I was glad to see Entertainment Weekly, my favorite magazine, publish a story on the growth of multimedia in Hollywood (#296, Oct. 13). Movies have always been able to enlighten people on the technology of the present and future, because they usually put it into an interesting story. Scott Pyne, SPyne42407@aol.com, Fairless Hills, Pa.
I understand all the attractions of multimedia entertainment. But I hope this progress won't make everything else obsolete. I like to come home after 10 hours in front of a computer and listen to CDs. I prefer watching movies on the big screen. I like taking EW to the Laundromat and reading between spin cycles. Paige Schector, Riverhead, N.Y.
If the screenwriters of Strange Days and the copy editors of EW had checked, they might not have echoed a common misconception as the dawn of a new century approaches. The 21st century begins Jan. 1, 2001. The last 48 hours of the 20th century will come a year later than everyone believes. Kevin Dilmore, SnydeBoy@aol.com, Paola, Kan.
Considering that virtually every media outlet has saturated our consciousness with O.J. Simpson coverage, I feel I must explain and encourage the inevitable backlash. We, as white women, did not find it necessary to react to the O.J. Simpson verdict with violence. We do, however, intend to retaliate for the omnipresent courtroom coverage as well as the insanely flawed verdict. We will avoid any media outlet that further exploits the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. We will boycott products endorsed by Simpson. We will cancel subscriptions to magazines that feature Simpson on their covers. We will not contribute to the financial success of a wife beater who may have killed his wife and an innocent bystander. Make no mistake: We will not forget that even though a hideously blind jury freed this man, he remains a batterer. We will no longer do business with those who choose to forget that. Cheryl D. Petrino, CPetrino@aol.com, Boston
I beg to differ with Ken Tucker in his review of Moonlight and Valentino. Pamela Anderson Lee's chest is definitely not a ''force of nature.'' Teri L. Wilkie, Yuba City, Calif.
Don't hit the fan
I always look forward to reading your music reviews, but this week one of your critics wrote in pure disgust of one of my favorite bands, Candlebox. The review not only blasted the band but also referred to its fans as having ''resiliently bad taste.'' The next time you tear apart a band, leave its fans alone. Thomas Winter Cohen, ORChamps@aol.com, Edina, Minn.