Letters from our readers
It was an unexpected delight to see my favorite baseball team — replete with Johnny Damon’s infamous hair — on the cover of my favorite magazine. I have been reading EW for almost 10 years, but this was the first time I had the pleasure to see three wildly important things — movies, the Red Sox, EW — all united in one kitschy, perfect interview and photo spread.
Finally, an EW cover that I consider suitable for framing! Now, if I could just get rid of Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. . .
MARY ANN RAY
On the Sidekick
Kudos on your wonderful story about Ed McMahon (”Ed McMahon’s Wild Ride”). I was a huge fan of Star Search, and in the early ’90s, some format changes were made to the show that upset me. I tracked down the address of the production company and mailed a letter, voicing my objections to their changes. Three weeks later, I received a letter from McMahon himself. He told me the changes made to the show were his idea and apologized if any of them affected my enjoyment of the show. He didn’t make any excuses, he just wanted me to know he was sorry I didn’t like them. Ed McMahon was a class act then and continues to be a class act now.
Mad About Hugh
Thanks for the article on Fox’s wonderful show House (”Dr. Feelbad”). The acting and writing are smart and compelling, but it’s Hugh Laurie’s performance that keeps me coming back each week (no Idol lead-in necessary). I’ve loved him since his days as the Prince Regent in TV’s Blackadder the Third and have even caught some of his handiwork in Jeeves & Wooster. Please continue to showcase this gifted man.
I want to commend you for finally covering a soap opera (News & Notes) without making fun of the genre. Comparing the characters on General Hospital and The Sopranos may help people realize that soaps can be as interesting and well done as prime-time shows.
Lisa Schwarzbaum’s suggestion that Sin City could have benefited from a bit of ”freewheeling reinterpretation” really surprised me (Movies). A reinterpretation for the screen would have made the film just another film. By adhering to Frank Miller’s vision, Robert Rodriguez has created a spectacle unlike any seen before, and proven that comic-book films can adhere to much of their original presentation and still be hugely successful. I hope other writers and directors take note; otherwise, we’ll have more silver-screen butchery of works like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Spawn.