We have good news and bad news about Vanity Fair‘s 2011 Hollywood Issue. First, the positive: Unlike last year’s wildly controversial model, the new cover actually includes a more diverse group of actors. (Also, for some reason, VF decided to go with a co-ed bunch this time around.) It’s great to see Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker star who has a slew of movies lined up this year, get some recognition. And we can never, ever get enough of Rashida Jones. We’re also pretty thrilled the magazine dropped its “Young Hollywood” focus and stuck the legendary Robert Duvall in the mix, even if he does have to tend bar.
But there are still a few things we find unsettling about the cover. Read all about them — and see how last year’s compares to this year’s — after the jump.
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1. In case you haven’t heard it yet, listen to “H.A.M.,” the first single off Watch the Throne, the highly-anticipated joint LP from Kanye West and Jay-Z, which is currently set for a March 1 release. [via The Daily What]
2. Tina Fey is in talks to star in a Paul Weitz-directed adaptation… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we sharked ourselves. We agreed with Lizzie Skurnick that Lisbeth Salander is the perfect foil to Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. We were happy to see that Lady Gaga made Vanity Fair‘s 2010 International Best Dressed List (as did Alec Baldwin!). We ranked… Read More
What does Jonathan Safran Foer have to do with cocaine? Well, probably not much, but his wife (and fellow author) Nicole Krauss is repped by William Morris agent Bill Clegg, whose forthcoming memoir Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is about a particularly nasty crack habit. Vanity Fair’s Claire Howorth, in her insidery yet engrossing infographic which explores how “ten potential best-sellers coming out this spring and summer fit into the [publishing industry] firmament,” relates that theme back to the Saturday Night Live crew associated with Simon Rich, whose first book Elliot Allagash comes out May 25. Got all that? Peep all the interconnectedness after the… Read More
Though the creative output of John Hughes had slowed to a crawl in the decade preceding his death in August at age 59, the iconic director’s alter ego JL Hudson wasn’t taking to retirement quite so easily. Penning screenplays, essays, and fiction for his own amusement, some of his later writing — imbued with the same irreverent, sly but tender narrative quality as his film work — saw the light of day as a series called Very, Very Short Stories (some only four brief paragraphs in length). Excerpts after the… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we had our rebuttal rebutted. We were surprised to hear that Duncan Sheik’s next musical adventure will be an an American Psycho adaptation — although Spring Awakening was dark in its own right. We watched a man get carted around Manhattan by strangers. We realized just how far … Read More
Marcel Proust often asked a series of questions of himself, his friends and others about life and death and everything in between. Since 1993 Vanity Fair has asked celebrities (both literary and otherwise) to take a Proust-like questionnaire. Now they are releasing a book entitled Vanity Fair’s Proust’s Questionnaire, compiling 101 celebrity responses from the likes of Salman Rushdie, Aretha Franklin, Martin Scorsese, and Norman… Read More
We just stumbled across this year’s Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List thanks to an item in the LA Times about the number of art world personalities who made the cut. And it’s true: Cy Twombly, Bruce Weber, Ike Ude, and Count Manfredi Della Gherardesca are all there, mixed in with Hollywood royalty, New York socialites, pretty politicos, and the kind of random fabulous people you usually find on a list like this. Then there were the rather surprising user-generated ratings for these bold-faced names. What we discovered about style and popularity, after the… Read More
Vanity Fair’s September feature on Mad Men was supposed to be the cover story, until the powers that be decided on Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett memorial images instead. Luckily the issue still contains Annie Leibovitz’s lavish portraits of John Hamm (shirtless in two of the snaps!) and January Jones. Perfect marriage of photographer and subject: don’t shows like Mad Men exist to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz? And vice versa? We just don’t understand her financial… Read More
And it’s a red-pencil bloodbath courtesy of Literary Editor Wayne Lawson. [More pages via Vanity Fair; thanks for the tip, @wesleyverhoeve]