Phil Spector, the legendary music producer currently serving a 19-year-to-life sentence in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, plans to appeal his conviction to the Supreme Court. Spector’s attorney is expected to file that appeal today. It will argue that Spector’s rights were violated by the trial judge in the case, who offered his opinion on testimony presented by the prosecution. Similar attempts to appeal the conviction to state appellate judges were not considered. (Associated Press)
Reese Witherspoon has signed on to star in a movie about the West Memphis Three, the young men charged with murdering three 8-year-old Arkansas boys in 1993. The “Water for Elephants” star will play the mother of one of the young murder victims in the film, to be directed by Atom Egoyan.(Hollywood Reporter)
Clint Eastwood’s wife Dina and his daughters Morgan, 15, and Francesca, 18, are planning to star in a reality show for E! Eastwood will only make occasional cameos, apparently. Suggested titles for this show: “Go Ahead, Make Our Day!,” “Keeping Up With Dirty Harry’s Kids,” “Million Dollar Spouse and Babies ” and “Our Dad Decided He Doesn’t Want Oscars Anymore.” (Vulture)
io9 has weighed in on the seven-minute “ Dark Knight Rises ” prologue, currently screening in select Imax theaters in front of “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” A quick summary: “All in all, this was slick Christopher Nolan action, delivered on a hot plate of sexy espionage and daredevil trickery. But this movie will now live on die on one thing — will people be able to hear Bane?” (io9)
In honor of her Golden Globes snub, Best Week Ever has put together this fine photo essay featuring pictures of Melissa McCarthy not giving a [bleep]. Not to nitpick, but I think she might give a [bleep] in a couple of these. (Best Week Ever)
Here’s video of Matt Damon making animal sounds for the benefit of a “We Bought a Zoo” bit on the “Late Show.” His elephant is particularly impressive.
And, for those who can’t get enough fairy tale movies, here’s the trailer for “Jack the Giant Killer,” Bryan Singer’s take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” starring Nicholas Hoult..