For the 27th annual Hollywood Issue, Vanity Fair celebrates 10 creators and stars who showed us humanity in a surreal year, photographed by the renowned conceptual artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
The 2021 Hollywood portfolio features Michael B. Jordan, Charlize Theron, Zendaya, Sacha Baron Cohen, Maya Rudolph, Michaela Coel, Spike Lee, LaKeith Stanfield, Awkwafina, and Dan Levy.
Artist Eddy Torigoe Pellot has digitally inserted the distinctive face of the great Bill Murray into several very famous and historical paintings by such historical luminaries as Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Wood, Gilbert Stuart, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt, and Jacques-Louis David.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Bill Murray and I remember seeing a picture of him on Reddit. I thought that the angle and even the way he looked was very similar to the portrait of George Washington, …So I thought about looking for other photos of Bill to put in other paintings.”
Chris Barker has created a poster in homage to the iconic, famous Beatles cover art for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, showing all the celebrities who had passed away in 2017.
This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper, which makes the new art even more iconic.
Tom Petty, Adam West, Gordon Kaye, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Fats Domino, Sir Roger Moore, Hugh Hefner, and John Hurt are among the many well-known faces who passed away this year, and are commemorated in the new art.
Events were also featured in the art, taking on a bit of an apocalyptic, climate change theme with the red skies and flooded waters at the bottom.
In the background looms the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Las Vegas scene now associated with Stephen Paddock’s gun massacre of at least 58 people. Also in the background are palm trees blown by the multiple hurricanes and tropical storms that have ravaged the world in 2017.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest – you could go on and on about all the different upstarts that have come to mainstream prominence over the last decade. Social media has literally changed our lives. The way we communicate, start relationships, advertise and consume media have all been modified thanks to our increasing usage of these mediums.
For all of the upshots social media has brought us, it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t get to see the occasional meltdown. Whilst seeing the polished output controlled by a press manager might give us an air of infallibility from those in the limelight, when they’re free to take the reins and run riot by themselves it can often lead to some of the more dramatic moments. Reminding us that they’re human helps their public persona more than personality-less tweet about tour dates, single releases, meet and greets or whatever else these celebrities are plugging.
Many pop stars, actors, politicians, sports stars and brands are impeccable with their output. Others, not so much. Some of the best social media fails can be found here but we have rounded up our favorites of all time.
Everybody Loves Beyoncé
Even your grandma has been known to shake it along to ‘All the Single Ladies’ from time to time. However, when someone held in such high regard for almost everything feels the need to start photoshopping her Instagram pictures, it leaves mere mortals feeling slightly inadequate. The fans were on to her, too!
Charlie Sheen, In General
The monumental breakdown of Charlie Sheen was enough in itself. You could write articles for days about that one, and how his “winning” was most definitely not winning. The more PG and easier to swallow fail from Charlie came in a much more innocent way, though, as in the burgeoning days of Twitter he managed to tweet out his phone number and was subjected to a barrage of calls as he was out eating dinner. It appears the tweet was supposed to be in private to Justin Bieber. Whether that is “winning” or not will of course be personal preference.
That Time Mary J. Blige’s Argument Fell At The First Hurdle
Insulting someone’s intelligence can be quite hurtful. Considering “intelligents” isn’t a thing, can somebody really be hurt by that? Mary has never been a woman subjected to much scrutiny for her wisdom. Her voice and music usually do the talking. But when she took umbrage with somebody not taking her seriously in the intellect stakes her fail couldn’t have been more perfect.
Once It’s Out There, It’s Out There
Once you’ve posted something on social media, you know there’s no turning back. You might delete it after a second but it can haunt you forever. It’s even worse when something takes hold in a way you didn’t want it to. Big names and brands have fallen foul to this.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea might have been able to get away with nonsensical freestyles when she was playing to three people in a dive bar, but now everyone is connected and they won’t miss a trick. Not only will they not miss it, but they’ll attach a hashtag that sees it go viral in minutes, with everybody chiming in.
Social media is weird and wonderful and long may it stay that way. We could have added hundreds to this list, but feel free to share your favorite celeb fails with us. We could all do with a few more ways to make Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help us be less productive during our work day!
Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he is best known as an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, former president/chairman of Marvel Comics and fan favorite at comic conventions.
Lee created such memorable comic book characters as The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men, Guardians of The Galaxy and Daredevil.
Stan “The Man” Lee was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall Of Fame in 1995. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
The majority of Stan Lee’s Marvel creations have been turned into television shows, movies and video games and Lee is famous for making cameos in these projects.
On December 5, 1947, Lee married Joan Clayton. Joan Lee gave birth to Stan’s two daughters: Joan Celia ‘J.C.’ Lee in 1950 and Jan Lee, who died three days after delivery in 1953.
At the end of September 2012, Lee underwent a surgical operation to have a pacemaker installed, telling the media he did this “to insure that he would live for 90 more years.”
Howard Stern will celebrate his birthday in a big way this year, with Sirius XM announcing a special live broadcast from New York City, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, on the evening of January 31st, 2014.
“Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash” will be the first of its kind since Stern made the jump from terrestrial to satellite radio. Specifics of the event – including venue, VIP guests, performers, and other surprises – will be announced on The Howard Stern Show in the coming weeks.
“With this birthday bash, we are finally one step closer to making my birthday the national holiday it deserves to be,” Stern cracked in a statement.
Artie Lange shocked the literary world in 2008 when his memoir Too Fat To Fish became a mega bestseller, debuting at Number One on the New York Times Best Seller List. He was one of the most successful comedians in the country at the time, selling out theaters and reaching millions of listeners a day as Howard Stern’s sidekick. But a little a year over after the book came out, Lange stabbed himself in the stomach nine times while deep in the throes of heroin addiction. He wouldn’t appear on a comedy stage for the next year and a half, and to this day he hasn’t stepped foot back inside Howard Stern’s studio.
Lange’s new book, Crash and Burn, co-written with Anthony Bozza, hits stores on October 29th. It chronicles Lange’s dark descent into depression and heroin addiction and his agonizingly slow return from rock bottom. Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book.
Stan “The Man” Lee and Funko are teaming up with ConventionExclusive.com to release a series of five convention exclusive Stan Lee Pop! vinyl figures, each one at a different convention. The Stan Lee Pop! Series kicks off at New York Comic Con 2013, with the comic book legend sporting the NYCC logo across his chest.
Limited to just 1,000 pieces, the New York Comic Con 2013 Exclusive Stan Lee Pop! vinyl figure by Funko can be purchased at the ConventionExclusive.com NYCC booth #1274 and the Crazy Cat Collectibles NYCC booth #1555.
Screen Junkies has created a video that features celebrities in commercials before they were famous. The video shows off clips of actor Bryan Cranston selling hemorrhoid treatment, Ben Affleck as a Burger King delivery driver, young Kristen Stewart being driven to school in a Porsche, and more.
This star-studded tribute to the kings and queens of comedy draws together such legendary names as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and many more.
Granted extraordinary access, photographer Matt Hoyle has captured his subjects in portraits that are works of art in themselves—by turns zany and deadpan, laugh-out-loud and contemplative. Accompanying them are first-person reflections from each of the comedians on life and laughter that always cut straight to the heart of comedy: it’s funny because it’s true.
Page after sidesplitting page in Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People ($40) offers prose as engaging as each portrait is memorable. Here, in one handsome package, is the gift of laughter itself.
The 200 page book published by Chronicle Books will be released on October 15, 2013.