Thanks so much for the interview with Keanu Reeves (226, June 10). I’ve always been a big fan of Reeves and am always discouraged by the lack of coverage he receives. Thanks to your article, at least now I know how limelight-shy he really is! I also appreciate Reeves’ and costar Dennis Hopper’s respect for the death of fellow actor River Phoenix. It’s nice to see that not everyone glorifies Phoenix’s overdose and some still focus on his talent. Thanks again, EW.
Okay. Let me get this straight. He rarely refers to his own fame. He’s more concerned about his craft than his pecs. He parallels the opening of Bret Easton Ellis’ book American Psycho with the media’s lust for celebrity detail. Then you compare him to Stallone and Willis? What?!? Keanu is cool.
Rocky River, Ohio
Yes, Keanu Reeves usually does a good acting job in conventional films. But in period pieces such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Much Ado About Nothing, and Dangerous Liaisons he is unbearably miscast. And now he wants to play Hamlet? (”To be or not to be, that is the most excellent question, dude.”) Please! If Shakespeare were alive today, this would surely send him to his grave.
It was wonderful to read one more article by Bill Cosford. His feature story on The Endless Summer II was as insightful and creative as always. Cosford was a gifted writer, and had a natural talent for film criticism. Even if you disagreed with one of his reviews, you always enjoyed reading them. He was my mentor, professor, and most of all, a dear friend. He is missed tremendously.
I feel the need to respond to Jess Cagle’s article on this year’s Broadway season, especially his low D grade for the Grease! revival. He painted such a bleak picture of the current season, it’s hard to believe that a record 8.1 million people saw Broadway theater, with ticket sales hitting a record $356 million. Doesn’t sound so dismal to me. Grease! has virtually sold out night after night on Broadway — a good indication that the public likes what they see.
Grease! Broadway cast
New York City
In these politically correct times it is ironic that the merchandisers missed the opportunity to seize a sizable chunk of the toy-buying public by failing to authorize a black Halle Berry doll based on her Sharon Stone character in The Flintstones. This omission shows that the majority of the population needs to realize that not all Americans are WASPs.
Reginald D. Garrard
Correction: Our Movies ”Losers of the Week” incorrectly included Syracuse, N.Y., and Indianapolis among cities that recently saw ticket prices rise to $8. Presently, only New York City-area theaters are charging $8.