Readers responded to our annual Power Issue (#622, Oct. 26) with a ”more power to ’em” enthusiasm. ”Once again I owe thanks to EW for a wonderful [issue],” writes Jason Wood of San Angelo, Tex. There were also suggestions about which entertainment mighties should have been added to the roster. ”How on earth could any power list omit Janet Jackson?” asks Zo Kim of Florence, S.C. ”She’s a young legend who has influenced some of your top 100.” Finally, teen-pop fans were less than overjoyed to see the Backstreet Boys in the ”Falling” category. Says Shelby Lindrud of Dayton, Ohio: ”I was totally disgusted about what [you] said about BSB. Keep the Backstreet pride alive today and always!” Word.
Thank you for including Ray Romano and Philip Rosenthal in this year’s Power Issue. At a time when the American public needs to laugh, these two regularly produce the funniest half hour on TV. Now that it is in syndication, hopefully many more people will realize why Everybody Loves Raymond.
Whenever I spend time around young children, I notice they have a habit of counting things and making lists (like fingers, cars that pass, telephone poles, uncles—and aunts—with mustaches, and so on). Then, of course, there’s EW’s curious and continual habit of making arbitrary lists (Power 101, Best Movie Soundtracks, etc.) for no other purpose than to fill pages…
I’ll tell you who the real No. 1 power players are—people like my husband and me. Why? Because we buy the CDs, books, and movie tickets. If we didn’t, you couldn’t publish a Power Issue.
It doesn’t help your credibility to rank Justin Timberlake (No. 38) ahead of Denzel Washington (No. 39)…and on your cover, no less!
Enough with Julia Roberts. She has talent—that’s a given. But No. 5? Her ability to open movies is based on her star appeal, not her acting.
Reese Witherspoon, who took Legally Blonde to the $95 million mark…already has broken out and is worthy of a place on the list.
What about Alicia Keys?!
…Christopher Walken? Between America’s Sweethearts, SNL, Fatboy Slim’s ”Weapon of Choice,” and The Seagull, he has established himself as one of today’s most versatile performers.
You Declared Britney Spears (No. 38) to be ”only slightly less iconic than Madonna.” I’m hard-pressed to name one thing she has done that has been innovative. She seems to be entirely derivative of other icons. To a true groundbreaker like Madonna, Britney is the equivalent of a TV dinner: prepackaged plasticity.
You could have found room on your list for Buffy‘s creator and exec producer, Joss Whedon.
It is with great anger and disappointment that I find out more Latinos are not on the list—Edward James Olmos and Benjamin Bratt, to name a few.
ANA LYDIA OCHOA
…Robert De Niro? He’s not only one of the greatest actors ever, he’s an accomplished director (A Bronx Tale) and, with partner Jane Rosenthal, has been producing quality films for over a decade.