Charlize Theron Journeys ‘In the Valley of Elah’

Charlize Theron plays another put upon working woman in In the Valley of Elah. The only female detective in a police precinct, her character, Det. Sanders, faces sexism and resistance from her colleagues and superiors. She colors her hair dark and wears long sleeves and pants to cover her fabulous curves, but it’s not about how she looks.

“Paul [Haggis] and I talked a little bit when we started to talk about Sanders. I said to Paul, ‘People make such a big deal about it. The irony of it is when it comes to finding a character for me, it’s just about the facts.’ You look at this woman, so it’s not about how can we make me look different? I think the great thing about being an actor, it’s not about that. It’s about how do we get access to the truth. To me, that’s always the biggest question whether it’s where is the scene going or how do I physically look or how are we going to facilitate Paul in telling this story correctly.”

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ThinkFilm Wins ‘Battle’ for Theron Flick

ThinkFilm has won the battle for “Battle in Seattle,” acquiring all U.S. rights for about $2 million.

“Battle,” which sports an all-star ensemble led by Charlize Theron, had its world premiere Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival and marks Stuart Townsend’s directorial debut. The film is set amid the protests and riots that surrounded the World Trade Organization’s 1999 meeting in Seattle.

The deal was ThinkFilm’s second buy at Toronto this year. It scored the biggest sale of the fest’s opening days when it picked up “Then She Found Me,” Helen Hunt’s directorial debut, taking U.S. distribution rights for slightly less than $2 million.
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Stuart Townsend Calls Charlize Theron His Wife

Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron are husband and wife – even if not legally.

“I’m married,” Townsend told PEOPLE this week. “I didn’t do a church wedding or anything, but we’re married. We’re husband and wife.”

“We love each other and we want to spend our lives together,” the 34-year-old actor said about his nearly seven-year relationship with Theron, 32, who he calls “the greatest woman I’ve ever met.”

“We didn’t have a ceremony,” he added. “I don’t need a certificate or the state or the church to say otherwise. So no there’s no big official story on a wedding, but we are married. … I consider her my wife and she considers me her husband.”

The couple, who met on the set of Trapped, were at the Toronto Film Festival to premiere Townsend’s writing and directorial debut film, Battle in Seattle, a dramatized look at the 1999 World Trade Organization convention and the protests that overtook the city of Seattle and caused a state of emergency. Theron also stars in the film.

During a dinner party at The Supper Club, the couple even showed off their rings – Theron fidgeted with hers as she shared a story about it and then grabbed Townsend’s hand to display a silver cross-shaped band on his ring finger.

“It was really amazing tonight to premiere the film with her,” Townsend said. “She’s proud and she was crying, so it’s as important to her as it’s important to me. We’re a team and we’re in this together. That’s what you do. You look out for each other.”


Charlize Theron Interview, ‘In The Valley of Elah’

MoviesOnline sat down with Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (“North Country,” “Monster”) at the Los Angeles press day for her new film “In the Valley of Elah,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Haggis (“Crash”). Inspired by true events, the suspense drama tells the story of a war veteran and father’s (Tommy Lee Jones) search for his missing son, a soldier who is reported AWOL after recently returning from Iraq. Susan Sarandon plays his wife Joan and Charlize Theron plays Emily Sanders, the police detective who helps in the investigation.
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Heather Huntington Interview with Charlize Theron

In the Valley of Elah is Academy Award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis’s follow-up to Crash. The drama follows Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones), a former military MP whose son goes missing upon his return from Iraq, and costars Susan Sarandon as his wife and Charlize Theron as the detective in charge of his case.

“I got to know [writer/director] Paul [Haggis] while I was nominated for North Country. We were doing the award circle; he was doing it for Crash. And the two of us were, like, the only losers in an alley smoking cigarettes, and he told me about this project,” recounts Theron. “We kind of kept running into each other and he kept talking about it. It sounded fascinating. He had sent me a script, he was in Italy and he emailed me a script. And I read it, and the next day I said, ‘Count me in.'”
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Movie Review: In the Valley of Elah

From writer/drector Paul Haggis (Crash, 2005) comes a mystery about a father in search of his missing son. A David and Goliath theme and an underlying message about the military presence in Iraq provide a good backdrop for this narrative. The screenplay was inspired by Mark Boal’s Playboy magazine article, “Death and Dishonor”.

Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones), a retired military police officer from the Vietnam war, his wife, Joan (Susan Sarandon), and civilian police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron), a single mother struggling to raise a young son, are the major characters in the film. The story begins when Hank’s second son (his first son David was killed in the military) Mike (Jonathan Tucker) has not reported back home even though his army unit has returned home from duty in Iraq. This worries Hank and Joan and causes them to hire an investigator to find out what’s happened to their son. A jurisdictional problem arises: the question is should the military conduct the investigation or should the local police take charge? And it seems that the military wants to sweep this under the rug.
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