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Watch the Trailer for Robin Williams’ Final On-Screen Performance

The late comedian stars in the drama Boulevard

There’s one more Robin Williams performance left to see since the actor’s tragic death last year: Boulevard, a drama more in line with his work in films like Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting than his signature comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire.

The movie tells the story of Nolan Mack, a 60-year-old banker, who begins to reevaluate his life—and especially his marriage, after meeting a young hustler.

Boulevard hits theaters July 10, and while it’s the last new movie fans can see Williams in, they can still hear him in one more; he lent his voice to the comedy Absolutely Anything, coming in May 2016.

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Watch Robin Williams Voice a Dog in the New Absolutely Anything Trailer

Williams plays a dog and the Monty Python team plays aliens

Beloved comedian Robin Williams died in 2014, but his voice is coming back to the screen this year in the new movie Absolutely Anything.

The British science fiction comedy follows the life of an ordinary guy given the power to do, you guessed it, absolutely anything by a group of offbeat aliens.

The main character is played by Simon Pegg and the aliens are voiced by the Monty Python team. Williams voices Pegg’s dog who gets the gift of gab.

The movie hits theaters in the U.K. on Aug. 14.

MONEY Tech

The Real Threat to Twitter’s Bottom Line

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California.
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Twitter will lose users and advertisers if it doesn't start addressing abuse, harassment and trolls.

If you have a Twitter TWITTER INC. TWTR -1.59% account, you probably know the inherent value of the microblogging service. As far as social media sites go, there’s quite possibly no better distribution outlet for news — essentially Twitter sets the national conversation and zeitgeist.Facebook has tried to copy Twitter’s value proposition with its trending feature, but still trails in this regard.

That said, Twitter has a rather big problem it needs to address: abuse and harassment. Even CEO Dick Costolo acknowledges the issue; in a leaked memo to staff, Costolo wrote that “[W]e suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.” For a small snippet of Twitter’s not-so-great hits, consider the following:

  • After the suicide of her father, comedian Robin Williams, Zelda Williams briefly deleted her Twitter account from her devices after suffering sustained harassment and abusive comments.
  • After posting videos critical of gaming culture’s treatment of women, Anita Sarkeesian received death threats. That is not unheard-of with Twitter, but the threats were so specific they included her home address.
  • After poor reporting by Rolling Stone and a shifting victim’s story regarding an alleged rape at the University of Virginia, user Charles Johnson proudly leaked to Twitter a picture and previously undisclosed full name of the alleged victim.

Just peruse the retweets and quoted tweets of news organizations and you’ll probably feel a sense of displeasure over the angry discourse that’s gripped Twitter — even worse if the tweet mentions President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And while a certain level of anger is to be expected on the Internet, hate-filled, sexist, and racist comments are normal in Twitter feeds.

For many users, Twitter’s value proposition is overshadowed by the coarse and angry dialogue that is commonplace on the site. That’s a serious problem for marketers and, eventually, Twitter investors.

Coke’s “Make it Happy” campaign should scare Twitter investors

Twitter investors might think this isn’t a big issue. As an ad-based model all you care about is growing users, timeline views, and monetization metrics. And on a revenue (up 97% year over year) and adjusted earnings (up 500%) basis, Twitter just reported a fantastic quarter. That said, the failure of Coca-Cola’s “Make it Happy” campaign should give investors a reason to pause.

For those not following the story, Coca-Cola rolled out an ambitious campaign that used television and social media to connect to consumers. Ironically, the campaign centered on making the Internet a happier place. Coke put lots of advertising dollars to work by buying a Super Bowl ad. The Twitter component consisted of users tweeting negative comments to #MakeItHappy, and Coke would turn the words into cute ASCII images via automated response.

Unfortunately, Godwin’s Law was achieved for brand marketing. Coke was duped into tweeting passages from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf initially and soon gossip site Gawker got in on the action by providing more passages for conversion. While #MeinCoke trended just briefly, you can expect Coca-Cola is now looking at Twitter’s value proposition differently. Coke should have known better, as there is a long history of Twitter marketing campaigns and accounts going horribly awry — Google Chipotle hacked + Nazi for an even worse example.

Even scarier for advertisers, nobody seems intent on fixing the problem

The worst part for advertisers and brands is that, outside of Twitter’s lip service and modest reforms, nobody seems to care about fixing the problem. Even news organizations, the supposed pinnacle of restraint and balance, seem to err on the side of salaciousness in their Twitter feeds. Twitter is quickly becoming known as a rage curator, career/brand destroyer, and gaffe producer rather than as a viable marketing platform. In the end, there’s only so long companies will pay to advertise to an unruly mob.

Costolo commented in his memo that “We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.” At some point the CEO might have to say the same about advertisers, his true customers.

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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Won Grammys

Who said you had to be a pop star to win a Grammy?

  • Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
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    Best Spoken Word Album, 1997:

    It Takes a Village

  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton Presented with His GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album for "My Life" - February 17, 2005
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    Best Spoken Word Album, 2005:

    My Life

  • Stephen Colbert

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
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    Best Comedy Album, 2010:

    A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!

  • Robin Williams

    The 45th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
    Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images

    Best Comedy Album, 2003:

    Robin Williams Live – 2002

    Best Comedy Album, 1989:

    Good Morning Vietnam

    Best Comedy Album, 1987:

    A Night at the Met

    Best Comedy Album, 1980:

    Reality…What a Concept

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg
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    Best Comedy Album, 1986:

    Whoopi Goldberg: Direct From Broadway

  • LeVar Burton

    The 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Best Spoken Word Album, 2000:

    The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Lewis Black

    The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
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    Best Comedy Album, 2011:

    Stark Raving Black

    Best Comedy Album, 2007:

    The Carnegie Hall Performance

  • Zach Braff

    The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
    Steve Grayson—WireImage/Getty Images

    Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, 2005:

    Garden State

  • Chris Rock

    Comedian Chris Rock throws his Grammy Award in the
    Matt Campbell—AFP/Getty Images

    Best Comedy Album, 2000:

    Bigger & Blacker

    Best Comedy Album, 1998:

    Roll with the New

  • Kathy Griffin

    56th GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
    Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic/Getty Images

    Best Comedy Album, 2014:

    Calm Down Gurrl

MONEY Estate Planning

3 Things We Can Learn From Robin Williams’ Estate Battle

Susan Williams, Robin Williams and Zelda Williams attend the "Happy Feet Two" Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Jeffrey Mayer—WireImage Susan Williams, Robin Williams and Zelda Williams attend the "Happy Feet Two" Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

The actor's loved ones are feuding over his personal items, but you can spare your family the same battle when you move on.

Six months after comedian Robin Williams’ death, his widow and three children find themselves in an all-too-common situation for families dealing with loss: fighting with each other.

What should be a time to grieve and heal instead has erupted into a legal dispute over the actor’s estate. His widow and third wife, Susan Schneider Williams, is fighting with his three children, Zak, Zelda, and Cody Williams, over cherished belongings, including clothing, collectibles, and personal photographs. Both sides want to keep items—such as his bicycles, collections of fossils, graphic novels, and action figures—as personal reminders of the man they loved and his active imagination.

At the time of his death, Williams had an updated will and estate plan, including specific trust agreements, and a prenuptial agreement in place. But even that wasn’t enough to spare his heirs the unpleasantness he no doubt hoped to avoid.

That’s because when we write up our estate plan we tend to focus on the big-ticket items: the house, the bank accounts, the investments. But often it’s the personal mementoes and cherished items that cause the most contention.

Personal possessions usually can’t be distributed equally to more than one heir. You can’t split a painting in thirds the way you can a pot of money. Then too, you’ve got to factor in the emotional attachment, which can make the division process even thornier.

To avoid having your estate end up the subject of family squabbles, follow these steps.

Decide What’s Important

Any piece of nontitled property can become a bone of contention if the item has any sentimental or monetary value. And while you can’t possibly make provisions for every single item you own, try to identify the possessions that mean the most to you and your family legacy and make plans for who inherits them, advises Mark Parthemer, a Palm Beach, Fla., lawyer who specializes in estate planning.

Consider what you hope to accomplish with the bequest. Do you want your exhaustive movie collection to go to a film buff? Are there family heirlooms you want to ensure your child inherit rather than your second wife?

Ask your heirs which items they’d like as well, recommends Marlene Stum, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota who is an expert in the field of families and inheritance. You may be surprised at what actually holds sentimental value and how many family members may covet the same objects.

Devise a Fair System

Focus on connecting the goals you have for your bequests with what’s fair in the context of your family. You don’t have to split everything evenly to be fair, you just need to be thoughtful and consistent about the division process you use, Stum advises. You must also be very clear about who will be involved in the decision-making. “The more complex your family dynamic is, the more ambigious it becomes about who has a say at the table,” Stum says.

For example, consider whether your oldest child gets to pick first, or if gender should play a role. Parthemer likes a rotation system, where each heir draws a random number and selects one item at a time in order. “It helps to have an executive decision maker or final arbiter outside the family to help make tough decisions if two people want the same thing,” he says, “though in that case it may be best to sell the item and have them split the proceeds.”

Here too, invite your potential heirs to share their input about how they think personal items could be evenly divided.

Let Your Wishes Be Known

Once you’ve created your plan, tell your loved ones not just what you’re leaving to whom, but why. “The more transparent you can be about how you reached your decision, the better,” says Stum, who recommends telling your heirs as a group to avoid any he said/she said squabbles. They might not be happy with your decision, but at least they’ll know your desires and understand your motives, making disagreements less likely.

Write down all your wishes, sign and date the list, and attach a copy to your will. In most states you can revise such a document without going to the expense or effort of updating the will itself, says Parthemer. Be sure your will contains a provision explicitly mentioning the list’s existence, otherwise your wishes will not be binding.

You’ll also want to be detailed as possible when describing specific objects on your list to avoid confusion over, say, which painting you’re referring to, says Stum. You could even take a photo of each object and include that with your written list to eliminate such a problem entirely.

For more help in figuring out how to smoothy pass on your personal possessions, visit the website Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

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Robin Williams’ Family in Dispute Over His Estate

"Happy Feet Two" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals
Jeffrey Mayer—WireImage/Getty Images Susan Williams, Robin Williams and Zelda Williams attend the Happy Feet Two Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Nov. 13, 2011 in Hollywood, Calif.

The late actor's children are "heartbroken" over what his widow is asking for

The family of Robin Williams is locked in a disagreement over his estate almost six months after the Oscar-winning actor committed suicide at the age of 63.

Court documents from December and January reveal disputes over money, property and personal belongings between Williams’ widow and third wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and his three children from two previous marriages, the New York Times reports.

Documents from Zak (31), Zelda (25) and Cody (23) say they are “heartbroken” that Susan Schneider Williams, who married Robin Williams in 2011, has “acted against his wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate.” Their claims are in response to papers Williams’ lawyers filed in December outlining the parts of the estate she claims she is entitled to.

While the actor’s estate set up a separate trust for Susan Schneider Williams that includes among other things their Tiburon, Calif., home and “all costs related to the residence,” the children believe her request for “all expenses associated with daily upkeep as well as unexpected renovations and improvements” is pushing for more funds and a sign of “greed.” There is also disagreement over which of the actor’s personal memorabilia belong to which trust.

“Mr. Williams wanted his wife to be able to stay in her home and not be disrupted in her life with her children,” Jim Wagstaffe, a lawyer for Susan Schneider Williams, told the Times. “Compared to what the Williams children were set to receive from their father, this is a bucket of water in a lake.”

[NYT]

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TIME Remembers: In Memoriam 2014

Looking back at those we lost this year

From iconic comedian Joan Rivers to Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, and legendary Washington Post newsman Ben Bradlee to former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, here’s TIME’s look back at some of the famous faces we lost in 2014.

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Review: Did Anyone Have a Good Time Making Night at the Museum 3?

Nothing comes to life in this rote, trite finale to the kid-friendly fantasy franchise

M.C. Escher’s “Relativity,” the 1953 lithograph that plays with gravity and perspective, receives a delightful tweak in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Larry the night watchman (Ben Stiller) and his antique colleagues Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) tumble into and scramble through the sideways stairways of Escher’s surreal courtyard. The scene is a compact epiphany of physical, borderline-metaphysical comedy — nearly as funny and impressive as Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu’s LEGO version of “Relativity.” Pushing the trope further, the producers commissioned a clever elaboration that’s used as a poster for the movie. Congratulations to all involved!

Sorry, but this concludes any warm comments about the third episode in the Night at the Museum series, a kid-aimed fantasy franchise that imagines the stuffed or wax figures at New York’s American Museum of Natural History coming to life and cavorting each night. Director Shawn Levy extended the 2006 original with a 2009 sequel set in Washington’s Smithsonian Institution. Because the two films earned almost $1 billion at the global box office, simple corporate math demanded a third installment, this time with a trip to the British Museum. The world tour might have extend to the Louvre or the Hermitage in future sequels, but apparently this is it.

A good thing too, since Secret of the Tomb gives every evidence of franchise exhaustion. In the screenplay by David Guion and Michael Handelman, Larry and the gang travel to London to find out why the ancient Egyptian tablet that is the source of the museum figures’ revived lives has gone on the fritz. At the British Museum they encounter Lancelot, who has hard time adjusting to the 21st century and comes close to bolloxing Larry’s mission to save his old, old friends. The movie is content to reprise bits from the first two entries, and the few innovations — such as giving Larry a caveman double (also played by Stiller) — are rote, trite and feeble.

Did anyone have a good time making this movie? The actors seem to be reading their lines at gunpoint, in an enterprise whose mood is less summer camp than internment camp. Such exemplary comic spirits as Ricky Gervais (the AMNH’s director), Steve Coogan (the Roman soldier Octavius) and Owen Wilson (the antique cowboy Jedediah) have the look of abandonment, as if hoping that some prompter from the sides will whisper a line more deliverable than what the script has told them to say. “Get me a rewrite!” say these faces, frozen in a rictus of embarrassment.

Mickey Rooney, who died in April at 93, makes a brief appearance here in a wheelchair. Williams, in the last on-screen role he completed before his death this Aug., seems unusually muted, but he simply could have been interpreting the character as written. (The movie is dedicated to these two comedy immortals.) The only performers who suggest they’re enjoying themselves are Dick Van Dyke, in a spry cameo as a Natural History night watchman emeritus, and Crystal the Monkey, a scene-swiping Capuchin whose capers include peeing on the tiny figures of Octavius and Jedediah, during a Pompeii lava scene, and planting big smooches on every human in sight.

I could go on, but making jokes about failed movies is not my favorite part of this job. Besides, you already get the idea. Some day soon, the “Relativity” scene will be on YouTube. See that part of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and skip the rest.

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Morning Must Reads: December 16

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Scores Killed in Taliban Attack

A Pakistani official says that more than 126 people have been killed, mostly schoolchildren, in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Witnesses said gunmen stormed the school and started shooting at random

Who Was Man Haron Monis?

The Sydney hostage taker who died in a shootout has been identified as Man Haron Monis. The 50-year-old was being investigated for murder and sexual assault

Camille Cosby Defends Bill

The actor’s wife fiercely defended her husband in a statement Monday as outrage mounts over allegations he drugged and raped multiple women

29 Instagram Photos That Defined the World in 2014

TIME, in association with the photo-sharing app, takes a look back at the key moments of 2014: From the toll of war in Gaza to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and from the border between Mexico and the U.S. all the way to Mongolia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone

U.S. Surgeon General Confirmed Despite Gun-Control Support

The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General on Monday despite concerns he was underqualified and too outspoken on gun control to be the top spokesman on public-health matters. Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is the only Republican to confirm Murthy

Robin Williams Was Google’s Top Trending Search of 2014

The comedian and actor, who died in August, led the list of the people, places and things that got the biggest boost in search traffic this year compared to 2013. Williams topped a list that also included the World Cup, Ebola, ISIS and Flappy Bird

Tattooing Your Pet Is Now Illegal in N.Y.

Body art like tattoos and piercings on pet animals will soon be a crime across the state following a law passed on Monday. The law does make exceptions for markings made for identification or medical reasons, but those only include preapproved letters and numbers

Mother of Tamir Rice: He Had No Chance Against Police

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot by police who believed he was carrying a gun, said Monday that he was never given a chance to follow officers’ orders when they pulled up next to him on a Cleveland playground

Adrian Peterson, NFL Exec Suspension Discussion Leaked

The NFL’s executive vice president for football operations Troy Vincent appeared to tell Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson that he would only be suspended for two games, according to recordings of their conversation that surfaced on Monday

Ebola Coverage Has Been Dubbed ‘Lie of the Year’

Guess what spawned a “dangerous and incorrect narrative” in 2014? Fact-checking website PolitiFact says erroneous statements about the Ebola epidemic edged the U.S. “toward panic,” and led to misinformation and fear toward people thousands of miles away

London Crawling: Scientists Name Snail After Clash Singer

A new genus of snail has been named after Joe Strummer, leader of iconic British rock band The Clash, “because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and they have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment,” said researcher Shannon Johnson

66 Journalists Killed in 2014: Report

At least 66 journalists were killed across the globe this year while another 178 media workers were imprisoned, according to monitoring outlet Reporters Without Borders. The watchdog organization noted that attacks on journalists are becoming increasingly barbaric

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Robin Williams’ Napa Valley Estate Hits The Market for $25.9 Million

The 639-acre property has been reduced

Three and a half months after the death of Robin Williams, the beloved actor’s Napa Valley estate has been listed for sale.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Good Morning, Vietnam star’s longtime home was once listed in 2012 for $35 million and has recently hit the market again at a reduced $29.5 million. According to THR, the property consists of a “20,000-square-foot, three-story main house [with] five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a screening room and climate-controlled storage for wine and art. There is also a four-bedroom caretaker’s house nearby. Outdoor amenities include infinity and lap pools, a nine-stall horse barn, tennis court, hiking trails and a spring-fed pond for bass fishing.”

Apparently the estate had been nicknamed Villa Sorriso, which means Villa of Smiles.

Williams killed himself on Aug. 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was 63.

[THR]

 

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