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The funnyman landed his big break in the late 1970s playing the alien Mork in the sitcom opposite actress Pam Dawber.
Bosses at U.S. TV network ABC, which aired the series, cancelled the programme in 1982 - but no one told Williams, and he was devastated when he read about his show's demise in trade paper Daily Variety.
He tells People magazine, "I found out the show was cancelled by reading it in Variety. In Hollywood that's like reading your own obituary: 'You're dead, good luck!'"
Director Sam Raimi makes his long awaited and apparently triumphant return to the horror genre this weekend. “Drag Me to Hell,” starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver and David Paymer, follows loan officer Christine Brown (Lohman) who ends up cursed after she turns down a mortgage extension for the wrong person. Her sanity crumbles as the world around her turns into a sort of living hell.
Now Raimi is far from the first filmmaker to look to the netherworld for inspiration. In the course of building this list, I found that there are surprisingly few horror movies that deal directly with Hell as a location, at least in comparison to other genres. That said, film in general is littered with references, reinterpretations and outright visitations to the realm of the damned. Heck (ha!), as the list below shows, even musicals aren’t safe from Satan’s touch.
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- Adam Rosenberg
Shazbot, I’m late this week. But it’s still Thursday, so there’s still time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: Mork & Mindy, the 1978-82 ABC sitcom about the doofiest alien in the universe and the human girl who lets him sleep on her sofa. The original cast included: Mork: Robin Williams Mindy: Pam Dawber Orson (voice): Ralph James Fred (Mindy’s dad): Conrad Janis Eugene (the kid who hung around the record store): Jeffrey Jacquet Mr. Bickley (the pain-in-the-ass neighbor): Tom Poston the baby: Jonathan Winters Exidor (who was either mentally ill or a visionary prophet, or perhaps both): Robert Donner Mindy’s father was always pissed off that his innocent and virginal little princess was living with a man, which is so dated that it’s laughable, so we can excise that subplot. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
3 items from 2009
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