‘Green Book’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Becomes Oscars Frontrunner

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On a night that could have profound implications for a tight Oscar race, “Green Book” has been named the best-produced film of 2018 at the 30th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards.

The award makes director Peter Farrelly’s drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali the season’s first legitimate favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It has been a fiercely competitive year, with lots of criticism aimed at competing films but without a clear frontrunner until now.

In early January, “Green Book” won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and immediately was hit by criticism over past behavior from Farrelly, a tweet from co-writer Nick Vallelonga and questions of accuracy from the family of Dr. Donald Shirley, the character played by Ali.

But the Producers Guild Award shows that for at least one important group of voters, the barrage of controversies (or, some thought, the deliberate takedown campaign) didn’t stick. And while “Green Book” still faces a tough race against Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” among other films, it has weathered a tough stretch and come out with a significant prize.

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“When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber,’” said director-writer-producer Farrelly in accepting the award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, “you don’t expect to ever get an award.”

The result has to be particularly stinging to “A Star Is Born,” which has been considered the Oscar favorite for most of awards season but has now lost the Golden Globe to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Critics’ Choice Award to “Roma” and the Producers Guild Award to “Green Book.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the award for animated feature, while “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was the Producers Guild choice for documentary.

Television awards went to “The Americans,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

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Although the Producers Guild winner has failed to win the Oscar twice in the last three years, with PGA winners “La La Land” and “The Big Short” beaten at the Oscars by “Moonlight” and “Spotlight,” the guild has a strong record overall in predicting Oscar winners.

In the previous 29 years of the PGA, its winner has gone on to receive the Oscar for Best Picture 20 times. When the Academy expanded its number of Best Picture nominees in 2009 and instituted preferential voting to pick the winner, the PGA followed suit and has matched the Academy seven of the nine years since then.

Also at the ceremony, Jane Fonda was honored with the Stanley Kramer Award, Toby Emmerich was given the Milestone Award, Amy Sherman-Palladino received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Kenya Barris received the Vision Award and Kevin Feige was given the David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Film.

The Producers Guild Award winners:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Green Book”
Producers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures:
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Producers: Morgan Neville, Nicholas Ma, Caryn Capotosto

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama:
“The Americans” (Season 6)
Producers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Chris Long, Graham Yost, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stephen Schiff, Mary Rae Thewlis, Tracey Scott Wilson, Peter Ackerman, Joshua Brand

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy:
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 2)
Producers: Amy Sherman?Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert, Sheila Lawrence

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television:
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (Season 2)
Producers: Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Daniel Minahan, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Chip Vucelich, Maggie Cohn, Eric Kovtun, Lou Eyrich, Eryn Krueger Mekash

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures:
“Fahrenheit 451”
Producers: Sarah Green, Ramin Bahrani, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, David Coatsworth

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (Season 11, Season 12)
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Season 5)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television:
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Season 10)

The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program:
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (Season 5)

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:
“Being Serena” (Season 1)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:
“Sesame Street” (Season 48)

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Google’s Top Trending Terms of 2018: You Might Be Able to Guess the Top Pick

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Google’s released its top trending searches of 2018 on Wednesday — and you’ve probably already guessed where the world’s most viewed sporting event landed in the rankings.

That means, of course, the World Cup grabbed the number one spot. Searches for the ultimate soccer tournament peaked in the final week of June — about a week after it started and a few weeks before France beat Cinderella-story Croatia in the title match.

Several recently-deceased celebrities were heavily featured in the top trending searches of the year, with Swedish DJ Avicii coming in second behind the World Cup. Rapper Mac Miller, who died in September at the age of 26, and comic book legend Stan Lee landed directly behind Avicii.

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Anthony Bourdain, Stephen Hawking, rapper XXXTentacion and designer Kate Spade were also featured in the top 10 trending searches.

A look at the top 10 trending searches for 2018 (via Google)

Box office sensation “Black Panther” was the only movie to make the list, coming in at number 5.

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It’s worth pointing out here Google isn’t releasing it’s most searched keywords. Instead, it’s top trending keywords are calculated by the terms that received the biggest spike in searches from 2017 to 2018.

Google released several other top trending lists, including the top trending celebrities and news items of the year. The Royal Wedding edged out the U.S. midterm elections when it came to news searches, but still came in behind Hurricane Florence and the results for the Mega Millions lottery.

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Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry earlier in the year, was the top trending person of the year.

You can take a look at more of Google’s results here.

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Tops Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

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Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” has been named the best documentary of 2018 at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday evening at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The film about “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” star Fred Rogers won in a category whose other nominees were “Crime + Punishment,” “Dark Money,” “Free Solo,” “Hal,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” “Minding the Gap,” “RBG,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Wild Wild Country.”

Michael Moore received a lifetime achievement award from Robert De Niro, who called him “an American hero.” Moore new film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” was not nominated in the Best Documentary category, instead receiving a mention only in Best Political Documentary, where it lost to “RBG.”

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“Quincy” won the award for best music documentary, while “Free Solo” won for best sports documentary and most innovative documentary.

Neville also won the Best Director award for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” while the Best First Time Director category resulted in a tie between Bing Liu for “Minding the Gap” and Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster for “Science Fair.”

In the craft categories, “Free Solo” won for cinematography and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” won for editing.

The two television categories, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Ongoing Documentary Series, went to Judd Apatow’s “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” and the late Anthony Bourdain’s “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” respectively.

Eight different people who served as the subjects of nonfiction films, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John McEnroe, Quincy Jones, Joan Jett, rock climber Alex Honnold and Stanley Kubrick aide Leon Vitali, were honored in the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary category, which did not bestow a single award but instead paid tribute to everyone in the category.

Stanley Nelson, the director of “Freedom Rider,” “The Murder of Emmett Till” and “Black Panthers: The Vanguard of a Revolution,” received the Critics’ Choice Impact Award.

Television host Bill Nye hosted the ceremony.

In 2016, the first year of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards’ existence, the top prize went to “O.J.: Made in America,” which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Last year, the CCDA winner was Brett Morgen’s “Jane,” which was not nominated for the Oscar.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are voted on by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which are made up of film and television critics and journalists for television, radio and online outlets. The organization will present its Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 13.

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The complete list of Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards winners:

Best Documentary: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” – Director: Morgan Neville

Best Limited Documentary Series: “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”

Best Ongoing Documentary Series: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

Best Director: Morgan Neville – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Best First-Time Director: (TIE) Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, “Science Fair” and Bing Liu – “Minding the Gap”

Best Political Documentary: “RBG” – Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West

Best Sports Documentary: “Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Best Music Documentary: “Quincy” – Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones

Most Innovative Documentary: “Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Best Cinematography: “Free Solo” – Cinematographers: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin, Mikey Schaefer

Best Editing: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” – Editors: Jeff Malmberg, Aaron Wickenden

Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary:
(No winner – all subjects were honored at the ceremony)
Scotty Bowers – “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “RBG”
Alex Honnold – “Free Solo”
Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
Quincy Jones – “Quincy”
David Kellman and Bobby Shafran – “Three Identical Strangers”
John McEnroe – “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection”
Leon Vitali – “Filmworker”

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‘Free Solo,’ ‘Minding the Gap,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Land IDA Documentary Nominations

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“Dark Money,” “Free Solo,” “Minding the Gap,” “The Silence of Others” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” have been nominated for the top film award at the International Documentary Association’s 2018 IDA Documentary Awards, the IDA announced on Wednesday.

Those five films will be joined in the feature category by another five: “Crime + Punishment,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Of Fathers and Sons,” “Sky and Ground” and “United Skates.”

The 10 IDA Documentary Awards feature nominees is the largest number ever nominated in the category, which has typically consisted of five films. Half of the films were directed by women.

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Missing from the list are a few of the most successful docs of the year, including “RBG,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Fahrenheit 11/9.”

In the television categories, nominees include “American Masters,” “POV” and “Independent Lens” in Curated Series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Christiane Amanpour: Love & Sex Around the World” in Episodic Series and “Bobby Kennedy for President,” “Flint Town” and “Wild Wild Country” in Limited Series.

“A Modern Man,” “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” “MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A,” “Mr. SOUL!” and “Whitney” were nominated in the Music Documentary category.

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The IDA Documentary Awards also announced winners in four creative recognition categories: “Distant Constellation” for music, “Minding the Gap” for editing, “The Other Side of Everything” for writing and a tie between “Bisbee ’17” and “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” for music.

“The Silence of Others” will receive the Pare Lorentz Award, while Chicken & Egg Pictures will receive the Amicus Award and director Stephen Maing and the NYPD12 whistleblowers will receive the Courage Under Fire Award.

The IDA’s Career Achievement Award will go to Julia Reichert, while the Emerging Filmmaker Award will go to Bing Liu.

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The IDA Documentary Awards are one of the top two awards devoted to nonfiction filmmaking. Nominees for the other, the Cinema Eye Honors, will be announced on Nov. 8.

The awards will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Ricki Lake will host.

The full list of nominees:

Features Nominees
“Crime + Punishment” (Hulu. Director/Producer: Stephen Maing. Producers: Ross Tuttle and Eric Daniel Metzgar)
“Dark Money” (PBS Distribution. Director/Producer: Kimberly Reed. Producer: Katy Chevigny)
“Free Solo” (National Geographic. Directors/Producers: E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Producers: Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill)
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (Cinema Guild. Director/Producer: RaMell Ross. Producers: Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim)
“Minding the Gap” (Hulu/POV. Director/Producer: Bing Liu. Producer: Diane Quon)
“Of Fathers and Sons” (Kino Lorber. Director: Talal Derki. Producers: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert and Hans Robert Eisenhauer)
“Sky and Ground” (World Channel (PBS). Directors/Producers: Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett. Producers: Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre)
“The Silence of Others” (Cinephil/POV. Directors/Producers: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar)
“United Skates” (HBO. Directors/Producers: Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown)
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus Features. Director/Producer: Morgan Neville. Producers: Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma)

Shorts Nominees
“Black Sheep” (The Guardian. Director: Ed Perkins. Producers: Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn)
“Fear Us Women” (RYOT. Director: David Darg. Producer: Diego Traverso)
“Lifeboat” (Director/Producer: Skye Fitzgerald. Producer: Bryn Mooser)
“Los Comandos” (World Channel. Directors/Producers: Joshua Bennett and Juliana Schatz-Preston. Producers: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff and Jessica Chermayeff)
“Mosul” (PBS Distribution. Director: Olivier Sarbil. Co-Director/Producer: James Jones. Producers: Dan Edge and Raney Aronson-Rath)
“Sidelined” (A&E IndieFilms. Director: Galen Summer. Producer: Jason Goldman.)
“The Girl and the Picture” (USC Shoah Foundation. Director/Producer: Vanessa Roth. Producers: Devorah Palladino and Stephen D. Smith)
“We Are Not Done Yet” (HBO. Director: Sareen Hairabedian. Producer: Jeffrey Wright and David Holbrooke)
“We Became Fragments” (The New York Times Op-Docs. Director/Producer: Luisa Conlon. Directors: Lacy Jane Roberts and Hanna Miller)
“Zion” (Netflix. Director/Producer: Floyd Russ. Producer: Carter Collins)

Series Nominees

Curated Series
“American Masters” (PBS. Executive Producer: Michael Kantor)
“Doc World” (WORLD Channel. Executive Producer: Christopher Hastings)
“Independent Lens” (ITVS & Independent Lens / PBS. Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen)
“POV” (POV/American Documentary. Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White)
“Why Slavery?” (The Why Foundation. Executive Producers: Mette Hoffmann Meyer and Nick Fraser)

Episodic Series
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (CNN. Executive Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig, Jared Andrukanis, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox)
“Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World” (CNN. Executive Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins, Joe Caterini, Anna Chai, Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox)
“ESPN Films: Enhanced” (ESPN. Executive Producers: Gentry Kirby, Alex Gibney, Brad Hebert, Stacey Offman, Libby Geist and Connor Schell)
“Last Chance U” (Netflix. Executive Producers: Greg Whiteley, Joe LaBracio, Dawn Ostroff, James D. Stern and Lucas Smith)
“The Confession Tapes” (Netflix. Executive Producers: Philip David Segal, Sarah Whalen, Jeff Bumgarner, Steven Robillard, Kelly Loudenberg, James Graves and Devin Griffin)
“The Trade” (Showtime. Executive Producers: Matthew Heineman and Pagan Harleman)

Limited Series
“Best Shot” (YouTube. Director/Executive Producer: Michael John Warren. Executive Producers: LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn)
“Bobby Kennedy for President” (Netflix. Director/Executive Producer: Dawn Porter. Executive Producers: Laura Michalchyshyn, Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Dave Sirulnick, Nestan Berhrans and Gunnar Dedio)
“Flint Town” (Netflix. Directors/Executive Producers: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Jessica Dimmock. Executive Producers: David Pritikin, Steve Golin and P.G. Morgan)
“November 13: Attack on Paris” (Netflix. Directors/Executive Producers: Jules Naudet and Gédéon Naudet. Executive Producer: Paul Barrois)
“Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” (Paramount Network. Directors/Executive Producers: Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. Executive Producers: Mike Gasparro, Shawn Carter, David Glasser, Chachi Senior, Nick Sandow, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton)
“Wild Wild Country” (Netflix. Directors: Chapman Way and Maclain Way. Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun)

Short Form Series
“Guardian Documentaries” (The Guardian. Executive Producers: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton)
“Life Underground” (Doc & Film international. Executive Producer: Laurence Milon)
“MEL Films” (Executive Producer: David Freid)
“The New York Times Op-Docs” (The New York Times. Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo)
“VICE News on HBO” (HBO. Executive Producers: Shane Smith, Tim Clancy and Subrata De)

Music Documentary Nominees
“A Modern Man” (Rise and Shine World Sales. Director: Eva Mulvad. Producers: Sigrid Dyekjær and Sidsel Lønvig Siersted)
“Bathtubs Over Broadway” (Director/Producer: Dava Whisenant. Producers: Amanda Spain and Susan Littenberg)
“MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.” (Abramorama. Director/Producer: Steve Loveridge. Producers: Lori Cheatle, Paul Mezey and Andrew Goldman)
“Mr. SOUL!” (Director/Producer: Melissa Haizlip. Co-Director: Samuel D. Pollard)
“Whitney” (Roadside Attractions. Director: Kevin Macdonald. Producers: Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Lisa Erspamer)

Creative Recognition Awards

Best Cinematography
Winner: “Distant Constellation” (Cinematographer: Shevaun Mizrahi)
“Crime + Punishment” (Cinematographer: Stephen Maing)
“Free Solo” (Cinematographer: Jimmy Chin, Clair Popkin and Mikey Schaefer)
“Taste of Cement” (Cinematographer: Talal Khoury)
“The Distant Barking of Dogs” (Cinematographer: Simon Lereng Wilmont)

Best Editing
Winner: “Minding the Gap” (Editors: Bing Liu and Joshua Altman)
“Distant Constellation” (Editors: Shevaun Mizrahi and Shelly Grizim)
“Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle” (Editors: Raúl de Torres and Daniel Urdiales)
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (Editor: RaMell Ross)
“The Stranger” (Editor: Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen)

Best Writing
Winner: “The Other Side of Everything” (Writers: Mila Turajlic)
“Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?” (Writer: Travis Wilkerson)
“Of Fathers and Sons” (Writer: Talal Derki)
“People’s Republic of Desire” (Writer: Hao Wu)
“Wild Relatives” (Writer: Jumana Manna)

Best Music Score
Winners: “Bisbee ’17” (Composer: Keegan DeWitt) and “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (Composers: Scott Alario, Forest Kelley and Alex Somers)
“Bathtubs Over Broadway” (Composer: Anthony DiLorenzo)
“The Distant Barking of Dogs” (Composers: Uno Helmersson and Erik Enocksson)
“MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.” (Composers: Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks)

Sponsored Special Awards

ABCNews VideoSource Award Nominees
“Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (HBO. Director/Producer: Susan Lacy. Producer: Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin)
“John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” (HBO. Directors/Producers: Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt)
“Love Means Zero” (Showtime. Director/Producer: Jason Kohn. Producers: Amanda Branson Gill, Anne White, Jill Mazursky and David Styne)
“Mercury 13” (Netflix. Directors/Producers: David Sington and Heather Walsh)
“Studio 54” (Zeitgeist Films. Director: Matt Tyrnauer. Producer: Corey Reeser, Matt Tyrnauer and John Battsek)

Pare Lorentz Award
Winner: “The Silence of Others” (Cinephil/POV. Directors/Producers: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar)
Honorable Mention: “The Distant Barking of Dogs” (Cinephil. Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont. Producer: Monica Hellstrøm)

David L. Wolper Student Award Nominees
“Abrázame” (National Film and Television School. Director: Jas Doyle Pitt)
“Circle” (National Film and Television School. Director: Jayisha Patel)
“Forced” (UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Director: Grace Oyenubi and Nani Walker)
“Palenque” (Northwestern University School of Communication. Director: Sebastián Pinzón Silva)
“Walker’s” (University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Film Studies. Director: Kyle Myers-Haugh)

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Asia Argento Says She Was ‘Angry’ at Anthony Bourdain After His Suicide (Video)

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Asia Argento is opening up about the death of her late boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, saying Bourdain’s suicide earlier this year left her “angry” at first.

“I was angry [at him], yes, for abandoning me, my kids,” the Italian actress and director, told The Daily Mail. “But now it’s been replaced just by this loss, this hole, that cannot be filled by anything.”

This is the first time Argento has talked about the relationship between Bourdain and her two children, 10-year-old Nicola and 17-year-old Anna, both from previous relationships. Bourdain left behind daughter Ariane, with estranged wife Ottavia Busia.

In her interview, Argento also addressed the intense trolling she faced on social media following Bourdain’s death.

“People say I killed him,” she said. “I understand that the world needs to find a reason. I would like to find a reason, too.”

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Since Bourdain’s death in June, Argento has been been the target of social media trolls who accused Argento of being unfaithful to Bourdain before he died. The backlash was so intense, at least 45 fellow sexual assault survivors singed a letter of support for Argento in July calling out internet trolls for their “vicious” online attacks on Argento.

“People need to think that he killed himself [for] something like this.” She said, “He cheated on me, too.”

“It wasn’t a problem with us,” Argento went on to say. “He was a man who traveled 265 days a year. When we saw each other, we took really great pleasure in each other’s presence. We are not children. I cannot think of Anthony as somebody who would do an extreme gesture for this, who suffered like that. What I do feel terrible about is that he had so much pain inside of him and I didn’t see it. I did not see it. And for that, I will feel guilty for the rest of my life.”

Argento said she first heard of his suicide after receiving a phone call from his manager.

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“It was very quick,” she said “He just told me, ‘Anthony took his life.’ And I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t cry. And then I started screaming. I felt like I was in the abyss.”

The interview was the first time the Italian actress and #MeToo activist has spoken out since being accused of sexually assaulting her former co-star Jimmy Bennett in a Marina del Rey hotel room when he was just 17 years old. The age of consent in California is 18.

The New York Times reported in August that Argento, who was one of the first to publicly accuse movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, secretly agreed to give Bennett $380,000 in hush money payments in April.

Argento initially denied she had slept with Bennett, calling the Times report “absolutely false.” But she later changed her story, saying she was the one who was assaulted by Bennett, after texts surrendered by Rose McGowan’s partner, model Rain Dove, showed Argento admitted to the sexual encounter. (Argento is expected to address Bennett’s accusation and her now strained relationship with McGowan to the Daily Mail on Tuesday.

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Argento’s interview with the Daily Mail comes after CNN announced that it was pilling the episodes of Parts Unknown featuring Argento, following Bennett’s accusations.

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‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Final Episodes to Begin With Tour of Kenya (Video)

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The final episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel series “Parts Unknown” will begin with a tour of Kenya, where Bourdain will be joined by “United States of America” host W. Kamau Bell, on Sept. 23.

Season 12 of the series was in production when Bourdain died in June on location in France.

“We believed early on that Parts Unknown would be an exceptional series with an incomparable host and stellar production team,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president, talent and content development, CNN Worldwide. “We are grateful to have collaborated with such an incredibly talented friend and colleague whose prolific body of work and extraordinary personality touched so many.”

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In the final episodes, Bourdain travels to Kenya, Asturias, Spain, Indonesia, West Texas, and New York City’s Lower East Side. There will also be two still-unnamed specials.

The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig, and Anthony Bourdain. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown The Final Episodes” premieres on CNN Sunday, September 23, at 9 p.m.

See below for CNN’s descriptions of each episode.

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Kenya (season 12 premiere: September 23 – special extended episode 9 p.m.-10:15 p.m. ET)   Bourdain introduces his fellow CNN Original Series host W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) to the distinctive sights, tastes, and sounds of Kenya.  It is Bell’s first trip to the African continent, and to a country that holds a personal connection for him. In Nairobi, they talk to locals about the country’s growth and economic challenges, as well as the continual fight for identity and self-definition of Kenyans.  Bourdain and Bell also take a Matatu party bus ride, share a meal of goat’s head soup and visit a boxing academy devoted to teaching young women, and promoting female

empowerment.  Leaving Nairobi the pair travel to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and visit with a Maasai community actively engaged in conservation.  Through the eyes of Bourdain and Bell, and their first experiences with this highly dynamic deeply, soulful and beautiful country we ask, what will a future Kenya… for Kenyans…. by Kenyans…look like?

Asturias, Spain Bourdain travels to the enchanted region of Asturias, Spain with chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, as he makes a return to his homeland.  The people of Asturias embody the rugged environment of the region with a hard working ‘do it yourself’ spirit. Bourdain and Andres hike to a remote village in the mountains for traditional fabada, ocean cliffs for gooseneck barnacles, and secret cheese caves in undisclosed locations.  Bourdain also enjoys pitu de caleya with local musician Pablo Und Destruktion while he’s served on the last worker’s class movement. And in true Jose Andres form, he saves a special surprise for the end.

Indonesia A shadow puppet performance provides an entry into understanding Indonesia, a country comprised of thousands of islands whose people endured political turmoil, and one in which, Bourdain discovers, food is the great unifier. In this fourth largest country in the world, every area has its own unique traditions. In Jakarta, Bourdain eats at a Padang Restaurant where nearly every menu item comes to the table; while in Bali he visits the beach, commenting on yoga before joining in a traditional Balinese Funeral ceremony.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Special #1 (working title) This episode explores how Anthony Bourdain’s unique perspective and voice altered the world of food, travel and culture and in the process reinvented how audiences watched television and engaged intimately and actively with the world around them.

West Texas Bourdain travels to the untamed land of Big Bend, Texas near the Mexican border; an area that pits man against nature and in which the land usually wins. Bourdain shares meals with working cowboys who have made peace with the rough terrain, and meets with an anthropologist who decoded prehistoric landmark, the White Shaman wall painting.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Special #2 (working title)  Bourdain’s relationship with his crew, the team that traveled with him and slogged through the trenches, was like no other in his life. In this episode the people who made Parts Unknown select moments from their episodes and pull back the curtain, to talk about collaboration, creative freedom, moments when Bourdain had their back or called them out, the times when he was caught off guard or forgot the cameras were even there.

Lower East Side (special extended episode 9pm-10:15pm ET) Bourdain takes a personal journey through this formerly bohemian New York City neighborhood, as he meets, shares meals and reflects with music, film and art trailblazers including Richard Hell, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, Fab 5 Freddy, Danny Fields, Amos Poe, Jim Jarmusch, Kembra Pfahler, John Lurie, Clayton Patterson and Harley Flanagan, whose collective cultural  impact in the 1970’s and ’80’s has sustained through the decades.

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Asia Argento Will Not Pay Sexual Assault Accuser Jimmy Bennett Remainder of $380K, Lawyer Says

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Asia Argento will not pay the remainder of a $380,000 payment to sexual assault accuser Jimmy Bennett, her new attorney Mark Jay Heller said in a lengthy statement on Tuesday. Bennett has already received $250,000.

The lawyer also said that his client denies having a sexual relationship with the actor, “Her relationship with Bennett was never sexual, but rather the relationship was a long distance friendship over many years.”

“Asia recognizes that this may very well inspire Bennett to make further false allegations against her and attempt to besmirch her reputation and diminish her credibility in her accusations against Harvey Weinstein,” he continued in his letter, titled “Asia Argento launches Phase Two of the #MeToo Movement.”

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“However, Asia’s courage to originally make the accusations against Harvey Weinstein has not waned and she believes that whether or not the public finally realizes that she did nothing wrong and was herself a victim, that Phase Two of the #metoo movement dictates that the voice of a victim, even one with a history that may be in question, should be heard and she is hopeful that in the Court of Public Opinion it will ultimately be determined that Asia never initiated an inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, but rather she was attacked by Bennett and might even be suffering the fallback of a smear campaign by those already accused who may have a vested interest in their accusers being denied credibility.”

Representatives for Bennett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Last month, the New York Times reported that it obtained legal documents sent through encrypted emails showing Argento agreed to pay Bennett nearly $400,000 after he accused her of sexually assaulting him at a Marina del Rey, California, hotel room in 2013. Bennett, who played Argento’s her son in the 2004 movie “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” said that he had just turned 17 at the time of their encounter (Argento was 37 ). The age of consent in California is 18.

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Argento became a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement after coming forward last year with her own sexual assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein during the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Argento denied Bennett’s accusations but told The Guardian that she, Bennett and her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, mutually agreed to handle the matter privately, with Bourdain paying Bennett $380,000 for his silence.

“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,” Argento said.

“Anthony insisted the matter be handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such a person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us.”

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Bourdain died by suicide in June.

Despite the “crazy tangled web of sexual interactions,” Heller said Asia “does not intend to prosecute Bennett for his conduct and recognizes that his unfortunate past, his stalled acting career, and a lawsuit against his own parents for allegedly misappropriating more than a million and a half dollars from his account might explain his desperation to seek money from Asia and Bourdain for this falsely alleged incident that took place more than five years ago.”

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CNN Pulls Asia Argento’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Episodes From Streaming Service

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In the wake of sexual assault accusations against Asia Argento, CNN has pulled three episodes of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” from their streaming service featuring the actress and boyfriend of the late celebrity chef.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, CNN said they were pulling the episodes after actor Jimmy Bennett accused Argento of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 years old in 2013. CNN also pulled an episode in which Bourdain discussed his battle with depression during a visit to Buenos Aires, but did not provide an explanation.

CNN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for further comment.

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Argento had previously been a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement after coming forward last year with her own sexual assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein during the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Argento denied Bennett’s accusations, but told The Guardian that she, Bennett and Bourdain mutually agreed to handle the matter privately, with Bourdain paying Bennett $380,000 for his silence.

“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,” Argento said.

“Anthony insisted the matter be handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such a person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us.”

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Argento first met Bourdain during an appearance on “Parts Unknown” in 2016, when he traveled to Rome for an episode of his show’s eighth season. She appeared again two seasons later after the two started dating on an episode traveling through Southern Italy, and later directed an episode centered around Hong Kong.

“To fall in love with Asia is one thing. To fall in love in Asia is another. Both have happened to me,” Bourdain said in the Hong Kong episode, which aired one month prior to him taking his own life in June.

CNN will air the final five episodes of “Parts Unknown” starting later this month.

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Rain Dove, the model who supplied evidence that seems to support Asia Argento accuser Jimmy Bennett, tells TheWrap that they still feel sympathy for the embattled #MeToo figure.

Dove, who is gender non-binary and uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” shot into America’s consciousness Monday after saying they contacted investigators regarding text messages with Argento in which Argento admitted to having sex with Bennet, who was a minor at the time of the encounter.

“I do feel really bad that this person was so impacted by this,” Dove told TheWrap of Argento. “But they should have told the truth. A lot of harm could have been done if they had gotten away with that.”

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Argento did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment following the interview with Dove.

Last week, the New York Times reported that it obtained legal documents sent through encrypted emails showing Argento agreed to pay Bennett nearly $400,000 after he accused her of sexually assaulting him at a Marina del Rey, California, hotel room in 2013. Bennett, who played Argento’s her son in the 2004 movie “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” said that he had just turned 17 at the time of their encounter (Argento was 37 ). The age of consent in California is 18.

The story made headlines around the world and caused a rift within the #MeToo movement between those calling for compassion towards Argento and those who believed Argento should have been more forthcoming about the accusations leveled against her by Bennett.

Dove, who is dating actress Rose McGowan, was introduced to Argento in June, soon after Argento’s late boyfriend, TV chef Anthony Bourdain, died of suicide.

“I have no regrets,” Dove said in a phone conversation with TheWrap from Spain, where they are staying along with McGowan. “It’s definitely been a ride. I have a lot of mixed emotions about everything and I just want everybody to be able to come, have a discussion, and start getting us on the right path to rehabilitation.”

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Gossip site TMZ published some of Dove and Argento’s texts last week, in which Argento admits that she did, in fact, have sex with Bennett, contradicting an earlier public statement in which she claimed the two were only friends.

“The Public knows nothing, only what the NYT wrote. Which is one sided. The shakedown letter. The horny kid jumped me…,” one of Argento’s texts read.

“So it was rape? Or an attempted sexual action?” Dove asked.

“I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter,” Argento replied.

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Dove told TheWrap they have not spoken to Argento since coming forward. The only exchange they’ve had recently was over text messaging, when Dove said Argento called them a “monster.”

“She felt betrayed and really hurt and she has the right to feel betrayed and really hurt, she confided in me,” Dove said.

There are more unpublished texts, though Dove would not elaborate on them citing an ongoing investigation. But the gist of the remaining texts, Dove paraphrased, was essentially that Asia was hoping that everyone would burn in hell.

“She felt like she was on the brink of getting away with it,” Dove said. “Her message to me was ‘I was so close and that you screwed it for me,’ because she thought I had released the text messages.”

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In June, Dove and McGowan flew to Italy to support Argento, a prominent Italian #MeToo figure and one of the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. (Weinstein has denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”) The two connected and continued talking in the weeks after Dove and McGowan returned stateside. Dove said they tried to convince Argento to come clean. But realized Argento had no intention of doing “the right thing” after Argento issued a statement in which she denied ever having sex with Bennett.

“It wasn’t even a ‘I have no comment on this this,’ or ‘I am not going to talk to anyone other than the investigators,’ it was a blanket denial,” Dove said of Argento’s statement.

“I’m not an ageist. I’m dating an individual who is older than me … but you’re still talking about a minor and on top of that, a person who was introduced to this individual when they were seven and who was referred to several times as her ‘son.’ It does feel a little off, especially when you talk about the process of grooming, that’s something that you do think of,” Dove said.

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McGowan has also faced backlash after urging people to “be gentle” in a tweet following the revelations of Argento’s settlement agreement. But, according to Dove, McGowan — who was close with Argento — meant it about herself.

“People were totally misconstruing that,” Dove said. “She’s really at peace with her decision to support me. She seems really resolved but she’s sad. This person was important in her life. She can’t talk right now. She’s going through her own process. But I know she’s in pain.”

Dove still hopes Argento finds her way back. “I will absolutely help guide and support through the process, on both sides. But she can’t get there unless she walks through the fire,” they said. “I don’t think it will do anything to the #MeToo movement. Its not made of Asia. The movement is about people coming together.”

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Gordan Ramsay Says His New Show Is Not a Ripoff of ‘Great Mate’ Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’

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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is gearing up to go into uncharted territory with his upcoming Nat Geo travel series — or parts that are unknown, as some critics have been quick to point out.

Ramsay’s new show, “Uncharted” — which was announced earlier this month — sounds strikingly similar to the late Anthony Bourdain’s CNN docuseries “Parts Unknown.” And Ramsay has felt the swift backlash from fans who cried “too soon!” at what they believe to be a ripoff of Bourdain’s — who died in June — Emmy-nominated program.

But that doesn’t mean he agrees with it or thinks “Uncharted” is a copycat production of his “great mate”s program.

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“God, the feeble warriors that sit in their dungeons and spout negativity without understanding what we’re doing,” Ramsay told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Friday. “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—ing buffalo. That was 12 years ago.”

“Tony Bourdain was a great mate of mine,” Ramsay continued. “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. The research going into [the show] is extraordinary. We’re [airing in] half a billion homes, 177 countries, in 43 different languages. And I can’t wait to make all those bitter, twisted, little, boring truckers who aren’t busy enough in their lives eat their words.”

Here is the official description for the series, per Nat Geo: Each episode will include exploration and adventure with local food heroes; tracking down traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to certain regions; and lighthearted competition testing Ramsay against the locals, pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics. Production is set to being in the fall, with a 2019 premiere date scheduled for the series.

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Nat Geo gave this statement, obtained by TheWrap, to the initial backlash in July: “We are disappointed that the announcement of our upcoming series with Gordon Ramsay was taken out of context. With National Geographic’s storied history of exploration, our plan with this series is to celebrate and learn about local cultures around the world. In partnering with Ramsay — a well-known adventure enthusiast — we are going to fully immerse viewers and give them a glimpse into surprising and unexpected cultures and local flavors. We have not gone into production on the series yet, so this perspective is premature. We’re looking forward to working with Ramsay, who’s been making food and travel documentaries for well over a decade, to share the series when it premieres sometime next year.”

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