Shock came first on hearing the news Monday that the master comic mind we knew as Robin Williams was dead at 63, apparently overwhelmed by the kind of despair that he lightened for so many of the rest of us.
Fate threw me in Robin Williams' path more than once, and I never forgot any of the encounters. He was such a wired, complex, brilliantly funny individual, no connection with him was anything like ordinary.
?Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? ruled the box office for the second week and ?Guardians of the Galaxy? was runner-up in its third week, leaving three very different new films ? ?Let?s Be Cops,? ?The Expendables 3? and ?The Giver? ? fighting for the remaining spots in the top five.
There's a clip on YouTube from a 1985 "Tonight Show" with guest host Joan Rivers interviewing Dolph Lundgren about his role as Ivan Drago, the brutal Russian fighter who takes on Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa in "Rocky IV."
They may be expendable, but there sure are a lot of them.
Despite three new film openings, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' may still shred to the top of the box office this weekend.
Oscar-winning sound designer and editor Ben Burtt has been obsessed with aviation movies since he was a little boy in New York. He was especially fond of high-flying war films.
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 23 - March 1, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Survivor The unscripted series returns for a new season. 8 p.m. CBS The Middle Frankie (Patricia Heaton) learns that Mike (Neil Flynn) is due to receive an award from the quarry for his 20 years of service in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit In the opener of a crossover with "Chicago PD," Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) comes to New York to ask for help in this new episode. Concludes at 10 p.m....