Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Russell Crowe, ''X-Men,'' our recent photography issue, and more

By EW Staff
Updated August 18, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mail from our readers

  • The Big Pictures
  • As a longtime reader, I’ve noticed the high quality and exceptional nature of not only the writing but also the photography behind each issue. I was thrilled to see that you devoted a special issue to the talented photographers and actors/actresses who make your magazine stand above many others in the industry. Not only do the photos take me back to another time and place in cinema history, [they] also renew my belief in your magazine as a whole.
  • Kristy Summers
  • Mesquite, Tex.

I must have missed it in an earlier issue, so I wanted to thank you for your reprint of the tongue-wielding Angelina Jolie photo. I convinced my boss we needed a scanner in the office — ya know, for um…records purposes — so I could make her my new wallpaper. Now I don’t mind staring at my computer nine hours a day.
Mike Vangness
Queens, N.Y.

Out of a hundred choices, how could you have possibly omitted Jeffery Newbury’s May 1994 black-and-white farewell portrait of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast? How many other EW covers have ever been reissued as frameable posters? This outstanding portrait was one of EW’s 10 best covers. Thank you, Mr. Newbury, for such a fine piece of art.
Eric L. Watts
Marietta, Ga.

I enjoyed looking at the pretty pictures in your latest issue, but I think you missed the mark by leaving out at least one of your cool Lilith Fair ladies shots and using the least best shot of the X-Files cast. You’ve taken so many great David and Gillian shots and we get that cheesy one? Oh, well, I’ll just hope for better in the next 10 years.
Paige Schector
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The X-Factor
After reading ”The Whys of ‘X’,” I had to add one more why: Why wasn’t the article long enough? As an X-Men fan, I feel that this question is on the minds of many who love the comic-book series. I also believe that this article did not come close to answering the many questions asked about the film. I know there is a lot of information to cover in a feature film; I just hope [the moviemakers] don’t make the same mistakes in future sequels.
Dawn Perry
Libertyville, Ill.

Live and Let Dieter
I have been following the controversy over Mike Myers’ abandoning Dieter with much interest. In everything I have read, I have seen Myers only as a creative and talented human being trying to protect the integrity of his projects. I have enjoyed his work in the past, and I trust him to make good career choices. By releasing an unfunny Dieter, he would betray the trust that he has built with his audience. I respect him even more for protecting that relationship. Mike, we’re behind you 100 percent!
Regan Gambier
New York City

Conger Line

Who cares what films Darva Conger is renting? If she’d opt for the integrity-and-credibility combo and throw in a pinch of class, I still might not care, but at least she wouldn’t be so ridiculous. I keep waiting for this twit’s 15 minutes to be over, but she keeps popping back up.
Suzanne Wimsatt
Waterford, Conn.

CORRECTIONS: Drew Friedman’s drawing at the top of page 60 depicts Xavier Cugat, Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, and Michael Richards. Richard McLaren’s photograph of Conan O’Brien first appeared in EW’s 9/18/98 issue (The Photo Issue). In our review of Pokemon: The Movie 2000, we misspelled Bulbasaur’s name. Bruce Springsteen did not perform at the July 13, 1985, Live Aid concert. Showtime’s original movie, premiering August 13, is called The Thin Blue Lie (TV, #554, Aug. 11).

EW’s picture-perfect Photo Issue (#551/552, July 28) elicited many snappy reader responses, including this one from Scott M. Szeker of Orlando, Fla.: ”It’s a keeper!” We also received this thoughtful reaction from David Low, of Middletown, Conn.: ”I often think of EW in terms of its clever writing, but now I see its photographers are often witty as well. One gripe: In the whole issue, I did not spot one Asian entertainer! Didn’t you have at least one memorable picture of Jackie Chan?” Finally, Carolyn Schellhardt of Omaha asks: ”Where, oh, where are the photos of Russell Crowe? You knew this was coming!” Did we ever. But we more than make up for it this week.