I was looking forward to the Friends finale, but judging from the amount of crying everyone did, it doesn’t sound like it will be funny at all! Thanks to all the Friends for 10 great years. The show will truly be missed. JOANN KING firstname.lastname@example.org Orange, Calif.
Why do I get the feeling that the end of Friends does not mean the last time we’ll see the cast on the cover of EW? Please let this overrated blight on TV die quickly so the untalented cast can retreat to the obscurity they deserve, and a show worth watching can take its time slot. TOM FERREIRA email@example.com North Conway, N.H.
Change of Season
Thanks for the interview with Steve Buscemi and Sopranos creator David Chase (”The Sopranos Heats Up”). It’s nice to have some insight into these two talented men. But there was one question that I wish you had asked Chase: why it takes more than a year between Sopranos seasons when other shows start the same time each year and have twice as many episodes. KEVIN PLICINSKI Bowling Green, Ohio
I laughed when I read ”What Went Wrong?” Justin Guarini feels entitled to success he hasn’t earned. It was a fluke he made it to the AI finale in season 1 — due mostly to teen girls who liked his looks. In contrast, Clay and Ruben were grateful, humble, and could actually sing. Justin needs to think about this before his comeback. J.A. CONSTANTINO Amsterdam, N.Y.
I have been a fan of Justin Guarini’s since the first AI. I was drawn to his powerful performance and I have been impressed with his determination and graciousness since. Thank you for allowing Justin to speak out regarding his unfortunate handling, as it allows us to understand the truth behind his unsuccessful CD. I found it a joy to listen to. LOIS FEDIRKO Allentown, Penn.
In Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of The Passion of the Christ, she writes, ”Gibson has made a movie for nobody, really, but Gibson” (Movies). Come again? I just saw the film with a packed audience. I have never read such a scathing review where, in the end, the movie in question is still awarded a C. The Passion is a powerful testament to the filmmaker Gibson is — a masterpiece that will stand the test of time. JOHN LAKE firstname.lastname@example.org Budd Lake, N.J.
Ms. Schwarzbaum doesn’t get it. The shedding of blood is one of the central points of the Passion. To call it pornographic misleads. She criticizes Gibson for, among other things, promoting his film, being a comedic actor in the past, and interpreting the Scriptures in his own way while developing the screenplay. Be fair. What’s wrong with any of that? RANDY REID email@example.com Waco, Tex.
Mom and Pop’s Pop
In Michael Endelman’s ”A Little Pop!” he says, ”The record industry’s new favorite demographic is…Mom and Dad!” (News & Notes). Whose parents is he talking about — mine? I’m a 46-year-old mother, and I like to listen to songs with a pulse! While I delight in watching my 13-year-old discover Queen, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin, we also share a passion for Evanescence, Maroon 5, Nickelback, and 3 Doors Down. Rock on! LINDA BUREL Sparks, Nev.