Sideshow: Goop sank Vanity Fair

Posted: February 21, 2014

Goop sank Vanity Fair

Why did Vanity Fair spike a cover story about acclaimed actor and controversial public personality Gwyneth Paltrow?

In a 1,500-word cover essay, magazine editor Graydon Carter tiptoes around an explanation for killing a story that was to take a look at the reasons Gwyn is so loved by some and so utterly loathed by others. (Us Weekly last year dubbed her the "most hated celebrity.")

Carter found himself in a tight spot, London's Guardian reports, when Gwyn called for her fellow celebs to shun the magazine. "Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine without my participation," she e-mailed friends, the Guardian says. "I recommend you all never do this magazine again."

Carter was then inundated by mail from pro-Gwynites who threatened to boycott VF if it published the story and from anti-Gwynites who promised to do the same if the magazine did not publish it.

So Carter sat on it for a couple of months, then killed it. "We'll save our gunpowder for bigger stories," he writes in the mag.

No 'Voice' for CeeLo

CeeLo Green, 39, rocked the nation Wednesday with an announcement that he is leaving the best job ever, singing coach on NBC's The Voice. "I'm not coming back at all," Green told Ellen DeGeneres. Green was one of the original four coaches, along with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton.

Hoffman's estate to family

Philip Seymour Hoffman has left virtually the entirety of his $500,000 estate to his ex-gf, Marianne "Mimi" O'Donnell. The Oscar-winning actor's last will and testament, which identifies O'Donnell as his "friend and companion," was made public on Wednesday after being filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court. Seymour and O'Donnell, who broke up months before his Feb. 2 death, have a son, Cooper, 10, and two daughters, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5. Hoffman's will, which was drafted in 2004 before the two girls were born, requests that O'Donnell raise Cooper in Manhattan so he could be exposed to art and culture. If that is not possible, the will states, Chicago or San Francisco would do.

Finding John's parents

Jai Courtney, who played Bruce Willis' son in A Good Day to Die Hard, will play John Connor's dad in the latest sci-fi reboot, Terminator: Genesis. The exquisite Emilia Clarke will play the role immortalized by Linda Hamilton, John's mother.

Cibrian: I can afford it!

Eddie Cibrian earns enough money to support his kids, thank you very much! The actor's rep on Wednesday told Us Weekly there is no truth to a tweet from his ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, that he had asked her for child support for their two sons, Mason, 10, and Jake, 6. "He [will never] request child support from his ex-wife," said the rep.

Quote du jour

"I don't have a vibrator! I don't even put my cellphone on vibrate!" 84-year-old Barbara Walters said on The View Wednesday after joking on Monday that she had one.


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