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Dear Mr Zeccola, In 2004, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel called on global civil society to boycott Israeli cultural institutions, products and events as part of a peaceful non-violent worldwide movement to end the now 48-year military occupation of Palestine. This international movement, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), has had the endorsement of many leading political figures including two prominent figures in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The BDS movement is growing every day. The call to boycott has been respected by artists from all over the world. Just recently over 700 artists in Britain became co-signatories to a declaration that they would not play in Israel and they would not host...
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Dear adult film directors, Stop sending us your pornos. Yes, we are looking for a new director for the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise after the departure of Sam Taylor-Johnson, but sending us copies of hardcore pornos you have directed is not going to get you the job. We understand that many people call Fifty Shades "mommy porn" but you're not getting the job just by sending us a copy of your movie, Mommy Porn. Ever since the news broke, our mail has been overflowing with unwanted porno DVDs. This morning alone I had three with pun titles involving the word "butt": The Incredible Butt Wondershlong, American Butt Sniper and Do The Right Butt: A Spyke Lee joint. Granted, American Butt Sniper had some great performances but this is no way to get a job directing a major Hollywood...
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Dear Julia, Today is the 25th anniversary of the Disney movie Pretty Woman. Tomorrow, you’ll be celebrating on the Today show, along with the other stars who helped make the movie successful. In the photo I saw promoting the event, you were smiling, and no wonder. Pretty Woman catapulted you to stardom, or as one TV announcer said, it made you “America’s sweetheart,” the “spunky hooker with a heart of gold.” 150318-news-pretty-woman Other stars turned down the role you played, including Daryl Hannah, who said the movie was “degrading to women.” Even so, Pretty Woman is listed as “one of the most popular films of all time,” and you got an Oscar nomination. I can see why you like the movie. Maybe that’s why you’re smiling. But I’m not. When I see pictures from your movie, I don’t...
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Dear West Towne Mall Jeweler with the Same Last Name, You made returning my wedding ring a heartwarming experience. When I spied your "Frederick Asmus" nametag I nearly dropped my Auntie Anne's Roasted Garlic...
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Dear Glee, Thank you for keeping pop culture interesting. You’re, like, the new Charlie Sheen – totally unhinged but always compelling, both on screen and off. We’ve been huge fans of the show from the very beginning, and we have the angry letters complaining about our constant barrage of Glee covers to prove it. During your summer break, you’ve given us not only a reality competition show, a concert tour, and a 3-D movie (Glee stars apparently have an amazing ability to go three straight months without sleep) but also weekly waves of captivating craziness – thanks to a series of 
contradictory, loose-lipped statements from Glee producers about the future of the cast and direction of the show. To recap: First, co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy gave an impromptu...
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Dear Kim Eun Sook, I know we’ve had our differences of opinion in the past. For example, you probably think you’re a good screenwriter, while I do not. After sitting through approximately 1.5 of the dramas you penned, I vowed to never again watch a program you’d been involved with. It was for my own sanity—I’m not sure how you did it, but in both Secret Garden and Gentleman’s Dignity you found a foolproof recipe for combining characters I hated, copious amounts of misogynism, and frustratingly go-nowhere plots in such a way that made me want to scratch my eyes out with a spork rather than continue watching. Lots of people disagree with me, and even I admit that you have some strong suits. You write funny scenes well, and your female leads are reasonably capable. (When your male...
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Dear Korean fans of Park Si Hoo, Our dearly beloved Park Si Hoo’s case is legally and officially closed. TV stations, production companies, and the like are biding their time to see if and when he would make a comeback to the entertainment world. Park Si Hoo himself has said he has made acting his lifelong profession. He saw himself acting well into his old age. After struggling for 10 long years, through innate talent and sheer hard work he has finally made it to the front ranks of Korean actors. He has even transcended Korea and become a Hallyu star who is immensely popular in Asia and even the rest of the world. We represent his international fans from 176 countries who are regular visitors of http://parksihoo4u.com. We are his admirers from all 5 continents of the...
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Dear Kim Eun Sook, Now that Heirs has hit the halfway mark, I wanted to follow up about our recent correspondence. When I last wrote to you, I wasn’t convinced that you and I would make it this far—I dropped A Gentleman’s Dignity by episode seven, after all, and I would have called it quits with Secret Garden even earlier if I had allowed myself to do so back then. (Instead, I watched it until the very end, even though it was like torture. This is probably one of the reasons why my relationship to your work is so hate-based.) Unlike those earlier shows, there are things I really like about Heirs. Primary among them is Park Shin Hye, who is wonderful in the role of Eun Sang. She imbues her character with a sense of depth and dignity, something I thought was sorely lacking in the...
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Dear Gu Hye Sun, I have a few problems with your role in Blood. I just watched the first four episodes of Blood and I have to say you’re probably the most annoying character in the show. I actually like LUUVY more than you, even the annoying and dorky Gerrard Kim (Gong Jung Hwan) who tries to impress you and speak random phrases in English, more than you. And yet I really enjoyed you in Angel Eyes, where you played an EMT. Granted, your character was very different there despite the similar medical career, but at least you knew how to scale down and control your emotions. It feels like we’ve taken 10 steps backward with this role. What happened? Why did you become so annoying? In my opinion, you’re too emotional. Yes, there’s such a thing as over-acting. You can’t keep a lid...
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Dear Mr. Lucas, For approximately sixteen years, like many other fans of the Star Wars trilogy, I had waited exceptionally patiently, and often without much hope, for some completion of the story put forth in the original Star Wars trilogy. Essentially, the incomplete picture revolved around what turned Anakin Skywalker into the character that I myself have wished I could be for all of those sixteen years - one absolutely brilliant man by the name of Darth Vader. The first of the films slated to tell this rather intriguing story, The Phantom Menace, finally arrived in Australia during the Winter of 1999. This is a time I remember as being one of the last truly enjoyable times in recent memory, and this is mainly because of your film. As a matter of fact, my enjoyment of this film was...
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