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Mail from our readers — Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn’t, on ”Aladdin,” Martin Scorsese, and more

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Mail from our readers

Issue 147:

GENIEOLOGY
Three cheers for Entertainment Weekly! Your cover on Aladdin made me even more anxious to see the movie.
Jeff Martin
Rexburg, Idaho

Kudos to Steve Daly for his superior article on the genesis of Aladdin. Partly because the finished film is so enjoyable, it would have been easy to run four pages of ”making of” puffery. Daly dug deeper and provided choice insights into its fitful development — insights we can’t get from the official Disney sources.
Mitchell J. Steinberger
Cambridge, Mass.

Thanks for your Aladdin article and the wonderful sketches of the characters, especially for the different ”body” movements of the magic carpet. With such a big budget to work with, I bet Disney would be pleased to know that little things bring people joy.
Kim Curwick
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Steve Daly’s commentary on the new Disney heroines was just as sexist and shallow as the individuals who created Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Whether cartoon characters or human beings, women are constantly judged in terms of their sexuality instead of their intellect. Daly’s article was no exception. Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle and Aladdin‘s Jasmine are two ”babes” who are independent, spirited, bright, and politically correct. These ’90s ‘toon women deserve better billing!
Amy Fredericks
Portland, Ore.

EXTREME PLEASURE
Your article ”Club Med” was excellent. The best way I can describe the show Going to Extremes is like a breath of fresh air: Not only is the scenery beautiful, but the story lines are interesting and entertaining. This is the one show I could watch every day, and I am not an avid TV watcher.
Charlene J. Wawrzyniak
Warren, Mich.

Issue 148:

CRUISE BLUES
I found your article on Tom Cruise to be weak and routine. I don’t know if this speaks to the author or the star, but I wish the author had examined Mr. Cruise’s religion, Scientology. There seems to be an avoidance among reporters in the entertainment industry to ask difficult questions about Scientology. It is continually presented as an answer for the world’s ills. For many of us, it , has brought grief.
L. Miller
Fresno, Calif.

BON MOTS
Thanks for doing an article on Bon Jovi. Their music keeps getting better. EW asked, Can the ’80s megastars find happiness in the alternative-rock world of the ’90s? I sure hope so — they deserve it.
Misti Holcomb
Meridian, Miss.

It seems lately Bon Jovi has been getting a bad rap from your magazine, and it’s finally refreshing to read Greg Sandow’s in-depth interview of America’s ”Young Guns.” Bon Jovi needn’t worry about their old audience wanting to hear their new music — we’re still here and listening!
Veronica Fowler
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

ROYALLY MIFFED
Prince has rightly been called the most influential artist in the music industry and it seems only fair he should be paid for it, regardless of the whims of the record-buying public. If your own standards of success were applied consistently, you’d be publishing articles about the lost genius of Milli Vanilli: After all, their last album sold 6 million copies.
Melinda Lane
Richardson, Tex.

A DIM VIEW
Your review of The Scorsese Picture has given me pause. Next time we decide to produce a film book using the rare and terrific black-and-white stills (of color movies) made available to us, we’ll make sure to have them colorized to satisfy your reviewer’s obsession with color. I guess Martin Scorsese himself doesn’t have high enough production values either, since he ”loves the look” of this book.
Gail Kinn
Senior Editor
Carol Publishing Group
New York City

Corrections: We were incorrect in our spelling of the Broadway show Five Guys Named Moe (#148). In a caption accompanying a News & Notes item on ”Dr. Dre” Young (#148), we wrongly identified Yo! MTV Raps cohost Ed Lover as Young. Reviewing the movie The Distinguished Gentleman (#148), we misidentified Victoria Rowell’s character as one played by Sheryl Lee Ralph.