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Quick Takes: Looking beyond Polanski

October 10, 2012

The former teen with whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex — leading to one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals and the director's flight from the U.S. — is writing a memoir.

Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for "The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski." Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Tuesday that the book will come out next fall.

"I am more than 'Sex Victim Girl,' a tag the media pinned on me," Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski's victim, said in a statement released through Atria. "My friends in junior high, scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose — to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity."

Financial terms were not disclosed.

—Associated Press

Bertolucci takes role at AFI Fest

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian filmmaker behind such sexually charged movies as "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Dreamers," will be the guest artistic director at this year's AFI Fest.

In the role, the 72-year-old director-writer will screen four of his favorite films: the musical "42nd Street," the silent film "Sunrise" and the French films "La Regle du Jeu" and "Vivre Sa Vie."

The festival, which runs Nov. 1-8 in Hollywood, also will screen "Electric Chair," a behind-the-scenes look at how Bertolucci put together his upcoming film "Me and You" — the first Italian-language film he has made in 30 years.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar held the festival's honorary title, and David Lynch was guest director in 2010.

—Amy Kaufman

Man charged in Rothko case

British police on Tuesday charged a 26-year-old Polish national with vandalizing a priceless Mark Rothko work at the Tate Modern museum.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that Wlodzimierz Umaniec would appear in a London court on Wednesday, charged with one count of "criminal damage in excess of 5,000 pounds [about $8,000]."

Umaniec, who also went by the name Vladimir Umanets, was arrested after patrons discovered a scrawl across the bottom of a Rothko mural on Sunday.

—Associated Press

'Peanuts' for the popcorn crowd

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang are coming to the big screen, as 20th Century Fox Animation and its Blue Sky Studios unit announced Tuesday that they have acquired the rights to Charles M. Schulz's iconic "Peanuts" comic strip.

The planned movie, the product of an agreement between the studio and Schulz's heirs, is scheduled to arrive in theaters Nov. 25, 2015.

This won't be the first "Peanuts" feature film, however. "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" was released in 1969 and was followed by three more features over the next 11 years.

—Rebecca Keegan

Stagecoach releases lineup

Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band will anchor the 2013 edition of the country-focused Stagecoach festival, which once again will be held over three late April days at the Empire Polo Grounds in the desert city of Indio.

They'll join a Stagecoach roster that includes Charley Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Thompson Square, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Roger McGuinn, Lonestar, Riders in the Sky, Justin Townes Earle and Hank Williams Jr., among many others.

The event will take place April 26-28. Tickets go on sale Oct. 20 via the official Stagecoach site.

—Todd Martens

Ex-KPCC host gets 'Connected'

Longtime public-radio host Madeleine Brand is moving to public television.

Brand, who hosted a morning show at KPCC-FM (89.3) for the last two years and spent the previous 13 years at National Public Radio, will be a contributor to KCET-TV's "SoCal Connected" when it shifts from a weekly format to a nightly show on Oct. 29.

She will conduct interviews on the program, which also will offer field reports and news stories. It will air weeknights at 7 p.m., repeating at 10:30 p.m.

—Lee Margulies

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