Congratulating 2011's Entertainers of the Year, getting to know EW's new app, and more

By EW Staff
Updated December 30, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Let Them Entertain You
Daniel Radcliffe — from No. 4 Privet Drive to No. 1 on Broadway! Way to work the magic!
John Tilford
Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations on your choice of Daniel Radcliffe as the Entertainer of 2011! I especially enjoyed Gary Oldman‘s piece. Radcliffe has a long career ahead of him, and I can’t wait to see what he chooses to do next.
Trisha Cadungon

I noticed that Daniel Radcliffe was sporting Gryffindor colors in his bow tie — a nice touch that comforts me in this time of magic withdrawal.
Joey Moser

Meryl Streep has brought me to tears with her performances on the screen and now through the written word. Her testament to Viola Davis‘ brilliance was heartfelt and sincere. Like Davis’ performance in The Help, it moved me deeply.
Caroline Massagee
Greensboro, N.C.

The elephant in the room in your Entertainers of the Year issue was wearing a blond wig, and not much else — because she was ”Born This Way.”
David Britton
Bellingham, Wash.

Senior editor Leah Greenblatt responds: Wait, do you mean Taylor Swift? That’s not a wig! Seriously, while Gaga was on our 2010 list — and does appear in our recent Best & Worst — 2011 was, on balance, not a superlative time for her, in our admittedly subjective judgment. If she manages to turn things around, however, she’ll definitely be on our short list for 2012.

She’s Baaack
Thank you for bringing Libby Gelman-Waxner back! I am sad to tell Sound Bites that it is no longer my first destination when EW arrives — my fingers will be flipping to Libby instead.
Lisa Nance
Farmers Branch, Tex.

There’s an App for That
I didn’t think my birthday could get better after receiving an iPad, but then I see my favorite magazine has a new app! (Because, of course, the first app I looked for was yours.)
Evelyn Shannon
Albuquerque, N.M.

Close Encounters With Spielberg
This is my first-ever letter to a magazine. And it’s because of your interview with Steven Spielberg, the single best I’ve had the privilege of reading. Great insight into the man and his movies.
Dominic Vacca
Kennett Square, Pa.

As a longtime subscriber of a certain age who has no interest in Twilight or Harry Potter, I was beginning to think I’d gotten too old for your magazine. But my faith was restored the minute I read your Steven Spielberg piece. Who will people still be talking about in 20 years, Bella and Edward or Indiana Jones and E.T.? I’ve been a fan of Spielberg since Jaws and Close Encounters. I remember begging my babysitter to let me watch him when he was on Dick Cavett in 1981.
Allison Levie
Winter Springs, Fla.

King’s List
I love Stephen King. His entry for the book Skippy Dies on ”My 2011 Pop Culture Favorites” was, I think, unintentionally funny: ”At 660 pages it’s probably a little long….” Uncle Stevie’s Insomnia is 787 pages; Under the Dome, 1,074 pages; The Stand, 823 pages. And I loved every page!
Nanette Williams
Hornbeck, La.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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  • PG
  • 135 minutes