April 19, 2014

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Roman Polanski: ‘Odd Man Out’ Trailer

Following the success of ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED, director Marina Zenovich planned to make a short film about how that film reopened the case.
She was scheduled to interview Polanski in November of 2009 after he completed THE GHOSTWRITER. Polanski was arrested unexpectedly in September of 2009.

ROMAN POLANSKI: ODD MAN OUT explores the motivations behind Polanski’s 2009 arrest and his 10 month house arrest in Switzerland.
In 2009, celebrated director Roman Polanski was arrested at the Zurich Film Festival. His weekend jaunt turned into a 10 month imprisonment. A follow up to the Emmy award winning “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” — which some say was one of the reasons for his arrest —- explores the bizarre clash of politics, celebrity justice and the media.
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2013 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 30 of which are world premieres a record number for the Festival and a special screening.
The recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival?s Best Narrative Short award and Best Documentary Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2012 TFF Narrative Short Winner Asad and competition short Curfew were nominated for best Live Action Short at this year’s Annual Academy Awards, with Curfew taking home the coveted honor.
Curated from more than 2870 submissions, the 2013 roster represents 19 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Finland, France, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The 2013 shorts program will be presented in 8 thematic programs — 5 narrative categories, 2 documentary categories and 1 experimental category. One documentary section, ‘History Lessons,’ consists entirely of world premieres a first for the Festival. The always anticipated New York program makes a return as ‘Unlimited Ride,’ and audiences will embrace ‘Deadbolt’ — a vampire and werewolf-filled genre-specific program.
‘It’s wonderful to be able to introduce so many new films to an audience for the very first time,’ said Sharon Badal, TFF Director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives. ‘These short programs run quite the emotional gamut and we look forward to surprising our moviegoers with some very unique stories this year.’
The lineup features powerful performances by a range of emerging and established talent such as Lauren Ambrose, Kevin Corrigan, Elle Fanning, Jessica Hecht, Nastassja Kinski, Julian Sands, Jay O. Sanders, Dominic West and Elijah Wood. Shawn Christensen, Academy Award-winning director of Curfew, returns to TFF with Grandma?s Not a Toaster. Christensen is among a number of returning filmmakers including Keir Burrows, Matthew Bonifacio, David Darg, Gerardo Herrero, Myles Kane, Josh Koury, Bryn Mooser, Michael Scalisi, Ryan Spindell and Jonathan VanBallenberghe.
Works selected for the 2013 TFF shorts slate are eligible to compete for combined cash and value-in-kind prizes totaling more than $10,000 for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short, sponsored by Persol, and the Student Visionary Award.
A list of the short film selections within the eight programs is as follows:
CHARACTER WITNESS Documentary program
These documentaries present first-person perspectives that ponder events [...]

Umm… Jodi Arias “body-slam” testimony reenacted on HLN

The trial of Jodi Arias – who claims self-defense in the killing of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander – reaches week 10, and HLN continues its coverage featuring expert analysis of the testimony.
As the defense attorney conducts the re-direct of Ms. Arias this week, HLN anchor Vinnie Politan, HLN law enforcement expert Mike Brooks, and pro wrestler David Otunga, dissect her testimony of the night of the murder and her claim of being body-slammed, with a reenactment.
Please see below link to clip of reenactment:

Courtesy of HLN
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“Gangster Squad” Review by Kirk Honeycutt

“Gangster Squad” is a western masquerading as a gangster movie. It takes place in the Wild West — a virtually lawless 1949 Los Angeles — and some very bad dudes hold the town hostage.
All the law can do is round up a bunch of good guys willing to be as bad as the bad guys and then run ‘em out of town.
As these things go, this Warner Bros. production has an unusually starry cast and striking look with vintage cars and glistening period effects that pop off the screen.
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Opens: January 11, 2013 (Warner Bros.)
Production companies: Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures a Lin Pictures/Kevin McCormick production
Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick, Mireille Enos
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Screenwriter: Will Beall
Based on the book by: Paul Lieberman
Producers: Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross
Executive producers: Ruben Fleischer, Paul Lieberman, Bruce Berman
Director of photography: Dion Beebe
Production designer: Maher Ahmad
Music: Steve Jablonsky
Costume designer: Mary Zophres
Editor: Alan Baumgarten, James Herbert
R rating, 113 minutes
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Chris Brown not charged in cell phone stealing case

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown is breathing a sigh of relief as he is off the hook in a case where he was accused of stealing a cell phone from female in Miami when she was spotted taking a picture.
However, as the case was investigated, it was determined that no criminal activity took place, states TMZ. Brown’s girlfriend at the time, Karrueche Tran, commented during the investigation that the woman put the phone in their car and struck her on the head.
Brown allegedly later tossed the phone out of the car as it didn’t belong to them. Prosecutors reportedly determined that this was possible in the case.
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Lindsay Lohan being charged with crime today

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan is now facing more legal trouble as she has reportedly been charged with a crime just today which is even more serious as this will be a violation of her probation.
Lindsay is reportedly being charged with three crimes in connection with a car accident she was involved in where she lied to officers about being the driver, states TMZ. Now, with these charges, the judge on her case might revoke her probation and send her to jail for quite some time.
Along with all that, Lindsay was just in a fight in a nightclub in New York. She allegedly punched another woman which led to the arrest. Now, she could be facing more charges for that matter along with more probation problems.
What do you think will happen with her?
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Fight at Halle Berry’s house reportedly caught on camera

HollywoodNews.com: There was a major fight at Halle Berry’s on Thanksgiving that involved her ex, Gabriel Aubry, and her current boyfriend, Olivier Martinez.
Now, as Aubry was arrested for the matter, it seems it might come into play that the fight was allegedly caught on her security cameras, states RadarOnline. Aubry is allegedly claiming that he wants to video turned over to officials as he believes Martinez started the fight and he was acting in self-defense.
Both men were injured in the accident, but only Aubry was arrested for misdemeanor battery.
What do you think will happen with this case?
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Chris Brown, Drake not charged in nightclub fight

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown and Drake are going to be able to avoid a major problem as it is reported neither will be charged in connection with a nightclub fight that occurred some time ago.
Both are going to avoid charges as it is reported there is not enough evidence to move the case forward, states TMZ. The fight occurred on June 14th and allegedly involved the two and their entourages.
It is reported that surveillance video didn’t help as the images were dark and blurry. Now, no further investigation will take place in this matter.
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Gabriel Aubry arrested at Halle Berry’s house

HollywoodNews.com: The custody situation between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry has heated up to a bad point as he was arrested at her house after a fight broke out.
It is reported that he was arrested on Thanksgiving after going to her house to drop off their daughter as part of their custody arrangement, states TMZ. However, Olivier Martinez was reportedly there and exchanged a few words with him.
Then, the two allegedly got into a fight that had Aubry throwing a punch, which missed, and then pushing Martinez and eventually punching him in the face. Martinez was able to pin Aubry to the ground at the end.
Both men suffered injuries in the fight as Aubry has a broken rib and possible head injury while Martinez suffered a neck injury and broken hand.
Martinez and Aubry went to the hospital, but Aubry was also arrested for the fight. A judge has issued an emergency protective order for Aubry to stay 100 yards from Martinez, Berry and their daughter, Nahla.
Aubry and Berry’s daughter was rushed out of the area when the fight broke out.
What do you think about what happened?
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Lindsay Lohan’s probation allegedly going to be revoked

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan is apparently about to be in some very hot water as it is rumored her probation is about to be revoked.
In regard to Lindsay’s most recent car accident, it seems she lied to officials about driving, which counts as a violation of her probation, states TMZ. Now, when the charges of lying to a police officer are filed, the judge on her case will reportedly officially revoke her probation that is in place for her jewelry theft case.
However, her former judge will not handle this case as the probation violation will be passed on to the judge handling her latest case.
Do you think she’ll end up in jail for this?
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