Readers respond to Nicole Kidman, Jada Pinkett Smith, and "Monsters, Inc."

Tolkien has spoken. Well, his fans have, anyway. Readers loved our Lord of the Rings Holiday Movie Preview cover package (#625/626, Nov. 16). ”I’m thankful you [gave] the cover to LOTR and not Harry Potter,” writes Chris Falman of Norwich, Conn. ”Enough with the kid wizards—send in the real thing!” Tim Granlund of Centreville, Va., agrees: ”There is no way on Earth (or Middle-earth, for that matter) that these films will flop!” As for the abundance of other upcoming movies, Lenny Felgin of Alpharetta, Ga., says: ”I’ll be sitting in the movie theater for days if I want to see all these releases.” Sounds like a plan.

Holiday Cheers

Thank you for your informative article on the making of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Here, at last, is a movie that I won’t mind spending $8 on or standing in line to see!
Columbia, S.C.

You were dead-on to mention Nicole Kidman first in your pre-awards season picks for Best Actress nominees. But you dropped the ball on your Best Actor picks, failing to mention Haley Joel Osment’s cyber-human turn in A.I. Osment was superb, and the Academy would be foolish not to recognize this.
Decatur, Ga.

Bravo to EW for including Sissy Spacek among ”The Greats,” and to Steve Daly for making clear the difference between a talented actress and a famous star. Given that the current state of cinema is a pile of creatively impoverished muck, we need Spacek more than ever to remind us how to get it right.
Vienna, Va.

Thank you so much for the wonderful interview with Jada Pinkett Smith. From movie roles to community service to deciding that her family comes first, the choices she has made demand respect and admiration. She definitely has a clear understanding of herself and the world around her. Jada is a great role model for all of us.
San Francisco

Great article on fellow Hollywood High ”Sheik” Frank Darabont. I attended Hollywood High from 1975 to ’77, and I don’t remember this ”Hollywood High Mafia”! Well, I guess that’s what I get for dropping Mr. Melton’s drama class in 11th grade!
Los Angeles

Loved (as always) your sneak peak at the Oscar race to come, but was disappointed by your omission of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Do you really think this fine film debut by John Cameron Mitchell will be omitted, even after winning directing honors at Sundance? Certainly I am not the only one who believes this to be the funniest, saddest, most vibrant film this year.

‘Faux’ Pas

EW hopes that other ”faux fatties” land on the scale of so-called good humor (News & Notes). These films use stereotypical situations to demean people who are overweight and have fought not to be. While Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, and Gwynnie Paltrow can take off their fat suits at the end of the day, obese people struggle with a lifelong problem and a society that thinks it’s okay to make movies that laugh at them.
Burbank, Calif.