Wondering why nearly every month I talk about Vanity Fair? It's because most of you out there have stopped reading magazines and newspapers. So I'm here to encourage you and tell you what you might be missing.
This magazine for October is amazing! We have photos showing us how actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon (big woman-loving he-men in their private lives) can imitate or illuminate the souls of gay icons such as Liberace and his own chosen, betraying lover (I mean Scott Thorson. He finally blew the whistle on Liberace in a palimony lawsuit and brought down the elaborate artifice of both their lives.) In fact, the screenplay chose hanging lights as a metaphor for those Liberace days. The film will be titled "Behind the Candelabra."
This represents the moment when I personally knew Liberace, but I could never get him to level with me - and/or Scott. I went to visit these two in Las Vegas and was shown the museum Liberace had made for his unusual life, the ridiculous overdecorated house where they had the Sistine Chapel painted on their low ranch house ceiling and the eye-catching candelabra hanging over their coffee table at eye level.
The ailing, AIDS-afflicted Liberace, when he appeared with me on WNBC's "Live at Five" show, was saying he was on "the watermelon diet." He died soon after - a really lovable absurd human being, adored by millions of middle-aged women. And living a fable of glamour and prosperity. I can't wait to see the movie because I lived a part of it.
The magazine's "The Powers That Be" is page after page of people you have seldom heard of - mostly tycoons of our Internet times. For 2012, they move Michael Bloomberg to No. 1 and most VIP's go up a notch, including Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Alec Baldwin.
More fascinating is their "Hall of Fame," which adds designers, attorneys, investment bankers and Lo! - Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live" to the interesting list of immortals (other than business owners and Wall Streeters).
One of the best things in this October issue is the fairy tale ad for Disney Parks with Queen Latifah as "Ursula" the sea witch from "The Little Mermaid."
Another ad is for the magazine's own "business journalists" and they actually show us their seldom-seen photos.
One thing I will pass over in Vanity Fair is Maureen Orth's revelations about how Scientology selects girlfriends for Tom Cruise, etc. If people are adults and they agree to be "controlled" by their religion, they are free to do so. But I am for proof and if there's no proof, then freedom of choice reigns. To each his own when it comes to religion.
So, Vanity Fair stays in the mainstream as a kind of "movie magazine for adults." It inquires into social values and high-level happenings and yes, very high-level gossip, questions, and fabulous photography. It's my kind of entertainment.
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