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By EW Staff
Updated February 03, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Letters from our readers

Best of ‘Luck’

Thank you for your fabulous cover and interview with George Clooney (”Luck Is on His Side”). He is quickly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers, not only for his amazing vision and style but for his unapologetic approach toward controversial subjects. In a country where we have become overly politically correct, and punished for being too affiliated with a certain side of the political spectrum, Clooney is refreshingly open and honest. Both Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck are important to see, no matter what political party you side with. (And the fact that he is one of the sexiest men to grace the big or small screen doesn’t hurt either.)
Corvallis, Ore.

Risk Factors

I can’t think of one B-list actor losing their career over playing a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender character, but I can think of many winning Oscars and moving up to the A list for playing GLBT: Tom Hanks, Hilary Swank, and Charlize Theron, to name a few. So please, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, save the magic of Brokeback Mountain and stop telling us how risky it was to play gay. You never hear quality actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman saying how hard it was to play gay, and Capote was flawless.

‘Name’ Dropping

Thanks for the (long-overdue) article on My Name Is Earl (”Jason Lee Is Ready for His Close-Up”), but would it have killed you to mention the sexy Nadine Velazquez as part of the fine comic ensemble assembled for this classic series in the making? Her mix of sass, spitfire, and uncommon common sense balances out the brilliant absurdity of her costars.
Fairview, N.J.

Cash in Charge

Thank you for the wonderful article about Rosanne Cash and her new CD Black Cadillac (”The Woman in Black”). I’ve always admired Cash’s ability to carve out her own niche in the music world without exploiting her famous father, almost as much as I’ve admired her for her own powerful talent. As a fan, I’ve wondered how the recent string of losses in her life would manifest itself in her new songs, and your descriptions of them confirm what I suspected: They are typical Cash — eloquent, expressive, and unflinchingly honest.
Springfield, Mass.

Star Razing

Poor Jennifer Aniston! No matter how many movies she stars or costars in, she’s not going to be a movie superstar (News & Notes). It isn’t a matter of beauty, talent, or the fact that we can see her for free as Rachel Green in endless Friends reruns. It’s a matter of presence, an indefinable something that makes an actor interesting to watch on the big screen. She just doesn’t have it. Half of Aniston’s glamour came from snagging Brad Pitt. Now that they’ve split, she will eventually revert to what she is: a competent comedic actress who brings nothing special to the big show. She seems like a nice person, and I wish her well, but movie superstardom ain’t gonna happen.
Greensboro, N.C.

Stern Warning

I find it interesting that you chose to give Howard Stern an A- for his new stint on Sirius (News & Notes), including his use of the Pat O’Brien tape. What you failed to mention is that Opie and Anthony on XM have been doing satellite radio for nearly a year and a half, and did a similar thing with the O’Brien tape several months ago. O&A are the true pioneers of the medium, consistently coming up with a hilarious, original show. Give credit where it’s due, and put that overpaid, overrated hack in his rightful place.
North Conway, N.H.