Chinatown

1974, Movie, R, 131 mins

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Smokey and the Bandit Director Hal Needham Dies at 82

Hal Needham

Longtime stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham has died after a short battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd was... read more

Secret Files Reveal Rock Hudson's Gay Confession and RFK-Marilyn Affair

Rock Hudson and his wife Phyllis Gates

Rock Hudson's wife once confronted him for being gay, Judy Garland kept several caches of drugs hidden throughout her house, and Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy were recorded having sex — all this according to newly uncovered files from former cop-turned-private investigator Fred Otash. The files... read more

Los Angeles D.A. Calls Swiss Decision on Polanski a "Disservice to Justice"

Roman Polanski

Sounding undeterred by Switzerland's refusal to extradite Roman Polanski, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said he'll seek to get the filmmaker back if he's caught by a country willing to return him.

"We will discuss with the Department of Justice the extradition of Roman Polanski if he's arrested in a cooperative jurisdiction," said Cooley, who's running for California attorney general.

Swiss government rejects U.S. request to extradite Polanski

The Swiss government said... read more

Swiss Government Rejects U.S. Request to Extradite Polanski

Roman Polanski

The Swiss government refused to extradite Roman Polanski to the United States on Monday, freeing the Oscar-winning director and protecting him from facing charges in the U.S. for having sex with an underage girl and fleeing the country three decades ago.

"Mr. Polanski can now move freely. Since 12:30 today he's ... read more

Polanski Breaks Silence: I'm Being Served "On a Platter to the Media"

Roman Polanski

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski said Sunday that he is being treated unfairly and that the U.S. is demanding his extradition from Switzerland in order to serve him "on a platter to the media," reports The Associated Press.

Polanski's latest appeal rejected

"I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life," Polanski said, breaking his months-long silence. "I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."

The 76-year old director of Chinatown and The Pianist accused Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who is running for California attorney general, of using the case for publicity. The district attorney's spokeswoman, Sandi Gibbons, said the D.A.'s office "will ... read more

Movies-on-TV: Ken Fox's Picks for the Week of Jan. 14

Keanu Reeves in River's Edge courtesy MGM

Monday, Jan. 14, at 6:45 pm/ETChinatown | HBOSForget the godawful Bucket List and pretty much everything he’s done since The Shining (The Departed notwithstanding): This is the Jack we like to think of when we think Nicholson. He plays Jake, a sleazy, 1930s private dick who winds up with a noseful of trouble after taking on what looks like a routine case.Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8 pmFight Club | HBO2It's not David Fincher’s best film — this year's Zodiac gets our vote — but his adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel has found its cult, and it might prove Fincher's most enduring. If you don’t already know what it's about, we're not telling. After all, the first rule of Fight Club is... well, you must know at least that much.Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10:05 pmLive Flesh | FLX Pedro Almodovar made the switch from candy-color sex farces to sincere, full-blown melodrama with The Flower of My Secret, but he didn’t really hit his stride until this very loose, very sexy adap... read more

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. The image of...

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. The image of oil-company stooges gets slapped around but good when Scream and the boys are assigned to protect pipeline workers in a story line swiped from Fahrenheit 9/11. After complaining about how guards in a private security firm make $30,000 a month doing the same thing they do (oddly, there was no mention of Dubya's cut of American troops' combat pay), the squad enters a village where the inhabitants don't really care for Western types, especially if they're oil drillers. These folks would fall over themselves to shoot J.R. But that doesn't deter an oil-company stooge from trying to impose democracy on them, which only serves to turn an imam's wife intp an outcast. Goaded by Mr. Oil Stooge, the woman has the nerve to suggest that the Americans should build a school for their village rather than a mosque. That's when Tariq's BS detector starts to go off. He quotes Jake Gittes from Chinatown ("You think you know what's going on, but read more

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