STAR WARS: Poaching is a two-way street. After losing several staffers to Life & Style, Bauer Publishing’s new celebrity weekly, Star, has struck back, hiring away West Coast bureau chief Mark Coleman to serve as news director. Coleman, who also did a stint at In Touch, will continue to be based in Los Angeles. Star’s previous news director, ex-Fox News booker Eric Spinato, was based in New York; he left in July.
In other Star news, editorial director Bonnie Fuller said the magazine’s recent double issue on the “50 Most Annoying People” sold close to a million copies on the newsstand despite a jacked-up cover price of $3.99 (versus $3.29 for regular issues). Fuller claimed nobody bristled at being named one of the world’s most irritating celebrities, insisting, “It was really done with affection.” (Paris Hilton and Britney Spears tied for number one.) And if there were any hurt feelings, Fuller can smooth things over by including the offended parties in her next double issue, “50 Sexiest Stars,” coming in March. And no doubt she will. — Jeff Bercovici
DOING THE RIGHT THING: At last, a billboard that wants to get into your head rather than your wallet. On Monday, Jan. 17, the billboard on Manhattan’s Port Authority building at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue will display a stream of civil rights-themed images in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The display will be programmed by filmmaker Spike Lee and his brother, photographer David Lee, as part of an ongoing virtual photo exhibition sponsored by SmartSign Media and drawing on Magnum Photos’ archives. The exhibition began Jan. 1 and will run through the end of the month. “We want to do our part to honor the legacy of Dr. King,” Spike and David Lee said in a statement. “Great visionaries never go out of style, and his mission is as important today as it ever was.” — J.B.
SUPE-ING IT UP: Cindy Crawford is back — on the cover of British Vogue’s February issue, which hit the newsstands this week. Crawford is decked out in full-and-gaudy Eighties glory in a photo shoot by Nick Knight. “Over the past months, we’ve been looking at different women of different ages, and her name came up. So we thought we’d take a look at Cindy — 20 years on,” said Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue. “And with the Eighties pinup looks we were shooting, it made sense in every way.” Inside, Crawford reveals some of her secrets in the magazine’s Style File section. While her legs may still be muscle-bound and lean, she’s given up mini skirts — though not for good. “I’m 38 and if I wear a mini, it’s only on the beach.” — Samantha Conti