The Academy Award winning-comedian filmed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Boulevard, Absolutely Anything, and A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Co-starring Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham, and Oliver Platt, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas holiday flick features Williams as a patriarch of a quirky family that reunites during the Christmas celebration. READ FULL STORY
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Robin Williams plays the estranged father to Joel McHale’s family man in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, one of the late actor’s final roles and the last movie he filmed.
The story centers on McHale’s character’s young family, including his wife (Lauren Graham) and son, who go to visit the boy’s eccentric grandparents for the holiday. When McHale’s character realizes he’s left his son’s presents at home, he embarks on an 8-hour road trip with his father (Williams) in the middle of a blizzard to retrieve them before Christmas morning.
Entertainment Tonight premiered a clip from the film, Wednesday, in the wake of the 63-year-old actor’s death. Watch it below.
Ed Sullivan. Jack Nicholson. Robert De Niro. Groucho Marx. Rodney Dangerfield. William F. Buckley. Peter Lorre. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arsenio Hall.
Those were just some of the impressions that Robin Williams performed in the guise of the almighty blue Genie in Aladdin. Perhaps another comedian could’ve supplied similarly outrageous voices, but no one could’ve infused that dynamic, shape-shifting character with so much heart and humor. For many fans of a certain age, Genie was the Robin Williams character that immediately popped into their heads when the sad news broke yesterday that the Oscar-winning actor had died tragically in California at the age of 63.
Eric Goldberg has only fond memories of working with Williams. He was recruited to Disney by Aladdin co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker and supervised the team of about eight animators who created the look of Genie. In recording sessions, he watched up close as Williams zoomed in every direction, taking Genie to inside-out hilarious places that the filmmakers never imagined. There’s a lot of Goldberg DNA in Genie, too—he does spot-on voice imitations of Williams’ character—but he marvels at the comic genius he witnessed and that lives forever in one of Disney’s most beloved classics.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Was it easy to animate Robin Williams as Genie?
ERIC GOLDBERG: John and Ron have an amazing talent for being able to write in the voice of the actor they would like to cast. So they handed me the script and it was very clear they wanted Robin Williams to do this voice. They had written archetypes for him to be, like a game-show host, and evangelist, all these kinds of things Genie can turn into. But when we got Robin in the recording studio, out came all the celebrity impressions. So aside from busting a gut laughing, we just looked at each other and said, “We can’t not use this stuff. It’s just gold.” READ FULL STORY
Robin Williams’ long filmography has more than its share of high-profile roles—but IMDb lists 102 total acting credits stretching all the way back to 1977. (That first one? A pair of parts in something called Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?, which the site describes as “a comedy are comprised [sic] of short sexually suggestive skits.”) Williams’ triumphs (Good Will Hunting) and failures (Popeye) are well-known, but it’s worth digging through some of his less-heralded work to find the occasional gem.
1. Insomnia (2002)
Williams had been an animated Disney character, a silly cross-dressing nanny, Peter Pan, and an Oscar-winner before he accepted his first truly vile role. In Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller, he plays a creepy killer who’s itching to take credit for his gruesome deeds, and his mano-a-mano with Al Pacino’s sleep-deprived L.A. cop becomes part of his sadistic game. Williams would follow up Insomnia with One Hour Photo, another unnerving performance that challenged audiences, but it was Insomnia that demonstrated how Williams could play the face of evil in the clear light of day. READ FULL STORY
Robin Williams died suddenly Monday, leaving behind a still-active film career. This holiday season, moviegoers will be able to see him reprise his role as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The sequel wrapped production in May, according to Twentieth Century Fox, and will bow on Dec. 19th.
Williams’ other holiday flick is the indie family comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas, co-starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt. Phase 4 will release the movie, produced by Captain America directors Joe and Anthony Russo on November 7.
He also recently starred opposite Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) in the Dito Montiel drama Boulevard, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The movie has yet to land theatrical distribution. READ FULL STORY
Friends and colleagues of Robin Williams were shattered by news of the Oscar-winning actor’s death, resulting in aching statements of grief about one of the funniest men who ever lived.
The 63-year-old actor was found dead in his Northern California home Monday afternoon, and investigators with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department stated the causes of death was “suicide due to asphyxia.” Williams’ family issued a statement saying that the actor had been battling depression.
Filmmakers who were close to Williams expressed disbelief at the loss.
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Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death was a suicide, a rep did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus, and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love. His sitcom The Crazy Ones premiered on CBS last fall, but was not picked up for a second season. READ FULL STORY
Cue Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady” on your tape deck: Fox 2000 Pictures is developing a sequel to the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. And lest you worry that they’ll cast Zac Efron in the title role (actually, we might watch that movie), the plan is to reunite original star Robin Williams with director Chris Columbus, as The Hollywood Reporter first reported. Elf writer David Berenbaum is attached to pen the script.
The film — which was No. 67 on the AFI’s America’s Funniest Movies list — told the story of a dad in the middle of a divorce (Williams) who is so desperate to see his kids more often that he dresses in drag and takes a job as their housekeeper and nanny. Sally Field played his estranged wife, and Pierce Brosnan was her love interest. No word yet on who from the original cast besides Williams will reprise their roles.
Check out the very early ’90s trailer for a refresher: READ FULL STORY
You don’t live in New York City without harboring at least a little frustration.
Robin Williams’ character in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn has a laundry list of reasons why he doesn’t love NYC, which you may have gathered from the film’s title. But when he’s in a car accident and suffers a brain aneurysm, his outlook on life changes — mainly because a flustered doctor (Mila Kunis) improperly tells him he’s got 90 minutes to live. The prognosis sets Williams on a wild escapade through Brooklyn as he tries to make amends with the friends and family he alienated over the years. Here’s the trailer:
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”
Highlights in the Spotlight section include Jon Favreau’s Chef, which co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, and Scarlett Johansson; Courteney Cox’s directorial debut, the comedy Just Before I Go; and Katie Holmes playing a schoolteacher who’s not as dainty as she appears in Miss Meadows.
The Midnight section will open with the feature film Preservation, the frightening story of a hunting trip gone awry. But let’s all agree that this category starts and ends with Zombeavers. “Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the seven films in this year’s Midnight section never failed to genuinely surprise us with wildly original and unexpected reimaginings of classic genre stories,” said Cara Cusumano, a Tribeca programmer. “From ghost stories to creature features, and even an underdog sports comedy, we’re proud to present an eclectic and adventurous slate of films that we believe represent the year’s most interesting new voices in genre filmmaking.”
Time Is Illmatic, a documentary about the making of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic, will kick off the Tribeca Film Festival this year on April 16. A performance by Nas himself will follow the world premiere.
Click below for the Tribeca movies, with credits and descriptions courtesy of TFF. READ FULL STORY
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