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Note From The Editor

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The senior editors of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY are each responsiblefor a specific part of the magazine, but their talents andversatility often seem boundless. Consider: Jeannie Park, whoruns the Television department, also took charge of the year-enddouble issue you are now reading. Mark Harris, who directscoverage of Movies, also produced this year’s issue aboutentertainment’s most powerful people. Mary Kaye Schilling, whopresides over Music, also pulled together our March fashionissue. David Hajdu juggles the Video department, Movie reviews,and our unique Kids section and masterminded EW’s special issueon the ”30 greatest movie stars ever.” Maggie Murphy runs thehellzapoppin! front-of-the-book News & Notes section, and sokeeps tabs on everything new and upcoming in the vast world ofpopular culture that is the magazine’s beat.

Week after week these five find innovative ways to coverentertainment, reflecting their own interesting mix ofbackgrounds: Harris, one of EW’s original staffers, joined themagazine ”a lifetime ago,” he says, ”before anyone but us, itseems, knew about k.d. lang”; Hajdu had logged time editingVideo Review; Schilling was the editor of Sassy; Murphy was atUs; Park kept her ID card — and her perpetually ringing telephoneextension — when she came to EW from our sister publication PEOPLE.

Because they are smart and quick, the senior editors ofENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY can be a voluble bunch, and daily planningmeetings are sometimes noisy with the forceful expression ofcompeting ideas. But because they are also unflagginglyhardworking people who cooperate with grace, they frequentlyspeak with one voice. ”We unanimously told the photographer, ‘Nobizarre props, no weird costumes, and definitely no pyramidposes for this picture!”’ says Park. Of course not. This is asenior editor staff of towering equals whose work delights ourreaders — and me — -every week.

JAMES W. SEYMORE JR., Managing Editor

Like it or not, he brought rap’s bleakest inner-city messagehome for dinner

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