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10 Magazines to Help You Start Checking Off Your Holiday Shopping List

Keep pace with the ever-earlier-arriving holiday displays with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale featuring magazines up to 90 percent off for everyone on your shopping list.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (already) everywhere you go, and the sight of all those snowmen and reindeer can make you feel like you’re already behind. For goodness sake, there’s been no trick or treating and the turkey hasn’t even been basted yet.

But before the holidays spin too far out of control, we can help you at least check a few things off your list with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale.

With select magazines—some of our most popular titles—70 to 90 percent off, you’re sure to find a gift just about everyone on your list can look forward to all year long. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find.

Cooking Light: For 25 years, this magazine has been making over comfort foods and other indulgences into healthy meals for health and fitness buffs.

Coastal Living: Got an adventurer to shop for? Take them to destinations from coast to coast with this magazine that just recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

InStyle: No fashionista should be without this bible of inspiration that covers best looks, trends and beauty tips from head to toe.

Sports Illustrated: Help a sports fan get his or her fix with this weekly magazine known for its comprehensive coverage and well-written features.

Entertainment Weekly: Gossip enthusiasts will look forward to weekly updates on their favorite stars plus insight into the hottest television shows and movies.

Time: For news junkies, this weekly newsmagazine is a must, as it goes in-depth into the latest headlines here and around the globe.

Parenting: Parents with children of any age will find plenty of kid-friendly advice in this magazine that’s packed with how to’s, recipes and more.

Field & Stream: Keep your outdoorsman (or woman) ready year round with product reviews on equipment and gear, as well as preparedness tips for any situation.

Outdoor Photographer: This magazine helps the artist behind the camera capture the best in landscape, sports or other outdoor settings with advice and equipment recommendations.

Popular Science: Gearheads will get into this title that explores the inner workings of the latest in technology, science, travel and more.

Entertainment Weekly magazine March 23 2012

Entertainment Weekly Has ‘Game of Thrones’ Covered

Entertainment Weekly March 23, 2012

"Game of Thrones" got four Entertainment Weekly covers in the March 23 issue.

Gearing up for its big season two premiere tonight, HBO’s fantasy favorite “Game of Thrones” gets not one but four Entertainment Weekly covers.

Making an epic fantasy series that isn’t cheesy and garners 13 Emmy nominations is a huge accomplishment. HBO has stopped at nothing to bring about both with “Game of Thrones,” and season two promises more dragons and direwolves alongside all the heart-wrenching human drama adapted from George R.R. Martin’s book series.

In the March 23 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which featured four different “Game of Thrones” covers, show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss opened up about the financing it took to film some of the most epic battle scenes ever produced for television. Benioff explains, “This season is about a country at war. And we felt like if we didn’t see the most important battle of this entire war onscreen, we’re going to shortchange viewers.”

Weiss adds, “To my knowledge, a story of this scale has never been told within film entertainment. There’s so many characters and locations and storylines, so many things that are atypical in television–and for good reason.”

While their budget was increased by 15 percent for season two’s battle scenes, Weiss says he believes their series is still a bargain. “You could do this show relatively easily with twice the money that we have, then after a couple great seasons it’d collapse under its own weight and cease to exist.”

But fans of the show need not worry. “Game of Thrones” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon–unless you count all the globetrotting the cast and crew did this year, filming across Croatia, Belfast and even Iceland. For now, there’s no shortage of funds or creativity to support this game-changing series.

“Game of Thrones” returns with season two tonight. Will you be watching?

Entertainment Weekly April 6, 2012

Entertainment Weekly Covers Underground Literary Sensation ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Entertainment Weekly April 6, 2012Entertainment Weekly‘s April 6 cover story features E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey”–the latest novel series taking Hollywood by storm.

From J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” phenomenon to Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series to Suzanne Collins’ recent smash hit with “The Hunger Games” trilogy, entertainment suits are thirsting for a sure thing with a built-in fan base and worldwide appeal. And nothing hits the spot quite like the word “franchise.”

The latest series offering to take the world by storm is the blush-worthy “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy from London-based, pseudonym-sporting E L James. Why the pseudonym, you ask? Well, if you were a successful TV producer and married mom of two, you might slap another name on this oh-so-steamy series, too.

James has taken on the genre of fan fiction to make her literary debut, publishing her first book online for free. The series is loosely based on Meyer’s “Twilight” characters but written for a far more X-rated audience. In other words, you and your teen daughter will not be wanting to read this one together. As series heroine Anastasia Steele would say, No, Sir.

When word spread that James’ stories were not to be missed, the author took the spicy piece down from her website, got herself a literary agent and started fielding calls from Hollywood for film rights. As of late March, James and her agent waded through a bidding war, including all major production companies, and settled on a deal with Universal Pictures and Focus Features for a reported $5 million.

In her first U.S. interview ever for Entertainment Weekly, James describes “Fifty Shades of Grey” as “a romantic fantasy story. That’s it,” she says. “It’s just a fun read.” And one that will have an awfully difficult time getting an R-rating when it hits theaters.

Entertainment Weekly magazine January 20, 2012, issue

Entertainment Weekly Offers First Look at “This Year’s Hottest Movie”

Entertainment Weekly magazine January 20, 2012, issue

Entertainment Weekly magazine's 2012 preview issue features a cover story on one of the year's most anticipated films, "The Dark Knight Rises."

A certain caped crusader returns to the big screen this summer in the highly anticipated conclusion to writer/director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.

Thank you, Entertainment Weekly!

Once again the magazine gives us a sneak peek at the coming year in film in its 2012 preview issue. Among the 43 upcoming movies featured is our first glimpse of “The Dark Night Rises,” the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan’s sophisticated and revamped Batman trilogy. And according to Entertainment Weekly, it will not disappoint.

From the cover with star Christian Bale to the cover story interview with Bale and Nolan, fans are getting some tasty scoop prior to the movie opening this summer. And Bale, for one, is just glad to be on the other side of filming. “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” he says. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films–and the people’s expectations–to make great work.”

The film returns to The Batcave in a setting eight years after “The Dark Night,” a film that won actor Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker. There are a lot loose ends to tend to, including the climactic ending of the second film (warning: spoiler alert for “The Dark Knight”) where dying cop Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne “hatch a conspiracy to cover up the sins of Gotham City’s so-called ‘white night,’ the late Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart).”

Yeah, there’s a lot to catch up on, plus the introduction of the villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy (who starred as Eames in Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi adventure film “Inception”). “Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him,” Nolan tells Entertainment Weekly.

“The Dark Night Rises,” starring Bale, Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anne Hathaway (as Catwoman), opens July 20. Will you be seeing it? If so, will you “prepare” by watching the first two films? Nothing like a little movie homework!

Entertainment Weekly magazine's December 23-30, 2011 issue

Who Made Entertainment Weekly’s Naughty and Nice Lists for 2011?

Entertainment Weekly magazine's December 23-30, 2011 issueMere days separate us from 2012. Entertainment Weekly sums up the best and worst of what celebs put out in 2011.

It was the best of movies, and it was the worst of music in 2011, at least according to Entertainment Weekly. The magazine has released its annual “Best and Worst of 2011″ issue, and in the midst of awards season, this is one “it” list celebs will have mixed feelings about.

Critics and columnists for the popular entertainment magazine are weighing in on which TV shows, films, albums, books, and even Broadway shows have had the most impact this year–for better or for worse. Besides a critical look at the massive or lackluster appeal of this year’s pop culture, Entertainment Weekly is also reminiscing over the stories that garnered the most attention for the entertainment industry.

From Charlie Sheen to Rebecca Black’s 15 minutes of TGI-”Friday” fame, and Oprah’s daytime farewell to Harry Potter’s record-breaking box office take, no Hollywood story is safe from scrutiny. Which more than explains the decision to feature scathing Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais in the special issue.

Aside from salutes to outstanding performances in film (and Golden Globe nominees too!) like Viola Davis from “The Help” and Rooney Mara from the anti-feel-good holiday movie, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” you can also read about celebs in their own words. Tony Bennett is talking about his duet with the late Amy Winehouse, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is giving kudos to juicing fitness great Jack LaLanne.

What were your favorite pop culture and entertainment moments of the year? Worst? And the real question: On which list would you put “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″?

The Hollywood Reporter's November 25, 2011, issue

What to See: Your Awards Season Movie Guide

The Hollywood Reporter's November 25, 2011, issue

Director Martin Scorsese, seen here on the Nov. 25, 2011, cover of The Hollywood Reporter, can bank on some Oscar attention for his latest film, "Hugo."

Oscar nominations are more than a month away, but you can be in the know by catching these buzzed-about films.

It’s that time of year when movie buffs–and those who fancy themselves movie buffs–are treated to the best movies Hollywood has to offer. And there’s a reason for it: ‘Tis awards season, folks, and every studio in Tinseltown is hoping to garner some extra industry praise (and cold, hard box office cash) just in time for the big dance with a fella named Oscar.

Of course, there are hints as to which films will be singled out, and they come via magazine movie guides and early award shows. When a film gets enough buzz, you know it’s worth seeing. Here are the films worthy of your consideration.

1. “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley. Entertainment Weekly calls it “sharp, funny, generous, and moving.” I’ll tell you it’s definitely heavy but incredibly thoughtful. This is a film that will keep you engaged long after you leave the theater. Early nods: National Board of Review of Motion Pictures prize for Clooney (Best Actor) and Woodley (Best Supporting Actress) as well as Independent Spirit Award noms for Clooney (Best Actor), Woodley (Supporting Actress), and Alexander Payne (Best Director, Best Screenplay).

2. “Hugo,” Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield. When you think “kids’ movie,” director Martin Scorsese probably doesn’t come to mind. But “Hugo,” based on Brian Selznick’s spectacular children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” isn’t just for kids. It’s a sophisticated 3-D film The Hollywood Reporter calls “a dazzling family friendly film” and that effortlessly “conjoins the earliest days of cinema with the very latest big-screen technology.” Need more convincing? The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named it Best Picture, and Scorsese Best Director.

3. “Beginners,” Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor. It might only be writer-director Mike Mills’ second film, but this one–autobiographical in nature–is both poignant and funny. It tied for Best Picture (with “Tree of Life,” see below) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and New York magazine describes it as “a marvelously inventive romantic comedy … pickled in sadness, loss.”

4. “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn. Terrence Malick’s take on the meaning of life seemed to marginalize American audiences–they love it or hate it. Entertainment Weekly dubbed it as “profound–and more than a little puzzling.” However, the film nabbed the Palm d’Or (Best Picture) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and tied for Best Picture (with “Beginners”) at the Gotham Awards.

5. “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard. Dunst won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in May for her portrayal of a clinically depressed woman facing the end of the world–literally. The film also garnered three awards at the European Film Awards earlier this month, including Best Actress for Dunst and an award for cinematography. Entertainment Weekly hailed it as a “movie masterpiece,” “a work of genius,” and “a giant achievement” for Danish director Lars von Trier.

6. “The Artist,” Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller. For a film paying homage to silent movies, “The Artist” sure is making a lot of noise. Most recently, it picked up Best Film at the Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association. Entertainment Weekly suggests that the real romance of the film is between us, “the jaded 21st-century audience, and the mechanical innocence of old movies.”

None of these films is necessarily a “blockbuster” right out of the gate, but with a little awards season help, their studios will be rolling in it.

What films are you anticipating?