once upon a time in hollywood cast

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has found its Roman Polanski. Polish actor Rafal Zawierucha will play the infamous filmmaker, whose wife Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson’s cult followers in 1969.

Also joining Zawierucha in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie are Danny Strong and Sydney Sweeney, once again expanding the ever-growing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast.

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Bill Cosby Expelled

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership. The news comes on the heels of Cosby’s recent conviction on three counts of sexual assault. Polanski fled United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming movie about the Manson Family murders — or to be more precise, about Los Angeles in 1969 — seems to be unable to detach itself from controversy, with the latest update guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers.

A “key” character in the film will reportedly be Roman Polanski, the controversial director who was married to Sharon Tate at the time of her murder, and who is currently a fugitive from the U.S. after being arrested and charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

This news is accompanied by a tidbit involving the character Tom Cruise (who has yet to officially sign on) may play in the film.

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Venus in Fur trailer

Roman Polanski‘s new film is Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the stage play by David Ives. With the film opening in the UK this weekend, there’s a new UK trailer for the movie, which features Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric. The play is a two-character affair, with an actress showing up late for an audition. She talks her way into running through the play, which is an adaptation of the novel Venus in Furs. As the woman and director run through the play, a power dynamic emerges in which the two people reflect the very text of the book. Check out the Venus in Fur trailer below.  Read More »

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I’ve said it before: if you get a chance to option an article written by David Grann, do it. The guy’s got a masterful nose for story, or one hell of an editor at the New Yorker), and his articles are almost universally being used as the basis for films.

(Other Grann work in development includes The Old Man and the GunThe Lost City of Z, The Yankee Comandante and The Brand; his article The Chameleon inspired The Imposter.)

One piece, True Crime, was optioned by producers Brett Ratner and David Gerson, who once had the project set up at Focus. That situation didn’t work out, but now they’ve landed Christoph Waltz to star. The story tells of a Polish writer who was targeted as the prime suspect in a cold case murder thanks to his novel in which the details of one character’s murder lined up surprisingly well with those of the real case.

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We’ve got a few announcements of projects that got new directors today, or of films that are getting off the ground because of the names now attached to make them happen. After the break there’s info on:

  • Roman Polanski’s new film, based on the Dreyfus Affair
  • David Slade being set to make a thriller called Villain
  • and Nick Cassavetes will direct Kristen Stewart’s action movie Cali.

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The Best Satanic Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen

Well fire and damnation, this week we’re all going to hell.

Nicolas Cage is riding to your local theater on a motorbike fueled by Satan and there’s little anyone can do to stop it. I’ve seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and, quite frankly, it ain’t good. That said, if I hadn’t seen it yet and twenty-five people told me it stunk, I’d still go. I love Crazy Nic Cage and I like fiery demons. What can I say, it’s something that speaks to me.

With Lucifer on the mind I figured this week’s column would be about Satan, Satanism, demons, witches, possession and whatnot. There’s a whole world out there beyond the obvious (fantastic) Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and the color-saturated visions of Dario Argento. Such as. . . Read More »

Take four of the best actors working today, throw them into a room and let the cameras roll. That seems to be the claustrophobic vibe director Roman Polanski is going for in his film adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents who meet for an awkward, civil discussion that soon devolves into madness. It’s scheduled to open December 16. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

We’ve been highlighting images from Roman Polanski‘s upcoming film Carnage for the past few weeks. The film adapts Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Chrisoph Waltz starring as two NYC couples who meet to discuss the aftermath of an encounter between their kids.

For some, that cast list and Polanski’s name are enough to lock Carnage as a fall highlight. But if you’ve looked at the photos and thought “pass”, have a look at the international trailer below. It’s great stuff. Check out Kate Winslet breaking her staid Oscar-ready image (which she’s done plenty of times before, sure, but possibly not in quite such a pitch-perfect fashion) and Christoph Waltz remaining deliberately and cluelessly composed as her distracted husband.

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Roman Polanski‘s new film Carnage, an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, will soon premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and then open the New York Film Festival. We know the basics — Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly play two couples who spend an evening… let’s say ‘interacting,’ after their kids get into an altercation at school. That’s the pretty wonderful French poster for the film above on the left, and we’ve got the full-size image along with some new images from the film after the break. Read More »