Thank you for highlighting the show Fringe in your TV section. I hope more people will tune in and help boost its ratings. I may suffer a slight mental collapse if yet another good show gets canceled.
Staten Island, N.Y.
Getting the Picture
I never write to magazines, but I couldn’t resist — Lisa Schwarzbaum is hilarious! While banging my fists on my desk listening to Lady Gaga, I was reading her review of 2012. I’m so glad to know that a highbrow reviewer can get silly and enjoy a movie about the end of the world. I think I literally spat jawbreaker bits onto the magazine as I laughed at the last paragraph about the requisite speech to mankind! Good stuff.
As I read Owen Gleiberman’s review of The Box, ”a fairy tale that turns into the world’s murkiest Twilight Zone episode,” I remembered this premise was, in fact, a Twilight Zone episode, and a good one, too. ”Button, Button” first aired in March 1986. It was based on the same Richard Matheson short story as The Box — and it shocked in ways that a feature-length film cannot.
Stephen King, I love you for putting a Cramps song on your Ultimate Playlist. Thanks for encouraging people to check out this great band.
Thanks, Uncle Stevie, for the Ultimate Playlist. I legally downloaded — and enjoyed — all the songs except one. Alvin ”Youngblood” Hart’s ”Step It Up & Go” is available for download only as part of the whole album. Well, I wasn’t up for paying $11.99 for one song. That’s what got the record companies into quicksand to begin with, if my memory is accurate.
Thanks for putting a comics best-seller list in your Books section. I’m a 57-year-old comics fan (and yes, I also have a life), and I rarely come across comics best-seller lists in any media.
Reality Bites Back
I’m glad you included Robbie Williams’ newest effort, Reality Killed the Video Star, in your music reviews. He gets too little attention in the U.S.
Hillary Bock Finley
TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
There’s no middle ground: Some readers crave more Twilight; others never want to find another teen vamp in EW again.
”Thanks for the piece on the Twilight trifecta!” Regina Arthur told us. ”I’m one of those deranged fans who live for Twilight.” And Lauraly Lovering wrote, ”Thank you. I work in a bookstore, and nothing makes me happier than to see kids reading. Stephenie Meyer, like J.K. Rowling, has kids picking up books again.”
”I can’t be the only one who’s sick of this fanged franchise,” Tameria Keller said. Lauren Burn echoed her?: ”EW is my New York Times, my USA Today. But I’d love to not see another Twilight cover. Ever.” And there was this from Frank Milazzo: ”You are giving me nightmares of being bludgeoned by Rob Pattinson’s hair.”