Don’t worry, we’re not letting the “Power Issue” (#509, Oct. 29, 1999) go to our heads. Though we were praised for our picks, we were criticized for our omissions and chastised for revealing the ending of The Sixth Sense. ”Maybe you should change your name to Buzz-Kill Weekly!” cried Francie Steiner of Chicago. At least Vicki Jones of Sacramento put it in perspective: ”I’ll still see the film, but now the suspense won’t kill me.” And not everyone appreciated our tallying methods. ”Stop pairing people together and counting that as one number,” said Michael Friedman of New York City. ”I think Ben and Matt could handle it if you separated them and told us who was truly more powerful.” C’mon, Mike, no one wants to break up that power couple.
Due to a glaring oversight, my name seems to have been once again omitted from your annual Power Issue (”EW Presents Power Mania 1999”). Where would these 101.5 people be without me and my wallet? Their ranking depends entirely upon who I deem worthy of spending my money on. Now, that’s power.
Scott D. Meeker
How powerful can Sumner Redstone be if you guys blot out his face with the bar code?
When you listed a well-deserving Amy Pascal at #40, you brought up Cruel Intentions as one of her failures. To prove that this couldn’t be further from the truth, the figures on the movie are as follows: The budget and marketing costs equaled $30.8 million. It earned $40 million domestically and $54 million overseas. Add on $40 million in TV and video rights, and Cruel Intentions has earned roughly $134 million in revenue. As the numbers attest, it is clear that both Sony and I are making a lot of money off this movie. Under no circumstances can this movie be considered a failure.
Neal H. Moritz
Producer, Cruel Intentions
Star and Gripes
I always look forward to Jim Mullen’s Hot Sheet, but I was disappointed with No. 1. The new Star Wars book he referred to was just recently released, and not all of us Star Wars fans have had the chance to read it. Giving away a character’s death is extremely unfair to those who haven’t read the book yet.
Carle Place, N.Y.
Hip, Hip for Hillary
I saw Boys Don’t Cry and I was hypnotized by it (”Boy on the Side”). Hilary Swank’s performance was honest and refreshing. This is a story that needed the indie arena to let it be subtle and mysterious. Drew Barrymore is sweet, but this story isn’t sweet, and she lacks the edge to pull it off as well as Hilary did.
Now and Forever
Ken Tucker hit the nail on the head. Friday nights are electric with the cast of Now and Again. I have structured my entire evening around it. The energy is so great, the story line is so believable, and everyone is so darn good. People who didn’t see the pilot have a lot of catching up to do.
Off the Mark
In the Parents’ Guide to movies, Lois Alter Mark says that Superstar contains only ”a couple of mild expletives.” Who the *$@# is she trying to kid? I was floored when I heard the F-word roll off Grandma’s tongue. And Mary Katherine making out with the tree was hardly all the sex/nudity shown—and I think I’d have to put that under the scariness category anyway!
No Great Shakes
Why can’t critics grade cheap indie films for what they are (”Forest Dangers”)? The Blair Witch Project was way over-hyped. How about: Pretty scary for an indie. Very creative. Rough around the edges. A bit silly and irritating at times, but a good ride in all. Recommended for fans of experimental filmmaking and horror, but doesn’t pack the wallop of a classic like The Exorcist. I give it a C+ for effort.
Corrections: In our Power Issue, the photograph of #31, Seagram’s newly appointed executive vice president and CFO, Brian Mulligan, was incorrect. Here’s the correct picture. We regret the error.
Mike Myers’ Sprockets character is named Dieter (Power 101). Hilary Swank’s hairstylist was Cemal/Artist Group (Biz).
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