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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 »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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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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The Case for Christ gets a new trailer

13 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pure Flix has released a new trailer for The Case for Christ, a religious drama telling the true story of Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist and avowed atheist, who applied his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife, only to result in unexpected and life-altering results.

In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Based on Strobel’s bestselling book of the same name, The Case For Christ is a dramatic and heartfelt telling of their compelling journey. Coming to theaters in 2017, this moving story is for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God… »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Among Film Music Critics Nominees

9 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The International Film Music Critics Assn. has announced nominations for the 13th annual Ifmca Awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2016. Leading the pack are Michael Giacchino and Justin Hurwitz with five nominations each, and Abel Korzeniowski, with four.

Giacchino is nominated for his work on comic book fantasy film “Doctor Strange” and the socially conscious box office hit “Zootopia.” In addition, his song “Night on the Yorktown” from “Star Trek Beyond” is up for film music composition of the year. A 36-time Ifmca Award nominee, Giacchino previously received score of the year honors in 2004 for “The Incredibles,” and in 2009 for “Up.”

Hurwitz’s “La La Land” work has already been a force this season, taking home two Golden Globes among countless other prizes. The contemporary homage to Hollywood movie musicals earned him Ifmca noms for score of the year, comedy score, and film music composition of the year. Hurwitz »

- Dani Levy

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Jack Nicholson to Co-Star With Kristen Wiig in First Film Since 2010: Report

8 February 2017 4:27 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Heeee’s back! Jack Nicholson is coming out to retirement for his first film role since 2010. The seasoned actor, 79, will star in the English-language remake of the German film Toni Erdmann, sources tell Variety.

Watch: Exclusive: Melissa McCarthy Teases Kristen Wiig Guest Appearance for Her New Series, 'Nobodies'

Toni Erdmann is currently nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It follows the story of a practical joker father trying to reconnect with his hard-working daughter.

In the remake, Kristen Wiig is set to play Nicholson’s daughter. Paramont Pictures has not commented on the casting rumors.

Sources told Variety that Nicholson loved the German film and quickly worked with the team at Paramont to secure the rights.

The legendary actor, who has been involved in the business since the ‘50s, last appeared in 2010’s How Do You Know.

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Mel Brooks to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

8 February 2017 2:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Brooks has been named this year’s recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Fellowship, it was announced Wednesday. The actor, director and producer will receive the award from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who serves as president of BAFTA, at the British Academy Film Awards, which take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.

Mel Brooks is a truly unique and multi-talented filmmaker. We are absolutely thrilled to award him the Fellowship,” said Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA.

The BAFTA Fellowship is the body’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Recent recipients include Terry Gilliam, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Mike Leigh and last year’s honoree Sidney Poitier.

“I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor,” said Brooks. »

- Robert Mitchell

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Six Movie Franchises That Were Cut Short

3 February 2017 8:23 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Filmmakers often plan ahead, and many of the movies which come out each year are designed to be part of a multi-film series. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, the first sequel bombs and the third movie never gets made. Here are 6 short movie franchises that remained unfinished.

There have been many successful franchises over the years. Franchises are a very hot thing right now. However, for every Star Wars, Dark Knight or Captain America franchise, there is a failed film series. Often these intended series will start off with an excellent movie but the second film will derail any plans for a third movie or beyond.

In no particular order, here are six franchises that never got past a second film.

Conan: Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian warrior Conan in 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, which was a box office hit. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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“How Do You Show Something That Isn’t There?”: Dp Sam Painter on Water & Power: A California Heist

28 January 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The story of California is indelibly tied to water. Marina Zenovich, the director of well-received docs on Roman Polanski (Wanted and Desired) and Richard Pryor (Omit the Logic), explores this relationship in Water & Power: A California Heist, which screened in competition this week at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her film investigates the state’s ongoing water crisis with an emphasis on Chinatown-esque corruption. Zenovich tapped Dp Sam Painter (Going Clear) as one of two cinematographers for the film. Painter spoke with Filmmaker ahead of Water & Power‘s premiere about the film’s blend of hand held footage, dramatically lit interviews and drone imagery.  Filmmaker: […] »

- Filmmaker Staff

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Blu-ray Review: The Asphalt Jungle Is Near Perfect

25 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

John Huston was one of the greatest mid-century (or ever) American directors. He directed The Maltese FalconThe African QueenKey LargoPrizzi's HonorThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Annie, and The Misfits, among others. Huston had previously been an opera singer, and enjoyed a healthy acting career as well when he choose to venture to the other side of the camera, with stints in ChinatownBattle for the Planet of the ApesWise Blood, and voice overs and narration for animated films such as The Black Cauldron and The Return of the King. And of course, he fathered actors Anjelica and Danny Huston. Today, we're going to delve into the Criterion Collection's recent blu-ray release of one of Huston's finest noirs, The Asphalt Jungle. Starring the manly Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen (so good here), Louis...

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‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Clip: WWII Interracial Romance Faces Conflict In Small South Carolina Town

24 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Maggie Greenwald’s romantic drama “Sophie and the Rising Sun” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and just over one year later, it will be released in select theaters nationwide. Based on the Augusta Trobaugh novel by the same name, the film follows the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the fervor of World War II that has hit Salty Creek, South Carolina. Salty Creek native Sophie Willis (Julianne Nicholson) falls for the mysterious stranger Mr. Grover Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi), but as their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates and bigotry threatens Ohta’s life. The film co-stars Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Selma”), Diane Ladd (“Chinatown”), Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip below.

Read More: ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Interracial Lovers Combat Prejudice In Rural South Carolina During WWII

The film is written and directed by Maggie Greenwald. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Roman Polanski’s Appointment as President of César Awards Angers French Women’s Groups

20 January 2017 4:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As American citizens protest Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States, over in France, women’s groups are calling out the César Awards after it was announced that Roman Polanski would preside over this year’s ceremony.

The Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, which organizes the event, stated that the controversial filmmaker had been nominated to be president of the César ceremony.

“Artist, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, actor, director – there are many words to define Roman Polanski,” the Académie said, per The Guardian. “But there is only one to express our admiration and enchantment: thank you, Mr President.”

Winner of four Best Director César awards, the filmmaker is best known for his films “The Pianist,” “Chinatown,” “Tess” and “The Ghost Writer.” In 1977 he was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles. After pleading guilty, agreeing on a settlement and serving 42 days in prison, he »

- Liz Calvario

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Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Love of Cinema Is a Driving Force in His Career

19 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brett Ratner loves cinema. When speaking with the 47-year-old filmmaker, it’s abundantly clear that movies are unspooling through his veins, and if our discussions felt more like two movie buffs just enjoying great conversation, it’s because of his general enthusiasm for the medium.

“It was always my dream to direct movies,” he says, rarely pausing for a breath. “I always knew I’d do it. I had the drive and the desire. I was determined. But I never knew I’d be making movies of this size, stuff like the ‘Rush Hour’ films and ‘X-Men’ and ‘Red Dragon.’ When I was in film school, I knew I wanted to make entertaining movies. But I don’t think I could have prepared for how fast my rise would be. I was 26 when I got my first film.”

But it was before he’d set foot on a movie set »

- Nick Clement

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Roman Polanski to Serve as President of France's Cesar Awards

18 January 2017 2:40 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Roman Polanski will serve as president of this year’s Cesar Awards ceremony, the French Academy announced Wednesday.

Academy president Alain Terzian called the director “an insatiable esthetic,” in the announcement citing his works from Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown as “masterpieces.”

Polanski won the best director Cesar for The Pianist in 2002 and Venus in Fur in 2014. »

- Rhonda Richford

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Poster and trailer for religious drama The Case for Christ

10 January 2017 1:45 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pure Flix, the studio behind the likes of God’s Not Dead and I’m Not Ashamed, has released a poster and trailer for its latest religious drama The Case for Christ, which tells the story of follows Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist and avowed atheist, who applied his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results. Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…

In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Based on Strobel’s bestselling book of the same name, The Case For Christ is »

- Gary Collinson

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Top 10 performances directed by Martin Scorsese

4 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseTop 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseShane McNeil1/4/2017 11:30:00 Am

On January 6th 2017, Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence finally hits the big screen.

Based on the Japanese novel by Shûsaku Endô, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face torture and persecution after traveling to Japan to find their mentor and spread the word of Catholicism. It's bound to be a heavy handed film, and with Scorsese directing, we wouldn't be wrong to expect another masterpiece from the legendary filmmaker.

Here he directs stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, the three of which look to be Oscar contenders for their performances. While none of them have been nominated by the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild, there's a good chance the very late in the year release of Silence (it plays just in time in New York and Los »

- Shane McNeil

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