VIDEO: Tom Colicchio Opens His “Best New Restaurant”

 

Renowned chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio is known to Bravo’s loyal viewers as a mentor/judge on Top Chef, and with the new series Best New Restaurant he takes his culinary knowledge on a different journey.

Sixteen restaurants from Austin, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles will be spotlighted, with the winner of “Best New Restaurant” receiving an editorial feature in Bon Appétit, a featured spot at the Vegas Uncork’d global food festival, and $100,000.

During last week’s Television Critics Association press tour, Colicchio offered his thoughts on the key to a restaurant’s longevity:

One of my favorite aspects of “Top Chef” lies in Colicchio’s no-nonsense critique on food, and I asked him about the origins of his unadorned yet thorough approach in giving advice to fellow chefs:

Maggie Nemser (CEO, BlackboardEats.com) and Jeffrey Zurofsky, Colicchio’s partner in ‘wichcraft, will also aid Colicchio in finding the “best new restaurant.”

BEST NEW RESTAURANT -- "Italian Cuisine" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tom Colicchio, Maggie Nemser, Jeffrey Zurofsky at DOMA -- (Photo by: Dale Berman/Bravo)
BEST NEW RESTAURANT — “Italian Cuisine” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Tom Colicchio, Maggie Nemser, Jeffrey Zurofsky at DOMA — (Photo by: Dale Berman/Bravo)

 

Best New Restaurant” debuts Wednesday, January 21 on Bravo (10 pm et/pt).

Chicago Fire’s Jesse Spencer Recounts Elevator Heroics

Chicago Fire stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, and Eamonn Walker took part in last week’s Television Critics Association Press tour in Pasadena, and during the radio roundtables the trio were in good spirits. Although the storylines from Chicago Fire are often tragic (and ultimately resonant), it was refreshing to see the actors bring a dash of humor and levity into the proceedings.
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Let Him Die" Episode 311 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE — “Let Him Die” Episode 311 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)

Case in point: Eamonn Walker playfully coaxes Jesse Spencer to recount an experience which had the actor use his own knowledge as “Chicago Fire” member Matthew Casey.

Check out the video below as Spencer talks about remaining cool under pressure while being stuck in an elevator at the Capitol Building.

Brandi Glanville Talks ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Chess Game

Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Lorenzo Lamas attended last week’s Television Press Critics Association Tour in Pasadena, Ca. to promote The Celebrity Apprenticeand although it is reality show that brings charitable organizations to the forefront, that doesn’t mean the show is easy as pie.

Glanville talked about the rigors of doing The Celebrity Apprentice , and amidst the backstabbing and manipulations that surround Donald Trump’s boardroom, there’s also a ton of material that’s left on the cutting room floor. Says Glanville: 

There’s so much that we do work wise that is not shown. So all of a sudden, we have this beautiful tent and we’re throwing a charity event – we put the tent up, we got our hands dirty, we worked 18 hours a day. And that’s not shown. The episodes go by and it’s so friendly and easy and fun. It does not look hard at all . . . They broke us down. They really did.

In the video below (which also features comments from Lorenzo Lamas), Glanville explains why she sees The Celebrity Apprentice as a “human chess game.”

A new installment of The Celebrity Apprentice, with an appearance by late entertainer Joan Riversairs tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt).

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: Brandi Glanville -- (Photo by: Patrick Randak/NBC)
THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE — Season: 14 — Pictured: Brandi Glanville — (Photo by: Patrick Randak/NBC)

 

 

 

Hannah New Talks ‘Black Sails’ & Eleanor’s “Visionary” Journey

In the pirate driven series Black SailsHannah New is Eleanor Guthrie, an iron-willed saloon owner who must navigate the social and political goings on in the always turbulent environment of Nassau. The Starz series starts its second season on January 24, and its first season was just released on Blu-Ray and DVD.

During the interview, New, who was seen last year in Maleficent, talked about the joys of playing a determined woman who doesn’t back down from a challenge.

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Eleanor Guthrie is a woman who’s rarely intimidated, even in the midst of pirates. That must be a fun character to take on.

Playing someone who has that amount of responsibility and that amount of drive can be pretty exhausting sometimes but very exhilarating at the same time. It’s a lot of fun to play a young woman who has such strength and is always going to aim to come out on top. 

She has to be ingenious in the way she interacts with the pirates. Hopefully, you get to see her being satirical and funny and occasionally she has to be really hardcore. Having the full range of emotions is just such a pleasure. She’s also really human – there are moments of real vulnerability there too.

Hannah New in "Black Sails" (Starz)
Hannah New in “Black Sails” (Starz)
What are the joys of shooting on a location (the production shoots in South Africa) that’s filled with a high level of production design?

That’s one of the incredible advantages of being on the show. We have a set that is a whole world. It’s completely one piece. I can be sitting in my tavern and look out and see down the beach and I can also look out and see what’s going on in the brothel. All of these elements that add to not having to suspend belief. (Just) really being there and feeling the energy of the place. That is the biggest luxury.

One of Eleanor’s many strengths is her ability to navigate in dangerous waters and deal with different types of people.

Yeah. She’s really a prototypical, worldly woman. She does really position herself to deal with lots of characters. What’s really interesting is that she doesn’t have to fit into these cultural norms that were put on most women during those times.

She’s really forward thinking in regards to an egalitarian society and what she thinks democracy should be. She’s a young visionary who believes in a completely different paradigm. And for me, that’s really exciting.

She’s running a meritocracy. She values people on how well they perform. Doesn’t matter where they’re from – she’s a visionary in that sense and that’s really inspiring.

Hannah New in "Black Sails" (Starz)
Hannah New in “Black Sails” (Starz)

How rewarding is it to know that season two is coming up and a third season is also set in stone?

It’s awesome to know that you have all that space and time and play out all those details with this character. Being in a series like this is kind of like living and growing with your character – you never know what’s going to happen them next. And you may not like what’s going to happen to them next. You can’t change that but you have to accept (it) and that’s a really exciting and creative environment to be in.

Knowing that (Black Sails) is going to grow for a long period of time is awesome.

Was learning Spanish and traveling at a young age important aspects in your growth as an actor (along with her work on Disney’s Maleficent, New also starred in the miniseries El Tiempo Entre Costuras).

Absolutely. I couldn’t recommend it more to aspiring young actors – to get out there and really experience (life) before deciding to do training.

You need to come into education and the idea of becoming an actor after being a sponge from different cultures and people. To me, that’s what learning another language is about. It’s communicating with people who have a completely different upbringing to me and getting perspective on what other people’s lives are like.

When I finished school, I told my mom I wanted to go to drama school. She said, “Get a proper degree first.” I said “I don’t know what to do” and she said “Why don’t you learn a different language so you can work in two markets?” That was actually the best piece of advice I ever got. 

What’s the key to playing Eleanor Guthrie – since she always seems to be focused with the task at hand?

I think it’s very much about listening (since) she thinks on her feet. She has to kind of think outside the box to be one step ahead of all the characters. She’s a woman who stands her entire ground. She knows what she wants when she comes into a room – there is very little that will move her off that position. She always has to maintain what her objective is but her tactics must change minute to minute in order to achieve (her goals).

Hannah New in "Black Sails" (Starz)
Hannah New in “Black Sails” (Starz)
Thank you so much for your time and good luck with season two.

Thank you so much! Take care.

Black Sails: The Complete First Season (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Black Sails: The Complete First Season (Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Anne Hathaway Finds A New “Song” In Los Angeles

Opening in theaters and VOD on January 23, Song One centers on Franny (Anne Hathaway), a woman who returns to Brooklyn after her musician brother Henry (Boardwalk Empire’s Ben Rosenfield) slips into a coma after a car accident. Initially judgmental about Henry’s career path, Franny sees her sibling in a truer light after listening to his music and revisiting his old haunts.

Part of Franny’s journey includes meeting Henry’s music idol James Forester (Johnny Flynnwho’s excellent in the role), and their unexpected bond forms the basis of this narrative.

Filmmaker/writer Kate Barker-Froyland, who met Hathaway as the director’s assistant on The Devil Wears Prada paints Brooklyn with a nostalgic and resonant eye, and much of the movie is shot during the dead of night, when the city’s music scene comes alive.

Johnny Flynn & Anne Hathaway in 'Song One' - Cinedigm/Film Arcade
Johnny Flynn & Anne Hathaway in ‘Song One’ – The Film Arcade

During the Song One interviews, I asked Anne Hathaway if the perception of Los Angeles as an industry town and New York existing as an artistic haven holds true. Hathaway, who has resided in both areas, said comparing the two cities isn’t the way to go, and she also elaborates on why she’s found a home in Los Angeles.

L.A. was an industry town for me until I made friends and that took a really long time to kind of find my group and now that I have it, it’s not an industry town. I have a wonderful and vibrant life out here.

Click on the media bar below to hear Anne Hathaway talk about her thoughts on Los Angeles and New York:

Death Cab for Cutie Album “Kintsugi” Debuts In March

Critically acclaimed band Death Cab for Cutie releases Kintsugitheir eighth studio album, on March 31. The effort is their follow-up to their 2011 Grammy award nominated album Codes and Keys and it’s their first project sans guitarist/keyboardist Chris Walla.

Kintsugi was recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Interpol, Muse, Franz Ferdinand) serving as a producer, with the moniker taken from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics while refusing to hide the object’s cracks.

“Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us – the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty,” says bassist Nick Harmer“Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs.”

Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

Track listing for Kintsugi (track 5’s name is just as memorable as one of their more signature tunes, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”):

  1. No Room In Frame
  2. Black Sun
  3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
  4. Little Wanderer
  5. You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
  6. Hold No Guns
  7. Everything’s A Ceiling
  8. Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)
  9. El Dorado
  10. Ingenue
  11. Binary Sea

A nationwide tour in support of Kintsugi is also slated, and for up to date info on Death Cab for Cutie‘s tour info, click here.

Meryl Streep & Anna Kendrick Attend Disney’s Golden Globes Party

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In preparation for Sunday night’s Golden Globes (airing on NBC starting at 8 pm et), Walt Disney Studios held a shindig to honor their various nominees.

In attendance were cast and crew members from Best Picture nominee Into The Woods (Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, James Cordon, director Rob Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt).

Kelley Jakle, Anna Kendrick, Jamie Chung
Kelley Jakle, Anna Kendrick, Jamie Chung
For Big Hero 6 (Best Animated Film nominee), cast members Jamie Chung, TJ Miller, Ryan Potter and Genesis Rodriguez were at the party, including directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.
Jamie Chung and Ryan Potter arrive as Disney celebrates their 2015 Golden Globes nominees from Into the Woods, Big Hero 6, and The Hundred-Foot Journey in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, January 10, 2015. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Jamie Chung and Ryan Potter arrive as Disney celebrates their 2015 Golden Globes nominees from Into the Woods, Big Hero 6, and The Hundred-Foot Journey in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, January 10, 2015. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Last but definitely not least, Best Actress in a Motion Picture nominee Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey) also made an appearance.
Helen Mirren and Alan Horn pose together as Disney celebrates their 2015 Golden Globes nominees from Into the Woods, Big Hero 6, and The Hundred-Foot Journey in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, January 10, 2015. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Helen Mirren and Alan Horn pose together as Disney celebrates their 2015 Golden Globes nominees from Into the Woods, Big Hero 6, and The Hundred-Foot Journey in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, January 10, 2015. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Kelley Jakle, Anna Kendrick, Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung, Ryan Potter
Helen Mirren, Alan Horn
Meryl Streep

‘Behind The Lens’ Captures Intricacies Of Filmmaking Process

 

Hosted (and spearheaded) by Debbie Lynn Elias, Behind The Lens is a new program that aims to shed a brighter light on the intricate process of filmmaking. Editors, cinematographers, production designers, and directors will be spotlighted on Elias’ show, which runs live on AdrenalineRadio.com every Monday morning (11:00 a.m. pt).

Actor/comic Chad Miller and I were the guests for this week’s inaugural show, which focused on the making of Into The WoodsMy participation on Behind The Lens is a purely selfish one, as Elias’ passion for film is, from my perspective, unmatched.  

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Behind The Lens – Hosted & Produced by Debbie Lynn Elias (MovieSharkDeblore.com).

 

An extensive roster of journalists, critics, actors, and filmmakers will serve as in-studio (or call-in) guests for the program, so variety and tons of content will be two of the show’s staples.

You can check out the Podcast version of Behind The Lens’ on Debbie Lynn Elias’ own site, MovieSharkDeblore.com. To catch the video version of Behind The Lens, check out the video below:

I’ll be one of the guests on the January 12 installment of Behind The Lens and plan to stick my nose in Adrenaline Radio’s studio for more BTL shows (if I’m welcome, of course!).

Discourse with informative and entertaining colleagues is always a pleasure (which means I’m in Elias and Miller’s debt), so please tune in to the show – especially if you want to take a longer walk into filmmaking’s always expanding universe.

Giveaway: “Dallas: The Complete Third And Final Season” on DVD

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment group will release Dallas: The Complete Third and Final Season on DVD Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and to promote its debut we are giving away one (1) copy of the three-disc DVD collector’s set.
 Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing, Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing and Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing.Dallas 3, ep. 9 "Denial, Anger, Acceptance"

Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing, Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing and Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing.Dallas 3, ep. 9 “Denial, Anger, Acceptance”

The DVD ($39.98 SRP) contains all 15 episodes from the third season and also comes with deleted scenes from the show, which continues the conflicts between Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) and his nephew John Ross (Josh Henderson) after J.R.’s (Larry Hagman) passing. The show also stars Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher), Julie Gonzalo (John Ross’ wife Pamela Rebecca Barnes), and Jordana Brewster (Elena Ramos).

 Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing, Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing and Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing.Dallas 3, ep. 9 "Denial, Anger, Acceptance"

Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing, Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos, Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing and Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing.Dallas 3, ep. 9 “Denial, Anger, Acceptance”

To enter the Giveaway:

  1. Please “Like” our Deepest Dream Facebook Page. Current Deepest Dream Facebook members can also enter. Our Facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/deepestdream
  2. In the Comments section below – briefly name something you Love or Hate about the city of Dallas.
  3. Once you “Like” our Facebook page and Comment, send over your Email info to editor@deepestdream.com – If you’re the Winner of the Giveaway, I will email you back and ask for your address & send the DVD.
  4. The GIVEAWAY ends Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on the Deepest Dream Facebook Page.

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Good luck!!

Nicole Kidman Loves Paddington’s Family Appeal

Opening stateside January 16, Paddington centers on the titular Peruvian bear’s (voiced by Cloud Atlas actor Ben Whishaw) attempts to find a new home in London. Although there are people who are more than happy to give Paddington a new home (Sally Hawkins plays a nurturing matriarch), he also encounters a bit of adversity in the form of Millicent (Nicole Kidman) a taxidermist who’s filled with ill intent.
Paddington - The Weinstein Company
Paddington – The Weinstein Company

For Kidman, taking part in Paddington was a delightful experience. “They always say if you have a great time making a movie (it’s) not going to be any good,” said Kidman who was seen last year in the thriller Before I Go To Sleep“But this movie is good and we had a really good time.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Nicole Kidman talk about the reaction she received from her 74-year-old mom and 4-year-old daughter after they watched Paddington:

Where dreaming is believing…

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