We go backstage with this week's best new shows and movies

Tom Holland, Bel-Air and Inventing Anna - we go backstage with this week's best new shows and movies

GB About: Tom Holland Publish: 02/13/2022 Edit: 02/13/2022 Author: Gardener

weekWhen Anna Sorokin was on trial in New York in the spring of 2019 and charged with fraud after defrauding hotels, banks and other members of Manhattan's elite out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, she reportedly enlisted the services of a stylist to ensure that she looked good. For years, Sorokin was known as Anna Delvey, a wealthy German heiress with a penchant for expensive wine, private jets and designer clothes. She had become a social media sensation; Even during her court hearing, an Instagram account documented her outfits — a mix of designer and high street, and always her signature thick-rimmed glasses — throughout. Prosecutors say Sorokin stole from others while pretending to afford a fortune of €60 million. She was sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison, including time served after her arrest in 2017, and was sentenced in February Released for Good Behavior in 2021. Based on a 2018 New York Magazine journalist's investigation of Sorokin, the series is "completely true," the trailer promises -- "except for the parts that are entirely made up." Russian-born Sorokin moved to Germany with her family when she was a teenager and after graduating from high school, she spent time in London and Paris before introducing "Anna Delvey" to New York in 2013. In reality, he's a former trucker who, according to New York Magazine, is a Heiz - and runs refrigerated business She snuck into the city's best parties and high-end hotels, promising funds were on the way and capitalized on generous ones Tips to convince the staff that she was good for it. Sorokin used fake bank statements to apply for a £16million loan from a bank to fund a private arts club she planned to open in Manhattan, prosecutors said. The scammer also deposited £11,000 bad checks into a Signature Bank account, managed to withdraw £6,000 in cash before bouncing and used fake transfer receipts to trick victims. In all, prosecutors charged her with stealing £202,000 - including a £26,000 bill she failed to pay for a plane chartered to and from a shareholders' meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate, in Omaha, Nebraska. She was eventually arrested in 2017 with "not a dime to her name as far as we can ascertain," prosecutor Catherine McCaw said at the time. At the end of her trial, Sorokin was found guilty by a jury on four counts of grand larceny and theft of services. She was also found not guilty of one of the most serious charges in the indictment: attempting to steal more than £730,000 from the City National Bank. Judge Diane Kiesel said the defendant was "dazzled by the glitz and glamor of New York City" and denied a request by her attorneys to have her sentenced only during the time she had already spent in prison awaiting trial . She also ordered Sorokin to pay nearly £150,000 in damages and a £17,000 fine. "I am stunned by the depth of the defendant's deception," said Kiesel, also referring to the scammer's online following. Todd Spodek, Sorokin's defense attorney, told the court Sorokin "buyed time" and always intended to pay off her debts, portraying her as an ambitious entrepreneur rather than a criminal — but that characterization was dismissed by prosecutors. What did Sorokin say about the invention of Anna? Created and produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder), the series is inspired by Jessica Pressler's 2018 article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People in New York Magazine. Anna Chlumsky (Veep, My Girl) plays a fictionalized version of the journalist named Vivian Kent on the show. Sorokin wrote an essay for news site Insider ahead of her release, in which she said she paid her refund - and highlighted a report in which she said she used her money paid by the streaming platform to do so. However, she said she would not watch while in detention. "For a long time I hoped that by the time Inventing Anna came out, I would get on with my life." Almost four years in the making and hours of phone calls and visits later, the show is based on my story and told from a journalist's point of view. And while I'm curious as to how they interpreted all of the research and materials provided, I can't help but feel like an afterthought." As part of her research for the show, Garner visited Sorokin in prison and spent hours educating herself watching taped interviews about the woman she portrayed.Speaking to Stevie Wong, co-host of the Sky News Backstage Entertainment podcast, the actress said she wanted to ask a lot of questions, but had to find a balance. "Of course I wanted to I ask Anna certain questions, but you want to feel it too, because they're tricky questions and... you don't want to push things too hard, but I kind of expected certain questions she wouldn't answer just because Anna "Is such a private person and doesn't give out all the information about herself. I just wanted to see what her energy and spirit was like." I have chosen not to record their meetings or take notes. "I wanted to go in there, not record anything, document nothing, because a dynamic changes as soon as someone feels they're being watched or seen - not even because it's Anna, I say anyone, there's an instant filter. "I just wanted to make her feel comfortable talking to me... Garner said she was "surprised at how bubbly" Sorokin could be. However, she said her mood can change: "There were many moments where she was extremely soft spoken, but then she went from light to dark in a matter of seconds. But at the same time, it also made more sense - why she was able to do what she did." Inventing Anna is available now on Netflix

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