February 2020

Tina Brown and the future of the royal family

Unlike most journalists, Tina Brown carries with her an aura of swashbuckling glamour, a remnant of her starry, high-budget run during the 1980s and ’90s as editor in chief of Vanity Fair and then The New Yorker. Like many journalists, Brown, 66, has pivoted in recent years to an adjacent line of work, in her case the live-event business. Her Women in the World Summit, which has hosted speakers like Oprah Winfrey and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, is held each spring at Lincoln Center. (The New York Times was once a partner in the business.) She has also written two best-selling books, “The Vanity Fair Diaries” and “The Diana Chronicles,” a tell-all about the British royal family. Despite her career shifts, it’s her magazine work — after leaving The New Yorker, she edited the short-lived Talk, as well as the Daily Beast website and Newsweek — for which she remains best known. Not that she has any strong desire to revisit that particular world. “Editing now,” Brown says, “is all about: ‘How do I keep this publication alive? How do I get it financed?’ I can do more onstage than I can in a magazine.”

One magazine innovation that you’re often credited with is treating lowbrow stuff in a rarefied, intelligent way. Is the distinction between highbrow and lowbrow ever worth preserving? Well, there has never been more need for intelligence. People want to see things looked at in a different way, and one problem we have is that people have become afraid to be counterintuitive. They’re afraid to have third-rail conversations, because they think it’s not worth being hounded out of a job for saying the wrong things.

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January 2020

Sundance Film Festival: A Taylor Swift doc and more day one highlights

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in Park City, Utah — 11 days of independent filmmakers screening, paneling, dealmaking and partying in the snow. As always, multiple media companies and organizations (from CNN to the Natural Resources Defense Council) will set up shop with venues on and off the mountain town’s main drag, hosting public and private panels and parties throughout the opening weekend.

In addition to Sundance’s Cinema Café gatherings, which pick up Friday along with other festival panels, several independent venues will host stars and creators with projects from the fest and beyond. Returning to Park City are the Blackhouse at Buona Vita on Main Street, a center for black creatives and executives, launched in 2006 by Brickson Diamond; and the MACRO Lodge (at Heber and Main), the HQ of Charles D. King’s production company, which has multiple fest projects, including features “Blast Beat” and “Nine Days.”

New this year is the Latinx House (136 Heber Ave.) — the brainchild of actor-producer Olga Segura, writer-producer Alexandra Martinez Kondracke and activist Mónica Ramírez — which will feature community-centered programming and host a Time’s Up event. And Outfest, which has hosted a Queer Brunch at the fest for more than 20 years, is expanding programming around that Jan. 26 event.

Here’s the first of four daily fest previews from The Times’ film team, which will highlight the buzzy premieres and the things people will be talking about — including The Times’ two panel series, launching Friday at Chase Sapphire on Main and the Audible Speakeasy. For today, it’s all about Taylor Swift — who’ll be making an appearance to celebrate her Netflix doc “Miss Americana.”

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January 2020

Sundance 2020: See our best photos of the festival’s brightest stars

For the third year, The Times’ Sundance Film Festival studio presented by Chase Sapphire welcomed a slew of the fest’s biggest, brightest and freshest stars and creators — from “Bad Hair” breakout Elle Lorraine to “Beast Beast” executive producer Alec Baldwin.

Updating daily through Jan. 28, these shots from Times staff photographer Jay L. Clendenin (with an assist from Kent Nishimura) capture the style, creativity and silliness of Sundance filmmakers.

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January 2020

Sundance 2020: The Ultimate Party Guide

Heading to Park City? From intimate dinners and cocktail parties to late night bashes (that end just in time to head to brunch), there’s plenty to keep this year’s film festival attendees out of the cold between screenings.

Here is Variety’s ultimate party guide for Sundance 2020 including Chase Sapphire on Main: 

Friday, Jan. 23

“Summertime” Premiere Party
Lyft Lounge, 8-11 p.m.

“Bad Hair” Premiere Party
Writer-director Justin Simien
Chase Sapphire on Main, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

TAO Park City & Chase Sound Check Concert
Mark Ronson performs at the private event for Chase cardholders. TAO’s three-night pop-up will feature DJ sets by Brody Jenner & Devin Lucien, Vice and DJ NVM with cocktails from Casamigos
The Yard, 10:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24

A Conversation with Quibi’s Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg
Chase Sapphire on Main, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

The Jewish Film Institute’s Light Lunch and Not-So-Light Conversation
“Some Kind of Heaven” director Lance Oppenheim
Kimball Arts Center, 12-2 p.m.

Sundance TV’s Women on the Front Lines: Changing the Game Panel
Ekwa Msangi, Haifaa al-Mansour, Monica Levinson, Hanelle Culpepper and Jackie Cruz. IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco will moderate the panel, presented by AMC Networks, New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Film Los Angeles and ReFrame
Sundance TV HQ, 1-2 p.m

#MeToo Voter: Centering Survivors’ Political Power
Ai-jen Poo, Tarana Burke, Fatima Goss Graves and Mónica Ramírez in conversation with Rosanna Arquette
The Latinx House, 1-2 p.m.

MACRO “Leaving the Door Open Behind You” Panel
Lena Waithe, Sundial Brand’s CEO Cara Sabin
MACRO Lodge, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

HBO’s Après Ski Happy Hour
Shangela Laquifa Wadley
306 Main St, 2-4 p.m.

“The Fight” Premiere Party
Executive producers Kerry Washington and Pilar Savone; ACLU lawyers Lee Gelernt, Chase Stangio, Dale Ho and Brigitte Amirie; directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres
MACRO Lodge, 3-4:30 p.m.

Sundance TV’s Growing the Story Panel
Sundance TV HQ, 3-4 p.m.

HBO & TBS’s Unfolding Narratives Panel
Suzy Nakamura, Alexander Hodge, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, Minji Chan, moderated by Kimmy Yam.
306 Main St, 4-6 p.m. 

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January 2020

Sundance 2020: All the hottest parties, pop-ups and events to know about

Sundance 2020 is almost upon us!

The high-profile film festival is set to take place in Park City, Utah, over the next two weekends and, while the festival will be bringing forth some hotly-anticipated movie premieres, there will also once again be plenty of other events and parties worth talking about.

In addition to Taylor Swift premiering her talked-about Netflix documentary Miss Americana and Hillary Clinton’s Hulu docuseries Hillary being shown to audiences for the first time, festival goers will also be gunning for spots on the lists at hot-spots like TAO Park City and Lateral at WarnerMedia Lodge and lining up for cast parties at Chase Sapphire on Main and Acura Festival Village.

Keep reading for a full rundown of events, pop-ups, parties and more to be aware of going into the 2020 Sundance Film Festival:

Chase Sapphire on Main: Chase Sapphire once again returns to Sundance, serving up some unbeatable programming for Chase cardholders and festival attendees, including several star-studded panel discussions with the LA Times with talent like Stanley Tucci, Mila Kunis and Camila Mendes, cast parties for films like “Bad Hair,” “The Nest” and “Ironbark,” a chef demo by the winner of “Top Chef” season 14, Brooke Williamson, and a special Chase Sound Check event with DJ Mark Ronson.

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November 2019

A Little Theron, a Little Atwood — but Glamour’s Awards Were All About Jane

Charlize Theron, Jane Fonda, Tory Burch and Megan Rapinoe were among those honored at Monday night’s ceremony.

Glamour may have ceased its regular glossy print edition at the beginning of the year, but that didn’t stop the Condé Nast brand from doing what so many magazines have to do these days: hold a celebrity-filled awards ceremony. And given the times, it was a just a show rather than a dinner.

Nevertheless, it was still a glitzy production and the lack of food didn’t put off either Hollywood or New York celebrities, adorned in their finest gowns and gems, from descending on the Lincoln Center in Manhattan Tuesday night for the magazine’s 29th Annual Women of the Year Awards.

In fact, so flashy was the event that “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, who was receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, felt the need to wear false eyelashes for the first time in her 79 years. “It’s encouraging for someone over 70 to still be considered glamorous,” she said.

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Chanel Miller Reads Powerful Poem About Sexual Assault Survivors at Glamour Women of the Year Awards

“I don’t give a damn.”

After being honored at the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Awards as the anonymous sexual assault survivor Emily Doe, Chanel Miller took the stage at the 2019 awards on November 11 to read a powerful poem in support of survivors everywhere.

Miller revealed her name in September 2019, after being known to the world as the anonymous survivor in the Stanford sexual assault case for many years. With her book Know My Name, Miller not only came forward with her name but also her story, which she said was her way of showing the world she’s “so much more” than the painful details of her assault. At the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Miller continued to show the world exactly how powerful she is, reading a poem she wrote called “I Don’t Give a Damn.”

“I don’t give a damn/ What you were wearing/ I don’t give a damn how much you drank/ I don’t give a damn/ If you danced with him earlier in the evening/ If you texted him first/ Or were the one to go back to his place,” Miller said, according to Glamour. “People may continue to come up with reasons ‘why it happened’/ But the truth is, I don’t give a damn.”

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See the Best-Dressed Celebrities from the 2019 ‘Glamour’ Women of the Year Awards

Glamour held its annual Women of the Year awards in New York City on Monday evening to honor a variety of extraordinary women fighting for positive change. The ceremony itself served up plenty of inspiration, considering the lineup was stacked with trailblazing female heroes, including climate activist Greta Thunberg, director Ava DuVernay and the women of Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) who fight for immigrants’ rights.

In addition to being a powerful display of womanhood, the event also served as a forum for inspiration on the fashion front. Celebrity guests arrived in a number of vibrant looks — from a hot pink tulle confection to a voluminous neon yellow gown. Aja Naomi King, Halima Aden, Ali Krieger and Tamron Hall were a few notable attendees who showed up in highlighter hues.

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