Stephen King's list of who's cool and who's not

Fonzie_lHere’s some people and things that are cool: Steve McQueen, John Fogerty’s new CD, John Goodman, Russell Crowe, Holly Hunter, Nora Roberts, Mr. Rogers, and John Cassavetes (as an actor). Here’s who’s not cool: George Clooney (in Michael Clayton), Bruce Springsteen’s new CD, Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron, Michael Crichton, Kevin Bacon, American Idol, and John Cassavetes (as a director). Don’t take my word for it: this list was compiled by no less an authority than Stephen King, in his latest column for EW. (BTW, Stephen King is also cool, according to Stephen King.)

Now, the last time King issued such an authoritative list, you all had plenty to say about it, pro and con. That’s fine, that’s what makes ballgames. So please weigh in on King’s list of cool. Let us know what you think of his choices. Let us know, also, about the many artists (and shows and movies) who didn’t register on King’s thermometer. (Is Stephen Colbert cool? Lily Allen? Reaper? American Gangster?) Coolest responses may be frozen cryogenically for posterity on this website.

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  • Mike

    I know you put entries like this on the blog to get losts of posts, but to have a man in his sixties? write a list of who’s cool is nuts. Even the coolest sixty year old man. Was Regis not available?

  • GingerCat

    Thanks for warning me about this column so I can skip it when I get this week’s copy of EW. I get so tired of being preached to by Mr. “anything that’s not totally lowbrow is boring, and if you disagree with me it’s because you’re a snob, and by the way buy my books” King. If his column were written by an unknown, it would be dimissed for the waste of paper it is.

  • fe

    First off, this blog post completely misleads the reader. Steven King wrote a clever and funny article on “what cool is”. It’s not a list, because lists are not cool.
    Steven is right though, he is cool. THose of you who don’t get it, well, you never will, because you are lame.

  • Heather

    Bruce Springsteen’s CD and George Clooney aren’t cool? That’s just silly!

  • stephen

    I’m with fe

  • kelsey

    So according to Stephen King, whom I never thought was cool, I’m not cool. Hmmm. Well, good thing I don’t care what he says.
    And for the record, Tom Wilkinson IS cool.

  • Morgan

    I was wondering if you were back on the blow and sauce, I guess the inflated ego and superior attitude answers that question. P.S. I sold my collection of your books on craigslist and am now glad I did. That’s Cool!

    • Robyn

      I bet you won’t be so glad you did when you consider that a signed 1st edition by Stephen King can go for a couple grand. Yeah, you were really cool. By the way, that was sarcasm.

  • Eld

    Comments are not cool…..Uncle Stevie is cool…..Mr. King is allowed to give his opinion, just like all of us leaving comments. He is just smart enough to get paid the big bucks for it.

  • KPE

    I think King meant George Clooney’s character wasn’t cool and not that George Clooney the actual person is not. Now, “Danny Ocean,” was a very cool character played by the very cool George Clooney (and Frank Sinatra).

  • hanncoll

    Interesting post, but I have to disagree vehemently that “Lost” is cool. Adding questions onto questions instead of answering anything is not cool; it’s the last two seasons of “The X-Files.”
    If you want a genre show that /is/ cool, I suggest “Supernatural”, which is gaining every week in the worst possible time slot on network television (opposite “Gray’s Anatomy,” “CSI” and “The Office”). Now THAT’S cool.

  • Lucie A Pecor

    I love Stephen King but about his list…. you know what they say about opinions….they are a lot like a-holes- everyone has them…..

  • GeeMoney

    He forgot Justin Timberlake!!!!!! He’s pretty cool, if you ask me (not to mention hot)!!!!!!

  • Rich

    Any article about cool that does not include Samuel L. Jackson is not an article about cool worth reading.

  • furry_tom

    I’m too cool to leave a comment.

  • Paige

    I’m totally with you GingerCat. I’ll go a little farther. Stephen King is a pretentious hack. His column is the worst thing to happen to EW ever. Similar to the way I don’t care what actors think about politics, I don’t care what Stephen King thinks… about anything! Let alone the best movie quotes of all time, or his favorite songs of the last year, or whatever garbage he prints because he gets paid by the word.

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