Tag: robin williams


Opinion: Released, rumored sequels up against their own hype

December 1, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Disney to thaw ‘Frozen’ sequel? In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Idina Menzel (the voice of Elsa) spilled some seriously spicy beans when she hinted that a “Frozen” sequel might be “in the works.” The statement quickly attracted attention, generating more than a few headlines and a slew of social media posts. And then she backpedaled. “I just assume because it’s so successful, that that’s what they’re up to,” she amended. At first, I believed her. These things happen all the time: stars go unbriefed by producers,… Read more

Robin Williams’ death opens public discussion on suicide

September 4, 2014
On Aug. 11, the news of Robin Williams’ death spread swiftly throughout social media and various news outlets. As more information was gathered surrounding the actor and comedian’s death, the seemingly familiar conversation about mental health and depression became mainstream on many fronts. And some journalists, bloggers and socialites began to try and answer the sometimes tough question that follow such occasions, the question of “Why?” “The one thing that I have a problem with, if you take a close look at how the media reported on his death, it was simplified,” said Amelia Aldao, a psychology assistant professor at Ohio State. “Everyone wanted a reason, whether it was his… Read more

Opinion: Emmys provide moments of amusement despite tedious length

August 26, 2014
The 66th annual Emmy Awards show Monday night was long — very long. But although it was long, there were some funny moments and some cringe-worthy bits I thought were plain weird. Unlike actress Sarah Silverman, who told “E! News” host Giuliana Rancic that she brought liquid marijuana to the event, I didn’t have anything to ease the pain of watching the award show. Luckily, host Seth Meyers made some of the dreadful moments easier to watch with his sense of humor. Here are my thoughts from television’s so-called big night. The real star of the night Pretty boy and HBO’s “True Detective” star Matthew McConaughey did his thing Monday… Read more

Opinion: MTV’s 2014 Video Music Awards make it all about the music again

August 25, 2014
What comes to mind when you think of MTV’s Video Music Awards? Is it the Britney and Madonna kiss? Kanye’s mic grab? Beyonce’s baby bump? Or Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s twerk-gate? After Sunday night’s annual music video celebration, there might be a cleaner image in your head. It was clear that MTV was striving to stray away from being the sexually charged program that has upset many parents over the past few years. But it would not be the VMAs without a little controversy to discuss at the water cooler the next few days. This controversy came in the form of rapper Nicki Minaj. The show opened with pop… Read more

Opinion: Robin Williams a decorated actor, celebrated funnyman

August 13, 2014
Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif. home early this evening. He was 63 years old. His death is speculated to be self-inflicted. Williams was born in Chicago in 1951 and rose to fame as Mork in the television series “Mork and Mindy.” He would go on to star in such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar. He also appeared on Broadway and was a celebrated stand-up comedian. Williams had well-documented struggles with drugs and alcohol throughout his life. He fought cocaine addiction in the ’70s and ’80s, and in 2006, he… Read more

Opinion: Necessity of a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ sequel doubtful

April 17, 2014
As if Hollywood couldn’t shell out anymore sequels from the past — your favorite Scottish nanny is set to return to the big screen. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the 1993 film starring Robin Williams in the title role, is set for a sequel from “Elf” writer David Berenbaum, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.” Directed by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” director Christopher Columbus, the original film earned more than $400 million worldwide and an Oscar award for best make-up. The dramedy follows the story of Daniel Hillard (Williams), an actor who disguises himself as Mrs. Doubtfire, his female Scottish nanny alter ego, in order to see his children held under custody… Read more