Anytime we make a list, correspondents have their own ideas about who should be on it. This week they wondered how we could have been so dense as not to include in our Young & Hot in Hollywood issue (PEOPLE, Nov. 18) actor Christian Bale (who received the most write-in votes), Keanu Reeves, Christian Slater et al. We were congratulated, though, for not forcing readers to ask, “Wherefore art thou, Leonardo DiCaprio?”
YOUNG & HOT
It’s very exciting for people of my generation to think of these young stars as the ones we’ll be telling our children about in 10 or 20 years. With all the labels the so-called generation X receives, we can be proud we have such fine artists as those featured.
TRISH PILON, Sudbury, Ont.
Sorry to see you missed Christian Bale in your article. In my opinion, he is one of the most important young actors on the scene. His work in Empire of the Sun, Newsies, Swing Kids and Little Women is exemplary. Hope you will do a piece on him soon.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
I was both surprised and disappointed that one of the most versatile and charismatic actors of the ’90s was missing. Surely you should have included Keanu Reeves as one of the top hot and sexy stars under 35.
K.D. LARSEN, San Diego
I don’t see how anyone can match the achievements of Uma Thurman at such a young age. She should have been No. 1 on the list.
FAYE ADAMS, Binghamton, N.Y.
How can you list the 30 hottest stars under 30 without including Jonathan Taylor Thomas?
ANDREA CONSOL, Endicott, N.Y.
“Liv Tyler has made five movies in two years, all without an acting lesson”? She doesn’t need lessons—after all, her parents are Steven Tyler and Bebe Buell. It irritates me that there are hundreds of talented actors and actresses starving for work and learning the craft of acting while all it takes for others is to have famous parents.
American Canyon, Calif.
Young & Hot? Without Matt LeBlanc, this issue is middle-aged and lukewarm.
NAME WITHHELD, Ashland, N.H.
I’m upset at your shameless ploy to sell magazines—putting Jennifer Anis-ton and Gwyneth Paltrow on back-to-back pages. I had to buy a second copy so I could put each of them up on my wall.
DAN BUREAU, Amherst, Mass.
Bold, brash and breaking the rules? How could you overlook Donnie Wahlberg, who is making a comeback in Ransom?
ANDREA BUTLER, Oak Creek, Wis.
See page 135. —ED.
To the person or group who sues Ms. Corla Hawkins or Chicago for putting God in the classroom (and we know someone will), shame on you! Now how about Hollywood’s highest-paid performers forking over the $15 million needed to continue and expand her work? What about them funding a Hawkins school in every inner city? Give it up, guys. Our kids need you.
SANDRA KINGREY, Richmond, Va.
In all my years of reading PEOPLE, this is by far the most touching story. Instead of that 50 Most Beautiful trash, you should do more issues containing stories about people like Corla Hawkins. She is truly beautiful.
Fall Branch, Tenn.
Every city should have a person like Corla Hawkins. What a wonderful woman, dedicated and caring enough to give these kids hope and a second chance at life. Please let me know where I can send a contribution to her incredible program.
BARBARA B. BARBER, Sherborn, Mass.
Recovering the Gifted Child Academy, 3030 West Arthington St., Third Floor East, Chicago, Ill. 60616. The toll-free number is: 1-888-305-RGCA.—ED.
PICKS & PANS
Having recently seen Ransom, I was stunned to read in Leah Rozen’s review that she gave away one of the most important plot twists. A film reviewer’s job is to say whether it is a good movie or bad, not to spoil it for the rest of the viewing public.
STEVE SMYTHE, Winnipeg, Ont.
I cannot believe you published this review without deleting the reference to the identity of one of the kidnappers, especially considering that your magazine hit some newsstands three days before the movie opened. It pretty much ruined this movie for me.
TRACY BUSS, Carson, Calif.
Leah Rozen replies: Sorry, but Ransom itself revealed the identity of the kidnapper early on and had plenty of subsequent plot twists that I purposely didn’t reveal.—ED.