When Entertainment Weekly approached Twentieth Century Fox about getting an exclusive inside look at the making of Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 smash best-selling novel due in theaters Oct. 3, the studio came back with a surprising reply: Director David Fincher was offering to shoot the cover himself. Not being crazy enough to turn down the Oscar-nominated provocateur who directed The Social Network, we said yes. Fincher dreamed up the image, which features Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne curled around his wife, Amy, played by Rosamund Pike. The result is an unsettling portrait of love gone demented. READ FULL STORY
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It’s the biggest PBS phenomenon since Sesame Street, and might very well be the classiest thing you do every Sunday night. Yes, Downton Abbey is returning on Jan. 5, and Entertainment Weekly was on the set for season four of the British TV phenomenon. Creator Julian Fellowes’ wildly popular period drama about life on a decadent English countryside estate shocked viewers last season with two major character deaths (we’ll never forget you, Matthew and Sybil!), and the show’s anticipated fourth season promises to be nothing short of shocking, exciting, and traumatic — which is just what we’ve come to expect of the Grantham and Crawley clan. Even guest star Shirley MacLaine was floored by the show’s drama: “When Matthew died I nearly threw a chair at the television. I thought, what is Julian Fellowes doing? It took me a few days to get over it.” READ FULL STORY
We know you’re excited to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year, but you wouldn’t want to say goodbye to 2013 without first reviewing pop culture’s high points (Gravity! Orange is the New Black!), low points (Big Brother, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?), and, uh, divisive points (pretty much anything involving Miley Cyrus and/or the word “twerk”), would you? Of course not!
EW’s annual Best and Worst issue remembers the most delectable and most cringe-worthy entertainment moments of the year — and highlights the performances that stood above the rest. A small sample? James Spader on The Blacklist, Cecily Strong on SNL, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, Amy Adams in American Hustle, Beyonce at the Super Bowl, and even James Franco in Spring Breakers. (Yep, we said it.)
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This week’s issue of EW is going to feature a lot of T & A.
That’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, you sickos. The two women, who will host the Golden Globes next month for the second year in a row, accepted a one-week job to become guest editors of EW. What does that mean, you ask? It means they wrote the Must List and Bullseye, assigned several stories and ran down the hallway screaming things like, “Orphan Black is the new Orange is the New Black!” and “Change all fonts to Comic Sans at once!” Of course, if you’re going to run a national entertainment magazine, you need to have a stunning command of the pop culture landscape. Which is why we asked the pair for their thoughts on how to cover some of 2013’s biggest pop culture topics. READ FULL STORY
You know Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as extremely funny actors-writers-producers-hosts. But these longtime friends are adding another hyphen to their names this week: Guest editors.
After Entertainment Weekly put them in charge of this week’s issue (Thanks for the 30 percent raises, Tina and Amy! That wasn’t a joke, right?), Fey and Poehler assigned several stories, including one in which Mad Men‘s leading man Jon Hamm interviewed Ellie Kemper, who will star in a new NBC comedy that Fey is executive producing. (As it turns out, Hamm was Kemper’s acting teacher back in St. Louis.) There’s also a feature on the upcoming Comedy Central series Broad City, which stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, and is exec produced by Poehler. The pair — who will team up next month to emcee the Golden Globes again — even penned the Must List and Bullseye. And Fey and Poehler clearly took the job very seriously, as you can see from their opening letter to readers: “If you are reading this ‘Letter From the Guest Editors,’ it probably means you have read all the other parts of the magazine at least five times and are in some kind of isolated and desperate situation. If it’s a bathroom emergency, try elevating your feet on an upturned wastebasket. If you are in the trunk of a drug lord’s car, try doing that thing Walter White does where he throws chemicals at the ground and they explode.”
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It’s time for Entertainment Weekly‘s annual top 10 lists of the best movies, TV shows, albums, singles, and books. You know, all the things that ruled, shocked, and rocked this year.
Inside this week’s issue find our top 10 lists of…
The Best Movies: Critics Owen Gleiberman and Chris Nashawaty agree: Gravity’s got pull and 12 Years a Slave is brutally brilliant. Find out who fell equally hard for period pieces, high-tech epics, and some surprising thrillers, and who was won over by wrenching romances and harrowing journeys (but still loves himself a little horror).
The Best TV Shows: Critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz both felt the Netflix effect this year, though they have divergent takes on the final season of Breaking Bad: One critic says a certain franchise’s epic insanity reigned supreme, while the other declares Walter White took down all comers.
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And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is…Sandra Bullock!
She is the gift that keeps on giving. First the 49-year-old Oscar winner teamed up with the uproarious Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s winning buddy cop comedy The Heat. Then, as Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Bullock gives an emotionally naked performance that will likely earn her an Oscar nomination. Bullock’s tremendous talent and range — to say nothing of the woman’s trademark grace and good humor in good times and bad — is what earned her the top spot on our annual list of the most exciting performers in 2013.
Bullock’s one-two punch demanded a fair amount of give and take from the actor. When she signed on to The Heat Bullock didn’t expect to be playing straight man to McCarthy’s firehose-blast of a performance. “Once I realized that that drove the film I had to step back,” she says. “Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting room floor. It wasn’t what I was hoping for but the end result was the success of the film and people liking us together.” While Bullock nixes any talk of The Heat 2, she says she’s keen for another project with her fast friend McCarthy. (Hollywood, get on this!) READ FULL STORY
Take a look at that photo. What more evidence do you need that the leading ladies of American Horror Story: Coven — Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett — are having a freaking blast? Take Bassett’s voodoo queen Marie Laveau: When she’s not having sex with a minotaur (R.I.P.), Laveau gets to luxuriate on a throne made of bones in the back room of her hair salon and proclaim things like “She done messed with the wrong weeeetch.” Meanwhile, Bates tears through Madame LaLaurie’s vitriolic speeches like a raptor. “I love going to work,” she admits. “Every scene has something exciting in it for me to do, and part of the fun, too, is reading every new script. I never know what’s coming.” Adds Lange, It’s been wonderful to be able to play humor — to have somebody as sharp-witted [as Fiona].” This week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story takes you behind the scenes — and they’re some pretty fabulous and freaky scenes, at that — at one of television’s biggest breakout hit of the season, American Horror Story. READ FULL STORY
Jamie Dornan was in his pajamas, and anxious. It was 1:30 a.m. London time, and the 31-year old actor was watching reruns of Storage Wars and praying for the phone to ring. “I was sort of pretending I wasn’t waiting, but the phone was in my hand, halfway to my ear,” Dornan says in throaty Irish brogue. He had just flown back from Los Angeles, where he had auditioned for the role of the world’s hottest control freak, Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey. Landing this part would propel him to instant stardom, and so, with his pregnant wife, actress Amelia Warner, snoozing upstairs, Dornan tried to focus on the show. Minutes later, the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), phoned to tell the former Calvin Klein model that he was about to become the object of millions of women’s fantasies. “There was a slight fear,” Dornan says now, his wiry frame huddled on a couch in a Los Angeles photo studio. “But beyond anything else, I was really f—ing excited.”
This weeks’s Entertainment Weekly cover story features the first exclusive interviews with the two stars of the new film based on Fifty Shades of Grey, the publishing phenomenon from British author E L James — about the seduction of virginal college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) by a beautiful billionaire with a penchant for sadomasochism (Dornan) — that has sold 90 million copies worldwide and ignited the libidos of a generation of women.
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For movie lovers, ’tis the season to be very jolly indeed. The studios are stuffing the cineplexes with a lot of high-profile films, from Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to more intimate Oscar bait like Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench. In our annual Holiday Movie Preview, Entertainment Weekly looks at the biggest movies and key figures behind them. Plus, our resident Oscarologist Anthony Breznican details all the front-runners in this year’s Oscar race. Check out what’s in store for the Holiday Movie Preview:
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