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Mossimo Giannulli: 5 Things About Lori Loughlin’s Husband Facing 5 Mos. In Prison For Admission Scandal



It’s time for Mossimo Giannulli to learn his fate. He and Lori Loughlin will be sentenced today for their role in the college admissions scandal. Here’s what you need to know.

Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will be sentenced today (Aug. 21), three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges for their roles in the national college admissions scandal. Though Lori, 56, and Mossimo, 57, had long fought the charges, they admitted in May to allegations that they paid $500k as part of a scheme to get their two daughters – Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Rose, 21, — admitted into the University of Southern California as part of the school’s crew team.

Days before Mossimo and Lori’s date in court, federal prosecutors filed a sentencing memo, requesting that Lori get two months in prison, a $150,000 fine, and 100 hours of community service, according to NBC News. Mossimo, who prosecutors say was “the “was the more active participant in the scheme,” should get a harsher sentence. The prosecution requested that he get 5 months in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service. Both would also get two years of supervised release.

Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin Exit The Court (AP Images)

“The crime Giannulli and Loughlin committed was serious,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin O’Connell in the memo, according to NBC News. “They involved both their daughters in the fraud, directing them to pose in staged photographs for use in fake athletic profiles and instructing one daughter how to conceal the scheme from her high school counselor.” Whether or not Mossimo or Lori will complete these requested prison sentences in an actual prison remains to be seen. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen many high-profile criminals – Tekashi 6ix9ine, Michael Cohen, etc. – serve their sentences under house arrest. As Mossimo waits to find out where he’s going to spend the rest of 2020, here’s what you need to know:

1. Moss pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Considering Mossimo was looking at spending years in prison, doing a few months behind bars may be viewed as a relief. In addition to the fraud charges, he and Lori were also hit with money laundering charges, which carry a maximum of up to 20 years behind bars. Ultimately, Mossimo agreed to plead guilty to “to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.”

2. He is a fashion designer. Born in Los Angeles to parents of Italian descent, Mossimo created his eponymous mid-range American clothing company in 1986. The brand rose to success “by blending its surf, sport, urban and street heritage into a contemporary fashion brand with a broad and credible appeal,” according to its website (h/t Heavy.com). The brand went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996 and was once valued at $275 million. In 2000, Mossimo signed a multi-product licensing deal with Target, and Mossimo became a prominent brand there for nearly two decades. He ultimately sold the brand to the Iconix Brand Group in 2006.

Lori Loughlin leads Mossimo Giannulli among the crowd of photographers during their college admissions court drama (AP Images)

3. He also admitted to lying to his parents about being a USC student. In a 2016 interview with The Hundreds fashion blog, Mossimo said that he lied to his parents about attending the University of Southern California and used the tuition money to start his company. “SC was expensive, so that was how I was starting my company. I used all that cash,” he said, revealing that he falsified report cards, and got his father to fork over the money with fake tuition bills.

“I used to have hundreds of thousands of cash in my top drawer in my fraternity house,” said Mossimo, about how he handled basic screen printing jobs for campus organizations. “And I was like, ‘This is kind of too easy. I need a bigger platform. If I had a bigger account base, I could really kill it.’

4. Mossimo met Lori in 1995. Lori and Moss were dating for about two years when they eloped in 1997, just two days before Thanksgiving Day. “I was having dinner with Candace Cameron Bure and Marilu Henner, and you know, Marilu has that incredible memory,” Lori told Entertainment Tonight in 2018. “Somehow we started talking about my elopement and I said, ‘Yeah, we got up on Thanksgiving morning’… We had Moss’ best friend and a minister meet us, and we got married at sunrise, and then we went to Thanksgiving dinner and we told everybody.”

“Moss and I had both been married before, so we thought, ‘Well, it didn’t really work out well for us the first time around, so maybe we’ll elope and see how it goes and tell people,’ “she added. “We had talked about doing a wedding and we just thought, ‘Let’s get up and let’s go do it.'”

5. He has a son from a prior marriage. In addition to Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, Mossimo is the father of Gianni Gene Giannulli, founder of the breakfast protein company, The Smart Co., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show



Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.


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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers



As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion


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The short, strange life of Quibi



“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.


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