Albert Brooks
Actor, voice actor, writer, comedian and director
Albert Brooks
Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo, and recurring guest voices for the animated television series The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie.
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People Want To Move To The Newly Found Planets To Escape Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 4 days
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Ellen DeGeneres Skewers Donald Trump's Travel Ban Via 'Finding Dory' Summary
Huffington Post - 27 days
Ellen DeGeneres is using “Finding Dory” to make a powerful political point. In a segment set to air Tuesday, the talk show host summarizes Disney Pixar’s 2016 animated comedy-drama to indirectly throw shade on President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban ― an executive order that prohibits refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Watch the clip here: Wanna know what I thought about Trump watching "Finding Dory" in the White House? Here ya go. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 31, 2017 ”I don’t get political, so I’m not going to talk about the travel ban,” claims DeGeneres, who voiced the movie’s titular character. “I’m just gonna talk about the very non-political, family-friendly, ‘People’s Choice Award’-winning ‘Finding Dory.’” Describing the movie’s major plot points, DeGeneres recalls how the forgetful Dory tries to reunite with her parents in America by crossing a ...
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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Seven Albert Brooks Films Will Be Available on Netflix Starting July 1
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
The writer-director's movies include 'Defending Your Life,' 'Lost in America' and 'The Muse.'
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George Kennedy, 'Cool Hand Luke' Actor, Dead At 91
Huffington Post - 12 months
George Kennedy, known for his role in "Cool Hand Luke," has died, reports TMZ. He was 91 years old.  The actor's grandson, Cory Schenkel, confirmed that Kennedy, who had been under hospice care for the last month, died early Sunday morning in Boise, Idaho. He also told TMZ that Kennedy had been dealing with health issues since his wife Joan's death just over a year ago.  Schenkel also shared a touching note about both of his grandparents on Facebook, writing, "While I am extremely sad that they are both gone ... I am grateful for the life, memories, and knowledge they shared with me."  Born in New York City to a ballet dancer and an orchestra leader, Kennedy found success in both television and film. The actor appeared in over 200 roles throughout his distinguished career.  He started out acting in TV westerns such as "Maverick" (1960) and "Colt .45" (1959). Soon after, he garnered minor roles in films like "Lonely Are the Brave" (1962) and "The Flight of the Pho ...
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Twitter Did Not Understand Why 'The Martian' Won Best Comedy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical went to Ridley Scott's "The Martian," starring Matt Damon as a man whose slapstick attempts at communicating with his home planet after he's hilariously stranded on Mars had audiences rolling with laughter.  Rather understandably, Twitter didn't get it.  The Martian is much deserved as best comedy. When he ran out of oxygen I was on the floor. — Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 11, 2016 the martian was a comedy b/c in real life he'd have been wild dead — Desus Nice (@desusnice) January 11, 2016 Wait -sincere question cuz I haven't seen it, only the trailer- which I did bust a gut over- but how is the Martian a comedy? — Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) January 11, 2016 Matt Damon on "The Martian": “No, it’s not a comedy, it’s a musical" — The New York Times (@nytimes) January 11, 2016 The Martian won BEST COMEDY? I hope Tra ...
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My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the winner of my Health Oriented Motion-picture Excellence (HOME) Academy Award just prior to the real Oscar awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The health-themed movies are rated by me based on outstanding presentation of an important health issue that has motivated discussions of the topic and influenced changes in attitudes towards health or dealing with disease. As a physician, I know that what everyone sees on the big screen (and later on our smaller screens at home or on our mobile devices) causes us to think about our personal lives and experiences and informs many of our conversations. So when movies portray important health themes, I use these to talk with my family and also my friends and patients about health issues in our lives, and I trust others do as well. These issues are discussed in more detail in my b ...
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Movie Review: Concussion... Fumbles
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Concussion is a dramatic thriller which begins like a murder mystery. A puffy and peculiar acting David Morse who portrays Hall of Fame football player Mike Webster is living in his jalopy in Pittsburgh with mylar covering one window, his worldly possessions in his backseat and is homeless. Alcoholic, he visits a doctor and complains of memory problems, headaches, suicidal thoughts and begs for help. The doctor gives him Haldol and a pat on the back. Webster commits suicide. David Morse's performance is Oscar- worthy. Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu performs an autopsy on Webster. Two-times Oscar nominee Smith is barely recognizable as Dr. Omalu. With an almost sing-song speech pattern, Smith owns the character of this proud, well-educated forensic neuropathologist raised in Nigeria who longs for recognition in American medicine. Dr. Omalu does not use the same knife on different cadavers out of respect for the dead. He talks to his corpses asking them to tell him how they died and pl ...
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DVDs: "The Great American Dream Machine" Turned TV "Inside Out"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ok, the holidays are approaching. So we've got repackaged holiday TV classics slapped together so they can be restocked in the big box stores. We've got complete sets of "classic" (or just popular or just cult-y enough) TV shows in cheaper than ever sets. We've got some hit films. We'e got pirates fighting over treasure in "Black Sails" and thank God we have Criterion and their Eclipse label to uncover some treasures from the cinematic past. Arghhhh! THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE ($39.98 DVD; Entertainment One) BEST OF ENEMIES ($29.98 BluRay; Magnolia) BLACK SAILS SEASON TWO ($59.99 BluRay; Anchor Bay) BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON ONE ($65.99 BluRay; Sony) Great television has been produced since they started broadcasting in the 1940s. (The Nazis delayed the spread of TV, actually, or it would have been dominant even sooner.) The decline of TV began at just about the same time.Sometimes, strangely, both happen at the same moment. Certainly The Great American Dream ...
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First 'Finding Dory' Trailer Previews An Adventure 'She Probably Won't Remember'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Back in June, fans at Disney's D23 Expo scored themselves a super sneak peek at "Finding Dory," the hotly anticipated sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo." Now, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres (who once again lends her voice to the adorable blue tang fish with short-term memory loss), the world has its first official look at the sequel.  The 1 minute, 42 second clip appears to be the same footage shown at the D23 Expo, as it features Dory mumbling in her sleep, "Don’t cry, Mommy, don’t cry. Oh no ..." before she suddenly remembers that her family is out there -- and she has to find them. It fittingly features the tagline, "An unforgettable adventure she probably won't remember." And while it's been 12 years since since Nemo and Dory swam into our hearts, the sequel picks up six months after the events of "Finding Nemo." Pixar President Jim Morris previously revealed that the sequel will center around Dory's search for her family, with much of the movie taking place at the "Mari ...
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The Dumbest Baseball Movie Ending Of All Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Scout had a lot of things going against it from the outset. It was a baseball movie that came out in the fall of 1994, during what would become Major League Baseball's most notorious work stoppage (it eventually canceled that year's World Series). People were angry at baseball in 1994, so no one was really in the mood to watch a movie about baseball -- let alone a bad movie about baseball. Because of its unfortunate release date, The Scout was swept under the rug as a forgotten oddity of sorts. What is lost in all of this is that The Scout had quite possibly the dumbest ending of any movie about baseball that was ever made. (And I write this knowing that at the end of The Fan, Robert de Niro somehow snuck onto the field, posed as an umpire, and almost killed Wesley Snipes' Bobby Rayburn while the San Francisco Giants inexplicably played baseball during a monsoon.) The Scout starred Albert Brooks as a down-on-his-luck scout for the down-on-their-luck New York Yankees (which is ...
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Hollywood Nation: Celebs talk slimdown solutions
Fox News - over 3 years
Albert Brooks, Emmy Rossum sound off
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Escape from “Saturday Night Live,” birth of “The Muppet Show” - over 3 years
At the same time Jim Henson's manager Bernie Brillstein was circulating the "Muppet Show" pitch reel, he was also lining up an opportunity for Jim and the Muppets to become a regular part of a new late night sketch comedy series being developed by another of Brillstein’s clients, a thirty-year-old producer and former "Laugh-In" writer named Lorne Michaels. “He described the show, and I really loved it,” said Jim. In August, then, Jim began meeting regularly with Michaels’s writers in preparation for the weekly late night series Jim referred to on his desk calendar only as the “NBC Show,” but which Michaels was calling "Saturday Night"—and then, eventually, "Saturday Night Live." "Saturday Night Live" was a comedy variety show, but, as envisioned by Michaels and his scrappy team of writers, one unlike any variety show that had ever been seen before. “We wanted to redefine comedy the way the Beatles redefined what being a pop star was,” Michaels said later. The very idea of it—an unpred ...
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Albert Brooks: Barack Obama's Answer to Putin's Op-Ed
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
WHAT DID I JUST READ? By Barack Obama Imagine my surprise when I opened the New York Times and read Vladimir Putin's Op-ed. I didn't know what I was reading for a few minutes. Sometime's my Chief of Staff will put The Onion in front of me just to shake things up so it took me a moment to realize this was not a joke. First off, let me say I had a very nice time at the G20. The food was good, although a bit heavy for my taste, and the weather was pleasant. Certainly you can see the sky sometimes, which you can never do in China. As I continued to read the Op-ed, I really couldn't understand whether we were being insulted or praised. Mr. Putin seemed to respect the United States for one paragraph, and then blast us in another. Now understand, I admire Mr. Putin. For his age he seems to be in great physical shape and even though I could kick his ass in basketball I do believe that if a bear were to attack the both of us, he would be the one to shoo it away. But le ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Albert Brooks
  • 2011
    Age 63
    In 2011, Brooks costarred as a vicious gangster heavy and the main antagonist in the motion picture Drive, alongside Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, a role that has been given much critical praise and positive reviews, with several critics proclaiming Brooks' performance as one of the film's best aspects.
    More Details Hide Details After receiving awards and nominations from several film festivals and critic groups, but not an Academy Award nomination, Brooks responded humorously on Twitter, "And to the Academy: ‘You don't like me. You really don't like me’."
    He has played Lenny Botwin, Nancy Botwin's estranged father-in-law, on Showtime's television series Weeds. St. Martin's Press published his first novel, 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America, on May 10, 2011.
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  • 2007
    Age 59
    In 2007, he continued his long term collaboration with The Simpsons by voicing Russ Cargill, the central antagonist of The Simpsons Movie.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006 he appeared in the documentary film Wanderlust as David Howard from "Lost in America".
    More Details Hide Details The documentary included many other well known people.
  • 2005
    Age 57
    In 2005, his film Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was dropped by Sony Pictures due to their desire to change the title. Warner Independent Pictures purchased the film and gave it a limited release in January 2006; the film received mixed reviews and a low box office gross.
    More Details Hide Details The movie goes back to the days of Brooks's Real Life, as Brooks once again plays himself, a filmmaker commissioned by the U.S. government to see what makes the Muslim people laugh, thus sending him on a tour of India and Pakistan.
  • 1998
    Age 50
    In James L. Brooks's hit Broadcast News (1987), Albert Brooks was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing an insecure, supremely ethical network TV reporter, who offers the rhetorical question, "Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive?" He also won positive notices for his role in 1998's Out of Sight, playing an untrustworthy banker and ex-convict.
    More Details Hide Details Brooks received positive reviews for his portrayal of a dying retail store owner who befriends disillusioned teen Leelee Sobieski in My First Mister (2001). Brooks continued his voiceover work in Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003), as the voice of Marlin, one of the film's protagonists; Nemo is Brooks's largest grossing film to date.
  • 1997
    Age 49
    In 1997, Brooks married website designer Kimberly Shlain, daughter of surgeon and writer Leonard Shlain.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, Jacob and Claire, and reside in Santa Monica, California.
  • 1981
    Age 33
    These include 1981's Modern Romance, where Brooks played a film editor desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold).
    More Details Hide Details The film received a limited release and ultimately grossed under $3 million domestically, but was well received by critics, with one reviewer commenting that the film was "not Brooks at his best, but still amusing". His best-received film, Lost in America (1985), featured Brooks and Julie Hagerty as a couple who leave their yuppie lifestyle and drop out of society to live in a motor home as they have always dreamed of doing, meeting disappointment. Brooks's Defending Your Life (1991) placed his lead character in the afterlife, put on trial to justify his human fears and determine his cosmic fate. Critics responded to the offbeat premise and the chemistry between Brooks and Meryl Streep, as his post-death love interest. His later efforts did not find large audiences, but still retained Brooks's touch as a filmmaker. He garnered positive reviews for Mother (1996), which starred Brooks as a middle-aged writer moving back home to resolve tensions between himself and his mother (Debbie Reynolds). 1999's The Muse featured Brooks as a down-and-out Hollywood screenwriter using the services of an authentic muse (Sharon Stone) for inspiration. In an interview with Brooks with regards to The Muse, Gavin Smith wrote, "Brooks's distinctive filmmaking style is remarkably discreet and unemphatic; he has a light, deft touch, with a classical precision and economy, shooting and cutting his scenes in smooth, seamless successions of medium shots, with clean, high-key lighting."
  • 1979
    Age 31
    Brooks directed his first feature film, Real Life, in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details The film, in which Brooks (playing a version of himself) obnoxiously films a typical suburban family in an effort to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, was a sendup of PBS's An American Family documentary. It has also been viewed as foretelling the future emergence of reality television. Brooks also made a cameo appearance in the film Private Benjamin (1980), starring Goldie Hawn. (He also got starring credits in the film, even though his character dies within roughly the first half-hour of the film.) Through the 1980s and 1990s, Brooks co-wrote (with longtime collaborator Monica Johnson), directed and starred in a series of well-received comedies, playing variants on his standard neurotic and self-obsessed character.
  • 1976
    Age 28
    In 1976 he appeared in his first mainstream film role, in Martin Scorsese's landmark Taxi Driver; Scorsese allowed Brooks to improvise much of his dialogue.
    More Details Hide Details The role reflected Brooks's decision to move to Los Angeles to enter the film business. In an interview, Brooks mentioned a conversation he'd had with Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader, in which Schrader said that Brooks's character was the only one in the movie that he could not "understand" – a remark that Brooks found amusing, as the movie's antihero was a psychotic loner.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    In 1975, he directed six short films for the first season of NBC's Saturday Night Live:
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  • 1972
    Age 24
    He had already made his first short film, The Famous Comedians School, a satiric short and an early example of the mockumentary subgenre that appeared on the PBS show The Great American Dream Machine in 1972.
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  • 1947
    Born in 1947.
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