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The culinary arts and filmmaking don't seem to go together that often. You get the occasional great picture set in the restaurant world -- "Big Night" and "Ratatouille" spring to mind -- but more often than not, you end up with films more like "No Reservations" when you try to put cooks on screen. But now, chefs are suddenly the new, uh, Snow White, with two big names gearing up rival foodie-related pictures, to the extent that legal issues may be brewing over their titles. Jon Favreau is prepping to star and direct in a return to his indie roots with "Chef," a film about a professional cook who loses his job and sets up a food truck, and he's been quietly assembling a nice cast, with Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale and, most impressively of all, a cameo from megastar Robert Downey Jr. And now he's recruited another Avenger, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Love him or hate him, Anthony Bourdain is the baddest food (and travel) dude on the block. After wrapping up the ninth season of "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel, Bourdain migrated to CNN where he now hosts "Parts Unknown," which will "examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals." In the premiere episode, Bourdain headed to Myanmar where he sought to uncover what, exactly, Burmese food is, and how food culture evolved through the country's conflict.
It's no secret that, especially when traveling through Asia, Bourdain is an outspoken advocate for the virtues of chowing down on street food. So, it comes as no surprise that in addition to the new show, he's pulling double duty as an ambassador for and speaker at the inaugural World Street Food Congress beginning May 31. We caught up with Bourdain to learn all about this new venture, »
- Rebecca Dolan
Badboy chef Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN series Parts Unknown was watched by 747,000 viewers last night. The heavily promoted 9 Pm Sunday debut of the weekly one-hour show garnered 282,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic for the network. Compared to year to date Sunday averages for CNN that is a 120% increase among the demo and a 62% rise in total viewers. Parts Unknown’s debut pushed the often ratings challenged CNN to the top primetime spot in the demo on Sunday with 208,000 for the night.That’s ahead of rivals Fox News Channel (141,000 among the 25-54) and MSNBC (160,000 among the 25-54) The first episode saw Bourdain spending time in Myanmar mixing food, politics and culture. Future shows will include visits to La’s Koreatown, a place Bourdain has been before on other networks, as well as Libya, Canada and Peru. Sunday’s premiere came after a week that saw Bourdain appearing on »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
"Mr. Selfridge" premiered on PBS Sunday (March 31), with star Jeremy Piven stepping into the titular role of the fast-talking American who opened one of the world's largest department stores in early 20th-century London.
Piven participated in a live chat Monday with the fans, where he talks about his new television role.
Q: "Did you have any reservations about being part of a period piece and now competing with the 'Downton Abbey' standard?"
Piven: "No reservations whatsoever. In fact, I couldn't have planned it any better."
Q: "What was the appeal of this role?"
Piven: "Harry lived such a full, beautiful and ultimately tragic life that it's really fertile ground for a series."
Q: "It feels like you were born to play this part...what did you think when you were approached to play Harry?"
Piven: "I felt honored that they would think of me for this role and »
CNN and Anthony Bourdain will kick off a new world tour next month.
The chef-turned-author-turned TV traveler's new series, "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," will launch on Sunday, April 14, CNN says. The first episode will follow Bourdain as he explores the food and culture of Myanmar, which has only recently opened its borders to outsiders.
Bourdain also travels to Colombia, Libya, Peru, Quebec and L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood in "Parts Unknown," which will air eight episodes in its first season.
The show shares a lot of DNA (and a producing team) with his previous series "No Reservations" and "A Cook's Tour." Bourdain has said one of the reasons he moved from Travel Channel to CNN is that the news network would help him gain access to places he might not otherwise have been able to go.
Bourdain's show is one of several CNN is trying out on weekends in an »
The premiere episode of the new CNN weekend series will feature the chef/travel host headed to Myanmar, and future shows will take him to Libya, Colombia, the Congo and La’s Koreatown, among other places. Parts Unknown, a one-hour travel and culture series, was set up in May after CNN lured Bourdain away from his oft-Emmy-nominated No Reservations on Travel Channel. The date announcement comes just after the Bourdain co-hosted cooking competition show The Taste wrapped its eight-episode ABC run March 12. Here’s the CNN release: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, hosted by the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality, premieres on Sunday, April 14, at 9pm, Et. The one-hour weekend lifestyle series follows Bourdain as he travels the across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Anthony Bourdain is living up to the promise of his new show's name. The chef-turned-tv host, who left his hit Travel Channel show No Reservations for CNN last year, will travel to Myanmar for the first episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which will air on Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. Et. Story: Anthony Bourdain Goes After Paula Deen Again CNN promises the discovery of "the fabled beauty and local cuisines" of the little-known country, which has been under military dictatorship for five decades and has only recently had trade sanctions eased. Bourdain, who in
- Jordan Zakarin
The fictional counterparts of English actor Dominic Monaghan have had run-ins with all sorts of formidable creatures, from orcs in The Lord of the Rings to fellow mutants in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But lately, he’s been capturing on camera his encounters with creatures far more real and often just as fearsome — if not more so.
The Lost alum’s nature-trekking, animal-searching show Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan airs its season 1 finale tonight on BBC America. The series is viewers’ chance to join Monaghan on what he calls “the way I’m used to holidaying”: journeying deep into the »
- Emily Rome
In “Live and Let Dine,” Archer adds another to its ever-growing line of guest stars in the form of Anthony Bourdain. And, of all the people who’ve come through this show, Bourdain is undoubtedly the most baffling choice made thus far, which is partly why I wasn’t entirely sold on this week’s episode.
Shows often rely upon guest stars to draw in new viewers, except Archer‘s had a bit more integrity than that when it comes to choosing its guest spots. Either their inclusion is inevitable, such as with Burt Reynolds, or it’s a case of an actor wanting to have a bit of fun on the side, like with George Takei.
Bourdain, on the other hand, sticks out as a clear outlier. Like Reynolds before him, Bourdain spends the duration of the episode playing the easiest role of them all, himself; however, whereas those »
- Travis Smith
Despite what your thoughts may be on his filmography, director Scott Hicks‘ next move is always a difficult one to predict. After breaking out with prestige dramas like Snow Falling on Cedars and Shine, he moved to the general rom-com territory with No Reservations before taking a more mature stab at drama with The Boys Are Back and then dropping [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
Hey, just because he’s a feral killing machine from up North with sharp claws, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to dress up and go on the town, too, you know. Check out a new image from “The Wolverine”, featuring star Hugh Jackman all dressed up with no place to go. Need to get a table at a crowded restaurant but the matre’d is being a dick? Just pop those claws. No reservations needed! In the James Mangold-directed sequel, “The Wolverine” finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. Also starring Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Rila Fukushima, James Fraser, Tao Okamoto, Hal Yamanouchi, and giving Japan the hand (and a few sharp claws, »
Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year's winning motion picture and television productions at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA recognized several producers with honorary awards including Bob Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Milestone Award), Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), J.J. Abrams (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Russell Simmons (Visionary Award) and Bully (Stanley Kramer Award). The 2013 Producers Guild Awards were chaired by Michael De Luca.
The 2013 Producers Guild nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers' names for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and may not reflect the order of screen credits.
The theatrical motion picture nominees and winners are:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for »
Oh yes it still hurts that Ben Affleck was not given a Best Director Oscar nomination, yet his fantastic film "Argo" continues its ascension to Oscar glory! The film took home the top prize at the Producers Guild of America Awards taking home the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
So guess which film will win the Oscar Best Picture? Yup, it will be "Argo!" Why? Well, Hollywood really loves movies about them and "Argo" is about a movie of a fake movie in order to help free some Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis.
I'm also happy that "Searching for Sugar Man" won the Documentary category, and not so happy »
I've always thought the point of Nigella Lawson is that she doesn't have one. As England's younger, sexier version of the Barefoot Contessa, she's a spherical series of soft curves, murmuring an endless litany of "mmms" to camera as she sips and dips around the kitchen. She's made a fortune from being the voice of comfort as a domestic goddess on cable cooking shows.
So it's a little surprising to see her take her place behind a judging table under bright network lighting in The Taste, ABC's new "food show like no other" – in other words, a culinary version of NBC's smash talent show The Voice.
"It's all about the taste, and nothing but the taste," Nigella announced in her signature perky style as the show began. This marked another departure for a »
- Emma G Keller
ABC's new series "The Taste" is putting a new spin on cooking competitions, and it's got an all star line-up of chefs to help it succeed. "No Reservations" leading man Anthony Bourdain has teamed up with Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey to act as mentors in the new reality series, and they think the show is something special.
In many ways, "The Taste" is similar to NBC's "The Voice," except with cooking instead of singing. Each judge picks a team of chefs and then mentors that group until there's only one cook left standing, but with "The Taste" there's a twist. Despite working with their chefs they progress through the season, "The Taste's" judges sample all of the food in a blind taste test without knowing who made it, and they have to judge the dishes solely off of the taste of the spoonful they try. Unlike »
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television. The documentary film category and other television category nominations were already announced by the Guild in November 2012.
All 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Bob Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Milestone Award), Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), J.J. Abrams (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Russell Simmons (Visionary Award) and Bully (Stanley Kramer Award).
The 2013 Producers Guild Awards Chair is Michael De Luca. »
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced the nominees in both motion picture and television for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. "Skyfall" made the cut as one of the nominees of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Winners will be announced on January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Here's the complete list of nominees (including television); for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
Theatrical Motion Picture Nominees
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
.Argo. (Warner Bros.)
.Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
.Django Unchained. (The Weinstein Company)
.Les Misérables. (Universal Pictures)
Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, »
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