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Ben Affleck Named "Entertainment Weekly's" 'Entertainer of the Year'

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Ben Affleck has been named Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainer of the Year" for 2012.

Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle said Affleck was selected because "he really reached the pinnacle of his career this year.  He's going to be right up there as best director with Steven Spielberg and lots of other directors."

Affleck may earn an Oscar nomination for best director for his work on the current thriller Argo.  He tells Entertainment Weekly, "I had very low expectations for Argo's performance.  I just hoped that over time people would find the movie."

He also tells the magazine that he wants to make the kind of movies that his kids will be proud of.  Affleck has three children with wife Jennifer Garner.

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Former Child Star Jonathan Taylor Thomas to Work Behind the Camera?

Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- When the ABC series Home Improvement ended its run in 1999, its young heartthrob, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, fell under the Hollywood radar, save for a few appearances on Veronica Mars and Smallville.  In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Thomas explains what he’s been up to, saying, “I’ve been going to school, and traveling quite a bit, getting to read a lot of books I’ve wanted to for quite some time.”

Thomas, now 30, says he would like to get back into show business, explaining, “I think at this point, I’d eventually like to work behind the camera.  That’s not to say I would never act again, I’m not quite sure to be honest. I still have a passion for TV and film and could see myself working in it.”

Thomas’ former co-star Tim Allen has a new ABC sitcom this fall entitled Last Man Standing.  When EW asked Thomas if Allen has suggested he do a guest shot, he replied, “That has not come up yet.  We’ll see about that. I’m sure they have a lot of stories they want to get to.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Christina Aguilera to Judge 'The Voice'

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Finally, some good news for Christina Aguilera -- she's got a new job.  NBC has now confirmed reports that she's officially signed on as a judge and coach for the upcoming NBC reality singing competition The Voice.  She joins Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green on the judging panel.  In a statement, Christina said, "I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it. To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists’ careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms."

The Voice premieres on Tuesday, April 26.  As previously reported, the show features the judges choosing to work with contestants based on their voices alone -- they're not allowed to see them first.  Once they choose their favorites, they mentor them to stardom, and America will decide which contestant wins a recording contract and a cash prize.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'Entertainment Weekly' Names Best and Worst Albums, Singles of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Arista Records(NEW YORK) -- Best-of lists in music are common at the year's end but what about the stinkers?  Entertainment Weekly's new issue compiles a list of both the greatest records that came out over the past year and the worst.

According to the magazine, Santana's Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, which featured the guitarist collaborating with people like Chris Daughtry, Rob Thomas and Train's Pat Monahan, is one of the top five worst albums of 2010.  EW called it "one long layover in the airport karaoke lounge."

Bret Michaels' disc Custom Built was also deemed a failure by EW, as well as Christina Aguilera's BionicEW called it "not nearly the worst album of the year, just one of the most disappointing...too often, it's a mess" with "diva antics," "bratty throwaway" and too many songs about sex.

EW also singled out the worst singles of the year, which include, according to the magazine, the "We Are the World" remake for Haitian earthquake relief, and Train's "Hey Soul Sister."  The magazine writes, "Everything about this corny hit makes us cringe.  Why oh why does it have to be so damn catchy?"

As for the best albums of the year, EW singled out Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as number one, and also gave props to records by Cee-Lo Green and the rock band Arcade Fire.  Among EW's best singles were Taylor Swift's "Back to December," Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone."  Getting honorable mention: Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Sade's "Soldier of Love."

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Taylor Swift is Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainer of the Year"

Photo Courtesy - TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As if Taylor Swift isn't already dominating the news on a daily basis, she's just been named Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly magazine.  The reason?  Well, in addition to the record-breaking sales of her album Speak Now, the past year saw her appear in her first movie, Valentine's Day, win four Grammys, headline a sold-out tour, pick up several additional awards and score hits like "Today Was a Fairytale" and "Mine." EW says Taylor, at 20, is their youngest-ever Entertainer of the Year.  She was only two months old when the magazine launched back in 1990.

In an interview with the magazine, Taylor criticizes the media for speculating about the subject of her songs.  She says, "Sometimes I would laugh because I would see it in print and it would say, ‘This song, which is written about her ex, so-and-so…’ And they would write about it as if it was fact. The fact is, I haven’t ever confirmed that any song is about any particular person. There’s something kind of freeing about that. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all still up in the air.”

Taylor also discusses her decision to perform "Innocent" at this year's MTV Video Music Awards -- a song that seemed to directly address the Kanye West interruption incident at the previous year's show.  She tells the mag, "I had decided that I didn’t want to perform on the show. Or even go. Then I woke up in the middle of the night and I realized that I had to, and that I wanted to perform that song.”

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