Feedback from our readers
Thanks for ringing in the new year with your story on Johnny Depp (First Look 2009). 2008 was a great year. Not only did I hear Barack Obama give a speech, I also got to watch the shooting of Public Enemies. Talking with Mr. Depp afterward was the absolute highlight. He is one of the most gracious, kind, talented actors in Hollywood today.
EW, how could you? You gave away huge character revelations from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows without a spoiler alert (First Look 2009)!
Senior writer Jeff Jensen responds: If I truly ruined something for you, my apologies. However, there are millions of Harry Potter book fans emotionally invested in the films’ faithfulness to J.K. Rowling’s vision. As much as we need to protect your experience, we have a responsibility to let them know what to expect.
Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor, not Best Actor (”Next Stop: Oscars”)? How can this be, when Slumdog Millionaire completely revolves around his character? Who is he supporting?
Long Beach, Calif.
Senior writer Dave Karger responds: As strange as it may sound, Slumdog distributor Fox Searchlight decided to push Patel for Best Supporting Actor, presumably to increase his chances at a nomination. (Hey, it worked for Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls.) And since he splits his role with two other actors, there’s a decent argument for that positioning. Ultimately, though, the Academy can overrule the campaign and vote for Patel in the lead-actor category. But given all the tough competition in the Best Actor race, Slumdog fans should applaud the move — he’ll likely be an Oscar nominee because of it.
You showed a lovely picture of Patricia Cornwell’s office (Books). Behind one of the bookcases is what looks like the top of a door or a window frame. What’s there?
Writer Kate Ward responds: How intriguing! Is that panel we see a door to a secret room? Or the gateway to an underground passageway? Well, we investigated, and got the answer: According to Cornwell’s longtime publicist, the door opens to…an empty closet. Oh, well. Who ever said life imitated art?
Mark Harris’ ”What Stars Are For” column (The Final Cut) taps a rich vein in Hollywood’s legacy: ”A movie star is someone whose past work enriches your experience of, and deepens your pleasure in, his or her present work.” I can think of no example more poignant than the singular heft John Wayne brought to The Shootist. Wayne’s performance as an aging gunslinger past his prime and pondering his past is informed and enriched by Wayne’s own career. No other actor — no other movie star — could have given this role what he brought to it simply by being John Wayne.
A Cult Classic
Thank you so much for the Scrubs shout-out (TV)! Zach Braff’s comment was right on the money. No matter where the show moved, the loyal fans followed. Scrubs has always had my (sacred) heart.
Silver Spring, Md.
EW.COM Extra: Feel-Good TV
Got the blues? Then turn on your DVR! PopWatchers revealed the episodes they rely on when they need a little PICK-ME-UP. (Tip: You can never go wrong with musicals.)
Lost, ”The Constant”
”If I have a bad day, I play the scene where Desmond finally reaches Penny and everything seems a bit brighter and more hopeful.” —Allie
Scrubs, ”My Musical”
”I have the episode saved on my DVR. It may be juvenile, but nothing seems as bad after [the song] ‘Everything Comes Down to Poo.”’ —Caitin
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All
”Whenever the holidays became too much, I reached out for my ‘Nutmeeeeg. Oh, sweet brown nutmeg.”’ —lisa
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ”Once More, With Feeling”
”I’ve even come home to find my husband watching it by himself, so it works for both of us.” —Sara