An Anthony Bourdain Documentary Is on the Way


Anthony Bourdain, who passed away last year, dedicated much of his life to sharing the stories of often-unsung culinary geniuses around the world. Now, CNN Films, HBO Max, and Focus Features are teaming up to share his.

According to a CNN press release, Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville will produce and direct the documentary. Though you might not know Neville by name, you’ve likely heard of his work. He won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for 2013’s 20 Feet From Stardom, and he most recently made headlines for the overwhelming success of his 2018 documentary about Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which is the highest-grossing biodoc of all time.

“It requires a filmmaker as expert and prolific as Morgan Neville to capture the essence of a raconteur and world explorer like Anthony Bourdain,” Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content, said in a press release.

“Anthony Bourdain did more to help us understand each other than just about anyone in the history of television. He connected with people not in spite of his flaws, but because of them,” Neville said in the same release. “To have the opportunity to tell his story is humbling.”

Several other key collaborators from Bourdain’s career have also signed on to take part in the production, including Lydia Tenaglia and Christopher Collins, who worked with Bourdain on his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and his agent and literary executor, Kimberly Witherspoon. Bourdain’s estate will contribute family photos, home movies, letters, music, and more.

Though we don’t yet know when the documentary will premiere, we do know that you’ll have a few different viewing options. First, Focus Features will debut it exclusively in theaters; then, CNN will air it on television; and finally, HBO Max will release it for streaming.

[h/t CNN]

What Happens During a Jeopardy! Commercial Break?

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek chats with the show's contestants.
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek chats with the show's contestants.
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Jennifer Quail:

Typical Break One: First, if there are "pickups" (re-recordings where Alex misspoke or coughed or stuttered, or Johnny mispronounced someone’s name or hometown) to record, they do those. A stagehand brings water bottles for the contestants. The production team who wrangles contestants comes over and gives their pep talk, makes any corrections, like if someone is consistently buzzing early; and keeps you quiet if there are pickups. Alex gets the cards with the "fun facts" (there are about three, one highlighted, but which one he goes for is ultimately up to Alex alone) and when the crew is ready, they come back from commercial to Alex’s chat with the contestants.

Typical Break Two: If there are any pickups from the second half of the Jeopardy! round they do those, the water gets distributed, the production team reminds the contestants how Double Jeopardy! works and that there’s still lots of money out there to win, and Alex comes over to take a picture with the two challengers (the champion will have had their picture taken during their first match.) Then we come back to Double Jeopardy!.

Typical Third Break: This is the big one. There are pickups, water, etc. and they activate the section of the screen where you write your wager. One of the team members brings you a half-sheet of paper ... and you work out what you want to bet. One of your "wranglers" checks it, as does another production team member, to make sure it’s legible and when you’re sure that’s what you want, you lock it in. At that point you can’t change it. They take away the scratch paper and the part of the board where you write your answer is unlocked. Someone will tell you to write either WHO or WHAT in the upper left corner, so you do know at least whether it’s a person or thing. They make sure the "backup card" (a piece of card stock sitting on your podium) is turned to the correct who or what side, just in case your touchscreen fails. If everything’s ready, then as soon as the crew says, they come back and Final Jeopardy! starts.

There are breaks you don’t [even know about, too]. If there is a question about someone’s final answer, they will actually stop tape while the research team checks. Sometimes if something goes really off, like Alex completely misreads a category during the start of a round, they’ll stop and pick it up immediately. Those [are breaks] you’ll never notice because they’ll be completely edited out.

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First Teaser for Stranger Things Season 4 Confirms Jim Hopper's Return

David Harbour and Winona Ryder in a scene from Stranger Things.
David Harbour and Winona Ryder in a scene from Stranger Things.

This is not a drill! The first ever look at Season 4 of Stranger Things has arrived in the form of a short teaser, and it's giving the series' fans what they want: Confirmation that their favorite sheriff is still with us.

The official Stranger Things Twitter account shared the video this morning in honor of Valentine's Day, writing, "From Russia with love…" The clip begins in a wintry location, presumably Russia, with men doing physical labor outside. Just as the video is about to end (and fans are about to lose their patience), one person takes off his hat to reveal he's none other than Jim Hopper. And he's rocking quite a different look.

Fans, understandably, are freaking out. Season 3 of the beloved show concluded with Hopper sacrificing himself in order to close the Upside Down. Although we never got to actually see his body, the rest of the Hawkins gang treated the situation as if Hopper was gone. The Byers even adopted Eleven and moved out of the Indiana town following the tragedy.

We still don't have a release date for Season 4 yet, but for right now, this reveal is enough for Stranger Things fans.