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.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Vanity Fair 2016 Hollywood

But first. another look at that 2001 cover for their first music issue.  Interesting seeing David Bowie and Joni Mitchell side by side here - flanked by Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris etc. (Joni it seems is now doing well, according to Chaka Khan who is doing a tribute album on her). 
The 2016 Hollywood issue is not quite as good as their previous, but has a few good features, including one on those Sixties British movies like BLOW-UP, THE KNACK, ALFIE, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - nothing new, but nice to see them featured, and also a history of THE MALTESE FALCON. The layout, again by Annie Leibovitz, features a collection of Hollywood ladies - including this year's Oscar nominees, box-ended by Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton - who seems to have been photoshopped in at the end - I'm afraid Diane hasn't been in anything relevant for years .... again one wonders if all 13 ladies were there at the same time, maybe 3 or 4 at a time perhaps as part of a composite whole ?
Nothing though tops their 2001 issue, where Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Meryl and Vanessa were the highlights surrounded by those newer girls: Blanchett (who gets to be a lot of covers), Winslet, Paltrow (ditto), Kidman, Cruz .....

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