Tag: Entertainment Weekly

Harry Potter: The Movies

Posted July 1, 2011

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Nov. 16, 2001 Fun Fact: “The kids liked to get the makeup people to give them gashes,” Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, told EW in 2001. “Daniel got one to give him a black eye, and he came in in the morning and the other ones said, ‘Oh my! What happened?”‘ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nov. 15, 2002 Fun Facts: Hugh Grant was in the running to play Lockhart, a part that ultimately went to Branagh. “Ken seems to disappear into any role,” Columbus told EW in 2002. “I didn’t want […]

Thank You, Harry Potter

Posted July 1, 2011

After eight films, over $2 billion in box office, and countless moments of cinematic wonder, we reluctantly bid farewell to our favorite boy wizard Once upon a time, it was easy to be cynical about the Harry Potter movie franchise. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was in production back in 2000, there were those in Hollywood who viewed Warner Bros.’ adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels as “easy money” — as if making blockbuster cinema out of a global kid-lit phenomenon were a simple magic trick. And there were those who believed that telling a single epic story in […]

High Seas, High Stakes

Posted May 13, 2011

The worst thing for any pirate is feeling rudderless. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide. But even Johnny Depp admits to being ambivalent about the sequels: “To be perfectly honest, I didn’t see them. I did see the first one. I have not seen the second one or the third one.’ To be fair, he tends not to watch his own movies, but even while making 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s At World’s End, he sensed something was off. “They had to invent a trilogy out of nowhere.’ says Depp, 47. […]

EW Reunion: The Lord of the Rings

Posted October 19, 2010

What do you think about when you think about The Lord of the Rings? Moments of self-sacrifice and unexpected heroism, which are the twin strands of the trilogy’s DNA. When the people who actually made The Lord of the Rings think about The Lord of the Rings — and we asked a dozen of them, as they hugged and caught up for the first time in years at photo shoots in Los Angeles, London, and Sydney — they remember New Zealand, and the most exhausting, exhilarating years of their lives. To be specific: They remember shooting the very first scene […]

Dakota Fanning joins the ‘Twilight’ family

Posted November 1, 2009

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where are you right now? DAKOTA FANNING: I’m at school. I’m hiding from any teacher that would see me on my phone right now. But technically it’s allowed because it’s before school has started. What’s it like to come back to high school now that the movie is out? That’s my life. That’s what’s normal to me. I don’t really know anything different. I’m really lucky that I get to go to school and have that normal life, and then also get to do what I love to do and be a part of really great projects. How […]

‘Supernatural’: Sexy. Scary. Over?

Posted April 24, 2009

In the intense universe of fandom surrounding Supernatural — the CW series that follows the chisel-jawed Winchester brothers — there are ”Sam girls” and ”Dean girls.” Websites chronicle every scrap of minutiae (including the fellas’ sweet ride, a ’67 Chevy Impala), and bloggers dig around casting directors’ sites looking for snippets of scenes to post online (they’ve even managed to spoil entire scripts). One creative fan actually showed up on set in an orange vest, pretending to be a production assistant. ”They gave her a walkie-talkie!” recalls Ackles. ”She worked the entire day there until somebody finally figured it out. […]

Angelina Jolie Wanted Q&A

Posted June 24, 2008

She’s a human rights advocate and, in summer action flick Wanted, a remorseless killer. In a frank interview, the star with the disarming and dangerous persona talks about sex, tattoos, motherhood, war, and peace Think it’s difficult finding a Father’s Day present for the man in your life? Try being Angelina Jolie. ”Brad is the hardest person to shop for,” she says while checking out a window display of Corum watches at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in the south of France. ”He has impeccable design taste. And whenever he sees something he likes, he buys it for himself.” Pitt’s most […]

Fans of Fanning

Posted July 1, 2005

Dakota Fanning is most powerful actress in Hollywood — We analyze the precocious 11-year-old actress’s rise to stardom. You think we’re kidding. But stay with us here. By the end of 2005, she will have starred in three major movies this year — Hide and Seek, War of the Worlds, and the upcoming Dreamer — and, for street cred, the indie Nine Lives. She out-acted Tom Cruise and Robert De Niro (and was given equal billing as the Raging Bull legend in some Hide and Seek ads), and there’s already genuine Oscar buzz for her WOTW performance. Since 2001, her […]

Life as we knew it

Posted September 24, 2004

Ten Years ago ABC’s angsty gem My So-Called Life began its short — but groundbreaking — run, and teen dramas would never be the same. There are some TV shows that last for years and years, and when they finally go away, they’re barely missed. And then there is the phenomenon of the TV show that dies quickly but leaves an indelible mark. Ten years ago, ABC fielded such a show: My So-Called Life, produced by the thirtysomething team of Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, premiered on Thursday, August 25, 1994 and was quickly reduced to ratings rubble by another […]

The Goodbye Girl (Buffy)

The Goodbye Girl (Buffy)

Posted March 1, 2003

In an exclusive interview, BUFFY star Sarah Michelle Gellar explains why her vamp-dusting, butt-kicking days are over. The words almost fail her. This is most unusual for Sarah Michelle Gellar, because words rarely fail her. They come rushing out of her mouth with enough volume and velocity to give Hoover Dam a year’s respite, about any number of subjects — from reality television (she loves Joe Millionaire and American Idol) to being momentarily convinced that unicorns actually do exist. (Never mind.) But when it finally comes to the topic at hand on this February afternoon in Santa Monica, her voice […]