The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:12 am
Via Darren’s Instagram Story (May 31st, 2018)
The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
Feinberg Forecast: Emmy Standings in the Run-Up to Nominations Voting
May 30, 2018
THR's awards columnist Scott Feinberg offers his fourth assessment of the Emmys race -- 18 categories -- 12 days before polling begins.
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
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
The Looming Tower (Hulu)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
Genius (National Geographic)
Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
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
Jeff Daniels (Godless) — podcast
Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Tahar Rahim (The Looming Tower)
Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower)
Bill Camp (The Looming Tower)
Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Sam Waterston (Godless)
Scoot McNairy (Godless)
Alex Rich (Genius: Picasso)
Bill Pullman (The Sinner)
Michael Shannon (Fahrenheit 451) — podcast
Hugo Weaving (Patrick Melrose)
Beau Bridges (Mosaic)
Cody Fern (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Alice Cooper (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Dylan Baker (Little Women)
Robert Forster (Twin Peaks)
Luke Evans (The Alienist)
Jason Ritter (The Tale)
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
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)
The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
"Don't Let the Business Kill the Love": The Drama Actor Roundtable
May 31, 2018
There are few things that can make a sextet of generally loquacious actors freeze up faster than an open-ended question about gender pay parity. Unlike their female counterparts, many of whom have not only forced the dialogue but also demanded action via the Time’s Up movement, the men gathered for The Hollywood Reporter’s annual television Drama Actor Roundtable find themselves looking awkwardly around the table, waiting to see who will bite.
On this afternoon in late April, it's Ozark’s Jason Bateman, 49, who jumps in first; but it doesn’t take long before The Americans’ Matthew Rhys, 43, interjects, diffusing any tension with a joke — which, to everyone’s delight, changes both the tenor and the direction of the discussion. Fortunately, the group — which also includes J.K. Simmons, 63 (Starz's Counterpart); Jeff Daniels, 63 (Hulu's The Looming Tower, Netflix's Godless); Michael B. Jordan, 31 (HBO's Fahrenheit 451); and Darren Criss, 31 (FX's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) — is considerably better suited for an eclectic and often hilarious conversation about the easy yesses (and easier nos), the roles still on their bucket lists and, yes, the on-set politics of prosthetic penises.
[. . . ]
Darren, you signed on to play Andrew Cunanan, who is not only a real person but also a serial killer. What were your concerns going in?
CRISS I’ve been lucky, I kind of fell ass backwards into the Ryan Murphy camp, which has been the gift that keeps on giving. The only thing that gave me pause was playing a real person, and this particular person had very lasting effects on people who are still alive and the echoes of the tragedy and the destruction that he wrought. I couldn’t help but think about the sons and daughters and husbands and wives who were affected by this guy, and now they’re like, “Oh God, we have to revisit this and make it pop culture fodder.” That weighs on me.
JORDAN Did you ever think about reaching out to them at all?
CRISS I thought about it. Out of almost respect to them, I didn’t want to bug them about it. Again, this is a horrible thing to have to think about, so I let it go.
[. . . ]
The world has changed in the past six months, whether you define it as the #MeToo era or the Time's Up era. How have your perspective and your conversations changed in that time?
SIMMONS Hollywood is a self-obsessed place, but the perception of this as a Hollywood issue is the main thing that I take issue with. Obviously having a heightened awareness of this and people being discovered and called on the carpet and prosecuted, presumably, is good for everybody involved except for the culprits, who are deserving, but it's way, way, way, way beyond Hollywood.
CRISS What's interesting is we're seeing this wonderful rise of female voices in film and TV, and that's cool. It's like a revolution, this kind of awakening and shift in the way we're prioritizing our storytelling and who gets the loudspeaker. I think it's going to the right people.
[. . . ]
Complete this sentence. I wish Hollywood would cast me as …
CRISS Give me a sword and armor or put me in a hat. I don't know, something genre-y and totally off what I just did.
BATEMAN I'm really enjoying being in this one specific lane, which is the audience's proxy, like just a normal guy who gets to inhabit the center of the story and is your lens through which you are observing and experiencing this odd plot or group of people or scary guy or funny guy. I'm really enjoying that as opposed to playing a bunch of different characters. Having said that, I'd love to play a woman.
CRISS It's fun.
[ . . . ]
All right, final question: If you could go back and give advice to your younger self starting out in this industry, what would you say?
CRISS I don't know, I feel like I've made all the right mistakes and all of it got me to this Roundtable with you guys.
SIMMONS And your younger self is 11. (Laughs.)
BATEMAN There are peaks and there are valleys, and how you enter into that valley dictates your ability to get out of it, in terms of confidence and self-esteem and identity. And if that is wrapped up into your ability to be employed, then things could be challenging because you can't control that. Even if you're really good at what you do, you can't count on being hired, so whatever confidence you have should be substantiated by something above and beyond getting hired.
DANIELS I would tell [my younger self] not to let the business kill the love for why you got into it. I talk to college kids sometimes, and you can't teach them about the rejection, you can't prepare them for that, for the bitterness, the depression, all that stuff that comes because of the peaks and valleys of a career. But don't let it kill the love for what comes between action and cut. Hang on to that because you're gonna need that. That's what I would tell him.
Michael, can you follow that?
JORDAN No, man, that's deep. Hmm …
CRISS You haven't screwed up hard enough yet, maybe that's it. (Everyone nods.)
DANIELS And when you do fail, Michael, when you fail miserably … (Laughter.)
BATEMAN Let us know!
DANIELS … you're still the good actor you were before that. Hang on to that.
JORDAN I appreciate that. And I will.
SIMMONS I'll give credit to Mark Ruffalo, who said this, but, "I would look my young, aspiring actor in the eyes and say, 'It'll be OK.'" And whether that means you're gonna have this fabulous career and become Mark Ruffalo or end up going a different direction …
CRISS You're gonna be fine.
SIMMONS It'll be OK.