Director John McTiernan’s appeal of a 12-month prison sentence for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal was rejected today by the federal appeals court for the 9th Circuit. The judge in the case had allowed McTiernan to remain free pending his appeal. Today’s decision, which you can read here, means that the director of Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October and other movies might have to begin serving his prison sentence at any time. McTiernan was sentenced in October 2010 after pleading guilty in July to two counts of making false statements to the FBI and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea. McTiernan lied about hiring Pellicano and the wiretapping of producer Chuck Roven while the filmmakers were shooting 2002′s Rollerball. In addition to the prison term, McTiernan was sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a total fine of $100,000. McTiernan appealed and that appeal was rejected today.