”Just finished your ‘If We Ran Hollywood’ cover story (#496, July 30),” writes Rich McCrea of University Place, Wash. ”One question: How soon can you start?” Well, judging from the many furious responses to our idea of casting Leo as the next Anakin, not anytime soon, Rich. ”DiCaprio as Anakin would be a kick to the groin of every Star Wars fan,” protests Michael Gemme of Worcester, Mass. ”Claire Danes would make a better Darth Vader,” snipes Jeremy Larance of Monticello, Ark. Meanwhile, Joel Aalberts of Iowa City was more concerned about another Lucas character with an iffy future — Jar Jar: ”Point taken. We understand you don’t like him. Can’t we redirect our collective loathing to someone else?” But it’s so much fun!
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A lot of good ideas in the ”If We Ran Hollywood” article. However, I must strongly disagree on two points. The lovely Gwyneth Paltrow in Terminator 3? I think not. (Remember Winona Ryder in Alien Resurrection?) And pooh-poohing a Ghostbusters 3? C’mon! I am more excited about the possibility of seeing Bill Murray and Co. at it again than I am for another Matrix and Star Wars. SAM PASS Litchfield, Ill.
Leonardo as Anakin to give the movie an ”edge”? An edge? I thought for a minute my beloved ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY had been replaced by Teen Beat. Not only do I not care for him as an actor and feel he would hurt the franchise, I think your writers missed the point: Stars didn’t make Star Wars what it is; Star Wars made — and will continue to make — stars who they are. SARA HENSON San Diego
Bravo on your ”If We Ran Hollywood” cover story. I couldn’t have written it better myself. I guess the chances of any studio execs reading the piece are nil. Based on the movies they greenlight, we all know what they do with good literature. MARCEL GRAUGNARD firstname.lastname@example.org Baton Rouge, La.
COLOR OF MONEY
Thank you for Joe Flint and Dan Snierson’s ”White Wash” article. As an African-American broadcaster and actor living in New York City, it stuns me that Burbank can shoot a sitcom about hip, young, trendy people in downtown Manhattan and show so few blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans. When I was a kid, my mother used to drive me nuts speed-dialing the neighbors when there were blacks on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. I did the same thing watching Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Friends in the 1990s. ROBERT RIVERS email@example.com New York City
After reading ”White Wash,” it occurred to me that the only color network executives see is green. I think it is a bit unfair for minorities to believe that greed and consciousness can coexist in their decision making. I mean, it would be hard trying to pack all that into those executives’ narrow, shallow, shortsighted minds. ALFRED VALDEZ Houston
A DEATH RETOLD
Thank you for so aptly covering the real interesting part of JFK Jr.’s death. Your requisite story manages to explain clearly why he was famous for being famous but at the same time shows how TV news coverage has evolved into a strange event in itself. RICH SJOBERG firstname.lastname@example.org San Diego
Blair Witch is only terrifying if you live in mortal fear of leaves, sticks, and bad, jerky camera work. As Kim Novak said in The Mirror Crack’d, ”I could eat a can of Kodak, and puke a better movie!” The only thing scary about this film is that so many people are buying into the hype. Can I have that wasted hour and a half of my life back, please? So I can do something more useful with it. Like clip my toenails? ALFRED MEDEIROS email@example.com Boca Raton, Fla.
Re: ”Behind The Muses” — You questioned whether the ”disco pleasures” of Donna Summer merit a rank of 37 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. She has had top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, Dance, and R&B charts, and her music was some of the most memorable from that era. Even your magazine referred to her as the ”protodiva.” Sounds like enough credentials to be ranked at least No. 37 to me. WAYNE McKINNEY firstname.lastname@example.org Knoxville, Tenn.
CORRECTIONS: A photo caption depicting John F. Kennedy Jr. in the movie Winners was actually a scene from A Matter of Degrees (N&N). TV spots promoting The Blair Witch Project aired before the film’s opening (”Rhymes With Rich”). Risky Business was distributed by Warner Bros. (Encore).
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