Director Roman Polanski has been arrested by Swiss police, at the request of the United States, after he tried to enter Switzerland to attend the Zurich Film Festival, where a tribute to his work is taking place. [CNN]
The United States has had an outstanding warrant for Polanski's arrest since 1978; after being accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl, Polanski pled guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled the country before a judge could sentence him. [CNN]
According to the Associated Press, the Swiss Ministry released a statement noting that "U.S. authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old around the world since 2005," and that the Swiss would now wait for the U.S. to formally request extradition. [MSNBC]
Gossip Girl'sKelly Rutherford says she's "going through a challenging time" during her divorce from her estranged husband, Daniel Giersch , whom she had to obtain a restraining order against. Her mom is helping her feel better, she says: "She sent me that Christina Aguilera song "Stronger" and that's when I'm laughing and crying at the same time, like, 'Mom, I love you!'" [People]
"I have a tumultuous relationship with my mother, so obviously that story had a deep emotional interest to me — about women who are empowered and can be athletic and capable and kick ass out on the track and be their own heroes, and I think finding your tribe is everything. I certainly found it with my company. Every aspect of this story including first love and rite of passage, and being able to rock out in the car with your best friend, these are all themes that are crucial to my life. I was able to tell my story."- Drew Barrymore on her directorial debut, Whip It [LA Times]
Tawny Kitaen, who just did a stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, has been arrested for DUI in California. [AP]
An essay written by a young Paul McCartney over 50 years ago has recently been discovered at Liverpool's Central Library—McCartney had won an essay contest celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. [BBC]
"The magazine was even prepared to pay me $500,000 to pose with my clothes on. I didn't want Playboy on my resume at the age of 22. If they ask me when I'm 40 I'll probably say yes."- Nelly Furtado on being asked to pose for Playboy [DailyMail]
Mashonda, the wife of producer Swizz Beatz has accused Alicia Keys of breaking up her marriage and is posting about it on her Twitter page: "If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create." [ONTD]
Clive Owen says his daughters aren't terribly impressed by his fame: ""My days at home consist of my girls rolling their eyes at me. My oldest one's gotten into the habit of going ‘I wish they could see what you're really like.'" [ONTD]
Edward Norton plans to run in the New York City Marathon on a team including three Maasai warriors in order to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. [RunnersWorld]
Charlize Theron says she has obsessive-compulsive disorder and can't sleep unless her cabinets are tidy: "I will literally lie in bed and not be able to sleep because I'll be like, "I think I saw something in that cabinet that just shouldn't be there." [DailyMail]
Bruce Jenner was surprised when he heard his daughter, Khloe Kardashian was about to get married: "Honestly I thought it was a joke. Then I was on the driving range later that day and someone came up to me and said, 'Congratulations, I hear your daughter is getting married.' Then it was on the news that night and I thought, maybe there is something to this." [People]
Jenner also says that Khloe and Lamar Odom are marrying today,only one month after they met, "is first they want to, and second Lamar starts camp next week and Khloe has a million things going on. If they're gonna do it, they want to do it now." Also: Khloe is "definitely not pregnant." [E!]
Meanwhile, Khloe is already on the hunt for a new mansion to live in. [TMZ]
And she can probably afford it, considering the Kardashian sisters have earned over one million dollars over the past few months, thanks to their high profile weddings and pregnancies. [PageSix]
All the lies I tell are white lies. I tell a lie every day, it's the same lie. In answer to the 'Can you come to my wedding/christening?' question, I say: 'I can't, I am busy.' What I wouldn't say is: 'No, it will be a boring day, I would rather sit at home in my pants getting drunk.' That would be a terrible truth."-Ricky Gervais [TheSun]
"It's one of those situations where she's young, they're both young. It was either a situation where she can grow. … There's a contention of young people who are going through the same things, and no one hears their voice. She can be their hero. Or she can choose not to grow from this."-Jay-Z on Rhianna and Chris Brown [UPI]
Angelina Jolie says she doesn't read the tabloid reports on her life: ""I don't ask for all this tabloid attention so I never read what they write about us. First I see myself as a mother - that's my priority," she says, "I have a family to take care of, I don't even go out that much, I travel and do a film and that's about it so I don't understand why people want to know more about our lives." [ShowbizSpy]
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, says that a Friends reunion movie is "definitely on." [ShowbizSpy]
"My first boyfriend's mother was in wardrobe and I was her assistant. The first film I worked on was Mommie Dearest. I used to measure people nipple to nipple. The first line I heard from Miss Dunaway was: ‘Who is that fat girl in my eyeline?' I was terrified. Funnily enough, when I became a movie star for five seconds [in The People vs Larry Flynt, for which she won critical acclaim], Sharon Stone called me and said, ‘Welcome to the industry. When I got here, Miss Dunaway welcomed me.' And I was like, ‘Miss Dunaway has welcomed me already.'" -Courtney Love [TimesOnline]
Having seen the doc on Polanski, and then the subsequent hellstorm here last year, I'm left feeling a few things.
1. The doc, while informative and interesting regarding legal misconduct, was not unbiased. It was heavily in favor of Polanski and excused what he did at every opportunity.
2. I don't think he served the time he -should- have gotten for what he did, but legally, he served the sentence he was given, then ran when it was reneged. I don't think either was right.
3. I'm appalled that anyone thinks what he did was excusable because of the other tragedies in his life, his obvious skill as a director/storyteller, or because the victim took a settlement. None of that excuses rape.
4. We have ages of consent for a reason in this country, and I think this is one of them. A 40 year old has no business being with a 13 year old, and the adult is ALWAYS the responsible party. Full stop. If you can't control yourself around a child or adolescent until they're 18, you have a problem. Not the child or the adolescent. A 40 year old simply has no excuse. None.