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Major PR Firm Encourages Businesses To Profit Off Robin Williams’ Death

  • Today in tastelessness: Edelman, the largest PR firm in the world, published a blog post encouraging businesses and mental health agencies to capitalize on Robin Williams’ death with a “visible and aggressive” approach on their social media accounts and websites. The post claimed that Williams’ passing created a “carpe diem moment” for businesses (a pun on his film “Dead Poets Society”), and added that “there’s a very careful line they need to walk so as to not seem exploitive of a terrible situation but at the same time, it is a national teachable moment that shouldn’t be ignored.” Skeevy. [Business Insider]
  • Lisa Jakub, the actress who played the teen daughter in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” wrote a touching essay about working alongside Williams. [LisaJakub.Wordpress.com]
  • In other Williams news, he will be memorialized with a non-playable character in “World of Warcraft” as a nod to his love of gaming. [Variety] Keep reading »

Neil Patrick Harris On Keeping Longterm Love Alive

If you want relationships to last, live by “for better or worse.” Honeymoon phases end. They just do. We’re animals, and animals aren’t inclined to copulate with just each other for the rest of their lives. So here’s a challenge: How do you keep redefining your relationship? I think you have to find new elements that turn you on, and not only sexually. Having kids was one of those great moments for me. Watching David become another level of person, mastering this other domain, made me look at him with a whole other set of appreciative eyes. That sort of made me re-fall in love with him. That’s another important thing to realize. Everyone falls out of love with everything. You fall out of love with your house. You fall out of love with your job. You just have to figure out ways to keep [the love] alive.

I am loving Neil Patrick Harris‘ interview in Glamour‘s September issue, and this quote about his marriage to David Burtka especially resonates with me. In friendships, work, relationships, and everything else, there seems to be a common belief that if something isn’t fun all the time, it’s not working. Life takes effort sometimes, and that’s the part we never see in romantic comedies. I really admire Neil for being upfront about that. Even though he lives right in the middle of the faux glitz of Hollywood, he always finds a way to be down to earth. [Glamour, Queerty] [Image via AKM-GSI]

It’s A Shame That Some Obituaries Focus On Lauren Bacall’s Beauty & Love Life Over Her Talent

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Two Hollywood legends passed this week — Robin Williams, 63, on Monday morning, and Lauren Bacall, 89, on Tuesday night. They died in extremely different ways, but both were household names who’d been in numerous iconic films. These two deaths are being handled very differently — Bacall’s obituaries and remembrances are far more focused on her sex appeal than her career.

It’s understandable to mention an iconic actress’ beauty in an obituary, especially one who was discovered while working as a fashion model. I’m not suggesting that Lauren Bacall’s great beauty should be off-limits entirely. And to a certain extent, the emphasis on Bacall’s old Hollywood glamour is also understandable — her scandalous romance with Humphrey Bogart is far more interesting to most people, I’m sure, than Robin Williams’ three marriages. Yet the way some of her obits have been written make it seem as though Bacall was more famous for her looks and her husbands than for her over-half-a-century-long career in which she appeared in some of Hollywood’s biggest films, like “The Big Sleep,” “How To Marry A Millionaire,” and “Misery.” Writes blogger Tracy McVeigh in the UK’s Guardian, “It’s often the case with beautiful women that their achievements can be undone by people transfixed by their smouldering celluloid gaze.”

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Jimmy Fallon Is Frank Underwood In “House Of Cue Cards”

Who Needs Kevin Spacey When We Have Jimmy?

Jimmy Fallon gave Frank Underwood a run for his money last night in “House Of Cue Cards,” a spot-on spoof of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” with an appearance from the hilarious Ellen Barkin and even a trip to Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Maybe the “Tonight Show” studio is just as scandalous as the White House after all.

That Time Robin Williams Became Buds With Koko The Gorilla

That Time Robin Williams Became Buds With Koko The Gorilla
These Two Totally Clicked

In light of Robin Williams’ passing on Monday, The Gorilla Foundation reminded the world that the actor touched more than just human hearts with his talent and kindness. Back in 2001, Williams met famed gorilla Koko, who communicates using sign language, and the pair instantly connected. Above is video of their first meeting, which Williams called “unforgettable.” Gorilla Foundation president, and Koko’s foster mother, Dr. Penny Patterson said, “Koko, like us, can sense a person’s nature and in this case, she was quickly drawn to Robin’s warm heart.” Upon learning of Williams’ death from suicide, Patterson communicated the news to Koko, who, according to a press release sent to Buzzfeed, “became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering.” Meanwhile, I am reduced to a puddle of tears. [Buzzfeed]

A Paul Simon Song For Every Moment In Your Life

It’s been an emotional week. When, on Monday night, I heard that Robin Williams was dead, I surprised myself by feeling real sadness for this guy I hadn’t known. Because, of course, it felt like I had known him, and many of us felt that way; as I watched responses pour in on Twitter and across the internet, it was clear that we all felt like Robin had a special place in our lives, and none of us expected to lose him.

This loss that we’re collectively experiencing is just one of many emotional upsets that are, I’m sure, happening to us each individually. As human people, our lives are filled with events that elicit sadness, joy, nostalgia, fear, love, etc, etc, etc. One thing that can help as we deal with these Life Moments, though, is music, and I’ve recently developed a theory that for every emotional moment in your life, there is a Paul Simon song to help you get through it.

Paul Simon: like Robin, a dude who has had (and continues to have) an incredible, decades-spanning career (his first Grammy came in 1968, for Simon and Garfunkel’s album Mrs. Robinson), and who has subsequently been a huge part of all of our lives. We might not take note of it regularly, but this voice is one that plays in our heads when we’re not paying attention, and should be present when we’re happy and when we’re sad. Here is a playlist to soothe your soul.

Disclaimer: some of these songs include Garfunkel. Can you blame me? Keep reading »

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