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POWERING UP
Your annual Power 101 issue (#298, Oct. 27) is always an interesting read. It's fun to find out how our favorite players are stacking up against the rest of the entertainment world. While we're glad to see Michelle Pfeiffer on the list (and the cover), we were a bit disappointed with the comment that ''she's not getting any younger.'' No one on the list is getting any younger.
SEAN McMAHILL and SCOTT WRIGHT
Chicago

Isn't placing three women on your Power 101 cover somewhat misleading? It implies that women have achieved equal footing with men, which isn't so. In fact, you would have had ample room on the cover for all 20 women on the list, but that wouldn't leave room for the 111 men.
MARY SHELTON
Riverside, Calif.

Ah, the inequities of the ''most powerful people in entertainment'' list, where Tom Cruise rates higher than the talented and versatile Harrison Ford, and Val Kilmer, star of the biggest hit of the summer, isn't named, but Kevin Costner — who's had several flops in a row — remains. I'll also agree that the right is powerful, but entertaining? No way.
N. DAVIES
Orinda, Calif.

I'm shocked that Barbra Streisand, one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, didn't make your list. Streisand has been on it in past years, and she still reigns supreme. Look at the facts: her deal with Sony Entertainment; her Emmy award-winning HBO concert; her New Year's Eve concert and world tour; her sold-out ''expensive'' concerts at Madison Square Garden; as well as her upcoming film The Mirror Has Two Faces. Who compiled your list anyway, a Republican?
NEAL BAKKE
Glendale, Calif.

How can you place the hottest actor right now, Brad Pitt, near the bottom of your list? Mel Gibson doesn't deserve to be ahead of Mr. Pitt. And what studio wouldn't take him over Kevin Costner, who's in the No. 66 spot? This isn't only because I'm a 13-year-old pubescent Pitt lover; he deserves better than a pathetic No. 92. Please, whatever!
CHRISTINE HUANG
Irvine, Calif.

The heck with the power listing — it's the portraits that I love. EW has got the greatest artists around.
ERIN L. PRESSLEY
East Stroudsburg, Pa.

CORRECTIONS: A majority interest in John Tesh's label, GTS, was purchased by PolyGram, not MCA (Music). The James Bond movie from which Arnold Schwarzenegger's wetsuit-to-tuxedo scene in True Lies was borrowed was Goldfinger, not Thunderball (TV). A movie poster for The Specialist was in the Japanese language, not Korean (Power 101).

Originally posted Nov 17, 1995 Published in issue #301 Nov 17, 1995 Order article reprints