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Legends of the Fall …and Summer
What are fans of the Harry Potter movies supposed to do now that Warner Bros. has postponed the release date until next summer (Fall Movie Preview)? Many of us have had handmade countdowns posted on our bedroom walls or digital ones on our MySpace pages. I know many fans intend to boycott the movie out of spite. I’ll still see it, but a portion of Potter’s revenue is made by fans who see the movie repeatedly in the theater. That I won’t do.
I devoured ”There Will Be ‘Half-Blood.”’ But despite the fact that Ginny Weasley plays a more central role in the sixth book, your article mentioned her only in passing, and there’s no photo of the actress who plays her, Bonnie Wright. How disappointing! The movies and media always seem to give poor Ginny the shaft, and since July ‘09 is many months away, I hope you’ll redeem yourselves with a little Ginny love.
Writer Jeff Jensen responds: Our Ginny-jilting was a (possibly bad) judgment call, but the truth is…I totally hate that redheaded little minx for stealing Harry’s heart away from Cho Chang! Now and forever, I deny the existence of Ginny Weasley! (Editor’s note: Next time, Debra.)
If anyone believes that splitting the final Harry Potter book into two movies is not a ploy to earn nearly a billion dollars in additional box office receipts, there is a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. The producers must be kicking themselves for not thinking of this earlier in the series.
Silver Spring, Md.
I know I should be amped up for films like Quantum of Solace, but I’m even more psyched for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Revolutionary Road. With Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet adding to the buzz Heath Ledger has created for the Academy Awards, I have one thing to say: Dear Oscars, you have found your redemption.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Has America’s favorite pastime become its greediest? Readers reacted to Stephen King’s critique of Major League Baseball.
King’s analysis of MLB was brilliant. TV has led to waning interest in the game. I can recall coming home from school as a fourth grader to watch the Miracle Mets of 1969 wrap up the World Series over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. Sadly, today’s kids are lucky if they catch a few innings of the Fall Classic. — Matt Engel, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Someone should remind King that the entire nation does not live on the East Coast. What he considers a late start time is more convenient for those of us who live west of the Mississippi. If major sporting events were to begin at 7 p.m. ET, as King proposes, many of us would not get to see them live. — Tara Baxter, Tucson, Ariz.
EW AND HULU TEAM UP FOR FALL TV
On-set video blogging! Season premieres, one week early! EW.com and Hulu.com have you covered on fall TV.
Sure, you could wait until their official premiere dates to watch new episodes of Knight Rider, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck, and Life. But why would you do that when you can watch them a week ahead of time — for free! They’ll be available for advance viewing at Hulu.com, which is partnering with EW.com to keep you in the loop about the new fall TV season. (Hulu also has past episodes of faves like The Office, Prison Break, Bones, House, and 30 Rock.) Want more? EW.com features critics’ picks and exclusive video blogging from the sets of 90210, Gossip Girl, Survivor, and Family Guy. When it comes to TV, there’s no such thing as information overload.