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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Inappropriately Handled.

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06112008_romanpolanski.jpgHBO was forced to change the ending of Marina Zenovich’s acclaimed documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” shortly before its TV premiere on Monday, after Los Angeles Superior Court officials “complained the film’s conclusion was a ‘complete fabrication.’ ” Said conclusion, which relates an incident that allegedly occured in 1997, is explained in the LA Times:

The documentary originally asserted that a local judge had offered [Polanski] a deal whereby he could return to the United States with no jail time if he allowed the legal proceedings to be televised…

Allan Parachini, public information officer for the court, said that the offer alluded to in Marina Zenovich’s documentary “never occurred.”

He added that the “fabricated reference” to the televised hearing had “the potential to . . . enormously” injure the reputation of judge Larry Paul Fidler and that court officials had been pressuring Zenovich and HBO to correct the film for about a week.

Kim Masters at Slate explicates further:

Fidler… presided over the recent Phil Spector murder trial, and in that case, he allowed the cameras to roll. Spector’s case was the first criminal trial televised in its entirety in a Los Angeles Superior Court since the O.J. Simpson case in 1995. That may be why Fidler was sensitive to the film’s implication that he was another media-obsessed jurist.

Now, former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson and Polanski’s attorney Douglas Dalton, who are both featured in the film, have issued a statement indicating they have issues with the Superior Court’s issues. It’s up on Deadline Hollywood Daily:

During the meeting, Mr. Dalton pressed Judge Fidler for a resolution of the case that would allow for minimal news media. Mr. Dalton recalled that Judge Fidler would require television coverage at the proposed hearing due to the controversy. Mr. Gunson recalls television coverage discussed at the meeting. Mr. Dalton told documentary director Marina Zenovich of this requirement. It is our shared view that Monday’s false and reprehensible statement by the Los Angeles Superior Court continues their inappropriate handling of the Polanski case.

No takesies backsies, LASC.

[Photo: “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” THINKFilm, 2008]

+ L.A. Superior Court called for revision of Polanski doc (LA Times)
+ HBO’s Roman Polanski Problem (Slate)
+ EXCLUSIVE: Polanski Prosecutor and Defense Attorney Charge L.A. Court Made “False And Reprehensible Statement” (Deadline Hollywood)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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