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Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a heavily tinseled tree, a tipple before midday and Gremlins on the telly at some point during the day.
The Joe Dante-directed black cult comedy sees protagonist Billy Peltzer being gifted with Gizmo, a cute furry Mogwai discovered by his inventor father in a mysterious Chinatown antique store.
Of course the creature comes with three special instructions which, if not adhered to, result in the spawning of grizzly Gremlins hell-bent on havoc.
The Steven Spielberg-produced movie - which is
currently being fast-tracked by Warner Bros for a remake - celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, and here's what the main cast members got up to after the movie's success:
Zach Galligan plays William 'Billy' Peltzer who becomes enthralled by his unusual Christmas gift - yet careless with the three golden Gizmo rules.
Galligan's notable film roles following the success »
Last year, I noticed an ad for Apple. I mean, you can’t not notice them, since they air every few minutes. This one was special, though, quoting someone quoting Walt Whitman. I wondered if it was made by the same agency that made the Patti Smith Levi’s commercial. And I wondered why the unseen narrator sounded so familiar.
As I’m sure you know, Robin Williams died Monday. God, I’m going to miss him
Now is the time when I would like to tell you what good friends we were, but that would be a lie. Instead, I have only loved him since the first times I saw him do his stand-up on television shows. I was lucky enough to see him perform, twice.
The first time, back when John and I were publishing Comedy Magazine (and why »
- Martha Thomases
In the short time since Robin Williams passed away, you’ve probably learned more about him than you ever expected. From the wonderful story Norm MacDonald told via Twitter, to all the improvisation that became the roles he played, to his altruistic efforts throughout his life, to statement after statement that he was a comedic genius with film roles, routines, and more offered as evidence.
You can now find clips of his best roles, moments within those roles, sudden cover bits when Ted Talks suffered technical difficulties, and list after list of his best movies, lesser-known movies, greatest hits, favorite recipes, and everything else you can imagine.
I don’t usually go in for things like tributes to celebrities who die, but this one is a little more personal to me, and there seems to be part of the conversation that’s missing. Sure, Robin Williams was hilarious, almost to »
- Marc Eastman
There were countless movies starring Robin Williams that had us laughing out loud no matter where we watched them. One of those treasured films was the 1998 classic Patch Adams, featuring Williams as a medical student who always treated patients with a healthy dose of humor. Monica Potter is finally speaking out about her co-star's tragic death that left her nothing short of devastated. "This loss has left me truly heartbroken," Potter said in a statement to E! News. "Robin Williams was one of the brightest, most loving & wonderful people I've ever been blessed to know." She added, "I'll miss him more than I can ever express in words." Her tribute »
"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
Time is putting out a special commemorative issue on late actor comedian Robin Williams, who succumbed to depression and took his own life on Monday. Due on Friday, August 15, the magazine is packed with tributes from Alan Alda, Patch Adams, Lewis Black, Dick Cavett, Richard Corliss, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Nathan Lane, Bill Maher, Jim Norton, James Poniewozik, Joan Rivers, among others. Corliss writes in his obituary: “He could play anyone, but not just one: not ‘just’ Robin Williams. All those voices in the head of this comic Hamlet must have told him it was time to be quiet. The rest is silence.” Dick Cavett: “Robin and I agreed once that it’s galling to hear — when you’re ‘in it’ — the question: ‘What have you got to be depressed about?’ The great British actor and comedian, Stephen Fry, a fellow sufferer, replies ‘And what have you got to have asthma about? »
- Anne Thompson
The Flickering Myth writing staff pay their respects to Robin Williams…
Following the tragic news yesterday, the Flickering Myth writing staff remeber one of the greatest comedic performers of our generation…
Matt Spencer-Skeen: True comic genius, who transcended generations and ages. Will be missed sorely.
Vilordsutch: This man has been with me since I discovered his manic and quick-witted comedy, as a very small child, with Mork and Mindy and I’ve stayed with him (through his career) ever since. Such a sad thing knowing his mental state had given him this only option. My thoughts are with his family.
Oliver Davis: For some reason I’m pining most for Jack, Patch Adams and Bicentennial Man today. Although not his critically lauded works, worn-out VHS copy scenes keep playing in my mind’s eye. I watched all three when I was in my very early teens and each made me weep heartily. »
- Luke Owen
When Robin Williams died Aug. 11, fans and commentators talked about his best performances, from Mork to Patch Adams. But when Lauren Bacall died the following day, people remembered her for one indelible role: Lauren Bacall.
She was a good actress, but she never disappeared into a character. You couldn’t imagine her playing a mousy suburbanite or a low-iq bumpkin. And, offscreen, you couldn’t imagine her slipping unnoticed into a party or restaurant. When Variety reviewed her 1944 film debut in “To Have and Have Not,” the critic described her as “a young lady of presence.” And that presence served her well during a 70-year career. Audiences always knew who they were watching, and knew that this was a person who deserved attention.
- Tim Gray
While the world is coming to terms with the sudden passing of Robin Williams more and more people are finding wonderful ways to pay tribute. The latest, coming from Atlanta sportscaster Zach Klein, might be the most unique one we've seen yet. During what seems like a typical report, he manages to work in nods to 22 films from the late actor's body of work. There are, of course, obvious references like Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams, but many are incredibly subtle like World's Greatest Dad and The Final Cut. This heartwarming homage only adds to countless messages that have been shared about Robin. In addition to Jimmy Fallon's and Seth Meyers's tributes, there have been a slew of reactions from costars and close friends, and his children have all shared their own touching messages as well. Watch the latest tribute above, and see if you can pick out all 22 Robin Williams films! »
The world is just, quite simply, not nearly as funny a place now as it was just a few hours ago, before the tragic death of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. For nearly 40 years, the man kept us in stitches in ways only he could, with an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable charm that is often mimicked but never equaled.
As the world mourns this comedy legend, we take a look back at our 16 favorite Robin Williams performances, some in classics that are beloved the world over, and some in overlooked and/or underrated gems that deserve to be noticed.
While some actors spend years paying their dues in thankless guest starring or supporting roles on film and TV, it didn't take Robin Williams long to find a foothold in Hollywood. His appearance as the alien Mork on one episode of Happy Days was so popular it lead »
News of Robin Williams’ suicide this week has led to a predictable surge in sales of digital downloads and DVDs of his most-beloved movies — along with a spike in pirates swiping films like “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Morning Vietnam” starring the comedic legend.
As of Wednesday morning, 12 of the top 13 best-selling DVDs on Amazon.com were movies or specials starring Williams. Less than a month ago, none of those titles were in the top 100 of the e-retailer’s bestsellers.
The No. 1 DVD on Amazon currently is 1993 favorite “Mrs. Doubtfire,” followed by “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Patch Adams,” “The Birdcage” and “What Dreams May Come.”
At No. 8 on Amazon’s list is Christian drama “God’s Not Dead,” with the next five DVDs featuring Williams: “Robin Williams – Live on Broadway”; “Jack”; a two-disc release of “Patch Adams” and “What Dreams May Come »
- Todd Spangler
It seems entirely appropriate that my first viewing of “Aladdin” (1992) remains one of my most vivid impressions of Robin Williams onscreen, even if isn’t actually Robin Williams onscreen. Or is it? Animation, allowing for all manner of strange transformations and surreal flights of fancy, was in some ways an ideal medium for this endlessly inventive performer, and in this spirited Disney fantasy it granted him a funnyman showcase of inexhaustible cleverness and dexterity. For someone who was only 9 at the time, it also provided an early understanding of what people meant when they talked about “a Robin Williams performance.” To see and hear that big blue Genie today — morphing from one form to the next with dizzying speed, tossing off merry quips, goofy accents and fourth-wall-shattering asides — is to behold a rapid-fire comic imagination fully liberated from the dull, colorless parameters of live-action. Here, at last, was a movie »
- Justin Chang
The actor could steal the show in mainstream movies, but it was the crazy, manic riffs and improvisations of his early standup days that made him a unique talent
Robin Williams obituary
Peter Bradshaw: 'A remarkable performer, a brutal shock'
There were two dividing impulses in Robin Williams's performances that could, roughly, be called his American and British sides. On the American side, there was the slushy tendency towards sentimentality, for which he became increasingly known, which, at its best, resulted in Dead Poets Society, The Birdcage and Mrs Doubtfire, and, at its worst, became Patch Adams and Old Dogs. Hollywood has long had a tendency to adopt the finest and most interesting comedians and then determinedly blunt the hard edges that make them interesting. Along with Richard Pryor, Williams was the most obvious example of that.
Then there was what could be called Williams's British side, »
- Hadley Freeman
Hollywood continues to mourn the sudden loss of Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 63. Friends and fans have posted their thoughts online, including some fellow stand-up comics, his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, "Happy Feet" co-star Hugh Jackman, and the real Patch Adams. Updated - Matt Damon's statement: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time." Ben Affleck's statement: "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He »
- Dave Lewis
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
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it”
If ever there was a quote that summed up the great Robin Williams it is the above. His genius - of which there is no doubt - was always accompanied by a delicate stroke of madness...but as Aristotle once said, No great genius has ever existed without a stroke of madness’.
Like many across the globe today, I am still trying to comprehend this loss. Words escape me, even as I type this, and all I feel is a sadness that cannot be explained. Robin Williams was no direct relation of mine, and yet I feel as if I have lost a brother, a father, a mentor. Perhaps it is credit to the man himself, that such a visceral reaction is evoked following his untimely death...it’s hard to say. However, what is evidently clear »
When we learned this morning of the tragic suicide of Robin Williams, the world became a much darker place. It was obviously well known that the iconic actor and comedian was battling with depression, and many people are aptly quoting Rorschach from Watchmen:
Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor… I am Pagliacci.”
While his tragic death is causing tears of sorrow, Williams’ life will be remembered for the times he caused tears of laughter. He had the wonderful ability to delight adults and children both with the energetic enthusiasm that he threw into every role. However, some of his most memorable roles were »
- Lauren Butler
With the news of Robin Williams’ shocking death Monday, the world lost a wonderful performer with a rich and diverse career. He made his name on his zany comedies and bananas stand-up and won an Oscar for his dramatic departure, but with over 100 acting credits to his name in nearly 40 years, some of his finest work that shows his range as an actor, along with his tenderness and charm as an everyman star, doesn’t even begin to show up in films like Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society or (oh boy) Mrs. Doubtfire. As tribute to this late great, Sound on Sight has compiled a list of some underrated, under-seen and under appreciated performances throughout his career. It’s work that characterizes Williams’ broadly comedic signature as well as his darkly dramatic depth, but most importantly, as his wife Susan Schneider put it, “the countless moments of joy »
- Brian Welk
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
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams (1951-2014) has left behind a legacy of memorable entertainment in stand-up comedy, television and film following in the aftermath of his tragic passing on Monday, August 11, 2014. Indeed, Williams will be remembered for his versatile presence in show business running the course of over four decades.
In a rather unconventional tribute of recognizing the late and gifted actor/comedian Robin Williams let us engage in The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014) highlighting the performer’ s arcane facts and revelations pertaining to his film and television work.
So just how well do you know Robin Williams and his esteemed Hollywood career throughout the years in the media? Just sit back and enjoy this brain-teasing trivia-minded column about the dearly departed manic artist whose devotion to his craft of off-kilter comedic and shockingly dramatic showmanship on the small and big screen has and will always »
- Frank Ochieng
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