J.K. Rowling — who else? — is ‘Entertainment Weekly’s’ 2007 Entertainer of the Year.
The Harry Potter author, who has sold nearly 400 million copies of her boy wizard series, was a natural choice and she may soon earn bigger honors. In Time’s online poll for its Person of the Year, Rowling enjoys a big lead over Al Gore.
E.W. writes: “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, minisodes, and webisodes, 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.”
E.W. names 25 Entertainers of the Year but separated them into five school-inspired categories: valedictorians, prodigies, class clowns, most popular, and most buzzed-about.
Valedictorians: George Clooney, “The Sopranos,” Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and The Cable Queens (Glenn Close, Mary-Louise Parker, Kyra Sedgwick and Holly Hunter).
Most Popular: Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Katherine Heigl, Carrie Underwood, and Kanye West.
Prodigies: Zac Efron, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Shia LaBeouf.
Class Clowns: Will Ferrell and Andy McKay of funnyordie.com, Tina Fey, The Judd Apatow Gang, “The Simpsons,” and Vanessa Williams.
Most Buzzed-About: Gerald Butler, Amy Winehouse, Tyler Perry, and “Mad Men.”