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When American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy announced plans to create a companion series centering on infamous crimes throughout national history, then revealed the title of the first season as American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, we were all more than a little skeptical. Murphy is not known for his subtlety or grace, but the Simpson murder trial is a true story of murder and deceit, which impacted many people. Now, the more we hear about American Crime Story, the less it seems like it’s going to be a respectful retelling of the trial – instead, it will veer closer to satire.
Vulture recently caught up with the season’s writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes, The People vs. Larry Flynt), who adapted The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, and their comments indicate that there will be some »
- Isaac Feldberg
The more we learn about Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story, the more we're convinced it will be a campy, TV cult classic. The true-crime anthology will cover the O.J. Simpson murder trial in its first season, subtitled The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Vulture caught up with the show's writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes, Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt), at the Independent Spirit Awards to discuss how the story will take shape."It's going to be a hoot," Alexander told Vulture of what to expect from a cast that includes John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, and Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson. "The strange thing about the trial is that they [the real-life characters] all shoved themselves onto television and so a lot of lawyers ended up becoming 'personalities,' which is very unusual. So everybody in America »
- Kara Warner
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The Theory of Everything star recently confessed that he is wildly obsessed with Friends, and has been stalking Aniston from party to party during this awards show season.
"It's so cute how he says that! He was hardly stalking," Aniston explained. "We kind of spotted each other from across the room and it was quite a civilized introduction."
"He can follow me as much as he wants," she continued »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Girls, NCIS, Arrow and Empire!
1 | Ok, we can’t ignore it any longer – what’s with the overly orange hue on Hart of Dixie this season? And why can’t Zoe and Wade just move into that big plantation house with Lavon?
2 | Who presented with more man pain on Sunday night: Walking Dead’s »
It seems we’re not quite ready to let go of our near-future dystopian society-set television show obsession – or at least, that’s what Media Rights Capital is hoping, as it rolls the dice on its next project. The independent studio that has been enjoying great success with their Netflix series, House Of Cards, is in late development with Super Sad True Love Story – an episodic adaptation of Gary Shteyngart’s award-winning third novel.
The tale – set in a near-future, dystopian New York – follows the complex relationship between Lenny Abramov and Eunice Park. Lenny is a middle-class, middle-management kind of guy, whose perspective has not progressed at the same pace as society. Eunice is a young Korean-American woman struggling with the disparity between the materialism encouraged by society and the more conservative expectations of her traditional Korean family. The story is structured in alternating perspectives between the two characters, as »
- Sarah Myles
FX has found its Johnnie Cochran for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, with Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) signing on to play O.J.’s defense attorney in the upcoming miniseries.
Based on O.J.’s 1995 trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, The People v. O.J. Simpson will star Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, with David Schwimmer playing attorney Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark and John Travolta as lawyer Robert Shapiro.
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story has found its Johnnie Cochran. The FX series has cast Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, State of Affairs) to play the role of the flamboyant defense attorney in the first season of the anthology series. Starring alongside Vance in American Crime Story, entitled The People V. O.J. Simpson, will be Sarah Paulson (a veteran of Murphy’s American Horror Story) as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) as O.J. Simpson himself, John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer (Friends) as Robert Kardashian. The first season of American Crime Story, which was ordered straight to series by FX back in October, will examine the infamous trial of NFL star O.J. Simpson from the perspectives of the lawyers involved and be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book. The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, »
- Chris King
Based on Jeffrey Toobin's best-selling book "The Run of His Life," the ten-episode first season examines the O.J. Simpson trial as told from the perspective of the lawyers and is poised to explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuverings on both sides of the court.
Vance will play the attorney who famously said "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" during the defense's closing arguments. Vance joins a cast that includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as attorney Robert Kardashian and John Travolta as Robert Shapiro.
Filming is slated to begin shortly in Los Angeles. »
- Garth Franklin
Noelle and Cali Sheldon were part of one of TV's biggest sitcoms, but they were too young to know it at the time.
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"I grew up knowing that I was on Friends, but I didn’t realize the extent of it until I was probably 10," Noelle tells Et.
Despite their time starring alongside Aniston, the twins, now 12 years old, are normal seventh graders. They attend public school, play sports and instruments and do charity work, while still pursuing acting on the side. Both have had roles in short films and appeared in the 2007 pilot for the NBC drama Life.
"I want to keep being an actress because I think it's really fun to be a different person for a little bit," Cali tells Et »
American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson is shaping up nicely! The new series that will be a spin off of American Horror Story. Since it was announced back in October, FX has been working hard to build up the cast of the show. Now we know who will play the role of Johnny Cochran, Courtney B. Vance. He finishes up the casting for Oj Simpson’s legal team, which includes David Schwimmer and John Travolta. Cuba Gooding Jr will play the role of Oj. It is expected to premier this fall.
I have to say, they have picked a great cast. I cannot wait to see the preview since the series will likely be polarizing. I am sure some will love it and hate it. I am curious to see how they will play it out. It is a shame that they will only have 10 episodes to tell the story. »
- Sarah Peel
“American Crime Story” is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The miniseries is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions with exec producers Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto.
Production begins in Los Angeles this year.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fire away with your best “If the role fits…” zinger.
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American Crime Story, from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, got a straight-to-series order in October — with a 10-episode first season focusing on the murder trial of NFL star Simpson, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
Thirty-six years after leaving Welcome Back, Kotter, John Travolta is making his return to TV to play O.J. Simpson's attorney Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and the actor admitted to Et that he has a lot to learn about the famous trial before shooting begins in the spring.
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"To be honest, I have to investigate," Travolta told Et's Jason Dundas. "I have homework to do. [Shapiro] is an interesting character."
The 10-episode FX miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and tells the story of the trial from the perspective of the lawyers. Shapiro was a key member of O.J.'s "Dream Team" of lawyers during the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson. O.J.'s high-profile defense team also included Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, and Alan Dershowitz »
No matter your feelings on the actual shows he producers, one thing you've gotta give Ryan Murphy credit for: The guy knows how to line up a cast. On a busy morning of Television Critics Association press tour announcements, Fox also revealed much of the cast of Murphy's upcoming anthology series "Scream Queens" and group is eclectic. Joe Manganiello, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Murphy's "Glee" star Lea Michele will all be regulars in the 15-episode first "Scream Queens" season. In addition, Ariana Grande will guest star in a recurring role. In case you didn't know, she's the younger sister of "Big Brother" houseguest Frankie Grande." It was previously announced that Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts would be starring in "Scream Queens," which presumably will also have the normal Murphy-esque assortment of cameos and guest appearances. Fox has offered no details on any specific characters. Created by Murphy, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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With the entire series of Friends now on Netflix, our all of our post-work hours have been devoted to reliving the glory days with Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe. Sure, the show lives on every single channel you turn to on a random weekend afternoon or a late sleepless night. But its new life on the streaming service is giving us unlimited access to our favorite comfort show like never before.
And truth be told, Friends‘ new outlet on Netflix isn’t the only thing making its stars ever-visible. The actors themselves are putting in work. With Jennifer Aniston‘s Golden Globe nomination for her latest drama Cake, and David Schwimmer returning to the small screen as Robert Kardashian in FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J Simpson, the sextet seem more successful than ever. Want proof? Let’s check in »
- Tara Aquino
John Travolta is heading back to the small screen for his first recurring role since the late 70s’ Welcome Back, Kotter, signing on for a part in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, where he’ll play The Juice’s lawyer Robert Shapiro.
Produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, the legal drama is set to star Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, with David Schwimmer playing attorney Robert Kardashian and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The 10-episode drama is set to explore O.J.’s 1995 murder trial from the perspective of both the prosecution and Simpson’s ‘Dream Team’ of defense laywers. Production will get underway early this year.
- Gary Collinson
In the year when John Travolta was last on TV, McDonalds invented the Happy Meal and Sony brought out the Walkman – but now he’s set to return to the small screen for the first time since 1979.
Travolta will play Robert Shapiro in a 10-part miniseries dramatising the Oj Simpson trial, to screen on Us network FX. Shapiro was Simpson’s defence attorney, and the series is set to follow the case through the eyes of the legal teams. Sarah Paulson, best known for her role in American Horror Story, will play Shapiro’s opposite number, prosecutor Marcia Clark.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Armed with devilish charm, some leftover Hedwig lipstick and a ventriloquist’s dummy that just happened to be a dead ringer for American Horror Story semi-regular Jamie Brewer, Neil Patrick Harris made his eagerly anticipated debut in this week’s Freak Show.
And, before you could say abracadabra, not only had his magician character, Chester, taken the reins from Elsa (who still thought she was Hollywood-bound), he’d defrocked the Tattler Twins. But wait, there’s gore… er, more.
Underhanded Tactics | As “Magical Thinking” began, we flashed back two days to Stanley suggesting to Jimmy that he cut off just »
Brandi Glanville lost her shit and threw wine on Jeff Lewis on Watch What Happens Live last night after he brought up the topic of STDs. [E!] Kristen Stewart and Alicia Cargile were extra cozy while ringing in the new year. [NY Daily News] John Travolta joins Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sarah Paulson, and David Schwimmer in the Ryan Murphy miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Simpson’s defense attorney. [Us Weekly] In case you didn’t know, Brad Pitt is now wearing nail art. You read that correctly. [MTV] 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft admits to his infidelity. [Us Weekly] Jennifer Aniston admits that in her old days, she “never ate pasta.” How have you lived, Jennifer? How?! [Naughty Gossip] For just about $80 this belfie stick will help you »
- Taylor Ferber
Welcome back! After more than three decades away from the small screen, John Travolta will star in FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The actor, 60, will play defense attorney Robert Shapiro and serve as a producer on the 10-part miniseries, airing later this year. Before his big-screen success, Travolta booked his star-making role as Vinny Barbarino on the ABC sitcom Welcome, Back Kotter from 1975–79. Travolta joins previously announced cast members Cuba Gooding Jr., 47, Sarah Paulson, 40, and David Schwimmer, 48, in portraying the O.J. Simpson trial from the lawyers' perspective. The series will be based on Jeffrey Toobin »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
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