Jul 06, 2012

Issue #1214

Cover Story

Louis C.K.: Almost famous

by Melissa Maerz | Jul 16, 2012
And that's just how he likes it. Unfortunately for Louis C.K., he just may be the world's greatest comedian Read it
Magazine Cover (Jul 06, 2012)

Features

Writers rock

by Josh Rottenberg | Jul 16, 2012
They're famous authors by day, garage band by night. But after 20 years, the Rock Bottom Remainders — the group made up of best-selling writers like Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Matt Groening, and Mitch Albom — are packing up their gear for good Read it

Summer's (real) action heroes

by Rob Brunner | Jun 29, 2012
It's the season of big-screen pyrotechnics and daredevil action. But behind every high-flying star is an unseen wizard pulling the strings — literally. We talked to the stunt coordinators for five high-profile new flicks about what it takes to leap, fall, crash, and explode on film without getting (too) hurt Read it

Monitor

The Black Keys sing the copyright blues

by Grady Smith | Jun 29, 2012
The band filed copyright-infringement complaints against Home Depot and Pizza Hut for reproducing its music in commercials Read it

Monitor: July 6, 2012

by Grady Smith | Jun 29, 2012
Model and actress Molly Sims welcomed her first child, NBA player Tony Parker sued W.i.P. nightclub, and more Read it

Hugh Jackman wraps 'Les Miz'

by Christian Blauvelt | Jun 29, 2012
Jackman plays the musical's long-suffering protagonist Jean Valjean in the film Read it

Blu-ray Review

'Barbarella' and beyond

by Chris Nashawaty | Jun 29, 2012
Jane Fonda's goofy intergalactic romp (now on Blu-ray) has a kindred spirit in the sweet, underrated indie ''CQ'' Read it

Book Article

Books: July 6, 2012

Jun 29, 2012
The latest books by Mons Kallentoft, Rod L. Evans, and more Read it

Deborah Harkness: The dual lives of a fantasy writer

by Stephan Lee | Jun 29, 2012
When she's not busy teaching college history, Deborah Harkness, 47, moonlights as the author of Shadow of Night (out July 10), the sequel to 2011's best-selling paranormal epic A Discovery of Witches. Read it

Great new reads by ... us!

by Grady Smith | Jun 29, 2012
It's Staff Pride Month (a thing we just invented), so check out these offerings from past and present EW writers Read it

Book Review

Seating Arrangements

by Sara Vilkomerson | Jul 03, 2012

Shadow Of Night

by Karen Valby | Jul 03, 2012

Cover Story

Louis C.K.: Almost famous

by Melissa Maerz | Jul 16, 2012
And that's just how he likes it. Unfortunately for Louis C.K., he just may be the world's greatest comedian Read it

DVD Review

'The 39 Steps': An early Hitchcock gem

Jun 29, 2012
The DVD includes vintage interviews with Hitchcock himself Read it

EW Poll

What's your favorite Pixar film?

Jun 29, 2012
As the female-fronted ''Brave'' pierced the box office bull's-eye, we asked EW.com readers which of Pixar's previous cinematic creations best hits the mark. Hint: It's super! Read it

Editor's Note

Good news and bad news

by Jess Cagle | Jun 29, 2012
Managing editor Jess Cagle discusses our frustration with the media, his favorite summer read, and more Read it

Hollywood Insider

Britney Spears has got bite as new 'X Factor' judge

by James Hibberd | Jun 29, 2012
Spears is embracing her new role as judge and abandoning her demure persona by being completely blunt with contestants Read it

Jennifer Hudson chooses her first TV role: 'Smash'

by Tim Stack | Jun 29, 2012
Hudson and Jeremy Jordan of the Broadway hit ''Newsies'' will join NBC's musical drama next season Read it

Deal Report: July 6, 2012

Jun 29, 2012
Maura Tierney and Marc Warren will join ''The Good Wife,'' Emilie de Ravin has been promoted to a series regular on ''Once Upon a Time,'' and more Read it

Julianne Hough ditches dance for Diablo Cody drama

by Dave Karger | Jun 29, 2012
Hough's next project will mark screenwriter Diablo Cody's directorial debut Read it

'Jurassic Park' to reopen?

by Darren Franich | Jun 29, 2012
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are in final negotiations to write a fourth ''Jurassic Park'' Read it

Humor: If You Ask Me...

Oh, for crying out loud

by Libby Gelman-Waxner | Aug 22, 2012
Libby Gelman-Waxner dissects our music-heavy existence Read it

Movie Article

What the heck, let's heckle!

by Josh Rottenberg | Sep 05, 2012
Some movies are just ripe for riffing, so mischievous comedians are hosting screenings around the country where audiences are encouraged to shout back at the screen. Now's your chance to yell. Read it

Teaching stars to strip

by Mandi Bierly | Jun 29, 2012
Alison Faulk choreographed ''Magic Mike'''s steamy dance routines. That's right, you can get paid to show Matthew McConaughey how to take his clothes off Read it

Matthew Broderick on a classic screwball comedy

by Jess Cagle | Jun 29, 2012
When we asked Broderick (currently starring on Broadway in ''Nice Work if You Can Get It'') to talk about his favorite film, he offered up several 1930s movies, including the Sinclair Lewis drama ''Dodsworth'' and the James Cagney gangster flick ''Each Dawn I Die.'' But we focused on his favorite screwball comedy: ''My Man Godfrey'' (1936), starring William Powell as a mysterious vagrant who's recruited by a dizzy New York heiress (Carole Lombard) to serve as her family's butler. Read it

Movie Review

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Jun 29, 2012

Magic Mike

by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 29, 2012

Take This Waltz

by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 29, 2012

Ted

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Jun 29, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Dec 04, 2012

Neil Young Journeys

by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 29, 2012

People Like Us

by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 29, 2012

Unforgivable

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Jun 29, 2012

Music Article

Music video roundup

by Leah Greenblatt | Jun 29, 2012
Katy Perry's a damsel in distress, Fiona Apple plays kooky zookeeper, and Daniel Radcliffe trades his real-life sobriety for a boozy onscreen breakdown in the latest crop of music clips Read it

Ads That Rock: What's that song in ... the Bing commercial?

by Ray Rahman | Jun 29, 2012
Suddenly have an urge for folksy foot-stomping — and a trip to Hawaii? Blame the Lumineers. Read it

Chart Flashback: 1984

by Leah Greenblatt | Jun 29, 2012
Twenty-eight years ago this week Duran Duran were reflexing, Springsteen was dark-dancing, and Prince made birds do cuckoo things. We revisit and regrade the top 10. Read it

Singles: July 6, 2012

by Henry Goldblatt | Jun 29, 2012
Reviews of the latest songs from Madonna, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more Read it

Albums: July 6, 2012

Jun 29, 2012
Reviews of the latest releases from The Offspring, DIIV, and more Read it

Music Review

Wild Ones

by Melissa Maerz | Jun 29, 2012

Fortune

by Kyle Anderson | Jun 29, 2012

News Article

Feedback: July 6, 2012

Jun 29, 2012
Your mixed reactions about our Twilight cover, disappointment that Weeds is coming to an end, and more Read it

News and Notes

Hit List: July 6, 2012

by Dan Snierson | Jun 29, 2012
Kristen Stewart named this year's highest-paid actress, Charlie Sheen joins Mel Gibson in cast of Robert Rodriguez's ''Machete'' sequel, and more Read it

Is This a Movie? 'The Bullied Bus Monitor'

by Grady Smith | Jun 29, 2012
The news of bullied bus monitor Karen Klein sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster in making Read it

EW's reality show rewrites

by Keith Staskiewicz | Jun 29, 2012

The war between CBS' ''Big Brother'' and its ABC doppelgänger ''The Glass House'' saw a new salvo on June 20 when CBS put out a tongue-in-cheek press release announcing an imaginary new series called ''Dancing on the Stars.'' The premise? Contestants quickstep on celebrity graves in a competition that has nothing whatsoever to do with ABC's ''Dancing With the Stars.'' That got us thinking about what other reality shows we could ''reimagine.''

Read it

NBC: Let the Games begin!

by Lynette Rice | Jun 29, 2012
Sorry, Ann. With the Olympics on the horizon, NBC looks to make a splash — and clean house Read it

Photo Gallery

50 best movies you've never seen

by EW Staff | Jul 16, 2012
We bet at least some of these will be new even to dedicated movie fans...and you'll be glad you found them See photos

TV Article

Soundbites: July 6, 2012

Jun 29, 2012
The best lines from the week in TV, featuring ''Drag U,'' ''Futurama,'' and more Read it

Summer show swap

by Sandra Gonzalez | Jun 29, 2012
Missing your faves? Give these series a shot Read it

'Bachelor Pad' cast revealed

by Jessica Shaw | Jun 29, 2012
''There's genius in this show,'' says rose-meister Chris Harrison, back to host Pad's third season. Even more brilliant? Harrison's insights about the Pad-mates who will definitely make a splash. Read it

TV Review

Anger Management

by Ken Tucker | Jun 29, 2012

The Big Event

Question of the Night: What would your stripper anthem be?

Jun 29, 2012
We asked the cast of ''Magic Mike'' what tune would put them in the mood to strip Read it