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Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 8:28PM EST
Darren Criss says he won't play gay characters anymore
Source: Page Six
The Assassination of Gianni Versace star, who won an Emmy and is nominated for a Golden Globe for playing gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan, tells Bustle: “There are certain (gay) roles that I’ll see that are just wonderful. But I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
More people of color were nominated for Emmys this year than ever before
Source: TV Guide
According to TV Guide's tally, 38 people of color were nominated in the top categories, form Lin-Manuel Miranda to Sandra Oh to Trevor Noah. That's nearly double from 2016, when 21 people of color were nominated. ALSO: Sandra Oh and Darren Criss' nominations show the two ways to diversity casting.
# TOPICS: Emmys, 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Darren Criss, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh, Trevor Noah, African Americans and TV, Asian Americans and TV, Diversity, Indian-Americans and TV, Latinos and TV
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Glee's Lea Michele and Darren Criss are going on tour
Source: TV Guide
The LM/DC tour will reunite the former co-stars as they "Glee classics, Broadway standards and their own originals, both together and separately."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Assassination of Gianni Versace was landmark TV in its portrayal of the gay experience
Source: The Muse
"It was so refreshing to see a show speak to queer people—namely, gay men and the people who understand them—so directly, so boldly," says Rich Juzwiak. "Even though Versace was built to look back (and then, via its reverse-chronological structure, back and then back some more), I can’t imagine this show being possible before right now. It takes years to build up this kind of confidence. The story that show runner Ryan Murphy and writer Tom Rob Smith chose to tell—about serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s murder spree in 1997 that culminated with the titular assassination—turned out to be a goldmine of issues that have faced gay men in the past 20 years, many of them still relevant today. HIV. Coming out. Being outed. Don’t ask don’t tell. Homophobia. Casual homophobia from fellow gay men. Aggressive homophobia from fellow gay men. Racism (specifically anti-Asian). Religion. Gay panic. Suicide. The way you put your life in someone’s hands when you make yourself so vulnerable as to hook up with a stranger in a private setting."
- Ryan Murphy talks The Assassination of Gianni Versace finale and Darren Criss' "nine-hour descent into madness"
- Darren Criss: “People constantly ask us, ‘Did that really happen?!’ I don’t know. But that’s irrelevant to me..."
- Writer Tom Rob Smith says the finale "works as a retrospective on loss"
- Versace never caught on like The People v. O.J. Simpson because it was something darker
- Many TV critics missed the point in dismissing The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Darren Criss is half-Filipino, plays a half-Filipino serial killer but says it would be "unfair" to identify as Asian-American
The Assassination of Gianni Versace star admits in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture that he has the "luxury of being half-white and looking more Caucasian," despite also being half-Filipino. So he says he has an advantage over fully Filipino actors like Jon Jon Briones, who plays Andrew Cunanan's father on the FX series. Criss says Ryan Murphy was impressed with Briones, and wondered why he had never heard of him. "He’s a Filipino man, dude," Criss recalls telling Murphy. "There’s only so many opportunities that people can lock themselves into accepting when they’re casting sh*t, unless he’s playing the Thai terrorist on CSI or something." Criss admits that his career has benefitted from his apparent white look. "I just look like a Caucasian guy, which is nice," he says. "I’ve got the multiethnic thing going on. People think I’m like Italian or Mediterranean. No, my mom’s very Filipino. I grew up with a Filipino mom." When asked if he identifies as Asian-American, Criss responded: "No. I think that’d be unfair. I think that’d sound like I’m reaching for the minority card on a college application. I think that would be unfair. Yeah, my mom’s Asian-American. She’s from the Philippines and came here and then married a white guy, and here I am. But maybe it’s because of the way I look. Maybe if I looked a little more pan-Asian and I was put in that box then I would be like, 'Yeah, I identify as Asian-American,' but maybe because the obstacles that may come up haven’t that I don’t think about it. But that’s a really interesting question. I’ve never thought about that. For better or for worse, I guess not. But I guess I am. What do you think? Am I? On paper I guess I kind of am."
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Darren Criss gets engaged
Source: Us Weekly
Criss announced Saturday that he and girlfriend of seven years Mia Swier are getting married, capping off an eventful week that saw the premiere of his breakout role on The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Why is The Assassination of Gianni Versace interested in killer Andrew Cunanan’s sexuality but not his Asian heritage?
Darren Criss, whose mother is Filipino and father is white, portrays Cunanan, who is the product of a Filipino father and a white mother. Yet for as much as this American Crime Story season delves into Cunanan’s struggles with homophobia, it seems to deemphasize the fact that he is of Asian descent, says Inkoo Kang. Kang credits Ryan Murphy for hiring a half-Filipino actor for the serial killer role, but points out that there are only a handful of TV shows with Asian leads. “So it’s a bit strange, and off-putting, that the latest series with an Asian lead—one of the most anticipated shows of the year, it so happens—isn’t being described as such,” says Kang. “In fact, its network—once a standard-bearer for prestige TV’s lack of diversity—is highlighting the drama’s focus on queerness and homophobia—and by doing so largely erasing its main character’s racial identity, especially in the first half of his story.” Kang adds: “A few character details here and there suggest Andrew’s racial self-hatred and the prevalence of anti-Asian racism within the gay community, but the relative sparseness of these implications is all the more noteworthy in contrast with the richly developed portrait of the decade’s homophobia.”
- Darren Criss on avoiding a “whitewashing” controversy: “I would joke with (Ryan Murphy) saying, ‘Hey man, I would love to do this, but if you don’t want me to do it with you, I defy you to find another guy who looks kind of like him, who’s in the same age range, who’s in your Rolodex of actors. Because if you don’t cast a half-Filipino guy, the Filipino community is going to cry bloody murder. So I don’t know what your other options are!’"
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
The Assassination of Gianni Versace demonstrates why some celebrity-related crimes acquire lasting notoriety while others just fade away
Source: The Washington Post
“The brilliance of The People v. O.J. Simpson was how it made a widely famous and well-raked case seem entirely new,” says Hank Stuever. “The failure of Versace is that it takes a case that is at best vaguely remembered (mostly by fashionistas and gay men) and tries to apply to it the same degree of resonance and insight. Alas, the themes that so easily presented themselves for fresh scrutiny in People vs. O.J. (systemic racism and sexism, media manipulation, elusive justice) are far from evident in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Is it about beauty? Is it about psychosis? Is it about gay rights? Yes to all that, but never effectively.”
- Compared to the “fun” People v. O.J. Simpson, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is sickening and sweaty
- It’s surprisingly flat: The labored timeline is not helped by the equally labored dialogue
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace is disturbing, excellent and necessary
- It is a worthy successor to The People v. O.J. Simpson, especially with Darren Criss’ career-making performance
- Versace’s weakness is that Andrew Cunanan’s life was not compelling enough to devote nine hours
- The Versace family’s main point of contention is that Gianni Versace is portrayed as being HIV positive
- How American Crime Story stars compare to their real-life counterparts
- Ryan Murphy explains why the story is told backwards
- Versace costume designer: We weren’t allowed to contact Versace, so we had to find vintage Versace
- Both Darren Criss and Andrew Cunanan are half-Filipino California natives, and Criss says “we both revel in being different”
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 3:21PM EDT
FX teases The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ryan Murphy's second installment of American Crime Story will focus on the fashion icon’s 1997 murder, starring Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.