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FASHION PLAY

Your ”Special Spring Fashion Issue” (#160, March 5) got it right — most importantly, CNN’s Elsa Klensch. As the producer of MTV’s House of Style, I am often asked in interviews, ”Are you the new fashion TV and Elsa the old?” I know controversy makes for a good story, but there is no one I have more respect for than Elsa. She is the pioneer, and our shows are going after two different audiences. Elsa simply rules.
Alisa Bellettini
New York City

‘X’ RATED

I am 12 years old and am a dedicated reader of the X-Men comic books. I was fairly disappointed with the TV show’s dorky dialogue. Your article showed many of the things I was annoyed with and gave a very fair grade. But I’d like to point out that many X-Men are much older than the Melrose Place crowd.
Danny Cohen
Rockville, Md.

AGENT PROVOCATEUR

With reference to the review of Amos & Andrew, may I ask that this trend of telling actors to fire their agents after they’ve appeared in movies deemed artistically unsuccessful be put to rest? Hollywood is not a work camp, and agents are not wardens — they are advisers and solicitors for acting jobs. Maybe Mr. Jackson likes the movie! In any case, he indeed left his agent and moved to ICM recently.
Chris Schmidt
Bauman Hiller & Associates
Talent Agency
Los Angeles

FROM THE ‘GET’-GO

I was dismayed to see that you prematurely slammed my upcoming film, The Getaway (#159, Feb. 26), by invoking the tabloidesque hearsay reports of my behavior on the set of a forgettable picture (1991’s The Marrying Man) produced by the studio I least admire (Disney).

My dismay came not only because I could not imagine such a high-minded and important record as Entertainment Weekly reflexively condemning a project before its conception (a project that has attracted a wonderful group of creative and technical people eager to update and retell Jim Thompson’s great story), but also because of the tired reference to the aforementioned failure.

All of the people involved with The Getaway, I am sure, look forward to a wonderful experience making this film. I personally look forward to it being as positive as every experience I had right up to working for a particular studio, and every movie since then. I was beginning to feel that Entertainment Weekly, normally a journal beyond reproach, was in an ethical decline of sorts. To dismiss a film in its development stages (a film directed by Roger Donaldson, written by Walter Hill, produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman, and John Alan Simon, and commissioned by Largo Entertainment) was surely not your intention.

To continue to falsely and viciously label hardworking members of our film community based on rumor (ancient rumor!), I am certain, was a regrettable oversight on your part. I look forward to our newfound spirit of understanding and goodwill and to the type of fair-minded and well-examined analysis my work could only receive from your great magazine.
Alec Baldwin
Los Angeles

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