The Bad Boy of Cuisine

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Dubbed "the bad boy of cuisine" for his rock-star look and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs, and cooking, Anthony Bourdain is not your typical celebrity chef. A 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, Bourdain is currently host of the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and is the executive chef at New York's famed bistro, Les Halles.

Bourdain entertains and educates with exotic tales of his travel and lessons learned in the kitchen trenches. He shares his passion on topics ranging from "Great Cuisines: The Common Thread" to the celebrity chef phenomenon and the culture of cooking. He also imparts his drill-sergeant approach to running a kitchen, which he shared with the Harvard Business Review, in "Management by Fire: A Conversation with Chef Anthony Bourdain." "The fantastic mix of order and chaos," he says, "demands a rigid hierarchy and a sacrosanct code of conduct, where punctuality, loyalty, teamwork and discipline are key to producing consistently good food."

Bourdain's expose of New York restaurants, Don't Eat Before Reading This, published in The New Yorker in 1999, attracted huge attention in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It formed the basis of his critically acclaimed 2001 book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which described in lurid detail his experiences in kitchens and became a surprise international best-seller.

In late 2000, Bourdain set out to eat his way across the globe, looking for, as he puts it, kicks, thrills, epiphanies and the "perfect meal." The book, A Cook's Tour, and its companion 22-part television series chronicle his adventures and misadventures on that voyage, during which he sampled the still-beating heart of a live cobra, dined with gangsters in Russia, and returned to his roots in the tiny fishing village of La Teste, France, where he first ate an oyster as a child.

Bourdain is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. His novels include The Bobby Gold Stories, Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. His work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Gourmet and The New York Times. He describes his recent book, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook (2004), as "Julia Child meets Full Metal Jacket."

His latest book, The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Useable Trim, Scraps and Bones, is a well-seasoned hellbroth of candid, often outrageous stories from his worldwide misadventures.

Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956. After two misspent years at Vassar College, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, followed by nearly three decades of working in professional kitchens. He lives -- and will always live -- in New York City.

Jennifer Tilly appears courtesy of the Visiting Artists program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


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An actress who always attracts audiences' attention, Jennifer Tilly is by turns funny, sexy, compassionate, and compelling--often all at once. Her breakthrough movie role tapped into all of those qualities as she portrayed failing singer Blanche "Monica" Moran in The Fabulous Baker Boys. A few years later, Jennifer earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal as the aspiring, but hopelessly untalented, actress Olive Neal in Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway.

She has become well-known to filmgoers for both major studio and independent films. In Tom Shadyac's blockbuster Liar Liar, she kept pace with star Jim Carrey. Her steamy performance opposite Gina Gershon helped make the Wachowski Brothers' Bound a breakout indie success at the Sundance Film Festival and then in theatrical release. In September 2007, Jennifer won the Best Actress award for her gritty performance as an ex porn actress in Intervention, at the San Diego Film Festival. Her many films over a two-decade span include High Spirits, The Doors, Made in America, The Getaway, Let It Ride, Relax, It's Just Sex, The Crew, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, The Cat's Meow, The Magnificent Ambersons, Hide and Seek, The Haunted Mansion, The Muse, St Ralph, Tideland and the infamous Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky.

Jennifer is also well known for her vocal work. She played Celia in Monster's Inc, Grace in Home on the Range, and is a regular on the Fox series Family Guy. Over the years, Jennifer has made memorable appearances on some of television's best series, including Cheers, Moonlighting, It's Garry Shandling's Show, and Frasier. She had a recurring role on Hill Street Blues, and was a series regular on Shaping Up, and Key West and Out of Practice. Jennifer won a Theater World Award for her performance in off-Broadway's One Shoe Off and appeared on Broadway in the 2001 revival of The Women (which was later taped for, and broadcast on, PBS).

In April 2005, Jennifer stunned the poker world when she beat over 600 competitors to become the first celebrity ever in the history of the World Series of Poker to win a coveted gold bracelet, followed a few months later by a first place win at the WPT's Ladies Night Invitational.

The Florida Film Festival is honored to welcome a remarkable artist who is not afraid to take a gamble.


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The daughter of screenwriter, director and actor Peter Masterson and Tony Award-winning actress Carlin Glynn, Mary Stuart Masterson was raised in New York City and made her film debut as an actress in The Stepford Wives (1975) with her father. At the age of 16, she appeared on Broadway in Eva LeGallienne's version of Alice in Wonderland.  Her first teenage film role was in Heaven Help Us (1985) followed by roles in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Immediate Family for which she received a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Benny & Joon (1993). In 2003, Mary Stuart made her musical debut on Broadway in a revival of Nine, which was inspired by Fellini's film 8 1/2.  This role earned her the Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination. The Cake Eaters is her narrative feature directorial debut. The Florida Film Festival is proud to present this film as part of the narrative features competition.

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In 1969, Malcolm McDowell made his film debut in If, capturing the attention of many including a young Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick at once recognized the McDowell's potential to embody a character who continues to terrify and fascinate--Alex in the futuristic dystopian thriller A Clockwork Orange. This legendary performance sealed McDowell's reputation for fearlessness and charisma--qualities that inhabit every performance of his long and wildly varied career.

Every fan has a favorite McDowell role, and many are the choices among which to pick. By imdb's count, he has created no less than 160 characters. A small sampling of his many memorable films, television, and voice roles includes the following works: O Lucky Man! (which he co-wrote), Britannia Hospital, Aces High, Voyage of the Damned, Time after Time (as HG Wells, in his Hollywood debut), a notorious Caligula (opposite Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, and John Gielgud), Blue Thunder, the sensational remake of Cat People, Get Crazy, Fairy Tale Theatre's "Little Red Riding Hood" (as Reginald Von Lupen a/k/a The Wolf); Cross Creek, Star Trek Generations, Wing Commander, The Compleat Beatles, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Superman: The Animated Series, South Park, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Monk, Heroes, Entourage, Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween, Metalocalypse, and the recent award-winning Red Roses and Petrol.

The Florida Film Festival and Full Sail Real World Education are honored to welcome this outstanding and courageous performer to Central Florida.