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Entertainers in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Include Depp on Weinstein, Griffin on Handler, Tyson on Davis

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2012 at 1:44PM

Time has made its 100 Most Influential People in the World list; it's both surprising and all-too predictable. Here's a sampling of the entertainment side:
Time 100 Most Influential People

Time has made its 100 Most Influential People in the World list; it's both surprising and all-too predictable. Here's a sampling of the entertainment side:

Kristen Wiig, Viola Davis, Rihanna, Chelsea Handler, Claire Danes, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer, Asghar Farhadi, E.L. James, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Stephen Colbert, Tilda Swinton, Adele, Christian Marclay, Raphael Saadiq

To make clear who really is the most influential in the world, Time asked other celebrities to write flattering bios of the selected handful.

Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein: "There are producers, and then there are producers. Harvey belongs to the latter batch. It's an elite club for those with the kind of maverick vision to bring such disparate films as 'Pulp Fiction', 'Kids', 'Finding Neverland' and umpteen others to the screen with equal aplomb."

Alyssa Milano on Mashable founder Pete Cashmore:"a leading light of the connected generation." 

Kathy Griffin makes Chelsea Handler come across as savvy, smart, as well as snarky.  

Angelina Jolie sensitively addresses Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's powerful documentary "Saving Face," which brought the issue of Pakistan's acid-violence to the "world stage." 

Sarah Jessica Parker's write-up on the "right hand of Alexander McQueen" is earnest ---and incomprehensible.

Our favorites?  A lovely profile on Viola Davis from stage actress Cicely Tyson: "This acknowledgment speaks to the richness of her soul and how she has carried out her life as a mother, wife and actress. She affords me great hope for the future." 

In just a few lines, fashion-designer and Beatles' sprig Stella McCartney makes us approve of Time's selection of pop singer Rihanna: "She is one of the few people I know in that world of fame and celebrity who aren't all about themselves. She'll give a real part of herself to an ordinary person she may meet, and that's rare."

The complete list here: The hashtag is #TIME100.

This article is related to: New Media & Technology, Angelina Jolie, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Jessica Parker

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.