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Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies
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By ELAINE GANLEY
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January 20, 2018 9:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, a man who raised the profile of top chefs from invisible kitchen artists to international celebrities, has died at 91, French officials announced.

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France’s best known chef Paul Bocuse died in France Saturday morning at the age of 91.

“Monsieur Paul,” as many knew him, passed away outside Lyons, in Collonges where his restaurant the Auberge du Pont de Collonges has held three Michelin stars for over half a century.

Bocuse’s death was announced on Twitter by Gérard Collomb, France’s Minister of the Interior and former Mayor of Lyon.

“Monsieur Paul was France,” Collomb wrote in French. “Simplicity & generosity Excellence & Style of living. The pope of food lovers has left us. May our chefs in Lyon, as in all corners of the world, cultivate the fruits of his passion.”

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A man who loved teaching, Bocuse was an influence on several generations of chefs worldwide. The Bocuse d’Or, an annual gastronomic competition known as the Oscars of the food world, was named after him.

Born in Collonges in February, 1926, Bocuse always said he “had the luck” to be trained first in the kitchens of La Mere Brazier and Fernand Point, who is considered the father of modern French cooking.

Bocuse always stressed that Point instructed him that anything done in the kitchen was worth doing well and that a chef/owner needed to be attentive to all details in a restaurant — including the glassware, nappery and to visit the dining room at the end of service.

After apprenticeship and a passage at Lucas-Carton in Paris, Bocuse set up his kitchen at the Auberge du Pont de Collognes, earning his first Michelin star in 1958 while still serving meals with steel cutlery on paper plates. His third star arrived in 1965.

He was already a budding international star when Nouvelle Cuisine arrived and embraced him. For decades, Bocuse served as France’s best known food ambassador. While traveling the world with his recipes, he maintained tight control over his restaurant operations, eventually becoming involved with only three outside Lyon: one in Switzerland and a pair of dining spots at Walt Disney World in Florida: Chef’s de France and Monsieur Paul.

In 2011, the Culinary Institute of America named him the Chef of the Century. They further honored him by naming their campus restaurant after him.

Sat Jan 20 09:00:03 EST 2018

Ann Curry is opening up about the pain of leaving the Today show, how she bounced back, and her emotional new TV series. Subscribe now for the EXCLUSIVE interview — only in PEOPLE!

Five years after leaving the Today show, Ann Curry is returning to television in the most prominent way since her controversial exit.

Sitting down exclusively with PEOPLE for this week’s issue (on stands now), the journalist opens up about her new six-part PBS docuseries We’ll Meet Again. 

“There was that kind of feeling that I’m not done,” she says. “If I can contribute work that matters, especially in this time when people are yearning for it, then I’d like to.”

 

Watch the full episode of PEOPLE Cover Story: Ann Curry, streaming now on PeopleTV. Go to People.com/peopletv, or download the app on your favorite streaming device.

 

The first series developed by her own production company, We’ll Meet Again focuses on 12 stories of people searching for individuals who changed their lives.

“I’ve always thought of journalism as a service profession,” she says. “I’m in it to give, not to get. This show lets me explore people’s beautiful wishes to reconnect with the people who helped them survive.”

“The power we have to do good and to have compassion lives deep within us all, and I believe it’s something we need to be reminded of,” she adds. “There are times we forget it exists, and we may be living in one of those times right now. But the capacity for good is still there. It exists, and it will rise again.”

For much more on Ann Curry, including her thoughts on the Matt Lauer scandal and the #MeToo movement, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now

After barely a year co-hosting Today with Matt Lauer, Curry left the NBC morning show in 2012 — an ordeal that came complete with gossip-column speculation that her firing had been due in part to a lack of “chemistry” with Lauer, 60, and amid reports that he had played a part in forcing her out. (NBC sources insist falling ratings were to blame; Lauer was fired in November for alleged sexual misconduct.)

“I can say today I’m stronger now,” she says. “I’m smarter. I’m happier, as happy as I’ve ever been. And my compassion has only grown. When you go through the pain and learn the lessons, you will be changed for the better.”

We’ll Meet Again premieres Jan. 23 on PBS.

Sat Jan 20 08:00:42 EST 2018

It’s almost impossible to believe that it’s been two decades since we first met Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen in the fictional, sleepy-yet-tumultuous town of Capeside, Massachusetts. But alas, it was Jan. 20, 1998, that Dawson’s Creek splashed onto screens in its debut on The WB (which was eventually replaced by The CW).

From the first time Katie Holmes‘ Joey Potter scaled a ladder that led to the Steven Spielberg-adorned bedroom of the titular character, played by James Van Der Beek, tweens and teens within five miles of a television were instantly hooked. Next-door-neighbors-turned-BFFs forced to grapple with their maturing hormones using vocabulary years ahead of the norm? It was the perfect storm for kids during a time when the internet was just starting to pick up steam and the hardest parts of life were figuring out how to get Sun-In to actually work in their hair, how to time cassette players just right to record songs off the radio, and how not to make Discmans skip.

Tag-teaming with a ’90s soundtrack featuring the likes of Jewel, Edwin McCain, Billie Myers and Sixpence None the Richer, the drama-filled plot lines of Dawson’s Creek‘s six seasons defined an era in a way no series before or since it has. It had kids asking their parents awkward questions like, “Why would someone use leather straps and Crisco at the same time?”, “Why can’t I go spend the night in so-and-so’s bed?” and “Why does Dawson walk his dog every morning?” (It was a euphemism for masturbation. Yes, really.)

With a main-event cast featuring the destined-for-greatness Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley and Joshua Jackson (a long way from his Mighty Ducks days) as Pacey — who sleeps with a teacher within the blink of an eye but eventually captures every heart with his roguish charm — plus supporting love from Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe, Mary-Margaret Humes, Broadway vet Mary Beth Peil and more, Dawson’s Creek delivered a bevy of lessons on first love, creating your own destiny, figuring out how to make the most out of life, friendship and everything in between.

The payment for this beautiful blip in sharp-scripted pop-culture history? A fated lifelong search to find our own soulmates and a huge heaping of tears — every single one worth it to experience this show following the chorus of Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” every week for five and a half glorious, angst-ridden years. (And thanks to Hulu, over and over again until the end of time.)

Here are our 10 most heartbreaking and emotional episodes of Dawson’s Creek, 20 years later.

1. Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

If there was an episode that could predict Williams as the breakout big-award winner for acting later in life, “Pilot” is the furthest one had to look. Initially entering the series as something almost out of a dream (so much so it is used again in a trance-like flashback during the series finale), Jen Lindley exits a taxi and introduces herself to the gang. Joey Potter, of course, is instantly intimidated, and thus would begin the infamous Jen vs. Joey Debate of 1998.

Even more breathtaking than Williams’ entrance, though, was her scene beside the bed of Jen’s dying grandfather, which was actually the scene she auditioned with that got her the part. The youngest cast member at the time, Williams kicked off the first of countless tearjerker moments peppered throughout the series just from her first solo performance.

And let’s not forget Pacey Witter, who — like Riverdale‘s Archie Andrews after him — all but hooked up with English teacher Tamara Jacobs in this very first episode. Not gut-wrenching in the same way, but all the same.

Standout Quote: “Grams, I’m an atheist.” — Jen Lindley

2. Season 1, Episode 12: “Beauty Contest”

While many fans remember the episode where Joey enters the Miss Windjammer pageant in the hopes of winning $5,000 toward her college tuition for her rendition of “Own My Own” from Les Misérables or Pacey’s outlandish monologue in the style of William Wallace as the only male contestant, there was a lot more going on.

“Beauty Contest” is the first time Dawson Leery sees — truly sees — his lifelong best friend as something more. Jen instantly picks up on this backstage as they watch Joey perform, and Dawson grasps it even harder afterward when he and Joey have yet another conversation about how their feelings are changing. It’s no surprise their first (real — the staged one in “Detention” doesn’t count) kiss was only one episode away.

Standout Quote: “It’s just makeup — and hairspray — and tomorrow I’ll be back to being Joey. Just Joey. The too-tall girl that lives on the wrong side of the creek.” — Joey Potter

RELATED GALLERY: The Stars of Dawson’s Creek: Where Are They Now?

3. Season 2, Episodes 14 and 15: “To Be or Not to Be”/”…That Is the Question”

This two-parter revolved around Jack McPhee — who is new to Capeside, alongside his sister Andie — coming to terms with the fact that he is gay and being forced by the actual worst teacher in the history of teaching to read a poem out loud that he is not ready to read.

If the close-to-tears tone in Jack’s voice and Mr. Peterson forcing him to continue reading weren’t enough to get waterworks going, the moment Pacey spits in the latter’s face was (secondary to the cheers, of course).

The second part sees an extremely emotional Jack pleading with his estranged father (played by the late David Dukes) to face the situation head-on, and the acting by Kerr Smith during this heated exchange still has many fans wondering why he doesn’t have an Emmy on his home mantel.

Luckily, Jack has a huge amount of support from his sister, friends and Jen’s Grams. And he and his dad do work it out — but not for a season and a half.

Standout Quote: “If Jack is gay, he doesn’t need your judgment, young man. The Lord above will be the one to judge him, as he will judge all of us.” — Evelyn “Grams” Ryan

4. Season 2, Episode 20: “Reunited”

The end of sophomore year is rough for Andie McPhee, who was just introduced at the beginning of the season and has slowly been descending into scary territory, hearing her dead brother Tim’s voice and seeing visions of him. In “Reunited,” she breaks completely, spiraling inside a locked bathroom.

She finally allows her boyfriend Pacey and brother Jack to comfort her — but what happens over the summer when she’s away getting help made it difficult for all Pacey fans to ever rejoin Team Andie.

Standout Quote: “You have to, Andie. You have to choose. And I’m begging you, from the bottom of my heart, to please choose me. Open this door, come out here, and choose me.” — Pacey Witter

5. Season 2, Episode 22: “Parental Discretion Advised”

Joey’s complicated relationship with her father comes to a head in season 2’s penultimate episode, which sees her going against her gut instincts by wearing a wire to send him back to jail for dealing drugs yet again — something that led to the family restaurant, the Ice House, burning down as a result of a deal gone bad. (Don’t worry — Pacey eventually reopens it.)

Even sadder than the tears shed by the Potter family as its patriarch surrenders himself over to the police? The broken relationship between Joey and Dawson. The boy whom she has loved her entire life and has seemed to grow up with a perfect family (save the whole cheating thing and, a few seasons later, Mitch Leery’s literal death by ice cream) suddenly becomes someone Joey doesn’t recognize anymore.

Standout Quote: “Some situations are too tragic to have a hero.” — Dawson Leery

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6. Season 3, Episode 20: “The Longest Day”

Season 3 remains one of if not the strongest season of Dawson’s Creek in that it represented the true climax of the series. Boiled down to one episode, that climax is “The Longest Day,” when Joey and Pacey finally work up the (admittedly hesitant) courage to tell Dawson they have romantic feelings for each other. It’s told from three different points of view, which also makes it a pretty unique episode, emotional impact aside.

As one would expect, Dawson reacts very poorly, even though he was the one who asked Pacey to keep an eye out for Joey after Dawson himself rejected her. But that’s textbook Dawson — and it doesn’t change the fact that anyone who has been on the receiving end of betrayal not only from their best friend but also their assumed romantic soulmate knew what the poor guy was feeling, lash-outs and all. And it sucked.

Standout Quote: “Ever had one of those days you wish you could live all over again?” — Joey Potter (voice-over)

7. Season 3, Episode 23: “True Love”

Season 3’s finale packed a lot of punch in different ways: Mitch and Gail Leery remarry, Joey sails off into the sunset with Pacey, Jack and his dad finally reach an understanding. But most importantly and notably, it was the birth of the Dawson Leery cry face meme.

It happens when Joey runs off after his parents’ wedding. So not only did the poor guy have to watch his parents tie the knot for a second time, but he becomes the outcast third wheel yet again in the romantic life of his two best friends. Savage.

Jack and his dad have an extremely heartwarming scene in this episode, when Mr. McPhee finally accepts that his son is gay with literal open arms, and the two sweetly hug it out. On the kitchen floor.

“True Love” was also the first time on network television two men were shown kissing, which seems late now but at the time was pretty wonderful and, yes, long overdue.

Standout Quote: “I didn’t ask to be gay.” — Jack McPhee / “No more than I asked for a gay son … but boy, am I glad I got one.” — Joseph McPhee

8. Season 4, Episode 20: “Promicide”

Pacey spends two entire seasons making everyone fall in love with him as Joey does (remember when he watched her sleep, and as a teenager that wasn’t at all creepy but now sort of is?), then promptly smashes that visage with a temper tantrum at the gang’s prom that ends with him dumping Joey in front of the entire senior class.

And it’s not because Joey is upset that he messed up the flowers and the limo or other items on the laundry list of things he thinks he has to do to make Joey happy. It’s because deep down, Pacey thinks he isn’t good enough for her, and she’s going off to college to become something great while he’s stuck in Capeside with his insecurities.

For those who had been rooting for this couple from the beginning, it was a rough 44 minutes. Luckily, the writers put Joey and Pacey together in the end, and for that they deserve the world.

Standout Quote: “You break my heart into a thousand pieces, and you say it’s because I deserve better?” — Joey Potter

9. Season 5, Episode 15: “Downtown Crossing”

While seasons 5 and 6, aka the college years, didn’t quite embody the charm of the first four seasons, a few episodes stand out in memory. One is “Downtown Crossing,” which tells the story of a time Joey gets mugged but grows close to her assailant after he is hit by a car following the scuffle.

At the hospital, she slowly learns that not only is he a dad, but that his daughter is named Sammy — which further encourages Joey to draw parallels between his situation and her difficult one with her own father.

Standout Quote: “It’s funny how things are always shifting like that. One day, you have the upper hand, you’re in control, and the next, you’re totally at somebody’s mercy.” — Joey’s mugger

RELATED GALLERY: Will There Ever Be a Dawson’s Creek Reunion? Here’s Everything the Cast Has Said About It

10. Season 6, Episodes 23 and 24: “All Good Things … “/”Must Come to an End”

Dashing all hopes of Williams making a non-ghost return to any future Dawson’s Creek revival that the ’90s teen soap gods decide to one day bestow upon thirty-somethings, Jen bites the bullet in the series finale. “All Good Things … “/”Must Come to an End” takes place five years in the future when the gang is 25 years old — which, for Creek fans in 2003, seemed so old, and now … does not. Especially for death.

Player 1 in the “We haven’t drowned viewers in their own tears yet, so let’s give it one last shot” game? Jen’s video message to her baby daughter Amy, whom she puts BFF Jack in charge of raising alongside his boyfriend: Pacey’s brother Doug, who turns out to be gay after all after six seasons of tasteless jokes from Pacey about it.

The video (shot by Dawson, natch) rivals Williams’ first appearance in the series. The audience sees the same strong person she was 10 years previous, radiating through her words and her eyes as she speaks to her daughter’s future, and Dawson, somehow, manages not to shed even a single tear.

And who can forget the moment she finally succumbs to her illness, with Grams by her side — a woman who has cared for Jen as if she were her own child over the past decade who can only utter “I’ll see you soon, child” as her final words to her granddaughter. Tissues, anyone?

Standout Quote: “The thing that I’ve come to realize, sweetheart, is that it just doesn’t matter if God exists or not. The important thing is for you to believe in something, because I promise you that belief will keep you warm at night, and I want you to feel safe always.” — Jen Lindley

Honorable Mention: Season 3, Episode 22: The Anti-Prom

Fans know the moment — the line that sealed the deal between Pacey and Joey shortly before they boarded the True Love during the summer of 2000 and set off Dawson’s iconic cry face.

Pacey notices Joey is wearing her late mom’s bracelet, and recounts word for word and detail for detail the exchange between them when she told him the day she found it, six months earlier.

Joey: “You remember that?”

Pacey:

May every Dawson’s Creek fan have found their Pacey and still be living happily ever after.


PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of French chef Paul Bocuse at 91 (all times local): 2:55 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Paul Bocuse, the man who embodied French cuisine all over the world.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, considered the main architect of a decade of bloody wars in the Balkans, is not the first person who comes to mind when thinking about subjects for a possible musical.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild Awards' tendency to predict eventual Oscar winners won't be the only thing commanding attention when the 24th annual ceremony airs Sunday.

DALLAS (AP) — Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap "Peyton Place," died Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93.

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar nominations balloting might be finished but Hollywood's "Me Too" moment has kept right on going. When Academy Awards nominations are announced Tuesday morning, it might be a brief, celebratory reprieve for an industry enflamed by sexual harassment scandals and gender equality protests.

Chicago — where Kanye West was raised — is the name of baby No. 3 with Kim Kardashian West. Mom made the announcement Friday on her app without explanation.

NEW YORK (AP) — A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told The Associated Press.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors this week asked the judge in Bill Cosby's spring retrial to let jurors hear from 19 other women who say the entertainer drugged and molested them.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say rapper Kodak Black was arrested several days after a guest at his Florida home live-streamed people handling marijuana and a handgun around an infant.

HELSINKI (AP) — A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S.

PARIS (AP) — There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold.

ATLANTA (AP) — Music executive Lyor Cohen says hip-hop should dominate the top categories at the upcoming Grammys. Cohen spoke with The Associated Press on Thursday about the Recording Academy giving rap a "deserving" chance.

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who worked for Michael Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her — an allegation the actor has vigorously denied.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, one of the stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV series that depicted 20-somethings partying and brawling by the seaside, pleaded guilty Friday to cheating on his taxes.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Julius Lester, an author, musician, civil rights activist and university professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Producers Guild of America has ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, requesting that every film and TV production offer in-person harassment training and provide multiple ways for alleged victims to complain.

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years ago, Paula Cole heard her name called, went up to the stage and took home the Grammy Award for best new artist.

BOSTON (AP) — Eight months after ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison, a new book by bestselling author James Patterson is reviving unanswered questions.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five feature films including "The Shape of Water" and "Call Me By Your Name" have been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards, one year after it found only two films to honor for gay-inclusive story lines and characters.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Kathy Connell, putting on the Screen Actors Guild Awards is part of a family legacy. The veteran producer behind every SAG Awards ceremony first got involved with the union because of her actor father, and serving on the union board led her to meet her husband, Daryl Anderson.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dakota Fanning was unfazed by being on her own for six months in Budapest or the dark nature of the TV series that brought her there, TNT's adaptation of "The Alienist," Caleb Carr's 1994 novel.

LONDON (AP) — The hair on the heir is no longer quite so apparent. Prince William, whose hairline has been receding for years, has opted for a dramatic close-shaved new hairstyle.

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner is awaiting the results of tests to determine what killed The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan.