Rudy Fleming, who is currently serving time for shooting duFresne in a New York street in 2005, claims he has been diagnosed as "psychotic" and is demanding a new trial to prove he cannot be held responsible for the killing.
But on Tuesday (28Dec10) an appeal court panel ruled Fleming, who insists he suffers hallucinations which include the vision of a "giant marshmallow man", is "exaggerating" his mental illness, and upheld his life sentence.
The 25 year old was sentenced to life without parole in 2006 after he was found competent to stand trial, reports the New York Daily News.
The couple, which met on the set of 1994 movie Shopping, wed in 1997 and had three kids together, sons Rafferty, 14, and eight-year-old Rudy, as well as daughter Iris, 10.
Their marriage crumbled and they divorced in 2003, but have since gone on to forge a friendship for the sake of the children - and they both turned out to support their local London area Primrose Hill's traditional Christmas fete and lighting ceremony on Sunday.
The Alfie actor, who is currently dating Sienna Miller, wrapped up warm against the wintry weather in a beanie hat and scarf as he watched the festivities with Frost and their children.
The Bridget Jones's Diary star will take on the role of a journalist investigating the case in Italy, and is also attached to write the film's screenplay, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph.
U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Italian native Rudy Guede were convicted of the murder but they are all appealing the verdict.
And given the ongoing legal proceedings, director Michael Winterbottom is adamant the big screen release will not focus on the verdict.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "The idea would be that ultimately there isn't an answer, it's all a puzzle. We are certainly not going to be saying, 'This person is innocent or this person is guilty'. But we will be asking, 'Is this (a) system of fair justice?'"
The case was thrust back into the headlines last month (Sep10) when plans were revealed to turn the story into a film, starring Hayden Panettiere as Knox. However, filming has been thrown into jeopardy after lawyers for the jailed American student vowed to challenge the plans because of her pending appeal.
Matt Reeves' magnificent Let Me In is an Americanized adaptation of Let the Right One In a Swedish horror film which itself is based on an acclaimed novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (also Swedish). As such its setting has been moved from frigid Scandinavia to the more familiar but no less frigid Los Alamos New Mexico a town depicted as so bleak and uninviting as to provoke a lawsuit from the state’s tourism commission. Its atmosphere is particularly inhospitable to timid loners like 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) a spindly late-bloomer who suffers regular humiliations at school courtesy of a trio of pubescent sadists.
Owen’s home life isn’t much better: Dad’s gone for good pending a divorce from mom who’s an aspiring wino and something of a religious nut. He seeks refuge nightly in the solitary confines of his apartment complex courtyard where he meets and befriends Abby (Chloe Moretz) a new neighbor and apparent kindred spirit whose quirks include a penchant for walking barefoot through the snow. That along with her professed inability to recall her exact age provides Owen with the first clues that his new friend may not be entirely normal.
She is in fact a vampire. And like any vampire Abby requires blood for sustenance. But since the sight of a little girl chomping on the necks of locals is certain to raise eyebrows at Child Protective Services she entrusts the duty of procuring nourishment to her haggard elder companion (Richard Jenkins). First believed to be Abby’s father but later revealed as otherwise he (his name is never stated) trots out wearily on occasion to find a fresh young body to drain of its blood. His skills appear to be slipping in his old age (like Owen he is a mere mortal) and his sloppiness soon attracts the attention of a grizzled local cop (Elias Koteas) who has no idea how far in over his head he is. (The film is set in 1983 when the vampire-detection tools available to law enforcement officials were woefully inadequate.)
Meanwhile Abby and Owen’s relationship blossoms and notwithstanding the inevitable complications that arise in every human-vampire relationship they develop a profound and sweetly innocent bond. Still lurking in the back of our minds is the knowledge that Abby at her core is a remorseless bloodsucker and one significantly older than her pre-teen visage would have us believe. Is her affection for Owen sincere or is she merely grooming him to assume the role of her caretaker once her current one exceeds his usefulness?
There’s a great deal of manipulation at work in Let Me In both on the part of Abby and director Reeves who alternates between tugging on our heart-strings and butchering them. Abby is one of the truly great horror villains — so great in fact that I suspect many audience members won’t view her as one even as her list of mutilated victims grows. Reeves does well to preserve an element of ambiguity resisting the urge to proffer a Usual Suspects-esque denouement inviting us instead to connect the story’s dots ourselves. The film’s unique and affecting juxtaposition of tenderness and savagery combined with a slew of stellar performances makes for an experience unlike any other in recent horror-movie memory one whose effects will linger long after the closing credits have rolled.
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The Heroes actress has signed a deal with America's Lifetime network to star in The Amanda Knox Story, the Hollywood tale of the real-life U.S. exchange student's sensational Italian murder trial surrounding the brutal killing of her roommate.
Knox became an object of international fascination at 20, when she and her Italian boyfriend were arrested in the country in November 2007 and accused by prosecutors of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher during a violent night fuelled by sex and drugs.
Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Italian native Rudy Guede were charged with sexually assaulting Kercher, while the American was accused of slashing her roommate's throat with a knife.
Knox's 11-month trial ended last December (09), and she was sentenced to 26 years in prison in an Italian jail. She maintains her innocence and has filed an appeal.
Sollecito received 25 years and, in a separate trial, Guede received 30 years.
The Amanda Knox Story is set to broadcast on U.S. TV next year (11).
Former New York City mayor RUDY GIULIANI's daughter CAROLINE completed a day of community service on Friday (17Sep10) - the 21-year-old's punishment for shoplifting from a Manhattan store last month (Aug10).
“I don’t know if I can do this much longer ” groans an exhausted Milla Jovovich shortly after dispatching a horde of corporate paramilitary goons in the explode-tastic introductory sequence of Resident Evil: Afterlife. I feel her pain. But Jovovich in her fourth turn as Alice the genetically enhanced zombie-slaughtering heroine of the video game-inspired series isn’t the only one looking a bit tired. The entire film suffers from a severe case of franchise fatigue the hallmarks of which no amount of “big guns beautiful women [and] dogs with heads that explode ” as producer Jeremy Bolt so artfully boasts in the film’s official press notes can possibly hide.
This latest edition finds Alice stripped of her superpowers by her arch-nemesis the blond Matrix reject Albert Wesker (a cringe-worthy Shawn Roberts) whose evil Umbrella Corporation created the virus that inadvertently turned most of the planet’s population into flesh-devouring zombies. Though she can no longer pull off fancy tricks like triggering spontaneous earthquakes she’s still able to withstand powerful blasts without shielding and fire handguns the size of her head without any visible recoil. Both traits come in handy when she's charged with leading a small ethnically diverse group of human survivors through an army of undead many of whom are armed with face-sucking tentacles in lieu of tongues to a refugee camp located on a ship anchored off the coast of Los Angeles.
For all of its recycled plot elements predictable twists and cliched dialogue Resident Evil: Afterlife does feature one genuinely interesting new wrinkle (and no it's not the aforementioned dogs with heads that explode though they are quite nice): It’s the first film of the franchise to be shot and edited entirely in 3D — the real non-Clash of the Titans variety. Who knows perhaps writer-director (and Jovovich hubby) Paul W.S. Anderson returning to the helm after ceding directing duties on the prior two Resident Evil films was simply too drained from the work of adding an additional dimension to all of the film's flying limbs and bursts of blood to devote much creative energy to anything else. More likely there was never any creative energy there in the first place.
And still Anderson sees fit to end the film with a transparent pitch for yet another sequel. Might I suggest Resident Evil: Straight to Video?
Caroline Giuliani was arrested last month (Aug10) after she was allegedly caught stealing a number of cosmetic items worth around $150 (£100) at a Sephora store in Manhattan.
On Tuesday (31Aug10), a judge adjourned the case - and prosecutors have revealed it will be dismissed if Caroline takes on a one-day community service order.
Caroline Giuliani must also avoid any further legal problems for six months and return to court on 4 November (10) to ensure the community service has been completed, according to a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
The actress divorced her first husband, Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, in 1995 and had a son, Rafferty, with Law the following year (96).
Frost admits Law was away working a lot while she was pregnant and after the birth she eventually pushed a "self-destruct button" and went on a drinking binge.
On her return home, she claims she was so "numb" with depression, she hardly realised when she self-harmed with a pair of scissors.
In her upcoming autobiography, Crazy Days, Frost reveals, "Jude was away a lot, while I was sitting on the sofa, getting fatter and gripped by a nagging sense that I was jeopardising my love. Rafferty was born in October of that year. I didn't want a nanny because I wanted to be alone with Raff, but unease was pulling me down, making me feel low and lost.
"Eventually I wanted to press the self-destruct button. One night I arranged a babysitter and went out. I partied all night and got home the next day racked with guilt. I was sitting at my dressing table, not feeling anything - just numb.
"I watched my hand slowly pick up a pair of scissors. It was as if I was being sucked down lower into the chair and the scissors seemed to be drawn to my arm.
"I appeared to have cut myself. Blood dripped down my arm. There was no sense of panic within me - I just felt empty."
The star was treated for post-natal depression, but the condition returned after the birth of her daughter, Iris, in 2000.
Frost and Law welcomed another son, Rudy, in 2002 before they divorced in 2003.
Frost became firm friends with Moss in the late 1990s and the pair was at a concert together in Los Angeles in 2000 when she went into premature labour.
Her husband Jude Law and sister Holly rallied around to ensure Frost made it to hospital in time - but wild woman Moss had a detour in mind.
In her upcoming autobiography, Crazy Days, Frost reveals, "Seven weeks before my due date we went to a gig with a group of friends, including Kate and my sister Holly, when I started feeling contractions. 'Sadie, I think we need to go the hospital,' Holly said.
"She and Jude helped me to the waiting limo, with Kate rushing in, determined to be with me at the birth. As we headed towards Santa Monica, Kate spotted a convenience store.
"'Stop!' she shouted to the driver. 'We're going to need supplies.' The limo stopped and the others dived out to buy champagne and cigarettes before rushing on to the hospital.
"While waiting at the hospital, Jude put some Bob Marley on and sat and ate bananas because he was so nervous, while Holly and Kate paced about the hall. Almost seven hours later, on October 25, 2000, our daughter Iris Tallulah was born."
Iris was a little sister for Frost's two sons - Finlay, from her marriage to Gary Kemp, and Rafferty. The actress and Law later welcomed son Rudy to the family before their divorce in 2003.