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April 8, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
When Phil Spector was booked for murder in 2003, he was a jet-setting millionaire who stayed in luxury hotel suites, left $450 tips on $13 bar bills and paid cash for a 30-room mansion. Six years later, with the case against him in the hands of a jury for a second time, the famed music producer still flashes trappings of wealth -- bespoke suits, a chauffeured car and a pretty, young wife who walks down the courthouse hallway next to him in designer pumps.
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REAL ESTATE
February 23, 1992
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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)
SPORTS
February 25, 1998 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
From the time they were old enough to chew bubble gum, Matt Fisher, Matt Cassel and Conor Jackson have been called baseball wonders. Every step of the way, from T-ball through senior league, they've stood out as all-stars. In youth drafts, they were certain No. 1 picks. If only they had agent Dennis Gilbert to negotiate their pizza deals. Time has flown by. They're now sophomores in high school, Fisher and Cassel at Chatsworth, Jackson at El Camino Real.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2007
On Feb. 2, 2003, Phil Spector's chauffeur drove the legendary record producer and a series of his dates to Southern California dining and entertainment hot spots. By the next morning, Lana Clarkson would lie dead in Spector's house and he would be accused of murder. Visit latimes.com/spector for an interactive version of these maps detailing the night of Clarkson's death, plus video, photos of the key players and links to documents. 1. Alhambra to Studio City 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Music producer Phil Spector, who is charged with murdering actress Lana Clarkson, has hired criminal defense attorney Leslie Abramson to represent him. Abramson said Monday that she replaced Robert Shapiro on Thursday. She would not say why the switch was made. Shapiro, who was on O.J. Simpson's defense team, could not be reached for comment. Abramson said Spector's business manager contacted her in the middle of January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2008 | Harriet Ryan
The judge presiding over Phil Spector's murder trial said Wednesday that photos on a website linked to the music producer's wife are in violation of court rules. Pictures posted on a site bearing the name of Spector's wife, Rachelle, show a blogger critical of Spector's defense attending the trial. Two of the pictures on www.rachellespector.com appear to have been taken from inside the courtroom where Spector's trial is taking place. A third appears to have been shot in the courthouse hallway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
A judge ordered Wednesday that grand jury transcripts in rock music producer Phil Spector's murder case be unsealed, but gave defense attorneys 10 days to appeal. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ruled that Spector's right to a fair trial would not be jeopardized by the release of the transcripts, which run more than 1,000 pages. The grand jury indicted Spector in September on a charge of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion in February 2003.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dianne Ogden, 61, a music talent coordinator and former assistant to music producer Phil Spector who was one of four women to testify at his trial last year about his threatening them with guns, died Dec. 29 at her home in Park City, Utah. Ogden died in her sleep of undetermined causes, her daughter, Angie Ogden Osborne, said Saturday. Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot at his Alhambra mansion Feb. 3, 2003. Ogden was the second woman called by the prosecution to bolster its case that Spector followed a pattern of luring women to his home, drinking, then pulling guns on them when they tried to leave.
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 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Producer-engineer Stan Ross, who co-founded Hollywood's Gold Star Recording Studio, which has a storied place in rock history as the home of Phil Spector's innovative "Wall of Sound" technique, has died. He was 82. Ross died Friday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications following surgery for aneurysms, his family said. "Stan was born with a musical ear," said David Gold, an engineer who co-founded Gold Star with Ross in 1950 when both were barely out of their teens.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2010
'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector' Rating: No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Playing: American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
Music producer Phil Spector was legendary for his work with Tina Turner, the Ronettes and the Beatles. But certainly his greatest feat would seem to be the release this summer of a new CD proclaiming him as its producer while he sits in Corcoran State Prison, serving 19 years to life for the second-degree murder of struggling actress Lana Clarkson. The new CD is the work of his wife, fledgling singer Rachelle Spector — and it was produced before he went to prison last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
Lawyers for imprisoned music producer Phil Spector urged a state appellate court this week to throw out his conviction for the murder of an actress in his Alhambra mansion. In papers filed Wednesday, attorneys for the music legend cited a number of grounds on which justices from the 2nd District Court of Appeal should grant the 70-year-old a new trial. But they focused on a judge's decision to allow testimony from five women who claimed Spector menaced them with firearms in the decades leading up to Lana Clarkson's shooting.
OPINION
June 10, 2009
Re "Rachelle Spector tells her story," June 5 I find it shocking that you would run a tabloid-type piece on a psychiatrically challenged gold-digger like Rachelle Spector on the front page. With all the important news in the world, didn't it occur to anyone to run the article in the Calendar section? And that picture of her in bed with his suit? What that woman needs is a good leaving-alone. By everyone. C.W. Tennican Los Angeles :: I'm sorry, but I have no sympathy for Phil Spector.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2003 | Randy Lewis
A song by the British group Starsailor that was produced by Phil Spector shortly before his arrest in February on suspicion of murder will be released as a single in the United Kingdom on Sept. 1. The single will be the title track from the album "Silence Is Easy," and is one of two Spector-produced cuts that will be on the band's second album, to be released Sept. 15 in Britain and tentatively scheduled for Jan. 27 release in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2009
WARREN SPECTOR GAME DESIGNER For the past two decades, Warren Spector has been a celebrity in the geek world. After starting his career designing tabletop role playing games, he moved into video games, working on titles like System Shock, Thief and Deus Ex, most of which were well regarded by devoted fans and critics but not Grand Theft Auto-sized blockbusters. Many in the game industry were shocked when Spector's Austin, Texas-based development studio, Junction Point, was acquired by the Walt Disney Co. in 2007.
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