From Summer to Spidey
I don’t understand fan worries about the choice of director for The Amazing Spider-Man. In selecting (500) Days of Summer‘s Marc Webb, the studio enlisted a talented storyteller with a genuine affinity for comic books! And with a last name like Webb, he’s a natural pick to weave the next Spidey tale.
Goodbye to a Gibb Brother
Thank you for your sidebar on Robin Gibb (Monitor). Other than perhaps Roy Orbison, no one had a voice quite like Robin’s. As a Bee Gees fan since 1973, I was profoundly saddened by his passing, as their music was a major influence on my youth and beyond. Like his brothers Andy and Maurice, he will be greatly missed.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
I am so delighted that Gillian Flynn has a new novel (Books). I’ve preordered Gone Girl already and can’t wait to read it. Her first book, Sharp Objects, is among my all-time favorites and one of the few novels that I reread from time to time. I am also excited for the movie based on her 2009 thriller Dark Places, although screen adaptations of books make me nervous.
Buena Park, Calif.
A Secret No More
Your article on indie writer Hugh Howey brought out my inner hipster (Books). I’ve felt very protective of him ever since I randomly came across Wool in the Kindle store a couple of months ago and then devoured it and everything else he’s written. So when I saw this in my EW, a voice from inside screamed, ”But I knew him before everybody else” and ”Mainstream audiences aren’t going to get it.” I hope I’m wrong on the latter!
Wild Red-Carpet Ride
I really enjoyed Jess Cagle’s Editor’s Note regarding the red carpet. The dance that media professionals and actors do tirelessly year in and year out amazes me. Often I wonder at the seemingly organized chaos. The rouge walkway is an extension of projects artists and journalists gather to promote. For better or worse, they’re all working — they don’t call it ”the biz” for nothing.
MasterChef is now airing its third season (The Must List)…. Tom Bergeron is the new host of A Capitol Fourth, airing July 4 on PBS (“99 Ways to Spend 99 Days”)…. Rebecca Ferguson was runner-up on the U.K. X Factor in 2010 (Music)…. Gram Parsons, not Graham Nash, was Emmylou Harris’ musical mentor and duet partner on his two seminal solo albums — GP and Grievous Angel — in the early 1970s (Music).
Stars’ Own Must Lists
We’ve got their upcoming projects on our summer agenda, but what will the celebs themselves make time for between press junkets and parties? Some of the actors featured in our Summer Must List issue shared their picks.
The return of Breaking Bad: ”It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I’d love to be on Breaking Bad. I could sell meth. I could sell meth with a smile!”
Summer concerts: ”Hopefully I might catch one of Radiohead’s shows, maybe a Jack White show. I wouldn’t mind going to Lollapalooza. Soundgarden is playing at Hyde Park in London — what’s better than that?”
Downton Abbey: ”I just love this show. When it comes back, it’s going to be the best day of my life. I was raised on PBS, so it feels like a personal victory for me. Because when I was growing up, it was not cool.”
White Girl Problems, by Babe Walker: ”It’s this book that was spun off of a Twitter handle, and it’s really hilarious. I think it’s a great beach read.”
How Should a Person Be?, by Sheila Heti: ”It’s a really amazing metafiction-meets-nonfiction novel that’s so funny and strange. It has a lot of the same concerns that Girls does.”
Some Nights, fun.: ”I know everyone loves the single [‘We Are Young’], but the whole album is very moody and provocative and lovely. I’m gonna listen to it every minute for the whole summer.”
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg
”We have one in common: Homeland,” says Jones. ”I feel like I understand how dudes who love football feel when they watch a great football game. That’s how I feel when I watch Homeland.” Seconds Samberg, ”We’ve been kind of obsessed with Claire Danes. Starting with Temple Grandin and now into Homeland, she’s beasting so hard.”