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This is funny.  James, when are you gonna have Darren back on your show?

James Is Obsessed w/ ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

James Corden is excited to share some of his favorite things about the new American Crime Story, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” including the show’s love of pink, tank tops and their hero character. James Is Obsessed w/ 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

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Darren Criss on playing Andrew Cunanan, working with Jon Jon Briones in ACS ‘Versace’

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Inside Look: Miami | Everything was happening in 1990’s Miami. Get an inside look at the setting of The Assassination of Gianni Versace with the cast and crew. | 9 February 2018


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The message from Edgar is so nice.

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americancrimestoryfx: That’s the truth. #ACSVersace

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: ”Todo fue una mentira. Esa es la verdad”. Esta noche van a conocer el increíble talento de @codyfern - sentado a la izquierda y cuyo trabajo no pueden perder de vista - quién junto al maravilloso @darrencriss logran uno de los capítulos más impactantes y conmovedores de la serie. No se lo pierdan esta noche en toda #Latinoamerica por @canalfx 

“It all was a lie. That’s the truth”. Tonight you will meet the incredible talent of @codyfern - sitting on the left and whose work you can’t lose sight of- who along side the wonderful @darrencriss achieve one of the most impressive and moving episodes of the series. Do not miss it tonight in all #Latinoamerica by @canalfx #acsversaceenfx #acsversace











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Link to wonderful Esquire interview:  http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a16674052/darren-criss-interview-assassination-of-gianni-versace/












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Darren is featured on Esquire’s Instagram Story 2/8/18 https://www.instagram.com/esquire









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I was also one of those folks like Darren who did not want to feel like everybody else, but I did it to express my individuality, my uniqueness, and diversity.  It's interesting to hear the various reasons why people want to be different.

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Link to wonderful Esquire interview:
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Link to wonderful Esquire interview:  http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a16674052/darren-criss-interview-assassination-of-gianni-versace/







Kat Wirsing is the photographer who did the Esquire photo shoot. :happy face
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katwirsing: I [camera emoji] @darrencriss for @esquire  hands in the air
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#versace #americancrimestory 
#Repost @esquire

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“I know what it’s like to want to stand out. Andrew [Cunanan] had that too, but we had different reasons.” — #ACSVersace’s own @DarrenCriss explains how he found humanity in the sociopathic killer he plays on TV at the link in our bio. [camera emoji] @katwirsing for Esquire.com. Styling by @mrjonathanevans.










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This guy is so funny.  That second comment. :amused 
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She is a writer for Refinery 29

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*When you remember that tonight there’s a new episode of… #ACSVersaceEnFX









americancrimestoryfx: That’s the truth. #ACSVersace

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Premiere dates for various countries


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In addition: 


Germany
January 29 on Sky Atlantic

United Kingdom

(no date) On BBC Two 

France
(no date) On Canal +






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For those interested in watching Darren on the various talk shows:



Darren's Calendar:


January 15                Darren is on Good Morning America (GMA) on ABC

January 16                Darren & Edgar Ramirez on BUILD Series (NYC) 4-4:30 pm EST.  Streamed Live at https://www.buildseries.com/

January 17                Darren is on Live with Kelly and Ryan on ABC

January 17                Premiere of The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  American Crime Story on FX

January 17                Darren is on MTV TRL (NY)







If you also are interested on watching Edgar, Penelope and Ricky on the various talk shows:

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Edgar on Jimmy Fallon on Jan 17
Ricky on Jimmy Fallon on Jan 18

UNCONFIRMED:

Penelope on Ellen on Jan 16

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Live with Kelly and Ryan are having Darren, as well as Ricky and Edgar on.
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Ricky Martin, Darren Criss & Edgar Ramirez to appear on Live With Kelly & Ryan next week


Jan 16: Ricky Martin
Jan 17: Darren Criss
Jan 19: Edgar Ramirez

Full schedule information available here

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Darren, Edgar, and Ricky are appearing on GMA (Good Morning America).
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acsversace-news:
Edgar Ramirez will appear on Good Morning America on Tuesday, January 16 | Tickets

Ricky Martin will appear on Good Morning America on Wednesday, January 17 | Tickets



ALSO…

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Darren Criss will appear on Good Morning America on Monday, January 15 | Tickets

Link for Tickets:  https://1iota.com/Show/379/Good-Morning-America


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mypatronusismalec:
    Darren Criss featured in the February 2018 issue of Vanity Fair.







He is with the San Francisco Chronicle.  This is so cool that he found the actual announcement in the paper in 1998!
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Matthew Gilbert wrote the Boston Globe review.  Rob Owen wrote the review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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She wrote the interview/review in My San Antonio.

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She is an entertainment journalist with AM New York.

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CanalFX_la: 7 días para que mate por fama. #ACSVersaceEnFX
*7 days before he kills for fame #ACSVersaceEnFX

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mattdoylephoto: shooting with @DarrenCriss playing #andrewcunanan in new the #versace series on #acsversace photographed at @denbkstudios #Brooklyn #darrencriss #blackartemis #mattdoylephoto









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@ACSFX He killed to impress. Follow the path to the Assassination of Gianni Versace when FX’s award-winning limited series returns January 17. #ACSVersace @DarrenCriss

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Article by Maureen Orth.
Vanity Fair wrote:
Andrew Cunanan and the Assassination of Gianni Versace, Revisited

January 11, 2018

The author of the book upon which the upcoming season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story is based discusses what has changed in the 20 years since the case gripped the nation, and what has not.

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“Darren Criss, who plays Cunanan, startled me because he looked so much like him. Criss is also half Filipino, just as Cunanan was.”

“Cunanan would have relished being played by Criss, who brings remarkable charisma and creepiness to the role. Still, the actor is cognizant of the pain and terror his victims will relive when the show airs. As he told me this fall: ‘My heart is really sensitive to the people who experienced something so horrible that I’m trying to breathe life into.’”

Please visit the site to give the article a number of "clicks."  Source:  https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/01/gianni-versace-murder-andrew-cunanan-maureen-orth-vulgar-favors



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Darren Criss talks about his role as Andrew Cunanan during Golden Globes 

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ACSFX He wanted fame. He was wanted by the FBI. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres January 17 on FX. #ACSVersace @DarrenCriss

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ACSFX A troubled path, and a dangerous obsession. Follow Cunanan’s path to The Assassination of Gianni Versace when FX’s award-winning limited series returns January 17. #ACSVersace

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This is a heartfelt message from Yong Chavez.   I'm sorry she didn't get in, but I'm glad Darren did what he could for her, and that Yong deeply appreciates that.
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CanalFX_la: La hermana vs. el asesino. ¿Qué personaje tienes más ganas de ver? #ACSVersaceEnFX
*The sister vs The murderer. What character are you more eager to see?

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Los Angeles Daily News wrote:
Why ‘American Crime Story’ took on murder and manhunt in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

January 9, 2018

“’Assassination’ has a political overtone, and I think it denotes somebody who is taking the life of somebody else to make a point,” Murphy says. “And I think that’s exactly what Andrew Cunanan did.”

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Ramirez observes that Versace’s influence is still evident today. “He could see the sexiness of the ’70s, and then all the opulence of the ’80s,” said the actor, adding that the designer combined those elements “and everybody went crazy.”

Seven years before the killing, Cunanan met or imposed himself upon Versace at a party when the Italian-born designer was creating costumes for the San Francisco Opera.

“Versace looms over the series as a symbol of success. He is not just a person. This is the reason for the assassination,” says Tom Rob Smith, who wrote the script for the nine-episode series, “He is, in a weird way, in every moment of Andrew’s life.”

As producer Nina Jacobson points out, the series contrasts the two. “One character is an authentic, honest creator drawing on his heritage, his background, his family,” she says, “and the other goes on a path of destruction because he wants the fame without the work or the talent.”

No one really knows what went on between Cunanan and Versace or the killer and his other victims. So the series tries to fill in the details.

“You have these tiny points of truth, and you then try to connect the tissue between it,” says Smith, novelist of books including “Child 44” and screenwriter of “London Spy.” “But I would never use the word ‘embellishing’ or ‘making up.’ It’s trying to join those pinpoints.”

Orth says a lot of people knew Cunanan “was an inveterate liar, but they didn’t care because he was very witty about it, or he was able to charm people.”

“We’re not just following what we would assume to be a murderous, horrible person all the time,” adds Criss. “We see him at his best; we see him at his worst; we see him at his most charming; we see him at his most hurt. And it’s all over the place. We really do get to know him as a person.”

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Orth’s 1999 book is called “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in US History,” and Murphy feels that Cunanan was able to make his way across the country and pick off his victims because many of them were gay.

There was “homophobia, particularly within the various police organizations that refused in Miami to put up wanted posters,” he says.

Not surprisingly, the Versace family is not behind the project and issued a statement this week: “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction,” it said.

Criss says that the most difficult part of playing a killer was thinking “about the people who are still alive and are affected. And wanting to do right by them is my hope.”

Brad Simpson, one of the other producers of “Versace,” says that is the basic quandary for anybody who is making true crime story.

“By recreating these murders, are you giving the murderer what they want? Are you hurting the victims again?” he asks. “In ‘O.J.,’ we didn’t show O.J. committing the murder. We never come out and say that O.J. killed Nicole and Ron even though you can really take that inference from the show. In this case, we are showing the real devastation of what Andrew did.”


Source:  https://www.dailynews.com/2018/01/09/why-american-crime-story-took-on-murder-and-manhunt-in-the-assassination-of-gianni-versace/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Winter TCA Press Tour (January 5, 2018) Los Angeles




A few things before the posts of Darren at the TCA Wiinter Press Tour:



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ashleypweston: And the team is back!! @DarrenCriss x @VanityFair heart Can’t wait for y’all to see what’s up our sleeves for the upcoming ‘Versace: American Crime Story’ press tour hands in the air #AWerk #DarrenCriss #VanityFair #ACSVersace






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kmannmakeup: Darren Criss for Vanity Fair #photographed by @aspictures #styling @ashleypweston #grooming by me #kindramannmakeup @tmgla #versaceamericancrimestory #darrencriss







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ACSFX: Two walks of life led to one unspeakable moment. From Executive Producer Ryan Murphy, #ACSVersace premieres 1/17, only on FX. @DarrenCriss @edgarramirez25








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CanalFX_la: Versace fue su víctima más conocida. Pero no fue la única. @DarrenCriss es Andrew Cunanan en #ACSVersaceEnFX. Estreno, 18 de enero.

*Versace was his most famous victim. But it was not the only one. @DarrenCriss is Andrew Cunanan in #ACSVersaceEnFX. Premiere, January 18.





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Winter TCA Press Tour (January 5, 2018) Los Angeles





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[LQ] Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin and Maureen Orth attend the 2018 Winter TCA Tour FX Starwalk held at The Langham Huntington on January 5 2018 in Pasadena California






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Photo of Darren before the ACS Versace panel at the Television Critics Association press tour event. January 5, 2018.

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Thanks so much, Lin.  :happy face  Oh my, I'm so sorry about your injury, Lin.  I hope it's not too much skin.  I've done that before.  I hate it when I hurt myself in the kitchen.  Cooking is dangerous!  Whatever you do, do not buy a mandoline.  I knew someone who used it without the guard and he literally cut a chunk of the tip of his finger off.  Poor man was uninsured, so he didn't go to the doctor, but at the very next opportunity, he signed up for the Affordable Care Act.   Sorry, I'm digressing.  Embarassed  I'm guessing you hurt  it on the knuckle?   Keep it loosely bandaged in the day if you are using that hand to prevent it from getting re-hurt.    I hope it heals soon, Lin.  : it's gonna be ok


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I saw people from England and Australia complain that they still don't have a release date, so it's all the more surprising to me that Germany already has one and it's less than three weeks after the official premiere. Not that I could wait that long or even have the channel, but still exciting! It usually takes several months at least for most shows (that aren't Game of Thrones).

Thanks for the info, Lin.  I think I will keep a log of  the release dates for the various countries and the channels when I find out.  Lin, on what channel will folks in Germany be able to see Versace?   And what is the release date?   Thanks so much!







So I had missed this post on Darren Criss Army.   Versace will show on BBC Two in England.
Spoiler:


Darren Criss Army wrote:NOTE: This article has a few spoilers about the storyline. 

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The Sun wrote:
Gritty BBC thriller examines the murder of Italian designer Gianni Versace


Some think his showbiz lifestyle is what drew Cunanan to him. It is unknown if the two men had met before the day of the murder.

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Cunanan's first two victims were his friend Jeffrey Trail, who he battered to death with a hammer, and his ex-lover David Madson, who he kept hostage then shot.

Cunanan, who worked as a prostitute, then went to Chicago and beat tycoon Lee Miglin, 72, to death in the garage of his luxury home.

He made his getaway in Miglin's car and drove to New Jersey where he met his fourth victim, William Reese, a caretaker at Finn's Point National Cemetery.

By the time Cunanan got to Versace's home, he'd been evading capture for two months.

Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, who has published a book, Vulgar Favors, about the murder, believes he murdered Versace for the notoriety. “He was willing to kill for fame. He wanted to be everything Versace was, but he wasn’t willing to work for it,“ she said.

"He was willing to kill for fame. He wanted to be everything Versace was, but he wasn't willing to work for it," she said.

Meanwhile, the show’s director, Ryan Murphy, said: "We’re not interested in the killer-of-the-week approach. We’re trying to understand the psychology of someone who would be driven to do those deeds.”

The series will premiere in America on January 17, 2018 on FX. A UK date is yet to be announced but it’s expected in early 2018 and will air on BBC Two.




Source:  https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/5251745/gritty-new-bbc-thriller-examines-the-assassination-of-italian-fashion-designer-gianni-versace/





Nicely said, Ryan.  :happy face One tiny correction:  I think the writer meant when Ryan saw Darren in the Hedwig and the Angry Inch (tour) production in Los Angeles, unless anyone knows that Ryan did see Darren in Hedwig on Broadway?
Entertainment Weekly wrote:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  Ryan Murphy says he knew Darren Criss was 'capable of great darkness'

January 4, 2017

Cover your eyes, Gleeks. Darren Criss, who played squeaky clean, bow-tie aficionado Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Glee is about to shed that image.

The actor has his darkest and most challenging role to date as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiering Jan. 17 on FX. Cunanan not only killed the titular designer, played by Edgar Ramirez, but also four other men in 1997. Portraying the sociopath, Criss vacillates between being charming, pathetic, ruthless, and psychotic.

“I did as much research as humanly possible,” says Criss. But, “there’s not a whole lot of preparation you can do. The only thing you can really do is being available to all emotions at all times. At any point, he’s ready to fire off in any direction.”

Executive producer Ryan Murphy was adamant that Criss play Cunanan after seeing the actor on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “I just knew he could do it,” reveals Murphy. “More than that, I knew that he was super hungry and ambitious. I think people thought of Darren as a musical comedy star first. But, when I saw Hedwig, I knew he was capable of great darkness.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. on FX.

Source:  http://ew.com/tv/2018/01/04/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-ryan-murphy-darren-criss/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter








He is with BuzzFeed.  I liked his phrasing:  "@DarrenCriss is Grade A crazy and wonderful as Cunanan."  :big grin
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Ohhhh. This is nice.  :happy face
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Darren’s featured in Vanity Fair’s February 2018 issue.








More talks shows!  :happy face
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Darren’s listed as an upcoming guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on January 10th, 2018 | Source







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Darren will be a guest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on January 17,th 2018 | Source








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Darren will be at Good Morning America on January 15th, 2018 | Source








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Who is the hell is the "Street Magician guy"?? :big grin
Washington Post wrote:
What to Watch: TV chat with Hank Stuever


Jan 04, 2018

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Post TV critic Hank Stuever talked about what's bad, good and so bad it's good on TV.

Here's what Hank would watch if he wasn't paid to watch TV: "Game of Thrones," "The Americans," "The Amazing Race" and "Shameless" Lately he's been digging "The Chi" "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Crown" and "Below Deck."

Q: American Crime Story

Do you think The Assassination of Gianni Versace has the potential to be as big as The People vs OJ Simpson? Or is 90s gay politics too niche for audiences?

A: Hank Stuever


Is it political, though? What principles did Andrew Cunanan stand for?

That said, I think you’re onto something. Make the subject gay (either a little bit or a lot) and you still lose some potential audience (dude bros, mainly), though not nearly to the degree that you once might have. Plus, I think everyone wants to tune in to see if this one is as good as the last one. Versace is nowhere near the true-crime mania that accompanies the subject of O.J. Simpson. Minus the crazed gay serial killer angle and debaucherous gay luxury angle, he Versace murder is hard sell as a work of nostalgia or revisionist drama.

I have seen two episodes at this point, but I have a feeling I’ll be bingeing a lot more of it tonight in advance of FX’s presentations tomorrow. What I can say, so far, is that this series hits the same sweet spot that the O.J. series did, between fact and sensation. Darren Criss goes all out as Andrew Cunanan.

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Q: Darren Criss 


Is that the Street Magician guy?

A:
Hank Stuever

No, it’s the guy from “Glee.”

Source:  https://live.washingtonpost.com/tv-chat-1400000104.html?clsrd

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Jhett Tolentino is very interesting.  He is a Broadway producer and won 3 Tony awards, for co-producing “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (Best Musical), “A Raisin in the Sun” (Best Revival of a Play, which stars Denzel Washington) and last year, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Best Play).  Source:  http://entertainment.inquirer.net/148382/third-filipino-tony-winner-from-humble-roots

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jhett_tolentino: 6 years ago today. @darrencriss’ Broadway debut in “How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying”.
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This is well done.  I love all the images of  Cunanan, Versace, Donatella, reflected in the sun glasses (beginning with the image of Cunanan sneaking up on Versace, which we see repeated, and the "V" for Versace), with the glasses becoming cracked and broken, and how at the end, all you see are Cunanan's scary eyes.   wha?    So it premieres somewhere on Canal FX Latino on January 18.  I wonder where?


canalfx.latino: ¿Qué pasaba en la cabeza de Andrew Cunanan? Muy pronto vas a entenderlo.  #ACSVersaceEnFX. Estreno, 18 de enero.
*What was going on inside Andrew Cunanan’s head? Pretty soon you’ll understand. #Acsversaceenfx. Premiere, January 18

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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!  bow to you bow to you bow to you  My husband and I--especially my husband--are eternally grateful to you!!!! :bravo :hug :thank 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!!  :thank you




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.  :happy face
 



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This writer is so exuberant about Darren's work in Versaceheart  I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I hope her predictions come true.   heart  And yes, 2018 is the year I want to be creeped out  by Darren's acting.  :happy face 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." heart heart heart  Darren is so grounded, one of the things I really love about him.   :love

Decider wrote:
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.
 

Source:  https://decider.com/2018/01/03/darren-criss-is-the-next-sarah-paulson/







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FXNetworks: 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

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I believe he is a writer for Guardian, GQ Magazine, Esquire, and The AV Club. 
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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


Source:  https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/winter-tv-preview-scoop-13-slideshow-wp-140043774/photo-p-strong-1-sentence-pitch-photo-140043714.html





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

03-01-2018

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Teenage Dream

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 +.




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CanalFX_la: 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):
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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.



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