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Do You Care About the Personal Opinions of Filmmakers and Film Stars?

19 February 2017 7:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on separating art from the artist…

When viewing a movie, or TV show for that matter, what takes precedent inside your head? Is it how good the film is? How much you liked it? Or is it your opinion of the person that made the film? It’s easy to look at a movie as purely that — a piece of entertainment — a product that is independent from anything else. But the truth is that someone made that product, the truth is that there’s a person with thoughts and opinions that helped bring that movie into the world. Sometimes that individual may not be a very good person, sometimes we may fundamentally disagree with them, but should we care? Does the person behind the project matter at all or as much as the project itself?

Recently I watched what I believe to be the best film of 2016, Hacksaw Ridge. »

- Samuel Brace

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Roman Polanski’s Rape Victim Says She’s Being ‘Used’ By Advocates: ‘Nobody Wants Me To Be Fine’

18 February 2017 9:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Roman Polanski’s rape victim Samantha Geimer has spoken out again to TMZ about wanting to move on from the case, and how advocates blocking the advancement of his career by having him removed from opportunities like the presidency of the César Awards aren’t speaking on her behalf.

Read More: Roman Polanski’s Rape Victim Samantha Geimer Speaks Out: ‘He’s Apologized, I Forgive Him’

In 1977, Geimer, then 13, was raped by Polanski, who was in his 40s. Fearing an extended prison sentence after serving 42 days and jail and offering a plea, he fled to Paris and has avoided U.S. requests for extradition ever since. Geimer has discussed the rape with the press before, even writing an autobiography, but is speaking out again as Polanski’s lawyer is reportedly ready to ask a judge to “recall the fugitive warrant and rule his client did his time under the plea deal. »

- William Earl

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Mel Gibson Directing Suicide Squad 2? So Crazy It Might Just Work

18 February 2017 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on the possibility of Mel Gibson directing Suicide Squad 2

Recently I wrote a column about the inherent struggles that come with separating the art from the artist. Most of the time this isn’t a problem as even the most educated film fans probably don’t know the intimate personal details of the writers, directors, and producers behind the movies they watch. There are, of course, situations with prominent filmmakers that manage to allow the skeletons to escape from the closet and stumble from the shadows into the tabloids all too eager to share their scandals.

Last year saw Nate Parker and his film Birth of a Nation go from critical darling to the highest priced acquisition ever at the Sundance Film Festival to a ‘mortal lock’ for a Best Picture Nomination and then rocketing into a downward spiral towards oblivion only rivaled by a heroin junkie »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Review: A Cure For Wellness [Monte’s Take]

17 February 2017 2:19 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean, and continuing his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film Rango and the reboot of The Lone Ranger, Verbinski was poised to do whatever he wanted to do with his next film, and it doesn’t take long to realize this quality in the director’s new film, A Cure for Wellness.

For nearly two and a half hours, Verbinski compiles a beautiful, confounding, and chaotic medley of his favorite and most influential film scenes recreated. One moment you are whisked away on a train ride through the Swiss Alps in a moment of stunning scenery, the next you are offered images of unnerving and repulsive situations. It’s undeniable that Verbinski and director »

- Monte Yazzie

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Roman Polanski's Rape Victim Says Rape is Not the End of the World (Video)

17 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_ll727iu8"]] Roman Polanski's rape victim, Samantha Geimer, says she's sick of victims' rights advocates and others trying to paint her as a pathetic creature ... she's fine and doesn't think rape necessarily destroys lives. Geimer, who was 13 when Polanski raped her 40 years ago, is solidly in favor of the famed director regaining his full freedom. TMZ broke the story, Polanski's lawyer is going back to court next week, asking a judge to recall the fugitive warrant »

- TMZ Staff

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Roman Polanski’s Rape Victim Samantha Geimer Speaks Out: ‘He’s Apologized, I Forgive Him’

17 February 2017 7:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Earlier this week, Roman Polanski’s heavy-hitting lawyer Harland Braun made a move to put a close to the horrific child rape case that unfolded in 1977, leading to the French-Polish filmmaker’s controversial plea deal and his fleeing the country.

Per TMZ, Braun “has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case. Braun believes the secret testimony supports Polanski’s claim that he cut a deal to serve only 48 days behind bars for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and the judge signed off. Polanski actually spent 42 days in Chino State Prison and was released. But Judge Laurence Rittenband allegedly reneged on the deal and told prosecutors he decided Polanski should spend up to 50 years in prison.”

Read More: IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Jody Hill Looks at Roman Polanski’s Debut, »

- Kate Erbland

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Newswire: Roman Polanski might return to the U.S.

17 February 2017 7:19 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Even though his legal counsel successfully argued against an extradition order late last year, Roman Polanski is pondering doing the right thing and returning to the United States. The director will even go back to court, but not to discuss carrying out the remainder of his sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. According to Deadline, these are the conditions Polanski would like met if and when he comes back to the U.S. Polanski‘s attorney Harland Braun tells the publication that they’re looking to unseal a “secret transcript” of the 2010 testimony of former prosecutor Roger Gunson.

The testimony reportedly alludes to “a judicial promise from the late 1970s that would have seen the controversial The Pianist director spend 90 days in a psychiatric evaluation.” That was the deal Polanski thought he was getting after being convicted on five charges of engaging in unlawful intercourse with ...


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Roman Polanski plans legal bid to return to Us

17 February 2017 3:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chinatown director has been a fugitive from Us for 40 years after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

Roman Polanski’s lawyer is hopeful of a deal that will allow the director to return to the United States without going to prison.

The Pianist director has been on the run from the Us since 1978 after pleading guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor.

He served 42 days in prison in 1977 after he was accused of drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.

At the time, Polanski claimed a Us judge had agreed to a plea bargain in which the director would serve 48 days plus probation. He fled to France the day before sentencing, however, when he feared the deal would be scrapped in favour of a much longer sentence.

Now his attorney Harland Braun claims that a secret transcript of a 2010 testimony from prosecutor Roger Gunson supports the director’s case that he had an »

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Roman Polanski's Rape Victim -- Worse Things Happen in Life ... Set Him Free (Video)

17 February 2017 12:50 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_xpute728"]] Samantha Geimer -- the woman raped by Roman Polanski at 13 years old -- says the system did him dirty and she's rooting for him to become a free man again, without spending another day in jail. TMZ broke the story ... Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, is going to court next week in an attempt to unseal secret testimony by Roger Gunson, the prosecutor in the case. Braun believes the testimony will show the judge agreed to »

- TMZ Staff

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Roman Polanski hopes plea deal will enable his return to the Us

16 February 2017 9:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director has been a fugitive from Us justice for 40 years after admitting sex with an underage girl

The filmmaker Roman Polanski has plans to return to the United States and is seeking assurances he will serve no further jail time over unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The award-winning director of The Pianist and Chinatown, who has been a fugitive from the Us for almost 40 years, claims he has reached a plea deal in the case that would keep him out of prison, his attorney Harland Braun said.

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- Agence France-Presse

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Roman Polanski Gets New Court Date That May See Him Return To U.S.

16 February 2017 1:04 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Almost 40 years after he fled the U.S. to escape a long jail stretch for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski may be one step closer to coming back to Los Angeles to face justice on his own terms. It's a Hail Mary step that the Oscar-winning director, now 83, only intends to take if certain old testimony becomes public and he is assured he won't end up behind bars again, Deadline has learned. "Once we unseal the secret transcript and the Court… »

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Roman Polanski Seeks Sealed Transcript in Renewed Bid for U.S. Return

16 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An attorney for Roman Polanski has asked a judge to unseal transcripts related to the director’s 1977 rape prosecution, in hopes of allowing him to return to the U.S.

In a letter dated Feb. 6, attorney Harland Braun asked Judge Scott Gordon to unseal the 2010 testimony of Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson, who was the prosecutor on the rape case. Braun asserts that doing so will support his contention that Polanski has already served sufficient time, and the case should be concluded.

The director pleaded no contest to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and served 42 days at Chino prison for an evaluation. Ahead of his sentencing hearing in 1978, Polanski fled the country. He now lives in Paris.

Los Angeles prosecutors have sought to extradite Polanski several times in recent years without success. In 2009, he was arrested in Switzerland and later put under house arrest at his chalet. Switzerland ultimately refused the request for extradition. »

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Roman Polanski Seeks Return to U.S. Without Additional Jail Time for Rape Conviction

16 February 2017 11:36 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Roman Polanski has sent a request to a judge to allow the filmmaker to return to the United States without serving any additional jail time. The Best Director Oscar-winner (“The Pianist”) was indicted in 1977 on five charges, including “rape by use of drugs” and “furnishing a controlled substance to a minor,” after having sex with 13-year-old girl who had been brought over to his house for a photo shoot. Polanski later reached a deal, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.” As a condition of the deal, he was required to serve 90 days in state prison while undergoing. »

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Roman Polanski Wants Back in U.S. to Settle Child Rape Case

16 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Roman Polanski will make a move next week to return to the U.S. and end his child rape case for good, without serving additional jail time. Polanski's famed lawyer, Harland Braun, has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case. Braun believes the secret testimony supports Polanski's claim that he cut a deal to serve only 48 days behind bars »

- TMZ Staff

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Berlinale: Mediapro Takes Stake in Burman Office, Creating TV Creation-Production Hub (Exclusive)

15 February 2017 11:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — Creating one of the biggest independent creation-production TV hubs in the Spanish-speaking markets which is aimed at making contents for the whole world, Spain’s Mediapro, a “The Young Pope” co-producer, has bought a substantial stake in Argentina’s Burman Office. Headed by Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema, Burman Office is set to produce “Edha,” Netflix’s first TV series in Argentina.

One of the key axes in a fast-emerging new independent production TV scene in Latin America and Spain, the alliance will be unveiled Feb. 16 in Berlin by Mediapro head Jaume Roures and Burman. It builds on a strategic co-development deal between Mediapro and Burman Office for high-end fiction TV series and formats that was announced last July.

Mediapro’s equity investment goes further, however, seeing Burman Office becoming part of the Mediapro, one of Southern Europe’s largest and most international of »

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Berlinale 2017. Getting Better—and Funnier

15 February 2017 1:12 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Other Side of Hope. Malla Hukkanen © Sputnik OyLaughter is a rare gift at film festivals, which so often feel like relentless gloom and doom contests. In this year’s Berlinale Competition, at least thus far, good films have been in even shorter supply than funny ones. I’m really glad to report there’s been improvement on both fronts—after a truly lamentable first few days, laughs as well as quality started trickling into the festival’s main slate.It was a pretty safe bet that Aki Kaurismäki’s new film, The Other Side of Hope, would be a stand-out. The high expectations were surpassed: this may very well be the great Finn’s best outing since his 1996 masterpiece Drifting Clouds. The second part of a planned trilogy addressing the current refugee crisis in Europe, The Other Side of Hope bears strong narrative similarities to its predecessor Le Havre »

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Karyn Kusama On Making Horror Films and Fighting Evil in the Age of Trump

15 February 2017 10:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No one is more surprised by Karyn Kusama’s second act as a horror filmmaker than Kusama herself. Best known in the early aughts for her girl power-driven, high energy offerings “Girlfight” and the Charlize Theron-starring “Aeon Flux” film adaptation, Kusama dipped a toe into horror with 2009’s icky-great “Jennifer’s Body.” It was the perfect feature to kick off the next part of her career, blending her desire to tell female-centric stories alongside genuinely gag-inducing scenes that would feel at home in any horror film.

With 2015’s lauded “The Invitation,” Kusama completed the leap, helming the psychological thriller with white-knuckle ease, a horror story about broken relationships and broken people gussied up into a cross-genre nailbiter. In short, it was scary. And making that kind of film instantly changed the expectations regarding the kind of films that Kusama wanted to make in the future.

“I don’t know »

- Kate Erbland

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Roman Polanski’s Thriller ‘Based on a True Story’ Sells to Sony Classics

14 February 2017 12:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

North American rights to Roman Polanski’s thriller “Based on a True Story” have been sold to Sony Pictures Classics.

The French-language thriller will be distributed by Sony Classics in partnership with RatPac Entertainment. It’s the second deal for Sony Classics on a Polanski project following 2011’s “Carnage.”

“Based on a True Story” stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a Parisian author with writer’s block who discovers a mysterious woman — played by Eva Green — at a book signing.


Toronto: Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner Star in Roman Polanski-Olivier Assayas’ ‘True Story’ (Exclusive)

The producer is Wassim Beji of Wy Productions. Olivier Assayas and Polanski adapted the movie from Delphine de Vigan’s novel of the same name.

The thriller marks Polanski’s first project since making his 2013 drama “Venus in Fur.” “Based on a True Story” was published in 2015 and won the Prix Renaudot and high school prize Goncourt des Lyceens. »

- Dave McNary

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Roman Polanski’s ‘Based on a True Story’ Lands at Sony Classics

14 February 2017 7:12 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired up North American rights to director Roman Polanski’s French-language thriller “Based on a True Story,” the company announced Tuesday. Emmanuelle Seigner stars as a Paris-based author with writer’s block who meets a mysterious woman at a book signing (Eva Green). The film, which recently wrapped production in France, is produced by Wassim Beji of Wy Productions. RatPac Entertainment will partner on distribution with Sony Classics, which last teamed with the Oscar-winning filmmaker on the English-language drama “Carnage” starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet. Also Read: Sony Classics Picks Up Trans Drama 'A Fantastic »

- Thom Geier

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Berlin Review: ‘The Dinner’ Bites Off More Than it Can Chew

11 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s much to talk about over The Dinner, a rather cold and over-flowing plate of black comedy and moral conundrums that leaves one with a certain sinking feeling. It’s the first English-language adaptation of Herman Koch’s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name and the latest film from Israeli-American writer-director Oren Moverman. Unraveling in the confined locations — aside from a number of extended flashbacks — of a laughably swank eatery, Moverman’s adaptation of the text has the feeling of a pressure-cooker stage play, the type where everybody shouts and few people listen. Indeed, it’s the type of unpleasantness that might cause the viewer to recall Roman Polanski’s Carnage (or perhaps Yasmina Reza’s stage play upon which Carnage was based), a film that boasted equally detestable characters although, perhaps, played with slightly more subtlety and restraint.

Indeed, simply mentioning Carnage and “subtlety” in the same sentence »

- Rory O'Connor

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