Four years ago the world was shocked by the sudden death of comedic legend Robin Williams. Famous for his TV role of Mork (from Happy Days and Mork & Mindy) and for his stand up comedy that was frenetic yet always incisive. However, it was his appearances on film that garnered him the most notice.
His roles in Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, the original Jumanji, Patch Adams, Night at the Museum and many others made him an American treasure. He won the Oscar for Good Will Hunting, six Golden Globes, four Grammys, two Kids’ Choice Awards, and many others.
A new biography about him has premiered on HBO, titled Come Inside My Mind. The biography explores the legacy of the comedy icon and tries to make sense of his suicide.
Even though he is gone, we still have William’s many appearances in films that have nerd connections. Here are just a few:
There have been stories for years that Spawn creator Todd McFarlane wanted to do a reboot of the character on screen. He made no secret of the fact that he wanted actor Jamie Foxx to take on the role of Al Simmons, a.k.a. SPAWN. Foxx made no secret of the fact he wanted the role. Today the casting of Foxx in the role was confirmed along with the detail that Blumhouse Productions will produce the film.
The Happytime Murders somehow seems to be simultaneously something you could totally see coming from The Jim Henson Co. (ex: “Happytime”), and something you never thought the puppeteer gang would produce (ex: “Murders”). And yet here we are with news of its development! Directed by Brian Henson (son of the late and great Jim Henson) and Erich & Jon Hoeber (Red, Red 2), from a script by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson, this project has actually been in the works for a number of years now. The film would be bringing a whole new side of comedy to light; featuring an R rating, some live-action, and brand new Muppet characters. It might be the newest name potentially signing on to the project that will really get things rolling, though: Jamie Foxx. (more…)
The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t made for me.
Really, it wasn’t made for anyone outside of a targeted age range of thirteen to twenty-two — a collective who were still spending their pre-adult years in school, be it junior high or a junior in college, upon the time of its release. Director Marc Webb’s reboot was for the folks who hadn’t already bore witness to a trilogy spanning a significant chunk of their academic career (Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man came out during the summer between my junior and senior year in high school, with his Spider-Man 3 being released just after I had received my Bachelor’s Degree). This self-realization actually makes me feel quite lucky, as the big studio take on my favorite superhero was actually crafted so by a bona fide artist; a cinematic innovator who molded the property to fit into his established auteurist filmography while still revering the source material.
Unfortunately, this generation gets nothing more than a set of Spider-Man movies made by committee; cynical cash grabs whose plasticity is readily apparent from the very first frame. The first Amazing Spider-Man made a bundle of cash on teens desperately looking for something to have on in the background while they made out in a dark theater. Surprisingly, a certain section of comic book fans even seemed to dig it as well, praising the picture for “getting wise-cracking Spidey right”, as if that were enough to make up for the film’s glaring technical and narrative flaws.
So of course we got a sequel. But those looking to quietly canoodle or give this film the same easy pass they did with the first will probably have an even more difficult time excusing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a product tailor-made to remind us that these “movies” will not end until the Apocalypse comes and wipes humanity from the planet. Because only then will there be no more Burberry wallets left to gouge; no more parents’ bank accounts remaining to plunder. Those post-credit tag sequences are simply precursors to our own eventual demise, for only then will this “story” be 100% finished.
Because if a day goes by without us getting something new about the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie the terrorists win, we’ve got some more Spider-Man news. As we count down to the release of the film, fate (and the internet) brings us a pair of new interviews with the cast and crew, and some provocative potential spoilers courtesy of one of the film’s social media outlets. So what ties all this together? As a wise man once said: Think about the future. So without further ado, let’s consider the future of Spider-Man… (more…)
In case you missed the headline, or just didn’t quite believe it, there are some potential spoilers in these three The Amazing Spider-Man 2 clips that Stan Lee narrates. Consider that your Standard Spoiler Warning. The rest of you can click-through the jump and check the clips out while those other folks get back to work. Quick! Your boss is headed towards your cubicle!!! (more…)
Just when you thought there was nothing new left to see in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he drops this new trailer. It has a much darker and more dangerous tone for our favorite friendly web-slinger. (more…)
It’s pretty much par for the course these days that if you decide to make a super hero film, almost everyone involved will be forced to endure the wrath of the Internet fanboy-trolls. Whether it’s the hatred that Ben Affleck receives for being the next Batman or people crying out their displeasure over the size of Gal Gadot’s boobs, the form that this nerd rage takes ranges from critical assessment to just plain idiocy. It wasn’t so long ago that Jamie Foxx – Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Electro – got his own earful (eyeful?) of Internet hate. Now, in a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Foxx let loose with some of his own opinions on how these things play out, along with a bit of insight into the character of Electro. Check it out below: (more…)
Hopefully by now you’ve all had a chance to chill out from this morning’s revelation of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. Undoubtedly you’ve watched it several times now to uncover it’s hidden secrets and Easter eggs, because, let’s face it, you just can’t help yourself. But if you’re looking for insight, Total Film has something for you, specifically a version of the Spider-Man trailer with color commentary from director Marc Webb and members of the cast. What do they have to say about the film? Read on and watch the video, dear reader. (more…)
In the villain loaded sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, the most villainous of all is Max Dillion, AKA: Electro (played by Jamie Foxx). As we’ve seen in clips and images so far, we know we will see two sides to Electro, the pre- and post-super-power version of him, which begs the question: How will Electro get his powers in the film? It you subscribe to the Daily Bugle then you’ll already know the answer, for the rest of you the potential spoiler filled reveal is below. (more…)