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VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE: Roberts, Ejiofor, Elba and Clooney on Front Cover, Who Was Brave Enough to Pose for a Chuck Close Polaroid? (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 14, 2014 at 2:41PM

The annual Vanity Fair Hollywood cover has arrived in the mail. They've gone back to established movie stars for the front cover: those gorgeous faces include Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), as well as global movie stars Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and George Clooney ("Gravity").
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The annual Vanity Fair Hollywood cover has arrived in the mail. They've gone back to established movie stars for the front cover: those gorgeous faces include Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), as well as global movie stars Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and George Clooney ("Gravity"), while the inside folds feature younger Oscar nominees Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave') plus Naomie Harris ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), Chadwick Boseman ("42"), Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street") and Lea Seydoux ("Blue Is the Warmest Color"). 

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As glam as these photos are, my favorite inside spread shows how amazing actors can look without pounds of makeup and airbrushing. I applaud Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johannson,  and the guys for collaborating with Chuck Close for his giant Polaroids (behind-the-scenes video here) in all their naked fabulousness. See below.

This article is related to: News, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Léa Seydoux, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomie Harris, Idris Elba


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.