I've got to say that your cover of Julia Roberts was great. I loved the idea of bringing the new, hot, young stars into the mix to form her head. Keep the sweet covers comin'!
JAMES DICKINSON Douglas, Mich.
Why can't Hollywood find the next Julia Roberts? I think a better question is, Why would anyone want to be the next Julia Roberts? To use your one-note acting skills to slowly rise to become the queen of uninteresting romantic comedies? Why shouldn't someone strive to be a Samantha Morton or a Kate Winslet, who as legitimate and respected talents choose interesting roles?
MICHAEL DANCE firstname.lastname@example.org Marcellus, N.Y.
I have a simple answer to your cover story: We don't want stars like her anymore. Can you give us, the moviegoing audience, credit for wanting stars with more substance? I'd rather support up-and-coming talents like Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, or Mark Ruffalo in their thought-provoking roles. I wish stars like Roberts and Will Smith would just stop making substandard movies and let some talented actors take the spotlight for a change.
LISA CAMPOS RAMSDELL email@example.com Austin
On the cover of the Aug. 13 issue of EW, a question is asked: Why can't Hollywood find the next Julia Roberts? I respond: So what? The current one is doing fine as it is! Why do we ask who's going to be the next Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington when the current actors are still as big as ever? I admire EW's decision to look ahead, but don't write off stars still in their prime. That's my answer to why Hollywood hasn't found the next big thing -- because the last big thing is still in business.
A.J. GALLUCCI firstname.lastname@example.org Longmeadow, Mass.
A million thanks to Karen Valby for an insightful, but not intrusive, article on the delicious Mark Ruffalo (''Keeping It Real''). In a world full of clones fighting for the biggest paycheck and the mightiest fame, the actor is a refreshing breath of humility and subtlety. His talent overshadows that of the ''stars'' with whom he works. Ruffalo is the epitome of greatness coming from tragedy.
CARRIE KOBB Sunsong13@aol.com Mishawaka, Ind.
Chevy Chase is a comedy icon and should be proud of the work he's done, the family he's raised, and the life he's living (''He's Still Chevy Chase, and You're Not''). He has brought big laughs to a great deal of people who still think fondly of him and watch his movies over and over. Even though he shouldn't think he has to prove himself, I concur with Steve Martin's closing comments in Daniel Fierman's article -- Chevy will get another hit and be back.
HARRIET PARINELLO email@example.com Santa Cruz, Calif.
Thanks for the insightful and informative article on Chevy Chase. I agree with most of the content, especially concerning his steadily declining films. But I do have to take exception with one thing. I think that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation was hilarious (my wife gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago and it's annual Christmas viewing for us now) and shouldn't have been dissed twice in the article. If Chase could get scripts that good again, I'd go on another Vacation with him.