Every year stars, studios, and networks try to impress more than 125,000 tweeting fans with previews, footage, and splashy stunts at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. And every year EW is there to bring it all to you. Last week dozens of filmmakers and stars including Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Will Ferrell, and Robert Downey Jr. came through the EW Photo and Digital Studio at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego to pose for photographer Michael Muller and sit down for interviews streamed live on EW.com. Meanwhile, at the convention center, EW’s writers and editors moderated panels, including Jeff Jensen’s incredibly moving Firefly reunion with Joss Whedon and his cast. (Jensen also picked up a Will Eisner award — the Oscars of the comic-book industry — for his graphic novel Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, illustrated by Jonathan Case.) On Saturday night at Float at the Hard Rock, EW threw the convention’s best party, where the stars practiced their moves in the booths set up by our sponsor, Just Dance 4, and geeked out over other celebrities in attendance (see: Nina Dobrev racing over to meet Gollum himself, Andy Serkis). Despite all the superheroes in attendance, my personal heroes remain EW.com managing editor Bill Gannon, West Coast deputy photo director Richard Maltz, special projects editor Lisa Simpson, L.A. bureau chief Jon Barrett, and the rest of the staff for putting EW at the center of Hollywood’s most important event.
On the way home from Comic-Con I heard the news that Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm had died at age 95. She’s probably best known for All About Eve (1950), where Joseph L. Mankiewicz perfectly utilized her patrician heritage, large luminous eyes, and low voice draped in velvet sarcasm. More than two decades ago, I interviewed Holm at her apartment on Central Park West. She was a friendly, funny, gifted storyteller and loved going out. I offered to take her to the theater, and she chose an Off Broadway comedy called Only Kidding! During the performance she shared a roll of Mentos with everyone around her. She also wore a chic leather jacket and a star-shaped brooch. ”That’s cool!” I told her. She leaned in with her big eyes, pointed to the star, and whispered, ”In case anyone forgets.”