Mail from our readers
I was thrilled to see Gary Oldman on your Lost in Space cover and find the great photo of him inside. This is one 16-year-old girl who’d rather read about him than Leonardo DiCaprio.
As a fan who ”worships at the altar of his undeniable talent,” I found the interview with William Hurt to be quite interesting. While I can see why he doesn’t trust (or like) those of the dreaded J-word profession, part of me would like to shake Hurt and tell him, Lighten up!
San Jose, Calif.
Let me get this straight: Of the 65 no-shows for ”Oscar’s Family Album,” two begged off because of foot injuries (Juliette Binoche, Anthony Hopkins), two were nursing knee or hip problems (Liza Minnelli, Beatrice Straight), and two others complained of back problems (Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor). In other words, nearly 11 percent of those not on the telecast lineup were actually on the injured reserve list. I had no idea that acting was so physically debilitating!
Regarding your chart ”Curly vs. Straight: The Showdown” (Style): Add Stevie Nicks, Mariah Carey, and Nicole Kidman to the list of celebs who get ”no” votes for straight tresses. In fact, the entire story merely reinforced something I’ve known and been saying for years: Curls make the girl.
West Caldwell, N.J.
Thanks for another great article on the business behind the business (”Directors Cut”). Having worked on many films myself, I can tell you that the role the ”right” director plays is that of leader. When ego surpasses content, you end up with movies nobody likes to work on — and movies that nobody wants to see.
In Owen Gleiberman’s review of Mercury Rising, he mentions that the actor playing the child was too placid to be autistic. But Mr. Gleiberman needs to do better research: He has just given in to one of the most common stereotypes concerning autism. I have a young son who is autistic, and just because he isn’t spinning bottles, banging his head, or any of the other numerous activities seemingly associated with autism doesn’t mean he’s not. Autism manifests itself in a wide variety of symptoms, and your reviewer should’ve considered this before throwing out a remark that is insensitive to my son and to the parents of autistic children as well.
The truth is out there — why is Gillian Anderson making $10,000 less an episode than David Duchovny (”Mad Money”)?
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
What’s more difficult and dangerous than climbing Mount Everest? Making a movie about Mount Everest (”King of the Hill”). The IMAX film is breathtaking — and the achievement of director David Breashears is nothing short of remarkable. More important, he is a true humanitarian, which he proved by donating his own precious supplies to help other climbers in distress. A new Academy Award should be created for him: Most Courageous Filmmaker.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach, Calif.
CORRECTION: We inadvertently omitted Lila Kedrova (1964’s Best Supporting Actress for Zorba the Greek) from our list of living Oscar winners who were unable to attend the Academy Awards ceremony this year (News & Notes).
Oh, the pain
Our Lost in Space issue (#426, April 10) threatened to turn this mail page into a…male page, with hormonally charged readers jostling to champion their fair ladies. Bryan Aiken of Manchester, N.H., described our cover featuring Lost in Space’s Heather Graham as ”out of this world,” while Eric Isaac of Washington, D.C., declared Wild Things’ Denise Richards ”one of the hottest actresses around.” But Michele Chapais of Cambridge, Mass., demands equal time: ”If you must print soft porn like those photos of Denise Richards…I want to see more naked male celebrities.” Finally, Nick Case of Summerville, S.C., thinks this is one of our ”best covers ever” but then admits he’s been reading the magazine only since our Titanic cover (#404) — that’s only 20 issues, Nick, but we sure appreciate the kudos.