charlize theron 218x300 Charlize Causes a Burning SensationOscar winner Charlize Theron caused some problems the other night at the premiere of her new film, “The Burning Plain.”

Theron, who’s one of the movie’s producers, didn’t win any friends when she left as the movie started to screen and never returned, not even to the party that was held for her at the Box downtown.

According to insiders, Theron did work the press line before the film. She brought her mother along, and insisted that she be included in the pictures. There was no sign of Stuart Townsend, her longtime steady beau, however.

When director Guillermo Arriaga (”Babel”) introduced the film, Theron didn’t bother to leave her seat. She just waved to the crowd instead of coming forward. When the lights went down, Theron split and eas not seen again all night. An explanation was offered that she wasn’t feeling well.

“Burning Plain,” which opens today, also features Kim Basinger, who rarely works anymore but has gotten high marks from advance audiences. But she’s done just about nothing to promote the film. Maybe both actresses knew the fairly negative review that would come from Tony Scott in today’s New York Times. But in a year when there are few possible best actress nominees, they might have been a little more cooperative.

At least they didn’t ask for money to promote the film. That’s the only positive I can think of.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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