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Looking For Albert Brooks In The Netflix World

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

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

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

Watch: Albert Brooks Resorts to Nefarious Methods to Stream His Films on Netflix
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,
See full article at Indiewire »

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

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Netflix makes a big deal about adding the Albert Brooks filmography, as they should
"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.
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Netflix To Stream Albert Brooks' Films

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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Netflix Will Stream 7 Albert Brooks Movies for the First Time

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.”

Brooks currently can be heard as
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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions

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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions
Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival,
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Alchemy Festival Special Lecture – The Muse & Muso – Ar Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh

Coming up on Saturday May 24th at the cool Alchemy Festival in London will be a special Hindi music lecture. Indian cinema expert for BBC London and Cineworld cinemas, Ashanti Omkar, will give a talk on one of her specialist subjects, the music of BAFTA award winning composer Ar Rahman. Titled The Muse & Muso, it is a trip down memory lane on the journey of singer Sukhwinder Singh and Ar Rahman.

Star performer from the world of Bollywood, Sukhwinder Singh has collaborated with the double Academy award winner, from the days of the hit Bollywood film Taal, to his Grammy winning song ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire (which also won best soundtrack, at the awards).

Says Ashanti Omkar about how this came about, “I’ve worked with the Alchemy festival since the opening night extravaganza, where Ar Rahman’s orchestral scores were performed by the resident orchestra of the South Bank Centre,
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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: All 51 Miss Golden Globes Are Five Degrees (or Less) from Sosie Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: All 51 Miss Golden Globes Are Five Degrees (or Less) from Sosie Bacon
Sosie Bacon may only be 21, but she has a lot going for her. On top of being 2014's Miss Golden Globe, through her father Kevin Bacon, she is connected to nearly everyone in Hollywood - including every other previous Miss Golden Globe, most of whom are also the daughters (or sons) of industry power players. And while some have a connection through their famous parents, others, such as Laura Dern (who happens to have famous parents), are also connected through their own work. Don't believe us? Here's how you get from young Ms. Bacon to all of her famous predecessors,
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The top 30 underappreciated films of 1999

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51

The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...

The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.

Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many,
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This is the End: why actors love to play themselves

From Being John Malkovich to Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Trip, actors increasingly find it liberating, even therapeutic, to play a version of themselves. This is the End is the latest film to mess around with movie star personas

The new comedy This is the End is less notable for its vision of Hollywood hit by the apocalypse than for the conceit of having its entire cast play themselves. It turns out that Jonah Hill is a prissy buffoon given to harping on about his Oscar nomination. Sweet, gentle Michael Cera is in fact a leering, cocaine-snorting lout who has toilet-stall threesomes with anyone who will oblige. Seth Rogen likes weed. And who on earth would have suspected that James Franco is gay?

Only the most credulous audience members will believe that the cast of This is the End are doing anything except performing, but there is still the tantalising
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

This is the End: why actors love to play themselves

From Being John Malkovich to Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Trip, actors increasingly find it liberating, even therapeutic, to play a version of themselves. This is the End is the latest film to mess around with movie star personas

The new comedy This is the End is less notable for its vision of Hollywood hit by the apocalypse than for the conceit of having its entire cast play themselves. It turns out that Jonah Hill is a prissy buffoon given to harping on about his Oscar nomination. Sweet, gentle Michael Cera is in fact a leering, cocaine-snorting lout who has toilet-stall threesomes with anyone who will oblige. Seth Rogen likes weed. And who on earth would have suspected that James Franco is gay?

Only the most credulous audience members will believe that the cast of This is the End are doing anything except performing, but there is still the tantalising
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Albert Brooks Hooks Deal To Reprise In ‘Finding Nemo 2′

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Albert Brooks Hooks Deal To Reprise In ‘Finding Nemo 2′
Exclusive: Albert Brooks has closed a fat deal to reprise the voice Marlin in Finding Nemo 2 for Disney‘s Pixar. The sequel has been long in the works; Deadline told you last July that the studio got the original’s helmer Andrew Stanton back in the fold (I’d heard that the studio will also give him another live-action shot after his disastrous live-action debut on John Carter), and Ellen DeGeneres came back shortly after. It took much longer to hook Brooks, who continued his renaissance as an actor in the Judd Apatow-directed This Is 40, following his turn as bad-ass Bernie Rose in Drive. Brooks is also working on another novel, this coming after his first, Twenty Thirty: The Real Story Of What Happened To America, became a bestseller. It’s unclear though when he will next write and direct another one of those personal comedy vehicles
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Elton John, Pnau "jazzed" about London 2012 Olympics song

Elton John, Pnau
Elton John is said to be "jazzed" about releasing a song for the Olympics with Pnau. The star, who has teamed up with the Australian electro duo for an album that reworks his songs from the '70s, will put out 'Good Morning to the Night' as one of five official releases to coincide with the Games. Pnau's Peter Mayes told Digital Spy: "The [album's] title track is going to be one of the songs for the Olympics. The Muse song is the official track, and we're the next song along with Chemical Brothers and Delphic. "They're releasing five songs to coincide with the event, which is so exciting! Elton is jazzed about it - he told (more)
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Elton John, Pnau "jazzed" about Olympics song

Elton John, Pnau
Elton John is said to be "jazzed" about releasing a song for the Olympics with Pnau. The star, who has teamed up with the Australian electro duo for an album that reworks his songs from the '70s, will put out 'Good Morning to the Night' as one of five official releases to coincide with the Games. Pnau's Peter Mayes told Digital Spy: "The [album's] title track is going to be one of the songs for the Olympics. The Muse song is the official track, and we're the next song along with Chemical Brothers and Delphic. "They're releasing five songs to coincide with the event, which is so exciting! Elton is jazzed about it - he told (more)
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Drive – The Review

Nicolas Winding Refn.s Drive is simply perfect. Not since Michael Mann.s 1981 crime drama Thief, has a film of this type had such an impact, and dare I say Drive is even better? Yes, I do. Every woman.s newest sweetheart, Ryan Gosling (Crazy Stupid Love) is Driver, a nameless Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. He lives simply, adhering to a strict set of rules, which keeps him at the top of his game, out of prison. and alive. On the surface, he.s a pretty boy with a quiet disposition, but hidden within is a strong, efficient survivor with the capacity to be brutal when necessary.

Working as a mechanic for Shannon, played by Breaking Bad.s Bryan Cranston, the two men hold a partnership that handles the criminal side jobs. When Shannon approaches former motion picture producer turned organized crime boss Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks
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Albert Brooks' Dark Side Comes Out In Newest Clip From Drive

Albert Brooks is a comedian. In addition to being a successful stand-up, Brooks has spent his career as an actor making funny movies like Broadcast News, Lost in America, The Muse and even The Simpsons Movie. In Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, however, he's not playing a funny guy. Sure, your instinct might be to smile when you first see him on screen, but I can guarantee that by the end of the film you'll lose that habit. Film District has now released the third clip from the new movie, in which Brooks is featured heavily, and you can check it out below. In the film Ryan Gosling plays a stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. After getting close to his neighbor (Carey Mulligan) he gets roped into helping her boyfriend with a job. When things go horribly wrong, suddenly the hero finds himself with a bag full of
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Comedian Albert Brooks Also Looks to Join Judd Apatow's Next Film

Just recently we learned that Transformers star Megan Fox would branch out into comedy by taking a role in Judd Apatow's next film, the Knocked Up spin-off with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their characters from the 2007 comedy. Now a new cast member has been revealed as Deadline reports comedian Albert Brooks is negotiating to join Apatow's untitled new comedy. Brooks hasn't been in a live-action comedy since 2005's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, which he also wrote & directed. Otherwise his voice has also been heard in The Simpsons Movie and he'll also appear in Drive with Ryan Gosling. Apparently Brooks will be playing Rudd's father in the film, which just makes me giddy for all the comedic possibilities. I've always been a fan of Brooks' dry humor in movies like The Muse and Broadcast News, so seeing the writer/director/actor work with one of
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Comedian Albert Brooks Also Looks to Join Judd Apatow's Next Film

Just recently we learned that Transformers star Megan Fox would branch out into comedy by taking a role in Judd Apatow's next film, the Knocked Up spin-off with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their characters from the 2007 comedy. Now a new cast member has been revealed as Deadline reports comedian Albert Brooks is negotiating to join Apatow's untitled new comedy. Brooks hasn't been in a live-action comedy since 2005's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, which he also wrote & directed. Otherwise his voice has also been heard in The Simpsons Movie and he'll also appear in Drive with Ryan Gosling. Apparently Brooks will be playing Rudd's father in the film, which just makes me giddy for all the comedic possibilities. I've always been a fan of Brooks' dry humor in movies like The Muse and Broadcast News, so seeing the writer/director/actor work with one of
See full article at FirstShowing.net »
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