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Albert Brooks: Funnyman Whose Muse Is in the Mirror

New York Times By MARGY ROCHLIN

LOS ANGELES — On a recent hot afternoon, Albert Brooks could be found in his office at Universal Studios, getting worked up over a snapshot.

“It means nothing!” exclaimed Brooks, when asked about the lone item tacked to a cork bulletin board on his wall — a photograph of him standing alongside Elton John, who composed the score for Brooks’ latest movie, “The Muse,” which opens Friday.
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Meeting of the Comedy Minds

ShoWest award-winners Brooks and Johnson find lots of love with Mother.
The Hollywood Reporter By Jerry Roberts

He was born with the name Albert Einstein. She’s been married nine times and says that, in her younger years, being a medical assistant and a go-go dancer was my dream, but the writing thing came up. Is it any surprise that the two would team to write some of the wittiest, most off-the-wall film comedies of our time?

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To The Top

People Magazine by PAM LAMBERT

Back in the summer of 1995, Albert Brooks began searching for a woman to play the title role in his new movie, Mother, a comedy about a middle-aged writer (Brooks) who, after two divorces, tries to straighten out his life by moving in with his mom. Doris Day turned him down, saying that at age 72 she was through with films. Nancy Reagan, 75, met with Brooks but felt she couldn’t spend the time away from her ailing husband. Then Brooks got the idea to ask Debbie Reynolds, 64, star of Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and mother of his friend Carrie Fisher. After hearing her read one scene, recalls Reynolds, Brooks said, ” `You’ve got the part.’ I said, `Albert, you shouldn’t take me on just one scene. Shouldn’t I read two?’ And he said, `See, you’re bossing me around already.’ ”
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Film fest for fans of Brooks

USA Today By Marshall Fine

Comedian/filmmaker Albert Brooks knows that opportunity rarely knocks twice. That’s why he said yes when asked if he’d like to be honored with a retrospective of his films at the first U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, which starts Wednesday in Aspen, Colo. Continue reading

Mr. Ear-Laffs

Time Magazine

There are at least half a hundred incarnations of Albert Brooks, and all of them are funny.
There is the elephant trainer who has lost his elephant and now must get through his act using a frog instead. The trainer looms over the little fellow, urging him through his paces with a whip, trying to get the frog to perform such evergreen elephant stunts as Roll Over and Find the Peanut. Continue reading