RIP...Robin Williams

images-1 Just a few weeks ago, I watch  "The Birdcage" with my Mom.  That film starred Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.  I remember telling my Mom how hard I laughed at a scene where he was explaining the dance styles to one of his nightclub dancers.  It was absolutely hysterical and would make me howl each time I watched it!!

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So, when I saw a report of his passing from The Hollywood Reporter, I thought it was some type of sick hoax.  Alas, it was true.  THE funniest man on the planet was gone...but will NEVER be forgotten.

Mork and Mindy, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire are just a handful of films in which the comedic comet we knew as Robin Williams made us smile and look at life just a little bit brighter if only for the few hours we shared with him in a movie theater or television set.

I remember well watching him Guest Star as  "Mork" on the hit ABC comedy "Happy Days".  His star power was undeniable and resulted in "Mork" being spun off into his own show on ABC.  Williams' comedic timing was so brilliant and his quips were strewn out at lightening speed, which made it almost impossible for others to keep up let alone duplicate.

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His unique take on characters made me laugh so hard that my stomach would be in knots. It's ironic that someone that brought so much laughter and happiness was so incredibly troubled.

Julliard trained, often times pages of script would be left blank in various projects he starred in as his improv skills were ridiculous.

With all my heart, I hope that Robin and his spirit are at peace. Like so many around the world...my heart is broken and my spirit saddened that he is no longer in the physical realm.  However, there is comfort in knowing if I need to chuckle deep down in the heart of my belly, I can always pop in one of his many films or comedy albums and be reminded how Robin Williams was the master at harnessing the power of laughter ...in everyone.  RIP Robin...your comedy genius lives on in our hearts.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Ten Years Ago: The Lion King and Speed

MV5BMjEyMzgwNTUzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTMxMzM3Ng@@._V1_SY317_CR15,0,214,317_AL_In 1994, I was in La Jolla, Ca rehearsing the pre-Broadway tryout of  the revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying starring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.  The cast organized an outing to support Matthew and fellow cast member Ernie Sabella by going to a screening of The Lion King.  You see Matthew was the voice of Simba and Ernie voiced Poomba.  Little did they or any of us know that The Lion King would go on to be one of Disney's most successful animated films and broke ALL box office records.  Five years later, I would  be cast in the role of Shenzi in the Original Los Angeles Production playing at the Pantages in Hollywood.  I would also receive my first acting nomination from the NAACP for Best Featured Performance by an Actress in a Musical.  The award was given to my idol Charlayne Woodard for her one-woman show, but I was excited to be nominated, walk my first red-carpet and rub elbows with many industry professionals I had admired over the years. The musical debuted July 8, 1997 and was an instant success before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997 in previews and opening on November 13, 1997. On June 13, 2006, the Broadway production moved to the Minskoff Theatre, where it is still running after more than 6,700 performances.  It is Broadway's fourth longest-running show in history and the highest grossing Broadway production of all time, having grossed more than $1 billion.  Check out the clips from the film and the hit Broadway musical below...

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MV5BNzczNDQyMTc2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjI2NzQxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Being a huge fan of Keanu Reeves I was first in line to go see his latest film - SPEED.  Little did I know that in that film would also have an actress who I admire and follow to this day - Oscar winner  Sandra Bullock.  SPEED was one of the most successful summer action-adventure flicks in 1994 winning two Oscars and MTV/Kids Choice Awards for its stars...Check out the trailer below

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!