Mail from our readers
I was deeply hurt hen I read in Entertainment Weekly (41, Nov. 23) that Cleopatra had edged out USA Today on TV for third place on your all-time turkey list. Howard the Duck — yes — Supertrain — yes — but I’ll never accept being ”beaten out” by Cleopatra. If I were Michael Cimino I’d really be angry. Heaven’s Gate should be right up there with us.
NBC News, New York
Ed. Note: Mr. Friedman produced the Today show before trying to make a go of USA Today on TV in 1988. He is now executive producer of NBC Nightly News.
When I received the Thanksgiving issue, I knew I’d find some Cimino-bashing, even though most filmgoers never even got to see Heaven’s Gate before it was panned and pulled. No thanks to movie critics, and no thanks to lists like yours, Heaven’s Gate truly must be the most well known unseen movie of all time.
Here are some all-time turkeys that you left out of your Thanksgiving cover story: the Moldavian wedding episode of Dynasty and the infamous ”Dream Season” of Dallas. Keep up the entertainment. I really enjoy your magazine.
In the description of the film Cleopatra, third on your list of The Greatest Turkeys of All Time, you wrote: ”Dick and Liz quickly became the Sean and Madonna of their day.” Are you kidding? Dick and Liz will live forever in filmland memory, while Sean and Madonna are forgotten already.
Park Ridge, Ill.
News & Notes Votes
Great report on Dan Rather’s election-night performance on CBS. I enjoyed reading all the Rather-isms you listed, but you omitted my favorite of the evening. Dan referred to a state in New England as follows: ”Up in Vermont — the place where they make the syrup.” As a native New Englander, I was dismayed that this is all Dan associates with the beautiful state of Vermont. Besides, they don’t even make syrup there in November. Sugaring time comes in February.
Who would pay $10 million to sign Queen to their new label? I would, and not just because I have religiously followed the band since 1974, but because worldwide their records and concerts may well have outsold any other band on the planet. I look forward to all four of Queen’s forthcoming album releases and hope I won’t have to trek to Europe to see them perform in concert. To Disney’s new label: $10 million well spent. This votary thanks you.
The best part of Entertainment Weekly is News & Notes, which keeps me on the cutting edge of the new entertainment industry news! I was happy to read about Queen’s new contract with Peter Paterno, president of Hollywood Records. I’m a charter subscriber and cannot go through the week without your magazine. Thank you!
Craig J. Beyer
Views on Reviews
As a member of Mystery Writers of America, and a fan of most of the newer female P.I.’s, I enjoyed your celebration of writer Linda Barnes. But your review falls short in the literary history department. Lady detectives are now trendy. But in the mid-’70s, my friend Marcia Muller created the first of a series of novels about a female private detective. Marcia is still writing fine novels about Sharon McCone. All the newer authors owe her a debt.
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Ed. Note: Mr. Jakes is the author of such best-selling historical novels as North and South, The Seekers, and The Bastard.
Now that David Coulier is the cohost of America’s Funniest People (40, Nov. 16) and another Full House vet is the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, one can only wonder what will be the name of the show that will star John Stamos, the last man from Full House? Will it be America’s Funniest People Shoot America’s Funniest Home Videos? But then, who really cares?
Frank J. Vespe
Alive and Well
I guess Bert Remsen’s performance in Daddy’s Dyin’…Who’s Got the Will? (41, Nov. 23) was a most convincing one, since your staff thought he was deceased. Bert is very much alive and well. He is currently working on a 20th Century Fox production, Only the Lonely, with John Candy and Maureen O’Hara on location in Chicago, and on Lone Star Productions’ O. Henry Stories on location in Texas.
Cynthia Snyder Public Relations