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Robin Williams Will Bust Out the Feathers for 'Birdcage' Sequel

7 December 2011 7:54 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Robin Williams has spent the better part of the past decade confusing the hell out of audiences with his movie choices – "Rv," anyone? – but it seems as though things may be on the upswing for the funnyman.

The actor may be injecting some fabulous back into his career in the not-too-distant future with a sequel to his 1996 hit "The Birdcage."

Williams tells Movie Hole that he may reprise his role as South Beach drag club owner Armand Goldman if the powers that be can work out a script. "They're trying to figure out which [story] to write for that," says Williams. "We will see what happens."

While the prospect of seeing Williams back in his gold chain and salmon pants has our hearts skipping a beat, we can't imagine the movie working without the original star-studded cast. If the producers can get Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockheart together »

- Sarah Crow

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The James Clayton Column: Why we’ve never gone back to the Moon - the truth

8 September 2011 2:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Apollo 18 offering up a horror experience on the Moon, James explores other possible reasons why visits to our nearest neighbour have ceased…

Recent release Apollo 18 is a horror movie set on the Moon. Even if the whole basis of the film being leaked footage from a secret mission is bogus, the concept is brilliant. Whoever decided to pick the Earth’s sole satellite as the setting for their scary story deserves a gold star and a Milky Bar for this stroke of inspired genius.

Indeed, the Big Black beyond the stratosphere is anxiety-inducing as an infinite unknown with terrifying potential. As the Alien poster put it, “In space, no one can hear you scream” so the void is the perfect backdrop on which to build a sci-fi chiller.

With it being Earth’s nearest neighbour rather than a far-flung or fictional destination, the Moon feels more real and relevant, »

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Why do comedy stars do family films?

4 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They were once cutting-edge comics with talent to burn; now they're sharing screen time with CGI co-stars and corny critters. Ellen E Jones reports on the family comedy club

For musicians, it's 27; the mystical age at which the unlucky succumb to the consequences of their career-dictated lifestyle. For movie stars, it's more like 49. And for them, it's not heroin, or booze, or depression; it's family comedies. You want proof? This weekend you can witness Jim Carrey, esteemed star of The Truman Show and Dumb & Dumber, and six CGI penguins breakdancing all over the grave of his serious acting ambitions in Mr Popper's Penguins. Carrey turned 49 in January, and the film marks his ascension into a not-so-exclusive fellowship of once-intriguing actors who now make family comedies.

Remember the 33-year-old Steve Martin who made The Jerk in 1979? At 49, he made the dismal Sgt Bilko and now mostly diverts his genius into Cheaper by the Dozen sequels. »

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‘Super 8’ Mystery Revealed?

15 March 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Trying to unravel the mysterious creature from the secretive J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” trailer? Well, the folks at LatinoReview have a completely different theory and take from the trailer and viral footage on And the answer is simply—it’s not an alien, monster or creature. It may be an energized living object similar to the 1997’s “Flubber” with Robin Williams. We’re not saying it is a rubber-like super-bouncy substance, but it is an object. What’s our evidence? The evidence was clear in front of us. We took some screen shots from the trailer and viral videos. So we’ll present our evidence and see if you’ll agree with us. Exhibit A In the first screen shot from a viral video, you can see the cube-like living object on a laboratory table. Exhibit B The two children (played by Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning »

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