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16 items from 2009

Williams Was Never Told About Mork & Mindy Cancellation

26 November 2009 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedian Robin Williams refuses to get complacent about his Hollywood success - because he will never forget the moment he found out his TV show Mork & Mindy had been scrapped.

The funnyman landed his big break in the late 1970s playing the alien Mork in the sitcom opposite actress Pam Dawber.

Bosses at U.S. TV network ABC, which aired the series, cancelled the programme in 1982 - but no one told Williams, and he was devastated when he read about his show's demise in trade paper Daily Variety.

He tells People magazine, "I found out the show was cancelled by reading it in Variety. In Hollywood that's like reading your own obituary: 'You're dead, good luck!'"

Williams has since earned his superstar status with roles in films like the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams and Mrs. Doubtfire. »

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Gold Derby nuggets: Marc Shaiman added to Oscarcast team | Pete Hammond cheers 'Blind Side' | Sasha Stone on state of Oscars race

23 November 2009 3:36 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

• Five-time Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman is returning to the Oscarcast as musical director six years after conducting the orchestra for Billy Crystal's swan song as host. Shaiman earned three of his four Emmy nods for his work on the Oscars, sharing in the 1992 writing win for penning Crystal's opening medley to the 64th edition of the kudos. Shaiman has lost Oscar bids for both scores -- "The American President" (1995); "The First Wives Club" (1996) and "Patch Adams" (1998) -- and songs -- "A Wink and a Smile" from "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Blame Canada" from "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" (1999). For that last losing nod, Shaiman played escort to »

- tomoneil

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Oscar 2010: Marc Shaiman to Be Telecast Music Director

23 November 2009 2:13 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar-nominated composer Marc Shaiman will be the music director for the 2010 Academy Awards, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have announced. Shaiman received Original Score Oscar nominations for The American President (1995), The First Wives Club (1996), and Patch Adams (1998), in addition to nominations in the Original Song category for "A Wink and a Smile" from Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and for "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). Shaiman has also been nominated for four Emmy Awards, including three nods for his work on Oscar telecasts. He won the Emmy in 1992 for co-writing Billy Crystal’s Oscar Medley for the 64th Academy Awards. [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: Marc Shaiman Named Music Director

23 November 2009 9:32 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It’s no surprise, given that composer Marc Shaiman worked with co-producer Adam Shankman on the musical Hairspray, that he will do the music director honors for the 82nd Academy Awards. Shankman cited Will Ferrell and Jack Black’s comedy numbers as examples of the hilarity that he hopes Shaiman will bring to the occasion: “He’s a genius! And he’d be the first to tell you!” “With Marc on board, we are sure to have some great musical and, hopefully, hysterical moments,” said producer Bill Mechanic. Shaiman has five Oscar nominations under his belt, for original score (The American President, The First Wives Club and Patch Adams) and … »

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How Robin Williams dodged death and returned to the stage

21 November 2009 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After heart surgery and seven years away from the stage, comedian Robin Williams is ready to storm Broadway with his one-man show

It takes some confidence to extend the Broadway run of your one-man show before opening night, especially a few months after undergoing heart surgery. But then Robin Williams has never been short of nerve. His lengthy career is due in equal measure to the fearless nature of his comedy and to the frenetic energy of his performance: he has a reputation as an entertainer that is built as much on his nerve as it is on his nerves.

Now, after seven years away from the stage, a relapse into alcoholism, a divorce and an emergency operation to replace a faulty valve in his chest, Williams is returning to live stand-up. His comeback show, which opens on Monday, is already one of New York's hottest tickets, and then later »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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'Nixon Interviews' Producer Marvin Minoff Dies

13 November 2009 2:41 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By the Hollywood Reporter

Marvin Minoff, who produced the famed Richard Nixon interviews with David Frost, numerous telefilms and the 1998 film "Patch Adams," died Nov. 11 at his Los Angeles home with family and friends at his bedside. He was 78.

Minoff, the husband of actress Bonnie Franklin and the longtime business partner of writer-actor Mike Farrell, left the agency business after 15 years to become president of Frost's David Paradine Television in 1974.

Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.


- Lisa Horowitz

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'Nixon Interviews' producer Marvin Minoff dies

13 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Marvin Minoff, who produced the famed Richard Nixon interviews with David Frost, numerous telefilms and the 1998 film "Patch Adams," died Nov. 11 at his Los Angeles home with family and friends at his bedside. He was 78.

Minoff, the husband of actress Bonnie Franklin and the longtime business partner of writer-actor Mike Farrell, left the agency business after 15 years to become president of Frost's David Paradine Television in 1974.

There, he executive produced with the talk-show host and John Birt the interviews with Nixon that were broadcast in syndication in 1977, three years after the disgraced U.S. president resigned. The interviews were the basis of "Frost/Nixon," the Broadway play that was adapted into the 2008 film that was a best picture Oscar nominee. Keith MacKechnie played Minoff in the film.

Paradine also did subsequent interview sessions with Nixon's Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the Shah of Iran.

A Brooklyn native and the »

- By Mike Barnes

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Patch Adams Still Nursing Bitter Post-Hollywood Hangover

31 July 2009 8:40 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

By all accounts, one-time biopic subject Patch Adams is a decent man who has done nothing but help terminally ill patients through his pioneering advances in clown therapy. That was all Hollywood needed to hear to make his story into a 1998 hit starring Robin Williams. And yet all these years later, the good doctor says, he's still awaiting his real close-up, or at least the payday that was supposed to accompany the last one. »

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Patch Adams Claims He Never Got His Due

31 July 2009 12:21 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Welcome to Global Wetting . . . For get tech stocks. The smart money's in sandbags.

In 1998, "Patch Adams" was one of the hot movies. Remember the film? It starred Robin Williams. Remember the man? Age 65ish, a real live doc who lives in Virginia, he's an offbeat do-gooder christened Hunter Campbell Adams who named his firstborn son Atomic Zagnut and second kid Lars Zig, and flashes a handlebar moustache, and never ever stops talking, and, based on his belief in the togetherness of environment and wellness, founded the Gesundheit! Institute, which mixes medicine with doses of humor and compassion. »


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Mrs Doubtfire Movie Review

6 July 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

I must admit that Robin Williams looks great in "drag" and is hilarious as Mrs Doubtfire, the pretend maid who tries to save his marriage by attempting to ruin a relationship between his soon to be ex-wife (Sally Fields) and her new boyfriend (Pierce Brosnan). Williams is also out to prove that he can handle responsibility and as Mrs. Doubtfire is willing to show how much he loves his kids and family. This has to be one of William's best performances in his career, bar none (the other's being "Jack", Jacob the Liar" and "Patch Adams"). Williams has proven without a doubt that he is capable o »

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Robin Williams Returning To Stand-up; Launches North American Tour

4 March 2009 4:34 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Update: Since this article was posted, it has been announced that Robin Williams has cancelled several appearances due to health concerns. For details, click here

By Lee Pfeiffer

Robin Williams is one of the great comedic minds of our time, but you could be forgiven for forgetting this, given the amount of treacly touchy-feely film roles he's squandered his talents playing in recent years. Now Williams is in the midst of returning to the medium that suits him best: stand up comedy. His stage tour is now in progress and it's just been announced he'll be appearing on Broadway in April. According to Williams, "The current state of the country's political and economic climate, while so hard on so many people, has been like gold for a comedian. There's just so much that's ripe for the picking." Amen to that. One thing we can't accept: on Williams' web site, he »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Robin Williams to Perform for Older People, Tourists on Broadway

2 March 2009 1:28 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Well, at least it will keep him away from the movies for a few. Once-funny man Robin Williams has announced that he'll be gracing the Great White Way with his no-longer-funny presence. He'll be bringing his one-man show "Weapons of Self-Destruction" to Broadway from April 28 to May 3.

While Williams has been on a 80-city tour with the show, that, unfortunately, doesn't mean he doesn't have any movies coming out. He'll still be terrorizing the multiplex this year in Old Dogs and the Night at the Museum sequel. Oh well, at least there's no Patch Adams sequel in the works.

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Link | Posted 3/2/2009 by Hailey

Robin Williams | Patch Adams | Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian | Old Dogs »

- Hailey Eber

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Wait a Sec, Monica Potter's in 'The Last House on the Left'

26 February 2009 4:08 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I add movies to the database almost daily as well as cast members to those movies and unless it is a major film I tend to pretty much forget everything I do just moments after I do it. That's why when I checked out the latest clip from Rogue's The Last House on the Left it surprised me to find Monica Potter as part of the cast even though in March of 2008 I even included her name in a casting article. I only mention this because I still remember back around the time Con Air was released and Potter's name was mentioned as an up-and-coming actress. Perhaps it was only because of her looks, but either way she was someone people were talking about. Then, not a whole lot happened. She had a part in Patch Adams in 1998 and then with Along Came a Spider in 2001 the buzz had seemed to die completely. »

- Brad Brevet

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Steve Oedekerk Writing Stretch Armstrong Movie

13 February 2009 1:44 AM, PST | | See recent news »

So Universal is making a Stretch Armstrong movie? For fuck's sake! I'm sorry, but they've crossed the line. I can accept Hasbro inspired movies like Candy Land, because that could be fun in a cinematic way, but Stretch Armstrong? Of course, you can already guess what it'll be about - a superhero comedy based on the toy Stretch Armstrong. Steve Oedekerk, of Patch Adams, Jimmy Neutron, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty, has been hired to put together a screenplay. "They are drawing filmmakers who find a real emotional connection and resonance, and this is proving to be a compelling driver for motion pictures." This isn't the first time a Stretch Armstrong movie has been pitched. Apparently Disney tried to put one together in 1998 with Danny DeVito that fell through and later again with Jackie Chan. Even if this makes it to theaters, it's going to fail. No word on who »

- Alex Billington

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Hookup: 20 Admit-Two VIP Passes to Chicago Premiere of TNT Series ‘Trust Me’ With Tom Cavanagh

16 January 2009 7:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In a special edition of Hookup: TV, we have 20 admit-two VIP passes up for grabs to the exclusive Chicago premiere of the new TNT drama “Trust Me” about a Chicago advertising agency. The series stars Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”), Tom Cavanagh (“Scrubs,” “Ed”) and Monica Potter (“Boston Legal,” “Saw,” “Along Came a Spider,” “Patch Adams,” “Con Air”) from the producers of “Nip/Tuck” and “The Closer”.

Potter will be in attendance. You will also be treated to a special advance screening of “Trust Me,” complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and prizes. To win your free pass to the VIP “Trust Me” event in Chicago courtesy of, all you need to do is be one of the first 20 people to submit a comment in this Hookup. That’s it!

The premiere will be held on Jan. 22, 2008 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Patch Adams By Rainbow Ray Movie Review

5 January 2009 8:00 PM, PST | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

My favorite movie (which I've I watched over again and again) of All Time has to be "Patch Adams" starring Robin Williams. It's the true story about a man named Hunter "Patch" Adams, a man once institutionalized and who went on to become a great doctor, using "humor" to treat patients in hospitals (he even started his own hospital, the "Gesundheit" Hospital). This movie is excellent because it's one of those movies that truly inspires (including myself) and producers love to here about how their movies have inspired people. Robin Williams is absolutely hilarious as "Patch" (Remember, "Donner »

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