Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

Great to get this year's Hollywood issue of VANITY FAIR - once a magazine junkie, always a magazine junkie! This one is essential for European film fanatics: new interviews with those two 77 year olds - Sophia Loren in splendid seclusion at her home in Geneva as caught by Annie Leibovitz, and Brigitte Bardot at St Tropez - no new photos from there though. Good to get these 2 icons looking back on it all now ... and that biographer (or cuttings compiler) Charlotte Chandler writes about Antonioni and Fellini with some interesting photos too - she really did know everyone, being photographed here with her head on Antonioni's chest over lunch. This year's cover is by Mario Testino on the new girls in town (Rooney, Mia, Jessica etc). Esther Williams at 90 answers their monthly questionnaire; and the essential movie of the last 30 years? - not PULP FICTION nor E.T. nor TOY STORY - but DINER
Below: last year's cover headed by Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and James Franco - and bottom the 2001 roundup including Loren, Deneuve, Vanessa, Meryl, Cate and Kate, Gwynneth, Penelope, Nicole ... so much glamour and talent in one room, if there were all there at the same time !

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