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Everyone’s a suspect in Apple TV+ comedy whodunit ‘The Afterparty’



Everyone’s a suspect in Apple TV+ comedy whodunit ‘The Afterparty’

A murder at a high school reunion sets the stage for multiple suspects, perspectives and genres in a “Rashomon”-like whodunit comedy set to begin streaming on Apple TV+.

In “The Afterparty,” premiering Friday, the murder of class nerd-turned-music star Xavier (Dave Franco) at a party following their 15-year reunion makes suspects of a group of friends, each with a possible motive.

Among them are Zoe (Zoe Chao, “Love Life”), the former fun girl stuck in a dull administrator position at the same school; Brett (Ike Barinholtz, “The Mindy Project”), class bully and Zoe’s estranged husband; Aniq (Sam Richardson, “Veep”), a nice guy who carries a torch for Zoe; Yasper (Ben Schwartz, “Space Force”), Aniq’s best friend; and popular girl Chelsea (Ilana Glazer, “Broad City”).

Interviewing them is Detective Danner (Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”), who takes statements from the suspects. So each episode is an account of the evening from the perspective of a given character. And the episodes have different genres, ranging from musical and Hitchcockian thriller to cop drama and comedy.

It was quite the exercise in storytelling for series creators Chris Miller and Phil Lord (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The LEGO Movie”). But it was no walk in the park for the actors, either, as they had to juggle genres and keep track of where their character was at any point in each account.

Zoe Chao stars in “The Afterparty,” premiering Friday on Apple TV+.

Chao said with all the shifting around, “my brain would hurt by the time (we finished) every day but it felt like we were using everything we’ve got, which was fulfilling.”

“It really makes you have to revisit the tenets of acting,” she added, “like the moment before, the moment after. Like where are you in the story at any given moment? And you just had to hone in on the art. I mean, you do that with any project but we’re revisiting the same story from multiple angles and hitting similar beats but in different ways and in different genres. So it made you have to be really present and specific and intentional, which is great.”

The series was shot during the pandemic, so after the actors filmed scenes repetitively, they then went back to their quarters and into isolation. So the shooting days took on a surreal quality as one blended into the next.

“It did have this ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling,” Chao said, “because we were revisiting the same evening every single day in the same costume every single day for like five months while also returning home to COVID life, which was its own exercise in repetition and isolation. So it was kind of a trippy experience.”

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Ginni Thomas’ emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election



Ginni Thomas’ emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election

WASHINGTON — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in the state were marred by fraud.

The revelations first published by The Washington Post on Friday show that Thomas was more involved than previously known in efforts, based on unsubstantiated claims of fraud, to overturn Biden’s victory and keep then-President Donald Trump in office.

In the days after The Associated Press and other news organizations called the presidential election for Biden, Thomas emailed two lawmakers in Arizona to urge them to choose “a clean slate of Electors” and “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure.” The AP obtained the emails under the state’s open records law.

Thomas also had written to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the weeks following the election encouraging him to work to overturn Biden’s victory and keep Trump in office, according to text messages first reported by the Post and CBS News.

Thomas was a staunch Trump supporter who acknowledged she attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally on the Ellipse but left before Trump spoke and his supporters later stormed the Capitol.

She has been critical of the ongoing congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 violence, including signing onto a letter to House Republicans calling for the expulsion of Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the GOP conference for joining the Jan. 6 congressional committee.

Justice Thomas, meanwhile, has taken part in the court’s consideration of lawsuits challenging the election results. The court turned away every challenge without a hearing, though Thomas was among three conservative justices who said cases from Pennsylvania should be heard. In February 2021, Thomas called the cases an “ideal opportunity” to address an important question whether state lawmakers or state courts get the last word about the manner in which federal elections are carried out.

In January, Thomas was the lone member of the court who supported a bid by Trump to withhold documents from the Jan 6. committee. The documents were held by the National Archives and Records Administration and included presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes dealing with Jan. 6 from Meadows’ files.

Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment, made to the court Friday.

Democratic lawmakers have called on Thomas to step aside from election-related cases, but he has given no indication he intends to do so.

The latest disclosure comes at a time when Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an internal investigation into the leaking of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, in one of the court’s most prominent cases in decades, and opinion polls have shown a loss of public confidence in the institution.

Thomas was referencing the leaked opinion at a conference in Dallas last week when he talked about the damage to the court. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”

Ginni Thomas has said she and the justice keep their work separate. “Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America. But we have our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions too. Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work,” Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview published in March.

Thomas sent emails to Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who this year is running for Arizona secretary of state. That would make her the top elections administrator in Arizona.

She wrote them again on Dec. 13, the day before electors met in state capitols around the country to formally cast their votes for president.

“As state lawmakers, you have the Constitutional power and authority to protect the integrity of our elections — and we need you to exercise that power now!” the email said. “Never before in our nation’s history have our elections been so threatened by fraud and unconstitutional procedures.”

Bowers dismissed the idea of replacing Arizona’s electors shortly after the election. The following year, Bolick introduced a bill that would have allowed the Legislature to overturn any presidential election results for any reason, and replace the electors.

Bolick has said her legislation would have made the process more bipartisan by requiring a two-thirds vote, but the text of the proposal calls for a simple majority. In any event, Bowers essentially killed the legislation before it ever came to a vote.


Associated Press writer Bob Christie contributed to this report from Phoenix. Cooper also reported from Phoenix.

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Who Is Sophie In The Staircase



Who Is Sophie In The Staircase

The latest episode of The Staircase left the audience dangling with many questions, one of the “what is justice?”. Episode put forward a character that has been in the limelight since the start, and she was a definitive figure to put forward the jury’s questions like justice, fate, and liberty of the audience. You already know whom we are talking about, silver-haired mystery Sophie Brunet.

HBO Max’s The Staircase is based on real-life occurrences circling the death of Kathleen Peterson in 2001. Colin Firth (Michael Peterson) finds his life in turmoil when he finds his wife, Toni Collette (Kathleen), unconscious at the base of the stairs. Turns out she’s dead, and Michael is the sole suspect. The show revolves around Michael’s relationship with his wife and how media engulfs his life, despite his pleas for purity and innocence.

Who is Sophie?

Juliette Binoche is playing the character of Sophie Brunet. It was in the 4th episode when their true identity of Sophie came to light. We see Sophie Brunet is connected to the true-crime documentary on which this show is based. She operated as an editor on the 2004 original documentary on the case. You can find her name on the IMDb site under people who worked on the film.

She was introduced in the first episode, and she is the only one in the present timeline with Michael Peterson as there is no clue if other Petersons are in contact with their father or not, or so it looks like. We got to know more about her enigmatic aura when she was put in front of Jean’s camera for an interview.

According to her IMDb, she has worked on other projects such as Blue is the Warmest Colour, Call My Agent and Jeuxd’ influence.

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Are Michael And Sophie Related?

We saw Sophie writing the letter to Michael, behind bars, at the end of episode 4. And it came to light that they exchanged many letters while her working on the documentary, and Michael was making rounds to courts and prisons.

They were in a relationship for 12 long years, but in 2019, the couple split because Michael was too old to move to French with Sophie and start a new life. It was also not easy for Sophie to move as they wanted to stay close to each other and their families.

 Where To Watch The Staircase?

It is streaming exclusively on HBO Max. The first 3 episodes debuted on 5th May, and the following episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays till 9th June.

 Total Episodes & Runtime

The miniseries have 8 episodes, and each of them is 60 mins long.

 Docuseries 2004 Version

Netflix has the Documentary version of The Staircase, 2004. It has 13 episodes and features the case very closely, including original courtroom interviews, video footage, and more. This 2004 documentary inspired the 2022 new miniseries.

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DT Travis Jones is second in Ravens’ 2022 draft class to sign rookie contract



DT Travis Jones is second in Ravens’ 2022 draft class to sign rookie contract

Ravens defensive tackle Travis Jones has signed his rookie contract, the team announced Friday.

Jones, a third-round pick, and running back Tyler Badie, a sixth-round pick, are the only players in the Ravens’ 11-man draft class who have signed. The projected value of Jones’ deal, according to salary cap website Spotrac, is $5.3 million, including a $1 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-4, 327-pound Jones had 47 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 11 games for Connecticut last season before impressing at the Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine.

“He’s a bigger guy,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said after taking Jones No. 76 overall last month. “When you guys see him, he’s going to kind of harken back to some of the guys we’ve had come through here, some of the big guys we’ve had. He’s a legit 335-pound guy — carries his weight very well. And saying that, he’s got unusual quickness for his size. There’s a lot of development that can take place and will take place with our coaches.”

Still unsigned are safety Kyle Hamilton (first round), center Tyler Linderbaum (first), outside linebacker David Ojabo (second), offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (fourth), cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (fourth), tight end Charlie Kolar (fourth), punter Jordan Stout (fourth), tight end Isaiah Likely (fourth) and cornerback Damarion Williams (fourth).


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