I really enjoyed reading the ”Teen Steam” (#405, Nov. 14) article. It brought back a lot of memories. And thanks for putting in ”And the Teen Beat Goes On.” It was interesting to see what the new stars thought about being idols. I thought Sarah Michelle Gellar’s reply was the best of all: ”This is what I’ve waited for my whole life.” Who hasn’t?!
Any list of budding teenage talent that fails to include the extremely talented and versatile Natalie Portman is not a complete list. Her performances have been more mature and dimensional than most by her older and more ”experienced” peers.
Studio City, Calif.
When I opened your magazine this week to the article entitled ”Teen Steam,” which I was immensely looking forward to reading, I was startled by the juxtaposition of not one but two completely inappropriate ads placed strategically in the pages of this article: one for cigarettes, and another for vodka. Our teens (me too, I’m only 18) don’t need these kinds of things staring them in the face, especially with our ”teen idols” wrapped around them.
Congratulations on the well-written article on Dharma & Greg (”Instant Dharma”), but I strongly disagree that the show’s success should be credited to Jenna Elfman alone. Her costar Thomas Gibson, whom you call ”some guy,” is an incredible actor (and really good-looking). He and Elfman work as a team to create a brilliantly funny and entertaining show.
Short Hills, N.J.
I usually enjoy EW’s cattiness because it is backed up by correct facts and figures. I took offense, however, when Grizzly Mountain, a family film my company released, was unjustly and incorrectly named the Loser of the Week. You note the film ”eked out a measly” $786-per-screen average. The figure may be correct, but you did not equate our grosses — which were earned solely at theaters with one or two matinees only, at matinee prices — with all other films, which typically have five or six showings daily. In fact, with our matinee shows only for our opening weekend, our ”measly” gross beat A Life Less Ordinary ($701), The Peacemaker ($718), The Edge ($655), Playing God ($334), and 24 other high-profile studio films. Next time, have a valid reason to be snide.
President, Legacy Releasing
‘HILLS’ IS ALIVE
Mark Harris is accurate by stating that ”new vigor” in Beverly Hills, 90210 is related to an underlying theme of ”goodness” in the show and among the show’s characters. Network executives take note: Viewers like it when good things happen to their favorite characters. This may appear really simple and obvious, but an overwhelming majority of today’s dramas seem to be trying to out-angst each other, and in the process, viewers are becoming disillusioned. Beverly Hills, 90210 continues to gain momentum because it is silly but sensible, sexy but tasteful, and serious but not overflowing with angst. It is a formula that succeeds for 90210 and could succeed for many shows set in other zip codes as well.