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Watch: PBS' One-Hour 'Pioneers of Television' Robin Williams Tribute

10 September 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's a real testament to the impact that Robin Williams had on people's lives that one month after his sudden death, the comedian and actor is still being honored. The latest to pay proper tribute to Williams is the PBS documentary series "Pioneers of Television." Last night they debuted a one-hour special called Robin Williams Remembered, focuses solely on the career and influence of the Oscar-winning actor and infectious comedian. Beginning with his early years in theater and the revered school Julliard and moving through his rising fame as a comedian and into his eclectic acting career, it's a great tribute. Watch! Here's the full one-hour "Pioneers of Television" tribute to Robin Williams from PBS: The new one-hour special features new footage of Williams that was intended for various "Pioneers" episodes, along with new interviews featuring "Mork & Mindy" star Pam Dawber, fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg, Louie Anderson and Jonathan winters, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Robin Williams Tribute Special to Air on PBS

2 September 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stars and friends of Robin Williams will share memories of the late comedian in “Robin Williams Remembered — A Pioneers of Television Special.”

The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage and Williams’ stories from his early days as a stand-up comedian, his desire to be a dramatic actor and his efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.

It will also feature tributes and interviews with Williams’ friends Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark, Pauly Shore and George Schlatter, as well as Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Jimmie Walker and Williams’ “Mork & Mindy” co-stars Pam Dawber and the late Jonathan Winters.

The special is set to air at 9 p.m., Sept. 9 on PBS SoCaL.  Other PBS stations’ air dates can be found in local listings.

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- Shelli Weinstein

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10 best baseball movies of all time: League of Their Own, Moneyball

30 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.

With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.

1. Eight Men Out (1988)

John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.

Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »

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Peter Travers on 9 of His Favorite Robin Williams Performances

12 August 2014 6:19 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Robin Williams dead. The words don't compute. His mind was never still. His humor was infectious. His kindness, unstinting. Once, when he phoned my home, my then-five-year-old son took the call. I didn't know who it was. I just heard my son laughing uncontrollably. Robin was doing the voices from all my kid's favorite cartoons.  That's who he was. Giving. Wanting to please.

Sometimes, when Robin wasn't on, his mood could swing precipitously. As much as you felt his humor, you also sensed a sadness that went deep. You sensed »

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Robin Williams: 10 incredible roles, from Aladdin to Good Will Hunting

12 August 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The Hollywood star had more than 100 acting credits to his name, and although he'll be largely remembered for his comic roles, looking back through his career it's quickly evident that he was just as talented when it came to drama.

Digital Spy takes a look back at 10 incredible roles, from Good Morning, Vietnam to World's Greatest Dad, below:

1. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

One of Williams's earliest and most memorable roles on the big screen came in Barry Levinson's Vietnam war comedy, in which he played radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. Newly appointed to the Armed Forces Radio Service in Saigon, the anarchic Cronauer alienates his military superiors but endears himself to soldiers and colleagues thanks to his irreverent humour and insistence on reporting censored news.

2. Dead Poets Society (1989)

There's a reason why the Walt Whitman line 'O Captain! My Captain!" has played a »

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Robin Williams: Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito and More Pay Homage

11 August 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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.

Chevy Chase:

"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 »

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Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown

11 August 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This story was originally published in the February 21st, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are slow dancing. The time: a winter afternoon. The place: a photographer's studio in the Chelsea section of New York. The music: high-decibel funk. Everybody else in the studio is abuzz — adjusting lights, fussing with props, running back and forth from the kitchen with sushi. Still, Williams and his wife, Marsha, keep coming together in these quick, sweet tableaux. It's strange to see the thirty-nine-year-old actor and comedian with his guard down »

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Robin Williams moved from commercial productions to prestige cinema with ease

11 August 2014 4:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I had to stop and think about it. When was the first time I encountered Robin Williams? I'm pretty sure it was reruns of "Mork & Mindy" at a young age, if not the boisterous Oscar-nominated performance he gave in Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam." By then he had already dazzled countless audiences in "The World According to Garp." Whatever it was, like so many, it was the start of, as his widow noted in a release, "countless moments of joy and laughter" he would deliver for the next three decades of my life. And now, he's gone. It soon became erratic late night appearances with David Letterman and the like, as the movies flowed in. Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," for instance, or another, much more timid Oscar-nominated performance in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society." He continued to spotlight range and versatility in Penny Marshall »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscar Winner Williams Found Dead; Possible Suicide

11 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robin Williams dead at 63, possible suicide: Oscar winner for ‘Good Will HuntingRobin Williams, Best Supporting Academy Award winner for Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, was found dead at his northern California home earlier today, August 11, 2014. According to online reports, the cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation. Williams (born in Chicago on July 21, 1951) was 63. Robin Williams was nominated for three other Academy Awards, all in the Best Actor category: Barry Levinson sleeper hit Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society (1989), and Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King (1991), opposite Jeff Bridges. One of his biggest box office hits was Mrs. Doubtfire (1994), in which he spends much of the movie in drag. Sally Field co-starred. Among Robin Williams’ other movies are George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp (1982), in which Williams delivered one of his most restrained performances; Penny Marshall’s Best »

- Andre Soares

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Robert De Niro's 10 best performances: Deer Hunter, Raging Bull

2 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In 1995 and 1997, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. had Heat and Jackie Brown released into cinemas. Not his best films or his best performances, perhaps, but mesmerising work in excellent pictures directed by master filmmakers: the former saw him convince for Michael Mann as the cool, meticulous leader of a gang of career criminals; the latter had Quentin Tarantino give viewers a dim crim whose uncontrollable anger contributes to the unravelling of a heist.

For a whole generation of moviegoers who have grown up since, however, the adulation that's universally showered upon De Niro must be perplexing. Occasionally he summons up a portion of his old intensity – his turns in What Just Happened, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are the (slim) picks of the last 15 years – but for anyone who got into movies from the late '90s on, he's the funny guy in Analyze This and Meet The Parents, »

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Mulaney EPs Talk Seinfeld Similarities, a 'Potent' Ensemble and Dean Cain

20 July 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fox’s “cynical-but-hopeful” comedy Mulaney has been on an interesting journey since its early days as an NBC pilot — but creator/executive producer/star John Mulaney is confident in the show’s future, largely because of the strength of its cast.

Related Fox’s Fall Premiere Plan Includes Family Guy/Simpsons Crossover, 3-Part Utopia Launch, Late Mulaney Start

“The biggest revelation to me [during this process] was seeing the strength of the ensemble,” Mulaney told reporters Sunday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, noting that we’ll really see the cast come together in Episode 6. “This is a very potent weapon. »

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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast, Crew Celebrate Unseen Footage Release

17 July 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From David Lynch to the Log Lady, Laura Palmer’s mom and dad and Laura Palmer herself, it was a darn good reunion at Silver Lake’s Vista Theater Wednesday night for the release of “Twin Peaks — The Entire Mystery” on Blu-ray. Almost 90 minutes of outtakes and deleted scenes from 1992′s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” have been compiled into to nearly an entire new movie’s worth of material that answers a few questions left hanging in the feature film capper to the cult classic TV series.

Lynch introduced the footage with a signature non-sequitur poem. “Tonight I would like to speak about wood,” the director intoned, “Much happiness can be had from observing a tree.”

Many of the cast members hadn’t seen each other in years, so there was much hugging and catching up. In addition to Log Lady Catherine Coulson, Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Grace Zabriskie »

- Pat Saperstein

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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast, Crew Celebrate Unseen Footage Release

17 July 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From David Lynch to the Log Lady, Laura Palmer’s mom and dad and Laura Palmer herself, it was a darn good reunion at Silver Lake’s Vista Theater Wednesday night for the release of “Twin Peaks — The Entire Mystery” on Blu-ray. Almost 90 minutes of outtakes and deleted scenes from 1992′s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” have been compiled into to nearly an entire new movie’s worth of material that answers a few questions left hanging in the feature film capper to the cult classic TV series.

Lynch introduced the footage with a signature non-sequitur poem. “Tonight I would like to speak about wood,” the director intoned, “Much happiness can be had from observing a tree.”

Many of the cast members hadn’t seen each other in years, so there was much hugging and catching up. In addition to Log Lady Catherine Coulson, Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Grace Zabriskie »

- Pat Saperstein

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The collateral damage of Tom Hanks movies

14 July 2014 11:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To get to a happy ending in a Tom Hanks movie, an innocent character has to pay the price. Here's the proof...

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With the best part of $10bn banked for his movies across his career, Tom Hanks remains one of the biggest and most interesting movie stars on the planet. His most recent performance in Captain Phillips, for instance, was comfortably one of his best. And looking back on Hanks’ career, the path of increased boldness and range is easy to chart.

Furthermore, he’s achieved his successes without public meltdowns, without signs of turning into a diva, and without putting us through many poor films at all. The man is a hero.

Well, to everyone but certain characters in his movies. For, on rewatching Big, we became aware of an alarming trend: that there tends to be a character in a Tom Hanks movie whose role is to »

- simonbrew

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A League Of Their Own: Every Major Rockford Peach, Ranked By Baseball Skill

7 July 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Hanks. Jimmy Dugan may not have recognized their potential immediately, but the roster for the Rockford Peaches is, in fact, comprised of ballplayers. It features some great hitters, some great fielders and even a few good arms. Of course, it.s also filled with criers, beauty school rejects and women who can.t hit the cut-off man, but it.s hard to find a roster, even among professional baseball teams, that isn.t filled with at least a few holes and few players with glaring weaknesses. And A League Of Their Own does a great job of presenting that. You see, avid sports fan Penny Marshall didn.t simply cast the best actresses. She made every single Hollywood starlet who wanted a role in the film spend a few days actually playing baseball. Among those who were actually athletes, she then whittled down the group to find the right »

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Too Drab: What the Heck Are They Wearing?!?

17 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

A black-and-white bib, an homage to Penny Marshall and a full-length lace loincloth -- stars are rocking all the wrong trends this week!Kendall Jenner made her Cannes Film Festival red carpet debut at the "Grace of Monaco" premiere on Wednesday, wearing a black-and-white Chanel dress, a Chanel clutch and Chopard jewels.While the iconic fashion house rarely gets it wrong, the reality star looks like she's wearing an unusual, furry backpack on her chest! Just when you thought Lady Gaga couldn't surprise you when it comes to her outfit choices, she stepped out in New York City in an outfit and 'do that only Penny Marshall would wear. The "Art Pop" singer was snapped sporting a hideous white and gold striped silk top, brown printed silk pants and wire-rimmed sunglasses. She topped off the wacky ensemble with a red-tinged wig with very short blunt bangs. What was she thinking! »

- tooFab Staff

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The Darling Buds of May: All the Way Mae

12 May 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

[Editor's Note: In the interest of keeping things fresh, we aren't doing the traditional "May Flowers" series this year but this spin-off, spearheaded by abstew (who you just heard on the podcast) though I'll also be chiming in, featuring characters named that way. - Nathaniel.]

Full Name: Mae Mordabito aka "All the Way Mae". It's not just a name, it's an attitude.

Film She Starred In: A League of Their Own (1992) The hit film from director Penny Marshall (Laverne!) about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Co-stars include Geena Davis as Dottie, Tom Hanks (There's no crying in baseball!) as the drunken manager Tommy Dugan, a pre-Tank Girl Lori Petty as Dottie's sister Kit, Rosie O'Donnell as Mae's best friend Doris, and David Strathairn.

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The Real Inspiration For When Harry Met Sally

6 May 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We all have our own favorite romantic comedy. There.s simply been too many great ones to universally agree on one. That being said, there are a few classics that really need to appear somewhere on any competent "Best Of" list. When Harry Met Sally is one of those. Interestingly, however, it turns out a ton of the film.s most classic scenes and lines were actually written out of heartbreak and straight up platonic friendship. Nora Ephron wrote When Harry Met Sally, but prior to the film getting remade, it was collaboratively re-written by Ephron, director Rob Reiner and lead actor Billy Crystal. At the time, Reiner.s marriage to the legendary Penny Marshall was failing, and he and Crystal hung out and talked on the phone constantly to help him cope. During that bonding time, many of the film.s most touching exchanges between Harry and Sally happened »

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"Laverne & Shirley" Go Out With A Bang

27 April 2014 8:26 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

“Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated.” I almost pity folks who haven’t seen Laverne & Shirley. Truly, I do. While the seventh season of the series might not be as sharp as previous seasons, it doesn’t change the fact that Penny Marshall (arguably one of the greatest female filmmakers of all-time) and Cindy Williams, at the time, were two of the greatest comedic talents on television.

The seventh (and second-to-final) season of the show doesn’t really take the characters into any drastic new territory that we haven’t seen established for them previously. They’re still ridiculous. Hilarious. They’re still best friends, though there are moments where they can’t stand each other. It’s an honest look at the notion of friendship, but interpreted through the often-cheesy sitcom lens.

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- Robert Ottone

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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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