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She’ll Take Clive
It requires a lot to make me squeal like a teenage fangirl. Bravo for making it happen with your recent cover (”Julia & Clive: Chemistry Majors”). More Clive, please!
Mark Harris’ The Final Cut
I’m a longtime subscriber, but rarely am I driven to comment on something I read in your pages. However, Mark Harris’ column ”The Chris and Rihanna Show” was so on the mark that I had to show my appreciation. Kudos to him for stating something most of our country needs to hear: Celebrities should not be thought of as role models simply because they’re famous! The fact that their jobs bring them into the limelight is no reason to idolize them.
It may be absurd to classify Rihanna as a role model, but young girls do look up to her. In a culture that admires celebrity like ours does, role model is not a chosen endeavor. It comes with the territory.
Mad for ‘Madea’
If Tyler Perry is controversial, let me sign up to be the first anarchist (”How Do You Solve a Problem Like Madea?”)! As a mom of four girls ages 9 to 17, I find his to be some of the only movies we can see as a family. Thank you, Mr. Perry.
Lookout Mountain, Tenn.
If you want to talk stereotypes, talk about why, in 2009, Hollywood still ignores African-American women. Tyler Perry’s movies speak to us — our lives, our realities, and our skin color — which apparently clashes with mainstream Hollywood. If he makes a movie called Madea Meets Godzilla, I’ll be in the front row. I’ll bet she wins, too.
Rob Brunner’s ”Three Rounds With…” piece on Geddy Lee (Music) left me wondering about the last bottle of wine they drank, a Bastianich Perlidia 2003, which Lee called ”the superstar of the night.” I can’t find it anywhere. For a Rush fan and wine lover, this is a bummer. What is the name of that wine?
Senior editor Rob Brunner responds: Bastianich Perlidia 2003 does exist, but you won’t find it for sale at your local wine store. As Del Posto co-owner Joe Bastianich (who made it at his Italian winery) explains, he produced only one barrel of the wine, for his mother Lidia’s 60th birthday, and it’s ”only consumed at special occasions and gifted to important people.” (Lucky recipients include Bono and the Pope.) It’s also sometimes available at Del Posto.
Your story on Best Worst Movie (Movies) made me laugh so hard my dog got worried. Michael Paul Stephenson has handled his Troll 2 infamy well. Even his dad thought it was bad? Awesome.
EW.COM Celebrity Blogger
Love Jeff Probst’s Survivor blog? Then check out the one from Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who lends her critical voice to weekly episode recaps on EW.com. Below, some excerpts:
Melissa & Tony
”Tony did a great job with that salsa. He had the leg tricks and the underarm passes and it had the right tone.”
Denise & Maksim
”Denise seemed to find her new confidence. I was so proud of her and her new sense of self.”
Chelsie & Ty
”Ty’s megawatt smile was adorable. He’s quite athletic and that will help him in this competition.”