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Has Anthony Bourdain found romance in the eternal city? The newly-single 60-year-old celebrity chef was spotted walking hand in hand with 41-year-old Italian actress Asia Argento through a Roman market on February 8. While reports circulate of a blossoming relationship between the two, according to the photos, it certainly looks like things are heating up for Bourdain out of the kitchen. A source tells E! News the two spent four days together in Rome, staying at Hotel de Russie by the city's famed Piazza del Popolo and spending nights together enjoying Rome's finest asset—the food. On Monday, Feb. 6, the duo dined at Trattoria Settimio all'Arancio and later enjoyed a long walk along the »
Anthony Bourdain was recently spotted out and about with a new lady on his arm: 41-year-old Asia Argento. Italian magazine Chi ran pics of the pair hand-in-hand in Rome; Bourdain wrote in December that the Parts Unknown he filmed in Rome “would not have been possible — or be anything like it is, without the truly magnificent Asia Argento.” Here’s a quick primer on Ms. Argento.
1. She’s Italian cinema royalty
Argento’s dad is Dario Argento, who’s responsible for (among dozens of other films) the 1977 horror classic Suspiria, widely hailed as one of the most influential and visually striking shockers ever made. »
- Alex Heigl
Anthony Bourdain has found love in the Eternal City.
The chef —who separated from his wife of nine years, Ottavia Busia, last year — is dating Italian actress, Asia Argento, Page Six reports. The pair were spotted kissing and walking arm in arm in Rome earlier this month.
Argento, 41, starred alongside Bourdain, 60, on the Rome episode of his CNN show, Parts Unknown, which aired in December, so the couple have likely been seeing each other for several months. On the episode, the couple enjoy spaghetti and wine while watching a boxing match and later, the single mom takes Bourdain grocery shopping »
- Ana Calderone
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
That thing we can’t take for granted: a film whose many parts – period piece, war picture, blood-spattered actioner, deception-fueled espionage thriller, sexy romance, and, at certain turns, comedy – can gracefully move in conjunction and separate from each other, just as its labyrinthine-but-not-quite plot jumps from one setpiece to the next with little trouble in maintaining a consistency of overall pleasure. Another late-career triumph for Robert Zemeckis, »
- The Film Stage
I’ve sought out nearly all of his films, but even that level of knowledge and admiration couldn’t prepare me for what Olivier Assayas concocted with Personal Shopper. Part-ghost story, part-rumination on grief, part-exploration of contemporary technology’s shaping of our relationship with the physical world, part-excuse to see Kristen Stewart wear very nice clothing, and a very fruitful joining of those potentially disparate parts, it proved one of my favorite viewing experiences of last year and is likely to be a highlight of (theatrically released) 2017 cinema.
“Be excited,” I guess is what I mean to say, no less so when Personal Shopper‘s U.S. release is right around the corner. In anticipation of as much, IFC have released a new trailer. As we said in our review, “After Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper confirms Olivier Assayas as the director most adept at drawing the best out of Kristen Stewart. »
- Nick Newman
A love letter to Vin Diesel’s extreme sports heroism.
The cinema of Rob Cohen peaked in the years 2001 and 2002 with the release of The Fast and the Furious, and, as an alternative to a Fast/Furious sequel, the extreme-sports cash-in xXx, starring once and future Fastest and most Furious of all, Vin Diesel. Before getting to xXx (it is no longer necessary to get to The Fast and the Furious, it having long since ascended to pop legend) as a whole it’s necessary to talk about Cohen as a filmmaker, which isn’t possible to do in a positive sense without grappling with some large contradictions. The first, and biggest, is that he’s a director whose strong points are the very things his detractors foreground as faults: his cinema is big and often unwieldy, favoring force over grace, and requires the panacea of adrenaline to counteract the host of elements that fold under rational »
- Danny Bowes
All caught up with our top 50 films of 2016? It’s now time to look to the new year, and, ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films, we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that will likely see a release in 2016. While the first batch have confirmed dates all the way through the summer, we’ve also included a handful that are awaiting a date and some we’re hopeful will get a release by year’s end pending acquisition. U.S. distributors: take note!
Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie; Jan. 20)
Those only familiar with Alain Guiraudie’s sublime Stranger By the Lake, which finally brought the gifted French director to a (relatively) wider audience following a laureled Un Certain Regard premiere in 2013, will likely find themselves confounded by its follow-up, Staying Vertical. With his first entry in Cannes’ main competition, Guiraudie returns to the »
- The Film Stage
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