Your praise for Tina Fey, picks for the actor to play Peter Parker's frememy on ''The Amazing Spider-Man 2,'' and more

By EW Staff
October 19, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Tao of Fey
Your cover with Tina Fey channeling Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s is stunning (#1227)! Can something be reverent and irreverent at the same time?
Christopher Chen

Sherman Oaks, Calif.

”On the Cover” was nice recognition for all the work and props that went into creating the cover photo. But there was no mention of the cat with Tina Fey! What’s the story?
Doug Maughan

Twin Falls, Idaho

Photo editor Michele Romero responds: Happy to oblige, Doug. Iris is a 3-year-old rescue cat from New Jersey. The EW photo shoot wasn’t her only moment in the spotlight: She also appeared in a parody of The Voice (with SNL‘s Kenan Thompson) in the music competition’s season 2 finale.

I’ve never been a fan of anything even resembling censorship, but I’m really glad that Tina Fey had to make those edits to the Mean Girls script to garner the PG-13 rating. The unique absurdity of lines like ”Is your muffin buttered?” and ”made out with a hot dog” is a huge part of what makes that movie so hilarious, and takes it beyond just a smarter-than-average teen comedy.
April Hope Smith

Wilmington, N.C.

Final Respects
Carol Leifer thought it was wrong of the Emmys to ask people to hold their applause until the end of ”In Memoriam” (News and Notes). But I believe the segment is more respectful without the popularity- contest element. I always felt uncomfortable when the lesser-known honorees didn’t get as many cheers as the famous ones.
Carol Chow


The Spice Girls
I must cry foul over the comparison between E L JamesFifty Shades trilogy and Sylvia Day‘s Crossfire series, as well as the ultimate verdict (Books). Day is hands down the better writer, and her characters are more engaging. Moreover, James’ portrayal of a dominant/ submissive relationship is a miss.
Amanda Hobson

Athens, Ohio

Weird Science
Creating a classic sitcom must be rocket science, because only a few turn out as funny as The Big Bang Theory (#1226). Great casting + strong writing + the right accelerant (Jim Parsons) = an explosive hit. Professor Lorre, please share your chemistry notes with the rest of Hollywood.
Elizabeth Gottlieb

Hawthorne, N.Y.

Phoenix Rises
Thank you for your article on River Phoenix‘s last film, Dark Blood, and the efforts of its director to complete it. When it (hopefully) expands beyond the festival circuit, I will be first in line. As a devoted fan, I still remember the sadness I felt upon learning of his death. May his talents override his tragic end, and his performance add a fitting final chapter to an extraordinary body of work.
Babette Hodis

Los Angeles

No Holiday for Green Day
After reading your story about ”’90s band” Green Day (Music), I felt compelled to ask, Why emphasize their ”return”? They’ve consistently produced amazing music throughout the ’00s. While they did gain fame in the ’90s, to imply that they haven’t gone anywhere since then is unfair to their productivity and popularity.
Nathan Hanneman



DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film Turbo will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox (Movies, #1226).

You Cast Spidey 2’s Harry Osborn

Now that casting info for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has started trickling in, readers tell us who should play Peter Parker’s best frenemy (embodied by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy)

Samuel Witwer (Being Human)

He’s a decent actor, plus he can play both friendly and menacing. —Angrymalcontent

Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

He was great in Wallflower and could hold his own with Andrew Garfield. —Dino

Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

I liked him on Veronica Mars and in the smaller movies he’s been in, like Cherry. He is a perfect choice for Harry! —ChrisV

James Franco (Spider-Man 1-3)

Why not just use him again??? —jenhul

Jeremy Allen White (Shameless)

He has that Everydude charm but is also able to portray someone who’s more twisted than he first lets on. —Stars621

Dave Franco (21 Jump Street)

He would be excellent, as long as he didn’t copy his brother’s style too closely. —Guest

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