JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman is almost finished with her court ordered supervised release stemming from the massive "Varsity Blues" college entrance scam.
Now, with her punishment set to expire soon -- which also included 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service -- the Academy Award-nominated actress is requesting the return of her passport.
Huffman was ordered to turn it over to the probation department at the start of her sentence.
TMZ obtained court documents of Huffman's request, which has not been objected to by prosecutors, meaning it will likely be returned to her.
Huffman and more than 30 other wealthy parents were caught in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, which was dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.
Huffman was accused of making payments to William "Rick" Singer, a college-entrance tutor guru whom prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, to help her daughter Sophia cheat on the SAT.
The 57-year-old actress pleaded guilty and admitted that she paid Singer $15,000 to falsify her daughter's score by arranging for a college entrance exam proctor to correct the answers. The payment also arranged for Sophia to have more time to take the test.
While Huffman's sentence is winding down, another celebrity linked to the cheating scandal is about to begin hers -- Lori Loughlin.
As previously reported, Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison and has until November 19 to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.
Loughlin, along with husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 to a sham charity enacted by Singer to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing team recruits despite that their girls never participated in the sport.
Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lawrenceopened up about her voting habits and her changing political beliefs in a rare interview on Wednesday.
Sitting down for the Absolutely Not podcast, the 30-year-old Hunger Games star revealed that, up until recently, she had considered herself a Republican.
"I grew up Republican. My first time voting, I voted for John McCain. I was a little Republican," Lawrence dished, adding that she was attracted to the party because of "the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies."
However, as she grew older, she realized that she and the Republican Party held differing opinions when it came to social issues that she found important.
Lawrence added that her beliefs were consistently challenged over the past few years not by friends or family -- but by her own observations of President Donald Trump.
"I don't want to support a president who supports white supremacists," said the Academy Award winner, referencing the most recent political debate where the president appeared to dodge condemning groups with links to white supremacy, such as the Proud Boys.
During the Chris Wallace-moderated debate, President Trump seemingly told the Proud boys to "stand back and stand by" when pressed to disavow them. Lawrence says that moment was "a line drawn in the sand."
"This is an impeached president who's broken many laws," she added.
Lawrence also noted how much things have changed since former President Barack Obama left office, adding that while he was in power, Americans used to "go days, maybe weeks, without thinking about the president because everything would generally be okay."
The actress previously announced via V Magazinethat she will be voting for former Vice President Joe Biden and running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris.
Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Lisa Marie Presley penned a heartbreaking tribute to her late son, Benjamin Keough, on what would have been his 28th birthday Wednesday.
Keough died on July 12 at age 27. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office confirmed that he died by suicide.
Calling Keough "my beautiful beautiful angel," Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, began her note, "I worshipped the ground you walked on, on this earth and now in Heaven. My heart and soul went with you."
"The depth of the pain is suffocating and bottomless without you every moment of every day. I will never be the same," she continued. "Happy Birthday my sweet sweet Boy. You were much too good for this world."
In the aftermath of Keough's death, his 31-year-old sister, actress Riley Keough, has posted on Instagram multiple times about her family's loss, calling her brother in August, "Love of my life." On Wednesday, she shared a series of photos and captioned them, "Happy Birthday beautiful angel."
Benjamin Keough was a relatively private individual, though he did appear in the 2005 documentary Elvis by the Presleys. He also participated in the music video of his mother's 2012 duet with his late grandfather, "I Love You Because."
He is survived by his mother, sister, father Danny Keough and his 11-year-old twin siblings, Harper and Finley Lockwood.
"Please wait for me my love, and hold my hand while I stay to continue to protect and raise your little sisters and to be here for Riley," Presley wrote in her message Wednesday. "I know you would want that."
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Quibi is calling it quits.
On Wednesday, the streaming service officially announced that it will be "winding down the business," according to a press release obtained by Variety. The decision comes just over six months after the company, which was led by founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, launched in April -- during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quibi started as a a strictly mobile streaming service that delivered content in small bite-sized episodes, typically around or less than 10 minutes each and came at a monthly cost of $4.99 with ads and $7.99 without ads.
The start-up attributed "the changed industry landscape and ongoing challenges" as a reasoning behind closing its doors and said, "It was clear that the business would not be able to continue operating for the long-term on a standalone basis."
Approximately 200 employees will be out of work as a result and many projects will be left in "limbo," as noted by the publication. Also, the company does plan to give what's left of the $1.75 billion dollars they raised back to investors.
Katzenberg and Whitman further expressed their thoughts regarding Quibi's demise in an open letter "to employees, investors, and partners" posted on Medium.
"Quibi was a big idea and there was no one who wanted to make a success of it more than we did. Our failure was not for lack of trying; we’ve considered and exhausted every option available to us," the letter read. "All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down. We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way."
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jared Leto is returning to the DC Comics universe, reprising his role as the Joker from 2016's Suicide Squad in Zack Snyder's rejiggered version of Justice League.
The announcement is newsworthy, says The Hollywood Reporter, firstly because the character didn't appear in the original 2017 film, which raises the question of how much new content will be added to the so-called Snyder Cut.
Leto's addition will also tie together Snyder's Justice League with Suicide Squad, which also featured a cameo from Ben Affleck's Batman, who tried to take down Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Sources close to then-studio executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who oversaw the film and the reshoot by Joss Whedon tell THR that the duo is planning to remove their names from the Snyder Cut, since they did not work on this version and are no longer studio executives.
It's not clear if the move by the duo has anything to do with Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg, accusing Justice League director Joss Whedon of "abusive" behavior on the set of the movie, and that Berg and Johns enabled Whedon’s alleged behavior.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League will be released exclusively on HBO Max next year.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Normal People breakout star Daisy Edgar-Jones is taking on the role of another beloved book character.
Variety reports that the British actress is set to play the lead in Where the Crawdads Sing, the Reese Witherspoon-produced film adaption of the best-selling novel by Delia Owens.
She’ll star as Kya, a girl abandoned by her family in the marshes of North Carolina who survives on her own using her knowledge of the nature around her. Treated as an outcast by the nearby townspeople, she later becomes a suspect in the murder of the town's golden boy.
Olivia Newman, who wrote and directed Netflix’s First Match, is on board to direct, with Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar penning the script.
Edgar-Jones previously starred as Marianne in Normal People, Hulu's limited series adaptation of Sally Rooney's 2018 novel.
Chad Kirkland/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- The Real Housewives franchise is expanding into red, white and rosé territory.
In collaboration with Washington state wine brand Nocking Point Wines, the Bravo series has launched The Real House Wine Collection that features bottles of red, white and rosé. The new venture comes in celebration of the debut of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, premiering on November 11.
According to People, the red combines flavors of plum and huckleberry with high cacao chocolate, while the rosé sits on the opposite end of the flavor palette, described as "summer in a glass" with its strawberry notes. Meanwhile, the white sits somewhere between the two with hints of oyster shell and passion fruit.
The wines are available for purchase now and are sold in bundles of two, three, six and 12 bottles. The two-bottle package for the white and rose wines are $48 while the red is $52 for a pair.
Barry King/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Carrie Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, paid tribute to the late Star Wars star on what would have been her 64th birthday Wednesday.
Lourd, who announced the birth of her first child last month, shared a throwback photo of a pregnant Fisher along with a caption in her late mother's signature style of emojis.
Fisher was 60 years old when she died in 2016 after suffering cardiac arrest.
Lourd, 28, posts about her late mother regularly on social media. Most recently, she shared a quote from the actress to mark World Mental Health Day. This past May, Lourd also shared a heartfelt note to others for whom Mother's Day is difficult.
"Sending my love to anyone who has lost a mother and anyone who might just be having a complicated Mother’s Day this year," she wrote. "This is my 4th Mother’s Day without my Momby and days like today are never easy, but I’ve found that doing things that make me feel more connected to her make it a little easier -- watching her favorite movies, listening to music we listened to together, looking through old pictures and my personal favorite -- eating drinking things she loved."
Mark Hamill also celebrated his Star Wars co-star Wednesday, sharing a photo of them giving each other an amicable smooch and writing on Twitter, "Happy Birthday Carrie Frances Fisher. The world will never stop missing you."
Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's remake of the classic horror film Candyman has been pushed back to next year.
Deadline reports Universal and MGM has decided to delay the movie's release until Aug. 27, 2021 after filming was postponed due to COVID-19 earlier this year. The film was initially postponed from its previous June 2020 release date to Sept. 25th.
Directed by Nia DaCosta, the Candyman remake stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits.
The new film is billed as the "spiritual sequel" to the original 1992 Candyman, which followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover's father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge.
Falling in line with several other studio films that are being immediately serviced to streaming sites as opposed to major theaters in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One have announced that Happiest Season will hit Hulu on November 25.
The film stars Kristen Stewart as Abby, who plans to propose to her girlfriend, Harper, portrayed by Mackenzie Davis, during a trip home over the holidays. But the plans are put on hold when she learns that her partner has not come out to her parents.
Mary Steenburgen and Victor Garber play Davis' conservative parents, with Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dan Levy and Ana Gasteyer among the ensemble cast.
Directed by Clea DuVall, who also wrote the screenplay with Mary Holland, production on the film wrapped in February just before COVID-19 led to a massive studio shutdown.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The Goldbergs returns to ABC tonight and in keeping with the shows traditions of paying homage to movies of the 80s, the season premiere episode includes a riff on the classic comedy Airplane!
David Leisure played one of the Hare Krishnas in the film, and he guest stars on tonight’s episode of The Goldbergs. Surprisingly, though, he tells ABC Audio that his guest role has has no ties to the original film.
"I'm actually playing the part of the pilot, named Roger, so has nothing to do with the movie," the longtime actor admits. "But I had so much fun."
Although Leisure's portrayal of Roger won't be relevant to the 1980 's spoof comedy, he explains how The Goldbergs episode will tie into the film.
"They were doing a throwback to the movie because they're all going on vacation and they're all going to be on a plane. And then, of course, chaos breaks out on the plane just like it did in the movie," he shared.
Leisure's appearance in the Airplane!-inspired episode is a bit of a full circle moment, as it was actually his first ever job in Hollywood. And, while he recognizes that he was "thrown into the mix" with "some really substantial human beings" like Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, and Leslie Nielsen, he also made a shocking confession about the making of the parody film.
He tells ABC Audio that although the movie is a classic -- when he was making it he didn’t exactly understand its humor.
"I mean, OK, I'm just admitting it right now for the first time in public. I didn't get the joke until I saw the movie," Leisure said. "I was like, oh, oh, you're playing it straight. And it's really funny."
Walt Disney Animation Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The debut trailer for Disney's animated Raya and the Last Dragon follows lone warrior Raya on her journey to find the last dragon.
The clip follows Raya on a quest with her armadillo sidekick, Tuk Tuk, as they venture into a mythical underground lair where she finds the coveted dragon gem and faces off against a mysterious character who tries to stop her from obtaining it.
"My whole life, I trained to become a guardian of the dragon gem, but this world has changed, and its people are divided. Now to restore peace, I must find the last dragon," the character declares, against a backdrop of action sequences.
The film is set in the fictional land of Kumandra, 500 years after an evil force threatened the land and forced the dragons, who lived peacefully with humans, to sacrifice themselves in order to salvage humanity. Now, young warrior Raya must find the last dragon to unify the people of Kumandra, learning about the values of teamwork and trust along her journey.
Kelly Marie Tran, known for her breakout role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is the voice behind Raya, while comedian and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina voices Sisu, the last dragon.
Raya and the Last Dragon is set to debut in theaters on March 12, 2021.
Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Garner may be one of the most down-to-earth actresses in Hollywood, but fans might not realize that the reason why the 48-year-old Golden Globe winner is so grounded is because of her mother.
"My mom grew up really poor in Locust Grover, Oklahoma, on a farm. I think my mom was so poor, it's just unbelievable that she managed to leave," the 13 Going on 30 actress explained. "When I moved to New York after college, my mom said, 'Jennifer, no matter what you do, it will never be as big of a deal as it was for me to leave that farm.'"
The actress added that her mother is very proud of her background, telling Corrigan, "She said, 'I'm never ashamed of growing up poor. Rather, I am amazed by the grace and dignity that my parents had throughout my childhood.'"
Garner revealed that her mother saved up all the money she made while babysitting for a family that lived down the street, earning a dollar a day, and developed an passion for traveling after flipping through their collection of Life magazines -- where she singled out all the interesting places she wanted to visit.
The Alias alum explained that her mother left the farm after securing a job as a Girl Scout counselor and boarded a bus to Maine.
Her mother then obtained her graduate degree after starting a family and began teaching remedial reading at West Virginia State.
"Now she has been to 50 states and to seven continents," Garner smiled, glad she was able to help her mother achieve her traveling dreams.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- There are a lot of Chrises in Hollywood, like Chris Evans or Chris Pine, and the debate continues over which one is actually the best. On the flipside, when it came to naming the worst Chris, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt drew the short end of the stick.
The debate reignited over the weekend when filmmaker Amy Berg asked her fans on Twitter to name the worst Chris in Hollywood and Pratt seemingly won by a landslide. Some followers explained they disliked him because of his religious and political affiliations, which didn't sit well with a few of the actor's famous costars.
Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., who starred alongside Pratt in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and 2019's Avengers: Endgame not only slammed the poll but shamed fans for participating in such a negative conversation.
"You all, @prattprattpratt is as solid a man there is," Ruffalo tweeted on Tuesday. "I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. He is just not overtly political as a rule."
The Thor: Ragnarokstar then reminded fans that they should be focusing on the upcoming election instead, calling the discourse a "distraction."
Downey Jr. took to Instagram also on Tuesday to defend his costar's honor and rebuked, "What a world... The 'sinless' are casting stones at my brother, Chris Pratt... A real Christian who lives by principle, has never demonstrated anything but positivity and gratitude."
The Iron Man star then challenged Pratt's haters, "If you take issue with Chris,,, I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness."