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    Polanski Posts Holiday Greetings

    Roman Polanski is under house arrest, spending the holidays with his family at his ski chalet while waiting to hear about his fate. He posted at the website of French philosopher pal Bernard Henri-Levy this public response to the cards and letters he's received:

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    Kennedy and the Naked Babes: A Playboy Shoot!

    TMZ said it tested this creased 1950s snapshot showing a man who looks a lot like John F. Kennedy hanging on a yacht with naked babes, and found no evidence of tampering.

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    Dreamworks Acquires WW I novel War Horse to Produce with Kennedy/Marshall

    DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the World War I adventure novel War Horse for Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest to produce. Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) is writing the script. Written by children's author Michael Morpurgo and first published in 1982, War Ho...

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    Overture Acquires Stone, Starring De Niro, Norton

    After the underwhelming Everybody's Fine , one star in need of a strong role that connects with audiences is Robert De Niro. Maybe Stone will do it. Overture Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to John Curran's dramatic thriller, starring De Niro as a parole officer and Edward Norton as an ...

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    Comcast Makes NBC Universal Deal

    As predicted, now that Vivendi has agreed to sell its 20% stake in NBC Universal for $5.8 billion, the deal for cable corp. Comcast to acquire NBC Universal from GE has gone through. Comcast would be the sixth owner of Universal over the past two decades. (The Obama administration could take a year ...

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    Polanski Gets Out of Jail Friday on $4.5 Million Bail

    As expected, filmmaker Roman Polanski will get out of jail on $4.5 million bail. Swiss justice officials announced Wednesday that the director can move to his Gstaad chalet at 1 PM on Friday. Here's the LAT:

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    Polanski Update: Swiss Accept 4.5 Million Bail

    Filmmaker Roman Polanski, in 30-year-exile from the U.S., has been smoldering in a Swiss jail for two months. He may have his get-out-of-jail card, but it is not free. A Swiss court has finally accepted the 76-year-old director's offer to pay 4.5 million Swiss francs to stay under house arrest with ...

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    Avatar May Debut at Knowles Butt-Numb-A-Thon

    AICN's Harry Knowles has long cultivated close friendships with powerful filmmakers. Peter Jackson showed him The Lovely Bones before any one else, and now I hear that James Cameron, who often calls Knowles when he wants to promote something, is trying to override studio Twentieth Century Fox's antipathy toward the Austin-based webmaster (who likes to blast co-chairman Tom Rothman) by giving him Avatar to screen at his annual December 24-hour film marathon Butt-Numb-A-Thon. The BNAT shows classic films as well as such premieres as The Passion of the Christ, Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Magnolia, ...

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    Gibney Talks Casino Jack and Three More Docs for 2010

    When documentarian Alex Gibney (who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side) learned via his Jack Abramoff "Google Alert" that director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) had decided to name his fiction film starring Kevin Spacey as corrupt Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff Casino Jack, Gibney had hi...

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    David Ansen Named Artistic Director of Los Angeles Film Festival

    When Rebecca Yeldham came in to run the Los Angeles Film Festival this year, programming director Rachel Rosen played out her last fest and then moved back to her old stomping grounds, the San Francisco Film Festival. Now Yeldham announces that Newsweek critic David Ansen is joining the LAFF as arti...

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