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Country singer Gentry charged in bear killing

Troy Lee Gentry, of the country singing duo Montgomery Gentry, is accused of killing a tame black bear that federal officials say he tagged as killed in the wild. Gentry, 39, of Franklin, Tenn., and Lee Marvin Greenly, 46, of Sandstone, Minn., appeared Tuesday before US Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson in connection with a sealed indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis. Authorities allege Gentry bought the bear from Greenly, a hunting guide, then killed it with a bow and arrow on Greenly's property in October 2004. Falsely tagging an animal as being killed in the wild is a violation of the federal Lacey Act. Gentry allegedly paid about $4,650 for the bear. The bear's death was videotaped, with the tape edited so Gentry appeared to kill the animal in a ``fair chase" hunting situation, the government alleges. If convicted, Gentry and Greenly face a maximum five-year prison term and a $20,000 fine.

Rapper's shooting story full of holes
Investigators don't believe Beanie Sigel was robbed and shot a block from his boyhood home three months ago, as the rapper claimed at the time, a detective said. ``No one believes him. We don't believe he was shot where he said he was shot," Detective Tracy Byard told the Philadelphia Daily News in yesterday's editions. ``There's a million and one holes in his story." The 32-year-old rapper told police on May 25 that he was boxed in by two cars and then surrounded by several men. He was robbed of a watch and a chain worth $75,000 and $3,000 in cash, and then shot in the shoulder, according to the rapper's account. But police said no one witnessed the shooting or heard any gunshots, nor were any shell casings recovered. ``We knocked on at least 30 doors in that area, and no one heard a thing," Byard said. Sigel's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said police were ``having a tough time swallowing the fact that he's a victim" because of the rapper's prior criminal charges.

Lee's film refocuses on New Orleans
Spike Lee is not hiding his anger about the devastation in New Orleans and the government's slow response. He hopes his documentary on the subject will bring attention back to the region, where it's needed, he said yesterday. ``People are still in dire straits. We want to put the focus back here," Lee said at a news conference with historian Douglas Brinkley and HBO officials. Titled ``When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," the film was to premiere last night at the New Orleans Arena. Organizers said they expected anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 people. The film will air in two two-hour segments on HBO Monday and Tuesday night. It also will be shown in its entirety Aug. 29, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall.

Depp and Burton team up again
Actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton, known for such offbeat films as ``Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and ``Sleepy Hollow," will team up again to make ``Sweeney Todd," based on Stephen Sondheim's award-winning stage musical, the DreamWorks movie studio said yesterday. Depp often brings an eccentric edge to his roles, like the swishy pirate captain Jack Sparrow in the current hit ``Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," and Burton has created some of the movies' strangest characters , like the shrub pruning monster in ``Edward Scissorhands," played by Depp. In ``Sweeney Todd," set for 2007, Depp will play the murderous barber who seeks his own brand of razor-slashing revenge against a judge who wrongfully imprisoned him.

Paltrow ready for lights, camera, action
Gwyneth Paltrow, on hiatus from acting for more than two years, is ready to get back to work. ``For a long time, I thought, `I've done it. I've done what I wanted to do. I'm not interested. I just want to be home with my family,' " the 33-year-old actress tells Harper's Bazaar in its September issue, on newsstands Tuesday. ``I had no spark for work, but I feel the feeling coming back. And I'm excited about the prospect. I want to do something kind of fun. I don't want to do anything depressing or mad. I want to do a really great, funny, weird character." Paltrow, who won a best actress Oscar for 1998's ``Shakespeare in Love," stars in ``Running With Scissors," based on Augusten Burroughs's best-selling memoir. The film opens Oct. 11. She has a 2-year-old daughter, Apple, and 4-month-old son, Moses, with husband Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay.

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