For the 27th annual Hollywood Issue, Vanity Fair celebrates 10 creators and stars who showed us humanity in a surreal year, photographed by the renowned conceptual artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
The 2021 Hollywood portfolio features Michael B. Jordan, Charlize Theron, Zendaya, Sacha Baron Cohen, Maya Rudolph, Michaela Coel, Spike Lee, LaKeith Stanfield, Awkwafina, and Dan Levy.
For the publishing industry, the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many books slated for spring and summer of this year were moved to the fall.
Now, the last months of 2020 will feature an abundance of new work from some of the world’s most celebrated authors. There’s Elena Ferrante’s first novel in five years, Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami’s searing new nonfiction, Margaret Atwood’s latest poetry collection and Marilynne Robinson’s return to the world of Gilead. Readers will also be introduced to emerging voices like Susie Yang and Dolores Reyes. Their stories of heartbreak, humor and hope will guide us through the end of the year.
HERE according to TIME Magazine are the most anticipated books of fall 2020.
The Man in Black makes his return to the screen, only the world looks a lot different than we remember.
The first photos from CBS All Access miniseries The Stand, a fresh adaptation of Stephen King’s pandemic-apocalypse novel, have arrived with looks at Big Little Lies’ Alexander Skarsgard as demonic hell-raiser Randall Flagg and Whoopi Goldberg as benevolent Mother Abagail, courtesy of Vanity Fair.
Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail
Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood & Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor
Owen Teague as Harold Lauder
Owen Teague as Harold Lauder & Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith
Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg
Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg & Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid
Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith
The story of The Stand sees what happens when a virus, a man-made biological weapon that goes out of control, wipes out about 99 percent of the human population. Those that remain are left with the choice to follow their more baser, primordial instincts, or work together to build something good. That’s where Randall and Mother Abagail find themselves in opposite camps.
“[Flagg is] so charming and he’s so handsome, and so powerful — I mean genuinely powerful, able to perform these sort of miracles where he could levitate himself and he has these actual powers,” Taylor Elmore, who showruns the series with Benjamin Cavell, told Vanity Fair. “And yet he needs this adulation and this kind of worship from these people whom he’s summoned to him. He needs to have them make a show all the time of how grateful they are to him.”
Cavell makes the obvious connection to our current reality: “And there’s something fundamentally weak about that. Does it remind you of someone you know?”
Mother Abagail, a 108-year-old prophet faced with doubts, is “very, very righteous and very good. But really flawed I feel,” Goldberg said. “I’ve been fighting with not making her the Magic Negro, because she’s complicated.”
The photos also reveal Odessa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, an expectant mother immune to the disease; Owen Teague as Frannie’s neighbor Harold Lauder; Jovan Adepo as musician Larry Underwood; Heather Graham as former New York socialite Rita Blakemoor; and Nat Wolff as inmate Lloyd Henreid, who’s visited by Flagg in his hour of need.
But then there’s also Henry Zaga as Nick Andros, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman, and James Marsden as Stu Redman to look forward to.
“It’s about the fundamental questions of what society owes the individual and what we owe to each other,” Cavell said. “Over the last however-many years, we have sort of taken for granted the structure of democracy. Now, so much of that is being ripped down to the studs. It’s interesting to see a story about people who are rebuilding it from the ground up.”
A premiere date for The Stand has not been announced, though it’s expected to debut on CBS All Access later this year.
Read about The Rise of Skywalker and other untold stories from the Star Wars universe, in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly at Barnes & Noble on Friday. Pick your choice of 3 covers featuring stars of the prequels, original trilogy, or current saga.
The issue will be on newsstands starting Nov. 28. Read HERE.
In just a few weeks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open to guests at Disneyland Resort, and Disney twenty-three had the chance to go behind the scenes to provide fans with a look at the spectacular 14-acre land. The exclusive photos were so breathtaking that D23 expanded this issue to showcase even more of the Black Spire Outpost, with three rich stories that feature exclusive interviews with the Imagineers behind the epic project. Readers will get the lay of the land in the story “A Galaxy Not So Far Away,” explore the two groundbreaking attractions in “Shift Your Setting to Thrill!,” and get swept up in the immersive environments and new technologies in “Living on the Edge.”
Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-May.
The most recent issue of Heavy Metal Magazine (#293) includes a Stephen King-penned short story called Little Green God of Agony that appeared as a web comic in 2012.
The synopsis of Little Green God of Agony is as follows:
Katherine “Kat” MacDonald is an RN hired to care for wealthy client, Andrew Newsome, who has gone from doctor to doctor trying to find a quick cure for his lingering pain to no avail. She is convinced that he would overcome the injuries he sustained in an airplane crash but he is unwilling to endure the pain of physical therapy. In desperation, Newsome has hired a healer, Reverend Rideout, who promises to “expel” his pain.
Here’s a full summary of what’s included in the issue:
Heavy Metal Magazine brings you tales of horror From Beyond The Darkness in issue #293. Horror master, Stephen King, and artist Dennis Calero introduce you to the Little Green God of Agony – Aliens searching for the afterlife, unfortunately, find what they’re looking in S.O.L.U.S. – Pahek delivers a story of space exploration gone wrong in Green Grower – Aliens from alternate dimensions find more than what they bargain for in Doppeldamons– A revolutionary war battle takes a dark turn in White Death by Diego Agrimbau and Eduardo Risso – finally Heavy Metal’s new Managing Editor, Time Seeley, delivers a futuristic punch with a Megadeth’s Holy Wars: Punishment Due. Continuing in this issue is Murky World by Richard Corben chapters 6 & 7. Finishing in this issue is The Door by Michael Moreci & Esau Escorza. Galleries by Flavio Greco Paglia, Denis Zhbankov and John Kenn Mortensen.
Apple today announced Apple News+, a new subscription service that brings together over 300 popular magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers into a beautiful, convenient and curated experience within the Apple News app. Available in the US and Canada, Apple News+ presents the best and most relevant articles to meet any range of interests from renowned publications such as Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
Apple News+ adds an even more expansive collection of high-quality stories to the free experience of Apple News, which is the No. 1 news app and delivers current events coverage from trusted sources.1 All Apple News users in the US, Canada, UK and Australia can continue to enjoy the free news experience within the app on iPhone, iPad and Mac, including access to Top Stories, Trending Stories and a personalized feed of articles.
Apple News+ subscribers can access current and past issues and individual articles from magazines such as The Atlantic, Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, GQ, Health, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, People, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Travel + Leisure, Vanity Fair, Vogue, WIRED and Woman’s Day.
In addition, Apple News+ includes The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Apple News+ also provides access to premium online publications such as theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine’s sites Vulture, The Cut and Grub Street, and Extra Crunch from Verizon Media’s TechCrunch.
Apple News+ showcases magazines in richly designed layouts, featuring animated covers, vivid photography and bold typography optimized for iPhone, iPad and Mac. It makes reading articles even more fun, immersive and convenient. In the Today and News+ tabs, subscribers will be presented with individual article and issue recommendations based on both editorial curation and personalized suggestions that maintain user privacy.
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Apple News+ is available today in the US for $9.99 a month and in Canada for $12.99 a month. Customers can sign up for a free one-month trial, and the plan automatically renews after the trial ends. To sign up for Apple News+, customers must update to iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple News+ subscription. Apple News+ will be available in the UK and Australia later this year.
Over the past eight months Entertainment Weekly has stalked Jamie Lee Curtis and the rest of the Halloween crew — though hopefully in a much less threatening manner than Michael Myers tracks Laurie Strode.
The result is a story which includes interviews with Curtis and Nick Castle, who once again makes an appearance as Myers in the new film, 40 years after playing the slasher icon in the original movie. For more on Halloween, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday and read more HERE.