EW Staff
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It lives! This year’s It List (#660/661, June 28/July 5) garnered raves from readers amped to see Matrix Reloaded’s Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. ”Unlike so many female action stars who mistake anger and cruelty for power, Moss shows that a female lead can still be caring,” says Andrew Plato of Portland, Ore. ”I eagerly look forward to seeing Trinity and Neo kick agent butt!” Also getting a whoa-whoa were the sister-and-brother act of Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, who received more mail than any of their It mates. ”Thank you for getting It so right by including the Gyllenhaals!” cheers Chicago’s Lorelei S. Knutson. Lastly, Ben Sheehan of Bethesda, Md., wrote to fess up: ”I have never been a big fan of the It List. However, this year changed that. You recognized such underappreciated talents as CSI’s Gary Dourdan and SNL’s Tracy Morgan. Kudos!” It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Wow, your sixth annual It List was the best ever! Every page I turned featured another one of my favorite performers: the Matrix cover photo and preview, Eric Bana, Steve and Stephen from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Luke Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Lauren Ambrose, even the amazing Nicky Katt! KRISTI L. WALSH TibbyNC@aol.com Charlotte, N.C.

Amazing, an It list full of people who are genuinely creative instead of merely popular. You should be proud of two picks in particular. The first is the female cast of the excellent, yet often overlooked, Farscape. The other is Peter Milligan, writer of the hilarious comic X-Statix. He has succeeded where so many have failed: crafting a ruthless celebrity-culture satire that will leave more than just Hollywood insiders in stitches. Cheers all around to a job well done. FREDERICK D. WEAVER duane106@olg.com Washington, D.C.

I was more than delighted when you named Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal on your It List. Donnie Darko was a film that was sadly overlooked last year, and I am glad that two of its stars have gained recognition for their ability to surprise audiences. Jake and Maggie are on the verge of exploding into the mainstream! Great pick! FALON ERBE falon_erbe@hotmail.com Missoula, Mont.

More than a decade ago, when she was a soap opera actress, I wanted to be Karen Moncrieff because of her beauty and elegance. Having just seen her directorial debut, Blue Car, I now want to be Karen Moncrieff because of her talent and intelligence. Thank you so much for including this wonderful artist on your It List. JENELLE RILEY CoenSister@aol.com Culver City, Calif.

So MTV’s Iann Robinson says his ”disdain is for the corporate stranglehold on pop music.” Yeah, okay. I guess you have him on your ”Most Creative People in Entertainment” list because he so craftily hides that disdain while pumping horn-fingers and shilling for that corporate pop music stranglehold MTV. And I’m sure that disdain really rips at him when payday comes. BARRY MEYER chesterb@aol.com Jersey City

What momentary lapse of reason and sanity caused you not to include Tenacious D? MARY MORRIS maryoda@hotmail.com San Angelo, Tex.

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