The suit against Lancôme came three days following the end of another court ordeal for Thurman — a former psychiatric patient, Jack Jordon, 35, was convicted of fourth-degree stalking and second-degree harassment after following the actress and sending her notes. — Amy Wicks
THE FUTURE IS NOW, AND THEN: Sooner or later, marketers' liaisons to youth culture outgrow youth themselves, so when The New Yorker's Kelefah Sanneh asked Steve Stoute, brand consultant and ad agency partner with Jay-Z, how he protects himself from the next Steve Stoute, he had a quick answer: "By not moving to Jersey." (He was clearly unaware New Yorker editor David Remnick hails from the Garden State — although he now lives in Manhattan.) At The New Yorker's second annual conference, "Stories From the Near Future," Stoute remarked on how the entrepreneurial instinct in hip-hop had made authenticity and marketing compatible. "I don't know why Madonna didn't sell the jacket back in 1984," he said. "But 15 years later, an artist like Jay-Z can," without a threat to his credibility. Sanneh imagined a world in which two teenagers scuffled over a copy of The New Yorker — "that's when you'll know that David Remnick would have hired Steve Stoute," to which Remnick replied, sotto voce, "I can't afford him."