It’s being reported that actor/comedian ROBIN WILLIAMS died today at the age of 63. To many he’ll be remembered for his iconic role on the classic television sitcom MORK & MINDY (where he was able to co-star with his friend and mentor JONATHAN WINTERS). For those lucky enough to have seen him in person, the memory of his manic stand-up routines will live forever. And, for movie goers, his Academy Award-winning performance in GOOD WILL HUNTING will stand the test of time as will his roles in such films as THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, THE DEAD POETS’ SOCIETY, GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, THE BIRDCAGE and THE FISHER KING (to name just a few).
While no cause of death has been officially announced, the sheriff and coroner suspect suicide due to asphyxia.
WILLIAMS was a longtime friend of Hollywood Outbreak and we sat down with him many, many times over the decades. It was during one of those interviews that he talked about his longtime pal JONATHAN WINTERS. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
ROBIN WILLIAMS (1951 - 2014)
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Private Practice star Kate Walsh returns to television starring in the new NBC comedy, Bad Judge. Walsh plays a tough, no-nonsense judge, but when she’s not on the bench, she’s a free spirited woman who loves to party. The series is produced by the comedic minds of producer/writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman & Stepbrothers) and Will Ferrell.
While we already know that Walsh is a gifted dramatic actress, she also has great comedic abilities, and can’t wait to show the audiences her comedic side in Bad Judge.
Bad Judge premieres October 2 on NBC.
After almost a month in theaters, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES remains in the box office top 10 and is nearing the $200m mark. A reboot of a science-fiction franchise that first hit the screen almost 50 years ago, the current incarnation is a crowd pleasing combination of suspenseful storytelling and state-of-the-art CGI special effects.
Directed by MATT REEVES from a screenplay by MARK BOMBECK, the cast includes GARY OLDMAN, KERI RUSSELL, ANDY SERKIS (in an award-worthy motion-capture performance), JASON CLARKE and KODI SMIT-McPHEE.
For director REEVES, being involved with the APES franchise has been a dream since childhood. When caught on the red carpet at this year’s WonderCon, he talked about connecting with his ‘inner nerd’ and the joy of being at the convention.
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Daniel Radcliffe loves movies, plain and simple. He loves making them, he loves watching them, he loves everything about them. Fortunately for him, he was given a golden opportunity to break into the business at age 10, when he was cast as Harry Potter. While he could probably retire with his earnings from those eight movies alone, he continues to dedicate himself to the craft of making movies - not only as an actor, but behind the camera as well. And at the age of 25, he considers himself very fortunate that he not only found his true calling, but that is has been as fulfilling as he expected, and then some. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Radcliffe)
Radcliffe’s new film, the romantic comedy What If, is now playing in limited release.
“Previously on Bones…” When the series ended its ninth season this spring, it did so in spectacular fashion, with guns (literally) blazing. When the dust had settled, Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) was in handcuffs, framed for killing the government assassins who had been sent to kill him. But as Emily Deschanel told us, Booth’s need to defend himself only intensifies this season, as the conspiracy that resulted in Booth’s arrest only deepens. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Deschanel)
The new season of Bones premieres Thursday, September 25 on FOX.
Slated for release sometime next year, LIFE is centered on the relationship between Life Magazine photographer DENNIS STOCK and iconic actor JAMES DEAN. Assigned by the magazine to shoot the rising young actor just prior to the release of EAST OF EDEN, STOCK became close friends with DEAN as they traveled together from Los Angeles to New York to Indiana (DEAN’S childhood home). Set in the 1950’s, the film features portrayals of such show-biz notables as JACK WARNER, JUDY GARLAND, ELIA KAZAN, PIER ANGELI and EARTH KITT.
Directed by ANTON CORBIJN from a screenplay by LUKE DAVIES, LIFE stars ROBERT PATTINSON as STOCK and DANE DeHAAN as DEAN.
In town this week to promote his new film, LIFE WITHOUT BETH, DeHAAN took a moment to talk about playing JAMES DEAN, one of his favorite actors. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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In theaters today, INTO THE STORM is a predictable mid-level disaster diversion that spans one day in a small Oklahoma town being ravaged by a series of horrendous tornadoes. Aimed directly at indiscriminate theatergoing YouTubers, the film features more people holding cameras than you’d see at a VidCon meet-and-greet. From professional storm-chasers to heroic (and not so heroic) townies, everybody’s got a camera and a point of view. Directed by STEVEN QUALE (FINAL DESTINATION 5) from a script by JOHN SWETNAM (STEP UP: ALL IN), the cast includes MATT WALSH, RICHARD ARMITAGE, JEREMY SUMPTER, ARLEN ESCARPETA, SARAH WAYNE CALLIES, KYLE DAVIS and JON REEP.
Caught on the red carpet at this year’s WonderCon, co-stars SUMPTER (whose first big role was in the 2003 CGI heavy PETER PAN) and ESCARPETA talked to us about some of the challenges of shooting the film.
INTO THE STORM opens in theaters today.
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Opening in theaters today, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is a culinary culture clash set in a small French village and centered on the fierce competition between an immigrant Indian family determined to open an ethnic eatery and the haughty owner of the upscale restaurant located just across the road. Based on the popular 2010 novel by RICHARD C. MORAIS, the film manages to balance pleasant romantic dramedy with more serious issues of culture and race. Produced by STEVEN SPIELBERG and OPRAH WINFREY and directed by LASSE HALSTROM, the cast is headed by Academy Award-winner HELEN MIRREN, terrific as the imperious restaurant owner who eventually learns the value of cultural co-existence.
To watch MIRREN maneuver her way around an on-screen gourmet kitchen would have one believe she’s a natural chef but, during our recent interview, she admitted that’s anything but the case. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY opens in theaters today.
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In many of his roles, Pierce Brosnan has played the epitome of the suave British gentleman. Whether taking on comedy, drama, or James Bond, he’s been a fan favorite for more than three decades. It all started, though, with Remington Steele, the romantic detective series that saw him solving crimes with co-star Stephanie Zimbalist. Even though it’s been nearly 27 years since the series signed off, he still has a special place in his heart for the show that made him a household name. (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)
Brosnan returns to the big screen later this month in the action/drama film The November Man, playing a former CIA operative brought back into action. It opens in theaters August 27.
When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made the transition from wrestling to acting, a lot of people expected him to get a full body slam from the critics and a quick exit from Hollywood. Instead, he’s built a respectable career and become a bona fide box office draw, with Hercules currently in theaters and two other blockbuster action movies - Fast & Furious 7 and San Andreas - on the way. His success has led to Forbes magazine listing him as one of Hollywood’s wealthiest actors, and Johnson doesn’t take any of it for granted. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)