As a Star Wars nerd and a child of the ’80s, I’m optimistic about J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII. Star Trek, Fringe, and Lost all speak to his ability to create engrossing sci-fi. However, of all his work, Super 8 is the project that most convinces me he will be an excellent fit. It is a 111-minute love letter to fantasy/sci-fi that proves he grasps the kind of fascination Star Wars inspired in me when I was 8 years old.—Charles Dabbs, Beavercreek, Ohio
A Discussion of Violence
As the mom of a 19-year-old who was killed in a violent manner, I appreciated your feature ”Under the Gun.” Whether violent entertainment can cause a person to become violent is debatable, but I believe it can push an unstable person in the wrong direction. What complicates matters is that we can’t avoid it: Even cartoons and comedies feature people getting hit, pushed, and worse. I am not in favor of complete censorship and realize I am extra sensitive because of what happened to my child. I would just ask that people who create entertainment be more aware that for some of us, unfortunately, it’s not ”only a movie.” How I wish it were. —Gwen Harvey, Middleburg, Fla.
I think violence in movies, TV, and videogames should be outlawed. That way, when violent acts in society continue to happen, everyone will finally accept that Hollywood is not the cause of such horrible acts but only a convenient scapegoat. Violent acts were committed long before films and television existed. The problem isn’t with the entertainment industry; it’s with mental health care and (dare I say it) personal responsibility. —Julian Gastelum, Phoenix
I have to object to the selection of The Slaughter Rule as the best example of Amy Adams’ lesser-known work (DVD & Streaming). Instead, I recommend Psycho Beach Party and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Both are immensely quotable and true gems! —Jennifer Dede, Stirling, N.J.
No release date has been announced for the DVD or Blu-ray of Cloud Atlas (DVD & Streaming, #1245). Photographer Brick Stowell shot the image of Frank Ocean for our Grammy Breakout feature (#1245).
Thank you, Mark Harris, for describing Scandal to a T for my friends and family. I think half of it is %#&$ing crazy, and that’s why I love it. I wish even more people would suspend disbelief, take a drink, and ENJOY!—Kelli Murphy, Stuart, Fla.
Should We Be Following The Following?
EW.com’s own loyalists tell us whether they find Fox’s midseason serial-killer thriller pulse-pounding, stomach-turning, or just plain eh.
My sister and I are hooked! I like that it’s edgier and more outside the box than other noncable shows, and Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are riveting. Now we just need to find out which FBI insider is Joe’s convert — there has to be one, right!? —MaryUtah
This is just not a show that can be done well within the confines of network TV. The lead antagonist is a very talented actor, yet his performance is a bit flat here. But overall the problems should be chalked up to poor writing and story development.—Liz
I love this show, though the twists are getting slightly more predictable with each episode. I see this as more of a miniseries than a series. I’m not sure how they can create a new story line for next season, or extend the current one for more than 10 or so episodes.—Amy
I find that the show is getting better. Some fascinating moments have allowed me to overlook plot discrepancies. I’ll keep watching in the hopes that they’ll deepen the central story as opposed to giving us shock-value kills of the week.—MrsDamon Salvatore