‘Dancing' racer vows to beat charges
Race car driver and “Dancing With The Stars” winner Helio Castroneves pleaded not guilty Friday to federal tax evasion charges and declared outside the courtroom that he would treat the case like a race against the Internal Revenue Service.
“I'm a race car driver,” the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner told reporters. “This is a very difficult situation. I'll be strong and I'll win this race.”
Castroneves, 33, spoke after his release on $10 million bail following a court appearance in which he was shackled in handcuffs and leg chains and was weeping.
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Castroneves then headed for a flight to Atlanta to participate in this weekend's Petit Le Mans race. Terms of his release allow him to travel for work in the United States.
A grand jury on Thursday indicted Castroneves on charges of conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion. He is accused of failing to report about $5.5 million in income between 1999 and 2004, according to court documents. Each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Cole out of hospital, feeling better
A representative for Natalie Cole says the Grammy-winning singer, who has hepatitis C, is resting at her Los Angeles home after being released from the hospital this week.
Publicist Maureen O'Connor says Cole is “feeling a lot better.”
The 58-year-old singer entered a New York City hospital Sept. 12 as a result of side effects from her medication and a heavy work schedule. O'Connor says Cole has been receiving kidney dialysis that isn't related to her struggle with hepatitis C, a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood.
Jones: Voice of a lifetime
James Earl Jones, who has voiced some of entertainment's most memorable characters, will receive the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award on Jan. 25.
SAG President Alan Rosenberg called Jones “a vocal presence without peer” and lauded his TV, film and stage work.
Jones, who said he was mute as a child because of a stuttering problem, credits reading with helping him find his voice.
Film result of political epiphany
When resistance is futile, comedy is inevitable. Laughter is the best, and often only, revenge against authority.
David Zucker has made a career out of skewering the powerful in film spoofs like “Airplane!” and the “Scary Movie” series. That principle remains intact with his new film “An American Carol,” but his definition of the powerful has shifted.
Zucker had a political epiphany after Sept. 11, and his new film is the public manifestation of it. Zucker is one of a group of conservative Republicans – 40 or so – who meet to discuss politics, policy and filmmaking.
“It's a little dramatic to say that it's secret,” Zucker said last week. “I don't think anybody goes around lying about it. But there have been these lunch meetings” where they “talk about things that aren't really talked about in the agency meetings and the pitch meetings and the studio meetings.”
Author Anne Rice, 67. Actress Susan Sarandon, 62. Producer Russell Simmons, 51. Singer Jon Secada, 47. Actor Liev Schreiber, 41. Actress Alicia Silverstone, 32. Actress Rachael Leigh Cook, 29.
This day in history Oct. 4.
1957: The Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit.
1970: Singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood, Calif., hotel room.