Bette Midler has been cast opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films' upcoming movie about troubled music producer Phil Spector, according to The Hollywood Reporter...
Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Tom Waits were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Dr. John and Leon Russell.
Diamond, 70, is well known for his song "Sweet Caroline," inspired by Caroline Kennedy and now used as the Boston Red Sox anthem.
Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison on Friday for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced Spector to 15 years to life for second-degree murder and an additional four years for personal use of a gun, according to the Associated Press.
Clarkson, who starred in Roger Corman's cult hit Barbarian Queen, died of a gunshot fired in her mouth in Spector's mansion in 2003. She had met Spector only hours earlier at her job as a nightclub hostess.
Spector was best known as a music producer in the 1960s, whose signature "Wall of Sound" souped up the tracks of Ike and Tina Turner, the Ronettes and the Beatles.
Music producer Phil Spector has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting of an actress.
Spector, 69, faces at least 15 years in prison, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Superior Court. After deliberating for nine days, the jury found that the producer killed Lana Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003, hours after they met at a Sunset Strip club where she worked. A previous jury on the case deadlocked in 2007.
Spector's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
In the murder trial of "wall of sound" producer Phil Spector yesterday, a coroner testified that a bruise on the tongue of the late Lana Clarkson may have been caused by the gun being forced into her mouth before it was discharged. She also had contusions (thank you, Law & Order) on her right arm and wrist, and no history of depression or suicidal tendencies. Other than being the sort who'd go home with a crazy-ass-lookin' guy like Phil Spector.