Mail from our readers
Your article on Michelle Pfeiffer, ”Blond Ambivalence” (#155, Jan. 29), was one of the best I have ever read. James Kaplan truly has a gift for describing one of the best actresses of modern times. His poignant yet deeply honest statements about her life, loves, and hardships were a treat to read. The photographic eye of Matthew Rolston was also a wonderful addition. Keep up the good job.
For a magazine with consistently excellent standards, the article on Michelle Pfeiffer confounds me. Couldn’t we get something better than this piece of fluff?
Thanks for allowing me to fulfill a longtime fantasy. I transferred Michelle Pfeiffer’s photo on page 19 to a pillowcase. Talk about sweet dreams!
I applaud Mark Harris’ piece on the megadeals of the entertainment industry. The public has a right to know what our favorite stars make. After all, our market decisions determine their worth.
Andrew D. Ringel
At the risk of bursting an exotic-sounding bubble, I would like to clarify a few aspects of my deal with Fox (described in the sidebar to your ”Is Dave Worth It?” article). The $500 million figure is an outside cap on the budgets of all Lightstorm films combined, during the five years of the deal. We are under no obligation to spend this much if we don’t want to, nor is there a minimum number of films we need to make. Also, Fox would not pay the entire $500 million, should we use it all. For their domestic-only theatrical and video rights, they pay about one-third the cost. Fox and other distributors (who account for the other two-thirds) pay my company only on delivery of the completed film. The money truck has not backed up to Lightstorm. We have merely created a structure that gives us greater financial and artistic control over our movies.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Editor’s Note: Cameron directed Aliens and the two Terminator movies.
Mark Harris maintained that Mary Higgins Clark was not worth her $35 million contract. Well, wait a minute! Her novels are totally engrossing, very suspenseful, and difficult to put down. I am eagerly awaiting her next.
ON THE DRAWING BOARD
Week after week you illustrate articles with some of the best, most accurate, and funny caricatures I’ve ever seen. Just last week there were Robin Williams by David Cowles (who gets my vote as Caricaturist of the Decade), Burt Reynolds, Dana Carvey, Amy Fisher, David Letterman, and others. Draw on!
Howard E. Baker
Editor’s Note: The letter writer is a director of Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, Rugrats.