In a sort of unforeseen twist of events, Marc Maron breaks his edge and destroys his chance at a successful TV career on Thursday’s season finale of IFC’s Maron. The episode ends abruptly with the notion that he may have just beheaded his integrity in one fell swoop by taking advantage of the fact that he was prescribed oxycontin for his back pain during the production of a fictional TV talk show he was to host. Are we going to see him come back to IFC next summer? We’ll have to wait and see!
Who knew? Amy Schumer — whose comic riffs on casual sex, partying and determined noncommitment suggests a thoroughly jaded core — is actually a hopeless romantic. In a recent interview, Schumer talked about the inspiration for the screenplay for Trainwreck, which she wrote and in which she stars. “That’s who I am. I’m a sweetie pie.… Continue reading →
Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 to giving Quaaludes to at least one woman and getting the drugs to give to other women he wanted to have sex with, according to a report by The Associated Press. Cosby’s admissions were part of a 2005 lawsuit. An unidentified woman employed by Temple University, where Cosby was on the… Continue reading →
Chris Rock and his wife are divorcing after nearly 20 years together.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday. “Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties. (Read More)
The loss of good friend Robin Williams was the most recent in a series of hardships in comedian Billy Connolly’s long career. As a boy, Connolly’s father had sexually abused him after his return from World War II, Over the years Connolly has been hit with serious health issues such as pneumonia, gallstones, acid reflux, and was recently diagnosed with deafness, prostate cancer and, like Williams, Parkinson’s disease. Connolly doesn’t enjoy talking about the disease as it’s not what he wants to be known for, but for his old pal Robin he made an exception.
After giving Williams a tip about how to handle Parkinson’s related problems with facial expression, Connolly says he received a phone call from the late Mrs. Doubtfire actor:
“He phoned me a week later, just days before it happened, and he said ‘it’s brilliant it’s working’.
“During the call he kept telling me he loved me. I said ‘I know’. But he kept repeating it saying ‘do you really know I love you’. I was thinking what the f*** is he on about.?
“After his death I thought ‘oh my God he was saying goodbye’.”
While there is still speculation about why Robin Williams committed suicide, the phone call Connolly speaks of seems to show an obvious attempt at saying goodbye to a longtime friend in the entertainment industry and close pal in whom he confided. And it’s no wonder why — Connolly, after finding out he had cancer, kept it a secret from the entire set during his filming of a new movie where he portrays a grandfather with cancer.
While it may have been big news for certain social circles, the death of 39-season show announcer Don Pardo managed to escape the newscasts of big media. Nevertheless, it wasn’t the most glamorous job, nor the most taxing. Only a few nights a month for half the year, Saturday Night Live’s announcer had what most people in show business would call the easiest job in the world. That’s why it’s probably best to give it to someone who has a lot more on his mind than the show itself.
Darrell Hammond hasn’t had the most prolific career since his SNL tenure. A Scary Movie here, an Epic Movie there, an entrapment case in the Bahamas and a whole lot of self-hatred, Hammond’s abusive childhood and bipolar-infused, self-described cutting habits have no doubt left a stain on his ability to get a solid job. It’s certainly not due to his acting ability, we all know that. This is a guy who convincingly pulled off such impersonations as Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery, after all, but it’s no surprise that the former Saturday Night Live actor probably needs a simple job to pay his mental health bills.
After an autistic student in Bay Village, Ohio fell victim to an ALS challenge prank by being splashed with a bucket of urine and cigarette butts instead of ice, The Price Is Right host, comedian Drew Carey, has offered $10,000 to help the investigation into discovering the perpetrators of this classic example of bullying. Talk show veteran Montel Williams has also followed suit and matched the $10k while bringing the issue to the attention of his Facebook followers:
According to authorities, the beloved and accomplished comedian/actor Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with his belt last night, August 11th 2014 in Tiburon, CA. They also reported his wrists showing signs of “superficial cuts”, though it’s difficult to hear such terminology about someone who clearly was so deeply pained by depression for years. While it was the William’s personal assistant who found his body, it was his wife Susan Schneider who spoke out first who, in a statement, declared
“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. [We] hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
It’s hard to imagine being depressed after winning Golden Globes, an Academy Award for Good Will Hunting (a staple American coming of age film), being a multi-millionaire and being loved by the world for the entire duration of your career, but most people with depression say that depression really isn’t a choice. Substance abuse seems to be the biggest culprit in this year’s latest celebrity passing. While Philip Seymour Hoffman apparently overdosed, it’s looking like the weight of continued drug and alcohol rehabilitation after yet another binge and subsequent bout of depression just became too much for Robin Williams.
The celebrities Williams left behind are all weighing in on the tragedy. Chevy Chase said,
“I cannot believe this. I am overwhelmed with grief. What a wonderful man/boy and what a tremendous talent in the most important art of any time – comedy! I loved him.”
while other artists such as Danny DeVito, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Nathan Lane, Meryl Streep, Barack Obama, Richard Lewis, Sally Field, Forest Whitaker, and so many others have all expressed heartbreak. Actor/comedian Russell Brand mentioned something poignant in the guardian today,
“Robin Williams could have tapped anyone in the western world on the shoulder and told them he felt down and they would have told him not to worry, that he was great, that they loved him. He must have known that. He must have known his wife and kids loved him, that his mates all thought he was great, that millions of strangers the world over held him in their hearts, a hilarious stranger that we could rely on to anarchically interrupt, the all-encompassing sadness of the world. Today Robin Williams is part of the sad narrative that we used to turn to him to disrupt.”
On his facebook page, Ben Affleck shared his grief with some words on kindred spirits,
Heartbroken. Thanks chief – for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true.
What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything.