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Albert Brooks Thought He Killed a Guy on the Set of 'Drive' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 4:00AM
Albert Brooks, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Acting is way tougher than we imagined. On 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Albert Brooks talked about an experience he had with a choking scene that makes us question the authenticity of every violent scene we see on the screen.

Everyone from the director to the actor he was working with him was pushing him to choke the guy harder. "Choke me, man," the guy insisted. So Brooks did.

He did until the guy literally passed out, and according to Brooks, genuinely stopped breathing. Talk about authenticity in Hollywood!

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Albert Brooks Admits He's Still Obsessed With Kate Middleton on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 4:17AM
Albert Brooks, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'The death of Osama Bin Laden did a lot to overshadow the blanket coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But Albert Brooks isn't over it yet. On 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), he admitted he "can't stop thinking about this Kate Middleton."

"I dream about her," he said. "I think about her. I want to be her first Jew."

Brooks couldn't even take time to talk about his new book '2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America.' It was as if he simply had to get this obsession of his off his chest, and Jon Stewart's show was just the place to do it.

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Albert Brooks Riffs on the Swarzeneggers, Barbara Walters, and the Future on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 10th 2011 7:15PM
Albert Brooks on 'The View'Comedian, filmmaker, actor and author Albert Brooks' new novel is provocatively titled '2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America.' Tuesday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) he gave a few predictions and riffed on current news stories, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Maria Shriver break-up (Brooks thinks she gave him an ultimatum: "You do one more of those 'Terminator' movies and I'm outta here').

Brooks was once a great stand-up, and he's quick on his feet. He looked at guest co-host Teri Hatcher and said, "I don't know what she did, but I have never seen Whoopi look more radiant." When Barbara Walters asked what was going to happen in 2030, remarking she wouldn't be there, Brooks reassured her that she would. "You will be here, because I didn't realize how young you were," he said, folding his arms and rolling his eyes.

But the most important question about the future came from Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Would Donald Trump be president? "I don't know how much I could say 'no' to that," he said. Hopefully, Brooks just saved us all a lot of aggravation.

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Media Savvy Albert Brooks Kisses Letterman to Help Promote His Book (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 10th 2011 4:19AM
Albert Brooks, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Albert Brooks does know the future, and we can prove it! He was on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) to talk about his first foray into novel writing. '2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America' is a speculative tale of a world after cancer has been cured.

But Brooks knew it might take more than an appearance with David Letterman to get the book on the New York Times bestseller list.

"In the mass world of media, things don't get attention unless they go viral," he explained to Letterman. "Would you mind if I hold this up and kiss you on the lips?"

It was an awkward moment, but here we are. If Brooks is that good at foreseeing the immediate future, imagine what he can do when looking 19 years ahead?

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Weeds: The Three Coolers

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 8th 2008 1:06AM
Mary-Louise Parker and Albert Brooks
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Nobody mourns like the Botwins. I can't decide whose behavior was the least appropriate; there certainly were a lot of contenders. Lenny's countdown was extremely insensitive, and his actions throughout the episode didn't do him any favors, either. I'll save the specifics for after the jump, but he made Nancy's Andy-ditching look like an act of kindness. Not cool, BotWinBig, not cool.

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Weeds: The Whole Blah Damn Thing

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 1st 2008 1:27AM
Mary-Louise Parker
(S04E03) What a relief! Now that we've ditched the dead weight (sorry, Bubbie) Weeds can finally get down to business. The Agrestic and Ren Mar worlds are slowly coming together, which should please the Doug fans. Some familiar faces are making their way to Nancy's new home, and that could mean trouble for her.

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Weeds: Lady's a Charm

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 24th 2008 1:14AM
Justin Kirk(S04E02) The season premiere took us to a new town, and "Lady's a Charm" gave us a look into Nancy's future as a drug trafficker. There's room for improvement, that's for sure. This week we learned more of the Botwin family history, got a brief and depressing Yiddish lesson, and, for the first time, I heard the word "schlimazel" outside the context of Laverne & Shirley.

The "Little Boxes" theme is gone for good. Instead, we got a quick shot of the Mexican border. I'll miss the old song, but it no longer fits with the show's new setting. I can't decide if I like the music-free credits, or if a different theme song would have been a good idea. What song would suit Weeds now that it isn't set in the suburbs?

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Funnyman Albert Brooks cast on Weeds

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 15th 2008 11:44AM
Albert BrooksOne of the funniest guys in show business is coming to TV; and not just voices like he's done on The Simpsons. E! News has reported that Albert Brooks will appear in four episodes of Weeds for in the upcoming season. The Showtime comedy returns with new episodes beginning June 16.

Albert Brooks -- whose real name is Albert Einstein (and his brother is comic Bob Einstein, aka Super Dave Osborne) -- has been making people laugh for nearly four decades. I distinctly remember his bits on Love, American Style and his hilarious films on Saturday Night Live circa 1975.

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Happy birthday, Albert Brooks - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 22nd 2007 3:06PM

Albert BrooksAlbert Brooks turns 60 today.

Brooks is mostly known for his films (Defending Your Life, Modern Romance), but he was also a favorite guest of folks like Carson and Letterman back in the '80s. He never quite gained the notoriety of some of his contemporaries, but his reputation as a "comedian's comedian" and a little something called "actual talent" has kept him out of obscurity -- and deservedly so, because he's one of the smartest and funniest people working today, even if he is a few steps outside the limelight.

Younger folks know him best for his various guest roles on The Simpsons, one of which I've posted below along with an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman (in two parts).

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The Five: Great Simpsons guest stars

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2006 7:57AM

simpsonsThe Simpsons has been using guest stars since the very first season. Some have returned on several occasions, sometimes as different characters (Albert Brooks), sometimes as the same character (Kelsey Grammer), and sometimes as both (Jon Lovitz). By my calculations there have been exactly twelve thousand guest stars on the show so far, so obviously a list of just five is going to be lacking just a tad. Nevertheless, these are five guest stars who stick out in my mind. Got some more? That's what the comments are for. Here we go:

Albert Brooks: Brooks first appeared in season one as Jacques, the man with the fake French accent who tries to woo Marge away from Homer with his knowledge of bowling and women. He later appeared as Hank Scorpio, a rather paradoxical character who is both very friendly and yet extremely evil. I think my favorite Brooks episode, however, was the episode "The Heartbroke Kid" when he played Tab Spangler, a ticking time bomb of a coach who tries to coerce Bart back to health after Bart gains weight and suffers a heart attack. "Every sign is wrong!" He'll also be appearing in the Simpsons movie, which is very cool.

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A little bit more on The Simpsons movie

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2006 12:34PM

simpsonsThey've chosen a director for the new Simpsons movie, and it's Steven Spielberg.

Wait. I'm sorry, I didn't have my glasses on. The director is actually David Silverman, a name Simpsons fans should immediately recognize. Silverman is a supervising animation director on the show and also worked on the movie Monsters, Inc.

While I'm sure David Silverman's direction will be just fine, I wonder if they ever considered having Brad Bird direct the film (or if Bird was even available, for that matter). Bird seems like an obvious choice to me, having worked on The Simpsons and also having helmed two of the more well-respected animated films in recent years, The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. I think a mix of Simpson-y irreverence mixed with Bird's knack for storytelling would have been nice, but oh well. I'm still excited, regardless.

Oh yeah, and Sitcoms Online is reporting that Albert Brooks (one of my favorite occasional guest voices) will make an appearance in the movie, too. This movie just keeps sounding better.

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The 20 greatest Simpsons guest stars

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2006 5:21PM
John WatersThe Boston Phoenix picks the top 20 guest stars that have lent their voices to The Simpsons.

20. U2
19. Spinal Tap
18. James Taylor
17. Johnny Cash
16. Anne Bancroft
15. Jackie Mason

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A great way to spend $10

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 18th 2006 10:27PM

Cream of WheatI found myself rather bored this morning and decided that since I live in NYC, maybe I should take advantage of all the things a large city has to offer? So I checked out the Museum of Television and Radio and if you reside in the NYC or LA area, I have a good reason for you to do the same.

Step one? Dig through your couch cushions until you find ten bucks. Step two? Go to the MT&R and buy a ticket for the current screening of "From Albert Brooks to TV Funhouse: Selected Short Films from Saturday Night Live." Step three? Laugh hysterically for 90 straight minutes.

The collection of SNL shorts was jam packed; many I had seen and many that came before my time but still oh so worth it. Of particular note, I really enjoyed the synchronized swimming team of Harry Shearer and Martin Short coached by Christopher Guest. When Short mentions that "he's not that strong a swimmer," I almost fell out of my seat. Also worth seeing was Tim Robbins' short on the folk singing Bob Roberts, which later led to the film of the same name. However, I couldn't stop laughing at the more recent Adam McKay directed short about the pervert who got his jollies from the Cream of Wheat chef. I'm telling you, if you have a free afternoon and can get to either museum location, then go for it. You can see a schedule for this and other screenings at the link below.

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Albert Brooks talks comedy

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 21st 2006 9:03AM
albert brooksAlbert Brooks, the quintessential comedian's comedian, recently did an interview with The Onion where he spoke about his new movie Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. Of course, TV viewers know Brooks from his numerous appearances on late night talk shows, most notably on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. What I found especially interesting was his take on how stand-up comedians today often don't stand a chance because everything they do is "focus grouped" within minutes:

 

"I just, man, I'm telling you—I don't know how you get a Sam Kinison out of that world. I don't know where Bill Hicks comes from. I don't know how anyone special can go anywhere, because the guards are right in the very embryonic stage."

That was refreshing enough, but what really capped it off was when he later said, "I just read where somebody got high on the Billboard charts with [a comedy album]. I forget who it was." If anything from that interview made me respect this iconic comedian more than I already do, it's that he neither knows, nor cares, who the hell Dane Cook is.

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The Daily Show: January 10, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 12th 2006 7:37AM
Jon Stewart"Sam's Club": Ahh... The Senate hearings for Alito have started. Reactions have been mixed all over Washington... Bush hoped for dignified dignity with an extra side of dignity (which means no ball-scratching), Dick Durbin tried pinning Alito to the recent mining tragedy, and Tom Coburn tried throwing abortion and the "hey, if sodomy is protected, why isn't prostitution?" card in. Ladies and gentlemen, the definition of class! Commence your sarcastic slow-clap. Jon really did do a poor Jerry Seinfeld impression, haha. The Seinfeld twangy-bass-theme noise made up for it though.

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