Mail from our readers
They don’t call her a pop sensation for nothing! Christina Aguilera on our cover thrilled some, like Scott Audetat of Madison, Wis.: ”Wow…that genie has got what this guy wants!” And offended others: ”I won’t deny that this teenybopper has talent, but I’m sick of her already,” writes Amy Oriold of Cleveland. ”What a girl wants is not to have to hear that song anymore!” Then there’s Anna Markov of Palo Alto, Calif., who thinks, killer midriff or not, this songstress is just too sexed up. ”Sequined hot pants? Gold go-go boots? With spiked heels?! Good lawd!” she says. ”As talented as she is, you’d think she’d have more common sense than to wear outfits so appealing to the ‘dirty old man’ set.”
Ah, to be 16 right now and to be classified as a person whose musical tastes are limited (”The Next Best Thing”). When I saw my newfound queen Christina Aguilera on the cover of your magazine, I went berserk. I was one of those people who rushed out to buy her album on the first day. Now, don’t think I am one-dimensional when it comes to music — I own Fiona Apple, Moby, NIN, and Beck. But whenever I need to ”be rubbed the right way,” I pop in her CD. Sorry, Britney, but she deserved that Grammy!
It’s Supergirl! It’s barbie A-Go-Go! No, it’s Christina! Can you say chica plástica?
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The ‘Iron’ Age
Fast-paced action, fiery explosions, and steamy performances (”Bang a Gong, Get It On!”)! Culinary warriors spar amid cheesy, dubbed-to-English dialogue in this hour-long event! Thanks for the story on Iron Chef, the Jackie Chan of the Food Network.
Fukui-San! Just when I thought EW couldn’t get any better, you surprise me again. My husband and I have a baby, so we are often at home on Friday and Saturday nights, but we’re not renting videos; we are enjoying what continues to be one of the funniest, most interesting and original shows on the air. Thanks for fulfilling our craving for Iron Chef facts and secrets. Now if only you could get us the recipe for squid ink ice cream. (C’mon, the judges thought it was good!)
Why do stars who make millions of dollars have to be rewarded with baskets worth thousands of dollars of products that they can already afford (”The Scout”)? Why don’t they have checks for the same amount of what the baskets cost made out to their favorite charity? The Oscars, Grammys, etc., are their night to shine — if they need gifts for appearing, then who needs them?
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Tales From the Script
As a member of the Writers Guild of America, it was encouraging to see you laud the contribution of screenwriters to the success of such recent films as Erin Brockovich and American Beauty (”The Write Stuff”). However, I find your contention that ”script-driven” movies are a new phenomenon to be downright laughable. What movies, good or bad, haven’t been ”script-driven”? Citizen Kane? Casablanca? Ishtar? Today’s top writers may be better paid than in years past, but then so are today’s top stars, top directors, and top cinematographers. The fact is, today’s Hollywood is no different than the Hollywood of 10, 20, or 50 years ago. Yes, give writers the credit they’re due. But don’t make a big deal over a trend that doesn’t exist. That’s just bad writing.
Allen B. Ury
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Thanks for a great article on the new trend in screenwriting. Too often when a movie does well, the director gets — or takes — all the credit. And when it bombs, the critics tend to blame the writer (never mind that umpteen people may have put their hands on it). And I’m glad to see writers getting paid what they’re worth; it’s about time, because without the writer, nobody else in Hollywood even has a job.
Winter Park, Fla.
Rock and a Hard Place
It really bugs me that the recording industry is saying that people are stealing songs on Napster (”Free for All”). Nearly all songs that you can find on the Internet have come from the purchase of a song online or from a CD purchased at the store. People are simply sharing them — the same way that a friend might record an album on a tape for a friend.