There is more Berlin casting news to report this evening. A package has been set up with Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Robin Williams attached to lead. The film is called A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle and it will come complements of Community director Tristram Shapeero and a script by Wreck-It Ralph’s Phil Johnston.
The story for Friggin’ Christmas revolves around McHale’s character Boyd Mitchler and his wife (Lauren Graham) as they spend the holidays with Boyd’s father who will be played by Robin Williams. Other family members will help fill things out, but for now we focus on the trio cast to lead. As for the plot, that has Boyd taking a road trip with his younger brother and father to get his son’s gifts before sunrise after leaving them all at home.
This project seems like a win already as Shapeero also has credits on Parks & Recreation as well as the HBO series Veep. Neither of these stars have really hit it big on the silver screen in the past (including Williams who is going back to television,) so the idea of having an ensemble like this could mutually benefit all of those involved. McHale probably has the least to gain from sharing screen time though in that he did knock it out of the ballpark playing a supporting role in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted just last summer.
In the continuation of a story picked up on in August, CBS has finally greenlit the pilot for David E. Kelly’s Robin Williams comedy that has the stand-up performer returning to the medium that made him famous. The show now has a title (Crazy Ones) and is still about a father-daughter relationship while they work in the advertising biz. This is a single-camera comedy (no laugh track,) and will signal a departure for The Eye should the network order it to series.
The actor is coming off a Snickers commercial that ran before the Super Bowl, a cameo on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the filming of The Big Weddingwhich he supports alongside Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton. Williams has not been around a whole lot lately, so this is the perfect opportunity to get him back on his feet after being relatively absent for such a big name.
This was on television last night, and I thought it might be worth passing along. Robin Williams is in the latest Snickers commercial! This may (and probably will) air during or around the Super Bowl, but it is already playing on small screens nationwide. This is just the latest installment in a successful string of similar-branded “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” ads from the Mars candy company. Previous stars of these spots include Betty White, Roseanne Barr, Richard Lewis, and Joe Pesci. Continue Reading
Most people suspected Robin Williams was done with television sitcoms considering he spent his early years on the ABC series Mork & Mindy roughly thirty years ago. Since that time, the stand-up comic has done a number of things, but for the most part he has stayed relegated to feature films until now.
Today’s news is that Williams is set to star in a single-camera workplace sitcom being shopped around by Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley. The show would have the actor playing a brilliant ad executive working alongside his daughter–sort of a new age Mad Men sort of thing. In a way wasn’t Peggy Olson Don Draper’s daughter? Okay, let’s not to get sidetracked here from this exciting development. Continue Reading
The first theatrical trailer has arrived for the Justin Zackhman-directed comedy The Big Wedding. This film is about a long-divorced couple played by Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton who pretend to still be married for the sake of a family wedding. Its trailer pretty much hammers out the details beyond that, so take a look to get a sense of what we are really looking at here.
The supporting cast is pretty hefty with Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams. Williams will be playing Father Monaghan which should seem very familiar as he pretty much shot the exact same scenes for License to Wed, but it in all fairness that film had the actor playing a Reverend. Continue Reading
Robin Williams was on David Letterman today where he shared his two cents on the Secret Service prostitution scandal that has captured the attention of the nation. The actor and talk show host both seem to agree that negotiating after the fact is tacky.
The trailer for this year’s Oscars was warmly received, so perhaps a behind-the-scenes look at the Funny or Die production is in order. It is not your typical inside access video with interviews, but rather highlights some B-roll footage. Continue Reading
Check out this trailer for 2012′s Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal. It is already remarkably better then the promotional effort that went down for James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s show last year which really foreshadowed the overall awful nature of the award ceremony’s 2011 telecast. Celebrities in the trailer include Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, and Megan Fox.
Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda, so what better way to exploit the coincidence than using their relationship to promote Nintendo’s upcoming 3D portable re-release of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Continue Reading