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Great Uses of Songs in Movies: Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” in “Patch Adams”

There’s a good reason why Into the Mystic is a great song for Patch Adams, and it can be found in the upbeat nature of the song. Patch was a man at the end of his rope at one point until he discovered he had a natural talent for healing people through the power of laughter, which is a lot stronger than many people give it credit for being. It’s an ethereal thing really, something you can’t always see unless you look at the results. But it’s a curative that still has a lot of benefits that modern medicine can’t

Great Uses of Songs in Movies: Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” in “Patch Adams
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Exclusive: Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard & Michael Rooker Discuss Robot Chicken’s Walking Dead Special

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Over the years, Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken series has lovingly paid tribute to hundreds of pop culture icons and projects, but this October, they're celebrating AMC’s The Walking Dead with an entire special episode devoted to Rick and his cohorts in honor of the show’s success and its legions of fans who remain devoted to the series after seven seasons.

At a recent press day, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with several members of the Robot Chicken family, including Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard, as well as the incomparable Michael Rooker, whose character, Merle, makes a memorable appearance in the special (and sings us a little ditty about looking for love in a post-apocalyptic world). During the discussion, they chatted about being able to work with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and The Walking Dead cast, how supportive AMC was to their idea
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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

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Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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Powerless: Promo Shows Bruce Wayne's Cousin Played By Alan Tudyk

If you do not know what NBC's Powerless is, don't think that you are in for another action packed DC series. It is far from that, the show premiers in February, and it will be a comedy based on Vanessa Hudgen's character who gets her dream job at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, and her boss Alan Tudyk that plays the cousin of Bruce Wayne himself, Van Wayne.

Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.
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‘Moana,’ ‘Rogue One’ Star Alan Tudyk Looks Back on First Film Role

‘Moana,’ ‘Rogue One’ Star Alan Tudyk Looks Back on First Film Role
Alan Tudyk is one of the busiest actors around. He’s equally at home on stage, in films, and on television. He’s perhaps best known for his role as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi series “Firefly,” but he’s getting a reputation as Disney’s good-luck charm, voicing characters in all of its animated films since 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” In Disney’s latest, “Moana,” he voices a peculiar rooster; he’ll also be in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” later this year. Additionally, his crowdfunded web series, “Con Man,” debuted in September, and he’ll be back on TV next year in NBC’s superhero workplace comedy “Powerless.”

Tudyk got his first Variety mention on Sept. 20, 1996, in an item on the production of his film debut, “35 Miles From Normal,” and he hasn’t slowed down since.

What do you remember about “35 Miles From Normal
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Off The Shelf – Episode 100 – Our Favorite Home Video Releases of All Time

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 9th, 2016.

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Episode Notes & Links Follow-up Star Wars The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray The Thing delayed Olive Signature releases in October News Arrow Releases Criterion’s November line-up Twilight Time Sale / American Buffalo Oop Plain Archive Old Boy Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Links to Amazon The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Beethoven The ’Burbs The Dream Team Elvis The Great Outdoors Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Microwave Massacre The Money Pit Patch Adams Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Our Top Five Home Video Releases

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Bambi / Fantasia Seven Samurai / Qatsi Trilogy / Metropolis Ultimate Matrix / Blade Runner / Alien Anthology / Star Wars Cosmos The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition set

Deadwood,
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10 Funny Character Deaths in Movies

Death is obviously a pretty serious subject but it doesn’t always have to be. As Robin Williams once said in Patch Adams: What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor? Death is not the enemy gentlemen. And in that light, I’m glad some movies do in fact treat death with a little bit of humor. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. So here are 10 funny character deaths in movies (with video evidence) The Model

10 Funny Character Deaths in Movies
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Boulevard review – a creaky affair

In his final screen role Robin Williams plays a closeted bank worker coyly in love with a young street hustler

In the latter stretch of his career, the late Robin Williams developed a line in variously dark, disturbed or agonised roles, a sort of extended penance for playing universal Care Bear in glutinous gunk like Patch Adams. Written by Douglas Soesbe and directed by Dito Montiel – briefly a biggish Us indie name with A Guide to Recognising Your Saints – Boulevard casts him as Nolan, a closeted bank worker who falls platonically but helplessly for a young street hustler (Roberto Aguire). It’s a lugubrious, creaky affair, as Williams squishes up his face and droops his shoulders with a coyness that can be downright embarrassing. Boulevard comes alive, however, when the formidable Kathy Baker – one of Hollywood’s most perpetually underrated – gets her scenes as Nolan’s wife Joy. This was Williams’s last onscreen role,
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Tom Shadyac Signs With Paradigm; Can Filmmaker Reclaim His Comic Star?

Tom Shadyac Signs With Paradigm; Can Filmmaker Reclaim His Comic Star?
Exclusive: Tom Shadyac has signed with Paradigm. The agency will try to help the writer-director-producer regain the early career mojo he enjoyed when he was as close to a can’t-miss hitmaker as any comedy director in Hollywood. His billion-dollar run started with his feature debut Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and the string of hits included The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty. He also exec produced the ABC hit sitcom 8 Simple Rules. Shadyac’s…
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Mindy Newell: These Are The Voyages…

“Don’t screw this up.”

Admiral Maxwell Forrest, Starfleet Command, to Captain Jonathan Archer • “Broken Bow” • Episode 1, Season 1, Enterprise

As I mentioned in last week’s column (Oh Boy), Scott Bakula also starred as Captain Jonathan Archer on Enterprise, which ran on the Upn network from September 2001 to May 2005, a total of four years. That’s one more year than Tos’s run, but three years shorter than its successful progenitors, Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

Upn claimed that poor ratings caused Enterprise’s downfall; according to Wikipedia, it never rose above the Top 100 rank in the Neilson ratings system, debuting at #115, and continuing to sink until its final season, where it landed at #148. It’s generally perceived as a failure, and has been blamed for the lack of any Star Trek on either television or movie screens until J.J. Abrams’s 2009 film reboot of the franchise.

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'Wedding Singer' Rapping Granny, Ellen Albertini Dow, Dead at 101

'Wedding Singer' Rapping Granny, Ellen Albertini Dow, Dead at 101
Ellen Albertini Dow, a multi-faceted performer and acting coach perhaps best known for spitting a fire rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, died Monday, May 4th, Deadline reports. She was 101.

Along with her scene-stealing turn as The Wedding Singer's rapping granny (not to be confused with the actual Rappin' Granny, Vivian Smallwood), Dow has appeared in countless films and TV shows, despite beginning her on-screen career as a septuagenarian.

Dow's film credits included parts in Sister Act, Patch Adams and 54, while her feisty demeanor
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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101
Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.

Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which
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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe?
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Trevor Noah: should his Twitter 'jokes' cost him the Daily Show job?

Comedians such as Ricky Gervais have prompted outrage with their tweets – and now Jon Stewart’s replacement is facing questions over his judgment

In the eye of the Trevor Noah Twitterstorm this week, which saw the new host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show shamed by some off-colour tweets excavated by the media, it was calculated that Noah had tweeted four times daily over the last five years. Among standups, he’s not alone: few professions have taken to Twitter with the zeal of comedy. It’s the perfect shop window for (some, but not all) comics, a place to test material, build an audience, establish a brand. Several comedians – Rob Delaney, star of the hit sitcom Catastrophe, is the standout example – have built their whole career on the platform.

But there have been casualties too, of whom Noah is just the latest. Twitter was where Ricky Gervais’s PC-baiting
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30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now

30 years since Gremlins: Stars of the Christmas cult classic then and now
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:

1. Zach Galligan

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
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Martha Thomases: Comic Without Book

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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.

It was Robin Williams, from The Dead Poets Society.

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
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Robin Williams Was A Comic Genius, But That Isn’t Very Interesting

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
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Monica Potter Remembers Patch Adams Co-Star Robin Williams As a Wonderful, Loving Man

Monica Potter Remembers Patch Adams Co-Star Robin Williams As a Wonderful, Loving Man
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...
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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams
"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
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Robin Williams Time Special Issue Out Friday, Packed with Tributes (Video)

Robin Williams Time Special Issue Out Friday, Packed with Tributes (Video)
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?
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