With its rotating cast of larger-than-life characters, media melees, and constant, bustling activity, Hollywood is nothing if not a three-ring circus. So it’s only fitting that for the March issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Weber photographed the best and brightest film stars of the moment looking like they’ve run off with the Ringling Brothers.
On the cover of the issue, Emma Stone is sandwiched between Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck, but while the actress wears a pale blue look from Raf Simons‘ Dior, the boys have been styled in slightly less elegant gear: gorilla and bear suits, respectively. The fold-out also features the beyond-adorable Quvenzhané Wallis, style stars Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, and Les Mis‘ dapper Brit Eddie Redmayne.
More than 75 celebs (and plenty of animals) grace the inside pages, in an expansive profile which VF describes thusly:
Editor Graydon Carter wanted to do something different for the portfolio’s 19th year, so he called on Weber to create “Bruce Weber’s Adventures in Hollywood,” an ode to the city’s warmer side. Weber convened the shoots at various historic Hollywood locations—including back lots, soundstages, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Musso & Frank Grill, and the old Marion Davies estate…Having spent decades watching the movie business, Weber finds the unexpected warmth among its stars. There’s an intimacy to these images that shows that Hollywood isn’t just about glamour. This year’s portfolio is a celebration of the friendships that thrive among the people who call it home.
See some of the photos below, and tell us whether you think the magazine chose the right ringleaders for the cover, or whether, between this and W, Stone may inching towards overexposure:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.