You did it again! Another great issue ( 246, Oct. 28), especially the Hollywood rankings. One minor quibble: I’d rank Quentin Tarantino ahead of several other, higher-ranked Hollywood types. I’ll bet that, at least for now, he’ll have less trouble getting a dream project financed than, say, Tim Burton or Demi Moore.
James C. Kaufman
Glancing at your Power 101 cover, I was under the false impression that women would comprise 50 percent of the people on the list. Boy, was I disappointed to find out that the percentage is a slim 14 percent. Gee, EW, thanks a lot for brightening a woman’s day.
Rick Berman (No. 63 on your list) did not make Star Trek a billion-dollar-plus baby. He inherited a billion-dollar baby from Gene Roddenberry. Despite a tendency to rewrite history on the part of certain executives and publicists at Paramount, it was Gene, not Rick, who was at the heart of Star Trek‘s success.
Former assistant to Gene Roddenberry
West Hollywood, Calif.
Thanks for the wonderful sketches, drawings, and other artist representations of the ”most influential people” in showbiz. They really brightened up an already great issue.
As No. 573 (up from No. 618), I must protest your capricious and arbitrary choice of No. 101.5 as a cutoff point.
Director, Acquisitions and Repertory Sales
Culver City, Calif.
Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, and Michael Douglas over Harrison Ford? You must be joking. Costner is in the worst slump of his career; Gibson’s last three movies combined made less than The Fugitive; and show me a studio that will take Redford, Douglas, or Eastwood over Ford.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
A Dream Come True
A positive article on Madonna? Thanks for the wonderful review of Bedtime Stories and for eating your words. Madonna is anything but washed up.
Son of Flubber
Your flub of the week flubbed. You criticize Quiz Show for showing a marquee of La Dolce Vita, stating that it did not open until 1960. True, it doesn’t belong in a movie set in 1958, but it doesn’t belong in one set in 1960 either. At least not an American movie. La Dolce Vita was not released in New York until 1961.
Correction: In the article ”Power Designers,” a photograph of Candice Bergen was incorrectly placed with others of celebrities wearing clothes by Donna Karan. Bergen’s outfit was designed by Richard Tyler.