Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsPhil Spector
IN THE NEWS

Phil Spector

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Phil Spector," a new HBO film that purports both to be and not to be about the famous music producer and creator of the Wall of Sound, now serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life, is a vexing piece of work. Well-crafted, with interesting Big Talent attached - writer-director David Mamet, stars Al Pacino and Helen Mirren - it's better than most films of its kind, even as it remains unsatisfying as historical re-creation, philosophical meditation or pure drama. Spector (Pacino)
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' early manager, producer and publicist who is being inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has announced that he will skip the ceremony. “I think those people basically hijacked the name 'rock 'n' roll,'” Oldham told an audience during a talk in March at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.  “I won't be there.  I'll tell you why.... It's a television show.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Phil Spector stood inside the front door of his mansion Thursday morning wearing a chocolate brown suit, a shiny gold tie and an impassive expression. Before him, a group of people milled about on the crimson carpet of his foyer. They studied his furniture, peered at personal photos and inspected an adjacent bathroom. They strolled through his living room and gazed at his grand piano. Through it all, Spector displayed a stoicism at odds with the day's very high stakes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014
FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC) "12 Years a Slave" -- Joe Walker "Captain Phillips" -- Chris Rouse, A.C.E. "Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger "Her" -- Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E., and Jeff Buchanan "Saving Mr. Banks" -- Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) "American Hustle" -- Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E. "August: Osage County" -- Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E. "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- Roderick Jaynes "Nebraska -- Kevin Tent, A.C.E.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Are you planning to watch HBO's "Phil Spector"? Then step into my cubicle. We need to talk. I'm just a reporter, so my opinions about film aesthetics don't add up to much, but as one of the only journalists to cover both of Spector's murder trials, I can tell you that this movie, which premieres Sunday, is a bomb factually. And in an era when millions depend on "The Daily Show" for their news and best picture nominees for their history lessons, that scares me. Most viewers will know very little about the Spector case, and when the program is over, their understanding will be deeply flawed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
A Los Angeles jury convicted Phil Spector of second-degree murder Monday, making the legendary record producer who worked with the Beatles and a host of other pop stars the first celebrity found guilty of murder on Hollywood's home turf in at least 40 years. The verdict read in a tense, standing-room-only courtroom came six years and two trials after police found Lana Clarkson, a statuesque blond actress, shot to death in a chair in Spector's 30-room Alhambra mansion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A lawyer for Phil Spector urges a state appellate panel to overturn the music producer's murder conviction on the grounds that the judge was a participant in a multimedia presentation used by prosecutors in their closing arguments. A lawyer for Phil Spector urged a state appellate panel Tuesday to overturn the music producer's murder conviction on the grounds that a multimedia presentation used by prosecutors in their closing arguments turned the trial judge into a government witness.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 24 - 30, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY There is nothing like a dame: Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth ("Wicked") gives her regards to some of Broadway's greatest female performers on "Live From Lincoln Center. " 9 p.m. KOCE Is there a doctor in the house? Yes, in fact. Six Atlanta women - some wives of M.D.s, others physicians themselves - strive to balance career and family in the new unscripted series "Married to Medicine.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2007
Phil Spector's ongoing murder trial hasn't stopped the fabled producer from returning to the career that made him famous. His production work in recent years has been sporadic, but he has produced a new track titled "Crying for John Lennon" by 20-year-old singer-songwriter Hargo, to be included in a forthcoming Lennon documentary, "Strawberry Fields."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Whatever the theme song to Phil Spector's troubled life and times might be, "To Know Him Is to Love Him" probably isn't it. That, as Spector fans know, is the title of the legendary record producer's first hit, recorded by the Teddy Bears in 1958 with words taken from the epitaph on his father's tombstone. Spector went on to produce hits almost without number, including "Be My Baby," "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. " Today, however, the man Sean Lennon called "the genius geniuses come to" is in prison serving 19 years to life after the jury in a second trial convicted him of the Alhambra murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2013 | By August Brown
The suburb of Sunland-Tujunga is a long way from the downtown L.A. alley that houses The Smell, the club where the noise-punk duo No Age cut their teeth. But it's where No Age guitarist Randy Randall went in search of a little new space. “I tell people it's the new Eagle Rock,” he said. “It was affordable and it's actually really beautiful.” Randall's physical uprooting makes sense, given all the other deconstructions going on in No Age's universe. “An Object,” the band's third studio full length, finds them ripping up their sound and renewing a commitment to re-imagine the structures of their music.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
While working on her well-received 2012 album "Ekstasis," Los Angeles singer-composer Julia Holter crafted a song that was such a departure that she set it aside. The piece, "Maxim's II," was inspired by a famous scene in the 1958 movie musical "Gigi" and is one of the hubs of her striking new album, "Loud City Song. " In the film, as the titular heroine very publicly moves through the fancy Parisian restaurant Maxim's with her scandalous beau, the entire room takes note. "Everyone's staring at her and gossiping about her when she walks in," said Holter while sitting on a park bench near Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
At 58, Jeff Daniels has made more than 40 movies, been nominated for three film Golden Globes and had one of the defining big-screen comedies of the 1990s ("Dumb & Dumber"). But before last year he had never been a TV-series regular - and had never been nominated for an Emmy Award. That changed Thursday, when the actor scored a lead actor in a drama nomination for his portrayal of anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's fictional cable-journalism series "The Newsroom. " Daniels leads a pack of film performers who have caught the television academy's eye with their move to the small screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By David Ng
It was a good morning for two playwrights at the Emmy nominations, with David Mamet and Tom Stoppard set to compete (against each other) in the category of writing for a television movie or miniseries. Mamet received two nominations for writing as well as directing HBO's "Phil Spector. " Stoppard was recognized for his script for the HBO miniseries "Parade's End," adapted from novels by Ford Madox Ford. These are the first Emmy nominations for the both playwrights. Netflix's "House of Cards" received nine nominations, but its writer -- the playwright Beau Willimon -- wasn't among them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Flashy meets gloomy? That's the look of the miniseries or movie category this year. The Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences Thursday nominated wildy different favorites “Behind the Candelabra" and "Top of the Lake," creating a wide spectrum filled out with other nominees "American Horror Story," "Political Animals," "The Bible" and "Phil Spector. " HBO's Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," ignited a media storm, with buzz surrounding the performance of Michael Douglas as the Vegas legend and Matt Damon as his young lover Scott Thorson, whose memoir served as the basis of the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Emmy nominations arrive Thursday morning. Early. To save you from having to wake up at 5:35 a.m. PDT, we're sweeping through the high-profile categories one last time. We called the comedy races and the drama nominees . Now it's time to look at the titles and big-name actors competing for the movie/miniseries Emmys. MOVIE/MINISERIES Surprise: Emmy believes ! Well, in ratings, at least. "The Bible" makes it in. Snub: We're betting (hoping?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
For a second time, deliberations in Phil Spector's murder retrial have been interrupted by juror illness. The panel, which began weighing evidence March 26, went home at midday Thursday after a juror became sick. Because of court holidays and a prior instance in which a juror was ill, the panel has deliberated only about 27 hours over seven days. Spector, 69, faces second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting six years ago of Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old actress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Phil Spector's six years in Los Angeles County's justice system, an odyssey that began with his arrest for shooting an actress in 2003 and included a grand jury presentation and two trials, will conclude this morning when he is sentenced to prison for murder.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 7 - 13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Nine for IX Former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt is featured in this entry in the docu-series profiling women in the sports world. 5 p.m. ESPN, 8 p.m. ESPN2 Swamplands USA The new nature series debuts with back-to-back visits to the Okefenokee Swamp on the Georgia-Florida border and Louisiana's Atchafalaya Swamp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By David Ng
The last several months have been wildly up and down for David Mamet. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright saw his new play "The Anarchist" flop on Broadway, while a revival of his "Glengarry Glenn Ross" proved a box office hit thanks to Al Pacino. Mamet received mixed notices for his HBO movie "Phil Spector" last month, but the writer-director has apparently already moved on, casting his next big project.  Variety reports Cate Blanchett will star in Mamet's "Blackbird," a screen thriller about a woman who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather,  a Hollywood visual-effects artist who also worked for the government.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The story involves a hidden conspiracy involving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, according to the report.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|