Ethan Hawke is convinced he saw signs of Robin Williams' personal problems 25 years ago when they appeared in Dead Poets Society together as "it was obvious he was in a tremendous amount of pain". The 63-year-old funnyman took his own life last month (Aug14) after a long battle with depression, and the tragedy sent shockwaves across Hollywood.
Hawke was just 18 years old when he worked with Williams on the 1989 drama and the actor admits he knew the star was suffering severe emotional turmoil.
He tells America's CBC Radio, "I feel like there's an immediate sadness that is pervasive in the whole community when somebody who made all of us so happy reveals themselves to have been in tremendous personal pain. You know, that the happiness wasn't reciprocal. That we couldn't make him happy. I think that somehow rings to all of us...
"This guy got me my first agent... I was 18 years old... and it was the first time in my life I have experienced the thrill of acting... The other truth is, even at 18, it was obvious he was in a tremendous amount of pain. I don't know to what extent his whole life... anybody who was watching knew. You know, a lot of people weren't watching because he was so funny and so light, but there was a very - I think why he moved us all - there's a very serious mind there. He was also so sentimental, just this big sensitive heart."
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
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Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
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Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
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Actor Bradley Pierce has opened up about his own struggle with depression following the death of his Jumanji co-star Robin Williams. Pierce remembers Williams, who was struggling with depression when he passed away on 11 August (14), as an inspiration and has credited his death for helping him go public with his own mental health battle.
He tells TMZ.com, "He was an absolute inspiration to me, just like he was to everyone that knew him and even so many people that didn't. He was an amazing guy and he'll definitely be missed.
"I was diagnosed with depression when I was 16, a few years after I filmed Jumanji, and I've been secretly fighting it for a long time. I have a few close friends who know about it, my wife knows about it, but I really played it close to the vest until Robin died actually and then I decided, 'You know what, I'm going to go ahead and try to use his death and the tragedy that it was to open up to people and put it out there,' and so I did."
Ozzy Osbourne will forever be grateful to late funnyman Robin Williams for paying his wife Sharon a surprise visit to cheer her up after a cancer diagnosis. The Black Sabbath rocker got in touch with the comedian after his TV star partner was diagnosed with colon cancer because he was convinced the actor, who played a doctor in 1998 movie Patch Adams, would be able to put a smile back on Sharon's face.
Williams turned up at the couple's home in the morning and climbed into bed with Sharon as a joke, and Ozzy admits he will never forget the actor's generosity.
He tells the VH1 Radio Network, "I'm forever in debt to Robin Williams, because when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer, I'd seen the film Patch Adams... it's about a guy who was a male nurse or something in a hospital and he was working with terminal people, and I thought, what a great thing to do, and he's a very funny man, Robin Williams. I got my agent to contact him and ask if he'd be so kind as to come around and talk to my wife, which he did. It was very nice of him."
Williams was found dead on Monday (11Aug14) in a suspected suicide.
U.S. shock jock Howard Stern feels guilty for treating late actor Robin Williams as a "prop" during a controversial radio interview with the star early on in his career. Stern had an on-air chat with the Good Will Hunting Oscar winner when the presenter was a young rookie and he admits he acted like "a bit of an a**hole" during the segment.
Following Williams' death on Monday (11Aug14), Stern took to the mic on his Sirius XM show on Tuesday (12Aug14) to tell listeners of his regret at how the interview panned out.
He said, "Back in those days, I really felt I wasn't being malicious, but I felt a lot of pressure when a guest would come in... I never could give the microphone fully over to a guest and even allow my curiosity about a person (to) come through... Anyone who was in my studio was just a prop for me... I was a bit of an a**hole in a lot of ways with guests.
"I wasn't rude with Robin Williams, but I asked some questions that perhaps went into areas that he had enough of... I think my whole demeanour and attitude was just s**tty. I wasn't trying to be mean to Robin Williams. I was just trying to be provocative and interesting for the audience, and doing what it is that I thought had to be done. And I was an immature a**hole. And so that always haunted me... and then I kind of filed it away and forgot about it... This was a guy who should have been celebrated."
Williams died in an apparent suicide at his home in California at the age of 63.
Ben Affleck has honoured the memory of Robin Williams by crediting his tragic Good Will Hunting co-star with making his dreams come true. The Argo actor/director and his childhood friend Matt Damon co-wrote the script for the 1997 drama, in which they also starred.
The film won critical acclaim, landing nine Academy Award nominations and earning them the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, while Williams walked off with the Best Supporting Actor title.
Now Affleck has opened up about the profound affect the late comedian has had on his life following Williams' suicide on Monday (11Aug14).
In a touching post on his Facebook.com page, Affleck writes, "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true.
"What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything. May you find peace my friend."
Damon has yet to comment on the tragedy, but their fellow Good Will Hunting castmate Minnie Driver was among the first celebrities to pay tribute via Twitter.com, posting: "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams may be over the moon about his daughter's recently announced casting as the titular character in Peter Pan Live, but, then... he's her dad. The rest of us can't help but be more than a little concerned about seeing Girls star Allison Williams take on the role. We've only really seen her as Marnie, after all, along with a couple cameos on other shows playing very similar characters. How is she going to become that scrappy, scruffy, little boy who refuses to grow up?
Well, at this point, the casting is pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered. But even so, a little speculation never hurt anyone! With that in mind, here are 8 celebrities that would make a better Peter Pan than Ms. Williams:
1. Maisie Williams
Come on, she's practically Peter already, what with Arya's androgynous look and devil-may-care attitude. Plus, she can sing, and she takes dance classes when she's not too busy filming.
2. Anna Kendrick
She's pint-sized, feisty, hilarious, and has a great set of pipes. Dang! Ah, well: she'll probably be too busy promoting Into the Woods to do it, anyway.
3. Kristen Bell
She cut her teeth as Becky Thatcher in the Broadway production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and she's literally a Disney princess. She also has that impish glint in her eyes...
4. Amy Poehler
Speaking of impish... Amy Poehler certainly looks mischeivous enough for the part, and you know she'd put her infamous comedic chops to good use in the role. Hey, she (oh, and Kristen Bell, too) would also make a great Tink!
5. Emmy Rossum
She shot to fame when she starred in Phantom of the Opera when she was still in her teens. She doesn't sing as part of her gig on Shameless, but proved she still had the chops when she appeared on Conan and sang in exchange for a hot dog.
6. Cristin Milioti
Fans are itching to see more of her after her disappointingly brief appearance on How I Met Your Mother's last season. Her singing voice is absolutely gorgeous, and she's got a great belt to boot!
7. Daniel Radcliffe
Okay, I know Peter's traditionally played by a lady, but doesn't Daniel Radcliffe have that perfect boyish look for the part? Maybe if they filmed Peter Pan Live during his Harry Potter days, it could have worked out...
8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Also a bit on the old side, but dang: someone has to cast this guy in a musical, pronto!
Madonna's manager Guy Oseary has landed another major talent after signing on to represent Alicia Keys. The multi-Grammy winner has confirmed Oseary and his business partner Ron Lafitte will be overseeing her career.
The Maverick bosses' clients also include Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, while Oseary recently signed U2 as a new client.
He has been the mastermind behind Madonna's career for a decade.
Actress Eliza Dushku has split from former U.S. basketball player Rick Fox. The couple began dating in 2009, but the Bring It On star recently revealed she is no longer with the former sportsman and has moved back to her native Boston, Massachusetts after 22 years of living in Los Angeles.
Suggesting the five-year romance may have ended on a sour note, she tells The Boston Globe, “Rick’s an L.A. guy and I’m a Boston girl... I’d rather be a little physically cold here than emotionally cold in L.A. I missed my town and I missed my family."
Dushku is planning to go back to school now that she is home.
Prior to dating Fox, Dushku romanced producer Brent Bolthouse and funnyman Seth McFarlane, while the former Los Angeles Lakers star was married to Vanessa Williams from 1999 to 2005.
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Twenty-one years ago, we watched a homophobic Denzel Washington warm up to his fellow lawyer and client Tom Hanks, a gay man afflicted with AIDS, over the course of a criminal case that proved that America was no easy place for a homosexual gentleman to make a living or lead his life. And at the end of this story called Philadelphia, that no-longer-homophobic Denzel Washington was a hero. The sort of man who harbored "completely sympathetic" sentiments at the start, but graduated to sentiments altogether admirable. That's the sort of world we lived in back in 1993. But these 21 years later, we live in the sort of world that would take a homophobic Denzel Washington and cast him into villainy, redemptive arc or not. Which is why the plot of Disney's Father of the Bride 3, of all things, sounds about a decade or so too late.
The threequel to Steve Martin's family comedies Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995) will have the snow-capped comedic dynamo lamenting the realization that his son Matt (played in the first two films by young Kieran Culkin, now age 29) is gay and engaged to a man. Nikki Finke's blog reports the premise, explaining that Martin's uptight-but-affable family man George Banks will this time be "thunderstruck and speechless" and none too keen on the revelation of his son's sexual orientation. Although George's wife Nina (Diane Keaton) plays the voice of reason in casting her thick-headed husband out of the house, so reports Finke, we're still looking at a severely outdated mentality in the approach of the subject.
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Although homophobia is a far, far cry from absent in today's America, the media (including a few of Disney's own properties) seems to embrace the idea that anyone advertising prejudice against gay men and women is acting in the name of ignorance, idiocy, and injustice, not the "acceptable hesitations" of eras past. No longer do we live in the Philadelphia days when a character like Washington's attorney Joe Miller might be seen as sympathetic in spite (or perhaps in light) of his bigotry. Today, the homophobes of film and TV are the bad guys. Although heteronormativity remains a problem coursing through our media, abject hatred is aligned with criminal characters. How can we accept our own George Banks in his role as put-upon good guy with such a nasty proclivity for intolerance?
And why is it necessary in a movie about gay marriage for any figure to express disfavor with the wedding at hand? Of course it would be ridiculous to deny extant hardships faced by the gay community, but we've also breached an era wherein the notion of a family accepting a member's profession of homosexuality without pause is hardly implausible. The Philadelphias of past helped to align the sympathies of viewing audiences with gay men and women, to point out the wickedness in the time's all-too-prevalent defamy. What we need now from our movies is to induct gay relationships into their depiction of normalcy. To show that the same love, happiness, drama, and comedy that we see in films like Father of the Bride would exist in a story about two men tying the knot. Even this notion seems too obvious to point out, but clearly Disney doesn't quite think so.
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