Michael B. Jordan was the guest of honour at a Vanity Fair event at LA's Soho House on Tuesday. The actor was feted for his role as Oscar Grant III in this year's Fruitvale Station and was joined by his co-star Octavia Spencer and the film's director, Ryan Coogler. Also on hand for the event was Forest Whitaker — who produced the powerful true-life story — as well as Zac Efron, who showed up to support his pal Michael. While Zac doesn't technically have a connection to the movie, he and Michael have likely struck up a close friendship; the two star together in the upcoming comedy That Awkward Moment and have been travelling side by side to promote the funny film before its release. The film opens across Australia today.
Aside from his comedic turn, Michael's compelling performance in Fruitvale Station has earned him much award-season buzz. He kicked things off at last month's Hollywood Film Awards, where he picked up the spotlight award, and recently participated in an award roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter with industry heavyweights like Matthew McConaughey and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Nicole Kidman opened up about her high-profile marriage to Tom Cruise in a new interview for the December issue of Vanity Fair. Nicole married Tom when she was just 23 years old, and the pair's romance was constant gossip fodder until they divorced back in 2001. "I was so young," Nicole said of her first marriage. “There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you. And there is only one other person that’s going through it," She said, adding, "It brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have that — because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”
Nicole also referenced her current marriage to Australian singer Keith Urban, “And you know, with no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I’ve met my great love now." The couple have two children, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. Nicole left Hollywood behind to move with Keith to Nashville so he could focus on his country music career. She said of her move, "You can have a certain career, but you can’t be living in Hollywood, [where] absolutely everything, everything revolves around it. That wasn’t my choice. I’d rather revolve around somebody else’s career and then still find my own."
Interestingly enough, Keith also opened up about his romance with Nicole this week, revealing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he and his actress wife occasionally exchange sexts. "Maybe one text," he said. "Maybe one cool kind of . . . you know . . . a year. One of those kind of texts." Watch Keith's adorable interview below.
While Nicole appears to be in marital bliss now, the actress revealed that she hit a "low point" while filming The Hours during the same time she was going through a divorce with Tom. While filming Virginia Woolf's suicide scene, Nicole had a revelation, “Walking into the river with those stones in my pockets — I chose life. At the time, I was at a low point, and by playing her, it put me into a place of appreciating life.” Nicole's emotion came through as she went on to win the Oscar for best actress for her role in the film.
New details have emerged about Vanity Fair's rumoured takedown piece on Gwyneth Paltrow. It reportedly investigates whether Gwyneth had an affair with Miami billionaire Jeff Soffer. Recently, the magazine's editor in chief, Graydon Carter, announced that the publication was working on a feature article and that it would run despite Gwyneth's attempts to stop it.
Sources have allegedly told The New York Post's Page Six that Vanity Fair looked into Gwyneth's relationship with Jeff, seeing whether the pair had an affair back in 2008 when he re-opened the Fontainebleau Hotel. For her part, Gwyneth's rep told Us Weekly that the reports are "ridiculous," explaining that she and her husband, Chris Martin, have been friends with Jeff for a long time. Meanwhile, Jeff tied the knot with Elle Macpherson this past August, having dated for two years before their Fiji wedding.
Back in May, The New York Times reported on Vanity Fair's tougher coverage of celebrities, saying that Gwyneth had emailed her friends, asking them not to provide information to the magazine. "Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine," she wrote. "If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again." Her frustration follows a long history with the magazine, as she was first photographed for Vanity Fair back in 1995 at age 22, and she's appeared on five covers since.
Jay Z cuts a dapper figure in a suit and tie on the cover of Vanity Fair's November 2013 issue. In what might just be his most revealing interview yet, Jay opened up about everything from his checkered past as a drug dealer in the streets of Brooklyn to his current status as a husband and father. The oft-private hip-hop megastar even talked about something that we rarely hear about from him: his relationship with Beyoncé Knowles. On their early courtship, Jay said that he worked hard to "wine and dine" his wife of five years, adding, "You've got to try first. You got to dazzle." See more quotes from Jay Z on handling rumours, Blue's musical tastes, and why he and Beyoncé decided to trademark their baby's name in November's Vanity Fair:
On Blue Ivy's musical tastes: "She does like her mother's music — she watches [Beyoncé's concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don't know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album — she's only 18 months old and I don't play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, 'More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.' She's my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. She's genuine, she's honest, because she doesn't know it makes me happy."
On his past as a drug dealer: "I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you're going to get locked up or you're going to die."
On his early courtship with Beyoncé: "[In 2001] we were just beginning to try to date each other. You've got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine."
Would Beyoncé have dated him if he wasn't "Jay Z"? "If I'm as cool as I am, yes. But she's a charming Southern girl, you know, she's not impressed . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool."
On rumours that Beyoncé wasn't really pregnant with Blue: "It's just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you've got to feel for her. I mean, we've got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But we're still human beings. And even in hip-hop, all the blogs had a field day with it. I'm like, 'We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?'"
On trademarking Blue's name: "People wanted to make products based on our child's name, and you don't want anybody trying to benefit off your baby's name. It wasn't for us to do anything; as you see, we haven't done anything."
Thirty-two years ago on Monday just past, Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became the Princess of Wales. Now three decades after her epic wedding and almost 16 years since her tragic death, fascination with Princess Diana remains. Today, Vanity Fair eleased its September cover with Princess Diana on it, offering more evidence that interest in the late people's princess has not faded. Below, let's examine the latest resurgence in coverage.
Her Secret Lover
Dr. Hasnat Khan is the subject of the new Vanity Fair article titled The Grandmother Prince George Never Knew: Revisiting Diana and the True Love of Her Life. The Pakistani heart surgeon dated Diana between 1995 and 1997. The article claims that she wanted to marry the doctor and considered moving to Pakistan. It quotes Diana, reading: "'Everybody sells me out,' Diana told a friend the summer of her death. 'Hasnat is the one person who will never sell me out.'" According to the piece, Hasnat's conservative family, as well as his distaste for the spotlight sabotaged the relationship. It also implies that Diana's infamous relationship with Dodi Fayed was designed to make Hasnat, the man she truly loved, jealous. Vanity Fair also covered the topic in 2007 with an excerpt from Tina Brown's book The Diana Chronicles. And the clandestine relationship is examined in the upcoming film Diana, starring Naomi Watts.
The Would-Be Grandmother
With the birth of Prince William's son, much sentimental attention has turned to Princess Diana. For example, Kate's choice of a postpartum polka-dot dress brought back the memory of Diana wearing a similar print while leaving the hospital with Prince William. Former acquaintances recently have been quoted in the papers as saying Diana would have made a wonderful grandmother, and there is constant speculation that Prince William will follow his mother's hands-on parenting example. Considering Diana's work with children is a major part of her legacy, it's natural her memory is being evoked upon the birth of her first grandchild.
John Galliano's hotly anticipated interview with Charlie Rose was broadcast in the States on Wednesday night, and in clips from the hour-long chat, the former Dior designer makes a number of very sobering comments.
John Galliano's hotly anticipated interview with Charlie Rose was broadcast in the States on Wednesday night, and in clips from the hour-long chat, the former Dior designer makes a number of very sobering comments. In the interview, Galliano discusses everything from the suicide of Lee McQueen, which he said he "understood," to his own struggles with addiction and substance abuse. He also apologised for the anti-Semitic remarks he made in March 2011 that led to his dismissal from Dior, and to his eventual stint in rehab, but maintains that he's grateful for the way these events have unfolded. "I have been able to spend some time on myself and understand these emotions that I couldn't express," he said. "This was all bottled up, really, and later on in life, in that state that I found myself in, it came up. I was emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally bankrupt. I didn't know it, but I had a very big breakdown." The revealing interview joins a profile of the designer in next month's issue of Vanity Fair. A look at the interview, here in the gallery.
Last year, Pippa Middleton added "author" to her résumé with her party-planning book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends, and now she's expanding her writing career as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair.
Last year, Pippa Middleton added "author" to her résumé with her party-planning book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends, and now she's expanding her writing career as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. While her book focused on crafts, decorating and cooking tips, her first magazine column is a personal guide to Wimbledon. As a tennis fan, she's regularly seen at high-profile matches, and in the July 2013 issue, Pippa writes about her tennis obsession and her tomboy roots, plus some insights she learned during a Q&A with Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. Soon she'll be taking on another new role as the aunt to one of the most famous babies in the world, so we're excited to see if any royal baby details will make their way into her future columns. What about you — will you be checking out her work?
Channing Tatum opened up about his struggles with learning disabilities in the July issue of Vanity Fair. He chatted with the magazine about how he wants to raise his child, who Jenna Dewan gave birth to on Friday, ahead of the magazine's release, and how his struggles with depression and medication will inform his role as a new dad. Keep reading for more from Channing Tatum in Vanity Fair.
On his learning disability: "I read so slow. If I have a script I'm going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I'll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardised tests geared towards just one kind of child."
On going on medication for his learning disability: "I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It's like any other drug. It's like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I'd never do it to my child."
On his plan for raising his new baby: "I'm just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole 'I don't want you to make the same mistakes' mentality. My dad didn't have much money growing up; he didn't have much of an education. He forced that on me, and I didn't want it."
Jessica Chastain arrived in Cannes over the weekend and she has already made a splash on the party circuit. She attended a Chanel and Vanity Fair dinner last night, alongside stars James Franco, Milla Jovovich and Paz Vega. James stopped by the dinner after hosting a party in honour of his ex-girlfriend Ahna O'Reilly on a yacht earlier in the day. Ahna co-stars alongside James in his directorial debut, As I Lay Dying, which also premiered last night at the festival.
As for Jessica, she is in the South of France to promote the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra. She will host a special screening of the newly restored project tomorrow and will also wear the famous emerald and diamond necklace Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor during the production of the film. Jessica stopped over in Cannes after wrapping up filming for her latest project, Miss Julie, in Ireland. Jessica posted photos of her visit to Ireland on her Facebook page, noting that it was "tough to say goodbye" to the Emerald Isle.
Brad Pitt covers the June issue of Vanity Fair. Inside the issue, various executives from Paramount, the studio behind his June 20 release, World War Z, talk about their much-publicised production difficulties. Among their troubles were a budget that spiraled to $200 million and having to make the tough decision to reshoot 40 minutes of the film.
Brad doesn't appear to be quoted directly in the piece, but screenwriter Damon Lindelof conveyed the actor's enthusiasm for making World War Z. Damon said, "[Brad] took me through how excited he was when he read the book, what was exciting for him, the geopolitical aspect of it. . . . But when we started working on the script, a lot of that stuff had to fall away for the story to come together. We started shooting the thing before we locked down how it was going to end up, and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. My sense of it was he was taking responsibility." Get the full backstory on the making of World War Z on Vanity Fair's site.