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'NORTH STAR'

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.
SYLVIA ROBERTSON
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 Gets Dirty.''
STEVEN CHAPPELL
schappe1@twcny.rr.com
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!
TODD BOYNTON
tvalinet@hotmail.com
Greenfield, Mass.

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.
KARLA MCLAREN
Marina, Calif.

Downey's Comeback

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!
JUDY BARKER
judy48blue@yahoo.com
Salem, Ore.

Watchful Eye

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.
DOMINIC BRAZDA
Lincoln, Neb.

Power Trip

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.
BETH POLEN
Pittsburgh

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