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Halloween 2014: Robin Williams or Phillip Seymour Hoffman?

With the news of the death of Hollywood legend Robin Williams, the first question on many people’s mind was, “Do they still make adult-size Genie costumes?” But not so fast – what happened to that Brandt from The Big Lebowski costume you’d been planning on wearing? We’ll help you make the tough decisions that these serious moments call for.


The Big Lebowski is a perennial favorite, a true modern classic, but Hoffman’s character basically is just a guy in a suit. We’d recommend this costume if you look like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, otherwise probably not advisable.


However, you don’t have to look anything like Robin Williams for anyone to know WTF you’re supposed to be with this outfit. Well, it helps if the people at your Halloween party either grew up with Nick at Nite in the early nineties, or are over 45 years old.


As long as we’re doing ’70s throwbacks, who could forget Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing legendary rock critic Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous”? Probably most people. Unless you’re willing to yell in people’s faces about how under-appreciated the Stooges were in their prime (and we know that some of you are), this costume might be just as under-appreciated. ‘Almost’ a good idea.


But wow, if you can find this jacket that Williams is wearing in “Death to Smoochy”, how could you not wear it? Like, every day?


Hoffman plays a Catholic priest in “Doubt”, but if you have a Catholic priest outfit lying around…


Why not go as Williams in “License to Wed”? No “doubt” about it!


Sadly, unless you’re Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible III”, most Phillip Seymour Hoffman costumes involve little more than wearing a tuxedo and looking like Phillip Seymour Hoffman.


Now here’s where it gets tricky. Mrs. Doubtfire, one of Williams’ most beloved roles, is a pretty serious makeup job…


Whereas Hoffman in ‘Flawless’ is basically just a headband, lipstick, and some sexy lighting.



Basically, at the end of the day, Scotty from “Boogie Nights” is a pretty solid choice, as is the awesome gay stereotype from “The Birdcage”. Let’s just hope there are enough Genie costumes to go around – one would imagine that Party City is having some high-level meetings about this right now.

RIP guys!

New on DVD: “Who Authorized This?”

Giving one of 2013’s most underrated performances, Harrison Ford shines in this tender comedy about a demoted ad exec whose young boss (Taylor Lautner) starts dating Ford’s daughter (Ellen Page). Extras: In several intriguing deleted scenes, Ford scores with laughs (his hair dye starts running during a staff meeting) and drama (a spirited clash with Lautner); the commentary from Lautner and director Samual L. Jackson starts off promisingly until both men lose interest. (PG-13)

Movie Review: “He’s Getting Away!”

Raggedy, dirt-smeared and undersized, Danny (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) wears a metal collar and lurks passively on the sidelines as his boss, a burly gangster (Morgan Freeman), demands payment from a client. When the client balks, the crime boss unfastens the smaller man’s collar and barks, “Get ’em!” Danny springs into action, beating to a bloody pulp the client and at least a dozen henchmen. “He got away,” the gangster says afterward, patting an expressionless Danny the way one would a dog and reattaching his collar.

Who Sent You?

Movie Review: “Who Sent You?”

Liam Neeson proves he has the chops to play it (mostly) straight as a sad sack living on his own lawn after his wife dumps him. His redemption? A sweet friendship with a local kid (Elijah Wood).

You Up?

Movie Review: “You Up?”

Real-life pals Justin Timberlake and Sandra Bullock team up for the first time in this romantic comedy, out Feb. 11, about a plastic surgeon who asks his assistant to pose as his ex-wife. Director Dennis Dugan says Bullock kept Timberlake in stitches. “Every joke, every ad lib he threw at her she smacked out of the park. He loved it!”