Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Paramount’s been having a lot of fun celebrating its 100th birthday, unveiling a sleek new logo and a stylish poster designed by DKNG. Their latest stunt is pulling together 116 of their best and brightest talents from the past century — from Alejandro González Iñárritu to Zoe Saldana — for a massive class photo. Why 116 and not an even 100? I have no idea, but I bet they could’ve whittled it down if they hadn’t included like every character from J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek. Check it out after the jump.
You can head to Vanity Fair to see the full shot without captions (you can still get the names by hovering your cursor over the photograph), or check out the version with nametags below:
Okay, so the Photoshop starts to look a bit off it you look too closely — the eerie lack of shadows and the fact that not one person out of 116 is blinking or yawning suggests this is a composite rather than a single shot. But it’s still an effective reminder of the wonderful work the studio has done over the century. Vanity Fair really has pulled together a fantastic mix rising stars and established icons, covering every type of movie from low-budget horror to family comedy, award-winning drama to action tentpole.
What’s really fun, though, is to (over)analyze is who’s sitting where. Some of the positioning is obvious. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are side-by-side, as are Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, and Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer.
But does that mean there’s a reason Transformers alums Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are standing in totally different parts of the photograph? Or why frowny Mark Wahlberg is standing all by himself? And is it just me, or does everyone look unimpressed by Justin Bieber? Other times, the randomness seems to suggest a good story — I’d love to know what Ernest Borgnine, Billy Dee Williams, and John Cho talked about during the shoot.