Thoughts on Vogue: Emma Watson’s Lads, Armitage Speculation, and Downton Abbey Ladies

After mentioning the casting of Jeremy Irvine in the upcoming Great Expectations film, I spotted him as one of four young British actors admiring Emma Watson in a photoshoot for the July 2011 Vogue issue.

Emma Watson has company (l-r: Luke Treadaway, Tom Hughes, Jeremy Irvine, and Harry Lloyd) (photo by: Mario Testino for Vogue)

Vogue has online-exclusive profiles of the actors here. Irvine is on the brink of fame, having won the lead role for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film War Horse.

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When The Hobbit media blitz goes into full effect, I predict that Richard Armitage will show up in Vogue’s “People Are Talking About” section or as a dashing companion for one of the models (Alexander Skarsgard suits up with Lara Stone in the July issue).

If the latter happens, Armitage deserves better positioning than that of a mere man accessory that sulks in the background. Vogue editors should take advantage of his musical theater training and pair him with a dynamic model like Coco Rocha, who is also trained in dance.

The Hobbit is due for release in December so any Armitage coverage will likely be in the November or December issue.

Oh the photoshoot possibilities! It could be a glamping (glamourous camping) scene set in treehouses with the lovely couple dressed in capes and boots inspired by the outdoorsy spirit of The Hobbit. Or an ecstatic party setting with Coco in some sequins and Armitage in black-tie and some scorching Latin dance moves (Servetus did an excellent analysis of Armitage + tango elements in Spooks on her blog earlier this week).

I love the dance action and riveting eye contact in this early photoshoot featuring several young actors including Armitage and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Armitage is committed to his partner, fully embracing her and supporting her as they move across the space.

Armitage and partner in unknown photoshoot (Courtesy of: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com)

Look back (Courtesy of: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com)

Take a bow (Courtesy of: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com)

This month, the ladies of Downton Abbey received the glam treatment in Vogue UK – see Tom and Lorenzo coverage here.

UPDATE: Emma Watson wears one of the Bottega Veneta dresses featured in the Downton Abbey spread to the Harry Potter premiere.

Hmm. Now I see why this dress was photographed in profile, while crouching. Standing up, it looks like a draping mess.


The Hunter Arrives: Florence + the Machine Tours America

Glorious Florence + the Machine is gracing the Bay area with her presence this Sunday.

Last week, she kicked off her latest US tour at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. She will play at the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley, my alma mater and site of my first ever concert (Third Eye Blind!).

Back in 2009, Florence was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize for her debut album Lungs, but she blew up stateside last year after her song “Dog Days Are Over” ran in the Eat Pray Love trailer. The film was directed by Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy and the song was later covered on Glee.

Since then, she’s been on a media blitz, doing the did the grand rounds of awards shows: she was a highlight at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Oscars (where she replaced Dido in performing the song from 127 Hours). As mentioned previously on dd blog, she also contributed a track on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse film soundtrack.

Known for her flaming red hair and gypsy bohemian glamour, she has been featured in Vogue twice and this month she is on the cover of Bust and Nylon. Her tour costumes are currently designed by Gucci, as she is the new face of the brand.

Florence has lungs that stretch over any type of song, from the early Sarah McLachlan-esque “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” to the soul cover “You’ve Got The Love” to the scorching call of “Howl” which is a genre all its own.

Her range and passion astonishes me and I am thrilled to see her in concert! Now I just need to find some jewels and feathers. . .

“Rabbit Heart” on KEXP acoustic

 

“Howl” at Glastonbury Festival 2009

 

A BBC Radio 4 “Rhyme and Reason” interview with Florence on how poetry inspires her.

Leslie Mann is Super Awesome

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Leslie Mann is the hilarious and effervescent actress that pops up in many of Judd Apatow’s fims – in Knocked Up she was Katherine Heigl’s sister who had memorable marital strife with Paul Rudd’s character. She is married to Apatow and has a lead role in his upcoming film Funny People.

The most interesting thing I read in my July 2009 issue of Vogue was a short article on Mann. Best part:

She met her future husband at an audition for his 1996 movie The Cable Guy, and when she left the room he instantly announced, “There goes the future Mrs. Apatow.”

Meanwhile, she didn’t remember him. “I had to spend two years stalking her,” cracks Apatow, who tells [article writer John Powers] that he depends heavily on Mann’s counsel. “Hollywood is not known for people focusing on three-dimensional parts,” says Apatow, “but Leslie pushes me to do better work – to go emotionally deeper.”