans. Because c’mon — we’re not going to watch a show that features dragons. Sorry.
Let the record show that even Annie Leibovitz takes selfies. At a party at the Chateau Marmont for her upcoming book (creatively titled Annie Leibovitz), the famed photographer couldn’t resist snapping a picture of herself. Hey, at least she’s including other people.
The gathering was attended by Graydon Carter, David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg and more. According to Vanity Fair, they all had nothing but good things to say about Leibovitz’s book, which will be released next month.
Two other notable moments from the party included Leibovitz proclaiming that she’s not ready to join Instagram, and Sly Stallone desperately trying to keep 80s fashion alive:
Typically, the “secrets” shared on Whisper — an app that allows uses to share their thoughts anonymously — are from whiny, overly emotional teens confused by the cruel game that is love. However, the app just posted a bombshell: That Gwyneth Paltrow is cheating on her husband Chris Martin with Kevin Yorn, a lawyer.
The note is especially interesting because Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, recently released a long-winded explanation of why Vanity Fair didn’t follow through with a big Paltrow story that had the actress upset. If you recall, Paltrow didn’t want the piece published, but no one knew exactly why. Carter, in his note, explained that there wasn’t much to the story so he decided to stall (read: Paltrow’s pressure on the magazine worked).
Neetzan Zimmerman, the editor-in-chief of Whisper (we suppose an editor is needed when you’re dealing with millions of tweens) claimed that the app’s Paltrow secret is exactly what kept Vanity Fair from publishing its piece on the actress. Not only that, but the secret was vetted.
In a Vanity Fair profile of Wendi Deng, the former wife of media titan Rupert Murdoch, Mark Seals details how the pair’s marriage turned for the worse. Not only did Deng appreciate other men — specifically, Tony Blair and his “really really good legs Butt” — but she was allegedly physically abusive toward Murdoch:
It allegedly had gotten physical in early 2011, in [the Murdoch’s] triplex on Fifth Avenue in New York. ‘[Deng] got angry at [Murdoch] and shoved him, and he fell backwards into the piano in the living room and then onto the floor, and he couldn’t get up,’ says an individual to whom Rupert confided at the time. ‘He had to have emergency treatment that night.’ The former News Corp. employee in the U.K. adds, ‘He clearly hurt himself, and he made some excuse that he tripped over something in the office. He made excuses that he wasn’t well. He only talked about what happened later.’
If all of this account is true, it’s no wonder the two split up. It doesn’t seem like there was much there worth saving.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vanity Fair’s “Hollywood Issue.” Please leave your “Every Vanity Fair issue is a Hollywood issue” jokes in the comments.
The cover — featuring a dozen Oscar nominees, including George Clooney, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Lupita Nyong’o — was shot by Annie Leibovitz.
The Hollywood issue hits newsstands February 7.
Was the 30-year-old Kenyan’s skin deliberately lightened? Or was it a matter of too-bright, washed out lighting? That’s the debate raging on Twitter and the Web after Vanity Fair on Wednesday shared a sneak peak of a shot of 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong’o featured in the February issue “Vanities” section.