POLANSKI LAWYERS UP: Roman Polanski is suing Vanity Fair for libel in the U.K. over an article that appeared in the July issue of the magazine. The story — about the restaurant Elaine’s — includes a remark that Polanski allegedly made to a Swedish woman at the restaurant shortly after Sharon Tate’s death. In an anecdote recounted by Lewis Lapham, Polanski walked into Elaine’s just after his wife was viciously murdered and allegedly began hitting on a Swedish woman seated with Lapham, allegedly promising "to make another Sharon Tate" out of her.
A Condé Nast spokeswoman said the company was aware of the lawsuit and was looking into it. Sources in London, however, said Vanity Fair’s attorneys were already hammering out their defense. "The lawyers now have to prove that Polanski said what he said. But that shouldn’t be a problem because there were so many witnesses," one source said. But Polanski clearly knows one thing: U.K. libel laws are far more stringent than those in the U.S., and favor the plaintiff rather than the defendant.
TIME TO GO HOME, AGAIN: Since Time Inc. launched Real Simple two years ago, the shelter magazine category has become one of the most successful sectors in magazine publishing and RS has turned into the company’s biggest success story since the launch of In Style. Through October, Real Simple’s ad pages are up 57.84 percent from last year, while newsstand sales soared 42 percent in the first half.