12 Reasons to Say Good-Bye to Robin Williams

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A lot has been said about Robin Williams since his tragic death on August 11 2014. But when the world loses such an endearing talent, it’s really hard to find the words. This post is an attempt to remember him with a smile on our face. How he died is less important, but what he left behind is priceless. Here are 12 reasons to say good-bye to Robin Williams.

We should all take some time so pay our respects to this great artist because:

1. Because while filming for Schindler’s List, Robin Williams asked Steven Spielberg to tell him jokes. “I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going ‘thank you’”, Williams explained in his Reddit AMA.

2. Because his classmates voted Robin Williams as the Funniest and Least Likely To Succeed in high school.

3. Because his favorite childhood book was “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” which he’d also read to his kids. “Growing up, it was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said “don’t do any voices. Just read it as yourself.” So I did, I just read it straight, and she said ‘that’s better’,” Robin Williams explained.

4. Because John Houseman was the one who initially discovered the talent of Williams while being at Julliard. This was the reason why he told him to focus more on his stand up comedy routines rather than wasting time through acting classes.

5. Because his inspiration for comedy came from watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Williams experimented with comedy himself in San Francisco and Los Angeles, developing a successful stand-up act as a result of Housemen’s advice.

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6. Because he got the part for Monk from Ork because when he was asked to sit at the audition, he sat on his head. Gary Marshall was impressed and picked him for the role saying that he “was the only alien who auditioned.”

7. Because his full name was Robin McLaurin Williams.

8. Because Williams was a keen cyclist and sometimes trained side-by-side with his friend Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner.

9. Because back in 2001, at Inside the Actors’ Studio, Williams was asked what he would like to hear God say when he arrives at the Pearly Gates. He replied: “There’s seating near the front. The concert begins at five. There will be Mozart, Elvis and anyone of your choosing,” said Williams. He added that if heaven exists, it would be nice to know that there is laughter. “That would be a great thing,” he added. “Just to hear God go: ‘Two Jews walk into a bar…”

10. Because Christopher Reeve and Robbie Williams became good friends when they both attended The Juilliard School. Williams recalled the fact that at that time Reeve was “literally feeding me because I don’t think I literally had money for food or my student loan hadn’t come in yet, and he would share his food with me.”

11. Because Genie from Aladdin was mostly improvised. That’s the reason why the Academy Awards rejected the bid for Aladdin in the Best Adapted Screenplay category because so much of Williams’s role ended up being improvised. According to producer and director John Musker, Williams ended up improvising about 70 impressions to be used in the film as well. “Initially they came in and I was just doing the scripted lines and I asked ‘Do you mind if I try something?’ and then 18 hours of recording later, they had the genie. I just started playing, and they said “just go with it, go with it, go with it.” So I improvised the character. I think that in the end, there were something like 40 different voices that I did for that role,” Williams explained in a Reddit AMA.

12. Because speaking of Genie from Aladdin, Williams got angry with Disney for using his voice to sell merchandise for the movie, as “I don’t want to sell stuff It’s the one thing I won’t do,” he told New York Magazine. Disney wanted to make up for the mistake by sending him a Picasso painting that was believed to be worth $1 million, in which the artist imagined himself as Vincent Van Gogh.

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Well there’s so much more to add to this one. I actually think that every one of you has a personal and secret reason for saying good-bye to this wonderful man.

13 Uncommon Facts About Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was considered one of the most charming actresses of all time. With her special, delicate looks and dainty appearance, she was also seen as a big fashion icon. Learn more about her in 13 uncommon facts about Audrey Hepburn.

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1.Audrey Hepburn’s real name was Audrey Kathleen Ruston. Hepburn was actually the name of her great grandmother.

2.She was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929 and lived in German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. She lived through the occupation suffering from malnutrition, was forced to go into hiding and witnessed members of her family shot for being part of the Dutch Resistance.

3.In 1938 Audrey’s father walked out on the family leaving no forwarding address. He settled in England. Audrey would recall her father’s disappearance as “the most traumatic event in my life.”

4.After the Second World War, Hepburn moved to Amsterdam where she enrolled in ballet lessons. After some years, she travelled to London to further pursue her ballet education.

5.Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy. She is one of few actors who won all the 4 major entertainment awards.

6.She turned down the role of playing Anne Frank in both the Broadway and film adaptations of Frank’s life. She turned down the role saying she was “emotionally incapable” of the task.

7.She was not what Truman Capote had pictured for Holly Golightly’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His choice would have been Marylin Monroe. Moreover Elizabeth Taylor should have played in Roman Holiday instead of Hepburn, according to the initial director of the film, Frank Capra.

8.Most of Hepburn’s singing was dubbed in the final movie of My Fair Lady. ?The only songs which have Hepburn’s original voice are one line in “I Could Have Danced All Night”, in the first verse of “Just You Wait”, and in the entirety of its reprise in addition to sing-talking in parts of “The Rain in Spain” in the finished film.

9.According to her biography, she told herself that she would never go over 103 lbs. unless the weight gain was due to pregnancy. She succeeded in maintaining this goal.

10.Her feet were size 10.

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11.Just after winning her Oscar for Roman Holiday, Hepburn accidentally lost her statue, forgetting it in the toilet. It was quickly recovered.

12.One of her favorite actresses was Meryl Streep.

13.In 1988 Audrey Hepburn was named UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. She served in this role until her death in 1993, traveling all over the world promoting the plight of needy children and soliciting help wherever she went. It was for this work that she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1993.

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Famous people on Audrey Hepburn

“Everybody was in love with this girl, I included. My problem was that I am a guy who speaks in his sleep. I toss around and talk and talk … But fortunately, my wife’s first name is Audrey as well.”— Billy Wilder on Audrey Hepburn

“There is no doubt that the princess did become a queen — not only on the screen. One of the most loved, one of the most skilful, one of the most intelligent, one of the most sensitive, charming actresses — and friends, in my life — but also in the later stages of her life, the UNICEF ambassador to the children of the world. The generosity, sensitivity, the nobility of her service to the children of the world and the mothers of the world will never be forgotten.” – Gregory Peck on Audrey Hepburn

“She did the best that we could be; she was perfectly charming and perfectly loving. She was a dream. And she was the kind of dream that you remember when you wake up smiling.” –Richard Dreyfuss on Audrey Hepburn.

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The Real Names That Famous People Didn’t Want You to Know About

If you were incredibly famous the last thing you would want is for the whole world to know that you had a real name you didn’t like or didn’t want to use. In fact, you would do what these smart people did and change the blooming thing as soon as you could.

John Wayne –Marion Robert Morrison

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The strangest thing about John Wayne’s parents isn’t the fact that that called their son Marion. Oh no, it was the fact that they decided to change his name after he was born but left in the stupid Marion bit. He went from Marion Robert Morrison to Marion Mitchell Morrison in the blink of an eye. You can just imagine his parents sitting up at night looking at the little cowboy sleeping like an angel. “There’s something about that name that ain’t right but I just can’t put my darned finger on it. Hell, let’s lose the Robert. That ought to make it better”.

Elton John – Reginald Kenneth Dwight

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I need to start off by apologizing to anyone out there who has a name anything like Elton’s real name. Come on though; it just sucks, doesn’t it? To be fair, his bizarre use of wigs and hats has ensured that you couldn’t take him too seriously even if he was called Big Daddy or John Wayne.

MC Hammer – Stanley Kirk Burrell

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For about 2 days in 1990 I wanted to be MC Hammer and wear pants that had enough room to fit a couple of dozen live chickens in them. Stop! Hammer Time I would have said to everyone while looking astonishingly cool and not at all like a guy who ripping off some other dude’s funky song.

Vanilla Ice – Robert Matthew Van Winkle

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You can’t have Hammer without Ice. Mr Van Winkle sang about ice and he sang about turtles. I liked him.

Big Daddy – Shirley Crabtree

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Unless you led a sad life watching Saturday daytime TV in the UK in the 1970s and 80s you might not have ever heard of Big Daddy. That’s a shame because…actually, I can’t think of any good reason why that would be a shame. He started his life as Shirley Crabtree, which is a name even Johnny Cash would have struggled to sing about. The good news for young Shirley is that he turned into a hulking young man and become a wrestler known to the world as (drum roll please) Blond Adonis Shirley Crabtree. Hang on; wouldn’t changing his name to Big Daddy be a better move?

Stevie Wonder – Steveland Judkins

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I know absolutely no one who is called Steveland. The surname Judkins is also a new one to me, although I have to admit that I have never come across any other members of the Wonder clan over the years either. What does all of this prove? Sweet Fanny Adams, to be honest.

Dido – Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong

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I always thought that Dido was her real name. Now it turns out that she’s got a name that sounds like a gothic church in Ireland that was founded by French monks on acid.

Martin Sheen – Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez

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I genuinely had no idea that Martin’s parents were Spanish and Irish. I also didn’t know that his left arm was 3 inches shorter than his right due to being crushed by the forceps when he was born. That’s the power of Wikipedia, people.

Fred Astaire – Frederick Austerlitz

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Having a surname that sounds like a famous battle won by Napoleon in 1805 that changed the world obviously didn’t appeal to Fred (jeez, this Wikipedia stuff is addictive).

5 Romantic Comedies for the Elitist in You

This one goes out to all the romantic geeks inside of us all. Because there’s a time when a romantic comedy just seems like the perfect plan. And they’re not all goofy and embarrassing. Some of them are actually incredibly inspiring, giving and endearing. But I won’t offend the movie critic in you. This list is for the ones with a really high-end, I promise: 5 romantic comedies for the elitist in you.

# 5.The Graduate

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This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future. This is the motto for this incredible 1967 movie starring young and charming Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. This movie is a biting satire-comedy about a shy and clumsy, East Coast college graduate who finds himself alienated and adrift in the shifting, social and sexual mores of the 1960s, while also questioning the values of society he was brought up in. One of the characters of this movie is the famous Mrs. Robinson, while the soundtrack, by Simon and Garfunkel, features the famous song, especially written for this film. Now we know who the famous Mrs. Robinson really is. You should check her out. She’s incredible.

# 4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 short novel, the 1961 film is the story of a woman on her own making her way in the big city. Capote reportedly didn’t like Hepburn at all for the main character of his story, Holly Golightly. Nevertheless this is one of the parts Audrey Hepburn has become iconic for. The movie is funnier than the book, therefore succeeding in making the serious problems seem even more serious and touching. It’s a bit quirky, but definitely worth seeing. The characters will simply mesmerize you. Here’s a great Holly Golightly tip for all the ladies out there: “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.”

# 3. Harold and Maude

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Well this is something you haven’t seen before, that’s for sure. It’s the story of a rich young boy obsessed with death, who spends his days going to strangers’ funerals. But one day he meets 79-year old Maude, with whom he shares the same strange passion. Together, they begin a bizarre yet strangely awesome relationship. However both characters, strange as they may seem, make complete sense within their worlds, and it’s incredible to watch them find and accept each other for exactly who they are.

# 2. Annie Hall

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No matter how charming Woody Allen’s movies usually are, this one is definitely number 1, against all odds. It defies classical cinema conventions, for example the camera is not the quiet witness no one ever looks at. It’s a retrospective journey in the love affair between neurotic comedian Alvy Singer and singer Annie Hall, his last great love. The film is just filed with witty conversations, and Diane Keaton is absolutely gorgeous with her androgynous clothes and hipster attitude. Annie Hall is more of a general commentary on love. Despite love and good intentions, some relationships just can’t work.

# 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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This Michel Gondry–Charlie Kaufman romantic-sci-fi stands on the belief that painful memories of lost loves can be scientifically erased; the genius twist is that this must happen backwards, from the latest memories to most distant. Jim Carey is incredible in this movie as he detaches from the lost-and-gone-forever Clementine, played by Kate Winslet, and no one would ever hesitate taking him seriously after seeing this. Some say that Alexander Pope inspired Kaufman when writing this film. Well we don’t really know that, we can only assume, but here’s what Pope had to say about this same matter tackled in the movie: “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!/ The world forgetting, by the world forgot./ Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!/ Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.

In other words, if you watch these movies you’ll have a lot to gain, as they are really cult romantic stories of their times. They have nothing to do with ease, stupid humor and shallowness.

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Like Keira Knightley

5 Reasons why we don’t Like Keira Knightley

This is more like a response to the previous 5 Reasons Why We Love Zooey Deschanel movie post, which was just too adorable. Well it’s time for some amusing negativity now, revolving around one of Hollywood’s most debated actresses. Here are 5 reasons why we don’t like Keira Knightley and could never like her unless she decides upon a totally new approach. What kind of approach? Beats me.

1.   She is not convincing

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Well it goes without saying that her acting skills need a little more practice. However she seems to get all the great parts and therefore earn millions and she even gets nominated for Oscars for being completely wooden! How come? And you can see she’s trying, but doing it all wrong, all the time. There are hundreds of young talented actresses out there. What are they afraid of when picking Keira Knightley for the 80th time? Don’t they know she will be the same? She always is, despite the character.

2.   She seems infatuated

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I’m sorry t admit this, but she just has the most annoying accent. She should do something about it, and be able to hide it once in a while. This would definitely bring a pale of fresh air to her next role. I mean for Pirates of the Caribbean it worked perfectly, but come on now; she clings to it even when she has to play a down-and-out street girl like the one in Bend it Like Beckham. It’s like a constant Look at me, I’m so delicate message delivered all the time, 24/7.

3.   She has a chin problem

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This is actually a highly discussed subject. This thing she does with the lower part of her face: she loves to jut out her chin whenever she has to express frustration or strength, or hard decisions in the face of a whatever overwhelming experience her character is going through. Well, all these “things” are called emotions, and an actor is supposed to actually recreate them inside of him. The jaw will eventually come out on its own, supposing it will feel compelled to do it

4.   She is pouting all the time

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This pout thing is a secret weapon belonging to a lot of young girls looking for approval. They do seem more interesting, more involved and giving while doing this silly thing with their lips. The pouting however is more used than the chin thing. Well she’d use it on just any occasion she has something to express. The chin is for the hard scenes, while the pout is for the lighter ones.

5.   She is not a real actress

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Well is high time she took up some acting courses, don’t you agree? Despite her parents being actors, Keira just seems to have skipped all acting courses she ever came across. She needs to learn how to be real, and convincing and how to really act out a situation. Everybody knows she’s not a professional actress, but with all her success she ought to improve her skills, at least for the sake of the public.

Nevertheless hopefully success didn’t go to her head completely. We’re certain that she is a perfectly decent young lady, and she is aware of all the comments people are making about her. Her being down to Earth was proved in this statement: “I completely agreed on every level,” said Knightley. “I didn’t go to drama school, so I didn’t get the training. It was difficult to get over that: ‘What am I doing? I’m pretending that I can do this and everybody’s telling me I can’t.’”  Please take up some acting lessons, Keira!