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Just over a week before Felicity Huffman was expected to report to the Bureau of Prisons to serve her sentence in the college bribery scheme, the Oscar nominee slipped behind bars today.
“Felicity Huffman reported today for sentencing to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA,” a representative for the American Crime actor said in a statement Tuesday.”
“Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman's actions,' the rep added of the 14-day sentence handed down to Huffman on September 13 in Boston after her guilty plea in the nationwide Operation Varsity Blues operation. “She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed—one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service—when she is released.”
Based on good behavior and other circumstances, Huffman could actually be out in less than two weeks, under standard protocol.
Having plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud back in May, the high-profile Huffman was the first to be sentenced among the more than 30 parents indicted in the nationwide effort of wealthy families to get their children into top schools using underhanded methods. Unlike Huffman, Full House star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli rejected a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney and are fighting their case stemming from the “Operation Varsity Blues” sting operations with strident not-guilty declarations. Facing 40 yers behind bars, the duo look to be headed for trial next year.
Once looking at 20 years incarceration for having “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” according to the lengthy March 6 indictment, Huffman saw prosecutors last month trim their recommended jail time to a month. As Huffman's lawyers sought probation, the feds also tacked on “12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000” to their wish list.
Backed by letters of character reference and support from Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry among others, Huffman threw herself at the court's mercy in a correspondence of her own leading up to the hearing infront of Judge Talwani.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” the When They See Us co-star stated of her entanglement with ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation to get her eldest daughter...
Given the popularity of the new Netflix Original documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, it was just going to be a matter of time before the feud between big cat owners Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic was recreated as a movie or TV series. Now, it looks like that time will come even sooner than many of us may have thought, as TVLine reports that a limited series based on the well-publicized quarrel is currently in the works. In fact, the series has already found someone to portray Baskin in the series, as Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is set to star as the Big Cat Rescue CEO.
This untitled Carole Baskin mini-series is in development from Universal Content Productions, but the project has not yet been attached to any particular network or streaming service. As the series has been in the works for months, it's not directly adapted from the Netflix docu-series, but rather inspired by Wondery's Joe Exotic podcast Over My Dead Body. Spanning six episodes in total, the podcast can be listened to at any time in its entirety, and listening to the series would be a great way to kill some more time for those of us who've been staying at home lately with nothing to do but binge-watch the Tiger King series on Netflix.
Recenly premiering on Netflix, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is certainly among the most bizarre documentary series you'll ever see. Delving into the world of big cat sanctuaries and its dark underbelly, the show features a particular focus on the relationship between Baskin and Exotic which ends with the latter landing in federal prison. Despite the allegations against him, Exotic has become somewhat of a pop culture icon over the past several days with many on social media sharing memes and comments relating to his appearance on the docu-series.
Though Kate McKinnon has been cast as Baskin, it remains to be seen which actor will be the lucky one to play Joe Exotic. Recently, Dax Shepard volunteered to play Joe Exotic in the 'eventual biopic,' joking that Hollywood was broken otherwise. In jest, Dane Cook responded that the role had already been offered to him first. Meanwhile, Tiger King fans have been speculating different options for actors who'd be a good fit for the social media darling. Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon has been mentioned as a great possibility, though other fans have also suggested names like Matthew McConaughey, Michael Keaton, and Sam Rockwell.
In addition to starring in the series, McKinnon will also executive produce. Because the show doesn't yet have a home, it's hard to say when we can expect to see it, but there's a good chance Netflix would be interested in hosting the series as a follow-up to their Tiger King success. In any case, it sounds rather fun and interesting, so hopefully we'll be getting some updates on its progress in the near future. This news comes to us from TVLine.
Fresh off showing the Vanity Fair Summit what journalism actually looks like in her sit down yesterday with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Katie Couric wasted no time today jumping in with Netflix's Ted Sarandos with the declaration that “the sharks are circling.”
“We've been competing since Day One,” the streamer's chief content officer noted of the wave of new digital services like AppleTV+ and Disney+ that are coming online in the next month and how back when Netflix was sending out DVDs in little red envelopes they were fighting against the “pretty scary big companies” of Blockbuster and Walmart.
“We have one product,” Sarandos declared against the iPhone manufacturer and the theme park and more conglomerate of Disney, among the new kids on the streaming block, “we make great television and films for our customers ...and we have to keep doing that.” Long story short from Sarandos in a wide ranging chat with Couric: “We're about change and keeping things fresh.”
In a fast-paced early morning interview with the former CBS News anchor, the streaming exec was put on notice just how intently the industry is watching how Netflix will withstand the onslaught of competitors like AppleTV+ and Disney+. With the deep pockets and decades of content plus Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars for the Tim Cook and Bob Iger run companies, Sarandos was pressed on the true bottom line.
“Our stock rise is not for the faint of heart, it's a long story,” Sarandos noted of how Wall Street and the market has reacted to missed subscriber targets and big moves like this week's announcement that Disney+ is teaming with Verizon to offer the November 12 launching streaming service free to customers of the telecom. Today actually sees Netflix stock up about 2% in the first half of the trading day.
Sarandos was bluntly pressed by Couric if the top team at Netflix have considered getting out of the way as Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal all bring their game to the streaming field over the next year. “We have no plans” to sell,” the erudite executive stated, adding that he had “never discussed selling the company” with founder and CEO Reed Hastings
“It's not about the price, it's about the value,” Sarandos offered on the Netflix philosophy and attitude towards lower priced newbies and the multitude of libraries and original content they will be dropping on choice rich consumers soon.
BTW — if you are keeping a running tally, there was yet another reference to HBO's Succession this morning. From VF editor Radhika Jones to Sarandos and many others, the Emmy wining media mogul drama is the hot show among the Info elite. Which probably has...