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    César Awards: ‘Les Misérables’ Takes Best Film but Polanski Win Overshadows Night

    In a night where Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” took home the award for Best Film, the 45th César Awards were overshadowed by the controversial result in the Best Director category, where Roman Polanski picked up the prize for “J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy).” The awards had already come under great scrutiny when nominations were […] More

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    ‘Chinatown’ Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix with David Fincher & Original Writer Robert Towne

    Netflix has closed a deal to develop a prequel series based on Roman Polanski’s 1974 film, “Chinatown,” to be helmed by David Fincher and Robert Towne, the film’s screenwriter. The deal has ordered Fincher and Towne to develop a pilot script for the project, a story that will focus on the early private investigating days […] More

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    Worldwide Playboy Hugh Hefner Dies at 91

    Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy empire and unofficial leader of the 60’s sexual revolution, has died at his home in LA surrounded by his family. He was 91. The businessman, media mogul and world-reknowned playboy made his own big break in 1953. After working a series of small, unsatisfying jobs at various magazines, he […] More

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    Venus in Fur (★★)

    Roman Polanski has driven some of the most stylistically haunting films in cinema history.  He has a handle on his craft in a way that many can only dream of at this point in their careers.  Even when he dips into different genres that don’t necessarily seem fitting like Carnage with Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, […] More

  • Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. Demille Award from HFPA

    Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award.  Announced today by Simon Baker and Kristen Stewart,  Foster is the first woman to be awarded with the organization’s highest honor since Barbara Streisand in 2000.  Not only is she being rewarded in […] More

  • Polanski set to direct French adaptation of ‘Venus in Fur’, wife to star

    The last movie Poman Polanski filmed was an English language adaptation of a Broadway play originally written in French. Well now Polanski is set to go the opposite route and film a French language adaptation of the Tony nominated play Venus in Fur. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s an erotic black comedy about […] More

  • NYFF: Uneven “Passion,” Solid “Bay,” and “Roman” Documentary

    Greetings again from the New York Film Festival! Today brought a trio of very interesting films (2 Main Slate selections and a Midnight Movies sidebar), and even if they were of varying degrees of quality, they still all had something to offer an audience. The slate consisted of Brian DePalma’s “Passion,” Barry Levinson’s “The Bay,” and the […] More

  • 2002 ACCA & Davis Award Winners!

    2002 ACCA Winners Best Picture – Chicago Runner Up – Adaptation Best Director – (TIE) Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & Roman Polanski for The Pianist Runner Up – Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York Best Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York […] More

  • Carnage (**½)

    A violent act on a playground between two middle school boys is all that’s needed to launch into Carnage, the cinematic adaptation of a Tony Award winning play about two sets of parents who are brought together to work through a situation their children have forced them into. Directed by Oscar-winner Roman Polanski, Carnage is […] More

  • Carnage (***)

    Roman Polanski has created some of the most heart-wrenching and prolific films of the past four decades.  In his newest film, Carnage, Polanski examines two couples as they discuss an altercation between their two children all in real time.  Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet), married with their son, have a hard time communicating […] More

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