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How Anthony Bourdain Found His On-Screen Voice and Changed Television

In 1999, when “Parts Unknown” executive producers Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins first approached Anthony Bourdain about turning his then-yet-to-be written book “A Cook’s Tour” into a television series, the chef-turned-author, with his recent best seller “Kitchen Confidential,” was more than skeptical. He had been a sharp critic of the wave of celebrity chef shows that had become popular staples of cable television.

“I don’t think he was locked on making a TV show even when we went to make ‘A Cook’s Tour,'” said Collins, when he and Tenaglia were guests on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast. “I think Tony saw it as an opportunity to double dip. He was getting paid not that much money to make this show; meanwhile, his designs were always on writing. The thought of being the guy in front of the camera yammering away was not his thing.”

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All About Bradley Cooper's Whirlwind Marriage to Jennifer Esposito

All About Bradley Cooper's Whirlwind Marriage to Jennifer Esposito
Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper may have ended their relationship 12 years ago, but the actress still has something to say about her ex-husband.

Esposito, 45, commented on an Instagram photo actor and comedian David Spade shared on Instagram of Cooper and Lady Gaga snuggled up during their charged “Shallow” performance at the Oscars on Sunday with the caption, “Is there any chance these 2 aren’t f——?”

The actress, who was married to Cooper for just a few months, commented, “Ha.”

Here’s everything to know about Esposito’s short-lived relationship with Cooper.

1. The pair were quiet about their relationship

When asked
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Bradley Whitford-Led Church Choir Comedy Ordered to Pilot at NBC

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NBC has ordered a pilot for a single-camera comedy with Bradley Whitford attached to star and executive produce.

The now untitled project was formerly known as “All Together Now.” In the series, a rural church choir gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor (Whitford) stumbles through their door.

The series hails from Lesley Wake Webster, who will serve as writer and executive producer. Jason Winer will also executive produce via his Small Dog Picture Company banner in addition to directing. Jon Radler of Small Dog will also executive produce along with Adam Anders. 20th Century Fox Television, where Wake Webster and Winer are under overall deals, will produce.

This marks a homecoming for Whitford, who starred in the NBC drama “The West Wing” from 1999-2006. He also won an Emmy for his work on the show in 2001. Whitford currently appears in the
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Bradley Cooper Honored at American Cinematheque, Pressing Oscar Advantage

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Bradley Cooper Honored at American Cinematheque, Pressing Oscar Advantage
The art of being a movie star includes good timing. Take the American Cinematheque Tribute to Bradley Cooper on Thursday night. These events usually burnish star luster, as in the case of recent recipients Amy Adams, Matt Damon, or Matthew McConaughey. But when such a tribute unfolds at the height of an Oscar campaign, it can move the needle. “A Star Is Born” scored Best Director and Actress at the National Board of Review this week, which reflects the movie’s current status as the frontrunner for Best Picture, Actress, and Actor at awards site Gold Derby.

These events are carefully curated. Warner Bros. put this event in motion two years ago, with the fall 2018 release date of “A Star Is Born” in mind. And while Cooper self-deprecatingly mocked the huge posters and program covers all around the Beverly Hilton ballroom — in George-Clooney style — when I greeted him at his table,
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American Cinematheque Puts on a Giant Bradley Cooper Love Fest

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American Cinematheque Puts on a Giant Bradley Cooper Love Fest
There was a lot of talk about how handsome Bradley Cooper is on Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton, where the director and star of “A Star Is Born” became the 32nd recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at a black-tie fundraising dinner and ceremony.

And there was a lot of talk about how hard-working he is and how talented he is, lots of the kind of plaudits that are the currency of the realm at Hollywood awards shows.

But something felt different about the tribute to Cooper. “Most of us have been to nights like this many times before,” actor Sean Penn said when he presented the award to Cooper after a couple of hours of speeches and film clips. “But we’ve never been at one where so many generous and moving things have been said with such extemporaneous spirit.”

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Last Voyage of Anthony Bourdain: Why the Final Season of ‘Parts Unknown’ Hits Home

Last Voyage of Anthony Bourdain: Why the Final Season of ‘Parts Unknown’ Hits Home
There’s something resonant about the final season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown — it’s more sustaining than depressing. It’s been a real emotional journey watching these last episodes, week after week. It’s understandable that Bourdain fans might have worried the new season of the CNN travel show would be too painful to take, since we know how the story ended. Bourdain was in the middle of filming it when he shocked everyone with his death by suicide, still only 61. The new episodes were finished after his death,
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Bradley Whitford to Produce Church Choir Comedy in the Works at NBC

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NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a comedy series with Bradley Whitford attached as an executive producer, Variety has learned.

The project, in which Whitford may also potentially star, follows a rural church choir that gets the gift it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy league professor becomes its director. It is currently titled “All Together Now.”

The series hails from Lesley Wake Webster, who will serve as writer and executive producer. Jason Winer will also executive produce alongside Whitford. 20th Century Fox Television, where Wake Webster is under an overall deal, will produce.

This marks the second single-camera project that NBC has put into development this season with a major star attached to executive produce and potentially star. Previously, NBC announced it was developing the comedy series “The Obsolescents” with Meg Ryan attached.

Should the project move forward, it would mark a homecoming of sorts for Whitford,
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The Evolution of Bradley Cooper, From ‘Sex in the City’ to ‘A Star Is Born’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Bradley Cooper, From ‘Sex in the City’ to ‘A Star Is Born’ (Photos)
“He’s the kind of hot where, trust me, when he’s in front of you, you would just grab your ankles,” Amy Schumer said about Bradley Cooper in her “Saturday Night Live” monologue. And yet of course, Cooper has gone from relative obscurity and bit parts on television to playing perfect asshole types to now being looked at as a bona fide auteur after his directorial debut. Cooper’s good looks, charm and humor have kept him out of action hero roles and superhero tights and made him better suited to play over-eager boyfriends and charismatic jerks. His latest film “A Star is Born” has him playing opposite Lady Gaga and channeling Eddie Vedder. Here’s Cooper’s evolution across the years.

Sex and the City” (1999)

Bradley Cooper’s very first acting role was in the second season of “Sex and the City,” where he had a quick-fling with Carrie Bradshaw.
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TV's One-Hit Wonders: Forever, Pitch, Bunheads, The Grinder and 40+ More One-Season Shows We Still Miss

TV's One-Hit Wonders: Forever, Pitch, Bunheads, The Grinder and 40+ More One-Season Shows We Still Miss
A new fall TV season has finally arrived, and it’s got us feeling a bit nostalgic for long-gone series that never made it to Season 2 (or beyond). Don’t get us wrong: We’re still hooked on long-running series like Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory, and there are plenty of sophomore-year standouts that we’re happy to have back on our screens.

But we’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss Pitch, or The Mayor, or Almost Human, or any of the dozens of quality series that were prematurely axed by the networks that aired them.
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Imagine Impact Sets ‘Shapers’ Roster Of Lit Stars For Mentorship Program

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Imagine Impact Sets ‘Shapers’ Roster Of Lit Stars For Mentorship Program
Exclusive: For its first content acceleration program, Imagine Impact has set a diverse roster of established talent to mentor the first round of aspirants. The mentors will be the Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, sitcom vet and black-ish exec producer Stacy Traub, Burn Notice exec producer Ben Watkins, The Last O.G. showrunner Saladin K. Patterson, Gaz Alazraki, whose Nosotros los Nobles was a monster hit in Mexico, and Kate Purdy, co-creator of the upcoming Amazon series Undone. They will be the six “Shapers” who will mentor the first group of “Creators,” meeting with their charges twice per week to create a saleable script, teleplay or presentation. After opening the admissions applications process online recently, Imagine Impact received over 37,000 website views from 102 countries, with over 4,000 Creator applications submitted during the two-week window.

Said Tyler Mitchell, the vet exec recently named head of the Imagine Impact initiative: “We are extremely fortunate
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Padma Lakshmi Remembers Anthony Bourdain, the ‘Great Sampler of the Human Condition’

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Padma Lakshmi Remembers Anthony Bourdain, the ‘Great Sampler of the Human Condition’
Anthony Bourdain helped me get over my feelings of “imposter syndrome” in the early days of “Top Chef.”

When the show started in 2006, I was surrounded by top-tier professional chefs. I had already published a book about food, had another coming out and had done a cooking show and a couple “Planet Food” documentaries for Food Network, but I still felt people thought I was just a model and what did I know about food? I hadn’t been to culinary school. I have never worked the line in a kitchen.

Through our friendship, Tony taught me to feel pride in my own view of the world. We both relished travel and were transformed by it. He cared about me and my history and how that related to food. He was interested in everyone’s opinion. He taught me that no person’s opinion about food was too small to matter.
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'Top Chef's' Tom Colicchio Remembers Anthony Bourdain: “The Best Was Yet to Come”

'Top Chef's' Tom Colicchio Remembers Anthony Bourdain: “The Best Was Yet to Come”
Top Chef head judge and executive producer Tom Colicchio recalls when Anthony Bourdain gave him a shout out in his book Kitchen Confidential, released in 2000.

"Prior to Kitchen Confidential, I didn't know Anthony, but like all young chefs, I read the book. He took the scab off the industry,” Colicchio tells The Hollywood Reporter. “If you were in the book you generally got slammed, but he mentioned me at the end as one of the guys who got it. When we eventually met, both of our party days were well behind us.”

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Anthony Bourdain Redefined How TV Presents Chefs and Tackles Food Shows

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Anthony Bourdain Redefined How TV Presents Chefs and Tackles Food Shows
Anthony Bourdain had a profound influence on television during his 16 years on the air, thanks to his immense talent and the fortuitous timing of his rise to prominence.

Bourdain parlayed the success of his 2000 memoir “Kitchen Confidential” into his first TV series just as the expansion of the cable TV universe created huge new demand for all manner of niche programming. Food Network and other lifestyle-focused cablers such as Bravo and TLC grew by leaps and bounds in the early 2000s, which helped to fuel mainstream interest in the culinary world and its stars. This expansion opened the door for Bourdain to thrive in his signature hybrid food-travelogue format.

“He shows you that there was a story behind the chef and a story behind every plate of food,” says Allen Salkin, a veteran food writer and author of the Food Network history “From Scratch.”

“Even a show like ‘Top Chef
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Chef Eric Ripert After Finding Anthony Bourdain’s Body: ‘I Pray He Is at Peace’

Chef Eric Ripert After Finding Anthony Bourdain’s Body: ‘I Pray He Is at Peace’
It was one of Anthony Bourdain’s closest friends who found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.

Éric Ripert, a famed chef in his own right whose flagship New York restaurant Le Bernardin holds three Michelin stars, honored Bourdain after his death by suicide at the age of 61.

“Anthony was my best friend,” tweeted Ripert on Friday, adding, “An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones.”

Also Read: CNN Has Already Gotten Pitches to Replace Anthony Bourdain Because People Are Awful

Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart.
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What’s the Future of CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ After His Death?

As CNN continues to mourn the loss of Anthony Bourdain, network executives are now faced with the difficult decision of what to do with his hit show “Parts Unknown.”

On Friday, the channel announced a series of tributes set to run all weekend in honor of Bourdain and revealed that the next episode of “Parts Unknown” would air on schedule Sunday with a special introduction from Anderson Cooper.

Beyond that, however, remains a mystery. The show typically has between eight and 10 episodes per season, according to IMDb. Sunday’s program focusing on Berlin will be only the sixth episode of Season 11.

Also Read: Anthony Bourdain Always Said He Wanted Sushi for His Last Meal

A rep for the network did not respond to request for comment from TheWrap about what might be in store, but one channel insider suggested the network would eventually find a replacement (they have already been
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Watch Bradley Cooper as ‘Jack Bourdain’ in Fox’s Short-Lived ‘Kitchen Confidential’ Comedy (Video)

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Watch Bradley Cooper as ‘Jack Bourdain’ in Fox’s Short-Lived ‘Kitchen Confidential’ Comedy (Video)
Most viewers probably don’t remember this, but Bradley Cooper starred as a fictionalized version of the late Anthony Bourdain in a Fox sitcom based off his best-selling book “Kitchen Confidential.”

In the series of the same name, Cooper portrayed “Jack Bourdain,” an executive chef of an upscale restaurant called Nolita. The short-lived series ran for just one season on Fox during the 2005-06 TV season, averaging around 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Although 13 episodes were made, Fox only aired four of them.

The series premiered shortly after Cooper’s role in the 2005 comedy “Wedding Crashers.”

It also featured Nicholas Brendon, John Francis Daly, Jamie King, Bonnie Somerville, Owain Yeoman, John Cho and Frank Langella.

Also Read: People Are Already Pitching Themselves to CNN to Replace Anthony Bourdain

Watch a clip from the show’s eighth episode above. You can also watch the entire run on Hulu.

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Anthony Bourdain's greatest TV moments

From deep-fried haggis in Scotland to the opioid crisis in Massachusetts, we look back at a career that was as much about humanity as it was food

Anthony Bourdain: a life in pictures

Anthony Bourdain was often described as a “rock star” of the culinary world, but his defining characteristic was being a thoroughly decent human bloke. After writing a bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential, he moved into television, and used the travelogue format not only to explore global cuisine, but to give cultural clout to marginalized voices.

Here are a selection of clips that pay tribute to what he called “the best job in the world”.

We love this @PartsUnknownCNN clip of Anthony Bourdain explaining the impact of diversity in cities, particularly in New York. He championed the importance of immigrants, and his work to represent them in the culinary world was vital. He will be missed! https://t.
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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Kitchen Confidential’ Tops Amazon’s Best-Seller List After His Death

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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Kitchen Confidential’ Tops Amazon’s Best-Seller List After His Death
Anthony Bourdain’s tell-all book, “Kitchen Confidential,” rose to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list on Friday, following news that the former chef and TV host committed suicide.

The updated 2007 paperback version of “Kitchen Confidential” swiftly surpassed the just-released debut novel from James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton, “The President is Missing,” for the top spot on the list. Bourdain’s followup, “Medium Raw,” ranks as fifth on Amazon’s list as well.

The original, 2000 hardcover edition of “Kitchen Confidential” currently stands at sixth on the list.

Also Read: Obama Shares Photo With Anthony Bourdain From 'Parts Unknown' Episode: 'This is How I'll Remember Tony'

Some fans of Bourdain took to the customer reviews section for “Kitchen Confidential” Friday morning to share their condolences.

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Anthony Bourdain today,” wrote one reader, adding, “I originally read Kitchen Confidential back in
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CNN to Remember Anthony Bourdain With Tribute Specials This Weekend

CNN announced on Friday that it would roll out multiple tribute specials about Anthony Bourdain, the star of the hit show “Parts Unknown” who was found dead by suicide at age 61.

“We will be remembering our friend and colleague Anthony Bourdain this weekend by sharing his talent and stories,” said the network in a tweeted statement.

“Rest in peace,” they added tagging his old Twitter handle.

Also Read: Asia Argento's Friends Rally Around Her After Anthony Bourdain's Death

The Travel Channel also announced Friday that it will air a 12-hour marathon of the Emmy Award-winning series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on Sunday starting at 7 a.m. Et.

“Fans will have a chance to watch celebrated episodes of the series including where he introduces viewers to the picturesque landscapes, exotic cuisines, and the mysterious history of Laos; his epic journey to Spain’s Costa Brava to cook and dine at El Bulli,
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Asia Argento ‘Beyond Devastated’ by Anthony Bourdain’s Death: ‘My Love, My Rock, My Protector’

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Asia Argento ‘Beyond Devastated’ by Anthony Bourdain’s Death: ‘My Love, My Rock, My Protector’
Asia Argento mourned the death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, on Friday, posting a message to her Instagram account saying that she is “beyond devastated” by his death.

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” Argento wrote. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds.”

The actress and director continued, “He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.”

Also Read: CNN to Remember Anthony Bourdain With Tribute Specials This Weekend

Argento added, “My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their family and mine.”

Bourdain died Friday at age 61 as a result of suicide, CNN reported. According to the BBC, his body was found in a hotel room in a Strasbourg, France, where he was shooting an episode for CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” now in its 11th season.

Argento is
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