1 History 2 Typical content and frequency
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 External links
The first issue was published on February 16, 1990, and featured
singer k.d. lang on its cover. The cover price was $1.95 (equivalent
to $3.65 in 2017) The title word entertainment was not capitalized on
the cover until mid-1992 and has remained so since. By 2003, the
magazine's weekly circulation averaged 1.7 million copies per week. In
March 2006, managing editor Rick Tetzeli oversaw an overhaul of EW's
graphics and layout to reflect a more-modern look.
"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
Feature articles 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. Reviews 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:
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
Features reviews by chief critic
"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.
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
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,
The complete list of the annual "Entertainer of the Year" winners:
Thousandth issue and redesign
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
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.
The magazine's website EW.com, under executive editor Chris Rosen
provides users with daily content, breaking news, blogs, 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.
In April 2011, EW.com was ranked as the seventh most popular
Ty Burr Ken Tucker Gillian Flynn David Hajdu Owen Gleiberman Lisa Schwarzbaum
^ "Henry Goldblatt, a longtime veteran at EW moving back to his old
job as editor". New York Post. Jan 30, 2015.
^ "New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center.
Retrieved February 6, 2016.
^ Sumner, David E.; Rhoades, Shirrel (2006). Magazines: A Complete
Guide to the Industry. Peter Lang. p. 142.
ISBN 978-0-8204-7617-9. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
^ "Mag Bag". Media Daily News. October 26, 2007.
^ "Winners and Finalists Database ASME". www.magazine.org. Retrieved
^ "Ask Libby". ew.com. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January
^ "EW Lays Off Longtime
Anne Helen Petersen (June 10, 2014). "The Trials of Entertainment Weekly: One Magazine's 24 Years of Corporate Torture". The Awl. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
v t e
Stephen M. Lacy Edwin T. Meredith
Better Homes and Gardens
Country Homes & Interiors
KPTV KVVU WALA WGGB 1 WHNS
WGGB (ABC) WSMV (NBC)
More ReadyMade Time Inc.
1 Network carried as digital subchannel.
v t e
50 largest magazines in the United States
As of June 2016
AARP The Magazine
Better Homes and Gardens