R.I.P. Lauren Bacall (1924 – 2014); Another Screen Legend Leaves Us

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It’s unbelievable how many legendary stars are leaving us this year.  I’ll be honest, I’m emotionally still stunned by Robin Williams, so I can’t do Ms.Bacall the justice she deserves, but she was of a caliber of actress the screen sorely misses.  Obituary below from Coming Soon. Continue reading R.I.P. Lauren Bacall (1924 – 2014); Another Screen Legend Leaves Us

Robin Williams: Inside the Actor’s Studio

One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen Robin Williams do was his 2-hour interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio.  He was funny as always and honest about some of his struggles.  If you can find the full interview, I highly recommend it, but I’ve pulled some “best of” montages off of You Tube including the “scarf incident” that is one of the best bits of improvisation I’ve ever seen.

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer (HBO – 2014)

It’ll be interesting to see if Boardwalk Empire can rebound from two lackluster seasons and recapture some of its early fire on the way out.  The final season begins September 7th at 9 p.m. on HBO.

America in the 1920’s. The Great War is over, Wall Street is about to boom and everything is for sale, even the World Series. It is a time of change when women are getting the vote, broadcast radio is introduced, and young people rule the world.

On the beach in southern New Jersey sits Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as “The World’s Playground,” a place where rules don’t apply. Massive hotels line its famous Boardwalk, along with nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment to rival Broadway. For a few dollars, a working man can get away and live like a king — legally or illegally.
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My Favorite Scene: Disney’s Aladdin (1992) “Friend Like Me”

It has only been a little over 12 hours since news broke of Robin Williams’ death and I’m going to try to celebrate him here today rather than dwell on a heartbreaking ending.  It took animation to really encapsulate what Williams was capable of doing.  His comedy moved so fast and went in so many directions that it was trying to harness lighting to get your mind around it.

I think Aladdin’s Genie may well have been his perfect role because it totally freed him from the physical constraints and let his imagination go wild (albeit in a G-Rating context) with abandon.  Nothing captures this so well as his opening number “Friend Like Me” set in The Cave of Wonders after Aladdin finds his lamp.  Through moments like these, the joy he brought all ages will live on far after the furor surrounding his death fades.
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