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EW: Julia Roberts on Adele, Sandra Bullock on "The Book of Mormon"

Published December 8, 2011 10:56 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Daniel Radcliffe was just named Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, but are other music-related items EW sent me to post: Julia Roberts on Adele: With her beautiful and moving 21, the British soul singer turned in the best-selling album of 2011—as well as one of the best. According to Julia Roberts, when she first heard the album, she wondered "'How have I lived my whole life without knowing what she sounds like singing?' It's that kind of a voice." Roberts adds, "Adele's music is so personal that you get invested in her life. Is it going to work out? It better, because that guy will never find someone else like her! We feel like Adele's in our book club or she lives in our neighborhood—and that's a gift, to make people feel that way. " Sandra Bullock on Trey Parker and Matt Stone: In 2011, The South Park provocateurs stormed Broadway with The Book of Mormon. "I find myself saying, "HOW CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS?" each and every time another innocent sect, person, pop icon, religion, actor, or social movement is offended," says Sandra Bullock. "And let me be clear, I am in no way writing this piece to suck up to them in order to prevent any future episodes of South Park from ripping me a new one. Because I know that it's coming...and it's going to be brutal! Maybe that is why so many of us, myself included, find ourselves going back for more each and every time Matt and Trey create something new." Miranda Lambert on The Coaches Of The Voice: In 2011, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera made this sing-off a must. For Miranda Lambert, the secret to the success of The Voice is simple. "It actually has current celebrities as judges. They're not people who used to be celebrities coming back to try to give advice," says Lambert. "Together, the judges and the blind auditions are amazing because it has nothing to do with image," she adds. "Everything in entertainment right now is so driven by being skinny and beautiful, but The Voice is just about talent. There's never been a show like that. Last season, Christina had Frenchie and Beverly, two bald girls who can absolutely wail. That's awesome! Has there ever been a competition where the final two girls on someone's team were bald?" Darren Criss on Katy Perry: For Katy Perry, 2011 has been another (teenage) dream. "The first time I met Katy, I was impressed—though not surprised—by her musicality," explains Darren Criss. "We were going to sing together at a big event, so we met up to go through some harmonies. It was a very low-key rehearsal: no lights, no costumes, no mics—nothing. Just me and her in a dressing room, singing a cappella. I was so struck by the incredibly raw, genuine sound that came out of her, especially in such a nonperformance setting. This was the voice that millions had fallen in love with, and I was experiencing it in its most real form. Even though I'd been an admirer already, that moment definitely solidified me as a Katy fan. She is very much the real deal." For more Entertainers of the Year, pick up the new copy of Entertainment Weekly on stands December 9.