10:23 am - 01/29/2013


Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, and Bradley Cooper on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Cover

It’s one for the history books—more than 75 different stars were photographed for Vanity Fair’s 19th Hollywood Portfolio, shot by Bruce Weber as the famed photographer’s definitive tribute to the town. Enfolding Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Amy Adams and Jonah Hill, Selena Gomez and Alan Arkin, Weber’s vision called for a variety of talent—of both the two- and four-legged variety. The cover: Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (impishly smiling in a bear suit and a gorilla costume, respectively) flank America’s sweetheart Emma Stone. Oscar winner Affleck cemented his status as Hollywood’s in-demand director with Argo, which received seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture, while Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook received eight nominations, including Cooper’s first for best actor. Youngest-ever best-actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis also appears on the cover gatefold along with Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, and Eddie Redmayne.

Weber’s wild(life) wit continues inside, as Les Misérables’ Redmayne and Bella Heathcote dance with a bear, tiger cubs make an appearance, and the most fawned-over participant in the whole production—Tai the elephant—mugs for the camera. Tai, who has her own IMDb page and several starring film credits, at one point walked through the soundstage at Hollywood Center Studios and began to perform some of her favorite tricks. Later that day she even gave Gomez a ride on her trunk.

Editor Graydon Carter wanted to do something different for the portfolio’s 19th year, so he called on Weber to create “Bruce Weber’s Adventures in Hollywood,” an ode to the city’s warmer side. Weber convened the shoots at various historic Hollywood locations—including back lots, soundstages, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Musso & Frank Grill, and the old Marion Davies estate. He shipped selected LPs and a portable record player to provide the right musical accompaniment for the assorted cast of Hollywood characters. When Weber was staging Quincy Jones and three of his beautiful daughters—Rashida, Kidada, and Kenya—Weber asked them to come up with a song they all knew so that they could sing together. Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” from the Thriller album, which Quincy produced, was their choice.

V.F. special correspondent Bob Colacello, who accompanied Weber on many of the shoots, observes that Bruce’s “magic kingdom . . . is more Cinecittà than Disney, a place where Old Hollywood glamour is filtered through the lens of postwar Italian neo-realism, and Norman Rockwell wholesomeness is given an antic Fellini edge.” Having spent decades watching the movie business, Weber finds the unexpected warmth among its stars. There’s an intimacy to these images that shows that Hollywood isn’t just about glamour. This year’s portfolio is a celebration of the friendships that thrive among the people who call it home.

Vanity Fair

I don't hate Emma Stone but why is she on the cover of practically everything?
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supernature_971 29th-Jan-2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
There something off in every picture. Even the better ones.

Kerry's face looks good but who thought that hair was a good idea ?
There are so many strange shadows in Olivia's pic...

All of this looks very amateur tbh.
flaviavn 29th-Jan-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
ikr, the weird shadows distracted me from her abs, what the hell?
bookwormrach 29th-Jan-2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Halle's pose is the worst. Like ?
amkf 29th-Jan-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
It's all very odd because Bruce Weber generally does good to great work for fashion magazines.
walker_sarah 29th-Jan-2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
jessica chastain should be on that cover lbr
wheezy_wazlib 29th-Jan-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
I agree. I initially thought Jennifer Lawrence but as it's been pointed out here, she was just on the cover last month.
arcticmonkeys 29th-Jan-2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
bellwetherr 29th-Jan-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
but on a panel flap right? not the front page
lokiyan 29th-Jan-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
opusdeihohoho 29th-Jan-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
lol emma looks great. the smaller the smile and the less teeth are shown the better
chasing_center 29th-Jan-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Emma looks old on that cover.
liliana_ 29th-Jan-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
She's been looking old in general lately. That hair and the weight loss are doing her no favors.
bluebandit77 29th-Jan-2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
what is this foolishness?
juliesaracen 29th-Jan-2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
lol that last pic....

I actually like the one with Ben/Emma/Bcoop
vvalerie123 29th-Jan-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
that font makes me angry
lovedhurtlost 29th-Jan-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
ONTD hates everything.
ponpiri 29th-Jan-2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
They're interesting and I love the font that was used.
whiskybars 29th-Jan-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
i love the photos itself just not most of the people in it.
revertigo 29th-Jan-2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
i really don't understand the hate for annie leibovitz.

she made jlaw look so beautiful and classic so therefore.... it was a basic shoot? what?
bellwetherr 29th-Jan-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
To me, the flopness of this is in the form of the talent chosen and not Weber. I love him and if we replaced some of these fools, it would look loads better.
lovedhurtlost 29th-Jan-2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Emma looks like Goldie Hawn in that pic.
hjohnson 29th-Jan-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
What the hell is Halle doing?
smokesinatra 29th-Jan-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
"here are my boobs. look at them"
winonaforever 29th-Jan-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Emma Stone has no sparks anymore. :(
tucker 29th-Jan-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
I still love her but I know what you mean :/
ponpiri 29th-Jan-2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
The only images I dislike are Halle's and the one before the cut. Armie's is my favorite.
hellocheerio 29th-Jan-2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
armie pics are always my favorite
mila_s_garden 29th-Jan-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Halle Berry looks like she's awkwardly offering her boobs
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