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Yesterday we ran a story on some of Robin Williams’ most under appreciated performances. But as the remembrances keep rolling in and as new, gruesome details about his suicide become apparent, it became clear that Williams didn’t just have depth in his filmography; he was an actor and performer who displayed worlds of expression and moved so many in remarkable and distinct ways.
Rather than ask our staff to rattle off more of their favorites, we asked them to recall Williams’ personality and the legacy his work left on their lives. We’re looking at each side of his many faces as a comedian, a movie star, a voice actor and a true character, offering our final goodbye to a man who gave us so much.
Zany, Charismatic Exuberance
Say what you will about Robin Williams’ quiet, dramatic abilities or his subtle grace notes of acting, but Williams at »
- Brian Welk
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 »
- Jeff Labrecque
The broader the better. Give it to The CW, the little network that could be forgiven for having had a Rodney Dangerfield complex in past seasons, as it enjoys a rare moment of critical goodwill. You'd almost think we were back in the glory days of The WB — whose sole remaining remnant on the current slate is Supernatural, which brought its stars out for a 10th-season victory lap. Though The CW is only launching two new shows this fall (in October), they're two of the very best...
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- Matt Roush
Here’s a safe prediction: The Emmy Award nominations will elicit plenty of disgruntlement, along the lines of “What? No nomination for [fill in name of your favorite show here]? Those Emmy voters have their heads up their butts.”
The Internet has helped magnify these voices, creating a mini-industry around the disappointment (at best) and eruptions of anger (at worst) over award balloting, along with the simplistic charges that every overlooked show or performer has been “snubbed” by the collected members of the Television Academy.
The “snubs” argument notwithstanding, the Emmys do harbor some collective and historic biases, which help explain why certain kinds of programs and actors fare better than others. So while most of this week will be spent trying to anticipate who might land nominations at the crack of dawn West Coast time on July 10 — Variety will be in countdown mode this week with prognosticating posts rolling out starting Monday on top program categories — here »
- Brian Lowry
Fans of cult British comedy troupe Monty Python are being offered the opportunity to ask the founding members questions ahead of their final reunion tour show via the first official Python fan club — Monty Python's Spam Club. Proudly touted as "what may be the worst run fan club in the world," the web-based group will offer a place on the site for fans to write messages on its virtual "spamvelope." Photos The King of Comedy: 15 of Rodney Dangerfield's Never-Before-Seen Photos Organizers said: "The Pythons will endeavor to answer the odd question. No replies guaranteed.
- Stuart Kemp
There was a time when the comedic cameo was a special, timeless treat. It would blend fiction and reality in an irresistible way, one that that might accentuate the rant of a neurotic New Yorker, like Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall, elaborate on the subtext of comic books like Stan Lee in Mallrats, set the scene of the narrative like the many grunge cameos in Singles, or embody the dream of every struggling college student when paper-subject Kurt Vonnegut pops up to give Rodney Dangerfield some help in Back to School. The above are all contextual, rare and so particular that they’re still remembered all these years later. They were both a viewer treat and an addition that added legitimacy to the film’s message. But what about today? Cameos have shifted from the exception to the norm – I Love You Man, This is the End, Veronica Mars, Zombieland and The Hangover are some of the »
- Monika Bartyzel
It’s No Respect Week at Vulture, which means we’re celebrating things we like that never seem to get any love: schlock rock, Adam Sandler cry-fests, over-the-top action sequences, and Rodney Dangerfield novelty songs. Here, we take a fresh look at the genre of literature known as bodice-rippers. Despite selling over a billion dollars worth of books each year, romance novels are routinely given the no-respect treatment. The latest entry in this ongoing slagging is by William Giraldi in The New Republic, who called romance “uniformly awful and awfully uniform.” That prompted a wise response piece by the Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg, who opined that romance offers “a respite from the significant hostility that a lot of literature shows women.” We called best-selling author Mary Bly, who writes under the pen name Eloisa James, a Fordham English professor and Shakespeare scholar who has degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale — oh, »
- Rachel Kramer Bussel
It’s No Respect Week here at Vulture, and in honor of this semi-august occasion, I’m taking my DeLorean Gif back to the week of January 28, 1984, the week Rodney Dangerfield hit his chart peak with the timeless single “Rappin’ Rodney” and its apropos "no respect" chorus. Join me for this installment of Somewhere in Time as I breeze through that week’s top 100 singles and tell you whether they get the respect they deserve or whether we need to do penance for 30 years of underrespecting. And in keeping with this week’s theme, we’ll be using the top 100 chart from Cashbox, Billboard magazine’s ugly, defunct, but still lovable cousin.100. Air Supply, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”The song at No. 100 by definition gets the least respect on this whole list, and 30 years after this song’s run, Air Supply gets even less; they’re routinely »
- Dave Holmes
Watching Robbie Senior, Robbie Junior, Shaggy and the rest of the Robbie’s First Base crew handle some of the rarest, most sought-after sports memorabilia on each episode of our new reality series Ball Boys got us to thinking about the type of rare sports items we would die to get our hands on to decorate our homes and offices. What we realized was that all of the sports memorabilia that we would really love to own actually comes, not from the gridiron, green or rink, but from the silver screen. In no particular order, we present to you the "Ultimate 8," iconic sports props from movies about sports and movies in which sports are central to the plot. Check out the list below and then be sure to tune in to Ball Boys on Reelz.
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
While "Silicon Valley" has been pilloried for whiffing the ball when it comes to current techie misbehavior in Palo Alto, I suspect that was never really a hard target for co-creator Mike Judge and company. A lot has been made of the fact Judge worked in Silicon Valley 25 years ago, but, other than using the setting as a backdrop for a few inside jokes, the show pretty clearly has a broader aim. There's certainly a laser-sharp parody of Silicon Valley to be made, but this isn't it -- and, I think, doesn't want to be anyway. If anything, "Silicon Valley" could be a useful primer for any fledgling entrepreneur, whether he or she has created the latest app or a new take on the household sponge. This week's lessons? Don't expect everyone to play nice when you're handing out points that could someday be worth millions or nothing at all. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”
Harold Ramis, who died last month, is an honorary St. Louisan. He’s not really from here (he’s from Chicago), but he has a star on the St. Louis Walk of fame because he attended Washington University here and based parts of his Animal House script on his experiences as a member of Wash U’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. His directorial debut was the classic 1980 comedy Caddyshack which will kick off this year’s Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series when it screens as a tribute to Ramis this Friday and Saturday nights (April 4th and 5th). The Tivoli is located at 6350 Delmar Blvd. in University City.
Caddyshack is a comedy classic that will never get old. »
- Tom Stockman
The spirit of Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack lives on. Bill Murray, a regular on the celebrity pro-am golf circuit, spiced up his usual tournament attire today in the form of some of the loudest pants we've ever seen. And we've seen a lot of loud pants. These particular ones were emblazoned with an all-over pattern of blue and white Pabst Blue Ribbon logo and red diamonds, making for a killer photo op for anyone lucky enough to steal a moment of his time at the Murray Brothers Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The fashion-eschewing star, who may have worn a tux to the Oscars but did not bother to comb his hair, is pretty known by now for his »
(Cbr) Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. Best known for his ‘80s chart-topping soundtrack tunes “Footloose,” “I’m Alright” and “Danger Zone,” he’s now playing a parody of himself on the FX animated series "Archer". Airing tonight, the episode finds former super-spy Archer “recruiting” Loggins to perform at Lana’s baby shower. The event takes an unexpected turn when the singer teams with Charlene for a country rendition of his "Top Gun" hit. During a conference call to promote his "Archer" cameo, Loggins spoke about his musical legacy, working on the animated comedy and going country. How did this guest appearance come about? Kenny Loggins: As you know, "Archer" has been referring to “Danger Zone” for quite a while. I have five kids. My oldest is 22, and he thinks it was inevitable that they would call and say, “Would you like to »
- Bryan Cairns, Comic Book Resources
Earlier this week, legendary comedy writer, actor and director, Harold Ramis passed away. He was 69 years old.
He was a man with an incredible gift for filmcraft, portraying human emotion with as much humour as there was poignancy. He worked with comedy actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Rodney Dangerfield and lit up every film he appeared in. His on-camera work may not be as expansive as his work in the director’s chair or as a scriptwriter, but he was a recognisable figure in the industry. With a beaming smile and trademark glasses, Ramis brought laughter, dry and raunchy humour to the screen. His work continues to inspire a new generation of filmmakers, and every project he touched was bettered by his involvement.
His films were regarded with a touch of class, relatable and rewatchable, and have formed their own niche in popular culture, and his legacy »
- Dale Barham
The writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, was responsible for one masterpiece and several influential smash-hits. In each of his creative capacities, he was the eternal quiet man. In front of the camera, his blithe and undemanding presence often disguised his comic skill or made it appear effortless; he seemed happy to hang back and surrender the limelight to more demonstrative and dynamic collaborators, such as his Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. In his writing and directing he was adept at capitalising on an audience's love of coarseness without resorting to cruelty or sacrificing his compassion.
- Ryan Gilbey
Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69.
Digital Spy takes a look back at six great comedies in which Ramis played a key role.
Animal House (1978)
Ramis's first feature writing credit turned out to be on one of the most influential (and profitable) comedies of all time. Working from a series of stories published in National Lampoon magazine and using many of their own fraternity experiences as inspiration, Ramis, Douglas Kenney and original author Chris Miller dreamt up the ribald story of two freshmen who, having been rejected from the major college fraternity, defect to anti-establishment alternative Delta House.
Ramis's directorial debut was a game-changer, launching Bill Murray into the big time on the big screen (all »
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. If you appreciate modern comedy, you like -- no, you love -- at least a few Harold Ramis movies. The Second City alum, who died today at age 69, was responsible in some form or another with many titles considered among the funniest of the last 40 years. He wrote, directed, produced and/or starred in them, and yet it's rare that people talk of him specifically as a major figure in the history of Hollywood comedy. Part of that is likely because of his higher profile collaborators. He regularly worked with Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Ivan Reitman, Eugene Levy, Rodney Dangerfield and later Judd Apatow, each of whom might be the more often cited minds behind...
- Christopher Campbell
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— Paolo Rivera (@PaoloMRivera) February 24, 2014
Actor, writer, producer and director Harold Ramis, who made many of the most iconic comedy hits of the 1980s and 1990s, died today at his home in Chicago. He was 69. The award-winning comedy filmmaker who co-starred in and co-wrote Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and Stripes passed away from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis which he’d battled for four years.
Chicago native Ramis graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo and worked as a joke editor for Playboy Magazine before launching his career as a writer for The National Lampoon Radio Hour, the radio show that was a launching pad for a who’s who of future comedy stars and collaborators including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Richard Belzer, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner. Rising alongside his peers in the late-’70s comedy scene, Ramis came up »
- Glenn Hauman
There's mayhem on the fairways when the caddies at a posh golf club vie to get the better of their employers - not difficult when the members include arrogant idiots and outrageous cheats like Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield. A knockabout lark that upped its handicap to comedy classic thanks in no small part to Bill Murray as the greenkeeper with a chronic gopher problem - the problem being that the gopher is a lot smarter than he is. »
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