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“Nanny: TV movie inspired her claim in Smith case - Tampa Bay Online” plus 2 more

“Nanny: TV movie inspired her claim in Smith case - Tampa Bay Online” plus 2 more

Nanny: TV movie inspired her claim in Smith case - Tampa Bay Online

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 04:53 PM PDT

Published: September 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES - A nanny whose credibility has come under attack by defense lawyers in the Anna Nicole Smith drug trial testified today that a movie inspired her previous claim that she saw two defendants melt pills in a spoon and inject the former Playboy model with the liquid.

Nadine Alexie said she did see a spoon being taken into a bathroom with Smith but did not see any drugs being melted or injected by defendants Howard K. Stern or Khristine Eroshevich.

"Did you tell police you got the idea of melting pills from a movie you'd seen?" Eroshevich's lawyer Brad Brunon asked.

"Yes," Alexie said. "I saw that on TV."

Stern, Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor have pleaded not guilty to providing Smith excessive opiates and sedatives. They are not charged with causing her overdose death in 2007.

Today's court session began with Superior Court Judge Robert Perry giving lawyers a lecture outside the jury's presence about the importance of ethics in a trial.

The remarks came on the heels of a blowup Tuesday over a claim by Stern's lawyer, Steve Sadow, that Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose had encouraged Alexie to commit perjury.

The dispute involved testimony by Alexie that she had taught her sister-in-law Quethlie Alexie to recognize Stern's name on prescription bottles, even though Quethlie reads no English.

Sadow suggested Rose had encouraged Nadine Alexie to fabricate the story to explain her sister-in-law's statements on the witness stand that she had seen Stern's name on the bottles.

Nadine Alexie said she had met privately with Rose before she took the witness stand and "she just asked me did I ever have my sister learn anything. I told her yes I did."

Alexie said there was no mention of Stern during the discussion.

After Alexie left the witness stand, prosecutors called sheriff's computer expert Melinda Clark to identify photographs found in the hard drive of Smith's computers at her Bahamas home after her death.

The prosecution offered the photos to bolster their claim that Eroshevich crossed the line between being Smith's psychiatrist and her friend when she prescribed medications for Smith.

Two pictures shown to jurors depicted Smith and Eroshevich naked in a bathtub together. The judge had a black box placed over intimate parts of their bodies.

In one photo, the women are hugging and smiling for the camera. The second picture was difficult to see because of lighting.

There have been no indications of a sexual relationship between the women, and the judge previously characterized the photos as appearing playful.

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Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases - Kansas City Star

Posted: 29 Sep 2010 05:15 AM PDT

Los Angeles Times

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.


"Altiplano" - When remnants of long-ago silver mining bring illness and death to a Peruvian village, locals mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in the mountains. With Magaly Solier, Jasmin Tabatabai and Olivier Gourmet. Written and directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth. (1:49) NR.

"Barry Munday" - A suburban wannabe ladies man finds it takes losing his manhood to be a better man. With Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Chloe Sevigny, Jean Smart, Cybill Shepherd, Christopher McDonald, Billy Dee Williams and Malcolm McDowell. Screenplay by Chris D'Arienzo, based on a novel by Frank Turner Hollon. Directed by D'Arienzo. (1:34) R.

"Case 39" - A social worker's efforts to save a 10-year-old girl take a terrifying turn. With Renee Zellweger, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper. Written by Ray Wright. Directed by Christian Alvart. (1:49) R.

"Freakonomics" - A documentary expose debunking conventional wisdom of everything and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions. Written (in segments) by Peter Bull and Alex Gibney; Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock; Eugene Jarecki; Seth Gordon; Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Based on the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Directed (segments) by Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki and Seth Gordon. (1:25) PG-13.

"The Freebie" - A sexually frustrated couple experiments with one night of carousing to spice up their life. With Dax Shepard and Kathryn Aselton. Written and directed by Aselton. (1:20) R.

"The Girl" - The story of a 10-year-old girl left alone in her countryside house in summer 1981. With Blanca Engstrom, Shanti Roney and Annika Hallin. Screenplay by Karin Arrhenius. Directed by Fredrik Edfeldt. In Swedish with English Subtitles. (1:35) NR.

"Hatchet II" - Deformed swamp-dweller Victor Crowley is back terrorizing the Louisiana swamplands. With Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder and A.J. Bowen. Written and directed by Adam Green. (1:29) NR (horror, violence).

"Howl" - The story of how Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. With James Franco, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. (1:30) NR.

"Let Me In" - A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. With Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elias Koteas. Screenplay by Matt Reeves, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and film by Tomas Alfredson. Directed by Reeves. R.

"The Social Network" - The journey of Mark Zuckerberg, from Harvard student to the world's youngest billionaire as co-founder of Facebook. With Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by David Fincher. (2 hrs.) PG-13.

"The Temptation of St. Tony" - A midlevel manager finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life. With Taavi Eelmaa, Ravshana Kurkova, Tiina Tauraite, Sten Ljunggren and Denis Lavant. Written and directed by Veiko Ounpuu. In Estonian, Russian, French and English with English subtitles. (1:50) NR.


"Alpha and Omega" - Two mismatched young wolves must work together to make the long journey home to prevent war in their wolf packs. With the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper and Larry Miller. Written by Steve Moore and Christopher Denk. Directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck. (1:28) PG.

"The American" - An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. With George Clooney, Thekla Reuten and Bruce Altman. Written by Rowan Joffe. Directed by Anton Corbijn. (1:45) R.

"Despicable Me" - An evil villian's plans to steal the moon are upended when he encounters a trio of orphaned girls. With the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. (1:35) PG.

"Devil" - The devil is among a group of people trapped in an elevator. With Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O'Hara, Bokeem Woodbine and Jacob Vargas. Screenplay by Brian Nelson. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. (1:20) PG-13.

"Easy A" - When her life begins to parallel Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," a clean-cut high-school girl uses the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. With Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka and Stanley Tucci. Written by Bert V. Royal. Directed by Will Gluck. (1:32) PG-13.

"Eat Pray Love" - A newly divorced woman embarks on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. Starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup and Javier Bardem. Screenplay by Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt, based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert. Directed by Murphy. (2:13) PG-13.

"The Expendables" - A group of mercenaries encounters betrayal and deceit when hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke. Screenplay by David Callaham and Stallone. Directed by Stallone. (1:43) R.

"Get Low" - A mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit throws his own rollicking funeral party while still alive. With Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and Lucas Black. Screenplay by Chris Provenzano and C. Gabby Mitchell. Directed by Aaron Schneider. (1:42) PG-13.

"Inception" - In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. In IMAX. (2:28) PG-13.

"The Last Exorcism" - A conniving priest's faith is tested when he faces the devil in one last exorcism of a young girl. With Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell. Written by Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland. Directed by Daniel Stamm. (1:30) PG-13.

"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" - A young owl must gather a mythic band of winged warriors to fight the evil army and save the owl kingdom. With voices of Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving. Screenplay by John Orloff and Emil Stern, based on the book series by Kathryn Lasky. Directed by Zack Snyder. In IMAX 3D. (1:30) PG.

"Machete" - An ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. With Danny Trejo, Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Lindsay Lohan. Directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez. (1:45) R.

"Nanny McPhee Returns" - Magical governess Nanny McPhee returns to rein in unruly cousins at a family farm during the war. With Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans and Maggie Smith. Screenplay by Emma Thompson. Directed by Susanna White. (1:49) PG.

"The Other Guys" - Two mismatched New York City detectives find themselves stepping into the limelight of the top cops they idolize. With Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson. Written by Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Directed by McKay. (1:47) PG-13.

"Resident Evil: Afterlife" - The search for survivors of a deadly zombie transforming virus leads to a deadly trap in Los Angeles. With Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Boris Kodjoe and Wentworth Miller. Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. In 3D. (1:36) R.

"Takers" - A group of bank robbers' perfectly executed crimes are interrupted by a hell-bent hardened detective. With Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Chris Brown and Hayden Christensen. Directed by John Luessenhop. (1:47) PG-13.

"The Town" - A bank manager unknowingly falls for the robber whose brother held her hostage in a recent heist. With Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper. Screenplay by Peter Craig, Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard. Directed by Affleck. (2:05) R.

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" - Gordon Gekko is released from prison into a brave new financial world. With Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella. Written by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff. Directed by Oliver Stone. (2:11) PG-13.

"You Again" - High-school rivalries rear their ugly heads for a PR exec and her mother during her brother's wedding. With Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber and Betty White. Written by Moe Jelline. Directed by Andy Fickman. (1:45) PG.

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