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Filmism.net Dispatch October 5, 2009

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So Roman Polanski finally looks like facing the music after Zurich officials snatched him for a decades old statutory rape charge in the US. Should festivals be boycotting the movies from countries of the authorities who nabbed him? Or should be in jail like any other paedophile rapist?

It's one of those instances where we have to separate the man from the work. While The Pianist, Rosemary's Baby and his other films have often been something special, the man himself is the lowest form of life and has only escaped justice because he's rich and famous. If a plumber or politician raped a 13 year old girl we wouldn't think twice about chemically castrating them.

Every now and then one of the EHR (endless horror remakes) looks worth it. I watched the new Nightmare on Elm Street trailer through the week and it looks scary and not just slasher. If you cast your mind back, the original was like that before the franchise descended into camp splatter territory.

There seems no stopping Australia's Samson and Delilah, now on its way to the Oscars. Terminator franchise owner Halcyon isn't have as nice a time, financial advisors telling them the only way to save the company might be to offload the rights. How you can be going broke when your $200m film made $370m around the world is a mystery of Hollywood accounting.

You don't hear the name Roger Avary much these days, and he certianly didn't want to hear his latest news, on the way to jail for a year for manslaughter after killing a passenger in a drunk driving incident.

Exciting news as The Rock might be escaping Disney's purse strings to do a revenge drama. The reason that's exciting is because the little seen Walking Tall was actually a cool little action flick.

Internet providers and media companies aren't a new thing and on reflection they seem the ideal marriage of content and platform. So as Comcast circle NBC Universal, don't remind them of the implosion that resulted when AOL and Time Warner merged, to the extent they began going back to their old logo. In similar news, there was a press release about Disney buying IMAX. Both companies denied it, saying the announcement was fake, but Disney are flush enough to buy Marvel and where there's smoke...

I also saw a decent length, official Wolfman trailer and I'm sorry to say the signs are bad. Remember Stephen Sommers' turgid, flabby, overblown Van Helsing? It was horror-as-videogame, and even though Joe Johnston's follow-up has been delayed three times (at least once because of late effects work), it looks like there's an oversupply of digital post production in every frame, from the wolfman transformation scenes to the backdrops.

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