Today the same Santa Barbara jurors who last week convicted former West Hills drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood of kidnapping and murder began deliberations over his sentence. He could be sent to the death house in San Quentin for his part in ordering the abduction and execution of 15-year-old Nicho ... More >>
Jesse James Hollywood's six-week murder trial is winding down in the blink of an eye, when compared to the five years during which he was on the lam before being apprehended in Brazil. Hollywood was a 20-year-old West Hills marijuana dealer in 2000, when Nick Markowitz, the adolescent half brother o ... More >>
School Board to Cut $1.6B The LAUSD has voted to make deep cuts in a three-year budget, almost guaranteeing further layoffs and the elimination of summer school. L.A. TimesHollywood Denies Murder Former pot dealer and fugitive Jesse James Hollywood told a Santa Barbara jury he did not order the murd ... More >>
L.A. Observed has flagged for reader consideration Natasha Vargas-Cooper's courtroom coverage of Santa Barbara's Jesse James Hollywood Booking PhotoJesse James Hollywood trial. Writing in the Awl, Cooper explains that she had been junior high school friends with Nicholas Markowitz, with whom she'd g ... More >>
Actor and film/stage director Nick Cassavetes has told a Superior Court judge in Santa Barbara that he cannot turn over interview notes for his 2006 movie, Alpha Dog, to a prosecutor. According to the Associated Press, the director claimed he no longer has them. Alpha Dog, starring Bruce Will ... More >>
Including Alpha Dog, God Grew Tired of Us and Black Gold
Will the public get off? Or is it just studio masturbation?