The ivory girl from Far From Heaven and The Hours left readers clamoring for (Julianne) Moore (#686, Dec. 13). ''All I can say is wow!'' raves Jason L. Kelley of Scottsdale, Ariz. ''I have been a huge fan of Julianne's since her daytime television days and continue to be amazed by her incredible ability to transform herself and literally become the character she is portraying.'' Of course, some people (read: our columnist Joel Stein) think ''anyone can act'' and his essay left thespians calling for a complete rewrite. ''Before there were overpaid undereducated journalists like Stein, there were actors: champions of history and a significant reflection of the human condition,'' notes B. Davis of Los Angeles. ''Please in the future refrain from dismissing their craft as your publication continues to herald the ridiculous achievements of the likes of the Osbournes and American Idols.''
Julianne Moore is what I call a ''3x insane'' actress: insanely talented, insanely down-to-earth, and insanely beautiful. The all-too-short article made me realize that behind Hollywood's silk, satin, and velvet curtains, there are some truly great human beings. Thanks! D. W. Irvine, Calif.
Between this week's cover and your profile in the Holiday Preview, it seems like EW is doing everything but buying out PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure Julianne Moore wins an Oscar, and to that I say...thank God! No one is more deserving, and after recent years of starlets relying on political correctness or connected parents, it's time talent took back the night. DOUG STRASSLER firstname.lastname@example.org Vienna, Va.
Master animator Glen Keane has always been an inspiration (''The Man Who Drew Too Much''). It's just too bad that he has to fear for his future; 2-D animation is not dying, it's being killed. Disney doesn't seem to be helping to revive it either. Their animation products now come rolling off the assembly line so quickly that their films have stopped being events. I'd settle for one really great piece of animation from Disney versus three subpar ones. ROBERT BARGA email@example.com North Star, Ohio
No audience cares about 2-D versus 3-D animation. They care about good stories. Lilo & Stitch was original and engaging, Treasure Planet was lame and off-putting. Three-D is not fail-safe at the box office. Final Fantasy attests to that. Disney's most successful 3-D films were well-written, and if they put as much effort into all of their animated films, they'd be making blockbuster money on both. CHRISTINA DECKER firstname.lastname@example.org Mesa, Ariz.
Rock of Ages
Dan Snierson's journal from rock camp (Being There) was hysterical, clearly one of the best articles EW published last year. I did worry for your younger readers, though. While I recognized every musician in his piece, I knew that those weaned on Britney Spears and Usher would be clueless as to why Snierson expressed such fanboy glee at jamming with Sheila E, Mark Farner, and George Thorogood. JADE WALKER MaidenFate@aol.com New York City