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The Playlist Go Behind The Scenes Of Paramount's All-Star Vanity Fair Group Photo

by Oliver Lyttelton
June 12, 2012 1:28 PM
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Just Happy To Be There: Robert De Niro
We dont' know what it was up with him. Maybe he was just keen to get back to the set of whatever 50 Cent movie he was shooting that week.


Billy No Mates: Don Cheadle, Mark Wahlberg & Jason Reitman
Star egos are a fragile thing, and certain actors and directors demand special treatment. For some reason, for this photoshoot, it was Jason Reitman, Mark Wahlberg and Don Cheadle. Reitman had already insisted on being flown to the photoshoot by private jet, something which cost 15% of the total box office takings of "Young Adult," and his contractual insistence of being four foot higher than his father, yet two feet lower than Ali McGraw, caused some difficult rearrangements. A photographer's assistant would later get his revenge by glueing Reitman's right hand to the railing. Don Cheadle, meanwhile was originally meant to be with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau in the "Iron Man" grouping, but had a tantrum after Terrence Howard showed up, and insisted on being six feet away from absolutely everyone. As you can see, he's pretty happy about it. Meanwhile, people were pretty much just scared that Mark Wahlberg would punch them.

Already Drunk: George Takei
The Star Trek star's tweets from the day in question
RT @GeorgeTakei Waiting for limo to take me to Paramount photoshoot. Should be a lot of fun! Unless Shatner's there.
RT @GeorgeTakei Uh-oh. The limo has a mini-bar. I shouldn't, should I? #ofcourseiwill
RT @GeorgeTakei Oops. Stuck in traffic, got my buzz on. Getting into Paramount lot now. Might take a couple with me for the road.
RT @GeorgeTakei We're all together! I happen to know there's at least one other friend of Dorothy here! And no, not the one you're thinking of!
RT @GeorgeTakei Here's a clue: #itrhymeswithSchillySchobSchorton #onlykidding #orami
RT @GeorgeTakei @JohnTheCho I'll fight you, whippersnapper!
RT @GeorgeTakei I did. Punched John Cho right in the face. Simon Pegg had to pull me off him.
RT @GeorgeTakei Having a nice conversation with my photo-neighbor, Phil Spector!
RT @GeorgeTakei Oops! "@AmyHeckerling I'm not Phil Spector."

We Got A Ride In The Star Trek Bus! Karl Urban & Bruce Greenwood
All we're going to say, if you think 116 stars is an odd number for a hundreth anniverary, you'd be right. Certain people snuck into the line-up after hitching a ride in a minibus from the "Star Trek 2" set. Certain people hung around getting baked with Tommy Chong before it started. Certain people went up the staircase and told Richard Gere that they were Gerard Butler and Michael Douglas. Naming no names, of course.

All About Eve: Megan Fox & Rosie Huntington Whiteley
There was meant to be a check for this sort of thing. But a harried production assistant clearly hadn't gotten the memo, and unfortunately the two leading ladies of the "Transformers" franchise were both invited. In fact, Rosie Huntington Whitely and Megan Fox arrived on the studio lot at the same time, instigating a savage catfight, only stopped when their respective boyfriends, Jason Statham and Optimus Prime, pulled the two apart. In the end, they were tidied up (the bone jutting out of Fox's forearm is cunningly hidden by her nametag), and the pair were placed at opposite ends of the set. Which was good news to Shia LaBoeuf, who'd come disguised as Peter Sarsgaard in order to avoid both of them.

What Could They Possibly Have Talked About? 3: Emile Hirsch & Shirley Maclaine
Emile Hirsch: Hi!
Shirley MacLaine: Hello.
EH: Really, really great to meet you, I'm, like, a huge fan.
SM: That's very kind.
EH: You get here ok? Avoid the traffic?
SM: Yes, we left quite early.
EH: Oh, yeah, yeah, smart, smart. Uh, everyone seems really nice, don't they?
SM: Oh yes. Yes.
Long pause.
EH: We've got the same haircut, don't we?
SM: Yep.


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  • fuckyouall | October 31, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Look the devil herself is in the middle top, how can you still show your face

  • Yod | June 14, 2012 12:27 AMReply

    Painfully unfunny.

  • jingmei | June 13, 2012 1:41 AMReply

    According to such resources the internet provides to massive fans, supposed to have b-rolls or something else of shooting the fucking awesome huge pictures. ;D From the web link given by here(thanks), failed to see clearly who's who (supposed to be larger as each figure). One of the potential functions of such stuff is to show people some stars still do well seems. Mr. Peter Bogdanovich is also on it who is the blogger here. Simon Pegg is unbelievable silm. So far discovered these without mentioning the actors whom I like such as Patton Oswalt or some others.

  • DG | June 13, 2012 12:32 AMReply

    Everyone needs to relax. This was pretty funny. At least the David Lynch/Jack Black Part was pretty spot on

  • Meetthespartansfan62 | June 12, 2012 7:08 PMReply

    OMG!!!!!!!! Finally! I totally saw right through your deception, Playlist! You hired my favorite writers ever!! I'm so happy you got Freidberg and Selzer to write these jokes for you. This piece lives up to their high standards of celebrity parody comedy set by their ouevre of classic films. Nothing funnier than to put these hilariously true and goofable humor bits into celebrities mouths!! Just having a celebrity appear at all is great! Hey look! It's Carmen Electra! (hysterical laughter) just kills me everytime!! Hey guys, you gotta do a Fifty Shades of Gray parody film with lots more of those awesome and hip Kardashian jokes! It never gets old at all, serious! LOL buddies!!!!!!

  • gonad | June 12, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    Looks like a composite of loads of different photos taken on different days.

  • Steve75 | June 12, 2012 3:56 PMReply

    Very,very nice picture. Awesome actors awesome directors. Must see for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sven | June 12, 2012 2:31 PMReply

    Can I watch this photo up close somewhere on line?

  • Drac | June 12, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    Normally The Playlist is spot-on, so maybe I shouldn't expend the energy to say anything, but this was just remarkably unfunny. I'm sorry Oliver; celebrities are easy marks, but this barely even qualifies as droll.

  • Jerry Territhen | June 12, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    This is one of the least funny things published on this site, which is saying a lot. I used to go to you guys for the best coverage of all things film, but now it's turned into a gossip rag filled with rumors and joke pieces. You should link up with The Hollywood Reporter, cause this is about as far away from an indieWIRE site and it's a shame you're destroying their brand.

  • jingmei | June 13, 2012 1:22 AM

    Apparently you are jealous dude.

  • cory everett | June 12, 2012 1:44 PM

    It's just Indiewire now, so it appears it is YOU, Jerry Territhen, who is destroying their brand.

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