By EW Staff
December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Who says size doesn’t matter? Readers stood up for Lord of the Rings’ Elijah Wood, demanding to know why the height-hindered actor dwarfs the lanky Liv Tyler (#682, Nov. 15). ”I loved the Holiday Movie Preview,” raves Julie Ehlers of West Hazleton, Pa. ”But what’s with the cover? Sometimes men are shorter than women, and that’s okay…especially when said man plays a hobbit on film.” Atlanta’s Anne McGill, armed with statistics, agrees: ”I find it very amusing that Mr. Wood (who in reports is 5’7”) towers over his 5’10” costar. Let the woman stand tall.” Our review of another fantasy film, set in a galaxy far, far away, also raised ire. ”Marc Bernardin’s review of the Star Wars: Episode II DVD seems like it was written by an angry fanboy carrying a grudge,” says Jim Lamb of Huron, Ohio. Wow! We’re not quite sure what a fanboy is, but it sounds intriguing. Do they make games for it?

Happy Holidaze

Just when I have the perfect bad day going, I find in my mailbox the Holiday Movie Preview. I can’t decide which is my favorite: the article on The Two Towers or the pictures of Elijah Wood, who in my opinion will be bigger than Brad Pitt. He’s just as yummy to look at but, I think, has more talent. D. ZIMMER Defiance, Ohio

How disappointing to discover the only reference to Star Trek: Nemesis was a tiny blurb in the calendar. I am really looking forward to the film; the buzz has been terrific. JOHN KIRK Hanover, Pa.

My George!

Having read the interview with George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh (”The Associates”), I see how smart and witty Mr. Clooney is. I really believe that he has an edge to him that is unlike any other actor in Hollywood right now. He seems to not take himself too seriously, and that is very refreshing. I look forward to seeing Mr. Clooney in many movies to come…and in my dreams, too! L. SZANYI Sonoma, Calif.

Oscar Riled

In your pre-Oscar predictions (”The Great Contenders”), you missed one of the major accomplishments by an actress this year: Isabelle Huppert’s incredible and breathtaking performance in Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher. Some great actresses are mentioned on the list already (Moore, Streep, Kidman, to name a few), but whatever their accomplishments this year, they pale in comparison with Ms. Huppert’s gut-wrenching work in The Piano Teacher. WINSTON MARCELLE San Francisco

When talking oscar contenders, how can one of the best movies of 2002, and its three great performances, be ignored? We Were Soldiers was unbelievable, and the performances by Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, and Barry Pepper were nomination-worthy. Just because this movie came out back in March is no reason to pass it over and not give it, and its performers, credit due. CHRIS EHRHART Cincinnati

De Palma Reader

Did Brian de Palma steal a girlfriend of Owen Gleiberman’s or run over his dog? After his placement of Snake Eyes on his 1998 worst-of list (oh yeah, much worse than, say, Armageddon), comes his review of De Palma’s Femme Fatale (Movies) the director’s juiciest, most engrossing film in years. This gorgeous piece of filmmaking rates an F, while Jackass the Movie gets a B?! Please get over your irrational hatred of De Palma’s cinema, Owen. ROBERT KNAUS Walpole, Mass.