POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover

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It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.

This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.

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The odds of Disney remaking Brave as a live-action movie in the near future are basically zip, and thank God for that. But if such a thing came to pass, they could certainly do worse than cast Jessica Chastain in the lead role. For now, though, the Zero Dark Thirty actress will have to settle for playing the Scottish princess in a photoshoot.

The portrait of Chastain as Merida is the latest installment of Disney’s ongoing Dream Portraits ad series for their parks. It’s something of a break from tradition, in that Merida is the first original Pixar character to get her own portrait. Check it out — along with seven years’ worth of others — after the jump.

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The Princess and the Frog

Even before Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland kicked off the current live-action fairy tale craze, Disney was casting big-name stars to portray beautiful princesses and handsome princes on a regular basis. They just weren’t for the movies.

The studio has revealed the latest in their gorgeous Disney Dream Portrait series, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Earlier this year, we got Taylor Swift (who’s basically a real-life Disney princess already, but whatever) as Rapunzel. Now we have Jennifer Hudson in the role of Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Check it out after the jump.

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Don’t worry, Disney isn’t developing a live-action adaptation of Tangled, or at least not yet. This is just the latest photo in Disney’s Disney Dreams portrait series featuring live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

  • The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow WhiteScarlett Johansson as CinderellaBeyonce as Alice in Wonderland.
  • The second batch included Jessica Biel as PocahontasWhoopi Goldberg as the Genie, Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.
  • The third batch included Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven DwarfsPenelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast, and Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
  • The fourth batch included Russell Brand as Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as Phineas, Ezra and Gus, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion.

Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz. The first image features Taylor Swift as Rapunzel from the animated hit Tangled. Check the photo out after the jump.

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The year-end prestige film crush is just beginning, and one of the crown jewels from this year’s crop looks to be Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables. Between the source material and the on- and off-camera talent, it’s totally clear why Universal believes the musical has the potential to be a massive critical and commercial hit, and the trailers so far have lived up to those lofty expectations.

As part of the promotional push, Les Misérables has landed a lush Annie Leibovitz-photographed spread in Vogue. Hit the jump to see new portraits of stars Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (the Thénardiers).

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Over the last few years, Disney decided to create live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

  • The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyonce as Alice in Wonderland.
  • The second batch included Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie, Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.

Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz.The new set includes Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast, and Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Check the photos out below.

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With the release of Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps set for April, its publicity game is just starting to ramp up. Fitting then that Vanity Fair, former mag-home of the late Dominick Dunne, has a new photo shoot for this sequel of modern greed and murder courtesy of flashy, money-strapped photog Annie Leibovitz. After the jump is a new image of Michael Douglas‘s Gordon Gekko, a vacant behind-the-scenes vid of the shoot, and thoughts on Gekko’s lease on life post-prison.

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Vanity Fair hired Annie Leibovitz to photograph “10 partnerships that helped generate more than four dozen Oscar nominations this season.” If you’ve ever seen any of Leibovitz‘s photographs before (and you have, even if you don’t know it) than you know what to expect. She is somehow able to capture the life, natural realism and character of any of her subjects. And yes, the Christopher Nolan / Heath Ledger photo is a composite. Check out all the photos on VanityFair.com. Thanks to /Film reader Josh B for the tip.

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