Mail from our readers
Your article on A Day in the Life of Hollywood (#144, Nov. 13) was excellent. I am only 13 years old, yet I am a huge movie fan and I want to become an actor or a movie critic when I grow up. It showed me (and everyone else) interesting inside things of Hollywood. It was a great article and I hope you continue to write more about it.
De Pere, Wis.
What an insensitive and tasteless photo Entertainment Weekly published in its excerpt from A Day in the Life of Hollywood. Lisa Fields, casting director, smiling while tossing a clearly identifiable photo into a trash bin? Aren’t actors maligned enough without having to face their photos in a trash can? Come on. There are certainly other ways to present how a casting office operates without having to perpetuate the insensitivities of an already difficult process.
Casting Artists, Inc.
Editor’s Note: The discarded glossy of Maili Bergman may have a happy ending: Since EW‘s Day in the Life excerpt appeared, The New York Times and The Washington Post have profiled the 22-year-old actress, who says she herself is unfazed by her photo’s fate. ”At least I know my agent was putting me out there,” Bergman says. ”Wouldn’t it be great if someone saw the photo and gave me a ring?”
Re: ”Harder It Falls” (News & Notes), it galls me to think that the terrific Die Hard series might be deep-sixed because of inferior but popular movies like Under Siege ripping off the terrorist-versus-lone hero theme and thereby overworking it to death. One suggestion: The audience would still love Die Hard even if the writers were to drop the terrorist scenario. The movie’s intelligence, wonderful acting, great action sequences reminiscent of James Bond films, shared emotions, and nail-biting suspense were some of the reasons people were drawn to Die Hard. Please pass this information on to the studio heads out there who still have their jobs.
Ty Burr’s review of the video release of Far and Away might be more acceptable if he knew more about its subject. Oklahoma had five land runs — the first in 1889, then others in 1891, 1892, 1893, and 1895. The largest in both area and people involved was the one in the movie: the opening of the Cherokee Strip on Sept. 16, 1893. It was, therefore, ”the great Oklahoma land race.”
Thanks for Kelli Pryor’s piece on Red Barber (#143, Nov. 6). Red warmed many a heart on Friday mornings, his descriptions of daily life and gentle humor bringing home what is real and truly important in life. Red was the best 3.5 minutes radio could have given us, and he was a friend to us all.