Thanks to Hanks
On behalf of booksellers everywhere — whether new or used, chains or independents — thank you, Tom Hanks, for including books on your summer Must List. We’re under siege as an industry, and it’s so good to read a shout-out like that to a medium we all love and have devoted our lives to. We’re all the ”guys under the clock” right beside you.
Victoria, British Columbia
Reading Tom Hanks’ No. 1 ”must,” watching movies outside, made me smile. My husband and I saw Cast Away outside; it was his first time ever at a drive-in theater. I couldn’t agree with Mr. Hanks more.
North Tonawanda, N.Y.
As I read your Best of Summer issue, I saw that you neglected to mention Rose Byrne. While you gave her Bridesmaids costar Kristen Wiig some attention — which was well deserved for her witty writing and scene-stealing humor — there’s also something to be said for an actress who can go from playing a concerned mom in Insidious to a Stepford-wife wannabe in Bridesmaids to a CIA agent in X-Men: First Class. Perhaps you shouldn’t overlook this bankable actress, who seems to be on the rise.
Mario R. Samson
In your TV upfronts story (News and Notes), the caption on the picture of Maria Bello stopped me cold. No offense to her, but I can’t believe NBC would even consider trying to remake Prime Suspect. What were they thinking? Helen Mirren will always be the Jane Tennison.
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
Seeing your pick of A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again for the less-than-perfect cruise read (Books), I felt a strange sense of pride. In the title essay, the late and truly great David Foster Wallace repeatedly quotes from a cruise line’s brochure. As the copywriter behind its ”breathless prose,” I know his brilliantly funny piece is the closest I’ll ever come to literary fame…or infamy.
Where was Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion in your overview of female-driven comedies (DVD)? I don’t know what’s funnier: Michele ad-libbing the formula for glue or the ”Time After Time” dance at the end.
Van Wert, Ohio
I’m disappointed Spring Breakdown wasn’t highlighted! Barely anyone may have seen it because it went straight to DVD. But it stars three very funny ladies: Parker Posey, Amy Poehler, and Rachel Dratch. Plus, there’s Jane Lynch, a great scene with Will Arnett, and — as in Bridesmaids — a Wilson Phillips song. It’s a silly movie with more ditzy/dorky comedy than raunchiness. And I’m fine with that.
East Bay, Calif.
May the Farce Be With You
I enjoyed all the Star Wars spoofs (EW Looks Back), but I’d like to add the hilarious Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle. Now, that is a terrific spoof.
In Praise of Bateman
He’s come a long way since Little House on the Prairie. As the mercury began to rise outside, readers got even more hot and bothered by Jason Bateman‘s revealing cover photos for our Best of Summer issue. Lemonade, anyone?
Before your yummy Jason Bateman covers, I never realized how much I wanted to be a duckling.
Royal Oak, Mich.
I couldn’t get over the image of a shirtless Jason Bateman pouring lemonade down his swim trunks. Both are refreshing and delicious.
South Bend, Ind.
Imagine my delight when I saw those extra covers! I grew up with this guy, ached as he went through awkward career growing pains, and now he’s right where I’ve always wanted him to end up. Boy, oh, Boy of Summer, indeed!
Jeff Jensen responds to Harry Potter fans demanding we restore Hermione to her rightful place as narrator of the animated Deathly Hallows sequence in Part 1 (”Harry Potter A-Z”).
My apologies to Mrs. Granger-Weasley. I blame the excess of butterbeer I was drinking while examining the movie memory in my Pensieve. Ten points from me!