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Roman Polanski Makes Sexist Remarks at Cannes

Roman Polanski with his wife at CannesFor someone already accused of a serious sex crime here in the States, director Roman Polanski probably should have kept his recent comments at the Cannes Film Festival to himself.

The 79 year-old auteur has come under fire for his sexist remarks made at the film festival, where he is promoting his latest movie Venus in Fur. When asked how his view of women has changed over the years, Polanski uttered some eyebrow-raising words:

“Offering flowers to a lady has become indecent. I think to level the genders — it’s purely idiotic. I think it’s a result… of progress in medicine. I think that the Pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, ‘masculinizing’ her — how would you say it? [...] I think that it chases away the romance from our lives and that’s a great pity.”

As if he didn't already have enough people up in arms against him for the allegations made against him regarding the minor, Polanski surely now has many women signed up to boycott his work. Is anyone else wondering what his wife Emmanuelle Seigner thinks of all this?

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VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for Roman Polanski’s New Film

Talk about tension! Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz humorously come together to bring the play The God of Carnage from the stage to the big screen in Roman Polanski's adaptation, Carnage.

The film is due in theaters December 16.

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In Theaters This Weekend (2/19)

Shutter Island

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Shutter Island (R): starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley (directed by Martin Scorsese)
  • Celine: Through the Eyes of the World* (NR): starring Celine Dion (directed by Stephane Laporte)
  • Dreamkiller* (R): starring Dario Deak, John Colton, Penny Drake (directed by Catherine C. Pirotta)
  • The Ghost Writer* (PG-13): starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosman, Kim Cattrall (directed by Roman Polanski)

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Roman Polanski Thanks His Supporters

Roman Polanski

is “overwhelmed” by the support he has received since being arrested in Switzerland.

The 76-year-old film director - who is under house arrest in Switzerland awaiting a decision over whether he will be extradited to America - says he was given strength by the letters he was sent after being arrested in Switzerland in September.

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Quote of the Day: Chris Weitz on Kissing Scenes

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in New Moon

“It’s not like when they’re about to kiss, I’m leaning in and saying, just off camera, ‘Tender, tender!’ or anything like that. I just let them do their thing. I think it would be creepy and inappropriate for me to advise them how to kiss one another or what it’s like to be young in love. I’m 40 years old. I’m not going to Polanski out on them.”

- New Moon director Chris Weitz on directing on-screen (also, perhaps, off-screen?) lovers Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

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Jamie Foxx Slams Roman Polanski

Jamie Foxx and daughterJamie Foxx says Roman Polanski would “be missing” if he had touched his daughter.

The Law Abiding Citizen actor has spoke out against the film director—who is currently facing extradition to the US after he fled the country in 1978 when he was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl—insisting that he wouldn’t hesitate to take the law into his own hands if his child was in danger.

“If it had been my daughter who was barely a teenager—my daughter is 15—Roman Polanski would be missing… period. It wouldn’t even get to the court case. But, that’s me and I wouldn’t want anyone else to follow that because you should let the justice system work it out. On the other hand, I don’t know Roman Polanski, but maybe if I had a relationship with him my answer would be different. I just think this whole issue is bigger than Roman Polanski.”

Jamie, 41, admits he has no idea how far he would go to seek retribution if someone hurt his loved ones: “Revenge is a tough thing. When it comes to someone bringing harm to your family, it’s hard to think about turning the other cheek. Some of things I’ve said I’d do to sexual perpetrators were pretty graphic. But I also read some stories of people taking the law into their own hands, which is bad too. So it’s tough to know how far you’d go.”

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 28, 2009

Fast & Furious DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious: Blu-ray
  • 12 Monkeys: Blu-ray
  • Bad Lieutenant: DVD
  • Bart Got a Room: DVD
  • Dragonball: Evolution: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fast & Furious: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Repulsion: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A River Runs Through It: Blu-ray
  • The Fast and the Furious: Blu-ray
  • The Inglorious Bastards (1977): Blu-ray
  • This is Spinal Tap: Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 27, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:
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Movie Remakes: Killer Tomatoes, Rosemary’s Baby

Attack of the Killer TomatoesAlthough I have a hard time believing there are people out there born after the ‘70s, I understand there are many who’ve never even heard of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.  Fortunately for them, there will soon be a remake.

Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine - the creators behind the “Ask A Ninja” web shorts -  have taken on the challenge of retooling the cult classic.  Although the update’s budget will undoubtedly be larger than the original’s (the first film reportedly cost less than $100,000), it’s unclear how far the writers will deviate from the 1978 storyline.

The movie about murderous fruit spawned three sequels including Return of the Killer Tomatoes and Killer Tomatoes Strike Back.  (‘s career managed to survive an appearance in the former.)  No target date for the redo has been announced.

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: January 08, 2008

Zodiac HD DVDThis week marks the release of the first batch of high-definition DVDs since on-the-fence Warner landed decidedly on the Blu side; I must admit, as an HD DVD man, the day feels a bit colder than normal. But no matter—the format war is far from over.

On a lighter note, both formats have some exciting titles to speak of, including the Blu-ray release of one of my favorite movies from 2007, Sunshine; Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film, The Pianist, on HD DVD; and the long-awaited special edition of David Fincher’s Zodiac, also on HD DVD. The DVD release from July contained nary a special feature, so this two-disc director’s cut ought to please those Fincher fans waiting for a decent version.

Check out the full list of high-def releases after the jump.

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