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Celebrity chef, TV personality, and writer Anthony Bourdain dead at 61 in apparent suicide

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Anthony Bourdain, the world-renowned celebrity chef, writer, and television personality who hosted CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, was found dead in his hotel room in France on Friday morning from an apparent suicide. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday, saying he was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning series for the network when Bourdain’s friend and celebrity chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement this morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bourdain was the author of the New York Times best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which would ultimately help launch his career and help achieve celebrity status, before later going on to host the Travel Channel’s two-time Emmy-winning series No Reservations. Bourdain later joined CNN, where he would earn two more Emmys and a Peabody Award for his work on Parts Unknown.

“Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” CNN chief executive Jeff Zucker wrote in an email to staff. “Tony was an exceptional talent. A storyteller. A gifted writer. A world traveler.  An adventurer. He brought something to CNN that no one else had ever brought before,” adding that “this is a very, very sad day.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Our first look at Ruby Rose as The CW’s Batwoman looks like it came straight out of the comics

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Back in August, word broke that The CW had cast Ruby Rose to play Batwoman in the network’s upcoming annual DC crossover event later this December before eventually starring her own solo series, which could debut as soon as next year. Now we finally have our first look (full image below) at Rose in costume as the character and it looks similar to what we know from the comics!

The flowing red hair, the design of the cape, and Wayne Tower appropriately positioned behind Batwoman make this an exceptional first look at who I’m sure is going to be a pretty exciting addition to The CW’s line-up of Arrowverse shows.

As for the Batwoman series itself, the show will follow Kate Kane (Rose), a woman armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, as she soars onto the streets of Gotham as a highly trained superhero, who also happens to be an out-and-proud lesbian.

However, despite being ready to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence, she doesn’t want to be called a hero yet. In a city that’s desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before she can embrace the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Be sure to catch Batwoman’s debut on The CW later this year and stay tuned for more news on the superhero’s solo series, which is expected to premiere during the 2019-2020 TV season.

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Lucasfilm debuts first look at ‘The Mandalorian’ along with a list of episodic directors

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Hey, speak of the devil! Just hours after we brought you the news that the official title and synopsis for Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian had been revealed, Lucasfilm has released a first look at the show along with a list of directors who will be working on the series.

According to a press release, Dave Filoni, who is best known among the Star Wars crowd for his work on the animated Clone Wars and Rebels series, is directing the first episode of The Mandalorian, which Favreau is writing and executive producing.

Now, hold on to your hats, because this is where it gets really damn good: additional episodic directors will include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). What a lineup that is!

In case you missed our previous report on the show, The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

It’s unclear as to who exactly this strange new character is, but, based on our first look at them, it definitely looks like they have some sort of connection to Jango and Boba Fett. I mean, look at that costume! There’s no question about it.

The Mandalorian is expected to debut on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service in 2019. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

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Jon Favreau reveals the official title and synopsis for his new live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV series

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Earlier this year, word broke that Jon Favreau had signed on to write and executive produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service that is expected to launch sometime in 2019. While details about the show were originally scarce, Favreau took to Instagram yesterday to reveal the official synopsis and title for the new series: The Mandalorian.

“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,” the synopsis reads.

Ah-ha! So that pretty much falls in line with what we’ve been hearing from Making Star Wars in recent weeks about the show’s story revolving around the Mandalorians after the fall of the Empire about three years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

It’s still unclear as to who this mysterious new gunslinger is and if they have any relation to Jango and Boba Fett, but, if I had to take a guess, a connection of some sort to the two infamous bounty hunters seems pretty likely, though that’s just me speculating.

Making Star Wars has also reported that Wonder Woman 1984 and Narcos star Pedro Pascal is currently in talks to play “a central lead” in the new series, but we haven’t been able to confirm that with any of our own sources, so take that information with a grain of salt or two for right now.

A specific premiere date for The Mandalorian has not been announced, but production on the show is currently underway, so we’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

 

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