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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.”

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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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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ beams up Ethan Peck to play the iconic role of Spock for season 2

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At San Diego Comic-Con last month, Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed that Spock, one of the most iconic and beloved characters in the Star Trek franchise, would appear in the upcoming second season of the CBS All Access, which debuts next year.

Now, just weeks later, the network has announced that Ethan Peck has been cast in the role of the half human, half Vulcan science officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise and foster brother to the Discovery’s second officer Michael Burnham.

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“We searched for months for an actor who would, like [Leonardo Nimoy and Zachary Quinto], bring his own interpretation to the role,” Kurtzman said in a statement. “An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.”

Peck is, of course, the third actor to play Spock, following Nimoy’s portrayal of the character in the original Star Trek television series and subsequent film adaptations, and Zachary Quinto, who played in the most recent Star Trek films.

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Ruby Rose to play lesbian superhero Batwoman in The CW’s evolving Arrowverse

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Nearly a month after Silver Screen Beat learned that The CW was developing a series revolving around the DC superhero Batwoman, we’ve now learned that the network, which plans to launch the series as soon as next year, has tapped actress Ruby Rose to play the lead role.

Rose is set to make her debut as Batwoman in the annual DC crossover event this December between the network’s current Arrowverse shows including The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

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According to the official logline for the series, the show will follow Kate Kane, 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 Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

The show is expected to debut during the 2019-2020 television season.

Caroline Dries, who is writing the series, is executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter for Berlanti Productions, who will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television, and former DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns under his new Mad Ghost Productions banner.

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‘Superbad’ co-stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill reunite in a mind-boggling new trailer for ‘Maniac’

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Netflix has released the first trailer for Maniac, a new limited series from director Cary Joji Fukunaga which reunites Emma Stone with her Superbad co-star Jonah Hill for what appears to be one hell of a mind-bending, out-of-this-world sci-fi trip.

Created by Patrick Somerville, the series is set in a world similar to ours, in a time quite similar to our time, and tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to a secret facility for a three-day drug trial that will supposedly, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, permanently solve all of their life’s problems. However, as you could imagine, things do not go as planned.

The 10-episode limited series also stars Sally Field, Julia Garner, and Jemima Kirke, and will arrive on Netflix next month on September 21. You can check out the newly released trailer for Maniac in the embedded player below.

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