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Intriguing Facts You May Not Know About the Making of The People v. O.J. Simpson

4 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszweski, the writers and producers of The People v. O.J. Simpson, recently did an Ama on Reddit, and we've rounded up the juicy bits for your viewing pleasure. The duo touches on everything from what inspired them to tackle this project to what it was like working with John Travolta and David Schwimmer. Hint: The two were "insanely nice" they said. Read on for more interesting facts, and see what surprised them the most during their research for the show.  The writer/producer twosome noted in their Ama that they would not have done the project had it been in the form of a movie. They explained that they would not have been able to fit everything into a short »

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American Crime Story: The People v Oj Simpson: Ratings

3 February 2016 7:57 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Back in 1995, the trial of Oj Simpson dominated the news and many faithfully watched the television coverage every day. Now, FX is making it the focus of the first season of their new American Crime Story TV show. Will people feel compelled to watch a recreation of the trial? Will the show be a hit or a flop? Will the series be cancelled or renewed for a second season (with a new case)? Stay tuned.

American Crime Story: The People v Oj Simpson is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v Oj Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. A retired American football player/football commentator/actor, Orenthal "Oj" Simpson (Cuba Gooding) is accused of murdering his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson (Kelly Dowdle) and her friend, Ronald Goldman (Jake Koeppl). The series is told from the perspective of Simpson's legal team. The cast also includes John Travolta, »

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'The People v. O.J. Simpson': What is the best Emmy strategy for John Travolta, Cuba Gooding, and ...?

3 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The new FX limited series "The People v. O.J. Simpson" debuted Tuesday to rave reviews (read all about them here). We all know how the real-life murder trial turned out. The big mystery is what will be the best Emmy strategies for the starry cast including Oscar champ Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("Jerry Maguire") who portrays Simpson and two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Over the course of 10 episodes, the limited series details the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. Beyond the case itself, the program goes to great lengths to put the events in context. At the time of the murders in 1994, Los Angeles was still on edge due to the riots two years earlier that followed the hotly-debated acquittals of local police using excessive fo »

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See the Cast of American Crime Story Next to Their Real-Life Counterparts

3 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Ryan Murphy's new series, American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, began this week! Thanks to some '90s makeovers, the cast looks uncannily like the real-life people they're playing. Sarah Paulson, John Travolta, and Cuba Gooding Jr. are all starring in the limited series, based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. While you're marveling at their performances in the drama (and the crazy, yet tue, scenes), take a look at how much they've been made to resemble the real people. »

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Ratings: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sets FX Record for Drama Premiere

3 February 2016 1:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Twenty years after the O.J. Simpson murder trial riveted the nation, FX’s new series on the subject, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has broken out of the gate a ratings winner.

FX will again wait for three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing before making its ratings pronouncements, but the same-day numbers released Wednesday by Nielsen were pretty impressive. In fact, “People v. O.J. Simpson” set an FX viewership record for an original drama premiere with 5.11 million viewers — eclipsing the previous same-day record of 4.83 million for the network’s first-ever drama, “The Shield.” (Several shows, including “Sons of Anarchy” and installments of “American Horror Story” have had higher season premieres.)

See More: ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Building a Case for Murder

In adults 18-49, “People v. O.J. Simpson” averaged a 2.0 rating, tying with the CBS special “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” as Tuesday’s No. »

- Rick Kissell

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‘People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ Sparks Social Media Frenzy: ‘Close to Perfection, Amazing Cast’

2 February 2016 9:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Just as the trial of the century was compulsive viewing in 1995, FX’s “People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was must-see TV on Tuesday, and the dramatization of the infamous murder case set social media ablaze. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., as the former NFL star who was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, John Travolta as attorney Robert ShapiroSarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, and Courtney B. Vance as attorney Johnnie Cochran, the show’s premiere was the top trend on Twitter all night. Viewers appeared to be instantly hooked on the series, »

- Debbie Emery

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American Crime Story

2 February 2016 9:07 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: FX

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: February 2, 2016 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Cuba Gooding, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Nathan Lane, Kelly Dowdle, Jake Koeppl, Evan Handler, Dale Godboldo, Rob Morrow, Kenneth Choi, and Bruce Greenwood.

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This true crime drama is an anthology series. Each season is a self-contained series within a series, telling the story of a separate crime.

Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the first season tells the story of the Oj Simpson murder trial from the perspective of his legal team.

A retired American football player, football commentator, and actor, Orenthal "Oj" Simpson (Cuba Gooding), of the Buffalo Bills »

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Recap: Building a Case for Murder

2 February 2016 8:25 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode one of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” titled “From the Ashes of Tragedy.”

It seems almost silly to put a spoiler alert at the top of this recap: We all know how this story ends. But twenty years have passed since the verdict was read — and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” painstakingly rebuilds the case from the beginning, filling in details we may have forgotten, while also carefully charting backstories for all the players we thought we knew.

Most tellingly, the first episode — as directed by Ryan Murphy, who also executive produces the series — opens on footage of the L.A. riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. Newscasters intone: “It’s going to take years to recover from this.” Indeed.

Fast forward two years later, and a limo driver is waiting to take O.J. Simpson »

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Let's talk about 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' premiere

2 February 2016 8:20 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, I posted my review of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Now that the first episode's aired, it's time to talk about how the filmmakers are approaching this big story, coming up just as soon as I explain who O.J. is by talking about his Hertz commercials... There are going to be two distinct audiences for The People v. O.J.: anyone old enough (say, over 35) to have strong memories of the trial and its many weird players, and younger people who might have heard of the case but have no idea how beloved O.J. was at the time, nor how stunning it felt to have someone so famous accused of such a brutal crime. I spent a while yesterday explaining to a younger critic friend not only the magnitude of the Juice's popularity, but the very different relationship we had with our celebrities before the trial. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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American Crime Story: What's the Verdict on FX's O.J. Simpson Saga?

2 February 2016 8:14 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

File this under gallows humor: When Marcia Clark first heard the name “O.J. Simpson,” American Crime Story informs us, she had no idea who he was.

And though Clark would go on to prosecute the beloved sports star for two deaths in one of the biggest murder cases in United States history the lawyer at first had to be reminded that he was “the guy in the Hertz commercials.”

RelatedAmerican Crime Story‘s Sarah Paulson on Marcia Clark’s ‘Harrowing’ O.J. Trial

Such are the behind-the-scenes tidbits and gory details offered up by FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson, »

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SXSW Announces 'War on Everyone,' 'The Waiting,' 'Silicon Cowboys' and Many More Movies

2 February 2016 7:32 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you can see below, that list goes on and on. But it's the names you don't recognize that are always most intriguing at a tastemaker festival like SXSW. Going over this year's lineup you can find relatively unknown movies with intriguing titles like I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Alchemist...

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Review: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Is a Superb, True Crime Must-See

2 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There are media frenzies … and there are media frenzies. You can make a similar distinction when discussing legal circuses and celebrity meltdowns. The O.J. Simpson murder trial, a public narrative that delivered a series of sensational jolts from start to finish, consistently falls into the second camp. Everything veers to the right side of the ellipses - the sensational side, the side that goes too far, almost to the improbable. The case, which ended with the acquittal of Simpson on two counts of murder, was referred to as "The Trial of the Century" - the last one - and within »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Review: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Is a Superb, True Crime Must-See

2 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There are media frenzies … and there are media frenzies. You can make a similar distinction when discussing legal circuses and celebrity meltdowns. The O.J. Simpson murder trial, a public narrative that delivered a series of sensational jolts from start to finish, consistently falls into the second camp. Everything veers to the right side of the ellipses - the sensational side, the side that goes too far, almost to the improbable. The case, which ended with the acquittal of Simpson on two counts of murder, was referred to as "The Trial of the Century" - the last one - and within »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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American Crime Story's Courtney B. Vance on the O.J. Simpson Trial: 'It Was a Greek Tragedy, and Everyone Had Their Role to Play'

2 February 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, it's lawyers and law enforcement - not the charismatic football player known as "Juice" whose exoneration divided a nation - who are truly on trial. The limited series examines the case through the prosecution and defense teams, giving an unvarnished at the little mistakes, misjudgments and miscalculations that turned a seemingly slam-dunk conviction into a dramatic legal saga with what many consider an unhappy ending. Courtney B. Vance stars as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, whose shrewd courtroom performance Simpson himself has credited with his freedom. "It was a Greek tragedy, and »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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'The People v. O.J. Simpson' is guilty of being wildly addictive TV

2 February 2016 3:03 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

When prolific producer Ryan Murphy decided to bring Jeffrey Toobin's best-seller "The People v. O.J. Simpson" to TV under FX's new "American Crime Story" banner, he couldn't have dreamed it would be this well-received. With a 95% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a 90 score at MetaCritic, the verdict is in and "O.J." is guilty of being wildly addictive TV. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions The much-anticipated limited series delves into all facets of the murder trial of NFL Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Over the course of 10 episodes, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. Other notable cast members include John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as lawyer Johnnie Cochran, David Schwi...' »

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The 2016 SXSW Lineup Features Nic Cage, Jake Gyllenhaal and These Wild New Movies

2 February 2016 1:55 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this year: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent Western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you...

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Everybody Wants Some And Midnight Special Headline Initial SXSW 2016 Lineup

2 February 2016 1:52 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Organizers for the South by Southwest film festival have officially rolled out the initial lineup for SXSW 2016, boasting 137 features and no less than 89 world premieres across 12 sections.

Those include the star-studded Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Midnighters among many others, and today’s comprehensive breakdown gives budding attendees the opportunity to pinpoint exactly which films deserve a place on their radar.

Among those premieres include Jean-Marc Vallee’s domestic drama Demolition, while Jeff Nichols’ starry sci-fi Midnight Special continues to draw our attention – with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher, can you really blame us? Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, meanwhile, opens the festival on March 11, where it will run through until March 19.

For the full comprehensive breakdown, check out the official site for SXSW 2016. For now, we’ve included the rundown for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Headliners. »

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Get to Know the Cast

2 February 2016 1:28 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Tonight marks the premiere of FX’s highly anticipated new series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The series comes from creators Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book. Ryan Murphy, who created American Horror Story for FX, serves as a producer and a director on The People v. O.J. Simpson, and the show does feature some actors he has worked with before, including Sarah Paulson and Connie Britton, as the two of them join an impressive cast that also features Courtney B. Vance, Cuba Gooding Jr., and John Travolta. Before tonight’s premiere of The People v. O.J.

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- Chris King

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‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ Premiere: Ryan Murphy Previews FX’s Take on the Trial of the Century

2 February 2016 1:02 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ninety-five million people watched that slow-speed Bronco chase; 150 million were glued to their TVs throughout the “trial of the century.”

But the creative team behind FX’s 10-part series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — which has earned rave reviews from critics — is confident they’ve still got surprises in store for viewers.

“Our position with the show was, we were interested in telling you things you didn’t know,” executive producer Ryan Murphy tells Variety ahead of the Feb. 2 series premiere. “Because we all know that case has been such a part of the culture and has been for so long.”

“I thought I knew everything about it — I was so into it,” he adds. “But when I read the first two scripts, there was so much that I didn’t know at all.”

The series, which is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People V. »

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Role Call: Who’s who in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

2 February 2016 12:44 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

FX’s 10-episode limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson (Tuesdays at 10pm Et/Pt beginning Feb. 2) dramatizes one of the seminal news stories of the 20th century: the events surrounding the arrest and trial of former football star O.J. Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson and from executive producer Ryan Murphy, the series assembles a stellar cast, including John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Bruce Greenwood, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and … Continue reading →

The post Role Call: Who’s who in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

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