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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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*Jeremy*

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Seeing a gun in the hands of someone like Darren is funny :amused

I'm not a fan of the clothes, though wha?


@Poppy wrote:This looks like Darren during a break, having a conversation with a little squirrel.  Very cute

Why haven't you posted the picture in the threads Fan experiences ? angel

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Jeremy wrote:
Why haven't you posted the picture in the threads Fan experiences ?

ha!  Darren can be charming, but I have a feeling that little squirrel was more interested in any snacks Darren could provide.  :happy face


Nineties clothes are not your thing, Jeremy? :amused

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Put pics in spoiler tags due to violence.


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OkMagazine wrote:
In Cold Blood! Darren Criss In 'American Crime Story' Is So Freaky, You Won't Recognize Him





Darren Criss is taking on his most disturbing role yet. In The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the former Glee star plays Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer who gunned down fashion designer Gianni Versace at his Miami beach mansion in 1997. The role requires Darren to transform from his likable, show tune-singing self into a grisly murderer — Andrew was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for killing five men in just three months before ultimately killing Versace as well. And in these latest pics from the set, Darren looks eerily similar to the frightening criminal!

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ricky_martin: Ready for another week working with this gang. Great days ahead. #ACSVersace

edgarramirez25: Ready for another week working with this gang. Great days ahead. #ACSVersace #versace • Listo para otra semana de trabajo con esta pandilla. Grandes días por delante. #ACSVersace #repost from my blood brother • #repost de mi hermano de sangre @ricky_martin

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  nelsoncragg: Dusk dinner in Miami with our amazing Versace cast and creators!!!!

  sarastelwagen: Current vibe courtesy of our Gianni

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Note: Nelson Cragg is a Director and DP on ACS Versace.  Sara Stelwagen is Ryan Murphy’s assistant (gleekto)


What a beautiful restaurant and view.

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More pics of Darren filming.  :happy face  Looks like he was filming in L.A. now.  I'll post a a couple of pics.  More pics at dailydarrennews and Just Jared.




[HQ] Darren on set of American Crime Story: Versace - May 23, 2017 | Source

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New pics of Darren filming and on a break on the Versace set.


A few pics from dcriss-archive (go to endlesslyklaine for more pics):










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   47 UHQ] Pictures of Darren Criss on the set of ‘Versace: American Crime Story’ on May, 31th.

June 1, 2017






More pics of Darren on the set May 31, 2017.










Darren filming American Crime Story: Versace (May 31st, 2017)
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From Darren Criss Army:

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American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: How the Cast Compares to Their Real-Life Counterparts

June 2, 2017

With production underway in Miami Beach, including at the very mansion where Versace was murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, photos of the stars in costume have started to surface, and their resemblance to their real-life counterparts is rather uncanny and a little chilling.



DARREN CRISS AS ANDREW CUNANAN

The Glee fan-favorite, who also made a guest appearance on American Horror Story" Hotel, will take on the role of Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer and sociopath, whose killing spree ended after Versace became his fifth and final victim. Nine days after murdering the designer in 1997, Cunanan, then 27, killed himself just as the Miami police moved in to capture him.

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I'll post a few pics.  For more pics go to dcriss-archive.










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  [UHQ] Darren Criss on the set of ‘Versace: American Crime Story’ on June, 6th.

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Well, this is good news.  It looks like The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  American Crime Story has been moved up to be the second season of American Crime Story, instead of the third season!

So Versace will be aired early 2018, and Katrina:  American Crime Story, as the third season of ACS, will be shown late 2018.    This is great because, now we can see Versace earlier, and because now Versace directly follows the critically acclaimed first season of American Crime Story ( People v. O.J. Simpson).

The Hollywood reporter article notes that the first 2 episodes of Versace already have been completed. 


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'Katrina' Delayed as 'Versace' Will Air as Next 'American Crime Story' on FX

June 13, 2017

There's a change in plans for FX critical darling American Crime Story.

Katrina: American Crime Story, starring Annette Bening, has been delayed and will now air in late 2018 with production beginning early next year on what will be the third cycle of the Ryan Murphy anthology. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will become the second season of the franchise and air in the early part of 2018 as the follow-up to Emmy darling The People v. O.J. Simpson.

The change in plans comes as Katrina — based on Douglas Brinkley's book The Great Deluge — requires additional time to create special water effects needed to re-create Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Scheduling for the star-studded cast — which also includes returning players Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Courtney B. Vance as well as franchise newbies Matthew Broderick and Dennis Quaid — is also said to have been a factor in the delay.

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People V. O.J. scored nine Emmy wins and an FX-best 13.9 million viewers per episode. Murphy and fellow exec producers Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and Tom Rob Smith exec producing Versace. The second season is being written by Smith with Murphy directing the series premiere of the Fox 21 and FX Productions drama.

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Versace, meanwhile, started production in April in Miami with the first two episodes already completed. The season, based on Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, will explore the July 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace (Ramirez). His killer, Andrew Cunanan (Criss), committed suicide eight days later as Miami Dade police were on the verge of capturing the serial killer behind five slayings. Oscar winner Cruz stars as Donatella Versace, the sister of the slain fashion designer, who took over the company following his death.





EW wrote:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace is now officially FX's next American Crime Story

June 13, 2017


There’s been a minor twist in FX’s American Crime Story franchise: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which was originally slated to be the third installment of the series, will now premiere in early 2018. This means that it will bump Katrina, which had been previously announced as the follow-up to last year’s phenomenon The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Versace, which is currently in production, tells the story of the titular designer, played by Edgar Ramirez, and the serial killer, Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who gunned him down outside Versace’s mansion in Miami. Penelope Cruz plays Versace’s sister Donatella (seen in EW’s exclusive image below) and Ricky Martin is Versace’s long-term boyfriend, Antonio D’Amico.


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SPOILER:

Filming on set.

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Video of Darren filming American Crime Story | Source


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Wasn't Katrina supposed to air this fall and Versace in early 2018 ? oh

Anyway, it's good news that Versace is the second season. We are now sure that the season will get quite a lot of media attention, as it comes just after the successful first part of the show.

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I thought, but could be wrong, that Katrina was supposed to air early 2018 and Versace in late 2018.


Jeremy wrote:Anyway, it's good news that Versace is the second season. We are now sure that the season will get quite a lot of media attention, as it comes just after the successful first part of the show.

 Yup, I agree!

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iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards (MMVA), Canada.  June 18, 2017.



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Darren Criss wrote:I think it was Glee, was my audition. So it was a six year audition process where he’s like, ok, you’re cool. No, actually, I owe Ryan Murphy a big debt of gratitude. He and I have been talking about this project for many years, and he kept to his word, so hopefully I can do it some kind of justice.
Darren Criss answers, “What was the [American Crime Story] audition like?” [x] (via jenndesq)

From ETCanada video (http://etcanada.com/video/970794051818/darren-criss-talks-nudity-ryan-murphy-at-the-2017-mmvas/?sf89794657=1 )

Note:  Darren said it's a dream team, that they have their own take on what happened, and that it has an incredible cast.  He said he loves going to work everyday.  So happy for him.  Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for your support of and faith in Darren. 






This is the part where he talks about Versace.  The audio is very clear.


ysbnow: .@DarrenCriss on his new role in #AmericanCrimeStory on the #MMVAs.

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Darren said that he is honored to be a part of the project, and that he is inspired by such talented cast members.  The part in the longer video where he speaks highly of Ryan Murphy, is cut off in this shorter video. 



Here is the longer video.  Point 2:20.

Darren Criss backstage at iHeartRadio Canada MMVAs (June 18th, 2017) | Facebook Live

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I'm surprised they are already marketing the show, but I'm not complaiining! 

Versace: American Crime Story: BTS Of Highly Anticipated Series | Cover Shoot | Entertainment Weekly | Article




Love this!

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edgarramirez25: The House of #Versace is back! Enjoy our first official look on the cover of @EW at Casa Casuarina in #SouthBeach












First look at The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story | Source

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EW wrote:

How Ryan Murphy Plans to top 'People v. O.J. Simpson' Phenomenon with 'Gianni Versace'


June 21, 2017
How do you top a phenomenon like last year’s The People v. O.J. Simpson? Opulence, sex and Ricky Martin, naturally. Those are just a few of the elements viewers can expect whenThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres in early 2018, focusing on the tragic killing of the fashion titan (Martin plays his long-time love Antonio D’Amico). FX’s follow-up to Simpson, featuring the same team of executive producers including Ryan Murphy, Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson, won’t premiere for months but EW was exclusively on the set in May as the cast shot in Versace’s former home, Casa Casuarina. “It was very moving, sometimes disturbing,” says Penelope Cruz, who plays Gianni’s sister Donatella, of shooting in the house. “We all felt a very powerful energy. It just made me have more passion to tell this story.”


On July 15, 1997, Gianni Versace had left to go on his regular run to Miami Beach’s News Cafe. As he returned home and was opening his front gate, Andrew Cunanan, a sociopath who had become fixated on the designer after reportedly meeting him years earlier, walked up behind Versace and shot him twice in the head. The openly gay Versace was one of the most exciting and provocative designers of the moment, famous for his bold skin-baring designs. “Gianni was a disrupter,” says Edgar Ramírez (Joy), who plays the colorful figure. “He was doing things at the time that no one else was doing. He had this rock-star vision of couture and was the master of combining fashion, celebrity, and fame in a way that had never been combined before.” But his future was snuffed out by Cunanan (Glee’s Darren Criss), an intelligent, handsome, and highly disturbed young man from San Diego. Versace, based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth, hopes to show how these two men’s paths crossed and ended so violently. “Here are two men from comparable backgrounds that had all kinds of similarities,” explains writer Tom Rob Smith (London Spy). “They came from parents who were striving but not wealthy. They had the Italian-heritage connection. This feeling of being an outsider. The sexuality connection. Why does one go on to become this incredible creator and great life force? And the other young man ends up destroying so much?”


The tale haunted Murphy, who pitched doing it even before Simpsonaired. “I kept going back to Versace because it was different from O.J.tonally,” says the executive producer, sitting on the back patio of Casa Casuarina. “It was a manhunt and it takes place all over the country.” And just as the O.J. Simpson trial was a lens through which to examine racism, Murphy sees the Versace murder as a chance to do the same with sexuality and homophobia in the ’90s. “The more I had read about it, the more I was startled by the fact that Cunanan really was only allowed to get away with it because of homophobia,” says Murphy. “There was this great apathy about it, and I think part of that was because it seemed like gay people were disposable in our culture.”


The ACS team now not only has to live up the legacy of Simpson‘s success but also a glut of other true-crime scripted series. “I would only feel pressure if we were doing, like, the Menendez trial,” says ­Murphy. “But this is so dramatically different, and it’s about fashion and celebrity. Everything feels like you’re jumping off a diving board for the first time because there’s no template.” In this week’s cover story, EW has your exclusive deep dive on how Murphy brought together an Oscar winner, aGlee favorite, and a music superstar for one of 2018’s most anticipatedtelevision events.






haha!  I had no idea this happened.  So funny!  :amused   Way to go, Darren!
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Darren Criss Made Out with His American Crime Story Producer During Hedwig


June 21, 2017


Now that’s how you get the part! Everybody is talking about Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz’s splashy new Entertainment Weekly cover for American Crime Story, but our attention is on a hilarious anecdote about Criss and executive producer Brad Simpson’s, erm, close encounter during his stint in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.


“Once every night he jumps into somebody’s lap and makes out with them,” said Simpson. “In the middle of the show, he jumps in the audience and rips my glasses off and makes out with me. It was very charming and a very Cunanan thing to do, to be a little devilish.”


Criss jokes: “I casting-couched the s— outta that!”


A spontaneous lip-lock resulting in us getting to watch Criss star in an ultra-addicting Ryan Murphy series? This is a win all around.

As previously announced, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss is slated to star as twisted serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the next highly anticipated season of FX's American Crime Story. This installment of mastermind Ryan Murphy's anthology series, which will dive into the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, is scheduled to air early next year.








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'American Horror Story' Star Finn Wittrock Joining 'Assassination of Gianni Versace'

June 21, 2017

Wittrock will play Jeff Trail, a friend of Andrew Cunanan but also the serial killer’s first victim. Cunanan is played by Darren Criss (Glee).


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Nice update.

The photo shoot is glamour. I guess it was just for the magazine, as the first season wasn't in that tone.

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I wonder if this season may have more glamour than season 1, since it will include fashion.

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EW wrote:
Darren Criss on going from a Warbler on Glee to a killer in The Assassination of Gianni Versace

June 23, 2017



Ryan Murphy was adamant that Darren Criss — best known for his five seasons on Murphy’s Glee as sweet, bow-tied Blaine — play the Andrew Cunanan, the twisted serial killer in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. A Talented Mr. Ripley-type character, Cunanan charmed his way into wealthy circles before his violent break; he’s far from a one-note monster.

It’s unquestionably the biggest and most challenging role of Criss’ career so far. “Actors are only as good as the parts they get. You can only be as good as those moments you get,” Criss says. “This is one of those ship-coming-in moments where Ryan has really given me this massive opportunity, and I’d like to think I am up for the challenge. There’s zero anxiety.”

It’s a definite about-face from the squeaky clean Blaine, but Criss says he treats all roles with equal intensity. “I don’t like quantifying one [role is] harder or easier or funner or more significant than other characters,” says the 30-year-old. “Blaine, by comparison, could be put into a cartoonish box. The very patter of Glee exists in a different world than the one we’re dealing with. But all the same, I treat that silly hairdo and the clothes he wore and the way that he spoke and the things he believed in with the same currency that I treat someone like Andrew, who was a real person and had real friends and family.”

To sell his creative team on his vision, Murphy sent Smith and executive producer Brad Simpson to see Criss in the touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Once every night he jumps into somebody’s lap and makes out with them,” says Simpson. “In the middle of the show, he jumps in the audience and rips my glasses off and makes out with me. It was very charming and a very Cunanan thing to do, to be a little devilish. Cunanan charmed people and then turned them off. We’re talking about a serial killer people liked.” Criss jokes: “I casting-couched the s— outta that! In my defense, I didn’t know it was Brad Simpson. I’m glad I didn’t know.”

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Sorry the video is so small. I couldn't figure out within the code of how to enlarge it. scratch  But the video s fairly clear when you enlarge it.  :happy face

I really enjoyed reading this article.  I didn't know, that Ryan Murphy specifically  had in mind Darren when Ryan was thinking of the casting, thinking of who would play Andrew Cunanan.  It really warms my heart that Ryan not just envisioned Darren in particular for this role of Andrew Cunanan, but in addition, that Ryan went through so much effort to ensure that the producers would be on board with Darren in the role.  Ryan sent the producers to see Darren in the Hedwig and the Angry Inch tour (I'm assuming in Los Angeles).  That tour was a blessing in many ways, then, for Darren!   The last paragraph of the article made me smile, about how Versace executive producer Brad Simpson found Darren's kiss (Darren as Hedwig) to be charming and devilish, very Cunanan-like. 

Interesting quote from Mr. Simpson:  "We’re talking about a serial killer [that] people liked."  We are getting a glimpse of who Andrew Cunanan was.  Quote from the writer of the article:   "A Talented Mr. Ripley-type character, Cunanan charmed his way into wealthy circles before his violent break; he's far from a one-note monster." 

Nice of Darren to show how humble he is, when he said he is thankful for Ryan gifting him with this huge opportunity.  (But hmmm.  Maybe an overstatement to say he has "zero" anxiety.  I watched season 1 of American Crime Story recently with my hubby, and man, the acting was fantastic.  This is a big project.  It comes across a bit over-confident to say "zero" anxiety--even seasoned actors express some anxiety about big roles they get--but I get his point about being confident in his abilities.  I also have faith in you, Darren, especially after seeing you 4 times in Hedwig!)

It definitely sounds like the Darren who we know and love when he said he treats all his roles with equal intensity.  Darren gives it his all for all his acting roles.  I love that about him.  Great work ethic.   A lot of thought and preparation goes into how he shapes the characters he plays.  Despite how cartoonish Blaine was in some ways--his gelmet, his dramatic nature sometimes, his style of clothes--despite all of that, Blaine felt very real to me.  The way that Darren played Blaine . . . who Blaine was as a character, his essence, actually reminded me of someone I love very much. 

So looking forward to Versace!  Can't wait!

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