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What's wrong with this picture? Nothing, according to readers who were thrilled to see Intolerable Cruelty stars George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones get maximum exposure on the cover of our annual Photo Issue (#732, Oct. 10). ''George Clooney makes me swoony, bushy eyebrows and all,'' says Rocio Alvarez from Inglewood, Calif. ''Between [his] mug, Jessica Simpson's non -- bons mots, and Dalton Ross' treasure trove of funny, this issue made me a happy girl.'' More felicitous feedback came from Lauren Byrd of Knoxville, Tenn.: ''Thank you for your First Look on Scott Foley. It's great to see him making a comeback by appearing on Scrubs and in The Violet Hour.'' Speaking of comebacks, our take on Sarah McLachlan's ''Fallen'' left some feeling down. ''The reviewer missed the point of the lyrics, which aren't of 'high school' quality,'' objects Jack Witzig of Mt. Ephraim, N.J. ''They evoke the simple, obsessive thoughts people in the throes of self-pity endure.'' Um, smells like teen spirit to us...

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I was ecstatic when I saw the sexiest man and woman in the world lighting up your cover. Not since Cary Grant and Grace Kelly has there been such a striking Hollywood duo. Way to stand out from other magazines. Your best cover to date. KATRINA HARDAWAY khardawa@bcpl.net Baltimore

Thanks for putting Catherine Zeta-Jones on the cover! Isn't she the most gorgeous creature God ever created? And I'm not saying that because my grandmother was from Wales! Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: There was some guy on the cover with her. Lucky dude! ALAN CLARKE-HUDSON Bonjourdalain@aol.com Mount Laurel, N.J.

I love EW. But why the Annual Photo Issue? Is it that difficult to find enough entertainment news to fill the pages for that one week out of the year? While some of the pictures are nice, many of them are photos we've seen before. Last I checked, EW was not a photo magazine, and many of us actually do read it for the articles. ERIC STONE Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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After viewing Lost in Translation and reading your article ''What About Bill?'' (News & Notes), I have come to the conclusion that Bill Murray is his own worst enemy. Sofia Coppola had to beg him to do that role? She did him a favor! He was wonderful in that part and born to play it. I also loved him in Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, and neither would have been the same without him. Murray could win an Oscar if he would just keep accepting roles that are tailor-made for his brilliant comedy and dramatic skills! AMY NOONE Dearborn, Mich. Kazan's Legacy

I find it interesting that the same people who sat with ''appalled glares'' as director Elia Kazan received a lifetime-achievement award (''Controversial Contender,'' News & Notes) stood in wild applause as a man who pled guilty to statutory rape and fled the country to escape punishment won the Academy Award for Best Director. Kazan is responsible for some of the most beautiful films I have seen. He was an incredibly talented man and will be missed. STEPHANIE BARCLAY Ssmj858149@aol.com Port Neches, Tex.

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