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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, »
Chat shows can sometimes be snoozy watches, celebs going through the motions giving their latest album/TV show/film the hard sell. This was never the case when it came to Robin Williams, who brought his crackerjack comic energy to the talk show circuit to entertain millions of TV viewers.
Digital Spy takes a look at 6 of his best chat show guest spots below:
"I suffer from severe dyslexia... I was the only child on my block at Halloween to go Trick or Trout," he quipped. "'Here comes that young Williams boy again, better get some fish'. »
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
There are sure to be several video tributes to Robin Williams that appear online today and for the next several days following the tragic news of his death yesterday and after watching a couple already, the one below from frequent video essayist Nelson Carvajal is one I consider worth watching. It covers all the expected territory with a great opening choice that both captures the magic of Williams' work as well as a subtle hint of melancholy in a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire. From there virtually all of Williams' career in movies is covered from his work in Good Morning, Vietnam, One Hour Photo, Insomnia, Awakenings, Jumanji, Dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting and, obviously, as the voice of the genie in Aladdin. Watch below. »
- Brad Brevet
Good Morning, Vietnam / Buena Vista Pictures
The news of Robin Williams’ death was extremely saddening to entertainment fans across the world. Known for his inifinite energy, genius improvisation talents, and always hilarious television appearances, Robin Williams was capable of bringing people from all generations to tears of laughter.
Williams was probably best known for his appearances in several successful children’s films, such as Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji and voice work in Aladdin. In the late 90s, he also branched out into more serious roles, with acclaimed, award-winning performances in films like Good Will Hunting and One Hour Photo.
Outside the world of movies, Robin Williams was also a highly talented stand-up comedian. Far from the family-friendly quips of the genie, his stand-up shows were often crude, rude, and totally hilarious.
This list celebrates some of the absolute best comedy moments from Robin Williams’ brilliant career. From hilarious skits to impromptu analogies, »
- Tom Butler
Robin Williams dead. The words don't compute. His mind was never still. His humor was infectious. His kindness, unstinting. Once, when he phoned my home, my then-five-year-old son took the call. I didn't know who it was. I just heard my son laughing uncontrollably. Robin was doing the voices from all my kid's favorite cartoons. That's who he was. Giving. Wanting to please.
Sometimes, when Robin wasn't on, his mood could swing precipitously. As much as you felt his humor, you also sensed a sadness that went deep. You sensed »
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