'Boy Next Door Killer' to get death penalty or life sentence
Nearly two years after a jury recommended execution for a man prosecutors called “The Boy Next Door Killer,” a judge is set to hand down a sentence Friday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler will choose between a death sentence and life in prison without the possibility of parole for Michael Thomas Gargiulo, 45, who was convicted in August 2019 of the home-invasion murders of two women and the attempted murder of a third.news.yahoo.com
Super Bowl commercials: Winners and losers from the big game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren't the only winners of Super Bowl LV on Sunday, with a handful of advertisements scoring points in the annual brand showcase. Among the most effective commercials, according to Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management: Amazon's humorous Alexa ad and Chipotle's spot about environmentally friendly agriculture. The spot succeeded because it provided a clear, on-brand message, the Kellogg School said. But overall, this year's crop of ads wasn't particularly distinctive, relying on "safe ads with light humor," according to Kellogg School business professor Tim Calkins. Its rating system also gave high marks to Amazon's Alexa ad and M&M's spot featuring actor Dan Levy.cbsnews.com
Super Bowl ads to watch: Sexy Alexa, Dan Levy’s M&M habit
It might not have seemed likely early in the pandemic, but the 55th Super Bowl Sunday is upon us yet again. Amazon shows off a sexy new body for its Alexa assistant, Dan Levy apologizes for eating M&M's and Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade makes a downpour of lemons a metaphor for 2020's troubles. AdInspiration4 “ Join Us "In what is surely a first in Super Bowl history, an ad for Inspiration4, a SpaceX supported all-civilian space mission touts a chance for viewers to join the mission. Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” apologizes to the M&M anthropomorphic characters that are Super Bowl mainstays and says he promises not to “eat any more of their friends." And E-Trade, famous for the talking baby ads it ran in the Super Bowl from 2008 until they “retired" in 2014, is back in the big game with an undisclosed ad.
Super Bowl ads aim to comfort and connect
NEW YORK – Super Bowl ads each year offer a snapshot of the American psyche. The chance to break into the psyche and (virtual) watercooler talk of an estimated 100 million viewers who will be watching the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl LV on Sunday. This year’s Super Bowl will showcase more than 20 first-time advertisers — more than double the 8 from last year if you exclude campaign ads, according to a tally by research firm iSpot. It’s a bellwether when a brand can afford the estimated $5.5 million cost-of-entry for a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl. In stark contrast to last year's Super Bowl, which featured campaign ads from both Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg, politics is out of sight this year.
Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s Show' actor Masterson
Attorney Tom Mesereau entered the plea for the 44-year-old actor, who was not in court, to three charges of rape by force or fear. Prosecutors allege that he raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003, all at his Hollywood Hills home. Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau entered the plea for Masterson, who was not present in court, to three charges of rape by force or fear in Los Angeles County Superior Court. All of the alleged rapes happened at his Hollywood Hills home. The alleged rapes happened at the height of Masterson’s fame as he starred as Steven Hyde on Fox TV's retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006 alongside Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace.
'Two and a Half Men' star Conchata Ferrell dies at 77
FILE - Conchata Ferrell arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16, 2007, in Los Angeles. Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TVs Two and a Half Men, has died. A publicist says the actor died in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, with her family at her side. Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. She received two Emmy supporting actress Emmy nominations for “Two and a Half Men,” and a nod for her role as Susan Bloom on “L.A.
Actor Masterson's lawyer denies and denounces rape charges
Actor Danny Masterson, left, stands with his attorney, Thomas Mesereau as he is arraigned on rape charges at Los Angeles Superior Court, in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. “There have been repeated attempts to politicize this case,” said Mesereau, who also represented Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson in their sexual misconduct cases. “We want to do anything we can to tone down the cameras and the circus-like atmosphere that have pervaded this case," the attorney said. Despite dozens of investigations, most have led to no charges based on lack of evidence or too much time passing. He was removed from the Netflix show “The Ranch” in 2017 over the allegations that would eventually lead to the charges.
Celebs join Instagram 'freeze' to protest Facebook inaction
FILE - This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio are taking part in a 24-hour freeze Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Instagram to protest against the failure of the social media platform's parent company, Facebook, to tackle misinformation and hateful content. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
Celebs join Instagram 'freeze' to protest Facebook inaction
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 file photo, Kim Kardashian West speaks at the "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project" panel during the Oxygen TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington, in Pasadena, Calif. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio are taking part in a 24-hour freeze Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Instagram to protest against the failure of the social media platform's parent company, Facebook, to tackle misinformation and hateful content. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)LONDON – Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio are among celebrities taking part in a 24-hour Instagram “freeze” on Wednesday to protest against what they say is parent company Facebook's failure to tackle violent and hateful content and election misinformation. The movement asks people to put up a message highlighting what they called the damage Facebook does but otherwise refrain from posting on Instagram for a day. With 188 million followers, Kardashian West is one of the most influential people on Instagram and support from her and other big names for the boycott saw Facebook shares slide in aftermarket trading late Tuesday.
Jury recommends death penalty for "The Hollywood Ripper"
A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man dubbed "The Hollywood Ripper" after he was found guilty of two murders and attempted murder. Gargiulo showed no reaction as the court clerk read the death sentence at the brief hearing. Defense attorneys and a psychologist said in court that Gargiulo has dissociative personality disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. The Hollywood Ripper on TrialProsecutors, who did not talk to reporters after the hearing, called Gargiulo "The Boy Next Door Killer" because he lived near all the victims. Ellerin's mother and other victims' family members also testified during the penalty phase.cbsnews.com
'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of murdering 2 women, including Ashton Kutcher's date
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury found a man nicknamed the Hollywood Ripper guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including actor Ashton Kutchers date, and attempting to murder a third victim during a seven-year span. The Los Angeles County Superior Court panel will next consider whether Gargiulo was sane at the time of the crimes, in proceedings to begin on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Michael Gargiulo sits in court during his murder trial in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019. The jury also found him guilty of using a knife to kill his neighbor, Maria Bruno, in 2005. FILE PHOTO: A prosecution slide is shown in court in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019.feeds.reuters.com
'Hollywood Ripper' Found Guilty of Murders
Jurors have found the man known as the "Hollywood Ripper" guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of two women, as well as guilty of premeditated attempted murder in the attempted killing of another. Michael Gargiulo, 43, showed zero emotion when the guilty verdicts came in Thursday afternoon in a trial that riveted Los Angeles. On Feb. 22, 2001, Gargiulo killed Ashley Ellerin, 22, in her Hollywood home. He was found guilty of killing 32-year-old Maria Bruno in 2005 and attempting to kill Michelle Murphy in 2008. Sharon Tates Sister Says She Narrowly Avoided Death in Manson Murders
Man found guilty of murdering two women, including Ashton Kutcher's date
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury found a man nicknamed the Hollywood Ripper guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including a date of actor Ashton Kutcher, and attempting to murder a third victim. FILE PHOTO: Michael Gargiulo sits in court during his murder trial in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019. Ellerin was one of the women Gargiulo was convicted of murdering. The jury also found him guilty of using a knife to murder Los Angeles-area woman Maria Bruno and attempting to murder a third woman, Michelle Murphy, who survived a stabbing. Gargiulos lawyers have argued their client suffered from a mental disorder that left him in a confusing fugue state during the attack on Murphy, the Los Angeles Times reported.feeds.reuters.com
'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of 2 counts of murder
Gargiulo was convicted Aug. 15, 2019, on(CNN) - A California jury found Michael Gargiulo, aka the "Hollywood Ripper," guilty Thursday of the murders of two women and the attempted murder of another. The trial surrounding what became known as Hollywood Ripper killings began in Los Angeles in May, as lawyers for the prosecution and the defense framed their arguments. The 43-year-old was charged with the murders of Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno, in addition to the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy in 2008. Defense attorney Daniel Nardoni argued prosecutors had no evidence to link Gargiulo to Ellerin's murder. Gargiulo was also linked to the murder of Bruno, whose ex-husband discovered her mutilated body in 2005, KABC said.
Michael Gargiulo found guilty of murder and attempted murder in "Hollywood Ripper" trial
The verdict in the "Hollywood Ripper" murder trial was read on Thursday with the jury finding Michael Gargiulo guilty of two murders and guilty of one attempted murder in California. Prosecutors accused 43-year-old Gargiulo of murdering three women including 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was friendly with Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher. On Thursday, the jury unanimously found Gargiulo guilty of first degree murder in the murders of Ellerin and Maria Bruno. The jury also found Gargiulo guilty of the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy. Prosecutors also argued Gargiulo killed his neighbor while living in Illinois in 1993.cbsnews.com
"Hollywood Ripper" trial: Michael Gargiulo found guilty of murder and attempted murder
The "Hollywood Ripper" murder trial verdict was read Thursday with the jury finding Michael Gargiulo guilty of two murders and guilty of one attempted murder in California. Prosecutors accused 43-year-old Gargiulo of murdering three women including Ashley Ellerin, 22, who was friendly with Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher. The jury unanimously found Gargiulo guilty of first degree murder in the murders of Ellerin and Maria Bruno. The jury also found Gargiulo guilty of the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy. Prosecutors also argued Gargiulo killed his neighbor while living in Illinois in 1993.cbsnews.com
Jury convicts man dubbed 'Boy Next Door Killer' of 2 murders
Gargiulo sat in court in a lavender dress shirt and slacks with eight sheriff's deputies standing behind him. While some media outlets referred to him as "The Hollywood Ripper," prosecutors dubbed him the "Boy Next Door Killer." "Those similarities point to one man, one killer: Michael Gargiulo," Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron said during closing arguments. The defense relied heavily on the lack of forensic or eyewitness evidence putting Gargiulo at the scenes of the killings. "I remember the next day, after I heard about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, 'My fingerprints are on the door,'" Kutcher testified.chicagotribune.com
Defense: Kutcher testimony supports doubt in murder trial
Kutcher was a few seasons into "That '70s Show" and had just starred in the film "Dude, Where's My Car?" The two last spoke at 8:24 p.m., when Kutcher testified that he told Ellerin he was running late and Ellerin told him she had just gotten out of the shower. Nardoni told jurors that Ellerin's apartment manager, an aspiring actor, testified that he was having a sexual relationship with her, and was in the house when Kutcher called. Nardoni told jurors the call could have made him angry and violent. Nardoni told jurors he did not need to prove that someone else killed Ellerin, only to establish that another possible suspect could cast reasonable doubt on Gargiulo's guilt.chicagotribune.com
Prosecutor: Killings of women were clearly work of same man
Murphy was the first witness jurors heard in the three-month trial, which also included the testimony of Ashton Kutcher, who was 23 when he was supposed to have drinks with fashion-design student Ashley Ellerin on the night she was stabbed to death at her Hollywood home at age 22 in 2001. Kutcher testified that he arrived very late, looked through Ellerin's window and saw stains that he assumed were spilled wine, and left because he thought she had gone out without him.chicagotribune.com
"48 Hours" Live to Tell: Trafficked
"48 Hours" Live to Tell: Trafficked A 15-year-old runs away in search of love only to be held captive by a sex trafficker and Ashton Kutcher opens up about what he’s doing to stop kids from being exploited. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports.cbsnews.com
Mila Kunis gushes over fiance Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis gushes over fiance Ashton Kutcher Actress Mila Kunis lovingly praises her husband-to-be Ashton Kutcher in the new issue of W magazine. Plus, Halle Berry stars in "Extant" on CBS, starting Wednesday. Suzanne Marques has today's Eye on Entertainment.cbsnews.com