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FELICITY HUFFMAN, LORI LOUGHLIN AMONG THOSE CAUGHT IN COLLEGE SCANDAL

BOSTON (AP) – Money. Privilege. Intrigue. Hollywood. The newly uncovered college admissions scandal has managed to check just about all the boxes. And among those authorities say were involved are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. They – and about four dozen other people – are charged in a scheme to game the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools. The man behind the scheme is William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California. He has already pleaded guilty – and is cooperating with authorities.

 

FELICITY HUFFMAN – COURT

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The fast-breaking scandal involving wealthy parents allegedly scamming college admissions teams has led to a court appearance by an Emmy-winning actress. Felicity Huffman turned herself in yesterday and posted $250,000 bond to be released. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, hasn’t been charged in the scam. But an FBI agent states in an affidavit that Macy was in the room when Huffman first heard the pitch from a scam insider. Meanwhile, it’s unclear when the other big Hollywood figure in the scandal will surrender. Lori Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, turned himself in Los Angeles yesterday – and was released on $1 million bond.

 

JUSSIE SMOLLETT – CAMERAS

CHICAGO (AP) – A lawyer for Jussie Smollett says she’d welcome cameras in the courtroom during the “Empire” actor’s trial. Tina Glandian says having the cameras will let the public “see the evidence and the lack thereof.” She spoke during a brief hearing yesterday in Chicago. Smollett is charged with lying to authorities about being the victim of a hate crime. His attorney says the actor has been the victim of leaked information pertaining to the case. Both sides agree to have cameras at the next hearing, set for tomorrow. During that hearing, the case will be assigned to a trial judge who will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.

 

“LEAVING NEVERLAND” IS A HIT

NEW YORK (AP) – Lots of people have been talking about the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” And Nielsen reports lots of people have been watching, too. The two-part series has become the third most-watched documentary of the past decade on HBO – and is likely to inch up another notch to number-two. The first half of the four-hour presentation on the late pop star Michael Jackson has been seen by 3.67 million people. The second half is lagging behind for now. But both totals are expected to increase as people watch the documentary after taping it on their DVRs. “Leaving Neverland” features two men who say Jackson sexually abused them when they were kids.

 

MICHAEL AVENATTI, STORMY DANIELS PART COMPANY B

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels have gone their separate ways. The lawyer who represented the porn star who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump says he is no longer handling her legal issues. Avenatti didn’t provide details about the reason for the uncoupling – except that he told Daniels the news last month and that his leaving took place after lengthy discussions. Daniels says her new attorney will be Clark Brewster.

 

BATMAN – 80TH

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When Batman turns 80 later this year, fans can get to see the Caped Crusader as they may not have before. To mark the anniversary, Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” movie trilogy will be in select theaters in high-resolution 70mm IMAX. Warner Bros. says the first screenings will be in Los Angeles at University CityWalk on March 30 – and will feature back-to-back screenings of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Between the last two films, Nolan will answer audience questions. Next month, the movies will screen in New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Indianapolis. Tickets go on sale today.

 

BRITNEY – BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) – Add another to the list of pop stars getting into the world of musicals. Britney Spears’ tunes will be the driving force behind the production “Once Upon a One More Time.” The show will have its world premiere in Chicago this fall. Among the songs featured in the production are “Oops!..I Did It Again,” ”…Baby One More Time,” ”Toxic” and “Stronger.” Spears joins pop heavyweights like Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Carole King and Cher in having their work used in a stage musical.

 

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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