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Entertainment Weekly March 2020

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sound bites

“NOT EVEN RYAN REYNOLDS COULD MAKE THIS VAN WILDER.”—The Goldfinch (Jason Schwartzman), bragging about having cable in his vehicle, on Medical Police“That’s right, I am a narc—a Nationally Accredited & Registered Chaperone!”—Amy (Melissa Fumero), keeping a watchful eye on her colleagues, on Brooklyn Nine-Nine“I gotta add this to my Tinder profile.”—Brad Pitt, accepting the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, at the SAG Awards“It’s time we be good men.”“Who the f--- wants to sing that song?”—Marcus (Martin Lawrence), wanting Mike (Will Smith) to change his ways, in Bad Boys for Life“MONKEYS ARE THE IDEAL GO-KART OPPONENTS. THEY’RE FUNNY ENOUGH TO GIVE THE FINGER BUT NOT SMART ENOUGH TO WIN.”—Jason (Manny Jacinto), revealing what he’ll do first in the Good Place, on The Good Place“She still called me Moana sometimes, but at…

editor’s note

No Small Wonder WONDER WOMAN, ALL THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR you, and the power you possess! So the boogie-down theme song of the 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter goes. The Amazing Amazon has gone through many reinventions since her 1941 All-Star Comics debut, but at her core, she’s as immortal as one of the 12 Olympians: the warrior who hates war, a quasi–Greek goddess who stands up for modern womanhood, a feminist icon who goes to work dressed as a swimsuit model. She’s not the first female superhero (the forgotten Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle, edges her out by a year), but she’s the most famous, and the one most deeply embedded in our national psyche. Now she’s back in action, personified by Gal Gadot on our cover, in…

the must list

No 1 NARCOS: MEXICO TV IN SEASON 1 OF NARCOS: MEXICO, drug kingpin Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) took a trip to Colombia where he came face-to-face with the infamous Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and in that instant, the DC Extended Universe was born. Well, DC as in Drug Cartel (sorry, Batman). “I had this Narcos expanded universe fantasy,” says showrunner Eric Newman. “I looked at Marvel like, ‘Why can’t our drug dealers make appearances in the franchise vehicles of other characters?’ It speaks to the interconnected nature of the narcotics trade; we all touch each other in this game.” What originally started as “the Pablo Escobar story” has evolved into so much more as Narcos: Mexico enters its second season (now on Netflix) and the fifth overall in the Narcos franchise. After Escobar’s…

killing eve

AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF YOUR NEXT OBSESSIONS FRIENDS OR LOVERS (OR WHATEVER the hell this is) don’t stab each other in the back. They stab each other in the front—and apparently shoot each other in the back. In the last moments of the season 2 finale of BBC America’s alluring spy thriller Killing Eve, international assassin of mystery/stone-cold sociopath Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and shell-shocked MI6 operative Eve (Sandra Oh) added a critical new chapter to their most twisted, mixed-signaled cat-and-cat game. Emerging from Rome’s underground tunnels after being manipulated into murder by ax, Eve turned down Villanelle’s impulsive request to run away with her—and then turned her back on Villanelle—prompting the spurned hitwoman to unload a bullet into Eve before coldly walking away. Season 3 begins six months later, with scars healing…

the letter for the king

PERILOUS QUESTS AND FANTASTICAL kingdoms are old hat for Andy Serkis, the erstwhile Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But despite having a similar medieval-fantasy milieu and New Zealand shooting locales, Netflix’s series The Letter for the King offered a new experience for Serkis: acting opposite his daughter, Ruby (Hulu’s National Treasure), for the first time. Serkis plays the scheming Mayor of Mistrinaut, a once-mighty trading hub, and she’s his partner-in-crime daughter Lavinia. The 55-year-old actor’s face will also be untouched by CGI—a bit of a jolt for his costar Amir Wilson (His Dark Materials), who knows Serkis from LOTR and the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy. “I’d never actually seen what he looks like,” admits Wilson. “It’s quite mental, actually.” Wilson didn’t spend much time on…


BILLIONS IS MAKING TWO BIG investments in season 5. Since the launch of their hit series, creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien have tried to cast Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards), only for the timing to never be right, or, as Stoll admits with a laugh, “Frankly, I was holding out for something a bit more exciting in terms of the role.” But persistence paid off, with both actors set to appear in the upcoming season. “Julianna is one of the smartest actresses working,” declares Koppelman. “The way in which she can make any kind of dialogue sound like her own seamlessly fits into our world.” And when it comes to Stoll, Levien says they’ve been hell-bent on working with him since he filled…