Robin Williams’ fans and colleagues remembered him on Tuesday (21st July), on what would have been his 64th birthday.
Robin Williams’ fans and colleagues remembered him on Tuesday (21st July), on what would have been his 64th birthday. It’s been almost a year since Williams passed away but his fans remain loyal to his memory. They have been sharing pictures and quotes of the legendary actor and comedian on what would have been his 64th birthday. Amongst those who chose to remember Williams on what should have been a happy day were people he worked with during his prolific career, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
From L-R: Amanda Setton, James Wolk, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams at the 2013 CW, CBS and Showtime Summer TCA Party.
Disney has ordered a live-action version of ‘Aladdin’, a prequel focussing on the beloved Genie character.
Yes, there’s yet another Disney live-action movie in the works. This time it’s not an original animated film which is getting a make-over but a prequel to Aladdin, based around the Genie character. The news was confirmed by Disney on Wednesday (15th July).
Robin Williams voiced the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin animated film.
If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
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This isn't a tell-all doc about the iconic filmmaker: it's a love letter from his friends and family. With a terrific range of film clips, home movies, behind-the-scenes footage and never-seen stills, this movie explores how Robert Altman's work has forever changed the way Hollywood makes movies, simply because his inventive filmmaking style forced everyone else to try and keep up.
After getting his start directing industrial films in Kansas City, Altman made the jump to Hollywood in the late 1950s, annoying a range of studio executives with his preference for naturalistic, overlapping dialogue in television programmes. Then he made the jump to cinema and took the world by storm with M.A.S.H. In 1970, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and introducing the "Altmanesque" combination of earthy interaction, ensemble casts and political subtext. In his documentary, filmmaker Ron Mann cleverly asks many of Altman's actors to define the word Altmanesque, not as it relates to the movies but as it relates to the man himself.
Altman was a rare filmmaker who was loved by his casts and crews as well as the critics. Notoriously picky film journalist Pauline Kael famously wrote that "he can make film fireworks out of next to nothing", and this documentary demonstrates this with clips and backstage moments from his classics, ranging from McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) and Popeye (1980) to The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Gosford Park (2001). The film's focus is on his movies, although it's narrated through personal interviews with Altman and his widow Kathryn Reed and features some superb footage of his sons. It also traces his ongoing health issues, from his heart transplant to his death from leukaemia in 2006. But there's little mention of his lifelong anti-war efforts or his controversial efforts to legalise marijuana.
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For the first time since the late comedian died, his 25-year-old daughter opened up about dealing with her father taking his own life.
Even though it has been over six months since Robin Williams tragically took his own life in August last year at his Northern Californian home aged 63, his daughter Zelda still can't quite understand what drove her late father to suicide.
Zelda opened up about her father's suicide for the first time on Thursday
"I don't think there's a point," the 25-year-old actress said in an interview with 'Today' on Thursday (Feb 26th). "It's not important to ask, because it's done."
If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'
With January 2014 becoming the wettest month on record for the UK, it seems unsurprising that the filming for 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' saw a fair bit of rain.
For the recent third instalment of the 'Night at the Museum' series, Ben Stiller and the cast and crew of the previous two films travelled to London to film in The British Museum. But aside from the fun times on set, what did Stiller find to be the best thing about filming in the UK?
Ben Stiller and Robin Williams star in 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'
Well, "The best thing about filming in the UK," according to Stiller, "was the sunshine. Just loads of sunshine when we were filming there. And the warmth." He was joking, of course. "We filmed in January" he confessed, before explaining that "I think it rained every second we were there." This isn't exactly surprising, as January 2014 saw the south of England's wettest month on record, with around five months' worth of rain in some parts of the country. Stiller continued to say "all the exterior shots it would rain, and then when we went inside it would stop raining." He kept optimistic, however, as he explained "it was great because it looks good on camera to see the wet surfaces on everything."
Robin Williams was still in high spirits on the set of 'Night at the Museum 3'.
We all know Robin Williams was one of the funniest men in Hollywood and we all probably knew he had a heart of gold, too. The comedian died earlier this year but it seems that even during shooting on one of his final projects - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - Williams was still on top form.
Robin Williams [R] and Ben Stiller [Bottom left] made one young guy very, very happy
Skyler Gisondo, who played the son of Ben Stiller's character in the movie, was away from home when his friends were asking girls to the prom in the U.S. Unable to ask his fate face-to-face, Skyler called upon Williams and Stiller to do the work for him - telling the Hollywood Reporter that it was "the most awesome three minutes of my life."
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With the recent, tragic passing of Robin Williams, the creators of 'Night at the Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' hope the film will serve as a tribute.
This year's sequel 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' may not be particularly notable as a special effects action comedy, but it's notable for containing Robin Williams' final performance, a third turn as a waxwork of Teddy Roosevelt brought to life in a New York museum. This time he travels to London for more antics at the British Museum.
'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' Stars Ben Stiller And Robin Williams
When Williams died in August at age 63, he had completed his work on the film. So director Shawn Levy found it very emotional returning to the editing room after Williams' death. "It's sad, but I do feel in some weird way honoured to be serving this legacy of work, this legacy of performances of which this will be his last," he said. "It will be around long after him and long after all of us."
Now in its third instalment, it's clearer than ever that this franchise is based on one joke that has been stretched far beyond the breaking point. And not too cleverly at that. Fortunately, this movie retains much of the deranged idiocy that made the second part rather enjoyable. So it's watchable even if there aren't many new ideas, and even if filmmaker Shawn Levy is far too happy to settle for unnecessary digital effects work where a bit of character comedy would have been much more engaging.
Back on the job as a night watchman in New York, Larry (Ben Stiller) is now orchestrating the museum exhibits when they come to life to provide spectacular shows for visitors who think this is all a special effect. Even his boss (Ricky Gervais) isn't sure what's really going on. But when a glitch in the magical Ancient Egyptian powers causes chaos, Larry learns that he needs to travel to London so he can reunite Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) with his father (Ben Kingsley), who's on display at the British Museum. Larry's teen son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) comes along, as do his revived pals Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), tiny soldiers Octavius and Jedediah (Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson) and others. But in London, while sneaking around local night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson), Larry's team awakens a statue of the knight Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who dives into their quest with rather a bit too much gusto.
Until Lancelot turns up, everything about the film feels oddly tired, from the starry cameos to effects work that strains to be clever. Then Stevens injects a badly needed jolt of blue-eyed charisma and warped comical timing that makes the rest of the movie rather good fun. Rebel Wilson's side-plot is also rather amusing, with some wonderfully ridiculous touches. And even the cameos get better, notably a scene on a West End stage that's genuinely inspired silliness. Coogan and Wilson offer some raucous banter to accompany everything that happens, and Stiller kind of hangs on for dear life. But the filmmakers don't really care about these characters; they're just trying to create something visually impressive that's also goofy fun.
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Middle-aged romances are rare on the big screen, so it's frustrating that this one is so badly compromised by a series of contrived plot points. One gimmick wasn't enough for director-cowriter Arie Posin, who continually twists and turns the events in ways that are both bizarre and melodramatic. Within this, Annette Bening and Ed Harris still manage to create intriguing characters, but it becomes increasingly difficult to care when the screenwriters clearly have trouble on their minds.
It opens as Nikki (Bening) is flooded with memories of her husband Garret (Harris), who died five years ago while they were vacationing in Mexico. Now that their daughter (Jess Weixler) is moving away from home in Los Angeles to attend college in Seattle, Nikki has time to think. Although she wants to remain friends and nothing more with her lusty widowed neighbour Roger (Robin Williams), an old friend of Garret's. Then Nikki meets a man who looks uncannily like Garret and begins stalking him. Tom (Harris again) is an art professor, and when Nikki gets up the nerve to talk to him, she knows she's going to a very odd place.
The film is like a variation on Vertigo, as Posin plays up the freaky doppelganger storyline to add a heightened sense of dangerous tension. But it's not so easy for the audience to accept such a set-up, when one honest conversation would solve everything. Instead, Nikki lies to everyone she knows, hides Tom from them and then lies to Tom as well. It's difficult to take a romance seriously when it has such a fraudulent foundation. Thankfully, Bening gives Nikki a fragility that makes her sympathetic, and her interaction with Harris bristles with unexpected connections because they are experiencing their blossoming relationship in such strikingly different ways. Both of them add layers of interest to their characters that make them engaging between the lines. Sadly, Williams' character never gets a chance to evolve.
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Zak Williams, the son of the late Robin Williams, has described how his family are coping since his father's death in August.
Robin Williams' son has opened up how his family is coping after his father's death.
Robin Williams at the CBS Upfront in New York in May 2013.
Robin Williams is believed to have been suffering from a form of dementia, which caused hallucinations.
Robin Williams' tragic suicide could have been triggered by Lewy Body Dementia, sources connected with his family have confirmed. The celebrity gossip site TMZ obtained documents showing that the late actor was struggling with the disease, which disrupts normal human functions with abnormal protein deposits on the brain.
Robin Williams [L] in The Fisher King, for which he won his third Oscar nomination
The lewy body form of dementia is commonly associated with Parkinson's and sufferers are said to get severe side effects from Parkinson's medication. Hallucinations are said to be one of the most common side effects, with patients seeing phantom objects, people or animals. According to TMZ, the patients often try to communicate and interact with the illusions, though it is not clear whether Williams experienced this.
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The 63 year old actor died from suicide by hanging, the official investigation concluded.
The autopsy of the late actor Robin Williams has returned a finding that neither alcohol nor drugs were in his system at the time of his death. In a statement upon the conclusion of the investigation, the Marin County Coroner’s Office officially ruled that his death was a suicide by hanging.
Robin Williams' autopsy reveals that was clean of alcohol and drugs when he committed suicide
Williams was found dead at his home by his personal assistant in North California on August 11th at the age of 63. His death had preliminarily been declared as a suicide, but in a statement at the time by his representative revealed that Williams had been suffering from “severe depression” in the days before.
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Robin Williams' final movie may never make it to the big screen for financial reasons.
The final movie of the late Robin Williams, Boulevard, may never make it to screens. The film scored excellent reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this year though a lack of financial backing has put an end to plans for a cinematic release.
Robin Williams [L] has numerous career highlights, including Insomnia, with Al Pacino [R]
Williams committed suicide in August, just weeks after the movie had its premiere in Manhattan. It stars the Oscar-winner as married man Nolan Mack, who struggles to come to terms with his sexuality and falling in love with a gay prostitute.
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Williams had described ‘Boulevard’ as “a beautiful, sad movie".
Boulevard, the final film of the late Robin Williams, may never make it to theatres, due to problems with finding a mainstream distributer.
Williams' last movie, Boulevard may never make it to theatres
In the film, made by Camellia Entertainment, Williams plays Nolan Mack a middle-aged married man who struggles with his sexuality before falling in love with a gay prostitute. Kathy Baker stars as Nolan’s wife Joy while Roberto Aguire plays Leo, the young prostitute whom Nolan falls for.
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Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg were among the speakers at the service, which was also attended by Williams’ wife and three children.
A private memorial service has been held for Robin Williams six weeks after the actor tragically took his own life. The ceremony took place on Saturday (September 27th) at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre and celebrated Williams’ life with songs and stories.
The life of Robin Williams was celebrated in San Fransico on Saturday
Williams’ widow Susan Schneider and his three children Zak, Zelda, and Cody all spoke at the ceremony along with friends of the actor who shared anecdotes. The ‘Celebration of Life’ was opened by Williams’ longtime friend Billy Crystal who is said to have led a tearful tribute, according to the New York Daily News.
The third and final instalment of 'Night At The Museum' will be out in time for Christmas, and sees old characters return and new ones join.
Another treat is in store for movie fans this Christmas as the family favourite Night At The Museum returns for a third and final instalment. Entitled Secret of the Tomb, it follows on from 2009's Battle of the Smithsonian.
Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb will be released on December 19th
When the mystical powers of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah that animates that museum’s exhibits at night begin to die out, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) realises he must travel the globe and meet up with new characters and old favourites in order to restore the artefact’s powers before it disappears forever. Cue a journey to London!
Following on from the discovery that New York Natural History Museum's exhibits come to life after dark, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is faced with a new problem. After confronting the curator, Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais), about the exhibits steadily losing consciousness, Daley and friends must travel to England to try to restore power to The Tablet of Ahkmenrah - the ancient artefact that grants life to the museum. In an adventure which spans the globe, Daley and company must meet up with new characters in an attempt to restore the magic before the figures lives end permanently.
The grieving daughter of Robin returned to the social media site to post a inspiring message concerning bullies.
Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late comedian Robin Williams, has decided to return to Twitter nearly three weeks after she previously left due to receiving a large amount of abusive messages about her father committing suicide.
Zelda left Twitter after receiving abusive messgaes about her late father
On Monday afternoon (Sept 1st), the 25 year-old actress took to the social media site and wrote "Thank you," along with a link to her Tumblr page that includeed a touching message about being bullied.
Robin Williams Tuesday 18th November 2008 Timo Pre Fall 2009 Launch with Interview Magazine at Phillips De Pury New York City, USA
Date of birth
21st July, 1951
Date of death
11th August, 2014
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