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Polanski's 'The Ghost' wins best film at European Film Awards

Roman Polanski's The Ghost – the story of a journalist hired to write the memoirs of a British prime minister – has won the prize for best film at the European Film Awards.

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DVD: The Ghost

A topical DVD this, considering that Roman Polanski’s film of Robert Harris’s political thriller revolves around Blairish memoirs.

DJ Taylor: The art of self-promotion

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Prosecutors vow to pursue Polanski

American justice officials and prosecutors have described the Swiss decision to free Roman Polanski as a disappointment and an injustice but insisted that they will continue their pursuit of the film director.

Julie Burchill: Just how famous do you have to be to make it OK that you're a rapist or racist?

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Polanski freed as Switzerland rejects US extradition plea

Switzerland released Roman Polanski from more than seven months of house arrest in his Alpine chalet yesterday after rejecting an American extradition request which would have returned him to the US to face charges of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

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Switzerland frees film director Roman Polanski

Switzerland said today it would not send Roman Polanski back to the United States to face sentencing for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, freeing the Oscar-winning director from 10 months arrest.

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Polanski 'abused me when I was 16,' says British actress

Los Angeles prosecutors have met a British actress who claims she was sexually abused by director Roman Polanski when she was 16 - years before she appeared in one of his films.

Birdemic: Schlock horrors that come low on the pecking order

Birdemic, a tribute to The Birds, is the latest in a long line of terrible Alfred Hitchcock remakes. Why does the master of suspense inspire so many turkeys, wonders Francesca Steele

Polanski says case against him is a 'lie'

After seven months under house arrest in his Swiss chalet, and still facing extradition, Roman Polanski has broken a long silence over his 33-year-old sex conviction, claiming the case against him is based on a "lie" and accusing the US authorities of wanting to "serve me on a platter to the media of the world".

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US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

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Al Pacino wows Venice

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Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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