Why no mention of Gale Anne Hurd in your article on female producers? As a producer or exec producer of some big films in the ’80s and ’90s, including the Terminator franchise, Hurd helped pave the way for the women profiled in the story. Her films have also featured some of the most kick-ass female characters ever portrayed. She is more than worthy of recognition as a trailblazer for women in film.
Executive editor Sean Smith responds: Thank you for your letter. You are correct that Gale Anne Hurd is a major force in Hollywood, and we have written about her frequently over the years. But the ”Trailblazers” sidebar in our female-producers feature was not intended to be a power ranking or to include all major female producers. In fact, there were at least a dozen others we could have put on that list, including Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men), Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings), the late Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man), and the late Julia Phillips, who was the first woman to win a Best Picture Oscar (for 1973’s The Sting). But our aim, stated (we hoped) clearly in the subhead of the sidebar, was to present a grouping of women who, collectively, illustrate the breadth and variety of films produced by women — from blockbusters to genre films to indies. Ms. Hurd is similar to both Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars: Episode VII) and Nina Jacobson (the Hunger Games franchise) in the types of movies she produces, and we simply chose to highlight them instead. No disrespect was intended to Ms. Hurd or to any of the other impressive women we excluded.
The Dark Knight Gets His Due
”We’ve reached Peak Batman” (News and Notes)? Who’s ”we”? I, for one, am a huge Batman fan and I’m still waiting for the definitive film version. Everything up to this point, even the ”reality show” trilogy Christopher Nolan gave us, has been a huge hit-and-miss. So the only fatigue I’m feeling is that DC and Warner Bros. keep entrusting Batman to filmmakers who have no clue how to depict him. I’m hoping Zack Snyder finally gives us the Batman we fans want and deserve.
I loved your tribute to Roald Dahl (Binge!), but I must mention his 1953 short story ”Lamb to the Slaughter,” later adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents — in one of the few episodes Hitch himself directed. This ironic gem, in which a spurned wife kills her husband with frozen meat and then serves it to the cops, remains a popular staple in high school English classes, including mine.
Joseph W. Smith III
We’ll Pass, Thanks
Thank you for your roundup of animated fast-food eateries (TV). However, you left off one notable scarfing establishment: Burger World from Beavis and Butt-Head. Rats on the grill, bandages in the fryers, and illnesses from the cook scratching his privates with the spatula — the food is inedible to humans and animals alike.
Sons‘ Ride Into the Sunset
While we teased ”an ending fans will never forget” in our Sons of Anarchy cover story, EW.com readers offered their own theories about how the motorcycle-club saga will bid farewell.
”Doesn’t anyone remember the end of Hamlet? Basically Juice and Jax kill each other, and Gemma is killed by getting into the middle of it.” —Data
”It’s going to be a poetic death for Gemma. The one person she loved the most and did the most for is going to be the one to kill her: Jax.” —The Man From Jonestown
”Jax will die while he is going after those he believes killed Tara. Gemma’s punishment, then, is living to see her son die for the crime she committed.” —Jim Ward
”I want it to end with Jax saving his kids from the cycle of violence. Gemma needs to either die or be totally cut off from her family, which is probably worse than death.” —Cj