Filmmaker Nate Parker apologizes for being ‘tone deaf’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film "The Birth...
Reporters focus on Polanski’s film, not his crime, at Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Roman Polanski is not at the Venice International Film Festival, but his new film, "An Officer and a Spy" is.
Yet, after much hand-wringing over its inclusion among the...
Venice Film Festival opens with debate over Polanski, quotas
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice International Film Festival got off to a contentious start Wednesday with the festival director and jury president discussing the merits of including a Roman...
Polanski asks court to restore his film academy membership
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski asked a judge Friday to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards nearly a year after he was expelled from it for sexual...
The Latest: Academy stands by decision to expel Polanski
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Roman Polanski asking a court to reinstate his film academy membership (all times local):
The film academy is standing behind its decision to...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mini-dresses and a wedding dress are among the items from estate of actress Sharon Tate are going up for auction.
Tate starred in the 1967 film "Valley of the Dolls" and was the toast of the swinging '60s social scene. She was murdered in Los Angeles by the notorious Charles Manson cult in 1969.
Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions said Wednesday the sale is set to begin Nov. 17. The auction house would not reveal the name of the seller, and it's not clear who now owns the items.
Seigner, Polanski’s wife, refuses film academy invitation
NEW YORK (AP) — In a seething open letter, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner refused the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and voiced her support for her expelled husband, director Roman Polanski.
Director Polanski calls #MeToo “collective hysteria”
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, who fled the United States 40 years ago as a sex offender awaiting sentencing, says he views the #MeToo movement as "collective hysteria" and "total hypocrisy."
Polanski made the comment to the Polish edition of Newsweek before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his membership, citing his 1977 guilty plea and conviction for unlawful sex with a minor.
Correction: Oscars-Roman Polanski story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 4 about the expulsion of Roman Polanski from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors. The board has 54 members, not 55.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Polanski's film academy expulsion, 40 years in the making
Roman Polanski's film academy expulsion is 40 years in the making
Correction: Oscars-Cosby and Polanski story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 4 about the expulsion of Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors. The board has 54 members, not 55.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the expulsion of Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from the organization that puts on the Oscars (all times local):
Roman Polanski's attorney says the director was blindsided by a decision to expel him from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards.
Attorney Harland Braun says Polanski will ask the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to conduct a hearing so Polanski can make his case to remain in the prestigious body.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The case involving Roman Polanski, who fled the United States after he forced himself on a teenage girl during a photo shoot, has spanned more than 40 years, sparking court battles on both sides of the Atlantic. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him from its membership.
Here are some key dates in the long-running case, which has kept Polanski living in exile in Europe:
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general has a message for his foreign counterparts as his office pores over reams of seized documents and dozens of criminal cases linked to FIFA: "Come to us."
Michael Lauber said Friday the investigations require both quick action and patience, and noted "good developments" like how growing cooperation has led to 45 requests for legal assistance from Switzerland with regard to soccer.
Natalie Portman admits it was a "mistake" to sign a petition campaigning for Roman Polanski's release from Swiss custody in 2009.
‘Double Lover’: Twisty erotic thriller opens on Valentine’s Day (review)
'Double Lover': Twisty erotic thriller opens on Valentine's Day (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Is she going mad? Or is the world around her crazy?
These are questions director Roman Polanski asked in some of the greatest thrillers of the 20th century, "Rosemary's Baby," "The Tenant" and "Repulsion."
ShowBiz Minute: Polanski, Classic Films, ‘Star Wars’
MSNBC reverses firing of contributor over rape joke
NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC has reversed itself and now says it won't be cutting ties with contributor Sam Seder over a rape joke he made on Twitter eight years ago.
Network president Phil Griffin said on Thursday that "sometimes you just get one wrong — and that's what happened here."
Swiss prosecutors won’t pursue Polanski rape case
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say they won't pursue an investigation of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski over allegations by a German woman that he raped her when she was a teenager 45 years ago.
Prosecutors in the Swiss capital, Bern, said Wednesday that the statute of limitations for the alleged crime of sexual actions with children had long since expired.
Colin Farrell’s ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is chillingly eerie
Mysteriously, almost maddeningly cool, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” exists to give you the chills. Its eerie first shot is an extended closeup of open-heart surgery shown in morbid detail. After that negative note, things in this heartless drama get much worse.
Feminist protesters crash Paris event honoring Roman Polanski: Report
Activists with the feminist group Femen stormed into France's official film institute Monday night to protest a ceremony honoring director Roman Polanski.
"No honor for rapists!" the protesters shouted at Polanski, as a larger contingent of demonstrators remained outside Paris's La Cinmathque Franaise denouncing the evening's festivities, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Polanski retrospective sparks protest in Paris
Polanski retrospective sparks protest in Paris
PARIS (AP) — French feminist groups on Monday staged a protest against a retrospective honoring director Roman Polanski at film institute La Cinematheque Francaise.
A few dozen protesters gathered near the Paris institute as the event was starting Monday night, booing as Polanski attended the opening.
French film institute goes ahead with Polanski retrospective
PARIS (AP) — France's famed film institute La Cinematheque Francaise says it will go ahead with a retrospective of works by director Roman Polanski despite opposition by feminist groups.
La Cinematheque said Wednesday that calls to cancel the Polanski screenings — attended by the director — only began "in the last few days" as the sexual harassment accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein gained force. The statement said it would not change the program that begins Monday.
Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse is appalling — both now and then
Confronted with allegations of serial sexual abuse and rape, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s instinct was to lie: “I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”
WASHINGTON — Confronted with allegations of serial sexual abuse and rape,
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's instinct was to lie: "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then."
Roman Polanski in Poland for documentary on his early life
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish film company said Tuesday that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has traveled to Poland to appear in a documentary about his early life during the Holocaust and after the war in Poland.
The KRK Film company said that Polanski was in Krakow to see the site of the former ghetto where he was held as a child by the German Nazis. His mother was taken from there to her death at Auschwitz, and later his father made him flee the ghetto.
Swiss regional prosecutor confirms handling Polanski case
GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss regional prosecutor's office has confirmed it has jurisdiction in the complaint of a German woman alleging Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski raped her in an Alpine resort town when she was a teenager 45 years ago.
The office in Bern says it relayed the issue to local prosecutors in the Bernese Highlands, an administrative area in the region.
German woman says Polanski sexually assaulted her in 1972
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities said Wednesday that a German woman has filed a complaint alleging Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski sexually assaulted her 45 years ago in a Swiss resort town while she was in her mid-teens.
ShowBiz Minute: Polanski, Lopez, Winslet
The Latest: Lawyer aware of new Polanski allegation
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a German woman who has filed a complaint alleging filmmaker Roman Polanski sexually assaulted her in 1972 (all times local):
A French attorney says he is aware of new allegations by a German woman who says filmmaker Roman Polanski sexually assaulted her 45 years ago.
Herve Temime, who represents Polanski, tells The Associated Press that he plans to discuss the allegations with his client, but hasn't yet spoken with him about them.
Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually abusing a teen. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978.
The Hearst movie meet-up group will be seeing the new French thriller “Moka” Tuesday night at the Avon Theatre
Emmanuelle Devos stars as the mother of a hit-and-run victim who becomes determined to avenge herself on the woman she believes was the driver of the car (played by Nathalie Baye). The psychological thriller has drawn comparisons with the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski.
Hearst meet-up group gathers for hit-and-run thriller in Stamford
The Hearst movie meet-up group will be seeing the new French thriller “Moka” at the Avon Theatre
Emmanuelle Devos stars as the mother of a hit-and-run victim who becomes determined to avenge herself on the driver of the car (played by Nathalie Baye). The psychological thriller has drawn comparisons with the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski.
Polanski’s victim pleads to end case: ‘He owes me nothing’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski's sexual assault victim made an impassioned plea Friday to end the fugitive director's four-decade legal saga, saying she felt more abused by the legal justice system than by the man who she said drugged, raped and sodomized her when she was 13.
Polanski’s Victim Recounts Trauma After Assault
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in Roman Polanski's long-running sex assault case in which his victim is expected to address the court (all times local):
Roman Polanski's sexual assault victim has asked a judge to end the 40-year-old case against the fugitive director.
Samantha Geimer asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to either dismiss the unlawful sex with a minor case against Polanski, or issue a sentence without Polanski present.
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1. ROMAN POLANSKI
Victim of fugitive director's sex assault 40 years ago to appeal directly to LA judge to end the long-running case.
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Polanski’s victim to play supporting role for him in court
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski won't take his chances to return to court to resolve his sexual assault case, so his victim is going to stand up for him.
Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the crime, is going to appeal directly to a judge Friday to end the long-running case, the fugitive director's lawyer said.
Roman Polanski sex victim to appear in court for first time
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The victim of Roman Polanski's sex assault 40 years ago is going to appeal directly to a judge to end the long-running case against the fugitive director, his lawyer said Thursday.
Samantha Geimer, 13 at the time of the crime, has long supported Polanski's efforts to end the legal saga that limits his freedom, but Friday will be the first time she's appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on his behalf, attorney Harland Braun said.
Coppola, Kidman put Cannes spotlight on gender imbalance
CANNES, France (AP) — The imagery was stark, if inevitable: 12 Palme d'Or winners, one of them female.
When the Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary on Tuesday, it assembled luminaries from across cinema as well as many of the recent winners of its top prize. Jane Campion was the only woman director among the honored group, which included Roman Polanski, David Lynch and Michael Haneke.
NEW YORK (AP) — Roman Polanski's latest film is heading to the Cannes Film Festival.
The French festival announced a few additions to its lineup on Thursday. Polanksi's "Based on a True Story" will play out of competition. The French-language thriller, which Sony Pictures Classics has already acquired for North American distribution, stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a Parisian author who meets a mysterious woman, played by Eva Green, at a book signing.
ShowBiz Minute: Fox, Polanski, Ford
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The case involving Roman Polanski, who fled the United States after he forced himself on a teenage girl during a photo shoot, has spanned more than 40 years, sparking court battles on both sides of the Atlantic. The Oscar winner remains a fugitive and has repeatedly requested that a court end the case without his presence. Meanwhile, prosecutors have repeatedly sought his extradition so the case can end with his sentencing. A ruling Monday failed to provide Polanski what he has wanted for years — an avenue to end the case from afar.
Judge rejects Roman Polanski’s bid to end sex abuse case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge rejected Roman Polanski's bid to end his long-running underage sex abuse case without the fugitive director appearing in court or being sentenced to more prison time.
Judge rejects Roman Polanski’s bid to end sex abuse case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge on Monday rejected Roman Polanski's bid to end his long-running underage sex abuse case without the fugitive director appearing in court or being sentenced to more prison time.
ShowBiz Minute: Polanski, Mel B, Cruz
Roman Polanski’s lawyer asks judge to give clue on sentence
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski's attorney implored a judge Monday to signal how the fugitive director would be sentenced if he returned to Los Angeles to resolve his long-running underage sex abuse case.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon heard arguments in the four-decade-old case but gave no immediate indication of how he would rule, saying he would issue a written order.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Roman Polanski's long-running sex abuse case (all times local):
A Los Angeles judge says he will issue a written ruling about director Roman Polanski's requests to end his long-running sex abuse case.
Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, argued Monday that Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon should give some indication of how Polanski would be sentenced if he returned to Los Angeles.