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Director Roman Polanski's personal concentration camp memories were "invaluable" to Adrien Brody's understanding of the character he played in "The Pianist."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Analysis: 'Chicago' in 'Gangs' fight

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- "Chicago" and "Gangs of New York" seem to be headed for an Oscar showdown in March, with a slight edge for "Chicago."
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Nominees for 75th Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 75th Academy Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills:

Analysis: And the Oscar nominees are ...

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- It's just about time to put an end to speculation about this year's Oscar nominees, so the guessing game about this year's winners can begin in earnest.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Disgraced pop star Michael Jackson says he doesn't see anything wrong with sharing a bed with young boys.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

DGA announces TV award nominees

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- HBO took three nominations and CBS had two as the Directors Guild of America announced nominees for its TV movie directing award.

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The 19th-century epic "Gangs of New York" and the sizzling musical "Chicago" have each received 12 nominations for The Orange British Academy Film Awards.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

'Chicago,' 'Gangs' lead BAFTA field

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- "Chicago" and "Gangs of New York" led the field with 12 nominations each when nominees were announced Monday for the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Nominees for 2003 BAFTA Awards

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 2003 BAFTA Awards, the Orange British Academy Film Awards, announced in London Monday by the British Academy of Film and Tele

Directors Guild announces nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America announced feature film nominees Tuesday for its 55th Annual DGA awards, singling out three relative newcomers and two veterans.

Directors Guild announces nominees

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) --


DENNIS DAILY, United Press International


DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2002 with 135 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Three days after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an American B-29 bomber left its base on this date in 1945 and headed for the Japanese city of Kokura. However, because of bad weather over Kokura, the plane headed for a secondary target -- Nagasaki
By United Press International
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Roman Polanski
Director Roman Polanski arrives on the red carpet before a tribute to Sigourney Weaver during the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech on November 16, 2008. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Roman Polanski (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, America and France he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."

Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Holocaust and was educated in Poland and became a director of both art house and commercial films. Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten by Federico Fellini's 8½. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, and cemented his status by directing the Oscar-winning horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968).

In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson Family while staying at Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles. Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not direct another film until Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he traveled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success. Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

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