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HBO’s new Vogue documentary “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye,” picked the right people — from Grace Coddington to the now-100-year-old Babs Simpson — to recount the most influential moments in the glossy bible’s 120-year history. Given the personnel, it’s a pity they couldn’t spin a more engaging yarn. Emma Barker writes:
While we get a view of what they have done in the past (covered wars, influenced feminist movements, challenged trends), we never really see how they did it, and the question lingers.
To be fair, cramming 120 years of societal clout into 60 minutes can’t be easy. And what is undeniably fascinating is watching these famous image-crafters define each others’ style. Talking about Camilla Nickerson’s surveillance photo shoot with Kate Moss, Hamish Bowles said, “There’s this anti-perfection … which was counter to a lot of what Vogue represented.”
Luke, I am your folder.
Meet the man behind the Star Wars origami craze (and yes, there is a Star Wars origami craze).
We caught up with the “Skyfall” stunt coordinator Gary Powell, who gave us the skinny on what we can expect in the latest James Bond saga.
Hackers, hackers everywhere: The film’s plot takes heavy inspiration from the ongoing fight against organizations like Anti-Sec and other cybercriminals. The film’s protagonist, played by Javier Bardem, brings to mind the likes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — blond, eccentric, and able to cause immense discomfort around the world with a laptop.
Train crossing: The film’s most impressive stunt is probably its first, as Bond, once again played by Daniel Craig, battles atop a speeding train in Turkey. Powell told The Daily that his team took three months setting up the scene — not to mention the four months of initial, on-paper planning required to get the scene off the ground.
Bond is human after all: With “Skyfall,” Powell explained, he and Mendes took great pains to suck as much “camp” out of Bond as possible. Here, Bond is an aging spy, and carries an injury around with him for the majority of the film. Rather than being a boring Superman, Craig’s portrayal of Bond is the series’ most relatable yet.
To celebrate the release of Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” we charted the ups and downs of the actor’s professional and personal life.
The six degrees of Kevin Bacon, minus Kevin Bacon, plus John Travolta. Click here for a larger version.
The Avengers may have saved the world, but they also saved Disney after the disastrous flop of “John Carter.” The superhero movie now ranks third all-time in receipts, trailing only “Avatar” and “Titanic.”
As high as “The Avengers” is soaring on the home front, it’s doing even better overseas. Based on characters from Marvel Comics, the behemoth has garnered more than $800 million since it opened in late April to foreign markets, bringing its total box office haul to $1.36 billion.
“I’ve never seen a movie that has sprinted to these numbers so fast,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division of Hollywood.com. “It doesn’t seem to be slowing down.”