January 13, 2012 |
WHEN FOUR adults attempt to mediate a playground dispute, it all goes desperately wrong in Roman Polanski's bitter comedy "Carnage. " The pic is claustrophobic by design - four characters, one apartment - but we're trapped in this small space with a pretty enviable cast. Mike and Penelope (John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster) are the concerned parents of a boy wounded in a scuffle among grade-school lads. They invite the parents (Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz) of the perp for a "friendly" exchange, and all four attempt to hammer out the wording and circumstances of a formal apology (any parent knows what a terrible idea this is)
September 22, 2011 |
AS WORDS OF consolation to fans of R.E.M. , everybody hurts sometime. The Athens, Ga., alternative-rock group that began with a "Murmur" in 1983 and later earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced on its website yesterday that it has "decided to call it a day as a band. " "A wise man once said - 'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it," frontman Michael Stipe said in a statement.
July 17, 2010
Special treatment for Polanski A man brutally rapes a 13-year-old girl. He goes to jail and stays there. Not Roman Polanski. He directs movies, and people go to see them. He reaps the rewards. So Polanski gets another gift. No jail time, and money and acclaim ("One more gift for Polanski," Wednesday). This is a real travesty of justice. Down deep, I am disappointed at the people who made his movies such huge successes. Do people know and care what this man is all about, or do we have to be reminded every 30 years, by caring writers such as Steve Lopez, about the scum that walk the streets?
July 14, 2010 |
You'd have to call it Roman Polanski's luckiest day since 1978, when he managed to flee Los Angeles before a judge sentenced him for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. On Monday, Swiss authorities refused to extradite the Oscar winner, who was arrested last year in Switzerland and placed under house arrest while Los Angeles prosecutors lobbied to have him brought back for a final verdict on a crime committed more than 30 years ago. The Swiss government said there were "persisting doubts concerning the presentation of the facts of the case.
May 19, 2010 |
One 'Sex and the City' not enough Oy. And vey. That's all we have to say. Another day, another Sex and the City flick. SATC2 debuts May 27. Arms linked, 187 years among them, striding relentlessly toward your wallet, the four SATC seniors, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Sarah Jessica Parker, will do anything for a camera, cover, column, or commercial. Kim roars: Don't you ever call Samantha, my fiftysomething sex decathlete, a cougar! "I think that's something that people who are uncomfortable with strong women have labeled her," snarls Kim to Extra.
May 19, 2010 |
Oy. And vey. That's all we have to say. Another day, another Sex and the City flick. SATC2 debuts May 27. Arms linked, 187 years among them, striding relentlessly toward your wallet, the four SATC seniors, Kim Cattrall , Kristin Davis , Cynthia Nixon , and Sarah Jessica Parker , will do anything for a camera, cover, column, or commercial. Kim roars: Don't you ever call Samantha, my fiftysomething sex decathlete, a cougar! "I think that's something that people who are uncomfortable with strong women have labeled her," snarls Kim to Extra . Correct, Kim. Also correct is SJP, who tells columnist Marc Malkin , "You don't want to see me topless.
May 15, 2010 |
Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski has been accused for a second time of sexually abusing a teenage girl. British actress Charlotte Lewis said the Oscar-winning director sexually molested her when she was 16, just a few years after Polanski was charged in California with assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Polanski, 76, is under house arrest in Switzerland, facing extradition to the United States. After pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse, he skipped out just before sentencing in 1978 and remained on the lam until Swiss authorities arrested him on Sept.
February 26, 2010 |
Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is as cold and snappy as the wind crashing into the New England coastline where much of this agreeably pulpy political thriller takes place. There's no deep subtext here, just a page-turner turned to the screen (Robert Harris, adapting his own best seller) with trenchant performances and evidence of a dark - very dark - wit. Loaded with Hitchcockian hugger-mugger, this is a genre Polanski clearly revels in. Ewan McGregor is the unnamed hero, or sap, of the tale: a cocky journalist who accepts a fat paycheck to punch up a bland memoir by former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan)
November 30, 2009 |
TATTLE'S ALWAYS been fond of Switzerland. The chocolate. The Alps. The neutrality. Unfortunately, newspaper salaries don't pay for Swiss vacations. If only we'd raped a teenager 32 years ago and fled the country. Roman Polanski is expected to leave his Swiss jail cell this week for house arrest in a luxury, three-story chalet on the edge of Gstaad with a view of the Alps. There he'll walk around his private garden and listen to the yodeling and wait to hear whether the Swiss will extradite him to the United States.