Editor’s Note JD HEYMAN @JDHEYMAN BY → calling for our attention. Some of you may feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the moment. Maybe you view this little patch of real estate as our fun house, where we go to flee all that distresses us. But of course it was never quite that. Fear, anger, and prejudice follow us wherever we go. Squint in just the wrong way, and it can seem everything dreadful about human beings is reflected in their arguments about culture. So there it is: There may be occasional respite, but no true escape from reality. It’s time to step into the harsh light of the real world, and to get to work on bettering it, not just by talking, but by doing—engaging with one another to make lasting change. When pop culture is at its best, it does more than distract. It can provoke us to think and call us to action. In that spirit, we lead this issue off with a different kind of Must List (page 7). It’s by no means enough, but we hope the suggestions open doors to further exploration. Our cover story is Christopher Nolan’s thriller starring John David Washington. Despite everything, Nolan insists his mindbending spy movie be released first in theaters, even as reopening remains controversial. The wisdom of that strategy is sure to spark debate, but there is something noble in believing stubbornly that your art must be seen in a great, dark hall full of strangers— sharing in an experience as one. I miss that. During our long days of exile, perhaps we’ve learned that, for all that divides us, we truly are better together. Life Is a Glorious Drag EW celebrates Pride Month with a digital cover saluting Shooting 10 divas remotely was a feat, but this crew knows how to handle their hair and makeup. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Better Together IF YOU’VE INDULGED ME BY SKIMMING THIS A Flying Start column from time to time, you know that popular culture has always been a sort of safe harbor for me. Don’t panic: I’m not about to inflict the gory details of my childhood on you. But, for whatever reason, I am rather relentlessly compelled to remind people that growing up, when times got tough, I ran away to the movies, retreated into the pages of a book, or lost myself in abysmal television. I suspect that is true of most people who love EW. This brand is, if nothing else, a clubhouse for escapists, and indulges us in our passion for things that are avowedly not, well, IRL. What a lovely thing it is to have a gig where you get to engage with the fractious assemblage that makes up what we now shorthand as “fandom,” a community that embraces people of every background, age, and walk of life, and for whom the love of nerdy things is an endearing, enduring bond. If you squint in just the right way, you can see everything wonderful in human beings in our boundless enthusiasm for storytelling. But, as I write this, we find ourselves in a time when the real world is strenuously NBC launches its streaming service, Peacock, on July 15, and EW has a look at shows such as on page 32. But if you need a laugh—and who doesn’t?— they’re releasing a trove of classic comedies such as (above), because the best cure for the summertime blues is always Rachel Dratch. Tenet, Brave New World SNL Truly, Madly Juliet! In our June issue, we saluted Juliet Stevenson as one of the best voices in audiobooks. So why did we run someone else’s photo? Have we not eyes to see one of Britain’s greatest talents? Forgive us, fair Juliet. You are one of a kind. JD HEYMAN JULY 2020 @EntertainmentWeekly @EntertainmentWeekly @EW @EWSnaps EW ● COM 5 FOLLOW US ON:
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