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Hollywood Infected Your Vain February 3, 2010

Posted by Patrick in Cinematics, Trashion.
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Vanity Fair have unveiled their annual Hollywood photoshoot, featuring nine of the film industry’s brightest up and coming female stars (click above for larger version).

The talent selected, from left to right: Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Candy), Kristen Stewart (Twilight, The Runaways), Carey Mulligan (An Education, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Jennifer’s Body), Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frost/Nixon), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Defiance), Emma Stone (Superbad, Zombieland), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler, Across the Universe) and Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight).

The girls were photographed by Annie Liebovitz (no surprises there), who has been doing the annual shoot for the past sixteen years.

The editorial has been criticised for being all-white, which is certainly true. Forgive me for saying it, but I don’t think it would do Precious‘s Gabourey Sidibe any good to be plonked in the middle of the fold-out amongst nine other thin white girls.

Even in the magazine’s first Hollywood cover, in 1995, there was one non-white face in the form of Angela Bassett. And everyone had a lot less on.

Behind the scenes at the 2010 shoot, below.

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[Images: Vanity Fair, Oh No They Didn’t!]

An Education November 10, 2009

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Terming this as a “coming-of-age” film makes me think of The Karate Kid, but the term definitely suits An Education. Based on the memoir of English journalist Lynn Barber, An Education is an example of the immense personal growth that occurs as we enter adulthood.

16-year old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) wants nothing more than to be mysterious, to speak in a sultry French accent, and to spend all day smoking cigarettes. The problem is, she’s a schoolgirl living in a decidely unglamourous London suburb. It’s 1961, the Swinging Sixties have yet to start swinging, and Jenny has nothing to look forward to but Latin tests. Mulligan was 22 at the time of filming, but she slips comfortably into the role of a bright-eyed schoolgirl, playing it with charm and wit.

When Jenny meets the older David (Peter Saarsgard), she is convinced that he possesses every quality that is missing from her life. And for a while, we are convinced too. David is smooth-talking, professional, wealthy, and best of all, he can speak French. He succeeds in seducing not only Jenny, but her parents, who warm immediately to David’s flattery and his fast car.

A short time into the relationship, David’s sparkle begins to fade. After a few shouting matches and some signs that his wealth has been earned by suspicious means, David no longer seems charming and mysterious, but slightly unnerving. Jenny is clearly out of her depth, but is happy to go along with anything if it means she is that bit closer to living out her dream as a French sophisticate. Orlando Bloom was originally set to play the part of David, but got cold feet at the last minute. The more reserved Saarsgard seems a better fit for the role.

Though Barber’s memoir mentions that her parents practically “threw” her into bed with this older man, Nick Hornby’s screenplay interprets the situation a little differently. The affair, though engineered by David, is aided greatly by the naievté of Jenny’s parents, who believe everything they are told by their daughter and her suitor. Hornby’s writing captures the early sixties as an age of innocence, but risks being a little hammy at times. Luckily the roles of Jenny’s mother and father are saved by the skill of Cara Seymour and Alfred Molina.


An Education is directed by Danish director Lone Scherfig, and it set off a huge bidding war between production companies when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. On seeing the movie, it’s easy to see why Sony Pictures were so eager to pay an advance of millions to purchase the distribution rights. It’s a beautifully shot, beautifully acted film, and captures perfectly the youthful belief that one is always right.

An Education is currently showing in the Irish Film Institute, Templebar