Five minutes into The Amazing Spider-Man, I got bitten. With pleasure. A friskier, sweeter-natured variation on the story Sam Raimi told in his recent trilogy, with greater emphasis on human relations than on special effects, this Spidey reboot refreshes an old story through the on-trend notion of making a Marvel superhero less…super-heroic. With an effortlessly winning Andrew Garfield now in the title role and the irresistible Emma Stone by his side as Gwen Stacy, the most delicious high school girlfriend a bug- and love-bitten young man could hope to woo, The Amazing Spider-Man may be the first big-ticket, big-budget, big-action-sequence comic-book movie that also doubles as a lilting coming-of-age indie.
And EW would like to send her and her boyfriend Simon Konecki our sincere congratulations! We’re pretty sure that you crazy kids will be great parents.
Thanks to her album’s continued success and her vocal surgery, it’s been too long since we’ve been treated to new material from the chart queen. Her just-announced oven-bun only means that we’ll just have to wait even longer.
Since we’re jonesing Adele addicts, that simply will not do. So, as an appetite-whetting exercise, we peered into our crystal ball to find out what songs she’ll be delivering from the studio once she’s done delivering from the maternity ward. Here are our ten best guesses:
As Anastasia Steele would say, “Holy crap!” E L James, the doyenne of erotic Twilight fan-fiction, reportedly earns $1.34 million per week, which breaks down to around $191,000 per day. That’s not quite Christian Grey money, but James is getting close.
If that’s the kind of bank she’s raking in, we might have to get our minds in the gutter when National Novel Writing Month comes around. Who’s willing to bet that the number of erotic novels will rise?
National Geographic recently conducted a poll asking 1,114 Americans who they felt was better suited to handle an alien invasion as president: President Obama or Mitt Romney. Surprisingly (?) 65 percent picked the current president as the leader who they would most want handling that extraterrestrial encounter. Sadly, outer space lover and moon-enthusiast Newt Gingrich was left off the potential choices.
Despite Chris Rock’s protestations (“It’s just people singing over rap beats!”), R&B had a fruitful and vibrant decade from 1990 to 2000: The rise of New Jack Swing, the innovation of hip-hop soul, a bevy of breakout stars, and the ever expanding and collapsing boundaries of the genre.
To celebrate the Age of Irony’s best booty shakers and slow jams, VH1 is airing “40 Greatest R&B Songs of the ’90s” on Thursday night at 9 p.m. With the assistance of stars like Usher and Keith Sweat, the countdown special tips its hat to smashes like Ginuwine’s “Pony,” Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly,” and Bobby Brown’s immortal “Humpin’ Around.”
Want to know what’s on the list? Check out a preview of what made the cut only on EW.com. Feel free to join in on the speculation, too. Which Destiny’s Child song will grace the countdown? How high will TLC make it on the list? Was "All My Life" so amazing you just had to dance to it on your wedding day?
1. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo: A Pulitzer-winning author writes the true story of struggle and hope in a Mumbai slum. (EW’s review: Jeff Giles wrote, “Beautiful Forevers will be one of the year’s big books — a conversation starter, an award winner.”)
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Plot twists and revelations make this a psychological thriller of the highest order. (EW’s review: Giles wrote, “It’s an ingenious and viperish thriller — and no matter how smart you think you are, it’s going to bite you.”
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Two kids with cancer deal with the big subjects — life, love, and death — in this perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion. (EW’s review: Stephan Lee wrote, “The gut-busting laughs that come early in the novel make the luminous final pages all the more heartbreaking.”)
Q: Why was Don Draper unhappy? A: Before we answer that, let’s state what we can now see were the season’s two grand, over-arching themes: That success does not bring anything like happiness, and that everyone — viewers and other characters alike — wants to see Pete Campbell punched in the face again and again and again.