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Feedback: Jan. 27, 2012

A lovefest or Oscar nominees George Clooney and Viola Davis, Tim Burton remembers beloved ”Batman” butler Alfred (Michael Gough), and more

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The Bold and the Beautiful
Kudos to EW and Sam Jones for the cover featuring Viola Davis and George Clooney. I could very easily relate to the expression on Davis’ face while in Clooney’s arms.
Angela Guimond
Lafayette, Ind.

I’m putting aside money for my ticket to the sweet Nancy Meyers-esque romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Viola Davis. When’s the release date?
Ruth Gottesman

George Clooney laments the challenges actresses of a certain age face relative to the better opportunities that pop up for older actors, yet he chooses arm candy rarely over the age of 35 and often his professional inferiors. If you want women to be recognized as desirable and bankable after a certain age, you have to walk the talk.
Susan Silkwood
Edgewater, Colo.

Tim Burton on the Late Great Michael Gough
In response to our Best & Worst 2011 issue, Kurt Anthony Krug of Dearborn Heights, Mich., wondered why Michael Gough had just a mention in ”Late Greats.” ”It would have been nice if you got director Tim Burton to eulogize Gough, whom he worked with in Batman, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, and Alice in Wonderland.” We agree.

”As a boy I was drawn to the movies of Michael Gough, like Konga, Horrors of the Black Museum, and Horror Hospital. I was thrilled to first work with him on Batman. He blew me away with his poise, energy, and intuitive understanding of the role. I continued to work with him on four more films, including his last, as the voice of Dodo Bird in Alice in Wonderland. Even at the age of 94 he retained his enthusiasm, keen wit, and humor. His views of the world were open-minded and modern, but he retained an old-fashioned charm, always sending handwritten letters. Most didn’t know this, but he was a great artist, and often included drawings in his letters. I’ll always treasure these. I’ll never forget when he recited one of my favorite lines: ‘KONGA!’ I will miss him.” —Tim Burton

Comedy Etiquette
Ricky Gervais spends two pages rationalizing his jokes (Guest Column), but he’s not addressing the actual problem: His jokes are unnecessarily mean-spirited and, put very simply, not funny. Neither the audience in the room nor the audience around the world wants to watch such an uncomfortable program.
Julie Smoots
Centennial, Colo.

Ricky Gervais was speaking the truth and calling our famous icons out for their idiosyncrasies that make them human and closer to us common folk. I loved his line ”offense is taken, not given.” In our PC world, it’s so refreshing to speak honestly, and if it knocks a mightier-than-thou celebrity off his high horse, who am I to judge?
Becky Souder
Malvern, Pa.

Rock of Praises
Thank you, Jess Cagle, for your comments about Tom Cruise (Editor’s Note). Finally someone put into words how I have always felt about Cruise. I’m looking forward to Rock of Ages and whatever other goodies he gives us over the rest of his (hopefully extremely long) career.
Kathy Rider
Hanover, Pa.

Mazel, Andy!
I hope more people will watch Andy Cohen and his Watch What Happens: Live because he’s funny, he’s genuine, and I would take him as my ”gubby” any day (News and Notes). So raise your glass with me and take in a guzzlet of Andy Cohen!
Jodi Alt
Algona, Iowa

Oscar, Meet Ryan
I am still holding a grudge against the Academy folks for overlooking Ryan Gosling‘s work in Blue Valentine last year. However, all will be forgiven when he receives the two (three?!) nominations he deserves this year.
K.J. Hollingsworth
Richfield, Minn.

Pedro Almodóvar, in collaboration with Agustín Almodóvar, adapted the screenplay of The Skin I Live In from Thierry Jonquet’s novel Tarantula (”The Oscar Race Is On”).