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Helen Mirren Ignores Protesters' Pleas To Pull Out Of Phil Spector Movie

7/31/2011 10:34am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has ignored calls to drop out of an upcoming biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector.

The veteran British actress prompted outrage among friends of Spector's victim, murdered actress Lana Clarkson, after signing up to play the famed producer's attorney, Linda Kenny Braden. She stepped in to replace an injured Bette Midler in the role.

The Friends of Lana Clarkson campaigners sent a letter to warn Mirren she faces "serious consequences" if she doesn't quit the controversial film, which they fear will portray Spector in a sympathetic light.

The group's spokesperson, Ed...

Phil Spector's Murder Conviction Upheld After Appeal

5/2/2011 10:30pm EDT
Phil Spector
A panel of California appeals judges have upheld Phil Spector's murder conviction, insisting the record producer received a fair trial.

They unanimously rejected an appeal of his 2009 murder conviction on Monday.

After a mistrial, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

The producer's lawyers had claimed that photos of the trial judge used in the prosecution's closing argument had turned the court into a government witness.

In the appellate panel's decision, Judge Joan Klein ruled that the photos only demonstrated Superior Court Jud...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Ex-Cop Called Back To Testify Against Phil Spector

10/18/2008 1:00pm EDT
Phil Spector
A retired New York cop has been called back to court for Phil Spector's murder retrial after a Los Angeles judge rejected pleas to ignore his testimony. The music mogul's lawyers argued that Vincent Tannazzo's profanity-laced testimony should not be admitted to the retrial, but prosecutors insisted the ex-policeman's remarks about Spector reveal the producer's "state of mind regarding women."

During the original trial last year, which ended with a deadlocked jury, Tannazzo recalled conversations he had had with Spector, while working as a security man at two separate Christmas parties ...

Phil Spector Trial Testimony Ends After 77 Witnesses

8/28/2007 5:24pm EDT
Phil Spector
The final day of testimony in the Phil Spector murder trial ended on Monday after 77 witnesses had taken the stand. Judge Larry Paul Fidler wrapped up proceedings, which began in April, at Los Angeles Superior Court, after the music mogul's defense team presented the jurors with a string of desperate emails tragic actress Lana Clarkson wrote before her death in February 2003.

Clarkson died from a gunshot wound to the head in the foyer of Spector's Alhambra, California mansion.

The producer's lawyers maintain Clarkson shot herself, and used emails in which she recalled drunken ni...

Clarkson Publicist Rules Out Suicide

8/10/2007 1:15pm EDT
Phil Spector
The publicist who once represented tragic actress Lana Clarkson has ruled out claims she killed herself at music producer Phil Spector's California mansion - because she was preparing for a major comedy project.

Spector is currently on trial for the murder of Clarkson, who died from a gunshot wound in the foyer of his Alhambra home in 2003. His defense team claims the depressed actress committed suicide.

But publicist Edward Lozzi insists the actress had too much to live for to consider taking her own life.

He says, "Lana Clarkson was not in any mood for suicide... She was ...