Matt Damon may be at the top of the A-list, but he had to persuade writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) to cast him in his new sci-fi film, Elysium, opening Aug. 9. “I think he was even reluctant to meet me,” Damon says, laughing, from his apartment in Manhattan. “He kept saying, ‘I’m not doing anything Hollywood,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, I live in New York.’ We ended up meeting in a diner and he was kind of giving me the one-eye for the first 10 minutes or so.” That wasn’t just in Damon’s head. “I was doing that,” Blomkamp says, smiling. “I was just trying to figure out what was going on, you know?” READ FULL STORY
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The zombies are back! Okay, to be fair, they never really left. But after a season in which the survivors on The Walking Dead were more concerned with the human threat of the Governor than the flesh-eaters right outside their prison gates, the biters will be taking center stage again when the AMC hit returns in mid-October for season 4. “The first episode, we had days where there were 150 walkers,” brags exec producer and zombie makeup guru Greg Nicotero.
But while herds of zombies may be attacking from the outside, there will also be a mysterious menace to deal with from the inside. What is it, and how will the prison gang defend themselves against it? “The new threat is something you can’t just stab in the face,” says new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “You can’t talk sense to it. You can’t make a truce with it. It’s beyond all that. It would be a threat in any world, but in this world it is much more terrifying.” Yikes!
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Everyone’s favorite web-slinger will soon be swinging back into theaters. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, graces the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. When we visited the NYC set of the film — slated for release on May 2, 2014 — there was a palpable feeling of excitement and confidence as the cast and crew prepared to wrap production. “You can feel it,” says Webb. “People aren’t scared. With the first one I felt it was important to retell that origin story. But that was kind of brutal because people were so familiar with it. Now that the origin story is done? We’re off to the races. It’s incredibly liberating.”
The details of what happens in this sequel are heavily guarded, but here’s what we do know: Spider-Man’s main foe will be the terrifying (and very blue) Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. (The Oscar winner says he leapt at the chance to play a comic-book bad guy: “To get to be the villain and get to say all the cool stuff? Of course!”) But that’s not all Peter Parker will grapple with. He’s grappling with the mystery of his parents’ death, his ongoing romance with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and his close but complicated relationship with Oscorp founder Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) and his son, Harry (Dane DeHaan). READ FULL STORY
Every week, Entertainment Weekly gives you tips on the latest, greatest ways to spend your limited time and money. With our new special issue, The 100 All-Time Greatest, we take on nothing short of entertainment history. This is a keepsake issue to inspire (and, yes, enrage) you for a long time to come. You’ll find the 100 best movies, TV shows, albums and novels ever, as well as the 50 greatest plays of the last 100 years and more.
We decided early on not to react to anybody else’s list — and not to try to make “statements” we didn’t really believe in. If we decided that Casablanca was the best movie of all time, then it would be number 1, whether or not people had said it before. By the way, Casablanca is NOT the best movie of all time, but it comes in at a still-impressive No. 3 on our list.
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Looking for the next YA movie sensation? This week, EW offers an exclusive first look at the making of Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA best-seller. The movie’s set in a futuristic Chicago, and stars one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising young actresses, Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), who’s also snagged the Mary Jane role in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and the lead in the adaptation of another beloved bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars. As one of her costars, Jai Courtney, puts it, “She’s going to be such a big f - - -ing star.”
In the future world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions devoted to particular virtues. But Woodley’s character, Beatrice, is classified as “divergent.” That means she’s suited for more than one faction and, as we later learn, headed for trouble. Beatrice finds an ally — and a love interest — in an instructor named Four, played by Theo James. (You may remember him dying in Lady Mary’s bed in season one of Downton Abbey). On the set, Woodley seemed delighted to find that James also took the possibility of superstardom with a grain of salt. “We’re not into the industry and have separate lives outside of it,” she told EW. “That’s refreshing. I don’t know what I would do if Four was played by someone who cared what he looked like or spent more time in front of the mirror than I do.”
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Time really does fly.
For three-quarters of a century, Superman has been fighting the good fight, keeping Earth and its inhabitants safe from all manner of villainy and disaster. As the DC Comics character turns 75, he’s also getting a major big-screen relaunch in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, opening Friday.
So for this week’s cover, Entertainment Weekly is taking a look back at all the critical moments in Superman’s evolution from dimestore hero to American pop-culture icon. We start with his first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1, and track him along every major step (and occasional misstep) up through his reemergence in the form of Man of Steel‘s angry, passionate, lost Superman, as played by Henry Cavill.
Here’s what you can find in EW’s obsessive history of the man in the red cape:
The final season of one of the most successful and acclaimed cable dramas in TV history is coming this summer and EW has the behind-the-scenes scoop. The eighth and last outing of Showtime’s Dexter will take the Morgan siblings to darker places than ever before, as congenial serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his now-estranged sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) strive to recover from last season’s shocking cliff-hanger where Deb killed their Miami Metro captain to keep her brother’s secret safe.
Unlike on some shows where writers decide an ending when working on the final season, Dexter’s fate arc has been planned for years, and producers are unusually confident their show will have an ending will satisfy fans. “It feels like the exact ending we should be doing,” says showrunner Scott Buck. “Ideally it will make our audience sit back and see Dexter a little more clearly than before. It should absolutely make sense to everybody watching it.”
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Does Hugh Jackman ever slow down? From what we can report, the answer is a definitive no way, mate. For the cover story of our annual Summer Must List issue, EW visited the actor last year on the Sydney set of The Wolverine (in theaters July 26), where Jackman jumped and leapt and charmed his way through a series of seemingly back-breaking stunts that he made look as easy as pie. That’s entertainment — and who embodies the power and pop of summer in the cinema better than Jackman? READ FULL STORY
Locked out of heaven? Hardly. With two platinum albums, a string of No. 1 hits, and a massive tour on the horizon, Bruno Mars is set to have one hell of a summer.
For this week’s cover story, Mars invites Entertainment Weekly into his Hollywood home for a funny and frank conversation about everything from his upcoming single (“Treasure,” which he’ll debut at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards) to why he’s totally looking forward to getting fat one day. READ FULL STORY
The day was June 22, 2001. George W. Bush was midway through the first year of his presidency. TNT had just reinvented itself with the slogan “We Know Drama.” Annoying suburban children across this country were thrilling to the pop-punk sounds of Blink-182’s latest album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. And a movie called The Fast and the Furious was hitting theaters, opening the same weekend as Dr. Dolittle 2. It was teen-dreamboat Paul Walker’s first starring role. It more or less invented the idea of Vin Diesel, Action Star. And it launched one of the most surprising and durable franchises in modern Hollywood — which looks poised to have its biggest moment yet with Fast & Furious 6, opening Memorial Day. READ FULL STORY
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