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Feedback: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Readers respond to Stieg Larsson, Miley Cyrus, and Craig Ferguson

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Enter the Dragon
I finished reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and saw the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie the same day. The next day I was having withdrawal — then your issue arrived. Thanks for covering this amazing trilogy.
Joanna Spencer
New York City

When I see Salander on the screen, I don’t want to think about the Girl With the Pearl Earring/the Other Boleyn Girl/any other girl. This part just begs for an unknown actor, one who is small, tough, and riveting.
Bill Dingfelder
Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Greased Lightning Strikes Twice
What great photos of the Rydell gang! I was 12 when Grease came out, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorites. I’ll never forget the collective ”Whoa!” from the audience when we saw Sandy in those black pants for the first time.
Dave Paquette
Chelmsford, Mass.

Risqué Business
I applaud your editorial on the state of dress, or rather undress, of today’s pop stars. I grew up in the age of Janet Jackson and Prince, and their overt sexuality seemed so controversial at the time. But they actually seem somewhat tame compared to the current crop. Miley Cyrus has taken a page from the Britney/Christina handbook, and dresses like a cross between a Kiss band member and Adam Lambert. I can only imagine what things will be like 10 years from now!
Tai Scanlan

Starry Night
While I’ve always appreciated EW’s theater coverage, I took exception to ”Hollywood Goes to the Tonys.” The barrage of celebrities was the reason I disliked this year’s show. Why did you have to picture Will Smith and Cate Blanchett instead of Tony winners like Levi Kreis, Douglas Hodge, and Katie Finneran? Oh, that’s right, they’re not movie stars.
Allison Levie
Winter Springs, Fla.

Senior editor Thom Geier responds: Since our story was about the glut of Hollywood stars at the Tonys, we wanted to show as many of them as possible. But we too are fans of stage vets who are not yet A-listers. In fact, you can find an item on Broadway scene-stealer Katie Finneran here.

Scotch and Wry
Craig Ferguson is the best of the talk-show lot (”The Late, Late Night Race: Everybody Wins”). Where else can you get Copernicus, Thomas Aquinas, fart jokes, and double entendres…all on the same show?
Andrea Clenney

Flash of Greatness
Your review of True Blood criticized the flashback scenes, but they’ve always been the most memorable in my opinion. Godric, Confederate Bill, Viking Eric, Lorena — television doesn’t get much better than this.
Irene Hartman


Who should play the dynamic duo of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander in the remake? Names like Daniel Craig and Scarlett Johansson have floated in the Hollywood ether. But our readers cast a wider net.

As Mikael Blomkvist
I think Clive Owen would be an inspired choice for the role.
Merrick, N.Y.

I can’t picture anyone but George Clooney. He and Mikael are almost the same person!
Holly Springs, N.C.

Daniel Craig, perhaps; Brad Pitt, forget it! Viggo Mortensen must play Blomkvist.
Hanover, Ind.

As Lisbeth Salander
Ashley Greene (Alice from Twilight) has the right look.
Cedar Grove, N.J.

Lisbeth is a tiny badass who is handy with a Taser. Why is Kristen Bell not memorizing her lines right now?

How about NCIS‘ Pauley Perrette? The role was tailor-made for her.
Los Angeles