David Lister: It's the way he tells it

Last Tuesday I think I saw the future. At least, I hope I did. In a sensational evening at the Royal Festival Hall, I watched Daniel Barenboim play Beethoven's third piano concerto and conduct Schoenberg's notoriously difficult Variations for Orchestra Op 31. That in itself was stunningly good, but it was the third element of the evening that turned it into a sensation.

Johnny Depp - There's method in his madness

He's the face of one of cinema's biggest franchises – yet Johnny Depp's enduring outsider cool means that he can still be guest of honour at a distinctly anti-Hollywood film festival

Polanski's wife blames assault on 'crazy' 1970s

LA judge to decide whether Polish-born film director can be sentenced in absentia

Prosecutor rejects Polanski plea

A Los Angeles prosecutor has urged a judge to reject the film director Roman Polanski's request to be sentenced in his absence for a 1977 sex crime, claiming he is a fugitive who should not be able to dictate his case from afar. In papers filed with Los Angeles Superior Court, David Walgren argued that Polanski – under house arrest in Switzerland – should not be treated differently because he is a celebrity.

Jacques the ripper: Why terror stalked the set of the Audiard's latest hit film

Jacques Audiard, I suggest to the French director, has something of a reputation as a perfectionist. He sits bolt upright, feigning outrage. "Really? Who's the bastard that has it in for me? That's a terrible word."

Judge sets hearing in Roman Polanski child sex case

Roman Polanski's long-delayed criminal case is due to return to a Los Angeles court for a hearing.

Pandora: Polanski offers fans a seasonal greeting

Hark! Roman Polanski, directorial messiah-cum-jailbird and celebrity cause célèbre has uttered his first public words since being arrested by Swiss police in connection with a sex offence of 32 years ago.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (27/12/09)

Out with the old, in with the new

Roman Polanski's plea rejected in court

In a case that has polarised public passions, director Roman Polanski did not win his freedom yesterday for a 32-year-old sex offence, but an appeals court said in a strongly worded opinion there was probable judicial and prosecutorial misconduct in his case.

John Rentoul: For a balanced verdict on Blair, look beyond Chilcot

Chilcott is being intimidated into coming up with the 'right' answers

Court to rule if Polanski can fight case from afar

A Los Angeles appeals court will consider whether Roman Polanski needs to appear in person to pursue his claim that his child rape case was tainted by judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and should be thrown out.

Polanksi begins house arrest in plush 'prison'

Film-maker moved to his chalet as lawyers prepare to fight extradition to the US

Swiss move Polanski to secret location en route to house arrest

Authorities acted to protect Roman Polanski from public attention yesterday by moving him from a jail in the Zurich area to an undisclosed location before his transfer today to house arrest in the Swiss Alps.

Roman Polanski to move to house arrest

After more than two months in a Swiss jail, Roman Polanski will be placed under house arrest at his Alpine chalet on Friday, authorities said.

Swiss prepare Polanski's house arrest

Security experts yesterday started preparing Roman Polanski's Alpine chalet for the film director's house arrest while Swiss authorities consider whether to extradite him to the United States.

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