Letters from our readers
‘Ray’ It Ain’t So
Maybe i’m a little biased, being from Cleveland and all, but Patricia Heaton is the hottest Desperate Housewife who has ever graced your cover!
Thank you for celebrating the end of Everybody Loves Raymond (”The Fall of the Romano Empire”). I was wondering when this awful show was finally going to end. I was never able to understand why the American public kept watching this show (and others like Will & Grace and The King of Queens), which thought being mean to loved ones was a thing to laugh at. What must be in the TV viewers’ minds to appreciate the cruelty of these programs?
I’m only one of the Arrested Development fans who read your issue featuring Ray Romano on the cover with a bit of disappointment. Here you have a great place to put last year’s best-comedy Emmy winner on the list of the next big sitcoms, and yet you passed. The Office isn’t a bad show, but it’s no Arrested Development. For a magazine that has more than enough writers who love the show and mention it as much as possible, you dropped the ball this time around.
It’s about time Phyllis Diller was recognized by EW for her greatness, her graciousness, and her place in history as the ”most celebrated” female stand-up comic (”Phyllis Diller Gets the Last Laugh”). May her wonderful laugh ring on forever, and make us all laugh with her. She’s got to be the spriest 87-year-old in show business. Much love to her for bringing us so much love and laughter.
The Reel Deal
It isn’t the hiked-up ticket prices and it isn’t the 20 minutes of commercials before the actual movie that have kept my friends and me away from theaters — it’s the fact that the movies thus far this year have been awful (News & Notes). If Hollywood put more money into interesting, creative, and intelligent films like Millions or Crash and spent less time on junk like The Pacifier and any number of horror remakes that we’ve seen a thousand times over, maybe they wouldn’t be complaining so much about a 10-week box office slump. In typical Hollywood style, the blame is placed elsewhere (the theaters, the audience, DVD sales) and not where it should be — on the studio heads.
In your article about dwindling box office receipts, you quote Peter Brown, CEO of AMC Theatres, as saying: ”You can buy the same cut of beef they use at Ruth’s Chris and cook it at home, or you can go out to eat at Ruth’s Chris. People are still going to want to eat out.” The problem of dwindling box office could be that movie industry executives see a film as something similar to a cut of meat. Mr. Brown’s analogy is flawed. A fairer comparison would be to people who are willing to eat a Ruth’s Chris cut of beef at a McDonald’s. This accurate analogy helps reveal the reality of modern theater- going: Ruth’s Chris’ prices, McDonald’s atmosphere.