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The annual showbiz gatefold tableau, an Annie Leibovitz shot of the cream of the film world wearing funny-looking clothes, has finally overcome its past shortcomings
Awards season breaks into a gallop with the first peek at Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue, second only to the Superbowl as an annual exercise in celebrating rich people in funny-looking clothes. Every March the magazine features a colourfully titled gatefold cover, populated by a group of Hollywood's hottest stars and photographed by Annie Leibovitz. This year's pic features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, but it's not just the healthy number of Brits that makes the new cover an oddity compared to most years. It's nothing less than a rebellion against the format.
- Henry Barnes
Film and television producer and distributor Laurence “Larry” Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.
Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television “plug business,” a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on gameshows.
In 1974 and 1976 Joachim produced and distributed for and with 20th Century Fox and his companies Trans National Film and Jmj Productions two movie versions of the TV series “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato.
As an independent distributor he founded and ran Trans National Film Corp., Televentures Corp. and Trans Continental Film Corp. He released Chuck Norris action pic “Breaker Breaker,” produced and distributed Jim Kelly starrer “Black Samurai” and distributed Sonny Chiba’s “The Executioner” and “The Assassin.” He also produced and distributed “The Wild West,” a compilation documentary featuring the Republic Pictures Westerns starring John Wayne and others, and he introduced Jackie Chan to a U. »
- Variety Staff
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