Ben Affleck is EW's Entertainer of the Year; Plus Lawrence, Hathaway, Gordon-Levitt & 'Homeland' Stars

by Sophia Savage
November 29, 2012 12:35 PM
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EW's top Entertainer of the Year is "Argo" director Ben Affleck. He is joined by the likes of "Girls"'s Lena Dunham, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"'s Anne Hathaway, "TDR" and "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as the cast of "Homeland." These stars also tell EW who their choices for Entertainer of the Year are. Affleck chooses football star Tom Brady: "Put that motherfucker on the cover!” Here's a taste of what the entertainers' peers have to say:

"Argo" producer George Clooney says of Affleck, "I think he’s going to keep acting for a bit, and that’s a good thing. Eventually, he could end up in politics. He’s very smart and astute, and he works hard on issues in the Congo. But when your fallback career is being a worldclass director, that’s not so bad.”

Charlize Theron, who starred with Lawrence in "The Burning Plain," recalls "I remember us watching her on tape--[director Guillermo Arriaga and I] were both crushed with silence. We didn’t want anyone else to play the part. She had this stillness and power of conviction that made you believe her in every moment. A wisdom and depth so beyond that of a 16-year-old. Yes, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her."

Jon Hamm likes Dunham's work because it is "universally polarizing. Not all like it, not all hate it, but everyone is aware of it. And everyone has an opinion."

Director Christopher Nolan says of his "Dark Knight Rises" and "Inception" star Gordon-Levitt, "you’ve met a star who’s going to be your guide through emotional experiences for years to come, and that’s the magical human element that keeps us looking to the big screen with optimism and excitement. I’m told the girls think he’s pretty cute, too.”

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  • ??? | November 29, 2012 4:18 PMReply

    It is articles and accolades like this that amplify the disconnect between what will be advertised and what people want to see. In short this is a reason why the American entertainment industry is failing and miserably.

  • TJ | November 30, 2012 6:55 AM

    In addition to what John has stated, while The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games were mostly popcorn flicks, they were both generally well-regarded and considered good/decent movies in their respective genres. They have actually added thought/intelligence to a genre that is typically devoid of it.

    Try to criticize Homeland ... it'd have a much bigger audience if it weren't on Showtime. I'd say the same goes for Girls although it is on HBO.

    People don't want to see Les Miserables? It is a failure?

    Come on ...

  • John | November 29, 2012 5:39 PM

    Question mark, sir, have you actually SEEN any of the films in question? Affleck has blossomed into an incredible director and Argo is a stunning film all around. How is that something that people should not be wanting to see?

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