Sep 28, 2012

Issue #1226

Cover Story

'The Big Bang Theory': Making a bigger bang

by Lynette Rice | Sep 21, 2012
''The Big Bang Theory'' is TV's top-rated sitcom. That may shock you [MDASH] unless you're one of the 16 million who tune in weekly for the hilarious nesting and mating rituals of a gaggle of geeks. Here's our obsessive guide to the phenom. Read it
Magazine Cover (Sep 28, 2012)

Features

Your 'Big' guide to 'Bang'

Sep 21, 2012
Here's your guide to the series and its best episode Read it

'Big Bang Theory': Set design

by Adam B. Vary | Sep 21, 2012
Set decorator Ann Shea explains how she created living spaces for Howard, Penny, and Raj using items both easily bought and painstakingly found — plus a few collectible treasures that superfans would kill for Read it

The strange saga of River Phoenix's final film

by Rob Brunner | Sep 21, 2012
After the star's tragic overdose in 1993, the movie he'd been shooting went into storage for almost two decades. Now the director has gotten hold of the film and finished it. Did he do the right thing? Read it

Unfinished business

by Keith Staskiewicz | Sep 21, 2012
River Phoenix wasn't the first (or last) actor to die while making a film. Here are six more stars who left this world with unfinished business. Read it

On the set of 'Sesame Street': Nice work if you can get it

by Jessica Shaw | Sep 21, 2012
Exclusive! Behind the scenes of ''Sesame Street'''s celebrity week — the most coveted gig in Hollywood Read it

Monitor

Monitor: Sept. 28, 2012

by Nuzhat Naoreen | Sep 21, 2012
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer welcomed twins, and more Read it

Corsets, dragons, and Kathy Griffin!

Sep 21, 2012
''Game of Thrones'' came out on top with six awards at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards Read it

Book Article

On 'Sutton,' banks, and robbers

by Rob Brunner | Sep 21, 2012
J.R. Moehringer discusses one inspiration for his debut novel about real-life bank robber Willie Sutton: his anger over 2008's financial meltdown Read it

5 Things We Learned From ... Salman Rushdie's memoir

by Tina Jordan | Sep 21, 2012

After Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declared his novel ''The Satanic Verses'' blasphemous and called for his death in 1989, Salman Rushdie spent years in hiding, shuttling between safe houses under an alias that serves as the title of his new memoir: ''Joseph Anton.'' He later bar-hopped with Bono, partied with Toni Morrison, and was on a first-name basis with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Read it

Latest, great-ish young adult novels

Sep 21, 2012
Look for the next Young Adult hit, then give these novels a read Read it

Book Review

The Life of Objects

by Jeff Giles | Sep 21, 2012

Life After Death

by Clark Collis | Sep 21, 2012

Sutton

by Karen Valby | Sep 21, 2012

Cover Story

'The Big Bang Theory': Making a bigger bang

by Lynette Rice | Sep 21, 2012
''The Big Bang Theory'' is TV's top-rated sitcom. That may shock you — unless you're one of the 16 million who tune in weekly for the hilarious nesting and mating rituals of a gaggle of geeks. Here's our obsessive guide to the phenom. Read it

DVD Article

Joss Whedon's 5 favorite horror characters

by Chris Nashawaty | Sep 21, 2012
The producer/co-writer of ''The Cabin in the Woods'' (now on DVD) talks about his inspirations Read it

The Avengers

Sep 21, 2012

The Pact

Sep 21, 2012

DVDs: Sept. 28, 2012

Sep 21, 2012
Reviews of the latest movies in stores, including ''The American President,'' ''The Game,'' and others Read it

Editor's Note

Editor's Note: Sept. 28, 2012

by Jess Cagle | Sep 21, 2012
Our managing editor Jess Cagle discusses the film festival darlings that are stirring Oscar buzz Read it

Guest Column

Michael Patrick King: Going for 'Broke'

Sep 21, 2012
''2 Broke Girls'' took some heat from critics last year for its racy comedy and comedy about race. But creator Michael Patrick King says the CBS sitcom won't back down in season 2. Read it

Hollywood Insider

FX's ''Sons of Anarchy'' kills the competition

by Lynette Rice | Sep 21, 2012
The show's fifth-season premiere was the network's most watched episode ever Read it

Movie Article

You Know Who's Cool?: Michael Peña

by Dave Karger | Sep 21, 2012
Long considered one of Hollywood's most dependable character actors, the 36-year-old suits up opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the cop drama ''End of Watch'' Read it

Toronto highs and lows

Sep 21, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman offer their opinions on this year's festival, ranking five films that stood out — for better or for worse Read it

Box Office Milestone: ''The Intouchables''

Sep 21, 2012
The movie has earned more money than any French-language film in history Read it

How 'Pitch Perfect' sang its way to the screen

by Emily Rome | Sep 28, 2012
And you thought cheerleaders were competitive. ''Pitch Perfect'' was inspired by Mickey Rapkin's book about collegiate a cappella groups battling their way to the top. Here's how it all played out. Read it

Movie Review

End of Watch

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Oct 19, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Owen Gleiberman | Oct 19, 2012

Dredd 3D

by Darren Franich | Oct 19, 2012

Trouble With the Curve

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Oct 19, 2012

Butter

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Sep 21, 2012

Music Article

Where the wild things are

Sep 21, 2012
Welcome to the jungle! And the forest, and the range... EW vets the animal collective releasing albums this week Read it

The Soundtrack of My Life: Cat Power

by Leah Greenblatt | Sep 21, 2012
Indie-rock siren Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, 40, recently released her acclaimed ninth studio album, ''Sun.'' She talks to EW about the songs that shaped her. Read it

All the singles ladies

Sep 21, 2012
Our reviews of three girls gone wild on pop radio this week Read it

Music Review

Cruel Summer

by Kyle Anderson | Sep 21, 2012

Double comeback: Green Day & No Doubt return

by Melissa Maerz | Sep 21, 2012
Two of the biggest bands of the '90s and early '00s are back with long-awaited new albums. So how do they fare in the '10s? Our critic weighs in. Read it

Babel

by Melissa Maerz | Oct 01, 2012

News Article

Off Broadway: Sept. 28, 2012

Sep 21, 2012
Reviews of the latest off Broadway plays, including ''The Exonerated'' and ''Detroit'' Read it

Abraham Lincoln is having a moment

by Lynette Rice | Sep 21, 2012
Billy Campbell will play Abraham Lincoln in National Geographic Channel's docudrama based on Bill O'Reilly's book ''Killing Lincoln'' Read it

Sue Sylvester's 'Glee' family creates real-life ties

by Lynette Rice | Sep 21, 2012
Robin Trocki, the actress with Down syndrome who played Sue's sister, met her namesake, Sue's daughter Read it

Deal Report: Sept. 28, 2012

Sep 21, 2012
James Brolin will play Joel McHale's dad on ''Community,'' Rob Reiner, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carla Gugino will guest on ''New Girl,'' and more Read it

Potter producer sees a franchise in 'Bone'

by Anthony Breznican | Sep 21, 2012
Producer David Heyman will adapt Leigh Bardugo's ''Shadow and Bone'' Read it

News and Notes

Born to be a sitcom

by Stephan Lee | Sep 21, 2012
NBC has ordered a pilot based on the true life of Ali Wentworth Read it

Hit List: Sept. 28, 2012

by Dan Snierson | Sep 21, 2012
Mila Kunis was rescued by firefighters from a Manhattan elevator, rapper Juvenile plead not guilty to disorderly conduct, and more Read it

Finally, the iPhone 5!

by Darren Franich | Sep 21, 2012
The iPhone 5's modest improvements are trumped by its new, sub-par map feature Read it

Election 2012: Pundit smackdown

by Keith Staskiewicz | Sep 21, 2012
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly will go head-to-head in an online debate Read it

Let the Oscar buzz begin!

by Dave Karger | Sep 21, 2012
As the festival season winds down, the Academy Awards picture is (finally) becoming clear. Who'll be breaking out their formalwear? Read it

K-pop gets a boost from ''Gangnam Style''

by Kyle Anderson | Sep 21, 2012
The latest Korean export, ''Gangnam Style,'' has re-freshened America's apatite for K-pop Read it

TV Article

Soundbites: Sept. 28, 2012

Sep 21, 2012
Memorable lines from ''The New Normal,'' ''Glee,'' and more Read it

'How I Met Your Mother' gets back to work

by Laura Hertzfeld | Sep 21, 2012
EW was on set as CBS' ''How I Met Your Mother'' — which premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. — shot its eighth-season opener Read it

'The Neighbors': The story behind fall's craziest new show

by Tanner Stransky | Sep 21, 2012
How'd the season's oddest new comedy — ABC's ''The Neighbors'' — come to be? EW examines its otherworldly trip to the small screen. Read it

Britney Spears on 'X Factor': Love it or loathe it?

Sep 21, 2012
The bulk of ''X Factor'' chatter has — shocker! — revolved around Britney Spears' performance as a judge. Is her lo-fi style genius...or just plain grumpy? Two of EW's television experts offer their opinions. Read it

TV Review

Homeland

by Ken Tucker | Sep 21, 2012

Videogame Preview

Preview: Fall's big games

Sep 21, 2012
With an avalanche of options due soon, we take a look at the five titles that have us counting the days Read it

What's Hot On Our Site EW.com

Our new style & design channel

by Bronwyn Barnes | Sep 21, 2012
To kick off EW.com's Style & Design section, we spoke with supermodel--turned--reality-show judge Naomi Campbell about her latest project. (You'll find more up-to-the-minute fashion and design news and commentary at ew.com/style.) Read it
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