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Anatomy Of A Scandal being adapted for Netflix by David E Kelley (Picture: Getty)

Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley has signed on to lead a Netflix adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel, Anatomy Of A Scandal.

Published in the UK in 2018, the book followed a Westminster politician whose marriage begins to unravel when he is accused of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile his wife fights to prove his innocence in a story Netflix says is ‘about a sexual consent scandal amongst British privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake’.

So be prepared for a whole load of drama!

Kelley and House Of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson will write the script for the series.

While Jessica Jones and Succession director SJ Clarkson will direct all the episodes for the show.

Kelley wrote both seasons of HBO drama Big Little Lies, which famously starred Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep among its cast.

The series was based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, and explored the dark underbelly of a wealthy community in Monterey, California.

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Big Little Lies was a huge success to stay the least, gaining fans all over the globe for the gripping story and amazing acting.

So fans of Anatomy of a Scandal are sure to be excited to see what Kelley and the gang managed to do when bringing the best-selling novel to life.

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Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – Where is Epstein Island?

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The sordid tales of Epstein Island will air in the new documentary (Picture: Reuters/Getty)

Netflix’s new documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is set to lift the lid on the life and crimes of the multi-millionaire, and the alleged underage sex trafficking ring he operated before his death.

The explosive new four-part series will focus on major aspects of the convicted paedophile’s life and inner workings, with particular focus on Epstein’s own privately bought island.

Epstein would entertain some of the world’s elite at the island – including politicians, celebrities and royalty – with lavish parties.

Many deny any knowledge of his wrongdoing, but according to numerous reports and the documentary, the island was also a base for his horrific crime syndicate, raising questions about who was involved and what Epstein went to his grave hiding.

But where is this mysterious island, what happened to it after his death and what happened there?

Here’s what we know…

The Caribbean island looks like an idyllic retreat -but it home to horrors (Picture: Reuters)

Where is Epstein Island? 

Epstein Island’s official actual name is Little Saint James – and it’s a small island off the coast of St Thomas in the Caribbean Sea.

Part of the US Virgin Islands, the small piece of land comes in at around 74 acres.

Currently the main island is made up of a main mansion and a series of guest cottages, a helipad, a bath house, a cinema and a library.

There is also access to a lagoon, as well as the beach.

Residents of the island also get the added bonus of a 90% reduction in corporate income tax if they were to employ at least 10 people.

Numerous women have come forward with allegations about what happened on the island (Picture: Reuters)

When did Jeffrey Epstein buy the island? 

Jeffrey Epstein decalred Little Saint James as his primary residence before his death in 2019.

He bought it for $7.95million in 1998 (approximately $12.5million / £10,230,000 in today’s money).

In the 21 years he owned the island, residents of St Thomas and those who would frequent it renamed it ‘The Isle Of Sin’ or, most commonly, ‘Peadophile Island’.

Nine years after the isle was purchased, Epstein was convicted for the first time of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

However despite the conviction he would continue to hold parties for celebrity friends and political pals.

The island is only accessible by plane or by helicopter, with Epstein using his private jet (later dubbed the Lolita Express) to fly guests over.

Who is alleged to have visited Epstein Island? 

Epstein Island, while known for its sordid parties and alleged abuse, was also used for conferences and meetings by the billionaire’s associates.

Before Epstein’s first conviction, Stephen Hawking was photographed visiting the Island alongside at least 20 other scientists for a barbecue in 2006.

They were there for a science conference, paid for by Epstein, in the neighbouring St Thomas, before the party.

It’s not suggested that anything untoward happened at the time.

Jeffrey was found dead in his cell in 2019, after running a child sex ring for decades (Picture: AP)

Former President Bill Clinton is alleged to have been one of the visitors of the island, but he has repeatedly denied ever going there and claims no prior knowledge of Epstein’s illegal activities.

In Filthy Rich, a former worker on the island claims to have seen Clinton there with Epstein, at a time when there were no other guests present.

Virginia Roberts-Guiffre, one of Epstein’s alleged trafficked victims, also claims to have seen him on a trip to the island.

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Roberts-Guiffre also claims that, after being roped into working for Epstein, had sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17, something the Prince has adamantly denied.

It was claimed Bill Gates had been a visitor, but subpoenaed flight records from Reuters confirmed this to be untrue.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is available on Netflix.

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Cheer stars to get second chance on mat as coronavirus ruins Daytona

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Cheer stars to get second chance on mat after coronavirus ruins Daytona dreams (Picture: Netflix)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced hundreds of festivals, sporting events and tournaments to close their doors for the summer to help stall the spread of Covid-19.

But, as we bid farewell to football matches and the chance of seeing our favourite singers perform in the fields this year, nothing hit quite as hard as watching the cast of Cheer break down on social media when they were told Daytona was cancelled.

Every 12 months, college squads come together to battle it out at the city’s Championship Showcase, with the hope of being crowned the grand national champions after dedicating their entire year working towards the competition.

And just two weeks before they were supposed to compete, the 2020 event was scrapped meaning some of the Netflix stars may never cheer again.

However, despite much speculation over the future of the team, the show’s stand-out star Gabi Butler has now revealed they will all be returning for another year – and we couldn’t be happier.

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When chatting with Metro.co.uk, the 22-year-old confirmed that everyone who had made mat, and was set to compete this year, will be given a second chance to perform at Daytona when the pandemic is over.

Gabi will be returning to the next season (Picture: Netflix)

Talking about the decision, made by their coach Monica Aldama, the cheerlebrity told us: ‘We had Daytona in coming up in April, and literally at the last second, I think we were two weeks away from Daytona, it got cancelled.

‘It broke my heart because we work so hard throughout the whole season and it’s that one competition that we basically get and it just stopped.

‘It was like a whole entire season just went to waste -and we had such an amazing routine.’

But there’s hope for the squad yet, as Gabi continued: ‘Monica has basically told us that the whole entire team, that was on the team last year, would get another chance to come back this next coming season.’

‘There’s obviously new people coming to the team for this upcoming season,’ the star pressed.

Monica has already planned a banquet for when they reunite (Picture: Netflix)
Gabi was heartbroken when Daytona was cancelled (Picture: Netflix)

‘But the people who made mat last year… since they technically didn’t get a year, Monica told them, “Okay, whoever is on mat this year, you’re automatically going to be next year.” So then she’s going to kind of intertwine the two groups.’

She went on to say how when they finally get back, Monica has already planned a banquet for them to celebrate their return – and we’re already looking forward to the Instagram reunion pics.

But until then, Gabi is hosting her very own virtual senior night, and will be teaming up with Playtex Sport on their Instagram Live to celebrate those athletes missing out on their graduations this year.

‘We look forward to the very end to celebrate,’ she explained. ‘And I feel like all the athletes this year got cheated because of this virus, myself too having to work so hard for something and then at the last second, you’re like, “Oh, God, like we can’t do this. ”

‘We know it’s this big event and I feel like that’s what we look forward to – celebrating the end. So we’re going to celebrate them even though it’s virtual, and give them the night that they didn’t get.’

The #VirtualSeniorNight Instagram Live hosted by Gabi will take place 7pm EST on Playtex Sport’s Instagram tonight.

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How ‘Never Have I Ever’ Star Booked the Lead in Mindy Kaling’s Comedy – Variety

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The story of how newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan landed the lead position on Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix comedy “By no means Have I Ever” is the type of fairy story that usually comes from the thoughts of a TV author.

In April 2019, Kaling posted an announcement on social media in search of South Asian girls to audition for her and co-creator Lang Fisher’s then-untitled coming of age comedy.

Enter Ramakrishnan, who was one among greater than 15,000 aspiring actors to audition. However the younger Canadian actor tells Selection that the entire course of began by probability.

“My greatest good friend was the one who really noticed the tweet and she or he screenshotted it and despatched it to me,” Ramakrishnan remembers. “I’m mendacity on my sofa, able to take a pleasant afternoon nap. … I bear in mind feeling exhausted, however I used to be like, ‘Okay, let’s do it,’ simply because I actually solely needed to hang around with my greatest good friend.”

It took the pair an hour to determine how one can work the digicam, Ramakrishnan remembers.

“We actually went to our library group heart, booked a room,” she continued, laughing. “After which it went on from there. It’s nonetheless so surreal to me. It’s loopy to assume like so many individuals all over the world needed to be part of this. And it’s a pleasant feeling to know that.”

Now simply over a yr later, Ramakrishnan makes her skilled performing debut on the sequence, which is now streaming on Netflix. The newcomer performs Devi Vishwakumar, a younger Indian American woman rising up in sophomore in Southern California and navigating life as a nerdy highschool alongside her greatest buddies Eleanor (performed by Ramona Younger) and Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez).

“Devi’s only a spunky, sassy and witty South Asian woman who’s attempting to determine the place she belongs in her highschool, but additionally balancing her household dynamic after which her buddies as effectively, attempting to be there for everybody though she may not go about it in one of the simplest ways,” Ramakrishnan mentioned. “She actually is just like the anti-hero of ‘By no means Have I Ever.’ You’re rooting for her, however you’re additionally like, ‘Man, get it collectively.”

And equally essential for Ramakrishnan to touchdown her first starring position is the possibility to take a serious step ahead in small-screen illustration by presenting a teenage South Asian woman in a lead position, particularly since she identifies Kaling as one of many solely South Asian girls she noticed on display screen rising up.

“A variety of ladies, boys of shade are literally raised within the western world … when their household’s from someplace else. So, it makes you form of really feel within the center,” Ramakrishnan mentioned.

“That was the case for me personally,” she continues. “I’m Tamil. My dad and mom are born in Sri Lanka. They got here to Canada of their 20s, and I used to be born in Canada and raised my entire life in Mississauga. So, it’s complicated once you’re attempting to determine who [you are]; generally you’re feeling such as you’re an outsider, however you’re on the within. In order that’s a narrative lots of people can relate to.”

Loosely primarily based on her personal expertise rising up as a first-generation Indian American woman, Kaling underlined the significance of the sequence promotes at occasion in February.

“We see a sure type of Indian actor on a regular basis in auditions… Our present is a few Tamil Indian woman, and sometimes they’re South Indians they usually’re dark-skinned,” she mentioned. “I felt fortunate to have the ability to do a present about an Indian nerd who’s additionally badly behaved, to indicate that as a result of I’m deeply conversant in it.” (Or as Devi explains to her buddies in the course of the pilot episode, “We’re glamorous girls of shade who deserve an attractive highschool life.”)

The actors felt equally fortunate to work with “The Workplace” alum and “The Mindy Undertaking” creator on the sequence, praising Kaling for letting them have their “personal course of” find their characters.

“Clearly she had a hand in writing some episodes and government producing, however she was so supportive on set,” Younger mentioned. “She was so witty, but additionally, she gave us our personal house to do stuff. Whereas generally I used to be like, ‘Am I even doing this proper?’ However she would simply provide the house. She would deal with you want an grownup.”

Ramakrishnan admits, “It was very nice, particularly for anyone who’s by no means completed this earlier than. It was good to have like an trustworthy mentor who simply allow you to convey your self to the position.”

Provides Rodriguez, “She actually allow us to [know] that she selected us for a cause; that it wasn’t simply luck. These roles had been meant for us.”

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