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13 Celebrities Who Have Killed People

7/5/2014 6:00pm EDT
13 Celebrities Who Have Killed People
In a lot of ways, celebrities are just like everyone else - they make mistakes, execute bad judgement calls and get involved in criminal activity. Some have even killed people.

Singer Brandy Norwood rear ended a car in December, 2006, killing the driver. The star was never charged with a crime; however, the victim's parents, husband, and children, as well as two other drivers involved in the incident filed lawsuits against the star. She settled them all out of court.

During a 2012 episode of VH1's "Behind The Music," Brandy said of the incident: "They know that they can call me a murderer...

Celebs With The Worst Hair In Showbiz

3/13/2014 1:00pm EDT
Celebs With The Worst Hair In Showbiz
There are some celebrities out there that you can't help but laugh at -- because no matter how much money they have, they just can't seem to get their hair looking right.

Here, we point these obvious hair blunders out to our loving readers because work days are long and we love to be entertaining while you're doing the daily grind. Check out our list of celebrities with the worst hair and join in on the mocking!

John Travolta: His hair goes from super short to longer, but he should know that he isn't fooling anyone. Everyone knows that he has hair plugs and is virtually bald.


5 Christmas Songs To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

11/30/2013 4:00pm EST
5 Christmas Songs To Get In The Holiday Mood
It’s that time of year again. With a mere four weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations.

As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. The local country station would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Over the years sinc...

Phil Spector's Wife Upset By TV Movie: 'They Depict Him As A Minotaur'

3/14/2013 11:18am EDT
Rachelle Spector
Disgraced music mogul Phil Spector's wife has blasted the producers of a new TV movie about the producer's murder trial, insisting the project makes her husband look like a monster.

Rachelle Spector is still convinced her husband is innocent, but she fears the new HBO movie, which features Al Pacino as the hit-maker, will wreck any chance she has of fighting for the incarcerated 73-year-old's freedom.

She tells Entertainment Tonight, "They (producers) have him as a foul-mouthed megalomaniac and they depict him as a Minotaur - like he draws people into his labyrinth and he locks them in ...

HBO's 'Phil Spector,' Starring Al Pacino & Helen Mirren, To Air March 24

3/12/2013 1:37pm EDT
Phil Spector HBO film
HBO's "Phil Spector" debutes Sunday, March 24, on HBO. Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated playwright David Mamet, the film centers on the relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.

The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor as Bruce Cutler, the original lead defense attorney on the Spector team, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a mock prosecutor.

In 2007, Spector went on trial for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson. The music pr...

First Teaser Trailer & Photos Of Al Pacino In HBO's 'Phil Spector' Released

1/31/2013 5:55pm EST
Al Pacino as Phil Spector
Al Pacino stars as troubled music producer Phil Spector in HBO's upcoming drama, eponymously titled Phil Spector.

The film centers on Spector's trial for the murder of actress/singer Lana Clarkson and his relationship with his defense lawyer Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren).

Pacino is shown in character wearing one of the many outrageous wigs Spector was known to wear. Biographer Dave Thompson speculated in "Wall of Pain: The Biography of Phil Spector" that the music mogul began wearing the hairpieces after he was nearly killed in a 1974 car accident, from which he sustained severe head ...

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...

Phil Spector Appeals Murder Conviction

4/13/2011 8:39am EDT
Phil Spector
Movie producer Phil Spector has asked a California appeals court to overturn his murder conviction on the grounds the trial judge swayed the jury by pointing to blood spots at the hitmaker's home in a photo demonstration.

Spector is currently serving 19 years to life for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson but maintains his victim committed suicide at his Alhambra, California mansion.

Now his lawyer, Dennis Riordan, has urged a state appellate panel to reconsider the evidence and the actions of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler, who appeared in photographs poi...

Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector

10/9/2010 11:00am EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino is set to play another controversial real-life figure on TV after signing up to play jailed music mogul Phil Spector in a new movie.

Pacino, who won a 2010 Emmy Award for his portrayal of euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian in HBO movie "You Don't Know Jack," has teamed up with HBO bosses again for the untitled new project.

David Mamet will write and direct the film, which will chronicle the life of the music producer, who worked with the Beatles, Cher and the Ramones and created the fabled Wall of Sound music commune.

Spector is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence after b...

Phil Spector's Bald Mug Shot

6/11/2009 10:27am EDT
Phil Spector mug shot mugshot picture
Check our murderer/producer Phil Spector in his mug shot from North Kern State Prison Reception Center in Delano, CA. Now that he's in the clink Spector isn't allowed to wear his trademark wigs. Apparently he's not a Hair Club For Men client.

Last month the 69-year-old was sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing actress Lana Clarkson. Earlier this week his 28-year-old wife Rachelle Short spoke out on her dismay that her husband will be in jail until she's 47, telling the LA Times "He's locked in a 5-by-9-foot cell 23 and a half hours a day. They treat people worse than animals."


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 ...

Most Popular '07 Halloween Costumes: Drunk Hasselhoff, Geico Cavemen & More

10/16/2007 1:35pm EDT
David Hasselhoff
Michael Vick and Miss Teen South Carolina made the list, but not Britney or Lindsay. See which of the biggest stories from 2007 made the leap to the most popular costumes this Halloween on The Rundown, a daily briefing on everything that matters outside the office.

The costume picks were carefully selected by The Rundown editorial team, who determined that Paris Hilton in pinstripes will be popular this year because "prison is sexy." Rehab on the other hand, as Lindsay Lohan herself pointed out, is sobering. Though O.J. Simpson returned to the headlines this year, he was deemed "too re...

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 ...

The Pipettes To Release Debut North American EP 'Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me' June 5

5/2/2007 11:53am EDT
The Pipettes
Smart, fierce and focused, 7 piece pop machine The Pipettes are a cure for cookie cutter rock-induced boredom. With their clever nods to the pristine pop of Phil Spector and the Supremes (not to mention Bananarama and Bikini Kill), the Pipettes are hell bent on making a new sound for Right Now, one catchy tune at a time.

At the core of this unique pop group are three whip smart females, all-singing, all-dancing RiotBecki, Rosay and Gwenno. They formed in 2003 with a simple yet subversive idea: to put an end to "stodgy, standardized" boy rock by embracing their love of classic Brill bui...

Webstar Presents: "Caught In The Web," Featuring The Hit Single "Chicken Noodle Soup," In Stores Sept. 26

9/25/2006 3:46pm EDT
Troy "Webstar" Ryan, a 19-year-old Harlem-based deejay and producer, is the creative force behind "Chicken Noodle Soup," the great underground sensation of the summer of 2006. He is also the co-executive producer of "Webstar Presents: Caught in the Web" (along with Arthur Smith and Kirk Burrowes), a compilation of new talent set for release on Universal Republic on September 26. Finally, he is the owner, with his old friend and partner Arthur Smith, of a brand-new Fontana-distributed label called Scrilla Hill.

Webstar and Art go back to Web's first parties in 2001, where Art provided s...