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Vanity Fair Hollywood 2016

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BRYAN BURROUGH The jaw-dropping, $4.1 million sale of a movie prop, the Maltese Falcon statuette from the 1941 film noir classic of the same name, inspired Special Correspondent Bryan Burrough to delve into the world of Hollywood collectors for “It’s the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” on page 194. “There are few stories more fun to research and write than a good mystery,” says Burrough. “And the story of the real Maltese Falcon turns out to be almost as bizarre as the one we know on film.” JUDD APATOW “When you hang out with a man who is 101 and sharp as a tack, everything he does is a health plan for longevity,” says Judd Apatow of fellow actor-directorproducer Norman Lloyd (at wheel), whom he profiles for the Spotlight on page 228.…

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family affairs

Back in the day, long before C.G.I. took over so much of the film business, movie props were actually made by hand. For John Huston’s 1941 detective classic, The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. craftsmen are reported to have produced (by one count) six of the foot-tall Falcon figures. The story of what happened to those artifacts is at the center of Vanity Fair Special Correspondent Bryan Burrough’s report this month, “It’s the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of,” on page 194. Burrough’s search for the One True Falcon—the statuette handled by Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet in the film—picks up at the Northern California home of a fellow named Hank Risan, who collects rare guitars. He owns hundreds of them. He also collects antique British chess sets and, for the…

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in the company of women

For Vanity Fair’s 22nd Hollywood Issue it is the Year of the Woman. Annie Leibovitz is back at the helm, and for the first time the portfolio inside the magazine encompasses the same subjects celebrated on the cover. Not since 2001 have we featured an all-female, multi-generational group. This year we have women ranging in age from 21 to 78—all of whom bonded immediately. In Hollywood, it is often rare to be on set with more than one female, and 2016’s Hollywood cover stars relished spending time in like-minded company. The 13 actresses assembled here have racked up 35 Oscar nominations and nine wins, not including the statues to be collected this month. Thirteen may seem like a lot, but it was a difficult task to narrow V.F.’s current Hollywood class…

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the man in white

I enjoyed Michael Lewis’s insightful article on Tom Wolfe [“The White Stuff,” November]. I met Mr. Wolfe in 1999 shortly after the publication of A Man in Full. I was walking through the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport on my way to Charleston and from a distance spotted his unmistakable white suit. As I approached my gate, I found him sitting there waiting for the same flight. I introduced myself and told him how much I was enjoying his new book. He politely thanked me, and I learned that he was on his way to speak at the Citadel. I explained that I was going to Charleston to take a deposition in a case involving a fire at an expensive beachfront home on Kiawah Island. He perked up and began questioning…

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indoor stunt doubles

1 SPIT-TAKE MASTER ERNEST SMEECH Ernest Smeech, born with jumbo saliva glands, could do 20 spit takes without a break— so endearing him to directors that they often ordered writers to add spit-take scenes, even to costume dramas, just for the pleasure of working with this consummate pro. 2 HECTOR “ BALLOON BUM ” HAVOLINE JR. Hector Havoline Jr. was Hollywood’s go-to guy for his patented high jinks in 30s high-society comedies. Grotesquely obese, Havoline needed no breakaway pants; he would simply bend over and it was r-r-r-r-rip! every time. 3 AL DORK, DOGBITE GENIUS Al Dork hated all animals, but his stunt work with dogs made him rich enough to amass the world’s largest array of man-eating piranhas. 4 BOUNCING BUD SNIVELY The Human Toboggan’s skids and somersaults down staircases were in fact one single stunt,…

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a twit’s tweets

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 3m Message to @TheAcademy. “Astronaut” Damon spends 461 days on Mars, can’t grow anything better than potatoes. Fire that loser! Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 4m Star Wars = biggest grosser = best film. Do the math, Academicians! Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 7m What’s with all the tears? Man up, or have your Oscars rescinded! #trump2016 Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 10m #Tarantino: 8 movies, 793 corpses. Victory for common sense. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 11m Smart money on #Tarantino for NRA Lifetime Achievement Oscar. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 14m Carol delivers firm but fair message to US womankind: ignore the man in your life and end up in crappy motels! Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 16m Time for truth. James Bond sits on ass, acts like woman,…