The Paramount Picture at Vanity Fair (where you can access close-ups of the faces) celebrates the studio’s 100 years with 116 of its “greatest talents ever to work at the studio.”
Can you match the stars with their iconic studio roles?
Tom Cruise fed the studio for decades, from Tony Scott’s “Top Gun” through “Mission: Impossible” before he was tossed unceremoniously on his ear by Sumner Redstone after the VIacom chief felt he was giving the star too large a percentage of each film’s proceeds. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas delivered the Indiana Jones franchise and Harrison Ford, who also took over as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan after “The Hunt for Red October,” which co-starred Scott Glenn. (Later Ryan Ben Affleck is not in the photo.)
Recent AFI Achievement Award winner Shirley MacLaine won her Best Actress Oscar as Aurora Greenaway opposite Jack Nicholson as astronaut Garrett Breedlove in “Terms of Endearment.” He also starred, memorably, in Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown,” written by Robert Towne.
Glum-faced Robert De Niro may be realizing how far down the ladder he has fallen since “The Godfather Saga” (also repped by Andy Garcia and James Caan) and “The Untouchables.” (All you have to do, Bob, is give up the B-movie paychecks and take on some challenging character roles.) On the other hand, Eddie Murphy seems happy to recall his glory days in “48 HRS,” opposite Nick Nolte (under a fedora) as well as “Beverly Hills Cop.” John Travolta and an unrecognizable Olivia Newton-John starred in “Grease.” “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf is hiding under a beard and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is included, but where’s Michael Bay?
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With reason to look cheery are David Fincher and Brad Pitt (“The Curious Life of Benjamin Button”), “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. and his director Jon Favreau (although Marvel has moved on to Disney), J.J. Abrams, who picked up the “M:I” franchise (also repped by its most recent director, Brad Bird, and Paula Patton) as well as directing “Super 8” (starring Elle Fanning, whose sister Dakota sits far away) and rejuvenating “Star Trek” (I see two Captain Kirks and two Mr. Zulus, plus one Picard, Uhura, Scotty, McCoy, Spock and Chekhov ).
Barbra Streisand co-wrote the Oscar-winning song “Evergreen” for “A Star is Born” (and co-starred with Ryan O’Neal in Peter Bogdanovich’s must-see comedy “What’s Up Doc?” at Warner Bros.). At Paramount, Bogdanovich made both “Daisy Miller” and “Paper Moon,” which earned O’Neal’s daughter Tatum the supporting actress Oscar. Bud Cort starred in the Hal Ashby classic “Harold and Maude.” Jennifer Beals was a one-hit wonder in “Flashdance.” Eva Marie Saint starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” shot in Paramount VistaVision. “The Graduate” made Dustin Hoffman a star.
George Clooney starred in Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air,” along with Anna Kendrick, while Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt co-starred in Reitman’s last film, “Young Adult.” Marlee Matlin won an Oscar for “Children of a Lesser God.” Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald starred in the late great John Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles.” Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw starred in “Love Story.” Jack Black starred in “School of Rock.” Gore Verbinski directed the Oscar-winning “Rango” (where’s Johnny Depp, who also starred in “Sweeney Todd”?).
Who else is missing? “Fatal Attraction” star Glenn Close and Kirk Douglas are there, but not Michael Douglas. We see Richard Gere but not his “Officer and a Gentleman” costar, Debra Winger, who also starred in “Terms of Endearment.” We see Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Jack in “Titanic,” along with Rose’s mom, Frances Fisher, but no Kate Winslet or James Cameron (Fox made the movie in partnership with Paramount, which released it domestically). Morgan Freeman starred in countless Sherry Lansing thrillers, but where is Ashley Judd? Come to think of it, while current studio chief Brad Grey and long-time Paramount czar Robert Evans are the photo along with Viacom’s Sumner Redstone and Philippe Dauman, where is Lansing, who deserves credit for many of these movies?
Why are Katie Featherston and Julianne Hough in the picture? And can you identify all the Paramount top 100 hits in the poster below?