Mail from our readers
My hat is off to writers Ty Burr and Gregg Kilday and the editorial staff of Entertainment Weekly for the article ”Win, Place & Show Biz” (#163, March 26). I think you are dead perfect in your Oscar predictions. Thanks for a great article — I’ll be thinking of you on the 29th!
Van Nuys, Calif.
Editor’s Note: For the record, EW handicappers Burr and Kilday were on the money in five of the six big Oscar races: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. Like many other prognosticators, they picked Judy Davis for Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei won).
IT’S T’S TIME
Regarding Ice-T, it’s better to have him paying (lots of money in salaries than for me to) pay a prison bill out of my pocket. He’s a businessman who puts people to work without judgment. I support the peace between (L.A. gangs) the Bloods and the Crips. Keep up the good work, Ice-T, in saving lives.
West Hollywood, Calif.
BY ANY OTHER NAME
In your story ”Initial Reaction,” on actors who changed their names to avoid duplicating the names of members of the Screen Actors Guild, you neglected Michael Keaton, who started out as Michael Douglas. He couldn’t use Mike Douglas, either, as that was taken too!
Shana Kye Hyneman
Thank you for the mention in ”The Best Story Ever” (#161, March 12), but I’m curious why Tim Appelo christened me an ”upbeat blurbmonger” — one who will say anything about a film in order to get quoted. As far as I am aware, I’ve been quoted maybe four times during the past year, all on films I truly enjoyed and recommended. Perhaps Mr. Appelo imagines I give rave reviews at the drop of a byline. Or perhaps there is a bit of sexism here — he didn’t have a single word of praise for any female reviewer (granted, there are precious few). I think six years of acceptance in Boston, the city with the most intelligent population in the country, belies ”blurbmongerism.”
Being a true aficionado of infomercials, I loved ”1-800-Buy-This!” As a program coordinator for the USA Network and The Sci-Fi Channel who works the graveyard shift, I must endure 15.5 hours of infomercials a week!
Steven M. Hershkowitz
North Massapequa, N.Y.
LACK OF ‘FAITH’
You mentioned in the review of Songs of Faith and Devotion that David Gahan of Depeche Mode manages ”to stretch a little on the ballad ‘One Caress”’ beyond his ”rather one-dimensional basso.” It may seem this way because Martin Gore actually sings the song in question.