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Legendary Filmmaker and Producer Garry Marshall Has Died
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Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, who brought some of the most remembered and successful sitcoms of the 1970s to American television and directed some notable films such as Pretty Woman, died on Tuesday in Burbank, CA, of complications from pneumonia following a stroke, according to Variety. He was 81.

Marshall’s programs, which pretty much dominated ABC-TV for the entire decade of the 1970s, consisted of The Odd Couple and Happy Days and its spinoffs, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy. With each of them came a kind of innocuous hilarity that had healthy doses of mild slapstick, easily resolved narratives, and always an emphasis on a slight surreal aspect of fun. Unlike say the socially conscious programs of the time that were being churned out by the stable of TV pioneer Norman Lear (like All in the Family and Maude), Marshall’s sitcoms, although they were rather perfunctory and innocuous by way of social redemption or awareness, held almost equal footing in terms of ratings success. And indeed, like many of the characters on Lear’s programs (Archie Bunker, Maude, Fred Sanford), Garry Marshall also helped create and was instrumental in bringing characters that were and have remained almost as iconic, such as The Fonz, Mork from Ork, Laverne, and Shirley.

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Disney In Depth: Revisiting Even More Favorite Columns
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Last year, I shared with you readers some of my favorite editions of Disney In Depth over the course of the past several years. But those selections only scratched the surface. I take pride in each piece I write, though some, of course, especially excite me. Let’s revisit some more editions that take us from Disney-related destinations across the country, to areas within our own lives and recollections.

More below.

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Disney In Depth: Disney 1990s Animated Films Showdown
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Following the showdown of live-action Disney films from the 2000s, we harken back to a separate decade with a different set of movies.

These are films we all return to again and again because of their impact on The Walt Disney Company. Here are some my favorite characters, scenes, and elements in a Disney 1990s Animated Films Showdown.

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Blu-ray Review: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Diamond Edition
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Aladdin
Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
Directors: John Musker and Ron Clements
Cast: Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale, Frank Welker
Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Howard Ashman
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: October 13, 2015

Disney’s Aladdin was part of the studio’s great animated musical boom in the 1990s that saw massive hits with Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid (released November 1989). While Walt Disney Pictures’ animated wing had cornered the market previously with classics like 1939’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 1940’s Pinocchio, Aladdin began a new trend that would propel the studio even further — signing on major celebrities to their voice cast. In this case, they snagged the great comedic actor Robin Williams.

For Aladdin, Williams, who had had recent success with dramatic roles in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, and The Fisher King, voiced Genie, a spirit with phenomenal cosmic powers, and as we learn, itty bitty living space (he lives inside a magic lamp!). What could have been just another retelling of a classic tale — for this, the story of Aladdin in the Arabic folktale One Thousand and One Nights — accompanied by catchy tunes, was instead transformed into something much more captivating, humorous, and lovable thanks to Williams’ voice work.

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Disney In Depth: 25 Best Disney Animated Film Voice Artists (Part 1)
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Voice artists often do not receive credit for their work on pieces of content that individuals cherish. These individuals define the characters as much as the animators’ designs, for the power of a suitable voice with much range can lead us to value the characters’ dreams and fears.

Over three editions of Disney In Depth in the coming months, I will highlight 25 actors and actresses whose voice performances for some of Disney’s most treasured animated film characters deserve kudos. For the sake of keeping the list “brief” and fair, voice artists for Pixar films are excluded from the list.

In no particular order, here part one of my 25 Best Disney Animated Film Voice Artists list.

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In Memoriam: Film and TV Entertainers Who Died In 2014
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In Memoriam: Film and TV Entertainers

As 2014 comes to a close, we take a moment at Geeks Of Doom to remember all the fallen entertainment figures in film and television who left us this year. This year, we gave a farewell to a large array of heavyweights, cult heroes, pioneering figures, and sentimental favorites who were among those who have passed on in a physical sense, but leaving the memories, the ones that they made in the past and the ones each of their fans have in regards to them.

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‘Absolutely Anything’ Clip: Simon Pegg Talks To Robin Williams-Voiced Dog
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Simon Pegg and Dennis (Voiced by Robin Williams) in Absolutely Anything

Back in 2012 we found out about a movie that would reunite the comedy group Monty Python (with Terry Jones leading the project as both writer and director) titled Absolutely Anything. The movie was to be a combination of live-action and CGI, following a teacher who’s given the ability to do absolutely anything he wants by aliens (voiced by Python members) so they can see how badly the human messes things up with this newfound power.

Way back then, apart from knowing that Monty Python members were involved, the only actor who was attached to the project was Robin Williams, who plays a talking dog named Dennis in what looks like will be his final role. The lead role was eventually cast with the great Simon Pegg. A new clip from the movie has been released of Pegg using his helpful ability, including having a chat with Dennis. You can watch it below.

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Trailer For ‘Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb’ Released
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

A new trailer has been released for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third installment in the Night at the Museum franchise.

The trilogy-maker heads to London for this adventure, which is again directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Rami Malek, Skyler Gisondo, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Ben Kingsley.

You can check out the trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb below.

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Exploring Robin Williams’ Acting Through Movement (Video)
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Robin Williams In World's Greatest Dad

Plenty of tributes to Robin Williams have been made in the weeks since his death, celebrating the man and all of the great things he did in his time here.

Joining the celebration of his work, a fantastic new tribute video has been released by the YouTube channel Every Frame A Painting. But instead of generally looking at the countless memorable Williams moments, this video focuses specifically on how well he acted through his movements.

The video is well worth a watch for fans of Williams and cinema alike, and can be seen below.

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Disney To Air ‘Aladdin’ This Weekend In Honor Of Robin Williams
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Aladdin will air on several Disney networks this weekend in honor of the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in the 1992 animated feature.

Disney will show the film this Saturday at 9am and 6:30pm on the Disney Channel; on Sunday at 11am, 6pm, and 7:30pm on Disney XD; and on Monday at 11am on Disney Junior.

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