By Cynthia Herbert :: 10:38 PM
The year was 1993. Grunge was in, along with flannel and angst. And Robin William was on the big screen – playing the part of nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire – a persona he took on while playing divorced dad Daniel Hillard to spend more time with his children.
Over 20 years ago, Mrs. Doubtfire was a huge hit for Williams and director Chris Columbus. The film brought in $441 million worldwide, on a budget of just $25 million. It was the second highest grossing film of 1993, behind Jurassic Park.
Now, it looks like a new generation will get to meet Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire, with sources at Fox 2000 confirming that a sequel is now in the works.
The script will be written by David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf in 1993, and followed with The Haunted Mansion, Zoom and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
No plot details or release timetable have been made available yet.
Below – watch the original Mrs. Doubtfire trailer:
By Gilbert Falso :: 5:41 PM
The HBO drama Game of Thrones returns tonight for its fourth season, and plans to be even more bloody and violence-filled than the previous three seasons.
Rumors are abounding that this season, and perhaps even the very first episode of this season, will see some of the major characters killed off. Although who and when is still very much the subject of guesswork.
In addition to watching out for deaths, watch for some great character growth as well. It looks like Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, is set to become a force to be reckoned with. She’ll be fighting to free the slaves of Meereen and take over the city while her dragons will continue to grow more powerful under her care.
The setting of the first episode, said to be the wedding of King Joffrey, will reunite a number of characters, both recent and from earlier in the series. This reunion should prove to be lively and action-packed – to say the least.
If you haven’t yet caught up with Game of Thrones, or missed some of the action from last season – don’t worry. Amazon’s Streaming Video service has the last three seasons available to view in HD.
Season 4 begins tonight, at 9:00 PM on HBO. If you want a quick refresher before that, catch the final episode of season 3 on HBO2 just beforehand, starting at 8:00 PM, part of an all-day marathon of last season’s episodes.
By Paul Thomson :: 2:40 PM
When social data visualization startup Vizify was purchased by Yahoo last month, it set off a very quick timetable for shuttering of the service. In an odd move in the mergers and acquisitions world, instead of Vizify moving seamlessly into Yahoo’s current online services, a decision was made to shut down the web-based profile service completely.
Users who had already established Vizify profiles as of the date of acquisition – March 5, 2014 – would have just a little over a month to archive these profiles. Today is the last day that profiles can be archived. And even archiving a profile doesn’t mean it lives online forever. Users who choose to archive their profiles will only seem them live on for a few more months – until September 4.
If you don’t archive your Vizify bio, it will disappear from the site sometime on or after April 7.
Users who opted for a paid Vizify plan will receive a full refund for any money they paid to use the service.
Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Yahoo will not use any Vizify user data except for purposes directly related to Vizify bios and services through the 4th of September.
By Cynthia Herbert :: 1:01 PM
A few days ago, a resourceful group of college students at Aquinas College in Michigan delivered a very effective April Fools’ joke on their professor, who is well known for having a very strict cell phone policy during his lectures.
If a phone rings during class, the professor requires the offending student answer and take the call – on speakerphone.
So imagine his embarrassment when one of his female students receives a call of a very personal nature. Watch below, and enjoy one of the best pranks we’ve seen in a long time!
By Gilbert Falso :: 4:45 PM
Before he was the chain-smoking, alcohol-swilling, dapperly-dressed advertising executive Don Draper on AMC’s hit show Mad Men, actor Jon Hamm was just like any other aspiring star in Los Angeles – trying desperately to get himself in front of a camera.
And, he succeeded. In 1996, at 25 years old, Hamm was a contestant on The Big Date game show.
The video, below, shows the young Hamm in action, describing how he would craft the perfect date with the girl, if she were to pick him. Judging from his responses, it would be a “fabulous” date.
It would take a few more years before Hamm finally had any decent luck with acting jobs, however. He landed a gig on NBC’s Providence in 2000. His feature film debut came later that year, in Space Cowboys.
Sadly, Hamm was not selected for the date in this episode of Big Date.