Oscar Winning Alien/Psychologist Genie Robin Williams Dead At 63

Oh Captain! My Captain!

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

Hollywood Stars Sign Petition Calling For Immediate Release Of Reese Witherspoon

Free Witherspoon

The “Free Witherspoon” movement has even attracted international supporters.

AtlantaAcademy Award-winning actress Reese “Do you know who I am?” Witherspoon was arrested last weekend and charged with disorderly conduct after her husband was pulled over and eventually arrested and charged with DUI.

And it didn’t take long for Hollywood to come out in support of the star. Scores of cinema luminaries including Woody Allen, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese signed a petition that called for Reese to be freed immediately.

Luc Besson, the director of “Léon,” however, refused to sign the Hollywood petition, saying that no one should be above the law. Continue reading