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Vanity Fair Hollywood 2019

From entertainment to world affairs, business to style, design to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst, inspiring and driving the national conversation. Now the magazine has redefined storytelling for the Digital Age, bringing its high-profile interviews, stunning photography, and thought-provoking features to your device in a whole new way.

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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
once upon this time in hollywood

What better way to celebrate the 25th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue than to make a real-life motion picture as its cover? We did it in Los Angeles, of course, enlisting a very special guest as director: the three-time Academy Award–winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki. Over two electrifying days at the Los Angeles Theatre, he shot some of the most brilliant lights of current cinema doing what they do best—acting, chatting, dancing, gazing from under smoky lids, and otherwise engaging with a camera that captured them in nonstop eloquent motion. It was exhilarating to watch the star power behind the lens connect with the star power in front of it. Together our 11 cover subjects have acted in more than 150 films. This year marked the first for Yalitza Aparicio, the…

3 min.

Emmanuel “Chivo” LUBEZKI “Moving Pictures” p. 106 Our cover maestro Lubezki made Hollywood history when he won a trifecta of Oscars for Gravity (2013), Birdman (2014), and The Revenant (2015). “I’m very happy and extremely lucky to have won,” says the Mexican cinematographer. “But minutes after you win, you realize you have not changed at all. It’s best to keep going and keep studying and keep working.” Chivo (the nickname means “goat,” and he’s had it since boyhood) picked up his first camera—a Kodak Retina—around age four. His memory of that early experience still informs his artistry. “To see the light hitting the lens, it looked like a little jewel,” he remembers. “I wanted to eat it, touch it, smell it, and it was so beautiful to me.” It’s with the same sense of humility…

2 min.
on the set for vanity fair's 25th hollywood cover

The sounds of a live six-piece jazz band wafted through the ballrooms, balconies, and hidden corridors of the historic Los Angeles Theatre late last November as 11 of Hollywood's game changers, newcomers, role models, and rule breakers arrived for the 25th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood cover shoot. "This is surreal," marveled actor Timothée Chalamet as he descended the grand staircase into a dressing room. "It feels like a movie set." He wasn't wrong: at the helm of the full-scale production was three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer (Gravity, Birdman, The Revenant) Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who, together with Oscar-nominated production designer Bo Welch, threw a two-day fete to rival the likes of Federico Fellini. "We're trying to capture that feeling of 'It's four A.M. after the party.' You've gotten to know each other…

3 min.
opening act

This past year was a major one for you. You most recently starred in The Hate U Give as a high-school student who takes a stand after witnessing the police shooting of a friend. You’re an activist in real life, too, and have become a voice of a generation looking for change. I accidentally became an activist, and that’s still not necessarily a word that I self-label. I protest for sure, but I’m not out there on the front lines. It feels kind of presumptuous to take on that label, but I’m really honored that people conceptualize me that way. Given your impact, is there anything you haven’t done yet that you want to do? I want people to feel less alone, I want them to feel represented, I want to make something…

1 min.
watch list: alternate oscars edition

Widows WHO’S IN IT Perhaps the finest ensemble of 2018, including Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, and a smashing Elizabeth Debicki. WILL REMIND YOU OF Michael Mann’s Heat and other sophisticated crime capers. WHY NOW Criminally (heh) overlooked at the multiplexes last year, Steve McQueen’s elegant and incisive thriller is sharp, exciting, and rare. The Front Runner WHO’S IN IT Hugh Jackman, J. K. Simmons, Vera Farmiga, Sara Paxton, and a lot of bad hair. WILL REMIND YOU OF Robert Altman meets Aaron Sorkin. WHY NOW Though maybe not as relevant as it had hoped, Jason Reitman’s smart, spirited, and really well acted re-enactment of Gary Hart’s presidential-campaign flameout is fascinating and crisply executed. Suspiria WHO’S IN IT Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and a whole bunch of other witches. WILL REMIND YOU OF Dario Argento’s original horror film from…

4 min.
the shoe fits

As a sum of its parts, Gucci’s new hiking sandal should be an eyesore. Its toe caps are pickle-green, and the logo’d Velcro straps call to mind the clip-ins at SoulCycle. Tricked out with detachable crystal webbing and zigzags of utility climbing rope, these sporty sandals convey a stew of associations—dowager aunt or painfully earnest “outdoorsy” dude from your freshman dorm. They are a challenge to the senses, a reworking of fundamental notions of grace and luxury. And yet, they might just be everything we need right now. For those of us who have followed fashion’s recent trajectory from normcore (think mom jeans and Keds) to neo-modesty, it is hard to consider Gucci’s shockingly maximalist shoes without coming to see our meek mistakes reflected in the dazzling hardware. Once your eyes…