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Alternatives to Celebrating the Royal Baby’s Birth This Week

The yet-to-be-named Royal Baby is not even a week old, but is already featured in more photographs and news articles than most of Kings and Queens before him combined.  Even a Google search of “royal baby prince william kate middleton” turned up 561 Million results.

Still, roughly 124,657,534 people on this planet had a birthday this week that in some way or another, was overshadowed by news of the birth of the offspring of a British Monarch.

While many people rightfully appreciate the nachas beaming from the faces of new parents Prince William and Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge, many people are irked by the over-hyped spectacle—often citing that the three-day-old Prince will be living a life of nepotistic privilege.

Alas, if you are looking to celebrate the birthday of someone this week, here is a list of people, past and present, who deserve to have a piece of the celebratory cake.

And since this article is being composed for a a Jewish publication, every birthday guy and gal featured is Jewish.  Dayenu.

July 21st Birthday
1903:  Roy Neuberger – Some people bankroll elections, some people bankroll drug cartels.  This guy bankrolled modern art awareness from the 1930s until his death in 2010–yeah, he lived to be 107 years old.

July 22nd Birthday
1947:  Albert Brooks – This Academy Award-nominated voice-over actor has been featured in such prolific works as Finding Nemo  and The Simpsons.  Most recently, Brooks received over 20 nominations and awards from various film festivals for his performance in the film Drive

July 23rd Birthdays
1971:  Joel Stein –  When he’s not writing a cover story for Time Magazine, you can find his weekly features in the back pages of the famed publication.  The curiously humorous writer also released his first book last year about his adventurous quest to become a more “manly” father:

1973:  Monica Lewinsky – You know the story.

1989:  Daniel Radcliffe – He IS Harry Potter.

July 24th Birthday

1965:  Doug Liman –  This film director has brought us an eclectic variety of features such as the comedy Swingers and the suspenseful thriller, The Bourne Identity

July 25 Birthday
1923:  Estelle Getty – Before she became Sophia on The Golden Girls, the late Estelle Getty performed in Yiddish theater and comedy in the Borscht Belt.

July 26 Birthday
1965:  Jeremy Piven – In addition to playing the hot-headed super agent Ari Gold on the HBO hit series Entourage, Piven self-identifies as a “Jewish Buddhist”.

July 27 Birthday
1972:  Maya Rudolph – This Saturday Night Live was not only the the love interest in a popular Lonely Island digital short, she also got down and dirty in the streets in the 2011 comedy hit, Bridesmaids.

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Brian’s Favorite Movies Since 1985

2012:  End of Watch, American Reunion, Ted, Moonrise Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises,

2011:   A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Midnight in Paris

2010:  Toy Story 3, The Social Network,

2009:  The Hangover, Taken,

2008:  Milk, Religulous, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Slumdog Millionaire

2007:  The Simpsons Movie, Live Free or Die Hard, Knocked Up, Sicko

2006:  Gridiron Gang, Walk the Line, Scary Movie 4, The Pursuit of Happiness, Clerks 2

2005:  Brokeback Mountain, Crash, Wedding Crashers, Deuce Biggalo:  Male Giggalo, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Jarhead

2004:  Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, The Day After Tomorrow, Meet the Fockers, Fahrenheit 9/11, National Treasure

2003:  American Wedding, School of Rock, Scary Movie 3

2002:  Bowling for Columbine, Jackass: The Movie

2001:  Orange County, Saving Silverman, Joe Dirt, Scary Movie 2, Serendipity, Ali,

2000:  Scary Movie, Castaway, Remember the Titans,

1999:  South Park:  Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, American Beauty, Austin Powers 2:  The Spy Who Shagged Me, Big Daddy, Summer of Sam, Detroit Rock City, Fight Club, Any Given Sunday, Office Space, Beyond the Mat

1998:  Lethal Weapon 4, Armageddon, Saving Private Ryan, There’s Something About Mary, Can’t Hardly Wait, Mafia!, BASEketball, American History X, Enemy of the State,

1997:  Con Air, Air Force One, Titanic, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Good Will Hunting, Volcano, Face/Off, I Know What You Did Last Summer,

1996:  The Rock, Independence Day, Fargo, The Nutty Professor, A Time to Kill, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Executive Decision, Broken Arrow,

1995:  Die Hard with a Vengeance, Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, Toy Story, Apollo 13, Se7en, Braveheart, Waterworld, Mallrats, Grumpier Old Men, Dead Man Walking, Mr. Hollands Opus, Nine Months, Batman Forever,

1994:  Major League II, Forrest Gump, True Lies, Speed, Dumb and Dumber, Pulp Fiction, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curley’s Gold, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Little Giants, Little Big League, The Shawshank Redemption,

1993: Rudy, Rookie of the Year, Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fugitive, Philadelphia, Groundhog Day, Free Willy, Cool Runnings, Adams Family Values, Wayne’s World 2,

1992:  Scent of a Woman, Wayne’s World, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Beethoven, Encino Man, A League of their Own, Batman Returns, Honey, I Blew Up The Kid, The Mighty Ducks, Passenger 57,

1991:  My Cousin Vinny, Terminator 2:  Judgement Day, JFK, Hot Shots!, City Slickers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Boys n Tha Hood, Doc Hollywood, Bugsy, Prince of Tides, My Girl, Problem Child 2,

1990: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Home Alone, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Back to the Future III, Problem Child, Three Men and a Little Lady, Look Who’s Talking Too,

1989:  Major League, Back to the Future II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Ghostbusters II, The Little Mermaid, Look Who’s Talking, Rain Man, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Wizard,

1988:  Big, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beetlejuice, Die Hard, Stand and Deliver,

1987:  Three Men and a Baby, Beverly Hills Cop II, Dirty Dancing, Full Metal Jacket, Innerspace,

1986:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Karate Kid Part II,

1985:  Back to the Future, Rocky IV, The Breakfast Club

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