Letters from our readers
Thank you for putting the most beautiful and talented actress on your
cover. I was screaming ''yes, yes'' after I pulled the magazine from the
mailbox. North Country is definitely Oscar-worthy, and I would love to
see Charlize Theron win a second time.
Crown Point, Ind.
I'm no prude, and you have to be impressed with the way Charlize Theron
seems to have her act together, but I couldn't help but wonder if the
best way to advertise a film where she battles against sexual harassment
is to appear half naked on your cover and in an article titled ''Charlize
North Syracuse, N.Y.
Having just opened my mailbox to find a nearly naked Charlize Theron on
the cover, I must say that I am appalled. Inside would have been a
better place for this picture, since this magazine is usually in plain
view of our children. And furthermore... (Okay, the wife's gone now. She
made me type that. I have to quickly say thank you, EW, for the best
cover ever! Oh, no, she's back.)... I never want to see that again!
I was fascinated to read Charlize Theron's take on fame, beauty, career,
and publicity but I found it remarkably disingenuous, or perhaps just
remarkably confused. Ms. Theron bemoans the focus on her appearance, yet
she agrees to appear nearly nude in a glam shot on your cover. In fact,
each of the EW studio shots that grace the magazine show nothing of her
character, her acting chops, or her humanity; only her iconic creamy
loveliness is on display. I applaud Ms. Theron's ability to ''work it,''
because she is one fabulous creature, but a little more frankness about
the machinery of fame and manipulation would be refreshing in a magazine
that is supposed to offer a knowing take on that machine.
I have been waiting a long time for your magazine to do an article on
Robert Downey Jr. (''Marathon Man''). The wait was worth it! You did a
wonderful job of capturing this amazingly gifted man. And that profile
shot of him on page 5 was worth the price of admission alone. I think I
join with other fans in saying we are so glad you are back, Robert.
Watch out, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt the man is back!
Your recent article about Watchmen was fascinating and enlightening and
completely unexpected ('''Watchmen': An Oral History''). Many of my
non-comic-book-reading friends have been amazed by its complexity and
power. But seeing how Hollywood has woefully misinterpreted Alan Moore's
vision in the past (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, anyone?),
it's probably best that a film version remain in development hell.
Thank you for turning your annual Power Issue from snoozefest into a
can't-skip report (''Special Report: Power 2005''). Not only did you
highlight numerous important deals, you did it in your
characteristically hip, entertaining way. Special kudos for naming Judd
Apatow as one of the producers on your Dream Team.