Did Polanski ever pay the settlement awarded to Geimer?

In 1993, Samantha Geimer reached a settlement in a civil suit against Roman Polanski for sexual assault, false imprisonment, seduction of a minor and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other things. The public record does not reveal whether the payment was ever made. Polanski had until October 1995 to pay the settlement, with interest. […]

Hollywood’s “compassion” and Polanski’s “so-called crime”

Yesterday, I expressed hope that Hollywood would continue its desperate attempt to explain how a crime isn’t a crime when the person committing it is Someone Like Them, so that they will finally lose their collective credibility as compassionate progressives on the side of goodness. It looks like I might get my wish: “The split […]

Hollywood thinks rape is okay, just not “rape-rape”

ETA: Celebs supporting Polanski’s extradition. You can sign the petition, too. Thanks, Charles! France has wisely backpedaled from their recent remarks about Roman Polanski which suggested the U.S. should just excuse him because he’s so old, the crime is so far in the past, and he’s so talented, and he had a tragic childhood (the […]

Roman Polanski may finally face charges

Back in March, we discussed part of a transcript from a 1978 Raiders of the Lost Ark story session in which George Lucas thought it would be “interesting” if Marion Ravenwood had been 12 years old at the time of her “affair” with Indiana Jones. It sparked debate, disgust and defense as commenters speculated about […]

Star Trek was just for women

A friend just shared something rather interesting in chat with me: (9:42:40 AM): Btw, something you might want to do for Hathor. I had a talk with a male friend who insisted the new Star Trek movie was made only for women. (9:42:44 AM): And I stared at him, shocked. (9:42:53 AM): Apparently character interaction […]

Goodbye, Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur died on April 25, 2009. She was probably best known for her roles as an outspoken liberal feminist in Maude and as middle-aged divorcee Dorothy Zbornak whose life was far from over in The Golden Girls. I’ve never reviewed Maude, mostly because others have done it better years before I came along. Maude […]

Film people talk about racism and sexism in film, anonymously

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Karen Healey highlighted this link on her LiveJournal, and I encourage everyone to check it out. It’s just what I’ve been talking about for years, the faux-liberalism of Hollywood. “Hollywood is anything but liberal. I call them liberal bigots. Hollywood is filled with liberal bigots, and they use the thing of being liberal as a […]