Well, the Pellicano case gets deeper ... and deeper ... and now, a pretty well-known director may be going to the pokey because of it. Infamous 'Private Eye to the Stars' Anthony Pellicano has already served 2.5 years for possession of illegal weapons; Yahoo reports that he's also facing an 111-count indictment for wiretapping, bribing police and other illegal activities in the pursuit of his craft. On Judge Dale S. Fischer heard arguments regarding an earlier guilty plea entered by director John McTiernan -- of Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October fame (and Rollerball infamy) -- when faced with the serious charge of lying to an FBI agent as part of the bureau's ongoing investigation into Pellicano. McTiernan earlier claimed he only retained Pellicano during his divorce; it turns out that McTiernan also hired Pellicano to wiretap an associate during the making of Rollerball.

McTiernan was hoping to withdraw his guilty plea, based in part on his state at the time he answered FBI inquiries -- claiming that he had just taken a long plane flight, was taking antibiotics for a sinus infection and had just ceased taking anti-depressant medication. Well, Judge Fischer isn't having any of it -- and hit McTiernan with not only an $100,000 fine but also a four-month jail sentence. McTiernan has until Jan. 15th to turn himself into authorities -- it's not as if he did a perp-walk while cuffed straight to the paddy wagon -- and his counsel says that McTiernan will appeal. The question to me is if McTiernan will actually see the inside of a cell; we all know that famous people don't, technically, do time -- but, technically, is a director famous? Stay here at Cinematical for more. ...