Lawyer: Polanski will fight extradition
ZURICH - Imprisoned director Roman Polanski is in a 'fighting mood' and will battle U.S. attempts to have him extradited from Switzerland to California to face justice for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, his lawyer said Monday.
An international tug-of-war over the 76-year-old director escalated Monday as France and Poland urged Switzerland to free him on bail and pressed U.S. officials all the way up to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the case.
Polanski was in his third day of detention after Swiss police arrested him Saturday on an international warrant as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival.
Jackson films sells out screenings
LOS ANGELES - The Michael Jackson music documentary is selling out theaters around the world.
According to Sony Pictures, hundreds of showtimes have sold out since tickets went on sale Sunday for 'Michael Jackson: This Is It.'
The film was built around rehearsal footage for the late singer's planned London concerts. It opens Oct. 28 for a two-week limited run. All 3,000 tickets for screenings at a Los Angeles cinema were snapped up in two hours, with some fans lining up for nearly three days.
Lucy of Beatles song fame dies
LONDON - Lucy Vodden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,' has died after a long battle with lupus. She was 46.
Her death was announced Monday by St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the chronic disease for more than five years, and by her husband, Ross Vodden. Britain's Press Association said she died last Tuesday. Hospital officials said they could not confirm the day of her death.
Vodden's connection to the Beatles dates back to her early days, when she made friends with schoolmate Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son.
Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds.'