Media Boy's Pop Pick: The 'Vanity Fair' 2007 Hollywood Issue
As a blanket of anticipatory, largely hollow Oscar coverage descended on the media in the last month or so, it was plenty tempting to tape the windows shut and hunker down with a Homeland Security preparedness kit until the telecast ends late on Feb. 25. But the March issue of Graydon Carter's Vanity Fair slices through the other Hollywood noise like Abigail Breslin screaming.
Mostly spared the odds making and guesswork that usually characterizes Hollywood coverage this time every year, Vanity Fair readers get a gorgeous portfolio of stars such as Alec Baldwin and Helen Mirren photographed in the style of film noir; a cover that dresses up Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Owen Wilson and Jack Black; and Michael Wolff, who has alienated a few people in his time, giving a great insider's account of Judith Regan, who seems to have alienated many times more.
The issue even manages to fuse Hollywood and one of Mr. Carter's other obsessions in a piece about a "coked-up, Armani-sheathed" agent who hit bottom, went to Iraq and filmed a pro-war documentary.
And even at 500 pages, you can finish reading it more quickly than you can get through the latest creation from Tyler Brule, Monocle.