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Rx for the movie biz

Readers suggest ways to improve the film industry, plus more letters from the week of March 11, 2011

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Movie theaters need to add more of the wide seats. Customers aren’t comfortable smooshed into narrow seats, and theaters are competing with the comforts of home. The movie itself is not the only draw — it’s the overall experience.
— Gail M. Eppers, Racine, Wis.

Too many sight gags, one-liners, and plot twists are blown in the trailers. If The Empire Strikes Back were out today, we’d learn that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s dad. Stop spoiling things for us!
— Mick Kahler, Elmhurst, Ill.

Many multiplexes have converted to digital projection, so they should host a digital screening of a classic film. It would thrill audiences to see their favorites on the big screen and introduce classics to a new generation.
— Rick Medina, Brownsville, Tex.

PLUS: A Movie-theater Employee Speaks!
Don’t blame the concession stand. Just skip the extra ”butter”; pick a low-fat candy like Twizzlers; and have some self-control, America. If you don’t want a large popcorn, don’t get it.
— Megan Herrick, Noblesville, Ind.

Royal Pain

As if it’s not bad enough to be constantly bombarded on morning television and the nightly news, now we have the royals on the cover of EW. Why should we care? It is a total farce that so much coverage is devoted to something so unimportant. I hope the media will wise up and kick Prince William and Kate Middleton to the curb where they belong.
James Bushman
Dover, Pa.

The X-Man’s X Factor

While thumbing through my copy of EW, I was so excited to find the article on Michael Fassbender that I actually screamed out of joy! To me he has it all: looks, passion, and talent.
Kaajal Gurnani Narang
Teaneck, N.J.

Laugh Tracts

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a fan of South Park. I look forward to seeing how Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway production of The Book of Mormon turns out. While I agree with the Church’s statement in regard to the upcoming spectacle, my beliefs are not influenced by the various forms of entertainment I enjoy. I’ve always found Parker and Stone’s portrayal of Mormons to be quite entertaining and spot-on in certain aspects. The content may be sacrilegious at times, but for the sake of our universal religion — comedy — play on!
Nate Johnson
Orem, Utah

Get Map Off the Bubble!

I was disappointed to see Off the Map in the danger zone (Insider). I consider it a combination of M*A*S*H, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lost. It’s fascinating to watch medicine being done on the fly without the luxury of a state-of-the-art hospital. This is a must-keep show.
Jennifer Brousseau
Charlotte, N.C.

Withdrawing From the Web

Just like Mark Harris (The Final Cut), I recently went into Internet-lite mode in anticipation of some exceptionally busy days. Turned off Twitter (I never tweeted but was following people) and reduced my daily Web surfing by 50 percent. The busy days have passed, but I found the virtual diet so liberating that I’ve managed to maintain it. Welcome to the club, brother.
Jon Delfin
New York City

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