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'American Crime Story': Watch the First Teaser for 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'
Tuesday night during the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult, Ryan Murphy pulled off another surprise by debuting the first teaser for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the highly anticipate…

Tuesday night during the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult, Ryan Murphy pulled off another surprise by debuting the first teaser for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the highly anticipated second installment of American Crime Story. The series stars Edgar Ramirez (Gianni Versace), Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), Penelope Cruz (Donatella Versace), and Ricky Martin (Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s longtime boyfriend).

The quick clip simply shows the gates and front steps of Gianni Versace’s former Miami home, Casa Casuarina. It was here that Versace was shot and killed by Andrew Cunanan in July 1997. The teaser ends with two gunshots ringing out, sending doves flying into the air.

EW was first on the set of Versace in May and talked to the cast and producers about shooting in Versace’s home and on these iconic steps. “It was really awful,” Murphy said of shooting the murder. “It was actually one of the worst things I’ve ever shot. It was the exact position of the body. Edgar had to lay on those coral steps for two days. It was very intense. It was very intense for Darren and Edgar. It was the most intense I think for Ricky. The crew was in tears. We would constantly have to stop and wait for everybody to get it back together. In shooting the show, I think we’ve all come to really love Versace.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres in 2018 on FX.

Today I truly witnessed what I call “the Darren Criss Effect”. I started teaching in a new School and 90% of my students are boys (15-18 years old). Today we were talking about groundbreaking musicals and OF COURSE I took the opportunity to gush about Hedwig. I showed a picture of Darren dressed as Hedwig, then another one of “regular Darren” so they could see how amazing the characterization is. After that, the whole class went quiet. One of the guys raised his hand and said (in a very serious tone): “This is the most beautiful man I’ve seen in my life”. ALL the other guys immediately agreed. I heard stuff like “his legs are bigger than my entire torso” and “I’m seriously questioning my sexuality right now”. They left the class in awe. The Darren Criss Effect is REAL.

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'American Crime Story': Watch the First Teaser for 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'

Tuesday night during the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult, Ryan Murphy pulled off another surprise by debuting the first teaser for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the highly anticipated second installment of American Crime Story. The series stars Edgar Ramirez (Gianni Versace), Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), Penelope Cruz (Donatella Versace), and Ricky Martin (Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s longtime boyfriend).

The quick clip simply shows the gates and front steps of Gianni Versace’s former Miami home, Casa Casuarina. It was here that Versace was shot and killed by Andrew Cunanan in July 1997. The teaser ends with two gunshots ringing out, sending doves flying into the air.

EW was first on the set of Versace in May and talked to the cast and producers about shooting in Versace’s home and on these iconic steps. “It was really awful,” Murphy said of shooting the murder. “It was actually one of the worst things I’ve ever shot. It was the exact position of the body. Edgar had to lay on those coral steps for two days. It was very intense. It was very intense for Darren and Edgar. It was the most intense I think for Ricky. The crew was in tears. We would constantly have to stop and wait for everybody to get it back together. In shooting the show, I think we’ve all come to really love Versace.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres in 2018 on FX.

[Trip and Stumble] Standing at the Finish Line (Chris/Darren)

[Trip and Stumble] Standing at the Finish Line
Pairing: Chris Colfer/Darren Criss
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9512
Summary: Between the end and the end, it goes something like this. 
Notes: Set between the end and the epilogue of All We Need to Make it Through. Check the masterpost for previous parts. 

Thanks to Jude, Luckie, and Mav - my ‘Darren’ half. 

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Chris has the first freak out.

The freak out happens once Darren’s left, because newly engaged sex is amazing but basic needs must be met and their refrigerator is sadly lacking in anything with actual nutritional value. Darren promises he’ll only be gone for a few minutes, that he’s gonna get them the best fucking engagement celebration take out ever and they can eat it in bed together.

And then he’s out the door and gone and Chris just-

Darren proposed to him.

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Darren motherfucking Criss as Hedwig.

I don’t often do recap posts, but I am still so overwhelmed, twelve hours later…I just need to put all my thoughts in one place. I’ll want these memories someday. I don’t want to forget a moment of last night.

To start, my seat was amazing. Eighth row, dead center. Max Adler was two seats in front of me, and Mia was right in front of him. There was an important producer type that I recognized in my row - I haven’t been able to place his face yet, but I know he’s VIP. Orlando Bloom sat in the row in front of me. He caught me staring at him. My three Legolas action figures and I are not sorry.

(SPOILERS START HERE.)

And then: the lights went down, I turned my phone off, clutched my tissues in my lap - and down came Darren, looking absolutely stunning. I’m sure there’s been commentary on how he clearly developed abs for this role, but I think he also worked on his thighs…they were a sight to be seen in those fishnets.

So, he looked fabulous. Everything else was…well, I was nervous for him, during Tear Me Down (the first musical number). He missed a few notes, and had some difficulty singing into the mic, due to both the choreography and the wig getting in his way. He also dropped the mic several times, and at least once was clearly flummoxed and unsure what to do about it. At this point, I was on high alert for a potential hot mess.

I am so fucking pleased to report that no hot mess took place. You could feel the transformation from “Darren figuring his shit out” to “Darren owning the stage.” It was a slow build, though. During rehearsals a while back, the band had tweeted that Darren’s version of Origin of Love would bring us to tears. I braced myself for that…but while it was a really great rendition of the song, it was just. A song. Not a Moment, not something that moved my heart. Darren definitely nailed the vocals and the emotion of it, though. I’m so interested to see how he changes up the phrasing and riffs on this over time. I really believe it’s going to be AMAZING, given time for him to get comfortable with it.

For me personally, the transformation, the “oh shit” moment when I realized Darren was going to be great, happened in the lead-up to Sugar Daddy. He was so fearless with the story of meeting Luther. (Side note: the first time he broke out the Luther voice, all deep and raspy, exactly one person laughed, cracking up loudly enough to be heard throughout the theater. It was Mia.) He just really committed to that sequence. And then…Sugar Daddy happened. Oh my good god did Sugar Daddy happen. The audience interaction, the lewd dancing, the suggestiveness, the cocked hips, the hip thrusting, climbing up and down the set pieces, the facial expressions…oh my god. There’s just nothing else to say. Oh my god. That was the moment when I knew: he was gonna kill it. Angry Inch and Wig in a Box just cemented that. Wig in a Box in particular - he was just JOYFUL. Transcendent. He owned that song.

I had gone in assuming that I’d be crying the whole time, but it actually took me a long time to get there. I was clapping and screaming a lot, which, luckily, everyone around me seemed to appreciate, as they were doing a fair amount of it themselves. (Everybody was. The crowd was GREAT.) What ultimately did it for me was Wicked Little Town, which I didn’t expect - it’s not even close to my favorite song in the show. But the arrangement let Darren’s voice shine and really be at the forefront, and he was just so goddamn heartfelt. Cue the waterworks.

The waterworks continued right through the lead-up sequence to the Long Grift. The way Darren portrayed Hedwig’s breakdown and inability to sing the song…it was heartbreaking and perfect. More tears. Hedwig’s Lament was chilling, and Exquisite Corpse was INTENSE. Both Darren and Rebecca smashed it. Darren’s body language and the way he interpreted the choreography, the way he writhed and rolled around on the stage and just used his body to act out Hedwig’s pain…crazy good. He left it all out there. No holds barred. I did a lot of face-clutching at this point. (Well, extra face-clutching. I’d been pawing at my face on and off since the curtains went up.)

And the last numbers…the Wicked Little Town reprise and Midnight Radio? Darren sounded amazing, Rebecca sounded amazing, the crowd was so into it, it was spiritual and uplifting and perfect. Turns out Darren pulls off a pair of tiny black pleather boyshorts with aplomb. Nobody is surprised, I’m sure.

Darren’s face at his curtain call was priceless. He mouthed “we did it” to the crowd, and he was right - we super fucking did. His eyes were shining, and his whole body radiated happiness and gratitude. Orlando Bloom gave him a standing ovation.

Perhaps the best part of this experience, though, happened after the show ended. We were all doing the slow theater exodus, shuffling in the general direction of the doors at about .037 miles per hour - which meant that I could hear everything VIP producer from my row and his buddies were saying. And that was a gift, because they were RAVING about Darren. Just everything you could ever hope to hear. “He’s got it all” and “he’s amazing” and “there’s nothing he can’t do”…that almost made me cry more than the show. For me, 2015 will mark five years of stanning Darren. The first time I saw him live was in December of 2010 at the Roxy in West Hollywood, with a few hundred other people. Nobody knew who he was, or cared. When I came home and told people who I’d seen, they all answered “Who? What?” I can’t even describe the pride and joy I feel when I think about how far Darren has come. It’s just so incredibly gratifying and important and emotional to see other people, important people, acknowledging his talent, his stage presence, his everything.

So, in short: brb buying fifty million more tickets to see him again \o/

(in between) all the lines that we never made
Chris/Darren, PG, 2.3k
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Chris hasn’t known Darren all that long, but he wants to get to know him better. (asexual!Darren fic.)

Chris spends the first three months that Darren’s on Glee trying desperately to figure out if Darren is straight or not.


The very first day they meet, Darren takes him out on what is essentially a date. It’s even a pretty good date, the best first date Chris has ever had. They see a show that they both love, they sing their favorite songs from the concert in the car afterward, they get dinner and talk long past the time when the waiters are giving them a side-eye, wanting to the table free.

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