”Out of Order, ” indeed. I had anticipated so much from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and my expectations were dashed. Director David Yates ”was determined to keep it the shortest Potter movie,” and the audience ended up with lots of special effects and little substance. How disappointing. Yes, with 870 pages in the book, something had to be cut, but I felt like I got the Reader’s Digest condensed/Evelyn Wood speedreading version. I hope Yates does a better job when he takes on Half-Blood Prince.
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
I usually breeze past the Harry Potter hoopla, but Daniel Radcliffe’s topless photo on page 34 has earned a coveted place on my fridge door, with the caption ”Hello, Hottie Potter!”
While I enjoyed your article ”The Best and Worst Celebrity Blogs,” I was annoyed that you didn’t include any authors. My favorite is Neil Gaiman’s journal (www.neilgaiman.com/journal), which features the expected (updates on works in progress) and the unexpected (man-eating badgers).
High on Lowe
Thanks for your piece on Nick Lowe (”Better With Age”). If soulful subtlety were a place, he would be president for life. I’m a young fan at the age of 25, and I think the guy is a genius. His last four albums have been nothing short of incredible, and he deserves recognition!
America’s Next Producer is about producing TV shows (What to Watch). New Line is producing the Sex and the City movie in association with HBO, not HBO Films (News & Notes).
OBSESSIVE FAN OF THE WEEK!
When it comes to digging Prison Break, Edwardsville, Ill., native Shay Hinton is guilty as charged: She’s started a local fan club, named her hamster ”T-Bag,” and even scored some jail-worthy ink (a paper crane tattoo). Hinton devotes every Monday night to the show, ”even when it’s on hiatus!” Her weekly ritual includes a nonalcoholic drinking game — ”for Dr. Tancredi’s sake, of course.” Uh, cheers?