Thanksgiving Viewing Guide 2018: What’s on TV on Turkey Day (Photos)

It’s almost Thanksgiving again, so we hope you’re prepared for a full day of eating food and otherwise sitting around doing very little with friends and/or family. To aid you in that endeavor, below you’ll find the lowdown on all the …

It’s almost Thanksgiving again, so we hope you’re prepared for a full day of eating food and otherwise sitting around doing very little with friends and/or family. To aid you in that endeavor, below you’ll find the lowdown on all the most important television programming on Thanksgiving day, from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to football to everything else. So let’s take a look.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The extremely popular New York City parade will be shown live on both CBS and NBC starting at 9 a.m. — if you live in any part of the United States that isn’t the West Coast, anyway. If you are on the West Coast, NBC will broadcast the parade on delay at 9 a.m. PT. CBS will not show the parade at all on the West Coast, because the net will be showing football starting at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Speaking of which…

Football!

There’s three NFL games on Thanksgiving day, one on each of the broadcast networks that carry the NFL. The action kicks off on CBS at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT with the Chicago Bears playing at the Detroit Lions. Then we head over to Fox at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT for Redskins vs Cowboys in Dallas. Finally, the day ends on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT with the Atlanta Falcons at the New Orleans Saints.

Meanwhile, there’s a pair of college games on Thanksgiving as well. First, on the CBS Sports Network, Colorado State faces off against Air Force at 3:30 pm. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. And at night on ESPN you can catch the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

“Murphy Brown” Thanksgiving special

At 9:30 p.m. on CBS you can catch a new episode of “Murphy Brown,” in which Murphy herself (Candice Bergen) will cook Thankgiving dinner for all her co-workers. This will probably not go well, because Murphy Brown is not known for her cooking prowess and this is a sitcom.

Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas Marathons

If you’re in the mood for some Christmas movies, Hallmark and Lifetime have you covered. Each channel will spend the entire day showing their original Christmas movies, before each premieres a new one at 8 p.m.

The new Hallmark original Christmas movie is “Christmas at the Palace,” in which Katie, a former figure skater, is hired by the king of the fictional nation of San Senova to work with his daughter ahead of her big Christmas performance. And, of course, sparks fly between Katie and the king and things get very complicated.

The new Lifetime Christmas flick, meanwhile, is “The Christmas Contract” — in which a woman hires a man to be her boyfriend so she has somebody to show off to her family when she visits for the holidays. And, of course, sparks fly.

“The Christmas Chronicles” on Netflix

Netflix is debuting an original Christmas movie on its own, and it’s got some star power with Kurt Russell playing the very real Santa Claus in this shenanigans-filled comedy. The flick is about a pair of siblings hoping to catch Santa in the act (of giving presents) and end up almost ruining Christmas when they sneak onto Santa’s sleigh and accidentally make it crash.

“Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries”

At 9 p.m., ABC News will be premiering this special going behind the scenes with Meghan Markle to explore how everything has been going with her and the rest of the British royal family since Markle announced her pregnancy in in October.

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” marathon

Given that Thanksgiving is a food-oriented holiday, you might be in the mood for some food-themed television programming. And CNN has you covered with a twelve-hour marathon of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” in which the late Bourdain travels the world eating food. The marathon kicks off at 4 p.m.

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

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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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.”

“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.

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

“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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“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.

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.

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.

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)

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.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Says She Is ‘Seeking Substantial Damages’ From Rose McGowan for ‘Deception’ and ‘Libel’

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.

Also Read: Asia Argento Threatens Rose McGowan With ‘Immediate Legal Action’ Unless She Retracts ‘Horrendous Lies’

“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.

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

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.

Watch clips of Argento’s interview with DailyMailTV below.



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.”

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.

“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.

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.

Watch clips of Argento’s interview with DailyMailTV below.

Asia Argento Gives First Interview About Anthony Bourdain’s Death, Says His Loss Has Left ‘A Hole That Cannot Be Filled’

Argento appeared on “DailyMail TV” to give her first on-camera interview about Bourdain’s death.

Asia Argento discussed the death of her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain during an appearance on “DailyMail TV.” The sit-down marked Argento’s first on-camera interview talking about Bourdain’s passing, and the actress and activist appeared visibly shaken while discussing the initial anger she felt over losing the famous chef and television host. Bourdain took his own life while in his hotel room in France on June 8.

“The anger kept me alive because otherwise this desperation has no end, there’s no end,” Argento said about her immediate response to Bourdain’s death. “I was angry, yes, for [him] abandoning me, my kids, but now it’s been replaced, just by this loss, this hole, that cannot be filled by anything.”

Argento last spoke publicly about Bourdain’s death in a note she shared on social media several hours after his passing had been confirmed. The two had been dating for two years and Argento referred to Bourdain as “my love, my rock, my protector” in her personal statement.

“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” Argento wrote in the note. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds…I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask you respect their privacy and mine.”

You can watch the first footage released from Argento’s “DailyMail TV” appearance below.

‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Review: Tragedy, Joy, and a Fascinating Trip to ‘Kenya’

The Season 12 premiere, featuring W. Kamau Bell, continues to share Bourdain’s mission: Exploring the world through food and culture.

There’s so much joy contained in the Season 12 premiere of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” that it can be jarring, given the tragic circumstances of its unveiling. With host Anthony Bourdain’s suicide ensuring that these remaining installments will be the show’s last, this premiere comes with a heartbreaking edge that goes well beyond final-season blues.

However, the season premiere pays tribute to its lost host in the best way possible — by continuing to present the sort of storytelling Bourdain clearly valued so dearly, dedicated to revealing the incredible richness of the world we live in, and how much delight there can be found in exposing others to it. It’s that last element that is the key to the dynamic of “Kenya,” the show’s premiere episode, in which Bourdain takes fellow CNN employee W. Kamau Bell, the host of Emmy-winning series “United Shades of America,” to the titular nation.

While Bell’s middle name is Kenyan in origin, he’s very much a fish out of water as Bourdain’s companion through both the urban environment of the capital city of Nairobi as well as the more wild expanses of the country. The pair shop in the Kenyan equivalent of “vintage” markets, learn about the current state of LGBT lives in this country (where homosexuality is still illegal), go on a full-fledged safari through a conservancy populated by lions, rhinos, and giraffes, and hang out with some Maasai.

As per usual with this show, so much of “Kenya” is driven by interaction with the locals, letting their perspectives truly dominate the conversation as often as possible. Watching Bourdain, as well as Bell, listen intently as boxers and clothing merchants, and artists and educators, tell their stories isn’t the only reason to pay attention — but it’s a helpful tool in reminding the audience that yeah, sit up. Look alive. Learn something.

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“Kenya” genuinely puts the spotlight on Bell as opposed to Bourdain, his experience as a newcomer to a land where the name Kamau isn’t so unusual providing much of the episode’s grist. Bell legitimately seems stunned by everything he experiences, which is clearly reflected in Bourdain’s eyes — in more than one moment, even the most jaded person will enjoy seeing what it’s like to watch someone experience something new and wondrous for the first time.

A particularly fun sequence features Bell and Bourdain whizzing around on matatus. Sure, matatus are technically already familiar to “Sense8” fans — the character of Capheus happens to drive one named Van Damm — but given that show’s heightened state of reality, getting to see the real thing documented on screen is a delight, especially when it comes to watching both Bourdain and Bell have a great time on the ride on their chosen van (entitled “Mad Max”).

Bell proves himself to be a more-than-capable protege in this episode, even if he is somewhat hesitant about some of the more extreme food challenges with which he was presented over the course of the episode. (Though, to be fair, who would not maybe need a moment before chewing an eyeball or drinking cow’s blood?) Those moments are awkward, to be sure, but full credit to Bell for his commitment, especially since his facial expressions, intentional or not, are some of the episode’s most amusing moments.

It’s good that there’s levity here, that this isn’t ultimately an hour-long eulogy. That said, “Kenya,” as was previously reported, is the last episode of the series completed with Bourdain’s complete involvement.

And its final post-credits coda may be the closest to a goodbye we may ever get from the icon. The sequence, featuring Bourdain musing on how he wants/needs to be a storyteller, isn’t perhaps the perfect farewell, but it lets him say goodbye to some extent, in his own words.

How “Parts Unknown” plans to address its ultimate end in future episodes is still undetermined (beyond plans for an upcoming documentary). But in watching “Kenya,” one factor cannot be denied: the legacy of a man who left us too soon, but gave us a lot while he was still here.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final ‘Parts Unknown’ Screening

The last voiceover Anthony Bourdain did for “Parts Unknown” was a fitting one. As a packed, emotional house discovered at the Tribeca screening of the show’s upcoming Kenya episode — the twelfth and final season premiere featuring &#8…

The last voiceover Anthony Bourdain did for “Parts Unknown” was a fitting one. As a packed, emotional house discovered at the Tribeca screening of the show’s upcoming Kenya episode — the twelfth and final season premiere featuring “United Shades of America” host W. Kamau Bell — Bourdain wanted to emphasize a point that has sometimes […]

‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Premiere: The Host Who Was Tough, Shy, and Taught the World to Be a Good Guest

Tribeca TV: W. Kamau Bell and Bourdain’s collaborators on the CNN series revealed how much working with the icon had affected them.

The September 22 world premiere of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” at this year’s Tribeca TV fest wasn’t a memorial. While the series won the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special just a few weeks ago, it did so under the burden of Bourdain’s recent suicide. However, the Season 12 opener, “Kenya,” was a joyful episode that focused on Bourdain and “United Shades of America” host W. Kamau Bell.

In the episode, the pair explored the country’s capital of Nairobi as well as the savannah and more rural communities, with memorable sequences in which Bell’s dining options included cow’s blood beverage and a goat’s eyeball.

At the Q&A following the premiere, director Morgan Fallon told Bell that his rookie status was an advantage: “What’s nice from, a scumbag producer point of view, is that we knew that you were going to eat anything we put in front of you.”

Said Bell said being on the show made him “feel like I won a contest,” adding, “You gotta do the whole thing or you’re not being a good guest. One thing Tony taught us was how to be a good guest.”

Fallon and executive producers Sandy Zweig, Lydia Tenaglia, and Chris Collins all noted that despite hosting 12 seasons of “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain’s interest was never in being the center of attention. “A big part of the show for him was that he was not someone who was invested in building his brand or his persona as much as he was someone interested turning the camera outward to the world,” Fallon said. “I think that was very important to him.”

NAIROBI, KENYA - FEB 25: Anthony Bourdain with W. Kamau Bell in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya on February 25, 2018. (photo by David Scott Holloway)

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

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Tenaglia and Collins produced Bourdain’s shows since the beginning nearly 20 years ago. “When Chris and I met Tony, he was still working in a kitchen, and he had never really traveled before. He’d been to France as a kid and one trip to Japan for work, but he was still talking about the world in very romantic terms.”

Tenaglia and Collins shot a 10-minute test in at Les Halles, the New York restaurant where Bourdain was the executive chef, and used it to sell a 23-episode order for his first show, “No Reservations.” “He got it right away and he understood that the cameras could be another platform for his very inimitable writing,” she said. “Over 18, 19 years, he just evolved into a cultural anthropologist.”

With “Parts Unknown,” she said, “the show just exploded into the direction it had wanted to go all the long … It just took on its full expression.”

Recollections of Bourdain were heartfelt, but as direct and honest as the man presented himself. “One of the best and worst things about Tony was that he was really tough,” Zweig said. “Each show had to measure up in his mind.”

Bell said that when he returned after filming the episode, he told his creative team for “United Shades” that “we need to change everything.”

Added Collins, “The whole idea of the series from the get-go was ‘I want my words to be heard, but I want other peoples’ words and thoughts to be heard as well’… It began as a sort of ruse — ‘Someone’s going to pay me for this?’ Then it became a job. And then it became his life’s work.”

The “Parts Unknown” premiere doesn’t conclude with the sort of In Memoriam message you might expect — instead, there’s a Bourdain voiceover in which he reflects on who gets to tell your story. In this case, he said, he was the storyteller, a line that Fallon said was “almost uncanny, after everything that’s happened.”

It’s a very public-facing moment for Bourdain, but Tenaglia said, “People don’t know that, in some ways, Tony was very shy, and the show was in some ways his vehicle to connect with the world.”

The perception, she added, might have been that Bourdain was “this adventurer going through the world,” but “the moments of quiet were the ones he appreciated the most.”

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” premieres Sunday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on CNN. The Tribeca TV festival runs September 20-23 in New York. 

‘Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown’ Bids Farewell At Tribeca TV Festival In An Emotional Sendoff

Forget This is Us. The emotional roller-coaster of the TV season may have been tonight’s world premiere of the Season 12 premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown at the Tribeca TV Festival.
The crowd at Spring Studios laughed, cried, oo…

Forget This is Us. The emotional roller-coaster of the TV season may have been tonight’s world premiere of the Season 12 premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown at the Tribeca TV Festival. The crowd at Spring Studios laughed, cried, oohed and ahhed as the episode set in Kenya unfolded. CNN has announced five episodes and two specials will comprise the farewell season, which kicks off Sunday night. As Bourdain shared the screen with fellow CNN host and comedian W. Kama…

‘Parts Unknown’ Trailer: Anthony Bourdain’s Swan Song Takes Him and W. Kamau Bell to Kenya — Watch

The show’s final season premieres more than three months after Bourdain’s suicide.

CNN has released the trailer for the final season of “Parts Unknown,” which will mark viewers’ goodbye to beloved host Anthony Bourdain following his suicide earlier this year. Six episodes comprise this last go-round, but only one will feature Bourdain’s narration; in it, W. Kamau Bell accompanies him on a trip to Kenya. Watch below.

“He wasn’t making TV for TV’s sake, he wasn’t job doing a job, this was his life’s work,” says Bell, who hosts CNN’s “United Shades of America,” in the trailer. “That he brings my name into that, I feel a tremendous responsibility to learn the lesson that I learned when I was with him, to deepen the work that I’m doing, and to prove him right to want me to be on an episode of ‘Parts Unknown.’” Prior to this show, Bourdain was best known for the similar “No Reservations.”

“Parts Unknown” has aired 96 episodes across its first 11 seasons since premiering in 2013, winning five Emmys and a Peabody Award along the way; it’s up for four more Emmys at tomorrow’s ceremony, with Bourdain having already won a posthumous prize in the Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program category. The 12th and final season premieres next Sunday, September 23.

Anthony Bourdain Wins Six Posthumous Emmys

Three months after his death, Anthony Bourdain was honored with six Emmy wins at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys for his CNN show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and its digital spinoff. The series, which was up for six awards, took…

Three months after his death, Anthony Bourdain was honored with six Emmy wins at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys for his CNN show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and its digital spinoff. The series, which was up for six awards, took home trophies for best informational series or special, writing for non-fiction program, picture editing for a […]

Jimmy Bennett’s Attorney Responds To Asia Argento’s Allegations, Calling Them “Slanderous” And “Offensive”

An attorney for Jimmy Bennett said he is “disgusted” by the “misrepresentations and mischaracterizations” made by Asia Argento’s lawyer, who claimed the actress was the victim of sexual assault — not the young actor….

An attorney for Jimmy Bennett said he is “disgusted” by the “misrepresentations and mischaracterizations” made by Asia Argento’s lawyer, who claimed the actress was the victim of sexual assault — not the young actor. In a lengthy post Wednesday, Argento’s attorney disputed allegations that Argento had sexually assaulted the then-17-year-old actor in a 2013 hotel room encounter, claiming that Bennett had forced himself on the actress. Argento’s partner, Anthony Bourdain

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

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.”

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

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.

Also Read: CNN to Air Final Season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ This Fall

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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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.”

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.

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

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.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Fired From ‘X Factor Italy’ Following Sexual Assault Accusation

“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.

Also Read: Rose McGowan Urges Asia Argento to Come Clean: ‘Be the Person You Wish Harvey Could Have Been’

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.”

Also Read: Rain Dove Says They ‘Feel Really Bad’ for Asia Argento After Turning Over Texts to LAPD (Exclusive)

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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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.”

“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.

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.”

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

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.”

Also Read: Rain Dove Says They ‘Feel Really Bad’ for Asia Argento After Turning Over Texts to LAPD (Exclusive)

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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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.

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.”

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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CNN Pulls ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Episodes Featuring Asia Argento

Things are starting to get even worse for Asia Argento. CNN has pulled episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown that feature Argento. It’s the latest development since the disgraced #MeToo advocate was accused of sexual assault by Jimmy Bennet…

Things are starting to get even worse for Asia Argento. CNN has pulled episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown that feature Argento. It’s the latest development since the disgraced #MeToo advocate was accused of sexual assault by Jimmy Bennett. The news network has pulled two episodes that feature Argento which include the time when Bourdain traveled to Rome, which the late TV host called their “most beautiful show” and Hong Kong, which he deemed a “professional…

Rain Dove Says They ‘Feel Really Bad’ for Asia Argento After Turning Over Texts to LAPD (Exclusive)

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.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Fired From ‘X Factor Italy’ Following Sexual Assault Accusation

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.

Also Read: Rose McGowan Urges Asia Argento to Come Clean: ‘Be the Person You Wish Harvey Could Have Been’

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.”

Also Read: Asia Argento’s Accuser, Jimmy Bennett, Speaks Out: ‘I Choose to Move Forward, No Longer in Silence’

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.

Also Read: Asia Argento Fired From ‘X Factor Italy’ Following Sexual Assault Accusation

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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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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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’

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.

Also Read: Nat Geo Lines up 2 New Travel Series From Gordon Ramsay, Jeff Goldblum

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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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.

“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.

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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Rose McGowan Urges Asia Argento to Come Clean: ‘Be the Person You Wish Harvey Could Have Been’

Rose McGowan is speaking out about the sexual misconduct accusations leveled against Asia Argento, saying “there absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE.”

In a lengthy statement Monday, McGowan said that it was her partner, model Rain Dove, who gave authorities text messages between Argento and Dove, in which Argento acknowledged having had sex with actor Jimmy Bennett despite a public denial of sexual contact with the then-17-year-old actor in a Marina del Rey hotel room in 2013.

Dove, who is gender non-binary and uses the pronouns “they” and “their,” confirmed to TheWrap that they turned over the texts to Los Angeles Police Department on the day they were received. The texts were subsequently published by TMZ, though the identity of the recipient was unknown until now.

Also Read: Asia Argento Fired From ‘X Factor Italy’ Following Sexual Assault Accusation

“I did indeed turn over all texts to LAPD within the same day of receiving them,” Dove told TheWrap. “The publishing of the texts occurred almost 48 hours later. It’s important that we keep these articles focused simply on the truth. Justice. And finding a path to a more peaceful world.”

McGowan said in her statement that she knew encouraged Dove to talk to police.

“Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what,” McGowan says. “But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. I responded with ‘You have to. You must.’ I wasted no time.”

McGowan went on to day that Dove also told her that Argento had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Bennett since he was 12-years-old and that Argento did not take “any action on those images.”

Also Read: Fellow Weinstein Accuser Lysette Anthony Speaks Out in Defense of Asia Argento

“No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media,” McGowan wrote in her statement. “Not even a simple message ‘Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.’ There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.”

According to McGowan, she introduced Argento to Dove just days after Argento’s then boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died of suicide. Dove, she said, continued communicating with Argento occasionally after their meeting.

“I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process,” McGowan said.

Also Read: Asia Argento’s Accuser, Jimmy Bennett, Speaks Out: ‘I Choose to Move Forward, No Longer in Silence’

“To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes,” McGowan went on to say. “I’ll be fine. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet.”

McGowan said the reason she did not speak out until now is because she was “extremely humbled by this event.”

“I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve,” McGowan wrote. “In the past I have been occasionally angry. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE.”

McGowan ended her statement with a direct plea to Argento.

“Asia you were my friend,” McGowan wrote. “I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”

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

Also Read: Mira Sorvino ‘Heartsick’ Over Asia Argento Allegations: ‘Hoping It Is Not True’

Read the full statement below.

“I would first of all like to start off this statement saying thank you for your patience. A lot of people have been demanding answers and a response to the recent events surrounding Asia Argento’s sexual assault case. Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit. I am not.

I first met Asia on a red carpet, but it’s only been the past year through our shared experience of the HW case that we have bonded. Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn’t. We were able to talk through them together and champion each other’s voices. We even got matching dot tattoos! Something I had posted on my IG just about a month ago. It’s no secret to anyone that Im a blunt, candid, brazen individual vocally- and I think that’s what I really related to Asia the most with. They were edgy, confrontational, and strong willed with very little care about how much other’s liked or disliked them. Rare things to find in women in this industry or the world.

But then everything changed. In an instant. I received a phone call and series of messages from the being I’ve been dating- Rain Dove. They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennet. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12. Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. Not even a simple message “Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.” There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.

Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what. But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. I responded with “You have to. You must.” I wasted no time. It wasn’t hard to say or support. What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy. An hour after our conversation was finished Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press.

I had introduced Rain Dove to Asia Argento last month, three days after the passing of Anthony Bourdain. I was with Asia to comfort and support her. Rain Dove came to support us both. It was an emotionally chaotic time and Rain Dove suggested we go to Berlin for a couple days to take the mourning out of Asia’s home and into a neutral space. So we did. While in Berlin Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image. No one in the room knew who the extortionist was. Now we know it to be a reference to this case.

Rain Dove continued on communicating with Asia occasionally after meeting her- and their conversations have been their own. I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process. While they are a person who is good at keeping a secret for those dedicated to making things right- they are also justice driven. So it was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them. I’ve referred to Asia in the past as “My Ride or Die” and said very clearly that their friendship comes first. I know that coming to me with those messages must have been hard for Rain because of that so I commend them for their bravery.

To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes. I’ll be fine. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet. Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many. The reason I haven’t released a statement is because I’ve frankly been extremely humbled by this event. I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve. In the past I have been occasionally angry. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE. Victims also shouldn’t be told how they should react or what they should say about their abusers. However as allies to the victim and voyeurs of an event we should find a better way to balance support of the victim with due process for the accused. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. This week especially has made me come to terms with the fact that we all have a lot of growing to do, including myself.

At this current moment it may be easy to focus on the drama of the situation. The conspiracy. But the real focus should be on supporting justice. Supporting honesty. And supporting each other. We can not let this moment break the momentum of a movement that has freed so many people. We must use it to allow us to become stronger. More compassionate. More aware. And More organised.

Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”

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Rose McGowan is speaking out about the sexual misconduct accusations leveled against Asia Argento, saying “there absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE.”

In a lengthy statement Monday, McGowan said that it was her partner, model Rain Dove, who gave authorities text messages between Argento and Dove, in which Argento acknowledged having had sex with actor Jimmy Bennett despite a public denial of sexual contact with the then-17-year-old actor in a Marina del Rey hotel room in 2013.

Dove, who is gender non-binary and uses the pronouns “they” and “their,” confirmed to TheWrap that they turned over the texts to Los Angeles Police Department on the day they were received. The texts were subsequently published by TMZ, though the identity of the recipient was unknown until now.

“I did indeed turn over all texts to LAPD within the same day of receiving them,” Dove told TheWrap. “The publishing of the texts occurred almost 48 hours later. It’s important that we keep these articles focused simply on the truth. Justice. And finding a path to a more peaceful world.”

McGowan said in her statement that she knew encouraged Dove to talk to police.

“Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what,” McGowan says. “But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. I responded with ‘You have to. You must.’ I wasted no time.”

McGowan went on to day that Dove also told her that Argento had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Bennett since he was 12-years-old and that Argento did not take “any action on those images.”

“No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media,” McGowan wrote in her statement. “Not even a simple message ‘Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.’ There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.”

According to McGowan, she introduced Argento to Dove just days after Argento’s then boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died of suicide. Dove, she said, continued communicating with Argento occasionally after their meeting.

“I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process,” McGowan said.

“To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes,” McGowan went on to say. “I’ll be fine. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet.”

McGowan said the reason she did not speak out until now is because she was “extremely humbled by this event.”

“I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve,” McGowan wrote. “In the past I have been occasionally angry. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE.”

McGowan ended her statement with a direct plea to Argento.

“Asia you were my friend,” McGowan wrote. “I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”

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

Read the full statement below.

“I would first of all like to start off this statement saying thank you for your patience. A lot of people have been demanding answers and a response to the recent events surrounding Asia Argento’s sexual assault case. Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit. I am not.

I first met Asia on a red carpet, but it’s only been the past year through our shared experience of the HW case that we have bonded. Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn’t. We were able to talk through them together and champion each other’s voices. We even got matching dot tattoos! Something I had posted on my IG just about a month ago. It’s no secret to anyone that Im a blunt, candid, brazen individual vocally- and I think that’s what I really related to Asia the most with. They were edgy, confrontational, and strong willed with very little care about how much other’s liked or disliked them. Rare things to find in women in this industry or the world.

But then everything changed. In an instant. I received a phone call and series of messages from the being I’ve been dating- Rain Dove. They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennet. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12. Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. Not even a simple message “Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.” There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.

Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what. But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. I responded with “You have to. You must.” I wasted no time. It wasn’t hard to say or support. What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy. An hour after our conversation was finished Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press.

I had introduced Rain Dove to Asia Argento last month, three days after the passing of Anthony Bourdain. I was with Asia to comfort and support her. Rain Dove came to support us both. It was an emotionally chaotic time and Rain Dove suggested we go to Berlin for a couple days to take the mourning out of Asia’s home and into a neutral space. So we did. While in Berlin Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image. No one in the room knew who the extortionist was. Now we know it to be a reference to this case.

Rain Dove continued on communicating with Asia occasionally after meeting her- and their conversations have been their own. I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process. While they are a person who is good at keeping a secret for those dedicated to making things right- they are also justice driven. So it was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them. I’ve referred to Asia in the past as “My Ride or Die” and said very clearly that their friendship comes first. I know that coming to me with those messages must have been hard for Rain because of that so I commend them for their bravery.

To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes. I’ll be fine. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet. Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many. The reason I haven’t released a statement is because I’ve frankly been extremely humbled by this event. I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve. In the past I have been occasionally angry. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE. Victims also shouldn’t be told how they should react or what they should say about their abusers. However as allies to the victim and voyeurs of an event we should find a better way to balance support of the victim with due process for the accused. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. This week especially has made me come to terms with the fact that we all have a lot of growing to do, including myself.

At this current moment it may be easy to focus on the drama of the situation. The conspiracy. But the real focus should be on supporting justice. Supporting honesty. And supporting each other. We can not let this moment break the momentum of a movement that has freed so many people. We must use it to allow us to become stronger. More compassionate. More aware. And More organised.

Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”

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Asia Argento’s Accuser, Jimmy Bennett, Speaks Out: ‘I Choose to Move Forward, No Longer in Silence’

Asia Argento’s accuser, Jimmy Bennett, issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he didn’t speak out shortly after the alleged 2013 sexual assault took place because he felt “ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.”

“I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me,” said Bennett in a statement to TheWrap. “My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.”

He added, “I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society. I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy. I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Scandal: 5 Things We Still Need to Know

Late Sunday, the New York Times reported that Argento arranged to pay a settlement last November to Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who played Argento’s son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”

Documents obtained by the paper indicated that Bennett met Argento in a California hotel room in May 2013 — just two months after his 17th birthday — where he said she sexually assaulted him.

Bennett’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, had sent Argento an intent to sue her for $3.5 million in damages for infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery, according to the Times.

Although Argento initially remained silent over the allegations, on Tuesday, the actress released a statement in which she strongly denied the alleged sexual assault. Moreover, she said her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Strongly Denies ‘Absolutely False’ Sexual Assault Accusation

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said. “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Since coming forward in November with the allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Argento has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement and was joined in the fight by Bourdain, who died in June of an apparent suicide.

Argento’s emergence as an advocate against sexual misconduct in the industry prompted Bennett to come forward, according to his attorney. “Feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” Sattro wrote in his letter of intent to sue, the Times reported.

A spokesperson for Argento has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

 

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Asia Argento’s accuser, Jimmy Bennett, issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he didn’t speak out shortly after the alleged 2013 sexual assault took place because he felt “ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.”

“I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me,” said Bennett in a statement to TheWrap. “My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.”

He added, “I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society. I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy. I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.”

Late Sunday, the New York Times reported that Argento arranged to pay a settlement last November to Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who played Argento’s son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”

Documents obtained by the paper indicated that Bennett met Argento in a California hotel room in May 2013 — just two months after his 17th birthday — where he said she sexually assaulted him.

Bennett’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, had sent Argento an intent to sue her for $3.5 million in damages for infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery, according to the Times.

Although Argento initially remained silent over the allegations, on Tuesday, the actress released a statement in which she strongly denied the alleged sexual assault. Moreover, she said her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said. “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Since coming forward in November with the allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Argento has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement and was joined in the fight by Bourdain, who died in June of an apparent suicide.

Argento’s emergence as an advocate against sexual misconduct in the industry prompted Bennett to come forward, according to his attorney. “Feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” Sattro wrote in his letter of intent to sue, the Times reported.

A spokesperson for Argento has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

 

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Ashley Judd Stresses “Accountability” As Asia Argento Allegations Grow

“Sexual violence is wrong,” says a blunt Ashley Judd in her first words on expanding allegations that fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento sexually assaulted then minor Jimmy Bennett back in 2013. “Full stop,” the Berlin Station actor added.
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"Sexual violence is wrong," says a blunt Ashley Judd in her first words on expanding allegations that fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento sexually assaulted then minor Jimmy Bennett back in 2013. "Full stop," the Berlin Station actor added. Posted online early in the morning, Judd's statement comes as Marie Antoinette actor Argento's claims of never having had intimate relation with the then 17-year old Bennett are starting to fray. A selfie photo of Argento and…