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Christoph Waltz Will Solve 'True Crimes,' As Roman Polanski Eyes Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 5:33 PM
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With two Oscars holding down his mantle, it seems that Christoph Waltz is in the position of being able to do whatever the fuck he wants. And lately that means jumping to some interesting projects including Tim Burton's drama "Big Eyes," the Stephen Gaghan project "Candy Store," and he's already wrapped Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." And next? How about a procedural?

Watch: New Photos From Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur,' Sundance Selects Grabs U.S. Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 1:03 PM
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Venus In Furs, Polanski
No other review we delivered out of the Cannes Film Festival drew as much ire (and trolling) as Jessica Kiang's take on Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur." Over 115 commenters weighed in after she declared that the latest from the auteur has "wit and verbal dexterity on display" but "has little insight to give us into anything except the sexual hubris of an aging man, and frankly, we’re not sure we give a damn." Zing. Well you'll be able to decide for yourself soon enough.

Cannes Review: Emmanuelle Seigner A Raucous Revelation In Polanski’s Otherwise Stagy, Pointless ‘Venus In Fur’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 25, 2013 1:04 PM
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Ever had the feeling, when the credits roll and the lights go up, that you’ve been watching a completely different film to everyone else? Welcome to our morning, which was spent at a screening of the last Cannes 2013 competition film, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the David Ives broadway play “Venus in Fur.”

Cannes: New Images From Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 3:25 PM
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We're now less than a week away from the Cannes Film Festival rolling out the red carpet, and among the heavy hitters making their way to the Croisette will be none other than Roman Polanski. He's returning with another modest, character driven, largely one location movie and something that appears to be even smaller than "Carnage."

First Look At Roman Polanski's Cannes Contender 'Venus In Fur' With Emmanuelle Seigner & Mathieu Amalric

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2013 6:06 PM
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It's always a weird time in the lead up to the Cannes Film Festival, with arthouse news clashing with the latest intel from the summer blockbuster slate. So, keeping that in mind, we're taking a quick break to give you the first look at Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur."

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray, Refn, Denis, Coppola among others) but sometimes into surprising sections, while a couple of films we had down as possibilities or longer shots paid off. So now that we know the lineup from G ('Gatsby' -- opening film) to Z ("Zulu" -- closing film) -- and it's a fairly U.S.-friendly list for Jury President Steven Spielberg to preside over -- lets dive right in and talk about the more eyebrow-raising moments from this morning's announcement.

Watch: Roman Polanski Talks Sharon Tate, Young Women & Exile In Rare 1994 Interview With Diane Sawyer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2013 1:40 PM
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"I don't understand, why should I be punished for that penchant that I had for young women?" Roman Polanski asks Diane Sawyer in this rare 1994 TV interview. It's still a very provocative question, and this unearthed conversation with Sawyer from 1994 -- his first TV interview in a decade at the time -- follows the civil suit filed by Samantha Geimer in 1993 which he settled, and comes on the eve of the release of "Bitter Moon." It's a pretty fascinating time capsule of the perception of Polanski at the time.

Brett Ratner Bringing Unreleased Roman Polanski-Produced Racing Doc ‘Weekend Of A Champion’ To Netflix

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 1, 2013 2:24 PM
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With the success of “House of Cards” and the upcoming release of the fabled new season of “Arrested Development,” Netflix is taking dead aim at cable networks. While so far they've stuck with developing series, the streaming company has completed a deal with Brett Ratner -- a man with a questionable filmography and cinephile taste (he's produced docs on Woody Allen and John Cazale, FYI) -- to bring interesting documentaries to a larger audience. The first movie to be part of the deal is the 1971 Roman Polanski-helmed documentary “Weekend Of A Champion.”

7 Things You Should Know About Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 31, 2012 3:43 PM
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Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” was a box-office hit upon its release in the summer of 1968. It grossed $33 million dollars off a $3 million dollar budget (adjusted for inflation that’s $221million from a $19 million budget) and it paved the way for horror blockbusters like “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” in the years to come. Made by Polanski at the age of 34, it was the Polish director’s American film debut, and the picture became nominated for two Academy Awards, including a win for Ruth Gordon's deliciously quirky Supporting Role performance as the neighbor from hell. It also earned Polanski his first Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, which is not bad for a guy that didn’t speak English as a first language.

NYFF: Marina Zenovich Talks About Her "Complicated" Relationship With Roman Polanski, Discusses Richard Pryor Doc

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 20, 2012 11:04 AM
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Few could have predicted the after-effects of Marina Zenovich’s “Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired.” Analyzing the circuitous legal route of Roman Polanski’s trial and subsequent departure from the United States, the picture actually featured evidence allowing lawyers to re-open the case. Giving momentum to the legal proceedings, the case’s reawakening began a chain of events that led to Swiss authorities nabbing the filmmaker as he touched down for the Zurich Film Festival, beginning a new battle in the courts.

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