Feedback from our readers
Thank you so, so much for putting Harry Potter‘s famous trio on your cover (”This Magic Moment”)! Just one paragraph into the article, I was intrigued. I’m very happy to finally have solid evidence about why Warner Bros. postponed Half-Blood Prince. And I was surprised yet glad to know what Daniel Radcliffe dreads most about filming Deathly Hallows.
The fantasy and film worlds have been all Twilight, all the time for too long (a phenom even a vampire-story lover like myself still can’t understand). So here’s hoping the new HP movie will once again show fantasy fans how intricate worlds and state-of-the-art special effects can blend with a truly human, touching tale of friendship and growing up in tough times.
Dirty Little Secrets
Unlike his silver-tongued old-school predecessors Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper, and Rona Barrett, wannabe gossip guru Perez Hilton’s bitchy brand of muckraking is always more vicious than delicious and can best be described as Mean Girls meets Cruella De Vil — with a heaping dash of Hollywood Squares‘ center square Paul Lynde (”Perez Hilton Won’t Shut Up”). If Hilton is serious about becoming a true pop culture town crier, then I suggest he start taking lessons from the master: The Soup‘s Joel McHale!
Parkersburg, W. Va.
Policing the Academy
Thank you, Mark Harris, for summing up the problem with having 10 Best Picture Oscar nominees (The Final Cut). While one or two excellent films may fail to get nominated with only five coveted spots, plugging less-than-high-caliber films into the extra slots cheapens the category as a whole.
Studio City, Calif.
I too wonder why the Academy chose to fix things that weren’t broken. But what further perplexes me is that they didn’t address the obvious problem: the process by which foreign-film nominees are picked. Because of peculiar submission and review procedures, some worthy films aren’t even considered, much less recognized with nods.
I see nothing wrong with having 10 Best Picture contenders, and I thought Star Trek and The Hangover were absolutely terrific. Should they earn a Best Picture nod? Well, if Doctor Dolittle, Airport, and Oliver! could each get nominated, I say anything goes!
San Jose, Calif.
Bring the ‘Pains’
Thanks to Ken Tucker for his review of Royal Pains, a great show with a strong cast (TV section). I was hooked from the pilot and continue to enjoy the witty dialogue — especially Paulo Costanzo’s. I look forward to more Pains this summer and hope to see a season 2.