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Robin Williams’ Celebrity Struggles: A Discussion with Dave Itzkoff by Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast (ep. 31) New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to consider issues raised by Dave's 2018 biography Robin: How do we make sense of our strange relation to celebrities, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with their asymmetric relationship to the world? While Robin Williams tried, in gratitude, to share himself with his ...
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Ray Romano Attracted Plenty of Attention at the 2020 Oscars

The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with upsets, heartwarming moments, and a few big surprises. While some Hollywood types might think that Parasite’s history-making win was the night’s greatest surprise, there was more. For some fans watching at home, that title was the glow up of presenter Ray Romano. Romano, who starred in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar nominated film The Irishman, was at the awards show in case the film won, but also to present the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. His ap...
Tags: Hollywood, Celebrities, Movies, News, Uncategorized, Awards, Jesus, Long Island, Martin Scorsese, Sandra, Romano, Ray Romano, Dave Itzkoff, Eugene Levy, Patricia Heaton, Onetime

Scorsese’s The Irishman in the Context of his Oeuvre–Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #29 Featuring Colin Marshall What distinguishes the highly lauded 2019 film The Irishman within director Martin Scorsese's body of work? Frequent Open Culture contributor Colin Marshall joins Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to talk about what we do and don't connect with in Scorsese's work and how these films qualify as "art films" despite their watchability, not to mention the big budgets and stars. We cover ...
Tags: Google, New York, Podcasts, Film, College, Scorsese, Nicolas Cage, Martin Scorsese, Facebook Twitter, Peter Boyle, Dave Itzkoff, Colin Marshall, Jimmy Hoffa, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt

This Looks Like the Right Guy to Softly Cradle Baby Yoda in His Arms

If there’s anyone in the world who absolutely deserves the privilege of holding Baby Yoda, it’s probably George Lucas. And thanks to The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau, Star Wars fans everywhere are getting to witness the moment that Lucas cradled the Child in his arms. Presented without caption, Favreau took to Twitter on Thursday night to share a behind-the-scenes photo of the Star Wars creator clutching Baby Yoda that has since been liked nearly 500,000 times and retweeted nearly 93,...
Tags: Star Wars, TV, Television, News, Uncategorized, Darth Vader, Jon Favreau, George Lucas, Lucas, George, Jim, Favreau, Chris Taylor, Dave Itzkoff, Joonas Suotamo, Onetime

Issa Rae Saying ‘Congratulations to Those Men’ Sums Up Plenty of Feelings About the All-Male Best Director Oscar Nominations

Women were once again shut out of the Best Director category during the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards — and Issa Rae, who presented the list of nominees on Monday morning, appeared to make her feelings known about the snub. “Congratulations to those men,” the Insecure actor said in an apparent sarcastic tone after reading out the Best Director nominations. The 2020 nominees were Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Uncategorized, Awards, Greta Gerwig, Martin Scorsese, Dave Itzkoff, Issa Rae, Bong Joon Ho, Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Lorene Scafaria, Onetime, Lulu Wang, Laurie Ochoa, Clickmonsters, Todd Phillips Joker Sam Mendes

Trump to Turkey's Erdogan: 'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool.'

Donald Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, on the occasion of his slaughtering of Kurds and Syria power-grab with Russia: “Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool.” Here's a scan of the White House letter first tweeted by Fox Business Channel's Trish Regan. “Let's work out a good deal!” “Don't let the world down.” “Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!” “I will call you later.” This is real. Basically he stuck some tweets on White House letterhead. ... "let's work...
Tags: Post, News, White House, Russia, US, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Don, David Mack, Ben Jacobs, Chris Hayes, Tammy Wynette

Nobody Remembered What Mueller Sounds Like So We All Just Guessed

How has nobody wondered about this until now By this point, everyone’s familiar with Robert Mueller. As the head of the Russia investigation, his name has been all over television, social media, late night talk shows, and he’s even been portrayed on SNL. Even though he’s been in the news and the topic of conversation fairly consistently, when it was announced that he was going to make a statement about the Russia probe it was a pretty big deal — because we haven’t actually heard from Muell...
Tags: Russia, Fbi, Humor, Ryan Reynolds, Trump, Don, Ed O Keefe, Mueller, Dave Itzkoff, Robert Mueller, Kushner, Gilbert Gottfried, Lucy Prebble, Muppet Babies, PeeWee Herman, Clare Malone

This Was Probably Not The Reaction Bill De Blasio Was Hoping For

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to join the dozens running in the Democratic primary was met with a solid wall of negative reaction. From derision to irritation to outright laughter, reactions from the Twitter-verse display the extent to which no one was clamoring for a President Bill de Blasio. One person, upon hearing that NYC Mayor De Blasio is officially running for president, asked @watchsavannah “Is that a joke?” and then started hysterically laughing.
Tags: New York Post, New York, News, New York City, Bill De Blasio, Jonathan Capehart, Mayor, Msnbc, De Blasio, Adam Steinbaugh, Jesse Eisinger, Dave Itzkoff, 2020 Elections, Democratic presidential primary, Kate Riga

'Snitty' is Twitter's word of the day after Bill Barr's Senate testimony

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee he found Robert Mueller's March letter critiquing Barr's Russia memo "a bit snitty." Snitty!"I think it was probably written by one of his staff people," Barr said.In the letter, which was tweeted out shortly before Barr's hearing began, Mueller's team revealed their concern that Barr's memo on the Russia investigation did not adequately represent the "context, nature, and substance" of his team&#...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, Russia, Disney, Bernie Sanders, Matt Fuller, Senate Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Barr, Abigail Disney, Dave Itzkoff, Robert Mueller, William Barr, Bill Barr, Michael Del Moro

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Early Reactions Bring the Hype for the End of the Infinity Saga

Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere tonight, and you know what that means: vague early reactions! The official review embargo for the Marvel extravaganza lifts tomorrow, but in the meantime, these Endgame early reactions should be enough to whet your whistle. Does the conclusion to the Infinity Saga live up to the hype? Was the audience at the premiere left in awe? Did anyone shed a tear or two to say goodbye to some fan-favorite characters? Find out for yourself below! It’s very rare t...
Tags: Movies, Sequels, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Mark Ruffalo, Bruce Banner, Kevin McCarthy, Tony Stark, Russo, MCU, Dave Itzkoff, Erik Davis, Russ Fischer, Comic Book/Superhero, Pepper Potts, Silas Lesnick

First Avengers: Endgame Reactions From West Coast Premiere!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW First Avengers: Endgame reactions from west coast premiere! The Avengers: Endgame world premiere took place in Los Angeles tonight, and the first SPOILER FREE reactions from those in attendance have hit the web. Check out the very first Endgame reactions below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { ...
Tags: Movies, Los Angeles, Mark Hughes, Harry Potter, Josh Brolin, Thanos, Avengers, Natalie Portman, Marvel Studios, Hawkeye, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Feige, Tony Stark, Germain Lussier, MCU, Dave Itzkoff

Mueller’s Report Was Just Released And The Memes Are [Redacted]

Yo have you guys heard the new album Harm to Ongoing Matter?? Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report which has taken 22 months to complete and is arguably the most significant and highly anticipated thing to happen regarding Trump’s presidency, because y’know, collusion and obstruction of justice are like, kind of important, was released earlier today. The report is over 400 pages long, which sounds like a lot, but don’t worry — good ol’ William Barr redacted a shit ton of it, so as of n...
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High School Kids Stage Alien: The Play, Get Kudos from Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver

High school drama departments tend to work from a pretty standardized repertoire, which makes sense given the strict limitations they work under: short time frames, school-sized budgets, teenage actors. The elaborate, Hollywood film-like productions staged by Max Fischer in Wes Anderson's Rushmore speak to frustrated high-school theater directors and their fantasies about what they could put on stage with a bit more in the way of resources. But just this month, a real high-school drama c...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Theatre, New York Times, New Jersey, Wes Anderson, Sigourney Weaver, Ridley Scott, Seoul, David Lynch, Jones, Scott, Facebook Twitter, North Bergen, Thornton Wilder

The Best Reactions To The Fyre Fest Documentaries

This story is a WHOLE MESS Since being exposed as the giant clusterfuck of a scam that it was almost immediately after the first attendees arrived on site, anyone with access to the internet or the news has been obsessed with Fyre Fest. The multi-million dollar festival set to take place in the Bahamas sold tickets and packages worth up to $250,000, and was supposed to be the ultimate rich kid party experience - but we all know how that turned out. And thanks to the documentaries from Ne...
Tags: Microsoft, Netflix, Humor, Hulu, Bahamas, Katie, Joon Lee, Dave Itzkoff, Jon Bois, Chase Mitchell, Kelci Grammar, Netflix Fyre Fest

Giuliani Gets Mad At Twitter, Doesn’t Seem To Understand How It Works

Rudy Giuliani is ticked off at Twitter. Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE — Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 5, 2018 President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer on Tuesday tweeted that the social media platform “allowed someone to invade my text wit...
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The 13 Best Memes About Voting in 2016 vs. Voting in 2018

It’s been a long, long two years. 1. We’ve all had to get a bit more intense. Me voting in 2016 vs. me voting in 2018— Heather E. Reads (@heatheryreads) It’s inconceivable not to be voting today. 2. What is time, even? Me voting in 2016 vs Me voting in 2018— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 5, 2018 I’m pretty sure last week took like, four months. 3. The claws are coming out. Me voting in 2016 vs...
Tags: France, Humor, Funny Or Die, Heather, Jessica Valenti, Josh Gondelman, Jim Halpert, Dave Itzkoff, Jess Dweck, Mikel Jollett, Jackson Maine, Jennifer Reitman, Brian Scully, Whitney Friedlander

When Robin Williams Opened Himself, And His 3-Year-Old Son, Up On The Met Opera Stage

“But then, in the waning moments of the show, Robin conjures up an exchange between himself and Zak that is essentially un-invent-able: It’s funny, but also achingly sincere and unexpectedly poignant. It’s a rare expression of openness from a performer who was more comfortable with his audience at arm’s length.” In this interactive feature, Dave Itzkoff breaks down his favorite bit from Williams’s now-famous 1986 “A Night at the Met.”
Tags: Art, Robin Williams, People, Williams, Robin, Zak, Dave Itzkoff, 08.20.18

What Made Robin Williams a Uniquely Expressive Actor: A Video Essay Explores a Subtle Dimension of His Comic Genius

"He had admirers but no imitators," writes Dave Itzkoff in Robin, his new biography of Robin Williams. "No one combined the precise set of talents he had in the same alchemical proportions." Though Itzkoff's book has received a great deal of acclaim, many fans may still feel that important elements of Williams' particular genius remain less than fully understood. Scholars of comedy will surely continue to scrutinize the beloved comic's persona for decades to come, just as they have over ...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Film, College, Robin Williams, Williams, Terry Gilliam, Seoul, Robin, Barry Levinson, Facebook Twitter, Gus Van Sant, Tony Zhou, Zhou, Dave Itzkoff, Peter Weir

JK Rowling can't stop laughing after Trump boasts about his writing abilities

Regardless of your views on President Trump, we should all be able to agree that the man is not a great writer. His speaking and reading skills are also debatable. But let's stick to the writing bit today. Trump's grasp on grammar is so bad, we published a list just this week compiling the highlights from his presidential typos.  SEE ALSO: After Annapolis newsroom shooting, focus turns to Trump's media bashing Then, on Tuesday, Trump tweeted this: Image: Donald Trump/TwitterJK Ro...
Tags: News, States, Donald Trump, New York Daily News, Trump, Rick Wilson, J K Rowling, Merriam Webster, Annapolis, Dave Itzkoff, Jim Acosta, John Aravosis, Merriam Webster Trump, John AdamsJuly

Water Cooler Discussion: What We Did/Watched/Played/Read Over The Memorial Day Weekend

On the May 30, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall , weekend editor Brad Oman , senior writer Ben Pearson , and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what we’ve been watching and what we’ve been up to in an extended but delayed edition of Water Cooler Monday. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Play , Overcast , Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here...
Tags: Movies, Nbc, Africa, Paddington, Ocean, House, Columbus, Delaware, Chris, Robin, Weezer, Peter, Ben, Orlando Florida, Brad, Jacob

Why Donald Trump is the tabloid president

It’s hard to believe that President Donald Trump didn’t personally edit the supermarket tabloids this week. They ignore facts, present opinions as reality, leap to improbable conclusions, and claim to be doing it all first and best – just like a certain occupant of the Oval Office. Trump and the tabloids, entwined in dewy-eyed mutual admiration – the rags insist he is making America great again; he has said they deserve a Pulitzer prize – are a marriage of minds, as this week’s fact-challenged,...
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Robin Williams’ Biographer Tells Sweet Story Of Their Comic Store Visit

"He was like a kid in a candy store," "Robin" author Dave Itzkoff told Jimmy Fallon.
Tags: News, Robin Williams, Robin, Dave Itzkoff

Nonfiction: A Comic Force of Nature: The Life — and Death — of Robin Williams

Dave Itzkoff’s exhaustive biography, “Robin,” explains why a great comedian “had admirers but no imitators.”
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He Felt He Could No Longer Be Funny, Says Robin Williams Biographer

Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' life and death in a new biography. Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia.
Tags: News, Robin Williams, Williams, Lewy, Dave Itzkoff

5 new books you won't miss to miss this week, including a bio of Robin Williams

Dave Itzkoff's new book 'Robin' is a biography of popular comedian and actor Robin Williams. Plus more books on sale May 15 not to miss.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Read Vanity Fair's excerpt of the new Robin Williams biography

The New York Times' culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has a new biography of Robin Williams called Robin. Vanity Fair has an excerpt about the months leading up to his death. It's sad and fascinating. So why did Robin persist in making these films, each one a far cry from the Hollywood features he had once thrived on, and which were lucky to receive even a theatrical release? Why did he continue to fill every free block of time in his schedule with work, whatever work he could find? Yes, he needed ...
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Robin Williams bio revelations: Infidelity, substance abuse, insecurity over Jim Carrey

The new biography "Robin" by Dave Itzkoff includes revelations about the comedian's infidelity, drug use, professional jealousies and final illness.            [Author: Special to USA TODAY]
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Now Recovered From Brain Injury, Tracy Morgan Says He's A Better Man - But He's Still Very Much Tracy Morgan

Dave Itzkoff visits the comedian at his 19-bedroom mansion (complete with multiple aquariums, bowling alley, basketball court, and Rolls-Royces), and accompanies Morgan on a visit back to one of the Brooklyn housing projects where he grew up - and where he and some residents still recognize each other.
Tags: Art, People, Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan, Morgan, Dave Itzkoff, 03.14.18

Taraji P. Henson talked to Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet and the Internet is crying shade

Taraji P. Henson stopped to talk to E!’s Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet for a quick interview and offered a bit of life advice about the universe. In most years, that’d be business as usual, and the advice wouldn’t seem to have an underlying message. But after recent events, Henson’s words seemed to have a more pointed message — at least to the Internet. Why? Recent harassment allegations against Seacrest, which he has vigorously denied, led some to wonder why E! decided to keep Seacrest...
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Ann Coulter Gets ROASTED On Twitter For Her Ridiculous Defense Of Roy Moore!

It isn't unusual for Ann Coulter to spew nonsense on Twitter. However, the internet viciously turned on the conservative pundit after she seemingly tried to defend Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore by bringing up a totally unrelated sex scandal involving John F. Kennedy. We wish we were kidding. Related: The WORST GOP Responses To The Roy Moore Sex Scandal! As we previously reported, the controversial GOP candidate has been accused of sexual misconduct as he allegedly initiated a sexual enc...
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