News

The Rock Promises to Honor Robin Williams in New ‘Jumanji’

Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt and Bradley Pierce in ‘Jumanji’/Image © Tristar Pictures

Editor's Note:

The Rock reassures us about the ‘Jumanji’ remake and Robin Williams’s legacy, a unique tribute to Prince, and more to keep your Tuesday moving right along.

Say what you will about the upcoming remake of “Jumanji,” but The Rock insists your childhood memories are in good hands. “The love and respect I have for this man is boundless,” the actor commented via Instagram. “You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish’ will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way.” He also goes on to recall his first instance of meeting Robin Williams and being star-struck into total idiocy, “but that’s for another fun story down the road.” Anyhow, as long as we still have Chris Van Allsburg’s immortal picture book to revisit, there’s only so much cinematic damage anyone can do.

In the wake of Prince’s passing, you’ll see many a fan tribute — but almost none will have the verve or originality of this full-length Nigerian remake of “Purple Rain” which surfaced last year.  In a fascinating collision of worlds, “Akounak” is a psychedelic musical adventure that demonstrates the way old art evolves into new, transcend cultural barriers. For example, the film’s full title translates to “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It.” Odd as it is to imagine Prince himself singing that lyric to the crowds at Madison Square Garden, you know he could have made it work.

Stories about Jared Leto’s on-set antics in the guise of The Joker have contributed to the enduring Hollywood mythology of Method acting, but can we really trace those steps back to anything meaningful, or are these actors just generating hype for their performances? This article suggests Daniel Day-Lewis comes the closest to upholding the original tradition, based on the sheer fact that the actor generally refuses to reveal or discuss his techniques: You get everything you need from what makes it onto the screen. So does anyone know where’s he been since 2012’s “Lincoln”? Perhaps Day-Lewis is just contending in his Method way for that upcoming renovation of H.G. Wells’s The Invisible Man.

As the AV Club observes, Richard Russo’s new book Everybody’s Fool places him in a special league of authors who have waited at least a decade to publish a sequel. And what a league it is, including everyone from Stephen King to Richard Adams to Harper Lee (though as the article puts it, “there will always be an asterisk next to Go Set a Watchman,” due to the dubious history of its publishing). It seems that in many cases, these long-afterward followups are a consequence of fans having helped keep these characters alive in the imagination for many more years than the author may have expected, though some (like Mark Twain, in his further adventures of Tom Sawyer) just seemed to be having a laugh, inviting readers to laugh along with them.