Table of Contents

Table of Contents

News + Notes

8 | TOME RAIDERS The race from the printed page to the big screen...What's Eddie Murphy doing in The Haunted Mansion?...Is The Goonies ready for a sequel?...Divas attack...Style Sheet: The Material Girl launches a merchandise line...The Shaw Report...The 5-Year Plan: Maria Bello...Hot Sheet...Monitor.

Features

24 | BREAKOUTS 2003 The moment they've been praying for has finally arrived -- and they didn't even have to sell their souls. We present 25 newly minted stars who made it big this year -- and one very hot freshman drama, The O.C., that has fans talking. And salivating.

44 | TIM BURTON'S BIG ADVENTURE Bank robbers, conjoined twins, and (yes) cars in trees -- Big Fish is a family drama as only one man could make it. BY STEVE DALY

48 | WHERE THE WILD KING Is Crowning a career of turning his childhood nightmares into dreamy kids' books, Maurice Sendak tackles the Holocaust. BY TROY PATTERSON

Reviews

53 | THE MUST LIST Ten great things to see/hear/read.

55 | MOVIES Big Fish; also Something's Gotta Give, Prisoner of Paradise, Honey, and Girl With a Pearl Earring. Plus: Ask the Critic.

63 | DVD & VIDEO Alien Quadrilogy; also Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Five, Bad Boys II, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Best of the Muppet Show, and Ship of Fools.

67 | TELEVISION The Simple Life; also Smallville. Plus: the new guy on General Hospital; What to Watch.

76 | MUSIC Fefe Dobson's self-titled debut and Kelis' Tasty; also Korn, the Offspring, the Hollies, Hoobastank, Kid606, the Band of Blacky Ranchette, and Biz Markie. Plus: Behind the Music of the Talk Shows.

83 | BOOKS Ode to Audiobooks; also Jackie Collins, Isaac Asimov, Jonathan Kellerman, John Mortimer, Bart Plantenga, and P.T. Deutermann.

6 | MAIL 8 Simple Rules; Josh Groban.

88 | STUPID QUESTIONS This week with...Andy Dick.

ON THE COVER The O.C.'s Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton, and Benjamin McKenzie photographed for EW by Mark Liddell in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 2003

(COVER) STYLING: TUNNEY & LEAL/ARTISTSBYTIMOTHYPRIANO.COM; BILSON'S HAIR: ROB TALTY/LUXE; BILSON'S MAKEUP: JEFFREY PAUL/EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS; BARTON'S HAIR: CAMPBELL MCAULEY/SOLO ARTISTS; BARTON'S MAKEUP: STEEVE DAVIAULT/LINK N.Y./L.A.; GROOMING: STEPHEN LEWIS/EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS; SET DESIGN: OLIVER MARTIN; BILSON'S DRESS: TOMMY HILFIGER; SHOES: SERGIO ROSSI; BRODY'S JACKET AND SHIRT: J. LINDEBERGH; VINTAGE T-SHIRT AND LEVI'S JEANS: LO FI; SHOES: CONVERSE; BARTON'S DRESS: DEVELOPMENT; SHOES: SERGIO ROSSI; MCKENZIE'S SUIT: J. LINDEBERGH; VINTAGE T-SHIRT: LO FI; SHOES: CONVERSE

''I didn't particularly want to make a 'Wild Things' movie, but

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''I didn't particularly want to make a 'Wild Things' movie, but that's all that anybody wanted from me. And I thought, Okay, at least I can be in on it.''

Sendak's oldest theme, he says, ''is the tenaciousness of children to survive.'' The latest example is his concentration-camp fairy tale 'Brundibar.'

Originally posted Dec 12, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints
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