entertainment weekly’s best & worst of 2009

entertainment weekly’s best & worst of 2009
December 17, 2009 MICHAEL KNUDSEN

good evening! i swear that entertainment weekly has been my favorite magazine since the early 90’s – i love their year end wrap-up issues – 2009 was filled with oh so many pop culture high and low moments – this is definitely one issue to pick up! below is the cover featuring many of the people and characters who helped to make 2009 a year to remember! i still can’t believe it’s going to be 2010 soon – i remember thinking as a kid about the movie 2010 (sequel to 2001: a space odyssey) and how that year seemed so far away – now it’s right around the corner – i was hoping we’d all be living like the jetsons by now but that still seems pretty far off! popbytes over & out for tonight … xoxo


SANDRA BULLOCK, The Hollywood MVP smashed career-best records right and left with her roles in The Proposal and The Blind Side.

THE CAST OF TRUE BLOOD, HBO’s vampire saga became the network’s highest-rated series since The Sopranos and nabbed two Golden Globe nominations. “This past year it really felt like it became a phenomenon,” says creator Alan Ball. “When I saw the Team Bill and the Team Eric T-shirts on some website – that was really fun.”

LADY GAGA, Five top 10 singles and countless double-take-provoking television performances later, Lady Gaga has given the American pop-music scene a tidy makeover in her own image. Disco sticks, bubble dresses, metal corsets, and many wigs – half the time we don’t have the foggiest idea what it all means. “In truth, there’s nothing to understand about what I do,” says the 23-year-old. “It’s whatever you think it is. So if it inspires a reckoning about pop culture, music, feminism, gay culture…the point is to make a point.”

ALEC BALDWIN, The CEO of comedy keeps threatening to quit acting, but in 2009 he won his second consecutive Emmy for playing 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy, and now he’s earning Oscar buzz for his equally sidesplitting performance as Meryl Streep’s ex-husband-turned-lover in It’s Complicated. “To do a movie with somebody who brings as much equity as Meryl was amazing,” Baldwin says. “It was a great, great thing for me. But the first couple of days were weird. I’d be like, ‘could you say that again because I wasn’t listening to a word you were saying. I was just kind of staring at you.”

TAYLOR SWIFT, Her 2008 album marked its eighth week at No. 1 and by November, her 2006 release had set the record for the decade’s longest reign on the Billboard 200. She hosted SNL, kept her cool with Kanye, and received numerous accolades and awards. “The moment I knew I was having a good year was when I got a phone call from the promoter of my tour,” she recalls. “He said, ‘I’m about to put your tickets on sale for the first date of your tour.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, well, let me know tonight how we’re doing.’ I got a call from him three minutes later, saying ‘You sold it out.’ I screamed, jumped up and down. I’ve gotten so many phone calls this year that have resulted in my screaming and shouting. It’s been such a thrilling year in so many ways.”

MERYL STREEP, The actress is finishing up yet another unforgettable year, with winning turns in Julie & Julia, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and It’s Complicated. “I like my movies,” she says. “I mean, most of them I can’t remember what they were about. So when I go back and see them, I remember, ‘Oh, yeah!’ The plot! I sit there going, ‘Oh…why did she…? Oh, right, right.’ It all comes back to me.”

RYAN REYNOLDS, With Adventureland, Wolverine, and The Proposal, Reynolds is the total package. “I don’t believe in regret,” he says. “It’s an absolute waste of time. There’s nothing you can do about the past.”

ADAM LAMBERT, The American Idol glam God’s unabashed sexuality ignited endless Twitterrpation over whether he was gay – and then, when he came out after the show’s run, whether he was too gay, or not gay enough. “I’m just me. I am flamboyant. I am gay. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” he says.

THE CAST OF MODERN FAMILY, It seemed like the family sitcom was dead until ABC’s new series brought a beating heart back to the genre.

JAMES CAMERON, The director of blockbusters like Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Titanic, has never been one to think small, but with Avatar, he set his sights on something especially big. “This is a movie about a voyage not just to another planet, but to another state of perception,” he says, adding, “I wasn’t trying to make a movie to play on an iPhone.”

THE BLACK EYED PEAS, The group was everywhere this year: Oprah Winfrey’s season-kickoff party, one of President Obama’s inauguration events, the American Music Awards…Mostly, though, they could be found at the top of the charts.

JANE LYNCH, As Glee‘s Sue Sylvester, Lynch has a scene-stealing role on the Fox hit.

MO’NIQUE, Her performance as the shockingly abusive mother of an overweight teenage girl in the movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire has made her a frontrunner for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but her mother didn’t initially think she should take the part. “When I let my mom know about it, she was like, ‘Why would they make you be that character?'” she recalls. “But nobody walked away from The Color Purple believing that Whoopi Goldberg was really Celie. When they saw Whoopi the next time, nobody said, ‘Hey, Celie!’ They said, ‘Hey, Whoopi!'”

WOODY HARRELSON, He recently won Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review for his role in The Messenger, and had big roles in blockbusters like Zombieland and 2012.

THE CAST OF DEXTER, Showtime’s razor-sharp drama about a serial killer left everyone wanting more.