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CoverToCover | EW’s DAWSON’S CREEK Reunion Sinks Expectations

“Pop-Culture Faux Pas” leads to a demand by fans to revisit Dawson’s Creek “Reunion” with obvious “omit” on recent cover feature appearing in Entertainment Weekly.

Twenty years is a long time to wait and for fans of popular hit television series, there are fewer more exciting moments than when casts from those shows are pulled together to give their fans a glimpse of life after a series finale. No other news media outlet has been able to do this more successfully than Entertainment Weekly. Over the years the publication has been able to bring us beautifully crafted editorials on cult hit favorites like Buffy The Vampire Slayer for instance, but this week’s special double-issue (April 6/13) fell a little short.

Few series had as impressionable an impact on millennials and the cultural zeitgeist as Dawson’s Creek. The series premiered in 1998 and ran through 2003, created by Kevin Williamson (Scream) the show revolutionized the way that we regarded young people. It made stars of its four lead actors James Van Der Beck, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams each becoming an archetype for teen-angst in the 21st Century. Taking on several topical issues including teen suicide, sex, drugs and the anxieties and inadequacies typical to adolescents.

EW gathered the core-four for their “Dawson’s Creek Reunion” issue which promised the “cast reminisces about the landmark show” on its 20th Anniversary and treated “The Creek” fans with an exceptionally beautiful editorial spread, a story from EW writer Tim Stack and a PeopleTV sit-down with “the entire cast” which also included additional Dawson’s Creek cast mates Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe, Busy Philipps, and Mary Beth Peil, except that it noticeably omitted series regulars Mary-Margaret Humes and John Wesley Shipp.

The actors played Dawson’s parents, Gail and Mitch Leery, for the series run; even with Shipp’s fateful car wreck in Season 5 which lead to his departure from the series, the pair each appeared in more episodes than Busy Philipps who joined the cast in its college years. No disrespect to Philipps who as Audrey opened up Joey’s (Holmes) world with her contribution to Dawson’s Creek mythology, the Leery’s each provided the significant parental voices in the developmental lives of these young people both in the show’s narrative and off-screen.

The show was shot on location in North Carolina away from the glare of Hollywood, but that didn’t keep its stars from achieving upper-atmospheric popularity. It did bring them all much closer together and encouraged a more familial bond than is typical among casts, which only translated more wonderfully on camera and resonated with fans. Though EW hasn’t acknowledged why Humes and Shipp were the exceptional to the cast reunion, social-networking went into overdrive on the day the magazine hit the stands as fans declared their affection for The Leery’s.

Many are hopeful that perhaps another more proper opportunity will present itself that will bring the entire group back together again, but the “pop-culture faux pas” has not gone unnoticed and surely photo editors will prove a lot more careful, especially EW’s own staff, when it comes to creatively pulling resources to recreate these favorite moment. In today’s world of the “reboot” and the “revisit” we now know that there is life after primetime conclusion and/or cancellation. With this glimpse into Dawson’s Creek revisited, could a reboot be in the making?

That perhaps is a story for another day. In the meantime, check out the “partial” reunion appearing now on the covers of Entertainment Weekly’s Reunion Issue and keep an eye for further developments as the world of Dawson’s Creek is once again open on our pop-culture radar!

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Cover-to-Cover • Entertainment Weekly features WONDER WOMAN

After the Amazing Amazon finally makes her big screen debut this summer, many will ask why did it take so long for DC Comics WONDER WOMAN to get the attention she so rightly deserves!

 

It’s incredible to imagine that it’s taken 76 years since her conception for Wonder Woman to make it to the big-screen in a solo adventure of her own, but pretty soon (June 2 as a matter of fact) the Amazon Princess will finally emerge out from under of the shadow of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and step into the spotlight! And it’s about time!

The latest cover of Entertainment Weekly has placed Gal Gadot the modern day embodiment of the DC Comics legend front and center, and the set piece of the issue is a story by Nicole Sperling who spoke with Patty Jenkins the director who inherited the reigns of the blockbuster feature. Jenkins explains her connection to the character and what it has meant to her to bring Wonder Woman’s origin story to theaters.

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The film stars Gadot as Diana the Princess of the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women who live outside of the realm of “Man’s World”, but when one lands on their shores (co-star Chris Pine as Steve Trevor) and brings war to paradise, Diana is compelled to fulfill her destiny to become the most integral part of the DC Comics pantheon and a founding member of the Justice League  — Wonder Woman!

Her journey to the big screen didn’t come without its own set of hurdles, but Wonder Woman is already proving she’s got what it takes with advanced word on the film incredibly favorable. Some critics have gone on the record saying that Wonder Woman will be the “best DC Comics movie so far!” After the lukewarm reception that both BvS and its follow-up Suicide Squad received by fans and critics alike, this is a good sign especially as the cinematic DC Comics Universe launches!

The article takes a close and detailed look at Wonder Woman throughout her 76 year history and how she’s evolved with every generation as an icon and symbol not only for feminism, but for all people!

Read the full article in this week’s Issue of Entertainment Weekly available on stands now and digital download, and Wonder Woman hits theaters this weekend on June 2.

Cover to Cover • Entertainment Weekly features Summer Movies

Double Sized Indeed! It’s gotta be when the Summer Movie season is marked with the arrival of Marvel Films GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 — the space-faring adventurers are back and EW has the story!

Summer Movies are a time for utter fandom indulgence! The blockbuster season has become a comic-book/genre fans’ wet dream come alive as the major studios jockey for the prime positioning of their tentpole flicks, and this year is no different as the stakes have been raised higher in anticipation of the most exciting comic-book adaptations yet. If you’re a DC Comics fan then of course you’re eager for Wonder Woman to finally get her own solo film leading up to her joining in on the group effort Justice League, which will finally give rise to the interconnected DC Cinematic Films continuity.

There is one other film in this season’s line-up that is creating just as much excitement, and seeing as it is a part of the Marvel Films series, it’s a lead-up to what will no doubt be the greatest big-screen brawl ever captured on screen, but before we get to the Infinity War we have to take a pause and revel in the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — ready to hit theaters an blow away our collective minds!

The sequel is again written and directed by James Gunn who surprised everyone with the first flick, and it wasn’t a fluke! He had prepared intensively to bringing the obscure bunch of space rangers to life (and out of left field) adding them into the more Earth-bound exploits of their contemporaries, immediately opening up the Marvel Films universe to all new possibilities. At the core of the first film’s success is the chemistry among the cast, which includes a “rocket” raccoon and living tree!

Establishing these otherwise oft-secular characters that inhabit Marvel Comics and turning them into film stars may have looked easy after seeing the first film, but the Guardians have a history (in the comics) that is complex and literally other-worldly. Making them fit into a world of web-slingers and avengers appeared a no-brainer, but before the initial release of Gunn’s Vol. 1 this group didn’t have the brand recognition befitting an “Iron Man” or “Hulk”. Cut to: 2 years later and it’s a completely different story.

Chris Pratt is back as Star Lord the leader of this ragtag team, and Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana is the green-skinned warrior Gamora who along with the rest of the Guardians find themselves on the galaxy’s “most wanted” list — which does that bode well for them. The pair will also be dealing with some “daddy issues” as the big reveal secret of who exactly fathered the Star Lord plays into the story, and Gamora’s sister Nubula (played by Karen Gillan) battles to curry favor from one evil bruiser named Thanos (more on him as the plot thickens).

Entertainment Weekly’s writer Clark Collis (@clarkcollis) delivers the goods without giving up the farm on this piece, which is paced as excitingly in its delivery as the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 adventure is sure to be!

Read the full article in this week’s Issue of Entertainment Weekly #1463 April 28th available on stands now and on digital download.