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Entertainment Weekly December 2019

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sound bites

“ARE YOU GOING TO SIT THERE AND SAY THAT EVERY SINGLE FRIEND BELONGS IN HELL? I MEAN, MAYBE ROSS AND RACHEL…AND MONICA AND JOEY, AND DEFINITELY CHANDLER. BUT PHOEBE?”—Michael (Ted Danson), making his case for humanity, on The Good Place“You name me one lady math person—and don’t say Hidden Figures, that was science fiction.”—Ruby (Jenifer Lewis), delivering a hot take, on black-ish“Always charge a guy with a gun.… With a knife, you run.”—Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), having just taken out a gunman, in The Irishman“Morning, darling. Tea?”“Would anyone object if I have something stronger?”“Coffee?"—The Queen Mother (Marion Bailey), misunderstanding what her daughter Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) is requesting, on The Crown“IT WAS THE WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE, AND I ONCE PLAYED TWISTER WITH BRYAN SINGER…AT KEVIN SPACEY’S PARTY…FOR ANDY…

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editor’s note

BY → JD HEYMAN @JDHEYMAN My Star Wars THE ESQUIRE THEATRE INTRODUCED ME TO WONDER. When I was a baby brother dragged around by several harried big sisters, I was taken to Saturday matinees at a grand old movie house in Clifton, the official Greenwich Village of Cincinnati. Even now, from what amounts to a heartbreaking distance, I can conjure up what it felt like to be totally transfixed as I sat sandwiched into an unpredictably springy seat with my feet grazing a quite gooey floor. The Esquire gave me Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and Richard Donner’s Superman. To the boy I was (and mostly still am), they were all marvels. Yet none of them equaled Star Wars. You see, I met what is now called…

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the must list: best of the decade edition

HOW HEROES RESCUED HOLLYWOOD NO 1 THE SNAP THE BIGGEST FILM FRANCHISE OF all time started with a box of scraps. Just as Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark cobbled together a supersuit in 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel Studios built an empire from a B-list band of characters. When the comics publisher launched its film studio over a decade ago, its starriest heroes—Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four—were licensed to other companies. Now, the 23-film Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown from underdog to box office behemoth, turning characters like Groot into household names and shaping Hollywood’s future (while raking in more than $22 billion worldwide). “After the first Avengers movie worked, I realized there was a chance at something that’s never been done before,” Captain America, alias Chris Evans, tells EW. “And quite possibly…

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AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF YOUR NEXT OBSESSIONS PARTY ON THE RIDGE! WHEN Outlander returns for season 5, fans will see Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) gather all the people who’ve made Fraser’s Ridge their home for a grand wedding. Everyone who’s anyone attends the outdoor celebration, including Lord John Grey (David Berry) and Royal Gov. William Tryon (Tim Downie), the latter ready to collect on Jamie’s promise to hunt the Scottish regulators who oppose British taxation. But Jamie is in no hurry to capture his godfather, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), the leader of the local resistance who’s developed a secret romance with Jamie’s aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy). “Jamie’s actually in a really difficult situation this season,” Heughan says. “He’s done a deal with the British, but he’s working for…

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HUNTERS SERIES CREATOR DAVID Weil recalls being just 6 years old when he and his brothers gathered around their grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, to hear some of their first stories about Nazis and World War II. “It was such a strange and jarring thing to hear as a kid,” Weil says. So he processed them the only way he knew how: “I saw those stories as comic-book stories, stories of grand good versus grand evil, and that became the lens through which I saw the Holocaust.” Now Weil is approaching his new Amazon Prime Video series (launching in 2020) the same way. In this sometimes ultraviolent tale about a group of vigilantes fighting Nazis in 1977 New York City, Weil seeks to turn the stories of real-life Jewish heroes into superheroes—in…

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JOE GOLDBERG HAS AN OBSESSION. Or at least he did. Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling 2014 novel of the same name, YOU introduced us to Joe (Penn Badgley), the charming literature obsessive who fell for a woman named Beck (Elizabeth Lail) the second she walked into his bookstore. Only in Joe’s world, falling for someone meant stealing her phone, hacking into her daily life, and masturbating outside her apartment window. You could call him a stalker, or you could say he was just madly in love. (He was definitely a stalker.) But despite offering a fast-paced, morally complex story, YOU’s first season, which wrapped in November on Lifetime, didn’t make much of a splash…until it hit Netflix in late December. With the streaming giant reporting that 40 million subscribers viewed the show…