Hail, hail the gang’s all here — not to mention the readers — for Martin Scorsese (#668/669, Aug. 23/30). ”Thank you for the article on Gangs of New York,” says S. Cushing of Colora, Md. ”No tabloid rumors, no false speculations, and actual words from the cast.” There are no words that can change Los Angeles’ Sheila Cooley’s feelings on remakes: ”Some things are sacrosanct, and some movies and TV shows should never be remade. I won’t be going to see Mark Wahlberg’s The Truth About Charlie or Eddie Murphy’s I Spy.” But not all remakes are bad, according to readers tangled up by our review of John Waters’ movie-turned-musical. ”Hairspray was one of the most visually inventive, energy-driven shows I have ever seen,” raves Houston’s Patrick Gomez. ”The musical, its cast, and its crew deserve much more credit than they received.” Guess we had a beehive in our bonnet that week.

Big ‘Gangs’ Theory

When I saw who was on the cover, I almost fainted. It has been too long since Leonardo DiCaprio has graced the pages of your lovely magazine. I have been waiting forever to see Gangs of New York. Maybe with Leo’s double whammy this Christmas (Gangs, Catch Me if You Can), people can stop viewing him as a former teen heartthrob and see him as the amazing talent he truly is! Good job, EW! PAMELA HARRIS Newport News, Va.

As I Read Martin Scorsese’s own comments, I was taken with his modesty, and was once again reminded why he is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. If Scorsese is unsure if Hollywood has a place for him, I am one of many who is happy to reassure him. There is not only a place for him in Hollywood, I frankly believe he is the only man who can save it. STEPHANIE FOSTER Calgary

Martin Scorsese doesn’t know if any of his work is good? Let me assure you, Mr. Scorsese, countless upon countless actors and actresses would give their eyeteeth to be cast in one of your films. They are cinematic treasures. They are more than good. They are life changing, thought provoking, disturbing, mesmerizing, intense — deep examinations of the human condition that we never dared to delve into before you came along. THERESA LICURSI Wading River, N.Y.

That’s the ‘Spirited’

Your Fall Preview is a true disappointment because you limited the synopsis of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece, Spirited Away, to merely a few statements (September). Well-done anime will never get its due in the U.S. unless big publications like yours promote it for its uniqueness and artistry (much as you did for the live-action import Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Otherwise animation will continue to show up only in pointless Saturday-morning cartoons and predictable Disney movies. RANGAN MAJUMDAR Baltimore

Letterbox TKO

Michael Mann is right on in regard to his view on letterboxing for TV programming (Television). ER and The West Wing are among my favorite programs, and I’ve been looking forward to Boomtown. However, when looking at my 32” TV, I would prefer to see 32 inches of my show. I do not feel like I am watching a movie because there is a black banner that runs at the top and bottom of my screen — I just have to squint a bit more. LAURA KEDZIERSKI Bakersfield, Calif.