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Halo 3 might make a profit.
(photo by Anders Brownworth)
Money Can’t Buy You Everything: Except when it can. Henry Weinstein’s analysis of the Phil Spector jury deadlock says Spector’s freedom came down to cash: He had so much of it, he could hire enough experts to dazzle at least two jurors into a mistrial-inducing stupor.
Reason Newspapers Should Not Post Reader Comments Online No. 4367: Following a Richard Abowitz post about dueling little people performers who each pose as a mini Britney Spears, reader Cindy Haas contributed this thought: Hello: I would just like to say, how could anybody with brain cells, think Iraq is the greatest country in the world, when it is clearly not, and in fact, it is a terrorist haven ok? It is one of the poorest, illeterate and angry and repressed countries in the world, ok? Thanks Cindy H. No, thank you, Cindy H.
LAT Goes “Queer Eye” On Local Blogger: This Cyndia Zwahlen piece, shines a happy free-advertising light on Chill Out LA, and then has experts comment on how blogger Erin Mahoney-Harris can take her site “to the next level.” Hint No.1: Get the LAT to write about you.
He’s got his hands full with the Phil Spector trial right about now, but Dominick Dunne is already looking ahead to his next project.
FBLA recently ran into the infamous writer at the Chateau Marmont during a book party for fashion scribe Dana Thomas (in town celebrating the release of her Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster). And he gave us the run-down on his post-Spector projects.
First, he’s set to finish the crime novel, The Solo Act, which he’s talked about before and “it’s almost finished.” Then, he’ll turn the typewriter towards himself. Dunne said he will then write a memoir “the minute I finish” Solo Act.
“I’ve had a zelig-like life,” he told FBLA. “I’ve been everywhere where something happened and I have a good story to tell.” That, he does.
- CHRIS GARDNER
Dominick Dunne’s been in town for the Phil Spector trial, staying at the Chateau Marmont. Kim Masters
somehow ran him to ground met him at a Morons’ gathering and got him to spill his own story of revenge. Dunne wasn’t content to just track John Sweeney, the sleazeball who murdered Domininque Dunne in 1982; he had a plan:
He reached out to Pellicano–who was then not at all the famous character that he became–to help him put a contract out on Sweeney’s life.
Dunne says that Pellicano talked him out of it, but tracked the guy around for a while for a fee, and then when Dunne’s earnings dipped, offered to keep an eye on the jerk for free.
Gradually, Dunne’s violent feelings of grief faded, and Pellicano got into troubles of his own.
Sweeney’s changed his name to John Maura and Dunne is to be commended for his restraint.
FBLA, if the need should ever arise, is more likely to pull an Ellie Nessler.
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Ugly Mess: Defense testimony in the Phil Spector murder trial ended Monday with attorneys trying to convince jurors that actress Lana Clarkson killed herself, and stylists trying to convince Spector to try a leave-in conditioner.
Owen Wilson Hospitalized: Apparently for attempting to commit suicide. The LAT story largely quotes from People magazine’s piece, which, in turn, leans heavily on Extra. So for all we know, Wilson could be in the Bahamas and this could all be an elaborate game of telephone.
Did China Eat The Dawn? A Dawn C. Chmielewski piece about Yahoo’s dealings in China bears the byline C. Chmielewski (at least online). What happened to the Dawn?
Phil Spector remains his own worse enemy. Linda Deutsch reports that the judge has ruled that jurors may hear from a security guard who says he heard the record producer rant against women and declare they should all be shot in the head.
Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said the testimony
tends to show the depth of Mr. Spector’s anger.
To be fair, the security guard booted Spector from a Christmas party given by Joan Rivers, which is so creepy. Was he dating Melissa?
Vikram Jayanti snagged the Phil Spector interview for the BBC. Jayanti, who was part of the Oscar-winning team for When We Were Kings, is directing a documentary on the legendary producer, Arena – The Agony and The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector. Jayanti said:
I think it was the combination of the BBC, Anthony Wall and myself that persuaded him to agree to make the film. We have complete editorial control. It’s an empathetic film about a key musician.
(Disclaimer: this FBLA editor worked with Jayanti at UFA–where lunch was the most important part of the day.)
We got the sweetest little reminder note in our in-box today from someone named NewsDog who was pimping the KTLA Web site’s coverage of the Phil Spector trial.
KTLA is carrying the Spector Trial gavel-to-gavel on their web site
(ktla.com). News anchor Marta Waller, who anchored the coverage of the Simpson trial, is anchoring this coverage on the web. Yesterday, when there was no trial KTLA spent the day on their web site covering the May Day Immigration rallies in Southern California.
So, if you want to see a blow-by-blow of Phil’s latest hair-do, check them out. Thank you, NewsDog. Good boy!
Want an unflinching peek into the wacko, gun-brandishing, cape-wearing past of Phil Spector? Sure ya do.
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