Readers respond to Chris Colfer, Stephen King, and the new Muppets movie

By EW Staff
Updated November 19, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Parental Guidance
Many thanks for acknowledging not only Glee‘s Chris Colfer but also his TV dad, Mike O’Malley. Their onscreen relationship is the main reason I keep tuning in. It’s a testament to their talent that they make me laugh and cry at the same time. I wonder if O’Malley gets the same kinds of letters from parents that Colfer gets from kids, thanking him for showing how the parent of a gay child should act.
Jen Unser
Rosemount, Minn.

  • Never Say Never — Again
  • Your item on the MGM-Spyglass merger gave me hope that the James Bond series might be saved. It would be a shame if one of cinema’s best and most influential franchises were permanently lost because of studio issues. The franchise has survived poor box office performance, fan disapproval, and a revolving door of 007s. Hopefully it can survive a merger.
  • Luke Tesluk
  • Oceanside, Calif.

His Dark Materials
Including Stephen King’s ”Big Driver” excerpt was an inspired idea. In the same way a great trailer makes me want to see a movie, this got me excited to run out and pick up Full Dark, No Stars. His imagery really draws you into the story — I felt like a fly on the wall.
Nikki Zalewski
Menomonee Falls, Wis.

  • My Heroes
  • It was good to see Smallville get the credit it deserves. Tom Welling’s Clark has found a new sense of passion in recent seasons, and Erica Durance’s Lois is simply dynamite. It’s nice to know they’ll end up together. They’re so darn pretty.
  • David Goldberg
  • Houston

More Mel-odrama
I may be in the minority, but I was thrilled when Mel Gibson was cast in the Hangover sequel, thinking it would help his image. Todd Phillips should have stuck by him. Gibson is paying for his actions, rants, and tirades — as he should. But I’m not throwing away 30-plus years of quality entertainment because of what he’s said and done.
Alex Morales
Alexandria, Va.

Same Old Story
Although I love Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and the entire Muppets cast, I have to admit that I was disappointed to read about the ”traditional” plot of the upcoming film. The Muppets put on a show to save their theater from the wrecking ball? That’s also the plot of It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie!
David Ryan
Tucson, Ariz.

CORRECTION
Kid Rock hosted the CMT Awards this past June.


POTTER’S PARAGONS
Responding to our cover story, Will McGrath of New York City praised Harry Potter‘s magical three — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint — for being great role models and not creating drama off camera, unlike some other young Hollywood types. Here, a quick review of the cast’s very tabloid-unfriendly ”exploits.”

Daniel Radcliffe
2008: Tortured animals…to rave reviews as the star of Broadway’s Equus
2009: Revealed his secret life…as a poet with the pen name Jacob Gershon

Emma Watson
2010: Stayed up late…working on an ethical clothing line for People Tree
2010: Exposed her…neck, with a new short haircut

Rupert Grint
2007: Spent a wad of cash…on an ice cream truck
2009: Checked into the hospital…with a case of swine flu

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