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“The problem with being a fookin’ gun nut is that sooner or later somebody gets shot,” said Ringo Starr to filmmaker Vikram Jayanti, the subject of their conversation also being the subject of Jayanti’s sensational documentary, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector,” which finally gets a national U.S. release Tuesday night -- on BBC America.For some reason -- natural British reticence, perchance? -- the Beeb hasn’t been exploiting the obvious ties to David Mamet’s “Phil Spector,” recently shown on HBO and roundly blasted for its treatment of victim Lana Clarkson, the somebody (see Ringo) who got shot in Spector’s Alhambra mansion back in 2003 (and whom Spector was convicted, in 2009, of murdering). It was, in fact, Jayanti’s film that inspired Mamet, and which first raised the questions about Spector’s guilt that Mamet took to another level entirely. Jayanti’s film, a »


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