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'Water for Elephants' and 'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson gets our readers talking

Plus more letters from the week of April 8, 2011

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R-PATTZ RETURNS!

Our Water for Elephants cover story, featuring polarizing Twilight star Robert Pattinson, certainly got people talking

”I am ravenously excited to see this movie…but not because of Robert Pattinson. Christoph Waltz was sorely missed on your cover. Not all of us are Twihards, you know.”
— Alisha Charnesky, Pittsburgh

”Robert Pattinson’s comment that one ‘can sort of gloss over all that [dark] stuff in Harry Potter ‘ seems to imply that the plot of the Twilight series is more complex because it is stranger. But a disturbing plot doesn’t necessarily lead to cinematic gold.”
— Steph Kiefer, Baltimore

”With that gloriously self-deprecating British sense of humor, [Rob] could easily follow in the footsteps of Colin Firth.”
— Helena Djordjevic, Rockville, Md.

”The great Reese Witherspoon won the Academy Award for Best Actress to play second fiddle to Robert Pattinson? What a waste of talent.”
— Ross Gould, Cedar Falls, Iowa

”Has anyone discussed the fact that [Rob’s] character is named Jacob? Things are about to get confusing for Team Edward!”
— Liz Habkirk, Sonoma, Calif.

Annual Checkup

I read ”How Grey‘s Got Its Groove Back” (TV) and agree that Grey’s Anatomy is improving. I have loved seeing Derek and Cristina interact, and watching Meredith grow as a character. Plus, Chyler Leigh’s performance as Lexie is breathtaking — her chemistry with both Jackson and Mark has me torn.
Kelly Mccloskey
Philadelphia

The Callie/Arizona/Mark/baby story line is so ridiculous and poorly handled that it makes me long for the days of Gizzie or Dead Denny Sex. Yeah, I said it.
Whitney Duncan
Houston

Modern Family

Kudos for putting Parenthood on the Must List. It accurately depicts the drama of family life, both good times and bad. I hope that more people watch so that it doesn’t end up on the cancellation pile. That would be such a tragedy.
Cynthia C. Verticchio
South Jacksonville, Ill.

Death and the Maiden
Is it just me, or does the ”Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” marketing of AMC’s new show The Killing (TV) seem an awful lot like the ”Who Killed Laura Palmer?” conceit of Twin Peaks? This murder mystery even takes place in Washington. By any chance, does a dancing midget appear later in the series?
Michael Nejman
Arlington Heights, Ill.

A Smackdown to Remember
I enjoyed the roundup of some of David Letterman’s wacky moments (EW Looks Back). But you failed to mention one of his most talked-about moments: the on-air confrontation between Andy Kaufman and Jerry ”The King” Lawler. When Jerry hit Andy and knocked him out of the chair, it was awesome!
Augusto Michael Trujillo
Atlanta

Doctor Who?
I think (Doctor Who) that perhaps something (Doctor Who) was missing from ”Stuff We’re Looking Forward to in April.” I can’t quite (Doctor Who) put my finger on it, but I’m sure (Doctor Who) it will come to me. By the way, I will be keeping April 23 open…
Sharon Dotson
Homer, Ill.

Sweet Memories
When I was in middle school, my dad would drive me to the mall once a month to buy me the newest Sweet Valley High book. So I was excited to read about the release of Sweet Valley Confidential (Books), which chronicles the characters’ late 20s. Since it’s now 2011, I’ll have to settle for buying it myself on Amazon this time.
Sherry Turco-Coolidge
Cincinnati

UPDATE

The indie drama Passion Play, starring Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke, and Bill Murray, will be given a limited theatrical run starting May 6, prior to its DVD release on May 31 (Insider).