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Anthony Bourdain Speaks Out Against Mario Batali

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Anthony Bourdain would've gladly helped women who were allegedly sexually harassed or abused by Mario Batali ... if they'd shared the allegations with him. Bourdain's been taking some heat for his reaction to the Batali claims because he hinted he knew about some of the inappropriate behavior. Now, he wants to make it clear he stands "unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women." He says his past admiration for Batali and famed restaurateur Ken Friedman -- who's
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Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks Board Starz's 'Sweetbitter' Adaptation

Starz's Sweetbitter adaptation is rounding out its cast.

Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex), Paul Sparks (House of Cards) and Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown) have signed on for the pay cabler's drama series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Daniyar (Claws), Eden Epstein (In Between Men) and Jasmine Mathews (Blue Bloods) have also joined the series-regular cast.

Described as Kitchen Confidential meets Bridget Jones, Sweetbitter centers on a young woman's coming-of-age story that takes place in the world of exclusive restaurants. It centers on 22-year-old Tess (Never Let Me Go's Ella Purnell), who shortly after arriving in...
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Anthony Bourdain Has Set His Eyes on Horror Comics With The Hungry Ghost!

Celebrated television star Anthony Bourdain (“Parts Unknown”, “Kitchen Confidential”) has teamed up with writer Joel Rose (Get Jiro!; Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster) to create the upcoming Dark Horse coming Hunger Ghosts, which is now available for pre-order (it comes out… Continue Reading →

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Ella Purnell to Star in Starz's 'Sweetbitter' Adaptation

Ella Purnell to Star in Starz's 'Sweetbitter' Adaptation
Starz has found the star of its upcoming drama series Sweetbitter.

Ella Purnell will play the lead role in the television adaptation of Stephanie Danler’s national best-selling novel. In addition, Emmy-winning writer-director Richard Shepard has joined the six-episode series from Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment as an executive producer. Shepard, who directed a dozen episodes of Girls, will helm the series premiere.

The hot project landed at Starz in July after a multiple-network bidding war. Sweetbitter, described as Kitchen Confidential meets Bridget Jones, is a young woman’s coming-of-age story that takes place in the world of exclusive restaurants. It centers on 22-year-old Tess (Purnell), who shortly after arriving...
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Fox Developing Sci-Fi Drama From ‘Vacation’ Duo of John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Exclusive)

Fox Developing Sci-Fi Drama From ‘Vacation’ Duo of John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Exclusive)
Fox is developing a one-hour sci-fi drama from “Vacation” co-writers and co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Variety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Proxy,” the project is centered on a technology that allows online followers to live voyeuristically through the experiences of hedonistic young “Proxies” on a remote island paradise. Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Daley created the series and will write and executive produce, with Goldstein executive producing. Should the project move forward, Goldstein will also write. They will both executive produce through their GoldDay banner. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, who has also executive produced “13 Reasons Why,” “The Oa” and the upcoming series “Maniac” for Netflix, will also executive produce “Proxy” along with Anonymous’ vice president of television and features, Ashley Zalta. Twentieth Century Fox Television will produce along with Anonymous Content and GoldDay.

Daley and Goldstein made their directorial debut on the 2015 installment of the “Vacation
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The 25 Best One-Season Television Shows of the Last 25 Years

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The 25 Best One-Season Television Shows of the Last 25 Years
In the age of peak TV, we’ve gotten to see many series which are constructed to be satisfying after just one season of storytelling. But it’s important to remember that this is a relatively new phenomenon, that all too often, potentially great shows will get cancelled before getting the chance to reach their full potential.

Read More:8 Cancelled TV Shows That Got A ‘Twin Peaks’-Style Revival

The list below focuses on scripted series, reaching back over two decades to cover some of television history’s most disappointing ends. The aim is to remember some of network and cable’s most audacious experiments, for better and for worse.

25. “Almost Human” (2013-2014)

In many ways, “Almost Human” was deeply flawed to a degree that made its cancellation understandable — it struggled to balance too many plot threads with an over-reliance on recycled world-building, ultimately failing to coalesce despite some ambitious
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The 25 Best One-Season Television Shows of the Last 25 Years

The 25 Best One-Season Television Shows of the Last 25 Years
In the age of peak TV, we’ve gotten to see many series which are constructed to be satisfying after just one season of storytelling. But it’s important to remember that this is a relatively new phenomenon, that all too often, potentially great shows will get cancelled before getting the chance to reach their full potential.

Read More:8 Cancelled TV Shows That Got A ‘Twin Peaks’-Style Revival

The list below focuses on scripted series, reaching back over two decades to cover some of television history’s most disappointing ends. The aim is to remember some of network and cable’s most audacious experiments, for better and for worse.

25. “Almost Human” (2013-2014)

In many ways, “Almost Human” was deeply flawed to a degree that made its cancellation understandable — it struggled to balance too many plot threads with an over-reliance on recycled world-building, ultimately failing to coalesce despite some ambitious
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Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60

Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60
Daniel Licht, composer for TV’s “Dexter,” died of cancer late Wednesday. He was 60.

Licht scored all eight seasons of “Dexter,” the Showtime serial-killer drama, from 2006 to 2013. Although he also wrote music for movies and other TV projects, it was his quirky music for “Dexter” – employing unusual sounds using bones, knives, scissors, duct tape, wine glasses, didgeridoo, Irish harp and other instruments – that became his best-known work.

Seven albums of “Dexter” music, all featuring his scores, were released. Licht himself played many of the percussion instruments in a 10-minute orchestral suite of “Dexter” music performed live at Poland’s Krakow Film Music Festival in 2015.

Said “Dexter” executive producer Clyde Phillips: “Dan was an incredibly talented musician and composer, but most of all, he was a dear friend. His passing leaves all of us a bit quieter, a bit sadder, and without the gift of his music and his love
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Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60

Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60
Daniel Licht, composer for TV’s “Dexter,” died of cancer late Wednesday. He was 60.

Licht scored all eight seasons of “Dexter,” the Showtime serial-killer drama, from 2006 to 2013. Although he also wrote music for movies and other TV projects, it was his quirky music for “Dexter” – employing unusual sounds using bones, knives, scissors, duct tape, wine glasses, didgeridoo, Irish harp and other instruments – that became his best-known work.

Seven albums of “Dexter” music, all featuring his scores, were released. Licht himself played many of the percussion instruments in a 10-minute orchestral suite of “Dexter” music performed live at Poland’s Krakow Film Music Festival in 2015.
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Anthony Bourdain Reveals His Only Rule for Workplace Happiness

Anthony Bourdain Reveals His Only Rule for Workplace Happiness
Research has shown that happier employees are more productive in the workplace.

For the globe-trotting, Emmy Award-winning host of “Parts Unknown,” chef Anthony Bourdain, that can be achieved with one simple rule.

”The No A–hole Rule,” Bourdain said in a recent New Yorker podcast interview, when asked how he avoided burnout. “Absolutely everyone I do business with I like. I always ask myself: Look. There’s a lot of money involved here—but if the phone rings at 10 at night, am I going to go, ‘aw damn’? I’m not going to do that… life is too short.”

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Why Anthony Bourdain Waited 12 Years to Write His New Cookbook

Why Anthony Bourdain Waited 12 Years to Write His New Cookbook
For someone who will gladly eat sea urchin or tripe for TV, Anthony Bourdain‘s home diet is surprisingly, well, ordinary.

“When I’m home, I fall back on the food that makes me happy and will make my daughter happy,” says the Parts Unknown host and dad to Ariane, 9, in this week’s issue of People, on newsstands now. “Who doesn’t like meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, or a good bowl of pasta with a Neapolitan-style ragù?”

So for his first cookbook in 12 years, Appetites, Bourdain turned out a collection of the American standards he leans on now, in
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'Feed the Beast': Everything You Need to Know

'Feed the Beast': Everything You Need to Know
Ever since AMC debuted Mad Men in July of 2007, TV aficionados have learned to keep an eye on what the channel slips onto the air during the dog days. Past summers have brought the likes of Humans and Halt and Catch Fire; the same time frame also brought us Rubicon, because hey, nobody's perfect. This year's contender for possible out-of-left-field Mvp is Feed the Beast: a drama about crime and cuisine starring Jim Sturgess as a coked-up ex-con chef and David Schwimmer as his morose sommelier best friend. Developed
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Review: David Schwimmer rises above the overcooked 'Feed the Beast'

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Review: David Schwimmer rises above the overcooked 'Feed the Beast'
On AMC's new drama Feed the Beast, best friends Tommy (David Schwimmer) and Dion (Jim Sturgess) try opening a fancy restaurant in the Bronx so that Tommy can get over the death of his wife in a hit-and-run accident, while Dion can pay off a massive debt he owes to a local mob boss. Along the way, they acquire an inexperienced restaurant manager, Pilar (Lorenza Izzo), who takes the job because she has a crush on Tommy, but who's really there as a device for the show to let Tommy and Dion explain the finer points of the business to the audience. At one point, for instance, she objects to Dion spending so much money on skillets. He responds by offering her a dish made in one of his pans and the same one made in the big box store model Tommy has in his own kitchen; the former is
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Chefs Impact Report: The Culinary Celebs Cooking Up Empires in Entertainment

These gastronomic celebs have placed their culinary stamp across multiple platforms, built restaurant empires and advanced the foodie conversation.

Jose Andres

mini-bar, tres by jose andres, bazaar

Part of the food revolution in Spain, Andres has brought his modern twists on tapas to L.A., D.C. and Las Vegas at restaurants such as the Bazaar and Mini-Bar. His TV career began in 2008 with “Made in Spain,” and he has since been a regular guest on talk shows, cooking competitions and Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows. His most recent TV project was the PBS special “Undiscovered Haiti With Jose Andres.”

Lidia Bastianich

felidia, eataly, “lidia’s kitchen”

Chef/co-owner — with son Joe and Mario Batali — of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, the artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace Eataly and her own production company, Tavola Productions, Bastianich has spent the past decade producing series and specials for PBS, most recently “Lidia’s Kitchen.
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Chefs Impact Report: The Culinary Celebs Cooking Up Empires in Entertainment

These gastronomic celebs have placed their culinary stamp across multiple platforms, built restaurant empires and advanced the foodie conversation.

Jose Andres

mini-bar, tres by jose andres, bazaar

Part of the food revolution in Spain, Andres has brought his modern twists on tapas to L.A., D.C. and Las Vegas at restaurants such as the Bazaar and Mini-Bar. His TV career began in 2008 with “Made in Spain,” and he has since been a regular guest on talk shows, cooking competitions and Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows. His most recent TV project was the PBS special “Undiscovered Haiti With Jose Andres.”

Lidia Bastianich

felidia, eataly, “lidia’s kitchen”

Chef/co-owner — with son Joe and Mario Batali — of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, the artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace Eataly and her own production company, Tavola Productions, Bastianich has spent the past decade producing series and specials for PBS, most recently “Lidia’s Kitchen.
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'Burnt' May Flame Out In Theaters, But 10 Years Ago Bradley Cooper Truly Cooked on TV

'Burnt' May Flame Out In Theaters, But 10 Years Ago Bradley Cooper Truly Cooked on TV
There is some alternate Earth, somewhere in the multi-verse, where Bradley Cooper has never made the leap from television to film, where Bradley Cooper has never been responsible for $2.4 billion at the box office, where Bradley Cooper has never been nominated for an Academy Award. This is an alternate universe where this fall's "Burnt," starring Bradley Cooper as a bad boy chef looking to make good, never gets made. But it's also an alternate universe where the 2005 series "Kitchen Confidential," starring Bradley Cooper as a bad boy chef looking to make good, lasted more than one season.  Read More: Bradley Cooper-Starring Chef Drama 'Burnt' Pulled From Limited Release As soon as plans for "Burnt" (originally titled "Chef," until the Weinstein Company noticed that another movie already had dibs) were announced, the "Kitchen Confidential" jokes started flying. Both "Burnt's" Adam Jones and "Kitchen's"...

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'Burnt' Trailer #3 Puts Bradley Cooper Back in the Kitchen

'Burnt' Trailer #3 Puts Bradley Cooper Back in the Kitchen
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all - and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.

Bradley Cooper tries to put his past behind him to become the best chef in the world in The Weinstein Company's third and final trailer for Burnt, arriving in theaters this Friday, October 23. As Sam Keeley's David explains in this latest trailer, Bradley Cooper's Adam Jones is a two-star Michelin chef.
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Burnt Review: Bradley Cooper Has "Delectable" Moments in New Film

Burnt Review:  Bradley Cooper Has
In theaters Friday, Oct. 30 2 1/2 stars (out of 4 stars) Bradley Cooper is the kind of performer who oozes roguish charisma. He showed it off as far as back as 2005, when he played a bad-boy top chef based on Anthony Bourdain in a short-lived Fox comedy titled Kitchen Confidential. A decade and three Oscar nominations later, he’s got the knives out again for a new foodie-themed project. And without him in the starring role, this sour-tasting film would be toast. (Food metaphors are fun!!! More to [...]
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Burnt Review: Bradley Cooper Has "Delectable" Moments in New Film

Burnt Review:  Bradley Cooper Has
In theaters Friday, Oct. 30 2 1/2 stars (out of 4 stars) Bradley Cooper is the kind of performer who oozes roguish charisma. He showed it off as far as back as 2005, when he played a bad-boy top chef based on Anthony Bourdain in a short-lived Fox comedy titled Kitchen Confidential. A decade and three Oscar nominations later, he’s got the knives out again for a new foodie-themed project. And without him in the starring role, this sour-tasting film would be toast. (Food metaphors are fun!!! More to [...]
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Box Office: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper Try to Scare Off ‘The Martian’ on Halloween Weekend

Box Office: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper Try to Scare Off ‘The Martian’ on Halloween Weekend
If Hollywood thought last weekend was frightening at the box office, just wait until Halloween hits.

Studios are still smarting from a brutal period that saw four new films and the expansion of “Steve Jobs” crash and burn at multiplexes. It’s scary out there. Pictures like “The Last Witch Hunter” and “Jem and the Holograms” were roundly rejected by audiences and are unlikely to turn a profit. There won’t be much relief this weekend, as “Burnt” and “Our Brand of Crisis” are expected to deliver muted openings.

The problem is that Halloween falls on a Saturday, which is typically the strongest day for moviegoing.

“A lot of studios aren’t even releasing horror movies, because they’re not confident people will cancel their plans,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “People are going to dress up and go out on Saturday. They’re not going to the movies.
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