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No Down Payment

The blacklist strikes back as both writer Ben Maddow and director Martin Ritt examine the booming ’50s phenomenon of The Suburbs. No money up front will get you into an ‘estate’ of your dreams, provided you’re white. Possibly a little too direct in its messaging of sickness in the American dream, much of what we see in the ticky-tacky subdivision of Sunrise Hills will ring true to those of us who lived it.

No Down Payment


Twilight Time

1957 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 101 min. / Street Date April 17, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchell, Patricia Owens, Barbara Rush, Pat Hingle, Robert H. Harris, Aki Aleong, Charles Herbert, Mimi Gibson.

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Film Editor: Lois R. Loeffler

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Philip Yordan, front for Ben Maddow; from the book by John McPartland

Produced by Jerry Wald
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Roman Polanski Extradition Bid Rejected by Top Polish Court

Roman Polanski Extradition Bid Rejected by Top Polish Court
London — A bid by the U.S. to extradite Roman Polanski has been rejected by Poland’s Supreme Court.

The decision brings to an end efforts by the U.S. government to force Polanski to face justice for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl at a photo shoot in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Polanski, who holds both Polish and French citizenship, is now free to live and work in Poland.

In May, Poland’s Justice Minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, had appealed to Poland’s Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court ruling that the director should not be sent to the U.S.

“We are very happy that the case is finally over,” one of Polanski’s lawyers, Jan Olszewski, told Reuters. “We hope that this ruling becomes a stimulus for the American side to perhaps use existing legal opportunities to issue a ruling in absentia and consider the penalty served.
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Moby Dick

I have a back file of reader notes asking for a Blu-ray for John Huston’s Moby Dick, and more pointedly, wondering what will be done with its strange color scheme. I wasn’t expecting miracles, but this new Twilight Time disc should make the purists happy – it has approximated the film’s original, heavily muted color scheme.

Moby Dick


Twilight Time

1956 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice,

Harry Andrews, Orson Welles, Bernard Miles, Mervyn Johns, Noel Purcell, Frederick Ledebur

Cinematography Oswald Morris

Art Direction Ralph W. Brinton

Film Editor Russell Lloyd

Original Music Philip Sainton

Writing credits Ray Bradbury and John Huston

Produced and Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Talk about a picture with a renewed reputation… in its day John Huston’s Moby Dick was not considered a success,
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Valley of the Dolls

High camp or just plain trash? A cultural-cinematic swamp in perfectly rotten taste, this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's supermarket 'dirty book' seeks out tawdry sleaze like no American movie had before. Junk beyond belief, and great entertainment if you're in a sick frame of mind. Valley of the Dolls Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 835 1967 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion, Lee Grant, Naomi Stevens, Robert H. Harris, Jacqueline Susann, Robert Viharo, Joey Bishop, George Jessel, Dionne Warwick, Sherry Alberoni, Margaret Whiting, Richard Angarola, Richard Dreyfuss, Marvin Hamlisch, Judith Lowry. Cinematography William H. Daniels Film Editor Dorothy Spencer Conductor / Music Adaptor John Williams Written by Helen Deutsch, Dorothy Kingsley Jacqueline Susann Produced by Mark Robson, David Weisbart Directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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Once a Star Always a Star: Turner's Scandals on TCM

Lana Turner movies: Scandal and more scandal Lana Turner is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m a little — or rather, a lot — late in the game posting this article, but there are still three Lana Turner movies left. You can see Turner get herself embroiled in scandal right now, in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), both the director and the star’s biggest box-office hit. More scandal follows in Mark Robson’s Peyton Place (1957), the movie that earned Lana Turner her one and only Academy Award nomination. And wrapping things up is George Sidney’s lively The Three Musketeers (1948), with Turner as the ruthless, heartless, remorseless — but quite elegant — Lady de Winter. Based on Fannie Hurst’s novel and a remake of John M. Stahl’s 1934 melodrama about mother love, class disparities, racism, and good cooking, Imitation of Life was shown on
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Review: "Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series" On DVD From Timeless Media Group

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By Harvey Chartrand

Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 4-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 34 episodes, with a running time of about 840 minutes. Mr. Lucky– created by writer/director Blake Edwards (Peter Gunn) – ran for only one season (from 1959 to 1960), even though it was a hit with viewers.

This adventure/crime drama is a sort of Peter Gunn Lite, featuring a lush, organ-powered theme song by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of Mr. Lucky’s soundtrack is included in the set), an assortment of shady characters aboard a floating casino, and competent acting by series regulars John Vivyan (as suave professional gambler Mr. Lucky), Ross Martin (as his sidekick and business partner Andamo), Pippa Scott (as Mr. Lucky’s girlfriend Maggie Shank-Rutherford) and Tom Brown (as Lieutenant Rovacs, Mr. Lucky’s
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Roman Polanski freed

Roman Polanski freed
It’s back to Paris for Roman Polanski and back to square one in legal attempts to extradite the controversial auteur.

How viable the director’s film career remains is even more unclear.

Swiss authorities said early Monday that they will not extradite Polanski, 76, and that the director, wanted in the U.S. on a 1977 charge of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, is a free man.

But by the afternoon, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley responded that though Switzerland refused to return the director to California for sentencing, extradition will be sought if he is arrested elsewhere.

“Our office complied fully with all of the factual and legal requirements of the extradition treaty and requests by the U.S. and Swiss Departments of Justice and State,” Cooley said. “We will discuss with the Department of Justice the extradition of Roman Polanski if he’s arrested in a cooperative jurisdiction.
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The art of the ghostwriter

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In today's podcast, in the week when Roman Polanksi's new film of Robert Harris's novel, The Ghost, is released, Claire Armitstead discusses the film with to the Guardian's critic, Peter Bradshaw.

She also talks to the journalist Simon Hattenstone, who ghost-wrote Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography and the autobiography of Dwayne Brooks (the boy who was attacked with Stephen Lawrence on the night Lawrence was murdered), about the art of the ghost-writer. And John Crace digests the relationship between Wayne Rooney and his ghost-writer, Hunter Davies.

Reading list

Ronnie: The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan

Steve and Me: My Friendship with Stephen Lawrence and the Search for Justice by Duwayne Brooks

Wayne Rooney: My Story by Wayne Rooney and Hunter Davies

Claire ArmitsteadPeter BradshawSimon HattenstoneScott CawleyJohn Crace
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Ghost Writer Review

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Hey, lookit that giant motherfucking elephant just sitting in the room, shitting in the corner, making a big ol' stink. It is literally impossible for me to review this film objectively. Because no matter how good or bad it is, it's going to be overshadowed by director Roman Polanski's exploits. The merits of his artistry will forever be skewed -- either tainted for those who eternally chant "Roman e Rapist" or the sycophants who feel necessary to bolster their appreciation as if touting praise for his work somehow defends him. Allegations of kiddie-diddling aside, Roman Polanski is simply a phenomenal director -- imbuing all of his work with signature attitude, concussively mordant finales, and jarring wit. But we can't put the allegations aside, because that's how society works. Our history is resplendent with luminaries who have committed sins that forever mar their reputations, be they golden-showering rap stars, car-murderin' first ladies,
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First Impressions and One-Sheet for Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer'

First Impressions and One-Sheet for Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer'
A few weeks ago, we got a sneak peek at Roman Polanski's newest film, The Ghost Writer, previously known as The Ghost, and we can finally loosen our lips a tad to talk about this thriller. (A full review of the final cut will be forthcoming the week of release.) Ewan McGregor plays a professional ghost writer known for more fluffy and financially successful books than serious political biographies. Nevertheless, he is brought in at the last minute to finish the memoirs of former British Pm Adam Lang after the previous ghost writer -- and Lang's close friend -- mysteriously drowns before finishing the book.

Lang has sequestered himself on a little island in New England to finish his memoirs, but the handsome and athletic figurehead seems seems far less interested in politics than his savvy wife Ruth. The book's deadline isn't the only thing looming in this ominous,
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Summit 2010 Preview: Synopses and Images from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Furry Vengeance, Remember Me, The Ghostwriter, and More

Summit Entertainment has released synopses and some first look images from their 2010 films and it’s all after the jump. They’re 2010 preview includes The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade (Hard Candy) and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Bryce Dallas Howard; Furry Vengeance, directed by Roger Kumble (College Road Trip) and starring Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields; Letters to Juliet, directed by Gary Winick (Bride Wars) and starring Amanda Seyfried, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Vanessa Redgrave; Remember Me, directed by Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland) and starring Robert Pattinson, Emile de Ravin, Chris Cooper, and Pierce Brosnan; and The Ghostwriter, directed by Roman Polanski (Chinatown) and starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Wilkinson, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, and Eli Wallach.

Also, while they didn’t release any images, they did provide the first synopsis for Red, which is directed by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) and stars Bruce Willis,
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Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer to Premiere at Berlin 2010

According to The Guardian, Roman Polanski’s latest effort, The Ghost Writer, will have its premiere in competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, which takes place February 11-21. Based on the International Thriller Writers’ Award-winning novel The Ghost by Robert Harris (who also penned the screenplay), The Ghost Writer was shot at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin and was finished by Polanski while in prison in Switzerland. The film stars Ewan McGregor as a professional ghostwriter hired to put on paper the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan) living on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Not long after starting work, the writer is drawn into a series [...]
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Summit To Release Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer'

Summit Entertainment has picked up North American distribution rights to "The Ghost Writer", the project that director Roman Polanski was in the final stages of work on before his arrest a few months ago.

Here is the full press release.

Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio will distribute the thriller The Ghost Writer, directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, in North America. Polanski produced the film along with long time collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. Summit International, which has a long-standing relationship with Polanski representing the sales of the rights to his films outside of North America, acted as sales agent for The Ghost Writer. Sales have been made in all major territories around the globe. The North American rights to the film were represented by Icm. Current plans call for Summit to release the film during the first half of 2010.

The movie thriller tells the
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Summit Entertainment Gets Behind Polanski's 'Ghost Writer'

Roman Polanski may be under house arrest in his Swiss chalet, awaiting possible extradition for his sexual assault of thirteen-year-old Samantha Geimer in Los Angeles in 1977, but his work as a filmmaker soldiers on.

Summit Entertainment has announced that the studio will distribute the thriller The Ghost Writer, directed by Polanski, in North America. Polanski produced the film along with long time collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. Current plans call for Summit to release the film during the first half of 2010.

The movie tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghost writer is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang’s wife,
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Polanski still in jail; 'Ghost' on track

Polanski still in jail; 'Ghost' on track
Cologne, Germany -- Roman Polanski will remain in a Swiss jail until at least Friday while authorities await his $4.5 million bail payment. But the director's latest film, "The Ghost," looks set to travel to the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

On Tuesday, German distributor Kinowelt announced it would release "The Ghost" on Feb.18, 2010 -- in the middle of the Berlin fest, which is set for Feb. 11-21.

Kinowelt declined comment, but sources close to the production confirmed "The Ghost" would premiere at the 60th Berlin festival. The official festival debut is likely to come in the first week -- ahead of the national rollout Feb. 18. It is unclear whether "The Ghost" will run in competition in Berlin or as a special gala screening, though insiders suggest the latter.

The Berlin festival could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but organizers rarely comment on Berlin's lineup outside of official press conferences.
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No Polanski release until Monday

No Polanski release until Monday
Stockholm -- Director Roman Polanski will remain in a Swiss jail until at least Monday, authorities said, as conditions for his bail have yet to be met.

The 76-year-old filmmaker was granted $4.5 million bail this week on condition he remain under house arrest at his Swiss chalet in the ski resort of Gstaad.

Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said Friday that more time is needed to fulfill the conditions of Polanski's house arrest, which will include the director surrendering passports and travel documents and be fitted with a electronic monitoring bracelet. The Justice Ministry will issue a statement as soon as Polanski is freed, Galli said.

Polanski's luxury chalet will be a step up from the cell where he has been staying since his arrest in September on a decades-old charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. But the director is still facing extradition to the U.S.
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Child Rape Is Okay if You're Roman Polanski

If Roman Polanski hadn't made a bunch of excellent movies and won an Oscar, would we be up in arms about a fugitive being brought to justice after three decades on the run? No, he'd be on America's Most Wanted.

Ronda Kaysen: If I have to hear one more person bemoan the justice system because Roman Polanski finally got arrested for pleading guilty to child rape and skipping town before sentencing, I'll scream.

So what if the guy makes really good movies? He raped a 13-year-old girl. It doesn't matter that the victim has come forward and said she no longer wants to see him prosecuted because she's tired of the media circus. She did not say, mind you, that she thinks he's innocent. She would just like to stop hearing about the time a famous director drugged, raped, and sodomized her 31 years ago.

In an op-ed in today's New York Times,
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Director Roman Polanski - Arrest background and news round-up

Roman Polanski Arrest Backgrounder No doubt you’ve heard the rumblings and innuendo about acclaimed film director Roman Polanski’s arrest in Zurich Switzerland on Us charges of sex with a 13 year old girl stemming from a incident at Jack Nicholson’s house in the 1970s. It’s a touchy subject to discuss and for those who grew up in more recent times, a bit shocking.

Hollywood in the 1970s As I recall from my youth, the Hollywood of the 1970s were full of what seem like outlandish incidents to our hyper-sensitive reality-tv diluted eyes. Examples include Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane’s 1978 unseemly murder and subsequent uncovering of his sexual predilections, Natalie Wood somewhat mysterious accidental drowning while on a boat with Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken in 1981 and the Hollywood connections of the Charles Manson murders including Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate.

Polanski in France Fast forward
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Polanski Watch – Day 2

The legal tussle over the detention of Roman Polanski has deepened as the saga enters its third day with the filmmaker’s lawyers formally challenging the right of the Swiss authorities to detain the 76 year old.

The Swiss Federal Penal Court confirmed on their website that the Director had formally appealed against his arrest, supporting reports from his legal team that he was “in a fighting mood.” Swiss authorities were acting on an International Arrest Warrant issued in 2005. Polanski has been classified as a fugitive by Us authorities since he fled the country in 1978, having pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with 13 year old Samantha Geimer (then Gailey).

Swiss officials confirmed that a decision would be made on the appeal “within the next few weeks.” The Us now have up to 60 days to finalise an extradition request, which if successful, would see the Chinatown director return to Los Angeles for sentencing.
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Pierce Brosnan Filming Polanski Thriller

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Irish actor Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia!) is to star in Roman Polanski's contemporary thriller 'The Ghost', alongside Ewan McGregor (The Island), Olivia Williams (Flashbacks of a Fool), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton). The film is to begin shooting in Berlin on February 4th. 'The Ghost' is based on a novel by Robert Harris who helped adapt the book with Polanski. The story follows a former UK Prime Minister who, while in hiding, begins writing his memoirs and hires a professional ghostwriter after his right hand man dies. The young man's arrival proves to have political and devastating consequences.
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