After two trials, three sets of attorneys and more than six years, record producer Phil Spector was found guilty of second degree murder for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson on Monday. The jury took more than two weeks to reach a guilty verdict (his first trial ended in a deadlock).
While revered for his pioneering “wall of sound” production techniques (used on everyone from Ike & Tina Turner and John Lennon to The Ramones), his guilty verdict caps decades of reclusive eccentricity and violent outbursts—not to mention some outlandish haircuts.
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The Michael Douglas facelist rumors are back with a vengeance, despite his reps’ ancient claim that those grisly 2005 photos of his bandaged face were evidence of lesion removal, not cosmetic surgery. Between that and the hubbub about an alleged eyelift in 2000, you’d think people would be unimpressed by any visible scaring in recent photos. But nooooo.
Check out the gallery below and see if you can figure when he may have had something done.
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Frankie Avalon was the surprise guest on American Idol last night, entertaining Simon Cowell (Avalon’s “Venus” is apparently Simon’s birth year jam) and confusing young fans of the show, who have no idea who he is. According to Ryan Seacrest, Avalon almost didn’t make the show due to an allergic reaction. “Paramedics were called,” the host wrote on his Twitter. “Close call but we love him!”
While we’re disappointed that no mention was made of Avalon’s movies like Bikini Beach and Beach Blanket Bingo (better than Grease!), there was something sweet about watching Simon beam for an entire song. Who knew he had a sentimental side?
Keith Urban‘s having a pretty great week. His new album, Defying Gravity, debuted at #1 on the Top 200, his first chart-topper, and he just won an ACM award for his duet with Brad Paisley. It’s been a long road for the 41-year-old, whose been performing since childhood.
A clue as to why it took him so long to reach this career peak can be found in photos from his initial burst of country stardom at the beginning of the decade. Frankly, he dressed like a deranged cross between Billy Ray Cyrus, David Spade and Gram Parsons. You could blame it on the failure of his first engagement (to a veterinary technician), the joy of belated success, or drugs—lots of drugs. No matter what the reason, we’re glad wife Nicole Kidman‘s around to keep the guy in smart suits and tasteful on-stage casual wear. Don’t screw this one up, Keith.
Check out Urban’s pre-Nic fashion crimes in the gallery below.
A new book alleges that Whitney Houston paid $400,000 ransom to drug dealers who threatened then-husband Bobby Brown‘s life in 1993 (the same year their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was born). According to David Collins, a former member of the NY gang Preacher Crew, Brown owed $25,000, and was kidnapped and held at gunpoint until Whitney came up with the cash. “She was personally going to bring $400,000 to get her man back,” writes Collins in Preacher Of The Streets. The next day, she did just that. She was wearing a wig.” Brown and Houston’s reps have refused to comment.
Brown and Houston’s marriage continued for well over a decade after this alleged brush with danger (they separated in 2006). Check out the gallery for scenes from their infamous romance.
The LA police have released a new photo of Charles Manson, almost 40 years after his followers committed a series of brutal murders in Hollywood, including that of Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski‘s pregnant wife. Manson has been denied parole eleven times since 1978. His next hearing will be in 2012.
Check out the gallery for photos of Manson throughout his decades in prison, as well as links to his famous TV interviews.
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Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp have never made a movie together, but the Hollywood bad boys were bros enough to attend the premiere of The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years together in 1988. The classic documentary features rock stars like Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons and Bret Michaels discussing their wild and crazy lives. Twenty years later, Cage and Depp are best known for Disney movies about buried treasure and the heavy metal heroes are reality TV stars. Wild!
Jennifer Aniston has been so glamorous for so long that it’s hard to remember she was once a big-haired wanna-be hopping from failed sitcom (Ferris Bueller) to failed variety show (The Edge). With all due to respect to the TV movie Camp Cucamonga, her lowest point—even lower than that Herman’s Head guest spot—was starring in Leprechaun, a low-budget horror film featuring Warwick Davis as the titular beastie, murderously searching for his gold coins. Aniston spends most of the movie in tight shorts, screaming and running from a costumed dwarf in a wheelchair. The movie was a surprise success, with Warwick heading everywhere from outer space to “the hood” in its five sequels. Now that’s she’s a star, they’ve slapped her face on the DVD box. Bet she’s proud.
Check out the film’s riveting climax after the jump.
After The Brady Bunch and before Dirty Dancing, Maureen McCormick and Patrick Swayze (in his film debut) starred in Skatetown, USA, arguably the least remembered of the roller disco movies, coming out before Olivia Newton-John‘s Xanadu and Linda Blair‘s Roller Boogie. The plot is something about a war between skate gangs and disco versions of Rolling Stones songs. Flip Wilson, Ruth Buzzi, Billy Barty, the Unknown Comic and Scott Baio make appearances. Why, yes, it was made in 1979.
With Swayze all over the news and McCormick rocking Comedy Central’s roast for Larry The Cable Guy, it’s high time someone put Skatetown, USA out on DVD. Check out some highlights, including a shirtless Swayze whipping himself with a belt during his solo skate, after the jump.
George Clooney may be a major movie star, but he’ll never forget where he came from. Despite needing a prime-time guest spot like 1995 MTV Rock’n’Jock teammate Dan Cortese needs another day without work, the Burn After Reading actor showed up on ER last night, making smoochies with Julianna Margulies and letting everyone know what happened to Dr. Ross since he left for Seattle a decade ago.
Watching him return to his roost, we couldn’t help but feel a little conflicted. On one hand, he’s had an impressive, varied career far beyond that of your average TV hunk. On the other hand, watching him do his old bobblehead shtick again was oddly satisfying. He even kept from giggling!
Check out some ER-era fashion mistakes and high-profile hob-knobbing in the gallery below.