Congratulations to EW for your ”Value Judgments” story (#322, April 12). The chart was informative, entertaining, and incisive. I predict this brilliant salary-ranking formula will become as discerning a measuring tool for Hollywood paychecks as your annual Power 101 list has become for Hollywood careers.
Your cover asks, ”Are they worth it?” Do the math. If an 18-year-old earned $50,000 a year and worked till the age of 65, he or she would still come up $650,000 short of the $3 million Alicia Silverstone will earn for her next movie. Does that answer your question?
The cost of containing movie budgets inflated by outrageous salaries has come at the expense of crew members — the professionals who make these actors look glamorous, sexy, and marketable. In the six years my husband has been a member of a motion-picture union, he has yet to receive a wage increase, while the union has accepted cuts in overtime and benefits. Perhaps these image-conscious stars will realize that their greed often hurts the people who help them.
New York City
You obviously find great pleasure in bashing Barbra Streisand. The negative remarks in your recent story about the production of The Mirror Has Two Faces came from ”ex-employees” and ”disgruntled staffers” — hardly the most objective of sources. A TriStar executive and costar Pierce Brosnan have come to her defense, but they are barely mentioned in the story. Shame on you, EW, for printing such a trashy report on such a classy lady!
Daniel M. Rupert
Thank you for your review of Christian rock bands. I can now listen to good music without compromising my beliefs or subjecting myself to songs glorifying sex and violence.
Winter Springs, Fla.
God’s message can be conveyed through many musical styles. But there’s a big difference between Christian music and music with Christian references. Bands like DC Talk and Jars of Clay write songs of God’s love for everyone, even those in the mosh pit.
Matt and Misty Ziebarth
Correction: Our photo caption of DC Talk and Jars of Clay (Music) misidentified several band members. The caption should read: DC Talk’s Michael Tait, Toby McKeehan, and Kevin Max Smith; Jars of Clay’s Steve Mason, Dan Haseltine, Matt Odmark, and Charlie Lowell.