True to the End
Bill and Sookie for the win! I had been lamenting the dearth of True Blood coverage in EW of late, but you more than made up for it with this lovely tribute to my favorite TV show. Kudos on great pics, a charming interview, and some truly fangtastic memories.
I was very disappointed that your cover had only Anna Paquin naked while Stephen Moyer remained fully clothed. Even when True Blood went off the rails with its writing, it was refreshing to have a series that was so egalitarian in its use of nudity.
Film Studies 101
With all due respect to Professors Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo, both genuinely accomplished talents, I must take up the cause for some glaring omissions in their film curriculum (”26 Movies Every Young Actress Should See”). While their objective is admirable and they said their list is incomplete, Hailee Steinfeld should definitely watch several other stellar performances: namely, by Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve; Carole Lombard in To Be or Not to Be; and Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, and Olivia de Havilland in Gone With the Wind.
Thanks for devoting a whole page to Casey Kasem (Legacy). As a kid, I spent hours listening to him to find out which of my favorite songs had done well. His was always a soothing, friendly voice.
Boulder City, Nev.
Charting a New Course
Where did ”The Chart” go (Movies)? I miss looking at all those numbers.
The editors respond… We made the decision to stop printing the box office chart because we felt that in this age of Internet immediacy, movie grosses live and breathe better online. We will continue to run a top 10 chart and offer box office analysis on EW.com.
The Great YA Debate
Hear, hear! Comparing classic literature to modern YA novels is a perfectly gracious way to debunk literary snobbery (”Young Adult at Heart”). Brilliant reimagination of the cover art as well. That’ll do, pig, that’ll do.
Although I understand the desire to defend an adult’s right to read YA fiction, I have a problem with the comparison of classics and modern YA. There are a few diamonds in the rough, but the majority of YA writing doesn’t hold a candle to the prose William Golding, Harper Lee, Charlotte Brontë, and J.D. Salinger created. And while YA novels strive for the deepness and meaning that underlie these authors’ tales, such efforts are generally contrived. They are full of angst-ridden teen girls waiting for Prince Charming to fall into their lap. Jane Eyre is about a young woman who denies herself the affections of the first man who has ever noticed her because of her rigid moral code.
The Kid-Flick Canon
Some worthy additions to EW.com’s ”55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13),” compliments of our readers
For older kids: This portrait of a boxer realizing his potential as both a man and an athlete is forever inspirational. —ABC
The Land Before Time
No Don Bluth? This is much more effective than The Lion King in terms of handling a parent’s death. —A2VL
The basic mantra of ”with great power comes great responsibility” is a strong life lesson. —Matt
The NeverEnding Story
It not only helps foster a love of reading but also teaches you never to let go of your imagination. —Chad
Though it’s a bit intense for little kids, it has a wonderful heroine and is one of animation’s most beautiful films. —Allie
It’s a great underdog story that shows kids how to stand up for what is right. —Becky Ann