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John Hughes Films: Ranked From Worst To Best

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John Hughes was, by his own admission, a very ordinary, non-exceptional kid. He didn’t even have a particularly noteworthy high school life, which is somewhat ironic given how effortlessly he managed to convey it in his film work.

He may not have been the kid he portrayed in his movies, but he related to them and wanted to show the world they weren’t as bad as other films routinely made them out to be. One of Hughes’ defining characteristics was his ability to see teenagers not as kids or as young adults, but as people. This, in turn, ensured that his films connected with a sizeable audience.

But Hughes wasn’t just about love triangles, prom nights and cliques – he was so multi-layered and moved away from the teen films that brought him so much success, writing side-splitting comedies and romantic dramas, replacing the teens with twenty somethings and families.
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One Year Later, I Still Miss Robin Williams

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.

It
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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement.
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Amazing Robin Williams impressionist becomes viral hit

Amazing Robin Williams impressionist becomes viral hit
A life-long fan of Robin Williams has scored a viral hit with his impersonations of the late actor.

Jamie Costa - a young actor with a resemblance to Williams - has passed 2 million hits in just four days on YouTube.

In the video, he channels Williams's performances in films like Flubber, Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning, Vietnam.

Costa wrote underneath the video: "My tribute to the man whose spark ignited my passion. Rip Robin Williams."

He also performs a scene from Good Will Hunting, the film which earned Williams an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Costa isn't just a Williams impressionist, and has posted videos of himself impersonating Indiana Jones, Owen Wilson and Matthew McConaughey.

It recently emerged that Williams made plans to restrict the use of his image after his death.
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Robin Williams Impersonator Nails 18 Different Characters in Viral Tribute (Video)

Robin Williams Impersonator Nails 18 Different Characters in Viral Tribute (Video)
Robin Williams died in August, but his spirit is very much alive in the heart of actor Jamie Costa, who is garnering online acclaim for nailing spot-on impersonations of 18 characters Williams played over the course of his career. The South Carolina-based performer not only sounds just like Williams as he channels Peter Pan from “Hook,” Euphegenia Doubtfire from “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Professor Philip Brainard from “Flubber” (to name a few), he looks just like the late actor, from the hair to the facial expressions. Costa’s YouTube video “Never Had a Friend Like Him” has attracted over 1.3 million views since being published.
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Robin Williams: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

20th Century Fox

It is something of a tragedy that the last role anyone gets to see of Robin Williams is in the inferior Night At The Museum sequel that has just hit cinemas (he’s actually in Terry JonesAbsolutely Anything but in a vocal performance only next year), but it’s not entirely unfitting. The actor and comedian was a brilliant talent, not only as a stand-up but also as a genuine straight actor, and his career was typified by some serious highs; unfortunately, it was also blighted by some terrible lows, painting a picture of contradiction that was ultimately the most bewildered reaction to his suicide.

Because sanctifying departed heroes is foolish, it remains important to look at Williams’ career as a whole: the greatest tragedy of his professional life was not that he wasn’t offered the opportunity to truly show his ability, it was that
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25 Greatest Fake Film & TV Products

Miramax

For one reason or another, be it a creative led decision or simply not being able to gain the rights to using certain real products, film and TV is almost as stocked with as many fictional consumer products as we have here on the bulging shelves of the real world.

We’ve all walked past a shop window and thought “I need one of those” or “i need to eat that immediately” but what if those products that tantalise us are something that we can never tinker with, or wear or taste? Nothing can be as alluring as something desirable that you cannot have. Ironically this fact isn’t lost upon those people in the real world who want to market desirable products to us, as in this day and age even fictional products that don’t adhere to the laws of physics in our world can cross over
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Netflix Adds New TV And Movie Offerings For September 2014

Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.

Netflix's September Additions

Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.

As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.

See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:

TV Shows:

“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1

“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1

“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1

“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1

“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1

“Zero Hour,
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Robin Williams - Our Favorite Memories

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We were all shocked by the tragic news of Robin Williams' unexpected death last week. As tribute to all the times he made us laugh and cry, we’ve decided to share our favorite memories from his storied career.

Any time a person who has had so much impact on so many people’s lives passes away, it is understandably hard to comprehend. Robin Williams was one of these people. He used his talents to become much more than just a comedian. He was an entertainer. As tribute to all of the great accomplishments in his career, we’ve decided to share our favorite memories. Feel free to join us by adding your own.

Victor Medina

I was pretty young when Robin Williams first rose to stardom as Mork from Ork, but I was a dedicated fan. I bought a pair of official Mork suspenders and wore them all the time.
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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams
"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
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Celeb Twitter Watch Weekly: Bollywood mourns the loss of a Hollywood legend

Last Sunday was a day of celebration in India and Bollywood… The reason was the famous Hindu festival called “Raksha Bandhan” (Rakhi) which is to celebrate the love and the bond between sisters and brothers… So let’s see what our bollywood stars had to say!

Happy rakshabhandan to my baby brothers !!!! @sanjay_act pic.twitter.com/vRhTSrBqzb

— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) August 10, 2014

How is every1doing ? Happy Belated Rakhee 2 all who celebrate ! Sadly I had 2 post mine since I'm traveling. Thank god 4 brothers Ting !

Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) August 11, 2014

Recieved sweetest cupcakes from my bro Soham for Rakhi:) http://t.co/qcDQe7wfIe

Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) August 10, 2014

Still remmber d day dis pic ws takn,brthers n sisters probably share d most simple bond of love. Happy rakhee 2 all. pic.twitter.com/X3VFoArwB7

Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 10, 2014

Siblings are a blessing….no matter what the differences are they are irreplaceable
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Robin Williams Dies at 63: Steve Martin, Mara Wilson, Steve Carell and More React

Robin Williams Dies at 63: Steve Martin, Mara Wilson, Steve Carell and More React
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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R.I.P. Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

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,
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Robin Williams 1951-2014: Movie career in pictures

Robin Williams 1951-2014: Movie career in pictures
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?:

2. After his debut, he then starred in the lead role of Robert Altman's musical comedy adaptation of Popeye in 1980:

3. Robin Williams starred alongside Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close and John Lithgow in 1982's The World According To Garp:

4. In 1983, Robin Williams joined Walter Matthau in The Survivors:

5. His performance in 1984's Moscow on the Hudson earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor:

6. Robin Williams starred in Harold Ramis's Club Paradise with Peter O'Toole,
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Robin Williams Dead at 63 of Suspected Suicide

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

Robin Williams found dead, aged 63: Hollywood expresses shock and sadness
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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What did Robin Williams mean to you?

Open thread: The actor and comedian has been found dead at his California home. What will you remember him for?

Robin Williams found dead in California home aged 63

Peter Bradshaw on Williams: a big heart, a love of broad comedy, a staggering talent

The actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. He rose to fame on the TV series Mork & Mindy and went on to a career starring in some of the biggest films of the era.

His oeuvre spanned the spectrum of film: serious drama (Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King), childrens films (Mrs Doubtfire, Hook, Aladdin, Jumanji, Flubber, Patch Adams) and comedies (Good Morning Vietnam, Death to Smoochy).

One of the best artists to ever grace the screen. This feels like a personal loss. I got into poetry after watching Dead Poets' Society and felt like I too was a student of his.
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Robin Williams moved from commercial productions to prestige cinema with ease

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Robin Williams moved from commercial productions to prestige cinema with ease
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
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Robin Williams Dies At Age 63

Police have reported that Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon home this morning. He was 63.

The cause of death appears to be suicide, police say. Williams’ publicist released a statement shortly afterward saying that the actor had been battling severe depression.

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 rose to fame with the Happy Days spin-off Mork & Mindy. It’s been said that he was so witty on that show that the writers would frequently leave blank moments on the page so he could have the proper room to ad-lib. That was where audiences first were exposed to his hilarity, and we were able to enjoy it all the way through his most recent roles.

But he wasn’t only a funny man,
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Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, more react to death of Robin Williams

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