Eccentric music producer Phil Spector was sentenced yesterday to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of a Hollywood actress. Spector, 69, who revolutionized pop music in the 1960s with his layered "Wall of Sound" production technique, was convicted in April of second-degree murder after a second trial. The first trial ended in a deadlock in 2007. Lana Clarkson, 40, a B-movie actress, died of a shot to the mouth, fired from Spector's gun in the foyer of his mock castle home outside Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2003. The sentence means that Spector must spend at least 19 years in prison before being eligible for parole. If not paroled, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. (Reuters)
Homes in Mumbai
Government officials in Mumbai said yesterday that the city will give the two impoverished child stars of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire" new homes. Rubina Ali
, 9, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail
, 10, lost their homes this month when authorities demolished parts of their slum. The filmmakers have also promised them apartments. Rubina was delighted by the prospect of a new home. "I'm very happy," she said yesterday. "I can have a place of my own. It will be much cleaner." (AP)
A former TMZ photographer is suing Britney Spears
over an incident in which his foot was run over. The lawsuit, filed yesterday by Ricardo Mendoza
, claims that Spears negligently operated her car and committed assault and battery in Beverly Hills in October 2007. (AP)
Real live celebrities?
'It's going to be action packed. There's going to be some surprises - nothing I can divulge, but it will involve celebrities.' Andy Samberg describing the MTV Movie Awards, which he'll host tomorrow
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