The 63 year-old's ashes were scattered off the coast of Marin County , near his home in Tiburon, California.
Robin Williams' final resting place will be very close to home. The legendary comedian was reportedly cremated and his ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay on August 12th, just one day after he committed suicide.
Robin Williams' ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay
More precisely, Williams' final resting place was off the Coast of Marin County in Tiburon, Calif, where his house was, a death certificate dated Wednesday (Aug 20th) and obtained by Radar Online, stated.
Continue reading: Robin Williams Cremated, Ashes Scattered In San Francisco Bay
The 67 year-old talk show host spoke of his and the late comedian's 38-year friendship, and recalled first meeting him at West Hollywood's Comedy Store in the 70's.
David Letterman is no different to the many celebrities and stars who knew Robin Williams, he was extremely upset to hear the news of the legendary comedian's suicide nine days ago, which was obvious when the emotional talk show host opened up about their 38-year friendship.
Robin Williams committed suicide on Monday Aug 11th
When the tragic news of Williams' death broke, Letterman's 'Late Show' was on a break, but on Monday's show (Aug 18th) he made up for lost time by airing an extended tribute for the late star.
Continue reading: David Letterman Opens Up About Longtime Friend Robin Williams' Suicide
A piece of graffiti art designed by a street artist in tribute to recently deceased comedian Robin Williams was spotted on a wall in Los Angeles, California.
The late comedy star took time out to record a brief video message of support to a young woman in New Zealand suffering from terminal cancer
Robin Williams sent a moving video message to one of his fans who was terminally ill from cancer just a few months before he took his own life.
The late comedy star Robin Williams recorded a message of support to a terminally ill fan
21 year old Vivian Waller, a resident of New Zealand, was told in January this year that she had three forms of cancer. After going through rounds of gruelling chemotherapy and showing no improvement, she drew up a ‘bucket list’ of things to do before the end of her life.
Continue reading: Robin Williams Sent Video Message To Fan Suffering From Cancer
Mrs Doubtfire 2 had been proposed as early as 2001, but why did it never make it to the big screen?
When acting legend Robin Williams tragically passed away on 11 August, he left behind three adult children, a wife and a legion of fans heartbroken at the loss of such a talent. He also left behind a dense catalogue of hilarity, impressive drama and a cacophony of characters that only he could bring to life.
Robin Williams transformed into Mrs Doubtfire at the Cannes Film Festival
One of these characters was the unconventional Mrs. Doubtfire, first released on the public in 1993.
Continue reading: Robbin Williams: The Rocky Road To Mrs Doubtfire 2
The OWN network will air the late star's first and second interview on syndicated talk show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'
Oprah Winfrey's OWN network will join the many other television networks that are paying tribute to the late Robin Williams, two special from the cable channel's talk show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' which features interviews between the two, are airing this weekend.
Robin Williams committed suicide on Monday (Aug 11th)
Out of the legendary comedian's 14 appearances on the syndicated talk show, two will be shown, with the first airing on Sunday (Aug 17th) at 7 p.m., which features Williams' first visit to Winfrey's chat show back in 1988, according to TV Guide.
Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey Honours The Late Robin Williams On Her OWN Network
The speculation about Robin Williams' death has taken a new turn.
Days after the death of Robin Williams, the world and the entertainment industry in particular, are still reeling from the loss. As many focus the discussion on mental health and the need for support for depression, addiction and other disorders, Williams’ friend and fellow actor has pointed the finger to a much more tangible possible cause for the tragedy.
Speculation surrounds Robin Williams' death.
Rob Schneider, who met Williams almost 20 years ago and has since done standup and collaborated with the actor on various projects, says that the medicine he had been taking for the early onset of Parkinson’s disease may have been to blame.
Simmons' apology came weeks after his original statement, when the death of Robin Williams led to a bout of renewed attention.
Back in July, Gene Simmons did an interview with SongFacts, in which he talked about (among many other things) depression and suicide. His comments, perceived as insensitive by many even back then, received a renewed bout of negative reactions, following Robin Williams’ suicide earlier this week.
Simmons apologized for his comments and said that he hadn't intended to speak "without regard" for depression sufferers.
The legendary comedian may have been sober at the time of his death, but he was struggling with early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Even though it had nearly been a full week since Robin Williams committed suicide (Monday Aug 11th), many of his fans and acquaintances are still trying to process his death. Furthermore, the legendary comedian's widow recently revealed that he was dealing with early stages of Parkinson's disease just before he died, so could have this played a part?
Williams had early states of Parkinson's disease prior to death
The 63 year-old's wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement on Thursday (Aug 14th) that read, "Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles."
Rock legend Gene Simmons has issued a statement apologizing for comments he made about people that suffer from addiction and depression.
The KISS bassist is known for his outspokenness, but for many crossed a line when in an interview with SongFacts.com he remarked "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim," and "For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' Fuck you, then kill yourself."
Simmons has never shyed away from controversy
The offhand comment was made on July 31st, but many took notice of his words in light of the suicide of actor Robin Williams, who had battled drug addiction and depression. According to Rolling Stone, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx was so disgusted by the sentiment, he called for a boycott of all Gene Simmons and KISS-related music on his radio show.
Continue reading: Gene Simmons Apologizes For Insensitive Comments Regarding Suicide
The late, great Robin Williams is to be immortalized in World of Warcraft.
The hugely popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft is to pay tribute to actor Robin Williams by including a reference to him in their game.
Williams pictured in September 2013
An online petition was created in the wake of Williams' death asking World of Warcraft's creators, Blizzard Entertainment, to pay an in-game tribute to the actor, who was a fan of the video game series. The staff had earlier sent a tribute to Williams from their official Twitter account.
Continue reading: Robin Williams To Be Immortalized In Video Game
The 39 year-old chat show host paid tribute to the late comedian in the opening monologue of Tuesday night's episode.
Robin Williams' recent suicide is still very shocking to many fans around the world, and one of his biggest supporters, fellow comedian and 'Tonight Show' host, Jimmy Fallon, wanted to pays his respects to the late star in the opening Monologue of Tuesday night's (Aug 12th) episode.
Fallon paid tribute to Williams in the opening monologue on the 'Tonight Show'
"We, like all of you, were shaken up a bit last night when we learned that genius comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away. He was one in a kind. He was one in a million," Fallon said when he emotionally addressed Williams' passing.
Yesterday the world of entertainment struggled to grasp the news, but it was nothing compared to Zelda Williams' own eloquent and touching statement, following her father's death.
Celebrities far and wide have rushed to pay tribute to Robin Williams in the wake of his suicide. This includes Conan O’Brien, who dedicated the end of his show on Monday to the brilliant comedian. The tribute was particularly raw, because O’Brien, Andy Richter and their guest of the night Will Arnett received the news during the taping of the show, so they had to react on the spot.
O'Brien reacted to the news in the moment. He was visibly distraught by the announcement.
“We tape these shows a few hours early, and by the time you see this now on TV, I’m sure that you’ll know. I’m sorry to anybody in our studio audience that I’m breaking this news—this is absolutely shocking and horrifying, and so upsetting on every level,” O’Brien was visibly trying to keep his composure at the news.
Continue reading: Zelda Williams Remembers Her Father Robin In Touching Tribute
The 43 year-old actor thanked his 'Good Will Hunting' so-star for bringing "so much joy" into his life.
On the same day as Ben Affleck spoke about being "heartbroken" over the sudden death of Robin Williams, Matt Damon also released a heartfelt message about the late star, in which he thanked Williams for bringing "so much joy" into his life.
Williams commited suicide on Monday (Aug 11th)
On Monday (Aug 11th), the legendary comedian, who has had a long battle with sobriety and depression, was found in his bedroom, fully clothed, and gently suspended in a seat with a belt wrapped around his neck, with one end wedged between the door and the frame of his closet.
The late 63 year-old's personal assistant found him slumped in a chair with a belt around his neck, and cuts on his wrists.
The tragic and sudden death of Robin Williams has shocked many around the world, and it seems the coroner's office was right in thinking the Oscar-winning actor committed suicide by asphyxiation. He was 63 years-old.
Williams stangled himself with a belt
The legendary comedian, who has had a long battle with sobriety and depression, was found in his bedroom, fully clothed, and gently suspended in a seat with a belt wrapped around his neck, with one end wedged between the door and the frame of his closet.
Known best for his role in comedies, Robin Williams was also a skilled feature-film actor with some highly credible performances to his name.
Fans across the globe have been shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of American actor and stand-up comedian, Robin Williams. The beloved Hollywood actor, 63, was found unresponsive at his home in Tiburon, California on Monday (11th Aug) after an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. Tributes have been pouring in from family, friends and the acting community as people come to terms with the difficult death of a Hollywood hero.
Robin Williams passed away aged 63 on Monday (11th August) [Getty/Frazer Harrison]
Williams was, of course, known for his comic ability and his stand-up talents on stage. But he used his mimicry and ability to make people laugh in all areas of his life: one example in particular detailed by his Julliard performing arts school classmate, Christopher Reeve.
Continue reading: More Than Comedy: The Serious Side Of Robin Williams
The legendary comedian is suspected to have committed suicide by asphyxiation.
One of the most beloved actor's in Hollywood, Robin Williams, has tragically passed away aged 63. The legendary comedian was found dead in his California home on Monday (Aug 11th) after reportedly committing suicide.
Williams died from an apparent suicide
Williams was found unresponsive and unconscious at 12 p.m. at his home in Tiburon, Calif., according to reports by the Marin County Sheriff's Office-Coroner Division and his own team of representatives.
After a string of back-to-back films, Williams wanted some time to recover and maintain his sobriety.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Robin Williams' Rehab Stint Doesn't Mean He Fell Off The Wagon
The 62 year-old comedian has not relapsed, but just wants to "fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment" to maintaining sober.
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.
Continue reading: Robin Williams Enters Rehab But Only To Maintain His 8 Years Of Sobriety
Derided by critics and ignored by audiences, where did it all go wrong for the Robin Williams and Mila Kunis vehicle?
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?
Kulis' 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.
Continue reading: What Happened To 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn'?
22 comedies and science fiction shows have fallen victim to cancellation by their various networks this week including CBS’ ‘The Crazy Ones’, Fox’s ‘Rake’ and NBC’s ‘Dracula’.
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' 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.
The actor has done other movies just to "pay the bills" in the past.
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 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.
Mrs Dobutfire 2 might be happening but do we really want it?
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?
Could 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.
Continue reading: Wait, Isn't Mrs Doubtfire 2 Actually A Terrible Idea?
Is Andy Kaufman's brother the hoaxer, or the hoaxed?
Andy Kaufman's brother Michael Kaufman appeared on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper on Thursday (November 14, 2013) to claim that he himself has been the victim of a hoax meant to trick him into believing his famous brother is still alive and the father of a 24-year-old woman.
Robin Williams Was A Close Friend of Andy Kaufman
"I believe I am part of the hoax," Kaufman said. "I don't believe that [the woman claiming to be his daughter] is acting on her own, though."
This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and The Paperboy) bristled with unexpected life. By contrast, this star-packed drama uses a true story to trace the Civil Rights struggle from the 1950s to the present day. But it's been so fictionalised that it feels kind of like a variation on Forrest Gump.
Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) grew up on a Georgia cotton plantation, where the cruel master's kindly mother (Redgrave) taught him to be a house servant. Years later, he marries Gloria (Winfrey) and moves to Washington DC, where he gets a job in the White House as a butler to presidents from Eisenhower (Williams) to Reagan (Rickman). His job description is simple: "You hear nothing, you see nothing, you only serve." And yet as the nation grapples with its racist culture, he has a quiet influence on each leader who moves through the house.
Whitaker narrates the film in drawling flashbacks, while the story flickers between Cecil and his eldest son Louis (Oyelowo), an activist who is involved in every key moment in the Civil Rights movement. And their younger son (Kelley) is sent to Vietnam. So it's like a condensed version of late 20th century American history, made notable by the lively cast of cameo players including Marsden (as JFK), Schreiber (LBJ), Ellis (MLK) and Cusack (Nixon), plus Fonda as a lively Nancy Reagan.
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CBS' 'The Cray Ones' leads the comedy race as it shatters NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' in this weeks ratings.
Both programmes aired this past Thursday night (Sept 26th) at the same time of 9pm Eastern time and 'The Crazy Ones' garnered 15.6 million people whereas 'The Michael J. Fox' only managed to debut before 7.2 million viewers.
However it has to be made aware that CBS wisely aired two brand new episodes of the hugely popular sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' which was watched by an average of 18.9 million souls.
Continue reading: Robin Williams Trounces Michael J Fox In Comedy TV Ratings
Make no mistake, The Crazy Ones is good, but we'd read Williams' answers all day
It’s been a long time since Robin Williams graced the small screen, but he’s at it again, tonight, actually. The Crazy Ones debuts on CBC at 9/8c, and in the build up to it, Williams sat down to answer some questions from Reddit users, begging the question: should he just do that every week?
Robin Williams knows how to have a laugh
While The Crazy Ones hasn’t exactly bombed with the critics – there are enough positive reviews to suggest this could be an excellent season of comedy from the funny-man – there were plenty of mediocre reviews to accompany the good ones.
Continue reading: Was The Robin Williams Reddit AMA Better Than 'The Crazy Ones'?
Having served as part of a hosting team in 2009, NPH is back hosting the Emmy's all by himself this time
Neil Patrick Harris will look to further his claim as a natural awards show host when he takes to the stage at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards this Sunday, 22 September. Having built up an impressive resume already as co-host of the awards in 2009 and as a four-time host of the Tony Awards, the How I Met Your Mother star needed no incentive to take on the challenge of hosting the Emmy's this year.
Harris is relishing the chance to host the Emmy's again
"I love TV and the motley crew of people that are part of it," Harris told reporters on Wednesday as the red carpet was laid out in front of Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre ahead of Sunday's ceremony. As the host of the celebration of television, you can bet that NPH had praise for the current crop of shows looking to be honoured at the awards show. He continued, in reference to the wide-ranging scope of shows up for awards, "I think that makes for a better viewing experience of television than ever, and I'm happy to be the guy in charge of honoring that."(via USA Today)
'Lee Daniels' The Butler' has remained at the top of the US Box Office for the second consecutive week. 'We're the Millers' has also retained its position at no.2 for the third week.
Lee Daniels' The Butler has retained its position at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office for the second week. The movie is an historical epic which follows the true story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a black butler who served at the White House through the offices of eight presidents. Whitaker is supported by a cast of award winning actors including Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Josh Cusack and Robin Williams.
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler.
This weekend Lee Daniels' The Butler may not have been, financially, as successful as last weekend. It made over $17 million this week as opposed to the $25 million it earned in its opening weekend. Meanwhile We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, made $13 million down from $17 million last weekend. The comedy made a similar amount to The Butler in its opening weekend ($26 million) yet has continued, by comparison, to be more financially profitable.
Continue reading: 'The Butler' & 'We're The Millers' Retain Top US Box Office Positions
The part fact-based story of the live-in manservant of the White House will be released next week and already it has critics singing it's praise
The Butler movie could very well be the first real contender for next year's Academy Awards when it is released next Friday (16 August) as critics have already singled the film out as a wonderfully acted, well told story worthy of award recognition. Covering the course of thirty years and eight presidents, some of the most important moments in the history of the 20th century are retold from the unique point of view from within the presidential chambers.
Forest Whitaker stars as the fictional butler Cecil Gains in the film
Starring Forest Whitaker, The Butler covers the extensive career of Cecil Gains, a devoted butler for the White House who was born on a southern cotton farm and rose from humble origins as a kitchen worker to eventually become the top butler to eight different presidents over the course of more than 30 years; including John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. Despite serving a series of conflicting presidents, Cecil never forgot his duties and always presents himself as the upmost professional, no matter what is happening in the world.
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Hollywood and the film industry seem more confident in taking on the issue of slavery in a cinematic context. Last year saw Django Unchained and Lincoln prove popular, and this year will see more films of that ilk, including Lee Daniels' The Butler, which enjoyed its premiere last night (Monday, Aug 5) in New York.
Whitaker is The Butler
The film follows Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) – an African-American White House butler who, due to his close proximity, was privy to many of the political events that helped shaped contemporary America. The film is based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen.
Continue reading: Lee Daniel's 'The Butler' Is A Clear Oscar Contender [Stills + Clips]
Cecil Gaines is a modest and dedicated butler at the White House who manages to make for himself a respectable career despite his underprivileged upbringing and cotton farm roots. Starting out as a regular kitchen worker, Cecil soon proves himself to be extremely proficient and works his way up to be the head butler for eight different US presidents. Some of them prove to be discriminatory, treating Cecil with little respect and holding massively differing views to him, but he always remains polite and does everything within his power to care for his employers while keeping any top secret information that he might hear firmly to himself. Meanwhile, he struggles at home with his son; a Black Panther with aggressive views on racial equality who is less than grateful to have a father working for the people that he believes are causing racial oppression.
This story of loyalty and unconditional dedication is based on the true story of Eugene Allen; a butler who similarly lived through years of racial inequality before finally seeing, in his retirement, the election of the first black President, Barack Obama. His story was documented in the article 'A Butler Well Served by This Election' written by Wil Haygood. 'The Butler' has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount') and will be released in the US on August 16th 2013.
An all-star cast very nearly goes down with the ship as filmmaker Justin Zackham (The Bucket List) indulges in relentlessly farcical silliness. Thankfully the actors play it relatively straight, injecting moments of dark emotion and sharp wit in between the corny wackiness. But the script is more interested in humiliating its characters than finding any genuine humour.
The eponymous nuptials are between Alejandro and Missy (Barnes and Seyfried), who haplessly watch their families implode as the big day approaches. Alejandro's adoptive dad Don (De Niro) and his long-time girlfriend Bebe (Sarandon) are planning the event, but Alejandro's deeply religious birth-mother (Rae) is coming from Colombia, so he asks his dad to pretend to still be married to his ex-wife Ellie (Keaton). Meanwhile, Alejandro's sister Lyla (Heigl) is having her own marriage crisis, while his brother Jared (Grace) can't keep his libido under control.
As the preparations continue, the plot gets increasingly tangled. But it also becomes strangely ingrown, as if these people have never met anyone outside their small circle of family and friends. Past secrets are revealed and dark peccadillos come to light, leading to a series of manic confrontations. Through it all, the film remains blandly amusing, although its rather extreme moments never quite escalate to Meet the Parents hilarity. Thankfully they avoid the strained goofiness of Death at a Funeral.
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'The Butler' boasts a superb supporting cast including Robin Williams, John Cusack, Alan Rickman and Cuba Gooding Jr.
The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online. It has always been assumed that Harvey Weinstein believes the film is one of his better chances of tasting Oscars success this season and the trailer certainly appears to confirm that. It stars Whitaker as Eugene Allen, the man who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. It's over-the-top, patriotic and, well, Oscar bait.
In the mould as The King's Speech and The Iron Lady, the historical biopic is set for release on October 18th - just in time to be wafted under the nose of the Academy. As well as Whitaker returning to a leading role, 'The Butler' boasts one of the more spectacular casts of the year, including Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), James Marsden (JFK), Liev Schreiber (Lydon B. Johnson), Alan Rickman (Reagan), Cuba Gooding Jr (Carter Wilson). David Oyelowo (Loius Gaines) and Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines) are among the supporting cast though this one appears to be set up for Whitaker.
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Speaking to Indiewire last year, Daniels hinted that his movie might be a little too focused on awards, "I'm trying to keep it [The Butler] PG13 which is not easy for me. It's very un-Precious and un-Paperboy... I can't go into my bag of tricks on this one [...] I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle," he said.
Continue reading: Forest Whitaker As 'The Butler' Could Be A Recipe For Success [Trailer]
Cecil Gains is a devoted White House butler who grew up on a simple cotton farm where he and other black workers were not treated with any respect by their white counterparts. From a simple kitchen worker, he rises to be top butler to eight different presidents over the course of more than 30 years. Sworn to secrecy over the goings on at the White House, he serves the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson with all the care that he has in spite of their differing policies and the suppression of his race across the country. He rejects his freedom fighter son's distaste at Cecil's job and never once wavers in his respect for his government. He merely stands back, silver platter in hand and watches the progression of racial equality until the day the country's first black president is finally inaugurated.
This is a story about loyalty and commitment based on the article by Wil Haygood, 'A Butler Well Served by This Election', about Eugene Allen; a real butler who showed his devotion to his job over the course of three decades while he and his fellow black civilians went from being the underdogs to top dog as he lives to see the election of President Barack Obama. It has been directed by Lee Daniels ('The Paperboy', 'Precious', 'Shadowboxer') and co-written by Danny Strong ('Game Change', 'Recount'), and has an incredible all-star ensemble cast. 'The Butler' is set to his theatres in the US on August 16th 2013.
The show is expected to be aired mid-seaon following the recent announcement of CBS' fall line-up
With the fall line ups for television broadcasters across America being revealed gradually over the past weeks, CBS have thrown a curveball with the announcement of a new comedy series based on the Cameron Diaz vehicle Bad Teacher. Fringe's Ari Graynor is taking on the staring role of an angry divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next man.
The announcement has come a week after the network initially unveiled their fall line-up, that also included the comedy Crazy Ones, which boasts Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as its stars. The Bad Teacher re-working won't make it to the upcoming network line-up though, and is likely to be held off until mid-season at least.
Ari Graynor will be taking on Cameron Diaz's role
Continue reading: CBS Plan 'Bad Teacher' Series Based On The Cameron Diaz Film
The Crazy Ones is one of five comedies ordered by CBS for the new season.
Robin Williams plays an unhinged advertising genius in the new CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, with co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, and the veteran comedian certainly arrived at the network with a bang this week. After a screening of the new show, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler introduced Williams as "the biggest get of the season, actually many seasons," and "one of the defining comedy voices of our time," according to Deadline.com.
"Nice to come through the strip club motif," he began. "Welcome to Sugar Daddy's, where old men dance for young girls." Things took an even more unlikely turn when he "likened the upfronts to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show," though noting, "but with more agents, and a little less ass-sniffing."
To be fair to Williams, everyone in the audience appeared to lap it up, especially when he reminded them, "It's been a long time since I've been on TV, 30 years, when there were much simpler upfronts - and a mound of coke." There were further applause when the Hollywood star noted the influx of networks since his last time on television, noting, "And if a little child wants to be transported to the Land Of Make-Believe, there's Fox News." He ended, "Nice to have a job where the checks will clear."
Continue reading: The Crazy One: Robin Williams Stuns CBS Advertisers With Cocaine Jokes
Comedian to star alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar as network finalizes new schedule.
Robin Williams is being brought back to television by network CBS as it finalizes its new primetime schedule for the forthcoming season. CBS is absolutely rocking it at the moment with shows like The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men and NCIS all doing well for its ratings, to the extent that last week it had five of the six highest-rated programs on broadcast primetime, according to Nielsen.
The Williams-starring show is called The Crazy Ones and also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame. It is being produced by David E. Kelly, who is best known for the lawyer-based drama Ally McBeal. A pretty solid line-up if you’ve traveled back to the 1990’s there. Anyway, Williams plays an eccentric advertising executive who works alongside his daughter, played by Gellar. The show will reportedly air Thursday evenings.
CBS is bringing back a whopping 20 shows, which is more than any of its rival networks and a sign of its current success. Chief Executive Les Moonves was in understandably bullish mood, saying that CBS had never been so profitable. "The key is getting hits on this network," Moonves told reporters. "Our schedule going into next year is going to be even stronger than it's ever been before." We’re not sure that Williams show is going to be the one to keep it there, but if its big hitters keep on striking home runs then who really cares?
Continue reading: CBS Go For The Crazy One: Robin Williams To Return To TV On New Comedy
Lee Daniels is clearly vying for Oscars glory with 'The Butler.'
The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online and Harvey Weinstein's ambitions of taking this film all the way to the Oscars couldn't be more apparent. Whitaker stars as Eugene Allen, the man who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler.
The movie is clearly Oscar bait. Firstly, it's a typical Weinstein movie in the same mould as The King's Speech and The Iron Lady and secondly it's set for release on October 18th - just in time to be wafted under the nose of the Academy. Oh, and there's a pretty strong cast with plenty of Oscar winners and several up-and-coming stars. Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), James Marsden (JFK), Liev Schreiber (Lydon B. Johnson), Alan Rickman (Reagan), Cuba Gooding Jr (Carter Wilson), David Oyelowo (Loius Gaines) and Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines) are among the supporting cast though this one appears to be set up for Whitaker.
Don and Ellie have been divorced for a long time but when their adopted son Alejandro and his fiancé Missy decide to get married, it looks to be time for a family reunion. If things weren't awkward enough with Ellie seeing that her best friend Bebe from years ago is now married to her ex-husband, Alejandro's biological mother has also decided to fly over from Columbia for the occasion. However, she happens to be an extremely devout catholic with the belief that divorce is a sin so the family's only resolution to appease her and make her feel that giving away her son was the right decision is for Don and Ellie to pretend that they are still married on the big day, to Bebe's resentment. As expected, things are not as straight forward as they planned and the days leading up to the nuptials couldn't possibly be more tense and disastrous for this unusual family.
This ridiculous though rather touching comedy has been based on the French movie 'Mon Frère Se Marie' written by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Karine Sudan and is the wonderful story of how broken families can mend or, at least, unite for their mutual relatives when it is a matter of importance. It has been directed and written by Justin Zackham ('Going Greek', 'The Bucket List') and is set to be released on May 31st 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Megan Ketch, Greg Paul, Christa Campbell, David Rasche, Christine Ebersole, Kyle Bornheimer,
Date of birth
21st July, 1951
Date of death
11th August, 2014
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