Polanski says U.S. posturing for media
PARIS — Filmmaker Roman Polanski, breaking a monthslong silence, said yesterday the U.S. is demanding his extradition from Switzerland on a 33-year-old sex case largely to serve him "on a platter to the media."
Polanski, who is under house arrest in his Swiss alpine chalet, laid out his case against extradition in an online magazine run by one of his staunchest supporters, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.
"I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life," he wrote. "I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."
Swiss authorities are trying to decide whether to extradite Polanski to Los Angeles for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.
NEW JERSEY SALUTES ITS OWN SUCCESSES
NEWARK, N.J. — Jersey pride was running deep as the state's Hall of Fame inducted its newest class at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Inductees yesterday included actors Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito, musicians Les Paul and Count Basie and authors Philip Roth and Judy Blume.
Others in the class of 2010 are former President Woodrow Wilson, Olympian Carl Lewis, architect Michael Graves and former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Rounding out the list are baseball player Larry Doby, women's rights advocate Alice Paul, actress Susan Sarandon, astronaut Wally Schirra and singer Frankie Valli.
Recipients were chosen by fellow New Jerseyans and by a voting academy made up of 100 state organizations.
ON BEING JOHN MALKOVICH ON 'SNL'
NEW YORK — James Franco's documentary on "Saturday Night Live" screened last night at the Tribeca Film Festival, just blocks away from the sketch comedy show's Rockefeller Center home.
For his "Saturday Night" film, Franco documented a week in the life of the show — the December 2008 week hosted by John Malkovich.
The film began as a seven-minute school assignment for the actor, who was studying film at New York University. But it grew into an hour-and-a-half documentary that premiered earlier this year at the South By Southwest film festival.
FREDDY KRUEGER A KILLER AT THE BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES — Freddy Krueger is raking in cash at the box office again, and Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man 2" got off to a big start overseas.
A remake of the slasher flick "A Nightmare on Elm Street" led the weekend with a $32.2 million debut domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday. Released by the Warner Bros. banner New Line, the movie features Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, a psycho killer who stalks and slays victims in their dreams.
Paramount's "Iron Man 2" got an international head start on its domestic debut this Friday, pulling in $100.2 million in 53 foreign markets.
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