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4 items from 2008


Fiorentino's Boyfriend Pleads Guilty In Pellicano Case

9 December 2008 8:13 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Linda Fiorentino's FBI agent boyfriend has admitted to stealing secret files and passing them off to an unnamed woman with ties to shamed private investigator-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano.

Fiorentino's ex, Mark Rossini, was arrested last week (beg01Dec08) after he was allegedly caught prying into confidential files about Pellicano.

He pleaded guilty on Monday to five misdemeanour counts of illegally accessing FBI computers during a six-month period in 2007, one week after resigning from duty.

According to the New York Post, Fiorentino - who has been dating Rossini for two years - is writing a screenplay about Pellicano, who was convicted this summer of using illegal wire taps to find out information about Hollywood stars.

According to federal investigators, Rossini accessed information on super agent Michael Ovitz, entertainment lawyer Bert Fields, and William Morris agency President James Wiatt - confidential papers which eventually landed in Pellicano's hands.

Prosecution court papers allege, "Rossini provided a copy of (an FBI) report to X," adding, "X also had a previous relationship with Anthony Pellicano, and X provided a copy of the FBI report to an attorney for Anthony Pellicano."

The unnamed woman has not been charged and has not been identified as a suspect in any crime.

Fiorentino and Rossini's lawyer, Adam Hoffinger, could not be reached for comment as WENN went to press.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola told Rossini, "You abused the position you had. I have no idea what your sentence will be."

His sentencing is scheduled for 13 March.

Rossini faces up to five years in jail and a $500,000 (GBP339,260) fine for the misdemeanour convictions. »

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Fiorentino's Boyfriend Arrested Over Pellicano Case

5 December 2008 8:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Linda Fiorentino's FBI agent boyfriend has been arrested after he was allegedly caught prying into confidential files about shamed private investigator-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano.

Agent Mark Rossini has been charged with five misdemeanour counts of illegally accessing FBI computers, during a six-month period in 2007, and has resigned.

According to the New York Post, Fiorentino - who has been dating Rossini for two years - is writing a screenplay about Pellicano, who has was convicted this summer of using illegal wire taps to find out information about Hollywood stars.

Chris Rock, Steven Seagal and Tom Cruise were among those Pellicano was accused of prying on, and Rock was called to testify at his star-studded trial, which resulted in his conviction in August.

Fiorentino, 50, has reportedly been interested in the case for a number of years, and contacted Pellicano's wife as early as 2005, in a bid to secure the movie rights.

Vanity Fair magazine writer John Connolly tells the New York Post he met Fiorentino that year, and helped arrange a meeting with Kat Pellicano - who he claims bizarrely revealed her husband was a fan of the Last Seduction actress and fantasised about having sex with her.

Washington D.C. news website Congressional Quarterly has quoted anonymous sources who allege Rossini agreed to confess his crime and resign, in return for misdemeanour charges, which will help him avoid a stiffer sentence. »

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More Sundance goodies, here's the genre stuff!

4 December 2008 1:01 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

First off, the best news, as I predicted (in private) Duncan Jones' Moon will be premiering, yay! The comedy Adventureland starring the talented Bill Hader is playing. The sweet kid soldier film Johnny Mad Dog is playing in the spectrum section, and the Jesco White story White Lightnin' which we reported on earlier is in the Park City at Midnight section.

But where the hell is Stingray Sam?

Full list after the break.

Premieres

* "Adventureland," directed and written by Greg Mottola, stars Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Bill Hader in the story of a college grad who gets a job at an amusement park. A Miramax release.

* "Brooklyn’s Finest," directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Michael C. Martin, a drama about three Brooklyn cops who come together at the same deadly location. With Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Ellen Barkin.

* "Earth Days," directed by Robert Stone, »

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Sundance's 2009 noncompetitive lineup

4 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Premieres

To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, this section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.

Adventureland / U.S. (Director-screenwriter: Greg Mottola)

In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader. World premiere

Brooklyn's Finest / U.S. (Director: Antoine Fuqua; screenwriter: Michael C. Martin)

After enduring vastly different career paths, three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin. World premiere

Earth Days / U.S. (Director: Robert Stone)

The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement. World premiere, closing-night film

Endgame / U.K. (Director: Pete Travis; screenwriter: Paula Milne)

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