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June 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Wife says she's staying with Spector

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- Phil Spector's wife Rachelle insists the convicted murderer is innocent and says she plans to stay with him even though he is in a California jail.

The 69-year-old former record producer was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. He was sentenced last week to 19 years to life in prison.

"(Phil's) like a little boy. He's locked up in a 5-by-9 cell. He's caged like an animal," Rachelle Spector, 28, told TV's "Inside Edition."

Spector also denied reports her husband, whom she married in September 2006, was Twittering from the Los Angeles County Jail, stating he has limited contact with the outside.

"He gets about 15 minutes a day to make a phone call," she explained. "I only get two 30-minute visits a week."

She shoots down, as well, claims she married Spector for his money and maintains she plans to stay with him because she loves him.

"Before we were even married, I knew the gold digger thing was going to come up," she told "Inside Edition. "I handle and run all of his businesses. I'm like his protector."


Hirsch set to star in 'Hamlet'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 3 (UPI) -- Overture Films has announced it is developing a modern-day film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragic play "Hamlet" to be set in the United States.

"Into the Wild" and "Milk" star Emile Hirsch has signed on to play the title character in "Hamlet," which will be helmed by "Twilight" and "13" director Catherine Hardwicke.

Hardwicke and Hirsch previously collaborated on "Lords of Dogtown."

The "Hamlet" script is being penned by "Philadelphia" scribe Ron Nyswaner, who also adapted "The Painted Veil" from a work by W. Somerset Maugham.

Oscar-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen of The Jinks/Cohen Company are producing "Hamlet."

"With its universal themes of death, revenge, love and even teen angst -- the story of Hamlet is perhaps as timely and influential today as it was when it was written over 400 years ago," Overture Films Chief Executive Officer Chris McGurk and Chief Operating Officer Danny Rosett said in a statement. "Tremendous talent is on board in the form of Emile, Catherine and Ron and we are confident -- particularly with Bruce and Dan guiding the project -- that this has all the right ingredients to be something special."

"This project was the brainchild of Emile Hirsch, who we had the pleasure of working with on 'Milk.' Hamlet was in college when the story takes place, yet there hasn't been a movie version with an appropriately-aged actor playing the role. Our goal is to present the story as a suspense thriller. We want to make it exciting and accessible for an audience today," Jinks and Cohen added in a joint statement.


'Jay Leno Show' to debut Sept. 14

BURBANK, Calif., June 3 (UPI) -- "The Jay Leno Show," Leno's new U.S. prime time chat series, is scheduled to premiere on NBC Sept. 14, the network announced.

During his final bow as the 17-year host of "The Tonight Show" last Friday, Leno signed off by saying: "Thank you for watching. Please give Conan (O'Brien) as much support as you've given me throughout the years. Good night. We'll see you in September."

O'Brien began his stint as host of "The Tonight Show" Monday night.

NBC noted "The Jay Leno Show" will be the first entertainment program to be stripped across prime time on broadcast network television.


'Top Chef' moving to Las Vegas

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- The culinary competition series "Top Chef" is moving to Las Vegas for Season 6, Bravo announced.

Returning to the Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning cable television food show will be host Padma Lakshmi and head judge chef Tom Colicchio, as well as judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young.

"'Top Chef' offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level," the network said in a release. "The series features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of 'Top Chef.'"

Bravo did not say when the next season of the show is scheduled to debut.

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