RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left upper desk, first met Robin Williams, right foreground, as an extra on the set of Dead Poet’s Society. DiMaio was later asked to leave after repeated failed attempts to get director Peter Weir to use the phrase “Git-R-Done!” instead of what would become the iconic “Carpe diem.” DiMaio would later trade the phrase to Daniel Lawrence Whitney for a pulled pork sandwich.
Tiburon, CA—Funny man Robin Williams was found dead at his home Monday. He was 63.
He won an Oscar for best supporting actor his dramatic turn in “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Dead Poets Society.”
He also appeared in huge mega-hit films like “Aladdin,” “The Birdcage,” “RECOiL” and “Night at the Museum.”
The former star of “Happy Days” spin-off “Mork & Mindy,” Williams also appeared on the Broadway stage and won two Emmyy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He also teamed up with fellow comics Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg to found Comic Relief to help the nation’s homeless, and went on numerous overseas USO tours.
He is survived by his third wife, Susan, and his three children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody. Continue reading →
Leaked promotional materials from the previously unannounced J.J. Abrams remake of When Harry Met Sally.
Los Angeles—“Lost” co-creator and director of “Star Trek: The Bloated Reboot” J.J. Abrams confirmed yesterday that he will be directing yet another Hollywood remake, this time of the Billy Crystal-Meg Ryan-before-her-lips-exploded romantic classic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally.”
The original, released in 1989, catapulted Meg Ryan into the national consciousness like “Joe Vs. The Volcano” could only have dreamed, and made her into a bankable A-list actress while showing America that Billy Crystal could do more than just a good impression of Sammy Davis, Jr.
The film also starred Carrie “Don’t call me Princess Leia” Fischer and the late Bruno Kirby as Sally’s and Harry’s best friends, respectively. Continue reading →