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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

They had Names back then ....

A must have every spring is the latest VANITY FAIR Hollywood issue with their array of stars on the gatefold sleeve, shot by Annie Leibovitz. This one above is from 6 or 7 years ago with that terrific lineup including Sophia, Vanessa, Meryl, Catherine, Penelope, Nicole, Cate, Kate etc.

The latest one is below, but how many can you recognise ? - apart from Ryan, Jake, Anne or James - oh, and Robert Duvall! ????

1 comment:

  1. The problem isn't that people don't have names, it's the fact that there is no real film industry anymore with the studios and the attendant publicity. I dare say that many of the young people now working are far more talented than their predecessors, but the ones with genuine talent mostly toil in independent films which have little (or no) publicity. And many of them have had extensive experience in television; the lucky ones have made the transition to film, but have been trying to seek out challenging projects. (Two examples: Mila Kunis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who are in the photo surrounding Robert Duvall.) Andrew Garfield has been the radar for a while, in such films as BOY A and NEVER LET ME GO; he is now poised to be the next Spiderman. And that is the crux of the problem: in the industry right now, there are only the extremes of obscure independence and comic-book tentpoles. That is why a movie like THE SOCIAL NETWORK (with Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield) is such a rarity (so much os that many people hate it): it is a movie of intelligence and craft which has become a box office hit.