This week's cover: Your Summer Must List

jul092010_1110_1111Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up with director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) for The Other Guys, our pick for summer’s most promising comedy. Though Wahlberg and Ferrell play a pair of mismatched NYC policemen, don’t expect your typical buddy-cop movie. “The buddy-cop movie is, for all intents and purposes, pretty much dead,” McKay says. “There hasn’t been a good one in, what, 20 years?” As on all his movies, McKay encouraged lots of improvisation, and Wahlberg quickly got into it. “I really put myself out there,” he says. “I just kept getting crazier and crazier and crazier. I was waiting for Adam to say, ‘Dude, will you chill the f— out?’ But it never happened. I wouldn’t have been able to do that years ago — I was too self-conscious.” During one of their many verbal sparring matches, Ferrell and Wahlberg’s ad-libbing yielded an increasingly bizarre (and hilarious) monologue about a lion fighting a tuna. “That was so pleasing, because it was a long run, and it just kept working,” Ferrell says. “A lot of comedy directors would have cut it after the first or second laugh. I think that’s one of the things people love — or hate — about our movies: We’ll stick with something for a really long time until it either becomes a source of enjoyment or torture.”

Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by The Dark Knight‘s Christopher Nolan, is summer’s biggest buzz movie. Amazingly, it’s DiCaprio’s first big summer blockbuster. “I don’t really think about whether something’s a summer blockbuster or not,” says the actor, “but I suppose I have had a bit of a reaction to films with themes I’ve seen a million times before or plot points that seem regurgitated. But Inception was so fresh. It has elements of sci-fi, but the sci-fi isn’t something the audience can’t relate to. It has a very powerful emotional through-line. It’s essentially about a man trying to come to terms with his past and resurrect himself through the dreamworld.”

True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård is the issue’s best actor with bite. The best part of playing a flirtatious vampire on the show? It’s not the chance to pound some plasma, that’s for sure. “The fake blood is sticky and quite nasty,” he says. “[When we finish a scene] they run in with cups.” No, the native Swede says the biggest perk is getting to film the show’s elaborate flashback scenes. “I’d love to see Eric in 17th-century France,” he says. “He’d probably be eating Louis XIV.”

Katy Perry, the best summer gurl, tells us about her huge hit “California Gurls,” her fiancé (Russell Brand), and her crazy music video, which finds her in a whipped cream-squirting bra. “It’s a moment in life to really take in,” she says. “It’s true, I am having a blast.” Don’t miss the singer — and that bra — on her upcoming tour. “I’ll be spraying my fans all over the world next year,” she says. “They’ll be getting a mouthful!”

For more of our best-of-summer picks, including more actors and movies you’ll be talking about, musicians you’ve gotta hear, books you’ve got to read, and the gear and games you need to check out, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands July 2.

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  • LOL

    Not a fan of this cover. Will Ferrell is so 2005.

    • Brian


    • Swapnil

      I loved the series too, but I am aclutaly looking . forward to the movie. I think it looks pretty funny. It is just a movie first amendment etc. It will be okay Keith. Nothing can be as bad as Eddie in the Haunted Mansion( at least I pray not.) Oh well, I look forward to watching the original series with my kids. Can i borrow your DVDs? hehehe

  • nodnarb

    Splash 2: Electric Boogaloo

    • mary q contrary


  • ugly nikki

    Will Ferrell is the anti-funny. He is cryptonite to comedy…I could go on…

    • nancy

      could you spell kryptonite correctly though is the real question.

      • Sweet

        Spelling aside, the real question is whether Will Ferrell can ever be funny again.

      • Brian

        Of course he can be. Next question?

    • UGH

      I agree with ugly nikki. Nancy needs to put a sock in it.

      • Doo Schnozzle

        nancy is really annoying, although she is correct.

  • ThatWould

    Katy Perry’s song is “California Gurls”, not “Summer Gurls”

  • Julie

    Katy Perry’s song is “California Gurls” not “Summer Gurls”.

    • Barry

      She should learn how to spell: it’s GIRLS not gurls. Oh wait a minute, the kids of today enjoy mispelling words.

      • Madd

        Alex Chilton had a song called September Gurls…perhaps Katy Perry spelled it that way as a tribute to him?

      • S.O.

        My guess would be Katy Perry wouldn’t know who Alex Chilton is.

      • Kim

        I don’t think its too far fetched that there are many tnaelted people who are on the spectrum. You have to be a little askew to be original. You have to not care about the normal rules of society and see things from a different angle to be original.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Anybody know the name of Katy Perry’s new hit song?

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Christopher Nolan hasn’t made a bad film yet, so really looking forward to Inception.

    • nodnarb

      I don’t get why they wouldn’t put Inception on the cover instead of this dreck if it is indeed “Summer’s biggest buzz” movie.

    • Lisa Simpson

      Me, too. Though I wasn’t a fan of “The Dark Knight”, it was well-made (just not my thing).

    • mary q contrary

      My guess is because, although Inception is getting the biggest and best buzz, it doesn’t really fit the Summer theme they’re pushing. This is, after all, a ‘Best of Summer’ issue. I like the kitsch factor, and I happen to think Will Ferrell will be funny until the day he dies. Mark Wahlberg also has excellent comedic chops. I have a feeling their collaboration is gonna be a good one. So, to make a long story even longer, I like the cover, and I think most of you are just bitching for the sake of bitching, anyway.

  • People With Real Taste

    More like the summer of movie flops, except (sadly) for a certain highly overrated, poorly produced and acted franchise’s second sequel.

    • K

      Shouldn’t your name be People Without Taste?

      • People With Real Taste

        Shouldn’t your name be S for Stupid?

  • Nessab

    I would have preferred if you re-used last years Ryan Reynolds with no shirt cover. I don’t even care if he doesn’t have a movie coming out.

    • KC

      I would’ve preferred if they had a Scarlett Johansson with no shirt cover. I don’t even care if she already had a movie come out.

  • Madd

    I really hope Inception is as good as it looks.

  • John

    Inception is the only movie I’m excited about this summer (which has been terrible so far).

    • texangal

      Still waiting on “The Expendables”, this is the movie that I’ve been hearing people talk about.

  • jared4ever

    That is the un-sexiest picture of Mark Wahlberg I’ve ever seen. Congrats EW, I didn’t think that was possible.

  • sheila

    I love these two guys…but this cover shot makes Mark look like a Baywatch reject and Will look like he lost a bet. Come on EW…you have all of Hollywood to chose from!

    • sheila

      taking a second look, Mark looks like he was photoshopped from a Lands End catalog for summer wear.

      • Madd

        Yeah, I prefer him shirtless.
        Call me immature, but I can’t wait to see The Other Guys. McKay and Ferrell have made Anchorman and Step Brothers together, not to mention all of their skits on Funny or Die.

  • tellusataletunes

    That Will Ferrell movie is going to tank. Just as we saw with Land of the Lost last year, Ferrell’s brand of comedy is passe… He should stick to the small, character driven work he did in Stranger Than Fiction and Winter Passing.

    • EF

      Will Ferrell was great in Stranger Than Fiction.

      • Anjan

        two pair is always beettr than one the one pair, (even if the communities pair is bigger, which I think is confusing you.) to play it out check what they would do to make their 5.player 1- 10,10,5,5,7player 2- 10,10,A,8,7the second pair beats the skeletonsnow heres a situation that would splitplayer 1-A,Kplayer 2-Q,3board- 3,4,4,9,9while player 2 technically has more pairs, you cant fit 3 pairs into a 5 card hand so it would be the 2 highest pairs and the remaing

    • Madd

      Yeah, he actually is a good actor. I was delightfully surprised by his performance in Stranger Than Fiction.

    • Megan

      I saw a screener of The Other Guys a month or two ago, and it was actually hilarious. I am not a big fan of Will Ferrell comedies, but this movie was one of the funniest I’ve seen in years. This isn’t typical Will Ferrell comedy (a la Talladega Nights or Stepbrothers), and Wahlberg steals the show. Granted, what I saw was a rough cut, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised by it.

  • James

    Well, I was looking forward to The Last Airbender until all of the critics crapped on it. What happened to Shyamalan-ding-dong’s career?
    Inception seems to be the only Summer movie savior in my book. Too bad it will be overshadowed by that garbage that hit the screens the other day.

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