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Mail from our readers

Holiday ”In”
Of all the stars in your holiday movie preview (#354, Nov. 22), you chose to put the most beautiful and talented actress on your cover. One Fine Day‘s Michelle Pfeiffer defines beauty in every sense of the word, and she’s proven time and time again that she’s more than just a pretty face. (And George Clooney ain’t bad-looking either.)
Kane Roedig
Winter Park, Fla.

I greatly appreciate all of your movie previews. Every time they come out I take out a pen and plan when and what movies to see that season.
Mike Bjorgo
Grand Forks, N.D.

Thank you, EW, for giving me a calendar of the movies to see over Christmas vacation. The only thing you didn’t do was pay for the tickets.
Denny A. Anton

There’s a simple reason viewership is down for both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager—neither of these two lame shows features the intelligent writing or the sharply delineated characters found on Star Trek: The Next Generation. TNG was a worthy successor to the original series; DS9 and Voyager will always be pale imitations.
David Hester
Edwardsville, Ill.

Your comments about Star Trek‘s declining ratings fail to mention what is becoming the single most potent threat to ST‘s dominance in the hearts and minds of sci-fi fans: Babylon 5. The show has been steadily increasing in ratings, and has even managed to displace Trek as NASA’s favorite show.
Douglas B. Killings

”Jam” Session
Are you at EW really surprised that a Hollywood production like Space Jam would feature high-profile media personalities and a big-budget promotional campaign? Space Jam transcends its advertising origins and does its rich, anarchic heritage proud; the movie continues the skewering (and embracing) of pop culture icons that began with the classic Warner Bros. cartoons of the ’40s and ’50s. Perhaps your reviewer failed to see that Daffy kissing his WB-embroidered tail is a knowing and hilarious gag in the best tradition of Warner animated comedy.
Dennis Cozzalio
Glendale, Calif.

Barb Wire
Your review of The Mirror Has Two Faces was more like an essay entitled ”Why Not to Like Any Barbra Streisand Movie.” So what if she’s a perfectionist? I’d rather watch a movie directed by a perfectionist than one directed by someone who could care less about the craft of moviemaking.
Reseda K. Westbrook

Tome Cruise
I am a 16-year-old subscriber of EW. I really enjoyed your recent book-gift guide. It was a refreshing look at interesting tomes (particularly Girlie Collectibles). And congratulations to your design staff for making EW as much fun to look at as it is to read.
Nate Marshall
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Atlanta Brave
I never thought I’d say this, but three cheers for Ted Turner! While the ability of Hollywood to show self-restraint is seemingly always coming into question, it’s great to see someone trying to make a difference. Wouldn’t it be great to see others following suit, pulling the plug on sexually charged violence like the movie Crash?
DeWayne Hamby
Cleveland, Tenn.

Ted Turner’s interference with the release of the films Crash and Bastard Out of Carolina makes me that much happier that the Yankees beat the Braves in the World Series.
Steve Omlid
San Francisco

So Holly Hunter thinks that Ted Turner’s decision not to back Crash is moral fascism? Poor baby. For years, anyone who has been even remotely offended at anything that Hollywood has put out has been offered the same patronizing First Amendment lecture—it’s a free country; if you don’t like it, don’t watch. Isn’t it even remotely possible that people have a right not to finance art they don’t like? Hunter’s statement displays the moral hypocrisy of so-called artists who apparently believe that they are entitled not merely to freedom of expression but to freedom from any opposing point of view. Anyone who doesn’t like the film is a fascist? Give me a break! Perhaps if someone were to call Ms. Hunter a fascist for declining to star in a film that she objected to for political reasons, this distinction would be a lot clearer to her.
Kenneth Morefield
De Kalb, Ill.

Correction: The title of Tim Allen’s new book is I’m Not Really Here.