By EW Staff
Updated July 27, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Readers enjoyed our annual It List of all things notable and cool (#602/603, June 29/July 6). ”Bravo to your refreshingly astute It List,” says Suzanna Cigna of Chula Vista, Calif. Amy Whitham of Toronto agrees: ”You have once again done a fantastic job finding the underappreciated unknowns.” Several readers were cheered to see one particular unknown in our pages, The Believer star Ryan Gosling. ”I have followed Ryan’s career since The Mickey Mouse Club [and] think it’s exciting that he is receiving glowing reviews,” writes Danielle Pacini of Hoffman Estates, Ill. But for those readers who were unhappy with us for not nominating their favorites one more time, we gently remind them that once you’ve been It, you can’t be It again.

It and Miss

I was so pleased to see the lovely Kirsten Dunst and the talented Tobey Maguire as the It Dynamic Duo. I’ve been a big fan of Ms. Dunst since her breakthrough role in Interview With the Vampire. A special thank you to your photographer for capturing beautiful images of Ms. Dunst. KEVIN J. KELLY St. John’s, Newfoundland

The most pressing concern I have about your It List double issue is in the section on Joe Pantoliano. You call the film The Goonies a ”travesty” and had him move back three (!) spaces for starring in it. This movie is, to many ’80s kids like me, the defining film of our childhood. Obviously others agree with me or else there wouldn’t be such a huge commotion over the upcoming release of the DVD. TOM LOVE Gainesville, Fla.

Your it list coverage warranted a double issue, seeing how it ran the gamut of the entertainment industry, from the obvious (film star, TV comic, pop-music diva) to the pleasantly surprising (poet, literary agent, Off Broadway cast). Congratulations on such an all-inclusive view instead of the usual flavor-of-the-moment list. THOMAS C. RIZZO JR. San Francisco

Whether Kirsten Dunst is shaking her pom-poms (Bring It On) or shaking the shackles of a conventional suburban life via the ultimate of all escapes (The Virgin Suicides), she never fails to impress. We are watching the next Julia being born before our eyes. Ain’t Hollywood grand? MIKE MAUPIN Corydon, Ind.

I was highly disappointed by your so-called It List. You’ve gone and forgotten some of today’s hottest stars — Jessica Alba, Vin Diesel, Angelina Jolie — and replaced them with a couple (Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire) who star in a movie that won’t be out until 2002! If you’re trying to cash in on young Hollywood, you’ve missed the boat! KRYSTEN HEINE Mount Pleasant, Mich.

EW, how could you overlook Joss Whedon for the It Multitasker? This television season alone he produced, wrote, and directed episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He was also a story writer for Atlantis: The Lost Empire. If that isn’t enough, Joss just wrote his first comic book called Fray. I’d call Joss Whedon the master multitasker, and definitely worthy of your It List. ALISON GREENBERG Atlanta