In This Issue
Back when I was a younger editor in New York, all the women more senior than I wore pantsuits (the most top-of-the-masthead editors conveyed management prowess in Armani). Short hair and mannish shoes were part of the female power uniform; showing bare arms or legs was -- gasp! -- unthinkable. One dared not deviate from the Sigourney Weaver-in-Working Girl aesthetic.
So it was with fascination that I read "Power Dressing," Merle Ginsberg's story (page 42) on the evolution of female style here in Hollywood. As her piece will tell you, Sherry Lansing and Dawn Steel's shoulder-pad power suit eventually broadened out to include the Prada techno suit (I even own a few still) before the whole idea of what was and wasn't appropriate got pretty much blown up. The reason, according to Merle? The shift to casual business attire among men created an anything-goes environment.
But while the guys slobbed out, we women, suddenly emboldened by sartorial freedom in the workplace, went shopping. You'll love reading what the best-dressed execs in town have to say about their fashion choices. It's lots of fun -- plus you can learn how red-carpet staple Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll figures out what to wear every single time she has to step out for her job. I'm tired just thinking about it!
Speaking of evolution, we at The Hollwood Reporter are continuing to change things up again. In a recent independently conducted survey,* Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members ranked The Hollywood Reporter both in print and online as the most-read and valued source of awards coverage in the market, by a long shot.
In this current issue, movie awards season kicks off with wall-to-wall print coverage. By Nov. 5, THR.com will have unveiled two new online features. THR.com's Voter's Guide will be a one-stop online resource that enables users to view clips of the awards-contending movies, play the performances and sample the music, category by category: actors, directors, writers, music, crafts. Nobody can hold all that information in their head, but it's all there with a click on THR.com's Voter's Guide.
Also debuting is THR.com's all-new movie pages. Each theatrical film in release, both studio and independent, is getting its own page complete with breaking news, reviews, clips, trailers, cast information, galleries, box office and more.
Every moment in movies will be captured by THR. It will be quite the show. Consider yourself invited.
Editorial Director, The Hollywood Reporter
A Toast to THR and the Napa Valley Film Festival
From Nov. 7 to 11, the second napa Valley Film Festival, sponsored by THR, will bring more than 100 films to four wine-country villages -- Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. (See the Style article for hotspot recommendations from chef Thomas Keller and vintners Francis Ford Coppola and former Hollywood executive Rich Frank.) Opening night will feature the premiere of the sommelier documentary Somm, followed by a gala and THR afterparty at local and foodie favorite Michael Chiarello's Bottega restaurant. The festival will close out with Quartet, Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. Says Brenda Lhormer, the festival's co-founder/director, "We've created festivals that occur simultaneously in four different walkable towns, each with a wine pavilion -- which other festivals don't have." Each of the four fests has its own personality: For example, in Yountville, which is considered haute cuisine central with French Laundry, Bouchon and Redd, there will be a chef culinary panel. Lhormer -- who says she's most looking forward to meeting Alan Cumming, who stars in the "brutal and beautiful" Any Day Now -- notes the festival attracts a particular type of attendee: "The kind of person who appreciates the good life and films that will challenge them and inspire conversation."
To that end, on Nov. 11 at jazz club Silo's, listen in as THR senior film writer Pamela McClintock -- who grew up in rival wine region Mendocino County -- moderates the "Actors: in Conversation" panel, which will include some of the following: Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, James Marsden, Melanie Lynskey and others. Hours later, THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy will participate in a critics' panel, sharing airtime with Leonard Maltin, USA Today's Claudia Puig and former L.A. Times film critic Sheila Benson, among others. Cheers!