Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair’s Neverending Hollywood Issue Race Problem

Tomorrow’s February 1st — which means it’s time to dig out that yearly “Is Vanity Fair racist?” headline. Yes, the magazine has unveiled its 2012 Hollywood Issue, and the cover isn’t pretty. No, strike that. It’s a lovely photo, filled with gorgeous, talented starlets. But while there are two women of color —… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Remember the nude sketch that Tony Bennett did of Lady Gaga for Vanity Fair per Annie Leibovitz’s suggestion? Well, it’s now up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Bennett’s Exploring The Arts. [via NME]

2. “I have heard that Lady Gaga… Read More

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Courtney Love Tells ‘Vanity Fair’ She’d Kill Kurt If He Came Back

Oh boy, Courtney Love. You have many haters, but here at Flavorpill, we have a soft spot for you and attempt to defend your ill-advised statements regularly. But we can’t help you when you insist on giving interviews to Vanity Fair – which, as we’re sure you remember, is the magazine that, back in 1992,… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got the scoop on every pair of sneakers that Jerry wore on Seinfeld. We couldn’t wait to read the Family Guy comic book series when it launches in July. We found out some reasons why people love big butts. We loved each of the responses in… Read More

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Does Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue Have a Race Problem — Again?

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. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

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

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The Bookopticon Breaks Down Publishing Incest

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

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John Hughes in Very, Very Short Form

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

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

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

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