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December 04, 2008

No-show Polanski


Watching the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" might be enough to convince some of us that the Oscar-winning filmmaker was railroaded, but it's apparently not working for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Defense attorneys are trying to get a dismissal of a three-decades-old sex charge against the France-based director, and they've submitted the documentary as evidence. They're asking that the case be dropped -- the director pleaded guilty to unlawful intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in the '70s -- without having Polanski show up in court.

See, he's been a fugitive since 1978 -- didn't even make an appearance to pick up his Oscar for "The Pianist" --  and stepping back into the U.S. would mean immediate arrest. Polanski's camp is obviously trying to avoid that.

Today, legal eagles say his chances of winning a dismissal without showing his face are slim to none.

Meanwhile, the documentary isn't getting much awards respect either, having been passed on for the Oscar shortlist.



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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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