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A producer, screenwriter, director, and occasional actor whose works are usually critical hits.

Friends and collaborators with music composer HansZimmer.

Has his own production company.

Won AcademyAwards for picture, director and screenplay for ''TermsOfEndearment'', and was also nominated for producing ''BroadcastNews'', ''JerryMaguire'', and ''AsGoodAsItGets'' and for writing ''Broadcast News'' and ''As Good as It Gets''. He is one of only seven directors to win for writing, directing and producing a film.[[note]]The others are Leo [=McCarey=] (''Going My Way''), Creator/BillyWilder (''Film/TheApartment''), Creator/FrancisFordCoppola (''[[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather Part II]]''), Creator/PeterJackson (''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'') and Creator/TheCoenBrothers (''NoCountryForOldMen'').[[/note]]
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[[folder: Gracie Films ]]


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Brooks' production company, established in 1984 and named for comedienne Gracie Allen.

The VanityPlate takes place in a cinema room where a lady shushes noisy attendees as the lights dim, and the words "GRACIE FILMS" appear on screen while accompanied by a [[EarWorm catchy]], jazzy, jingle composed by Jeffrey Townsend.

Some people have said that the jingle was inspired by the chorus of the Go West! song "The King of Wishful Thinking," [[OlderThanTheyThink but the logo and jingle actually predate the song by a couple of years]].
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!! Notable works with the involvement of Brooks and or Gracie Films...or just Brooks:
!!! {{Film}}
* ''Starting Over'' (1979)
* ''TermsOfEndearment'' (1983) - Best Picture winner
* ''BroadcastNews'' (1987) - Best Picture nominee
* ''Film/{{Big}}'' (1988)
* ''Film/TheWarOfTheRoses'' (1989)
* ''I'll Do Anything'' (1994)
* ''JerryMaguire'' (1996) - Best Picture nominee
* ''AsGoodAsItGets'' (1997) - Best Picture nominee
* ''Film/{{Spanglish}}'' (2004)
* ''TheSimpsons [[TheMovie Movie]]'' (2007)
* ''How Do You Know'' (2010)

!!! {{Television}} {{Series}}
* ''Series/{{Room 222}}'' (1969-1974)
* ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' (1970-1977)
* ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'' (1974-1978)
* ''Series/LouGrant'' (1977-1982)
* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' (1978-1983)
* ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' (1987-1990)
* ''TheSimpsons'' (1989-)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' (1994-1995)
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