Absolutely divine. That's how fans characterized the union on our cover of two acting gods -- Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, the stars of HBO's adaptation of Angels in America (#740, Dec. 5). But some took issue with the cover story's exclusion of Emma Thompson, insisting that her performance was heavenly as well. More lighthearted responses came in about our feature on the campy metal band the Darkness. ''For too long, the musical landscape has been dominated by preening teen pop, faux-soulful songwriting, and a heavy reliance on production over quality,'' says Aaron R. Davis of De Kalb, Ill. ''We're ready to rock again, and the Darkness is a rare reason to turn on the radio.'' Tuning out, meanwhile, are onetime West Wing buffs who agreed with Ken Tucker's take on the show's latest season. ''It's like watching paint dry,'' laments Diana R. Graham of New York City. ''The characters have become whiny, the story lines boring, the pace glacial.'' Paging Aaron Sorkin!
Touched by an Angel
Thank you, EW, for allowing talent to reign supreme! In this world of pop stars I never thought I'd see Meryl Streep on the cover of a magazine again. It was so refreshing to see someone who is not only beautiful but who is also way above others when it comes to talent! JUSTIN ROOT AcademyWin@aol.com Hollywood
I'm sure it was tempting to run a photo of Michael Jackson for a sensationalized front-page story, but thanks instead for having the sensational duo of Pacino & Streep grace the cover. JOHN PEREZ firstname.lastname@example.org Simi Valley, Calif.
It's unfair to feature only two of the three stars of Angels in America on your cover and omit the great Emma Thompson. The article should have been about all of them making the film together, not two stars, each talking about how great the other is. KATHLEEN LYNCH email@example.com Middletown, Calif.
Not everyone has seen A Beautiful Mind, but thanks to ''The Good Doctor,'' about Paul Bettany, a major plot point has been given away. Perhaps a disclaimer would be in order next time? RHIANNA WILSON firstname.lastname@example.org Lakebay, Wash.
Heart of Darkness
I was a little put off when I saw the article on the Darkness (''They Will, They Will Rock You''). Not because I don't like them, but because it would have been nice if I could have continued to think I was the only one who felt their ''fresh breeze.'' KARISSA BRACKNELL email@example.com Raleigh, N.C.
Tracy Morgan established himself as a ''go-to guy''? ''One-trick pony'' might be a generous appraisal (''The Family Guy''). Even worse is David M. Israel's saying that (aside from David Spade and Phil Hartman) SNL alums haven't had much luck with sitcoms. Israel produced 3rd Rock From the Sun and he doesn't remember Jane Curtin in that show (and Kate & Allie), Jim Belushi, or Damon Wayans? And wasn't Julia Louis-Dreyfus on a successful sitcom? STEVE MCKEWIN StevenCMcKewin@aol.com Dallas