Vanity Fair April 2009 : Jonah H., Paul R., Seth R., & Jason by Annie Leibovitz

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  1. Moonchild

    Moonchild New Member

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    Source | VanityFair.COM

    I'm not 100% sure if this will be the cover image... it would be funny if it were. I remember reading a story about that original cover and that it included Rachel McAdams but she had no idea Tom Ford wanted them to pose nude and fired her publicist right after.

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    1. DANNY McBRIDE, The Breakthrough Actor, writer, producer.
    He-e-e-e-e-re’s … Danny! In the last couple of years he’s burst through the door like no one since Jack Nicholson in The Shining. In Pineapple Express, he was sick funny as Red, a freakish low-life dealer who never starts a fight he can’t lose in an extremely painful manner. (In real life, McBride’s head was split open by a bong during filming.) And in a cast of brilliant comic actors, he still managed to steal a corner of Tropic Thunder for himself as the lunatic pyrotechnician. McBride has a special talent for taking your average everyday dumb-*** and making him into someone you hate to love. That’s what he’s been doing as the star of the new HBO comedy series East Bound and Down, in which he plays an ex-major-leaguer working as a gym teacher. The show’s co–executive producer is Will Ferrell, who appears on it from time to time. McBride will in turn be lending Ferrell comic support in the likely summertime comedy blockbuster Land of the Lost. Photographed by Mark Seliger in Los Angeles.

    2. RUSSELL BRAND, The Comic Actor, writer, naughty boy.
    The flamboyant, handsome, and very hairy Russell Brand may not attain the worldwide fame and influence of Charlie Chaplin, but he’s a huge talent with an adroit physicality and large ambitions. Americans got a taste of this British provocateur in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Brand’s character, the vain pop star Aldous Snow, made for an unusually multifaceted comedy villain: he’s shallow, obnoxious, and pompous, but also shows himself to be insecure, self-aware, good-hearted, and given to bouts of melancholy. Aldous will return as the hero of Get Him to the Greek, a rock ‘n’ roll comedy from the Judd Apatow factory scheduled for 2010. Before then, Brand will try to kindle a love affair with American audiences via his first Comedy Central special (his stand-up is influenced by Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks); a turn as the jester Trinculo in Julie Taymor’s film of The Tempest; and the U.S. release of his memoir, My Bookie Wook, a U.K. best-seller, which chronicles an odd upbringing, heroin and crack use, sex addiction, rehab, and his dismissal from British MTV after he arrived dressed as Osama bin Laden on September 12, 2001. Photographed by Mark Seliger in Los Angeles.

    3. BILL HADER, ANNA FARIS, JASON BATEMAN, and LESLIE MANN, The Honeymooners Actors.
    Do they option photographs? Because this might work—The Honeymooners updated for 2010. Jason Bateman may not be big enough or loud enough to pull off a Jackie Gleason–style Ralph Kramden, but, as he proved in Arrested Development and Hancock, he has on-screen charm to spare. Leslie Mann, who will anchor the most-anticipated comedy of the year, Funny People (written and directed by her husband, Judd Apatow), looks ready to go as the too-good-for-this-world Alice. Saturday Night Live stalwart Bill Hader, the heir to the Dan Aykroyd cunning-doofus crown, who has lent his distinctive touch to Pineapple Express (the opening minutes) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (those idiotic/amusing video chats), provides a more muscular Norton. And Anna Faris, so lovely and Goldie Hawn–ishly hilarious in The House Bunny, almost out-Trixies Trixie. Action, already. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy in Los Angeles.

    4. PAUL RUDD, The Role Model Actor, writer.
    It’s … alive! More than that, the career of Paul Rudd is thriving. He got a lot of attention for his banter with Seth Rogen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (“Know how I know you’re gay?”), delivered with an easy manner that masks a depth of feeling. Rudd may well end up this generation’s Jack Lemmon. His steady work is made possible partly by his enviable range, which allows him to play oddballs (his touched-in-the-head surfing instructor in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), romantic leading man (alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in the seriously underrated Amy Heckerling film I Could Never Be Your Woman), and at least one alienated guy (in Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things). In Monsters vs. Aliens, he voices a yuppie weatherman whose fiancée turns into a giant. In last year’s Role Models, which he co-wrote, he starred as a charming misanthrope who learns, bit by bit, not to hate everyone else quite so much. With its hard-R jokes and child actors, Role Models was a strange little package, but it gave us probably the best on-screen representation of Rudd-ness we’ve had—at least until the upcoming bro-mantic comedy I Love You, Man, in which he plays a so-called “girlfriend guy” who needs to find a best man in time for his wedding day. Photographed by Art Streiber in Los Angeles.

    5. JONAH HILL, The Chopper Actor, writer.
    Even when he plays characters who tend to freak out over little things—think of his germophobic tizzy in Knocked Up’s hospital scene or his anxiety attack outside the liquor store in Superbad—Jonah Hill exudes a feeling of calm. His steady gaze and deliberate, crystal-clear way with a line bring to mind Christopher Walken. And perhaps no other actor has managed to get away with talking so much filth while conveying a puppy-dog sweetness.(Were he to cut down the cherry tree of yore, he would probably say something like “I chopped it down and I’m really very ****ing sorry about it.”) Hill was likable even when playing the waiter with creepy stalker tendencies in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Look for him to brighten up three movies in the coming months: Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and the much-anticipated alternative-reality comedy from Ricky Gervais, This Side of the Truth. Photographed by Sam Jones in Los Angeles

    6. AMY POEHLER and WILL ARNETT, The Accomplices Actors, writers.
    Some Saturday Night Live cast members just made you laugh (Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell). Others made you laugh and freaked you out at the same time (Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Molly Shannon). And one made you laugh while scaring you (John Belushi). With Amy Poehler, there was something new. She certainly got her share of laughs in her eight-season tenure on the show, but she also inspired the kind of affection that’s hard to come by at that hour of the night. Last October, when it was announced on-air that she was absent because she was having a baby, there was something like an awwwww from the crowd, mixed with some seriously warm applause. Poehler will continue her cuddly relationship with NBC viewers soon, as the star of a new Thursday-night sitcom, Parks and Recreation. The Han Solo–esque stud on this page would be Will Arnett, Poehler’s husband. If you’ve seen Arnett as the entertainingly insufferable G. O. B. Bluth II on the late Fox sitcom Arrested Development, or in Blades of Glory or Semi-pro or, God help you, Let’s Go to Prison, you know there’s something not right about him. In a good way. He’s now doing his thing on 30 Rock, as Devon Banks, a corporate climber overwhelmed by his own gayness. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in New York.

    7. JASON SEGEL, The Loner Actor, writer, producer, songwriter, singer, puppeteer.
    The great silent-film comedian Buster Keaton got his name (bestowed upon him by Harry Houdini, according to showbiz legend) because, as a kid on the vaudeville circuit, he was willing to take a lot of physical punishment for a laugh. Jason Segel, with his quick smile and basset-hound eyes, doesn’t do much traditional slapstick, but he has taken part in a few pretty devastating pratfalls—though his are of the emotional variety. Does anybody cry funnier than Segel does in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the wonderful rom-com farce he not only starred in but wrote? Has anybody done funnier full frontal nudity than he does in the movie’s infamous naked-breakup scene? This alumnus of Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks and Knocked Up will next appear as a slightly unhinged pal to Paul Rudd in the springtime buddy comedy I Love You, Man. Segel is also putting his scripting and puppeteering skills to use in the next Muppets movie for Disney. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy in Los Angeles.

    8. SETH ROGEN, The Auteur Actor, writer, producer.
    With his booming voice and bearish appearance, Rogen has displayed a commanding screen presence in comedy hits such as Knocked Up and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and he may go on to achieve something like Will Smith–level celebrity when he becomes known even to grade-schoolers as a voice in the upcoming animated Monsters vs. Aliens and as the star of 2010’s The Green Hornet. But the amazing thing about Rogen is that he (along with collaborator Evan Goldberg) is one of the finest screenwriters going, with Superbad and Pineapple Express to his credit. Both pictures borrow elements from the films of Quentin Tarantino and Rogen’s mentor, Judd Apatow, to freshen up the action-buddy genre for a generation raised on reality TV and YouTube. Rogen is set up for another memorable year, with a part in Apatow’s Funny People and a starring role as an unstable security guard in the mall comedy Observe and Report. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy in Los Angeles.
     
  2. Luxx

    Luxx oh me, oh my

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    I love it! So very very playful and humorous, exactly how a comedy portfolio should be. I think it's nice to see comedians photographed this way. Sometimes they don't get the respect they deserve, it takes an awful lot to make people laugh.

    Where is James Franco with his buddy Seth Rogan :judge: they are always so cute together.

    I wish that Honeymooners picture were larger, I'd make it my desktop.
     
  3. AnemonefisH

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    Ummm....next issue please.:ninja:
    The other pics are great though.
     
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    I like it, but who is the person in the Young Frankenstein picture?
     
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    :rolleyes: Dont like the cover eds r nice tho :heart:
     
  8. Miss Dalloway

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    :lol: That is a brilliant cover, and i love the ed, god i adore Paul. :wub:
     
  9. Manuva

    Manuva congratulations, nerds.

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    With James Franco in a similar state of undress as Scarlett was on the real cover? ;)

    I digress. I like the cover though, it's very Vanity Fair - but with quite interesting cover choices. I always look forward to Vanity Fair and it rarely lets down.
     
  10. LucyInTheSky

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    Bahahaha. This is great.
     
  11. lamies022

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    I LOVE this, these guys are hilarious and deserve some attention (especially Paul Rudd)
     
  12. solg

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    Those pictures are incredibly amazing. I really love that they got the attention they deserve.
     
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    Love it. The Tom Ford spoof is genius. I love Paul Rudd.
     
  14. Les_Sucettes

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    jeez That's one group of ugly men.:lol:Great cover!
     
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    Love it. :lol: Paul Rudd makes a great Tom Ford. I always love Vanity Fair.
     
  16. flyme2themoon

    flyme2themoon In other words

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    Love the Apatow crew on the cover. :heart:
     
  17. nyc_art_style

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    this is great. :lol:
     
  18. Luxx

    Luxx oh me, oh my

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    I SUPPORT THIS 110% :clap:
     
  19. tigerrouge

    tigerrouge don't look down

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    You couldn't predict that cover shot, so I'm happy that Vanity Fair are giving us something new this month. If we had a glamorous woman on the cover every month, we'd stop appreciating those shots, so I don't mind if, some months, what's on the front isn't exactly to my personal taste. It gives me something different to look at (and read, when I get round to it).
     
  20. RomanXII

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    Awesome cover, shows that there's nothing wrong with changing up who appears on it. Paul Rudd's a fav of mine.
     

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