The Scene

The Scene: March 28, 2008

Seven days in entertainment -- The biggest events from last week including a first look at ''The Wolfman,'' R.E.M. at South by Southwest, and more

After 67 years, the Wolfman came out of hiding last week — and frankly, we're terrified to ask what took him so long. (Benicio Del Toro's beady eyes sure do the trick, don't they?) R.E.M. also resurfaced at a music fest in Austin, Angela Bassett popped up to promote a new film, and Natalie Portman exchanged her royal Boleyn crown for a wedding gown.

Meet the Mogul
Angela Bassett reunited with director and costar Tyler Perry at L.A.'s March 13 premiere of their new film, Meet the Browns, in which she plays a single mother who introduces her kids to her estranged family.

The Wedding Party
Natalie Portman portrays a Hasidic Jew who gets married (but to which guy?) on the set of New York, I Love You, a film anthology composed of 12 shorts.

Soul Session
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe croons at Stubb's Bar-B-Q during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. The band dedicated their new song, ''Until the Day Is Done,'' to Heath Ledger.

Howling at the Moon
Meet Wolfman version 2.0, the beastly title character who'll snarl his way through next year's remake of the classic 1941 horror flick. According to six-time Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, it took three hours to turn The Wolfman's already lupine star, Benicio Del Toro, into the leering lycanthrope: He used a latex nose, a brow mask, dentures, a wig, and loose hairs glued to Del Toro's face. ''He's frightening,'' says Baker. ''But I come from a fanboy background, so I wanted to be true to the original.'' Read more from Baker about his latest creation.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints