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Amazon Has Its First Original Movie

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson

(Newser) - Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie . The film, with the working title Chi-Raq, stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, DB Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq, which focuses... More »

Wesley Snipes Out of Prison for Tax Evasion

He'll serve remainder of term under house arrest

(Newser) - Wesley Snipes is a free man again, relatively speaking. The actor has been released from prison and moved to house arrest in New York City, reports TMZ . He had been serving a three-year sentence since December 2010 for failure to pay about $7 million in federal taxes from 1999 to... More »

13 Stars With Major Tax Issues

Yep, Lindsay Lohan has tax problems, too

(Newser) - You'd think, with all their fame, fortune, and presumed ability to hire a legion of accountants, celebrities would be able to stay on top of their taxes. But these 13 stars, rounded up by Fox News , prove that's not always the case:
  • Lionel Richie: Reportedly owes the federal
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Supreme Court Turns Down Snipes' Appeal

Wesley Snipes continues to serve 3-year sentence for tax evasion

(Newser) - The Supreme Court refused to hear actor Wesley Snipes' latest appeal to get his conviction and prison sentence on tax charges overturned. Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns, and started a three-year term in a federal minimum security prison... More »

Inside Wesley Snipes' Life Behind Bars

He's scheduled to enter prison today to serve a 3-year sentence

(Newser) - Wesley Snipes enters prison in Pennsylvania today to serve a three-year sentence for tax evasion—and though the minimum-security McKean prison camp isn't exactly a five-star resort, it's not as bad as it could be. The AP gives details on what his life will be like:
  • No fences: But he
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Wesley Snipes Ordered to Jail

Judge rejects request for new trial

(Newser) - Wesley Snipes has been ordered to report to jail to begin serving his three-year sentence for tax evasion . A judge rejected the Blade star's request for a new trial, reports the BBC . "The defendant Snipes had a fair trial," he wrote. "The time has come for the... More »

Wesley Snipes Heading to Prison

Appeals panel upholds 3-year sentence on tax charges

(Newser) - A federal appeals panel has upheld a three-year prison sentence on federal tax charges for film star Wesley Snipes. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta concluded that the judge properly sentenced Snipes, who was convicted in 2008 of three counts of willful failure to file his returns. His... More »

10 Celebs With Tax Problems

Making bundles of cash doesn't guarantee you won't evade

(Newser) - Not too many of us are celebrating Tax Day, but some celebrities are probably even less happy about it than you. The Frisky rounds up 10 who owe back taxes:
  • Pamela Anderson: Perhaps Dancing With the Stars will help her pay some of the $493,144 she owes California.
  • Wesley
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Brooklyn's Finest a Clichéd Mess

Good acting, directing can't rescue ridiculous script

(Newser) - Brooklyn’s Finest, the latest from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, is “a billy-club sandwich: three cop dramas piled one on top of the other, separated by layers of dramatic cheese," writes Ty Burr of the Boston Globe . About an hour in, “you hit gristle.” Sound... More »

What If I Don't Feel Like Filing?

Christopher Beam explores the potential evader's options

(Newser) - With millions of Americans enduring long lines at the post office today to file their tax returns, Christopher Beam of Slate can’t help wonder: What would happen if you simply didn’t file? The answer is probably not much—7 million Americans declined to file last year, and only... More »

Snipes Gets 3 Years in Prison

Judge gives actor maximum sentence in federal tax case

(Newser) - A Florida judge today sentenced Wesley Snipes to the maximum 3 years in federal prison for failing to file his taxes, WESH-TV of Orlando reports. Snipes received no fine, though he could have been hit for $5 million. During sentencing, the judge noted the actor's long history of ignoring tax... More »

Denzel, Others Go to Bat for Snipes

He's a 'mighty oak,' judge told; sentencing in tax case tomorrow

(Newser) - Wesley Snipes is not merely an actor trying to get out of a jail sentence on tax charges. He is a "mighty oak," says Denzel Washington. "True citizen of the world," says Woody Harrelson. "Goodness in his heart," says Judge Joe Brown. Snipes is... More »

Top 10 Celebrity Tax Troubles

Wesley Snipes, Willie Nelson (among others) no strangers to the IRS

(Newser) - Tax day can be a hassle, but at least most of us don't have to worry about the glare of the media spotlight, too. Access Hollywood rounds up the top 10 celebrity tax controversies.
  1. Damon Dash: New York State billed the music mogul $2 million.
  2. Joe Francis: Girls Gone Wild
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Wesley Snipes Escapes Fraud Charges, But...

Actor faces up to 3 years for failing to file tax returns

(Newser) - Wesley Snipes is off the hook for tax fraud—but a federal jury in Florida today convicted him on 3 counts of failing to file returns, the Los Angeles Times reports. For the misdemeanors, the actor faces up to 3 years in prison, but he escaped a possible 13 more.... More »

IRS Takes on Action Star Snipes in Court

Tax fraud conviction could net actor up to 16 years in slammer

(Newser) - Action movie star Wesley Snipes tomorrow faces his toughest opponent yet: the IRS in a Florida court. Snipes could face up to 16 years in prison if he's convicted of failing to report the $37.9 million he earned between 1999 and 2004, and filing for $11.3 million in... More »

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