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Add Pellicano to the list of all-time Hollywood bombs

December 17, 2008 | 12:57 pm


Can we finally call the Pellicano case a big bust? Patrick Goldstein thinks so on the Big Picture Blog:

It ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. After years of breathless coverage in every newspaper and magazine known to man, Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison for running an illegal wiretapping operation that dug up dirt--or at least tried to unearth dirty laundry--on a host of prominent Hollywood celebrities and industry insiders. A longtime private investigator who engaged in everything from wiretapping to computer fraud, Pellicano was supposed to bring down half of Hollywood with him. But after years of titillating speculation, the story was a bust. The news of Pellicano's conviction didn't make the front page of my paper, which put the story on the front of the California section, next to a winter storm story, while the New York Times buried its brief news account on Page 3 of its business section.

If you think I'm exaggerating about the over-amped coverage, let's revisit the 10-page Vanity Fair story that ran in its June 2006 issue. After some scene-setting, it said: "No scandal in Hollywood history can compare to the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. Not the Fatty Arbuckle murder trials, of the 1920s, not the killing of Lana Turner's lover Johnny Stompanato, in 1958, not director Roman Polanski's statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, in 1977, not even the late-1970s 'Indecent Exposure' embezzlement scandal involving producer David Begelman."

Read the rest of the story here.