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Swiss authorities release Roman Polanski.

Swiss authorities release Roman Polanski. (photo)

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The Los Angeles Times reports that Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States after the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police found “a flaw” in the U.S.’s extradition request. Polanski has already been released from the house arrest order he’s been under since December 4, 2009.

Polanski was arrested last September (“at the request of authorities in Los Angeles,” according to the LA Times‘ story) when he came to accept a lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival. But after considering the United States’ request for half a year, Polanski is now a free man (free to a certain degree; he still remains a fugitive in the U.S. as a result of having fled the country while awaiting sentencing in a 1977 case in which he pled guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor).

So after agreeing to arrest him in the first place, why did they let him go? According to the LA Times, the Swiss did not go ahead with the extradition “because the U.S. had failed to turn over certain documents requested by the Swiss with regard to the case. Specifically, the Swiss wanted to determine whether the 42 days Polanski already served in a Los Angeles jail would have been considered sufficient time served for having sex with a minor.”

In other words, the U.S. refused to acknowledge whether or not they were having Polanski hauled back to Los Angeles for a public scolding or to send him to jail. Which means Polanski’s back at square one, though I suspect he won’t be making too many trips to his Swiss chalet for the foreseeable future.

By the way, the image that accompanies this article is from the 2008 documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” a superb primer on the director’s notorious rape case, the questionable actions of the presiding judge in the case, and Polanski’s subsequent flight from justice.

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s available right now on Netflix Watch Instantly. With apologies to all the fugitives avoiding extradition overseas, you’ll have to be in the United States to watch it.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.