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Director Roman Polanski has reportedly appealed to Polish authorities to grant him permission to return to his native country to make a movie without the threat of extradition to the U.S., where he remains a fugitive on sex charges dating back to the 1970s.
The reclusive Chinatown filmmaker fled America for Europe more than 30 years ago on the eve of his sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor, to which he had pleaded guilty. He has lived in France for the past few decades, but his freedom was threatened in 2009 when he was arrested in Switzerland and threatened with extradition back to the U.S. He was eventually released and allowed to return to France.
Now Polanski is seeking a special pardon from Polish officials, who have an extradition treaty in place with the U.S., to protect him from any legal action so that he can shoot a prospective new film about 19th century French army officer Alfred Dreyfus in the country.
His Polish lawyer, Jerzy Stachowicz, tells Reuters, "Roman Polanski is considering filming in Poland about (sic) the Dreyfus Affair."
His producer pal Robert Benmussa reveals an official decision about the project has yet to be made, adding, "We have to be sure that filming will not be interrupted for legal reasons."
Dreyfus, an artillery officer of Jewish heritage, was convicted of treason in 1894, but his case caused an uproar among members of the French society amid allegations of anti-Semitism, and he was subsequently exonerated.
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Scottish actor Ewan Mcgregor is set to bring author Philip Roth's American Pastoral to life in a big screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The Impossible star will portray lead character Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a successful businessman whose life falls into disarray when his daughter becomes wanted for committing a fatal act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. The Lincoln Lawyer writer John Romano has been tapped to adapt the screenplay, with Salt director Philip Noyce signing on to helm the drama.
Production on American Pastoral is scheduled to begin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in March, 2015. The book was published in 1997 and won Roth the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998.
Angelina Jolie is in talks to become a citizen of Namibia so she can use her new title from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, according to a U.K. report.
The Tomb Raider actress was named an honorary dame in the monarch's Birthday Honours List last week (ends15Jun14) for her humanitarian work, but she cannot use the title officially because she is not British or a Commonwealth citizen. However, Jolie could be formally addressed as a dame if she is granted dual citizenship with Namibia because it is a Commonwealth country, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
She already has ties to the African nation because her daughter Shiloh was born there in 2006 and has a Namibian passport.
A source tells the publication, "Angelina was blown away when she was made a dame. She thinks it will add gravitas to her in her humanitarian work." A spokesperson for the Namibian Embassy says, "We would welcome Angelina Jolie to make an application for citizenship, just like anyone else."
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Tina Fey, Nick Jonas, and Shailene Woodley are all keeping busy on sets this week. Find out exactly what and where they're filming below:
If you're in downtown Atlanta this week, make sure you look up. Crews have been busy rigging zip lines on rooftops all over downtown, including the top of the Peachtree Center, for the movie Insurgent. On Friday, stuntmen were seen testing the rigs so we can only assume filming will take place this week. The Divergent sequel, which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort, hits theaters March 20, 2015.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up again this summer for The Nest. The comedy duo is also back in New York for the movie about two sisters who go home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell their house. It was also just announced Maya Rudolph has joined the cast making it a true SNL reunion! Today, you can find the ladies are filming off of Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains, N.Y.
Nick Jonas is returning to the small screen this fall for Navy St. The DirecTV series centers on a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, Calif. run by Alvey Henderson (Frank Grillo), whose drug addiction kept him from making it big as a fighter. Jonas plays his youngest son. Navy St. has been filming at the Nelles Correctional Facility in Whittier, Calif. for several weeks. Nelles was also the primary filming location for Kristen Stewart's latest movie, Camp X-Ray.
To find out where else your favorite stars are filming, check out my daily filming locations at OnLocationVacations.com!
Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis have been recognised by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List. The actress has been named an honorary dame, while fellow Oscar winner Day-Lewis will be knighted.
Jolie learned of the honour in London this week (beg09Jun14), while she was co-hosting an international summit on sexual violence.
She won't be entitled to use her new royal title because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, but she joins fellow Americans Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan, who have previously received honorary titles from the Queen.
Among the soldiers, charity heroes, civil servants and entrepreneurs to receive honours, Day-Lewis will be able to add 'Sir' to his name after becoming a knight for "services to drama".
The Lincoln star admits he was, "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure" to discover he had made the list.
There were also damehoods for Booker Prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, while beloved actress Dame Maggie Smith, who portrays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on TV's Downton Abbey, was made a Companion of Honor, and becomes one of only 65 people "of distinction" in the U.K., and Homeland star Damian Lewis has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He says, "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment."
Author Hunter Davies, actress Phyllida Law and musician Talvin Singh also received OBEs, while physicist Thomas Kibble and pianist Andra Schiff have been honoured with knighthoods.
Also making the annual honours list is singer and DJ Cerys Matthews and actor John Barrowman, who have both been awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medals (CBEs).
Angelina Jolie continued her campaign to end sexual violence in war zones by meeting British royal Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall in London on Thursday (12Jun14). Alongside Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Hollywood actress launched the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the British capital on Tuesday (10Jun14).
They have continued to promote the drive in the U.K. all week, and on Thursday they headed to royal residence Clarence House for a special meeting with the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. The trio discussed the women's campaign, which is trending on social media with the slogan #timetoact, during the meeting.
A post on the official Twitter.com account for Clarence House reads, "The Duchess of Cornwall has met @WilliamJHague and @UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie to discuss their #TimetoAct work. "The Duchess has visited a number of projects over recent years working with victims of rape and sexual abuse, and is keen to raise awareness."
Angelina Jolie's fiance Brad Pitt stepped out to support the actress at her anti-rape summit in London on Thursday (12Jun14). The actor joined Jolie on the third day of the conference, and listened to her give a speech from the front row.
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie deliberately included a rape metaphor in her Disney movie Maleficent.
The superstar plays the Sleeping Beauty villainess in the new movie, which topped the box office in both the U.S. and U.K. following its release last month (May14), and the family film features a disturbing scene in which the lead character has her fairy wings torn off by a childhood friend. Jolie, who launched a summit in London this week (beg09Jun14) to stop sex crimes in war zones, has now explained the wing-tearing scene is actually a metaphor for rape.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour show, Jolie says, "It was beautifully written... and there was the question... and of course it's a Disney movie... but in essence the question was asked,'What could make a woman become so dark and lose all sense of her maternity and her womanhood and her softness?' And something would have to be so violent and so aggressive. And so of course, for us, we were very conscious, the writer (Linda Woolverton) and I, that it was a metaphor for rape. And that this would be the thing that would make her lose sight of that... "It is an extreme Disney, fun version of it but at the core, it is abuse and how the abused then have a choice of either abusing others or overcoming and remaining loving, open people."
Angelina Jolie's London summit to end rape in war zones has won the support of stars including Thandie Newton, Kathleen Turner, model Cara Delevingne, and even Catholic leader Pope Francis.
The Hollywood actress launched the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the British capital on Tuesday (10Jun14) and the event's slogan #timetoact has sparked a social networking frenzy. The phrase has become a trending topic on Twitter.com as more and more stars post pictures of themselves holding a sign bearing the words.
Newton, Turner and Delevingne have all joined in, with the model backing Jolie in a tweet, writing, "Yes Angie! #timetoact #stoptorture". Others who have backed the drive include Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, fashion designers Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, singers Paloma Faith, Mollie King and Eliza Doolittle, and Pope Francis.
The head of the Catholic Church writes on Twitter, "Let us pray for all victims of sexual violence in conflict, and those working to end this crime. #TimeToAct."
Angelina Jolie's hard work came to fruition on Tuesday (10Jun14) as she kicked off an innovative summit in London aimed at stopping rape in war zones.
The Hollywood actress, who is a United Nations special envoy for refugees, has been working with the U.K.'s Foreign Secretary William Hague to put together the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, gathering representatives from more than 140 countries around the globe. The conference, which will be attended by the heads of United Nations agencies, charities and experts, began on Tuesday, and Jolie joined Hague at London's ExCeL centre to officially launch the event.
She told reporters, "I'm so happy to be here. It's been long coming, we've worked on this for quite a while... We are so happy you're here, we've very, very grateful and look forward to this summit. It truly is a summit like no other. Thank you so much for coming."
The event runs until Thursday (12Jun14).
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