The 27th annual Hollywood Vanity Fair was released Tuesday morning and featured a wide range of talent.
Veteran mermaid Charlize Theron was seen, as well as new heartthrob Michael B Jordan from Creed and Black Panther fame, as well as Zendaya from Euphoria and Awkwafina from Ocean’s Eight for one of their most diverse versions.
Artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari conducted 10 photo sessions on four continents. They used ‘modern techniques’ that allowed VF to minimize staff on set and maximize the COVID-19 protocol.
A New Look for 2021: Vanity Fair’s 27th annual Hollywood edition launched Tuesday morning and featured a wide range of talents.
In the past, the VF Hollywood edit tended to feature white stars like Nicole Kidman, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, and Sandra Bullock with little diversity.
But this year is very different.
Also featured on the cover are Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, Big Mouth), Michaela Coel, (I May Destroy You), Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods, David Byrne’s American Utopia), LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek).
Theron talked about releasing The Old Guard directly to Netflix.
‘Somehow it was meant to come out in ’Theron says of The Old Guard, which hit Netflix last summer.
And it was meant to appear on people’s televisions. In the end, that’s why I think it was so successful. Talk thematically about the things people were going through. And part of me is like, “So what if it wasn’t on a big screen?” I’m not mad at the fact that probably more people watched The Old Guard than any other movie I’ve made, outside of Fast & Furious, in a theater.
Some of the biggest names: The first panel featured Michael B Jordan, Charlize Theron, Zendaya and Sacha Baron Cohen
Jordan spoke about streaming services: “Great stuff can live anywhere,” Jordan said. It’s really about the audience and how they want to consume it. And that’s not really up to me to decide.
And he also referred to the late Chadwick Boseman with whom he worked on Black Panther.
“Our relationship was very personal and had many wonderful moments, some that I was unable to fully appreciate and understand until now. I wish I had more time for our relationship to evolve, grow and become closer and stronger.
‘We have a concentrated dose of Chadwick. He did more in his 43 years of life than most people have ever done in their entire lives.
Number two: the second panel featured Spike Lee, Maya Rudolph, and LaKeith Stanfield
And it was here the time it was supposed to be here, and it had its impact and its legacy. That was made clear by the abundance of love she has received from people around the world. ‘
Michael then added: ‘There are generations of kids who get close to him. Is incredible. And losing it was … Yeah, man, it hurt. It hurts much. That’s probably what made me cry the most this year. ‘
Cohen said people should take his job with a grain of salt: ‘I’m a comedian. I am an actor. I am not a political theorist, I am not a politician, I am not an academic. I would take anything you say with a pinch of salt.
And he referred to the sequel to Borat that will come out in October, before the presidential elections.
The third: And on the last panel were Michaela Coel, Awkwafina and Dan Levy
Maya Rudolph talked about her return to Saturday Night Live.
“Now I am an old man,” says Maya; plays Vice President Kamala Harris. “Now I am one of the oldest women in the tribe, imparting wisdom.”
He also spoke about Trump before he became president. ‘I remember when Trump first hosted The Apprentice, and we as the cast said,’ F ** k. This sucks. I don’t want to be here for this. ‘
Old-fashioned: In the past, the VF Hollywood edit tended to feature white stars with little diversity. On the left is the 2012 cover with Jennifer Lawrence, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain; on the right is the 2010 cover with Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart and Carey Mulligan
Spike Lee said, “It was a shitty year, 2020. Just a shitty year in bold letters with exclamation marks: F * CKED UP !!!”
Filming Da 5 Bloods in Thailand was not easy: ‘The heat. The jungle. And it was also around that time of year that Thai farmers burned their land, so we had the worst air pollution in the world while filming.
That shit was tough as a son of a bitch. Hard AFAF, that’s for shit. No, this was a challenging movie, but we knew it upon entering. We were going to a jungle … I mean, this is my mentality: we are making a war movie. We are going to the war. Not easy in a war.
His New Normal: Theron Talked About Releasing The Old Guard Directly To Netflix ‘Somehow It Was Meant To Come Out On ’Theron says of The Old Guard, which hit Netflix last summer. Seen in 2019
Awkwafina was about forging a new path for Asian American artists.
“You don’t want to represent stripes of people,” he says. But if we are not so many, some people will think that what they see on the screen is what we are. That is why the solution is not more me, more people are different ‘.
Dan Levy shared: “I think everything that we’ve been through alone, from a creative point of view, has made the work so much more substantial,” says Levy. “Even if you’re going to tell a little light comedy, it seems like it should be something.”
Zendaya was also included in the topic; seen early 2021
His show Schitt’s Creek showed a gay couple in a new light: ‘Personally, up to that point, I hadn’t seen many gay characters and relationships portrayed with that kind of ease. As a member of the LGBTQIA + community, we are so used to seeing members of that community in danger. ‘ While the show was not overtly political, this was a ‘forever’ that resonated.
LaKeith Stanfield said, “It’s an opportunity for people, when you start to critically analyze those things,” says Stanfeld. ‘Like, what kind of world do we want to live in? We can start recreating it now. Sometimes the tough battles are the things that pay off.
Vanity Fair’s problem is “celebrating the actors, producers and directors who propelled storytelling with hope and humanity during a surreal year,” the press release noted.
The portfolio focuses on how ‘interpreting this year’s events has become central to his work’ and how the transformation the entertainment industry has undergone ‘could present an opportunity for more lasting positive change’.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more talented and transcendent cast of characters than our cover stars this year,” wrote editor-in-chief Radhika Jones in an editor letter for the issue.
Jordan’s Time: Jordan talked about streaming services: “Great stuff can live anywhere,” says Jordan. It really is about the audience and how they want to consume it. And that’s not really up to me to decide. And he also referred to the late Chadwick Boseman. “Our relationship was very personal and had many wonderful moments; Seen with the cast of Black Panther in 2019
Their work has earned them new audiences on new platforms, reached new creative heights, delved into new emotional depths, and brought them catharsis, humor, and gratification.
“They have helped push the boundaries of what entertainment can be and the stories it can convey, whether it’s in a theater, on TV, or somewhere in between. This theme exists to celebrate Hollywood and measure its evolution, and on both fronts we find a lot to talk about ”.
There are also expanded questions and answers featuring portfolio stars Spike, Charlize, Michael and Sacha. And there is a story of Zack Snyder’s return to Justice League. Amanda Seyfriend also appears in the issue.
See the full article in the Hollywood edition of Vanity Fair available via digital download and on newsstands Friday, February 26.
Work hard for the money: Spike Lee said, ‘It was a shitty year, 2020. A shitty year in bold type with exclamation marks: F * CKED UP !!!’ Filming Da 5 Bloods in Thailand was not easy: ‘The heat. The jungle. And it was also at that time of year that Thai farmers burned their land, so we had the worst air pollution in the world while we were filming ”; seen in 2019 at the Oscars