Monthly Archives: February 2018

‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Episode 6 Fact vs. Fiction: What ‘American Crime Story’ Got Right

The Assassination of Gianni Versace episode six, “Descent,” takes place one year before Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss) began the killing spree that ended with the murder of the titular designer on July 15, 1997. There are no murders in this chapter, but plenty of tension and suspense, along with the usual blurring of facts.

Here’s what “Descent” got right—and where series writer Tom Rob Smith and director Gwyneth Horder-Payton took creative liberties.

Norman Blachford

The episode opens in 1996 in La Jolla, California. Cunanan is living in a beautiful seaside condo with his wealthy male friend, Norman Blachford (played by Flashdance star Michael Nouri). Cunanan has designed and decorated the home and is paid with room and board, though we soon learn there is more to the arrangement. 

The real Blachford was a San Diego businessman who made a fortune producing insulation for cars. He did support the future killer for nearly

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/american-crime-story-episode-6-fact-vs-fiction-813951

‘In Ice Cold Blood’ Hosted by Ice-T premieres April 1 at 7/6c | Crime …

NEW YORK, NY – Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, debuts new original series “In Ice Cold Blood” on Sunday, April 1 at 7pm ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Grammy and NAACP Image Award winner Ice-T (“Law Order: Special Victims Unit”), the series spotlights shocking true stories involving sex, money, murder – or a fatal cocktail of all three. Told through in-depth interviews, reenactments and archival footage, each hour-long episode delves into an edgy mystery filled with expert detective work, unexpected turns and stunning revelations.

“‘In Ice Cold Blood’ is a chilling depiction of basic human desires unbridled, taking viewers on a shocking, unexpected ride,” says Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “Ice-T’s appreciation for the true crime space, and his ability to draw the viewer in, take the series to another level.”

Executive Producer Ice-T adds, “I’m glad to call

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/in-ice-cold-blood/crime-time/in-ice-cold-blood-hosted-by-ice-t-premieres-april-1-at-76c

‘In Ice Cold Blood’ Hosted by Ice-T premieres April 1 at 7/6c

NEW YORK, NY – Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, debuts new original series “In Ice Cold Blood” on Sunday, April 1 at 7pm ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Grammy and NAACP Image Award winner Ice-T (“Law Order: Special Victims Unit”), the series spotlights shocking true stories involving sex, money, murder – or a fatal cocktail of all three. Told through in-depth interviews, reenactments and archival footage, each hour-long episode delves into an edgy mystery filled with expert detective work, unexpected turns and stunning revelations.

“‘In Ice Cold Blood’ is a chilling depiction of basic human desires unbridled, taking viewers on a shocking, unexpected ride,” says Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “Ice-T’s appreciation for the true crime space, and his ability to draw the viewer in, take the series to another level.”

Executive Producer Ice-T adds, “I’m glad to call

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/in-ice-cold-blood/crime-time/in-ice-cold-blood-hosted-by-ice-t-premieres-april-1-at-76c

Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez on Challenging Homophobia With ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

According to Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin, the fact that they’re playing partners Gianni Versace and Antonio D’Amico in the FX limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” was “destiny.”

At the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, the pair told IndieWire that before “American Crime Story” executive producer Ryan Murphy invited Ramirez to star as the titular designer, the two were already acquainted. In fact, the day that Ramirez got the role officially, he and Martin had plans to do a gallery tour together in Los Angeles. “I entered the first gallery and said ‘Ricky, I’m sorry I’m late, I was just finalizing this call, I’m doing Gianni Versace.’ He was the first person I told,” he said.

“I was very happy for him,” Martin added. “Weeks later, Ryan called me and he tells me ‘I want to talk to you,’ he said. ‘Let’s have dinner.’ So I

Read more at: http://www.indiewire.com/2018/02/ricky-martin-edgar-ramirez-american-crime-story-versace-interview-1201931278/

Snow day binge-watch: Catch up on hot shows while the snow falls

If you don’t have to be somewhere and can enjoy it, a snow day is nature delivering an unexpected gift. But once you’ve had your fill of playing in the powder or strolling around the neighborhood taking in the snowy sights, chances are you might feel a little snowbound.

Take the the experts’ advice and don’t drive unless you have to. Now that you’re home, a snow day is the perfect time to catch up on some of those TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch.

Here’s a binge guide to help you decide what to watch as the temperature drops, and the snowflakes fall.

THE OREGON CONNECTION

“Here and Now”: Catch up on the first two episodes of the new HBO series that’s set and was partially filmed in Portland. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter play the kind of Portlanders you might expect to encounter on “Portlandia” – socially conscious, desperate to

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2018/02/snow_day_binge-watching_catch.html

Snow day binge-watch: Catch up with hot shows while the snow falls

If you don’t have to be somewhere and can enjoy it, a snow day is nature delivering an unexpected gift. But once you’ve had your fill of playing in the powder or strolling around the neighborhood taking in the snowy sights, chances are you might feel a little snowbound.

Take the the experts’ advice and don’t drive unless you have to. Now that you’re home, a snow day is the perfect time to catch up on some of those TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch.

Here’s a binge guide to help you decide what to watch as the temperature drops, and the snowflakes fall.

THE OREGON CONNECTION

“Here and Now”: Catch up on the first two episodes of the new HBO series that’s set and was partially filmed in Portland. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter play the kind of Portlanders you might expect to encounter on “Portlandia” – socially conscious, desperate to

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2018/02/snow_day_binge-watching_catch.html

The Problem With ‘Waco’

On paper, Waco is the perfect choice of project to launch a prestige television network. Created by brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle, Waco is a six-episode limited series, the premium category’s favorite subgenre. The template allows shows to market themselves as event viewing and attract top-tier talent who might be wary of a half-decade commitment. Waco’s cast is consequently a who’s who of middle-aged character actors and underutilized actresses, bringing Michael Shannon, Julia Garner, Shea Whigham, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Sparks, and Melissa Benoist together under the banner of an emaciated Taylor Kitsch, who plays David Koresh, the charismatic leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect.

The story of the 1993 siege on the Branch Davidians’ Texas compound also fits into another dominant trend in attention-grabbing television. Beginning with 2016’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the broader cultural fascination with true crime has manifested

Read more at: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2018/2/21/17037160/waco-dowdle-kitsch-true-crime

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, book review: A brilliant, shattering work of art

“The race was yours to win,” true-crime writer Michelle McNamara confesses to her nemesis at the end of her extraordinary investigation into one of the most relentless human slaughterers in US history. The man she called the Golden State Killer, who with impunity waged an implacable 10-year siege on the California suburbs from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, has never been caught. In the final chapter, “Letter to an Old Man”, she imagines this terrifying ski-masked phantom savouring his victory in his twilight years. She fantasises about the net she helped build finally closing around him, but nearly two years after her death he remains at large. 

McNamara died at the age of 46 from the effects of prescription drugs and a heart condition after spending five years writing through each night in the hope of helping to catch the man responsible for 45 rapes and 12 murders. With DNA profiling not

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/i-ll-be-gone-in-the-dark-michelle-mcnamara-review-a8221851.html

After Netflix’s Ryan Murphy mega-deal, TV may need new ways to lure talent

When Ryan Murphy was asked at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in January how the Walt Disney Co.’s pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox might impact his future at the Murdoch-owned company, he joked, “Three months ago, I thought I would literally be buried on the Fox lot.”

He has since picked a new plot on a greener pasture.

Murphy’s overall deal with Netflix, set last week, takes the “9-1-1” and “American Crime Story” creator away from 20th Century Fox Television, the studio he called home for a decade and a half. Its announcement had at least as much shock-and-awe value as Netflix’s move last year to lure “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes away from ABC. And it proved that traditional TV’s creative standard-bearers face a moment in which they appear unable to stop their digital challengers from poaching top talent at will.

Until it happened, Murphy’s departure from Fox seemed unthinkable.

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-what-does-netflix-ryan-murphy-deal-mean-for-tv-20180221-story.html