Premiere magazine, RIP

Premiere_lOne of today’s big entertainment-industry news stories hits mighty close to home for us at Entertainment Weekly: After 20 years, the curtain is falling on Premiere magazine. And, with all sincerity, we bid it a heartfelt farewell.

The news is bitter, to be sure, for those of us who once worked there, who once wanted to work there, or who have friends who were just laid off from the publication. Premiere wasn’t just a formidable adversary to EW (and, indeed, its website will continue to battle — in the years before EW, it really was the one and only magazine destination for hardcore movie fans. Quite simply, for so many of us, Premiere helped get us to where we are today. And thinking of all the personalities and articles that have appeared in its pages, from its first issue (with Tom Hanks’ Dragnet on the cover) to April’s final installment (featuring Will Ferrell’s Blades of Glory), brings back fond memories: the Hollywood underbelly exposed by Easy Riders, Raging Bulls author Peter Biskind; the hilarious movie reviews of bawdy columnist Libby Gelman-Waxner (a.k.a. In & Out screenwriter Paul Rudnick); those juicy exposes on Arnold Schwarzenegger and New Line honcho Michael DeLuca and Scientology; serving as a career launchpad for TV and movie exec Susan Lyne and TV entertainment reporter Chris Connelly; Ben Affleck interviewing himself (in the Feb. 2000 issue, pictured); and so on. Great talents and great stories.

In recent years, however, publishing a feature-oriented, "long lead" monthly proved problematic in a world where movie trade news became the province of weekly magazines, daily newspapers, nightly entertainment news shows, and instantaneous blogs. There’s no shortage of movie love out there, but there’s no monthly magazine anymore that can keep up with an industry that’s mutating as rapidly as Hollywood. In that way, the end of Premiere marks the true end of an era. We’ll miss it. Will you?


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  • Tommy Marx

    I hate to say it, but no, I won’t miss the magazine at all. Most of the time it read more like an advertisement for the movie industry than as anything vital or necessary. I do feel sorry for the people who have lost jobs, though, and hope they find something quick.

  • Andrew Magness

    As clicked onto my favorite part of the new I saw the most heart breaking news I have seen in awhile. I honestly loved two magazines over the past 10 years and they have been ew and premiere. Evne though Premiere was never up to date it truly was a great magazine about movies. They had amazing articles and great features I have yet to find in a single magazine besides this one. I will miss it alot and hope my renewal check of a whopping 8 dollars goes to someone over at the magazine and buy a beer on me.

  • Isa

    WOW! It is the end of an era, and this is huge for the magazine world! I haven’t read Premiere in Years, (I stop subscribing to Premiere when I discovered EW) yet I’m in shock!

  • Ellipsian

    I’m with you Isa…it’s been ages since I read it, ever since EW nicely filled the Premiere-shaped hole in me. I had honestly assumed it went the trashy way Us did to Us Weekly, and I’m a little regretful that I didn’t know better. But no, my missing it is only in the sense of nostalgia.

  • Amelia

    I did not get Premiere, although I did buy a few issues here and there. It certainly was the best movie magazine next to EW, so this is too bad. But I do agree that a montly magazine can’t compete as well.

  • Lindsay Coleman

    I first started reading the magazine in India, 1994, where I was attending boarding school. Its articles, images, review, all made a major difference to what was an unpleasant period in my life. It will be more than missed.

  • Mina

    Oh no, I really liked Premiere! It’s one of the few film magazines that are at least half serious about film. Most other magazines just seem like pandering fan mags.

  • justjudith

    truthfully, i stopped reading it after ew came out. not even sucking up.

  • kcholt68

    Yes, will certainly miss it, as EW is such a poor substitute. For thoughtful, informed and high quality articles on the art of film, PREMIERE was tops. PREMIERE was to “60 Minutes” what EW is to “E! True Hollywood Story” …

  • Anonymous

    Iam really saddened by this news. As with EW, I’ve been a faithful Premiere subscriber for years.
    However…I’m also wondering what they will do to the rest of the paid subscription, cause I just renewed mine!

  • mike

    I will miss PREMIERE, too. I didn’t subscribe, but every time I flew, I bought one. It was a classy magazine about film. No cheesy gossip. Stay away from the dark side EW!

  • sam

    I must admit that although I subscribed for many years, I had not renewed my subscription for a couple of years. It changed and not for the better. I have been missing the original for a while now.

  • Steve

    There are many monthly film magazines that have been around for a long time, produced in Europe, that don’t focus on the “Buz” so much as they focus on the art. It’s too bad Premiere couldn’t find a niche outside of the day to day gossip or buz world of the internet…

  • charlotte

    You know I think I kept that Dragnet Premiere magazine for a long time. I don’t know if I still have it. I loved that magazine. I think it was the first magazine I subscribed to. You’ll be missed.

  • Figureitout

    Unless the expose about Scientology is about the way the media has lied to the public for years about it, then I’m not interested. The media has attacked Scientology for years without regard for the truth and continues to do so today. It’s interesting to note that you have a huge Scientology population and presence in L.A. and people more than willing to tell others about it, but when do you ever hear their story? Only tabloid lies and misinformation. With artists risking their careers for the sake of Scientology, do you ever wonder that there just might be something to it? Is it possible the controlled media just might not be telling you the whole story and intentionally painting Scientology in a negative light for a reason? Learn about Scientology and use the technology to make a huge difference in your own life and the lives of those around you. Now wouldn’t that be an interesting expose?

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