20 items from 2014
Somehow I haven't gotten around to talking to legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky in my time, but "Birdman" presented the opportunity and here we are. With seven Oscar nominations and two wins, Wolsky is one of the titans, with a legacy on both stage and screen. Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest, then, was a fascinating project for him in that it bridged the gap between those two disciplines. But as Wolsky says in the lengthy interview below, the work in movies like this is "invisible." By design, of course, but often that leads to a lack of appreciation for what goes into outfitting a movie like this. Nevertheless, Wolsky has tried his hand at a number of extravagant productions in his day, so of course we carved out plenty of time to talk about some of those. From Bob Fosse's "Lenny" and "All That Jazz" to Sam Mendes' »
- Kristopher Tapley
The adult toy purchasers claim that theyre a collector doesnt really change the fact that theyre playing with dolls
What more ironic way to celebrate the characterisation of Breaking Bads Walter White drug kingpin and criminal mastermind than to purchase a plastic doll in his likeness? From White to Mad Mens Don Draper, our culture celebrates alpha male archetypes of the old school, and yet in their appreciation too many fans become the antithesis of their heros qualities. The decision of Toys R Us in the Us to remove Breaking Bad figurines, following an angry petition from parents who didnt want their offspring exposed to dolls with their own detachable sack of meth, should be a wake-up call to the creeping infantilisation of our modern culture. These toys, along with Mattels Don Draper or the collectors Vito Corleone arent being bought by children in the traditional sense of the word. »
- Rupert Myers
The celebrated musician will be lead the star-studded event.
Legendary musician Stevie Wonder is going to be bringing a little extra sparkle to your holiday season!
The 22-time Grammy Award-winner has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal of the 83rd Hollywood Annual Christmas Parade.
The Parade, which is presented by The City Of Los Angeles and the media company Associated Television International, will kick off with a star-studded concert before taking to the streets.
Photos: Role Call - Who Got Hired In Hollywood?
In a statement released by Wonder, the singer said, "I am deeply honored to be serving as Grand Marshal of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, as 2014 is a historic one in the annuals of American history, and represents the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of »
The World of Warcraft tribute to the late Robin Williams has been revealed in the Warlords of Draenor. I've included several screenshots and a video of the colorful character. Williams is imagined as a genie that comes out of a lamp when you rub it. When first summoned, he exclaims "Infinite Cosmic Power," and when he shrinks back down he waves goodbye, and says "itty bitty living space." Other things found in the area include Mork's crashed egg spaceship and some toys scattered around, which is a nod Williams' role in Toys. This is a fitting homage to the amazing comedic actor who enjoyed playing WoW.
Via: Wowhead »
- Joey Paur
Barry Levinson hailed the disruptions of the digital revolution as creating diversity and story-telling opportunities. Those are things that the director says the modern Hollywood studios struggle to consistently deliver.
At a Toronto festival master class Friday, Levinson was in sparkling form after a gala performance of his low-budget Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig-starring indie “The Humbling,” which delves into the pain of creative performances.
“The studios are not interested in movies about people. There is such a corporate sensibility, they are always looking for a tentpole,” Levinson said. “That’s why TV is becoming so big.
“That’s where the stories are, that where the characters are, and that’s where the actors want to go. That’s why we’re seeing this shift taking place. To Netflix, HBO and cable. There’s a radical change about to take place.”
Levinson suggested that movies like his dark satire »
- Patrick Frater
Good news, Netflix’s very funny looking original animated show BoJack Horseman featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie will appear on Netflix on Friday 22nd August just in time to binge watch over the bank holiday weekend.
From what I have seen so far it looks promising but then so did Hemlock Grove. Expect a full report next week. In related news, Netflix have announced a whole slate of stand-up comedy exclusive to its service after the success of the recent Aziz Ansari special. So the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti will be adding stand up shows to streaming between now and December. I have only heard of a couple of these acts but there again one of the best things to do with an hour to spare is browse Netflix for its plentiful supply of stand-up »
- Chris Holt
The death of Robin Williams has been publicised massively over the last number of days, a shocking loss to the film industry, Williams was a beloved performer who had many fans, and so obviously there has been an outpouring of emotion since he passed away. I was a fan of Robin Williams and as a fan I have my favourites in terms of his library of films and television, the top of the heap being the 1987 comedy-drama, Good Morning, Vietnam, which I will be reviewing here, in both a tribute to the man himself, but also as a way to talk about one of my personal favourite comedy drama films and one I revisit every year or two and always enjoy.
Written by Mitch Markowitz »
- Chris Cummings
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »
- Drew McWeeny
Academy Award winner Barry Levinson directed Robin Williams in the first of his four Oscar-nominated performances, as the Armed Forces Radio DJ Adrian Cronauer in “Good Morning Vietnam.” Director and star went on to collaborate twice more, on 1992’s “Toys” and 2006’s “Man of the Year.” In addition, Williams guest starred on the second-season premiere of the Levinson-produced NBC series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” playing a tourist whose wife is killed during a hold-up on the streets of Baltimore – an appearance that earned him an Emmy nomination as Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
He was amazingly funny. Not the usual tell a joke funny. Some other kind of funny. A funny that defies all imagination. When he was on, he was the human version of a fireworks display. Funny ideas and characters traveling almost at the speed of light. “How is that possible?” More than one person has »
- Barry Levinson
It was “Dead Poets Society” that did it. That was the movie that pushed me over the edge from casual moviegoer to full-blown film junkie, the one that sent me back to the video store night after night looking for my next fix, desperate to discover other movies that could make me feel the same way.
There, in the role that earned Robin Williams his second Oscar nomination, was the full range of the actor’s incredible talent: He could have you laughing hysterically one minute and crying the next, often within the span of a single film.
At the moment movies mattered most in my life, Robin Williams was my favorite actor. Let me assure you, Oscar nomination or not, this was not a popular position at the time — nor is it now. Here was a high-energy actor who had gotten his start playing a spastic alien on “Mork and Mindy, »
- Peter Debruge
We are very sad to report that Oscar-winning American actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away yesterday in what California police are describing as an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951, Williams attended the prestigious Julliard School in the 1970s before gaining his breakthrough with guest role as the alien Mork in Happy Days, which led to the popular spin-off Mork & Mindy. In addition to gaining acclaim for his stand-up work, Williams’ film career began to take off in the 1980s, with roles in Popeye, The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, the latter two providing him with his first Academy Award nominations.
During the 1990s, Williams continued to mix comedic roles with serious work, appearing in the likes of Awakenings, The Fisher King, Toys, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Jack, The Birdcage, Flubber and Good Will Hunting, »
- Gary Collinson
Mork & Mindy, The Fisher King, Deconstructing Harry, Toys, Aladdin, The World According To Garp, Good Will Hunting: A small smattering of films and shows for which Robin Williams will be forever remembered. A Julliard-trained actor with a wild comedic abandon, Williams' humour and capacity for deep emotion and dramatic turns have given audiences pleasure for the last several decades.Williams was a giant talent, an actor's actor and a comedian's comedian. Below, a look back at the man, his career, and a couple films well worth checking out to commemorate his remarkable life.Video embedded below....
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Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.
The stand-up comedian and actor shot to fame appearing in television series Mork & Mindy between 1978 and 1982, before embarking on a movie career.
As friends, co-stars and fans from across the globe pay tribute to Williams, Digital Spy looks back at his career on the big screen:
1. Robin Williams made his film debut in 1977 comedy Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?:
5. His performance in 1984's Moscow on the Hudson earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor:
I didn’t see Robin Williams‘ attempt at a new sitcom, CBS’ The Crazy Ones. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It’s just too constricting for this kind of talent. It’s even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have been hard to take. No, my most recent memories of Robin Williams are on the big screen, where he seemed to be heading for a place of renewal, not only as the funnyman everyone knew, but really a fine dramatic actor. In this year’s The Face Of Love he played a supporting role as a man heartbreakingly »
- Pete Hammond
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead this morning at his California home. Police believe the actor committed suicide. He was 63 years old. William' publicist released a statement: "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." Williams, a four-time Oscar nominee, won a supporting actor Oscar for "Good Will Hunting." But he's also known for such TV shows as the "Mork and Mindy" and for such films as "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The Birdcage," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Dead Poets Society," "Awakenings," "The Fisher King," "One-Hour Photo," "Hook," "Patch Adams," "Flubber," "Aladdin," "Toys," "Popeye," "Death to Smoocky," "Worlds Greatest Dad," "Happy Feet" and "Night at the Museum." He most recently starred in "The Crazy Ones" TV series, which lasted only one season. »
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 »
It was just over 20 years ago that the world went bonkers for Beanie Babies, Ty's simple stuffed animals full of, well, beans. Two decades after the Beanie bonanza, the critters aren't worth thousands like some had hoped, and many collections have been relegated to the basement closet. But the rise and fall of Beanie Babies hasn't stopped other stuffed animals trends. The digitally connected Webkinz took off in 2005, and now it appears to be Tsum Tsum's turn. Tsum Tsum are pill-shaped plushies of varying sizes with the faces of popular Disney characters, and they are selling out fast, reports The New York Times. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbenderNYC
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”
Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” and her schedule prevented her from committing to “Ninja Turtles.” Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Everyone's favorite Toys are back in Disney•Pixar's frightfully fun adventure Toy Story of Terror!, available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash Toy Story 3, Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that's a must-own for Toy Story and Disney•Pixar fans this summer!
Toy Story of Terror! makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and "Team of Specialists," in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled Toy Story adventure!
This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur »
- Ariana Bacle
20 items from 2014
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