Phil Spector can’t record music in jail cell, sues State of California

June 26, 2009

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Citing his eighth amendment right prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, imprisoned music producer Phil Spector is suing the State of California over what he calls “deplorable, unacceptable” conditions in prison.

Spector, convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, is imprisoned at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.

The legendary music producer says he wants to record more music from his jail cell, having already signed six prisoners to his record label. The problem is, he has no access to a suitable recording studio.

“I would like to produce 12-track albums for each of my new acts, but the acoustics on Cellblock B are deplorable,” Spector wrote in a statement. “Prison cell walls just don’t have the sufficient acoustics for me to create my Wall of Sound recording technique.”

Spector’s first trial of first degree murder ended in a hung jury. He maintains Clarkson either committed suicide or accidentally shot herself while prosecutors said he shot Clarkson.

Spector still faces a wrongful-death lawsuit from Clarkson’s family.


Cash-strapped former Detroit Mayor to pose for Playgirl

June 23, 2009

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Disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick still owes the city of Detroit more than $900,000 in financial restitution, and he now has a way to pay the city in full in a hurry.

Kilpatrick will pose nude in the November issue of Playgirl magazine.

The former mayor will appear in about 12 photos, including the centerfold, his nudity on full display. He also plans to give an interview detailing his sex life and his thoughts on no longer being mayor—questions he can legally answer.

“We’ve seen the photos, and they are beautiful and tastefully done,” Kilpatrick’s attorneys told Ponderings from Pluto. “They are not exploitive in any way. We see this photo spread as a win-win: women are getting to see a beautiful male body while Mr. Kilpatrick’s using the proceeds to pay what he still owes to Detroit.”

Kilpatrick resigned from office following scandals involving lurid text messages that proved he’d perjured himself by lying about his relationship with his former chief of staff and lying about not being involved in the firing of a whistle-blowing police officer. Kilpatrick spent a few months in jail, took a new job in Texas and was ordered to repay Detroit a million dollars in restitution.

Recently, Kilpatrick’s attorneys had told the court he was only able to afford six dollars a month of the $6,000 he was supposed to pay in monthly restitution. At this rate, the estimated $970,000 in restitution would be paid off in approximately 13,472 years—assuming no interest is added.

Nobody from Kilpatrick’s camp is saying how much he’s getting paid for the photos and interview except that it will allow the former mayor to pay off his debt to the Motor City.

“We wanted to put this behind us and get the restitution paid as quickly as possible,” Kilpatrick’s attorneys said. “There’s always the possibility President Barack Obama will pardon Mr. Kilpatrick, and if that does happen we would seek to have any restitution reimbursed.”


Wil Wheaton to play villain in next season of 24

June 16, 2009

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Wil Wheaton, who co-starred with Kiefer Sutherland in the movie Stand By Me, once again will co-star with Sutherland.

Wheaton will play an apparent American Muslim terrorist in the upcoming season of 24, which will be the show’s eighth day and season.

“My character is an American who converts to Islam and then tries–unsuccessfully–to launch a nuclear strike that destroys Washington D.C., including the White House,” Wheaton explained. “Jack Bauer then has to track me down. But what he doesn’t realize is I’m actually a non-Islamic, undercover rogue Mossad agent who’s trying to launch a nuclear strike against Mecca.”

Wheaton added that because he has dark hair and eyes, he feels he could pass convincingly for an Israeli operative.

He added: “Kiefer and I respect each other, and I joked with him that the scenes where I fight him and land a lot of good punches will be payback for the way he tormented me during the filming of Stand By Me.”

The new season of 24 is expected to begin in January.


Tobin Bell leaks details of ‘Saw VI’

June 8, 2009

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Tobin Bell apparently is getting tired of making Saw movies. These movies revolve around a mechanical engineer who creates elaborate traps for his victims to try to escape in an effort to teach them to value their own lives.

Bell’s character actually died in the third movie, but he’s slated to be in the sixth film. In an exclusive interview with Ponderings From Pluto, Bell leaked some plot details.

Ponderings From Pluto: Mr. Bell, are you tired of doing Saw films?

Tobin Bell: To be honest, yes. My agent got me a great deal on the licensing side, so I’ve actually made more money off the merchandise sales than from the movies themselves. The concept was great at first, but now it seems to be dragging along.

PFP: What’s been the most tiresome for you?

TB: I’ve done stage work, have been in more than 80 films and have recently gotten into executive producing, but when people recognize me on the streets, they start talking like Saw and quoting lines from the film. I appreciate the fans, but it gets frustrating.

PFF: Will this be your last Saw film?

TB: I think so. I jokingly told the producers that the only way I’d do this is if I could have the directors, producers and writers play themselves, find themselves in elaborate traps and find they can only escape the gruelling traps if they promise not to make another Saw film.

PFB: Is it true you’re actually not a big horror film fan?

TB: Yes. I’ve done the Saw films because the story line was intriguing. It’ll take some intriguing story lines and a lot of money for me to appear in more horror films.