Robin Williams Has Died at Age 63

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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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Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb trailer

Everyone’s favorite museum security guard is at it again in the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer. This time, Larry (Ben Stiller) and his pals are concerned that there’s something wrong with the tablet that brings the exhibits to life every night.

This requires them to travel to the British Museum, where the tablet’s creator (Ben Kingsley) resides, and where they get to meet, among others, the dashing hero Lancelot (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and a very Rebel Wilson-y security guard played by Rebel Wilson. Hit the jump to watch the first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer.

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Mrs Doubtfire 2

Over 20 years have passed since director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams teamed up for the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. In that time, it’s become a cable staple. A movie some of us have seen dozens of times, whether we wanted to or not. Now, it seems we’ll be seeing more of Mrs. Doubtfire in theaters too.

Fox 2000 has just reignited develop of Mrs Doubtfire 2 with Columbus and Williams attached to direct and star. David Berenbaum, the writer of Elf, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Haunted Mansion and Zoom, is penning the script. Read More »

Robin Williams in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer

New Yorkers aren’t exactly known for our sunny, upbeat demeanor. But even by the city’s surly standards, the character Robin Williams plays in his next movie has an attitude problem. He’s such an obnoxious jerk, in fact, that in the first Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer, he causes his doctor (played by Mila Kunis) to snap and tell him he has 90 minutes left to live.

What ensues is a mad-dash scramble to try and set things right before time is up. Williams’ Henry attempts to quickly mend his relationships with his wife (Melissa Leo), his brother (Peter Dinklage), his son (Hamish Linklater), his friends… it turns out pretty much everyone who’s met him has reason to be unhappy with him. Watch the first Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer after the jump.

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Simon Pegg

Briefly: Before the on-stage Monty Python reunion became a real thing, the film Absolutely Anything seemed like the best hope for Python fans to see the remaining members of the comedy troupe working together once more.

The film features four of the five surviving Pythons, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones, all voicing aliens who give powers to a downtrodden schoolteacher. (Jones is also directing.) Now we know the teacher will be played by Simon Pegg. The film will be a live-action/CG hybrid, with the aliens not standing as the only CG elements — Pegg’s character also has a dog, which will be voiced by Robin Williams, so there’s probably going to be a little CG work there, too.

Back in 2010 John Oliver was going to play the lead role, but with filming now set to start in February 2014, the project has obviously taken longer than expected to come together. Oliver is busy — he’ll be launching his new TV show around then — but Pegg will be more than able to bring the role to life. [Screen Daily]

 

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Left to his own devices Lee Daniels makes films that are eccentric and sometimes just way the hell out there. (The Paperboy) But he has called his newest film, The Butler, “a big compromise” and explained that the film might be “the closest I will come to as a work-for-hire.” Does that mean that, on the relative scale of whackadoo films, The Butler will be far closer to “normal” than anything else he’s made?

Hard to say at this point, but the first trailer suggests that there’s some weird stuff going on here. There’s the parade of cameo players appearing as a string of US Presidents. Among them is John Cusack‘s turn as Richard Nixon, which is… interesting. Then there’s Alex Pettyfer playing an uber-douchebag cotton farm overseer, and the digital effects and makeup that shave a few decades off lead Forest Whitaker in some scenes.

Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served several different President as the White House butler, and the trailer suggests the film traces his entire life story, using it to frame the sweep of the civil rights movement. It’s a good story, but this trailer looks a lot like a parody that might show up on SNL. So we’ll see — maybe The Butler will be just as crazy as the rest of Daniels’ work. Read More »

The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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Fall doesn’t technically start for another three weeks, but we all know Labor Day is the unofficial turn of the season. In this very late summer edition of TV Bits:

  • MTV announces Jersey Shore will end after Season 6
  • Robin Williams could return to TV with David E. Kelley
  • Jorge Garcia lands a guest spot on Once Upon a Time
  • Yes, Judy Greer will return to Arrested Development
  • And yes, Mike Schur‘s Mose will appear on The Farm
  • NBC has a sneak peak tour planned for Revolution
  • New details emerge on Psycho prequel Bates Motel
  • See stars hanging out on the set of NBC’s Hannibal
  • Alan Ball‘s Cinemax series Banshee gets a teaser
  • American Horror Story teaser finally shows the cast

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