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Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »
- Press Release
"The legend is true," Tom Hanks writes in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "In 1978, word came from the set of TV's Happy Days. That week, Fonzie's ultracool was threatened by a stranger from another world. The guy playing the alien was hilarious."
The new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday) is devoted to the triumphant life and painful final days of a comedic genius: Robin Williams, who died after hanging himself in his California home on August 11th at the age of 63. Contributing editor David Browne traces Williams' comedic roots to his childhood, »
Last night, amidst the butts and the Feminism and the important message from Miley Cyrus, the VMAs bestowed its latest award for Best Direction to Daniels, aka Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, for helming the Lil Jon and DJ Snake music video for “Turn Down For What.” You didn’t miss that part of the show, because this category isn’t millennial-friendly enough for the telecast (nor was the one given to Oscar-nominated art director Anastasia Masaro), but somewhere in the night there were some Moonman statues given to a duo that might just be the franchise film directors of the future. In winning the award, Kwan and Scheinert follow in the footsteps of such notable directors as David Fincher (The Social Network), Spike Jonze (Her), Adam Yauch (Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror), Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), Samuel Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street), Steve Barron (the »
- Christopher Campbell
Taylor Swift fans were bowled over this week when the singer debuted the music video for her new, previously unannounced single "Shake It Off," but fans of the format were doubly surprised by who directed it: Mark Romanek, the helmer of some of the most iconic music videos ever made, including Johnny Cash's "Hurt," Fiona Apple's "Criminal," and the Nine Inch Nails clip "Closer." These days, Romanek is more focused on feature films (his big-screen work includes One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, and he's currently circling The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining set up at Warner Bros.), but "Shake It Off" is the latest in a music-video resurgence for the director: After eight years away from the medium, he directed last year's Jay Z clip "Picasso Baby" and the music video for U2's big Super Bowl single "Invisible." Clearly, Romanek's busier than ever right now, »
- Kyle Buchanan
Nine Inch Nails. Johnny Cash. Fiona Apple. Jay-z. Taylor Swift. Does one of these not quite sound like the others? Too bad, because they’re all now artists who have commissioned director Mark Romanek to direct a music video. Romanek may have made the transition to the big screen, but the filmmaker got his start directing clean, arty and weird music videos for a bevy of stars. He was rewarded for it, too, as Romanek has three Grammys under his belt for Best Short Form Music Video. So what’s next? Apparently, returning to the small screen to direct Swift in her “Shake It Off.” Huh. The video is, of course, beautifully lensed, and it is kind of fun to see Romanek, so well-known for serious film fare like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, having a little bit of fun with his subject matter. “Shake It Off” is definitely catchy, and »
- Kate Erbland
So a monumental event took place today: Taylor Swift released a new song, details of her new album 1989 and for a contest which we don't really care about enough to explain here. We're pretty sure you can Google it. She dropped a new video for the song, and the reason we're paying attention is that it was directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo," "Never Let Me Go"). The spot for "Shake It Off" finds Swift playfully poking fun at her contemporaries like Lady Gaga and Lily Allen, and there also seems to be some "Black Swan" nods in here too. At any rate, watch below, and we'll admit, it's a helluva earworm. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s taken me a little bit to be able to write this piece, honestly. The death of Robin Williams hit myself and most of the industry harder than a celebrity’s passing usually does. Part of it has to do with the fact that it was a suicide, but more than anything it’s just the loss of such a beacon of happiness and humor. Williams struggled with depression, but he made it his mission in life to bring joy to others. As such, I couldn’t not pay tribute to the man, but I wanted to be able to take a little bit of time and think about his work before doing this article. Below you’ll find Williams’ ten best performances, not counting his genius stand up work, of course. 10. World’s Greatest Dad – An incredibly dark comedy, Williams does some very underrated work in a project »
- Joey Magidson
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.
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The film festival will screen the late actor’s 2002 drama, One Hour Photo.
The psychological drama, directed by Mark Romanek, played in Locarno’s International Competition in 2002.
In the film, Williams gives a chilling performance as an employee of a one-hour photo lab who becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.
The amended line-up this evening is now:
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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
The video tribute pays homage to some of Williams’ most memorable lines from films ranging from hit comedies like “Mrs. Doubtfire” to acclaimed dramas such as “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting.” TheWrap's class clown Jeff Sneider even dared to follow in Williams’ cinematic footsteps by performing Armand's flamboyant dance from “The Birdcage.” Other films excerpted include “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Aladdin,” “Patch Adams” and “One Hour Photo,” as well as the TV series “Mork & Mindy,” which launched Williams to stardom. Everyone at TheWrap will miss Williams dearly, though he'll live on in our hearts and movie memories forever. Enjoy, »
- Wrap Staff
"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
Most weeks on At the Movies, Peter Travers reviews whatever is hitting the multiplex this weekend, or cracks wise about the month's bad movies as he throws them into "the scum bucket." This week, however, is different: Rolling Stone's film critic puts the reviews on hold in order to remember Robin Williams, the actor and comedian who took his own life this week.
Travers starts by remembering his first encounter with Williams 15 years ago, when he was waiting for the star to call him for an interview. He found his then-five-year-old son, »
Among the mountains of tributes and love being shown for the tragic loss of the great Robin Williams, we just wanted to share this two poignant and heartfelt responses to his death from two of the finest American chat-show hosts out there at the moment.
What’s particularly special about these clips is they show how deeply he touched everyone’s life. Just the first reaction (the night before) from Conan gives a delve into that real side of people that we don’t always see in the mainstream, and then on his next show below, they had the chance to really talk about their memories. You’ll hear about an amazing gift that Williams bought Conan when he was going through a rough time himself and clips of ‘the best talk-show guest in the world‘ – Can any of us doubt that sure statement?
We also wanted to share Jimmy Fallon »
- Dan Bullock
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
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 »
After playing the sweetly fearsome film tech in One Hour Photo, Robin Williams talked about his character in both humane and expansive terms, explaining that “the things [Sy] says are painfully true–like, my favorite line is… ‘photographs are your own personal stand against time. That someone cared enough about me to take my picture means that I existed.’ I was at an old flea market the other day and looked at this box of old photographs, and you realize that most of these people are dead. There’s a moment in time that you really get to see someone.” Sy the Photo Guy is also rummaging through old pictures when he says those words, and shortly afterward he daydreams about being a welcomed fixture in the home of the family whose blissful images he’s become attached to. It’s a deeply intimate yet one-sided relationship that exposes a simple, desperate »
- Scott Beggs
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
"People over here are going, 'What the hell's he doing now?'" Robin Williams says, halfway through his career-making 1982 stand-up special. Then he unleashes a demonic laugh and gives an order. "Catch up!" That was Robin Williams at his best — a wild-eyed one-man comic rampage, riffing at warp speed about sex and drugs and politics, faster than other human brains could follow. The world spent years trying to catch up to Williams — his motormouth energy seemed inexhaustible. He became such a beloved figure, twinkling and grinning in so many feel-good family flicks, »
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