Anthony Bourdain's Ex-Wife Ottavia Speaks Out in New Doc: 'I Should Have Kept an Eye on Him'

Not just another tribute to Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner is a beautiful film that sheds light on the chef and TV personality's final, erratic year. The new documentary directed by Morgan Neville — centered on the food world's favorite bad boy, who died by suicide in 2018 — is in theaters Friday. It's the first time since Bourdain's death that we hear from his estranged wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, one of many people in the late chef's inner circle who sat for an interview.
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The New Yorker

The Haunting Afterlife of Anthony Bourdain

It’s been three years since Anthony Bourdain died, by suicide, in June of 2018, and the void he left is still a void. “I wish Anthony Bourdain was here to see this,” countless people have tweeted over the past thirty-seven-ish months, on occasions as varied as a New York gubernatorial candidate ordering a cinnamon-raisin bagel, the White House serving a McDonald’s banquet, the collapse of the American restaurant industry, and the sputtering attempts to revive the same. Bourdain was a television megastar, a fluid and conversational writer, a social-media gadfly, a pointed cultural commentator, and seemingly everyone’s best friend. The singularity of his celebrity and the suddenness of his death have fuelled an uncommonly intense, uncommonly enduring grief—a personal sense of public loss, of a sort usually reserved for popes and Presidents.
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A.V. Club

Ottavia Bourdain denies giving permission to recreate Anthony Bourdain's voice with an AI for Roadrunner

Roadrunner, Morgan Neville’s documentary about Anthony Bourdain, features narration by the chef and No Reservations host. While most of that audio was recorded by the actual Bourdain, Neville took on the ethically questionable approach of using stitched-together clips, taken from TV, radio, podcasts, and audiobooks, to create an AI model of Bouradain’s voice to recite emails and text. “If you watch the film, other than [Bourdain reciting an email he sent to his friend David Choe], you probably don’t know what the other lines are that were spoken by the AI and you’re not going to know,” said Neville to The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner in an interview published on Thursday. “We can have a documentary-ethics panel about it later.”

‘Roadrunner’ Director Morgan Neville on the Mystery of Bourdain’s Suicide and Exploring Hours of His Show

By the time Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in 2018, he had lived many lives. The “Parts Unknown” host became an unwitting celebrity chef with the 2000 publication of “Kitchen Confidential,” his behind-the-scenes exposé from his days in the high-end restaurant business. His bold truth-telling and acerbic tone easily translated to TV success, which Bourdain carried across three programs as he increased in ambition. At the height of his fame, Bourdain had his own genre of storytelling, using food and travel as a platform for studying people and places around the world.
Washington Post

“Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain” with Director Morgan Neville and Washington Post Global Opinions Writer Jason Rezaian

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville is set to release his highly anticipated new film about the life and premature death of superstar chef, foodie, and TV host Anthony Bourdain. Join Neville and Bourdain’s good friend, Washington Post Global Opinions writer Jason Rezaian, as they chart Bourdain’s rise to global food...

‘Roadrunner’ Director Morgan Neville Says Anthony Bourdain Doc Is “Therapy for the Public”

Three years after Bourdain's suicide, the filmmakers explores a life cut short in the documentary, which will screen at the 2021 AFI Docs Film Festival. The 2021 AFI Docs Film Festival, with a mix of virtual events and in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, includes a centerpiece screening of Morgan Neville’s Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain. The director, whose other work includes the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, the box office hit Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and the Netflix series Ugly Delicious, spoke with THR about the delicate task of telling Anthony Bourdain’s story — from his origins as a New York chef, through his emergence as a beloved TV journalist to his death from suicide in 2018 at age 61.
Bangor Daily News

The Shotwell Drive-In season continues with ‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ & ‘Summer of Soul’

CAMDEN –The Shotwell Drive-In will feature two new releases — Morgan Neville’s “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” on Thursday, July 1, and “Summer of Soul,” directed by Questlove (Ahmir-Khalib Thompson) on Saturday, July 3, co-presented by Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School. Both screenings will start at 8:30pm. Focus...

'The History Of Roadrunner Records' Documentary Series Enters Production

Directed by "Temple Of Bleh" podcast host Jim Saxton, "The History Of Roadrunner Records" will tell the story of the Dutch-founded company, from its beginnings as a licensor of children's music in 1981, concluding with the label's 2012 shake-up following its acquisition by Warner Music Group. Through a collection of...

'Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain' Tells the Story of a Life Well-Lived at the Virtual KCET Cinema Series on July 15th

Q&A immediately following with director Morgan Neville. As anyone with a dog-eared copy of "Kitchen Confidential" can attest, Bourdain’s unmistakable voice is that of an old friend and fellow traveler. In this film, viewers are served an intimate and unflinching look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom," "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?"), this new documentary is a portrait of a complex, contradictory and charismatic man that reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

'Roadrunner' documentary takes you inside Anthony Bourdain, a Jersey guy at heart

At heart, Anthony Bourdain was a Jersey guy — even if the rest of the world didn't always know it. “People think of him as kind of a quintessential New Yorker," filmmaker Morgan Neville said of Bourdain, the chef, author and television personality who grew up in Leonia. "But really, he has that thing that people from New Jersey have — my wife is from New Jersey — that they’re both of and apart of New York.

Roadrunner Records Documentary In The Works

The History Of Roadrunner Records, a documentary chronicling the legendary Roadrunner Records over its 40 year history, is in the works. The documentary will be directed by Temple Of Bleh podcast host Jim Saxton and is currently slated to be out in March 2023. "I’m a huge fan of Jim...

Roadrunners announce home opener is Oct. 23

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson Roadrunners on Thursday, July 15 announced the dates of their opening home game and two other home games this season. According to a news release from the Roadrunners, opening night is set for Saturday, Oct. 23. Saturday, Nov. 13 is military appreciation...