May 26, 2010
FEEDBACK Everything's 'Fair Game' Once again, Hollywood has invested in incompetence by handing a priceless story like "Fair Game" to Doug Liman ["Spies, Lies and Personal Ties," May 16]. Liman was lucky with "The Bourne Identity," where he had Robert Ludlum's familiar spy-with-amnesia story that was saved by his stunt team. More typical is his uneven and unsatisfying waste of two big stars in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Again he wastes the talents of two big stars with his pretentious take on the Plame incident.
October 26, 1996
While Martin Scorsese seems a likely and fitting choice for the AFI Life Achievement Award for 1997 ("Scorsese to Get AFI Life Award," Oct. 10), my immediate reaction was why not these older equally deserving candidates? Elia Kazan (still untouchable for naming names in the early '50s), Marlon Brando (turned down his "Godfather" Oscar in 1973), Charlton Heston (too well known as a Republican and conservative) and Paul Newman (too independent for the Hollywood establishment) all have drawbacks.
April 24, 1994
I wish to point out an error in the Calendar Letters of April 10. My name was misspelled. With a name like Gordy Grundy, I can accept no substitute. GORDY GRUNDY Los Angeles
November 28, 1992
Have some compassion for the feelings of the people who are parties to the lawsuit or close to those parties. The merits of the lawsuit will be determined by the legal process, and you doubtless have a right and duty to report the events as they unfold. On the other hand, you must not allow Calendar Letters to be used by writers who have an ax to grind with USC Radio's programming or the personalities who present that programming to express subjective dislikes or to engage in unfounded allegations or purely malicious speculation about what has taken place.
April 23, 1989
Re Darrin Navarro's April 9 letter charging that I stole the quote about Elvis Costello: This is entirely the doing of the editor of the letters. My April 2 letter said: "Perhaps the old adage is true: 'The reason critics hate House of Lords (in this case) and love Elvis Costello is that most critics LOOK like Elvis Costello.' " My letter then went on to crucify critics (as, of course, they should be). GENE SIMMONS New York Simmons is a member of the rock group Kiss.
March 19, 1989
I'm disturbed by the ads for Universal Studios' new attraction, Earthquake--The Big One. It's irresponsible to make light of the deadly seriousness of an 8.3 quake by making it a thrilling ride in which one "survives the big one--again and again." At the very least, Universal should hand riders a pamphlet on earthquake preparedness that tells the truth: that thousands of people may not survive the "big one" when it actually occurs. FRANK PEARLSTEIN Sherman Oaks Please keep letters brief and include full name, address and phone number.