Your thoughts on Comic-Con, praise for Celeste Holm, and more

By EW Staff
August 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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‘Fork and Swoon
I’m definitely not a Twihard. I am, however, one of the biggest Forkies you’ll ever meet. That is why I was overjoyed to see Dallas‘ Larry Hagman on the cover of EW. Thanks for once again highlighting the triumphant return of one of TV’s most beloved (and dysfunctional!) families — and a series that paved the way for other classics such as Dynasty and The O.C. The Ewing clan has never been more entertaining.
Geret Coates
Winnipeg, Canada

The Pros and Cons of Comic-Con
After years of wishing, I went to Comic-Con for the first time this year. I had the time of my life and have struggled to explain to friends and family how that was possible despite the huge crowds. And then I read Nathan Fillion’s diary. His closing paragraph summed it up perfectly. I am grateful to Captain Tightpants for his perspective — especially as one of the thousands who didn’t make it in to the Firefly panel.
Susan M. Auger
Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Your Editor’s Note pinpointed the problem with Comic-Con. It was never meant to be ”Hollywood’s most important event.” Yet the photo gallery shows a half-dozen projects that don’t belong but fill the halls with stargazers. Many fans who love comics and want to attend to celebrate them can no longer get tickets or afford hotel rooms. Soon they’ll find another Con and leave San Diego to Hollywood, and I’m not even sure they’d be missed.
Joanne Firby
San Mateo, Calif.

Stage Fright
I saw the play The Exorcist in L.A. just last week and agree with your review and somewhat generous grade (Stage). But I think it is worth singling out two performances at opposite ends of the spectrum: One, Ellen Burstyn ain’t got nothing to fear from Brooke Shields, and two, the best thing in the play is young Emily Yetter, who brings range and depth and even some scares to the role of Regan. In the end, though, I wish I’d saved my money and just rented the movie.
Maurice Rosaler
West Hills, Calif.

Music Mixed
Thank you so much for your midsummer playlist (Music)! For the past three years, I’ve downloaded each song and kept them in your suggested order. The result is an amazing, eclectic mixtape. Normally I’d avoid Future, but that beat, followed by classic Usher, and then Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City? Pure summer fun.
Caroline Willoughby

Holm Is Where the Heart Is
Thanks for your special recognition of Celeste Holm. It was obvious in Jess Cagle’s Editor’s Note that she holds a special place in his memories. Not to argue with any of the choices in ”The Essential Celeste Holm” (Monitor), but to a great many baby boomers, she will always be remembered as the glamorous Fairy Godmother in the 1965 TV musical Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. At several points in my life, I could recall her singing, ”Impossible things are happening every day!” And you know what? She was right!
Gerald Lynn Maloy
Newport, Tenn.


In ”EW Goes to Comic-Con,” we mistakenly referred to Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis’ upcoming movie as The Candidate. The correct title of the film, out Aug. 10, is The Campaign.

Men at Work

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Dirty Jobs

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