J K Rowling named the Entertainer of the Year (UK Blog)
Category: Misc./General Career News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: November 27, 2007 | Publication: Showbiz Spy | Author: Marissa Charles
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Harry Potter’s J K Rowling has bewitched Hollywood by being named the Entertainer of the Year.
The author of the successful children’s series beat heavyweights Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Johnny Depp to top a list of 25 A-list celebrities. And she is just one of three Brits to make the celebrated top 25, which includes singer Amy Winehouse and fellow Scot and hunky actor Gerard Butler.
The Scottish mum is featured on the cover of showbiz magazine, Entertainment Weekly signing one of her books in a special double issue. Inside the 42-year-old is lavished with praise.
Entertainment Weekly said: “Rowling’s novels feel timeless, but also manage to speak to today’s fraught world.” It adds that the piece is a “tribute to a visionary.”
“J K Rowling is our Entertainer of the Year because she did something very, very hard, and she did it very, very well, thus pleasing hundreds of millions of children and adults very, very much.
“In an era of videogame consoles, online multiplayer ‘environments’, and tinier-is-better mobisodes…she got people to tote around her big, fat old-fashioned printed-on-paper books as if they were the hottest new entertainment devices on the planet.”
But Rowling is not the only Brit to make it on to the list. Singer Amy Winehouse, 24, was named one of the ‘Most Buzzed About’ entertainers of the year.
A picture of the tattooed songstress included the caption: “On stage and off, she sings her own tune.”
Elton John is quoted as saying: “Back to Black was a phenomenal album. Her voice just completely blew me away. “I’ve seen her live, and she is the real deal, although she sometimes can be hit-and-miss depending on how out of it she is.”
Comparing her to Nina Simone and Van Morrison, John is quoted as saying: “You don’t know what you’re going to get. “You don’t know if it’s going to be a little off or if it’s going to be electrifying. The only thing that’s going to stop Amy is herself.”
An Entertainment Weekly writer agrees, adding: “It’s only lately that Winehouse has become as famous for her train wreck of a personal life - the slurred performances, the bloody paparazzi shots, the drug arrest - as for her music. “But for many of us, that brilliantly brassy voice, and not the drama, is still the star attraction.”
Also noted for his work in 2007 is Gerard Butler, 38. The Scot was the lead actor in the hit movie, 300 as King Leonidas.
Zack Snyder, the film’s director, says of his star: “When Hollywood makes a movie, there’s a pretty short list of actors you’re supposed to talk to. Gerry wasn’t on that list. “What I liked about him was that he’d read the graphic novel and got what we were doing.”It’s not easy to stand in front of a green screen in a little leather outfit and not feel exposed, but he didn’t care.”
George Clooney, Vanessa Williams of Ugly Betty, comedic actor Will Ferrell and The Simpsons were also on the list of the top 25 Entertainers of the Year.
The showbiz Bible also told Hollywood to look out for two more Brit stars in 2008 - singer Leona Lewis and actor Simon Pegg.
Number two of the ‘Eight to Watch in ‘08′ list Lewis is touted as the next Mariah Carey. According to the magazine, the 22-year-old beauty from Hackney, east London is about to set the cat among the pigeons. It says: “Lately she’s been earning justified comparisons to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and, yes, Mariah Carey. So divas, watch out; Her debut album, Spirit arrives [in the US] in March.”
In fourth place is Simon Pegg whom is described as a “quick-witted, hyper-literate pop-culturalist [sic],” comparable to John Cleese. pegg’s movie Hot Fuzz is also likened to Monty Python’s legendary Life of Brian.
Entertainment Weekly tells its readers to also look out for the 37-year-old as a young Scotty in the new Star Trek film, due in Christmas 2008.