”Opa!” hollered fans of our photo issue (#675/676, Oct. 4). ”It’s great to see celebrities in their natural habitats — in front of the camera,” cheers Alpharetta, Ga.’s Lenny Felgin. But it was more like oops for some readers offended by one of the Big Fat Greek Wedding photos. ”Is there a point to the picture of star Nia Vardalos [with her legs spread] besides a desire to push the boundaries of taste?” asks Linda Washington of Carol Stream, Ill. ”I’ve been telling everyone how refreshingly smut-free Wedding is,” adds Barbara Chiarizia of Alexandria, Va. ”That picture is a complete misrepresentation of the movie.” And that’s not the only thing we were accused of misrepresenting. ”Give Billy Joel a break,” pleads Kim Noe of Toledo, Ohio, in regard to our comic illustration of the lonely singer. ”He’s just looking for the same thing most people are looking for — love.” Don’t we know how that feels this week.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then your Photo Issue is definitely worth…well, a lot more (I’m not very good at math). The variety of photographers and subjects was excellent, as was the decision to include comments from the photographers themselves. STEVE LYSAKER firstname.lastname@example.org Suwanee, Ga.
Wow! is this really Hollywood? Where’s the haughty couture, overly done coifs, and pancake makeup?! What a wonderful, insightful compilation of photos. It’s nice to see these celebs revealed in such a naturally honest, down-to-earth light. TISH TRASTER email@example.com Palm Coast, Fla.
The Man shut off my cable, so it’s no surprise that I get excited when I find an EW in my mailbox. This time I found a big fat double issue. Woo-hoo, twice as much to read! Wrong again, Flanders. Turns out this is a filler-laden photo issue. Twice the pages, half the content. I finished the dang thing in 15 minutes. Stick to providing the rudimentary information we’re used to, and leave the mediocre photo spreads to those silly men’s magazines. CHRIS PERKEL firstname.lastname@example.org Los Angeles
Lure of Italy
After poring over the pages of superb photography in the photo issue, I knew EW had done its usual bang-up job. Then came the piece on the Cinecitta studios in Italy (”Cinema’s Paradiso”), not something typically found in today’s entertainment magazines. Thanks for the well-written historical and cultural lessons — I hope there are more on the way. MARK DELONG email@example.com Atlanta
In his review of Brotherhood of the Wolf (Video & DVD), Marc Bernardin says that it ”aims to be all things to all people.” I think it would be far more accurate to say that this film is ideally suited for one specific type of person: the type who has had their fill of Hollywood’s endless rehashes of the Horror Movie, the Action Comedy, and the Period Drama and who craves something wildly different. Admittedly, Brotherhood has its share of bizarre plot twists and hard-to-swallow ideas, but it would be a shame if anyone allowed this lukewarm review to dissuade them from seeing such a marvelous film. ERIC CLARK firstname.lastname@example.org West Springfield, Mass.