Your thoughts about 'Elysium,' reaction to our Madonna coverage, and more

By EW Staff
August 09, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Trekking Familiar Ground
Great article about Elysium and director Neill Blomkamp’s interpretation of the United States. Before I read this, I saw Elysium as another science- fiction film like Blade Runner. Now I see it as comparable to The Dark Knight Rises, with its grim vision of America.
Jeffrey Coulson
Moundsville, W.Va.

While I agree that Elysium looks like a smart, exciting sci-fi movie, I have to take issue with your description of the film as ”wildly original.” From what I’ve seen so far, the basic plot seems to be nearly identical to that of a Star Trek episode titled ”The Cloud Minders,” in which the Troglytes are the ground-dwelling have-nots forced to labor under dangerous conditions to support the idyllic lifestyles on the floating city of Stratos. When Troglyte terrorists threaten to destroy Stratos, naturally Kirk and Spock are forced to intervene to determine an equitable solution. Maybe Neill Blomkamp could cast Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the sequel.
Steven Bennett
Binghamton, N.Y.

Further X-planation
After reading your story about the inconsistencies within the X-Men films (Movies), I have one more to offer. At the beginning of X-Men: The Last Stand, set 20 years before the main story line, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr are shown recruiting a young Jean Grey for Xavier’s school. It doesn’t make much sense that they’d be together then, since in X-Men: First Class, Xavier and Lehnsherr appear to go their separate ways during 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis.
Tom Carter
Covington, La.

Comic Relief
One day I hope to have the good fortune to go to Comic-Con. In the meantime, I’ll be content to read about it in EW. Every year you folks have the best coverage, bar none. I loved all of the cool photos, too — especially the one of True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello. That man is hotter than a fever!
Elizabeth Marie Skates

Madge of Honor
As much as I enjoyed the article about the 30th anniversary of Madonna‘s self-titled first album, I felt it was too short (and buried too deep in the magazine). I can’t think of another artist who has consistently entertained, provoked, and reinvented him- or herself like she has. Honoring Madonna with the cover would have been the perfect way to give back to a superstar who’s dominated headlines and charts for years — and will no doubt continue to do so in the future.
Lawrence Stern
Los Angeles

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was released by Paramount (Movies, #1269).

EW at Lollapalooza: On the Scene at Our Party
Just yards away at Chicago’s famed Grant Park, stars like Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, the Killers, and Mumford & Sons would soon be headlining a three-day bonanza of music and sun and massive crowds. But the festival can be a launchpad for younger bands, too: Enter St. Lucia, whose heady synth sounds made for positive vibes both on the grounds and at EW’s pre-Lollapalooza party at American Junkie (where they were joined by dreamy indie-poppers Pacific Air). Though St. Lucia’s full debut, When the Night, doesn’t arrive until October, South African-born mastermind Jean-Philip Grobler is already a live-circuit pro. ”We’ve had really good festival experiences this year — apart from the weather; it rained at almost every one!” he says. ”In those situations, you almost connect with the audience more when it sucks, because you all try to make it work together.” —Kyle Anderson