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Roman Polanski thanks fans for support

29 December 2009 8:05 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has thanked fans for their support as he battles extradition to the Us to face sentencing over a 1977 child sex charge. The Rosemary's Baby director pleaded guilty to bedding a 13-year-old girl but fled to France before he could be sentenced. He was detained in Zurich in September 2009 and kept behind bars until earlier this month. He is now under house arrest at a ski chalet in Switzerland as he waits for officials to decide in January 2010 whether they will agree to the extradition request. Now he's released his first public statement since he was held, crediting letters of encouragement from supporters with helping him cope with the ongoing ordeal. »

- Ellie Pratt

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Hollywood’s greatest theme tunes

28 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Cinema is self-evidently a visual medium but without music, most films would remain earthbound. The best movie scores help films to take wing. The music becomes as emblazoned in the audience's mind as any of the images. Whether it's the rousing theme of a Western like The Magnificent Seven or The Big Country, the equally stirring music of a war movie like 633 Squadron or The Dam Busters, the haunting "la la la la" refrain that plays recurrently through Rosemary's Baby, or the insistent and ominous "shark" theme from Jaws, the soundtrack helps to define the film. »

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Polanski 'Overwhelmed' By Support

28 December 2009 4:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has thanked fans for their support as he battles extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing over a 1977 child sex charge.

The Rosemary's Baby director pleaded guilty to bedding a 13-year-old girl but fled to France before he could be sentenced. He was detained in Zurich in September and kept behind bars until earlier this month.

He is now under house arrest at a ski chalet in Switzerland as he waits for officials to decide in January whether they will agree to the extradition request.

Now he's released his first public statement since he was held, crediting letters of encouragement from supporters with helping him cope with the ongoing ordeal.

He writes, "In the darkest moments, each of their notes has been a source of comfort and hope, and they continue to be so in my current situation.

"I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support and sympathy I have received in Winterthur prison, and that I continue to receive here, in my chalet in Gstaad, where I am spending the holidays with my wife and my children.

"These messages have come from my neighbours, from people all over Switzerland, and from beyond Switzerland - from across the world.

"I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail. I would like to be able to answer all of them. But it is impossible: there are too many."

The message has been posted on the website of magazine Le Regle du Jeu, which belongs to philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, one of Polanski's most loyal supporters. »

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Polanski Finishing Film Under House Arrest

20 December 2009 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Roman Polanski isn't allowing his legal woes to disrupt the editing of his latest movie The Ghost Writer - he's completing post-production on the film while under house arrest in Switzerland.

Earlier this month, the Rosemary's Baby director was transferred to his holiday home from a Swiss jail after more than 60 days in detention.

Swiss government officials revealed on Wednesday that Polanski will have to wait until in January to find out whether he will be sent back to Los Angeles - where he is wanted for sentencing after pleading guilty to have having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Polanski has lived in exile in Europe ever since he fled America in 1978.

However, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, a friend of the 76-year-old director, says Polanski is working while the extradition request hangs over him.

Levy tells the Lausanne-based weekly Le Matin Dimanche he visited Polanski in his chalet in the luxury Swiss resort of Gstaad earlier this month, and insists the director is like "a rock".

He adds: "It's in fact very impressive. He is in the process of finishing at a distance the editing of his next film, which I understand will be in the official selection at the next Berlin Festival."

Polanski wears an electronic monitoring bracelet around his ankle to prevent him from leaving the grounds of the chalet. He is able to receive guests inside or outside the house, work on his films, make telephone calls and send e-mails. »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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Polanski's Ghost Writer to premiere in Berlin

16 December 2009 9:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The latest film from the Oscar-winning director, currently under house arrest in Switzerland, will be unveiled alongside Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island

The big star of next year's Berlin international film festival may yet prove to be noticeable by his absence – the new picture by Roman Polanski has been selected to premiere at the event, but the director remains in detention in Switzerland.

Polanski's drama, now called The Ghost Writer, is based on a novel by Robert Harris. It tells the tale of a writer recruited to help a disgraced British prime minister produce his memoirs against the backdrop of a possible indictment at the international criminal court. The film stars Pierce Brosnan as the statesman and Ewan McGregor as his hired author. Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams take supporting roles.

Polanski, the director of Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, is currently under house arrest at his Swiss home »

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Swiss to make Polanski decision in 2010

16 December 2009 8:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Zurich -- Switzerland will decide next year whether to extradite film director Roman Polanski to the U.S. for sentencing over a 1977 case of unlawful sex with a minor, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.

"There will be nothing more this year. At the earliest we'll make an announcement early next year as to whether the criteria for extradition have been met," said Folco Galli, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry.

Galli said Polanski would remain under house arrest at his chalet in the skiing resort of Gstaad until then.

The 76-year-old Oscar-winning director, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested at the request of the U.S. when he flew into Switzerland on Sept. 26 to receive a lifetime achievement prize at a film festival.

Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl but fled the U.S. on the eve of his 1978 sentencing because he »

- By Catherine Bosley, Reuters

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Polanski Extradition Ruling Set For New Year

16 December 2009 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Roman Polanski will have to wait until January to find out whether he will be extradited to the U.S., according to Swiss officials.

The Rosemary's Baby director is facing sentencing for sexually assaulting a minor and is currently under house arrest in Switzerland following his detention in September.

Polanski has lived in exile in Europe ever since he fled America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Swiss government officials revealed on Wednesday that an announcement over whether they have agreed to the extradition request will be made in early 2010.

Spokesman for the Federal Justice Ministry, Folco Galli, says, "A decision on the extradition of Roman Polanski will be rendered at the beginning of next year." »

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Art of the Movie Poster #2: The House of the Devil

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kellerhouse Inc., has created stunning covers for Criterion Collection releases, and even developed logos for Pixar's "Finding Nemo", and "Up" (his website is well worth a look). This time around he creates his own inspired version of a 70's/80's horror poster that evokes its own kind of chills while tipping its hat to the likes of "Carrie", "Rosemary's Baby", and "Black Christmas". - This month we welcome Art Director, Neil Kellerhouse, to discuss our featured poster for "The House of the Devil". The man is no stranger to film graphics: His company, Kellerhouse Inc., has created stunning covers for Criterion Collection releases, and even developed logos for Pixar's "Finding Nemo", and "Up" (his website is well worth a look). This time around he creates his own inspired version of a 70's/80's horror poster that evokes its own kind of chills while tipping its hat to the likes of »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Polanski's Film Picked Up By Twilight Studio

12 December 2009 6:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The furore surrounding Roman Polanski's arrest hasn't hindered his latest film project - the movie will be distributed by the studio behind the hit Twilight franchise.

The Rosemary's Baby auteur is currently under house arrest after being taken into custody by Swiss authorities in September. He is waiting to see whether the country will extradite him to the U.S. to face sentencing for a child sex charge.

Polanski has lived in exile in Europe ever since he fled America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13 year old girl in 1977.

But despite the controversy, the director's latest film, The Ghost Writer, will not suffer - Summit Entertainment has signed as the distributor of the film in North America.

And the movie, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, has had no problem selling to other studios across the globe - with Summit stating it had been snapped up in all other major territories.

Brosnan recently supported his filmmaker pal - calling for the case to be speedily dealt with so Polanski can get on with his life. »

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Roman Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer' ready to thrill in the U.S.

11 December 2009 12:02 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If anyone thinks Summit Entertainment's dip in the prestige filmmaking world with "The Hurt Locker" was a one shot wonder they're sadly mistaken.  The company that has lived off the massive success of "The Twilight Saga" announced today it will distribute Roman Polanski's new thriller "The Ghost Writer" to North American audiences in the first half of 2010.   Currently, under house arrest in Switzerland and awaiting possible extradition to the United States,the visionary behind such classics as "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" has been finishing up the thriller that features Ewan McGregor, Olivia Wilde, Pierce Brosnan and Kim Cattrall. According to a »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Polanski's Lawyers Fight For Case Dismissal

11 December 2009 12:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lawyers representing Roman Polanski have urged a three-judge California appeals court to reconsider throwing out a 32-year-old child sex case against their client.

The moviemaker, who is currently under house arrest in Switzerland, has been living in exile in Europe since fleeing to France on the eve of sentencing in 1978 after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl at a Hollywood party in 1977.

His attorneys made another attempt to have the criminal case dismissed on Thursday, telling the panel of justices that Polanski's treatment by the California courts and prosecutors was "a really remarkable, astonishing record of misconduct".

They accused original trial judge Laurence Rittenband, who died of cancer in 1993, of misconduct and unethical acts more than 30 years ago.

Attorney Chad Hummel told the court, "I would argue to dismiss the case here and now... It sends chills up your spine what Judge Rittenband was doing."

The prosecution argued that the Rosemary's Baby film-maker should make an appearance in court to bid for a dismissal.

Deputy district attorney Phyllis Asayama said, "Do we want to send a message not only to this defendant but to other defendants that fleeing is an option?"

The judges are expected to make a decision within 90 days. »

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Polanski's Appeal In Court Today

10 December 2009 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A three-judge California appeals court will decide whether or not filmmaker Roman Polanski will have to return to the U.S. to face 32-year-old charges he sexually assaulted a minor.

The Rosemary's Baby director is under house arrest in Switzerland following his detention in September.

His attorneys are attempting to get the case against Polanski dismissed.

The moviemaker has been living in exile in Europe since fleeing to France on the eve of sentencing in 1978 after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl at a Hollywood party in 1977.

The Court of Appeals will meet with Polanski's lawyers on Thursday to decide if the director will have to appear in person to fight for his freedom. »

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Roman Polanski begins house arrest in Swiss chalet

4 December 2009 5:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film director confined to property in Gstaad while Swiss authorities decide whether to extradite him to the Us

Roman Polanski today began his house arrest on $4.5m (£2.7m) bail, arriving in the Swiss resort of Gstaad in a police convoy.

The film director was welcomed by his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and his children, Elvis, nine, and 16-year-old Morgane, at his Alpine chalet.

He arrived in the resort after persuading the Swiss authorities to end his two-month spell in a Swiss prison pending their decision on whether to extradite him to the Us in a 32-year-old sex case.

Two police cars went into the chalet's garage, which has direct access to the house.

Polanski was unseen behind tinted windows, but police confirmed to the Associated Press that he was in one of the vehicles.

"Roman Polanski was released from custody pending extradition and transferred to Gstaad, where he is under house arrest at his chalet, »

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Polanski moved to undisclosed location

3 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Geneva -- Authorities acted to protect Roman Polanski from public attention Thursday by moving him from a Zurich area jail to an undisclosed location before his transfer to house arrest in the Swiss Alps.

Polanski was taken from the jail in Winterthur for "security reasons and personal protection," Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said.

Galli declined to say where the 76-year-old director was being held. But he told The Associated Press that Polanski was still expected to be taken to his chalet in the luxury resort of Gstaad on Friday afternoon.

"This doesn't change anything in principle," Galli said. "He will still be transferred tomorrow."

Polanski won't be allowed to leave his house while Switzerland decides whether to extradite him to the U.S. for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. He will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

The director of such film classics as "Rosemary's Baby, »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Paul Wendkos obituary

1 December 2009 10:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film and TV director made famous by his 'Gidget' surf movies

Despite a long and varied career, in which he made several excellent films noirs, westerns, thrillers and war dramas, and a fair number of superior television movies, it was the wry fate of the film and television director Paul Wendkos, who has died of a lung infection aged 87, that his death was announced widely with the words "Gidget director dies".

The popular teen surf movies – Gidget (1959), Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) – directed by Wendkos, are interesting documents of pre-hippy conservative California youth culture. Gidget, a contraction of girl and midget, is the nickname of a 16-year-old adolescent (played in succession by Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol) trying to cope with the problems of growing up, mainly defined by her relationship with her boyfriend, Moondoggie (James Darren).

According to the Variety review of »

- Ronald Bergan

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Paul Wendkos obituary

1 December 2009 10:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film and TV director made famous by his 'Gidget' surf movies

Despite a long and varied career, in which he made several excellent films noirs, westerns, thrillers and war dramas, and a fair number of superior television movies, it was the wry fate of the film and television director Paul Wendkos, who has died of a lung infection aged 87, that his death was announced widely with the words "Gidget director dies".

The popular teen surf movies – Gidget (1959), Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) – directed by Wendkos, are interesting documents of pre-hippy conservative California youth culture. Gidget, a contraction of girl and midget, is the nickname of a 16-year-old adolescent (played in succession by Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol) trying to cope with the problems of growing up, mainly defined by her relationship with her boyfriend, Moondoggie (James Darren).

According to the Variety review of »

- Ronald Bergan

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Roman Polanski's release delayed

30 November 2009 8:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Zurich -- Swiss authorities will not release Roman Polanski into house arrest at his luxury Alpine chalet for a few more days, the French consul said Monday.

After visiting the director in jail, French Consul Jean-Luc Faure-Tournaire told waiting journalists that Polanski was well but his release might not happen for a few more days.

A spokesman for the Swiss Justice Department declined to give any time, but said Polanski still needed to deposit his bail of $4.5 million and that electronic monitoring needed to be set up at his chalet in Gstaad.

Polanski is fighting extradition to face U.S. sentencing over a 1977 case of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The 76-year-old Oscar-winning director, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested at the request of the U.S. when he flew into Switzerland on Sept. 26 to receive a lifetime achievement prize at a film festival.

Polanski was originally indicted on six charges, »

- By Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters

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Polanski wins $4.5M bail, house arrest likely

25 November 2009 12:08 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Roman Polanski has been granted $4.5 million bail, clearing the way for the fugitive director to move within days from a Swiss jail to house arrest and electronic monitoring at his Alpine resort chalet.The justice minister said Wednesday she saw no reason to appeal the surprise decision by the Swiss Criminal Court. Polanski would have to remain in Switzerland as authorities assess whether to extradite him to the U.S. for having sex in Los Angeles in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said the final decision on transferring Polanski to his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad would be made "quickly.""The 76-year-old appellant is married and the father of two minors," the court said as it considered Polanski's offer of a cash bail secured by his apartment in Paris. "It can be assumed that as a responsible father he will, »

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