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Robin Williams

  1. documentaries
    9 of the Most Intriguing Revelations From Robin Williams: Come Inside My MindMarina Zenovich’s documentary is full of fascinating stories about the late comedian.
  2. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Premieres on HBO Next Month“You’re only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that, you’re nothing.”
  3. Robin Williams Broke Robert De Niro’s Nose and 9 More Stories from His BiographyIncluding a play with Steve Martin.
  4. book excerpt
    The Story of Robin Williams’s Last Night With John Belushi“He could hardly stand up, and yet he could play the guitar to perfection.”
  5. Robin Williams Did Comedy Routines for Steven Spielberg During Schindler’s List“I would laugh hysterically, because I had to release so much. And Robin, he’d always hang up on you after the loudest, best laugh you give him.”
  6. first look
    The Photographer Who’s Been Capturing Historic New York Moments for 50 YearsJean-Pierre Laffont’s latest collection, New York City Up and Down, proves that you never know what you might see here.
  7. robin williams
    Absolutely Anything, Robin Williams’s Last Movie, Gets a U.S. Release DateWilliams voices Simon Pegg’s excitable dog, Dennis, in the film by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
  8. Robin Williams’s Widow Discusses His DementiaHer essay appears in this month’s Neurology journal.
  9. cause of death
    Robin Williams’s Widow Discusses His DementiaHer essay appears in this month’s Neurology journal.
  10. ‘How Did This Get Made?’ Explored the Mystery That Is ‘Old Dogs’ on a […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. At its best, the wildly popular […]
  11. reunions
    The Lost Boys of Hook Reunited, 25 Years LaterBangarang!
  12. taking a break
    Zelda Williams Will Remember Her Dad Privately“Hearts just need little breaks sometimes,” she wrote about the coming two-year mark since Robin Williams’s death.
  13. A Letter of Complaint to the Bureau of Genies, Monkey’s Paws, and Birthday […] Dear Sir or Madam, Normally, I am not the kind of person to write letters of complaint. However, I have recently had an experience with a […]
  14. run-by fruiting
    Mrs. Doubtfire Deleted Scenes SurfacedHelllloooooo!
  15. The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All TimeModern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has […]
  16. robin williams
    For Those Who Grieve Dead Celebrities, It’s Like Losing a Family MemberGrief is a complicated thing.
  17. robin williams
    Depression Can Make Parkinson’s Disease WorseA social worker explains the challenges of treating Parkinson’s.
  18. Tributes
    Check Out a Brooklyn Pizzeria’s Fantastic Robin Williams Specials“Mrs. Kraut-fire” and “Good Will HotWing” pies for all.
  19. the national circus
    Frank Rich on the National Circus: Iraq Air Strikes, American ApathyThe U.S. public seems scarcely to have noticed our latest foreign policy emergency.
  20. why we can't have nice things
    Robin Williams’s Daughter Bullied Off Twitter and Instagram by Trolls Zelda Williams was sent fake photos of her father’s dead body.
  21. mental illness
    Robin Williams, Substance Abuse, and SuicideThe comedian’s death highlights an aspect of suicide research that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
  22. media
    ABC Sorry for Livestreaming Robin Williams DeathSocial-media shaming works. Sometimes.
  23. Trying to Know Robin WilliamsRobin was a part of my life from the very beginning. I was born just after my father made Dead Poets Society, and Robin became a close friend […]
  24. Comedy Legend Robin Williams Dies at 63Comedy legend and beloved Hollywood star Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. According to a report by police in Marin County, California, […]
  25. casting
    Robin Williams to Play Eisenhower in The ButlerThe new Lee Daniels film.
  26. eureka
    How Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy Connect Every Single Buddy ComedyIf you trace a line of co-stars between them, you hit nearly every single buddy comedy alum of the past 50 years.
  27. video
    Robin Williams Got Pulled Over While Riding His Bike and Lived to Tell About ItHappens to the best of us.
  28. party chat
    Susan Sarandon Pretty Sure Donald Trump Is Full of ItHe’s just trying to get attention.”
  29. party lines
    Robin Williams at the Tisch School of the Arts GalaPlus: Jesse L. Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Shaiman …
  30. last night on late night
    Late Night: Ferguson Says Conan Was WhackedPlus Letterman licks an iPad, on our regular late-night roundup.
  31. gossipmonger
    Zach Galifianakis Likes Living in Brooklyn Because He Doesn’t Have to BatheFunny, that’s why we like having him live in Brooklyn, too.
  32. health scares
    Robin Williams’s Manic Behavior Finally Catches Up to HimLet’s hope it’s not sushi-related!
  33. harry potter
    Daniel Radcliffe to Be Unemployed in 2011The last-ever Harry Potter movie will open on July 15, 2011!
  34. news reel
    Robin Williams Plays UCB!’It was surreal to see him with his head under my friend’s shirt.’
  35. gossipmonger
    Padma’s on the Prowl for a BillionairePlus, both Cindy and Liz seem really cranky after the exhausting election. In the cloudy-day gossip roundup!
  36. the industry
    Is Amy Poehler ‘Office’-Bound?Plus: Steven Spielberg sure loves him some Diablo Cody!
  37. the industry
    It’s the End of the World As Seth Rogen Knows ItPlus: Katherine Heigl as Caroline Jessop, and Robin Williams as the mayor of Providence.
  38. gossipmonger
    Amy Sacco Says NYC Nightlife Is ‘Overrated’Plus, Lohan gets hysterical, Murdoch is happy about Obama, and Amy Sedaris causes problems for brother David.
  39. Mediavore
    De Niro to Open Nobu Hotel; Start Stockpiling Food TodayRobert De Niro will put an outpost of the Japanese restaurant in his financial-district hotel, ‘Law and Order: SVU’ featured a locavore villain this week, and consumers are starting to stockpile food again.
  40. gossipmonger
    Robin Williams Bounces Back QuicklyWho is Robin Williams new girlfriend? Which socialite is shipping out of town? And which actress-singer’s voice “doesn’t match her face” according to a Grammy-winning artist? Find out in our daily rundown of the juiciest bits from New York’s gossip columns.
  41. in other news
    Robin Williams to Touch Viewers on ‘Law & Order: SVU’Like every other person who has ever performed on Broadway, Robin Williams will be making an appearance on Law & Order: SVU. As everyone knows, SVU is the best of the series’ iterations, especially since the original Law & Order got all those weak new characters. Plus, it stars the best ADA ever — Diane Neal! We’re hoping that Williams brings to the role some of the creeptasticness that he learned from films like One Hour Photo, The Night Listener and Death to Smoochy.
  42. in other news
    Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘I’m F---ing Ben Affleck’ Confirms Our Celebrity Suspicions You know how you kind of wonder whether celebrities are all friends with one another? Like, do they all go to each other’s houses in Los Angeles and play parlor games on Saturday nights? Has Natalie Portman, for example, ever had to do Benicio Del Toro during the charades portion of Celebrity — which required her to point at her friend Scarlett Johansson sitting on the couch and then do a pantomime of having sex in an elevator? Well, we’ve always imagined life in La La Land to be like that. You know, like everyone has sort of all slept together and given one another weird, unfunny nicknames. And sometimes there are moments in pop culture that confirm our suspicions. This weekend had one of them, and it wasn’t the Oscars. No, the biggest clue that being famous is like being on the indoor-track team in high school was actually Jimmy Kimmel’s brilliant musical debut, “I’m Fucking Ben Affleck.” It was, of course, a follow-up to Sarah Silverman’s “I’m Fucking Matt Damon,” and although the musical caliber is a lot lower, the self-loving celebrity rate is off the charts. Click above to enjoy. It’s like Ocean’s Twelve, but watchable.
  43. daily intel
    Barack Obama Has Terrible Taste in MoviesThe unlikely source for Barack Obama’s catchy catchphrase.
  44. early and often
    The Audacity of Obama’s SpeechwritersMuch has been made of Barack Obama’s speech-making capabilities in the last couple of weeks, and Hillary Clinton has even been accused by some people of cribbing some of his phrases. But is it is possible that Obama himself borrowed one of his signature lines, from a most unlikely source? “I tuned out the NH debate the other night to watch Man of the Year, in which Robin Williams plays a comedian who gets ‘elected’ President,” one reader commented on John Heilmann’s piece about Obama in last week’s New York. One of Williams’s speeches in the film, he noticed, was strikingly similar to one Obama gave in an ad in Iowa: “We are not a nation of red states or of blue states; we are the United States of America.” So we got a copy of both speeches, played them one after the other, and, well, what do you know? Now, we’re not accusing anyone of plagiarism: Like “I’m a uniter, not a divider” before it, it’s a pretty facile construction, one that could have easily just, you know, seeped in. But on the off chance that Obama’s aides are turning to Hollywood for inspiration, we highly recommend studying Martin Sheen in The West Wing. Or Michael Douglas in The American President. Now that’s a man who would sweep the primaries. Click here to watch the video! Related: The Changeling [NYM]
  45. strike zone
    Late Night Returns! Letterman Books Robin Williams, Leno Settles for Mike HuckabeeAfter a two-month absence thanks to the prolonged writers’ strike, the network late shows return tonight, Letterman and Ferguson with their full writing staffs and Leno, Conan, and Kimmel with only their wits and/or Kevin Eubanks.
  46. in other news
    Hathaello Facing Another, More Dangerous Hurdle?Gawker just put up a very upsetting item: Hathaello is in danger! Apparently at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation gala last night there was tight security, but Raffaello Follieri and Anne Hathaway felt the need to have their own burly bodyguard. None of the other (brighter) luminaries had personal protection, not even A-listers like Meryl Streep, Diane Sawyer, Robin Williams, or Barbara Walters. As Gawker points out, Anne Hathaway doesn’t usually travel with a bodyguard (we know, because once we accosted her at a party about her New Jersey Eastern all-state choir days and there was no one there to stop us), so it was probably all for Follieri’s benefit. “The weird thing,” explains their source, “was no one was approaching the guy anyway.” Does this mean that there is a hidden threat to their controversial love? Is one of the men (or churches) that Follieri allegedly ripped off going to come after him? Or, as we secretly suspect, is the young Italian exerting a Scientology-like hold over the lovely Anne, refusing to allow her to read bad press about him? That would explain why he’d hire a bodyguard: to keep prying reporters away. That would also explain something we’ve been wondering about for a long time: why the hell she hasn’t dumped him already. Marked Man: Who Is Trying To Kill Anne Hathaway’s Hot Crazy Boyfriend? [Gawker]
  47. party lines
    Robin Williams, One-Man BandRobin Williams was in rare (okay, typical) form last night at the premiere of his new schmaltzy caper, August Rush. In it, he plays a Fagan-like proprietor of an abandoned theater, home to a gang of musical orphans (really). We asked him if he ever played a musical instrument in real life. “Yes,” he said, “and I’ve been asked to stop.” Turns out he spent some time playing the sax: “I did a black blues-player set,” he said; then he turned into a black blues player: “Man, you just gotta relax! You gotta make love to it, don’t hurt it, you know?” But his favorite music, he said, is the music of New York. “Look around you,” he exclaimed. “It’s like Gershwin flowin’! It’s got music, girl, everywhere. Uptown, downtown” — he turned into a feisty Latina. “Hola, mira, Mami. You got this thing, and it just keeps you movin’, ju know? You gotta have it, Papi. You know, leesten, leesten. Iss all crazy! You got to have music! And then you have the Russian clubs in Brooklyn” — with this he made some Russian-seeming sounds — “and Jewish music, Vhot, music!? It’s klezmer, what! Music to flee by! That’s why we take the skin off our penis — you gotta move! You can’t travel with that! Then you get in a cab” — he made some high-pitched wailing sounds — “Can you turn the radio down? Osama, please.” At this, the publicist began pulling him away, either because she felt enough was enough with the ethnic stereotypes or because the screening was about to begin. In his wake, however, there was a chorus of laughter. —Ben Kawaller More Party Lines quotes and photos from the August Rush party: Keri Russell’s an instant cello virtuoso; Tamara Tunie philanthropically screws over her relatives.
  48. gossipmonger
    Mr. Big Almost Gets Beat UpChris Noth was accosted by an angry trucker in the Bronx who wanted to know when he was going to marry Carrie. People were afraid to talk to Javier Bardem at the New York premiere of No Country for Old Men because he was so crazy in the movie. Dr. Ruth gave a copy of Sex for Dummies to Ivana Trump and fiancé Rossano Rubicondi while eating lunch at Michael’s. Anna Wintour had a meeting yesterday with Mayor Bloomberg. Ethan Hawke wowed the crowd at Off Broadway play Jump by breaking out a Karate Kid kick during an audience-participation bit. Zac Posen’s mom claims that her son can remember every outfit he’s worn to every party over the past 27 years.
  49. gossipmonger
    Cisco Adler Plops Down Near Another Hot BlondeA-Rod and ur-agent Scott Boras dined at Nello’s. Eva Mendes hopped in the wrong limo. New York’s First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer told attendees of a More-magazine convention that the best advice she ever got was “either piss or get off the pot.” Cisco Adler and Lydia Hearst were cozy at Bungalow 8. Jann Wenner was widely mocked at the 30th reunion party of the Rolling Stone staff from 1977 (everyone gave him the finger in the group photo, and no one drank the Champagne he sent). Joaquin Phoenix hung up on a reporter from Time Out after she asked him what he did to prepare for his roles. Single-again Nick Cannon hung out with a bunch of beauty-pageant queens at Tenjune.
  50. gossipmonger
    Judd Apatow Gets the Last LaughRight before Undeclared was canceled in 2002, creator Judd Apatow sent a Fox executive a note saying, “I don’t understand how you can [bleep] me in the [bleep] when your [bleep] is still in me from last time.” Christian media-watchdog group Renaissance complained that the female anchors on Fox News wear really short skirts. While taping 30 Rock recently, Tracy Morgan didn’t know his lines, didn’t listen to the director, and got into arguments with cast members on set. Stifler from American Pie and Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite sent out an invitation for their joint birthday party at Room Service to a bunch of modeling agencies. Famed British chef Fergus Henderson is cooking at the Spotted Pig tomorrow. Penélope Cruz and new man Javier Bardem acted “touchy-feely” at the New York Film Festival.
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