Nathan Lane Says His “Birdcage” Co-Star Robin Williams “Protected” Him From Coming Out On “Oprah” In 1996
Nathan Lane is back on Broadway in the play Pictures from Home, so he went on Sunday Today to promote that shit and discuss his career. Variety reports that 67-year-old Nathan got to talkin’ about starring in the 1996 classic, The Birdcage, with the late great Robin Williams. At the time, Nathan was mostly known for his stage roles and voicing Timon in The Lion King (1994). The Birdcage was his first big live-action role. And even though he’d come out as gay at age 21, he didn’t feel ready to share that fact with the world. Luckily, Nathan was protected by Robin, who he calls “a saint.” Nathan says that when the pair went on Oprah together, Robin did everything in his power to distract Oprah from pulling his co-star out of the closet on TV. Hey, if anybody’s great at distracting people with bonkers non sequiturs, it’s Robin Williams. Continue reading
Kevin Smith Says Harvey Weinstein Pulled “Good Will Hunting” Out Of Theaters Early To Mess With Robin Williams’ Money
Kevin Smith just did an interview with The Daily Beast to promote his new book, “Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash.” Now, before you click away out of overwhelming disinterest, Kevin did drop some interesting tidbits. He reveals that Harvey Weinstein pulled Good Will Hunting (1997) out of theaters early so star Robin Williams would get less money. Kevin, who was an executive producer on the film, explains that Miramax made a high-percentage first-dollar gross deal with Robin, aka a “movie-star deal.” The more money Good Will Hunting made in theaters, the bigger Robin’s split with the studio would be. So Harvey pulled the movie while it was still making big bucks and put it on video where “the split wasn’t Robin-heavy.” And I guess stars/screenwriters Matt Damon and Ben Affleck weren’t too pissed off, cuz they proceeded to work with Harvey approximately 12,000 more times.
Keep your Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, and Death to Smoochy. The best Robin Williams movie is undoubtedly Mrs. Doubtfire. And according to a viral tweet, there are super filthy versions of the PG-13 classic. The Twitter account Film Facts says that Robin Williams improvised so much during filming that editors created PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 cuts of the movie. This news has fans pleading with Hollywood to release the dirty Doubtfires. Wait, does this mean there’s also a butthole version? Continue reading
Zelda Williams had to collect Eric Trump after he used an old clip of her father, Robin Williams, to mock Joe Biden. Zelda reminded Eric on Twitter what Robin thought of his father, Donald Trump, and it’s a much less glowing review than the one Joe Biden got–one that includes suggestions of incest. The Trump family loves to ask people to dunk on them!
Eight months ago, Robin Williams’ kids found themselves in a truly awkward position after their stepmother (and Robin Williams’ wife of three years) Susan Williams started getting greedy and trying to grab more money from their part of their father’s will. At the time, Susan was pulling an “I don’t know them” every time Zachary, Zelda, and Cody Williams pulled up to the front gate to collect the stuff their dad left to them in his will, which is always a classy move. Well, eight months later, Page Six says that Susan and the Williams kids have finally reached a settlement.
According to Susan’s lawyer, Susan gets to keep the San Francisco Bay Area home that she shared with Robin and will get enough money to maintain the house for the rest of her life. No word on whether that’s Swiffer cloth cash or a full-time housekeeper cash, but I’m assuming it’s the latter. Susan also gets one of Robin’s watches, a bike they bought on their honeymoon, and all their wedding presents. Somewhere in a home in the San Francisco Bay Area, Susan’s lawyer is Photoshopping the words “$16.8 million dollars, Item No. 4528L” onto a Crate & Barrel gift receipt.
Page Six says both sides are happy with the outcome of the settlement, and the only thing left is for a judge to give it the OK. Zachary, Zelda, and Cody’s lawyer adds: “I think they’re just very happy to have this behind them.” I’d like to think that was shade, but it’s probably just the truth.
So there we go. The ghost of Robin Williams can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing his family isn’t fighting over petty shit anymore. Now he can start focusing on more important things, like reenacting episodes of Mork & Mindy with the ghost of Jonathan Winters for the angels in Heaven (please don’t try to convince me that’s not what he’s doing, it’s what I want to believe).
Well, file this under both “Not Shocking” and “This Is NOT What The Genie Would Want”. Six months after the beyond-sad death of Robin Williams, the New York Times says his wife of three years Susan Williams is rewriting the chapter on Tacky Moves in the Gold Digger Widow Handbook by fighting with Robin’s three children Zachary, Zelda, and Cody over what he left to them his will. When Robin Williams died, he left the majority of his estate to his three kids, which included jewelery, memorabilia (please tell me that includes the fatsuit from Mrs. Doubtfire), clothing, personal photos taken before he got with Susan, and awards he received from the entertainment industry. A second trust gave Susan their home in Tiburon, CA, some stuff around the house, and some cash to take care of the house.
But that wasn’t enough money for Susan, so she’s gone to court to demand some of the money Robin left to his kids be given to her for “daily upkeep” and “unexpected renovations” on the house. Like a $30,000 renovation she recently did. Meanwhile, Robin’s kids claim that Susan shouldn’t be asking for shit from them, since she still has yet to turn over what’s theirs. According to Robin’s kids, Susan has prevented them from coming inside the house to collect the stuff their dad left for them. Susan acknowledges that she’s been blocking them from entering the house, but she claims it’s because she’s “frightened” of them “invading her home”. However, she hasn’t blocked everyone from the house; apparently she’s been rolling out the red carpet for appraisers and home design types.
And to make things even messier, TMZ says she’s withholding Robin’s collection of watches, because according to Susan, watches aren’t technically jewelery, and therefore they belong to her. Next thing you know she’ll be claiming that an Academy Award isn’t an award, but a gold-plated humanoid Feng Shui decoration.
All of this is such a goddamned MESS. Fighting over watches? Pretending like you’ve stepped out for milk every time your stepkids buzz the front gate? Susan, chill out and let the kids in the damn house! They’re not going to pull up the new granite countertops you just installed; they just want their dad’s rainbow suspenders and his collection of chest hair combs.