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Galifianakis and Clooney: Separated at birth?

Plus more letters from the week of May 27, 2011

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Galifianakis and Clooney: Separated at birth?
Call me crazy — but doesn’t the photo of Zach Galifianakis on page 1 of the Hangover Part II issue look a bit like George Clooney? Send those stylists and photographers to me. Maybe they can make me look like Angelina Jolie!
Barbara Roberts
Roeland Park, Kan.

Auteur Theory
From his early work through Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen represents what a Hollywood director should be — an artist above all else. He will leave behind a legacy on film that will not only improve with age but inspire the next generation of filmmakers to stay true to their craft.
Michael Aaron Gallagher
Syracuse, N.Y.

Not Just Black and White
Thanks for your insightful article on African-American programming. The network shows still do not fully reflect our diverse society, but I believe by acknowledging this, you’re shoving us in the right direction.
Liz Jenkins
North Hollywood

Your ”Black TV” feature did not entirely explain why The Game was originally canceled, along with shows like Undercovers. The piece makes broadcast networks seem racist, yet the facts don’t back this up, as evidenced by the recent black-led shows on network TV that were canceled due to low ratings. It’s possible black viewers do not look for representation on network TV.
Adam Dunn

Senior writer Jennifer Armstrong responds: In our story, we were making a distinction between shows that reflect black culture — predominantly black casts playing characters written as black — and the kind of color-blind casting the major networks have, in fact, gotten better at (see: Undercovers as well as hit series like Grey’s Anatomy). The Game was a victim of The CW’s shift toward strictly targeting young women with its programming; Undercovers, alas, just didn’t click with viewers. We’re hoping the latter had nothing to do with the leads’ skin color, and that it doesn’t scare networks away from casting more African-American leads in any type of show.

Fallen Starlet
A hearty kudos to EW for the story exploring the mysterious death of B-movie actress Yvette Vickers. Your coverage of this long-lost starlet and her Norma Desmond-esque final years was a sad but poignant reminder of the fickleness of fame.
Chris Wadsworth
Ashburn, Va.