Monthly Archives: January 2018

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Episode 3: Death or Disgrace?

Like the series over all, this week’s episode is not told in chronological order. It is 1997. We follow Marilyn from a work trip in Toronto back to her home on Chicago’s Gold Coast, where she quickly notices that things are not as they should be. Two passing friends dial the police. Marilyn sits in the kitchen, her polished nails dancing on the granite countertop, as a bloodcurdling scream is heard from the garage: Lee’s mutilated body has been found.

“I knew it,” Marilyn says under her breath.

Flash backward, a week earlier: Marilyn and Lee are at a fund-raising luncheon for Gov. Jim Edgar, Republican of Illinois.

She introduces her husband in terms so admiring as to be gushing: “So often we are told the American dream is dead. Except I say: Look at my husband, Lee. One of seven children. The son

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/arts/television/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-recap-a-random-killing.html

Fact checking the Chicago scenes in ‘American Crime Story’ Gianni Versace series

Chicago was the setting for most of Wednesday’s episode of “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The FX series follows Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss) as he fatally stabs Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin (“MASH” alum Mike Farrell) in May 1997 as part of a killing spree that also claimed Versace, a noted fashion designer.

The series, which airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays, is based on the 1999 book “Vulgar Favors” by Maureen Orth, who covered the Cunanan manhunt for Vanity Fair. Versace’s longtime partner and family have said portions of the series are inaccurate. Miglin family members did not return a Tribune request for comment.

Cunanan didn’t leave a note when he killed himself in July 1997, and Wednesday’s episode relies heavily on alleged dialogue between Cunanan and Lee Miglin. The Tribune explores what Wednesday’s episode got right and wrong about the events

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chicagoinc/ct-ent-andrew-cunanan-lee-miglin-american-crime-story-20180131-story.html

How to write a true crime tale, according to bestseller David Grann …

David Grann’s true crime tale “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”is our second pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.” Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up for our newsletter. For an FAQ on how book club works, see here.

David Grann is an American journalist who knows a little something about digging up secrets. His first book, the 2009 nonfiction bestseller “The Lost City of Z,” recounts the exploits of British explorer Percy Fawcett — who disappeared after journeying into the Amazon — as well as Grann’s own journey to the Amazon to figure out how Fawcett died.

His 2017 book “Killers of the Flower Moon” also investigates a mystery, this time a string of sordid murders of wealthy members of the Osage

Read more at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-to-write-a-true-crime-tale-according-to-bestseller-david-grann

How to write a true crime tale, according to bestseller David Grann

David Grann’s true crime tale “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”is our second pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.” Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up for our newsletter. For an FAQ on how book club works, see here.

David Grann is an American journalist who knows a little something about digging up secrets. His first book, the 2009 nonfiction bestseller “The Lost City of Z,” recounts the exploits of British explorer Percy Fawcett — who disappeared after journeying into the Amazon — as well as Grann’s own journey to the Amazon to figure out how Fawcett died.

His 2017 book “Killers of the Flower Moon” also investigates a mystery, this time a string of sordid murders of wealthy members of the Osage

Read more at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-to-write-a-true-crime-tale-according-to-bestseller-david-grann

Photos Of Gianni Versace Show The ‘American Crime Story’ Subject At Work & Play

When people today think of Versace, often they think of bright colors, bold patterns, and amazing red carpet looks. But there’s tragedy behind the glitz and glam. The fictionalization of the Versace’s murder in the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (executive producer: Nina Jacobson) brought the 1997 event back into the forefront of American consciousness. Audiences are now tuning in to see Édgar Ramírez’s performance as the famous designer, and these photos of the real Gianni Versace show just how appropriate that casting is.

Versace was shot and killed by Andrew Cunanan on the steps of the designer’s Miami Beach mansion on July 15, 1997, when he was only 50 years old. In his relatively brief life, Versace rose from being an Italian designer to an international superstar. Per The New York Times, Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/photos-of-gianni-versace-show-the-american-crime-story-subject-at-work-play-8076618

10 Best TV Shows to See in February: Tupac & Biggie, Clapton Doc and More

Yes, the TV season kicks back in full swing following the winter hiatus that often seeps into the first half of January – which means what, exactly? How about a few high-profile premieres (including welcome regular gigs for small-screen favorites Glenn Howerton, Christina Hendricks and Parks and Rec alumna Retta)? Or a host of miniseries and specials, from an Eric Clapton bio-doc to a new true-crime series devoted to Biggie and Tupac murders? Or the self-proclaimed “Cocoa Khaleesis” of 2 Dope Queens breaking out on their HBO? Here’s what you’ll be tuning in to, TV-wise, this month. (Check out our top streaming choices tomorrow.)

2 Dope Queens (HBO, Feb. 2nd)
Wish as we may, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams will never really be our best friends. But HBO’s televised expansion of their popular talk-show podcast is as close as we’re gonna get, so we’ll take it. Each

Read more at: https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/10-best-tv-shows-to-see-in-feb-tupac-biggie-clapton-doc-w516164

Showtime Documentary OPERATION ODESSA To Have World Premiere at 2018 SXSW Film Festival

Showtime Documentary OPERATION ODESSA To Have World Premiere at 2018 SXSW Film Festival

The newest addition to the Showtime Documentary Films slate, OPERATION ODESSA will make its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The documentary will premiere on Showtime on Saturday, March 31 at 9 PM ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet. From the director and producers of The Seven Five, OPERATION ODESSA is a true crime documentary about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who sold a Soviet submarine to a Colombian drug cartel for $35 million. An early ’90s gangster epic that hopscotches from Brooklyn to Miami and Cali to Moscow, the film tells the true story of three friends who set out to hustle the Russian mob, the Cali cartel and the DEA for the score of a lifetime. What really happened

Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Showtime-Documentary-OPERATION-ODESSA-To-Have-World-Premiere-at-2018-SXSW-Film-Festival-20180131

The Dirty John True Crime Podcast Is Becoming an Anthology Series on Bravo

Some of the most incredible stories are coming from podcasts these days. Now one of the buzziest podcasts of 2017 is about to captivate TV audiences, too. 

Bravo has greenlit a two-season, straight-to-series order for the scripted anthology series Dirty John. The true crime series, based on the articles and popular podcast Dirty John from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard, will be written and executive produced by Alexandra Cunningham (Chance, Desperate Housewives). 

Dirty John, which arrived as a podcast in October 2017, chronicled the real-life story of how Debra Newell’s whirlwind romance with the charismatic John Meehan turned into a dark tale of deceit, manipulation, and survival for her whole family. Season 1 will focus on that story, while Season 2 will be a different self-contained story, the details of which are to be announced at a later date.

http://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/dirty-john-podcast-true-crime-series-ordered-bravo

Why our true crime obsession is bad for society

Once upon a time, I worked in a department store. Every day, during lunch hour, two of my co-workers commandeered the small TV in our break room. And every day, they watched breathless coverage dissecting the grisly crimes of Dennis Rader, aka the BTK Killer, an otherwise benign-looking white guy who, over the course of decades, stalked, bound, tortured, and killed 10 people (including an 11-year-old girl). My co-workers — a woman in her 20s and another in her 40s — were rapt: “He strangled that older woman with her pantyhose,” one woman marveled. She spoke about this strangulation, the throat and fragile neck-bones of a 62-year-old collapsing in a nylon vise, as if describing some incredible deals in the swimsuit section. The other woman nodded sagely, taking a long gulp of soda,

Read more at: http://theweek.com/articles/736073/why-true-crime-obsession-bad-society

TV tonight: A harrowing episode of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
FX, 10 ET/PT

The unsettling second season of American Crime Story is slowly revealing the story of spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), and this episode focuses entirely on one of his earlier victims, Chicago real estate magnate Lee Miglin (Mike Farrell). The episode, one of the best of the season, is occasionally hard to watch. But Judith Light puts in an exceptional performance as Miglin’s devoted wife Marilyn, whose hard exterior is broken by the violent crime. Of all  nine episodes, this one feels almost like a short film, more about Lee than his killer. 

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