Successful female films part of a growing trend
The long lines at the theaters tell the story. Female driven films are hot and making mega-bucks. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “The Blind Side” are just the latest movies to demonstrate the power of female moviegoers. So is Hollywood going to make more of these films? CNN has more on the trend and the dilemma.
Oscar Winning Director Roman Polanski in lockdown at his Swiss Chalet
Famous film director and fugitive Roman Polanski was moved from prison to house arrest at his swanky Swiss chalet today. Polanski was released on $4.5 million bail bond. Polanski, a convicted child molester, jumped bail before sentencing in the U.S. back in 1978. Polanski lived the good life in Europe, until September 26 when he got arrested on a warrant in Switzerland.
The 76-year-old Polanski has been at the center of heated debate in the Hollywood community since his arrest. Some feel the director’s achievements should win him a pardon for his past sins. Others believe he should be treated like any other fugitive who did the crime, went on the run, got arrested, and now faces a prison term in the U.S.
Polanski has been nominated several times for the Best Director Oscar; he won it in 2003 for “The Pianist.”
A write-up on Polanski and his problems with the law on The Hollywood Reporter website.
It should be remembered that Polanski was accused only of “statutory rape” not by the individual involved, but by the DA. And it was over 30 years ago. He also served a six-month sentence for it in Chino BEFORE he was even convicted of anything, under the pretext that it was for “psychological observation.”
If we are going to start prosecuting people for 30+ year-old accusations of teen sex, I know a lot of Burbankers who should turn themselves in.
Only statutory rape? That’s a crime. Polanski used alcohol and drugs on that girl. An underage girl cannot give consent in that kind of situation.
Polanski was charged with a number of crimes in connection with that statutory rape, but he was allowed to plead to a lesser charge.
By the way, Polanski jumped bail and became a fugitive. And that’s another crime as well.Plenty of other fugitives who went on the run — have been caught— and forced to do prison time. Why should Polanski be any different just because he’s famous.
Also, “teen sex” suggests two teenagers — not a grown man taking advantage of 13-year-old girl — which is statutory rape.