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The Greatest Movies From The 70s

April 1st, 2014 8:00am EDT
The Greatest Movies From The 70s
The 1970s. The era of disco, bell bottom jeans, and phenomenal moviemaking. Hollywood’s golden age surged in the seventies, a time where gifted filmmakers carved their niche in the studio system and created films unlike anything seen before. From maverick moviemakers who created their penultimate masterpieces to the birth of the modern Hollywood blockbuster amongst a sea of commercial duds, the seventies were one of the hottest times in filmmaking even in the wake of the Cold War. Without further ado, here are the best movies of the 1970’s.

"The Godfather: Parts I and II" (1972 and 1974)

Roman Polanski was guest of Polish cultural minister at film festival

September 16th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Roman Polanski
Director Roman Polanski was not at risk of arrest and extradition to the U.S. when he flew to Poland to attend a film festival on Thursday (12Sep13) because he had been personally invited by the country's Minister of Culture, according to reports.

The reclusive Chinatown moviemaker is still considered a wanted man by American authorities after fleeing to Europe in the late 1970s, a day before he was due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor.

He has lived in France for over three decades, but his freedom came under attack in 2009 when he was arrested in ...

Roman Polanski frustrated by ongoing 1970s sex case

September 6th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Roman Polanski
Reclusive filmmaker Roman Polanski has opened up about his frustrations surrounding the ongoing legal ramifications of his 1970s sex scandal in a candid new interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

The veteran star fled America and became an exile in France in the late 1970s after he was indicted on unlawful sex charges, including the rape of Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when she met the Chinatown director at a party.

The scandal reared up again in 2009 when Polanski was arrested in Switzerland and threatened with extradition to the U.S. to face the 30-year-old sex charges, but he won his extr...

'Chinatown' Debuts On Blu-ray April 3rd

January 14th, 2012 8:00am EST
Teeming with murder, corruption, greed and sex, director Roman Polanski’s unforgettable classic CHINATOWN arrives for the first time ever on Blu-ray April 3, 2012 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, the film follows an intricate web of deception as private investigator Jake Gittes (Nicholson) unravels a mystery involving water rights that are critical to the development of Los Angeles, as well as unspeakable family secrets. Written by Academy Award® winner Robert Towne, CHINATOWN was nominated for 11 Oscars® and was named by the A...

Appeal Judges Refuse To Dismiss Polanski Case

December 21st, 2009 10:17pm EST
Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski has lost his bid to have a 32-year-old child sex case thrown out of court. The "Chinatown" director, who is currently under house arrest in Switzerland, has been living in exile in Europe since fleeing to France on the eve of sentencing in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl at a Hollywood party in 1977.

His attorneys have been fighting to have to the criminal case dismissed and took their argument to a California court of appeal earlier this month.

They accused original trial judge Laurence Rittenband, who died of cancer in 1993, of alleged...

Roman Polanski's Polish Walk Of Fame Star Unveiled

October 6th, 2009 9:08am EDT
Roman Polanski Polish Walk Of Fame
Embattled filmmaker Roman Polanski has been given a star on a Walk of Fame in Poland - one week after he was arrested over a 1977 sex crime.

The Chinatown director was taken into custody by Swiss officials on September 26th and is now battling extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor - a charge he pleaded guilty to before fleeing to France in 1978.

However, the controversy has done little to keep Polish film bosses from honoring the controversial director, who was honored with a plaque in Warsaw this weekend.

The sidewalk trib...

Kirstie Alley Blasts Polanski Supporters

October 2nd, 2009 8:56am EDT
Kirstie Alley Blasts Polanski Supporters
Former Cheers actress Kirstie Alley is one star not supporting filmmaker Roman Polanski as he battles extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing for a 32-year-old sex crime.

The Chinatown director, who fled America in 1978 on the eve of sentencing, has lived in exile in France for 30 years, but he was caught out while attending a film festival in Zurich on Saturday. Swiss police took him into custody and plan to send Polanski back to the U.S., where he faces sentencing after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz and Harvey Weinstein are ...

Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

September 9th, 2009 12:01pm EDT
Brett Ratner
Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...

Fifteen Flicks to Avoid on Family Movie Night

May 21st, 2008 3:01pm EDT
Picture this: There's nothing on network so Mom or Pop finds a movie on a premium channel or slides in a DVD from the local video store. Everything's fine until two actors start a simulated bump-n-grind in 53 unavoidable inches of high def skin on parade.

The room gets quiet. Your face gets hot. You do your best not to look at anyone else while your insides curdle and you long to be anywhere but in that room. Sound familiar? Whether your 15 or 50, watching certain subject matter with your elders can equal sheer mortification; with that in mind, we've compiled a list of twenty films too a...

Jack Nicholson Revamps 'Chinatown' Sequel

November 8th, 2007 7:30pm EST
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson hit the editing room to give his critically-slammed Chinatown sequel a much-needed makeover for the film's DVD special edition re-release. The movie icon directed and starred in 1990 film The Two Jakes and admits he was never truly happy with the end result.

So when he got the chance to re-edit the film for the re-release, he jumped at the chance.

Nicholson tells MTV News, "I couldn't look at The Two Jakes because of the quality of the television print. I would see this horrible orange hair on (actress) Meg Tilly, and I'd want to shoot myself. I literally couldn't w...

'Chinatown' Star Roy Jenson Dead At 80

May 6th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Chinatown star Roy Jenson has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 80. The former football star made his name as a Hollywood stuntman before stepping in front of the camera as an actor.

He played a series of villains, including Roman Polanski's sidekick in cult Jack Nicholson film Chinatown. Canadian Jenson also appeared in film classics The Great Escape, The Way We Were and Clint Eastwood's Every Which Way But Loose.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Birthdays, January 14

January 14th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jason Bateman
Happy Birthday to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (1969), "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman (1969), rapper LL Cool J. (1968), Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Zakk Wylde (1967), English actress Emily Watson (1967), film director Steven Soderbergh (1963), Queensryche singer Geoff Tate (1959), director Lawrence Kasdan (1949), actor Carl Weathers (1948), musician T-Bone Burnett (1948), and "Chinatown" actress Faye Dunaway (1941).

Roman Polanski To Act in 'Rush Hour 3'

October 27th, 2006 3:57pm EDT
Roman Polanski
Movie maker Roman Polanski is set to step out from behind the camera to play a French cop in the latest Rush Hour film. The part marks the director's first Hollywood acting appearance since he played "man with knife" in 1974's Chinatown.

"Rush Hour 3" director Brett Ratner persuaded Polanski to take the role after raving about his performance in French indie film Le Locataire during a chance encounter with the Oscar winner.

Polanski, who lives in exile in Europe following his decision to flee America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor, will join a cast that...

Top Films You Must See Before You Die ...

July 24th, 2006 10:57am EDT
Apocalypse Now
Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now has topped a list of the "top 50 films to see before you die." The war drama, starring Robert Duvall, was selected ahead of Jack Nicholson classic Chinatown, which came in fourth place, and cult favorite Donnie Darko in ninth.

Clinching second spot in the poll was 1960 classic The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon as Bud Baxter, a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company, while Brazilian street drama City of God rounds out the top three.

The list, created by an independent panel, promotes a string of more obscure films while blockbusters su...

Here's Looking At You, Kid: 'Casablanca' Named Greatest Screenplay of All Time

April 7th, 2006 1:14pm EDT
For the first time ever, the Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, West are celebrating the best screenwriters and their timeless works with the release of the 101 Greatest Screenplays list. The finest achievement in film writing? The classic 1942 love story Casablanca. Rounding out the top three are The Godfather and Chinatown.

Any film, past or present, English-language or otherwise, was eligible. The resulting list is like a travelogue of the greatest films of the century, with all decades from the 1930s on represented among the rankings.

"101 Greates...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 14

January 14th, 2006 3:00am EST
Dave Grohl
Happy Birthday to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (1969), "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman (1969), rapper LL Cool J. (1968), Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Zakk Wylde (1967), English actress Emily Watson (1967), film director Steven Soderbergh (1963), Queensryche singer Geoff Tate (1959), director Lawrence Kasdan (1949), actor Carl Weathers (1948), musician T-Bone Burnett (1948), and "Chinatown" actress Faye Dunaway (1941).

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