Dawn of the Undead
I understand the excitement over Breaking Dawn — Part 2, but putting it on the cover for Father’s Day weekend? Did you ever consider something more guy-friendly (say, The Expendables 2)? You did, however, make my wife giddy with glee, so maybe she won’t notice my late-night poker game.
While I can’t wait to see Kristen Stewart play a fierce Vampire Bella, I am sad that the Twilight series is coming to an end. To quote Robert Pattinson in this article, ”Everyone who was watching started crying.” I will be there at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 16 — I just don’t know how I’m going to be able to see to drive home.
Pamela Kay Conaty
Up in Smoke
Weeds is one of the best shows on TV, and I hate to see it go (Hollywood Insider). After suffering through one sticky situation after another, Nancy Botwin deserves a happy ending. Mary-Louise Parker has grown more beautiful with age — I think she can wear cutoffs and platform shoes for as long as she likes!
Although I love Weeds and agree it’s a great show, I take umbrage with the statement that it’s ”credited with helping pioneer the half-hour R-rated-comedy format.” Really? I’m pretty sure the HBO series Dream On did that 15 years before Weeds existed.
Blast From the Past
How delighted I was to see Paul Williams in print again (Movies)! I’ve always believed he was a genius, and when I heard ”Nice to Be Around” for the first time, I felt it was written for me. Your story on the documentary Paul Williams Still Alive prompted me to listen to his haunting, fragile voice again. Thank you for giving his fans an update on his life.
What a Wonderful World
I’m thrilled you picked Joshua Henkin’s The World Without You for your Must List. The family dynamics, the pathos, the humor, and the tragedy are all so perfectly calibrated to create a symphony of emotional resonance. That may make the book sound stuffy, but it isn’t. Instead, you cheer for the characters to make it through each episode in their lives.
Some versions of ”The Mother of All Shopping Sprees With Snooki and JWoww” (TV) are missing the following credits: JWoww’s hair: Shane Terenzi; makeup: Bridget Lembo; Snooki’s hair: Michael Duenas/Exclusive Artists Management.
I Fired Matt LeBlanc!
In our recent feature on the actor, we noted his stint in the restaurant business. Now the woman who knew Matt LeBlanc when shares her experiences working with (and giving the boot to) the future Joey Tribbiani.
Delicious food is made even more so when sold by someone like Matt LeBlanc. He was good at his job. The problem was that he was better at what would turn out to be his ”regular” job: acting. When he worked for me, he had already gotten a Levi’s spot and was about to get a Coca-Cola spot. All actors have to go on auditions and pound the pavement, and despite his good intentions, he would frequently be late for his shift or have to cancel. (Of course, there were no cell phones back then.) So I fired him, in the nicest possible way. He was horrified and could not believe it! At one point I told him, ”You’re going to be fine, you got the Coke commercial, you’re on a roll…” And I was right: He was on a roll that continues, and I always wish him the best. But my mother went to her grave saying for the 4,367th time, ”It was Matt Damon you fired, right, dear?”
Deborah Bien Jensen