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Entertainment Weekly November 2019

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22 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
sound bites

“Alright, alright, alright. Sorry, I was just reading the box office returns for your last three movies.”Zach Galifianakis, using Matthew McConaughey’s catchphrase against him, in Between Two Ferns: The Movie“You know the Senate, it’s the country’s second-most-influential body after Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s. Ladies and gentleman, that man is five years older than me, and I know. Whatever you’re thinking now, I know.”John Oliver, shaming himself, on Last Week Tonight“Ranking the girls makes us feel powerful, like a BuzzFeed freelancer.”Connie the Hormone Monsteress (Maya Rudolph), enjoying the activities of the boys, on Big Mouth“The book says you’re not supposed to make eye contact during nap time.”“They’re babies, not Johnny Depp on a film set.”Haley (Sarah Hyland) and her mom, Claire (Julie Bowen), disagreeing on parenting strategy, on Modern Family“INTERESTING, BECAUSE…

3 min.
editor’s note

@JDHEYMAN Real Star Power IN THIS LINE OF WORK, YOU ARE periodically asked about what it takes to be a movie star. Since this is the issue where we roll out the best films of the season, allow me to break it down: Movie stardom has never been a mere looks thing. The world is actually pretty spoiled for hot people, while movie stars have always been a frighteningly scarce commodity. The quality that defines them is not garden-variety prettiness—in fact, many of Hollywood’s greatest names have been delightfully imperfect. No, what sets off a true star is more magic than it is a skin-deep glow. It’s something essential, radiating off megaplex screens and leaving us spellbound in the dark. A star’s persona eclipses any single performance. And we still go to…

13 min.
the must list

EDITED BY → MARC SNETIKER @MARCSNETIKER MOVIES No 1 Dolemite Is My Name EDDIE MURPHY REALLY LOVES kicking back on his sofa—it’s one reason he’s made just two films in the past eight years. “I was tired,” says Murphy, who churned out comedy blockbusters in the ’90s. But in 2015, the 58-year-old stand-up icon was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and knowing that a slew of contemporaries would be at the ceremony, he sat down and wrote new material for the first time since stepping back from the comedy scene. The reaction blew him away. “When you get that Mark Twain Prize, you get to meet the president, and I met Obama and the first thing out of his mouth was ‘When are you doing stand-up again?’ I was like,…

2 min.
circuit training

Jojo Rabbit Is a Curious Case Few knew what to make of Jojo Rabbit’s world premiere in Toronto: The response in the room was ecstatic, but the reviews that followed were mixed. Taika Waititi’s sweet satire of a boy coming of age in Nazi Germany ultimately won over the TIFF crowd, however, by taking home the festival’s coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award—a prize that forecast this year’s Best Picture winner, Green Book, and has yielded a Best Picture nominee every year since 2012. Jojo is, as already proven, the kind of movie that could go all the way—snag a Best Picture nod, find room for Scarlett Johansson in Supporting Actress, and so on—or sharply divide Academy voters. Best Actor Is Packed A week before TIFF got underway, several Best Actor contenders emerged out…

3 min.
dolly parton’s heartstrings

@PATRICKGOMEZLA AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF YOUR NEXT OBSESSIONS ‟FOR ME, WRITING SONGS IS LIKE MAKING my own little movies with my guitar,” Dolly Parton says in the introduction to an episode of Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (out Nov. 22), a Netflix anthology series based on that very idea. Each installment was inspired by a different track from Parton’s prodigious songbook, from the heartbreak of a pregnant teen in “Down From Dover” to the desperation of a woman threatened by that auburn-haired vixen “Jolene.” In addition to having a role in “Jolene,” Parton appears as herself at the top of each episode to offer songwriting insight—and, of course, a whole lot of sparkle. Designer Robért Behar dressed the icon for her intros in a series of showstopping looks. “The inspiration is the song,” Behar says…

2 min.
andy serkis: a christmas carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL WILL ALWAYS BE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON giving, but that doesn’t mean Andy Serkis (Black Panther) was immediately sold on playing the Ghost of Christmas Past in a new adaptation premiering on FX in December. “Do we really need another one?” Serkis remembers asking, especially since he grew up loving the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as the heartless miser Ebenezer Scrooge. “But this is the most amazing piece. It felt very contemporary and fresh.” And a smidge more youthful: Unlike previous iterations in which Scrooge was played by rather unappealing men, this version stars easy-on-the-eyes Guy Pearce, 52, in the role of the despicable cheapskate who is visited by some unnerving spirits on Christmas Eve. “What I wanted to do was to make Ebenezer Scrooge…