Let Freedom Tower Ring
Today is the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in NYC, the US Pentagon in Washington DC as well as American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93. Although we are more than a decade removed from that terrible day, I feel that it is still very important to remember the lives lost all those years ago. On every other day of the year, I like to have fun with pop culture and entertainment but on this day, on September 11, I choose to put aside the frivolity and pause in order to remember. As I do each year, I ask that you will take the time that you would normally spend reading our daily blogposts and take the time to read the painfully long list of names listed below. For some of you younger readers, 9/11 may not be a very serious memory at all but it is a day that we must Never Forget. President Obama reminded us in his speech to the country last night that the world is still threatened by extremist terrorists. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Today is also my mother’s birthday and, as circumstances worked out, I am very lucky to be able to spend the day with her celebrating her birthday. I will remember the events that took place 13 years ago today, I will remember the people that we lost … and I will also celebrate another year that I get to spend with my mother. More »
'you meet someone... and they don't even know that they impacted your life'
Over the past couple of weeks, many celebrities have come forward and shared these amazing stories about experiences they had with Robin Williams. Norm Macdonald tweeted out a great story, and Questlove, and countless others have shared their versions of ‘That one time Robin Williams kinda changed my life.’ Now, new-mom-to-be Mila Kunis is coming forward with hers. I like what she had to say, because it shows how seemingly small words can really stick with you, depending on who’s saying them. Click inside for more.
The two were longtime friends
This Monday the Emmy Awards will air on NBC, and I expect it to be a good show that will have its somber moments. There has been some speculation as to how the Robin Williams tribute might be handled, and it sounds like they have something interesting in the works. From the moment we learned of his death, there has been an outpouring from the entertainment world—I can’t really say I’ve seen anything like it before. Billy Crystal, a longtime friend of the late comedian, will lead the tribute, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what he has to say about Williams as a friend and collaborator. Click inside for more.
In honor of one of the Greatest Entertainers of all Time
The cast of the new Broadway musical Aladdin paid homage to the late Robin Williams this week with a special, one-time-only audience sing-a-long performance of Friend Like Me, a song that Williams recorded first for the Disney animated feature film Aladdin. As you can see in the embed above, Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart (who won his award for playing the Genie in the Broadway version of Aladdin) led the cast, crew and audience in a special rendition of Friend Like Me after their performance Tuesday night. This homage was really lovely, I think. Please enjoy.
"Ladies with an attitude, Fellas that were in the mood"
The sad death of Lauren Bacall yesterday brought to mind an interesting fact that was first noticed by my friend David Russell, who is a HUGE Madonna fan. Lauren Bacall was the last living legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood that was name-checked in Madonna‘s 1990 song Vogue. As you should be well aware, Madonna pays homage to 16 Hollywood legends in the lyrics to Vogue and now that Lauren Bacall is gone, all of those icons are truly memorialized in song. More »
"My family has always been private about our time spent together"
Yesterday we read a very sweet tribute message that Zelda Rae shared on Twitter in memory of the death of her father Robin Williams the day before. Since then, Zelda and her brothers Zak and Cody released longer personal statements in the wake of their father’s death. In response to Zelda‘s tribute, Frances Bean Cobain (the only child of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain) shared a message of support for her on Twitter as well. But, very unfortunately, these personal statements opened up Zelda to horrible abuse by people who inundated her with tasteless jokes about her father’s death. As a result, Zelda has decided to quit social media “for a good long time” altogether. Sigh. The letters shared by Robin Williams‘s children, tho, are exceedingly poignant and worth reading in full below. More »
"My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams"
Memorials and tributes to the late Robin Williams have flooded the media since the sad news of his death was reported yesterday, among them is a loving tribute by one of Robin‘s most recent co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar. As you may recall, we first learned that SMG and Robin would be starring together in a new CBS series titled The Crazy Ones in February of 2013. In April of 2013, we got our first look at the pair on the set of their new TV series. Altho the show was cancelled after one season, SMG has very fond and loving memories of working with Robin over the past year. On Twitter, she shared a collage of fun photos that she took with Robin. In an official statement, SMG shares with the world what Robin Williams meant to her and her family. More »
"I'll try to keep looking up"
Yesterday we learned the tragically sad news that actor Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63 in a reported suicide … news that has left the world reeling. Friends and fans have been mourning Robin‘s death as soon as the news was announced with tributes and memorials coming from every place imaginable. Shortly after news of her father’s death was announced, Williams‘s daughter Zelda Rae shared a loving memorial tribute to her late father on her official Twitter profile. It’s a tribute that she wanted to share with the world so I am sharing it with you below. More »
Meet Bubba Sue
Everyone knows that Miley Cyrus is an animal lover and is fond of adopting new pets into her family … so it should come as no big surprise at all to learn that Miley went and adopted a baby pig over the weekend. Miley is currently on tour so that means her new beloved pet pig is on tour with her. Click thru the gallery to meet Bubba Sue, the newest member of the Cyrus family. I threw in a couple photos of Miley paying homage to the single cover art of Nicki Minaj‘s new single Anaconda because, well, why not. It’s Miley‘s world, we’re just living in it.
An actual theatrical film!
Earlier this month we learned that Alexandra Shipp won the role of Aaliyah in the planned upcoming made-for-TV biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B being produced by Lifetime. Many folks, including members of Aaliyah‘s family, are not happy that the life story of the late pop star has been relegated to a mere TV movie. Today, we learn that there is reported good news for those disgruntled people. A theatrical film based on the life of Aaliyah is also reportedly in the works, allegedly scheduled for release late next year. Actress B. Simone has been cast in this second movie as Aaliyah. Click below to learn more. More »
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