Question: Who did VLIfe put on its cover, following Jennifer Connelly and Halle Berry? Remember, they're trying to sell on newsstands these days.
The October issue does contain an inspired story idea. The magazine had author and unofficial laureate of suburbia D. J. Waldie offer his observations on the faux-streets found on the backlots of Universal and Warner Bros. He connects the dots between the houses Beaver Cleaver walked past on Universal's "Colonial Street" in the 1950s to today's Wisteria Lane, and between TV Land and real life. "The facades of actual houses in L.A. suburbs were re-created as studio sets in the 1950s and '60s, and then the sets were turned into model houses for a new generation's subdivisions. There wasn't any irony this year when KB Home...proposed that the producers of 'Desperate Housewives' brand the show's Wisteria Lane as a KBH development....Mary Alice Young killed herself in the first scene of the first episode of 'Desparate Housewives' in front of the remade 'Leave it to Beaver' house." Nice photos by J. Bennett Fitts. Alas, neither words nor images are online. * All hail Vlife: They put up a link to the story and some of the photos.
There's also a piece on Hollywood figures who collect fine-art photography and a short item on Hollywood types who like to shoot guns for fun.