January 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Features, Lists
It’s one of our favorite annual traditions and it’s here! Every March, the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue introduces, celebrates and spotlights some of the hottest rising actors around (so you see why we love it so much) and this year is no different. Choosing to go all-female (unlike last year), the new issue features eleven of our favorite young actresses, who are everywhere at the moment – or soon will be. Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain take the front panel and are joined on the inside fold-out cover by Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling.
The girls gracing the front cover have certainly earned their spots this year. Two (Mara and Chastain) recently earned their first Oscar nominations, and one (Lawrence) was nominated last year. Mara and Chastain burst onto the scene in 2011 from virtual anonymity, Mara in the transformative role of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Chastain in, well, just about every other movie (“The Tree of Life”, “The Help”, “Take Shelter”, just to name three). Both Wasikowska and Lawrence are Hollywood Issue cover repeats, but both have come a long way since their last covers. Wasikowska, featured on 2010′s cover, had broken out in “Alice in Wonderland” but in 2011 proved she had gravitas as a serious leading actress, putting her on many people’s wishlists for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Jane Eyre.” Lawrence, on the other hand, traveled something of an opposite path. She featured on last year’s cover after scoring an Oscar nod for tiny Sundance indie “Winter’s Bone” but 2012 she’ll give blockbuster franchise a shot as she leads “The Hunger Games”, tipped to be the next teen sensation a la “Twilight.”
February 7, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
and Tamara Manne
In 2010, Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue gave us their pick of the year’s ‘It Girls’, proclaiming that these were nine of the girls at the top of everyone’s go-to list for roles in the next several years. How has that prediction panned out one year later? Of the nine girls chosen for last year’s edition, how many lived up to their expectations? And how many dropped from the Hollywood radar? We check in on Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick and Evan Rachel Wood.
February 1, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
in Features, Lists
Featuring the biggest group of up and comers in one shoot – Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Garrett Hedlund and Noomi Rapace – as well cover stars (and more established actors) Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, Vanity Fair magazine’s 2011 Hollywood issue has gone “back to basics … [with] just the most exciting actors and actresses of the moment.” And here at Up and Comers, we couldn’t agree more with their pick of the talent.
Jesse Eisenberg and Jennifer Lawrence have both had an amazing past year, culminating in Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. Eisenberg came from critical success in “Adventureland” and “Zombieland” to reach commercial success in David Fincher’s “The Social Network”, whilst Lawrence starred in the 2010 Sundance smash “Winter’s Bone”, an unflinching tale of teenager Ree’s dangerous pursuit to save her family home. Lawrence can next be seen in another Sundance hit, this year’s “Like Crazy” and will break into the mainstream in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”. Eisenberg’s next adventure will be voicing the character of Blu in “Rio”, along with Anne Hathaway, one of this years’s Hollywood issue cover stars.