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The chef and author of Kitchen Confidential talks about growing up in a stable New Jersey home, where his parents taught him to love music and film. But then he became a 10-year-old druggie rebel
I grew up in the Mad Men era. I watched my family, my neighbours and my parents' friends live a similar story arc – struggling with rapidly changing social mores, the Vietnam war. I was born in New York City but grew up in New Jersey. My dad worked two jobs as a salesman in Willoughby's camera store in New York and as a floor manager at a record store. Later, he scored a nice gig at Columbia Records. We were a pretty typical suburban family in most ways. I was a reader. I lived in a house filled with good books. Both parents loved good movies – this was important.
I was rebellious and bitter that »
For a holiday week in which we didn't review a single new show, Dan and I somehow cooked up 90-plus minutes of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for your Independence Day enjoyment, including a dip into the mailbag, a belated discussion of "House of Cards" season 1, and a double-length pilot discussion of "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield." Next week's homework: "The West Wing." The lineup: Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10) Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20) Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30) "House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30) Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill »
- Alan Sepinwall
Darren Star's next TV project is an adaptation of a book -- no surprise there, considering his work as creator of "Sex and the City" and executive producer of "Gcb" and "Kitchen Confidential," both of which were based on books.
What the new project doesn't have in common with the others, though, is that a child will be at the center of it. Star will develop an adaptation of "The Honest Toddler," a newly published book based on the website and Twitter feed of writer Bunmi Laditan, Deadline reports.
The Honest Toddler purports to be observations of life and the strange behavior of adults through the eyes of a 2-year-old. Sample tweets: "All this talk about flaunting your curves but strip naked in a public library and you're the bad guy. The librarian clearly said 'Make yourself comfortable.' That's what I get for following directions."
Laditan will executive produce the show with Star, »
Chicago – The annual CineYouth Festival in Chicago opened on May 9th with a very special guest – John Francis Daley – who is an actor (“Bones,” “Freaks and Geeks”) screenwriter (“Horrible Bosses”) and director. The CineYouth Festival is May 9th-11th and is presented by the Chicago International Film Festival.
John Francis Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, but grew up backstage while his father, R.F. Daley, performed on Broadway. His first break came at nine years old when he joined the touring company in the stage version of “Tommy.” In 1999, he played the role of Sam Weir in the formidable cast of “Freaks and Geeks,” which included future stars James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segal. After doing stints on “The Geena Davis Show” (2000-01) and “Kitchen Confidential” (2005-06), he landed the role of Dr. Lance Sweets on the long-running “Bones.”
John Francis Daly at the CineYouth Festival in Chicago, May 9th, »
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It’s always interesting to track the evolution of various Hollywood talents from their earliest days into the whatever they become, but Freaks and Geeks has become a singular starting point for a remarkably high percentage of actors, actresses and filmmakers who now hold the keys to the kingdom, so to speak. Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Paul Feig, Jason Segel, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jake Kasdan and now John Francis Daley have emerged from the show’s ratings-deficient genius to become stars and creators in their own right. Daley spent much of the past decade growing up in front of the camera – quite literally – on shows such as Boston Public, Kitchen Confidential and Bones. But he was simultaneously developing skills behind the camera, first writing...
- Todd Gilchrist
A few months ago, word surfaced that freshly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was hoping to reteam with his director on the upcoming "The Place Beyond The Pines" (our favorite film of last year's Tiff), Derek Cianfrance, on a project known as "Chef." In development for years, the script by "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight, follows a drug-addled chef who moves his restaurant from Paris to London in order to capture a three-star Michelin rating and once upon a time, it was set to team the unlikely combination of director David Fincher and Keanu Reeves. But the project was seemingly revived by Cooper (who had his first leading role as the star of short-lived Fox sitcom "Kitchen Confidential"), who hoped to bring Cianfrance along for the ride with "The Intouchables" star Omar Sy according to a recent radio interview. But Premiere asked Cianfrance about the project, and it looks like he's not doing it, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The comedy centers on a disgraced chef (Cooper) who loses his prestigious restaurant in Paris. He decides to bring his old crew back together in an attempt to create the world’s greatest restaurant in London.
“We’ve been talking about this project. I want to do it. It’s a beautiful story. And I love cooking.”
However, the project may have to be put on hold, due to the actor’s schedule.
“I’m going to make another film in March and after that I think I »
- Vesna Sunrider
Quite the “crowd-pleasing” team-up is in the works for director Derek Cianfrance’s (Blue Valentine) new film Chef. Two actors from two incredibly popular 2012 films (Silver Linings Playbook and The Intouchables) are looking to topline the project, as Variety reports that Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are in talks to lead the culinary comedy. Cooper will play “a disgraced chef who, after losing his Michelin-rated restaurant in Paris, decides to bring his crew back together in an attempt to create the best restaurant ever in London.” Cooper has experience in the world of the culinary arts, as he previously starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. Production on the Weinstein Company project isn’t expected to begin for some time, and neither Cooper nor Sy have officially signed on. It sounds like an interesting change of pace for Cianfrance, though, coming off the rather dark Blue Valentine and the »
- Adam Chitwood
Cooper would star as a disgraced chef who, after losing his Michelin-rated restaurant in Paris, decides to bring his crew together in an attempt to create the best restaurant ever in London.
Cooper previously played a chef making a career comeback in Fox's sitcom "Kitchen Confidential."
This would mark Sy's first role in an English-language film.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Emmy-winning set decorator Leslie Frankenheimer has died. Also the wife of entertainment attorney John Frankenhemer, she died January 22 after a long battle against leukemia, according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her age was not disclosed. During her more than 30 year career, Frankenheimer won 4 Emmys — for the ABC series Max Headroom in 1987, CBS’ Buddy Faro in 1999, the TNT movie James Dean in 2002 and the HBO series Carnivàle in 2004. She was also nominated in 2002 for the NBC series Emeril. Frankenheimer joined the TV Academy in 1995 and began serving on its Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Exec Committee in 2002. She was elected governor of her peer group in 2011 and was recently re-elected to a second two-year term. Frankenheimer’s numerous other TV credits included Scarecrow And Mrs. King, L.A. Law, SeaQuest 2032, Star Trek: Voyager, Come on, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story, Karen Sisco, The Closer, Kitchen Confidential, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Oscar nominations are right around the corner (January 10), so I thought I’d use the opportunity to highlight some people I really hope get nominated. It would be easy to make this an overall list of things I want to happen – basically Les Misérables and Django Unchained for everything (it was a very merry Christmas, indeed) – but I wanted to narrow it down a bit more. While there are a lot of Oscar veterans in the running for nominations, I’ll be focusing on some folks who are vying for their first.
Now, to keep it somewhat manageable I’ll only be including people who have some modicum of hope, however slim at this late stage. Take Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild. She still has a real shot, so she might be on here (spoiler alert: she is not »
- Shane T. Nier
Anthony Bourdain has released a new edition of the book that made him famous -- Kitchen Confidential. The new edition gives viewers a closer look at Bourdain's thinking with hand-written notes from the man himself on more than 50 pages of the original book.
"I left out a lot here. My college years are still too embarrassing to remember," Bourdain writes on one of the pages. "I'm too kind to myself here. I was a d*ck!"
The Kitchen Confidential Insiders Edition is now available here.
12 items from 2013
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