Netflix is Registering itself at the School admissions cheating scandal.
Director Chris Smith’s documentary”Operation Varsity Blues,” starring Matthew Modine (pictured above, right) as Rick Singer (left), is set to debut March 17.
An examination that goes past the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods employed by Singer, the man at the center of this shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy customers to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged, the logline reads. Employing a combination of interviews and story recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his customers,”Operation Varsity Blues” offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the spans wealthy families could go to for entrance into elite schools, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.
Jon Karmen will executive produce”Operation Varsity Blues” alongside Smith. “Tiger King” fans can recognize Smith as one of the executive producers on this hit Netflix docuseries.
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Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were one of those detained as a member of the federal investigation. Huffman and her spouse –“Shameless” star William H. Macy, who wasn’t billed — left a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme, on behalf of the oldest daughter. Huffman had initially planned to do the same thing for her youngest daughter, before backing out.
In general, the people detained were charged with paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into leading universities like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC in what authorities described as the”largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”
Huffman, an Oscar nominee for 2006’s”Transamerica,” obtained a 14-prison sentence. “Full House” (and”Fuller House”) celebrity Loughlin, who originally pled not guilty, spent two weeks in prison. Louglin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is now serving his five-month prison sentence.
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