albert brooks

  • Jewish stars react to royal baby

    Mazel tov to Prince William and Duchess Kate on the birth of their first child! The little guy arrived at 4:24 pm local time yesterday in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. No name yet (it’s doubtful they’re waiting a full week to make it… More ▸

  • The Jewish voices of Pixar

    It’s been almost three weeks since Pixar’s “Brave” came out, and while it has been making pretty good money at the box office and generally getting pretty good reviews, critics aren’t exactly calling it a “groundbreaker” (see Roger Ebert). So why hasn’t “Brave” been getting as much love as some of its older Pixar siblings? Perhaps it’s because “Spider-Man” has been stealing the buzz, maybe we expect too much from Pixar, or … maybe it’s just the lack of Jewish voice actors (which is not surprising considering the fact that the film takes place in the highlands of 10th century Scotland).
    Truth is Pixar films haven’t boasted too many Jewish voice actors. But the list below reveals a pretty impressive group — with several managing to portray their characters as a little (or a lot) Jewish.
    1. Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head, “Toy Story 1-3″)
     
    The sarcastic and outspoken children’s toy is voiced by one of the kings of insult comedy, Don Rickles. The match between the two is fitting, since both Rickles and Mr. Potato Head enjoy being quite offensive and loud. In the first “Toy Story” movie, Mr. Potato Head is so fascinated with Buzz Lightyear’s features, he mocks Woody for not being good enough since he doesn’t share the same technological capabilities. Sounds like something Rickles would do, and imagine if the film wasn’t for kids… Nevertheless, Mr. Potato Head does have a good (plastic) heart, as he helps saving Woody. Just don’t make him wear his angry eyes… More ▸

  • Jewish celebrities and peers react to Steve Jobs’ death

    Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ death Wednesday night triggered a wave oc condolence messages and tweets. We’ve collected some of the big ones written by Jewish celebrities and Jobs’ technology peers. “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”… More ▸

  • Jewish celebrities tweet about the East Coast Earthquake

    It’s been less than 24 hours since a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast, and we can already say that this is by far the most social earthquake in history. Talking about the earthquake stopped being trendy around Tuesday evening, still… we decided to highlight some of the tweets by the Jewish celebrities: “Ok…. More ▸