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:
Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)
A remake of the 1995 classic Jumanji was first announced by Sony in the summer time of 2015, due for release at the end of the next years. At the time, the news was not met well. Perhaps the online backlash was fuelled by the then very recent death of Robin Williams just a year before. Perhaps people just liked the original movie so much that they genuinely believed it couldn’t be improved upon by a remake. (more…)
If you were a kid in 1995, you were most likely captivated by Jumanji. Watching little kid versions of Kirsten Dunst and some voice actor guy playing the game and unleashing bats and lions and giant mosquitoes in their house, caused the imagination of many a child to run wild. With Robin Williams doing some of what he does best and talented director Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger) at the helm, Jumanji earned a special place in many little hearts. Sony is hoping to recapture some of that magic and cash in on a remake of Jumanji. They have set a release date for Christmas of this year and they just announced a director for the movie- Jake Kasdan.
Disney has been going trigger happy with their acquisition and production of Live-Action re-tellings of their animated works due to the overwhelming popularity of Maleficent & Cinderella these past two years. So their roster of films currently includes The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Pinocchio, Tinker Bell, and Cinderella’s Prince. Yeah you saw that right, The Prince is getting a prequel live-action, but they aren’t stopping there.
I’ve never played the online role playing game World of Warcraft, but some people are downright obsessed with the it. One such person was the late, great Robin Williams, who once joked that he was darn near addicted to the game. Williams was a big gamer, even naming his daughter Zelda in honor of the long-running RPG series of the same name, and when Williams died quite suddenly last month, the push was on to pay tribute to the man in some form in the WoW universe. Mission: accomplished. Like a genie in a bottle, the Williams tribute in World of Warcraft has now been revealed. (more…)
Director Terry Gilliam was a guest at this year’s Dragon Con and he filled the Sheraton Grand Ballroom with fans Sunday morning. It was a great chance to listen to the man who brought us some of the most wonderfully strange and different movies like Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, and his latest The Zero Theorem. (more…)
When the recent petition to include a Robin Williams tribute in World of Warcraft was successful, many fans first after thought was that Nintendo‘s upcoming 2015 Zelda Wii U console game should also include a Williams tribute. A fan started such a petition over at Change.org and Nintendo has responded. (more…)
While the world continues to come to grips with the loss of Robin Williams, celebrity/fan tributes and remembrances are popping up everywhere on the Internet. There are also quite a few real world tributes appearing at Robin Williams sites like the Mork & Mindy house, the Good Will Hunting bench, and William’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Williams was an avid gamer and the gaming community, specifically the World of Warcraft community, has started a petition to create a Robin Williams NPC tribute character in the world of WoW. (more…)
This is not the usual type of thing that I file under the “Whatever” banner and this is not an obituary, Jacob Knight did a wonderful job paying tribute to Robin Williams with his obituary yesterday. I didn’t expect to write anything about this and I don’t really know what this is “officially”, I know all things must be labeled, but this is just a rhythm strip of my thoughts from 5AM this morning, sparked by the reactions — good and bad. This is how I deal, I guess. (more…)