Robin Williams

Thank You Mr. Williams.

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Thank you Mr. Williams.

As a young child my parents owned several Disney films and other cartoon movies on VHS with those giant foamy cases. The first time I was introduced to Robin Williams, I didn’t even know it. I can’t remember much from that time, but my mother tells me that I didn’t want much, until I wanted every single Disney action figure after purchasing a set of them.

I loved movies as a young kid, I REALLY loved “Aladdin” like many kids and adults alike. That was back when you didn’t really pay attention to who the voice actors were, or the politics of how the film was made or how it campaigned for awards. You just got lost in it.

I was born in 1992, the year that “Aladdin” came out. So as a young kid I got to enjoy the family-comedy portion of the Robin Williams’ career to the fullest extent. I LOVED “Jumanji,” “Flubber,” “Patch Adams” and remember being head over heels for “Bicentennial Man” when I was 7 years old in 1999.

As an adult, and as a movie fan, I grew up judging movies much more harshly. None of those films were that good anymore. But honestly, who cares what I think about a kids movie now as an adult? The movies weren’t made for me now, they were made for me then. But even as an adult, Williams gave a variety of performances, some of my personal favorites were “World’s Greatest Dad,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poets Society,” and “Good Morning Vietnam”

It goes without saying that I’ve never met Robin Williams personally, I’ve heard  that he was a nice guy, but I’ve never met him.

What really adds insult to injury though is that Robin Williams took his own life. An actor, a comedian, that had made just about everyone laugh at least once fell victim to the darkest of circumstances.
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Awards: Final Golden Globe Predictions

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Awards: Final Golden Globe Predictions

One of the most widely acknowledged awards shows will announce its nominees 5:15am PT/8:15am ET. After what we have seen with the Screen Actors Guild nominees you should be expecting attention from “The Butler,” “Enough Said,” and “August: Osage County.” Among the usual front-runners.

After tomorrow the Golden Globes Page will only predict winners of the categories and we’ll see how we did.

So here are the Final Golden Globe Predictions: (more…)

Awards: SAG Predictions

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Awards: SAG Predictions

The Screen Actors Guild awards can be a little bit difficult to predict. They happen early in the year where it is hard to tell which December films SAG has seen and hasn’t seen. For example “Django Unchained” got nothing last year, because not one had seen it yet. Even though it had a very strong acting ensemble.

This year “The Wolf of Wall Street” has reportedly screened for the nominating committee, but what about the members? It is likely “The Wolf of Wall Street” won’t go anywhere here, but I’m going to take that road and say that it will get some attention (But I won’t completely fall for it here).

So here are my final locked-in predictions for SAG (with my runner-up choices):

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Emmys: “Best Comedy Actor” Predictions

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Louis C.K., Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
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Film: Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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(Aug 16 2013; The Weinstein Company)

Summary: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best Supporting ActressBest Costume Design,

Runner Up: Best ActorBest Supporting Actor, Best Adapted ScreenplayBest Makeup and Hairstyling

Long Shots: Best Director, Best CinematographyBest Film Editing, Best Original ScoreBest Production Design

IMDB

Status: After a bizarre title controversy and a sugar-coated trailer it was hard to see “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” as an awards contender. But after the mostly-positive reviews, the strong box-office, and backing from The Weinstein Company it is hard not to see some strong award potential.

MetaCritic: 66

The Players

Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Danny Strong, Wil Haygood
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marsden
Cinematographer: Andrew Dunn
Production Designer: Tim Galvin
Editor: Joe Klotz
Original Music: Rodrigo Leao