Saluting the Captain
When I heard about Robin Williams‘ death, it hit me harder than I expected. I felt as though a family member had died, like the uncle you love like crazy but kind of take for granted. I eagerly awaited my next issue of EW because I knew you’d have a tribute to him. I have to say I was a bit let down. It just didn’t seem grand enough for a man such as him. Then again, perhaps nothing would have been grand enough. He was an impeccable artist who made me laugh so hard I cried. He talked openly about his mistakes…and not in a ”poor me” way. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams. I hope you can feel all the love the world has for you now.
Comstock Park, Mich.
I was surprised that your story on Robin Williams said nothing of his best film: Awakenings. It reflects the real Robin — not the John Wayne doing Elmer Fudd doing Bruce Springsteen extrovert, but the reclusive introvert, hiding behind his self-built barriers, afraid to let people into his world.
A Call for Color Blindness
As a longtime EW fan, I was shocked to read your assessment of Selma‘s Oscar chances next year (Fall Movie Preview): ”[The MLK biopic] is a likely contender, but can it go the distance one year after 12 Years a Slave took the top prize?” Solomon Northup and Martin Luther King Jr. are both powerful historical figures, but they led quite different lives. There are thousands of untold stories of three-dimensional African-American characters. Yet aren’t we treated to films about middle-aged white males ”finding themselves” multiple times per awards season, and no one bats an eye? I look forward to the day when Hollywood can produce stories about Americans of all different colors without us feeling compelled to compare them based on race.
Johnny Be Great
It was a thrill to see two whole pages on Dr. John (Binge!). I was only disappointed that you left out his best work on the top 10 albums list. Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack and The Brightest Smile in Town, later reissued as The Legendary Sessions, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, are among his definitive recordings. Anyone who loves Dr. John’s artistry and Louisiana piano needs to hear those two CDs.
Corrections: Kim Bodnia was pictured with Gael García Bernal in the Rosewater photograph (Fall Movie Preview). Catherine Breillat wrote and directed Abuse of Weakness (Movies).
Superfan of the Week
…or maybe the decade?! After we printed a hypothetical 24-hour Emmy binge in a recent issue, Ellen Lloyd (@eel8) tweeted, ”In the words of Barney Stinson, challenge accepted.” She proceeded to follow our master list to the letter, fueling herself with the appropriate sustenance (à la ”a nice cuppa” and some cookies for the Downton Abbey episode) and chronicling her bleary-eyed exploits on Twitter (”Dayum! Princess Buttercup has gone dark” re: Robin Wright on House of Cards). We’re in awe and slightly afraid of you, Ellen. (You can get a play-by-play of her feat on Twitter at #24hourEmmyBinge.)
Who needs the Academy when you’ve got the fans? Our annual awards — which celebrate shows and actors shamefully snubbed by the Emmys — rely on a voting bloc near and dear to us: you. When we announced the winners live on EW Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105), several called in to express their eternal gratitude.
Well, you know there’s no ”hate” in the title of this one, so I feel really good about it. I’m going to call this the ”We Love to Love You” award. —Orange Is the New Black‘s Pablo Schreiber (Best Guest Actor in a Comedy), who also won the ”We Love to Hate You” prize at the Young Hollywood Awards
I’m a huge Abbi and Ilana fan, so I’m going to tweet them, ”Ha-ha, I won.”
Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum (Best Actress in a Comedy), on besting her Broad City competitors
Yeeeeesssss… Thank me for being popular, and thank you for knowing who was popular. This is another layer of things to be incredibly grateful for. It makes me want to throw up. —The Middle‘s Eden Sher (Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy)
My trophies include a most improved in basketball in eighth grade, so I’ll take anything I can get. —Modern Family‘s Elizabeth Banks (Best Guest Actress in a Comedy)