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Barry Norman: 'Robin Williams was addicted to saccharine sentimentality'

19 August 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Film critic Barry Norman has spoken about Robin Williams's career, saying that he had an "addiction" to "saccharine, tooth-rotting sentimentality".

The 80-year-old added that this would have an impact on the late actor's career legacy.

Writing in the Radio Times, Norman said that Williams's talent "could sometimes be spread so thinly".

The columnist also stated that Williams's CV featured a "plenitude" of bad films.

"It's hard to know what to make of Robin Williams," wrote Norman. "Admiration is called for, but also sadness, not just for his tragic death but for an enormous talent which, if not exactly unfulfilled, could sometimes be spread so thinly as to be almost invisible."

On Williams's "bad" movies, Norman added: "Every actor makes bad films occasionally but what was remarkable about Williams was not that he was so good in the good ones but that he was so very bad in the bad ones. »

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This week's cover: A tribute to Robin Williams, plus our Fall Movie Preview

13 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

A sparkplug performer at the microphone and a chameleonic talent on screen, Robin Williams improvised his way into Hollywood fame. In this week’s issue, Entertainment Weekly looks back at the career highlights and personal lows of the Oscar-winning actor. Williams, who died in an apparent suicide on Monday at age 63, struggled for much of his life with both substance abuse and depression.

But on camera, things seemed to go much easier. We recount a remarkable career that kicked off with a scene-stealing appearance on the ABC sitcom Happy Days in 1978 as an alien named Mork. “This unknown actor walked on our soundstage, »

- EW staff

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Henry Winkler Remembers Robin Williams on Happy Days: "You Knew You Were in the Presence of Greatness"

13 August 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Robin Williams was always a star, even before he became famous. Henry Winkler felt it all the way back in 1978, when the then-unknown comic actor, 26 at the time, got his big break as the alien Mork on a season five episode of Happy Days, "My Favorite Orkan."  On Wednesday, Aug. 13 — two days after Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide at age 63 — Winkler, 68, appeared via satellite on the Today show, where he talked about his first meeting with the [...] »

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Robin Williams Dies at 63: Steve Martin, Mara Wilson, Steve Carell and More React

12 August 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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 »

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From 'Mork & Mindy' to 'The Crazy Ones': The TV legacy of the late, great Robin Williams

11 August 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last summer, at a press conference to promote what would turn out to be the final TV series of his career, CBS' "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams was asked what it was like to spend decades walking into rooms where everyone expected him to be instantly, wickedly funny. "I think the pressure to be funny all the time, it’s like, 'Dance funny man, you know?'" he admitted. "I think sometimes there’s that pressure." In a too-short life that was often wildly successful and at times — up until his apparent suicide at age 63 — deeply troubled, Williams coped with that pressure to be funny at a moment's notice with remarkable grace, energy and talent. Even if we leave out his brilliant, Oscar-winning film career and focus solely on his TV work, so many scenes and jokes come instantly to mind: his star-making turn as daffy alien Mork from Ork, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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President Obama and more release statements on Robin Williams' death

11 August 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor.

President Obama

He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) agosto 12, 2014

Susan Schneider, Wife

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Robin Williams Remembered: Stars Mourn the Loss of a Genius

11 August 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In truly sad news today, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63. He is believed to have died from a suicide by asphyxiation, which has left many people across the world stunned and saddened by this tragic loss. A stand-up comedian who parlayed his talents into a long-lasting acting career, the man is remembered by peers from all different spectrums of the entertainment world. Mourning Robin Williams, fellow comedians, past co-stars and long time friends all gathered to share their memoris on Twitter this afternoon.

I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014

So sad so funny http://t.co/YF9UH5BOYb

Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 11, 2014

I’m merely the millionth voice chiming in on how sad and serious chemical dependency and depression are. Rip Robin Williams

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- MovieWeb

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Robin Williams found dead, aged 63: Hollywood expresses shock and sadness

11 August 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The acting world has expressed shock and sadness at the death of legendary star Robin Williams.

The actor and comedian was found dead in his Tiburon, CA home on Monday (August 11) following a suspected suicide.

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: "I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

"As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Here are some of the first remembrances from the acting world to hit the web:

I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014

We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY »

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Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, more react to death of Robin Williams

11 August 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

News of Robin Williams’ death took the world by surprise on Monday afternoon. Celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their deepest sympathies and memories of the late comedian:

http://t.co/UEtjQ1f2zS— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014

I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014

I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop »

- Jake Perlman

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Comic-Con 2014 Interviews with the Cast & Crew of Sharknado 2: The Second One

30 July 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Get ready, horror fans- there’s a storm brewing this week in New York City that’s wielding killer sharks and all kinds of wonderfully over-the-top chaos in Anthony C. Ferrante’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, which makes its debut tonight on SyFy.

During the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead chatted with director Ferrante, the sequel’s star Ian Ziering, and co-stars Vivica A. Fox and Judah Friedlander about their experiences making the film in New York City and their thoughts on the pop culture frenzy surrounding the Sharknado films.

Ian Ziering on the phenomena of Sharknado: The experience itself has been overwhelming. I never expected these movies to become what they’ve become. This is a low-budget science fiction movie and you never know when you initially come on board a project like this what the final product is going to be. And I originally never thought »

- Heather Wixson

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You're not making it through 'Sharknado 2' without our drinking game

30 July 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Sci-fi schlock movies like Sharknado (and, presumably, its sequel) are best enjoyed in the company of friends, Twitter, and a large amount of the hard stuff. And if you think you can survive a freak weather event plus shark attack without some sort of social lubricant, then you’re as wrong as… well, somebody who thinks two Sharknados could never hit one major metropolitan area.

So, in order to cover all your Sharknado 2 drinking needs, here’s a drinking game.

Take a sip…

– Every time someone says the word “Sharknado.”

– Whenever you see a chainsaw.

– Every time you’re »

- Jackson McHenry

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Henry Winkler -- Thanks, Urban Dictionary ... Now I Have to Change My Name

3 July 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Henry Winkler -- nicest guy in Hollywood – just learned something shocking about his own very famous last name ... that it's a euphemism for a lewd sex act ... and he ain't happy. The Fonz was cruising through Bev Hills when we hit him with the news that "Winkler” is now in the Urban Dictionary and the definition is hilarious: "The winkler consists of unzipping one's pants and waving one's penis at women until one of the »

- TMZ Staff

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Padma Lakshmi Visits Royal Pains—Get a First Look!

17 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Padma Lakshmi is heading to the Hamptons. The Top Chef host will appear as herself in the Tuesday, June 24 episode of Royal Pains and E! News has the exclusive first look at her cameo. Check out Lakshmi with Divya (Reshma Shetty) and Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) greeting the Emmy nominated star in the photo above. In "A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough," Hank, Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Paige (Brooke D'Orsay) try and help Eddie (Henry Winkler) develop a relationship with Emma (Willa Fitzgerald). Meanwhile, Hank treats a private eye who puts work above her health and Divya finds an amazing nanny. Other guest stars in the episode include Diane Farr and Martha Higareda. In addition to Top Chef, Lakshmi's »

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Henry Winkler Honored with Award Of Excellence at Banff World Media Festival

30 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For Henry Winkler, receiving the Award of Excellence at the Banff World Media Festival represents an embarrassment of riches.

Winkler is best known as the Fonz on “Happy Days,” one of the coolest and smoothest smallscreen characters of all time. Now, younger generations know his work on “Arrested Development” and as a semi-series regular on “Parks and Recreation.”

“I dreamt of my career being just like this,” says Winkler. “I’m living ‘Be careful what you wish for.’”

But what the actor is most proud of are the 27 novels for children he has co-written with Lin Oliver titled “Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World’s Best Underachiever.”

The Award of Excellence is an honor that Winkler does not take lightly. “I live by two words — tenacity and gratitude,” he says. “Tenacity gets you where you want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow you to be angry along the way, »

- Nikara Johns

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Interview: Cindy Caponera on Her New Book ‘I Triggered Her Bully’

26 May 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It was a cold Chicago day in May, typical of the endless winter. The coffee shop was warm and inviting, as I waited to interview the comedy icon, Cindy Caponera. She had written a book – “I Triggered Her Bully” – but as she walked in I was more interested in what she was wearing.

Her pullover was resplendent with an inlayed collar design, a thread embroidery that took me back to the court of Marie Antoinette. She paired that with one of the latest and hottest styles, the casual stretch pant, which she pulled off like a young Audrey Hepburn brought back to life for a chocolate ad. Her manicure, which she described as “mediocre,” glowed under the halogen lamps of the shop like Michael Jackson brought back to life as a sequined corpse. She said she had spent 45 minutes to make her eyebrows less purple, and as I looked more closely, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur on the decision to end the show

21 May 2014 3:27 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The final few minutes of last month’s season finale of Parks of Recreation catapulted its characters all the way into 2017, leaving viewers with binders and binders of questions about what happens next. And while they might be wondering about the future on the show, they no longer are speculating about the future of the show: NBC announced last week that the upcoming seventh season of the much-loved, smart-and-sweet local government comedy would be its very last, with the final 13 episodes getting a midseason debut. Why is Parks coming to an end now? What can you expect from the final season? »

- Dan Snierson

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Rejected pilots: Look who's out of work (for now)

19 May 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Look who’s in the bread line after pilot season!

Lots of exciting stars will join the broadcast TV lineup this fall (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tea LeoniIoan Gruffudd) but an equal amount were left jobless after the networks announced their schedules last week in New York. Here’s who (and what projects) we will miss now that the upfronts are over:

Anthony Lapaglia. Last seen: Without a Trace. Rejected fall pilot: Field of Play, a CBS drama about a retired CIA operative pulled back into action.

Jamie Lee Curtis. Last seen: New Girl. Rejected fall pilot: Soapy medical »

- Lynette Rice

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Ron Howard Interviewed By Brian Williams; A Cinema Retro Report

18 May 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Brian Williams and Ron Howard. (Event photos copyright Giacomo Selloni. All rights reserved.)

Earlier this month, Cinema Retro was invited to cover Tribeca Talks, a new live interview series that took place as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. We sent our "Man About Manhattan", Giacomo Selloni to cover the initial event at which Ron Howard was interviewed by  NBC newsman Brian Williams. Here is his report:

By Giacomo Selloni

Ron Howard is an articulate film director. So it should come as no surprise that he is also an articulate speaker. He also has a way with anecdotes, as one might expect, given the length and diversity of his career.

"I think it's wrong to think of what I'm in as the movie business," Howard says. "It's the moving image business. I think it's necessary to work in all different mediums." He also says it's hard »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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What’s on at this May’s McM London Comic Con?

14 May 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.

Special Guests

Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling SkiesDrew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of ThronesJames Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days. »

- Phil Wheat

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Upfronts 2014: The Success Of Cristela Alonzo & Jerrod Carmichael’s Projects And What That Says About the Pilot System

7 May 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Lost among the slew of high-profile broadcast comedy pilots this season were two low-budget pilots/presentations created by and starring up-and-coming comedians few had heard of, Cristela Alonzo and Jerrod Carmichael. Ten days before the start of the upfronts, many of those big-budget, big-name pilots have fallen by the wayside. But the Cristela Alonzo and Jarrod Carmichael projects are still standing. Both have exceeded expectations, both have been very well received and both are in contention for a series pickup. Alonzo’s semi-autobiographical Cristela, from 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein, has been a true Cinderella story. It was sold to ABC last summer with penalty. But with several high-profile multi-camera sitcoms landing pilot orders at the network, including two from 20th TV, The Winklers starring Henry Winkler, and the untitled Kevin Hart project, Cristela didn’t make the cut. However, the producers, who also are behind ABC’s Last Man Standing, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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