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Vanity Fair Hollywood 2017

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LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA In the V.F. Portrait on page 144, the Grammy-, Emmy-, Tony-, and Pulitzer Prize–winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda, celebrates Colombian-born John Leguizamo and his formative in!uence on Miranda’s artistic imagination and on that of an entire generation of Latino artists. “Witnessing a Latino actor … reveling in the specificities of our culture with brilliant, razor-sharp wit and a uniquely hip-hop energy exploded my every notion of what theater could be,” writes Miranda, who is currently filming Mary Poppins Returns, out next year. SHERRY LANSING As president of 20th Century Fox and later chairman and C.E.O. of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing was the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. In “My Hollywood,” on page 153, she describes the ways in which her father nurtured her film…

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a pillar of ignorance and certitude

Donald Trump, our 45th president, sold the electorate an America First bill of goods, when what he really had in mind was Me First. “I won,” he gloats, “therefore I can do this! I won, therefore I can do that!” In early January, our then president-elect was invited up to the o" ces of Condé Nast, the parent company of V.F., to meet with the editors of its magazines. The get-together was off the rec ord. (Not my wish. Nor was the meeting itself.) The standard practice is that, in such a context, nothing of what Trump said can be repeated. It doesn’t really matter, because I recall nothing being said that he hadn’t already said many times before. Is there any American at this point who hasn’t heard Trump talk…

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fantasy league

For Vanity Fair’s 23rd Hollywood Issue, Annie Leibovitz photographed 11 accomplished actresses, who among them have a total of nine Oscar nominations and two wins, on the back lot at Paramount Studios in a setting inspired by the industry’s golden era of cinema. “This year we looked at the young and wildly talented lineup and wanted a bit of femininity—a beautiful, airy palette, almost like a fantasy, to highlight their very distinct individuality,” says Jessica Diehl, V.F. creative director, fashion and style. “We were in the mood for beauty, lightness, and romance— the Hollywood we all dream of.” Natalie Portman, who first appeared on the Hollywood cover at age 16, in 1998, was pregnant when she won her first Oscar, in 2011, for Black Swan. She is again pregnant and the…

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clash of the titans

It was with great interest that I read David Margolick’s “V.C. for Vendetta” [Holiday 2016/2017]. One of my proudest accomplishments has been showing L.G.B.T. youth that one can be “out” and have a happy, successful, and ful!lling life. I might be less sympathetic toward Nick Denton if I had been the subject of any Gawker revelations about my sexuality, but I have no sympathy for Peter Thiel. The “greater philanthropic” things Thiel has done—the “blow for privacy rights” victory claim and being Hogan’s sugar daddy—ring hollow. WILLIAM T. GULLETTEEscondido, California Margolick describes both Nick Denton and Peter Thiel as “libertarians,” yet Denton seems to have engaged in some dangerously un-libertarian thought by exposing Peter Thiel’s sexual orientation. Libertarian thought privileges the individual over the collective and attributes to the individual a set…

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AGE: 20. PROVENANCE: Oakland, California. THE WORLD’S A STAGE: “I fell in love with theater at a young age. I was that weird eight-year-old who actually appreciated Shakespeare. I loved singing and dancing and putting on performances for my parents,” who were both teachers. THE HOUSE THAT MOUSE BUILT: By seventh grade, she had started auditioning in Los Angeles. “I got my first Disney show within six months.” After three seasons on the channel’s hit show Shake It Up, she went on to star in K.C. Undercover. This talented multi-tasker also serves as one of the show’s coproducers. “It’s like the best internship you can imagine.” MARVEL’S MUSE: Zendaya will be making her big-screen debut as Michelle, Peter Parker’s nerdy classmate, in this summer’s anticipated reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming. “I auditioned,…

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my place

James Beard Award–winning chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook are taking over the Los Angeles restaurant scene with their unique culinary hot spots, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Jon & Vinny’s, and Trois Familia. The epicurean duo (and best friends) give V.F. an insider’s guide to La La Land. McConnell’s ice cream — get Peppermint Stick! FAVORITE HOTELS: For us, it’s Chateau Marmont and the Beverly Hills Hotel (1). The locations are perfect for giving visitors a little taste of Hollywood living or, if you’re local, a great getaway. FAVORITE RESTAURANT: We love Matsuhisa Beverly Hills (5). FAVORITE BARS: Tiki-Ti—this is one of the original tiki bars! We also like Musso & Frank Grill, the Roger Room, the Dresden, and the Spare Room. BEST LOCAL COCKTAILS: A piña colada at the Beverly…