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Freestyle Acquires Gothic Horror ‘Angelica’ From the Director of ‘Teeth’

11 September 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired the gothic drama Angelica, written and directed by Teeth‘s Mitchell Lichtenstein and starring Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, The Hunger Games), two-time Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist). It’s slated for release on VOD and in limited theaters  November 17th. “Angelica is a gothic tale of a newly […] »

- Brad Miska

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Third Woman Claims Roman Polanski ‘Sexually Victimized’ Her as a Minor

15 August 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A third woman who says she was sexually victimized by film director Roman Polanski when she was a minor will hold a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Gloria Allred announced.

The press conference will be held on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. PST in Los Angeles, CA.

The Oscar winner (“The Pianist”) pled guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain, but later fled the United States to avoid a potentially stiffer penalty. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Adrien Brody Is Still Haunted By ‘The Pianist’ After 15 Years

7 August 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fifteen years have passed since Adrien Brody won best actor for his work in “The Pianist,” and he’s still fielding questions about that role more than anything else. That was certainly the case at a recent press conference with journalists at the Locarno Film Festival, where the actor is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

But you don’t get the feeling, at least not entirely, that he is reminding you of his triumph at the Oscars in order to bask again in residual traces of that glory. It’s more that his portrayal of the Jewish composer Władysław Szpilman in Roman Polanski’s epic film of the Holocaust exacted an emotional toll that, even with a decade and a half under the bright spotlight of Hollywood, he has found difficult to shrug off. “I had to sacrifice large parts of my personal life,” he said. In preparing for the film, »

- Christopher Small

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Adrien Brody on His Ties to China and New Film ‘A Dog Named De Niro’ (Exclusive)

4 August 2017 2:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Adrien Brody was feted Friday with a lifetime achievement award at the Locarno Film Festival, Europe’s preeminent indie event, where he sat down with Variety and talked about why his 2003 Oscar for “The Pianist” didn’t lead to as many big studio roles as could be expected. He also delved into his ties to China, where he is one of a handful of bankable Western stars; and was cagey about his upcoming roles in TV show “Peaky Blinders” and genre-bending picture “A Dog Named De Niro.” Excerpts.

Of your early films the one that stands out for me is “Bread and Roses” by Ken Loach, who was celebrated here in Locarno last year. It’s still timely, given that it’s about exploited Mexican workers in L.A. Can you talk to me a little about working with Loach. How did it happen?

I don’t recall the audition, but »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Adrien Brody to be honoured at Locarno Film Festival

4 July 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning actor to attend festival screening of The Pianist.

Us actor Adrien Brody will receive the honorary 2017 Leopard Club Award at this year’s Locarno Film Festival (Aug 2-12).

Brody, an Oscar-winner for his lead performance in Roman Polanski’s 2002 drama The Pianist, will receive his prize on the Piazza Grande on August 4, when the festival will hold a screening of The Pianist with the actor in attendance.

Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, commented: “With a richly varied and still flourishing career, Adrien Brody has worked with some of the great American directors, from Coppola to Wes Anderson, from Malick to Soderbergh, always displaying the adaptability and technical skills that put him at ease in a remarkable spectrum of performing registers.

“All the same, this is also a classic case of a single performance which won him a lasting place in movie-lovers’ hearts, not so much for the Academy Award it brought him, as »

- (Tom Grater)

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Adrien Brody to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

4 July 2017 3:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Leopard Club Award for lifetime achievement.

Brody is expected to make the trek to the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge fare, where his tribute will include an Aug. 4 screening of Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” for which Brody won the Academy Award for best actor in 2003, in the lakeside town’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. There will also be a public conversation with the actor.

“Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in ‘The Pianist’ (2002), and has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond,” the festival said in a statement. Brody won the Oscar when he was 29 years old.

He made his acting debut as a teenager in Francis Ford Coppola’s “New York Stories” (1989) and »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Locarno: Adrien Brody to Receive Leopard Club Award

4 July 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody will receive this year's top honor from the Locarno Film Festival. He will be on hand to accept the prize, the Leopard Club Award, in Locarno August 4.

Brody was the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Roman Polanski's Holocaust drama The Pianist at the age of 29.

He also won a French Cesar for his role in The Pianist, making him one of only a handful of American actors to hold that distinction. Throughout his career he has been nominated for two Emmys, a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA.


- Scott Roxborough,Ariston Anderson

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Rare Cannes Swedish Favorite, AIDS Drama and Best Actor Winner Phoenix Oscar Chances?

20 June 2017 7:16 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Palme d'Or winner 'The Square' with Claes Bang: 'Gobsmackingly weird' Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers to downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square. Cannes' Palme d'Or winner 'The Square' & other Official Competition favorites' Oscar chances Screenwriter-director Ruben Östlund's The Square was the Palme d'Or winner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which wrapped up on May 28. (See list of Palme d'Or and other 2017 Cannes winners further below.) Clocking in at about 2 hours and 20 minutes, Östlund's unusual comedy-drama revolving around the chaotic p.r. campaign to promote the opening of the titular installation – a symbolic square of light – at a contemporary art museum in Stockholm has been generally well-received by critics. In the opinion of The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, »

- Steph Mont.

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Polanski rape victim asks La judge to drop case

9 June 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Samantha Geimer speaks up on behalf of ‘justice’.

The woman raped by Roman Polanski 40 years ago flew in to Los Angeles to ask a judge on Friday to drop charges against the director.

Samantha Geimer, now 53 and living in Hawaii, was 13 when Polanski assaulted her at the Hollywood house of Jack Nicholson, who was not home at the time of the incident.

In her first public legal appearance in the long-running saga, Geimer appealed to Los Angeles Superior Court judge Scott Gordon. “I am not speaking on behalf of Roman, but justice,” she said.“I implore you to consider to resolve this matter without incarcerating an 83-year-old man.”

Judge Gordon delayed on a decision as he considers a request by Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun to unseal testimony by former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson.

It is the contention of the Polanski camp that their client has served sufficient prison time under a plea deal, and evidence »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Roman Polanski Calls the Court System ‘Dishonest’ in Latest Filing

3 June 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Roman Polanski is still angry at the United States justice system. After comparing the courts to Nazis, the Oscar-winning filmmaker and his lawyer Harland Braun are seeking to have the 2010 testimony of a former district attorney unsealed and given to Interpol. In the process, they made sure to call the court in question “dishonest.”

Roman Polanski, a dual citizen of France and Poland, who has litigated with Jackie Lacey in the courts of three countries, should not be subject to a worldwide arrest warrant based on a conviction for which he has already served three times the sentence promised to him by the dishonest Los Angeles Court,” reads paperwork obtained by Deadline.

Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape 40 years ago. After serving 42 days in prison, he was about to accept a plea bargain that »

- Michael Nordine

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Polish Filmmakers Look Abroad for Co-Production Partners

22 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Polish film industry is embracing international co-production as it seeks to integrate further with the global business, with the encouragement of the Polish Film Institute.

France’s Philippe Carcassonne shot Anne Fontaine’s drama “The Innocents” in Poland with a local co-production partner and financial support from the Pfi.

He praises the professionalism of the local crew, and adds, “I would gladly capitalize on that experience and do it again.”

Among the upcoming international co-productions to have received Pfi backing are Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” and Agnieszka Holland’s “Gareth Jones.”

In addition to the institute’s existing production funds, its general director Magdalena Sroka launched another one last year to support minority co-productions, in which the Polish partner plays a supporting role. In 2016, the fund backed 15 projects, with companies from 22 countries attached.

“It is clearly one of Magdalena Sroka’s focuses to strengthen the co-production of Polish »

- Leo Barraclough

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British screenwriters speak out on 'pathetic' treatment by Hollywood

21 May 2017 6:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winner Ronald Harwood and twice-nominated William Nicholson urge industry to give writers credit they deserve

Without their words, there would be no films, but screenwriters have never received the recognition they deserve in Hollywood. Now two of the industry’s most talented screenwriters, Sir Ronald Harwood and William Nicholson, have spoken out.

Harwood, who won an Oscar for the harrowing Holocaust film The Pianist, said that even the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is “pretty disparaging” towards his profession.

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- Dalya Alberge

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‘Based on a True Story’: Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner Are Lovers in First Look at Roman Polanski’s New Drama

3 May 2017 11:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lionsgate has released the first-look image from Roman Polanski’s thriller-drama “Based on a True Story,” which marks the French-Polish director’s first film in four years. The film, whose original title in French is “D’après une histoire vraie” and stars Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner, will show at the Cannes Films Festival, which will run May 17 – 28.

Read More: Roman Polanski Compares Court to Nazis for Rejecting Motion to Avoid Further Jail Time

The film is an adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s novel of the same name. Polanski wrote the script with writer and “Personal Shopper” director Olivier Assayas. “Based on a True Story” follows a Parisian writer (Seigner) who gets romantically involved with an obsessed admirer (Green) who tries to impose influence on her.

Read More: The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best

During his embattled five-decade career, Polanski has helmed a long list of acclaimed films, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Polanski back on Cannes red carpet by Richard Mowe - 2017-04-28 10:44:15

28 April 2017 2:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Eva Green in Roman Polanski’s out of competition Cannes film Based On A True Story Photo: Unifrance Roman Polanski Photo: Richard Mowe With just over two weeks to go before the start of the 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the organisers have added some titles to the mix including one in competition (The Square by Ruben Östlund) and an out of competition slot for Roman Polanski’s Based On A True Story.

The title had been touted for inclusion early on but Polanski has always been a controversial figure, who earlier in the year had to resign from his role as President of the Césars (France’s Oscars) after protests from feminist groups. He won the Palme d’Or in 2002 for The Pianist, set in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The new film — starring Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Vincent Perez — is focused on a writer who must »

- Richard Mowe

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It could only happen in the movies, or could it? Cinematic Depictions of Real Life Tragedies

27 April 2017 5:39 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

It comes as no surprise that some of our most heinous historical world events have become the subject of a cinematic depiction. As audiences wanting their thirst for great cinema and intrigue in world issues grow we have had, in the naughties alone, Roman Polanski deliver The Pianist in 2002 and more recently László Nemes’ Son of Saul to quench our desire. Even this week, we have the release of Terry George’s The Promise which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in the final years of the Ottoman Empire with Oscar Isaac, Charlotte LeBon and Christian Bale hitting our cinemas.

Whether these events are genocides, horrific murders, acts of terrorism or even demonic paranormal activities, our quest for knowledge, understanding and feeling has inspired filmmakers for years. Their films set out to shine a light on the atrocities and suffering of man, and act to empower »

- Zehra Phelan

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The Promise Review: Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale Take on Armenian Genocide

19 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Promise is an imperfect, but extremely compelling historical drama about the Armenian Genocide. The subject matter is gut wrenching, a brutal account of a rarely addressed crime. The film is written and directed by Terry George, who previously tackled the subject of government sanctioned murder in the harrowing Hotel Rwanda. The Promise does not reach the bar of that masterpiece. It has a high production value and is well acted, but plays out like a soap opera. The narrative issues are problematic in a filmmaking sense. However, the story told is necessary and pertinent for modern times. Humanity still turns a blind eye as atrocities are broadcast daily.

The Promise opens in rural Turkey at the start of World War I. The Ottoman Empire has aligned itself with Germany. Oscar Isaac stars as Mikael, a humble and earnest Armenian village apothecary. Engaged to marry the beautiful Maral (Angela Sarafyan »

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Roman Polanski’s Latest Bid to Avoid U.S. Jail Time for 1977 Rape Case Rejected

4 April 2017 7:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Monday, a Los Angeles County judge rejected Roman Polanski’s latest attempt to avoid jail time in the U.S. for his 1977 statutory rape case. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, in a 13-page decision, the judge said that in his latest motion, the French-Polish filmmaker did not present any new arguments different from what have already been denied by other judges. “No sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues…has been presented,” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon wrote.

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

Moreover, Gordon stated that Polanski remains a fugitive from justice and that prevents him “from obtaining the relief he desires until he presents himself in the court’s jurisdiction.” The “Rosemery’s Baby” director fled the United States in February of 1978 after pleading guilty »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Roman Polanski deal to avoid jail for rape rejected by Us judge

4 April 2017 1:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Prosecutors say the director should not receive special treatment as a “wealthy celebrity”.

A deal for Roman Polanski to return to the Us without going to prison has been rejected by a Us court.

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.

Polanski’s lawyers said he was willing to return to the country if he was assured he would not serve more jail time, but this has been rejected.

At a hearing before Judge Scott Gordon last month, prosecutors said the 83-year-old filmmaker should not receive special treatment as a “wealthy celebrity”.

A ruling released on Monday from Los Angeles Superior Court said: “Judge Gordon has ruled that defendant’s motions and corresponding requests are denied.”

“Polanski is not entitled to avail himself of this court’s power to hear his demands while he openly stands in contempt of a legal »

- (Orlando Parfitt)

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'The Zookeeper's Wife': Film Review

20 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Uncomfortable as it is to admit, there have been so many mediocre Holocaust movies post-Schindler's List that a certain fatigue has set in.

Exceptions exist, of course — films like Roman Polanski's The Pianist or Lajos Koltai's Fateless, which, through their clarity of vision and lack of sentimentality, force us to see the horror with fresh eyes. But most screen depictions of this defining 20th-century atrocity, no matter their angle, rely on predictable emotional, visual and musical cues to coax the audience toward weepy catharsis (see: Life is Beautiful, Jakob the LiarThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Book Thief, Woman in »

- Jon Frosch

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Lucas Hedges, 20, Gushes That Attending the Oscars as a Nominee Is ‘Out of a Fairytale’

26 February 2017 3:05 PM, PST | | See recent news »

At just 20 years old, Lucas Hedges is the youngest acting nominee among the 2017 Oscar hopefuls. Still, he’s been preparing for his big Academy Award red carpet moment for more than a decade.

“My dad was nominated for an Oscar 13 years ago and I came with him as his plus-one,” he told Ryan Seacrest during the E! pre-show red carpet broadcast. Hedges’ father, Peter Hedges, scored a Best Adapted Screenplay nod in 2002 for About a Boy

“Oscars were our Super Bowl,” he continues with a smile. “To be here is really kind of out of a fairytale.”

While his dad »

- Jordan Runtagh

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