September 30th, 2009

Arya & Gendry02

France backing down + Directors Not Signing Petitions

French drop Polanski release call

The French government has dropped its public support for Roman Polanski, saying the 76-year-old director "is neither above nor beneath the law". The move follows a backlash against a campaign for Polanski's release, with several leading European politicians and cultural figures refusing to join. He is being held in Switzerland on a US arrest warrant over his conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. On Monday, the French foreign minister called for Polanski to be freed. Polanski, who has dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested on Saturday when he flew into the country. He had been due to pick up a lifetime achievement prize at the Zurich film festival.

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These directors haven't signed Harvey Weinstein's petition, according to the latest Polanski-ONTD post. (Doesn't mean they won't, but hope springs eternal.)

Tim Burton
Peter Jackson (YES!!!!)
Steven Spielberg (YES!!!!)
Robert Zemeckis
George Lucas (YES!!!!)
Christopher Nolan
Brad Bird
Edgar Wright

Actors/Writers Anti-Polanski

Luc Besson
Greg Gunberg
Noel Clarke
Paul Cornell
Kevin Smith
Seth Meyers
Kirsti Alley