In your preview of The Iron Lady, director Phyllida Lloyd fears that having an American, Meryl Streep, play former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is ”like an English actress coming to America to play Hillary Clinton.” Well, if Streep does as fine a job as Emma Thompson — who played Clinton surrogate Susan Stanton in Primary Colors — Lloyd should have absolutely nothing to worry about.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara says that people had a problem with the film’s revealing poster because they ”have a hard time with strong females and with nudity.” But my problem with the poster was actually the exact opposite. Lisbeth Salander is a strong woman, a feminist icon really, and this poster displayed her half-naked in the arms of a fully clothed man who looks to be her defender. It presented her as just a regular damsel in distress, completely betraying everything that Salander stands for. The film is my most anticipated of the year, but I feel that Mara is way off here.
Your otherwise enjoyable Fall Movie Preview cited the actors and directors for each film, but where were the screenwriters? Had they already gone back to their caves to create more stories before you had a chance to get their names?
Executive editor Jeff Giles responds: We love screenwriters, and we’re always looking for ways to write about them. But listing them in a preview presents problems. For instance, here are the credited writers who worked on the very funny action comedy Tower Heist: Ted Griffin (screenplay and story), Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (story). Plus, there were a handful of uncredited writers we can’t really name because it will upset the Writers Guild and hurt the feelings of whomever we don’t mention. And by the way, only God and Brian Grazer actually know who did what.
The Man of Many Faces
Chris Nashawaty has scratched at a sore, and raised a good question, in his DVD essay. I feel Mel Gibson’s offscreen opinions are sad rants. But two of his movies are in my top 10: In Signs, he was perfect as a minister who’d lost his faith. In We Were Soldiers, he was an inspiration to anyone in the U.S. armed forces. The films pale in comparison to Gibson’s personal Mel-odramas, though, which makes for a sticky future. My advice: Keep the faith — and stay away from hand puppets.
Coconut Creek, Fla.
All Cried Out
Just saw the EW.com poll on the saddest movie of all time. I was kind of disappointed but not surprised that It’s My Party wasn’t included. It’s a little-known indie with Eric Roberts, about a man with AIDS who has a party for his friends and family before killing himself to prevent a slow, painful death. I bawled for the last 30 minutes. No movie has ever made me react that way since.
Fort Myers, Fla.
Poll: What’s Tops on TV
In a partnership with Yahoo! TV, EW surveyed 2,000 viewers (ages 18-64) to find out what makes them tick, and even what ticks them off, TV-wise. Here’s just a taste of the findings.
The shows viewers nee to focus on most while watching…
True Blood 58%
Boardwalk Empire 57%
The Walking Dead 57%
The new fall shows viewers are most excited about…
The X Factor 18%
Charlie’s Angels 15%
Prime Suspect 12%
The returning fall shows viewers are most eager to see…
The Big Bang Theory 22%
Dancing With the Stars 21%