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Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 5:50PM EST
Anthony Bourdain recalled by those who knew him best
GQ spoke to everybody from Bourdain's brother, Chris Bourdain, to CNN's Jake Tapper to producers and numerous celebrity chefs to get a sense of Bourdain's "enormous life." As Chris Bourdain put it, "the death certificate that was printed in France listed as his profession 'chef.' And I tried for months to figure out, what is the appropriate way to describe what Tony has been doing for the last seven or eight years? There's no description for it."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
An Anthony Bourdain college course to be offered next semester
Professor Todd Kennedy's class next semester at Nicholls State University will examine Bourdain's writings, TV shows and the films that influenced him. “What he did is so unique,” says Kennedy. “We talk about connections between literature and film and art and politics and history, but we’re always trained to talk about them separately. He goes all in and puts all those things, along with food, in conversation to try to understand the culture he’s looking at. And that speaks to people.” The university will also make an accelerated version of the course available online.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Why Anthony Bourdain's final completed Parts Unknown episode was so special and heartbreaking
Bourdain traveled to Kenya with CNN colleague W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America, for what would become the final completed episode of Parts Unknown before his death in June. (Several other episodes were shot, but Bourdain hAd not yet recorded narration for them.) "Anthony Bourdain’s final completed episode of television feels very much like any other hour-long program he’s made in the last 17 years," says Matt Miller. "He travels to Kenya, where he brings his thoughtful worldview, his fearless questions, and his genuine interest in listening to the smallest and most important stories. There’s no mention that its host died nearly four months ago. There’s no 'in loving memory' dedication to the late icon. It’s just an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. It’s as provocative, considerate, and curious as anything else he produced in his lifetime. And that’s precisely what makes it so special and heartbreaking." ALSO: Asia Argento gives her first TV interview since Bourdain's death, calling his loss a "hole that can't be filled."
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Emmys ad featuring Anthony Bourdain didn't go over well with some viewers
The late Parts Unknown host appeared in an ad for Scotch maker Balvenie an hour after he was shown in the Emmys' In Memoriam segment. "Super don’t agree with @BalvenieUS using Anthony Bourdain to sell more whiskey," wrote one Twitter user."Really bad choice. Almost unethical."
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
CNN's first clip of Anthony Bourdain's final Parts Unknown season may make you cry
Bourdain and fellow CNN host W. Kamau Bell travel to Kenya in the first of seven final Parts Unknown episodes that were filmed before Bourdain's death in June.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
CNN pulls three episodes of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown that featured Asia Argento
Source: BuzzFeed News
Bourdain and Argento first met when he filmed his CNN show in Rome. Argento also directed the Hong Kong episode that aired days before her boyfriend's death. A CNN spokesperson says the three episodes featuring Argento were pulled following the allegation that she slept with an underage actor.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
Gordon Ramsay responds to claims he's ripping off Anthony Bourdain with his new Nat Geo show
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The reality TV chef has been criticized for his upcoming Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted show, which plans to test "Ramsay against the locals, pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics." Ramsay responded to his critics in an EW interview: "God, the feeble warriors that sit in their dungeons and spout negativity without understanding what we’re doing," said Ramsay. "I’ve been doing assertive, combustial shows since 2006 since I started The F Word — whether it’s diving for giant crab or hanging off a 500-meter cliff chasing puffins. So I’ve been on that level of exploration and understand those cultures. I’m a chef that needs to get motivated by understanding different cultures. I helicoptered into Nagaland 50 kilometers from the Burmese border in Northern India and cooked at a wedding. And in order to get accepted into the wedding, I had to buy a f*cking buffalo. That was 12 years ago. Tony Bourdain was a great mate of mine. We were on the red carpet together last year at the Emmys. I think he’d be happy and impressed at (Uncharted‘s) level of jeopardy and jumping into these (places)— Brazil, Peru, Alaska — and sourcing incredible ingredients and then highlighting some of the best [culinary] talent that hasn’t been noticed yet. It’s a dream come true. Judge (Uncharted) when you see it."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Asia Argento strongly denies she had sex with underage boy, says Anthony Bourdain helped pay off accuser
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Argento said former child actor Jimmy Bennett tried to extort her, in responding to The New York Times article reporting that she paid him off with $380,000 over his underage sex accusation. "I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false," she said in a statement sent to journalist Yashar Ali. "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett." She added: "Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect. (Bourdain) insisted the matter be handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us."
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
CNN is planning a big-screen documentary film on Anthony Bourdain
Source: Vanity Fair
“We want to make it exquisite for Tony,” a CNN executive says of plans to release a documentary that would premiere at a film festival.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
New Monday Night Football announcer Joe Tessitore credits Anthony Bourdain for helping revive his career
Source: The Ringer
In a profile of "the Frank Sinatra of the broadcast booth," Bryan Curtis explains how Tessitore -- who makes his NFL calling debut tonight -- changed his career trajectory thanks to Bourdain. "Eight years ago, when Tessitore felt his career was stagnating, he paid a visit to Anthony Bourdain’s New York production company," says Curtis. "Tessitore felt Bourdain was a role model. Here was a guy extracting his authentic self and putting it on TV. Watching Bourdain match his words to the pictures, Tessitore said, 'was the moment that all clicked.'" ALSO: New MNF sideline reporter Booger McFarland will work from a raised platform on the field.
Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
The Americans and Anthony Bourdain were honored at the TCA Awards
The FX drama won program of the year and individual achievement in drama for Keri Russell. Last night's awards also honored the late Anthony Bourdain for oustanding achievement in news and information, Rita Moreno for lifetime achievement and Friends with the Heritage Award.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's five final Parts Unknown episodes will air this fall
Source: Los Angeles Times
CNN says only one of the episodes, filmed in Kenya, was completed before Bourdain died. It will be the last to feature his narration. The four others will be set in Manhattan's Lower East Side, the Big Bend area of Texas along the Mexico border, the Asturias region of Spain and Indonesia, and will be completed by the directors of each episode. Producers are also filming follow-up interviews to tie the episodes together.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:05PM EDT
Gordon Ramsay accused of being the anti-Anthony Bourdain with his new Nat Geo food travel show
Source: The Washington Post
National Geographic announced Wednesday that the Fox reality star will travel the world with his new show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, described as an “anthropology-through-cuisine expedition.” But one aspect of Nat Geo's description of the series has stirred controversy. Nat Geo said Ramsay will be "tracking down high-octane traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to the region in hopes of discovering the undiscovered; and, finally, testing Ramsay against the locals, pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics." Eddie Huang, the Fresh Off the Boat inspiration who hosts his own food and travel show Huang's World on Viceland, tweeted: "the last thing the food world needs right now is Gordon Ramsay going to foreign countries showing 'locals he can cook their cuisines better than they can.'" Eater's Chris Fuhrmeister added: "Having already demoralized countless culinary professionals with his expletive-laden verbal outbursts on series such as Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and 24 Hours to Hell & Back, Ramsay now wants to parachute into foreign food cultures and show the locals he can cook their cuisines better than they can." The Washington Post's Tim Carman, meanwhile, said of the backlash: "The sound you hear is Bourdain, who died in June, trying to convince St. Peter to give him a day pass so he can come back and slap some sense into Ramsay, who apparently didn’t read the Columbusing memo on white men 'discovering the undiscovered.'" As he points out, Bourdain "never made the mistake of upstaging the cultures or people he featured in his programs." When Bourdain died last month, Ramsay tweeted: "He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 4:06PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain is featured in the Season 4 trailer for StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Tyson and the late Bourdain discuss the “the science of food and the most pivotal moment in his television hosting career when he traveled to Beirut" on their episode. Additional guests for Season 4 include former Vice President Al Gore, Jeff Goldblum, George R.R. Martin, Dan Rather, Bill Nye, Patricia Cornwell, Joe Rogan and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain imagines Harvey Weinstein's death in an interview conducted four months before his death
Bourdain gave a just-released lenghty interview to Popula's Maria Bustillos in a New York City Irish pub in February. In it, Bourdain had some tough words from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. But he saved his harshest words for Weinstein. “As much as I’d like to see him, you know, beaten to death in his cell,” Bourdain says, he imagines Weinstein dying of a "massive f*cking stroke" in his bathroom with nobody to help him.