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Rapper sentenced for drugs

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Rapper Beanie Sigel has been sentenced to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to a narcotics possession charge in a Philadelphia suburb.

The Delaware County Daily Times says Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, entered the plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of illegal possession of Percocet, a painkiller.

Sigel has been behind bars since he was arrested Aug. 29 in Tinicum Township.

Sigel is also facing a two-year federal tax evasion sentence.

No more for now

Never say never again? Sam Mendes says he won’t be directing the next James Bond film – but may work on the series again in the future.

Mendes has been praised for his work on “Skyfall,” the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion.

But Mendes says he has made the “very difficult decision” to focus on other projects “that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.” They include upcoming London stage productions of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “King Lear.”

Tribeca fills out

Filmmakers including Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green and Whoopi Goldberg are bringing films to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

The New York festival announced the second half of its 89-film slate Wednesday, all in various out-of-competition sections. Some of the films, like Linklater’s “Before Midnight” and Green’s “Prince Avalanche,” will be continuing on the festival circuit after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Others, like Goldberg’s documentary “I Got Somethin’ to Tell You” on the comedian Moms Mabley, will be showing for the first time.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: TV personality Willard Scott is 79. Singer Peter Wolf is 67. Guitarist Ernie Isley is 61. Actor Bryan Cranston is 57. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 49. Actress Rachel Weisz is 42. Actress Jenna Fisher is 39. Actor TJ Thyne is 38. Actress Laura Prepon is 33.

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