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Celebrity Chatter: Snipes’ Conviction Upheld, Monjack’s Cause of Death Revealed

Wesley Snipes-Will Wesley Snipes finally start serving his three-year prison sentence? Last week, a federal appeals panel upheld the actor’s tax evasion conviction. Prosecutors have since asked to have his bail revoked.

-According to nosy restaurant neighbors, Julianne Hough told friends she originally thought Ryan Seacrest - her current boyfriend - was gay. (That tension between Ryan and Simon Cowell is undeniable.)

-It turns out Christina Milian’s marriage was having problems for quite some time. The-Dream actually filed for divorce even before their baby girl was born.

-We finally know why Simon Monjack passed away five months after his wife, Brittany Murphy, did. The 40-year-old died as a result of acute pneumonia and severe anemia - the same factors in Murphy’s death.


Watchmen’s Fate Handled in Federal Court

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UPDATE: Warner Bros. and FOX have settled the lawsuit.

Time hasn’t been kind to fans of Watchmen. Although we’ve already hit the New Year, the battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox has just grown nastier. So what will this mean for the March 6 premiere?

Late last month, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess ruled that Fox did have rights to the graphic novel adaptation. Although the studio had the opportunity to launch the film back in the late ‘80s (and had spent over a $1 million developing the project), the movie never came to fruition. Producer Larry Gordon allegedly agreed to check back with Fox first on any future plans, but later took over to Legendary Pictures and Warner. Fox filed then filed a lawsuit back in February claiming Gordon neglected to properly acquire their interest before making the move.

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Another Dancing with the Stars Contestant Faces Federal Charges

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Sports, Television, Legal Issues,

Mark Cuban and Kym JohnsonWe already knew had a reputation of sending contestants to the hospital…but who would have thought federal court as well?

Today, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was charged by federal regulators with insider trading. This announcement comes nearly six weeks after after Helio Castroneves, another contestant from DWTS’ fifth season, was indicted for federal tax evasion.

According to the civil suit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cuban allegedly used information he received back in 2004 to sell stock he owned in Mamma.com (now known as Copernic), a Montreal search engine. When he became aware of an upcoming private sale, the 50-year-old promptly sold 600,000 shares to spare himself a loss of approximately $750,000.

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Helio Castroneves Indicted for Tax Evasion

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Sports, Television, Legal Issues,

Helio CastronevesUPDATE: Castroneves was acquitted on six counts of tax evasion. A mistrial was declared on the seventh count.

Have we learned nothing from Richard Hatch and Wesley Snipes?

, the former winner of Dancing with the Stars, was indicted today for federal tax evasion. According to the indictment obtained in Miami, the 33-year-old underpaid the government between 1999-2004.

Helio, along with along with his sister (Katiucia Castroneves) and lawyer, are currently being accused of hiding over $5 million of the race car driver’s earnings. The trio allegedly tried “to conceal and disguise the true and correct amount”  by using an offshore Panamanian shell corporation. Each defendant faces charges of conspiracy “for the purpose of impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful government functions of the Internal Revenue Service.”

According to the Miami Herald, all three are expected to appear in federal court tomorrow morning. Convictions on all counts could equate to approximately 30 years in prison per person.

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FCC Reduces Fine Against FOX Over 2003 Reality Show

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Prime Time, Reality, ABC, FOX, Cable/Satellite, News,

FOX fine slashed Score one for

FOX reality TV, sort of. The Federal Communications Commission slashed nearly all of a proposed $1.2 million indecency fine against several FOX stations yesterday, according to the Washington Post.

The instead decided stations can only be fined for airing the offensive TV show in question if viewers actually complained about it. There was not a change in the FCC’s determination that the show in question was,  in fact, indecent.

In this case, 13 of the 169 FOX stations that aired the April 7, 2003 episode of the short-lived Married By America will actually be required to pay indecency fines. The total amount of fines will be somewhere near $91,000.

The episode that lead to the original fine showed digitally-obscured nudity and strippers covered in whipped cream. FOX argued that the worst parts were obscured, keeping the scene from being indecent under FCC rules which prohibit conventional radio and television stations from broadcasting what’s called “patently offensive” material of a sexual or excretory nature between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (Times when children are most likely to be watching.) Obviously FCC indecency statutes do not cover cable or satellite TV (e.g. ).

The Post says FOX, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.,  hasn’t decided whether to appeal the FCC ruling in federal court.

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Federal Judge Okays NYC GSP

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS, Transportation,

DescriptionFederal Judge Richard M. Berman has decided to go along with the new law in NYC that GPS must be installed in all taxis, effective today. We originally told you that the cabbies were not thrilled having to follow the ruling because they felt the tracking was too much of an invasion of their privacy. Some of the drivers went as far as a two day protest last month. Head of the city’s law office, Michael Cardozo, said the decision was a “satisfying legal victory and a victory for all taxi passengers who will enjoy the benefits of these service improvements.” Living in a state that almost shut down today, some of us hope that the problem is soon solved to satisfy both sides in the next go-round October 10.

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