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December 05, 2008

Day of reckoning for Boy George, O.J.


Aren't we all a little fatigued by those do-you-really-want-to-hurt-me jokes by now? Surely. But they're getting bandied about again today as word comes from a London court that Boy George has been convicted of imprisoning and beating a male escort. 

Never mind the "tumble 4 ya" asides. Sheesh.

The whole sordid tale, which took place in '07, involves handcuffs, nudie photos, paranoia, a metal chain and a disturbing lack of humanity. And it's not done yet -- sentencing is set for Jan. 16 and the Grammy-winning performer, formerly one of the most flamboyant and melodic drag queens around (pictured here in much better Culture Club days), is likely to go to jail.

Another day of reckoning for a famous face: O.J. Simpson has just been sentenced to at least 15 years in jail in Vegas for "taking his shiznit back," legally known as armed robbery.

He could be eligible for parole after six years in the slammer. Not nearly long enough.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

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