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August 2021

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
sound bites

“I’d never stab anyone in the back! That’s such a boring form of betrayal!”—Loki (Tom Hiddleston), reassuring Mobius (Owen Wilson), on Loki“You’re Yoda.”“Yoda? Nah, the little green guy? Nah. Ah, s---, I’ll take it. Because he’s a powerful Jedi, right?”“No. Yoda’s a puppet…with someone’s hand up his ass.”—Cipher (Charlize Theron), telling fellow villain Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) that he’s no Luke Skywalker, in F9“HE’S NOT A PARTICULARLY RELIGIOUS LITTLE KID. HE MAY NOT KNOW HOW BAD HELL IS SUPPOSED TO BE. MAYBE WE CAN REBRAND HELL.”—Rainey (Helen Hunt), wanting to inform her grandson that his father is in prison, a.k.a. hell, on Blindspotting“VINNY RIGHT NOW IS WATSON TO MYOH MY GOD, I JUST MADE UP A NEW NAME.”—Mike, trying to solve a mystery, on Jersey Shore Family Vacation“Last night she…

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4 min
from the ew team

Omar Sanchez 1995–2021 THE FIRST TIME I REMEMBER MEETING OMAR Sanchez in the EW office, I walked away thinking, “This kid is gonna be way too much for me.” He was wearing flashy red pants, and had boundless energy and a constant smile plastered on his face—pretty much my exact opposite. He projected the kind of sustained enthusiasm that made me suspicious there must be some catch. But the catch was how wrong I was. As soon as he joined us as an editorial assistant in 2019, Omar’s positivity was contagious and brought a light to our newsroom. He was such a people person, the type who would be first in the room for a meeting and greet everyone with a lively “Good morning!” as they walked in. You had no choice but…

5 min
the cold open

In for the Kill In the zombie apocalypse, who’s the bigger threat: walkers or people? Before AMC’s The Walking Dead begins its final season on Aug. 22, we crunch the numbers on the human casualties that mattered to us (not accounting for deaths such as “Nameless Savior No. 7”). —NICK ROMANO MOST MEMORABLE DEATH, BY SEASON S1: AMY (EMMA BELL) Andrea (Laurie Holden) issues the ugliest of cries for her bitten sister. S2: DALE (JEFFREY DEMUNN) A walker gave him one of the, um, gutsiest moments in show history. S3: LORI (SARAH WAYNE CALLIES) Some childbirths are more like nightmares than happy occasions. S4: LIZZIE (BRIGHTON SHARBINO) Carol (Melissa McBride) made sure that little Lizzie will never look at flowers the same way again. S5: TYREESE (CHAD L. COLEMAN) We know you were trying to give the guy a hand by taking…

9 min
the must list

№ 1 ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain MOVIES FEW HUMANS SEEMED TO MOVE through the world with the wholehearted ferocity of famed chef, writer, raconteur, and TV host Anthony Bourdain. Oscar-winning documentarian Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) was among those sent reeling by the news of his suicide at age 61. Three years later, he’s emerged with Roadrunner (in theaters July 16)—a raw, intimate portrait of a man whose passions ranged as far and wide as his passport carried him, but could also lead to dangerous extremes. “His death was such a non sequitur to what we felt we knew about him that coming to terms with how the hell that could happen is part of what I think this film can do,” the director tells…

13 min
new heights

SIMU LIU REMEMBERS EVERY detail about the phone call that changed his destiny two years ago. The actor was coming off a grueling day on the Toronto set of the hit CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, where he’d gotten into an argument over one of his lines—a play on words on his character’s name: “Egg Foo Jung.” Liu had refused to say the line as written. And the disagreement ended up halting production for nearly an hour. “I didn’t want audiences to see this character playing into that joke,” the 32-year-old actor recalls during our conversation in a conference room on the Walt Disney Studios lot in late May. “It was terrifying. I was on the verge of tears. It was actually a really, really rough day.” Back in his apartment, Liu…

6 min
leaps and boundaries

THEY’VE COME A LONG WAY since Sixteen Candles’ Long Duk Dong. From Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero to the first baesian loves in swoony films, Asian stars are boldly going where too few Asian actors have gone before. Still, a recent USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study found that more than half of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) male characters in the top 100 films of 2019 had no romantic relationships. Have people not seen Daniel Dae Kim’s glass-cutting cheekbones? EW spoke with Nico Hiraga (Moxie), cover star Simu Liu, Riverdale’s Charles Melton, Mythic Quest’s Danny Pudi, Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Star Trek’s George Takei about persevering in an industry that has long relegated API men to nerdy sidekicks. Asian women are often fetishized, while Asian men are seldom portrayed…