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Robin Williams, George R.R. Martin and Ariana Grande land in our MORNING QUICKIES

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Robin Williams, George R.R. Martin and Ariana Grande land in our MORNING QUICKIES
Robin Williams' wife reveals he had Parkinson's disease
Following his sudden passing, Robin Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, has released a statement revealing that her late husband was battling Parkinson's disease. As reported by the CBC, she wrote, "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly. It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.” Amen. 

George R.R. Martin talks books and sex 
George R.R. Martin was asked about the lack of same sex loving in his A Song of Ice and Fire series while attending the Edinburgh International Book Festival earlier this week and he had this to say: "Frankly, it is the way I prefer to write fiction because that is the way all of us experience life. You're seeing me from your viewpoint, you're not seeing what someone over here is seeing."

"I'm not going to do it just for the sake of doing it. If the plot lends itself to that — if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I'm not going to shy away from it — but you can't just insert things because everyone wants to see them. It is not a democracy. If it was a democracy, then Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did." Makes sense!

Ariana Grande throws Nickelodeon under the bus 
We get that Ariana Grande might not be super happy with Nickelodeon now that her show, Sam & Cat, has been cancelled, but is that really any reason to throw shade its way? Talking about her experience with the channel, Grande said, "It was a blessing and one of my childhood dreams come true [but] for a long time I was attached to a character that was nothing like myself. It was a little frustrating." That's why it's called ACTING!