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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Isn’t What You Think It Is

Donatella Versace (Penelope Cruz), in mourning for her screentime, in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a disturbing and constantly shifting true-crime thriller

“It was a political murder. It absolutely was. This was a person who targeted people specifically to shame them and to out them and to have a form of payback for a life that he felt he could not live.”

That’s Ryan Murphy, executive producer of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (starts Wednesday, FX Canada, 10 p.m.). The nine-part series, which follows on Murphy’s extraordinary and award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, is a true-crime thriller of outstanding suppleness in storytelling.

In his remark about “political murder,” Murphy was responding to a quibble about the title. See, the series is really about Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who killed Versace and four other men. Much of it is about Cunanan scheming and lying his way into people’s lives and then murdering them. Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) was just the famous one. It’s also about the hunt to

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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

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story | Season 2: Official Trailer [HD] | FX

Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The next installment of FX’s award-winning original series premieres January 17th. Subscribe now for more American Crime Story clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX Inspired by actual events, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the second installment of FX’s award-winning limited series, American Crime Story. Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Dan Minahan, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are Executive Producers of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. It is written by Tom Rob Smith, and Ryan Murphy directed the premiere episode of the series, which stars Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. FX’s first installment of ACS, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, garnered 9 Emmy Awards while

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TV Review: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ on FX

Quite fittingly, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” begins with a sequence that feels timeless. The opening scenes of the first episode, “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” are nearly devoid of dialogue, scored instead with a lush, operatic adagio that is reminiscent of an opulent, bygone age. The characters are introduced in ways that feel particularly timeless too: Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramírez), lord of his domain, wakes up in his sumptuous Miami Beach mansion — an Italian, baroque confection of luxury, staffed by dozens of uniformed servants and tanned, handsome men. Versace is the type of guy who takes his morning OJ on a silver tray, before reclining by the pool for a pre-lunch constitutional. His life is an incarnation of Italianate decadence, in a way that transcends his own time — the ’90s — to borrow, effortlessly, from luxury of yore.

Outside his haven, though,

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TV Review: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime …

Quite fittingly, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” begins with a sequence that feels timeless. The opening scenes of the first episode, “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” are nearly devoid of dialogue, scored instead with a lush, operatic adagio that is reminiscent of an opulent, bygone age. The characters are introduced in ways that feel particularly timeless too: Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramírez), lord of his domain, wakes up in his sumptuous Miami Beach mansion — an Italian, baroque confection of luxury, staffed by dozens of uniformed servants and tanned, handsome men. Versace is the type of guy who takes his morning OJ on a silver tray, before reclining by the pool for a pre-lunch constitutional. His life is an incarnation of Italianate decadence, in a way that transcends his own time — the ’90s — to borrow, effortlessly, from luxury of yore.

Outside his haven, though,

Read more at: http://variety.com/2018/tv/reviews/assassination-of-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-fx-ryan-murphy-darren-criss-ricky-martin-penelope-cruz-review-1202658402/

‘American Crime Story’ returns with Gianni Versace assassination

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PASADENA, Calif. — Producers didn’t casually choose the title of the second installment of FX’s crime anthology series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Jan. 17, 10 ET/PT).

“It was a political murder,” executive producer Ryan Murphy told the Television Critics Association  Friday. Killer Andrew Cunanan went after gay men “to shame them and out them,” and fashion icon Versace, who was openly gay, was a prime target.

So the title doesn’t include the culprit’s name, because identifying Cunanan would be “elevating him to a place we didn’t want

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Ryan Murphy says he knew Darren Criss was ‘capable of great darkness’

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.

Read more at: http://ew.com/tv/2018/01/04/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-ryan-murphy-darren-criss/

Assassination of Gianni Versace: Ryan Murphy on Darren Criss …

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.

Read more at: http://ew.com/tv/2018/01/04/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-ryan-murphy-darren-criss/

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story …

Ryan Murphy follows up his O.J. Simpson season with a solid, though less effective, ‘American Crime Story’ portrait of Gianni Versace’s killer.

The scope of the “trial of the century” — its racial and economic implications and the fact that it featured one of the country’s most famous people and played out on national television — made the O.J. Simpson saga a logical choice as the backdrop for Ryan Murphy’s first American Crime Story season.

The anthology’s second installment, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, has to work a little harder to make what is certainly a portrait of the bedsore-ridden underbelly of the American Dream feel like a match. Adapted from Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors by London Spy creator Tom Rob Smith, Assassination of Gianni Versace juggles three storylines and an innovative crimes-in-reverse structure in a way that yields a disturbing character study and an assortment of

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