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Lifetime Sets Movie Based on College Admissions Scandal

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Lifetime is set to begin production on a movie based on the college admissions scandal that saw dozens of wealthy families indicted on fraud charges earlier this year, the network announced on Tuesday.

Tentatively titled “College Admissions Scandal,” the two-hour film will center on two wealthy mothers who encounter the college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and willingly partake in getting their kids into top-tier colleges.

The project is currently casting, with production set to begin next month. Varsity Films Inc. will produce for Lifetime, with Gail Katz and Howard Braunstein serving as executive producers. Adam Salky will direct from a script by Stephen Tolkin.

Also Read: 'The People v Oj' Alum Dv DeVincentis to Write College Admissions Scandal Series for Annapurna

Lifetime’s movie is the second based on the scandal to go into development within just a few months. Earlier this year, Annapurna Television enlisted “American Crime Story
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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Case

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Case
Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty on Monday to the charge against her in the nationwide college admissions cheating case in federal court in Boston.

The guilty plea was expected, as the actress announced she would do so in April. Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months of prison time, according to CNN. In addition, prosecutors also suggested that Huffman receive a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release.

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” Huffman said in a statement in April. “My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” she added.

Also Read: Felicity Huffman Netflix Film 'Otherhood' Release Date Pushed as College Admissions Case Continues

According to an affidavit,
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Dream Casting Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in the College Admissions Scandal TV Show

Dream Casting Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in the College Admissions Scandal TV Show
It was only a matter of time before this happened: The college admissions scandal is (probably) becoming a TV series. Of course we already have casting thoughts about who should play Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (should they be included in the series). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to Accepted, a new book in the works by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. No network or streaming platform is attached to the series yet. D.V. DeVincentis is writing the script. So, who should play the actresses who were charged in Operation Varsity Blues? We're not just basing this on looks, but also acting prowess as well. Read on!
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The College Admissions Scandal Is Getting a TV Adaptation

The College Admissions Scandal Is Getting a TV Adaptation
Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to adapt the college admissions scandal story, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The limited series project will be adapted from the forthcoming book Accepted, written by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz.

The book will detail the case that the FBI has dubbed as Operation Varsity Blues, in which actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, designer Mossino Giannulli and nearly 50 others were revealed to have rigged entrance exams and paid bribes to a handful of prestigious colleges in order to secure their children’s admission.
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College Admissions Scandal to Be Turned Into Scripted TV Series — Who Should Play Felicity and Lori?

College Admissions Scandal to Be Turned Into Scripted TV Series — Who Should Play Felicity and Lori?
The story that’s stranger than fiction is becoming fiction: A scripted TV series based on the recent college admissions scandal that ensnared actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin is in the works, according to our sister site Variety.

Annapurna TV is producing the limited series, based on the upcoming book chronicling the scandal, Accepted, by Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. Writer D.V. DeVincentis (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) is set to pen the adaptation. No network is attached to the project yet, though.

To refresh your memory: Huffman and Loughlin were among a number of
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College Admissions Scandal Limited Series in Development At Annapurna TV

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A TV series based on the recent college admissions scandal is in the works, Variety has confirmed.

Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to the upcoming book “Accepted” by Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. The book is set to be published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House. Sue Naegle, Ali Krug, and Patrick Chu will produce on behalf of Annapurna Television.

D.V. DeVincentis will adapt the book for television. DeVicentis’ previous credits include writing multiple episodes of “The People v. Oj Simpson” and the features films “High Fidelity” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.” He is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Morris Yorn. Korn and Levitz are repped Fletcher & Company and Lgnaf.

Back in March, nearly three dozen people were indicted by the FBI for their part in the scandal, which saw parents paying large sums of money to secure their childrens’ placement in top schools. Tactics included
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‘The People v Oj’ Alum Dv DeVincentis to Write College Admissions Scandal Series for Annapurna

Annapurna Television has enlisted “American Crime Story” vet D.V. DeVincentis to adapt the story of the recent college admissions scandal that has swept up TV stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, among dozens of other parents.

DeVincentis, who served as executive producer on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” the first season of the FX crime anthology, is set to write the hour-long series. No network or streamer is attached to the project yet.

The series, which does not have a set episode count, will be based on the upcoming book by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz. Titled “Accepted,” the book will be published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House.

Also Read: Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Case

The scandal centered around a California man, William Singer, who ran a business to help students gain admission into the college of their choice,
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College Admissions Scandal Series in the Works From Annapurna TV

The college admissions bribery scandal is getting the (perhaps inevitable) TV treatment.

Annapurna Television is the first to plant its flag on the juicy story. The company has optioned rights to Accepted, a forthcoming book about the scandal from Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. Emmy winner D.V. DeVincentis (The People v. O.J. Simpson, High Fidelity) will adapt the book as a limited series. No outlet is attached yet.

The book, to be published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House, details the admissions scandal in which 50 people — including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin; Loughlin'...
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Gender-Swapped “High Fidelity” TV Reboot in Development

“High Fidelity”: Touchstone Pictures

“High Fidelity” may soon be making its way to your “Top Five Gender-Flipped Reboots” list. “Ugly Betty” writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka are adapting the 1995 Nick Hornby novel and 2000 John Cusack-starrer for television, Deadline reports. But this time the central character — a sad sack record store owner looking back on past relationships — will be a woman.

Penned by West and Kucserka, the new “High Fidelity” will use the film’s fourth wall-breaking convention in which the main character speaks directly to the camera. Described as “an optimistic-in-tone mixtape/diary rom-com … intended for family co-viewing,” the series is in early development at Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer service.

Midnight Radio and ABC Signature Studios are producing.

Cusack wrote the film version of “High Fidelity” with D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, and Scott Rosenberg. Stephen Frears (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) directed. Joan Cusack, Lili Taylor, Iben Hjejle, Lisa Bonet,
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Emmys 2018: David Lynch (‘Twin Peaks: The Return’) could have an 18-hour advantage in writing and directing races

Emmys 2018: David Lynch (‘Twin Peaks: The Return’) could have an 18-hour advantage in writing and directing races
After 26 years off the air the groundbreaking 1990-1991 drama series “Twin Peaks” was revived by Showtime in 2017 for a special 18-episode limited series, “Twin Peaks: The Return.” Series creators Mark Frost and David Lynch wrote every episode, and Lynch directed every episode. That could give the series a crucial advantage in both the writing and directing races at the Emmys, provided the TV academy allows the revival to compete as a limited series and not as a drama series as it was previously classified.

The Emmys work differently if you’re a limited series. In the drama categories writers and directors submit individual episodes for consideration. The same is true in the movie/limited series categories — unless you’re credited with the entire series. That means Lynch and Frost could submit all 18 episodes as a whole for writing, and Lynch could submit all 18 for directing, which could boost their Emmy chances for a few reasons.
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Writers Guild Awards 2017: Complete Winners List!

Let's hear it for the writers!

The Writer's Guild of America held their annual awards show on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Donald Glover's breakout series, Atlanta were among those recognized for their achievement of the written word.

Read on below to see the full list of winners.

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Film Winners

Original Screenplay

Moonlight, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; A24

Adapted Screenplay

Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures

Documentary Screenplay

Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films

Television And New Media Winners

Drama Series

The Americans, Written
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Writers Guild Award Analysis: It’s Still ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester’ At the Oscars

Writers Guild Award Analysis: It’s Still ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester’ At the Oscars
The Writers Guild Awards and the Academy writing nominees always don’t line up; many films are ineligible. This year, those included Oscar-writing nominees “Lion” and “The Lobster.”

This year, the WGA and the Academy differed dramatically. While the WGA deemed “Moonlight” and “Loving” as Original Screenplays, the Academy considered both as Adapted; only “Moonlight” landed a nomination.

At the WGA, as at the BAFTAs, Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” competed for the Original Screenplay Award against both Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Unlike the BAFTAs, Jenkins emerged the winner over Lonergan, a sign of strength for “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Oscars.

Read More: Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

However, in the Oscars’ Original Screenplay contest, lauded playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,
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WGA unveils winners in 2017 awards

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WGA unveils winners in 2017 awards
The Writers Guild Of America, West and East held simultaneous ceremonies on both coasts on Sunday night.

Barry Jenkins enhanced his Oscar prospects with a win in the best original screenplay category for Moonlight based on a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

A24’s acclaimed drama beat Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and triumphed in a strong category that included Manchester By The Sea, Loving, and Hell Or High Water.

Eric Heisserer won the best adapted screenplay for Arrival, vanquishing heavyweight rivals Fences and Hidden Figures. Moonlight and Arrival compete for the adapted screenplay Oscar on Sunday.

Key categories appear below. For a full list of winners, click here.

Film Winnersoriginal Screenplay

Moonlight

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the story ‘Story Of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang.

Documentary Screenplay

Command And Control

Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, story by [link
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Ace Eddie, PGA, and SAG awards chime in to support “Hidden Figures” and “La La Land”

Over the weekend, the guilds really chimed in with their awards, potentially shaping the Oscar race in a big way. We saw the Ace Eddie, the Producers Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild hold their ceremonies, each of which impacted things, to one degree or another. As always, Ace, PGA, and SAG have some of the most direct crossover with Academy members, so what they think does hold water. Are any one of them the be all, end all? No, but they cumulatively represent a lot of what potential Oscar voters are thinking at the moment. So, you must give them credence. The big winner of the weekend was La La Land, though Hidden Figures has now created some interesting new dynamics to the race. That film took advantage of La La Land not being in SAG’s Best Ensemble lineup, beating out Moonlight for the prize. La La Land
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La La Land, ‘O.J.’, ‘Stranger Things lead Producers Guild Awards

The 2017 Producers Guild of America awards were announced over the weekend, and the big winners on Saturday night ended up being the stunning La La Land, which is wiping the floor at most awards ceremonies this year, and TV shows American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson and Netflix’s Stranger Things.

La La Land picked up the top award on the night, The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, making the Best Picture Oscar almost a cert now. Zootopia (Zootropolis) bagged the The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, while ‘The People V O.J.’ received The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television, and the similarly themed O.J.: Made In America picked up The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. Stranger Things received The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television,
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2017 PGA Awards: La La Land, Stranger Things Take Top Honors

2017 PGA Awards: La La Land, Stranger Things Take Top Honors
Last night, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year's winning motion picture, television, and new media productions at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Closing the evening, the film La La Land and its producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This category is one of the most eagerly anticipated of season and is widely considered a strong prognosticator for the Oscars, as the Zanuck Award has matched the win for Best Picture 19 times in its 28-year history.

The Netflix television series Stranger Things (Season 1) and its producers Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson won the PGA's Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. The Jerry Seinfeld-created web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season
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'La La Land' wins PGA 2017 award

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'La La Land' wins PGA 2017 award
Musical cements status as Oscar frontrunner.

Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt performed what looked very much like a rehearsal for another awards show at Saturday’s 28th annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills.

The La La Land producers beat out a strong field that included Arrival, Moonlight, Fences, Manchester By The Sea and Lion to claim the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Given the track record of the PGA Awards as a bellwether of Academy Awards success, Berg, Horowitz and Platt have three hands on the biggest prize of them all heading into Oscar night on February 26.

While the best picture Oscar winner and the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award winner are often one and the same, last year’s PGA champion The Big Short lost to Spotlight on Oscar night.

In other key theatrical awards, the Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures award went to
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'Hell Or High Water', 'Deadpool' score WGA nominations

Writers of Hell or High Water, La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards.

Writers of Hell or High Water (pictured), La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards, set to be presented at ceremonies hosted by the West and East branches of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on Feb 19.

Also nominated in the WGA’s original screenplay category are the writers of Loving, Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight. Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals produced the other nominations in the adapted screenplay category.

Documentary nominations went to Author: The Jt Leroy Story, Command And Control and Zero Days, while dramatic TV series getting nods were The Americans, Better Call Saul, Game Of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.

Full list of feature nominees and selected TV nominees:

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan

La La Land [link
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'Hell,' 'La La,' 'Arrival,' 'Deadpool' score WGA nominations

Writers of Hell or High Water, La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards.

Writers of Hell or High Water (pictured), La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards, set to be presented at ceremonies hosted by the West and East brances of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) on Feb 19.

Also nominated in the WGA’s original screenplay category are the writers of Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animalsproduced the other nominations in the adapted screenplay category.

Documentary nominations went to Author: The Jt Leroy Story, Command and Control and Zero Days, while dramatic TV series getting nods were The Americans, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.

Full list of feature nominees and selected TV nominees:

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan

La La Land [link
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‘People V O.J. Simpson’ Writer D.V. DeVincentis Inks Overall Deal With FX Productions

Emmy-winning writer-producer D.V. DeVincentis (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) has signed an exclusive overall television production deal with FX Productions. Under the pact, DeVincentis will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for all TV services and platforms. The agreement does not include his film projects. DeVincentis won producing and writing Emmys for FX’s People v. O.J. Simpson last week. The critically acclaimed show…
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