Court rejects Polanski's appeal bid

With his latest appeal rejected, Roman Polanski's fate once again lies in the hands of Swiss authorities. A California appeals court has rejected his bid to have his case reviewed by a special counsel or to be sentenced in absentia.

Letters: Vote power

Clegg: moment of madness

The new-look print edition: A newspaper and a viewspaper

Today the Independent has launched a new-look print edition.

Dominic Lawson: The Pope is vilified, Polanski indulged

I had always imagined that it was people who raped children, rather than organisations, but perhaps Richard Dawkins is not so much interested in that

The Ghost, Roman Polanski, 127 mins, (15)<br/>City of Life and Death, Lu Chuan, 136 mins, (15)

Robert Harris's story of a former PM accused of war crimes is already losing its lustre of topicality

The Ghost (15)

Spirited thriller the Roman way

Manson, 676 Fulham Road, London

It seems only yesterday that I was standing in a nondescript side-street in Fulham, looking without enthusiasm at the tatterdemalion exterior of the Harwood Arms gastropub, before walking inside and enjoying one of the best meals of the year. Now here's another overcast day, another lunchtime taxi ride through the anonymous streets of SW6 (where the shops seem to hang their awnings with shame that they're not as classy as their Chelsea neighbours), and what shall we find this time? Will history repeat itself?

Howard Jacobson: We could learn a thing or two about television from the Americans &ndash; really

It seemed dire at first. I would channel hop and get only ads, interminable ads

Album: Komeda Project, Requiem (WM Records)

Intriguing, occasionally feisty yet lyrical interpretations of compositions by the increasingly influential Polish jazz and film composer Krzysztof Komeda (1931-69), one of Roman Polanski's key collaborators.

Berlin Film Festival - Braced against the big chill

Gloomy films and icy weather have dominated this year's Berlin Film Festival, but the line-up hasn't been without warmth and diversity, reports Geoffrey Macnab

Polanski adds a bit of Hitchcock to the revival of Blair's ghost

Pierce Brosnan's performance carries chilling echoes of the former PM

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (14 February 2010)

Your front page on the fossil fuel money funding the climate sceptics implied that ExxonMobil are the main culprits. While there is plenty of evidence to support that view, there is another side to the story. In 2006, for the first time in its long and distinguished history, the Royal Society took the unprecedented step of asking a corporation to change its behaviour; specifically to stop funding "organisations that have been misinforming the public about the science of climate change". The corporation, ExxonMobil, agreed to its request. ExxonMobil promised to stop funding climate sceptics again in 2007, and in 2008, and again in 2009. I'm sure that, if asked, it would yet again promise to stop funding sceptics. The teething troubles they seem to be having in implementing this new policy should not be allowed to cast any doubt on the sincerity of their public statements.

Polanski's new film is haunted by the present

The spirit of the Iraq Inquiry hangs over Roman Polanski's new film, 'The Ghost', which premiered in Berlin last night

Swiss won't extradite Roman Polanski until US case is finalised

Swiss authorities won't extradite Roman Polanski to the United States until courts in Los Angeles rule definitively that the director must face further sentencing in person in a 32-year-old sex case, a senior official said today.

Polanski misses Berlin accolade, trapped in his gilded, Alpine home

Swiss authorities have refused the film director permission to travel to Germany
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