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Report: Robin Williams’s Will Is Kind of Staving Off Another Aladdin Sequel

9 November 2015 9:20 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A former Disney exec has revealed the studio might have had plans for another animated Aladdin installment — featuring the late Robin Williams's voice. In an interview published in last weekend's Sunday Times of London, an unnamed source said Disney's vault is so jam-packed with outtakes from Williams's initial run as Genie in 1991 that a fourth movie could potentially be stitched together sometime down the line. At the moment, however, the actor's will complicates things: To protect his widow and children from incurring estate penalties as a result of posthumous earnings, according to the New York Post, a clause prevents entertainment entities from using the actor's name, taped performances, or recordings in exploitative scenarios for the next 24 years."When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from Good Morning Vietnam, Hook, Dead Poets Society, and Mrs. Doubtfire," the exec told the Times. "Now, because he insisted on a »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Robin Williams' Will Stops 'Aladdin 4' from Using Genie Outtakes

9 November 2015 5:25 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It has been just over one year since legendary comedian Robin Williams passed away, and while some fans are still mourning this loss, some will rest easy by knowing that his voice and likeness won't be exploiting for quite some time. The Sunday Times reports that Disney had been planning a sequel to their 1992 animated classic Aladdin, where they planned on using Robin Williams recordings that never made it into the final movie for this sequel. As it turns out, the actor's will prevents anyone from exploiting his name, likeness or voice for the next 25 years, which lead the studio to scrap their plans. Here's what an unnamed former Disney executive had to say.

"When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from Good Morning, Vietnam, Hook, Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin was making 30 jokes a minute. Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, »

- MovieWeb

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Sue Cabral-Ebert Re-Elected Head Of Make-Up & Hair Stylists Union

6 November 2015 3:25 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sue Cabral-Ebert has been re-re-re-reelected president of Iatse Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Local 706 for an unprecedented fifth three-year term. The Emmy-nominated make-up artist, whose credits include Dallas, Erin Brockovich, The Perfect Storm, Alien 3 and Dead Poets Society, got 54% of the vote, defeating challengers Jane Galli and Larry Waggoner. About 37% of the local's 1,900 members cast ballots in an unusually high turnout. Cabral-Ebert, who is also the local's… »

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Sue Cabral-Ebert Re-Elected Head Of Make-Up & Hair Stylists Union

6 November 2015 3:25 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sue Cabral-Ebert has been re-re-re-reelected president of Iatse Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Local 706 for an unprecedented fifth three-year term. The Emmy-nominated make-up artist, whose credits include Dallas, Erin Brockovich, The Perfect Storm, Alien 3 and Dead Poets Society, got 54% of the vote, defeating challengers Jane Galli and Larry Waggoner. About 37% of the local's 1,900 members cast ballots in an unusually high turnout. Cabral-Ebert, who is also the local's… »

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That '70s Show Star Kurtwood Smith Signs Up For Major Recurring Role On Agent Carter

22 October 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show) has signed on for a major recurring role on the second season of Marvel's Agent Carter. He'll portray Vernon Masters. It's uncertain whether he'll be on Peggy side of the war or against, but the character is being described as a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system, which would seem to suggest he may eventually butt heads with our heroine. Additionally, this move reunites the '70s Show alum with showrunners Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas, who he previously worked with on the short-lived ABC series Resurrection. Outside of his role as Red Forman, Smith has had a long career with memorable roles in several hit films including, but not limited to, RoboCop, Dead Poets Society, Rambo III, and Cedar Rapids. His television work includes 24, Star Trek, The X-Files, House M.D. & Rick and Morty. »

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What Pop Culture High Schooler Were You?

5 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Oh high school. It was a rough time for a lot of us. Maybe more memorable for some. While we’re passed those adolescent days now, we’re deep in Back to School days and getting more than a little nostalgic. That’s due in part to all the high school teen movies that still rattle around in our pop culture consciousness. Many of the characters in the movies shared the same embarrassments we did, the same first crushes, the same droning teachers, and we all wish we had a friend like Ferris Bueller.

So we asked the PopOptiq staff, which high school character from the movies were you? Share your own pop culture doppelgänger below!

Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) from Scream

Randy Meeks and I have much in common. We are both massive horror movie fans who worked in a video store, studied film and had a hopeless crush on our best friend. »

- Staff

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15 Famous Actors From Texas

1 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the talent! Before they were big-name performers, many of the industry’s best got their start in their Lone Star State hometowns. Here are 15 of them!  Matthew McConaugheyMcConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he changed his major from law to film. After graduating, he worked on a number of student and short films in Texas, but found true success after being introduced to Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater and landing a role in “Dazed and Confused.” McConaughey went on to win an Oscar for his role in the 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club.” Ethan HawkeAlthough he spent much of his life in New Jersey, Hawke was born in Austin. The Oscar-nominated actor gained notoriety after starring in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society,” and recently starred in “Boyhood” as well as horror flicks like “The Purge,” “Sinister,” and “Sinister 2.” Renée ZellwegerBorn in Katy, »

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12 wistful movies to watch this autumn: Good Will Hunting, 500 Days of Summer and more

23 September 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!

Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.

The Lake House

While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.

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Quiz: Hit the books in our back-to-school movie quiz!

7 September 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It’s every parent’s favourite time of year again: back to school. September marks the first days of fall and the return of chillier weather, but nothing tops the beginning of class as a defining September moment.

Whether or not you’re excited for the return to school, there are some great school-related movies that will be sure to put you in a learning mood. This quiz is full of classics like Mean Girls and Dead Poets Society, and features some older gems too.

If you’re more Fast Times at Ridgemont High than 21 Jump Street, this quiz will give you a chance to show your movie knowledge too. You don’t have to be heading to a classroom this fall to show your stuff, just make sure you’ve seen cinema’s most iconic scholarly moments.

Whether you’re going back to elementary school, high school, university, or college, »

- Rachel West and Amanda Wood

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One Year Later, I Still Miss Robin Williams

11 August 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It was August 11, 2014. The theater was full with an advance screening of The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. The red carpet event was live-streamed prior to the showing as stars from the film flooded in and entered the New York City party while we, in Knoxville, Tenn., gazed at the screen.

I checked my phone for the time and came across a message on the screen.

“Actor Robin Williams found dead at his home. He was 63.”

A friend put it best when he said that hearing the news of Williams’s passing surprised him with grief.

It did the same for me.

Now, to this point, Robin Williams was just another face (or voice) on the screen to me. An actor who had given life to Genie in Aladdin, the main character of Flubber, and was Mrs. Doubtfire. Nothing of note, but fun most of the time.

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- Zach Dennis

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Robin Williams Would Have Turned 64 Today: See His Life in Photos

21 July 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Today is a bittersweet day. It would have been funnyman Robin Williams' 64th birthday, and to honor that day we're taking a look back at his life in photos. The iconic comedian made a name for himself on TV when he got his start on Mork & Mindy and continued to make his fans laugh out loud for the duration of his career, starring in movies such as Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire. Although he was best known for his comedic skills, who could forget some of his more dramatic roles, including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting? Williams knew how to have fun on and off the screen, especially when it came to his children Zelda Williams, Zak Williams and Cody Alan Williams. Even though he has passed »

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Robin Williams's 9 Most Unforgettable 'Dead Poets Society' Moments

21 July 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If we had to pick just one endlessly quotable Robin Williams movie, it would have to be "Dead Poets Society." The 1989 classic -- centered on a group of all-male, buttoned-up prep school students and their radical new English teacher (Williams) -- is filled to the brim with life-affirming gems and inspirational quotes, and features Williams at his irreverent best.

So, in celebration of a man who did, indeed, seize the day and make his life extraordinary, let's take a look back at some of the late Oscar-winning actor's most stirring and enlightening "Dead Poets Society" moments. »

- Tim Hayne

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'Boulevard' Director Praises Robin Williams' "Humanity," Dedication to Final Dramatic Role

11 July 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Eleven months after Robin Williams shockingly committed suicide, the actor makes his final onscreen appearance in the indie drama Boulevard. Williams plays Nolan, a 60-year-old married bank manager who is forced to confront his repressed homosexuality after he encounters a young hustler named Leo (Roberto Aguire). The role is another serious turn for the actor who was known for his larger-than-life comedic characters like Mrs. Doubtfire and the voice of Genie in Aladdin but also received acclaim for dramatic performances in films like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting. Boulevard director Dito Montiel tells The

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- Hilary Lewis

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Secret Cinema announces a new one-off launch event to be held at the end of June

19 June 2015 11:37 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Secret Cinema has announced that the launch of a new Secret Cinema X event will take place later this month.

June 28 and June 29 will see a secret London location transformed into an immersive cinematic experience with an undisclosed but highly-anticipated film.

Flashing eyes in which my hopes rise. Be a part of the launch of @SecretCinemaX #Scx

— secretcinema (@secretcinema) June 19, 2015

7 movies we'd love to see get the Secret Cinema treatment

In 2014, Secret Cinema presents Dead Poets Society raised £24,000 for mental health charity Mind in honour of Robin Williams, whose tragic death inspired simultaneous screenings of the feature worldwide.

This month's event will support the charity Mac UK, an organisation that engages with some of the UK's most excluded and deprived young people who are most in need of support but least likely to access it.

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Secret Cinema launches Secret Cinema X

18 June 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.

Event cinema specialist Secret Cinema is to launch Secret Cinema X, screening cult classics and exclusive previews in locations worldwide.

The launch will take place on June 28 and 29 in a secret London location with an undisclosed film.

Secret Cinema X is the starting strand of Secret Cinema, uniting Secret Screenings and The Other Cinema. It will run as a worldwide concept, allowing a growing network of interested partners to stage smaller Secret Cinema productions following the launch, whilst creating a new theatrical stribution platform. Secret Cinema X will open the live immersive film concept to a global audience.

Previous Secret Cinema X nights include La Haine, Brief EncounterSearching for Sugar Man, The Imposter and Dead Poets Society. As with Secret Cinema, the concept is divided into two strands, Presents and Tell No One

Fabien Riggall, Founder and Director at Secret Cinema says: “Secret »

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Set Fire to the Stars Has a Whisper-Thin Premise But a Bold Heart

14 June 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“How much trouble can one poet be?” we’re asked early on in Set Fire to the Stars, an account of a visit to the U.S. made by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in 1950. We then get a typical, ironic smash cut to Thomas himself (played by the disarmingly magnetic Celyn Jones, who also co-wrote the script) at a crowded, raucous party, hoisting a woman on his back and carrying her around, both of them drunkenly screaming. It’s an alarming and all too predictable bit of filmmaking: We might worry that we’re about to see a cross between Dead Poets Society and Animal House, a no-holds-barred indulgence in the myth of the poet as irrepressible wild man. Luckily, Set Fire to the Stars turns out to be a more delicate, intelligent film than that.The events here, inspired by the remembrances of literary critic and poetry teacher »

- Bilge Ebiri

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How 'Mad Max: Fury Road' lured Oscar winner John Seale back behind the camera

11 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

John Seale was retired. Then George Miller dangled a "Mad Max" movie in front of his face and, well, how can an Aussie say no? The 40-year veteran jumped right into the maelstrom Miller and his team were conjuring in the desert of west Africa and, along with killer second unit teams, captured one of the most innervating experiences of the year in "Mad Max: Fury Road." Oh, and he turned 70 years old while doing all of this. Seale won an Oscar for "The English Patient," the first of a three-film collaboration with the late Anthony Minghella. He also partnered up with Peter Weir on a trio of projects ("Witness," "The Mosquito Coast" and "Dead Poets Society") and he's worked with many great filmmakers besides, from Sydney Pollack to Ron Howard, Rob Reiner to Wolfgang Petersen. In addition to the win, he has three more Oscar nominations to his credit and I must say, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »

- ryanlambie

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Ethan Hawke interview: Good Kill, drones, sci-fi and Joe Dante

7 April 2015 6:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ethan Hawke stars in Andrew Niccol's military drama, Good Kill. Here, we talk to the actor about Sf, modern warfare, Joe Dante and more...

Over the course of 30 years, Ethan Hawke's appeared in a remarkable array of films, from his early breakthrough roles in Joe Dante's Explorers and Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society, to last year's spectacular Boyhood.

Hawke's latest film, Good Kill, reunites him with director Andrew Niccol - back in 1997, they worked together on the superbly moving sci-fi, Gattaca. Set in 2010, Good Kill's a military drama about a former Us pilot-turned drone operative, who carries out strikes in the Middle East from an office chair in Las Vegas.

Niccol shoots the film with the imagination of his sci-fi films, which makes Good Kill's true-life subject matter all the more disturbing. And once again, Hawke turns in a spectacular performance - one that, »

- ryanlambie

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Waxing Episodic: Darlene's tearjerking 'Roseanne' episode

3 April 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. One of the great strengths of "Roseanne" was the casting of its child actors, from mini Roseanne lookalike Michael Fishman as the apple-cheeked D.J. to Lecy Goranson as petulant eye-roller "Becky No. 1" and especially Sara Gilbert as snarky, sarcastic tomboy Darlene, who could dole out zingers with the timing of a seasoned comedy pro. While Goranson always felt painfully exposed as Becky and had a number of episodes built around one or another of her social embarrassments (most memorably Season 2 opener "Inherit the Wind"), Darlene -- while always charmingly insouciant -- was never properly dimensionalized until the Season 2 episode "Brain-Dead Poets Society," which climaxes with one of the most quietly moving moments I've ever seen on a traditional family sitcom. Written by Joss Whedon and directed by John Pasquin (who helmed every »

- Chris Eggertsen

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