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This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. From Chevy Chase's bumbling commander in chief to Tina Fey's dim-witted veep wannabe, political satire always has been a part of Saturday Night Live. And over its 39 seasons, actual politicians have clamored to be in on the joke. President Ford, running for a second term against a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter, appeared on the show's very first season, in April 1976, to deliver the cold open ("Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"). Since then, presidents, first ladies and candidates of all stripes
- James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
Fleming: I had the dubious honor this week of writing our Robin Williams obit. Well actually it was more of a news story than, say, the obit of Lauren Bacall that came a day later. I found it a soul-sucking experience, leaving me the same empty feeling as when we published similar pieces on Tony Scott, Paul Walker, Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini, Corey Monteith and Michael Jackson. Juggling hard news with empathy in reporting a tragic loss of one so brilliant is the recipe for an awful day.
Bart: The suicide of a figure like Robin Williams always forces an editor to make a painful distinction: There’s a difference between a celebrity and a mythic figure. A celebrity gets a respectful obit. »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death earlier this week, the actor's wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, Deadline reports.
"Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly," she wrote.
Thanking everyone for their expressions of kindness in the wake of his passing, Schneider wrote that Williams "wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid, »
The tributes to Robin Williams continue to pour in. The latest comes from Harvey Weinstein, who produced “Good Will Hunting,” the film for which Williams finally won an Oscar. Weinstein joined the parade of film executives and colleagues who had the privilege of working with Williams and shared a fond memory that captured the spirit of fun and joy that the late actor, who committed suicide on Monday, brought to the set. Also read: Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Chevy Chase Pay Tribute to Robin Williams Weinstein's story focused on a prank that Williams pulled on Stellan Skarsgard, who was playing the far less. »
- Jordan Zakarin
As far as the Emmy nominees for Variety Series are concerned, it’s the politics, stupid. A category once dominated by music and sketches now tilts decidedly toward contemporary commentary and lampoons.
Whether the hook is faux news reporting (Jon Stewart; Stephen Colbert; “Saturday Night Live”) or legit roundtable punditry (Bill Maher), latenight explorations of the political process regularly garner nods — 2014 marks the third consecutive annual roster boasting the same six contenders.
Emmy voters have responded in a landslide. Over the past decade the statuette has exclusively landed on the two best-known, and arguably most influential, satirical series: 10 consecutive wins for “The Daily Show,” plus last year’s honoree and “Daily Show” spinoff, “The Colbert Report.”
Though political satire is clearly a force to be reckoned with at the Emmys, does it impact the world outside the industry? Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News’ “#MediaBuzz,” has no doubt. “These programs »
- Bob Verini
A day after actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide at his California home at age 63, his children are expressing their grief, with Williams’ daughter Zelda declaring, “I feel stripped bare.” In a statement released Tuesday, Zelda, 25, said that she had last spent time with him on his birthday, which was July 21. She also recalled that her father was “warm, even in his darkest moments.” Also read: Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Chevy Chase Pay Tribute to Robin Williams In keeping with family tradition, the younger Williams injected a bit of humor into her statement, »
- Tim Kenneally
Sunday was the beginning of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, an annual celebration of the awesome might of these elegant creatures of the sea. But while Shark Week focuses largely on real sharks (well, real-ish) we wanted to commemorate the sharks that we enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year - the friendly and fearsome sharks that fill up our popular culture. Which pop-culture shark is best? And, just as crucially, which pop-culture shark is worst? We'd write more, but like a shark, this post needs to constantly move forward or else it dies. Onto the list, below! 23. Sharks »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
Officials of the Marin County Sheriff's Department have shared details of Robin Williams' suicide. Authorities believe that the actor and comedian hanged himself with a belt in the bedroom of his home in Tiburon, California, near San Francisco. Williams also had superficial cuts on his wrist and police found a pocketknife near him, according to The Associated Press. His personal assistant found Williams' body.
Lieutenant Keith Boyd reported that Williams had been seeking treatment for depression, but did not say whether or not the actor left a suicide note. »
Hollywood mourns the loss of a comedic genius.
It is truly a devastating day for Hollywood.
Immediately after news broke that Robin Williams was found dead in his home at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide, colleagues, friends and admirers took to Twitter to share their memories of the talented Oscar winner.
The actor and comedian's career spanned from the classic TV spinoff Mork & Mindy to the unforgettable Mrs. Doubtfire to an award-winning role in Good Will Hunting to the animated voice work of everyone's favorite genie in Aladdin. In one way or another, his work touched the life of just about everybody. The below tweets are just a few of those expressing sadness, shock and admiration.
Photos: Remembering Robin Williams Through the Years
Joan Rivers: "I'm terribly saddened. He was an amazing talent and a very kind and giving man. Everyone remembers him as a brilliant comedian but he was much more than that »
Over the course of four decades, Robin Williams left an immeasurable impact in movies and television and as a standup comic on stages around the world. Since the surprise announcement of his death, the actor and comedian's many friends from every field in which he worked have been paying tribute. Read their remembrances here.
"Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God »
Robin Williams was found dead in California today (Aug. 11) at the age 63. Friends, entertainers, the rest of Hollywood and beyond have take to Twitter to celebrate the comedian's life, to grieve, and to react to his unexpected death. Steven Spielberg's public statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Garry Marshall's public statement: “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity… He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.” Bob Iger, »
- HitFix Staff
Corey Dillon's ex-wife did not run for 11,241 yards, score 82 career touchdowns, or help the New England Patriots win Super Bowl Xxxix, but she was married to him when all that went down ... so she's getting exactly what she's entitled to under the law. According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Dillon's divorce from Desiree Antoine was finalized late last month. The two agreed to joint legal custody of their 3 kids and Dillon will »
- TMZ Staff
With a nightmarish take on extreme weather, last year’s Sharknado got our vote for best shark movie of all-time. With its sequel — creatively titled Sharknado 2: The Second One — premiering tonight, it’s time to look at the scariest sharks to roam the streets of Hollywood.
In movie world, the second installment typically means whatever preexisting villain there is will be back, and badder than ever. For stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, this means the freak hurricane that rocked the West Coast, causing sharks to wind up on land has moved east to New York City. But is the sharknado that aims to destroy all of midtown Manhattan the most intimidating fish ever, or simply a monster that wants to share a Peach Pit burger with Steve Sanders? Before you tune in, check out of list of pop culture sharks much more intimidating than the monstrosity set to terrorize your television screens. »
- Emily Exton
Perhaps the biggest surprise at this year's Comic-Con is that Community has a panel there. The acclaimed series was toiling on death row a month ago after NBC cancelled the Dan Harmon-created comedy and a deal to resurrect the show with Hulu and Netflix fell through. However, Yahoo! stepped in at the last second to resuscitate Community, and on Thursday, its cast gathered in San Diego for a packed audience of diehard fans that refuse to let the series end until they get #sixseasonsandamovie.
'Community': The Most »
Paramount Pictures brought their slate of upcoming releases to Comic-Con 2014 yesterday, including the R rated comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Clark Duke arrived to represent the film in Hall H with two beautiful women at his side, before letting the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red band trailer unspool for the first time, which brings the gang back together for an adventure into the future. Check out selected moments from the panel, with Clark Duke giving an interview immediately afterwards. You can also check out the trailer if you missed it yesterday.
Set 10 years after the original, Rob Corddry's character Lou is now a billionaire, after using the time machine to change Google to Lougle. The story centers on Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) who use the time machine to try and get back to the past after Lou gets in trouble, but they inadvertently end up in the future, »
Rob Corddry (Sex Tape), “The Office”’s Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke (Kick-Ass 2) are back as the rag tag, drunken group of time-travelling best friends in their sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine. After living out their lives through the 90s and 00s, Lou (Corddry), Nick (Robinson), and Jacob (Duke) have abused the system, pretending that, yes, they really did write that Lisa Loeb song, and they’re totally the inventors of the Internet.
But something, of course, goes terribly wrong, and Adam Scott takes the vacated seat of John Cusack (no!) in the hot tub to prevent some “future crime.” The boys aren’t going back to the 1980s, but rather, they’re going to the future – to 2024.
Check out the red-band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 below! »
- Sasha James
It doesn’t look like Yahoo Screen will be binge-releasing its newly acquired comedy Community this fall – at the Comic-Con panel for the beloved show, which was picked up by Yahoo Screen for a sixth season in an eleventh-hour rescue following its cancellation on NBC, showrunner Dan Harmon revealed that the actual writing is going to kick off this fall, so episodes likely won’t begin airing until “probably some time after Christmas.” Unfortunately, that means no Halloween or Christmas specials – but that may be remedied in subsequent seasons.
At the panel, which included Harmon, writer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, in addition to writer/actor Dino “Star Burns” Stamatopoulos, details of what to expect in season six were scarce. Harmon did offer the following insight into how he’s approaching Community‘s new home on Yahoo Screen:
“We will continue to make the show weekly, »
- Isaac Feldberg
I actually wasn't even aware that a sequel was in the works! But say hello to "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," the sequel to the 2010 film "Hot Tub Time Machine," directed by Steve Pink, from a script penned by Josh Heald. What's it about? Well, it's called "Hot Tun Time Machine." The film stars Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Rob Corddry, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, and Clark Duke. It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2014. This time, our friends Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) use the time traveling hot tub to try and get back to the past to save Lou (Rob Corddry), after he is shot, but they inadvertently end up ten years in the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paramount has premiered the first trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which will be hitting theaters this coming Christmas, bringing back the majority of the cast members from the first one including Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs. Sorry, no John Cusack. The 2010 original followed a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Corddry) is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's (Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Duke) won't leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads' pounding, in the year 1986. It's their chance to kick some past and change their futures. There isn't an official synopsis for the sequel just yet, but I don't think it's going to »
- Brad Brevet
Honestly, why not? That’s the conclusion I’ve come to about Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Paramount’s unlikely sequel to the 2010 hit. After all, in the last few years, we sat through three Hangover movies, two awful Think Like A Man movies and there’s even a Horrible Bosses sequel on the way. So why not give Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry another chance to earn our laughs in this sequel? Especially when the jokes seem as funny as they do in this new red band trailer.
Comic-Con is typically reserved for superheroes and geek properties, but Paramount saw fit to deliver this raunchy new preview for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - and I’m glad they did. Though I was hesitant at first about a sequel to a movie with the sort of one-joke premise you come up with after a night of heavy drinking, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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