Vanity Fair’s gorgeous Hollywood portfolio


Yesterday, we saw the big reveal of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue, which, as many of you pointed out, was very, very, very white. Like, a sea of vanilla. I don’t really have anything to say about that other than, it sucks for women of color and lots of really talented young actresses who were eschewed in favor of … like, Evan Rachel Wood.

Anyway, I wrote yesterday that I hoped the Hollywood Issue would go back to the old way they used to do, where the portfolio would profile individual artists who had a great year, rather than putting strangers together for some kind of “photo essay”. It looks like I sort of got my wish, because Vanity Fair has released some of their portfolio, and these photos are rather lovely and classic, but they pair actors with their directors. The header photo is called “The Real Deal”, and it features director Lee Daniels, Mo’Nique and Gaby Sidibe from Precious. The full slideshow is here, and here are some of my favorites.

“The Sprites”: Peter Jackson with Saoirse Ronan of The Lovely Bones.


“The Hellions”: Quentin Tarantino with Christoph Waltz of Inglourious Basterds


“The Battle-Scarred”: Kathryn Bigelow and Jeremy Renner from The Hurt Locker.


“The Beautiful People”: Tom Ford with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore from A Single Man.


“The Juke-Jointers”: Scott Cooper with Jeff Bridges from Crazy Heart


“The Pot-Stirrers”: Meryl Streep & Nora Ephron from Julie & Julia


“The Best Buds”: the boys from The Hangover


All photos courtesy of Vanity Fair online.

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  1. Jack says:

    the pic of quentin and christoph is funny :)

    julianne moore looks so old!

  2. bite me says:

    love all the pictures

  3. Sigh. says:

    Now I liked this pictorial.
    Personalities are showing.

    That Saoire Ronan has a GREAT “gaze” for her age (that book and actress was WASTED on that movie, though)!

    Hollywood starlets, take note, THAT’S how you look “otherwordly,” not vapid or slow-witted. It’s more than squinting really hard, letting your jaw hang slack, and looking stage left.

  4. Praise St. Angie! says:

    DANG, Peter Jackson got skinny.

    looks like a COMPLETELY different person from when he was heavy.

    EDIT: the picture of the Hangover guys is hilarious. and I haven’t even seen the movie yet.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I like these photos a lot more. They’re much more real, the cover looked very staged.
    Saoirse Ronan is lovely.
    Julianne Moore unfortunately got caught doing the JLo expression.

  6. orion70 says:

    I love the Hangover pic.

  7. Kaiser says:

    I can’t believe no one is talking about Jeremy Renner’s arms! Look at his amazing arms, bitches!

  8. javelin says:

    Wow, these photos are excellent. Annie Leibovitz still has the magic touch.

  9. gloaming says:

    I was hoping for some Viggo :-(

  10. Praise St. Angie! says:

    WOW, look at those arms!

    (happy now? :P )

  11. nikki says:

    Saoirse Ronan is very cute!
    Jeremy Jenner has very muscular arms!

    oh! and i saw a pix with black peoples in Vanity Fair!(sarcasm)

  12. buckley says:

    Julianne Moore is exquisite.

  13. Praise St. Angie! says:

    oh, yeah, gloaming, Viggo is FINE.

  14. Trillion says:

    Peter Jackson is a brand new person. How much weight did that man lose? Well over 100lbs, I’d say. Good for him. Oh, and Kaiser, Renner arms def. caught my attention. Dayum!

  15. Kaiser says:

    Thank you for all for acknowledging his lovely arms!

    Now, I’m going to start a rumor: I think Renner and Bigelow may be hittin’ it.

  16. Carrie says:

    Fully support that rumor- that would be hot!

  17. Dhavy says:

    I love the pictures and

    I would love to do pull ups on those arms

  18. Rosalee says:

    @Nikki, self-righteous sarcasm is not pretty, nor does the cover of Vanity Fair reflect Young Hollywood..

  19. Camille says:

    @ Kaiser- as hot as that rumour would be, you just know that Jennifer Aniston is going to be sizing him up as her next potential ‘boyfriend’. Its her MO- you know that! ;-) heehee
    Oh- and yes he has very hot arms indeed.

    @Praise- don’t worry, you’re not missing anything (about not seeing TH).

  20. Laura says:

    Julianne Moore is just the coolest shit.

  21. Jill says:

    Fashion mags would fail without celebs, it seems. There’s too many of them now and they’re full of forgettable ads.

  22. Ally says:

    Ragh! Get Tom Ford away from Colin Firth. Ford’s sucking all the natural charm out of the Firth with his contagious staginess.

    “A Single Man” = Worst, most boring movie of the decade. Stay away!

  23. Jazz says:

    I hope Bigelow and Renner are hittin’ it! Take that James Cameron, you rich fecker!