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Looking For Albert Brooks In The Netflix World

10 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s  presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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New to Streaming: ‘Green Room,’ Albert Brooks, ‘Cemetery of Splendor,’ and More

1 July 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Films of Albert Brooks

We can think of no better way to celebrate the holiday weekend then curling up with the hilarious, often touching films of Albert Brooks. All of his directorial features — Real Life, Modern Romance, Lost in America, Defending Your Life, Mother, The Muse, and Looking For Comedy in a Muslim World — have now been added to Netflix. What are you waiting for? »

- The Film Stage

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Watch: Albert Brooks Resorts to Nefarious Methods to Stream His Films on Netflix

30 June 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Albert Brooks is probably best known to younger movie fans as Marlin in Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” but thanks to a recent deal, Netflix is reminding everyone of the comedian’s long history in film. In a humorous new clip, Brooks announces that Netflix will host seven of his movies starting July 1.

Read More: Louis C.K. & Albert Brooks Co-Writing & Starring In Animated Pilot For FX

The lineup will include “Real Life,” “Defending Your Life,” “Modern Romance,” “Lost in America,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.” Brooks wrote, directed and stars in each film.

Until now, the movies haven’t been streaming online and were only available for purchase or rental. In the promotional video, Brooks jokes that he may have resorted to unsavory means to secure the deal with Netflix. “I’m not advocating kidnapping in any situation. It is a federal crime, »

- Kate Halliwell

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Watch: Albert Brooks Resorts to Nefarious Methods to Stream His Films on Netflix

30 June 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Albert Brooks is probably best known to younger movie fans as Marlin in Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” but thanks to a recent deal, Netflix is reminding everyone of the comedian’s long history in film. In a humorous new clip, Brooks announces that Netflix will host seven of his movies starting July 1.

Read More: Louis C.K. & Albert Brooks Co-Writing & Starring In Animated Pilot For FX

The lineup will include “Real Life,” “Defending Your Life,” “Modern Romance,” “Lost in America,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.” Brooks wrote, directed and stars in each film.

Until now, the movies haven’t been streaming online and were only available for purchase or rental. In the promotional video, Brooks jokes that he may have resorted to unsavory means to secure the deal with Netflix. “I’m not advocating kidnapping in any situation. It is a federal crime, »

- Kate Halliwell

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Netflix makes a big deal about adding the Albert Brooks filmography, as they should

30 June 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"I have seen the future, and it is a bald-headed man from New York!" Has there even been a specially-produced commercial announcing that Netflix was adding the library of a specific writer/director? I think this might be the first, and it feels appropriate that it’s done in spectacular dry Albert Brooks fashion. Tomorrow, the streaming video service will add all seven of the feature films that were written and directed by Brooks, and that is reason to rejoice whether you’re intimately familiar with all of them or new to them completely. I would argue that he’s made three perfect comedies and four films that all feature work that is smart and personal and carefully-observed. Modern Romance is a terrific movie that flies in the face of everything we know about how romantic comedy works, charting the ups and (mostly) downs of a relationship between Brooks and Kathryn Harrold. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Netflix To Stream Albert Brooks' Films

30 June 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Comedian and actor Albert Brooks had a long career before he became known as the voice of Marlin in the "Finding Nemo" films, one aspect of it that doesn't get discussed as much as it should are his efforts at directing.

Kicking off with 1979's "Real Life," Brooks penned and directed seven theatrical features which include 1981's "Modern Romance," 1985's "Lost in America," 1991's "Defending Your Life," 1996's "Mother," 1999's "The Muse" and 2005's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World ".

Starting tomorrow (July 1st), Netflix has revealed it will make these films available to stream for the first time ever, although sadly they will be available only to Netflix's U.S. subscribers. Brooks even shot a special piece for the announcement which you can see below:

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- Garth Franklin

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Netflix Will Stream 7 Albert Brooks Movies for the First Time

30 June 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time on a subscription-streaming service, starting Friday, July 1.

The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.

Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”

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- Todd Spangler

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan

6 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Here's a sterling example of what Hollywood excelled at back in the golden age: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains and Edward Everett Horton star in possibly the most magical of movies known as Film Blanc. A cosmic goof leaves a man with fifty years yet to live without a body -- so heavenly troubleshooters try to find him a new one. Here Comes Mr. Jordan Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 819 1941 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 14, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason. Cinematography Joseph Walker Art Direction Lionel Banks Film Editor Viola Lawrence Original Music Frederick Hollander Written by Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller from the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall Produced by Everett Riskin Directed by Alexander Hall

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some movies are so entertaining that it's best to tell people, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Daisy Ridley Reunites With J.J. Abrams for Thriller 'Kolma': Report

19 April 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" starlet Daisy Ridley has reportedly booked her next project, and she'll be working with a familiar face.

TheWrap reports that Ridley will re-team with her "Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams for the thriller "Kolma," a remake of the Israeli film "All I've Got." Ridley will star, and Abrams will produce through his Bad Robot banner.

According to the trade, the flick has an unusual fantasy element. Here's how the 2003 original plays out:

Described as a cross between a loftier, more mystical version of "The Notebook" and Albert Brooks' 1991 fantasy romance "Defending Your Life," the project follows a young couple who get in a car accident that leaves the man dead. Decades later, the old woman must choose whether to reunite with her long-lost love in the afterlife or return to the fateful day her life changed forever.

TheWrap cautions that this logline could change in the remake, »

- Katie Roberts

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Jj Abrams, Daisy Ridley to Reteam on ‘Kolma’ at Paramount (Exclusive)

18 April 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout Daisy Ridley and producer J.J. Abrams are planning to reteam on “Kolma,” a fantasy thriller that “Diary of a Teenage Girl” filmmaker Marielle Heller is in negotiations to direct for Paramount, TheWrap has exclusively learned. “Kolma” is based on Keren Margalit’s 2003 Israeli movie of the week titled “All I’ve Got” (“Kol Ma She’Yesh Li”). Described as a cross between a loftier, more mystical version of “The Notebook” and Albert Brooks‘ 1991 fantasy romance “Defending Your Life,” the project follows a young couple who get in a car accident that leaves the man dead. »

- Jeff Sneider

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'Defending Your Life' at 25: Albert Brooks on Making a Comedy Classic

22 March 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If heaven exists, what would it look like?

It's one of life's big questions, and if you believe what you see in the movies, it's a place full of white fluffy clouds and friendly angels pining for their life back on our Big Blue Marble. But that's not how Albert Brooks sees it.

Twenty-five years ago — and less than a year after Ghost stormed the box office — Brooks wrote, directed, and starred in Defending Your Life, the story of an ad man who buys himself a Bimmer for his 40th birthday, »

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