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Roman Polanski Rape Victim on Surviving the Media Spotlight

Shutterstock_RomanPolanskiWe knew this was going to be a good conversation. Conducted Monday September 23 at KPCC 89.9 FM’s Crawford Family Center facility, the chat featured LA Times film reporter Rebecca Keegan interviewing Samantha Geimer about her new book The Girl.

They were joined at one point by the author’s attorney Lawrence Silver, who shared some expert opinion about Polanski legal dealings. Geimer responded to accusations by Nancy Grace that she was a “weak victim” and urged others who find themselves in the middle of a controversial case like hers to remember they are the masters of their fate:

“You don’t have to submit [to the media]. You don’t have to parade yourself around for show. You’re not entertainment. These people aren’t going to help you. So you don’t have to do it if you don’t want it.”

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Thom Mount, Roman Polanski Visit ‘Skypetown’

There was a one-of-a-kind cinematic event on Saturday in San Francisco. Following a screening at the Roxie theater of the 1974 classic Chinatown, director Roman Polanski beamed onto the screen via Skype (at around 11:30 p.m. Paris time) for a Q&A with producer Thom Mount, with whom he collaborated on several subsequent film projects.

Freelance writer Pam Grady notes in her weekend coverage that Polanski bristled at Mount’s suggestion the the LA featured in the film was make-believe. “That LA existed,” he said. “We were trying to be historically correct. Bob [Robert Evans] loves the city of Los Angeles and he was inspired by it.”

Meanwhile, today, SF Weekly fellow attendee Casey Burchby highlights an infamous exception to Polanski’s smooth-sailing leading lady experiences:

Mount observed that Polanski’s career has been marked by outstanding performances by actresses: Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion, Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, Nastassja Kinski in Tess — and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown. Polanski said that in each case, he’d enjoyed good working relationships with those women, with the exception of Dunaway.

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John Huston Haunts Cinespia

As part of her quest to write about “the dark corners of our 24-hour metropolis,” LA Times reporter Gale Holland recently took in a Cinespia screening of 1974 classic Chinatown at Hollywood Forever cemetery. For anyone who has had the good fortune to attend LA’s original outdoor summer screening series, her piece perfectly captures the appeal.

Just as tourists flock to their favorite Hollywood Walk of Fame stars because they know the celebrity in question was at one point right there with them, the Cinespia setting has its own unique ability to frame the celluloid proceedings. From Holland’s piece:

In an especially macabre touch, John Huston, who played Noah Cross, Chinatown’s Mephistophelean mogul, was with us both in spirit and in body. The late actor and director is buried near the cemetery lake, John Wyatt, the founder of Cinespia, which puts on the cemetery film series, announced to appreciative murmurings from the crowd.

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LA Journos Defend Latest Roman Polanski Doc

Should a documentary conversation between filmmaker Roman Polanski and one of his closest friends and associates have essentially skirted the topic of the 1977 sexual assault above Mulholland Drive? That’s one of the first questions being addressed by local reporters covering this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

At Hollywood Elsewhere, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir reviewer Jeffrey Wells suggests that “Polanski pitch-forkers will dismiss” the movie. He and colleague Sasha Stone are themselves quick to dismiss in the comments user Abbey_Normal, who innocently asks and then follows up about the topic of whether or not the episode is covered:

Dude, I’m not a pitch-forker, I’m just curious how they addressed it. Did they not even mention it? Wouldn’t most people watching a documentary on Polanski expect them to say SOMETHING about an incident that has haunted him for decades, effectively exiled him from a number of countries, and left him reviled, fairly or not, by massive swaths of people?

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Roman Polanski Has a Hankering for Nate ‘n Al

Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Ruben V. Nepales recently got to interview Roman Polanski in Paris for a piece running this weekend in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Although the main purpose was to promote the filmmaker’s stage-derived new movie Carnage, arriving in U.S. theaters December 16, the reporter also generated an item that merits inclusion in the website press section of a certain establishment founded in 1945 and currently boasting locations in Beverly Hills and Thousand Oaks. When asked what he misses about Hollywood, the 78-year-old Polanski replied as follows:

“In the beginning, there were certain things I missed. But nowadays… if you go to a studio here, you see technicians using the same methods and machinery. In Hollywood, there’s the connection with the people who finance the films because you lunch or dine with them, whereas here, you never see them. Other than that, I miss friends. I miss Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen.”

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AFI Fest Announces Gala Lineup

The American Film Institute announced the full gala and special screening lineup for its upcoming film festival today. Clint Eastwood‘s new film J. Edgar will open the festival, while director Steve McQueen’s Shame will close the festivities. In between: a new film from Roman Polanski, Michelle Williams as Marylin, Ralph Fiennes‘ directorial debut and Werner Hertzog.

Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia will also be showing. Here’s hoping he says some more wacky Nazi stuff that gives us something to write about.

Full gala and special screening lineup after the jump:

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Authors Get to Know the Real Arnon Milchan

Next week, a must-read for Hollywood aficionados arrives in bookstores: Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan. Written by brothers-in-law Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, the Geffen Books release details the incredible transition made by Milchan from international arms dealer to prolific, Oscar nominated movie producer.

Going into the project, the authors realized their subject would take about as kindly to the book as Oprah Winfrey did to Kitty Kelley‘s recent bio. So they opted for the strategy of writing the book in full, secretly, and then alerting Milchan. Once the book was completed in 2009, it did not take long for the pair to hook up with their subject. Per an essay by the authors on FoxNews.com:

Milchan requested a series of meetings over the matter, which ended up involving many cigarettes, herbal teas, shots of tequila, and Stella beer. We met his wife Amanda and his new child Shimon (named after Shimon Peres), his butler John, and other friends and family in the casual setting of his Malibu home, the former residence of acclaimed director John Frankenheimer, and the house where Robert Kennedy stayed the night before his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel the following morning.

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AP Publishes Notes On Polanski Arrest

polanski.jpgYesterday, when news broke that film director Roman Polanski had been arrested in Switzerland after decades on the lam, the Associated Press‘ report on the matter was a headline and then a few lines of reporters’ and editors’ notes:

Swiss arrest Polanski on US request in sex case

Associated Press, 09.27.09, 10:41 AM EDT

OK, can you do some more probing? New York will want to know

frank’s out today.

i checked already, and so did zurich. they say the question is irrelevant. he answered me with the quote i used, about we knew when he was coming this time. he’s been here many times in the past, we think.

thx brad. aptn is aware, but unfortunately won’t make it in time, but is hoping to catch tail end.

i’m pushing out another writethru with some more background details before press conference.

no surprise, new york is really hot on this.

they particularly want to know why now. (has he never set foot in switzerland before?) sheila, theorizes that’s because they’re under intense pressure over ubs and want to throw the U.S. a bone, but can yo ucheck with justice department sources there?

is frank around too, or are you alone?

u can tell aptn press conf 1700 (15 gmt) in bern at the parliament

i’ll watch it live on internet

As The Business Insider noted, other news sites took the story down, but this link on Forbes.com still directed readers to the story as recently as an hour ago. An AP spokesman told us human error and technical issues caused the internal communication to be published yesterday, and noted it has since been taken down from the Forbes.com site.

But the AP’s mistake reveals the many questions that Polanski’s arrest has raised for journalists and legal experts. And what is this possible UBS connection?

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Horrors, Polanski May Have To Thank An Unknown When He Gets His Next Oscar

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Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski may have to thank L.A.-based indie documentary-maker Marina Zenovich if he’s able to overturn his sexual misconduct charges and return to the U.S. again after 30 years.

zeno.jpgZenovich, who is an old pal of FBLA, had been working on the doc “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” for more than a decade. After finding partial financing, she had been doggedly at it for years. Even when she got close, Polanski still denied any interviews. When she finally finished it, HBO swept in and championed the film.

Now, it looks like Polanski will take another stab at coming to the U.S. The “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” director, through new attorneys, has filed a petition to have the charges dropped.

The lawyers, in their complaint, cited Zenovich’s film and the smoking gun evidence that the sitting judge may have overstepped his bounds.

“The release of the documentary film ‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’ and its aftermath have revealed a pattern of misconduct and improper communications between the Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office, in violation of the rule of law and without the knowledge of the defendant or his counsel,” the lawyers said. “This case serves as a classic example of how our justice system can be abused, and defendants’ rights trampled, by an unholy alliance between courts and criminal prosecutors.”

The Hollywood Reporter said its position for several years has been “if Mr. Polanski wants to resolve this matter, he must appear in person. Should he do so, he would be taken to Dept. 100 for sentencing – which is where this all left off. At that point, his attorneys would be free to pursue whatever legal strategy they choose.”

Polanski resides in Paris and is a French citizen. He won the best director Oscar in 2002 for “The Pianist.” Unable to attend the ceremony, Polanski received his statue at the Deauville Film Festival where it was presented to him by his “Frantic” star, Harrison Ford.

If I were Polanski, I wouldn’t trust ‘em.

Zenovich And Doc Subject Polanski Expected To Meet In Italy

Marina Zenovich, a Los Angeles-based director who created “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” a doc about the notorious statutory 1977 rape case against the famed director of such films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” will finally get to fully meet her subject at Italy’s Turin Film Festival in mid-Novemberpolanski.jpgmarina.jpg.

Zenovich tells FBLA that she tried and tried to secure him for an interview for the doc, but was only allowed a passing accidental meet. But she still persevered over more than five years and the film screened earlier this year on HBO.

Oliver Stone, fresh off of the domestic release of his Bush-pasting “W,” will also attend, according to Variety.

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