-NOTE- See also cover story of same issue

You may be wondering why the magazine you’re holding in your hands — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s annual Holiday Preview issue — is one of the thickest we’ve ever published. That’s because this year Hollywood has decided to save its biggest releases for last, backloading all those greatly anticipated films about boy wizards, rhyming prize- fighters, and ring-bearing hobbits into the last few months of 2001. So that you won’t miss a thing, we’ve crammed as much info as possible about these new movies into the following pages: interviews with the stars, the behind-the-scenes stories, the buzz on the Oscar faves, even a foldout calendar listing all of the release dates. (Not to mention the details on new books, videos, CD boxed sets, and computer games that will also be arriving over the next couple of months.) If nothing else, this super-size edition should make an ideal stocking stuffer this holiday season — provided your family happen to have really big feet.