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Who Was Gianni Versace? Fashion Designer’s Life and Death Chronicled in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

American Crime Story is back for a second season Wednesday on FX. And after tackling the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 2016, Ryan Murphy’s truw-crime anthology drama turns to the shocking murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

Set in Miami, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, depicts how serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) shot Versace (Edgar Ramirez) outside his Miami mansion and the repercussions that followed the death of one of fashion’s biggest names.

The life, death and legacy of Versace have been adapted in film and television before, but never to this extent. Here’s why Versace is so revered 20 years after his murder.

Who was Gianni Versace?

Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on December 2, 1946. By the age of 26, he began working in fashion design in Milan

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/who-was-gianni-versace-fashion-designers-life-and-death-chronicled-fxs-781702

Hype List: What to check out this week, including ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘American Crime Story’ and more

Welcome to the Hype List, a weekly recommendation series in which columnist Tirhakah Love highlights all of the pop culture happenings — movies, music, television, books and more — you need to know about.

TV: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Cable’s premier true-crime series returns for a long-awaited second season.

More than a year after FX and Ryan Murphy scored a smash hit with 2016’s The People vs. OJ Simpson (and after some behind-the-scenes readjustments), American Crime Story is back for a second season. Staying true to its roots of sensational real-life crime sagas that happened in the ’90s, the show is now focused on, as the subtitle states, the assassination of Gianni Versace.

Based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, tells the story of Versace’s 1997 murder and the investigation into Andrew

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Darren Criss on Playing Andrew Cunanan In The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

In 1997, I read a newspaper article about a 27-year-old gay man from a posh private school in La Jolla, California, who was on the lam, wanted for four murders in three states. Vanity Fair assigned me to profile him, and the issue with my story in it was almost at the printer when news broke that Andrew Cunanan, the man I’d been tracking, had gunned down the fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion. Suddenly, Cunanan—and the spectacularly failed manhunt for him, which ended with his suicide eight days after Versace’s murder—was a national obsession, and I re-wrote my article, then expanded it into a book, Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Both are now, in turn, the basis of Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, set to premiere on FX on January 17.

Cunanan, who was driven to

Read more at: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/01/darren-criss-gianni-versace-fear-box

Marcia Clark examines other murder cases, but O.J. still hovers

PASADENA, Calif. — Marcia Clark will examine infamous murder cases on AE’s Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48, but she always will be connected to perhaps the best-known one, involving O.J. Simpson.

At a Television Critics Association panel Sunday, the Simpson prosecutor talked about her seven-episode series (March 29), which looks at events in the first 48 hours of a crime investigation. The First 48 has been a long-running AE series.

Cases to be examined include the murder of Bonny Lee Bakley, actor Robert Blake’s wife; the disappearance of Drew Peterson’s wife, Stacy; the killing of Chandra Levy; the shooting of Run D.M.C. member Jam Master Jay; and the death of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/01/14/marcia-clark-examines-other-murder-cases-but-o-j-still-hovers/1032959001/

What to Watch This Week: ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘Riverdale’ and More TV Premieres

Fire up those DVRs, true-crime fans: American Crime Story is back. And this time, fashionistas should be ready, too.

The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX. The show revists the shocking, headline-grabbing July 1997 murder of renowned designer Gianni Versace, but also digs into the life of Andrew Cunanan, the man who pulled the trigger. It stars Edgar Ramírez as Versace, Darren Criss as Cunanan and Penélope Cruz as Gianni’s sister Donatella.

Before the first episode premiered in LA, Versace’s family claimed the show is a “work of fiction.” But if The People Vs OJ Simpson, the previous installment of American Crime Story, is any indication, The Assassination of Gianni Versace will be entertaining, must-watch television nonetheless.

Also entertaining: the host of other primetime shows, new and old, set to debut or return from mid-season breaks this week.

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/premiere-scandal-riverdal-american-crime-story-774474

For ‘Versace’ actor Darren Criss, SF childhood still shines brightly

But when the subject shifts to his childhood in San Francisco, the actor is downright joyous.

Criss happily remembers stories that have been buried for a while, including the time he called San Francisco actor Peter Coyote, whose son was a classmate of Criss’ brother, for advice about getting into acting. Criss was 7 years old.


“The synapses in my brain are suddenly awakening,” Criss says, talking faster. “I remember really, really nervously looking at the school roster, getting the number and going into the closet and shaking nervously, and saying, ‘Hi, is Mr. Coyote there?’ For a child to be talking to an adult on a level other than, ‘Can so-and-so come over to play video games?’ it was a nerve-racking experience.”

Criss says Coyote gave him a vote of confidence, and talked to

Read more at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/For-Versace-actor-Darren-Criss-SF-12497046.php

1. ‘The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (2016)

Heavily decorated miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” opens with the aftermath of the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and takes us through the thrilling, game-changing trial, exploring issues of race and gender. The all-star cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, and in career-catapulting roles, St. Louis native Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. If the series had any fault, it was its eye-rolling scenes featuring the young Kardashian girls.

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/online/the-people-v-o-j-simpson-american-crime-story/article_33ae069a-47cc-5581-bef8-dacae0683bdf.html

‘American Crime Story’ hits sophomore slump with ‘Versace’ (review …

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The evidence so impressively stacked up in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was overwhelming. The conclusion was as obvious as it was inescapable. FX’s first “American Crime Story” season would be one incredibly tough act to follow.

Imagine trying to come up with a sophomore season as mesmerizing and grandly realized as the Emmy-winning “People v. O.J. Simpson.” Executive producer Ryan Murphy and his team apparently couldn’t imagine it, and so we get “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the terribly uneven second “American Crime Story,” premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Remember how the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” had critics and viewers reaching for the superlatives? We couldn’t wait for the second season. Here was a show destined to take crime-time storytelling to new heights.

Then, of course, we saw the second season of “True Detective” and realized, in truth, we could have waited. The drop-off between

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2018/01/american_crime_story_hits_sophomore_slump_with_versace_review.html

‘American Crime Story’ hits sophomore slump with ‘Versace’ (review)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The evidence so impressively stacked up in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was overwhelming. The conclusion was as obvious as it was inescapable. FX’s first “American Crime Story” season would be one incredibly tough act to follow.

Imagine trying to come up with a sophomore season as mesmerizing and grandly realized as the Emmy-winning “People v. O.J. Simpson.” Executive producer Ryan Murphy and his team apparently couldn’t imagine it, and so we get “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the terribly uneven second “American Crime Story,” premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Remember how the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” had critics and viewers reaching for the superlatives? We couldn’t wait for the second season. Here was a show destined to take crime-time storytelling to new heights.

Then, of course, we saw the second season of “True Detective” and realized, in truth, we could have waited. The drop-off between

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2018/01/american_crime_story_hits_sophomore_slump_with_versace_review.html