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Pop Culture Bites: August 15, 2014

The arts and entertainment world continues to pay tribute to Robin Williams after his death earlier this week, while American networks eye new television musicals and Downton Abbey makes an embarrassing blunder.

Terry Gilliam remembers Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ performance in the 1991 comedy-drama The Fisher King (pictured above) was one of his greatest. Director Terry Gilliam revealed, in an interview with Vulturea little bit about Williams’ craft and the passion and intensity with which he approached his performances. Essential reading.

Something’s not quite right in this Downton Abbey pic…

Many viewers have given up on Downton Abbey after the quality noticeably slipped in the last season, but does a hilarious gaffe in a new publicity shot released to Facebook and the show’s website suggest the producers have given up as well? Who’s left that on the mantle?


Broadway’s Aladdin cast pays tribute to Robin Williams

One of the biggest hits currently on Broadway is a stage version of Disney’s Aladdin, which famously featured Robin Williams as the voice of the Genie. Earlier this week, James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie on-stage paid tribute to Williams, by asking the audience to sing along to his iconic song Friend Like Me.

Johnny Depp’s spy comedy trailer revealed

Any trailer that starts with the iconic Hey Big Spender riff is bound to get the blood pumping. In the film, which opens early next year, Johnny Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, a character created by novelist Kyril Bonfiglioli.

More musicals headed to TV

It all started with Glee and continued with the short-lived and much maligned Smash, and it seems TV networks aren’t giving up on the idea of television musicals. NBC is currently developing a 10-hour musical mini-series based on Robin Hood, as well as a project called The 1970s, which will feature contemporary artists performing classic hits. At the same time, Fox is currently developing a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. Read more about the projects here.


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