Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

PEOPLE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

PEOPLE [Derived Headline]

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Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor, a spokeswoman said Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

Spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, Boguslawa Marcinkowska, said the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings.

Mateusz Martyniuk, a spokesman for the prosecutor general's office, said the U.S. requested Polanski's arrest and Polish prosecutors were expecting that an extradition request would follow.

Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Rafal Trzaskowski hinted that Poland would not be willing to act on a U.S. extradition request, if one were made.

Polanski's movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he travels freely between Switzerland, France and Poland.

Of Jewish descent, he attended the opening in Warsaw on Tuesday of a museum of the 1,000-year history of Jewish life in Poland. He later traveled to the southern city of Krakow where he lived when World War II began.

The 81-year-old director of movies such as "Chinatown" and the Oscar-winning "The Pianist" lives in Paris, where - as a French citizen - he is immune from U.S. justice, which he fled in 1978. In 2010, he was freed from Swiss house arrest after that government refused to extradite him.


ABC's daytime chat show "The View," which has failed to catch fire following an overhaul this fall, is switching to the network's news side after being part of ABC's entertainment operation for 18 years.

ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday assigned Tom Cibrowski, the producer responsible for the "Good Morning America" rise to the top of the ratings, and colleagues Barbara Fedida and David Sloan to work on "The View."

Following the retirement of Barbara Walters from an on-air role at the show she started, ABC brought in Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez to join holdover Whoopi Goldberg. A new production team was named led by Bill Wolff, Rachel Maddow's former producer.

The new "View" got off to a fast start with people sampling but ratings have flattened, said Bill Carroll, an expert on the syndication market for Katz Media.

Through the end of last week, "The View" has averaged 2.9 million viewers, similar to the 2.92 million average during the same period last year, the Nielsen company said. There's a sharper drop (712,000 to 652,000) among viewers aged 18-to-49 years old, a group prized by advertisers.

It may have something to do with a new group trying to gel or a slow news period, but the show "doesn't have the same energy, the same spark," Carroll said.

The move was not made in response to ratings concerns, said Julie Townsend, ABC News spokeswoman. Goldston, in fact, offered advice to the new "View" team this summer and was in the audience for the season opener on Sept. 15


Expect the BBC crime drama "Broadchurch" to go in a "very unexpected direction" in season two, says actor David Tennant, The Associated Press reports. …

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