Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Amazon's petty vendetta against Albert Brooks

I was thinking of getting an Albert Brooks DVD or two and checked Amazon for prices. Instead, I was struck by the stars Amazon promotes next to the titles. What I found follows, with the unnoted actors that might have been featured instead, within brackets.

Defending Your Life: Starring Wil Albert, Sage Allen, Gary Beach, and Roger Behr [Could have noted: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Shirley MacLain (cameo), Lee Grant]

Mother: Richard Assad, Paul Collins, Kimiko Gelman, Isabel Glasser [Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Morrow]

Real Life:: James L. Brooks*, Barbara DeZonia, Dudley DeZonia, and Clifford Einstein [Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin]

The Muse: Jamie Alexis, Ange Billman, Jeff Bridges (hey--how did he get in there??), and Aude Charles [Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, Cybill Shepherd, Steven Wright, Jennifer Tilly, Rob Reiner, James Cameron (cameos)]

Still, I can see where Amazon would want to reach out to all those Kimiko Gelman fans.

*Yes, the director, who acts in a few of Brooks's films.

UPDATE: Looks like this goes further than Brooks. According to Amazon, the stars of Citizen Kane are George Backus and the lovely and talented Fortunio Bonanova--no sign of Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, or Agnes Morehead.


TwoBusy said...

The Clifford Einstein mention in Real Life intrigues me, given that Albert Brooks' real name is... Albert Einstein. (That's not a joke.)

Jim Donahue said...

There's a bunch of Einsteins in the cast, as a family, so it's safe to assume they're related.

And Albert's brother, Bob Einstein, a.k.a. Super Dave Osborne (sp?), has a very funny bit as a pushy sporting-goods salesman in Modern Romance.

radosh said...

It's almost as if they're listing the cast... alphabetically.

(Apologies if you realized that and I just ruined your subtle joke)

Jim Donahue said...

Me? Subtle?

(If it were purely alphabetical, Albert Brooks would be listed in all of them. It's a conspiracy, I tell ya!)