Jeremy wrote:Well, you could get a MP from me on Thursday before noon (California time).
I was so excited to see your answer, Jeremy, and I told my husband that he may not have to preview the first 4-5 episodes after all (which I feel bad asking him to do). But then he reminded me that our recorder is not always reliable, which is why I watch my favorite episodes live. Our machines mostly works fine. I suppose if it ever failed to record an episode, then I can get the iTunes to watch. Sorry, I'm working this out in my still fuzzy mind (from my cold, which moved into a sinus infection).
In short, yes Jeremy, I would love
for you to PM me Thursday! It doesn't have to be before noon. It can be anytime before 6 pm on Thursday. It will be sooooo useful for me to find out at Point X, Point Y and Point Z, violence occurs.
Thank you so much, Jeremy!
My husband and I--especially my husband--are eternally grateful to you!!!!
Lin wrote:I don't trust Ryan on any sort of detail, but yes, judging by the the episode titles and short descriptions, the murders should be over after episode 4 or maybe 5, until the last episode where Cunanan commits suicide and I assume they'll probably also show Versace's murder again.
Thanks so much for your answer, Lin!!
My cold has moved into a sinus infection, so I am feeling worse. Hopefully the antibiotics kick in and I will feel better by the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, Sunday. Anyway, just temporarily, I may not post quite as much until I feel better.
From Darren Criss Army:
This writer is so exuberant about Darren's work in Versace
I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I hope her predictions come true.
And yes, 2018 is the year I want to be creeped out by Darren's acting.
haha. But I do hope that he also mixes it up with roles where he plays warm and likeable, even an occasional rom-com (if it's well-written). If our hopes become true, I have absolutely am sure that at an award ceremony, that Darren will be humble and express his gratitude to Ryan, as well as commend the cast, the directors (including Ryan), the writer, and the behind the scene folks. I also am certain that Darren will always keep it about good work. Remember that byline that Alex choose for DarrenCriss-news: "I just hope I can continue to do work that matters to me, I’m not interested in being any kind of superstar or anything I’m not. I’m just a dude who got lucky and an artist who cares about the work that I do.
Darren is so grounded, one of the things I really love about him.
Darren Criss Is The Next Sarah Paulson
January 3, 2018
This time two years ago, you probably only vaguely knew who actress Sarah Paulson was, if you knew her at all. So now, let’s go ahead and take a temperature check when it comes to your current familiarity with Darren Criss. Lemme guess…Glee, maybe? Well, we’re just days away from that changing significantly.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was a career and life-changing role for Paulson. Portraying Marcia Clark put her on the map, on more screens, and on the minds of average television consumers. Before that, her consistent career included appearing in executive producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story and picking up critical kudos for her roles in Martha Marcy May Marlene, 12 Years Slave, and Carol (and not nearly enough attention for her excellence in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, if we’re being honest). But after she transformed into the sympathetic, cigarette-smoking, permed prosecutor, the world finally understood the talent that this woman was sharing with the world. This resulted in Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG statues and roles in this year’s likely Oscar-nominated The Post as well as the highly anticipated Ocean’s 8. She’s straight up unstoppable.
And yet, that Ryan Murphy magic is at it again for the 2018 installment of American Crime Story, and this time it’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace. While Edgar Ramirez is great as Versace and Penelope Cruz as Donatella will spur gifs wide across the internet, it’s Darren Criss who will send shivers up and down and back up your spine throughout the entire series. He’s creepy, he’s precise, and he’s absolutely impossible to take your eyes off of. As spree-killer Andrew Cunanan, he is giving a provocative performance that will have people talking and showering him with awards. Go ahead, just carve the Emmy for him now. It’s going to be hard for any other male actor to come close to what Criss is bringing this year.
Oh, and that’s not just because it’s fantastic. It’s also startling because we’ve never seen anything like this from him. What happened to that kid from Glee who sang his heart out on “Teenage Dream”? Criss brought his charm to the Kristen Wiig rom-com Girl Most Likely in 2012 but has never quite achieved the recognition he’s deserved for the acting, singing, and general musical theater skills he’s bringing to the game. All of that changes with The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
It’s unlikely you thought to yourself, “2018 is the year I want to be supremely creeped the eff out by Darren Criss,” but that wish is about to come true for you anyway. His performance in the FX drama will give you a delightful and exciting whiplash in the way it switches from frantic to controlled, emotional to subtle, and straight up scary to intriguing. Criss will be catapulted to a household name, and one that we’re kind of freaked out by, but mostly in a good way, right?
Criss has wisely braced himself for this moment. With a new EP released just a few weeks ago, and a schedule clear of any upcoming productions, he’ll be fielding offers left and right — for theater, tours, massive movies, more series TV. He’s already got a fanbase built in, not that they’re ready for what they’re about to see, but it will only expand from here. The key to it all is that he’s just gotta stay on that Paulson path: remain as affable as it gets in real life and on talk shows, remember to thank Ryan Murphy & co. in your awards acceptance speeches, and keep it about the work — and interesting work, at that. But now that we know what he’s capable of, it would be cool if he could just lean closer to the teenage dream than the nightmares he’s able to create.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres Wednesday, January 17, 2018 on FX, and FX+ subscribers can watch the first episode beginning Friday, January 12, 2018.
: Everyone would know what he did. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the next installment of FX’s award-winning American Crime Story, premieres January 17. #ACSVersace
I believe he is a writer for Guardian, GQ Magazine, Esquire, and The AV Club.
Yahoo Entertainment wrote:
Winter TV Preview: The scoop on 13 new shows
January 2, 2018
‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ (FX, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m.)
The one-sentence pitch: “Like it’s titled, it’s about the murder of Gianni Versace, but what the show is really about is what leads up to that murder,” says ACS executive producer Brad Simpson. “And most people who know about Versace know he was murdered by Andrew Cunanan, but they probably don’t know that he was the final victim in a killing spree.”
What to expect: “This season is a very different flavor. It’s a different mood, it’s a different type of crime, and a different type of storytelling,” Simpson says of the new season, which unfolds Cunanan’s crime in a nonlinear fashion, beginning with Versace’s murder and revealing Cunanan’s other victims in reverse chronological order. “We felt like it was important to not have the audience spend eight episodes waiting for that murder to happen, so we get right to the most famous murder. Then … we’ve all seen stories of the evolution of a killer, where you follow someone as they commit their first murder, climaxing with something bigger. We thought it was more interesting to do it in reverse, tell you the whole story in reverse, go victim by victim into the past and really try to understand not just who these other victims were but also why [Cunanan] ended up on this path.”
Glee-ful cast: Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Edgar Ramirez as Gianni, Ricky Martin as Versace’s boyfriend Antonio, as well as memorable performances from Judith Light, Finn Wittrock, Dascha Polanco, Mike Farrell, Max Greenfield, and newcomer Cody Fern pepper the season, but it’s singer and Glee alum Darren Criss, as Cunanan, who is most mesmerizing as the undeniably charming, and disturbed, serial killer. “Versace and Andrew Cunanan were both born into circumstances in which they were gay men with ambition, with taste, and who people genuinely liked,” Simpson says. “Andrew was very well-liked until a certain age. … We wanted to explore what sets one off on the path to becoming this great creator, and what sets the other on the path to being this destroyer.” — KP
Winter TV Preview: The scoop on 13 new shows
This talks about Darren in Versace
in the second to last paragraph. The previous paragraphs talk about Darren's history. At the end, the article mentions that Versace
can be seen on Canal +. I assume this is in France? I know I read that Versace
is available to watch in England, but forgot what Channel.
Vanity Fair - France wrote:
Darren Criss, l'espoir du petit écran américain à surveiller de près
Darren Criss, the hope of the small screen to watch closely
Although Darren Criss may have left the Glee choir, he is not finished with Ryan Murphy. The 30-year-old actor is featured in season 2 of “American Crime Story”, titled “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. Based on Maureen Orth’s book, “Vulgar Flavors,” the series will focus on the story of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, played by Darren Criss.
In France, he is still little known - if not a fan of Glee. Almost all Glee fan fell under the spell of the Californian when he played the young Blaine Anderson. Playing, singing, dancing, and even writing - since he’s also a songwriter - everything seems to be within Darren Criss’s reach. As he prepares to demonstrate the extent of his talents in what could be the role of his life, Vanity Fair has conducted an investigation into Ryan Murphy’s protégé .
“MOST LIKELY TO WIN A GRAMMY”
Darren Criss was born in 1987 in San Francisco, California, but spent his early childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii. From an early age, he was immersed in music: at the age of five, he began his violin lessons, which he continued for fifteen years. On top of that, he taught himself guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica and drums. No wonder, then, that his classmates chose him as a Grammy contender, even though he was only in high school. He still hasn’t won that grammy, but the nomination took place in 2012 with Glee. At only 15 years old, Darren Criss was already a musician, singer, and composer: He wrote his first song, Human, in 2009, which is on his first EP of the same name. However, music isn't enough for this lover of the arts: in addition to his songs and the half-dozen instruments he’s mastered perfectly, Darren Criss wants to act. In parallel with music, he has been acting since the age of 10, when he joined the youth program of the famous American Conservatory Theater - which has among its alumni, Nicolas Cage , Winona Ryder, Elizabeth Banks and Brie Larson .
His adolescence is punctuated by the plays in which he plays: The Music Man, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fiddler on the Roof, Pride and Prejudice … He even left the US, in 2008, to study at the Accademia dell'Arte, in Arezzo in Tuscany. “No one is supposed to know what to do as a kid” , he said in 2013 at the LA Times . “I’m one of the lucky ones. I always worked towards my goal, it did not happen by chance. It takes a lifetime of work to become a phenomenon overnight .”
Success comes a year later. In 2009, when Darren Criss graduated from the Beaux Arts, he decided to go with a few friends to a production company specializing in musicals: StarKid Productions . By performing, with his troupe, the role of Harry Potter in a musical adaptation of JK Rowling’s work, Darren Criss made a sensational entrance into the world of American entertainment. “It was overwhelming, it happened by accident: it was right when the viral videos appeared”, He testifies years later. The first clip of the show, posted in 2009, almost ten years later, reached 14 million views on YouTube.
“ SINGING… ”
With the triumph of A Very Potter Musical, Darren Criss began to get noticed. Moving from boards to television, he appeared in 2009 in five episodes of Eastwick , a fantastic series then broadcast on ABC. The following year marks the beginning of glory for the young artist: after a flash passage in an episode of Cold Case , the young man won a role in the second season of Glee , the musical series of Ryan Murphy , then in full swing . He makes a sensational debut in the series as Blaine Anderson , an openly gay young man who will become Kurt’s future love interest (Chris Colfer). In his first episode, he sings Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. - the single is immediately at the top of sales.
Hair cut and full of gel, tailored suit: he abandons, for the needs of the series, the arts student look for a preppy, neat look. “I was a clumsy actor with long hair, a little nerd . When I had an audition for Glee , I said to myself: “It’s important, I’ll cut my hair” “ , then says Darren Criss at the LA Times . ” Glee has really been a turning point in my career . “ In five seasons, the young man goes from a secondary character to fan favorite in a flash: in season three, Ryan Murphy modifies his character’s journey to become part of McKinley High School, where most of the plot unfolds. Thus, Darren Criss attained the status of regular actor.
Despite persistent rumors, including seeing him play a gay character on the screen, Darren Criss has repeatedly said that he is heterosexual. He confided in 2010 to Vanity Fair that it is still a subject close to his heart: “I grew up in a very open community, including through the theater in San Francisco - it’s difficult , if we stick to the clichés, to be more gay. I was raised in the “gay community” . My parents were straight, but I spent a lot of time very young with gay folks in the theater world.
Quasi-omnipresent in the series, the prodigy still finds time for multiple projects, as usual. After playing a Harry Potter singer in his musical, he loops the loop by replacing Daniel Radcliffe on stage in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying . He lends a helping hand for three weeks, which then became the most lucrative of the production. He also plays in a movie comedy unnoticed on this side of the Atlantic: Imogene , where Darren Criss starred with Kristen Wiig , and even made a brief appearance in the video for Katy Perry , Last Friday Night- that he will resume, too, in Glee .
THE VERSACE KILLER
If there is one thing that can not be removed from Ryan Murphy , it is his loyalty. In his multiple projects from year to year (Nip / Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story , Scream Queens, American Crime Story , Feud and soon 911 and Pose ), the director never drops his favorite actors. When Glee comes to an end, Lea Michele (Rachel in the series) finds her place in the first two seasons of Scream Queens. Same thing for Jessica Lange , who goes from American Horror Story to Feud , or Sarah Paulson, which seems to assert itself as the essential muse of the director in any of his projects. For Darren Criss , the situation is more or less similar: once you set foot in work with Ryan Murphy , you do not leave. After Glee , the young man makes a quick appearance in the fifth season of American Horror Story , Hotel , where he plays Justin, an arrogant hipster who will end up stabbed. This flash passage is actually nothing compared to what Murphy is preparing for him: a leading role in the second installment of American Crime Story , whose first season on the OJ Simpson affair, has already conquered audience and criticism. This time, the production is interested in the murder of Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramírez) by the serial killer Andrew Cunanan , played by Darren Criss - who is finally offered a role complex enough to show the extent of his talent.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, starts January 17 in the United States, and soon on Canal +.
: Tic, tac. La obsesión por Gianni Versace crece en la cabeza del asesino. El Asesinato de Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Estreno, 18 de enero. #ACSVersaceEnFX
*Tic, toc. The obsession for Gianni Versace grows on the head of the killer. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Premiere, January 17.
Some folks have seen posters of Versace
in the SF Muni (transportation system):colferwesley
: Saw this at metro station in San Francisco today, among with lots more. The whole station was filled with #americancrimestory
posters. This is gonna be huge and I’m so proud. The city is proud, Dare.