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Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is an American magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books and popular culture. Different from celebrity-focused publications like Us Weekly, People (a sister magazine to EW), and In Touch Weekly, EW primarily concentrates on entertainment media news and critical reviews. However, unlike Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, which are aimed at industry insiders, EW targets a more general audience.

Contents

1 History 2 Typical content and frequency

2.1 Layout

2.1.1 News and notes 2.1.2 Feature articles 2.1.3 Reviews 2.1.4 The Bullseye

2.2 Specialty issues

3 Thousandth issue and redesign 4 Website 5 Poppy Awards 6 Notable former contributors 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

History[edit] The first issue was published on February 16, 1990, and was formed as a sister magazine to People.[4][5] Created by Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
and founded by Michael Klingensmith, who served as publisher until October 1996,[6] the magazine's original television advertising soliciting pre-publication subscribers portrayed it as a consumer guide to popular culture, including movies, music, and book reviews, sometimes with video game and stage reviews, too. ("the post-modern Farmers' Almanac").[clarification needed] In 1996, the magazine won the coveted National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors. EW won the same award again in 2002.[7] In September 2016, in collaboration with People, Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly launched the People/ Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly Network. The network is "a free, ad-supported online-video network carries short- and long-form programming covering celebrities, pop culture, lifestyle and human-interest stories". It was rebranded as PeopleTV in September 2017.[8] Beginning with the August 2019 issue, Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly transitioned to a monthly issue model.[9] Bruce Gersh, president of the Meredith entertainment division, which includes both EW and People, said that the cutback in print would be accompanied by deeper 24/7 digital coverage. Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly will still produce weekly digital “covers” and push into podcasts, and plans events and experiential offerings with stars and festivals. [10] JD Heyman, deputy editor of People, replaced Henry Goldblatt as editor. About 15 people were cut as a result of the change. Previous owner Time Inc. spent $150 million developing EW after its February 1990 launch, and was rewarded for its patience when the magazine made a six-figure profit at the end of 1996, and in its peak years was cranking out $55 million in annual profit. [11] Though still profitable before the switch to a monthly, it was squeezed in recent years as celebrity coverage exploded across all platforms and print advertising shrank. While still called a “weekly,” before the switch, EW was publishing only 34 issues a year. Meredith considered selling the title along with several others after it completed its $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc., but was convinced to keep EW in part because it was so intertwined with top money-maker People.[12]

Typical content and frequency[edit] The magazine features celebrities on the cover and addresses topics such as television ratings, movie grosses, production costs, concert ticket sales, ad budgets, and in-depth articles about scheduling, producers, showrunners, etc. The magazine is published once per month, although the legacy name " Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly" is still used.

Layout[edit] Entertainment
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Weekly follows a typical magazine format by featuring a letters to the editor and table of contents in the first few pages, while also featuring advertisements. While many advertisements are unrelated to the entertainment industry, the majority of ads are typically related to up-and-coming television, film or music events.[citation needed]

News and notes[edit] These beginning articles open the magazine and as a rule focus on current events in pop culture. The whole section typically runs eight to ten pages long, and features short news articles, as well as several specific recurring sections:

"Sound Bites" usually opens the magazine. It's a collage of media personalities; actors, presenters or comedians, alongside their recent memorable quotes in speech bubble form. "The Must List" is a two-page spread highlighting ten things (books, movies, songs, etc.) that the staff loves from the week; it usually features one pick from EW readers. "First Look", subtitled "An early peek at some of Hollywood's coolest projects", is a two-page spread with behind-the-scenes or publicity stills of upcoming movies, television episodes or music events. "The Hit List", written each week by critic Scott Brown, highlights ten major events, with short comedic commentaries by Brown. Typically, there will be some continuity to the commentaries. This column was originally written by Jim Mullen and featured twenty events each week, and Dalton Ross later wrote an abbreviated version. "The Hollywood Insider" is a one-page section that reports breaking news in entertainment. It gives details, in the separate columns, on the most-current news in television, movie and music. "The Style Report" is a one-page section devoted to celebrity style. Because its focus is on celebrity fashion or lifestyle, it is graphically rich in nature, featuring many photographs or other images. Recently,[clarification needed] the page converted to a new format: five pictures of celebrity fashions for the week, graded on the magazine's review "A"-to-"F" scale (see Reviews section below). A spin-off section, "Style Hunter", which finds reader-requested articles of clothing or accessories that have appeared in pop culture recently, appears frequently. "The Monitor" is a two-page spread devoted to major events in celebrity lives with small paragraphs highlighting events such as weddings, illnesses, arrests, court appearances, and deaths. Deaths of major celebrities are typically detailed in a one-half- or full-page obituary titled "Legacy". This feature is nearly identical to sister publication People's "Passages" feature. The "celebrity" column, the final section of "News and Notes", is devoted to a different column each week, written by two of the magazine's more-prominent writers: "The Final Cut" is written by former executive editor and author Mark Harris. Harris' column focuses on analyzing current popular-culture events, and is generally the most serious of the columns. Harris has written about the writer's strike and the 2008 presidential election, among other topics. "Binge Thinking" was written by screenwriter Diablo Cody. After several profiles of Cody in the months leading up to and following the release of her debut film, Juno (2007), she was hired to write a column detailing her unique view of the entertainment business. If You Ask Me..." Libby Gelman-Waxer (Paul Rudnick) was brought in to write his former Premiere column for Entertainment
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Weekly in 2011.[13] Feature articles[edit] There are typically four to six major articles (one to two pages each) within the middle pages of the magazine. These articles are most commonly interviews, but there are also narrative articles as well as lists. Feature articles tend to focus mostly on movies, music and television and less on books and the theatre. In the magazine's history, there have only been a few cover stories (e.g., John Grisham, Stephen King) devoted to authors; there has never been a cover solely devoted to the theater.[citation needed]

Reviews[edit] There are seven sections of reviews in the back pages of each issue (together encompassing up to one half of the magazine's pages). In addition to reviews, each reviews section has a top-sellers list, as well as numerous sidebars with interviews or small features. Unlike a number of European magazines that give their ratings with a number of stars (with normally 4 or 5 stars for the best review), EW grades the reviews academic-style, so that the highest reviews will get a letter grade of "A" and the lowest reviews get an "F", with plus or minus graduations in between assigned to each letter except "F". The sections are:

"Movies" Typically features all the major releases for that weekend, as well as several independent and foreign films that have also been released. Chris Nashawaty is the primary film critic. "Critical Mass" was a table of the grades that have also been given by a number of noted movie reviewers in the American press (such as Ty Burr from The Boston Globe, Todd McCarthy from Variety and Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
from the Chicago Sun-Times). Also eliminated from this section was the box-office figures from the previous weekend and some sort of infographic. The A+ rating is rarely awarded by EW. Two films to have received it are Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
and My Left Foot (1989). DVDs are now profiled in the one-page "Movies on DVD" section that follows. Longtime critic Lisa Schwarzbaum left the magazine in 2013, and critic Owen Gleiberman was let go after a round of layoffs in spring 2014.[14] In 2015 it started publishing the scores of movies from Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb
IMDb
under "Critical Mass." "Television" Features reviews by critics Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin for made-for-television films and new television program or series, as well as some television specials. The section no longer includes the Nielsen ratings for the previous week. On the following page is typically a "TV on DVD" section, profiling releases of television films and specials or complete seasons of television shows. Current Reviewers include Melissa Maerz. "What to Watch" Currently written by Ray Rahman, features brief, one- or two-sentence reviews of several television programs on each night of the week, as well as one slightly longer review, usually written by someone else, with a letter grade. "Music" Reviews major album releases for the week, divided by genre. There is also typically at least one interview or feature, as well as a section called "Download This", highlighting several singles available for download from the Internet. "Books" Features reviews of books released during the week. Sometimes, authors will write guest reviews of other works. There is also typically one interview or spotlight feature in this section per issue. Bestseller lists appear at the end of this section. "Theater"* Reviews productions currently playing, listed by the city where they are running. "Games"* Reviews current video game releases. "Tech"* Reviews new websites and products, and profiles current Internet or technology phenomena. * Not in every issue. The Bullseye[edit] This section occupies the back page of the magazine, rating the "hits" and "misses" from the past week's events in popular culture on a bullseye graphic. For example, the May 22, 2009, edition featured Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
hosting Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
in the center, while the then-drama between Eminem
Eminem
and Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
missed the target completely for being "very 2002". At the time when this was printed on a small part of a page, events that were greatly disliked were shown several pages away.

Specialty issues[edit] Every year the magazine publishes several specialty issues. These issues are often published as double issues (running for two consecutive weeks). Many times these features are so long that they replace all other feature articles. Common specialty issues include:

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Preview issues: Generally each quarter the magazine reports on upcoming releases in movies, music, television, live shows and books. Typically the summer issue's focus will be on upcoming movies only unless major television series or events, music releases or book releases are occurring then. The Photo issue: Once a year, an issue is dedicated to featuring (aside from the normal reviews and news content) only photographs of celebrities. Unlike tabloid issues, these photographs done with the celebrities' cooperation, and often they use some form of artistic expression. A wide variety of celebrities have been used, including Green Day, Reese Witherspoon, Morrissey, the cast of the television series Arrested Development, Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
and Cameron Diaz. Generally, the photographs will contain some descriptive text, sometimes about the person or sometimes a commentary from the photographers who photographed them for a story. Academy Awards issues: In the past the magazine devoted at least four cover stories per year to the Academy Awards; "The Oscar Race Begins" issue in January predicts the nominees, the "Nominees" issue in February profiles the recently announced Oscar contenders, the "Oscar Odds" issue predicts the winners the week before the awards, and the "After-Awards" issue covers the ceremony the week after it airs. Virtually every issue mentions the Oscars in some capacity, often on the cover, and a film or actor's Academy-Award chances are often noted in the magazine's reviews. In comparison, music's Grammy Awards, television's Emmy Awards, and theater's Tony Awards are given relatively limited coverage. The "Must List": A double-sized issue that is usually timed for release in the last week of June. It focuses on what the magazine considers "musts" in entertainment with the latest hot movies, TV shows, music projects and novels along with previews of upcoming projects in those media that are gaining interest. The Fall TV Preview issue: Generally released in early September, this issue has the magazine detailing the upcoming fall season of both new and returning series. End-of-the-Year issue: The last issue of each year, whose cover shows the "Entertainer of the Year" chosen by readers at EW's official website. The issue features the ten-best releases in theater, film, television, music, DVD, literature and (as of last year) fashion that year. Music, television and film have two critics give their top ten; the others only have one. Each section also has a five-worst list (film is the only section in which both critics give the worst). Also in the issue are special sections devoted to the Entertainer of the Year, great performances, newly arrived stars, a timeline of infamous celebrity mishaps, and obituaries of stars who died (this used to be in a separate issue; it was combined with the "end-of-the-year" issue in 2003). This is the only issue without any reviews. The complete list of the annual "Entertainer of the Year" winners:

Bart Simpson
Bart Simpson
(1990) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1991) the cast of the television series Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) the cast of the television series Friends
Friends
(1995) Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell
(1996) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(1997) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1998) Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2000) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2001) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2002) the cast of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
(2004) the cast of the television series Lost (2005) the cast of the television series Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy
(2006) J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
(2007) (the first entertainer named known primarily for writing) Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr.
(2008) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
(2009) Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2010) Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
(2013) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2014) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2015) Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
(2016)

Thousandth issue and redesign[edit] The 1,000th issue was released July 4, 2008, and included the magazine's top-100 list for movies, television shows, music videos, songs, Broadway shows, and technology of the past 25 years (1983–2008). As of its 1,001st issue, EW drastically revamped the look, feel and content of the publication—increasing font and picture sizes and making all columns' word count shorter.

Website[edit] The magazine's website EW.com provides users with daily content, breaking news, blogs, TV recaps, original video programming, entertainment exclusives and serves as an archive for past magazine interviews, columns and photos. Along with a website, they also have a radio station on Sirius XM.[15] In April 2011, EW.com was ranked as the seventh most popular Entertainment
Entertainment
News property in the United States by comScore Media Metrix.[16]

Poppy Awards[edit] Previously named the EWwy Awards, the Poppy Awards were created by Entertainment
Entertainment
Weekly to honor worthy series and actors not nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards.[17] The Poppys are awarded in ten categories and no person nominated for an equivalent Primetime Emmy is eligible. Votes and nominations are cast online by anyone who chooses to participate. The categories are: Best Drama Series; Best Comedy Series; Best Actor in a Drama Series; Best Actor in a Comedy Series; Best Actress in a Drama Series; Best Actress in a Comedy Series; Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Notable former contributors[edit] Ty Burr Ken Tucker Gillian Flynn David Hajdu Owen Gleiberman Lisa Schwarzbaum Jeff Jensen Stephen King References[edit]

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