You really have no idea how loved a movie is until a studio announces plans to reboot it — such is the case with Jumanji, the 1995 film starring Robin Williams, which performed pretty well at the box office but didn’t leave a big impression on critics and (adult) audiences. But reactions to Dwayne Johnson’s new Jumanji movie offer a valuable lesson in the power of nostalgia, as fans have been quick to cry foul on the reboot. Johnson has heard you, and not only is he committed to making the best reboot possible, but he’s also found a “cool” way to honor the memory of Robin Williams.
There are so many questions surrounding the death of Robin Williams. People are learning more about depression and how such a beloved man could feel so desperate. Today his wife made a public statement that while Williams was clean and sober, he was suffering early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which only added to his depression and anxiety.
Every week it's fun to look back a popular country song from years ago with my Country Throwback. This week, rather that stick with that format, I'd like to remember my favorite musical moment featuring the late Robin Williams.
When the news broke that Robin Williams had passed, Conan O'Brien was taping his show and the news caught him off guard. After a day had passed, Conan and his sidekick Andy had enough time to gather themselves and not only share their thoughts, but some funny video of Robin as a guest.
During the taping of last night's 'Conan,' the heartbreaking news of Robin Williams' passing was announced. Instead of ignoring the news or saving it for tomorrow or not acknowledging it, host Conan O'Brien took it upon himself to share it with a shocked studio audience, sidekick Andy Richter, and guest Will Arnett. Still stunned and reeling from the news, the trio -- all of whom had worked with Williams in the past -- shared their thoughts on the actor and comedian.
As we struggle to make sense of the death of Robin Williams, we've spent some time here remembering him as a person and his work. We're obviously just a few of the many, many people Robin Williams touched during his lifetime. Among them are the many people he worked with over the years, from his days as a guest star on 'Happy Days' to his upcoming role in 'Night at the Museum 3.' Below are some thoughts, prayers and remembrances from friends and family who had the pleasure of knowing him both on- and off-screen.
I was living in Nashville, TN, and I had a chance to buy tickets to see Robin Williams and Amy Grant. Amy was from Nashville and had two huge albums in a row and was about to release her biggest album ever. I was there to see her because I had a connection to her with a mutual friend, but I was very excited to see Robin Williams.
There are few celebrities that we allow into our hearts. Robin Williams was one of them. He felt like family, and we grieve his loss more than just another celebrity dying. With it appearing that he took his own life, it makes it even more heartbreaking. It's another sad instance where a comedian (and more) fought a battle his entire life under the surface.
Robin Williams' death is shocking and heartbreaking and touches us in a way usually reserved for close friends. Maybe that's because we're of a generation that grew up on Robin Williams. He's been making us laugh and cheering us up since we were kids; like a big-screen father figure. That he died suffering from severe depression, makes the news all the more tragic. As director Garry Marshall, who first cast Williams in 'Happy Days' and later 'Mork and Mindy,' said today, "He could make everybody happy but himself."
He made everyone happy and in that spirit, we'd like to celebrate his work, and we asked a few of our writers to look back at their favorite moments of his career.