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Polanski Update: Wanted and Desired

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2009 at 5:06AM

I buy the argument that L.A prosecutors woke up to the Roman Polanski case, 31 years old, after Marina Zenovich's Wanted and Desired stirred up a hornet's nest. Michael Wolff explains why the motivations of the LA prosecutors office changed.
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I buy the argument that L.A prosecutors woke up to the Roman Polanski case, 31 years old, after Marina Zenovich's Wanted and Desired stirred up a hornet's nest. Michael Wolff explains why the motivations of the LA prosecutors office changed.

Here's A.P.'s Monday update. Meanwhile Salon reminds us in gory detail of why Polanski pleaded guilty in the first place.

The Guardian offers a photo history of Polanski.

Polanski's arrest sparks a European protest. The LAT reports.

At least one juror is boycotting the Zurich Film Festival over the Roman Polanski arrest:

Studio Babelsberg producer Henning Molfenter, scheduled to attend the Zurich Film Festival as a member jury judging German-language films, is boycotting the festival to protest Saturday's arrest of director Roman Polanski. Fellow jury members -- actor Til Schweiger and composer Niki Reiser -- are expected to follow suit. Zurich's international jury -- headed by actress Debra Winger -- will make a statement on Polanski's arrest at 12:30 p.m. local time.

UPDATE: Here's video of the Zurich jury's statement, read by Debra Winger:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.