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Here's How Robin Williams Changed TV

15 August 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Much has been said since Robin Williams' death on Monday of his contribution to movies. Certainly, his performances in such films as "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting" are likely to endear him to new fans among moviegoers for generations to come. But it's easy to forget that he also made indelible contributions to the world of TV throughout his four-decade career. Older viewers remember his starmaking turn as a lovable alien on "Mork and Mindy," but that was only one instance of many where he changed the medium in ways large and small that will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Here are some of those ways.

"The Richard Pryor Show." Imagine an era when you could have seen Richard Pryor and Robin Williams doing sketch comedy together every week in primetime. That era really happened; it lasted just four weeks in 1977. That's »

- Gary Susman

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How Robin Williams Became Mork From Ork: That Happy Days Episode Was Supposed to Be the "Biggest Piece of S--t"

12 August 2014 9:19 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy Days was a huge hit show that had everything—family values; a golden-boy high school student with awesome parents, a cute little sister and goofy high school pals; the Fonz... But apparently what the sitcom really needed was an alien. TV and filmmaker Brian Levant, who joined Happy Days as a writer-producer in its fifth season, recalls being in the writers room one day when series creator Gary Marshall came in and announced that his 8-year-old son Scott had suggested to him, "Let's put a space man on Happy Days." Sure, why not?! "And everyone looked around at each other thinking there was no way he could be serious and, strangely enough, he was," »

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Pam Dawber, Robin Williams' 'Mork & Mindy' Co-Star, Remembers Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar Issues Statement

12 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Pam Dawber, Robin Williams’ Mork & Mindy co-star, and producer Garry Marshall have released statements on the comedian’s tragic death.

Mork & Mindy Fans Honor Robin Williams

Williams first reached fame playing Mork on Mork & Mindy, a role he originated in a two-episode arc on Happy Days. Though Williams went on to have a prolific career in both film and stand-up, winning an an Oscar for Good Will Hunting, fans have created a memorial for the beloved actor in front of the Mork & Mindy house in Boulder, Colo.

#Vigil outside #MorkandMindy house in #Boulder @Colorado, #RIPRobinWilliams #RobinWilliams #epitaph @TMZ @EW @etnow pic.twitter.com/bxcgELNvNp

— Mariano Oreamuno (@Oreamuno) August 12, 2014

“Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film…I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity…. He was my »

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Comedians, Actors, Directors & More Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

12 August 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The abundance of love, admiration and fond memories surrounding recently passed comedian and actor Robin Williams has brought an onslaught of emotions from laughter to tears. This was a man who loved comedy, but wasn't afraid to get dramatic. And while he brought joy to millions, director Garry Marshall accurately pinpointed his battle with depression and how he came to give in to the darkness, "He could make everybody happy but himself." But we don't come to bury Robin Williams, we come to celebrate him by calling attention to several of the touching tributes, words and recollections of how he impacted so many lives. And we've also included some of his finest moment from interviews to speeches and stand-up. Look! Last night Conan O'Brien was made aware of the news while taping his show, and this happened: Steven Spielberg, who directed Williams in the Peter Pan sequel Hook told EW: »

- Ethan Anderton

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Robin Williams' career in clips: from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire via Aladdin

12 August 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Dead Poets Society to Mrs Doubtfire, we look back at the career of the actor and comedian, found dead at 63, who could play silly, sensitive and sinister by turn

Robin Williams found dead at 63

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Robin Williams, a quiet kid who hid his shyness behind wicked impersonations, studied at the Juilliard school in New York alongside Christopher Reeve, before jumping to primetime fame as a loveable alien in the TV series, Mork and Mindy: Na-nu na-nu! The character of Mork actually started life in another hit show, Happy Days Williams impressed creator Garry Marshall by standing on his head in auditions. This silly streak went on to define his career.

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Entertainment News: Film & Comedy Star Robin Williams Dies at 63

11 August 2014 9:36 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

San Francisco – He blazed bright as lightning at his peak, but also had struggles with addiction and depression. The cosmic and comic Robin Williams died on August 11th, apparently of suicide due to asphyxia, according to authorities, although complete details are still pending. The Academy Award winner was 63 years old.

Williams was known for his whiplash speed as a stand up comic, often shifting several times and doing different characters in minutes. His improvisation was legendary, on stage, TV and film, and he portrayed a wide range of characters both comic and dramatic. He began his career on television in the mid-1970s, and soon found superstardom in that medium as Mork, a space alien living with a earthbound girl in “Mork & Mindy.” He made a natural transition to films, and continued to thrive on the stage-up stage – with several one man shows – and was a prime mover for the charity “Comic Relief, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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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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Henry Winkler Recalls Robin Williams' 'Happy Days' Debut

11 August 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Henry Winker knew he had a front-row seat for something special when Robin Williams was cast as the bizarre alien on ABC's Happy Days. Winkler, who starred for 11 seasons as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the Garry Marshall comedy, recalled Williams' first day on the set. Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. He was 63. "Here I am playing this man of very few words and I'm watching brilliance explode like fireworks every 10 or 15 seconds," Winkler told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday afternoon. Happy Days helped to launch Williams' TV career after he

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Laughter 'sustained him': Filmmakers recall the yearning, one-of-a-kind genius of Robin Williams

11 August 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Friends and colleagues of Robin Williams were shattered by news of the Oscar-winning actor’s death, resulting in aching statements of grief about one of the funniest men who ever lived.

The 63-year-old actor was found dead in his Northern California home Monday afternoon, and investigators with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department stated the causes of death was “suicide due to asphyxia.” Williams’ family issued a statement saying that the actor had been battling depression.

Filmmakers who were close to Williams expressed disbelief at the loss.

Steven Spielberg, who worked with him on 1991’s Hook and was a longtime friend, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Robin Williams: Hollywood reacts to comedian's death and celebrates his life

11 August 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Hollywood ‘Stunned,’ ‘Heartbroken’ Over Robin Williams’ Death

11 August 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The shock of Robin Williams’ death spread far and wide on Monday, a reflection of the actor’s long career in movies, television, stage and standup comedy.

Tributes came in from friends and colleagues, studios and executives, the directors of his many movies, fellow comics and even President Obama. Those who knew and worked with him described Williams as a comic genius with a generous heart.

Steven Spielberg called him “a pal” and expressed shock at Williams’ death of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams starred as Peter opposite Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook in Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook,” and he had a voice role in the director’s 2001 feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”

“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,” Spielberg said.

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Robin Williams Dead At 63

11 August 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Beloved actor Robin Williams, following a long battle with depression, was found dead today. Details are still fuzzy on what exactly happened, but the actor was found unconscious inside his home in Tiburon, California by paramedics this afternoon. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, and while a cause of death won.t be determined for some time, suicide by asphyxiation is suspected. The comic was born in 1951 in Chicago to a Ford executive. He passed the time as a child impersonating others and went to Julliard for college. Within just a few years of graduating, Garry Marshall created a sitcom for him (Mork & Mindy), and by the early 1980s, he was one of the most famous stand-up comedians in the world. More serious roles in movies like Dead Poets Society and Awakenings followed, but as much success as he found, there was always a bit of a dark »

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From 'Traitor' to Screen Legend: Fonda Still Busy on the Big Screen

1 August 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jane Fonda: From ‘Vietnam Traitor’ to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (photo: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’) (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, the former “Vietnam Traitor” and Barbarella-style sex kitten who has become a living American screen legend (and healthy-living guru). Believe it or not, Fonda, who still looks disarmingly great, will be turning 77 years old next December 21; she’s actually older than her father Henry Fonda was while playing Katharine Hepburn’s ailing husband in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond. (Henry Fonda died at age 77 in August 1982.) Jane Fonda movies in 2014 and 2015 Following a 15-year absence (mostly during the time she was married to media mogul Ted Turner), Jane Fonda resumed her film acting career in 2005, playing Jennifer Lopez »

- Andre Soares

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A True Maverick: Top 10 Films of James Garner (1928-2014)

20 July 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014). The Hollywood icon Garner has endured a remarkable show business career during a five-plus decade stretch as he has entertained generations of TV and film audiences throughout the ages. Upon the death of this immensely likable leading man on both the small and big screen many are probably wondering about their mortality at this point. After all, you either grew up with James Garner as a peer or spent your childhood watching him in your living rooms on the boob tube or at the local movie theater.

Although the majority of folks associate Garner with television from his first western series Maverick in the 1950′s to his landmark role as ex-con Pi Jim Rockford in the 1970′s The Rockford Files (some teens and young adults may recall his brief stint as grandfather Jim »

- Frank Ochieng

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Dennis Lehane Gets The Drop on Us

8 July 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr explores the cinematic adaptations of Dennis Lehane’s work…

‘I have no desire to operate on my own children’

Dennis Lehane explains why he is against adapting his own books.

Best-selling author, Boston native and screenwriter Dennis Lehane has been accused of a few things in life. For instance there are people convinced this author of hard edged thrillers wrote Mystic Pizza. That late eighties, tissue thin chick flick which helped launch Julia Roberts onto the world stage before Gary Marshall, Richard Gere and a Lotus finished the job. Dennis Lehane wrote Mystic River by the way, just to avoid any confusion.

Then there’s the small issue of his fan mail. Not all of it you understand, just the celebrity stuff he continues to receive for writing The Departed. You see his only problem is William Monahan wrote the book, adapted it into a screenplay and received the Oscar. »

- Gary Collinson

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Eiff 2014: ‘Life After Beth’ Review

3 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Dane DeHaan, Audrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly ShannonCheryl Hines, Anna Kendrick, Jim O’Heir, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Garry Marshall | Written and Directed by Jeff Baena

Review by Andrew McArthur

If like me zombie themed romantic comedy Warm Bodies left you as cold as one of the undead stiffs themselves, then Life After Beth is the perfect antidote. The film received its UK premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival and proved itself to be a laugh-filled delight.

Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth follows broken-hearted Zach (Dane DeHaan), distraught after the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth (Audrey Plaza). However, much to the delight of Zach and his former-girlfriend’s parents (John C. Reilly & Molly Shannon), Beth miraculously returns from the dead but gradually becomes more aggressive and er… zombified.

Life After Beth is refreshing as it does not try and present itself »

- Guest

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Indie Spotlight: Colorful Characters Assemble For A “Movie Night”

27 June 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Like many other web series featured in this space, Movie Night is, at its heart, about young professionals trying to make it in the big city. How, then, does it stand out? The answer lies within its unique setting. After completing a $6,000 Kickstarter campaign last year, the team at By-Law Production has released all 12 episodes of Movie Night at once. The series following a group of five friends (plus one annoying newcomer) who gather together for their regular movie night. There is plenty of the usual banter about relationships and jobs, but Movie Night also spits out a high volume of movie references, joking about everything from Guess Who's Coming To Dinner to Garry Marshall's recent tendency toward holiday-themed romcoms (dim-witted Jaynee, played by Beth Crudele, wonders why Marshall hasn't made a Flag Day romcom yet, "because who doesn't love flags, right?") The pace is fast, the jokes fly »

- Sam Gutelle

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Hungarian film wins Open City Docs

23 June 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.

The Open City Docs Fest has awarded its Grand Jury prize to Judgment in Hungary by Hungarian director Eszter Hajdú.

The chair of the jury, Pawel Pawlikowski, said: “Judgment in Hungary is a pure observational documentary and yet it has all the qualities of great drama: compelling characters, twists, turns, and moments of horror and even comedy.

“By presenting the idiosyncrasies of the Hungarian legal system, it manages to capture the racism faced by the Roma community in Hungary. Like all great films, by focusing on something very narrow and specific it holds up a mirror to something universal.”

The film is shot entirely in the confines of a courtroom, looking at the case of right wing extremists who attacked Gypsy communities.

The Best UK Film award went to David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights, of which the jury said: “With its spare yet telling portraits of people »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Judgment in Hungary wins Open City Docs

23 June 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.

The Open City Docs Fest has awarded its Grand Jury prize to Judgment in Hungary by Hungarian director Eszter Hajdú.

The chair of the jury, Pawel Pawlikowski, said: “Judgment in Hungary is a pure observational documentary and yet it has all the qualities of great drama: compelling characters, twists, turns, and moments of horror and even comedy.

“By presenting the idiosyncrasies of the Hungarian legal system, it manages to capture the racism faced by the Roma community in Hungary. Like all great films, by focusing on something very narrow and specific it holds up a mirror to something universal.”

The film is shot entirely in the confines of a courtroom, looking at the case of right wing extremists who attacked Gypsy communities.

The Best UK Film award went to David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights, of which the jury said: “With its spare yet telling portraits of people »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Judgment in Hungary wins at Open City Docs

23 June 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.

The Open City Docs Fest has awarded its Grand Jury prize to Judgment in Hungary by Hungarian director Eszter Hajdú.

The chair of the jury, Pawel Pawlikowski, said: “Judgment in Hungary is a pure observational documentary and yet it has all the qualities of great drama: compelling characters, twists, turns, and moments of horror and even comedy. By presenting the idiosyncrasies of the Hungarian legal system, it manages to capture the racism faced by the Roma community in Hungary. Like all great films, by focusing on something very narrow and specific it holds up a mirror to something universal.” The film is shot entirely in the confines of a courtroom, looking at the case of right wing extremists who attacked Gypsy communities.

The Best UK Film award went to David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights, of which the jury said: “With its spare yet telling portraits of people »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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