Dec 07, 2012

Issue #1236

Cover Story

Ben Affleck: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
He won an Oscar for writing when he was just 26 [MDASH] and spent the next 14 years figuring out who he wanted to be when he grew up. With the taut thriller [ITALIC "Argo"], the leading man proved he's also one of the best directors of his generation, and earned the title of EW's Entertainer of the Year Read it
Magazine Cover (Dec 07, 2012)

Features

Our favorites pick their favorites

Nov 30, 2012
The talented folks we honored are all pop culture fanatics. Here they declare their choices for entertainers of the year. Read it

Lena Dunham: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
The 26-year-old creator of ''Girls'' wrote her own comedy rules and earned copious accolades (and Emmy nods) for her efforts Read it

Channing Tatum: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
Romance, action, comedy ... striptease. Is there anything this guy can't do? Read it

fun.: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
They had the song of the summer with ''We Are Young,'' but the sweeping melodies on their album 'Some Nights' had us rocking all year long Read it

Joss Whedon: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
The cult-tv hero dominated Hollywood this year with a superhero blockbuster of hulking proportions (''The Cabin the Woods'' was damn good too) Read it

The Man behind 'Downton Abbey': 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
Julian Fellowes' sweeping period drama went from fan favorite to full-blown phenomenon with its second season Read it

Jennifer Lawrence: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
After two spectacular turns in wildly different films (''The Hunger games'' and ''Silver Linings Playbook'') the actress really is a girl on fire Read it

Kerry Washington: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
With ''Django Unchained'' and ''Scandal'' she's a stunning scene-stealer on screens both big and small Read it

The cast of 'Homeland': 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
One of the most talented ensembles on TV — Holla! — makes the brilliant, formula-busting thriller even more addictive Read it

Seth MacFarlane: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
The ''Family Guy'' mastermind broke box office records with a talking teddy bear named ''Ted'' and charmed in his first hosting gig on ''SNL''. No wonder Oscar came calling. Read it

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
The charismatic star of ''The Dark Knight Rises'' and ''Looper'' also earns raves off screen for his groundbreaking online art venture, ''hitRECord'' Read it

Gillian Flynn: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
Thanks to a fiendishly clever narrator and hairpin plot twists, the 41-year-old author's best-selling neo-noir novel kept readers rapt Read it

The Stars of Good Morning America: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
ABC's remarkably telegenic and talented morning-news crew discovered better living through (great) chemistry, and helped the show hit no.1 for the first time in 16 years Read it

Anne Hathaway: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
From a feline fatale in ''The Dark Knight Rises'' to Fantine in ''Les Misérables,'' the star hit all the right notes Read it

E L James: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
This Brit's little piece of fan fiction sold more than 60 million copies and steamed up e-readers around the glob. Read it

Key & Peele: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
The sketch-comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele won over fans — including the President — with their absurd yet brilliant takes on everything from the election to Liam Neeson Read it

The cast of 'New Girl': 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
No sophomore slump here — the deliciously dizzy ensemble comedy is only getting stronger in season 2 Read it

Monitor

Ken Regan: Farewell to a legendary photographer

by Keith Staskiewicz | Nov 30, 2012
A tribute to photographer Ken Regan Read it

Book Article

Eat, think, and be merry

by Tara Fowler, Keith Staskiewicz, and Josh Stillman | Nov 30, 2012
'Tis the season for beautiful editions of favorite literary classics, photo-laden travelogues, luxe art retrospectives, and coffee-table books that feature everything from Broadway history to extinct birds. Enjoy! Read it

Cover Story

Ben Affleck: 2012 Entertainers of the year

Nov 30, 2012
He won an Oscar for writing when he was just 26 — and spent the next 14 years figuring out who he wanted to be when he grew up. With the taut thriller Argo, the leading man proved he's also one of the best directors of his generation, and earned the title of EW's Entertainer of the Year Read it

DVD Article

DVDs: Dec. 7, 2012

Nov 30, 2012
Reviews of the latest movies in stores, including ''Men in Black 3,'' ''Step Up:Revolution,'' and others Read it

In love with 'Love Actually'

by Clark Collis | Nov 30, 2012
How did a film full of death, betrayal, illness, and nudity become a Christmas classic? We — and writer-director Richard Curtis — ruminate on the movie's enduring appeal. Read it

Movie Article

Will the real Hitchcock please stand up?

by Keith Staskiewicz | Nov 30, 2012
Two new films present opposing portraits of the Master of Suspense. Which one is closer to the truth? We talked to three of Hitchcock's legendary leading ladies to find an answer Read it

An Oscar Race For The Ages—All Ages

by Anthony Breznican | Nov 30, 2012
Quvenzhané Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva could become the youngest and oldest Best Actress nominees in Oscar history Read it

Movie Review

Killing Them Softly

by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 05, 2012

Addicted To Fame

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Nov 30, 2012

Love, Marilyn

by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 11, 2012

Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning

by Clark Collis | Nov 30, 2012

Beware Of Mr. Baker

by Owen Gleiberman | Nov 30, 2012

California Solo

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Nov 30, 2012

The Flat

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Nov 30, 2012

Music Article

Singles: Dec. 7, 2012

Nov 30, 2012
Reviews of the latest releases from will.I.am, Ashlee Simpson, and more Read it

Pop Stars-turned-reality TV Judges: How are they selling?

by Kyle Anderson | Nov 30, 2012
With proven pop bona fides and side jobs seen by millions of TV viewers every week, the platinum-plated judges on shows like American Idol and The Voice should all be burning up the charts. But are they? Nicki and Mariah, take note! Read it

Singles Swap: Dec. 7, 2012

Nov 30, 2012
EW recommends songs similar to the ones you already love Read it

Albums: Dec. 7, 2012

Nov 30, 2012
Reviews of the latest songs from Solange, Paloma Faith, and more Read it

Music Review

Warrior

by Melissa Maerz | Nov 30, 2012

News Article

You pick the decade's best game

by Darren Franich | Nov 30, 2012
What is the best game of the past 10 years? We present the nominees! When you're done reading, go to ew.com/vga to vote for which one should be Spike TV's Video Game Award winner. Read it

Soundbites: Dec. 7, 2012

Nov 30, 2012
Memorable lines from ''2 Broke Girls,'' Britney Spears, and more Read it

News and Notes

The little film that should: 'Silver Linings Playbook'

by Sara Vilkomerson | Nov 30, 2012
It's got rave reviews, Oscar buzz, and Harvey in its corner. But can it find a big audience? Read it

Buzz builds for 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Les Misérables'

by Anthony Breznican | Nov 30, 2012
Advanced screenings of both the Bigelow film, and Hugo epic have garnered acclaim within the industry Read it

Hit List: Dec. 7, 2012

by Dan Snierson | Nov 30, 2012
Daniel Craig gets a license to drive, Judd Apatow's ''Simpsons'' script finally to be made, and more Read it

Remembering Larry Hagman 1931-2012

by Karen Valby | Nov 30, 2012
As J.R. Ewing on Dallas, he played TV's most charming scoundrel, but the man behind the grin (and those eyebrows) was just plain charming. Read it

Stage Review

Elf

by Tanner Stransky | Nov 30, 2012
A musical based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie returns to Broadway to spread holiday cheer Read it

A Christmas Story: The Musical

by Tanner Stransky | Nov 30, 2012

Dead Accounts

by Thom Geier | Nov 30, 2012
Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes star as brother and sister in an engaging but unsatisfying new comedy by ''Smash'' creator Theresa Rebeck Read it

TV Article

'Doctor Who's' Jenna-Louise Coleman

by Clark Collis | Nov 30, 2012
The actress made an unexpected entrance on the British series in September. In her first interview with the American press — and in anticipation of the show's Christmas special, airing Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. on BBC America — Coleman talks about joining the sci-fi staple. Read it

TV Review

Grey's Anatomy

by Melissa Maerz | Dec 04, 2012

Scandal

Dec 04, 2012

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Popularity contest: Your top entertainers of 2012

Nov 30, 2012
The results are in! We asked EW.com readers to vote for their favorites in movies, TV, music, and more Read it