I think it’s fair to say that 2007 has truly been the year of J.K. Rowling. She certainly deserves the recognition.
As a die-hard Potterphile, I am speechless with glee over your choice for Entertainer of the Year. I’m not surprised, of course: J.K. Rowling has been one of the most brilliant and influential figures of the past decade. You have made at least one reader very, very happy.
The Harry Potter books are interesting reads, but you’ve blown them out of proportion. Yes, J.K. Rowling should be commended for inspiring more children to read. But ultimately, they’re just books.
Thanks for including Gerard Butler on your list. This tremendously talented actor is not only conquering the world of film, he can also slay a talk-show audience with his wit and charm. Keep the buzz going loud and strong!
While you made some great choices (Tina Fey, Vanessa Williams), I was shocked by certain oversights. Where was Ellen DeGeneres? And what about the ladies of The View? No show captured America’s attention this year like it did.
North Scituate, R.I.
I appreciated the ”Save This Career!” commentary on Wes Bentley (News & Notes). In college, I’d scour the Internet for any information about him. As time passed and the news dried up, I moved on. Seeing this gives me hope that producers may rediscover him.
Belle of the Ball
What? No mention of Hermione’s ”top of the stairs” moment in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Style)? When she turned the corner in that pink gown, she went from a frizzy-haired brainiac to a true young woman.
League City, Tex.
Death Becomes Them
You missed the most significant death scene of all time (The Glutton). How could anyone forget the funeral pyre for Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi? It was gooey and sad, human yet otherworldly. Death doesn’t get much better than this.
Why didn’t you include Francis Ford Coppola’s magnificently staged slaying of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather?
I’ve disagreed with you before, but I was incited to write in about your A- review of Kathy Griffin’s new stand-up special (What to Watch). I was expecting a D-, as she’s ceased to make jokes and merely recites the news.