7 items from 2015
The actor has been stranded on the edges of blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road and the Divergent series, but ahead of new film Dope she’s taking on Hollywood’s stereotypes and making a name for herself
On her first day shooting her first feature, Zoë Kravitz wasn’t allowed to work. Cast as a goth babysitter in the Catherine Zeta-Jones romcom No Reservations, the teenager couldn’t go on set until her designated guardian had signed in. But Lenny Kravitz was running late, and when he eventually arrived, the rock star caused such a stir that the delays simmered on. The film’s director, Scott Hicks, had no idea Zoë was Lenny’s daughter when he cast her; he wasn’t expecting the fuss. So Zoë took control. “She told her dad off,” says Hicks. “He wasn’t late again.”
Kravitz, now 26, doesn’t take any nonsense. »
- Henry Barnes
With the advent of gourmand culture, chefs reaching deity status, hipster pop-up restaurants, and epicurean networks challenging networks in ratings, Hollywood has yet to really tap into foodie zeitgeist. Sure, it’s tried; Catherine Zeta Jones in “No Reservations,” Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” “Julie and Julia,” even David Fincher was toying with the idea of making a film set in the food/chef milieu, but there hasn’t really been a movie that’s captured our modern food phenomenon exactly (though good ones about different eras include “Big Night” and “Like Water For Chocolate” to name just a few). The next in line to try is the not quite inventively titled “Burnt.” Starring four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper in the lead role (bet you never thought you’d hear that phrase), “Burnt” centers on a former bad boy chef trying to make good and assemble the Avengers of cooking »
- Rodrigo Perez
Anthony Bourdain isn't the only celebrity chef who can throw shade! In a new interview with People magazine, Food Network star Alton Brown was asked for his thoughts on Bourdain and his love of talking crap about other famous cooks in the industry. "I don't have to defend my skills against anybody," the Camp Cutthroat host said. "I've got 14 years and 252 episodes of a show called Good Eats that I'm pretty sure I can use as a résumé for my skills." Brown continued of the outspoken No Reservations host, "When was the last time you saw Anthony Bourdain actually cook anything? I've spent 14 years cooking my own food on television and I've never seen him »
De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
The film’s cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect”), Celia Weston (“No Reservations”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).
- Melissa Thompson
The men who labor tirelessly at the 144-year-old Tedorigawa Brewery in northern Japan get a portrait worthy of their devotion in “The Birth of Sake,” a richly immersive documentary that plays like an elegy for a time-honored but slowly vanishing way of life. Steeped in the rhythms of sake production at one of the few Nipponese breweries that still rely on human hands rather than machines, Erik Shirai’s directing debut favors process and routine over personal drama — a fitting enough strategy for a trade whose workers must effectively sacrifice all sense of self in order to create their world-class spirits. More sedate and less crowd-pleasing than “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” to name another classy tribute to an artisanal Japanese tradition, “Sake” should nevertheless go down smoothly with festivals and buyers following its Tribeca premiere.
Every October, a handful of men bid farewell to their family and friends and travel »
- Justin Chang
Ever since Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” showed that sometimes-dangerous destinations combined with exotic foods could be an Emmy-winning combination, nets have been eager to let chefs guide viewers on adventurous journeys. The latest is Travel Channel’s “Breaking Borders,” which premieres March 15.
Chef: Michael Voltaggio (Ink, Los Angeles)
Premise: The “Top Chef” winner teams with co-host Mariana van Zeller to host a dinner for residents of global hot spots like Palestine, Cambodia and Egypt, who debate their differences over delicious meals.
Strange edibles: tarantula
Scary moment: Getting arrested in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
Avec Eric (Cooking Channel)
Chef: Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin, New York)
Premise: The “Top Chef” judge jumps from PBS to Cooking Channel with a more action-packed edition of his earlier show, travelling to Australia, South Korea and more.
Strange edibles: crocodile tail
Scary moment: Picking daikon near North Korean border
Huang’s World (Vice. »
- Pat Saperstein
With an umbrella theme of Content Without Borders, Natpe 2015 is devoting its opening day to the unscripted side of the TV business.
The day features panels on the state of the industry; a case study of ABC’s “Shark Tank”; and a Pro Pitch event, in which attendees can toss ideas at decision-makers. The centerpiece is a luncheon showcasing the inaugural Reality Breakthrough Awards, honoring shows in competition, docusoap, gameshow, reality and factual categories.
According to Natpe president and CEO Rod Perth, moving the 2015 confab one week earlier made this possible, since it now doesn’t conflict with the Realscreen Summit, a confab for unscripted content in Washington, D.C.
“We finally fixed that, so we no longer compete,” Perth says. “Reality was a segment of the business that we needed to emphasize this year. We needed to design something that was relevant and, more- over, in the case of the awards themselves, »
- Kate O'Hare
7 items from 2015
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