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It’s tearin’ up your hearts. Those ubiquitous 'N Sync cuties made the cover again, and as expected, opinions were wildly varied. ”Even with all their phenomenal success, there is hardly a bad word or a cocky sneer from them,” writes James Burke of Tallahassee, Fla. ”That’s what it’s all about!” Ruth Joyce of Bardonia, N.Y., disagreed, taking matters into her own hands: ”When I saw ‘N Sync on the cover of your magazine, I immediately ripped the cover, along with the article.” Luckily, reaction to Ken Tucker’s positive review of The West Wing was much warmer. ”Not a week goes by that I don’t exclaim ‘I love this show’ or end up with a tear in my eye,” says Diane Glickman of Chicago. Now, that’s a hail to the chief.
Boy Band Wagon
Thank you so much for the article on ‘N Sync. No matter what critics say, this is the most talented group around. No wonder the Backstreet Boys are complaining. They’re scared to death that they will be replaced by a group with more talent and vocal skills.
Finally, an article on ‘N Sync written for an adult audience! Thank you for not discussing their hair or favorite ice cream flavors. The most insightful comment was when the writer said ‘N Sync possesses an ”unmanufactured distinctiveness.” I recently discovered this when I heard them sing a cappella on Saturday Night Live. I also recently attended two of their concerts and saw plenty of ”pubescent girls’ moms” enjoying the shows. The last time I checked, there was no age restriction on good music. I should know. I am 32 — that’s right, even older than Chris!
Little Rock, Ark.
Could these kids really kick anybody’s ass? Doubtful. Might loosen a curl or scuff the kidskin. Give me a street-smart Bono, an unwashed Michael Hutchence in smelly leathers… These poor kids today. They’ll never know what it is to rock.
What a Match
Am I the only one who noticed that Noah Wyle and his new bride, Tracy Warbin, look almost identical?
A source in your box office roundup implied that What Planet Are You From? failed because Garry Shandling is not known beyond the hallowed grounds of the East and West coasts (”Will the farmers wash up and go to town to see him?”). Sir, I doubt if you’ve ever been off the coast because, hello, nearly everybody knows who Garry Shandling is! I suspect the film failed not because of farmers’ lack of interest, but because it was boring and unimaginative. I have long suspected that the talking heads of the entertainment industry have no idea what people beyond their own cloistered ranks want to see. Get over yourselves and get to know the people you’re trying to get to buy tickets who live not only in L.A. and New York but also in small towns across the United States.
Heading for the ”Hills”
I was, like, so happy to get the latest EW. It had, like, this great article on Beverly Hills, 90210 and these, like, great comments from the original cast. I really look up to Tori Spelling ‘cause she, like, knows how to talk well and stuff. I’m just really going to miss her as Donna ‘cause Donna was, like, the funnest character. Like, keep up the good work, EW.
Ken Tucker said he nearly jumped out of his seat after an especially stirring The West Wing because he couldn’t wait another week to see what happened next. After that episode, I, in fact, did leap from my futon to proclaim, ”I serve at the pleasure of the President!” The West Wing makes politics look like a decent and honest way to make a living. Let Wing stay in office a good, long time.
I enjoyed your article about my friend and partner, Joe Berlinger, relating to the upcoming movie Blair Witch 2. I know he’s done a great job. But I do want to clear up one very important error in your piece: You credit Joe with being responsible for the films Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost, when in fact they were completely joint projects — conceived, directed, and edited by both of us.
Upper Montclair, N.J.
Our listing of TimmyBigHands’ creators was incorrect (www.timmybighands.com). They are Patrick Brantseg, Paul Chaplin, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, and Mike Nelson. Additionally, TimmyBigHands is no longer related in any way to Mystery Science Theater 3000’s site (www.scifi.com/mst3000).
Shannen Doherty’s eyes are blue-green, not brown as we reported in ”Charmed, I’m Sure.”