It’s not easy saying goodbye to 2012. Whether we were cheering at The Avengers, dancing Gangam style, or tracking the bad guys on Homeland, this was a wild year for entertainment — and we’ve captured all the excitement for posterity in EW’s 2012 Best & Worst issue, on stands now. Want to debate the year’s greatest hits? Our critics’ annual top ten lists spotlight all the best movies, TV, music, books, games, and stage, from the edgy genius of FX’s Louie to the sugar-rush high of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. We’ve also come up with our list of Great Performances, honoring the artists — Jessica Lange in American Horror Story, Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Jennifer Hudson remembering Whitney Houston at the Grammys — who made 2012 so unforgettable. And we didn’t forget the jeers either: Our lists of 2012′s worst include clunkers like Christina Aguilera’s Lotus and Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve.
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Although Kristen Stewart has already apologized to her boyfriend Robert Pattinson for cheating on him with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, she now wants to say she’s sorry again — this time, to her fans.
Warning: This story contains some minor discussion of scenes featured in The Hobbit. If you have not seen the film and want to remain entirely unspoiled, we recommend returning after seeing the movie.
This weekend, I deliberately sought out a theater that was showing The Hobbit in 48 frames per second. After all the buzz, I refused to see it in any other format. (Call me a sheep.) So I braved the crowds of Times Square to check out a 48fps 3D viewing of the film with my colleague, Mandi Bierly. Like many, my reaction was strong. (EW’s movie critic Owen Gleiberman shared his thoughts here.) READ FULL STORY »
'Cinefamily Telethon' update: Robert Downey Jr. pledges to get new digital projector for tiny L.A. movie theater
Yesterday we told you how the nonprofit, cult movie-loving cinema Cinefamily had convinced Robert Downey Jr. to attend the 2nd Annual Fantastic, Elastic 24-Hour Holiday Telethon and to open a time capsule which had been mysteriously left for him at the organization’s base, the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles. Well, it turns out the Avengers and Sherlock Holmes star did much more than that when he turned up on Saturday afternoon to appear on the telethon, which is raising money to buy a new digital projector, among other things, and to upgrade its live music sound system.
Adele had a good year — again.
Though 21‘s American release came in February of 2011, the album’s sales were strong enough to put the soul singer at the top of iTunes’s album chart for a second straight year. The electronic entertainment store also reported strong showings for 2012′s usual suspects (The Hunger Games; “Call Me Maybe”) and a few less predictable picks — well done, Sherlock and Alcatraz. Here’s a rundown of what moved the most on iTunes this year:
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.
In 2011, the Internet nearly revolted when Ryan Gosling lost the title of People‘s Sexiest Man Alive to Bradley Cooper — a star whose French language skills beat out Gosling’s Tumblr dominance and his smoking performances in Drive, The Ides of March, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
But things might change next year. While he took a break from the spotlight in 2012, Gosling will return to theaters in 2013 with four movies — including Only God Forgives. And as this new poster for that Nicolas Winding Refn film proves, Gosling somehow manages to be sexy even when his eye is swollen shut and half of his beautiful face has been bloodied. If this doesn’t make a statement about Gosling’s hotness quotient, nothing will. Here’s the poster:
Even a diehard, bile-filled Twilight-hater like myself must acknowledge fine filmmaking when he sees it. So I am obliged to report that in the course of catching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, I witnessed footage which exuded wit, warmth, and wonder while also serving as a reminder that, just because a franchise is several films old, doesn’t necessarily mean its best days are behind it. But, hey, that’s enough about the Hobbit trailer! What does someone who hates Twilight need to know about this final film in the series?
[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SKYFALL]
The answer is Yes…at least in my opinion. Now, I really enjoyed Skyfall – don’t get me wrong. It’s the most beautiful Bond movie I’ve ever seen and I always enjoy a villain who wears linen. But the last half-hour with Bond (Daniel Craig) fending off breathable fabric-lover Silva (Javier Bardem) and his gang of baddies with booby traps in his dilapidated childhood home was basically a combo of Home Alone and Home Alone 2.
Think about it—Bond rigs his house with loose floor boards and explosives; light sockets that explode with nails. All that’s missing is the dapper secret agent using a tarantula to freak the evil guys. Also, Judi Dench is just a few dirt smudges away from being the bird lady in Home Alone 2 and Albert Finney is totally giving Home Alone Old Man with the Shovel vibes. Frankly, I’m surprised there wasn’t a scene where Old Judes and Albie rode down the stairs in a sled.
I guess my big issue with this climax is that I love Bond movies for the gadgets and gizmos. I don’t really wanna see 007 being low-tech and running around with a sawed off shotgun—Bruce Willis’ John McClane can do that just fine.
What do you think, PopWatchers?
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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!
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