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28-01-2013
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Vanity Fair March 2013 : Ben Affleck, Emma Stone & Bradley Cooper by Bruce Weber

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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.

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It looks like an Interview cover from the mid-90s and I don't mind it. However, Bradley Cooper's face looks a bit melty on the left* side...


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The writeup sounds really good. The cover is really bad though, and Emma doesn't look her best.

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this made my day. i'm in heaven!!!

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I'm cringing just looking at it. The cover seems very contrived and no one is complimenting the other.

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Why Olivia Wilde? I just don't get her being.. anywhere.

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That'll teach me to anticipate the cover of Vanity Fair.
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^ Exactly! What a let down, this is it? And Stone again? Her PR people are making me dislike her, and i am a huge fan!

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^ I know, right? I love her but she's been so overexposed lately. Jennifer Lawrence or Jessica Chastain would've been great cover choices, but since they had been on the cover recentely, I guess it wouldn't make sense...

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I would have appreciated seeing Naomi Watts there instead of Stone, she would make sense, and she is so underrated!

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"America’s sweetheart Emma Stone". I think I'm over her now. They could have put Kerry Washington or Quvenzhané Wallis on the cover instead of her.

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no, not at all...

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Bruce really needs to get over these threesome bed fantasies. This cover reminds me of the W cover he shot with Daria, Kate and Lara.

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Goodness....just when you thought VF was getting predictable they do something like this for the March cover! It's not bad certainly, but I kinda miss the glamour shot with like twenty people. The celebrity editorial has a lot of promise though, can't wait to see some of the photographs.

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i'm not sure what the think honestly... it's nice to see Vanity Fair playing with their style but i'm not totally convinced it works.

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