Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The tribulations of DSK in large hotels stir endlessly.
David Roquet is the head of “Matériaux Enrobés du Nord”, a subsidiary of French construction giant Eiffage. Roquet told the police he had visited Strauss-Kahn in New York in February 2011, accompanied by prostitutes “presented as Eiffage secretaries.” A second visit took place in May 2011.

Jean-Christophe Lagarde was, until his suspension last week, head of urban security for the Nord administrative region that includes the city of Lille. Lagarde also accompanied Roquet and Paszkowski on trips to New York in the company of the “secretaries”.

dsk 2613 Dumbarton St, NW

dsk 2613 Dumbarton St, NW

The Master Bath is built with black marble; exotic stone flooring; Soshi screen; stand alone oval tub and a steam room shower for two with a window overlooking garden. 2613 Dumbarton St, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Offered at $5,200,000 here

The house on a 7200-square-foot lot on Dumbarton Street was purchased by Strauss-Kahn’s second wife and French news personality Anne Sinclair in 2007 when Strauss-Kahn was named IMF chief. The house is currently assessed at $3.8 million.

Silent House opens March 9

Silent House opens March 9

Open Road and Liddell Entertainment wisely waited for Fox Searchlight to spend their marketing and PR energy to promote Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene before scheduling the opening of their own Sundance Olsen-starrer, Silent House, for March 9. Impeccably choreographed, if too often to ogle Olsen’s ample cleavage, Suffice it to say that Sarah’s camisole turns crimson in a couple of places, the house is visited by two other creepy figures, and the ending throws all that has preceded it into a new and rather ugly light. Kentis and Lau get mildly Hitchcockian with popping flashbulbs out of “Rear Window” and at least one “Rope”-style trick to disguise an edit, but “Silent House” mainly leans on its Uruguayan predecessor, give or take the final minutes of “REC” and “The Blair Witch Project.”

2012 is also slated to see Ms. Olsen in the thriller Red Lights (co-starring Robert De Niro); Liberal Arts with Zac Efron and Richard Jenkins; and Very Good Girls, about two best friends (Olsen and Dakota Fanning) who vow to lose their virginity and end up falling for the same guy. (Trivia alert: the two actresses attended the same California high school, though they graduated in different years.) “What I love about [Very Good Girls] is that it feels so real,” says Olsen. “It shows the love of two girls and how they’re family. And it’s about the time when you figure out why it’s important to be honest.”

John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Martha is played by Elizabeth Olsen, a very pretty actress whose on-camera presence is at once vivid and interestingly blurred. Her features seem to shift, appearing sharp from some angles and soft from others, and her body can look alternately sturdy and frail, depending on the circumstances.

Ms. Olsen’s performance is both the key to the film and the source of its sometimes frustrating opacity. Patrick periodically criticizes his disciples, including Martha, for failing to be open enough with him, and that is also a shortcoming of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which is a bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in. NYT
Opening Weekend: $138,000
(4 theaters, $34,500 average)
% of Total Gross: 100.0%
Widest Release: 4 theaters
In Release: 3 days / 0.4 weeks

Elizabeth Olsen  "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Elizabeth Olsen "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

“This girl arrived like Cinderella on a rocket sled.” The college senior makes her feature film debut October 21 as the title character in the psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene.
“the miracle of Olsen’s work in this film is that she both bows to that imposition, as befits her character’s vulnerability, and also struggles against it, as if to shout, “No, that is not all. He can’t watch me forever. I can be free.” She could almost be a movie star under the whip of a demonic director, and the battle to cling to her coherent self is as touching—and, depending on how you read the final shot, as undecided—as Elisabeth Shue’s portrayal of another victim, in “Leaving Las Vegas.” In Martha’s slow, stunned movements, which persist even in the refuge of her sister’s home, we see what it means to be colonized in spirit, and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is not so much a religious parable as a private war film: Patrick versus Martha, the conqueror against the virgin land. It should be a great escape, too, but I fear the worst.” here

 Tristane Banon

Tristane Banon has filed formal charges against DSK

[October 19]”I am not going to present a civil case,” Banon told Canal+ television. “Very clearly, in the letter which the prosecutor’s office sent me, it states that there was a sexual aggression so my status as a victim is recognized.”
[July 11] Tristane Banon has been interviewed by police for the first time.
It is the first step in the preliminary inquiry . Investigators will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed with a full trial.
French prosecutors have started a preliminary inquiry into a writer’s claim that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003. Detectives have been assigned to investigate the complaint lodged by Tristane Banon.
Even if the Manhattan case falls apart, Strauss-Kahn may still face sexual assault charges in Paris. A young writer named Tristane Banon, whose allegations of attempted rape by Strauss Kahn in 2003 have been long known in the shadows here, has filed formal charges against him. The DSK legal team called the charges “imaginary.” But a trial here may keep alive the basic issue of unwanted male advances. Her charges also appear to have dimmed the glow of any DSK triumphalism.

At age 22, Ms. Banon interviewed DSK in a private apartment of his choosing. She says he approached her with force, tried to rip off her blouse, bra, and jeans, and that she had to kick him and forcibly remove herself.
With Banon’s complaint in their hands, French prosecutors had to decide whether to open a preliminary inquiry of their own; or send it to an independent investigating magistrate to lead a full inquiry.
The New York Post had an explosive allegation. A single, anonymous source said that Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser was working as a prostitute, servicing guests of the Sofitel Hotel in their pricey suites.

Too good to check? Perhaps. According to a knowledgeable source, the New York Post did not present the accuser’s camp — lawyers, PR agents — with those allegations before running that July 2 story.
Jeremy Saland, a criminal defense attorney who served as a prosecutor under Mr. Morgenthau, said his statement was “more than merely a vote of confidence” for Mr. Vance.

“It’s a show of support and an affirmation that what Vance is doing is the right thing,” Mr. Saland said. “At this stage in the process, people are smelling blood in the water about the way the case is being handled. Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s statement is more than a life preserver; he’s pulling him out of the water.”
In his statement, Mr. Morgenthau said he met with Mr. Vance earlier this week to discuss the “issues raised by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.
“For decades we instructed line prosecutors at the Manhattan D.A.’s Office to seek justice over everything else, to investigate, to find the truth, and to proceed without fear or favor,” the statement said. “The most important attribute I looked for in hiring junior prosecutors was a strong ethical sense. The recent actions from the District Attorney’s Office show me that these attributes are alive and well.”
Mr. Saland called Mr. Morgenthau’s support “unparalleled,” adding: “There’s nobody in the business of criminal law that has the same cache.”
L’Express in French

Michelle Williams, Magnolia Pictures Release "Take This Waltz"

Michelle Williams, Magnolia Pictures Release "Take This Waltz"

Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve picked up “Take This Waltz” for a release early next summer, both theatrically and on-demand. They also plan to bring the film to several festivals, which means Sundance goers might be able to catch it. Here’s what Polley had to say about the pickup:

“Magnolia has distributed some of my favourite films of the last few years. It is an honour to have our film counted among their incredible list of titles. Their enthusiasm for the film is very exciting and we can’t wait to begin working with them.”
Magnolia Pictures is an American film distributor, and is a holding of 2929 Entertainment, owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. Films distributed by Magnolia typically appear on the cable television channel HDNet Movies (also owned by Cuban) during their first week of release. In April 2011, Cuban placed Magnolia up for sale, but he added that he wouldn’t sell the company unless the offer was “very, very compelling.”