December 2012 / January 2013


Special Section: Hollywood Mavericks

Forget all those hand-wringing headlines bemoaning plummeting ticket sales and tired industry groupthink: Hollywood is in the midst of a full-fledged renaissance. It's being spurred by forward-thinking A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars in this month's Django Unchained, not to mention a fresh class of actor-auteurs, visionary showrunners, creative production collectives, and more. These innovators bring bold ideas—about everything from upstart marketing models to capturing Chinese audiences to creating the programming of the future—that are transforming what you watch and how you watch it. Here's a definitive guide to the people and ideas turning the entertainment industry upside down.

Gift Guide: The Right Stuff

Struggling to figure out what to give this holiday season? You've come to the right place. From a sweet, streamlined pair of skis to a one-of-a-kind clock to must-have apparel and accessories, we've got 70 of the most coveted gifts for men. (And there's nothing wrong with nabbing something special for yourself!)


Snow and slush may have arrived, but you can fight back without sacrificing style—just slip into a pair of these good-looking, highly functional lace-ups.

On the Waterfront

Who says you can't relax at the beach during the off-season? Just bring a different wardrobe: big, luxurious coats, chunky nautical-striped sweaters, sturdy jeans and boots, and cozy knit accessories.
Last Call

Michael Shannon

The consummate character actor adds to his long résumé of psychos and weirdos by playing a contract killer in The Iceman, then a supervillain in next summer's Superman remake, Man of Steel. But don't typecast him: He's just waiting for a chance at a rom-com.
Know & Tell

The Obsession

The greatest thing since sliced bread is . . . bread. One of the world's oldest foods gets a gourmet makeover.


These six designer destination spas are the ultimate in jet-setting indulgence. Plus: four blissed-out treatments, including a muscle-relaxing beer bath and a moonlight massage.


You don't have to drink scotch neat: Leading bartenders are now using the spirit (even single-malts) to mix up an array of delicious cocktails. Plus: a scotch glossary, and why Japanese whisky is all the rage.


Fresh bread isn't just for pre-appetizer baskets anymore. Instead, it's getting special attention from a new breed of inventive bakers and four-star chefs. This insider's guide leaves no crumb unturned.


There are many wireless speakers, but only this one streams music so crisply, effortlessly, and stylishly. Plus: new apps for listening to any radio station, anywhere, anytime.


More than half a century after its introduction, the iconic Eames Lounge remains one of the most luxurious pieces of furniture ever created. Plus: Give your home a face-lift with one of these four contemporary chairs that pay homage to the legendary recliner.


There's more to the station wagon than wood paneling, as these sleek rides prove. Plus: the world's fastest Ferrari.


2012-13: The Year In Review. The Year In Preview

We take stock of the projects, people, and events that drove the cultural conversation in 2012, from the rise of EDM to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon to the return of everyone's favorite shirtless Texan. And, because it's always fun to predict the future, we've forecasted what the equivalent trends are going to be for the year to come. (Hint: The shirtless Texan ain't going away.)


Music mogul Tommy Mottola reflects on life with ex-wife Mariah Carey, going the extra mile for Hall & Oates, and late-night phone calls from the King of Pop.

The Purchase

Dries Van Noten dresses up the staid peacoat.


Whether you're headed for the slopes or the surf for the holidays, here's all you need to pack. Plus: travel apps to know now.

Human Error

The entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley are our greatest modern-day captains of industry. So why won't they dress like it?


Velvet is enjoying a fashionable revival—and it's not just for formal occasions anymore.


To mark her return to her eponymous brand, the iconic German designer Jil Sander shares her philosophy on men's style. Plus: Sander's comeback collection.


The latest innovation in skin care? Natural oils derived from plant and seed extracts. Plus: winterproofing your skin.

Wish List

These style insiders share their expert gift-giving secrets.
The Body


Your New Year's resolution: Get ripped with these six back-to-basics exercises.

News & Notes

All the trends, stats, and tips to make you fit.


Little vices like diet soda may seem harmless, but they can wreak havoc on your body. Here's how to clean up your act.


Modern fitness instructors aren't just body shapers; they're rock-star gym gurus who share their wisdom on fashion, travel, and dating.


The bathroom is the one place every man wants to be a regular guy. Get things moving—it's a key to your well-being.
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