‘Versace’ stars: Anti-gay bias led to designer’s death

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Do the intersecting lives of a fashion designer and the serial killer who murdered him add up to a political saga?

Absolutely, says Ryan Murphy, the powerhouse executive producer of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” season two of the FX showcase that debuted with 2016’s Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

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Ricky Martin reveals he secretly married Jwan Josef

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Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef are married.

Martin, 46, dropped the bombshell to E! News that he and Yosef have already tied the knot. However, the big celebration is still to come.

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Gianni Versace’s family calls FX series ‘fiction,’ network responds

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Family members of the late Gianni Versace have slammed FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the “American Crime Story” installment about the fashion designer’s murder, calling it a “work of fiction” and claiming they had no involvement in the making of the series.

“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace,” the family said in a statement. “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”

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Report: Lady Gaga finalizing deal for Las Vegas residency

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Lady Gaga is in talks to become the latest pop diva to have a residency in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

She is reportedly finalizing a deal to perform 36 shows at The Park Theater at Monte Carlo for an estimated $400,000 per show. The shows are expected to kick off in late 2018. The Park Theater has welcomed big name acts such as Cher, Bruno Mars and Ricky Martin.

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Ricky Martin pleads for Puerto Rico relief on ‘Ellen’

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Ricky Martin made a surprise appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to plead for relief efforts to aid the devastating Hurricane Maria aftermath in Puerto Rico.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am from Puerto Rico and right now Puerto Rico is suffering,” Martin, who was born in Puerto Rico, says. “We were destroyed by a hurricane and it’s been very difficult right now. There is no water, there is no electricity, there is no food. There is no medicine. There is no diesel for the generators that will make the hospital work. People are dying. So, as a Puerto Rican, as the American that I am, I’m here to ask for your help.”

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Ricky Martin defends Versace murder drama as respectful

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ricky Martin said he reassured Gianni Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico that the pair will be treated respectfully in a TV drama about Versace’s 1997 murder.

“I’ll make sure people fall in love with your relationship with Gianni,” Martin, who plays D’Amico in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, recounted telling him.

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Ricky Martin opens up about filming his first gay sex scene

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Ricky Martin got candid about filming his first gay sex scene for his role on “American Crime Story: Versace.”

Martin, who plays Gianni Versace’s lover Antonio D’Amico, told Entertainment Weekly that he wasn’t nervous about getting naked in front of a crew of strangers.

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Ricky Martin is ready for more kids and a big wedding

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Ricky Martin and his fiancé Jwan Yosef are looking forward to a large family and a big wedding.

Martin, 45, appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning” to talk about his Las Vegas residency at the Monte Carlo Hotel and his future family plans.

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Ricky Martin gets VH1 reality series

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Ricky Martin is getting his own reality show.

According to Deadline, Martin’s docuseries will follow the singer as he prepares for his Las Vegas residency.

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Ricky Martin thanks fans for support over father’s illness

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Pop star Ricky Martin thanked his fans Dec. 24 for their support following the hospitalization of his father, Enrique Martin.

The singer issued a statement saying that he is “close to his father along with his nuclear family.” Martin asked that people allow the family to deal with the illness in a private manner.

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Dolce & Gabbana release handbags, t-shirts celebrating same-sex families

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After making derogatory comments about children of same-sex couples, Dolce & Gabbana have done a 180 and released handbags and t-shirts celebrating same-sex couples and families.

The designing duo released three photos on their Instagram account Jan. 29. The photos depict simple drawings of a same-sex couple, one featuring men and the other women, with several multi-racial children on a handbag. A third picture features similar artwork on t-shirts. The posts are accompanied with #dgfamily.

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Gay twins Bec & Sebastian are ready for COWP

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They shared a womb, they shared their coming out experience and now they’ll share their inaugural trip to Florida in October.

The 30-year-old Australian fraternal twins Bec and Sebastian Ivanov will experience their first-ever Come Out With Pride during their first trip to Orlando. And the timing is perfect—right at the height of their burgeoning music career.

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