Running for Cover
I was shocked to see gollum and the Mummy on your cover, but then I realized it was Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. That has to be the worst cover I have ever seen EW do. Please do not reuse it in your 2005 Year in Covers — my heart can’t take the stress.
DAVID ROBERTS firstname.lastname@example.org Chicago
EW must have friends in high places. I guess you called in a favor to the Smithsonian and had them lend Seinfeld’s puffy shirt to cover girl Hilary Swank. Your ties to the entertainment world never cease to amaze me.
CHAD A. HALL email@example.com Pulaski, Va.
Wonderful that this issue featured two smart, talented people like Eastwood and Swank on the cover. In an era when morons are huge celebrities, I take solace in my favorite magazine recognizing people who deserve fame. Eastwood and Swank will be making good films long after Darwin has rid the world of the Hilton and Simpson sisters.
JEFF LITTLETON Dallas
As one of the 5,100 charter subscribers in 1990, I wish you a happy anniversary. Thanks for the 411 on all matters of entertainment, the pop-culture references lost on many (capsule reviews of the Spinal Tap albums), the laugh-out-loud-inducing barbs (Dalton Ross rules!), and the often gutsy reviews (you gave the Rolling Stones an F!). Keep ‘em comin’!
JEFF PALMER firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandria, Va.
Your review of the high points of Clint Eastwood’s career was intriguing (”Fight Club”). However, despite his great work in Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby, I’d still like someone to take Eastwood to task for making a mess out of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. How he took the most vibrant true-crime book since In Cold Blood and wrung almost all life from it is beyond me.
PATRICK ERWIN email@example.com Madison, Wis.
With stupefying logic, the failures of Elektra and Catwoman are explained by Catwoman’s producer Denise Di Novi: ”America is not ready for a female superhero.” Charlie’s Angels screenwriter John August opines that ”the sexuality drives [teenage boys] away” (News & Notes). I would suggest that what drove away teenage boys — along with teenage girls, and men and women of all ages — was not an aversion to or fear of the beautiful, talented, and charismatic Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, nor a collective American immaturity in accepting grrrl power. What drove us away was an intolerance for movies that are uninspired, derivative, noisy, boring, regurgitated dreck.
ALAN ZIMMERMAN firstname.lastname@example.org Centennial, Colo.
How dare subscriber Dan Crider presume to speak for all of the people living in ”flyover states” (Mail)? This Indiana librarian happens to be a rabid Daily Show fan, as is my Republican husband and many of our friends and relatives of various political affiliations. Regardless of his political views, Jon Stewart is the host of a hit TV show, a hilarious stand-up comedian, and the author of a top nonfiction book. Obviously he (with his team at The Daily Show) is entertaining a large number of people, as well as getting droves of young people to actually care about politics and current events. Perhaps it isn’t EW that is being partisan here?
JENNIFER CHANCE COOK Indianapolis