Your Mindy Kaling cover was a real treat. I was delighted to see a fully clothed woman of color existing in her own right. She wasn’t sexualized. She wasn’t wearing a clown outfit or juggling, reminding you not to be intimidated by her. It was just her, on her own, commanding the audience with her remarkable intelligence, profound likability, and individual voice. Bravo, EW.
I am in love with Mindy Kaling, and your article explains why. She has created a heroine with whom I can identify: smart, funny, and successful yet obsessed with stuff and celebrity. And not ashamed of it! Jessica Shaw summed up my feelings perfectly when she wrote about this new class of women: girls’ girls who have messy lives but own the joke. Here’s hoping we get many more years to share the joke with Kaling and her excellent costars.
I was surprised not to see a few names on your New Hollywood list: Anna Kendrick followed up her Oscar nom for Up in the Air with a showstopping role in Pitch Perfect, alongside the equally worthy Rebel Wilson. Since Bridesmaids, Wilson has churned out stunning comic performances all around!
Feeding Hills, Mass.
I found Karen Valby’s essay on Orange Is the New Black (Hacks and Heroes) so compelling that I checked out the show as soon as I finished reading. Now I’m hooked! Orange is full of interestingly complex characters and clever storytelling. If it weren’t for EW, I surely would’ve passed on this fantastic show.
Thanks for encouraging Hollywood to use 3-D more sparingly (News and Notes). Most of the time it seems like a gimmick used simply to gouge prices. Since the phenomenon that was Avatar, only two other movies have used 3-D to elevate the visual storytelling: Hugo and Life of Pi.
Rock Hill, Mo.
Clarification: The Fall Movie Preview entry (#1272/1273) on The Monuments Men (out Dec. 18), the George Clooney-directed WWII adventure about Allied soldiers recovering stolen art from the Nazis, contained a truncated quotation from Clooney. The full quotation is: ”Listen, the good news is, 80 percent of the story is still completely true and accurate. And in fact, almost all of the scenes happened. Sometimes they happened with other characters. Sometimes it happened in a smaller dimension. But that’s moviemaking. We’re not killing Hitler in a movie theater. And I love Inglourious Basterds.” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY apologizes for any misunderstanding.
TV Dramas’ Best Comic Relief
Sometimes you need a little levity to cut through the gloom and doom, whether it involves decapitations, drug dealing, or demonic possession. Responding to an EW.com post in praise of Suits‘ Louis Litt, readers lobbied for the TV characters who never fail to amuse.
Badger, Breaking Bad
Prime examples of Badger’s comedic necessity to the series: the Star Trek screenplay story from the current season and his discussion with the undercover cop on the bench in season 2. —ladedah
Jason Stackhouse, True Blood
He might be a sexy hunk, but the things coming out of his mouth are comedy gold. (Stockholder syndrome, anyone?) —Alina
Stiles Stilinski, Teen Wolf
I know, it’s surprising to nominate Teen Wolf, but Stiles is hilarious. The amazing thing about him, aside from his delivery, is his chemistry with everyone, from Scott to Derek to his dad to Lydia. —Strepsi
Bronn and Tyrion, Game of Thrones
In terms of comic relief, you can’t have one without the other. The way they work off each other is fantastic. Without Bronn, Tyrion is witty but not necessarily funny. —CR
You Tweet, We Listen
Will Bale and Jackman reprise their heroic roles?
Nice try, Internet, but I know Christian Bale isn’t going to play Batman again. Not even for $50 million… via @EW —@JULIARYAN
As long as Hugh Jackman is still up to playing Wolverine, I say get it done FOX… (via @EW) —@AMAZINGJR87