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HBO Film About Phil Spector Starring Al Pacino Airs Sunday

HBO/Time Warner(NEW YORK) -- Premiering this Sunday, Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in the new HBO movie Phil Spector, a fictional film based on the client-attorney relationship between the legendary music producer and Linda Kenney Baden, a defense attorney who represented Spector at his first murder trial for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion.

That trial ended in a mistrial. Spector was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.  He has always insisted that he is innocent and claims Clarkson committed suicide.

The film is written and directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, who opens the movie with the on-screen declaration, “This is a work of fiction.  It’s not ‘based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, not comment upon the trial or its outcome.”

Pacino says he studied tapes of Spector for hours while preparing to play the music producer.

The film has been criticized by some for being biased in favor of Spector.  Mamet says he wanted to explore the story after watching a documentary called The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector.  Mamet says after watching that film, he came away thinking maybe Spector is not guilty.

Spector, of course, is known for originating the so-called "Wall of Sound" production technique that was used by many 1960s rock and pop legends.  Among the artists with whom he's worked over the years include The Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Beatles, John Lennon and The Ramones.

Phil Spector debuts this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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Helen Mirren to Join HBO Film on Phil Spector

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Helen Mirren reportedly will replace Bette Midler in an HBO film about music producer Phil Spector that will star Al Pacino.

Midler was set to play Spector's attorney during his first murder trial, but she was forced to drop out due to a herniated disc.

Spector is serving 19 years to life in prison on a second-degree murder conviction for the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

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Scorsese Hit with $2.85 Million Tax Bill

Venturelli/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Legendary director Martin Scorsese was slammed with a nearly $3 million Valentine from the Internal Revenue Service a few weeks ago. The New York Post reports the IRS served Scorsese with a $2.85 million past-due notice on Feb. 14, stemming from unpaid taxes and related interest and penalties Uncle Sam says Scorsese owes.

This is the second celeb this week whose tax troubles have gone public, and sources say both Scorsese's tax troubles and those of Al Pacino both have to do with their former financial adviser Kenneth Starr. Last week, Starr was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for his alleged involvement in a $33 million Ponzi scheme that involved some Scorsese and Pacino's money.

Scorsese's rep insists the director is square with the government, telling the Post, "The IRS prematurely filed this lien...As of this moment, the entire amount is full paid, and he has no current IRS debts."

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IRS Files Tax Lien Against Al Pacino

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) -- Al Pacino owes the IRS approximately $188,000, according to TMZ.

The IRS just filed a tax lien against the actor for allegedly neglecting to pay about $169,000 in 2008 and a little more than $19,000 in 2009.

A spokesperson for Pacino told TMZ that the problem stems from the actor's former business manager, Ken Starr, an accountant who also allegedly squandered the money of stars like Uma Thurman and Martin Scorcese in a Ponzi scheme.  Starr was recently sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.´╗┐

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