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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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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

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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

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‘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

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‘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

Angela Henderson-Bentley: New offerings ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Versace’ have shaky starts

The CW has had a ton of success with dramas based on DC Comics superheroes. But their newest, “Black Lightning,” is unlike any of the others. Whether that’s good or bad, I’m not quite sure.

Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, the principal of an inner city charter high school who was once the superhero Black Lightning. Jefferson retired nine years ago when being a superhero destroyed his marriage. But when the dangerous local gang, The One Hundred, threatens the safety of his daughters, Black Lightning returns to the streets.

Black Lightning is an adult hero with a family, which gives him an interesting dynamic that’s different than most superheroes, and Williams is great at playing that inner conflict of family vs. duty.

The problem is that Jefferson is way more compelling of a hero as a principal than he is as a superhero. Black Lightning just struts down the street with the

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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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Darren Criss on Hanging Out with Ricky Martin for Versace Crime …

Darren Criss didn’t get to spend too much onscreen time with his American Crime Story costars — but they more than made up for it when the cameras weren’t rolling.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Criss opened up about shooting the upcoming FX series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which chronicles the 1997 murder of the Italian designer outside his Miami Beach home at the hands of Andrew Cunanan, played by Criss.

“He was a spree killer, a very troubled young man who does not follow the typical prerequisites of a killer,” said Criss, 30, of Cunanan. “He didn’t kill small animals as a child, or have a history of violence. Such is the exploration of our show — how a kid with so much promise becomes somebody so destructive.”

Asked if he had “fun” playing the killer, Criss said, “I don’t

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Ryan Murphy Defends ‘American Crime Story’ Against Versace Family’s Claims. Family Fires Back.

“After I offered the role to Penelope, she said, ‘OK, I’m interested, but I’m friends with Donatella and I’m not going to do it unless Donatella is cool with it.’ So she called Donatella,” he said, noting that the designer had sent Cruz a bouquet of flowers prior to the Golden Globes. 

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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,

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