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Robin Williams has checked into rehab again.

The 62-year-old actor is seeking treatment at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to help him maintain his long-term sobriety.

His representative told TMZ.com: ''After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.''

It is believed Robin will be spending the next several weeks at the facility seeking professional help.

In 2006, the comedian checked himself into a substance abuse rehabilitation centre in Oregon after admitting he was an alcoholic following two decades without booze.

His publicist said at the time: ''After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family.''

The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' star also battled with cocaine addiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but quit the drug following the death of his close friend John Belushi in 1982 and the birth of his son Zachary in 1983.

Robin previously admitted he once thought he could handle his substance abuse on his own, but realised he would only kick his addiction with professional help.

He said: ''You can't [deal with it on your own]. That's the bottom line. You really think you can, then you realise, I need help, and that's the word ... It's hard admitting it, then once you've done that, it's real easy.''

Meanwhile, the star has been busy working on the upcoming movie 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb', which is expected to hit screens later this year.


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Robin Williams' 'Merry Friggin' Christmas' Co-Star, Joel McHale, Says Comedian Won't Relapse 4284994 News

At the beginning of this month, Robin Williams checked into rehab to "fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment" to maintaining sober.

The comedian hasn't had any setbacks or fallen off the wagon, but he is just taking precautions to avoid relapsing.

And Williams' 'Merry Friggin' Christmas' co-star, Joel McHale, thinks he will "win" his battle with alcoholism.

''He wore his struggles and sobriety and was very up front and candid about what he has gone through," McHale told New York Daily News newspaper's Confidenti@l column.

Adding, ''I know he is a man who likes to win and be healthy. So him going back to rehab, I pray it all works out.''

Williams is reportedly in a program called The Lodge, which the rehabilitation center's website describes as "immers(ing) you in the Twelve Step design for living that can inform and transform every aspect of your life."

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," the 62 year-old's rep said in a statement.

It is worth noting to any concerned fans, the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' actor's decision to enter the facility wasn't a spontaneous decision either, a source close to him told revealed at the time, "This was totally planned and scheduled, He's been working for about 18 months straight. He had some time off so is using it to do a check-in."

McHale also spoke very highly of his time working with the Oscar winner, describing their time together as an education.

More: What Happened To 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'?

"When you talk to Robin you think, 'I have learned more in the last 20 minutes than I ever learned,'" the 42 year-old said. "He is such an open soul and one of the most sensitive and great guys, and I would kill for the man. And I have already offered to kill people for him."

More: 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Good luck to Williams in his quest maintain being sober!

Robin Williams
Williams entered rehab to maintain his sobriety 

At the beginning of this month, Robin Williams checked into rehab to "fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment" to maintaining sober.

The comedian hasn't had any setbacks or fallen off the wagon, but he is just taking precautions to avoid relapsing.

And Williams' 'Merry Friggin' Christmas' co-star, Joel McHale, thinks he will "win" his battle with alcoholism.

''He wore his struggles and sobriety and was very up front and candid about what he has gone through," McHale told New York Daily News newspaper's Confidenti@l column.

Adding, ''I know he is a man who likes to win and be healthy. So him going back to rehab, I pray it all works out.''

Williams is reportedly in a program called The Lodge, which the rehabilitation center's website describes as "immers(ing) you in the Twelve Step design for living that can inform and transform every aspect of your life."

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," the 62 year-old's rep said in a statement.

It is worth noting to any concerned fans, the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' actor's decision to enter the facility wasn't a spontaneous decision either, a source close to him told revealed at the time, "This was totally planned and scheduled, He's been working for about 18 months straight. He had some time off so is using it to do a check-in."

McHale also spoke very highly of his time working with the Oscar winner, describing their time together as an education.

More: What Happened To 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'?

"When you talk to Robin you think, 'I have learned more in the last 20 minutes than I ever learned,'" the 42 year-old said. "He is such an open soul and one of the most sensitive and great guys, and I would kill for the man. And I have already offered to kill people for him."

More: 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Good luck to Williams in his quest maintain being sober!

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Williams entered rehab to maintain his sobriety 

15th July 2014 4209013
Robin Williams' Rehab Stint Doesn't Mean He Fell Off The Wagon 4268832 News

Robin Williams has joined a string of celebs and gone back into rehab. Unlike some other recovering alcoholics, however, the comedy icon hasn’t had any embarrassing public accidents to aid his decision. Instead, his publicist described the move as an part of his “continued commitment” to sobriety.

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Williams isn't completely off the wagon, he just needs some time to recover between movies.

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," his rep tells PEOPLE.

The 62-year-old actor plans to stay at the unnamed rehab facility for several weeks. The rep did not give an exact timeframe, but Williams is scheduled to start filming on Mrs. Doubtfire 2 later this year.

Robin Williams
The actor wants to honour his commitment to sobriety.

Williams last sought treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006. His history of substance abuse dates back to the beginning of his career, when the actor became addicted to cocaine. He quit cocaine and alcohol altogether in 1982 when his first wife, Valerie, was pregnant with their son Zachary, now 31. Much later, Williams opened up about his substance abuse to PEOPLE magazine. He was also influenced by the untimely death of fellow actor John Belushi, who died on May 5, 1982 of a cocaine/heroin overdose.

More: Robin Williams Enters Rehab Again But Only To Maintain His 8 Years Of Sobriety

"The Belushi tragedy was frightening," Williams said. "His death scared a whole group of show-business people. It caused a big exodus from drugs. And for me, there was the baby coming. I knew I couldn't be a father and live that sort of life."

"Cocaine for me," Williams told in 1988, "was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down."

More: Mrs. Doubtfire Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

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Williams has been clean and sober since 2006.

Robin Williams has joined a string of celebs and gone back into rehab. Unlike some other recovering alcoholics, however, the comedy icon hasn’t had any embarrassing public accidents to aid his decision. Instead, his publicist described the move as an part of his “continued commitment” to sobriety.

Robin Williams
Williams isn't completely off the wagon, he just needs some time to recover between movies.

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," his rep tells PEOPLE.

The 62-year-old actor plans to stay at the unnamed rehab facility for several weeks. The rep did not give an exact timeframe, but Williams is scheduled to start filming on Mrs. Doubtfire 2 later this year.

Robin Williams
The actor wants to honour his commitment to sobriety.

Williams last sought treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006. His history of substance abuse dates back to the beginning of his career, when the actor became addicted to cocaine. He quit cocaine and alcohol altogether in 1982 when his first wife, Valerie, was pregnant with their son Zachary, now 31. Much later, Williams opened up about his substance abuse to PEOPLE magazine. He was also influenced by the untimely death of fellow actor John Belushi, who died on May 5, 1982 of a cocaine/heroin overdose.

More: Robin Williams Enters Rehab Again But Only To Maintain His 8 Years Of Sobriety

"The Belushi tragedy was frightening," Williams said. "His death scared a whole group of show-business people. It caused a big exodus from drugs. And for me, there was the baby coming. I knew I couldn't be a father and live that sort of life."

"Cocaine for me," Williams told in 1988, "was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down."

More: Mrs. Doubtfire Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Robin Williams
Williams has been clean and sober since 2006.

2nd July 2014 4046034
Robin Williams Enters Rehab But Only To Maintain His 8 Years Of Sobriety 4267851 News

Robin Williams recently entered rehab once again, but it is only a precaution.

The comedian hasn't had any setbacks or fallen off the wagon, he just wants to attempt to maintain his sobriety.

TMZ reports, Williams checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota.

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," the 62 year-old's rep said in a statement.

Williams is reportedly in a program called The Lodge, which the rehabilitation center's website describes as "immers(ing) you in the Twelve Step design for living that can inform and transform every aspect of your life."

TMZ also notes that the 'Mrs Doubtfire' actor will be staying at the facility for several weeks.

This wasn't a spontaneous decision either, a source close to him told E!News, "This was totally planned and scheduled, He's been working for about 18 months straight. He had some time off so is using it to do a check-in."

Most recently Williams was starring alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt in the CBS series 'The Crazy Ones' as Simon Roberts, an eccentric Chicago advertising executive, but the television network chose to cancel it after one season.

The funnyman has always been very open about his past struggles with drugs and alcohol abuse, but after being sober for 20 years he relapsed while filming the 2005 movie 'The Big White.' A year later he entered rehab and has been clean ever since.

More: What Happened To 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'?

"One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel's. And then that voice-I call it the 'lower power'-goes, 'Hey. Just a taste. Just one,'" Williams said to Parade about falling off the wagon in 2005. "I drank it, and there was that brief moment of 'Oh, I'm okay!' But it escalated so quickly."

More: 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Adding, "Within a week I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street. I knew it was really bad one Thanksgiving when I was so drunk they had to take me upstairs."

Robin Williams
Williams will stay in the rehabilitation facility for several weeks

Robin Williams recently entered rehab once again, but it is only a precaution.

The comedian hasn't had any setbacks or fallen off the wagon, he just wants to attempt to maintain his sobriety.

TMZ reports, Williams checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota.

"After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," the 62 year-old's rep said in a statement.

Williams is reportedly in a program called The Lodge, which the rehabilitation center's website describes as "immers(ing) you in the Twelve Step design for living that can inform and transform every aspect of your life."

TMZ also notes that the 'Mrs Doubtfire' actor will be staying at the facility for several weeks.

This wasn't a spontaneous decision either, a source close to him told E!News, "This was totally planned and scheduled, He's been working for about 18 months straight. He had some time off so is using it to do a check-in."

Most recently Williams was starring alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt in the CBS series 'The Crazy Ones' as Simon Roberts, an eccentric Chicago advertising executive, but the television network chose to cancel it after one season.

The funnyman has always been very open about his past struggles with drugs and alcohol abuse, but after being sober for 20 years he relapsed while filming the 2005 movie 'The Big White.' A year later he entered rehab and has been clean ever since.

More: What Happened To 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'?

"One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel's. And then that voice-I call it the 'lower power'-goes, 'Hey. Just a taste. Just one,'" Williams said to Parade about falling off the wagon in 2005. "I drank it, and there was that brief moment of 'Oh, I'm okay!' But it escalated so quickly."

More: 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Adding, "Within a week I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street. I knew it was really bad one Thanksgiving when I was so drunk they had to take me upstairs."

Robin Williams
Williams will stay in the rehabilitation facility for several weeks

2nd July 2014 3788682
What Happened To 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'? 4222284 News

It had the promise to be a supremely enjoyable farcical comedy, yet The Angriest Man In Brooklyn has positively bombed across the board, receiving a paltry 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics loathe it whilst audiences are equally unenthused after a slew of damning reviews posited the film as an appalling failure that benefits nobody- cast or audience. But where did it all go wrong?

Kunis at the 2014 MTV AwardsKulis' performance has been singled out as particularly bland.

The film itself is a remake of the Israeli film called The 92 Minutes Of Mr. Baum and the plot seems to fit succinctly with Robin Williams’s trademark style of hyperactive comedy and melancholy redemption. A cantankerous man is wrongly informed by his doctor that he only has ninety minutes to live, prompting Williams character, Henry Altman, on a race against time to make amends with his family members who he has mistreated over the years. Henry’s doctor, played by Mila Kunis, suffers a lapse of judgement after being in the midst of a bad day herself, and scurries across Brooklyn to track down Henry and correct her mis-diagnosis.

Criticism has been levelled at every facet of the film, from the camerawork to the performances of the actors themselves. It seems the entire project was ill-conceived, ill-judged and enacted so poorly the film is laughable, for all the wrong reasons. Williams turn here has been described as “dreadfully predictable” and he takes upon the type of role that he has consistently frequented throughout his career. Kunis, who actually credited as co-executive producer, has been on the end of repeated quips about the blandness of her performance, with one Hollywood Reporter reviewer deeming her performance as “grating”.

Meanwhile, the appearance of potentially endearing comedic performances by Louis C.K and Games of Thrones favourite Peter Dinklage are squandered. Needless to say, it seems none of the cast emerge from the end of the film with their integrity bolstered, instead they can only blunder their way through a terrible and overly-familiar “man tries to right his wrongs” plot.

Robin Williams On SetRobin Williams plays the same type of character that has so far defined his career.

It is packed with cliché, including sappy misty-lensed flash-backs which show Williams in happier times before the bitterness descended due to the death of his son and the refusal of his other son to join his firm. Director Phil Alden Robinson had not directed a feature film since 2002’s Sum Of All Fears, which was greeted with a reception only slightly warmer than that directed towards his current feature. A twelve year absence from film-making seems to have had little positive effect on his approach to The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. Described as a “schmaltzy opera” by Variety, it barely qualifies as a comedy. Instead, it mines trite melancholy and makes ham-fisted attempts at poignancy. Expect The Angriest Man In Brooklyn to sink without a trace.

It had the promise to be a supremely enjoyable farcical comedy, yet The Angriest Man In Brooklyn has positively bombed across the board, receiving a paltry 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics loathe it whilst audiences are equally unenthused after a slew of damning reviews posited the film as an appalling failure that benefits nobody- cast or audience. But where did it all go wrong?

Kunis at the 2014 MTV AwardsKulis' performance has been singled out as particularly bland.

The film itself is a remake of the Israeli film called The 92 Minutes Of Mr. Baum and the plot seems to fit succinctly with Robin Williams’s trademark style of hyperactive comedy and melancholy redemption. A cantankerous man is wrongly informed by his doctor that he only has ninety minutes to live, prompting Williams character, Henry Altman, on a race against time to make amends with his family members who he has mistreated over the years. Henry’s doctor, played by Mila Kunis, suffers a lapse of judgement after being in the midst of a bad day herself, and scurries across Brooklyn to track down Henry and correct her mis-diagnosis.

Criticism has been levelled at every facet of the film, from the camerawork to the performances of the actors themselves. It seems the entire project was ill-conceived, ill-judged and enacted so poorly the film is laughable, for all the wrong reasons. Williams turn here has been described as “dreadfully predictable” and he takes upon the type of role that he has consistently frequented throughout his career. Kunis, who actually credited as co-executive producer, has been on the end of repeated quips about the blandness of her performance, with one Hollywood Reporter reviewer deeming her performance as “grating”.

Meanwhile, the appearance of potentially endearing comedic performances by Louis C.K and Games of Thrones favourite Peter Dinklage are squandered. Needless to say, it seems none of the cast emerge from the end of the film with their integrity bolstered, instead they can only blunder their way through a terrible and overly-familiar “man tries to right his wrongs” plot.

Robin Williams On SetRobin Williams plays the same type of character that has so far defined his career.

It is packed with cliché, including sappy misty-lensed flash-backs which show Williams in happier times before the bitterness descended due to the death of his son and the refusal of his other son to join his firm. Director Phil Alden Robinson had not directed a feature film since 2002’s Sum Of All Fears, which was greeted with a reception only slightly warmer than that directed towards his current feature. A twelve year absence from film-making seems to have had little positive effect on his approach to The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. Described as a “schmaltzy opera” by Variety, it barely qualifies as a comedy. Instead, it mines trite melancholy and makes ham-fisted attempts at poignancy. Expect The Angriest Man In Brooklyn to sink without a trace.

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5 Networks Cancel 22 Shows Including CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' And 'Hostages' 4188919 News

22 shows from five different television networks have been cut over the last week. Whilst it is bad news for fans of Robin William’s and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s The Crazy Ones but Simon Baker will return as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist.

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Robin Williams' comedy The Crazy Ones has been cancelled after one season.

CBS’ The Mentalist has been struggling recently, with a decline in ratings evident. However, it was announced on Saturday (10th May) the crime drama would be continuing for a seventh season. It’s one of the shows which were under review by executives, as EW reports.

Nevertheless, the network has cancelled comedies Bad Teacher, Crazy Ones and Friends with Better Lives after only one season. Two dramas, Hostages and Intelligence, were also axed. The shows have consistently received poor ratings but the latter two managed to draw audiences of up to 10 million.

Read more: Was The Robin Williams Reddit AMA Better Than The Crazy One?
Read more: Bad Teacher, New CBS Comedy Scrapes A Pass.

Rake
Greg Kinnear and the cast of Rake. The show has not been renewed for a second series.

On other networks, comedies have also suffered including Fox’s Rake, starring Greg Kinnear, which was based on the popular Australian series of the same name. Dads and Enlisted have also been cancelled by the network, all after their first season. ABC has cancelled Suburgatory, Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife, Neighbours and Mixology. Once more demonstrating comedies have definitely not fared well during this latest review of shows. NBC have chosen to renew a number of their science fiction shows including Dracula, which starred Jonathon Rhys Meyers, and Revolution, starring Joel McHale.

Whilst fans of sitcoms may be concerned the networks are moving in a different direction, this is most definitely not the case as CBS has already ordered a number of new series including The Odd Couple, set to star Matthew Perry. Science fiction also dominates the five other series picked up by the network, as EW reports, including Scorpion. Scorpion sounds remarkably like an X-Men drama crossed with Syfy’s failed show Alphas in which a team of experts attempt to save the modern world from a series of disasters. Further cancellations are due to be announced within the next week.

Simon Baker
Simon Baker will be returning to his role in The Mentalist after the series was picked up for a seventh season.

22 shows from five different television networks have been cut over the last week. Whilst it is bad news for fans of Robin William’s and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s The Crazy Ones but Simon Baker will return as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams' comedy The Crazy Ones has been cancelled after one season.

CBS’ The Mentalist has been struggling recently, with a decline in ratings evident. However, it was announced on Saturday (10th May) the crime drama would be continuing for a seventh season. It’s one of the shows which were under review by executives, as EW reports.

Nevertheless, the network has cancelled comedies Bad Teacher, Crazy Ones and Friends with Better Lives after only one season. Two dramas, Hostages and Intelligence, were also axed. The shows have consistently received poor ratings but the latter two managed to draw audiences of up to 10 million.

Read more: Was The Robin Williams Reddit AMA Better Than The Crazy One?
Read more: Bad Teacher, New CBS Comedy Scrapes A Pass.

Rake
Greg Kinnear and the cast of Rake. The show has not been renewed for a second series.

On other networks, comedies have also suffered including Fox’s Rake, starring Greg Kinnear, which was based on the popular Australian series of the same name. Dads and Enlisted have also been cancelled by the network, all after their first season. ABC has cancelled Suburgatory, Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife, Neighbours and Mixology. Once more demonstrating comedies have definitely not fared well during this latest review of shows. NBC have chosen to renew a number of their science fiction shows including Dracula, which starred Jonathon Rhys Meyers, and Revolution, starring Joel McHale.

Whilst fans of sitcoms may be concerned the networks are moving in a different direction, this is most definitely not the case as CBS has already ordered a number of new series including The Odd Couple, set to star Matthew Perry. Science fiction also dominates the five other series picked up by the network, as EW reports, including Scorpion. Scorpion sounds remarkably like an X-Men drama crossed with Syfy’s failed show Alphas in which a team of experts attempt to save the modern world from a series of disasters. Further cancellations are due to be announced within the next week.

Simon Baker
Simon Baker will be returning to his role in The Mentalist after the series was picked up for a seventh season.

11th May 2014 4046034
'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams? 4160298 News

The news that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is definitely in the works 21 years after the 1993 comedy classic has been met mostly with hearty cries of "hooray" and reminiscing about the movie's poofy early '90s hair-dos, bad fashion and the endlessly funny story of a man who disguises himself as an elderly Scottish nanny in order to sneak his way back into his ex-wife's and children's lives.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams Will Play Mrs. Doubtfire Again, In An Upcoming Sequel.

However, others have reacted with a mixture of trepidation and concern for fond childhood memories which could be about to be splattered all over a wall if Hollywood makes a classic hash of this most precarious of follow-up films. Actor Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are driving the motion for a sequel, which is said to have been in slow development since 2001, the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel reportedly stalled several times due to Columbus and Williams not being sold on any proposed new takes.

This process may have been frustrating for the actor and filmmaker but as fans we cling to this news as a hallmark that the new film hasn't quickly been thrown together to raise some quick cash during a quiet period in the stars' respective careers. After two divorces and the accompanying big settlements, Williams has claimed that he no longer lives the lavish lifestyle associated with the Hollywood glitterati.

Chris Columbus
Director Chris Columbus Will Helm The Sequel To His Hit 1993 Comedy.

Ahead of his TV comeback on sitcom The Crazy Ones, he revealed to Parade magazine last September how securing a steady income had become a challenge: "The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two (other) choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale (minimum union pay). The movies are good, but a lot of times they don't even have distribution," the 62 year-old explained.

The actor continued "There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I'm selling the ranch up in Napa - I just can't afford it anymore. Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.' It's ripping your heart out through your wallet... Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No."

Watch The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Trailer:
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Of course, probably 95% of all the actors in the world have to work purely to pay their bills but not all of them are in the same privileged position as Williams when it comes to choosing a new role or project. Regardless of his current financial situation, his enviably extensive filmography and undoubted talent means that, at least relatively, he should never be in trouble.

Robin Williams Oscars Pressroom
We're Praying The New Movie Is More Than Just Another Way For Williams To Pay His Bills.

The problem is, for many children of the eighties and nineties, memories of watching the comforting Mrs. Doubtfire from beneath a duvet on an off-school sick day are uniquely treasured. Scenes such as the "drive by fruiting," the attempted mugging, and - obviously - the toe-curling unmasking in the restaurant will never fail to raise a guffaw from those just as amused by the movie on the twentieth watch as they were on the first.

So why is he so eager to don the false teeth, prosthetic bosom and itchy wig of his most famous character again? Well perhaps for this reason alone, although the actor hasn't released an official statement yet. Mara Wilson (AKA little Lyddie) has already ruled herself out and the rest of the cast have remained strangely quiet.

The original Mrs. D was a huge box office hit which, let's face it, is probably a big motivating factor for Doubtfire 2. Us twenty and thirty-somethings are just praying that the new film won't be a childhood-ruiner.

More: Robin Williams' 'The Crazy Ones' trounces 'The Michael J Fox Show' in ratings.

More: Robin Williams takes part in Reddit AMA session - find out what was said.

The news that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is definitely in the works 21 years after the 1993 comedy classic has been met mostly with hearty cries of "hooray" and reminiscing about the movie's poofy early '90s hair-dos, bad fashion and the endlessly funny story of a man who disguises himself as an elderly Scottish nanny in order to sneak his way back into his ex-wife's and children's lives.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams Will Play Mrs. Doubtfire Again, In An Upcoming Sequel.

However, others have reacted with a mixture of trepidation and concern for fond childhood memories which could be about to be splattered all over a wall if Hollywood makes a classic hash of this most precarious of follow-up films. Actor Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are driving the motion for a sequel, which is said to have been in slow development since 2001, the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel reportedly stalled several times due to Columbus and Williams not being sold on any proposed new takes.

This process may have been frustrating for the actor and filmmaker but as fans we cling to this news as a hallmark that the new film hasn't quickly been thrown together to raise some quick cash during a quiet period in the stars' respective careers. After two divorces and the accompanying big settlements, Williams has claimed that he no longer lives the lavish lifestyle associated with the Hollywood glitterati.

Chris Columbus
Director Chris Columbus Will Helm The Sequel To His Hit 1993 Comedy.

Ahead of his TV comeback on sitcom The Crazy Ones, he revealed to Parade magazine last September how securing a steady income had become a challenge: "The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two (other) choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale (minimum union pay). The movies are good, but a lot of times they don't even have distribution," the 62 year-old explained.

The actor continued "There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I'm selling the ranch up in Napa - I just can't afford it anymore. Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.' It's ripping your heart out through your wallet... Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No."

Watch The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Trailer:
<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DoAEouJTdWY?autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=0;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Of course, probably 95% of all the actors in the world have to work purely to pay their bills but not all of them are in the same privileged position as Williams when it comes to choosing a new role or project. Regardless of his current financial situation, his enviably extensive filmography and undoubted talent means that, at least relatively, he should never be in trouble.

Robin Williams Oscars Pressroom
We're Praying The New Movie Is More Than Just Another Way For Williams To Pay His Bills.

The problem is, for many children of the eighties and nineties, memories of watching the comforting Mrs. Doubtfire from beneath a duvet on an off-school sick day are uniquely treasured. Scenes such as the "drive by fruiting," the attempted mugging, and - obviously - the toe-curling unmasking in the restaurant will never fail to raise a guffaw from those just as amused by the movie on the twentieth watch as they were on the first.

So why is he so eager to don the false teeth, prosthetic bosom and itchy wig of his most famous character again? Well perhaps for this reason alone, although the actor hasn't released an official statement yet. Mara Wilson (AKA little Lyddie) has already ruled herself out and the rest of the cast have remained strangely quiet.

The original Mrs. D was a huge box office hit which, let's face it, is probably a big motivating factor for Doubtfire 2. Us twenty and thirty-somethings are just praying that the new film won't be a childhood-ruiner.

More: Robin Williams' 'The Crazy Ones' trounces 'The Michael J Fox Show' in ratings.

More: Robin Williams takes part in Reddit AMA session - find out what was said.

18th April 2014 4046034
Wait, Isn't Mrs Doubtfire 2 Actually A Terrible Idea? 4159343 News

The news that a sequel to Mrs Doubtfire was in the works seems to have caught fire on the internet today quicker than Robin William’s fake boobs did. When word hit the web the general reaction seemed to be one of excitement at the prospect of Mrs Doubtfire follow up which would come a lengthly 21 years after the original. The reaction isn’t really surprising, given how great the original was, but really is a sequel what we wanted? Although no one really wants to say it, could Mrs Doubtfire 2 actually be a pretty terrible idea?

Robin WilliamsCould Robin Williams be Mrs Doubtfire again?

There’s no debating that the original Mrs Doubtfire was a classic example of early 90s family friendly comedy. It had all the right ingredients, a star performance from Robin Williams, a great supporting cast, a ludicrous yet hilarious plot and also a sweet and sincere underlying message. Actually, in the field of family friendly comedy, Mrs Doubtfire was pretty much perfect. That’s why news of a sequel should be greeted a little more apprehensively.

Of course sequels are the big thing these days, sometimes it seems like if a movie can’t be ‘franchised’ than it’s not really worth doing. The idea that every movie needs a follow up is now even extending to films you would have thought were long past their time for a sequel. We’ve got Dumber and Dumber To coming out later this year and a Goonies follow up is also said to be in the works. Like Mrs Doubtfire those two films are over 20 years old, yet for some reason they’re being resurrected again for a second outing.

Robin WilliamsDo we really want to see mrs Doubtfire 21 years on?

For Dumb and Dumber 2 and The Goonies, the ideas might not be that far fetched, both films have a story which could lend itself to being revisited 20 years later. Mrs Doubtfire? Not so much. It’s actually pretty hard to think of what they could do with a sequel, now the children are all grown up and William’s himself is 62. What it could be is a continuation of Daniel’s story with him now being a tv star in the Mrs Doubtfire guise. This would make it something completely different from the original film and could lead the whole charm of the character being lost. Really Mrs Doubtfire wasn't so well loved because the idea of Robin Williams in drag is intrinsically funny, it's more because the movie exhibited so much charm and underlying depth. Without the plot line of a father going to any and all lengths to stay in his children’s lives the whole concept might just fall flat.

Really it’s hard to imagine that this movie could be being made for any reason other than money, which of course is at the root of all Hollywood endeavours. The only other reason could be that Williams and director Chris Columbus have some sort of amazing idea up their sleeve that they just had to make happen. Sadly, that’s probably unlikely.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p>For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.</p>&mdash; Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaraWritesStuff/statuses/456669808436604928" rel="nofollow" >April 17, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Perhaps the person to put it best was actress Mara Wilson, who played one of the daughters in the original movie. When world got out of a sequel, she took to twitter to stop any rumours of her involvement saying, “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.” Wilson, who is now retired from acting later added, “Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end.” Wilson is probably right, Mrs Doubtfire did end where it needed to end and really a sequel, especially this long after the original, just seems a bit unnecessary. Sorry Mrs Doubtfire, but we do hope you can prove us wrong.

More: Mara Wilson Against Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel

More: 'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel? Robin Williams To Don Wig And Fake Boobs Once More!

The news that a sequel to Mrs Doubtfire was in the works seems to have caught fire on the internet today quicker than Robin William’s fake boobs did. When word hit the web the general reaction seemed to be one of excitement at the prospect of Mrs Doubtfire follow up which would come a lengthly 21 years after the original. The reaction isn’t really surprising, given how great the original was, but really is a sequel what we wanted? Although no one really wants to say it, could Mrs Doubtfire 2 actually be a pretty terrible idea?

Robin WilliamsCould Robin Williams be Mrs Doubtfire again?

There’s no debating that the original Mrs Doubtfire was a classic example of early 90s family friendly comedy. It had all the right ingredients, a star performance from Robin Williams, a great supporting cast, a ludicrous yet hilarious plot and also a sweet and sincere underlying message. Actually, in the field of family friendly comedy, Mrs Doubtfire was pretty much perfect. That’s why news of a sequel should be greeted a little more apprehensively.

Of course sequels are the big thing these days, sometimes it seems like if a movie can’t be ‘franchised’ than it’s not really worth doing. The idea that every movie needs a follow up is now even extending to films you would have thought were long past their time for a sequel. We’ve got Dumber and Dumber To coming out later this year and a Goonies follow up is also said to be in the works. Like Mrs Doubtfire those two films are over 20 years old, yet for some reason they’re being resurrected again for a second outing.

Robin WilliamsDo we really want to see mrs Doubtfire 21 years on?

For Dumb and Dumber 2 and The Goonies, the ideas might not be that far fetched, both films have a story which could lend itself to being revisited 20 years later. Mrs Doubtfire? Not so much. It’s actually pretty hard to think of what they could do with a sequel, now the children are all grown up and William’s himself is 62. What it could be is a continuation of Daniel’s story with him now being a tv star in the Mrs Doubtfire guise. This would make it something completely different from the original film and could lead the whole charm of the character being lost. Really Mrs Doubtfire wasn't so well loved because the idea of Robin Williams in drag is intrinsically funny, it's more because the movie exhibited so much charm and underlying depth. Without the plot line of a father going to any and all lengths to stay in his children’s lives the whole concept might just fall flat.

Really it’s hard to imagine that this movie could be being made for any reason other than money, which of course is at the root of all Hollywood endeavours. The only other reason could be that Williams and director Chris Columbus have some sort of amazing idea up their sleeve that they just had to make happen. Sadly, that’s probably unlikely.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p>For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.</p>&mdash; Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaraWritesStuff/statuses/456669808436604928" rel="nofollow" >April 17, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Perhaps the person to put it best was actress Mara Wilson, who played one of the daughters in the original movie. When world got out of a sequel, she took to twitter to stop any rumours of her involvement saying, “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.” Wilson, who is now retired from acting later added, “Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end.” Wilson is probably right, Mrs Doubtfire did end where it needed to end and really a sequel, especially this long after the original, just seems a bit unnecessary. Sorry Mrs Doubtfire, but we do hope you can prove us wrong.

More: Mara Wilson Against Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel

More: 'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel? Robin Williams To Don Wig And Fake Boobs Once More!

18th April 2014 4046034
'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel? Robin Williams To Don Wig And Fake Boobs Once More! 4159243 News

Robin Williams is set to reprise his role in the surprise sequel to the 1993 comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire, which will reportedly be directed by the original's Chris Columbus, according to THR. 21 years after the original movie, the news of a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel has come as an unexpected albeit welcome surprise for many fans of the '90s hit.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams Will Return To His Lauded 'Mrs. Doubfire' Comedy Role For A Sequel.

Fox 2000 has tapped Elf writer David Berenbaum to write the sequel with Robin Williams attached to reprise his starring role as divorcee Daniel Hillard, who devises an outrageous plan to work his way back into his hostile wife (Sally Field) and children's lives. After creating an elaborate old lady costume and styling himself as the pleasant Scottish nanny, Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire, he gets himself hired as a housekeeper and nanny to his own children.

Watch The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Trailer:
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Things are going well at first as Mrs. Doubtfire impresses Miranda and the children with her many skills, including cleaning, cooking and playing football. However, he soon becomes jealous of his ex's new love interest Stuart (Pierce Brosnan) and his intricate disguise begins to unravel for all to see.

Sally Field
It's Currently Unclear Whether Sally Field Will Reprise Her Role As Miranda Hillard.

However, not all of the original cast members are on board the prospect of reprising their Doubtfire roles. "Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end," tweeted Mara Wilson, who plays youngest daughter Lydie in the movie, adding "There are many, many reasons I don't want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven't even asked me (yet), so no need to worry."

The original took an astounding $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally on a $25 million budget. This may come as news to the film's fans but the sequel has been in the works since 2001 with Bonnie Hunt set to write a script. Despite many drafts and other writers hired, the project became buried and has been inactive for years, apparently mainly due to Columbus and Williams not sparking to any new take.

Robin Williams Happy Feet 2 Premiere
Williams Was Apparently Waiting For The Right Story For A Sequel Before Starting Work On 'Mrs. Doubtfire 2.'

That the sequel has taken so long to approve is a good sign for the quality of plot of the second film but fans who cherished the original may still feel uneasy at the prospect of reliving such a well-loved children's classic. Without a release date pencilled in, it's still early days for Mrs. Doubtfire 2 and it looks like filmmakers won't be in any rush to churn out a follow-up to one of the funniest comedies of all time just for the sake of it.

More: Sally Field pens letter about gay son for human rights campaign.

More: Chris Columbus writes debut YA novel, 'House of Secrets' - find out more.

Robin Williams is set to reprise his role in the surprise sequel to the 1993 comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire, which will reportedly be directed by the original's Chris Columbus, according to THR. 21 years after the original movie, the news of a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel has come as an unexpected albeit welcome surprise for many fans of the '90s hit.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams Will Return To His Lauded 'Mrs. Doubfire' Comedy Role For A Sequel.

Fox 2000 has tapped Elf writer David Berenbaum to write the sequel with Robin Williams attached to reprise his starring role as divorcee Daniel Hillard, who devises an outrageous plan to work his way back into his hostile wife (Sally Field) and children's lives. After creating an elaborate old lady costume and styling himself as the pleasant Scottish nanny, Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire, he gets himself hired as a housekeeper and nanny to his own children.

Watch The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Trailer:
<iframe width="636" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DoAEouJTdWY?feature=player_detailpage&amp;autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=0;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Things are going well at first as Mrs. Doubtfire impresses Miranda and the children with her many skills, including cleaning, cooking and playing football. However, he soon becomes jealous of his ex's new love interest Stuart (Pierce Brosnan) and his intricate disguise begins to unravel for all to see.

Sally Field
It's Currently Unclear Whether Sally Field Will Reprise Her Role As Miranda Hillard.

However, not all of the original cast members are on board the prospect of reprising their Doubtfire roles. "Sequels generally suck unless they were planned as part of a trilogy or series. I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end," tweeted Mara Wilson, who plays youngest daughter Lydie in the movie, adding "There are many, many reasons I don't want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven't even asked me (yet), so no need to worry."

The original took an astounding $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally on a $25 million budget. This may come as news to the film's fans but the sequel has been in the works since 2001 with Bonnie Hunt set to write a script. Despite many drafts and other writers hired, the project became buried and has been inactive for years, apparently mainly due to Columbus and Williams not sparking to any new take.

Robin Williams Happy Feet 2 Premiere
Williams Was Apparently Waiting For The Right Story For A Sequel Before Starting Work On 'Mrs. Doubtfire 2.'

That the sequel has taken so long to approve is a good sign for the quality of plot of the second film but fans who cherished the original may still feel uneasy at the prospect of reliving such a well-loved children's classic. Without a release date pencilled in, it's still early days for Mrs. Doubtfire 2 and it looks like filmmakers won't be in any rush to churn out a follow-up to one of the funniest comedies of all time just for the sake of it.

More: Sally Field pens letter about gay son for human rights campaign.

More: Chris Columbus writes debut YA novel, 'House of Secrets' - find out more.

17th April 2014 4046034
'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original 4158636 News

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen.

After 21 years since the comedy favourite was released, Fox 2000 want to bring it back to life, and include the original team.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio will reunite Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus for a 'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel.

The screenwriter of 'Elf' David Berenbaum, is writing the film's script.

The original classic followed Williams' character Daniel Hillard, a struggling voice actor whose personal life falls apart after his wife, Miranda Hillard, files for divorce.

Miranda, who is played by Sally Field, wins full custody of their three children, but Daniel misses them terribly, so in order to see them on a regular basis he poses as a Scottish housekeeper called Euphegenia Doubtfire.

The combination of humor and family love proved hugely popular amongst cinemagoers in 1993 as the film was a commercial success, earning $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally.

'Mrs. Doubtfire' also received critical acclaim with Robin Williams winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy category, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical.

THR also reports a sequel was first discussed in 2001 and even had several scripts attached to it, but the project soon became dormant for years, which is reportedly due to Williams and Columbus not showing any interest in a follow-up until now.

In recent years Williams has starred in the 'Night at the Museum' film franchise, as well as the animated 'Happy Feet' franchise. He took a much more serious role last year when starring as Dwight D. Eisenhower in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler.'

MORE: Robin Williams Lends His Voice For Charity

No information of the plot or characters has yet been released, but it will be interesting to see how they lead off from the original story that ended 21 years ago.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams will reprise his role as 'Mrs. Doubtfire'

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen.

After 21 years since the comedy favourite was released, Fox 2000 want to bring it back to life, and include the original team.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio will reunite Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus for a 'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel.

The screenwriter of 'Elf' David Berenbaum, is writing the film's script.

The original classic followed Williams' character Daniel Hillard, a struggling voice actor whose personal life falls apart after his wife, Miranda Hillard, files for divorce.

Miranda, who is played by Sally Field, wins full custody of their three children, but Daniel misses them terribly, so in order to see them on a regular basis he poses as a Scottish housekeeper called Euphegenia Doubtfire.

The combination of humor and family love proved hugely popular amongst cinemagoers in 1993 as the film was a commercial success, earning $219 million domestically and $222 million internationally.

'Mrs. Doubtfire' also received critical acclaim with Robin Williams winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy category, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical.

THR also reports a sequel was first discussed in 2001 and even had several scripts attached to it, but the project soon became dormant for years, which is reportedly due to Williams and Columbus not showing any interest in a follow-up until now.

In recent years Williams has starred in the 'Night at the Museum' film franchise, as well as the animated 'Happy Feet' franchise. He took a much more serious role last year when starring as Dwight D. Eisenhower in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler.'

MORE: Robin Williams Lends His Voice For Charity

No information of the plot or characters has yet been released, but it will be interesting to see how they lead off from the original story that ended 21 years ago.

Robin Williams
Robin Williams will reprise his role as 'Mrs. Doubtfire'

17th April 2014 3788682
Levi Miller cast as Peter in Pan 4116438 News

Levi Miller has been cast as Peter Pan in Warner Bros.' re-working of J.M. Barrie's children's classic.

The newcomer is set to play the mischievous boy who never grows up in director Joe Wright's 'Pan', according to Variety.com.

This comes after Warner Bros. held a casting call for 'Pan' last month, where they were looking for an aspiring male actor aged 11-13, who is no taller than 5ft 4inches, for the lead role.

Miller will star alongside Garret Hedlund who has been offered the part of Captain Hook, Hugh Jackman who has been cast as the villainous Captain Blackbeard and Rooney Mara who is in talks to play Tiger Lily.

The film will look into the origins of Pan, an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he goes into battle against the evil pirates and becomes a hero among the natives.

Wright's offering will make a drastic change from past adaptations of the Peter Pan story which included 'Hook' starring Robin Williams in 1991 and Disney's 1953 animation classic.

'PAN' will be released in summer 2015.

Levi Miller has been cast as Peter Pan in Warner Bros.' re-working of J.M. Barrie's children's classic.

The newcomer is set to play the mischievous boy who never grows up in director Joe Wright's 'Pan', according to Variety.com.

This comes after Warner Bros. held a casting call for 'Pan' last month, where they were looking for an aspiring male actor aged 11-13, who is no taller than 5ft 4inches, for the lead role.

Miller will star alongside Garret Hedlund who has been offered the part of Captain Hook, Hugh Jackman who has been cast as the villainous Captain Blackbeard and Rooney Mara who is in talks to play Tiger Lily.

The film will look into the origins of Pan, an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he goes into battle against the evil pirates and becomes a hero among the natives.

Wright's offering will make a drastic change from past adaptations of the Peter Pan story which included 'Hook' starring Robin Williams in 1991 and Disney's 1953 animation classic.

'PAN' will be released in summer 2015.

19th March 2014 4116437
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