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Hear Robin Williams as the voice of Dennis the dog in 'Absolutely Anything'

Robin Williams lent his distinctive voice to play a dog in his final film performance, Absolutely Anything, and now we have our first listen.


Watch Robin Williams in the trailer for 'A Merry Friggin' Christmas'


In one of his final film roles, Robin Williams plays the patriarch of an estranged family of misfits in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas.

Joel McHale stars as Boyd, a family man who doesn’t actually like to spend that much time with his family, especially his father (Williams). Their relationship is further put to the test when the two hit the road after Boyd realizes he left all of his son’s gifts at home. The film was directed by British TV director Tristram Shapeero, who has worked on shows like Community and Parks and Recreation back in the states from a script by Michael Brown.  READ FULL STORY

Hundreds gather for private Robin Williams memorial in San Francisco

Saturday afternoon, hundreds of industry friends and colleagues arrived at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre to celebrate Robin Williams’ life in a private memorial, EW confirms.

According to People, the actor was celebrated with remembrances by Billy Crystal, who hosted the tribute, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt, and his longtime personal assistant and friend Rebecca Erwin Spencer. Other attendees included Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Bette Midler, Penny Marshall, Ben Stiller, Marlo Thomas, and Eddie Izzard.

Stevie Wonder led a musical tribute with San Francisco’s GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, as video tributes of the late actor played on screens in the room. Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider ,and his children Cody, Zelda, and Zak each spoke individually about Williams. A reception followed at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

Williams passed away on Aug. 11 at the age of 63.

Wendi McLendon-Covey on her 'Friggin' Christmas' costar Robin Williams

Robin Williams left behind four complete, upcoming films when he died on Monday, leaving fans with a diverse slate of movies that will mark the final roles of his prolific career.

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

Watch the first clip of Robin Williams in 'A Merry Friggin' Christmas'


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.


Robin Williams in 'Aladdin': Animator Eric Goldberg remembers drawing Genie

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

5 less-heralded Robin Williams films


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 leaves behind four upcoming films

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

Laughter 'sustained him': Filmmakers recall the yearning, one-of-a-kind genius of Robin Williams

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.

Robin Williams dead at 63

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

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