The draw of Weekly entertainment will be coming to an end while the magazine’s digital presence will live on online.
I guess we all knew this day was coming. The way people get their news is changing. We get it through YouTube, podcasts and social media. Print media is dying and it’s sad for many reasons. I’m Jewish and I don’t use electronics on Shabbat. I turn to books, magazines and newspapers for this reason and I will never own a Kindle or any other tablet reader. A constant over the years has been to be able to read Weekly entertainment on paper. Since joining the Critics Choice Association in 2019, awards season has meant receiving Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The envelope (Los Angeles Times), and The envelope. But before one of these magazines reached my mailbox, I could always count on EO. Damn, I even have two big bins full of magazines from 2009!
Without EO, it is unlikely that I would ever have started writing about cinema. When I was running The Kentucky Democrat, I would cover films but especially the best films of the end of the year. I never wrote reviews regularly before joining the FlickSide editorial staff. FlickSide has since merged with Hidden remote control and I hope that my writings will remain permanently online. One of the most exciting days was when Time, Inc. acquired the fan side mark and this immediately placed FlickSide under the same umbrella as EO. I would end up launching my own site in 2017 and the rest is history.
Names like Dave Karger, Mark Harris, Nicole Sperling, Anthony Breznican, Lisa Schwarzbaum, Owen Gleiberman (the beginning of a love-hate relationship with his critics), Jess Cagle and Hillary Busis wouldn’t be familiar to me without the magazine. Every time the magazine came out, I knew who to count on for the Oscars. Long before I heard of Scott Feinberg, Clayton Davis, Joey Magidson and many others, Dave Karger was the person I turned to for Oscar predictions. Dave has been on my list of journalists to meet in person for several years. And again, it does not happen without Weekly entertainment.
Why EO what matters to me is that it gave me more information about entertainment than the local paper (which ends its Saturday edition). I mean, where else could I get the Sundance recaps that made me horny and jealous? The summer movie premiere. Fall movie preview. Awards season and more. While I met several entertainment journalists at my first Sundance in 2018, I met Nicole Sperling on opening night in 2020. Without Reading EO, I would never have known his name. The same goes for many other amazing journalists over the years.
I met Chris Nashawaty in 2018 while he was in Chicago promoting his book Caddyshack. In all likelihood, I would have attended without knowing his handwriting. Caddyshack is one of the most hysterical movies of all time, but without reading his work in EW, I might never have read the book. EW’s Book Pages are responsible for my reading a number of books over the years. The girl on the train is one of them.
While Weekly entertainment live digitally, it won’t be the same. There’s nothing like rushing to the mailbox to see if the latest magazine has arrived. This is what we are losing with the digital switchover.
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