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Monthly Archives: August 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Joan Riversâ€˜ famous friends and E! colleagues are rallying behind the comedy legend who is reportedly on life support after she stopped breathing during throat surgery on Thursday morning. Over the weekend, a host of familiar names expressed their love and sent well-wishes to the 81-year-old E! â€œFashion Policeâ€ host. Also read: Joan Riversâ€™ Daughter Melissa Thanks Fans for Support: â€˜Her Condition Remains Seriousâ€™ â€œWe have a gig in 2 weeks and I’m not doing it without you You’Re Being Ridiculous,â€ Sarah Silverman tweeted Sunday. Bette Midler also sent well-wishes Riversâ€™ way, writing on Twitter, â€œPlease, please, let #JoanRivers pull through. Â»
MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Aug. 24, 2014
HISTORY : The Robin Williams that made so many people laugh
Emotions ran the gamut when news of the death of Robin Williams spread across the world on Aug. 11. The comedianâ€™s wife said, on behalf of his family,â€As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robinâ€™s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.â€ That is just what this column wishes to do.
##DID YOU KNOW?
##â€” As a child, Williams memorized the comedy albums of Jonathan Winters.
##â€” Williams was granted a full scholarship to Juilliard in New York City. In 1973, he was one of only 20 students accepted in to Juilliardâ€™s freshman class and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the advanced program. The other was Christopher Reeve. The duo became lifelong friends.
##â€” A week after Reeve was injured in the horseback riding accident that left him paralyzed, Williams dressed in scrubs from head to toe, including a surgical mask. When he entered the room, he spoke with a Russian accent acting the role of a doctor. When Reeve saw who it really was, he laughed for the first time after the accident.
##â€” When Williams auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork on â€œHappy Days,â€ producer Garry Marshall told him to sit down. Williams immediately â€œsatâ€ on his head. Marshall hired him saying he was the only alien that auditioned for the role.
##â€” With the grand success of the first season â€œMork & Mindy,â€ Williams was featured on the cover of Time magazine on March 12, 1979.
##â€” In 1993, Williams wrote the forward to Gary Larsonâ€™s book, â€œThe Far Side: Gallery 4.â€
##â€” When Johnny Carson planned his penultimate show, he picked Robin Williams and Bette Midler as his final guests, on May 21, 1992.
##â€” When Williams graduated from high school in 1969, the senior class voted him â€œfunniestâ€ and â€œmost likely not to succeed.â€
##â€” Among the many celebrity voices Williams impersonated were Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Rodney Dangerfield, Arsenio Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ed Sullivan.
##â€” As a child, Williamsâ€™ favorite book was â€œThe Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.â€ He later read it to his children.
##â€” Williams and Robert De Niro were the last celebrities to see John Belushi alive, albeit on separate visits to his bungalow, on March 5, 1982.
##â€” A star on the the Hollywood Walk of Fame was added for Williams on December 12, 1990.
##â€” Williams enjoyed cycling and even trained with Lance Armstrong occasionally.
##â€” On the TV show â€œLaw & Order: SVU,â€ Williams portrayed a man driven crazy with grief (April 29, 2008).
##â€” When â€œBlame Canada,â€ a song from â€œSouth Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut,â€ was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award, it was Williams who performed the song at the ceremony. Mary Kay Bergman, the actress who performed the song in the film, had committed suicide a few months earlier.
##â€” After a 20-year break from stand-up comedy, Williams came back with a show on Broadway. It won the 2003 Grammy for the best spoken word album.
##â€” The year was 1996 when Williams reached a milestone by having two of his films reach the $100-million mark in the U.S. in the same week. The films were â€œJumanjiâ€ and â€œThe Birdcage.â€
##â€” Williams was raised in the Episcopal Church. He once related the top reasons to be an Episcopalian. Among them were: pew aerobics, no snake handling; male and female, God created them, male and female we ordain them, and free wine on Sunday.
##IN HIS WORDS â€¦
##â€œThe Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery.â€
##â€œNo matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.â€
##â€œWhy do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?â€
##â€œIf women ran the world we wouldnâ€™t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.â€
##â€œIf itâ€™s the Psychic Network, why do they need a phone number?â€
##â€œComedy is acting out optimism.â€
##â€œNever pick a fight with an ugly person, theyâ€™ve got nothing to lose.â€
##â€œWhatâ€™s right is whatâ€™s left if you do everything else wrong.â€
##â€œYouâ€™re only given one little spark of madness. You mustnâ€™t lose it.â€
##â€œReality is just a crutch for people who canâ€™t cope with drugs.â€
##â€œPolitics: â€˜Poliâ€™ a Latin word meaning â€˜manyâ€™; and â€˜tics,â€™ meaning â€˜bloodsucking creatures.â€™â€
##â€œCricket is basically baseball on Valium.â€
##â€œIn England, if you commit a crime, the police donâ€™t have a gun and you donâ€™t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say, â€˜Stop, or Iâ€™ll say stop again.â€™â€
##â€œSpring is natureâ€™s way of saying, â€˜Letâ€™s party!â€™â€
##â€œDeath is natureâ€™s way of saying, â€˜Your table is ready.â€™â€
##â€œA woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills. Theyâ€™d make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while.â€
##â€œWeâ€™re dealing with fundamentalists. The Amish are fundamentalists, but they donâ€™t try an hijack a carriage at needlepoint.â€
##â€œShe is not perfect. You are not perfect. The question is whether or not you are perfect for each other.â€
##â€œThe truth is, if anything, Iâ€™m probably addicted to laughter.â€
##â€œOkra is the closest thing to nylon Iâ€™ve ever eaten. Itâ€™s like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.â€
##â€œWhen you look at Prince Charles, donâ€™t you think that someone in the Royal family knew someone in the Royal family?â€
##â€œWhat kind of food did we drop on Afghanistan? Pop-Tarts, peanut butter â€¦ just add a Honey Baked Ham and youâ€™ve got a redneck Christmas.â€
##â€œWelcome to Washington, D.C., where the buck stops here! Way to go. And then itâ€™s handed out to AIG and many other people.â€
##â€œYou know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the South? Nothing! Someone is losing a trailer.â€
##â€œI was once on a German talk show, and this woman said to me, â€˜Mr. Williams, why do you think there is not so much comedy in Germany?â€™ And I said, â€˜Did you ever think you killed all the funny people?â€™â€
##â€œIâ€™m a born entertainer. When I open the fridge door and the light goes on, I burst into song.â€
##â€œPeople say satire is dead. Itâ€™s not dead; itâ€™s alive and living in the White House.â€
##ONE LAST THING â€¦
##Once asked what he (Robin Williams) would like to hear God say when he arrives in heaven, he answered, â€œThereâ€™s a seat in the front for the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Elvis Presley concert.â€ From fans near and far, hereâ€™s hoping you enjoy the show.
September 20, 1986
As does your film career, which continues with “Outrageous Fortune.” Aren’t you and Bette Midler an odd pairing?
We play very different characters. I like to do my preparation â€” my feeling into a situation. But the contrasts in the film are hilarious.
I don’t think it takes much imagination to think about Shelley Long and Bette Midler in a movie together
BetteBack April 25, 1986: More Outrageous Fortune News
Saturday, August 30, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW: â€˜Life of Crimeâ€™ would have worked better in the 80â€™s
By Michael Clark As of Wednesday, August 27, 2014
LIFE OF CRIME (R)
#2.5 out of 4 stars
#Saddled with a forgettable, generic title, â€œLife of Crimeâ€ is a film that might have worked better had it come out when originally intended (1986) and contained anywhere near the level of stinging and caustic wit of its source material.
#Back in â€™86, Diane Keaton was slated to play lead character Mickey in an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel â€œThe Switch.â€ The plot was pretty simple: the unhappily married wife of a wealthy developer is kidnapped and held for ransom, but because the husband is also unhappy, he refuses to pay. It was so close in tone and structure to â€œRuthless Peopleâ€ that it was permanently shelved and probably should have remained there.
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.
Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.
Gone are the days when bathhouses drew crowds just by offering a discreet place for gays to meet, share saunas and, often, have sex.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry bonded on the set of Gone Girl the old fashioned way â€“ through sing-a-longs. Perry, who plays celebrity lawyer Tanner Bolt in the upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynnâ€™s 2012 best-seller, tells New York Magazine that Affleck had a tendency to burst into â€™80s tunes in between takes. Impressed with his co-starâ€™s encyclopedic song knowledge, Perry decided to put it to the test.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
August 24, 1986
Wilmot wouldn’t say why the Divine Miss M waswrong for the part or disclose who she’d prefer instead.