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EW's Entertainers of the Year: Joss Whedon on how 'The Avengers' exposed his angry inner Hulk

There are good years, and then there are great years, and then there are the kinds of years that Joss Whedon had in 2012. In May, Lionsgate released Cabin In The Woods, the long-delayed, widely acclaimed po-mo horror flick, co-written and produced by the cult pop auteur. (Drew Goddard co-wrote and directed the film.) In July, Whedon attended Comic-Con and celebrated the tenth anniversary of his gone-too-soon TV series Firefly at one of the most emotional panels the annual fan-fest has ever seen. In September, Whedon went to the Toronto International Film Festival and premiered Much Ado About Nothing, a micro-budget, literally homemade adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy. ”That was an incredible experience,” recalls Nathan Fillion, who stars in the film (set for release next summer). “The man got three standing ovations before he got on stage. That’s just indicative of the kind of fandom that Joss creates. I have never seen anything like it.” In October, The CW aired – for the first time on television – Whedon’s 2008 Emmy-winning online opus Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Shortly before Halloween, the man who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse took to the Web to say a few words about the defining issue of the 2012 presidential campaign – a zombie apocalypse – via a very funny, very personal, very partisan video viewed by over 7 million people.

Oh, and there was Marvel’s The Avengers. Whedon wrote and directed that, too. Grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. Maybe you saw it.


EW's Entertainers of the Year 2012: And the winners are...


Two weeks ago, EW asked you to tell us who deserved to be on the list of 2012’s Entertainers of the Year. You responded by casting thousands of votes in 15 different poll categories — and now that our Entertainers of the Year issue is on newsstands, we can finally reveal your picks for favorite movie actor, biggest breakthrough entertainer, most entertaining tweeter, and much more.

Read on to learn who you picked as the year’s best — and who just missed the mark. Hint: Jennifer Lawrence better make some room in her virtual trophy case.


This Week's Cover: Our Entertainers of the Year!


And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is… Ben Affleck!

Having captivated moviegoers both in front of and behind the camera with Argo, Ben Affleck earned the number one spot on our annual list of the most talented and original performers who entertained us in 2012.

Fifteen years after he bounded onto the Hollywood scene in 1997’s Good Will Hunting, the 40-year-old Affleck is now older and wiser — and may very well be headed back to the Oscar stage for his political thriller about the real-life covert CIA mission that freed six diplomats from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis. “I had very low expectations for Argo‘s performance,” says the leading man-turned-director. “I just hoped that over time people would find the movie. Also, being at a place in my life and my career where I know what I’m trying to do, it’s different than being 26. When you’re younger and have the early success that I had — it sounds like the worst Hallmark cliche — but I didn’t have anyone to share it with. I don’t mean I wanted someone to sit by the fire with. But when you have a family and children, you kind of see yourself reflected in them. I want to make the kinds of movies that my kids are proud of. I have higher standards, in a way, for them.”

Not that everyone back at the Affleck household was thrilled about his shaggy ’70s Method hairdo and beard. Says Affleck of his wife Jennifer Garner’s reaction: “My wife is a very polite and kind woman. She and the kids did not like the beard. It had an exposed wire vibe. It was hated in my home.”

See what Affleck had to say about storytelling and working on Argo in the exclusive video below. READ FULL STORY

EW Entertainers of the Year 2012: Vote for your favorites here!


Best: Movies | TV | Music | Books | Breakthrough | Comeback | Tweeters | Sexiest | Best-Dressed

It’s that time of year again: EW has begun making lists and checking them twice, all to find out which stars will snag a spot as one of our Entertainers of the Year. And now it’s your turn to make your voice heard. Declare your favorites in movies, TV, music, books and more by voting in the polls below; the winners will appear in our annual special issue, which hits stands Nov. 30. But vote quickly — we’re closing the polls this Monday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. ET!


Entertainment Weekly has gone tablet!


Have you found in the past year or so that almost everything you love about entertainment has evolved to flat, portable, touch-screen form? We sure have. That’s why starting with this week’s Entertainers of the Year issue, Entertainment Weekly will be available on most tablets, including the iPad, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, and select Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy through Next Issue Media.

(Get instructions for downloading the magazine to your iPad, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, or Galaxy tablet here.)

Think of it like the EW you already love, but on steroids: With our digital magazine, you can buy the recommended movies, albums, books, and DVDs while you’re reading about them. Plus you can watch music videos, film trailers, and find movie show times in your neighborhood.

Current subscribers can access the digital version of EW for free by downloading EW app (also free) and logging in using your name and address or the information on your subscription label. Single copies of the magazine are also for sale through the app if you prefer to read EW that way. If you’re not a subscriber, but would like to become one, you can can do so by going to ew.com/allaccess.

It’s true, y’all. Come multi-touch us!

Last chance to vote for your 2011 Entertainers of the Year!

Best: TV  | Movies  |  Music  | Books  | New Face  | Comeback  | Tweeters  | Reality TV | Sexiest

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late…yet!  Be a part of EW’s annual Entertainers of the Year issue by voting for your picks in the polls below. But don’t dilly-dally: Polls close tonight at 11:59 p.m. Winners will appear in the special issue that hits stands Dec. 9.

Get to votin’, people…


EW Entertainers of the Year 2011: Vote for your faves here!

Best: TV  | Movies  |  Music  | Books  | New Face  | Comeback  | Tweeters  | Reality TV | Sexiest

We know — it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But 2012 is screaming towards us and it’s time to start looking back at the year that was, and the performers that left their marks on entertainment. This is your chance to be a part of our annual Entertainers of the Year issue. Vote below and the winners will appear in the special issue that hits stands Dec. 9. But vote quickly — the polls will close Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 11:59 p.m.! READ FULL STORY

Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: The final four!

As November comes to a close, so does EW.com’s first Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year Bracket Game. We’re down to the final four, each of whom is already a winner — they’ve been voted tops in their genre. The overall title, however, is the one that comes with bragging rights, so now is when they need your votes most. Who will you push into the finals?

Underappreciated-Entertainers-16AImage Credit: LeAnn Mueller; Frank Masi; Frank Micelotta/Fox; Michael Yarish/CBSThe first semifinal matchup pits music winner Allison Iraheta against movies’ Karl Urban. Urban, who held his own opposite Bruce Willis in RED, fought his way to this round with narrow victories over the likes of Stanley Tucci (Easy A) and Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) — impressive. Iraheta, who took out fellow American Idol alum Elliott Yamin and Brandon Flowers on her way to the final four, finally got the respect someone who can sing like this (and this) live deserves. Too bad it didn’t come from her record label, Jive, who parted ways with her last fall as she was opening for Adam Lambert.

The second semifinal matchup finds So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley taking on Criminal Minds’ Thomas Gibson. You may be surprised to see Gibson emerge the scripted TV victor: his fans not only outvoted those of The Vampire Diaries‘ Paul Wesley, the same ones who mobilized to help Ian Somerhalder defeat Robert Pattinson for the EW.com title of Sexiest Beast last summer, but also anyone still fuming that Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal was snubbed by Emmy voters this year. But let’s not forget that Criminal Minds is a Top 10 show, averaging 16 million viewers in its sixth season. Season-to-date, it’s the No. 1 show on Wednesday (bettering Modern Family head-to-head in total viewers). It’s also routinely among the Top 10 most DVR’d shows, which means those who watch it are loyal. The delightful Deeley earning the reality-TV title, on the other hand, isn’t a huge surprise: Each year, EW.com readers lament the fact that she still has yet to nab an Emmy nomination for reality host when she’s so deserving (she cares about the contestants, she doesn’t make the show about her or the judges, and she dresses better than Heidi Klum).

Vote below! Click here to see the whole bracket.  READ FULL STORY

Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Sweet Sixteen time: Can Karl Urban shock the world? Is Cat Deeley invincible?

Our Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year game has now entered the third round, the so-called Sweet Sixteen in bracket parlance, and in college basketball, it’s often where Cinderallas finally turn into pumpkins. Gone are the merely mildly Under-appreciated, like the Dancing With the Stars Band and movie villain du jour Mark Strong. The competition from here on in will be fierce. For the most part, our seeding committee did an excellent job, but all eyes — okay, some eyes — are on No. 16-seed Karl Urban (Red), who has already upset No.1 Pete Postlethwaite and No. 9 Rebecca Hall. Does he have the juice to keep it going against fellow underdog Stanley Tucci, a 13-seed? Or will Tucci benefit from the imminent wave of Burlesque buzz and send Urban packing? Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) edged John Noble (Fringe) in the second round by only 1.2 points, so he has his work cut out for him this time, facing Paul Wesley. The Vampire Diaries star has benefited from a cadre of rabid online support, and Gibson will need every last Chicago Hope and Dharma & Greg fan to log-in to keep his momentum going.

Frank Masi; Adam Taylor; Michael Yarish/CBS; Bob Mahoney/The CW



Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Funnyladies Busy Philipps and Yvette Nicole Brown face off. Plus: 'American Idol' finalist battle!

EW’s Under-appreciated Entertainer … of … the … Year … is… Psych! No, not the TV show. Psych as in, do you really think I’d reveal the winner Ryan Seacrest-style now? After all, we’re only in round two of our Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year bracket game, which seeks to reward the unsung heroes of television, film, music, and reality TV. And, speaking of Seacrest, today’s round pits American Idol season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta against Idol season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin. The latter might seem to have the advantage, finishing in third place on the televised singing competition while Iraheta finished fourth, but I have a feeling EW’s Michael Slezak and other Idoloonies will cry, baby, if Iraheta doesn’t bag the win. The movies category boasts another tough battle: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘s Kieran Culkin vs. the world Iron Man 2‘s Sam Rockwell. When a graphic novel character takes on a comic book character, who reigns supreme?

Kerry Hayes; Industrial Light & Magic/Marvel; LeAnn Mueller

Over in TV, it’s all about the sassy scene-stealers: Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps and Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown will battle it out for the title — certainly Philipps’ ability to play Penny Can on a bottle of wine (or three) gives her an edge? (Not if Brown’s Twitter followers have anything to say about it.) And, finally, in the reality TV category, it’s the Chenbot vs. the bangs: Big Brother‘s Julie Chen fights The Rachel Zoe Project‘s Rodger Berman to see who will advance to round three. But first… you most vote! Click the jump to choose your favorite Under-Appreciated Entertainer of the Year, and click here to see all 64 contenders competing for the title!

Bruce Birmelin/ABC; Chris Haston/NBC; John P. Filo/CBS ; Andrew Durham/Bravo


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