A Merry Friggin Christmas

When Robin Williams passed away in August, he left four unreleased films behind. One of those was A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, a holiday comedy starring Williams and Joel McHale.

As a performer, Williams could play anything from Patch Adams to The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Mitch, his character in A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, seems to fall toward the latter end of the spectrum. He’s so unpleasant, in fact, that his son Boyd (McHale) has been actively avoiding him for years. But a series of events leads to the pair spending hours together on a frantic journey to save the holiday for Boyd’s son. Hit the jump to see the A Merry Friggin Christmas trailer. Read More »

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Robin Williams Emmys tribute

The 2014 Emmy Awards were full of emotional moments for TV makers and their fans alike, but the part that had everyone blinking back tears was when Billy Crystal took the stage to honor his departed friend Robin Williams.

“He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal began. He then launched into a somber reflection on what made Williams “the brightest star in a comedy galaxy,” sharing a couple of funny anecdotes along the way. Watch Crystal’s full Robin Williams Emmys tribute after the jump.

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Fisher King commentary

Tragic as the reason was, there’s been a muted pleasure in seeing people go back to The Fisher King in the wake of Robin Williams‘ death. The 1991 movie is among the least flashy of Terry Gilliam‘s films, and one that in the past decade or so seems to have taken a back seat to consideration of higher-profile films like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys.

The Fisher King is a great movie, and a strange one. But it grounds Gilliam’s quirky and excessive tendencies in a handful of really wonderful characters who are brought to life by great performances. Robin Williams, in particular, is at the top of his game as a man whose life has turned completely upside-down in the wake of his wife’s death. The film can be relentlessly brutal, but it is also beautifully funny, and full of life. At it’s heart, this is a musical, and it’s a pleasure to see Gilliam and the cast play.

There are a lot of treasures hidden on now out of print Criterion laserdiscs, and here’s one of them. This feature commentary from Terry Gilliam isn’t in print any longer, as it only appeared on the laserdisc release of the movie. But you can listen to the Fisher King commentary below. Read More »

Back to neverland

When Disney opened MGM Studios (now “Disney’s Hollywood Studios”) in Orlando Florida, one of the attractions was The Magic of Disney Animation, a Feature Animation pavilion where park visitors toured four connected experiences which explored the legacy of Disney’s hand-drawn animation. I remember visiting the park shortly after it opened as a kid, and one of the highlights was being able to peer through a window into a room of animators who were hard at work on an animated feature film.

The tour started with a short film entitled “Back to Neverland” which featured Veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite giving comedian/actor Robin Williams a tour through the different stages of hand-drawn animation. The short film was informative, but also very funny, with Williams being turned into an animated character, one of the Lost Boys of Peter Pan. Back to Neverland left the parks in 2004 but /Film reader augustesomers alerted me that the short film is available on YouTube. If you’ve never seen it, its worth a watch.

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Merry Friggin Christmas Robin Williams

Even after his passing, Robin Williams is managing to bring a little levity into our lives. Two clips have just been released for his indie comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the first of four unreleased films he left behind.

Joel McHale and Lauren Graham also star in the indie comedy. Watch the Merry Friggin’ Christmas clips after the jump.

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Robin Williams Left Four Unreleased Movies

Robin Williams unreleased movies

Though Robin Williams passed away this week, we’ll continue watching him onscreen for months to come. His death came in the midst of a busy time in his career, with some four films still awaiting release including Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

In addition, he’d been developing a sequel to Mrs. Doutbtfire that will likely be cancelled now that Williams is gone. Hit the jump for all the details on Williams’ unreleased projects.

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Robin Williams Hook

Even when I didn’t think about it, Robin Williams was always a part of my life. His work was simply a part of everything that made me a person. Whether it was sneaking a peak at Comic Relief on HBO, watching old Mork and Mindy reruns after school, or catching the movies of the early nineties that turned him into a mega-star, Robin Williams was always a constant. If I needed to laugh, sing, be brought to tears or cringe uncontrollably, Williams was the man for the job.

He’s gone now, dead at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide, and it’s a horrible case of “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” I’m filled with emotion. I’m mad, I’m sad, I want to cry. But then I start to think about Williams’ legacy, his films, and what they mean to me, and I feel some comfort. Let’s take a look back at my favorite Robin Williams movies, and more specifically, performances.
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Robin Williams Has Died at Age 63

Robin Williams dead

Robin Williams was found dead today, report authorities in his home town. The report of Williams’ death comes from the Marin County Sheriff department. The department released a statement saying that authorities found Robin McLaurin Williams unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon, CA, and that he was pronounced dead this afternoon. The report says that suicide is suspected, but a true cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Read More »

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