Newsmakers

There were months of fulminations about how Winona Ryder was the victim of a celebrity witch hunt--most of it from her lawyer, Mark Geragos. There were days of intense scrutiny of the cool Marc Jacobs outfits she wore to court. But there were just six hours of deliberation last week on charges stemming from her alleged shoplifting of $5,500 worth of clothes from Saks in Beverly Hills last December. Ryder was found guilty on felony counts of grand theft and vandalism--despite the eyebrow-raising presence on the jury of former Sony chief Peter Guber, who presided over three of Ryder's most-acclaimed movies. (She was acquitted on a third count of commercial burglary.) "Geragos had a difficult case to defend," says juror Walter Fox, "because the evidence was so glaring."

Ryder will be sentenced on Dec. 6, with the prosecutor pressing not for jail time, but probation, community service and restitution. The judge alone will make the call, but he'll no doubt be influenced by a report from the L.A. probation department. Sources tell NEWSWEEK it will likely recommend drug treatment and counseling and include "an extensive family history." (Her parents once ran a library dedicated to literature about mind-altering drugs.)

Ryder's career probably won't suffer--it's been in the dumps anyway, but she has a devout fan base. Two 15-year-old girls who wangled their way into the courtroom came out bearing letter-length autographs. "I wish you lots of love and peace," the actress wrote in bright orange marker. Many still wish her the same.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

He always said, "I'll be back." Not only will his cyborg return in next summer's "T3: Rise of the Machines," but a younger, Speedo-clad Schwarzenegger is back, on Cinemax this Friday in a 25th-anniversary showing of the documentary "Pumping Iron." Fresh from a victory at the California polls last week, with his initiative to fund after-school programs, Schwarzenegger talked to NEWSWEEK's David J. Jefferson.

When you look back at that muscle-bound 28-year-old with the shaggy haircut, what do you think?

First of all, I was never muscle-bound. I just watched the movie for the first time in years, and I'm reminded how our society in the early days condemned the sport of body-building. "Pumping Iron" was the beginning of body-building catching on as something hip: you know, you'd have Andy Warhol and Jackie Kennedy coming to the events. Now, 25 years later, you have the most staggering turnaround. No matter what billboard you look at, it's all giant guys with six-packs and pumped deltoids. The women, too. There's not one single athlete today that does not lift weights. Even the golfers lift weights.

Which was more nerve-racking: waiting for the election results last Tuesday , or waiting for the judge's results in the Mr. Olympia contest?

In body-building you can see the reaction from the judges, whereas here you have the exit polls at noon and they say you're even, then at 5 you are 15 points behind, then at 8 o'clock you get a call saying we're six points ahead. It's a roller-coaster ride.

You've heard the speculation that in the 2006 California governor's race, it'll be you against Rob Reiner, the Terminator vs. Meathead?

I would say it's the most boring question that you have asked today. It's very presumptuous to assume that either one of us is going to run. I would never answer this question because Rob Reiner is a very good friend of mine. He contributed $5,000 to my campaign, and I've supported him when he was campaigning on his things.

You Want Fries With That?

In this economy, you never know whom you'll find slinging burgers at McDonald's. At least tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams had an excuse last week in L.A.--they'd just signed a deal to promote the fast-food empire. Though by the looks of them, the sisters don't actually eat many Big Macs.