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I added a few articles from ethnic news media in my Post # 544, above.


From acsversace-news:


TV Line wrote:
Emmys 2018: The Ultimate Binge Guide — How to Catch Up on 30 Nominees

July 13, 2018


THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

Nominations:
18, including Limited Series

Total Episodes:
9 (1 season)

Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology took a lavish, colorful turn with the story of Versace killer Andrew Cunanan; it’s worth watching for Darren Criss’ mesmerizing performance alone.

Where to Watch:
Amazon (for purchase), iTunes


Source:   https://tvline.com/2018/07/13/emmys-2018-nominees-how-to-binge-watch-netflix-hulu-amazon-streaming/








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robertascroft: Congratulations to Darren Criss on his Emmy Nomination for Lead Actor in Limited Drama series. He was truly remarkable in American Crime Story-The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Looking forward to seeing more of this Glee Alumni in the future. #emmy #acsversace #darrencriss #themaninblack








Some congrats from more StarKids  :happy face

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Cute pic of Darren:

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This is nice of Cody.  A very talented actor. 
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codyfern:  CONGRATULATIONS  19 Emmy Nominations!!! To the cast and crew in all departments, to the entire American Crime Story family - and to our visionary leader Ryan Murphy: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.  heart










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wordtheatre: Congratulations to WordTheatre alum, Darren Criss, for his Emmy Nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie! Actors like Darren help WordTheatre give voice to great literature and continue our programs like WordTheatre in the Schools. Come support our WordTheatre in the Schools benefit ‘Hey, Doyle!’ starring Bruce Willis this July 28th in East Hampton. Click link for more info: https://wordtheatre.com/event/hey-doyle/ #darrencriss @darrencriss #emmyawards #americancrimestory #gianniversace #glee #starkid #wordtheatre #HeyDoyle #hamptons #theatre #scribe #WITS #brucewillis #authorsofinstagram#actorsofinstagram #spokenword #2018 #theatretickets #thingstodo #datenight#pushcartprize#WordTheatreInTheSchools









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anthony_parnther: Congratulations to the incredible Darren Criss @darrencriss for your Emmy Nomination in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

I am looking forward to working together again soon!





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So many supportive words from friends and peers and others.  I'll post some of them.  heart

Note:  I added more messages of congratulations today (Friday, July 13). 



rockerrick: Wow. Congrats to @darrencriss and the rest of the @americancrimestoryfx team and cast on 18 Emmy nominations

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Aw, I knew Max and Joaquin would be sending their support.  :happy face  So nice of Lea and Michael Hitchcock as well  (haha.  But I was waiting for a funny congrats from Michael Hitchcock).
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Added Harry Shum's and John Stamos's messages:  :happy face

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Such nice messages from Curt Mega, fellow Warbler.  :happy face
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Aw, Ashley.  :happy face
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ashleypweston: #TBT to when we were last in Milan  heart CONGRATS on your EMMY NOM, #DarrenCriss!! What a wild 8 year journey we’ve been on together - I couldn’t be more proud & excited for you! SO WELL DESERVED  Let's clap Let's clap Love you tons!! #Emmys2018 #ACSVersace













Aw, look, Alex from DCN also posted his sweet congrats!  I love Alex!











Aw, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Gaten Matarazzo.  :happy face
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latimes_entertainment: Swipe for some of this year’s first-time Emmy nominees! #Emmys









Aw, some more nice messages.  Nice of Mandy Moore (wish she was nominated too).
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Craig Zadan.  :happy face
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alysiareiner: OMG CONGRATS @pamelaadlon @betterthingsfx @televisionacad #emmy nom!! And @darrencriss too!! You are genius talent beloved humans. A million hugs & kisses of congrats.From now on will only call you Pammy #likeaboss Adlon.









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umichtheatre: Alumni News | Congratulations to #umichacting alum Darren Criss on his Emmy Nomination for best “Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” as Andrew Cunanan in ”The Assassination of Gianni Versace”!!! We are so proud of you Darren!!! #GoBlue #UmichTheatre #EmmyAwards #DarrenCriss #AmericanCrimeStory @umichsmtd @umicharts









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tedsun77: #Emmy #nomination !!! @darrencriss #leadactor @americancrimestoryfx #assassinationofgianniversace #nominee #limitedseries #actor #portrait #congrats #darrencriss #tedsunphoto  @tedsun77 #stylist @ashleypweston #grooming @louiferry










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baeblemusic: In honor of @darrencriss being nominated for an #Emmy, watch our session with his musical project, @weplaycomputers! Link in bio 

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ecarenphoto: Congratulations @darrencriss on your Emmy Nomination for Best Actor for your extraordinary performance in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace! #outtake of our #photoshoot for @thewrap #creativedirector @guerin_ad .









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variety: Check out the new kids on the #Emmy block! Congratulations to this year’s first-time nominees. To see the full list, click the link in bio.









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roguemagazine: In honor of @darrencriss being nominated for the Best Actor Emmy today, here’s an unreleased shot from his feature for @roguemagazine’s Summer Issue N°9, link in bio.  Photography by @josephsinclair  Styling by @krishanparmar_  Hair by @naradkutowaroo  Makeup by @laurengriffinmua  Written by @jackiefern #darrencriss #assasinationofgianniversace #americancrimestory #versace

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Well, congratulations to Darren and Ryan Murphy, Tom Rob Smith, and the cast and crew of ACS Versace

Well done!  I can't say I'm surprised Darren was nominated--with the vast majority of critics loving his work on the show, but yeah, feeling so very happy for and proud of him.  So well-deserved!  I can only imagine how he must be dancing on Cloud 9 right now with Mia and friends (and family?)! 

I meant to post earlier, but it's been a busy day.  But I've been following all the wonderful updates from dcriss-archive and Darren Criss Army the whole day.  First thing I did this morning was check just to make sure our man got that nomination! 

I'm also feeling very happy for Ryan Murphy, the rest of the cast and crew, Tom Rob Smith,  and the other producers/showrunners ACS Versace.  So  happy for Ryan.  The show was a brilliant idea.  It took so much vision from Ryan to get this show done and to shine a spotlight on, to bring to light, the human cost of societal intolerance, of society's ability to shun and turn their cheek away from an entire community.  Hats off to Ryan for his vision! 

I'm sorry that Cody and Jon Jon were not nominated.  But it doesn't take away how brilliant those two actors, one a veteran actor and one a young up and coming rising star, were in the show.  Awards shows tend to play it safe and reward big names (and often reward the same shows and same folks every year).  (For this reason, I'm so relieved that Darren was nominated, since his category was teeming with giant names!)  To me, Cody's performance (and the brilliant writing for Cody's lines) were the heart of the show--he just captured the heart break of the stories of these men, and likewise, Jon Jon's performance was so remarkable in how it highlighted an Asian immigrant's experiences in America in a highly visible project by a highly visible, well-respected showrunner.  My hope is that both Jon Jon and Cody will have more opportunities in the future (and in Jon Jon's case, that he will have many opportunities to represent the Asian-American acting community in the future).

Just so happy for everyone who was part of this team!   Much love to all involved!!!  heart heart heart  My heart is teeming with pride.



From dcriss-archive (Note:  I added a few more items today, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15):


Indiewire wrote:
Sandra Oh’s ‘Killing Eve’ Emmy Nod Isn’t the Only Important Asian Nomination to Celebrate

July 12, 2018

Oh isn’t the only significant Asian representation among the nominees though. Darren Criss, who is half Filipino, snagged a nomination for playing killer Andrew Cunanan, who in real life was also half-Filipino, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX. This is his first individual acting Emmy nomination. He previously had a nod as a singer/songwriter on “Glee.”

Criss released the following statement on Twitter regarding his nomination: “Zorro, Dr. Strange, Harry Dunne, Todd Alquist, and Jesus Christ… pretty incredible company to keep. Humbled by your talent, Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Plemons, John Legend. I’m such a fan. Congrats! What an honor, Television Academy. Thank you so much. Truly. Wow. And a huge congrats to my fellow cast and crew of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story! Ryan Murphy does it again!”

Either win would make great strides for Asian representation, especially in the acting categories. Only two Asian actors have won previously: Riz Ahmed in 2017 for his leading role in “The Night Of” and Archie Panjabi for her supporting role in “The Good Wife” in 2010.



Source:  https://www.indiewire.com/2018/07/killing-eve-sandra-oh-emmy-darren-criss-gianni-versace-hiro-murai-1201983634/

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In addition to Darren, Ryan, Tom Rob Smith, the rest of the cast and crew and showrunners/producers of ACS Versace, I'm happy for one of my favorite shows (This is Us) and for Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones (I'm sorry Mandy Moore wasn't nominated)!  This article didn't seem to realize Darren is part Filipino.
TV Guide wrote:
2018 Emmy Nominations by the Numbers

July 12, 2018

1: Confirmed number of amazing butts among nominees (Darren Criss)

38: People of color nominated for Emmys in major categories, which more than doubles last year: Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us; Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Wanda Sykes, black-ish; Donald Glover, Zazie Beetz, Katt Williams and Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta; Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live; Tituss Burgess,Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton,Westworld; Samira Wiley and Kelly Jenrette, The Handmaid’s Tale; Regina King, Seven Seconds; RuPaul Charles, Drag Race; W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America: With W. Kamau Bell; Issa Rae, Insecure; Sandra Oh, Killing Eve; Trevor Noah, Daily Show; Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso; Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Darren Criss and Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story;Brandon Victor Dixon and John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar; Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder; Viola Davis, Scandal; Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult; Letitia Wright, Black Mirror; Maya Rudolph, The Good Place; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm; John Leguizamo, Waco

6: Number of Latinx performers nominated, including Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, John Leguizamo and Lin-Manuel Miranda

1: Number of Asian actors nominated (Sandra Oh). C'mon TV, do better!


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The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Source:  https://www.tvguide.com/news/emmys-2018-nominations-trivia/

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ABS-CBN wrote:
Fil-Am actor Darren Criss earns Emmy nomination for serial killer role

July 13, 2018


His role in the TV drama “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” as a serial killer has been a big hit with audience and critics.

Now, Filipino-American actor Darren Criss has received an acting nomination for an Emmy, perhaps the highest honor in TV, it was revealed late Thursday (Philippine time).

This is the first Emmy acting nod for Criss, whose mother is from Cebu. He was nominated in 2015 in the outstanding original music category for a song he wrote for “Glee.”

In his new show, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the half-Filipino murderer notorious for killing five men, including famous fashion Gianni Versace, in 1997.

It has drawn positive reviews from critics, with the New York Times’ Margaret Lyons describing his performance as “impressive and haunting” in spite of her tamed views on the show overall.

TV Guide called him “magnificent,” while USA Today praised him for bringing the spree killer to life with “disturbing energy and commitment,” just to name some of the reviews.



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Darren was right on the nose when he described why he felt Ryan is so great at what he does.  Ryan colors the stories of his characters with social significance, giving his characters a voice to tell stories that haven't been told by their communities in the same way before.  At the same time, Ryan is genius at making each of his characters accessible, so that any barriers that may have existed between some audience members and the characters begin to melt away once the audience begins to relate to and bond with the characters, despite differences that some audience members may have felt before.  I know that happened with Glee, especially with how audience members who previously had no sense of community with LGBTQ people, began to really love and embrace LGBTQ characters over the course of the various seasons of Glee.   That is magic.  That is, I believe, the key to combatting prejudice and bias:  To be able to help people develop a sense of community with other human beings, regardless of their differences.
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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Stars Reflect On Emmy Nominations: TV Academy “Voted For Justice”

July 12, 2018

"How am I doing? I don’t even know how I’m doing. I’m on fire, man. What can I say?” Ricky Martin told Deadline today, after receiving his first ever Emmy nomination for Ryan Murphy’s FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Picking up their own nominations amongst the series’ 18 overall nods, Versace stars Edgar Ramírez, Darren Criss and Finn Wittrock seemed to share Martin’s sense of excited bewilderment.

Documenting the murder of the titular fashion icon (Ramírez) at the hands of spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Criss), the latest installment of Murphy’s true crime anthology series was a dream project for those involved. “It’s a difficult thing to say because obviously [Cunanan] is a very tragic figure. I’d like to think that if I was in any position to have stopped the horrible things that happened, if I was there, I would have tried to do something,” Criss explained of his thinking in portraying an infamous real-life killer. “But unfortunately I wasn’t there. So all I could do is try to bring a kind of positivity to this darkness by telling a story in a certain way, raising certain questions that we can ask 20 years later about not only him, but ourselves and our society.”

“Regardless of awards season, this is an opportunity that I have worked and waited for my entire life. Actors are really only as good as the parts they can get, and the people that believe in them, and the complexity of the characters that they’re playing,” Criss added with reference to his troubled character, who finds himself at the center of the series—more so than Versace himself. “The thing that makes Andrew interesting is not the stuff that is dark or scary or uncomfortable; it’s the breadth of colors that exists on his palette. That’s what actors really crave.”

Like Criss, Martin was happy to see some light come out of the darkness of Versace and Cunanan’s experience. “Today, I realized that my peers in The Academy voted for justice — because at the end of the day, this is what the story was about,” he said. “It’s focused on the justice that is needed [following] this horrible crime. This is the way I see it, period.”

For the actors of Versace, portraying real-life figures was a challange. “As happens every time you play a real-life person, [the challenge] is not to yield before the pressure of playing someone that a lot of people knew—especially someone like Gianni whose work was so impactful,” Ramírez said. “Playing a real-life character, it’s not about imitating. It’s not a photograph—it’s a painting.”

While Criss contemplated the psyche of a killer—attempting to manifest all of Cunanan’s complexity—Martin gave himself up to the darkness D’Amico experienced following the death of Versace. “We walked on set every day extremely vulnerable, but at the same time, we all felt protected because we were being directed by Ryan, and by an amazing group of directors,” he said. “It just felt right.”

Celebrating the success of Versace, each of the series’ stars tipped their hat to its mastermind, Ryan Murphy, discussing what makes him so unique and vital as a storyteller. “He works harder than anyone else in the business and continues to keep a group of people around him who are continually impressive. With every new project, you’re going to be challenged in a new way and surprised,” Wittrock said.

Added Criss, who also worked with Murphy on Glee, “He really gravitates towards sides of the story that we wouldn’t typically hear, or haven’t heard in the past. He finds what’s not only most accessible about those stories, but as a showrunner and a showman, he knows how to make those things attractive.”


Source:  https://deadline.com/2018/07/american-crime-story-versace-darren-criss-edgar-ramirez-ricky-martin-emmys-1202425891/

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jonjonbriones: Big congratulations to our show @americancrimestoryfx Versace for the Emmy nominations! @darrencriss @edgarramirez25 @finnwittrock @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial @judithlight @mrrpmurphy



















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sthanlee: Huge CONGRATS to FilAm Actor @DarrenCriss on his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for #ACSVersace !! Also CONGRATS to the Cast & Crew of @americancrimestoryfx on your 18 Emmy Nominations! @jonjonbriones @carlinjames917 @isacamillebriones | Photo by @Sthanlee B. Mirador | @SIPAUSA [7.12.18] . #Emmys #FilAm #DarrenCriss #FX #AmericanCrimeStory


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Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce (via acsversace-news).

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Fantastic article!
Slate wrote:
Sandra Oh’s and Darren Criss’ Historic Emmy Noms Show the Two Ways to Diversify Casting

By Inkoo Kang

July 12, 2018

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Photo illustration by Slate.  Photos by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images and Noam Galai/Getty Images.


On Thursday, Sandra Oh became the first actress of Asian descent to garner an Emmy nomination for best lead actress in a drama while Darren Criss became the second actor of Asian descent to earn an Emmy nod for best lead actor in a limited series or TV movie. Best known for her decade on Grey’s Anatomy, Oh was honored for her critically acclaimed performance as disgraced MI5 detective Eve Polastri in BBC America’s Killing Eve. A supporting player on Glee, Criss delivered a star turn as spree killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Should these actors take home the award on Sept. 17Criss is widely considered one of the front-runners in his category, whereas Oh will have to build on her momentum to prevail against five returning nominees, including 2017 winner Elisabeth Moss—they would become only the third and fourth acting Emmy winners of Asian descent, after Riz Ahmed for The Night Of in 2017 and Archie Panjabi for The Good Wife in 2010.

The serendipitous pairing of Oh’s and Criss’ roles also suggests that initiatives toward inclusiveness in Hollywood should be two-pronged: through colorblind casting when it comes to characters whose stories aren’t about their race (as was the case with Oh’s Polastri), as well as through stories specific to the Asian American experience (such as that of the half-Filipino Cunanan, who suffered racial discrimination within the gay community).

These record-breaking achievements are all the more poignant for arriving one day after news broke that a movie studio intends to make a fictionalized version of the Thai cave rescue as “a major Hollywood film with A-list stars”—a phrase that has previously served as a justification for whitewashing stories. Criss and Oh’s performances illustrate that acting talent among performers of Asian descent is out there—but won’t be given a chance to reveal itself without the opportunities necessary to create new A-listers.

Source:  https://slate.com/culture/2018/07/sandra-oh-and-darren-criss-historic-emmy-noms-show-how-to-diversify-casting.html









EDIT:  Added a few more items on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 13, July 14, and July 15):

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GMA wrote:
Darren Criss earns lead actor Emmy nod for ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’

July 13, 2018

Fil-Am actor Darren Criss’ heartbreaking, gut-wrenching performance as Filipino serial killer Andrew Cunanan has earned him a well-deserved Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

FX’s true crime dramatization, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, led the limited series category with 18 nominations. It will be competing against “The Alienist”, “Genius: Picasso”, “Godless”, and “Patrick Melrose” for Outstanding Limited Series.

This is Criss’ first Emmy nomination for acting. He will be up against Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”), John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister).

Criss fleshed out in the small screen the troubled mind of Cunanan, who went on a horrific murder spree that ended with the death of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Cunanan killed at least five people before taking his own life to evade arrest.

Source:  http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/showbiz/showbizabroad/660314/darren-criss-earns-lead-actor-emmy-nod-for-lsquo-assassination-of-gianni-versace-rsquo/story/

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Darren Criss nominated for Emmy for role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
TFCBalitangAmerica July 13, 2018
Fil-Am actor Darren Criss earns an Emmy nomination for his role in the TV drama “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

In his new show, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the half-Filipino murderer notorious for killing five men, including famous fashion Gianni Versace, in 1997.












Balitang America wrote:
Darren Criss nominated for Emmy for role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

July 14, 2018


Fil-Am actor Darren Criss earns an Emmy nomination for his role in the TV drama “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

This is the first Emmy acting nod for Criss, whose mother is from Cebu. He was nominated in 2015 in the outstanding original music category for a song he wrote for “Glee.”

In his new show, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the half-Filipino murderer notorious for killing five men, including famous fashion Gianni Versace, in 1997.

If Criss nabs the award, this would be the first time a Fil-Am would win in the lead actor, limited series or movie category.

The Emmy awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on September 17.


Source:  https://balitangamerica.tv/darren-criss-nominated-for-emmy-for-role-in-the-assassination-of-gianni-versace/











Entertainment Weekly wrote:
Emmys 2018: Facts and surprises about this year's nominees

July 14, 2018
Darren Criss, Assassination of Gianni Versace, Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Criss earned his first-ever acting nomination for his work as the chilling serial killer Andrew Cunanan on the FX crime drama. However, he has actually been nominated for an Emmy before — for helping to pen an original song on the final season of Glee in 2015. Criss is only the second actor of Asian descent to earn a nomination in this category. The first was Riz Ahmed who made history when he won for The Night Of last year.



Source:  http://ew.com/tv/emmys-2018-nominees-facts-and-surprises/#darren-criss-assassination-of-gianni-versace-best-actor-in-a-limited-series-or-movie

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From dcriss-archive:


Smitten! was screened in Bressanone on July 4 and will be screened in Roma, July 7.  :happy face


officialmadalinaghenea: We are so happy to be back in magical Fane Alm. So excited to watch ‘Smitten’ for the first time tonight. 
Brixen Screening
The Brixen Forum
Via Roma, 9,
Bressanone BZ, Italy
‪Wednesday, July 4th at 19:30‬ going to Rome tomorrow for our 
Rome Screening 
Cinema Farnese
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 56,
Roma RM, Italy
‪Saturday, July 7th at 19:00‬
* Reception Afterwards * . Watch the trailer! It means so much to me because it’s all about love! A romantic fable set in Italy, directed by Oscar winner  #barrymorrow , with #darrencriss @darrencriss















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officialmadalinaghenea: We are so happy to be back in magical Fane Alm. So excited to watch ‘Smitten’ for the first time tonight. 
Brixen Screening
The Brixen Forum
Via Roma, 9,
Bressanone BZ, Italy
‪Wednesday, July 4th at 19:30‬ going to Rome tomorrow for our 
Rome Screening 
Cinema Farnese
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 56,
Roma RM, Italy
‪Saturday, July 7th at 19:00‬
* Reception Afterwards * . Watch the trailer! It means so much to me because it’s all about love! A romantic fable set in Italy, directed by Oscar winner  #barrymorrow , with #darrencriss @darrencriss








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What is happening in my country right now, with these innocent children--who are just so young and so vulnerable, whose only "crime" is to place their trust in their parents' desire to protect them by fleeing from horrifying violence in their native country to try to apply for asylum in the U.S.--it is just so heartbreaking.  It is unbelievable to me that there are people in my country who actually support Trump's deplorable, cruel decision to separate children and babies from their parents.  

What has happened to compassion for our fellow human being?  These are people with so little, with very little rights, with nothing but each other.  And our government takes them away from each other?!!

It seems to me that these "Americans" who support Trump's inhumane persecution of these babies and children and their parents, are not seeing these children and their parents as people; Trump and his followers are dehumanizing these children and their parents, seeing them as a type of pests that they find threatening.

This is exactly why representation matters.  This is why it's absolutely critical that minorities--whether those in the immigrant community, those in the LGBTQ community, in racial and religious minorities, those with disabilities, women--need to be present and represented.  They is why persons in minority communities need to have their faces seen and have their voices heard:  To show their humanity matters, to show that they-- as human beings-- matter and must be valued as much as those in the majority. 

Why am I talking about this in this thread and not in the thread for news?  Because it's all linked.  It's all related.  This is the same overriding message of this show.  In ACS Versace, the way law enforcement and others regarded gay men in the 1980s in the U.S., with fear, with a lack of understanding and a lack of caring, it's all tragically present in many ways today.  And most horrifying is that these misguided, hateful attitudes are present both at the highest levels of government, by our own President, and among his followers.   So I want to say, in this thread, where ACS Versace is discussed, that I am thankful to Ryan Murphy for creating a show that brings up this discussion, that shines a spotlight on how tragic is the human toll of hate and intolerance of our fellow human beings.   And thank you, Darren, for being an actor who supports representation of minority communities.  I cannot express how much that is needed.  All one needs to do is look at what is happening to these precious children to know how vital it is to show that we must continue to spread the message over and over again, that we all belong, that we all matter, please see us, please hear us, please do not hate us, please value us.

Ok, I'm falling off my soapbox now.  :angry soapbox

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latimesent: “People always ask, ‘What’s it’s like to play a spree killer?’ If you boil it down to just that, that’s not who he was. It’s what we know him for.“ - @DarrenCriss on playing #ACSVersace’s real-life murderer lat.ms/2tm9L01









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Link:  https://www.thewrap.com/assassination-gianni-versace-followed-killer-madness/









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Darren's secret weapon are his expressive eyes.
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kmannmakeup: #bts with @darrencriss@edgarramirez25 @judithlight for @thewrap magazine  #darrencriss #styling @ashleypweston #grooming by me #kindramannmakeup @tmgla  #edgarramirez #grooming @sascha_breuer  #judithlight #makeup @jamiemakeup #hair @lightaaron









I earlier had posted in this thread, the audio for this podcast about actors who Ryan Murphy likes to work with on his projects.  Here is their Consequence of Sound website you can go to, where it's easier to locate the point where they discuss Darren (although if you have time, it's fun to hear their thoughts on the other various actors Ryan likes to work with).  Go to Point 1:13:50.  Link:  https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/06/tv-party-rank-and-file-ryan-murphys-most-valuable-players/








And this is a nice article on this same website.  Best quote:  "He has such an open face and it's such a deep well of emotion in those eyes.  But he also can deaden them [Darren's eyes] when he needs to."  Also love her comment on his physicality, in terms of the different ways Darren moved as Andrew Cunanan, sometimes a strut, sometimes a glide, sometimes like a shark, sometimes like a cat.  :happy face
Consequence of Sound wrote:
Assassination of Gianni Versace Proves Two Things: Darren Criss Is a Star, and Ryan Murphy Can Pick ‘Em

January 18, 2018

But now hear this: It can never be said that Ryan Murphy’s loyalty to actors, and theirs to him, has not paid dividends. . .

Now it’s going to make a star of Darren Criss, and Darren Criss in turn makes The Assassination of Gianni Versace a piece of can’t-miss television. His isn’t the only great performance in the second go-round of American Crime Story, but it’s the best and also the most surprising. It’s well past time to call it like it is: Ryan Murphy’s single greatest strength as an artist is his work with actors. He can spot them, nurture great performances from them, earn and retain their loyalty, and identify precisely when to throw them into the role most likely to show them at their best. He did it with Lange. He did it with Paulson. And now, he’s doing it with Blaine the Warbler from Glee.

Like most of Murphy’s recent work, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is every inch an ensemble piece, but only the second season of American Horror Story rivals this outing for the sheer, magnetic pull of one character and performance. Criss’ work as spree killer Andrew Cunanan is so good that it’s perhaps fairest to talk about literally everything else first.

As the Versace siblings, Edgar Ramírez and Penélope Cruz sit on either side of a seesaw so that when one is volatile, the other is vulnerable; when one is triumphant, the other recedes. They’re both excellent, equal parts charismatic and fragile. In the eight episodes provided to critics, Judith Light only seizes the spotlight once, but in that episode, which centers on Marilyn and Lee Miglin, she’s predictably terrific; newcomer Cody Fern is similarly great and with a heavier load. The writing, primarily by Tom Rob Smith (from Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors), doesn’t dazzle in quite the way that the previous American Crime Story did, but the highs are every bit as high. It’s beautifully shot, tensely edited, and cleverly structured.

It is, in short, a good show, but it centers on a great performance. The show begins with Andrew Cunanan’s murder of Gianni Versace and slowly moves backwards, first tracing the path Cunanan took to Miami Beach and the lives he took along the way, then going back further to look at the young man who became a killer and the boy who became that young man. As a result, we see his lies get better, which get borrowed from someone else, and which turn out to be at least a little bit true. We watch his detachment dwindle. We watch as he checks off, like items on a grocery list, the personas he rattles off in this unsettling little speech from an early episode in the series:

“I’m a banker. I’m a stockbroker. I’m a shareholder, I’m a paperback writer, I’m a cop. I’m a naval officer. Sometimes I’m a spy! I build movie sets in Mexico and skyscrapers in Chicago, I sell propane in Minneapolis. I import pineapples from the Philippines. You know, I’m the person least likely to be forgotten.”

Then the screen cuts to black, and he adds one more to that laundry list: “I’m Andrew Cunanan.”

It’s one of the most chilling, upsetting line-readings in recent memory.
Three words uttered in darkness, somehow hugely loaded. They’re truthful and ring with that truthfulness; they’re laced with something that sounds like pride and defiance, but they also hint at something more like despair and defensiveness. That’s in three words. And if that sounds impressive, just wait until you see the terrifying way he eats a ham sandwich.

Criss has always been watchable. In his first appearance on Glee, he played a teenage dream who literally sang “Teenage Dream”, and while it’s not a performance you’d call particularly nuanced, it’s evident immediately that this is a performer with vats of charisma at his disposal. What’s so thrilling about his American Crime Story performance is how much more there is going on and how he wields that charisma like a knife. You get the sense that Criss knows exactly when he wants the audience to believe Cunanan and when he doesn’t — when the lies should be convincing and when they shouldn’t. Sometimes, all that charm emanates from him like body heat, something natural and unconscious, but at others it’s obviously tactical, weaponized, hollow. Cunanan has control at some points and not at others, but Criss knows exactly what he’s doing.

When Murphy first cast the largely unknown Criss in Glee, did he know he’d be making him a series regular? Probably not. He certainly didn’t know he’d be putting him at the center of one of 2018’s most exciting television shows and would have had no way of predicting that the result would be a performance that’s sure to be among the best of this or any other year. But what’s almost certain is that Murphy did what he seems to always do: he found an actor he thinks is good, so he made sure to give that actor work. The work was good, so he got more work. And now, this.

There are many reasons to tune into American Crime Story over the next several months — great acting, good writing, terrific production design, and editing as taut as the best horror movie among them — but the lynchpin is Criss’ performance. It’s one more piece of evidence that sometimes loyalty pays off, not in dollars or trophies, but in remarkable art. Ryan Murphy believes in Darren Criss. Darren Criss did not disappoint him. Television is all the better for it.

Source:  https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/01/assassination-of-gianni-versace-proves-two-things-darren-criss-is-a-star-and-ryan-murphy-can-pick-em/





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I'm feeling a little under the weather, but wanted to post a few items about ACS Versace.

Hi Springbay!  Nice to see you here! :hello 



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Los Angeles Times wrote:
'Assassination of Gianni Versace' delves into the mind of a killer — and societal prejudice

June 20, 2018

The second season focused on the mysterious backstory of spree killer Andrew Cunanan, a gay gigolo and prolific liar who killed four men before his infamous 1997 murder of groundbreaking Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace — one of the few openly gay celebrities of that time. (Cunanan, 27 at the time of Versace’s murder, would kill himself days later.)

In the midst of unpacking all of that, the drama presented a striking portrait of homophobia in the 1990s by examining the injustice that was steeped in societal prejudice — particularly in regards to how police officials handled the case — and the toll of hate, from outside and within.

“The underlying theme was homophobia,” said Edgar Ramirez, who played Versace. “The show talks about the open and raging political homophobia on one side, and it also talks about the internalized — and even more dangerous — homophobia within. What I love about this whole project is how, almost in the likes of a Greek tragedy, it touches upon subjects that are important and that are culturally and socially relevant today more than ever.”

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Criss, who before “Versace” had largely been known for his bright-eyed turn in Murphy’s musical series, “Glee,” was struck by the psychological mapping the role required.

“There’s a lot of different ways we could have written Andrew, because there’s a lot of different ways anybody can glean who he was or what really made him tick,“ Criss said. “People always ask, ‘What’s it’s like to play a spree killer?’ If you boil it down to just that, that’s not who he was. It’s what we know him for. But if you think of all the worst things that anybody’s ever done in their life, the amount of time they spent doing that horrible thing is in the severe minority of the infinite minutes, hours, seconds, moments of their life. Again, I’m not saying this by any means exonerates him from those horrible minutes of his life, but it does beg the attention of the other moments.”

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While Versace’s name brings heft to the narrative, the drama was just as invested in bringing attention to Cunanan’s lesser-known victims — Gulf War veteran and Cunanan’s good friend Jeffrey Trail; architect and Cunanan’s unrequited love David Madson; real estate mogul Lee Miglin; and cemetery caretaker William Reese — and the people whose lives were affected by those murders.

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[Judith] Light says she hadn’t known much about Cunanan’s killings prior to joining the series. But she remembers the ethos of the time distinctly.

“I didn’t really know much about Cunanan’s prior victims,” she said. “So I wasn’t too familiar with the Miglin case. I remember the Versace killing, and I remember it was a very powerful, visceral experience. One of the most important factors in watching this is to see that, to whatever degree, we still have that [homophobia] going on in our culture.”

That function as a sociological yearbook is ultimately what binds “Versace” to “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

“They’re very different stories,” Criss said. “But they’re excellent examinations of a time period that allows a certain thing to happen, which ends up being a crime — but how that crime affects the social landscape is also a crime.”

Source:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-en-st-versace-emmys-20180620-story.html

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ecarenphoto: And you may find yourself in a beautiful house And you may ask yourself How do I work this? And you shoot through the doorway! #bts #photoshoot #ACSVersace #Emmys @thewrap @tatertatloveslu #creativedirector @guerin_ad #photo lighting asst @beardedimmaculateconception @cameron_gardner @joshdavisshoots @alreadymadeorg #femalephotographer#5050by2020 #behindthescenes @hollywood_bts#edgarramirez #darrencriss #judithlight@loveartistsagency









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TV Line wrote:
Emmys 2018: Lead Actor, Limited Series — Dream Nominees

DARREN CRISS, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

WHY HE DESERVES A NOD: Gianni Versace may have gotten his name featured in the title of FX’s second American Crime Story, but it was Andrew Cunanan — played to haunting perfection by a not-so-Gleeful Darren Criss — who captivated audiences until the season’s unforgettable conclusion. With each gut-wrenching breakdown and unnerving look, Criss embodied a character capable of skyrocketing him from teen-TV heartthrob to Emmy-nominated powerhouse. And need we remind you about that infamous underwear dance? Playing this role took some serious, well, you know.

Source:  https://tvline.com/gallery/2018-emmy-awards-lead-actor-limited-series-dream-nominations/

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*He became known in 2010 in the hit Musical series #Glee, today he plays the famous serial killer of season 2 of #AmericanCrimeStory @AHS “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”: Welcome #DarrenCriss in the #10h12h








Haven't had a chance to listen.

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Track: Darren Criss on Sud Radio (06-20-18)

Darren Criss on Sud Radio (June 20th, 2018) | Source

*Darren’s speaking in English and it is being translated in real time to French.

**Interview recorded on June 17th, 2018

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roguemagazine: Here’s a peek at our 6 page feature with Darren Criss @darrencriss in @roguemagazine roguemagazine’s Summer Issue N°9, out now, link bio. Find out about his upcoming tour with @leamichele, his future acting projects & his new Hollywood piano bar @trampstampgrannys where you can catch him singing live for free! Photography by @josephsinclair  Styling by @krishanparmar_  Hair by @naradkutowaroo  Makeup by @laurengriffinmua  Written by @jackiefern #darrencriss #assasinationofgianniversace #americancrimestory #versace #glee @americancrimestoryfx

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Queerty wrote:
Rotten Tomatoes 10 highest rated TV series for your Pride viewing pleasure

June 18, 2018


9. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018) – 86%

The Ryan Murphy anthology series returned this season, reimaging one of the most shocking murders in American history. Though the show features a cast that includes Oscar winner Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Edgar Ramirez, and Judith Light, the series belongs to Darren Criss as spree killer Andrew Cunanan. Criss captures the imbalance of the character, making him all the more despicable. While the series in no way absolves Cunanan of his crimes, it also has a preoccupation with the rampant homophobia of the time, ranging from Donatella Versace’s disgust with her brother’s lover, to the FBI claiming Cunanan had evaded escape by posing as a woman (yes, it really happened). This opera of a show plays just as infuriating as it does tragic.



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tedsun77: Congrats to @darrencriss on his amazing performance in @americancrimestoryfx #assassinationofgianniversace #nominee#bestperformance in a show @mtv #mtvmovieawards #actor #portrait #darrencriss #tedsunphoto [camaera emoji]
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Variety wrote:
Emmy Nominations 2018: Variety’s TV Critics on Their Dream Picks

June 18, 2018


This year’s Emmy nominations are almost upon us, and with the possibilities more scattered than usual, so are our opinions on who deserves to get a nod. So, with voting now underway, Variety’s TV critics got together to hash out their favorite contenders and — more importantly — point to some of the stellar performances that might not have enough support or clout to be recognized, but really ought to be.

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

D’Addario: We’ve gotten spoiled in recent years—the era of “Big Little Lies,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and “Fargo”—such that this year seems pretty widely considered “weak.” There are plenty of credible nominees that exist in a slightly older mode: The tony TV literary adaptation. I was pleasantly surprised by both Netflix’s “Alias Grace” and Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose,” series that assay widely-respected recent novels with elegance, but verve, too. They may not be quite as edgy as the limited series that have bloomed in recent years, but they weren’t “Masterpiece Theatre,” either.

Framke: I’ll freely admit that this category doesn’t excite me much this year, with a couple exceptions. One is “Alias Grace,” which crawled under my skin for days after I finished it. The other is “American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which didn’t get nearly as much attention or adulation as “People vs. OJ,” but was slick and confrontational in a way that kept my attention.

LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE


Framke: Given your ambivalence towards “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” I’ll stump here for Darren Criss, whose performance just about chilled my blood with every blink. And on the complete opposite of the spectrum (and in what I’ll admit is a “no way in hell” nomination dream), I’ll say that Jimmy Tatro‘s surprisingly grounded “American Vandal” role deserves more attention than it got.

D’Addario:
I’ll admit I didn’t vibrate on “Vandal’s” frequency. I admired Kyle MacLachlan’s sheer commitment to his “Twin Peaks” role(s) enough to hope he lands a nomination, but find myself rooting for “Patrick Melrose’s” Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor’s no stranger to the Emmys thanks to “Sherlock,” but his compelling, painful, redemptive journey through addiction and self-loathing on “Melrose” deserves notice.


SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Framke:
If the FYC campaigns are any indication, this might be Jeff Daniels’ race to lose, but his consciously hammy performance in “Godless” left me pretty cold. Instead, I find myself in a somewhat hilarious position that my middle school self would find perfectly appropriate: rooting for Ricky Martin’s heartbreaking performance in “ACS: Versace.” I will also happily accept Cody Fern’s.

D’Addario: Cody Fern
was a genuine discovery in “Versace.” My vote, though, would go to Jason Ritter, putting his considerable charm towards risky and, eventually, genuinely scary use as a predator in “The Tale.” It’s a performance that walks close to the edge without losing balance.


SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

D’Addario
: If anyone onscreen in “Versace” earned a prize, it’s Penelope Cruz’s uncanny Donatella, balancing feral pain with the need to save face. In my dream world, Riley Keough’s sharp, dogged work in “Paterno” pays off, and Frances Conroy gets in for an eerie, brief appearance in “The Tale,” one that leaves a painful afterburn.

Framke:
I see your Penelope Cruz and raise you a Judith Light — which might be one of my favorite sentences I’ve ever written. Bless TV forever and ever, amen.


Source:  https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/emmy-nominations-2018-game-of-thrones-atlanta-the-americans-1202849534/

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Fan Experiences During 2018 - Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:53 pm

58th Monte Carlo TV Festival (June 2018)



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tristandatin: No words about this moment… This was… Incredible. Thank you SO MUCH @DarrenCriss to take the time for us. Will never forget it, powerfull and emotional moment for me… heart heart heart @festivaltvmc #rencontrefan #DarrenCriss









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beingawarbler: I really can’t believe THIS HAS HAPPENED. He’s so downearth and kind. And HANDSOME. A real life Prince. And speak Italian with him was awesome.
Thank you so much, @DarrenCriss heart heart heart heart
P. S. Sorry for my English, I’m still in shock
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Darren at the Largo at the Coronet (Los Anegeles, June 11, 2018)





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 I wanted to go to this concert.  It's just that we had a death in the family, and at the end, my mood was not great.  It sounds like it was a fantastic concert in a valued venue.  I love this person's comment.  It sounds as if she became a fan of Darren via ACS Versace.  "A weirdly diverse set."  :amused   Darren is a lover of all types of music, and he's a songwriter as well as a musician.  haha.  Her references to how Darren used to sing at Maggiano and his singing of Ducktales.   :big grin

liezlwashere: To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from @darrencriss’ set at Largo, but turns out he’s equally as talented as a singer/musician AND songwriter as he is playing a psychopathic serial killer. . He also had a weirdly diverse set which included original songs, standards he’d sing at Maggianos (wat?), numbers from his Harry Potter Musical (?!?), Hopelessly Devoted to You, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, and the Ducktales theme. DUCKTALES. I can only imagine that’s a first for Largo. . Go check this guy out if you can, turns out he’s crazy talented. Just know there will be screaming girls in the audience too.
liezlwashere: PS. this Harry Potter musical he wrote is on YouTube for all to enjoy.

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DarrenCriss: Sang this last night for Gianni Versace. Umberto Tozzi’s version would’ve been a hit in Italy when Gianni opened his 1st shop. I’d like to think this song reminded him of early days of success, the days he’d enjoy before blossoming into an international superstar. Per te, Gianni!

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He added some instruments. 
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liezlwashere: To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from @darrencriss’ set at Largo, but turns out he’s equally as talented as a singer/musician AND songwriter as he is playing a psychopathic serial killer. . He also had a weirdly diverse set which included original songs, standards he’d sing at Maggianos (wat?), numbers from his Harry Potter Musical (?!?), Hopelessly Devoted to You, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, and the Ducktales theme. DUCKTALES. I can only imagine that’s a first for Largo. . Go check this guy out if you can, turns out he’s crazy talented. Just know there will be screaming girls in the audience too.


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largolosangeles: #DarrenCriss brought a band to our stage last night 06/11/18 and got down. True pros, all, and Darren moved the room and smiled the whole time. Cool dude!








Aw, Finn Wittrock came to the concert.  :happy face
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finnwittrock: This guy sings real good. And plays all the instruments. Cool to see @darrencriss at the historic @largolosangeles last night.








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largolosangeles: Great fun tonight with #DarrenCriss and his fantastic band! Thank you all, we had a blast. And what an audience










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Aw, Joaquin came to the concert.  :happy face

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Aw, so nice of him to take group photos.   From Darren Criss Army.  :happy face
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DarrenArmy: Darren with fans after the show in LA. #DCLargo


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thewrap: Take a sneak peek at our Miniseries/Movies Emmy issue, coming out tomorrow! This issue is #AllTheRage, as it features Judith Light, Édgar Ramírez and Darren Criss of ‘American Crime Story: Versace,’ as well as many other sensational men and women of television and film. Stay tuned for plenty more to come!! #Emmys #ACSVersace [camera emoji] @ecarenphoto, Creative Director @guerin_ad







Emmy "Voting closes June 25, with the nominations to be announced July 12."   I can't wait!   I have to say I've always had a problem with views that awards should be given to an actor to reward that actor for other projects during their significant career, especially when earlier awards were not granted to that actor.   Shouldn't this year's award be based on this year's performance in this year's project--not for all the other projects that were worthy during an actor's career for which that actor failed to receive an award?  Just my two cents. 
Paste Magazine wrote:
Emmys 2018: Paste's (Unofficial) Nominations Ballot

June 14, 2018

As any TV critic who moonlights as an Emmy observer will tell you, the Television Academy’s choices can be… frustrating. The tendency to nominate the same series and performances year in, year out; the reluctance to acknowledge certain challenging titles; the labyrinthine rules: The Emmys are often easy to predict, yet difficult to understand.


With that in mind, my annual mock Emmy nominations ballot is a plea for voters’ consideration, a paean to the medium’s finest and an attempt to highlight those still flying under the radar as voting gets underway. It’s full of tough decisions and merciless cuts—including a few that may have you scratching your head. It’s not predictive, but aspirational. And it’s written in the hope that it might get even a single voter to give a deserving series or performer another look.

Voting closes June 25, with the nominations to be announced July 12. Let’s get started!

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Outstanding Limited Series

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Alias Grace (Netflix) The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) Howards End (Starz) The Looming Tower (Hulu) Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)

It’s been a strong year for limited series. As I’ve written for the site more than once, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a remarkably radical treatment of queer themes, unspooling in reverse chronological order across multiple genres and painted in Miami pastels. Alias Grace is equally ambitious, in terms of both structure (toggling between two timelines) and perspective (that of an accused murderer); Twin Peaks, meanwhile, is so wildly imagistic, and yet so primal, that the eminences at Sight & Sound and Cahiers du Cinéma decided its excellence made it a film. (It’s a TV series. Always has been.) Even the category’s less groundbreaking entries, Howards End and The Looming Tower, are formidable iterations of familiar stories—an embarrassment of riches, indeed.

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Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series/TV Movie)

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Jared Harris, The Terror (AMC) Michael B. Jordan, Fahrenheit 451 (HBO) Matthew Macfadyen, Howards End (Starz) Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime) Jimmy Tatro, American Vandal (Netflix)

So, here is where I come across a familiar Emmy dilemma. Criss does career-making work in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, transforming spree killer Andrew Cunanan into a gruesomely magnetic villain/protagonist, and in any other year I’d say you were out of your gourd not to give him the trophy. But MacLachlan does career-defining work as Twin Peaks’ Dale Cooper, earning Emmy nominations for the series’ first two seasons in 1990-1991, to which he adds both Coop’s doppelganger and Dougie Jones in last year’s revival. Criss will have more bites at the apple. I say give MacLachlan the award he’s deserved for almost three decades.


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Cute pic.  :happy face
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Backstage wrote:
6 of the Year’s TV Drama Casts Worthy of Emmy Attention

June 14, 2018

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

Both a character study of killer Andrew Cunanan and a time capsule of 1990s queer culture, the second season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” also trumpets the true arrival of Darren Criss. While it’s never been a secret that the “Glee” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” star is a certified song-and-dance man, here he plumbed the depths of a sociopath’s psyche, turning his naturally cheery demeanor dark, desperate, and introspective. The power of Criss’ about-face is enough to put him on any awards shortlist, but it helps that he’s surrounded by an ensemble that meets him mark for mark: Ricky Martin, Judith Light, and Édgar Ramírez and Penélope Cruz as the Versaces. —Benjamin Lindsay


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alcoronel: Amazing year this has been and I’m extremely grateful for this experience in particular! #FYC #americancrimestoryversace 
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I thought this was interesting.  Sounds nice to be part of the Ryan Murphy family.
Shoot wrote:
Daniel Minahan Reflects On "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"

June 14, 2018

As for the biggest takeaway or lesson learned from his experience on The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Minahan observed, “I’ve been working closely, shoulder to shoulder with the crew, executives, creatives and showrunners on the last five shows I’ve done. The major takeaway for me moving forward is I want to create a family like the family that Ryan has created at Ryan Murphy Productions. When you reach a certain level, there’s the expectation that everyone brings their most excellent work to the show. But beyond this, Ryan’s company has a respect and familial quality for its people. You feel safe, protected. There’s loyalty. You have the feeling you are doing something important. It’s still a series. It’s still entertainment but there’s a greater sense of purpose and significance to the stories you tell.”

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Other Glee Cast Members - Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:45 am

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Darren went to see Blake Jenner's Billy Boy film.  So nice of him to show his support.
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Los Angeles Times wrote:
What happens when you get Mandy Moore, Angela Bassett and other actors together? Just watch

June 7, 2018

It’s the kind of ensemble that would make for a most epic cross-over TV episode. The Envelope gathered six actors who keep viewers glued to their screens (whichever form that may take) each week — Angela Bassett, who plays a police officer with a fractured home life on Fox’s “9-1-1”; Darren Criss, who plays killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Jonathan Groff, who portrays an FBI agent and criminal profiler in Netflix’s “Mindhunter”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays a prostitute-turned-porn producer in HBO’s “The Deuce”; David Harbour, who stars as a gruff and tortured police chief in Netflix’s “Stranger Things”; and Mandy Moore, who plays America’s favorite time-jumping matriarch on NBC’s “This Is Us” — to discuss their craft. Which they did, at some length, but not without also covering secrets on set, cynicism and the lessons of “Gilligan’s Island.”

Here is an excerpt from their conversation, edited for length and clarity.

How did these roles for you challenge your comfort zone?


Darren Criss: This was the first time I had a real leading position. So the challenge was less about the content of the role and more about the workload itself. And that is exciting because it's fun to be in a position to sort of set a tone, in a crew and in a set.

FULL ARTICLE | LATIMES.COM

Source:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-en-st-drama-roundtable-20180607-story.html









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jgroffdaily:
Jonathan Groff, Angela Bassett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Harbour, Mandy Moore and Darren Criss in the June 7 issue of Los Angeles Times

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Aw.  :happy face
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ashleypweston: It’s finally out! #TBT to this fun morning when @darrencriss & @mandymooremm were interviewing each other for @variety’s Actors on Actors event! #AWerk #darrencriss #actorsonactors #acsversace @yopeteryang Grooming @kmannmakeup









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acsversace-news:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace FYC billboard ads (Source)










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Looking forward to watching on July 8.  :happy face
Broadway World wrote:

Sundance TV's Original Series CLOSE UP WITH THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Returns June 24 with All-New Episodes


June 7, 2018

The new season, with TV Executive Editor Lacey Rose moderating six episodes and Awards Editor Rebecca Ford helming one, will include passionate and candid conversations with A-list talent from the year’s most acclaimed series.

DRAMA ACTORS - July 8th at 10 am ET


Jason Bateman - “Ozark” (Netflix)

Darren Criss - “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: AMERICAN CRIME Story” (FX)


Jeff Daniels - “The Looming Tower” (Hulu) / “Godless” (Netflix)

Matthew Rhys - “The Americans” (FX)

J.K. Simmons - “Counterpart” (Starz)

Michael B. Jordan - “Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)


Source:  https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Sundance-TVs-Original-Series-CLOSE-UP-WITH-THE-HOLLYWOOD-REPORTER-Returns-June-24-with-All-New-Episodes-20180607




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Look at those eyes.  Sheer intensity.  Scary.  Cold.  Can you imagine if you were eating at a restaurant and your eyes meet these eyes?  A chill would go down your spine!  wha?
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rockerrick: Well, this is cool









Haven't had a chance to listen to all of this yet.

acsversace-news:
Jonathan Groff, Angela Bassett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Harbour, Mandy Moore and Darren Criss on their latest roles
Jonathan Groff of “Mindhunter,” Angela Bassett of “9-1-1,” Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Deuce,” David Harbour of “Stranger Things,” Mandy Moore of “This Is Us” and Darren Criss of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” discuss their roles on the television drama series. | 6 June 2018

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MSN wrote:
Jonathan Groff, Angela Bassett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Harbour, Mandy Moore and Darren Criss on their latest roles

June 6, 2018

Jonathan Groff of "Mindhunter," Angela Bassett of "9-1-1," Maggie Gyllenhaal of "The Deuce," David Harbour of "Stranger Things," Mandy Moore of "This Is Us" and Darren Criss of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" discuss their roles on the television drama series.

Source:  https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/video/jonathan-groff-angela-bassett-maggie-gyllenhaal-david-harbour-mandy-moore-and-darren-criss-on-their-latest-roles/vp-AAyiSfd

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kmannmakeup: How great are these two together @mandymooremm @darrencriss in @variety #actorsonactors issue out now.  #photo @yopeteryang #hair @streicherhair #styling @cristinaehrlich @kevinmichaelericson #makeup and #grooming by me #kindramannmameup #darrencriss #styling @ashleypweston







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acsversace-news:
May 31, 2018 - Issue 19A - Emmys - TV Movies, Limited Series, Docs

Emmys Special - TV Movies, Limited Series, Documentaries

Peak TV’s Race for Maximum Buzz - With hundreds of shows vying for votes, networks and streamers are turning to bigger stunts in hopes of catching voters’ attention.












Emmy Magazine: Under the Cover with American Crime Story









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The Assassination of Gianni Versace FYC ad in the June 4, 2018 issue of The Hollywood Reporter









Gold Derby wrote:
Emmy race for Limited Series is a 3-way race, according to Editors: ‘Versace’ vs. ‘Godless’ vs. ‘The Looming Tower’

June 6, 2018

. . . There doesn’t seem to be as decisive a favorite in the 2018 race — at least, not according to our Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby. There are only three programs they all agree will be nominated: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Godless” and “The Looming Tower.” But they don’t agree on which will win.

As of this writing “Versace” is the front-runner to win with 9/5 odds based on the combined predictions of more than 2,000 Gold Derby users. That includes support from four out of eight Editors: Joyce Eng, Marcus James Dixon, Tom O’Neil and myself. “Versace” is the second season in FX’s true-crime anthology series “American Crime Story” that began in 2016 with “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which swept the Emmys that year, including Best Limited Series. So the academy has already shown their fondness for the show. It stands to reason voters would rally around producer Ryan Murphy again, right?

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So do you agree with our Editors that this is a three-way race?


Source:  http://www.goldderby.com/article/2018/emmys-limited-series-versace-godless-the-looming-tower-news-197386042/











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The cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace featured in the May 2018 issue of Emmy Magazine (part 2)









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The cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace featured in the May 2018 issue of Emmy Magazine (part 1)









This is cool.  :happy face
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The Assassination of Gianni Versace FYC ads in the May 31, 2018 issue of The Hollywood Reporter











The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
Feinberg Forecast: T-Minus One Week Until Nomination Voting

6/5/2018

The charts below reflect how THR’s awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the Emmy standings would look if voting for the 2018 race ended today. (Work released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 is eligible.) These projections are formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from sampling many programs), historical considerations (how shows with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the TV Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including voters, content creators, awards strategists and fellow members of the press).

Best Limited Series

FRONTRUNNERS


The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
(FX)

The Looming Tower (Hulu)
Godless (Netflix)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
Genius (National Geographic)

Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

FRONTRUNNERS


Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Al Pacino (Paterno)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) — podcast
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower) — podcast
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

FRONTRUNNERS


Jeff Daniels (Godless) — podcast
Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Tahar Rahim (The Looming Tower)
Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower)
Bill Camp (The Looming Tower)

MAJOR THREATS

Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Sam Waterston (Godless)
Scoot McNairy (Godless)
Bill Pullman (The Sinner)
Alex Rich (Genius: Picasso)
Michael Shannon (Fahrenheit 451) — podcast
Hugo Weaving (Patrick Melrose)

POSSIBILITIES

Cody Fern (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Beau Bridges (Mosaic)
Alice Cooper (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Dylan Baker (Little Women)
Robert Forster (Twin Peaks)
Jason Ritter (The Tale)

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

FRONTRUNNERS

Merritt Wever (Godless)
Nicole Kidman (Top of the Lake: China Girl) — podcast
Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Judith Light (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Angela Lansbury (Little Women)
Ellen Burstyn (The Tale)


Source:  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/emmys-2018-feinberg-forecast-1117004/item/best-variety-talk-series-1117027





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That was a funny video.  :amused   Shawn Mendes has a nice voice.  I hope you  have lots of fun at his concert, Jeremy. 

BTW, since for some reason the coding for the "Like" button is not working, the green colored bar to the right of your post means I liked it.  :happy face







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How fun that Darren was at the home of  Liza Minelli (with other famous folks, like Michael Feinstein and Mitzi Gaynor).  Darren looks very handsome.  I like Mia's hair (although I like her hair in other pics too. :amused ).  This hair style gives her a "girl next door look.  
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sanborn.mcgraw: Had a wonderful party at @officiallizaminnelli house last night! Met and got to hang with @darrencriss, here! Such a great time! #darrencriss #glee #hedwigandtheangryinch #gianniversace #americancrimestory #averypottermusical #lizaminnelli #michaelfeinstein

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Darren looks adorable.

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xoabiliciousxo: Hey @darrencriss tell me why I didn’t realize we were both in Auntie Lala and Uncle Anjo’s wedding?! Crazy small world! Anyways just wanted to share this picture we stumbled on after talking about what an incredible job you did playing Andrew Cunanan! #darrencriss #weddingpartyduties #youngsters #familythrowback #versace #takingitwayback #90swedding #ringbearer #acs #glee #lmdctour
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acsversace-news:

American Crime Story’s second season to centre on Gianni Versace’s assassination

The highly anticipated second season of American Crime Story is returning to Foxtel, centring around the murder of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. Actor Darren Criss spoke to Sky News about the show and his role as the fame-seeking Andrew Cunanan. | 19 May 2018


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The bottom left pic is cute.  :happy face
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realdemeterstamell: Some stills from my interview with the lovely @darrencriss for #TheAssassinationOfGianniVersace. I saw him again later that night & he remembered how to pronounce my name, so he’s pretty much one of my favourite people now. That’s it. That’s all it takes. #DarrenCriss #Sydney #latergram








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aaronjayyoung: DARREN CRISS // photographed in LA. 
Assist - @joshuabae_








Teen Choice nominations are open!

Tweet the following to nominate

#ChoiceDramaTVActor Darren Criss


#ChoiceDramaTVShow @ACSFX


#ChoiceSummerTour Lea Michele & Darren Criss #LMDCTour


The Teen Choice 2018 are on Sunday, August 12 at 8/7c LIVE on FOX! Nominations close this Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 PM PST. | Source





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This is cute.  I like how comfortable everyone is with each other.  ha!  The way Darren has his hand on Edgar's head.  :happy face

sascha_breuer: FUN TIMES ON SET! Tunes, friends & laughter @edgarramirez25 @darrencriss @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial during the Cover shoot of Emmy Magazine shot by my talented fried @robertascroft #hair & #malegrooming for Edgar @sascha_breuer #hairbysaschabreuer using @baxterofca @starworksartists & @blossommanagement.gmbh #ACSVersace #edgarramirez #emmymagazine

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acsversace-news:

Preview of Emmy magazine via writesinblue Instagram story | 17 May 2018


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Aw, very cute pic.  I want to hear Penelope and Darren duet on "Father Figure."  :happy face
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acsversace-news:
televisionacad: American Tragedy, The cross-country murder spree of #AndrewCunanan leading to the 1997 killing of designer #GianniVersace — is “a very American story,” says #RyanMurphy, executive producer–director of the FX anthology series that brought the real-life tale to television. A distorted desire for the good life and the pain of hiding in plain sight are just two of the themes explored by stars #DarrenCriss #EdgarRamírez #PenélopeCruz and #RickyMartin. Written BY#TATIANASIEGEL in the new issue of #emmymagazine #ninajacobson #bradsimpson @mrrpmurphy @darrencriss @edgarramirez25 @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial Photographed by @robertascroft lead stylist @jolene.nava

#Kindramann grooming for Darren #AshleyWeston wardrobe for Darren #SaschaBreuer grooming for Edgar #DaniMichelle wardrobe for Edgar #DouglasVanLaningham wardrobe for Ricky Ricky hair #joeyNieves Ricky face #hanicarias #CristinaEhrlich wardrobe for Penelope #PabloIglesias hair nd makeup Penelope


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acsversace-news:
televisionacad: American Tragedy, The cross-country murder spree of #AndrewCunanan leading to the 1997 killing of designer #GianniVersace — is “a very American story,” says #RyanMurphy, executive producer–director of the FX anthology series that brought the real-life tale to television. A distorted desire for the good life and the pain of hiding in plain sight are just two of the themes explored by stars #DarrenCriss #EdgarRamírez #PenélopeCruz and #RickyMartin. Written BY#TATIANASIEGEL in the new issue of #emmymagazine #ninajacobson #bradsimpson @mrrpmurphy @darrencriss @edgarramirez25 @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial Photographed by @robertascroft lead stylist @jolene.nava 
 
#Kindramann grooming for Darren #AshleyWeston wardrobe for Darren #SaschaBreuer grooming for Edgar #DaniMichelle wardrobe for Edgar #DouglasVanLaningham wardrobe for Ricky Ricky hair #joeyNieves Ricky face #hanicarias #CristinaEhrlich wardrobe for Penelope #PabloIglesias hair nd makeup Penelope













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ashleypweston: This. Shoot. Was. Everything. hands in the air CALIENTE So much fun styling @darrencriss and being around @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial @edgarramirez25 #AWerk #ACSVersce #DarrenCriss








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carolynjuliet: More fun with man of the hour Darren Criss thanks to @foxtel If you’re looking for a new series to sink your teeth into, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is seriously compelling viewing - I binged all nine episodes in two days, for which Darren both thanked me and apologised to me for! Catch it this Thursday night on @showcase - you won’t regret it! #darrencriss #ryanmurphy #americancrimestory #theassassinationofgianniversace #glee #foxtel #foxtelmagazine #maglyf








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laurachel: Work perks… sitting in a Q&A with @darrencriss









Work that charm, Darren.  :amused
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foxtel: Look who popped in to #Foxtel HQ. Darren Criss posed for photos and spoke about his new series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, coming Thursday, May 24 on showcase.








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kell.brown: Interviewed the captivating & talented Darren Criss today - can’t wait to share my interview on all things ACS - The Assassination of Gianni Versace. A MUST-SEE new event series coming to @showcaseaustralia May 24! #BingedALL9EpsIn3Days








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Link

Link:  https://www.telltaletv.com/2018/05/vote-for-your-favorites-the-2018-tell-tale-tv-awards-round-two/










From acsversace-news:


Film Trophies wrote:
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Forecasting Nominations for Limited Series, Reality & Variety Categories

May 18, 2018

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

American Vandal
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Godless
Howards End
Twin Peaks


It’s a tough year to call for limited series, since nothing really took the nation by storm like Big Little Lies or The People v. O.J. Simpson in years past. Even if initial critics were divided on Gianni Versace I think the final product was immensely powerful and will probably be the frontrunner as such. I also expect something as high profile as Twin Peaks to be nominated despite its divisiveness. From there it’s anyone’s guess, so I’m betting on two Netflix series that have earned acclaim, American Vandal and Godless, since they have both done fairly well in precursor awards. I’m guessing Howards End will round out the five, as the TV Academy loves prestigious British dramas, especially those written by legendary writers like Kenneth Lonergan.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Michael B. Jordan – Fahrenheit 451
Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks
Al Pacino – Paterno
Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult

Darren Criss should be the runaway frontrunner for his stellar performance as Andrew Cunanan in Gianni Versace, but Kyle MacLachlan will ideally be hot on his trail for playing three different characters in the Twin Peaks revival. Al Pacino will likely get in for yet another HBO TV movie where he plays a controversial public figure, while Benedict Cumberbatch gets in every year for whatever he does, so why not Patrick Melrose, too? After the great year Michael B. Jordan is having I’m guessing he can sneak into this category, even if Fahrenheit 451 doesn’t have the best reviews. For the last slot I’m going with a passion pick, but Evan Peters gave his best performance on American Horror Story yet this past season and I’m going out on a limb and saying the remaining AHS fans in the Academy will push him through.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

Jeff Daniels – Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Jason Ritter – The Tale
Michael Shannon – Fahrenheit 451
Sam Waterston – Godless

No idea. Seriously, this category is an absolute mess this year and the winner could be anyone. For now I’m going with people associated with what I expect to be the limited series and movies Emmy voters will watch, so Jeff Daniels, Edgar Ramirez, Michael Shannon, and Sam Waterston it is. Tentatively adding in Jason Ritter as well. Then there’s Brandon Victor Dixon, who had extremely strong reviews for Jesus Christ Superstar and could angle himself into becoming the first actor from one of these recent live musicals to get an acting nomination.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

Ellen Burstyn – The Tale
Penélope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Laura Dern – Twin Peaks
Nicole Kidman – Top of the Lake: China Girl
Angela Lansbury – Little Women
Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Hooray double nomination for Laura Dern! Like with Supporting Actor it’s hard to say exactly who will get in here, so it’s best to go with the seen contenders, like Ellen Burstyn in The Tale, Penélope Cruz and Judith Light in Gianni Versace, and probably Nicole Kidman for Top of the Lake. Then I expect there to be a big narrative for 18x Emmy loser Angela Lansbury to get a nomination that could even propel her to a win.


Source:  https://www.filmtrophies.com/emmy-predictions-2018-forecasting-nominations-for-limited-series-reality-variety-categories/








Warning:  Spoilers!
Miro Magazaine wrote:
The subtle brilliance of American Crime Story’s ‘Versace’ second season

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May 18, 2018

I am a huge fan of producer Ryan Murphy. After his hit shows Nip/Tuck and Glee, I’ve gone on to watch American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Feud and, most recently, American Crime Story – not a spin-off, but more of a cousin to AHS. When the first season of ACS came to BBC2 in 2016, my friends and I watched together in unison and live-texted each other updates. In fact, I’d go as far as to say the debut of American Crime Story was perfect and was, I think, one of the best seasons of television ever seen.

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. . . In fact, I enjoyed the show a whole lot more than I anticipated I would and thought it was a fantastic series as a result of the perspective it took; even Ryan Murphy himself suggests that this season is “the best thing [he] has ever made”. I think that writer Tom Rob Smith did a fantasic job on breaking apart the character of Andrew Cunanan and exploring him from as many angles as possible. By the end of the season, I felt like I knew everything that could possibly be known about Cunanan – maybe even too much – and it was fascinating to see. It’s the kind of character study that you could only possibly explore over the course of 10 hours, something that a limited series really allows Smith and Murphy to do perfectly.

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Marketing campaigns aside though and I do really think that ACS’s sophomore run was fantastic in its own right. As I said previously, what struck me initially as being brilliant was its structure and detail that it was given thanks to head writer Tom Rob Smith. The story really was liberated in regards to time and had no problem in moving backwards and forwards through Cunanan’s timeline to serve different perspectives on the character. Its structure and its writing felt fresh and unique: while season one was pretty linear in how it told the story and was incredibly well written in its own way, Versace managed to be brilliant too and its structure served its story beautifully.

Of course, the show is only as good as it is because of its cast, too, and Darren Criss really knocked it out of the park with his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan. I think it’s hard to see people in different lights when you’re used to seeing them one way and after seeing Criss on Glee for so many years, I really didn’t think I’d be able to shake that off. But I did and Criss was amazing in a performance that surely earns him at least an Emmy nod, if not a win. Yes, the writing did an incredible job at making Andrew layered and extremely complex, but it was Darren’s performance that really brought that to life and made it so endearing. Kudos to him and his work.


Source:  http://www.miromagazine.com/film-tv/american-crime-story-versace/






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Los Angeles Times wrote:
'Game of Thrones,' 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'black-ish' lead our 2018 Emmys buzzmeter

May 17, 2018

It’s the year(s) of Peak TV when there’s so much quality programming on the air that it seems there’s just never enough time to watch everything. All of which makes the Emmys a confusing time for many. How can you know what series might rise above the others come awards time if you haven’t seen them all? That’s exactly why we have a panel of professionals to guide you through it. Here, our Buzzmeter experts tell us what they think will stand out in 14 key Emmy categories come nomination day July 12. Have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.

Our panelists:

Lorraine Ali/Los Angeles Times; Tom O’Neil/Gold Derby; Matt Roush/TV Guide; Glenn Whipp/The Envelope

Their picks in the key categories:

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Limited series frontrunners: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ | ‘Looming Tower’ | 'Godless’


“Ryan Murphy’s adventurous study of a gay psychopath, told in reverse chronology, was unexpectedly fascinating and unsettling. But in terms of pure entertainment, how I loved the female-driven Western shenanigans of ‘Godless.’” -
Matt Roush

Critics’ Picks


“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

“Twin Peaks: The Return”: Glenn, Matt, Tom

“Looming Tower”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

“Howards End”: Glenn, Matt, Tom

“Godless”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

“Genius: Picasso”: Lorraine

”Alias Grace”: Lorraine

”The Terror”: Lorraine

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Limited series actor frontrunners: Kyle MacLachlan, 'Twin Peaks’ | Darren Criss, 'Versace’ | Al Pacino, 'Paterno’ | Michael B. Jordan, 'Fahrenheit 451’


“Traditionally, this category is claimed by big movie stars like Al Pacino, who won twice (2004, 2010), but recent champs have been appealing newcomers like Riz Ahmed and Courtney B. Vance. That’s good news for Darren Criss.” -
Tom O’Neill
Critics’ Picks

Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

Darren Criss, “Versace”
: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

Al Pacino, “Paterno”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”: Glenn, Matt, Tom

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine

Michael B. Jordan, “Fahrenheit 451”: Glenn, Matt, Lorraine, Tom

Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”: Lorraine, Tom



Source:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/emmys/la-et-en-2018-emmys-buzzmeter-20180517-htmlstory.html

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robertascroft: Inspired by a vintage Versace campaign I photographed the cast of American Crime Story / The Assassination of Gianni Versace. I wanted to shoot them in a way I knew no one else was going to for this show. I wanted edgy rock and roll style. Leather, Jeans , Boots which are all a staple in my own personal wardrobe. I had imagined listening to CBGB’s type music onset but instead I was pleasantly surprised by a singalong by Penelope Cruz and Darren Criss doing “Father Figure” by George Michael… it was inspired and to be honest I wouldn’t have changed that moment for anything. #acs #versace #fx #emmy #penelopecruz #darrencriss #rickymartin #edgarramirez










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It's tough to have questions from multiple persons/interviewers being shot, rapid fire style, in your direction.  I thought Darren did a good job.  :happy face


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edgarramirez25: Glamming up with the Family for #emmymagazine #acsversace

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televisionacad: American Tragedy, The cross-country murder spree of #AndrewCunanan leading to the 1997 killing of designer #GianniVersace — is “a very American story,” says #RyanMurphy, executive producer–director of the FX anthology series that brought the real-life tale to television. A distorted desire for the good life and the pain of hiding in plain sight are just two of the themes explored by stars #DarrenCriss #EdgarRamírez #PenélopeCruz and #RickyMartin. Written BY #TATIANASIEGEL in the new issue of #emmymagazine #ninajacobson #bradsimpson @mrrpmurphy @darrencriss @edgarramirez25 @ricky_martin@penelopecruzoficial 
Photographed by @robertascroft lead stylist @jolene.nava

#Kindramann grooming for Darren
#AshleyWeston wardrobe for Darren 
#SaschaBreuer grooming for Edgar
#DaniMichelle wardrobe for Edgar
#DouglasVanLaningham wardrobe for Ricky
Ricky hair #joeyNieves
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Foxtel hosts intimate soiree for Assassination Of Gianni Versace star Darren Criss in Sydney









Media Week wrote:
Foxtel hosts intimate soiree for Assassination Of Gianni Versace star Darren Criss in Sydney

May 17, 2018


Foxtel held what it called an intimate cocktail soiree for visiting US actor Darren Criss last night in Sydney. The venue could have not been more appropriate – The Penthouse at The Ivy.

Criss is the star of the forthcoming installment of the American Crime Story franchise, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The series is an FX original and under the new deal Foxtel has for FX programming, the series will screen on the showcase channel and also be available on demand.

Foxtel had decorated The Ivy Penthouse with a shimmering golden curtain, which provided a glamorous backdrop for photos.

Key invited media mingled with Foxtel executives Stephen Baldwin and Jim Buchanwhile Foxtel’s Jamie Campbell conducted an informal interview with Criss before showing a short highlights reel.

Criss has many fans in Australia from his good work on Glee as Blaine Anderson. Campbell and Criss spoke about how the actor prepared for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, where he plays the murderer Andrew Cunanan.


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[HQ] Interview with Darren Criss in the May issue of Deadline’s AwardsLine Magazine (Source) | 14 May 2018










SAG Foundation wrote:
Program Type:
CONVERSATIONS

Location:
LOS ANGELES

Title:
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

Featuring:
Darren Criss

Date:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time:
2:00 PM
Check-in begins at: 1:30 PM


Screening followed by a Q&A with Darren Criss.

Moderated by Henry Goldblatt, Entertainment Weekly.

SYNOPSIS


Inspired by actual events, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the second installment of FX’s award-winning limited series, American Crime Story.

Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Dan Minahan, Tom Rob Smith, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are Executive Producers of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. It is written by Tom Rob Smith, and Ryan Murphy directed the premiere episode of the series, which stars Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin.  The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

GUEST BIO

Darren Criss stars as Andrew Cunanan in the FX anthology series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Criss is an Emmy®️ nominated artist with an illustrious career spanning television, film, music and stage.

Criss debuted his indiepop band Computer Games along with his brother Chuck Criss. Their first album, Lost Boys Life EP, which features four songs written by the duo, quickly became a fan favorite and debuted to rave reviews. The lead single “Every Single Night” debuted at #2 on Billboard’s “Hot Singles” chart and landed on various lists including “50 Best Songs of 2017 So Far,” “20 Awesome Pop Songs From 2017’s First Half You Might Have Missed,” “10 Great Pop Songs From March You Might’ve Missed” and deemed one of the best moments at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Teen Vogue labeled the album as “an indie gem filled with plenty of 80s pop inspiration and a dash of true DIY sensibility,” while Entertainment Weekly described their sound as “a funky blast to the past in the spirit of some of the grooviest ’80s superstars.”

Last fall, Criss returned to Broadway in his critically-acclaimed performance as “Hedwig” in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which kicked off the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival’s national tour. The New York Times touted Criss as “mesmerizing” when he first stepped into the title role on Broadway in 2015. Criss made his Broadway debut in January of 2012 as “J. Pierrepont Finch” in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. With Criss at the helm, the revival made just under $4 million, which proved to be the most lucrative three weeks of its 11-month run. Criss is also the co-founder of New York City’s first showtunes music festival, Elsie Fest.

Criss is best known for playing “Blaine Anderson” on FOX’s global phenomenon Glee. He received an Emmy nomination in 2015 for Best Original Music and Lyrics for the song “This Time,” which appeared in the episode titled “Dreams Come True.” As a member of the cast, he was also nominated for two Screen Actors Guild®️ Awards. Criss’ previous credits include Girl Most Likely, American Horror Story, Web Therapy and Eastwick.

We will be screening episode 9 - “Alone”



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