LA-LA-LAND: Lindsay Lohan could learn a thing or two from Hollywood veteran Lauren Hutton — Interview editor in chief Christopher Bollen described Hutton as “someone who really understands that side of Hollywood, but one of those rare birds who’s gone her own route.” But during Hutton’s and Lohan’s conversation at the Chateau Marmont for Interview’s February issue, it was Hutton who seemed to gather new perspective. Lohan is the issue’s cover subject, despite the actress not having many projects in the works, save for daily spats with girlfriend Samantha Ronson. She was photographed by Mert Alas + Marcus Piggott for the magazine; Interviewmagazine.com will have behind the scenes from the shoot on the site Thursday.
Lohan revealed her frustration with her party-girl past haunting her future. “I have become this girl who just loves to be photographed, doesn’t know how to focus, doesn’t know how to work on set, just loves the attention, knows how to go out at night, knows how to party,” she vents. “I lived maybe six months out of my life like that, doing something wrong, and then I stopped. God forbid I should have ever learned my lesson.” She also said she’s hurt at not getting the same opportunities as her counterparts, like Scarlett Johansson, “because people are so distracted by the mess that I created in my life.” Surprisingly, Hutton sympathizes with Lohan, saying she was “hopeful” for her after the conversation, and gave Lohan props for showing up more prepared than herself. Hutton hadn’t eaten before their meeting, and then ordered a hot toddy at the hotel. “L.L. didn’t drink anything and she had already eaten,” Hutton wrote. “I’d say the 65-year-old me was whacked. I didn’t even have time to Google her.” — S.D.S.
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ONE, TWO OR ZERO?: The holiday season is officially over, which means the annual wait-and-see period has begun inside the halls of 4 Times Square regarding the future of some of Condé Nast’s titles. And caught up in the heated speculation is the fate of Men’s Vogue — which last fall was drastically cut back from publishing 10 times a year to a biannual supplement with Vogue — and whether even those two issues will surface. The speculation isn’t entirely surprising, since the company already nixed last fall’s issue of another spin-off, Vogue Living. But some believe at least one issue of Men’s Vogue will appear this year, just later than the originally planned spring. A Condé Nast spokeswoman said no changes have been made to the plan to put out two issues of Men’s Vogue in 2009. She did not comment further on whether the appearance of the first issue could be delayed. — Amy Wicks
MSLO SHUFFLES: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. has replaced the editor in chief of Everyday Food, its pocket-sized, supermarket-oriented magazine. Anna Last, formerly senior style editor at Real Simple, will replace Debra Puchalla, who is going back to her previous home of Martha Stewart Living to be executive editor. (There’s a spot open on the masthead after former Living deputy editor Renee Schettler left the magazine during a round of layoffs.) Everyday Food’s food editor, Sandy Gluck, is also leaving the magazine, though she will continue hosting “The Everyday Food Hour,” on Stewart’s satellite radio channels.
The changes were met with some surprise by watchers of the company, who noted that Last jumped from a senior food stylist role at Real Simple to replace both an editor in chief — who is taking an apparent masthead demotion — and the food editor. Everyday Food, which has a circulation of 900,000, is down on the newsstand, but not significantly more than any other newsstand-driven magazine. Last year, its ad pages were down 21 percent compared with 2007, and the current January/February issue was particularly hurt, down 50 percent.
Last has several characteristics in common with a fairly recent addition to the senior editorial team at MSLO, Vanessa Holden, who was named editor in chief of Martha Stewart Weddings last August. Both are Australian; have strong visual or styling emphases; came from Real Simple, and previously worked as editors at Vogue Entertaining + Travel magazine in Sydney. — Irin Carmon
ROUND TWO: In November, Forbes began a round of layoffs on its sales side as the company merged the print and Web operations of Forbes and Forbes.com. At the time, the company said the editorial cuts would come in early 2009. On Tuesday, those layoffs were implemented, with more than a dozen left without jobs. “Today Forbes completed the integration of the editorial staffs of Forbes magazine and Forbes.com,” said a spokeswoman. “The current economic situation for media in general has caused Forbes Media to trim budgets on both the editorial and business sides of the company. Today 19 people from editorial were laid off.” The reorganization have resulted in the closure of forbesautos.com and its conference division; Forbes has also pared its forbestraveler.com staff to a skeleton organization. — Stephanie D. Smith
THE WRITING ON THE WALL: Was Time deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius a victim of the latest reorganization at Time Inc.? To some extent perhaps, but he’s clearly landed firmly on his feet. Ignatius has departed the magazine after a 13-year-run to join the Harvard Business Review as editor in chief. Though his departure wasn’t mandated, the newsweekly, among other Time Inc. magazines, is under pressure to find efficiencies where possible, especially among those high-priced top editor positions. His exit means Time’s managing editor Richard Stengel now has two lieutenants at his side rather than three: Josh Tyrangiel, who is now assistant managing editor and editor of Time.com, and Romesh Ratnesar, deputy managing editor, who manages the magazine’s day-to-day operations.
Staffers at Time found out Ignatius had left the magazine when they arrived Monday morning and found his office cleared out. But an internal memo from Stengel detailing his departure wasn’t sent until 4 p.m. that day. “Adi has been a wonderful presence at Time, not only because of his sharp story sense, his encyclopedic knowledge that spanned everything from international affairs to popular culture, but because of his decentness and good humor,” he wrote. Most recently, Ignatius oversaw Time’s special issues and projects including its Person of the Year issue, the Time 100 and Time’s book spin-offs. He had also been editor of Time Asia, and an executive editor heading up business and international coverage during his tenure. At the Harvard Business Review, he replaces another Time veteran, Tom Stewart, 60, who resigned last June. — S.D.S.