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Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.




The new section, titled "Remembering Robin Williams," showed up in the iTunes app's top carousel on Tuesday and points to a number of well-known movies, TV shows and audio recordings of Williams' stand-up acts.

Accompanying the iTunes Store selections is a brief explanatory note regarding Williams' life and professional career.

One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams evolved from stand up comedian to international movie star. Among the great masters of improv, he transfixed audiences with a mile-a-minute comic energy. Williams' Golden Globe-winning turn in Good Morning, Vietnam demonstrated that his versatile acting talents were equally suited to evoking dramatic complexity. Many of Williams' most iconic performances--in Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and his Oscar-winning triumph Good Will Hunting--were dazzling high-wire acts that left audiences in tears of laughter one minute and tears of poignancy the next


Apple most recently used a monologue from the movie "Dead Poets Society," which starred Williams as English teacher John Keating, as a basis for the ongoing "Your Verse" iPad ad campaign. The excerpt in part quotes Walt Whitman's poem "O Me! O Life!"

"O me! O life! Of the questions of these recurring; Of the endless trains of the faithless; Of cities filled with the foolish; What good amid these, O me, O life" Answer. That you are here; That life exists and identity; That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse," Keating says, emphasizing the last line to his charges, "That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

Apple has used the "Your Verse" campaign to highlight not only the capabilities of iPad, but of its users. With the iPad and iOS App Store nearly anything is possible, the company contends in its ads, illustrating the various ways its tablet is put to use by explorers, musicians, writers, music makers and more.



Among the thousands expressing their condolences on social media yesterday was Apple CEO Tim Cook, who wrote the following on Twitter:

August 12, 2014


The recipient of multiple awards, including an Oscar and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, Williams died in his Tiburon, Calif. home on Monday at the age of 63.
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A terrible shame that the depression and character flaws that make a person become an actor, entertainer and comedian are also the traits that push a person to destruction. He was a one-of-a-kind.

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R.I.P
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It's a shame that it's not even 24 hours since the news was released, and Apple is already cashing in on William's death. I'm fully convinced the entertainment industry sees it's actors worth more after death than they are alive. 

I'm a fan of William's work, I own many of his movies on DVD already. I hope his legacy continues on for years of laughter with younger generations. 

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Suicide by hanging. Shame. RIP
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It's a shame that it's not even 24 hours since the news was released, and Apple is already cashing in on William's death. I'm fully convinced the entertainment industry sees it's actors worth more after death than they are alive. 


I'm a fan of William's work, I own many of his movies on DVD already. I hope his legacy continues on for years of laughter with younger generations. 

Cashing in? In times of loss, people will search for his works. No shame in providing a little area for us. Apple isn't jacking up the prices.

For anyone who needs help, get them help.
post #7 of 101

The problem isn't Apple it's you. Those cynical people who see money or a conspiracy in everything tragic. It has to be terrible to live a life like that, bereft of total joy but instead look inside and underneath everything that happens.

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It's a shame that it's not even 24 hours since the news was released, and Apple is already cashing in on William's death. I'm fully convinced the entertainment industry sees it's actors worth more after death than they are alive. 

I'm a fan of William's work, I own many of his movies on DVD already. I hope his legacy continues on for years of laughter with younger generations. 

Welcome to a capitalist society. In lieu of grief, we pay our respects by purchasing the works that brought us closer to the departed artist and ultimately to ourselves. Somehow it all works out.

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So sad. I felt a palpable sadness yesterday, much more than hearing about other well known celebrities. I grew up imitating Mork and loved the poignancy of Dead Poets Society.

 

The silver lining is that Williams' passing will amplify discussions surrounding mental illnesses like Depression. So insidious and easy to hide. Secrecy and stigma will be further dissolved as they are exposed to the light of day.

 

RIP

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Nice to see the trolls are out already. You must be so happy sitting behind your computer, telling people they lead sad little insignificant pathetic lives. Hope that works out well for you. Obviously you can't comprehend the respect of allowing time of passing before creating a cash positive inflow to a celebrity's stock portfolio. But what should you care, capitalism and monetary gain lives on. 

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...capitalism...

 

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post #12 of 101
Such a shame. An amazing man and a very talented actor and comedian. I had the very good fortune of spending a couple of hours with him one on one. He was down to earth, and seemingly un-affected by his celebrity. Very, very sad. Rest in peace Robin, you will be missed.
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Where the heck is Good Will Hunting in the dedication page???
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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here - there is nothing "untimely" when you are the one taking such a pathetic decision.
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I read that he had some financial troubles.

 

He could have just faked his death instead, because all his movies are riding high on all of the charts now, including Amazon where I just took a look.

 

Anyway, rip to him, because he was a good actor and comedian and I have seen plenty of his movies. He also had some alcohol problems, so I guess it shouldn't be any surprise that people do sometimes choose to kill themselves.

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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here - there is nothing "untimely" when you are the one taking such a pathetic decision.

I hope that you never have to battle substance abuse or depression issues. Not all of us can be perfect.
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The only stupidity involved is your lack of knowledge on major depression.

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I hope that you never have to battle substance abuse or depression issues. Not all of us can be perfect.


As someone battling depression, it was a pathetic decision. And as him, not battling depression, it was a pathetic decision. Killing yourself is never the answer, in any circumstance, and you don’t have to have any experience with thoughts related thereto to be “allowed” to say so. Get over it.

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......wealth, success and admiration.....

Does not equal happiness. A talented person is not without flaws. Sometimes the inwardly saddest person is the most outwardly funniest.
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post #20 of 101
Ease up on the hostility guys. Robin Williams gave so many positive things to the world we at least owe him that.
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As someone battling depression, it was a pathetic decision. And as him, not battling depression, it was a pathetic decision. Killing yourself is never the answer, in any circumstance, and you don’t have to have any experience with thoughts related thereto to be “allowed” to say so. Get over it.

I'm sorry, i forgot. You are always right and there is no room for discussion.
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Does not equal happiness. A talented person is not without flaws. Sometimes the inwardly saddest person is the most outwardly funniest.

Pagliacci the clown.
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I'd change the word 'pathetic' to 'tragic.' Severe depression often robs the mind of metacognition. There are many psychological illnesses that prevent a certain awareness of what might seem obvious to an outsider. Anorexia Nervosa is one that comes to mind. Experts used to think therapy then intervention to get them to eat. Now they understand that it's the other way around. The low body weight literally changes their brain and thus the way they think.

 

It's common to make a moral judgment on someone else's actions without taking into account the effects of devastating mental illnesses.

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I'd change the word 'pathetic' to 'tragic.' Severe depression often robs the mind of metacognition. There are many psychological illnesses that prevent a certain awareness of what might seem obvious to an outsider. Anorexia Nervosa is one that comes to mind. Experts used to think therapy then intervention to get them to eat. Now they understand that it's the other way around. The low body weight literally changes their brain and thus the way they think.

It's common to make a moral judgment on someone else's actions without taking into account the effects of devastating mental illnesses.

I'd be inclined to agree with this. We don't know what was going through his mind or what demons he was battling. Suicide isn't the answer but I can't bring myself to judge someone who clearly was not in a proper state is mind at that moment.

Celebrity deaths don't usually spark a response from me, but Williams' death really struck a chord with me. I watched him as a kid on Mork and Mindy and have been an admirer for my whole life.
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So long, Robin. You will be missed.

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post #26 of 101
As Steven P. Jobs was a personal friend of Robin Williams I know my former boss would have paid a tribute on the Front Page and showcase the great talent through iTunes.

Robin would expect no less.
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Cashing in? In times of loss, people will search for his works. No shame in providing a little area for us. Apple isn't jacking up the prices.

For anyone who needs help, get them help.

 

I agree, it's not cashing in.  Whenever an artist dies, there is an increased interest in their work.  Apple is just making it easier to find.

 

And there is another important reason....Robin Williams' voice was still being used in Apple's "Your Verse" ad campaign until yesterday and the commercial featuring him was still in rotation.  It only makes sense that Apple acknowledges it...as Tim Cook did yesterday.

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Celebrity deaths don't usually spark a response from me

 

That's probably because most celebrities are crap. Now with all these stupid reality TV shows, there are people who are famous for doing and achieving absolutely nothing. Is anybody really going to give a crap when somebody like that dies?

 

Robin Williams was truly talented and had a very long career, and many people had a connection with his movies, so he is obviously on a different level.

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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here - there is nothing "untimely" when you are the one taking such a pathetic decision.

Money doesn't buy happiness.
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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here - there is nothing "untimely" when you are the one taking such a pathetic decision.

None of those things buy happiness. They help, but there are far more important things in life. And this fundamentally misunderstands what depression truly is. Which is to say, depression is much more than 'a + b + c = happy', or even the standard reasoning people might apply to their lives. It can be something much deeper, with potential biological ties, and plenty of other factors like substance abuse (e.g. some drugs and alcohol) can have a dramatic cause or serve as catalyst. And all it takes is one really awful night and decision for it to end. People who want to call it 'pathetic' should probably think that through carefully before they toss 'advice' like that out to a friend in need.

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As someone battling depression, it was a pathetic decision. And as him, not battling depression, it was a pathetic decision. Killing yourself is never the answer, in any circumstance, and you don’t have to have any experience with thoughts related thereto to be “allowed” to say so. Get over it.

Killing yourself is never the answer. And someone thinking clearly would realize that life really can have so much to offer, or might realize the impact that decision might have on loved ones and friends. But it's not that simple, is it? If you're actually familiar with depression—clinical depression—you know that.

I suppose the only reason why I bothered responding to these comments is because if someone does know someone who is genuinely struggling with depression they should make an effort to understand it, and play a much more productive role in being there for those friends or loved ones than the comment 'killing yourself is pathetic' suggests. If someone already feels so lost that they're considering ending their life, those aren't the words they need to hear to make it through to another day.
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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here

 

From the book 'Cocktail' by Heywood Gould:

 

“So load the guy up. Give him love, give him hope, give him a future, then take it all away from him; do a job on him”

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I suppose the only reason why I bothered responding to these comments is because if someone does know someone who is genuinely struggling with depression they should make an effort to understand it, and play a much more productive role in being there for those friends or loved ones than the comment 'killing yourself is pathetic' suggests. If someone already feels so lost that they're considering ending their life, those aren't the words they need to hear to make it through to another day.

Well said. Not everything is black and white.
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Killing yourself is never the answer.

 

Taking that one line out of context, I just want to say that sometimes killing oneself is the answer, especially with regard to painful terminal illnesses. I don't want anyone denying me my rights to do with my life what I want and no one should be forced to do something against their will.


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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here - there is nothing "untimely" when you are the one taking such a pathetic decision.

 

Fortunately, for you, you have no idea what you are talking about. 

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Taking that one line out of context, I just want to say that sometimes killing oneself is the answer, especially with regard to painful terminal illnesses. I don't want anyone denying me my rights to do with my life what I want and no one should be forced to do something against their will.
I'll let you terminate yourself in this situation if you sign an affidavit stating that nothing and no one is responsible for your predicament.
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It's a shame that it's not even 24 hours since the news was released, and Apple is already cashing in on William's death. I'm fully convinced the entertainment industry sees it's actors worth more after death than they are alive. 

I'm a fan of William's work, I own many of his movies on DVD already. I hope his legacy continues on for years of laughter with younger generations. 

And if Apple did nothing, you would have bashed them for not recognizing the talents of a great performer and human being. I for one loved looking at the page and never knew how many movies he made.

 

I'm sure Lauren Bacall will have her tribute as well...her death was just announced tonight. I guess Apple will be raking in the cash now, right? Another will certainly be on the way as they always come in three's.

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Read the books by psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison. They can be purchased in iBooks. Use the suicide of Robin Williams to learn something rather than parading your ignorance as a badge of honor.

 

Ignorance of mental health issues which lead to substance abuse and suicide is not somebody's fault. William's clearly was not just having a couple of downer days. Manic Depression, which Williams likely had, can be controlled for most, but for some, the treatments do not work. 

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He stupidly chose to kill himself despite all wealth, success and admiration by the same people posting messages around here - there is nothing "untimely" when you are the one taking such a pathetic decision.

I guess you are lucky enough not to suffer through a mental disorder. His drastic decision despite those successes show that depression is real. Unfortunately we live in a society where we no longer care about treating people with mental health disorders.
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@sestewart

"Obviously you can't comprehend the respect of allowing time of passing before creating a cash positive inflow to a celebrity's stock portfolio"

Well said !
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Untimely?
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