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Peter Travers' 2017 Alt-Oscars: From Scorsese to 'Deadpool'

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Come Sunday, a.k.a. Oscars night, we'll all be tipping our hats to the year's winners. But before we do that, here's to the "losers" – the worthy ones of 2016 that, for whatever cockamamie reason, didn't even get a nomination.

In an effort to do right where the Academy effed up, I give you the Travers Awards – my own personal version of the Alt-Oscars. (For those of you playing along at home, the award is an engraved image of a critic screaming.) It's one last chance to single out the »

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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 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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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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29 Days until Oscar

28 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

29 is the number of the day. It's also the most common age for Best Actress winners. That's quite something if you consider that the youngest best actor winner of all time was 29 and just a month shy of his 30th (Adrien Brody, The Pianist). The gender bias that preferences young actresses and older men gets even worse when you realize that Half of all Best Actress winners won by the age of 33. Less than 10% of Best Actor winners were 33 and under. The eight women who won at 29 are...

Emma Stone is the youngest Best Actress nominee this year at 28 and expected to win by most pundits. Stone is the same age now as the following winners were: Norma Shearer in The Divorcee, Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve, Luise Rainer in The Good Earth and Charlize Theron in Monster.

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Roman Polanski Withdraws from César Awards Panel Following Online Protest

24 January 2017 1:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Roman Polanski has bowed out of presiding over the César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars, after his appointment to the prestigious role sparked outrage.

According to a statement from Polanski’s lawyer Herve Temime obtained by the Associated Press, the Rosemary’s Baby director stepped down “so as not to disrupt the Césars ceremony, which should be devoted to cinema and not to the designation of its president.”

A women’s rights group called Osez le Feminisme organized protests, started a petition that garnered over 60,000 signatures and threatened to boycott the ceremony due to the 83-year-old director’s »

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Roman Polanski Pulls Out of Cesar Presidency Amid Protests

24 January 2017 1:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Roman Polanski has pulled out of the presidency of France’s Cesar Awards, the country’s equivalent to the Oscars, after widespread protests, Variety has confirmed.

Protests across France were spearheaded by local feminist organization Osez le Feminisme, which said that appointing the French-Polish filmmaker as president was “an insult to rape and sexual assault victims” and called for a boycott of the Cesars. The organization collected about 60,000 signatures on a petition to have Polanski withdrawn. After days of outcry, the director’s lawyer told the Associated Press that Polanski had given up the Cesar presidency, an honorary role which entails giving an opening speech at the awards ceremony.

Polanski is still wanted by authorities in the U.S. for having sex with a minor, in a case dating back to 1977. A bid by the U.S. to have him extradited was recently rejected by Poland’s supreme court. »

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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 »

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Calls to boycott French film awards over Roman Polanski honour

20 January 2017 6:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Women’s groups describe decision to have veteran director preside over César ceremony as ‘snub to rape victims’

French women’s groups have called for a boycott of the César awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars, after Roman Polanski was asked to preside over this year’s ceremony.

The veteran film director, who has won four best director Césars for movies including Tess, The Pianist and The Ghost Writer, is wanted in the Us on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977.

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- Jon Henley European affairs correspondent

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Roman Polanski to preside over French Césars

18 January 2017 6:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Decision to fete director still haunted by 1977 statutory rape charge sparks controversy in some quarters in France. 

French-Polish director Roman Polanski will preside over the 42nd edition of the French Césars on Feb 24, France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences has announced.

“Insatiable aesthete, Roman Polanski has reinvented his art and work over the years,” academy president Alain Terzian said in a statement. 

“Artist, cineaste, producer, screenwriter, actor, director, there are many words that define Roman Polanski but only one to express our admiration and enchantment: thank you.”

However, the decision to honour Polanski has sparked protest from some quarters in France due to the 1977 charge that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl, who was modelling for him on a Vogue magazine shoot in Los Angeles.

News of his César presidency prompted a wave of social media postings protesting that Polanski should be honoured in this way given the rape charge, regardless of the »

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Roman Polanski to Preside at France’s Cesar Awards

18 January 2017 3:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Controversial French-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski is set to preside at the 42nd edition of the Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars.

Although the honorary role of president entails hardly more than a speech introducing the ceremony, it underscores the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques’ unwavering admiration for Polanski.

“It’s no fewer than eight times that the Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques has honored the director. An insatiable aesthete, Roman Polanski has been reinventing his arts and films through the years,” said the Cesar Awards in a statement.

“Artist, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, comedian, director – there are so many words to define Roman Polanski, but only one to express our admiration and delight: Thank you, Mr. President,” stated the Academy, which is headed by Alain Terzian, who is also a film producer.

In the U.S., where he won an Oscar for “The Pianist” in »

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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. »

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Altitude boards adaptation of Sempé's 'Raoul Taburin'

13 January 2017 3:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Wild Bunch is launching sales on Pan-Européenne-led production at Unifrance Rdv in Paris.

The UK’s Altitude Film Entertainment has boarded French director Pierre Godeau’s upcoming adaptation of Jean-Jacques Sempé’s heart-warming tale Raoul Taburin.

Set against the backdrop of a small French town, the film will star Benoît Poelvoorde as the endearingly comic figure of Raoul Taburin, a reputed bicycle shop owner desperate to hide the fact he cannot ride a bike himself.

Altitude has pre-bought UK rights with company chief Will Clarke taking an executive producer credit.

The deal builds on a growing relationship between Altitude and Nathalie Gastaldo-Godeau and Philippe Godeau’s Paris and London-based Pan-Européene which has developed since the couple moved to the UK in 2015.

Last year, the two companies entered a partnership for the UK release of Jérôme Salles’s Jacques Cousteau bio-pic The Odyssey, under which the film will hit UK screens this June.

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