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September 28, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After months of investigation, legendary music producer Phil Spector was formally indicted yesterday on a murder charge, with the special allegation of using a firearm, in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's home in Alhambra, Calif., near Pasadena. Spector, free on $1 million bail, pleaded innocent to the charge during a court appearance in Los Angeles. The judge has set Dec. 16 as the earliest possible trial date. While he was reserved in the courtroom, outside court, Spector, 64, railed at prosecutors, comparing District Attorney Steve Cooley to Adolf Hitler.
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March 23, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from Inquirer Staff Writer Kevin L. Carter, the Associated Press, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register
Legendary rock-star-maker Phil Spector will receive the Philadelphia Music Alliance's Philadelphia Award at the group's seventh annual Hall of Fame gala on April 28 at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza. Spector's connection to the city: In the early '60s he started Phillies Records at 1619 N. Broad St., where he recorded the likes of the Ronettes, the Crystals, Ike and Tina Turner and the Righteous Brothers. Others being honored at the gala include Sol Schoenbach, Mannie Sacks, Russell Faith and Mayor Rendell, who will get a humanitarian award.
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March 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
NEWS
February 5, 2003 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Police think legendary rock producer Phil Spector shot a B-movie actress to death in the foyer of his hilltop home just hours after meeting her at the Sunset Strip blues club where she worked as a hostess, sources said yesterday. Spector, 62, a reclusive eccentric with a fondness for guns, allegedly killed Lana Clarkson, 40, after they returned to his 33-room mock castle in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra from the House of Blues early Monday, sources close to the case said. Clarkson's lawyer, Roderick Lindblom, confirmed yesterday that Clarkson was an actress and had starred in the 1985 movie Barbarian Queen and had minor roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Scarface and Blind Date.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1989 | By David Hinckley, New York Daily News
When Phil Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January, he left an indelible impression. His acceptance speech was rambling, to be kind, and bodyguards seemed to guide him offstage. It looked like the behavior of a person who was out of it. Yet I later heard from several people who sat near Spector that he didn't have a drink - that this bizarre-looking behavior was a severe case of stage fright. After feeling like an outsider all his life, he was overwhelmed at this moment of homage.
NEWS
January 22, 1994 | by David Hinckley, New York Daily News
Darlene Love and Bill Medley, who have recorded a new version of the old Righteous Brothers hit "Soul and Inspiration" for a soundtrack album to the soap "One Life to Live," were in New York this week, but not for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as they should have been. "We didn't get invited," said Love. Neither, in fact, has ever been nominated, a rather curious oversight. "If you know why," said Medley, "we'd like to know, too. " The Hall inducted Phil Spector several years ago, as it should have, but has not inducted any of the artists he recorded, except for Ike and Tina Turner, who were on his fringe.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
* PHIL SPECTOR. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * P.O.V.: GIRL MODEL. 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY 12.   AL PACINO doesn't do much television work, but when he does, he seems to gravitate toward HBO - and controversial characters. In 2003, he played a dying Roy Cohn in "Angels in America. " In 2010, he was Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian in the perhaps too aptly named "You Don't Know Jack. " And on Sunday, Pacino will be seen in a procession of wigs in the title role of "Phil Spector," an HBO film written and directed by playwright David Mamet that focuses on the eccentric music producer's first trial in the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1989 | By David Hinckley, New York Daily News
The fourth annual induction dinner for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes place tonight at New York's Waldorf-Astoria, with induction for the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Dion, Otis Redding and the Temptations as artists; Phil Spector as a non-performing producer, and Bessie Smith, the Ink Spots and the Soul Stirrers for their early influence. The big speculation is over who will make the induction speeches, which in the past have been given by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and John Fogerty.
NEWS
January 18, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
If there's a rock-and-roll heaven . . . it might look a lot like the dais at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York tonight, when the latest constellation of stars is installed in the firmament of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Dion, Otis Redding and the Temptations join performing greats such as the Beatles, Elvis and Dylan, honored in years past. Recording impresario Phil Spector will be honored in the nonperforming category for his famous "wall of sound" production genius and the way he shepherded the careers of early standouts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2009 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
When Ronnie Spector was 13 or so - she was Veronica Bennett then - she and her cousin Nedra Talley came to Philadelphia from New York to compete in a sock hop talent show. As winners, they got to meet Frankie Lymon, the doo-wop star of the hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love. " That was around 1956, and it wouldn't be until 1963 that Nedra, Ronnie, and her sister Estelle became famous as the Ronettes. But Lymon remained a touchstone for her, and on her recent album, The Last of the Rock Stars, she covers two songs he did, the ballads "Out in the Cold Again" and "It's Christmas Once Again.
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April 21, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
WHATEVER rivalry exists between Penn and Princeton, it doesn't seem to apply to Ellie Kemper. The star of Tina Fey's Netflix sitcom, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," who got her degree from that other local-ish Ivy, is speaking at Penn's Harrison Auditorium tomorrow to a sold-out crowd. Which just shows how far an English degree - and a year at Oxford - can take someone. In Kemper's case, it's taken her from doing improv and writing satire for the Onion to roles in "Bridesmaids" and "The Office," and now to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," in which she stars as a woman starting over in New York City after essentially having been imprisoned underground since middle school.
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July 21, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer TV Critic
It's that time of year again when everyone reacts with dismay to the inequities of the Emmy nominations. Your TV favorite didn't get any recognition? Welcome to the world's least exclusive club. Out of the medium's 25 most popular shows this year, exactly two, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family , got any meaningful nominations. But I think the reason people get so exercised about the arbitrariness of the selections is that they don't understand how the process works. The common misconception is that an informed panel of industry experts makes the evaluations after careful consideration.
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July 11, 2013 | By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - The trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder on Trayvon Martin's body support George Zimmerman's account that the teen was on top of him when the defendant shot and killed Martin, an expert on gunshot wounds testified Tuesday. Forensic pathologist Vincent DiMaio also used photographs of Zimmerman to point out where he appeared to have been struck during testimony that took up a significant portion of the day's hearing. Defense attorneys, who said they may wrap up their case Wednesday, were hoping DiMaio's testimony would help convince jurors of the truth of Zimmerman's claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.
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July 11, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SANFORD, Fla. - The trajectory of the bullet and gunpowder on Trayvon Martin's body support George Zimmerman's account that the teen was on top of him when the defendant shot and killed Martin, an expert on gunshot wounds testified yesterday. During testimony that took up a significant portion of the day's hearing, forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent DiMaio also used photographs of Zimmerman to point out where he appeared to have been struck. Defense attorneys, who said they may wrap up their case today, were hoping that DiMaio's testimony would help convince jurors of Zimmerman's claims that he shot Martin in self-defense.
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June 28, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
BORN CHRISTMAS Day 1948, backup singer Merry Clayton has been lending her skills to pop musicians for most of her 64 years. Usually she's the "last person, along with the string players," to add their flavor to a studio recording session. "That's why they call it 'sweetening,' " she explained in a recent chat. More often than not, she's the least recognized, least thanked contributor, though Clayton's blow- torched, highly emotive vocals made a major difference on massive hits such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Carole King's "Way Over Yonder," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned" and Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
* PHIL SPECTOR. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * P.O.V.: GIRL MODEL. 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY 12.   AL PACINO doesn't do much television work, but when he does, he seems to gravitate toward HBO - and controversial characters. In 2003, he played a dying Roy Cohn in "Angels in America. " In 2010, he was Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian in the perhaps too aptly named "You Don't Know Jack. " And on Sunday, Pacino will be seen in a procession of wigs in the title role of "Phil Spector," an HBO film written and directed by playwright David Mamet that focuses on the eccentric music producer's first trial in the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Darlene Love is a trouper: a veteran of song, stage, and screen, a veteran of Phil Spector's rule, a veteran of soul-testing background vocal gigs for Elvis Presley and Bono. Not even Laurence Olivier could have attested to appearing with the Royal Shakespeare Company (as Love has done in a coproduction of Carrie ), on Broadway ( Hairspray ), and in soap operas ( Another World ). She has just returned from the funeral of her grandson's 2-month-old baby. But she won't let that get in the way. She'll be on the Kimmel stage Saturday night, joining Freda Payne, Baby Washington, Candi Staton, and other luminaries for an event titled "Jerry Blavat: The Divas of All Time.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2011
SOME HEAVY hitters in the world of stage and screen are serving up bountiful boxes of entertainment for your gifting and getting pleasure this holiday season. Several have been timed to auspicious anniversaries, others to technological advances (Blu-ray, higher-resolution surround sound) that argue for a remastering and revisit.   Brother Ray, Sister Aretha To read official histories of Atlantic Records, you'd think two of its biggest stars were "nothing" before and after their stays at the label.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2010 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
Super concerts, vital femmes, fresh-faced rockers and a tribute vie for position in this week's new-music parade. GOING, GOING, HERE: Been mourning the postponement of U2 's local stadium show until 2011, the aftermath to Bono's recent emergency back surgery? A video version of the same show, "360 Degrees at the Rose Bowl," is just out on Blu-ray and DVD (Interscope, A-) . With a good home theater setup, it's as exciting as being there - and a lot cheaper! The show is U2's first in the round, landing with an amazing, space-ship-style set with motorized video screens, moving bridges and more.
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