Peretz's investigation into the scandalous story broadens from the celebrity focus in the bribery and cheating scandal and focuses on a quixotic group of privileged LA families - the non celebrities - caught in the now infamous criminal web. Peretz has previously covered private school culture in her articles on Georgetown Prep, Marlborough, and Miss Porter's school. The article leans into the socially complex dynamics between families as well as their relationships with the private high schools their children attend. Peretz exposes the inner workings of the schools and communities that enabled privileged parents to believe they were acting in their children's best interests by breaking the law.
There are others working on telling this story for the small screen. Annapurna Television in May optioned rights to Accepted, an upcoming book by Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz, for a limited series with DV Devincentis writing.
The criminal conspiracy certainly caught the country by storm, partly because of the brazen nature exhibited by entitled parents willing to pay high prices to cheat their kids into elite schools including USC and UCLA. Such prominent industry figures as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were indicted as part of the bribery scheme. Huffman pleaded guilty to her role in the scandal and wrote an open letter of apology and contrition; Loughlin and her fashion designer husband pleaded not guilty, and the former When Calls the Heart star also is facing a money-laundering charge.
On March 12, the FBI unsealed a wide-ranging indictment in the scheme involving wehy parents allegedly buying their children's way into elite universities. The feds said a group of 33 parents combined to pay millions in bribes to coaches at such top schools as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and USC so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes — even if they weren't actually athletes. Also among those charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud is Bill McGlashan, the founder and managing partner of TPG Growth, who since has left the board of STX Entertainment and resigned from TPG.
Conan O'Brien poked fun at the college admissions scandal during Thursday's episode of Conan.
In March 2019, 40 people including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged in a nationwide college entrance exam scandal. Those indicted allegedly paid millions in bribes to get their children into elite colleges.
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Conan's pre-recorded bit opened with CNN's Jake Tapper reporting that O'Brien had been accused of bribing his son Dustin's way into The Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach, despite the fact that his son is not a mutant.
The mock news coverage continued with a clip of O'Brien being followed by reporters. "This is ridiculous. Of course he's a mutant. He's my son," he angrily shouted.
CNN then spoke to the institution's founder, X-Men character Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X. "His application seemed perfectly fine to me," he said. "Ability to fly, telekinesis." He did add that he should have been suspicious of a poorly photoshopped photo of Dustin on LeBron James' body playing basketball.
The professor added that Dustin had no mutant powers and was "far from extraordinary." The sentiment was accompanied by clips of students practicing magic, while Dustin simply made a pencil roll by blowing at it.
The press continued to follow O'Brien around throughout the clip. "I did what any parent would do," he said.
Tapper reported that the TBS late-night host paid Dean Otis Bachmeier $200,000 to get Dustin admitted into the school. When the dean was approached by the press, he said, "I help lots of people. I can't remember all the names."
While O'Brien denied ever speaking to Bachmeier, Tapper played a recording of the phone conversation in which the bribe was confirmed. Throughout the phone call, the host very blatantly explained the bribe and announced their identities. When the dean asked him to be more discreet, O'Brien responded, "Nothing can happen to me. I'm a celebrity."
Tapper concluded the segment by questioning if O'Brien would serve time in prison for the bribe, as well as if his son would continue to play for the school's basketball team despite his lack of skills.
"What a jerk," Tapper said of O'Brien.
Watch the full bit below.
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Bodyguard's Keeley Hawes is to star in a British crime drama written by Our Girl and Vanity Fair writer Gwyneth Hughes for ITV. Honour is to be exec produced by Peter Kosminsky.
The two-parter will see Hawes star as the real-life detective who brought five killers to justice in the true story of Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man. It tells the powerful story of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode's passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Banaz.
Richard Laxton Mrs Wilson will direct the drama, which is produced by Liza Marshall's Hera Pictures, which is making medical thriller Temple for Sky, and Hawes' indie Buddy Club. Hawes will exec produce with Kosminsky, Marshall and Hughes. Alliea Nazar will produce. It was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
Filming will begin in September.
Hawes said, “It is a privilege to be working on Honour as Buddy Club’s first ever project. In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject. Banaz Mahmod’s story, and DCI Goode's subsequent investigation, is certainly one that needs to be told and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Hughes said, “Banaz Mahmod met her brutish death on the orders of her own father and uncle, which I find profoundly unsettling. That this story is ultimately so uplifting is down to the sheer heroism and dedication of the police officers who hunted down her killers. Caroline Goode and her team felt real love for this girl they'd never met. I found their unusual warmth and humanity deeply moving.”
“Gwyn’s scripts beautifully and sensitively tell the story of DCI Caroline Goode’s investigation into the tragic murder of Banaz Mahmod. I am proud to work with Liza and Hera Pictures, to bring this important story to screen on ITV,” added Hill.
“At Hera Pictures we are committed to telling stories about remarkable women, so I feel privileged to bring Gwyneth's sensitive and skilful script to screen and to shine a light on the bravery of Banaz and Caroline's dedication to achieving justice for her. I am delighted that Polly and the team at ITV share our passion for this story and we couldn't have hoped for a better actress than Keeley to take on this role,” added Marshall.
Has Luke been getting bigger? Has R2-D2 been getting smaller? Is somebody not great with Photoshop? These are questions Mark Hamill has raised in regards to a photo from the recent Vanity Fair cover story for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The photo in question seems normal enough on its own, but when compared side-by-side with a photo from the original trilogy, it does raise an interesting question.
One of the most intriguing photos from the Vanity Fair Rise of Skywalker spread sees Luke alongside his old pal R2-D2. The two are set against a fiery background and, given Luke's fate at the end of The Last Jedi, it raises some questions.
But Mark Hamill has some questions of his own. When this photo is placed next to a photo of Luke from A New Hope, also with R2-D2, there appears to be a size discrepancy. Here's what Hamill had to say about it in a post on Twitter.
"Then vs Now: Have I been growing taller over the years or has R2D2 just been shrinking? You decide! #LargerLukeTheory #DiminutiveDroidTheory"
Not that this is meant to be taken seriously, but let's have some fun with it, shall we? The odds of R2-D2 shrinking seem far less likely in this scenario. At least if we're talking about the in-universe R2 unit and not the actual various R2 units that are built for the movies. So, more likely, somehow, Luke has gotten bigger, if we're running with the relative size of both figures in comparison to one another as accurate. Maybe all of that time in exile, drinking that green milk and eating those big space fish gave Luke a little bit of extra bulk? That is, if one of them has actually changed in size over the years.
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Truthfully, it's more likely that this is just a result of the composition of the photos, or perhaps some Photoshop work that makes it appear as though Luke is bigger, or that R2 is smaller, in the more recent photo. It's highly unlikely that director J.J. Abrams consciously decided to significantly change the size of either character. Whatever the case, Mark Hamill couldn't resist having at least a little bit of fun with it.
The far more interesting question here is, how is Luke going to come back in this movie? The photo doesn't make him look like a Force ghost. He looks like Luke in the flesh. Since he died at the end of The Last Jedi, a Force ghost seemed to be his most likely path of return. Could he actually be resurrected somehow? Will this photo be part of a flashback? We have far more questions than answers right now. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to arrive in theaters on December 20. Feel free to check out the post from Mark Hamill's Twitter account below.
THEN vs NOW:Have I been growing taller over the years or has R2D2 just been shrinking?YOU DECIDE! #LargerLukeTheory#DiminutiveDroidTheorypic.twitter.com/C2n12YV8Hr
Well, Aunt Becky really stepped in it this time. If you’re somehow not already in the loop, actress Lori Loughlin - known for such wholesome projects as Full House, the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart, and basic cable made-for-television Christmas movies - is facing up to 40 years in prison over a college bribery scandal. But how did this all happen? How did we get here? Let’s dig in with a timeline to see how this came to fruition.
January 26, 1993 Loughlin starred in the Full House season six episode titled, “Be True to Your Preschool,” alongside her onscreen husband John Stamos. In the episode, Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky get the idea to “fast track” the education of their sons, Nicky and Alex, by getting them into a prestigious upper crust preschool. To do so, the couple decides to falsify information on the application form to ensure the twins are accepted.
Clearer heads eventually prevail on TV, but it’s worth noting the resemblance to the very real-life situation in which Loughlin will later find herself.
November 27, 1997 Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli after divorcing investment banker Michael R. Burns the previous year. The two would go on to have two children together: Olivia Jade Giannulli, now 19; and Isabella Rose Giannulli, now 20.
Olivia Jade Giannulli, the 19-year-old daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, reportedly wants to return to University of Southern California in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal that has both of her parents looking at up to 40 years in prison. Since the scam broke wide open, both she and her sister Isabella Rose Giannulli, 20, have had their academic statuses put on hold while the university conducts an internal investigation.
USC said in a statement back in April that any students believed to be associated with the admissions scheme have had holds placed on their accounts, which prevents them from “registering for classes until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case, withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review.”
With her status in limbo, Olivia Jade is hoping that the university will consider letting her back in, even though she didn’t really seem to want to be there in the first place:
“Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC,” a source told Us. “She didn’t get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in.”
Unfortunately for Giannulli, 19, she’s unlikely to get her wish anytime soon. “She knows they won’t let her in, so she’s hoping this info gets out,” a separate insider explained. “She wants to come out looking like she’s changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education.”